Monday, April 29, 2013

Iced Coffee and Hibernation



Although the trumpet vine thrives,
I do not

It stretches and reaches toward the sun
I do not 

I hibernate
ponder the power bills
worry over the limping air conditioner

I hibernate
till fall

Think I'm kidding?
Ask around
I'm as difficult to spot as 

a dormouse

It's pretty out there


Iced Coffee
Only 2 spots left in the class
Must register by May 2nd

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Samples For May Class

Time for a Spring class
Spending lots of time in the Studio
Thank goodness for TCM
I've been making samples

Class is May 11th
Local gals email or call for information
Hope to see you

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Dearest Son has been successfully
 doing stand up for several weeks now.
I don't know how he finds the time
 to accomplish all that he does.
I do know he has a wicked sense of humor.
His significant other is also trying stand up,
and they both are being asked back at clubs! WoOt!
All their efforts, hard work and bravery
will eventually lead them to their dreams.
I know it.

Darling Daughter now has an IMDb page
and the poster for her short film
 is on it as of today!

She and her significant other are 
filming another short this weekend.
Last Round

You can read about it on indiegogo here
Dreamers also on their way.

Bragfest complete

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's Cold

Walking in the garden in summer pj's and a sweatshirt
We have all been talking weather for 5 months
Global warming anyone?

The roses are at their best right now

The bottles are coming out on the bottle brush

Bees will be here soon 
so will the hummers

Lots of shade
Lots of pink silks dropping soon
requiring lots more cleanup

Yin Yang

are actually complimentary
not opposing forces

interacting to form a whole
greater than either separate part

shadow cannot exist without light

Found this on 
Carole's post this a.m.
chased away a few shadows for me

Some wise words to keep in mind from  
From Patton Oswalt on facebook

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity."
But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem -- one human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in a while, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evildoers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

It's cold
but many things warm my heart

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pin It

Finished up these pin cushions
Fashioned from meat grinders
They clip onto your work table at
 home or for a class

Stuffing includes lavender and
topped with premium distressed burlap
Been making/selling these for over 10 years
These are the last of the grinders,
found during last purge

1 small  $28 + (12 shipping) 11"
2 medium $28 ea + (17 shipping) 12"
1 large $33 + (17 shipping) 13"
1 jumbo $33 + (17 shipping) 16"

See my check covered one? Used almost daily
One of three in my studio
I must have one for each table

Clamped on
I've added distressed tags and MOP buttons

These will ship in flat rate boxes 
because they are very heavy
which is why shipping is what it is.
Email me to purchase

another type of pin
saw on pinterest

All wrapped up
Two tension bars in small corner of my cupboard
has corralled all my wrapping paper

No more dusty tub under bed

Saturday, April 13, 2013

T but no A

Dance Ten Looks Three
A Chorus Line

I have been getting the best emails and comments 
about ...well...
and breastfeeding and  
other confessions about 
"the girls"
we all share..
even "1 and 1/2 girls "

" I took a night off for my anniversary to spend the night away from my baby who was 3 mos old.    I soaked two hotel beds and was standing crying in the shower while milked flowed down,  I had no idea how much milk I had in them jugs!  So much for 'romance'!  "

seriously, go to yesterday's post and 
read the comments and add your story 
here or there
I added more to my story by replying this to another gal's email: 

"Hannah ended up in neo natal 2nd day. My milk came in- I was not allowed to nurse her ..I was so terrified of her in nic u that I couldn't let down to pump. Picture me in nurses lounge 2 days later hanging upside down drinking a beer the nurses gave me to relax while two of them had attached manual pumps one to each side as they were concerned I was heading toward mastitis..I laughed so milk let down and I flooded the floor.."

Ben and Jerry
Bert and Ernie
Thelma and Louise
the twins
(my HS intramural basketball team?
 the bouncing bundas- my idea)
(personal favorite)

we've all got em
or had em
love em
hate em
use em
worry about em
change em
check em

lots of T
no A today



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Underneath It All

Pared down to the core
Revealing what is really 
underneath it all.

Fluffy and cute but burdened with 
too much, can't see clearly.

