Observations on life & art and the inspirations I see around me

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Hearts

I started collecting hearts back in the '70's so there are lots around the house (another thing I'll probably  have to edit for the move). After Karl & I watched Couples Retreat this afternoon (good laughs for a grey day) I spent quiet a bit of time editing and organizing photos. I managed to create a mosiac of a few of the collected hearts but but I could not get it to save and load into blogger.  

Now it's time to make dinner so I'll show a few and say Happy Valentine's Day.  Hope everyone has had a day filled with love. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


In case you're looking for more ways to donate to Haiti relief, go over to ebay and bid on the lovely ring Ashley has donated.  100% of the proceeds go to Global Giving. Thomasin Durgin of Metal Riot has organized the auction.  There are 50 rings so that's 50 opportunities to give.

The sun is shining!  What an absolute thrill after what seems like weeks of grey.  I'll be inside most of the day but my mood immediately brightened when I saw the difference in the light...definitely an opportunity to smile.

I start physical therapy today for my knee.  It's a new opportunity for me to get in better shape.  Whatever I learn, I have a new resolve to get fit.  

Ashley is coming today to help me list things on etsy and giving me an opportunity to work on new art.  Hope your day is full of great opportunities.
The last week was full of opportunity for hugs.  I have to end with a picture of one of the greatest joys of my life.  Hope she makes you smile. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Exciting News

The Tote put together by Lyric Kinard with my fabrics included sold yesterday for $250 in the Tote Tuesday fundraiser.  That's $250 for American Cancer Society. There will be lots more Totes to come on Tuesdays through March so check it out.

The second good news is that Karlie arrived last night for a visit.  She came with her Mommy & Dad.  She and Mommy are staying with us while Dad left this afternoon to go snowboarding for a few days. 

They arrived in time for everyone to go to Jane Ruestmann's opening at Oxide Gallery in Denton.  Jane is one of the featured artists for Feburary and there is still some beautiful work to be had there even with what looked like very brisk sales last night.  Congratulations Jane.  Karlie is already a collector, having a piece over her crib.  You can't start too early building art appreciation.  Finally, I got a great message last night from our God son telling me that he's decided to major in art and teach HS Art.  That makes me proud for whatever small influence I may have had in that decision.  Exciting.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Checking In....

This was last week when the sun last shone.  Today is grey.  I just wanted to say hello and that I'm getting back to thinking about making art.  I found this blog post by Mary Ann Moss  in my surfing this afternoon for a spot of color and inspiration.

I did the hospital thing last week.  It was actually a "Surgicare" where you bounce in and out in one day.  I got arthroscopic repairs made to my right knee and the meds, to which I am very sensitive, bounced me home again about 6 hours later (this being a "30 minute" procedure they'd said).  I pretty much slept away the next 24-30 hours. Karl took very good care of me with Ashley coming up on Sat. while he attened a memorial for a friend from HS.  Given that he drove 3+ hours each way he was tired too yesterday so we vegged the day away with movies and snacks.

Today is still cold and dreary so I didn't have any qualms about getting right back to the comfy chair after getting the stitches out at the Dr's. office and having breakfast at Cracker Barrel this am.  I had visions of working in the studio but the cold was too much and my leg ached - strange since they have you put ice on for swelling.  I did manage to stack some fabric in a bucket for "Lasagna Dyeing" (mixed up dye colors & scrunched fabrics in one bucket). I'll post a picture if they turn out well and maybe even get upstairs tomorrow to sew before Celeste & Karlie arrive for a visit.  In the meantime, from under the wooly blanket I'm sending greetings and hope everyone stays safe and warm.