Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What Was Said

'you are not alone' He said

. . . . . . . . . . . .

the bird was encouraged

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sweet News

they listened to her sweet news

A good laugh and a long sleep are

the best cures in the doctor's book.

-Irish Proverb

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My Acorns

I mentioned that on Sunday afternoon my daughter and I went acorn hat hunting.
My inspiration came from an artist on Esty.
Her acorns are very cute and I would love to purchase hers someday.
Until then I am happy with my wonky version.
I made these felt beads about a year ago. They just sit in a basket.
I glued on the old gnarly acorn hats I found and...VOILA!
They are much more funky than refined, but I am good with that.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Kind Man

if only he knew how much

had already grown out of

his kind and tender self

Monday, August 23, 2010

Acorn Hat Hunting

Yesterday on Etsy, I fell in love with this artist's felted acorns.
I would love to buy them but I also knew I could make them. (The statement every artist dreads to hear!)
I also know that going acorn hat hunting would be a great way to ease The Sunday Sads.
So my daughter and I drove to our local apple town just a few minutes away.
The stores were closed and no one was around.
We hunted, took photos, teeter-tottered and my daughter (almost 17) even played on the tire swing.
It was heavenly!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Polka Dot Dress

with a polka dot dress

a pumpkin

and a prayer in her heart

she felt she could do anything...

at least for today

Friday, August 20, 2010

Four Birds

it was the little bird

in the front she marveled at

for he sang

long songs that only suited himself

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Endeavor - New Blog

I am excited about my new endeavor with Todd.
We have started a new collaborative blog.
There will be light-hearted art, music and give-aways!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Day Came...Again

There came a time when the risk to remain

tight in the bud

was more painful

than the risk it took to blossom.

- Anais Nin

Regarding my artwork, I showed this new piece to my daughter. She said, "Your artwork seems a lot happier these days."
Yes. The colors are brighter and the eyes are open.

Funny thing is I never meant any of it be sad. It all comes from the same place for me. In fact, this drawing was brought out by a touching story of a father who just lost a daughter.

Regarding the quote: I have shared it before but it seems timely and appropriate.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Great Love

Where there is great love there are always miracles.

-Willa Cather

Thursday, August 12, 2010

All Are Welcome!

What We Do...

What we do for ourselves dies with us.

What we do for others and the world

remains and is immortal.

-Albert Pine

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sit At Your Table

Stay at your table and listen.

You need not even listen, just wait.

You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.

The world will offer itself freely to you, unmasking itself.

It has no choice in the matter.

It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

-Franz Kafka

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Open To The Sun



of my soul

I throw


to the sun.

-John Greenleaf Whittier

Monday, August 9, 2010


i thank You God for this most amazing day:

for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky;

and for everything which is


which is infinite

which is yes

-e.e cummings

My mom inspired me with this one.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Ceaseless Grace

As the sun shines with a ceaseless grace

Lyrics: Villagers, On A Sunlit Stage

My daughter always finds interesting music. This song is one of them.
The other evening we both ended up at the table. She colored one of my drawings and I created the image above.
As a friend gently reminds me; sometimes you just have to surrender to the cuteness.
Hugs for everyone!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Moving Forward

I laugh!
Most of my life I have been a procrastinating perfectionist.
"If it's not gonna be perfect, than why start?"
That is...
until recently...
deciding to face this block, slowly but surely.

To postpone my dream no longer

But to do at last what I came here for

And waste my heart on fear no more.

-John O'Donohue

Several months ago I got the entire poem from Dan of A Mindful Heart.
The poem is taped by my bathroom sink and I stare at it daily.
But it is the last stanza that I reread several times.

Baby steps.
Small reasonable goals.
Lots of laughter.
Tears too.

But I am moving toward my goal!
Although a work in progress I am getting closer.
See it HERE!

May I be willing to fail...and flail.
May I be willing to succeed.

Thank you to all who shared kind compliments on the new look of my blog!
I greatly appreciate it!

Simple Song

Sometimes you wake up too early...

and you pray.

You discover your prayer is a song.

The song is simple.

You sing it until...

you fall back asleep.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


My daughter's dad gave back to me my family's old terracotta pot. But he returned it freshly planted with vincas.
My hair dresser gave me a powder I was oogling over.

A healing hug from my mama!
An unexpected phone call from a sweet friend.
Daily laughter.

Grace. Forgiveness.

Gifts. I like them...especially the one that can't be contained in a box.

Another gift is to see people coloring.
Dan of A Mindful Heart is coloring!
And so is Branden, a winner of the Fun Free CD giveaway from Todd's YouTube page.

Farewell To Tarawathie

But there's no bird in Greenland
To sing to the whale

-Lyrics: Farewell to Tarawathie

Since high school, I have been in love with Judy Collins' version of this song.
While looking for her video I found this guy and liked him better.