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Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
When the world gets in your way and you feel blocked or stuck... Shine
When others around you lose their grip and spin out of control... Shine
When the place you live in doesn't feel safe and warm... Shine
When fear and pain creep around you and doubts start to form... Shine
Be like the sun and blaze bright.
The light that beams forth will blind those in your way or shine on your obstacles... Walk past them
Those who are out of control and are losing their way, will see the light and be drawn to it, so lead them.
The home you live in will be filled with warmth and feel much safer when the light is burning within you all day and all night.
When light is shed on the situation the doubts flee away, the pain is not as bad, and life makes sense.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
To all of you who have made my face light up with a smile this year.
To you who have put a smile in my heart.
Thank you to the people who shine and give the world a better feeling each day.
Who make living just a bit more fun and happy
Thanks to those who keep the spirit of the holidays all year round.
As I mentioned before, I am very thankful for my friends and family.
Right now, I am sitting here in a virtual nest of art. Surrounded by a sea of miniature compositions.
I am sorting through the current exchanges that I am hosting and it just feels SO GOOD looking at all of the cool art work that has been sent in.
Some of the artists that join in are so full of great ideas!
To all of you from the States, Wishing you a Happy and Healthy holiday!
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into
enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order,
confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a
home, a stranger into a friend."
~ Melody Beattie (A quote I borrowed from her newsletter)
I love her, and her work.
Perfect for families with little ones.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
ESPECIALLY this time of year
The holidays are coming
What would be your fantasy day here in NYC?
Where would you like to go and what do you WISH that you could do while here?
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Monday, November 12, 2007
Last night I started to work on some tiny felt purses for a presentation.
They say that art reflects your mood and deep thoughts.
The colors are more vibrant in person.
I will post the picture of it after I sew it all down and add in some decorative stitches.
I think "she" will become a pillow case.
Fun fun fun.
On another note... check out my little sidekick... ~*SourPuss*~
Friday, November 09, 2007
To my friends and family-
Thank you for the abundance of love and caring expressions that you have shared with me over the past week.
I feel so great knowing that you are in my world, and that I am not alone.
~*With sincere thanks*~
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Rather, I have been creating and thinking... A LOT ... and thanks to ~*Suzanne*~ I am even more busy with my hands making simple pretty things... Eye candy galore!
FUN FUN FUN... DH is delighted at the collection building up on the piano.
It looks pretty!
Halloween was kinda cute this year. I wasn't around the whole night, but for the time that I was it was sweet.
Many of the kids just wore their own clothes though.
One little girl said to me (while I offered her a choice from an array of goodies on a tray), "I like the way you think!"
That was so cute! She looked like she was in the 3rd or 4th grade...
I offered rhinestone stud earrings, movable jointed animal rings (metal cast), lollipops, vellum quotes, the new Ferrero Rocher dark chocolate truffle "bon bons"..(YOU WILL LOVE THEM!!!) and tons of other boxed candy treats left by the landlord to hand out.
It was cute to hear kids walk away saying "wow this is the coolest!"
That made my night!
For me, the fun is in the sharing, giving, socializing an' meeting of neighbors.
I look at it all as a way to reach out an' make people smile.
It was a success!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I do make a point of handing out toys and jewelry as well.
Candy is so not good for kids especially on a school night.
Yet I offer the passing adults and older teenagers the candy as they pass the porch. Walking home from a long day at work or on their way to a party.
They often light up that I offer them candy to choose from.
Adults, I think, should be ENCOURAGED to be a part of the fun!
Well, that is jut me.
I like to involve people in events.
The doodle, I just made today before the sun came up.
Actually, it is still dark out. It is 6:30 am.
I hope it is not too cold today.
Have fun, be safe, and above all, be HAPPY.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
I cannot sleep. Too much to do...
Deadlines left and right.
Requests for samples, requests for book art, requests for zines, for jewels, for pages, for layouts.... hmmmmm....
I kinda like it... yet I have trouble putting myself in bed.
