I opened my e-mail this morning and read a post that discussed observation.  That really resonated with my heart today.  This photo is one of several little collections of shells and various “memories” I’ve placed in jars.  Three are full of shells from my visits to various coastlines here in the states and others are items I’ve found on walks while traveling.  One collection dish I have in my studio is full of items my children or grandchildren have given me, all reminders of a time we shared or a small gift they lovingly gave me.

Years ago I stopped making photo albums and scrapbooks.  Recently, visiting with a friend about a trip, I came home and dug out my scrapbook of that particular trip taken 18 years ago.  I’d written notes by all the photos, most of which I would not have remembered today.  The word, observation, this morning made me think about memories and how we go about preserving  them.   Observation and memories connect somehow for me. Possibly because as an artist I see a subject, place it in my memory and later seek inspiration from that observation to create.  It is important to have memories for me.  Even the not so wonderful memories have a meaning, a lesson, a way of changing our lives.  I’m sad that I no longer have the time to scrapbook but in today’s world of digital photography it is so easy to let go of that form of preservation.  Times have changed and our observation of our world has changed as well.


Gift yourself in life…

Recently my daughter, sister and I roamed the beautiful landscape of southern Utah.  I love, love to explore our national parks and experience different landscapes across our country.   We spent five days viewing the beauty of Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell…amazing beauty to see and photograph.  I so love the red color of the soil in these areas, so different from home.  The desert draws you in with its sculpted rock formations and amazing colors threaded through the landscape.  Each day a different perspective of beauty carved out over years and years at the hands of mother nature.  I think that is one of the miracles I see when I visit, it is not manmade but natural, natures best. 

Travel is a gift I cherish.  It inspires my art and gives me time to unwind from the stressors of living in today’s world.  I’m not complaining one bit about any of my life but giving myself the gift of filling my brain with beauty cannot be taken lightly.  Sometimes I get stuck and need a new perspective.  When I do get the chance to travel I try really hard not to buy into the souvenir trappings, all those little mugs, magnets, t-shirts, etc.  My heart just is not into it but what I do seek is something that I can gift myself that will remind me of my memories of that trip.   We stopped at this huge western shop full of souvenir gems as well as what I like to call the “real deal”.  We all purchased Minnetoka moccasins…gosh it has been years since I owned a pair of these and look at that color!  One of my favorite colors  used in my art over and over…I’m going to treasure these moccasins for years. 

Don’t forget to gift yourself in life.  The gift of splendor and beauty as you witness a sunset on the beach.  Or, a hike in the mountains to a pristine lake surrounded by aspens in the fall.   We all deserve to stop and rest our eyes on the beauty mother nature has provided.  And if you find just the right gem, well, why not gift yourself that too…you deserve it, life is too short not to walk in comfortable turquoise moccasins!  DSCN1151

New Happy Hangers



I am working on four new Happy Hangers.

This little bird along with three others will be heading over to Toucan Gallery for sale.

I have the best time creating these sweet little hanging art pieces.

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Finished Merry Moose

Completed the Merry Moose….pulled a late night and an early morning as I just could not let this one alone!!  Snowing and cold here so I will be in the studio again today.  Needing to start on two commissioned pieces that will be holiday gifts.  Time to get to work!  Have a warm fuzzy day today everyone!  If you are traveling be safe! copy M. Moosecopy head M.

Merry Moose

Today it is an indoor, studio kind of day.  Our weather is changing, cold, freezing rain and snow to come soon!  Working on my Merry Moose painting.  Thus far I’ve placed four layers.  It needs some serious drying time, putting it away for about 24 hours.  I have completed two commission pieces thus far for the holidays.  One being shipped off later this week and the other delivered locally.  It feels great  creating art for holiday gifting.

Thank you for visiting my blog…have a great day everyone!

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Care Cube

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I’ve created several of these mini boxes in various sizes.  I call them my Care Cubes.  I think of the little boxes as a pick-me-up for someone who might need a hug.  Or a small gift to show someone how much you care about them.  This one is going to the gallery today, hoping they will accept it as I’d love to make more.  The Care Cubes always have a theme.  This one is about sweethearts or lovers keeping that special connection.   Each has a recycled piece on the top.  This one has an old button, a ring that says love around it, topped with an old button with a little faux pearl in its center.  These pieces I usually grab out of my collection of buttons that I inherited from my grandmother.

Thank you for visiting my blog…Happy Halloween!

Winter Workshop

Star Bright ~ Star Light ~ Snowman.

This is my next piece for the winter workshop at Bailiwick Gallery.  Monica, the owner, asked me to present a workshop in November.  She left the subject up to me so I felt a winter snowman would fit well with our snow filled winter days.  A bit festive.

Having just completed the piece, I will be visiting with Monica soon to set up the date.

Click the image for a closer look.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Holidays are just around the corner everyone!

Angels on Earth

I had written a bit about this piece but for some reason it did not appear in the post.  The internet is always full of surprises and once in a while has a mind of its own.  So, here is a shorter version of what I’d written previously.

This is a manilla envelope I painted for a special friend to hold a gift certificate.

I am blessed to have five beautiful girl friends which we travel together, support one another and have much joy with loads of giggles when we get together.

They are my Angels on Earth.

Thank you for visiting my blog and all the “likes” I’ve recently received.

Makes my heart smile!

Day Two-Skirt Challenge

Day Two of the Seven Day Skirt Challenge!

Meeting with Sharon this morning to work on plans for the gift bags for Casting for Recovery’s retreat in August.

If you’d like more information on CFR go to their website at www.castingforrecovery.org.  It is an awesome program and we’re so happy to be organizing our fifth retreat for breast cancer survivors!

My daughter will appreciate my choice of skirt today as it’s a hand-me-down from her closet to mine!!  She does have some fun clothes in her closet!  Thanks dear daughter for helping out with my skirt challenge.  Today is going to be in the high 90’s here..hot hot hot!

Little Sis

My sister never looks at my blog and she is not on Facebook…

this is for her birthday in August!

I had so much fun doing this piece, could not wait to show it off, the finish is barely dry!

 Feeling a bit guilty as my sister will probably decide to check my blog!

 No surprise party for her 🙂