I’ve been working on a challenge for my art group this week and finally wrapped it up today.  Can’t show the finished piece until after the swap Thursday night, but I’ll tell you it started as a 500-piece puzzle. I hadn’t put together a puzzle in I can’t remember how long, so I started with that – just piecing it together one lazy Sunday afternoon. There’s something so meditative about puzzle piecing – I’d forgotten.  In the book I’ve been reading, one of the characters (a college chaplain) requires every student who visits him to place a piece in his ongoing puzzle – except theRead More →

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ~Albert Einstein Since I retired, I’ve become an avid library rat – to the point that I’m a little worried Barnes and Noble won’t be able to weather the economic downturn I’ve created by not buying 3+ books per week.  But, I’m loving me the library – one whole heck of a lot!! Except, I have this one lazy/whiny little complaint – when I’m trying to read while doing something else with my hands (namely, eating), a real book oftenRead More →

Woke to a call from hubby’s alarm company this morning (all’s well – just a door malfunction) and on my way back decided today was a day for being outside! It is absolutely glorious out there! And now that I’ve finally got my annual photo-fix of the Bradford yumminess, I’m headed for the nature park to wander in the woods for a couple of hours. Happy Saturday!!Read More →

It’s been a chicken soup kind of week and when I finally emerged from my kleenex-littered cave, spring had sprung!  My neighbor has daffodils blooming and the Bradfords are in bloom all over the place.  I even saw a pink flowering tree yesterday, though I think it was a Pink Dogwood – still a little early for Redbuds.  I’ve been tentatively plotting a garden and it all makes me realize it’s  time to get rolling!  I’d like to do a raised garden – had one once before and loved it so much.  Course, there’s the issue of the mongrels – Buster’s still digging to China,Read More →

The big bathroom remodel continues!  We’ve now evolved from this… to this… I’ve been a little under the weather this week, so not much progress on my end, but hubby has made BIG strides, don’t you think? While I’ve been taking a break from wallpaper stripping, I’ve been collecting ideas for putting everything back together.  I may have my cart before my horse a bit, but I can’t help it – the prettying back up is the best part!!! (click each image to jump to its source)Read More →

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ-aWFYT_SU&w=560&h=315] Have you heard about this?  Zcorp, out of Burlington VT, has released a consumer version of their 3d printer.  This printer uses a powder with a binding agent to print actual objects – like machine parts, tools, and much more.  The finished objects seem to be plastic-like and they’re limited in size to the size of the printer, so you couldn’t actually print out a couch or a car (though you might be able to print out some of the pieces).  You also have to have the skill and technology to either scan (in 3d) the object you want to duplicate or architectRead More →

[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 →