I have been terrible to myself as far as getting to sleep.
Well... it is a constant art party in my head and I don't want it to end.
I didn't get to sleep last night. In fact it is now 5:20 AM and yet to sleep...
I was making doll art for the last 3 hours. You can NEVER consider me a lazy daisy! Not a lazy bone in me!
It would be nice however if my body could keep up with my energetic mind.
Here are two images that I concocted and will be making cute plushies with them.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
The sun beams breaking through the clouds were INTENSE. I changed the light value in PS to show how STRONG it was. The freedom and peace we felt through the entire day was incredible!
I posted two of the pics that I joined together to show how big it was.
Friday, September 21, 2007
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Above: My Paris purse
Well, I want a great machine.
The machine and programs that I *need* for the type of work that I hope to do, not just want is the price of a used car!
($3,500) with the feet and threads etc.
Monday, September 17, 2007
What I mean is, I turned the TV on for background noise and wound up watching the Emmy's.
It was funny at times, dry at others... I think the best part was when some guy got on the stage and started saying things that I wish I could tell the Network "masters."
Stop interrupting programs and stop giving us A.D.D.! LET THE CREDITS ROLL AT A NORMAL SPEED AND DO NOT DO A SPLIT SCREEN!!!!
He said some other great stuff too, but I was so busy listening to DH agree with everything the guy on TV was saying that I sort of lost track of it all.
It was a cheer out loud moment for me as I was happy to see Current TV win an award, and *TOM* presented it.
Well, I guess I was happy mainly because I am on a featured POD shown on that TV station so it was like cheering for something that I was actually a part of!
I also got to see another few friends from school on TV too.
It is fun to see people grow, evolve, and be involved with the arts that we worked so hard to learn growing up.
OK, I logged on just to post pictures of the pages I had made for Vickie Enkoff's family.
Michelle Young is making a chunky book with our embellished pages for Vickie's 2 daughters and her husband Grady.
Catherine van der Hoeff was kind enough to let me use a picture that I took of her artwork as the base of my page.
It was not easy making work for this project, because of the stabbing sadness that I still feel over the loss of my old friend Vickie. I know that she would have just been happy to be told that she was appreciated. I needed to "show her" that I appreciated her.
It would have been nicer to have more time to spend on making these pages, but I only had a few hours to play around with my ideas.
Each page has a mini book and a Frida shrink plastic portrait on it.
The blurry image is intentional.
Shows a "brokeness" to the physical form.
The glue I had on hand when I glued the images to the cardstock did not cooperate, and I did not have time for a do over.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Lori A. sent me a book with a CD in it.
It was a book I had never seen before, and had hand drawn fairy tale illustrations within. It is a scrapbook layout embellishment book. I like it!
Lori asked if I could use the book to create a charm for her in exchange.
Here are a few of the pieces I put together.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Here is a sample of what I made for the Black and White swap.
Too many people dropped out at the last moment so I ended up making a set of charms for each member.
I also swapped for a partial set for Kari Bryde.
Here is what I made for Ann Marie.
I will be using some of the extra charms that I was sent to raise money in an auction!
Orla, a friend of mine, sent me a bag full of lace and ribbons in the spring.
In exchange, I needed to create something for her to wear.
Since Orla likes to dance, and Tango, I decided to make her a wristlette.
I used dozens of Swarovski Vintage Congac, Seal, Topaz dentelles and a hematite color square stones.
I loved the paisley shape of this piece and felt it would look best sitting vertically on the wrist.
Thank you for the goodies ORLA!
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Bubbles... Intentional and cuter in person.
I LOVE GLASS!!!
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
I have been SO busy doing it all in the past month that I have barely been online.
I bound 8 zines (3.5) yesterday, before I set up my makeshift glass bead studio in the kitchen.
The month of August was extra busy for me in that I had a house guest for the majority of the month and house guests require a lot of attention and entertaining!
Making a neatly embellished glass bead is NOT as easy as I had hoped that it would be!
