[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/16010064 w=400&h=300] down in the basement we hear the sound of machines from romy owens on Vimeo. Last Thursday evening, I got to hear local artist, Romy Owens, speak about Creating, Marketing, and Exhibiting Fine Art Photography and, oh my, was I ever blown away! The video above shows one of her pieces – which I believe she said measured 4′ x 56′!! Romy’s work combines a couple of my passions – stitching on paper and photography to create amazing quilt-like works of art – click here to view her portfolio.  The photos she uses are very textural – varied colors in a piece ofRead More →

Hubby and I have started the penultimate (for me) project this week… remodeling the guest bathroom!!  Anyone who knows me knows this is BIG – this room has been a thorn in my side for 10+ years!  I’ve disliked almost everything about it – from the wallpaper, to the faucets, to the tub/shower, towel bars and beyond.  The worst part is that it’s the room people tend to get the most intimate look at when they visit my home; you know, lots of time to look around while you “do your business.” Today, I ordered a new countertop and started stripping wallpaper.  It’s going toRead More →

Finished something new for the shop this weekend AND made a video to go with it… [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdwIBTXJLII&w=420&h=315] This is one of those “mothers of invention” kinds of things… I’ve been collecting business cards forever and have them from far and near.  They’re all so different and beautiful – often with photos of artwork on the front.  I most love the ones my creative sisters have made to help promote their wares and I thought those, especially, needed an artsy home to live in (besides my junk drawer).  Last year, I started drinking international coffee house coffees and I couldn’t bear to throw away theRead More →

Another something new for the shop – the quote is one of my favorites from John Muir… “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out til sundown for going out, I found was really going in.” It’s feeling almost (but not quite) warm enough to follow these words.  I saw a robin today, could spring really be nearing so soon?  The days are definitely growing longer and I sense green just beneath the surface of everything.  I’m soooo ready, even though it has been an especially mild winter. I’m off to clean off that messy table you see up thereRead More →

“Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune; Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Strong and content, I travel the open road.” ~Walt Whitman ———- When I was little, my mom started a tradition of “pick a direction” trips.  We would load the car with lunch or an overnight bag, then decide on a direction and head out.  We always stumbled across amazing treasures… antique car museums, blooming azaleas, rushing rivers, Indian heritage sites andRead More →

Here’s a fantastic video from Krista Vernoff, executive producer and head writer for Grey’s Anatomy, talking about the need for artists to reframe our definition of “hard.” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtWTyVnUMkA&w=640&h=360]Read More →

I’ve been experimenting a little today – trying to find the perfect way to cut a heart that’s not too big, not too small, not to high, low or cockeyed.  I’ve almost given up a dozen times, but after a little break I keep finding myself back at the drawing board with a new/better idea. That seems to be one of the things that sets this new life of mine apart from the old one.  I fear I’d reached a point in my career where any obstacle was enough to make me give up and declare the task impossible.  Now I’m finding myself pushing through,Read More →

Really?  Where was Danica when I was in high school?!  I don’t know if I can get my head around sexy algebra, but I am sure loving this book project (which will be finished and available in the shop later this week).  I dug out anything with numbers or geometric designs – even found some graph-paper patterned washi tape to use – so much fun! br The end papers are covered with writing – even a scribbled knock-knock joke on the back… Not a clue what it might be referring to – looks like “hide park”?  It may have to remain a mystery. I willRead More →

Welcome to One January Day!  Phew – what a journey I’ve had getting here!!!  From leaving AT&T, to saying farewell to dragonfly, to starting an Etsy store, to registering a domain (yikes), I feel like I’ve walked a million miles to get to this new beginning!  I’m so very, very, very grateful that you’ve followed me over here.  This path is feeling like it needs a little more clearing and care right now, but I sense it holds a lot of promise and I’m excited to get started! You might be wondering, “why go to all the trouble of changing to a new blog?”  AsRead More →