Saturday, March 28, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mama!

This photo is a few years old, but the only recent one I have of the three generations. That is my mama in the middle, and my daughter on the right. We are going to Portland today to meet up with my sister and two brothers to celebrate our mama's 90th birthday! Unfortunately, none of the grandchildren will be able to be there.

My mama was born in Kansas, and made the big trip to Oregon after she and my dad got married, 61 years ago. They have lived in Portland ever since. Her world has gotten even smaller in the last few years, due to physical limitations, but her sense of humor and wit really shine when all of her children are around, so it will be a fun weekend.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


If you are a fan of art journaling, RUN--DON'T WALK, here and check out the website for the new retreat, Journalfest!

The retreat itself sounds fantastic, but you have GOT to see the incredible website that Teesha's daughter, Tiphoni created. It is the coolest thing I have ever seen! I knew that Tiphoni was uber-talented, but she really outdid herself on this one!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Talk to the hand...

I started a journal about my hands when I went to Play in January. I have a couple of other posts about the same journal. Here is a page I completed recently. It is still a bit of a struggle for me to write in my visual journal, as I have kept a written journal for so many years (about 39!). This journal has a specific theme, however, and it is easier to write in it.

I like this page, the photo is from a Sports Illustrated magazine, and I had saved it before I broke my wrist. I liked the exuberance of all the hands reaching. I liked the theme of hands even before I started this journal. I have several pieces of hand related art in my home.

My wrist is getting better. I go to hand therapy twice a week and do a variety of exercises three times a day. I am making progress, but I am ready to be back at work! My hand and wrist just aren't yet. I am hoping by the end of April I will be working. It will probably still take me a few months to build up to what I was doing before I injured myself.

I want to add that my friend Delorse took the photo in my sidebar, click on her name and visit her thoughtful and beautiful blog! Thanks, Delorse!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Projects completed, projects begun

I have been finishing up projects hanging around, and starting on ones I have thought about doing for a long time. The following two images are of some small collages I have been making with the "beautiful paper" I made in Anne Bagby's class at ArtFest last year. (Be sure to click on her name, she has a new website with really beautiful photos of her work.) She suggested that we do some small collages with the paper we created, and it took me nearly a year to start. I am going to do more with these, they are essentially backgrounds at this point. I usually fall in love with my backgrounds at least for a while, but I think these will be even more interesting when I have added to them. I have some ideas, but want to make a few more before I start. I have made 10.

The next two images are of a project I made for my niece for a wedding present. She got married almost four years ago. I know. The project was lifted from ClothPaperScissors magazine, July/August 2007. Anna Maria Horner made this, and I loved the rules, and thought my niece would like something hand made. I had everything I needed but the 12 x 12 canvas. It was fun picking out the fabrics to use. A very easy project to complete, and it will be winging its way to Dallas, TX as soon as I show her mother (who is also crafty) this weekend!

I just found out today that the circle journals we started with Celeste as our leader, are just about done! I hope to have mine to show you in a week or so, and I am excited to work in the ones I haven't seen yet!
Have fun with your projects!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


church from the 1860's in San Antonio, TX

Even though I no longer go to church, old habits die hard. Couldn't resist posting a picture of a church taken in October when we visited our daughter in Texas. It is still Sunday for a little while longer!

I have been fooling around on facebook a little bit, I signed up thinking it would be a way I could network and promote my business, but it seems more social than business. I had a lovely surprise on Friday when Jane, a friend from UW who I have known for over 30 years but lost touch with in the last few years, "friended" me! We have been catching up in a couple of long emails, and I hope we reconnect in person soon.

When we were at UW, we were studying intellectual history (!) and were quite serious. Now all these years later, it turns out she is very interested in art and artmaking, too! She makes jewelry with stones and beads from Africa and it is quite lovely. She has a shop on etsy here, hop on over and take a look. She also works with fiber and surface design, though I haven't seen any of that work yet.

I really love how it often happens that friends will parallel each other's interests. I am looking forward to sharing more with her.

Sunday is also the day that once or twice a month I get together with some friends from ArtFest at Third Place Books. We all bring projects and work on them and share. It is a very rich time. We did it today and I feel very satisfied. Maybe that is my church?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Morning Musing

morning tree at Fort Worden

I haven't posted for over a month because I have been thinking about what this blog is about, what do I want to do with it? I think when I have long lapses between posts one of the reasons is I am not sure what I am trying to accomplish here.

I updated my profile information (located to the left of this post) to define for myself what I want to do. Hopefully, this will be helpful to my readers, too. I have decided that I was very out of balance with my work life. Don't know why I needed to break my wrist to slow down enough to realize this, but there you go. When I start back to work in about a month (hopefully), I will have the opportunity to structure my work hours so I have a more sane schedule.

I have tried to focus on art making as much as possible since I have been on this hiatus, and I have learned that I need to structure that as well. I have not made art 24/7, as I thought I would, I have to make it a priority, just like anything else.

This post is meant to reintroduce myself and my blog. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on art making and life making, and photos of both.