Sunday, October 23, 2016

I can not help myself

This election is making me mentally ill. 

Friday, September 09, 2016

6 years of change!

When I was released from my job in 2010, I felt invisible. Then I sat at my computer for 4 years freelancing, I started taking Photo Booth photos of myself, to remind me ... I was still here. Mom would sit behind me all day long, watching TV and doing her crosswords. I recently took another set of Photo Booth photos with Mason and discovered all of these ridiculous photos of myself. But I love seeing the change, mom behind me, when we brought little Sophie home, when I brought Pebbles home, Matt got in on the Photo Booth with me, Mason came home, my uncle in the background (who passed away a couple of months ago), Bri cut my hair and I documented it, then mom was gone, Mason is growing up and I am definitely looking older. Time rolls by, we change, get older, wiser? I want to remember to still take photos of myself and my life occasionally as a snapshot of the moment. To remind me ... I am still here.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Seeing red

You know you have friends that you don't have to talk to for a long time, to be able to feel very close to all the time. I am very lucky to have many of those ;) 

Today, I was having a lovely, long conversation with my friend Lovely Lotus Spirit Artist. I am fortunate to have met many, many years ago at Fort Warden during Artfest. We shared sleeping quarters and became fast friends. She has an angelic aura surrounding her, and everyone who met her, felt it! We went to many more Artfest together and remained close. She stayed at my house when she visited, and got to know and love mom too. 

She has a wonderful ability to connect to the spiritual part of the world and I was telling her that Bri had felt mom in the kitchen with her while she was cooking. Bri heard her bracelets clanging behind her and just felt the warmth. I was telling Christina that was jealous that I had not had one of the encounters ... although I feel mom in the house all the time AND I talk to the chair where she sat. 

And after about 30 more minutes of talking, Christina said, I am seeing a red top or shirt that your mom had ... did she have something red? I thought and I said, I can think of a turquoise and red necklace, but no, nothing right off. So we kept talking about art and life and said our goodbyes.

When I hung up, I looked down and realized I had on a red nightshirt. And texted Christina that fact! THEN, David said, it is even better, because that is your mom's nightshirt ... and I had forgotten that it WAS! GOOSEBUMPS. 

Then mom's favorite movie came on right after that - "Hello Dolly" ... so I guess she is closer than I could wish for! Love you mom! Thank you, Lovely Lotus xoxoxo 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Art that "bugs" me

Kate Kato is an artist, designer, crafter and a collector of unwanted things: "I live in the Welsh boarders where I create sculpture inspired by the nature that surrounds me. My sculptures are predominantly of plants and insects and are made from recycled materials. I love to work mostly with paper and textile, using stitching and embroidery to bring the various parts of my sculpture together." Her incredible work on instagram.

Series of insects we made for IGEPA Benelux, we made these insects out of used and recycled paper by coming soon 


Julie Alice Chappell conjures up these delightful creatures from circuit boards. Find her work on Etsy.

Beautiful textile sculptures of months, butterflies, and other insects with various textiles and embroidery techniques by Yumi Okita, also found on Pinterest.

Helen Ahpornsiri’s delicate creations crafted from tiny dried and pressed ferns. Also find more of her art on instagram.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Funny Farm

Isidro Ferrer creates Funny Farm, a group of nineteen wooden animals that are a bit quirky. 

Sunday, July 03, 2016

The art of wood

Yen Jui-Lin, an independent wood-making artist from Taiwan. Amazing work. 

Friday, June 03, 2016

Rose of Sharon

I want to buy a new camera but I need to find out if my photographing-flower-passion is still in there some place. I have not felt up to it much in the last year. I saw this Rose on Sharon on my walk today. So playful with all of that springing from the the middle.

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Nobel Truong's cactus made out of fluorescent acrylic. 

Veronika Richterová's Collection of Cactuses made from PET bottles, photo Michal Cihlář 

Mariscal designed a sculpture that looks like a six-meter tall prickly pear, made of stainless steel with a polished mirror finish, from which living cacti sprout.

Cactus sculpture, center piece of Perth city.

Sunday, April 10, 2016


It is funny how you long to see flowers, then all of a sudden, they are everywhere, so many you can not take them all in at once.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Grape Hyacinth

I waited a little too long to capture these little guys.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

English Daisies

I grabbed my camera and captured this perfect little flower at dusk.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter bunnies and other madness

It has been awhile, but I am trying to sew the sleeping yeast illustration idea up as a softie ;) 

I dusted off my camera and realized how much I miss taking photographs of my favorite subject.

I finally made the corn beef I bought for St. Patrick's Day. With David's help, I think mom would be proud. I reminisce a lot about how mom spoiled us: We laugh that Matt never made a bed or did laundry. I never really learned how to cook, it is hard for us to grocery shop. We miss her.

We had a fun day with Mason, chasing Easter eggs in the house since we had lots of rain last night. Mostly high on Chocolate.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Beautiful backgrounds

I loved Samurai Jack, animation backgrounds painted by Scott Wills are so stunning. Makes me want to warp myself and live inside the cartoon! A couple of painting demonstrations here.

These backgrounds by Iryna Korshak are really lovely. Serene.