Leave it to me to use dog grooming as a metaphor

what do you need to shed?

everyone will tell you what 
they believe 
you and your home
look like

But what if that is not you?
Should you have what the Jones' have?
More importantly does every wish need to,
deserve to be, fulfilled?
We cannot all be best in show.
Should we even attempt to be?

I WILL tell you
to have only what works for you;
not what any blog, or magazine
or tv show demonstrates.

If it's stored in old boxes,
shoved in closets,
cluttering up the garage
so that you can't even park in there
then it does not have value.

I am NOT saying
do not have stuff.
I have stuff.

If it no longer works for me,
out it goes..sold, given to friends, or donated.

I AM saying
your stuff should matter,
if it is in your home,
if it's important to you,
then it deserves a place of honor.
Storing relatives' belongings in boxes
because of guilt is not honoring that person,
or their possessions. 
Holding on to anything you May
need in the future should be evaluated honestly.

My clients are rolling their eyes - 
they've heard it ad nauseam

Home size has gone from an average
983 square feet in the 1950's
up to 2300 sq feet in the 2000's,
average remember..50% have even more space
while family size has decreased with each census,
 and yet.....

Storage facilities increased over 75%
in the past 12 years alone, and most report 90% occupancy
and the average length of use is over 15 months.
Average credit card debt is $7,000.
More distressing... if you look only at households with 
debt it rises to $15,000.

I am beating a very dead horse, I know..
I'm entitled to as an old grey mare
but while walking yesterday I saw many open garages
piled nearly to the ceiling-front to back-side to side
with an aisle to walk through
 broken and leaning boxes...
2000 square feet inside of the home


what matters is 
underneath it all

Sunday, April 7, 2013

It Doesn't Take Much

it doesn't take much 
i glance around and notice comfort
Good Tidings
left out all year to remind me of my friend Carole
large heart also from her
tangibles to connect 

simple scene of waiting mail

glimpse of sunshine and reflected antler, a morning gift

dark hearts are hidden among the light
i have learned this 
i intentionally surround myself 
with reminders of the universe

affirmation needed 

 good times remembered

 summer days with DD and Shakespeare
cloth from the costumes of '03
soon to be a graduation gift - "fabric of our lives"

 loved patina of this fountain..but silent
except for annoying motor

life is not etched in granite
evaluate, repair, give away or walk away

flotsam and jetsam

some folks 
seem busy for the sake of busy
wallow and thrive... in drama
keep digging instead of climbing out
the universe coughs up a lot
but you almost always have choices

i threaded wire through tubing and attached it bent...
now a lovely sound is tucked into a corner
evaluate - repair

added orphan door to tabletop
cloche brought in from outside
sometimes it takes a while to notice
a good pairing
evaluate - re-pair

 my polka dot cup of Joe
suits the tableau
suits me

“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” 
― William Morris

simple comforts
it doesn't take much

embrace what works 
stop tolerating what does not

 discover what truly matters
and what doesn't
make things happen for you
not to you


Friday, April 5, 2013

I'll Stop - I Swear

don't piss off the fairies

broken and abused find a home

concocted this last night
it's loud WoOt!

Discount roses at market,
they arrived too late at the store for Easter
 the gal said...5 bucks!
My mom's pitcher, older than me

talk about dappled light

Fell asleep out here last evening
on my new lounge.
I normally have to pay my yard guy 100.00
to come clean up in a day what took
me over a week to accomplish.
Dancing toward 60 isn't what it's cracked up
 to be when it comes to chain saws and gutters. my head that means I had an extra 100.00
in the budget to splurge.
Saw a pretty decent padded lounge
 in front of the market for 129.00
Right color, 6 adjustable positions

I grabbed it.
Don't know how to arrange the yard just yet,
this guy is big, but nap-a licious

I don't want my looming neighbors to be able to see
me sleeping out here..
yep, usually in mismatched pj's,
so it may stay crowded in this space for a bit.
Until it is too hot to nap.

I'll stop with the garden now - I swear
don't know what's come over me this year

Happy Birthday Chania
my dear friend
( go over to Razmataz and buy yourself a pretty bauble
your birthday is coming, you deserve it)
A good weekend wish for everyone