I am so used to the ease of rolling a polymer clay bead into a perfectly round shape.
Rolling a glass bead into a perfectly round shape is something I will need a lot more practice with.
My interest is really not in making perfect round beads, but rather sculptural and artistically expressive pieces.
Still, it would be good to know how to master the flame and molten glass to achieve those results.
I am in full swing zine production again, I just have to wing it for issue #4 (After I finish mailing the dozens of #3.5 Bling Bling Glitz Baby copies)
I will take pictures of the beads, they have been in the kiln for a few hours and as soon as the cycle is done, I will take pictures and share my interesting trials.
Oh, I shipped all but a few of the black and whites.
Lori, Ruth and Heather, I still have yours.
You guys have the extra trade stuff that I have to include, and I plan on shipping them out before Friday.
I joined in a small project for the Enkoff family, and will be working diligently on that as well.
New charm swaps for OCT. are open for sign ups.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
It was a GREAT week!
Spent several days around Manhattan with my DH and Lil sis.
Took her down to China town for the first time (her and I together for the first time) ... showed her Pearl Paint.
Brought her to Herald Square for the first time.
We walked to Madison and 23rd street... Spent a few hours at Barnes and Noble a couple of days and enjoyed several of the wholesale stores.
(My first time taking her in with me)
Then Fri. We hung out with Regina for the first time since Christmas!
That was fun.
We each made some jewelry.
Spent the day *reading* in the sunlight yesterday.
That was LOVELY!
The sky was SO blue and the day, although it was warm, was very windy.
I took many pictures to share, but will post them much later.
I am now packing up the B&Ws today.
I signed online today, and learned that V died a few days ago.
The news is heartbreaking really.
She was an awesome pal to all who knew her.
I knew her well a few years back, and we talked almost daily for a while.
She was a very supportive friend to me, and kept me smiling, and I know that I did the same for her. I will miss her, I do miss her.
If you would like to send some art work, Frida Khalo work was her favorite (they were both artists with a broken body yet brilliant mind) she created a Frida type shrine days before she died. Please send your art work to celebrate the passing of Vickie to her husband-
P.O. Box 3695,
Fontana, CA 92334
Remember to let people know how much they mean to you, they come and go pretty fast!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
To celebrate the end of summer school (extra credit) for my li'l sis... DH and I took her to see Stardust.
Although the movie hadn't gotten such rave reviews, I myself LOVE the movie.
It was a fun fantasy movie, and I really enjoyed seeing it on the big screen as opposed to waiting for the DVD.
As an added bonus, a woman in the row below us, wore
Dior Addict Eau Fraiche
Mandarin, Jasmine Petal, Bergamot, Orange, Mandarin Leaf, Gardenia, Queen of the Night, Bulgarian Rose, Mysore, Sandalwood, White Musk.
Sensual. Soft. Feminine." -Sephora
It really matched the movie's visuals, and I suppose enhanced the experience.
Better than smellorama AKA smellovision.
Bob De Niro made me laugh a lot!
As usual though I was the only person who clapped and said "Yay" at the end of the film, then a lot of the others followed... Why are people so shy?
It is as if people need someone else to break the barrier of expression to make reacting out loud OK. Well, I am not complaining, I am just concerned.
DH didn't care for the movie because of the animal sacrifices (done old world style)... Reading entrails for answers to the witches questions. I too do not care for those scenes, however since I have done my share of dissections I was not as easily grossed out by the handling of innards.
Now, Stardust the movie is a colorful feast for the eyes, it is full of surprise moments and a few wonderful cameos that leave their mark despite the quick come and go.
If you like movies like Legend, Labyrinth, Willow, The Fifth Element, Shrek, The Prince and the Pauper and LOTR... you will probably like this movie.
The Trailers we saw included ~*Spiderwick*~... We are really looking forward to it.
A few other movies too.
We needed to start going out to the theater again. Just wish that it was not so expensive!
