Thursday, July 23, 2009

Artist Trading Cards

I finally completed my cards to go back to San Diego! I received 3 beautiful origami cards (aren't they grand!) and in exchange was sending
3 back with the theme for summer,
as I mentioned earlier, - baseball - hotdogs ...

My recipient is a Padres fan, of course, so here are my cards:


Friday, July 17, 2009

The Show is building

DON'T FORGET TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! August 16th - 11:00 - 5:00
"Artists by the Lake" will be having our first show! Come meet the creators and find something for yourself, your home or great gifts to share. We are a small group that is growing - no overhead so you can buy right and support local talent. We will have a drawing for a "street prize" (we don't have a door) - so come on by!
Check out the Forget me Not Handbags link - the designer, Renee, will be here herself!
See ya!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I've read before - but worth re-reading from time to time

One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore". No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute." Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, say"I love you." So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage.....And old cars... And children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a sister-in-law after divorce. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what. Life is important, like people we know who are special. And so, we keep them close! I received this from someone who thought I was a 'keeper'! Then I sent it to the people I think of in the same way. Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know you love them? I was thinking...I could die today, tomorrow or next week, and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that needed rekindling or three words needing to be said. Let every one of your friends know you love them. Even if you think they don't love you back, you would be amazed at what those three little words and a smile can do. And just in case I'm gone tomorrow. I LOVE YA!!! Live today to the fullest because tomorrow is not promised.
thanks Debbie - dana

Saturday, July 11, 2009

paradise in our backyard

It is funny how we are always looking to go somewhere an artist, looking for somewhere to take my sketch pad and get sucked in by the surroundings. Well, I went to another artist's home, my stepmom's. She has built a beautiful little paradise just minutes away. You pull in the drive and you think you have discovered "the secret garden". Her gardens are breathtaking and you just want to pull out the easel and settle in for the day - which I am sure I will do at some point. Every room in her home is soothing and yet inspiring to go deep within and create something. She is working on a mural with colored pencil in one of her rooms - makes you want to come home and color on the walls! I am pondering which wall I will attempt this artistic challenge. It was a great visit and can't wait to go back.

In the meantime I have been working on Tilly, my bird, more to do but here she is so far.

make a great day!


Thursday, July 9, 2009


Time to let go of some stuff - doing a garage sale this Sunday - July 12th. corner of Shaw and Lake Dr. - some pretty cooool stuff I might add. Anyways - making room for the up coming Art Show! Stop by and check out my treasures.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


I am planning an art show: Artist's on the Drive
August 16th - a Sunday! 11:00 - 5:00
I am seeking some more participants. If you are local and would like to display your work - please contact me. There will be no charge to you - just some local exposure. There may be traffic - may not be - but a day of shared creative energy and hopefully some sales.
You can email me at