Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fall Seven Times Get Up Eight

my bluebird of happiness.....come perch on my porch again.....soon.

Oh where, oh where, do I start......let's first start with learning one's lessons the REALLY hard way.

(Note:Last year, I went gluten free as suggested by my doctors because one does not argue with lab results that state you are 500 times over the normal limit for normal people  (something, something etc. etc. etc.) in your body...well, except that I did argue it for two years but I have already rode that horse into town so let's move on. So, I have been so very, very, very, happy to be healthy again after getting rid of those pesky gooey things called gluten protein in my diet. Yes, I even feel better than I ever had before.) 

Problem is, is that when you eliminate something out of your diet and it sneaks back in (cough cough) because you were living the wild life of ordering a cobb salad in a movie theatre (I know, I know) then eating it in the comes back with a vengeance, like a Taylor Swift song on steroids. And I did this culinary walk on the wild side, the night before I was about to host Thanksgiving for, oh, about 20 or so people.

So, I spent most of my Thanksgiving evening explaining that I was absolutely not contagious (because if it was, I would have given it to every sucker I know by now, just kidding....a little). It's tough being the hostess who is slowly turning a shade of blue right before you while also stuffing her buttered hand inside a turkey, one can think thoughts, who wouldn't? It wasn't too bad an evening but not being able to help clean up after made me feel bad as my sister's in-laws scrubbed my pots and pans. I know they were happy to do it but it just felt so, childish of me. Weirdest thing was....

I didn't EAT ONE SINGLE thing I made that day....the local, free range, organic (expensive) turkey, the gluten free stuffing, the pumpkin pie custards, the homemade cranberry sauce.....thank goodness I didn't actually make my mashed potatoes because that would have sent me over the edge. There's nothing like being sick during the holidays but the worst is when it is preventable. I mean, I was (am) sick because of my own lack of judgment (a.k.a-stupidity). My sister-in-law, let's just call her a sister, Katie reminded me yesterday, we learn things the hard way so that we don't forget the lesson. Oh, so true.

So I saw this other thought today over at Uncommon Goods, a Japanese saying "Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight" and it just resonated with me. I don't think I will be falling down again anytime soon. But tis' the season, there will be a lot of sausage balls floating around and various decorated trays with questionnable sprinkles  and I may be tempted but sigh, I'll just stick to the veggie plate and eat it in a well lit area....damn it!

Friday, November 16, 2012


Okay, I have a bunch of collages that are so past their due date so I'm just going to post them so maybe I can move on. Sheesh.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Chocolate Sculpture

Do yourself a favor and watch this. Then go grab some chocolate!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Eagles Nest

Adobe Ideas and iPad Mini

rather rudimentary but hey, it's the first thing I've ever drawn on an iPad AND I drew it with my finger

my four year old daughter Anna's tree (also drawn on the new iPad mini)

So I recently found out through Claudine Hellmuth that she uses Adobe Ideas for a lot of her drawing. I have been desperate to cut out the middle man for some of the art that I do. ANd I am hoping, maybe, I could FINALLY get some new stamp designs over to Emily at StampingBella. (It's been waaaaaaaaay too long and I know I'm on some kind of list over there at this point). So I asked Claudine about her stamps and drawing using a iPad. She loves it.

So my dad the technophile that he is, already has the iPad mini. This weekend,  I loaded up the Adobe Ideas on his iPad. I wasn't sure if I could draw on a pad. And would the mini's screen even be big enough? But alas, it's pretty darn cool. I was impressed. And I didn't have a stylus with me so I drew with my finger but I was really surprised about sensitivity of the pad.

Best of all, it vectorizes your art and you can send it right into Illustrator or Photoshop to tweak!!

I have done so much erasing and redrawing with my simple line drawings, which takes so much time.  Years ago, I used Adobe Streamline but we've come a long way since then baby.......worth waiting for! We'll see. I've got to try the stylus first before I start justify buying the iPad. Regardless, it's

Saturday, November 03, 2012


During hurricane Sandy, our power actually stayed on. Out here in the western part of our county, we have a lot, I mean, a lot of trees and they come down hard in storms like that. So we had our flashlights, water, a carafe of coffee (yes, I know), non-perishable goods (Doritos), fire logs and wine. I sat and waited for the lights to go out while the kids had their friends over and had a storm party. Me, I sat down and read and made art. No sense in cooking anything. No sense in getting into a movie, because the power was going to go out at any moment. And for me, it was kind of like the perfect storm. I was totally in the "zone". ah, I have missed the zone.

(I also during this time finally figured out how to print on vellum and tracing paper allowing me more transparent layers. Using spray adhesive and card stock. And now, unfortunately for my nose, I figured out that matte Modge Podge is amazing, I couldn't get my papers to glue flat-if I wanted with the matte medium. If only it didn't stink soooo much.)

Friday, November 02, 2012

Glimpses From Halloween

used my lino tools-fun!


me and my pumpkins

at the pumpkin patch