October 29, 2011

Phone Apps

Original artwork + Camera Effects App + Magic (gives it a round border) 
+ Photo Effects App + Tilt shift

Camera phone + BeFunky App + Viewfinder + Photo Effects App + Gritty HDR

Great reason to play with my android. 

October 26, 2011

Life of Threads Necklaces

as i give these threads a second chance, i see things flowering in unexpected ways. 

 a tiny square caught my eye.  as i held it in my hand, threads and other pieces
began to bloom into necklaces. 

three are now available in my shop

Where trust thrives

 it is so difficult to find that solid ground where trust thrives.  i am unwrapping the ideas that have been perculating and practicing leaning into them with trust.  i hope that in all that the online world offers (good and not so good) you are finding that safe place where you want to be.  i am focusing on exploring  that type of landscape as i try to fulfill my calling and try new things.

October 21, 2011

random stamping:fresh beat

always good to keep some pages from an
old math book nearby for random stamping.

something you should know about me:
i am a bit goofy.  i can sing and dance to
 this fresh beat band song like a true fan.
love them.
enjoy the weekend.

October 19, 2011






October 17, 2011

New life of threads item in the shop

i've been spending much time outdoors finding little
treasures to bring indoors.  placing sticks and twigs in vases and
in these life of threads holders.

this is a new item just added in my shop.  it was difficult
to name because they could be used as napkin rings or pencil holders.
make a bouquet of flowers and place them in the holders.  i like
that there are so many possibilities.

enjoying making these as well.

All threads

today's collage: all threads
i am gently being pulled into a quiet place.
soon, but not now.
the threads are calling.
here is to a brand new week.

October 15, 2011

Grown up dream

my son recently asked his uncle (my brother).... what do you
want to be when you grow up?

i told my son for next time to ask him----
what is your grown up dream?

and boy, does that open up a world of excitement and possibilites.

the best gift i can give to my son is to guide him as he finds
his purpose and passion.

October 13, 2011

Making piñatas & video

making piñatas was always a fun activity to do as a family. i remember the
balloons,all the sticky glue, strips of newspaper, paper mache, and all the hours spent. 
of course, there is the pleasure of hitting it to receive various yummy treats. 

i see now more than ever, that it is the process that is the most memorable and valuable.

here's a quick video where i finish up the making piñatas
journal page for my about childhood series.

October 12, 2011

Cindy Lantier-About Childhood

photo by Cindy Lantier

1. Do you still have a piece of artwork you created when you were a child? Describe or explain. If not, is there a specific memory that you recall about a piece of artwork, art or creativity in your childhood

I’m sure I did all kinds of arts and crafts as a child, if only in school. But the first piece I specifically remember creating was in third grade. It was a simple wall hanging made with a separated napkin, Mod Podge, and Diamond Dust. My mother hung it in the guest room and it stayed there for years. In fact, when my mother made her transition last summer, it was still there! Because I lived so far away from my mother’s house, I only had one opportunity to take my things from the house, and I completely forgot about this wall hanging. Suddenly, I’m wishing I had it.

Art or creativity in my childhood is a complicated issue. I loved to color and draw as a child – most kids do. I’m told that I drew on the walls, and I know I colored on a painting that hung behind the couch when I was growing up. I don’t remember being punished for any of this! As long as I chose “appropriate” forms of expression, my creativity was supported and encouraged, but when I reached outside the box I’d been put into, my hands were slapped. I have an older brother who, at one time, could draw anything. He didn’t just copy what he saw; he could draw a doe that was almost jumping of the page without having anything to look at in front of him. He received special attention for his talents, including private art lessons (we didn’t have a lot of money, so this was MAJOR support from our parents). The encouragement he received acted as DIScouragement to me. I assumed that I wasn’t artistic. I remember being supported in the domestic arts – knitting, embroidery, counted cross stitch, candle wicking, bead work, cooking – but not the painterly arts. That was clearly my brother’s domain. By the time I was in seventh grade, I was actually afraid of art and I avoided it at all costs! I thought I had no talent, no vision. It was an odd tension to live with, to be encouraged to be creative but afraid of art.

2. What does it (artwork/memory) mean to you now?

The glittery napkin art I created in third grade reminds me that I was creative at an early age. My mother’s proud display of that piece also reminds me of her love and support, even if I didn’t recognize it as encouragement at the time.

The memory of creativity in my childhood is sometimes painful, but often amusing, depending on my mood. If I’m feeling melancholy to begin with, I can ride the wave of sadness and unfairness. But mostly, I look at the contrast between the memories of art in my childhood and the reality of my adulthood as a testament to the creative spirit that lives inside us all. Creativity and artistic demonstrations were destined to be a part of my life and years of discouragement couldn’t prevent it from shining through.

3. Will you be willing to share a photo of the artwork you did as a child or share artwork/photo inspired by that memory?

As I mentioned, I don’t have that special piece of artwork that I created as a child; I wish I did. Inspiration is one of my early pieces and I still love it. To me, it’s a Muse carrying my creativity back to me after all those years of ignoring it. This isone of the pieces that is most responded when people see my work up close. I think that’s because of the emotional reaction I had during the creation process.


thank you for sharing your story.
nice to have met you in flying lessons.

October 11, 2011

Life of Threads Wraps 2

each thread is a symbol of second chances
and new opportunities.

 order your life of threads wraps here.
read more about the wraps here.

October 10, 2011

Stamps and balls

handmade woodcuts i made for my visual journaling childhood series.

handmade doorknob eraser stamps.

fabric balls.

October 7, 2011

Life of threads wraps

i started experimenting with my life of threads wraps as wall art. 

there are also many cans, jars, even books in my art studio that are
dressed in these wraps.  you can also see what the wonderful Becky Shander
created with some of my life of threads wraps.

wraps are available in my shop now.
the possibilities are endless.

October 3, 2011


here are some pics of things that have been or are on
my desk at the moment.  see some of the items here.
i am also looking forward to participatingin my first
craft fair this november. 

over the weekend, i followed this recipe and made this
basil smoothie.  truly refreshing.  i made the syrup
with less sugar that the recipe calls for and it was still simply

the painting collaboration i posted last week was featured
in Crescendoh yesterday.  such a treat and so honored.
thank you.
check it out here.

October 1, 2011

Announcing my 209happy Etsy shop

I am excited to announce the reopening of my etsy shop with a new name.  This last month and half has been all about making some lovely items for the home, handmade notebooks, and some prints. The name of my shop is now called 209happy which represents my love for family and home.

My goal is to add new items in the shop more often. I hope you stop by and perhaps
find something for yourself or a loved one.

Perhaps you have noticed that my blog address has changed.  It is now http://www.ludidryu.com/.  Although I have retired by turn up the sound name, it will always have a special place in my heart.  I believe it will still redirect you to my new address, but I hope you will update the blog site address
to keep following my creative journey.

See you here.