Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Thanksgiving is just 'round the corner... and one of the things I am really thankful for... is art.
I was editing a few photos from last year's trip to Chicago, and was reminded of how very awesome the Field Museum is.
We were there while the museum was having an exhibit of the 1939's World Fair and some of the wonders that were present during the fair. It was amazing. From natural wonders like coral and taxidermy animals, to Native American relics, items from Asia... and so much more.
The photos for today's post were some of the ones I took that day.

I hope to share more of them with you at some point...
but in the meantime; I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Holiday season can be rough for many folks... and I am no exception.
I am feeling very overwhelmed.
I feel as though I've been in some sort of time hole... and I've lost several days/ weeks/ months/ years... and I don't know how to get out.
On the plus side, I've been watching movies and reading more... and even though my sleep hours are completely in shambles... I think I am starting to feel a little better physically.

So, how do you cope with the holidays? There are lots of sites out there on the internet with helpful hints... and here are a few:

-coping with the holidays
-spiritual tips for staying sane
-making happy changes
-stress management
-and one from the folks at Psychology Today

Monday, November 23, 2015


It's "Maker Monday" ... where I talk about something I've made recently.
I really love making things... which has been hard because I haven't felt well in about a month... and I am sure that I am getting cranky about it all. This week, however, I was able to make a few pair of earrings... which certainly helped.

The top photo shows a pair made with some artisan made lampwork glass. This artist lives in the Netherlands, and she makes the most gorgeous beads. I have combined them with hematite stone beads and gunmetal findings.
The photo just below, features faceted coral beads... antiqued brass findings, and some incredible Foo Dog beads. These beads are made to look like Cinnabar (which is a toxic mineral that used to be used for carvings and such)... but are actually made from resin. The detail on them is pretty amazing. Foo Dogs have been revered in China for centuries as protective beasts. There are often statues of them guarding entrances to properties and businesses.
And the last photo shows some simple drop earrings. They showcase some more lampwork glass beads... in a more mid century modern design. They are also accented with antiqued brass findings.

And I am getting ready for a class I am doing at Firestone Forge this coming weekend as part of their OPEN HOUSE event.
I will be showing how to make a basic pair of Christmas themed earrings.
It's exciting to be part of a group of artisans who focus on the handmade and handcrafted... and I am looking forward to it.
(you can click on the photo to enlarge it)

See you all tomorrow...

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Photos for this weekend's post feature a locust tree that was in our yard in New Mexico.
I loved it, and the way the sun always made the leaves burst with color, and the wind made them rattle. The wind here the past few days have been blowing what few leaves were left on the trees all about the yard...and it's been really beautiful. The deer have visited a couple of times, filing up on some late fall vegetation... even our little black squirrel friend came back for a short visit.
Everyone seems to be getting ready for winter. Are you ready? I'm not... but that is ok. It's all a process.
In the meantime... I've got some interesting links to share with you all:

*a tadpole's perspective 
*the only village in the Grand Canyon
*one tank trip -- the PA Turnpike
*some cool antique photos
*some awesome artwork
*James Taylor's updated version of "Fire and Rain"
*veggie portraits by Lynn Karlin
*some fun art by Don Kenn
*how to make vegDucken
*and who doesn't love Esther Williams
*reasons to love possums
*the Vogel's

Friday, November 20, 2015


The photos for today's post are ones I took a few years ago on a day trip to Taos, New Mexico. I know lots of folks who don't like pigeons... but I actually think they are quite pretty. And of course, possibly the most famous pigeons, Passenger Pigeons, have an interesting history... and possible future (?) as well.

The past few weeks have been rough... and thoughts of fleeing... and flying have been ever-present.
(hence the bird-themed photos for this post)
But... trying to be an optimist... I am trying to not let things "ruffle my feathers"... hehe.
See you all tomorrow (and I promise no more bad puns)...

Thursday, November 19, 2015


...sometimes there are no words to adequately express what's going on; 
and so I will leave you with some photos I have taken... and I will see you all tomorrow.