“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 →