Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 09:01 PM

Bows4_1It is Thursday evening and that means there are only two more days until Christmas.  It is hard to believe that this year is almost over and a new one will begin within a week!  All of my shopping is finished and I only have a little more baking to do for the neighbors.  For the first time since we have been back in Florida, we will be in our home on Christmas eve.  I am pretty excited about this.  We plan to attend a Christmas party and spend time with close friends.  On Christmas day we will be driving to Charleston to spend time with family.  It should be a fun week!  Best wishes to everyone!  I hope your week is fun, relaxing and stress-free!!


California the Beautiful!

TreeIt has taken me a while to post this, but better late than never.  My husband and I vacationed in California last month and found it quite beautiful!  We flew into San Francisco and spent a few days there.  We managed to cover a better part of the city including the San Francisco Zoo, Golden Gate Park, the Wharf and Alcatraz!

After a few days in San Francisco, we headed for Yosemeti.  I am afraid of heights so I found it difficult to make the drive into the valley.  It was awesome to see such beauty in nature!   My favorite time was riding bikes along a twelve mile bike trail through the valley around sun down!

After spending a couple of days in Yosemeti, we drove through Nappa Valley and over to the coast.  We spent a day in Muier Woods, which is home to the Redwood Trees.  This had to be one of my favorite places on the whole trip!  It smelled like evergreen and was lush and just beautiful!  The drive along the ocean was breathtaking!  It was so hard to believe that just a few miles away were the mountains! 

We spent the last day sightseeing and shopping in Sausalito.  This is a quaint little town on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.  It is worth the trip!

This part of California is just gorgeous and I hope to one day make it back for a visit!

Collaborative Art for Relief "Color of Hope"

AuctionThere is strength in numbers.  A group of noted mixed-media artists* came together to create a unique collaborative work of art, based on the theme of "Hands On" and all of the proceeds of the sale of this work will go directly to The American Red Cross for hurricane relief. 

This one-of-a-kind wall hanging includes elements of paint, fibers, metal, found objects, fabric, paper, and more.  Most of all, it was made with heart.  Each artist explored the concept of compassionate hands, expressing her vision in a wide variety of materials and approaches. Most of all, the artists worked together to affirm their belief that "Art Saves Lives" and that creativity has the power to heal and uplift.

The work in the studio is done, and now the artists seek the visionary buyer/collector who will savor the opportunity to own this singular work of art, plus contribute to an excellent cause at the same time.

*Participating Artists:

Nina Bagley
Keely Barham
Caryn Crimmel
Shirley Ende-Saxe
Sarah Fishburn
Lisa Hoffman
Marylinn Kelly
Karen Michel
Teesha Moore
Lynne Perrella
Lisa Renner
Judi Riesch
Monica Riffe
Michelle Ward 

Visit Color of Hope Auction for all the details and to bid on this beautiful piece of artwork!

Title:  Color of Hope
Size:  Approximately 18" x 40"

Drawing From Life

156898445601a2r2ritdjnw1q6_aa240_sclzzzzI received a wonderful new book yesterday, which I have had on order for some time with Amazon.  It is called Drawing From Life; The Journal as Art.  If you enjoy recording your life in journals or scrapbooks using words and mixed media, you will enjoy this book.  It is a compilation of a varied group of journalists who have shared their own personal journals with author, Jennifer New.  This book is not heavy on instruction, but is a visual treat for any lover of art.  It features information about the artists and the varied techniques and processes used by each to document their daily lives.  It includes travel journals, sketchbooks, naturalists and more!

Visit for ordering information.

A Good Day!

Peacetp_2Good Morning!  Today is Labor Day and I hope you are having a good day so far.  I returned from teaching at Art Unraveled last week and have been catching up ever since.  I leave next week for Atlanta for Altered Jubilee and then come home and fly right out to Virginia for Art & Soul East.  What a crazy time! 

Art Unraveled was a blast this year!  I am sure I feel this way because it was my second year and I knew what to expect, but the atmosphere at this event is fun, encouraging and friendly!  I want to thank my students for supporting me and for being so much fun to be around!  I truly appreciate all of you! 

If you have never attended Art Unraveled I highly encourage you to consider it for next year.  I know it is in Phoenix and it is very hot there in August, but the city is very nice and there is plenty of shopping and dining right near by.   I will say that the heat really got to me this year!  One day it topped 115 degrees.  I know, I is a "dry" heat.  Dry heat or not, it was like being in an oven.  I wear contact lenses and each day was a struggle since it felt like all the moisture had been sucked out of my eyes!  When we arrived in Orlando and were leaving the airplane I was so happy to feel the "humid/moist" air hit me!  My eyes felt better and I could breath.  I am sure it is whatever you are used to.  Many folks tell me that they aren't sure how I can live in a place like Florida where it is so humid!

Okay, I want to share something with you today.  In light of the tragedy going on in the lives of so many in our country, we all have so much to be thankful for.  I have this near my computer where I can see it each day.  I don't always focus on it daily, but I try to do so often.  I hope you will benefit from it.

Rules For Making Every Day a Great Day...

  1. Pray
  2. Think that good things will happen.
  3. Express gratitude to a loved one.
  4. Put your gripes away in a box.
  5. Be patient with an annoying person.
  6. Do something special for someone else.
  7. Do something special for yourself.
  8. Reach out to someone who needs comfort.
  9. Focus deeply on each moment.
  10. Learn from a mistake.
  11. Smile
  12. Pray

Make the most of your day!