Tuesday, April 1, 2014

fannie buchanan

I painted a little picture on the back of the clam digging/funeral check list. Poor Fannie Buchanan - I doubt her book is in print anymore. I've decided the funeral was hers.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

lost and found - a bucket list

I found this checked off list at the grocery store in among the bags of sugar. Not a grocery list but a to-do list for a week at the seaside? Including a funeral and making waffles with grandpa. (wonder why crabs were crossed off?) Sweet.

The flipside shows it is an old card from a library card catalog. I miss those. Don't you?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Oso means bear in Spanish

You may or may not know that I live in the town of Snohomish in Snohomish County, Washington State. A tiny little town nearby has been in the news - Oso, Washington. There's a beautiful drive we take in the summer which winds through the Stillaguamish river valley up to the mountains - Diablo Dam and Washington Pass are favorite places to stop. Oso is in the foothills and is a "don't blink or you'll miss it" little town on a bend in the river. This is where the nightmare mudslide was. 

When it rains for 40 days straight we try to remember the rain is a gift. It's why we have towering trees and rushing rivers. Salmon and eagles and great white snow geese. It's why we mow the lawn 3x a week and have cabbages the size of basketballs. It's why one little pumpkin seed pushed into the ground by a five year old chubby little hand will six months later produce 10 pumpkins on one vine. The rain. It is a gift.

So this is hard.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and well wishing for this corner of the world. I and my family are miles from the disaster and are quite safe, but the mud has touched us all in some way.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

lost and found

a small masterpiece I found on the street .... it was encrusted with mud and gravel 


Friday, March 14, 2014


I've spent the week immersed in my work and today I thought, "what have I accomplished exactly?" Do you underestimate your work the same way I do?

So I stacked up most of it and did a pseudo inventory (warning - lots of photos ahead)

As I worked this week, my thoughts have been mulling over the evolution of blogging (warning - lots of reading ahead)

Online communication is an ever changing terrain and something hasn't been clicking for me the way it used to.

Last night at quilting, one if the gals pulled up a Facebook page she loves. She said it's a friendly place with a new post every day - and she has plans to head over to Paulsbo and visit the quilt shop (and shop).

I asked her, "would you rather follow and read a blog, or a Facebook page?" I'm sure you guessed the answer. FB hands down - or thumbs up.

So with my week of work and thought, I am restructuring my blogging process. Welcome to the 21st century? More like welcome to this year.

Gone are the days of building something online that will last several years largely unchanged.

So my thoughts on blogging are boiled down to this:

1. Blogs are great for tutorials with lots of information 
2. Blogs are great for posts with lots of pictures

3. Facebook is great for stand alone photos
4. Facebook is great for a short and impactful statement

So this is my plan:

1. Post on my Facebook page something new every day
2. Post on my blog a Friday summary and occasional tutorials
3. Use weekend "down time" to visit other blogs - which can be overwhelming in its own right.

I also plan to figure out what Google plus is all about - do you know? So what are your thoughts on all of this? Chances are you have a blog too. Have you felt like things are changing? Do you have a Facebook page too? Do you have this all figured out? Or are you finding that a personal change is needed? I would love to know!

(BTW, the work accomplished from this week: garden marker ordered on etsy, Moleskine notebook ordered on etsy, "color book" with color palettes and ideas, metal frames for my collage tiles, art journal pages, quilting on my vintage hexie quilt, redoing a faded framed print (a wedding gift from 19 yrs ago) with fresh color via oil pastel)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

winter blues

looking for color is a good way to beat the winter blues and blahs ... let me treat you to some yummy eye candy

Sunday, February 23, 2014

letting in the light

I have another happy result to show you from the weekly art class I'm in. We were introduced to color via oil pastels. At first it was an exercise in frustration and I didn't really create anything I was happy with during class time - but discovered about myself that I need to work fast and loose and not overwork or overthink the color.

... the key for me is to get into "little kid mode," use my fingers a lot (ie: get MESSY), stay in the moment, and not set out with a finished product in mind.

The image quickly takes on a life of its own - and begins leading me down a path I didn't plan on.

These three pieces I created at home in the few days since the class. I've ordered a new box of pastels and am tentatively thinking that I may have found my favorite art medium ...