Thursday, April 30, 2009


Ok... Here it is...

Earlier today I went into the basement to start cleaning it out. Because it's my studio, I want to finish it off and make it cozy to work in. Basements, being what they are, are very depressing to work in especially if they aren't finished off as I am sure some of you already know! I feel as if I am working in a dungeon and that's actually what I lovingly refer to it as. A few months ago I bought the magazine Where Women Create and was totally inspired to forge ahead with my plans for fixing up my work space. So when I went down there today to start going through stuff I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I have. There really isn't any room to move stuff around and much of it is actual artwork. I don't want to throw it away but I need the room so...

anything that is listed on my Collection Blog and labeled available is 30% off the listed price!


So... if you like my art please consider giving it a good home! Most of it is ready to hang but there is some that needs to be framed. All sales will be handled through my Etsy store as reserved listings. You will be asked to sign up for a buyers account but it is free and you can contact me through the store. So if you have any questions ask ask away!

I hope everyone is having a great day!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Glass + Silver Foil + Vintage Insect Engravings = Fabulous

I have been having fun the past few days making these beauties! Don't you just love them! I am so excited about these!

I have always been in love with vintage engravings especially the botanical and zoological engravings. I have a small collection of books filled with these illustrations that I have referenced for this project. Don't worry... they are all copyright free!

I have listed a few in my Etsy Shop already and will be adding some more over the next few days.

I also have some other design oriented pendants in the works so check back often. If you have a few moments I would love to hear what you think!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Something fun on a dreary day...

I haven't had much time since before the holidays to work on my own stuff. I took two classes this semester; Flash Animation and Intro To Web Design. I had to design two websites for my final projects and learned a ton in the process. Eventually I will have my own website up and running on my url. Between work, homework and housework I feel like I have been working myself to death! Anyways...feeling very stressed I have realized that not much fun has been happening around here lately.

This past Friday and Saturday the weather was fabulous. In the 70's and sunny! Woo Hoo! Unfortunately it didn't last and now it is in the 40's and raining. So so dreary! Feeling down and out today, I decided to play with my camera and photoshop. This photo is the result. The butterfly is stained glass and came from a friend's bridal shower. Her grandfather made a bunch of them for her shower as favors for all of the guests. I have it stuck on my dining room window where I can enjoy the sun shining on it. Now that I have created something for myself I feel much better.

Make sure to take time to have some fun and do something special for yourself, especially if you are feeling down!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Today is the anniversary of the death of one of my artist mentor/friends. It has been several years since his death but I still think of him often...

Today, as I was driving to the chiropractor enjoying the sunshine, I suddenly became hyper-aware of where I was. I was driving by a building where one of my friend's sculptures resides and had to take a peek over at it. Up to that point I hadn't remembered the anniversary and it wasn't until that moment when I realized the significance of the day and of that moment.

It's funny how we seem to subconsciously be aware of these significant anniversaries in our lives. You never know when or how you will be reminded but it always seems to be just what you needed for that day. My friend was kind, intelligent, talented, funny and inspiring. He also suffered from depression and finally lost his battle with it. It's quite ironic that he took his life on April Fools Day... he did have a twisted sense of humor. It's also a chilling reminder to me that a few words he spoke to me almost 20 years ago became my mantra during my own battle with depression. When he took his life, I was just starting to come out of the darkest period of my depression. It was a very jarring wake up call for me.

Today I am happy to say that my depression is gone and I so appreciate being HERE and having THIS experience we call life. Remembering my friend on a beautiful sunny day reminds me of how far I have come and how thankful I am for it. I so wish that he didn't have to go through what he went through but I know we all have our own paths to walk during our journey here. Mine is definitely better for knowing him...and I have a feeling that this won't be the last time that I am reminded of what he has given me.