Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring is Sprung!

Happy Happy First week of Spring!

The photo is from my front yard, aaah, blue skies and blossoms. Today, is another stormy day with lots of rain and wind and only grey skies, but at least the threat of winter is now past.

I am excited, I am going to Norway very soon to see my children! Well, actually a couple of months away, and I will be traveling with my husband for business to Helsinki first, and then afterwards, for a short jaunt to Norway.

At the advice of blogger Mary Ann Moss at "Dispatch from LA", we have been enjoying Norwegian films on Netflix. She recommended "Elling" a great film about two very dysfunctional room-mates, one of whom becomes a poet. This is a great movie and I highly recommend it. Then, we watched a film called "Buddy", another Norwegian film about three room-mates who keep a running video documentary about their everyday lives that gets picked up by national television.

I look forward to more recommendations by Netflix, as both of these have been "spot-on"!

Still trying to squeeze in art journaling every day. Work has been busy, so I haven't had as much time for this as I would like.

I am also trying to decide if i should buy a new art book for inspiration. I have quite a few titles in mind, so now I will just have to choose one (or two!).

I'll try and post a link to the one I finally choose.

Meanwhile, happy art making...and happy creating to my friends who are lucky enough to be at ArtFest this week!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

I am sorry for not making an appearance here for so long! I have been busy with computer software upgrades and various other things. I am celebrating a little bit of joyful studio freedom time as I have an empty house :( for the first time in many, many months.

We have been very lucky to enjoy some mild and sunny West Coast weather, and I have been taking every opportunity to get outside and pretend it is Spring and walk and bike ride. But, alas, today, it is raining very hard, and it is not so appealing to get out for my walk.

I have lots of creative projects on the go...and finally a little bit of solitude, so I really will get some of them done! Check back next week for a few updates!

Meanwhile, happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

Wishing you the beauty and joy of Christmas shared with family and friends!

Along with blessings for a creative and prosperous New Year 2012!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Preparing for Christmas Craft Nite

In the spirit of excitement getting ready for my friends to come over for a Christmas crafty nite, I dressed up these lanterns with cedar, painted pine cones, ribbon and sparkly glitter for my front entrance. Then I realized that maybe they might be a fire hazard? Oh well, they look really pretty even if the candles aren't lit!

We had fun, laughter, and were surrounded by the twinkling Christmas lights, glowing candles, Christmas music, while working on a few last minute cards, and other surprises. I am so grateful for the friendship of these beautiful ladies! All creative and passionate in their own areas of expertise!

Visit Violette's blog for tons and tons of colourful inspiration! Lucky me to live just a hop, skip and a jump from Violette's magic cottage!

And my friend Paula the writer, and Brenda, the music teacher! I hope to have another relaxed evening like this very, very soon! I am truly in the Christmas spirit after our very festive and fun crafty evening.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Preparing for Homecoming

Only two more days before my daughter arrives home! It's been a long year without her here and we are so excited she will be home for the holidays. It will be a merry Christmas indeed!

Happy creating,

Friday, December 2, 2011

First Week of December

I can hardly believe it is the first week of December! Today was so mild and sunny, that I took my camera and went for a wonderful walk in the sunshine. The sun kept playing in and out of the clouds with me, making great shadows and high contrasts. I took a lot of nature photos which I had hoped to upload, but for some reason, I cannot upload any photos right now.

I woke up so early, excited for the day, and wanting to take full advantage of the light while it is here. The days do seem to short right now, I look forward to the Solstice already.

Slowly, slowly, I am gearing up for the Christmas season. Only a few more days until my daughter arrives home from Norway. She has been in Europe now for almost a full year! I want to make sure her room is nice and welcoming for her when she arrives!

Can Christmas be coming in just over three weeks??????

Lots to do and create between now and then.

Happy creating!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Vintage Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Giving thanks for wonderful family, friends, good health, and the beginnings of the holiday season!

Have a wonderful holiday, wherever you may be during this season...