I got tagged by 3 people that I still need to catch up on- Sonji, Amy & Heather... I will get to it soon.
Thank you for thinking of me!!!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
I will start with the flooding.
It rained a lot here Wednesday.
The basement filled up with water.
Many people LIVE in the basements in this area, and they were a sad sight to see.
I went out in the morning and saw cars that had been washed onto the sidewalks, Some cars were UNDER water.
One building a few blocks away, the basement garage was *full* of water. There was about 3-7 inches of clearance between the water and the top of the garage door.
So many people were standing outside in disbelief. It was a sad sight.
It was SO hot and humid too.
DH worked from home... I caught up on some much needed sleep.
I worked with polymer clay and had some fun pulling canes of flowers.
I used his computer with wireless this weekend and watched You Tube for the first time without having to wait 45 minutes for a 2 minute video clip!
I have to get wireless!!!
Well, we were out for most of the weekend.
Saturday we hopped on over to Forest Hills and spent a little while on Continental, then Austin.
Hung out with a shop keeper in a store we love, walked to Barnes and Noble to check out some mags, and flipped through some books.
Then took a tour through the gated community.
It was SO quiet that we could hear the flapping of *sparrows* wings, the munching of nuts being chewed by squirrels and the sound of flies buzzing here and there.
Earlier in the morning DH wanted to go to a farm, but I think FH is good enough because I did not want to *smell* a farm.
After a nice walk we headed back to the 'hood, and got some provisions from the market.
Sunday the CRAZY parade was outside this time it was another country celebrating it's life here.
Good gosh was it LOUD!
DH wanted to go to the field to fly kites, but there was no real wind.
So we hopped a train to LIC and I figured there would be wind by the water.
It was SO quiet over there by the train yard, that he just took in a deep breath and thanked me for getting him out of the neighborhood.
We walked over to P.S.1 and it was our first time going inside.
It may be my last.
We were both more impressed with the building interior and exterior itself than with the art.
Some of the "art" was just AWFUL!
Too many people mistake the concept of expression with the form and purpose of art.
Yes, there IS a difference.
I must admit. My favorite's included some morbid lazy bones installment that I didn't even bother looking for the title of.
It was a HUGE black skeleton laying in a hammock that was braided with skulls and heads hanging.
NOW before you think I am nuts, I didn't see it as a dark and dismal piece. I actually saw it as if the bare bones in the hammock was representative of war taking a rest.
I liked it. And the braiding was cool.
There were a few wall pieces that made me smile.
I liked some of the DOTS.
Sadly though, much of what we saw was NOT art, but conceptual babble.
There were some VERY interesting black and white compositions painted in the stairwells which inspired me.
There were some serious fire hazards that DH was pointing out as we walked through the basement.
I was just not impressed with some of the ridiculous mind numbing garbage on display.
Dragging an electric guitar over grass and blasting the sound that it makes is NOT art.
It is noise pollution.
OK so I am a critic.
The food was overpriced, I didn't order any, there were FLIES all over the place.
The food DH ordered was supposed to be hot. It was barely lukewarm.
The staff was very sweet.
I had more fun walking through the factories and pawing through the dumpsters.
I didn't take anything, but saw some cool fabrics.
The graph yard was full of kids, and aero artists.
I still need to take some pics to show you my favorite pieces.
After that we walked to Queensborough Plaza, and then hopped a bus to Kaufman Astoria Studios.
It was a bit late so DH grabbed Star $'s
We went to see HP.
Figured we could rent the Borne U.
HP was too fast, but it was fun.
I never read a HP book, but the movies are pretty cool.
That's all for now, I want to get back to making stuff.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
|What color is your soul painted? |
Your soul is painted the color blue, which embodies the characteristics of peace, patience, understanding, health, tranquility, protection, spiritual awareness, unity, harmony, calmness, coolness, confidence, dependability, loyalty, idealism and wisdom. Blue is the color of the element Water, and is symbolic of the ocean, sleep, twilight, and the sky.
