Friday, October 16, 2015


I have this cool little flip book to store zentangle patterns. I picked it up at University Bookstore in Mill Creek.

If you've ever tried zentangling, you'll know how helpful it is to have patterns handy. I take mine off of the ring and spread them out on my table as I draw.

This week I'm drawing on stones.

It's a very peaceful process 
- that's the "zen" in zentangle - 
before I know it an hour or two have passed 

 I'm always amazed and humbled when something beautiful comes of it

 Making my mark.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

from the porch

I took these pictures 2 days ago from my porch

... beginning with the Moon ...

this was about 6:45 a.m.

later in the day I tidied up my porch
... all of these things "spark joy" ...
(have you read that book by Marie Kondo?)

 these are the many sticks collected on morning walks

and driftwood from Camano Island
(they are now settled into an old coffee can gifted by a friend)

 my token pumpkin 
(which is really a squash I'll be cooking this later week)

my prized, dried sunflower head

- and finally -
The Sunrise 
it had us all stopped
Standing Still

thank you for your lovely comments and kind words
I really do try to get back to everyone
- sometimes it just takes a little while -

Thursday, October 1, 2015

working girls

A lot has been going on since my last blog post a month ago
I've taken a day job in a small boutique in my home town
... so I'm a "shop girl" most days ...
At times I feel like an "Original" and  "I Am The Queen" of juggling my responsibilities 


At other times I feel like I am "In Full Bloom" and full of all loveliness
But mostly, it's a struggle.
It says: 
"Today's Struggles Create Strength For Tomorrow "


I often have all of these feeling all jumbled up together in one day, or one hour, or one minute
... just like this jumble here ...
In my spare time (ha!) I created these 3 metal shrines with "shop girls" this month.
Working in metal helps me when I'm processing things - perhaps it's the bending of the metal to my will - the hammering and piercing and shaping of something outside of myself.

Here's a quote that really spoke to me about this recent change:

"When we make a change, 
it's so easy to interpret our unsettledness as unhappiness,  
and our unhappiness as a result of having made the wrong decision. 
Our mental and emotional states fluctuate madly when we make big changes in our lives, 
and sometimes we could tightrope across Manhattan,  
and other days we are too weary to clean our teeth. 
This is normal. 
This is natural. 
This is change." 
-Jeanette Winterson 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


We were lucky enough to have 3 days on Camano Island - I have never been there even though it's only an hour away 

This is the beach we walked down to several times a day:
The beaches here are rocky and desolate 
- no beach umbrellas or volleyball here -
 we love it this way.
Our beach had tons of driftwood. 
Some of it was entire trees.
Here's a crafty fellow who made his flag with driftwood:
The kids made a game of "setting the driftwood free"  ... they said it was imprisoned on the shore and longed to keep drifting :)
I enjoyed the view from the house and attempted painting it:
And the art fun continues with all of my souvenirs - rocks on my desk:
Here's my try at an anatomical heart:
But my favorite is this moon and sun face:

September is here with cooler days and nights ... putting us in the mood for hot cocoa and cozy corners ... but I'll have summer souvenirs on my desk long into the winter months.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

shellac hack

Not having a lot of art supplies on a recent vacation ... necessity became the mother of invention 
Hairspray (I can vouch for this one in particular) is a great sealer for painted rocks
I had my micron pens and watercolor paint - but no sealer - hairspray did the job better than anything I have in my art cupboard at home!

Monday, August 17, 2015

self care cards

I had fun with my summertime art students a few weeks ago making decks of self care cards like these:
52 cards with self care prompts on the back:
Then we made boxes to keep them in like this one:
This particular card is good self care only if you have someone to wash the dishes too :)

I would be happy to email the PDF file so you can make your own deck of cards too. 
Although, it's up to you to gussy them up :)
(Let me know if you're interested when you leave a comment ...)

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