To Think About

"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
Celia Thaxter

Saturday, December 26, 2009


The second volume in the Latest Trends book series is now available for purchase!! The link at createspace is If I receive enough comments, I may choose a random winner of a copy of the book!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Time Flies...

This month is flying by! I have been busy caring for my daughter with the two broken elbows when her hubby is at work. I am also trying to learn web design with my DreamWeaver program. Kind of like learning a foreign language! I haven't posted any new art since I haven't had time to create any. I finally updated my blog banner for December; only took me until the 17th of the month!
The third proof for our book should arrive any day and then (I hope!) be available for purchase. Check and I will announce when it is finally ready and may offer a give-away in January!
May everyone have a blessed Christmas and a healthy and art-filled new year!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Published in Somerset Studio's Gallery- new issue!

I found out I was published today in the new issue (winter 2010) of Somerset Studio's Gallery magazine. Page 139, a black-and-white Stampbord hanging mailed in months ago. Woo hoo!
On a surreal note, my daughter broke both elbows ice skating last night. Casts from shoulder to fingertips on BOTH arms. My poor sweetie!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Musings

How is it the holidays arrive faster every year? Time seems to be whizzing by! Cindy and I were able to order the second proof for our upcoming book (pictured below). that has taken so many full days to correct and put together- creating a book is very challenging to say the least!
Now that the pressure of the new book is off, I am now putting together a class for our women's fellowship group where we will create art journals on the topic of the Fruit of the Spirit.
Organizing my neglected art and sewing rooms is also high on the agenda. Christmas is at my house this year, so the rooms need to be somewhat presentable. "A working artist is a messy artist" is my motto, unfortunately!
Wishing everyone a blessed and truly thank-filled Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 09, 2009


Here is a sneak peek at our new book cover. We are in the final editing process and the book will be available in a few weeks! Just in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Back From Vacation and other notes

Just returned from our vacation and getting ready for a Winery Art Show at Gary Farrell Winery with Susan Chong (check out photos at I will post some of our pictures- the weather was great at Yosemite and the coast!
I received the first proof of our second volume of The Latest Trends series! Have to fix a few things, but this book should be ready after the next proof (keeping my fingers crossed!)
Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall of 2009!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Autumn in Digital for Arttechniques October MAT

Susan has been posting some photos to alter and play around with for our October MAT (Monthly Art Technique) for the Yahoo art group, Arttechniques. I loved this painting of this woman, so chose to play around with her in Photoshop. Thanks to Scrapper's Guide ( for the fun digital graphic goodies!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Back to business!

Here is my offering for this year's Harvest fair. I have to turn it in tomorrow for judging. I used a plaster-over-burlap background (on a canvas support). Lots of glazes, handpainted tissue with a hand-carved stamp and a purchased stamp. Other goodies also.
I am working on some paintings for a winery show for November that will be held at Gary Farrell's winery. Susan Chong asked me to join her in the show.
Recuperating from shoulder surgery three weeks ago; swinging my golf club and doing PT!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Another Pin

I started this as my swap pin then wasn't sure if I really had an idea or not. I finished this in the evening. another famous painting makes up the eye; I am drawn to keyholes and eyes, although I would find it totally creepy to have one staring at me!

FAll ATP for Arttechniques Swap

Here is my pin for the arttechniques Fall ATP (Artist Trading Pin) swap. Can anyone tell me which famous painting the face image is from?
I used trinkets from the Tim Holtz Ideaology line to create the pin.

Sunday, August 09, 2009


Our book Jewelry Beyond Time is now available for purchase! You can buy it from or from The site on createspace is: For a short time you can get a $5 discount with this code on createspace: 95PJX7CX.
Lots of great jewelry projects!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Chance to Play

I got to play a bit this afternoon with some brushes from Really different and fun to play around with.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Have been busy with the layouts for the second volume of the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Arts book series. What with sore ribs and a sore shoulder, I haven't had a lot of art time lately. what I am looking forward to experimenting with are metal pieces from TenTwo Studios, amd metal etching from Stephanie Lee's book, Semiprecious Salvage. It is amazing how pain drains you of all extra energy and inspiration. I will be having shoulder surgery September 3, and I hope that will take care of the problem and I can get back to the active life I so enjoy. Hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Alexander Valley Wine Country

I am posting more of my photos on Facebook now. Here are soem from our "local tourist" outing to an Alexander Valley Summer Open House Wine event. these were taken Saturday before my ribs went haywire again....

Monday, June 29, 2009

Visions from Mendocino, Little River

We had a great time this past weekend in Mendocino. The weather was HOT inland, so the coast was beautiful! Mendocino is a very artsy town; lots of fun things to photograph!
The little hummingbird shot was taken through the window at the Cafe Beaujolais restaurant. He would land on the branch and rest, fly away and come back again and again. Hubby couldn't see him, so I took this photo. When the little bird turned his head or ruffled his featers, they were a bright ornagey-red underneath. Lovely!