Quizzes and Personality Tests
So, all in one day, out of the blue DH got a mid year raise Which we needed SO much!
Today I saw several old friends... That was really cool. I visited with a friend who I met when I was teaching polymer clay classes at the art store. We went to that art store to shop a bit, saw a bunch of old friends, who just happened to all be there (Some were students and customers shopping, and some were employees) It was pretty great timing!
It was SO cool to see all of the new products on the market.
So I bought some unusual pearls, felt glue, ombre ribbons, WHITE staz on ink, memory glass, chipboard letters, and wooden disks and a square paper puncher. All goodies to create items with to fill up my Etsy shop. NICE store sales.
I got the COLOR thing from reading Heather's blog.
Well, I have been dealing with the zine deadlines, and using my *new* printer to print inserts for issue #3.5.
AND I have been packing up swaps from charm swaps.
I will post pictures of the black and white swap this weekend!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
After just seeing this as one of the headlines on AOL- I HAD to post this because, well, people need to know something important, culture, and history, before theorizing and analyzing some ART.
Another last supper thing--- <--- Click here
I am so at a loss why people would waste time looking for answers to history in an artists rendition that are not even accurate of *possible* truths.
The last supper, would not have been eaten sitting in chairs.
The truth would be, that they were either sitting on pillows or a soft bed type thing on THE FLOOR. Or something like chaise style loungers
The Passover meal (which is what the last supper was, a Jewish religious observance) is eaten in a reclining position. Reclining as in like NOT sitting on a chair at a table.
Besides that, I think, but I don't remember this for sure, the meal would have be served in a "U" pattern, so there would not even be a straight table. It would be like 3 banquet tables set up in a "U"
Knowing the truth about customs, traditions and observances is key to really looking into HISTORY.
This post is not intended to offend or insult anyone. However, it is intended to help prevent ignorance.
If someone knows how the Passover meal is served, can you remind me if it was a "U" pattern?
Stories, myths, history, whatever you see it as, try and put the logical pieces together first.
Friday, July 27, 2007
There have been way more goods in my life than bads, and I am *happy* to tell you that last week, as my old printer was driving me crazy for the hundredth time (probably more than that but...)
I just happened to surf through Craig's list in a section I have only gone to 2 or 3 times in the past few years...
THE BARTER SECTION!!! It is usually full of crazy requests and nonsense.
But I felt compelled to take a look with no clear idea of what I might find. Not really looking for anything specific.
What happened there? I found listed for barter the same exact printer that I LOVE and had been struggling to use and keep working with, being offered for trade!
The person offering it was willing to take something small in return too.
The best part?--- It is in PRISTINE barely used condition! It was an expensive model that I paid half a grand for in the late 90's... But I cannot afford one this good at this time!
I got another for *free*
In exchange, I gave the guy who brought it over (drove a distance), a Schwinn Stingray OCC black chopper style bike that was taking up space in my art room over the last 2 years.
When DH purchased it, he thought he would motorize it ... however, that is illegal here in NYC so we were stuck with this useless thing for a few years in the house. (that bike is SO not designed for pedaling!
Now I have a WORKING LIKE NEW printer that I LOVE and I am able print covers and special inserts for my zine again!
ALSO- last month, I went to a close out shop, and found rare papers that I had run out of a while back, that I used for inserts in my zine.
I would say that I am feeling so much more encouraged to continue my zine production!
I am SO happy to finally be free of the heavy chopper looking bike... OUT OF MY STUDIO SPACE!
HAPPY to get back to my Beau Ideal!
STRESS FREE PRINTING!!!
((NOTE--the printer that I had, was damaged after I bought it, so it was not a malfunction, but rather damage ... so a new one is WONDERFUL!))
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
It started like this.
Started as a marker sketch, boyish but cute.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Just watched the ending of this movie.
I *wish* that I had seen it from the start.
The children are gorgeous and really great actors.
The scenes were wonderfully set.
I cannot wait to see this again.
I would love to know what was happening.