10-29 Ephemera

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200 Years of Frankenstein and counting

It’s almost Halloween, a holiday I love but in reality rarely execute well. Case in point – my Halloween mantle dream.  I could have made my idea work if only I hadn’t traveled every weekend in October.  Instead of my vision what is actually on my mantle is a color-changing lantern which an unknown neighbor gave us as part of a ‘You’ve Been Boo’d’ surprise.  Still, even if I don’t decorate I always give out full-size candy bars to trick-or-treaters who ring the doorbell.  Here are a few full-size treats from around the web for you to enjoy too…

…Hope you get to pull a prank or two on Mischief Night followed by a frightfully fun Halloween!

7-27 Ephemera

 

 

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One Sky #61-72*

Life is demanding a lot of me right now, and my creative time, not to mention actual creativity, has been impacted dramatically.  I have managed to find a bit of time each night to fall down the rabbit hole of the web and managed to lose escape reality getting lost in the following…

As for the weekend, I’m heading south to help a child move this weekend and if I’m lucky will get to spend a few hours swimming in the gulf.  How about you?  Here’s hoping you have a great weekend enjoying whatever it is you like to do during your down time…

*Images from ‘One Sky’ – A collaborative project with almost 90 artists and one instruction: look up.  Led by Wendy MacNaughton and Julia Rothman, co-founders of Women Who Draw

 

O’er the land of the free…

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Lithography from 1832

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation… Continue reading “O’er the land of the free…”

You can’t always get what you want…

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Apres’ Lotion  |   Turkish Towels  |  Swimsuit  |  Palazzo Pants  |  Nail Polish  |  Earrings  |  Sunglasses  |  Sandal  |   Perfume  |  Beach Tote

Last week I was in a shopping mood so I headed out to Nordstrom’s.  I left the store empty handed, feeling saddened and disenfranchised and vowing to write to the CEO.  Why?… Continue reading “You can’t always get what you want…”

5-25 Ephemera

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To read or not to read? That IS the question

The weekend is here and most of us are looking at a three-day holiday on account on Memorial Day (aka: the start of summer).  I am looking forward to a few leisurely days spent cooking, gardening, working on long-ignored embroidery and painting projects and wasting some time surfing the web.  Here are a few things I’ve recently stumbled upon that might help you waste some time too…

  • The Great American Read asks how many of the top 100 you’ve read (the books I’ve read are highlighted) and lets you vote on your favorites. PBS – we seriously need to discuss 50 Shades of Grey and great in the same sentence!
  • Ever wonder how the whole 4-20 thing got started?  My money is on the Waldo theory.
  • The ultimate groupie reminisces about rocker love and lust in the 70’s
  • Mr. Boddington makes me want to write long letters to my favorite peeps while sipping a mint julep
  • Doesn’t this dessert look yummy? I’ll let you know next week since I plan on trying the recipe this weekend.

Hope you all have a great opening summer weekend doing whatever you like to do with whomever you like to do it with!

 

 

 

 

Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married…

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Entering the Chapel

I came down with a serious case of RWF (Royal Wedding Fever) this weekend and am only now recovering.  Did you tune in to watch Megan marry Harry? I could not bring myself to get up at the crack of dawn to watch live but have spent a LOT of my free time since Saturday looking at all of the pictures and video of the event and am still captivated by each image from the ceremony, all of which show the radiant couple beaming with joy and love… Continue reading “Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married…”

Hey mama….

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I really believe that all mom’s try their very best but it is such a tough, all-consuming, unselfish and demanding job that it can occasionally – or permanently – overwhelm even the strongest amongst us.  Some would argue Mother’s Day is a ‘Hallmark holiday’ but who really cares?  If it reminds us to take a few minutes out of our increasingly self-absorbed lives to reach out to a woman (or man)  who gave you unlimited love, unstinting encouragement and ever-constant support to make you the person you are today then it can’t be all bad.  To all the mom’s I know – whether biological, adoptive, step, or foster – thank you and here’s wishing you a day full of laughter and love this Mother’s Day!

*Hey Mama – Kanye West

Who are you? Who, who…

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Ashley Mintz ‘Express Yourself’  (Acrylic on Wood)

It was my pleasure to help Nashville artist Ashley Mintz hold a series of workshops this past winter and early spring, which culminated in the April 20th opening reception for her ‘Who Am I?’ project… Continue reading “Who are you? Who, who…”

Lavender blue dilly dilly…

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Lavender Love

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. You could wait until May 12th to get your mom a gift, or you could take inspiration from 2018’s ‘color of the year’ and get your mom something  uniquely lavender before her big day.   You and I both know what your mom really wants is a few minutes of your time, hearing about your life and maybe sneaking in a hug or three if she’s lucky! That said, it never hurts to ensure you remain her favorite by gifting her a little something something that say’s ‘thanks’.

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*Lavender Blue – Sammy Turner

4-17 Ephemera

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“Oooooops” – part of the “Who Am I?” Installation

I’ve been working without a day off for a few weeks now, preparing for “Who Am I,” a community writing and art show featuring the works of 42 participants ranging in age from 6 to 90.  Between packing up the old show, matting and framing the new, and preparing the show materials I haven’t had time for much of anything except a few stolen moments wasted on the web, looking for my next adventure.  Here are a few items that held my attention long enough for me to want to experience each in person…

How about you?  Do you have the itch to get away somewhere?  Where would like you to escape to for a few days…or weeks?  I’d love to know…