All good things must come to an end, as they say, and this day marked the end of an amazing workshop, not to mention a departure from one of the most gorgeous place I’ve ever visited. Valley Ridge is simply heaven for a country-girl-at-heart like me – so peaceful, delicious food (chef Bonnie even pitched in some of her best recipes for a cookbook), and hospitality like no other! Not just anybody could have accomplished what Katherine Engen has done on her little farm in southwest Wisconsin and I’m deeply grateful to have experienced it. If that weren’t enough, I got to experience two ofRead More →

Suffice to say today was heart-filled, with big challenges and careful guides. Honest conversation in the garden urged us all, teacher and student alike, to let go, sink in, trust the journey. Sometimes it’s not easy to see how all the parts fit together. But when every step is taken in earnest, they all (eventually) lead the way to grace.Read More →

I know I promised to tell more about yesterday, but I honestly can’t remember now what I was going to say because my head is so full of all the goodness that was today! I guess that’s the best way to travel life’s journey – in each moment, as it happens. I was so inspired by the day, that when I read Maya’s Type Rider post over dinner, I decided to put my thoughts into poetry form. Seems fitting after a day full of art in a place just inches from heaven… I am grateful for yoga behind the barn on a glorious May morning,Read More →

Well, I had a fancy post almost ready for you, went back to make a final edit and it just disappeared! Poof – just like that!! Suffice to say they grow corn in Iowa and Wisconsin. A whole lot of it. But I’m here – it was a lovely drive with no problems. Class starts bright & early in the morning and I’m just as excited as a five year old at the end of summer. I’m headed to bed early so I’ll be all bright eyed, but will try to recap today’s fun in a little more detail tomorrow. On a final note, I’mRead More →

They say the best laid plans are those laid aside? This morning I got up with every intention of visiting Aquarius Books, but after tooling away an hour or so sipping latte and examining the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain (shown above), I was itching to hit the road and decided to save Aquarius for the trip back. I really hate to say it, but I’m not sure Des Moines, Iowa was worth the rush. I’ve found bits and pieces of charm here and there, such as the displays in Gary’s Depot in Valley Junction (was sorely tempted to take that pink blender home with me)…Read More →

Got a bright and early start this morning and made it to Kansas City! Absolutely glorious day and it seems like the planets are aligning perfectly to make sure I take in all the goodness I possibly can!! First stop was Mrs. O’Leary’s Mercantile in Wichita, KS. I’ve been wanting to visit this store ever since I had the opportunity to take a class with owner, Joni Russell, last summer. Oh my, this place is an absolute treasure trove for a crafty hunter/gatherer like me… well, here, see for yourself… Two hours later, I drug myself away, grabbed a quick lunch and headed out forRead More →

Have been busy today marking off lists and finishing last minute errands in preparation for my big trip… Important items to pack: Misty and Katie’s books Art journal and art supplies Cameras (yep – two!) Phone, iPad and chargers Kettle and tea bags and that’s all I need 😉 Places to stop along the way: Mrs. Oleary’s Mercantile in Wichita, KS Aquarius Books in Kansas City, MO A Store Named Stuff in Kansas City, MO Outstamping Designs in Des Moines, IA and anyplace else that strikes my fancy Errands: Mail “Plant a Kiss” prize – congrats to lucky winner Kate!! Grocery Store (Hungry Mans forRead More →