July 30, 2011


"On a summer morning
I sat down
on a hillside
to think about God -
a worthy pastime.

Near me, I saw
a single cricket;
it was moving the grains of the hillside
this way and that way.

How great was its energy,
how humble its effort.

Let us hope
it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe."

-Mary Oliver
Song of the Builders

July 28, 2011

Swap goodness.....greatness

last month, i participated in my first swap.  i received this lovely package
today from Rike

so gorgeous.  i can't wait to try them.
find more of her amazing stamps here.

some sweets from Germany. 
 my son already claimed the blue one.
thank you, Rike.

July 25, 2011

Out of this world

Number 4 from Planet Fil
collage on paper

a few scraps and an out of this world imagination.

because sometimes we just need to play.

July 21, 2011

They just do

what good is it to leave what we desire most unfulfilled?
and so, the dreams goals i have need to be  fulfilled.
they just do.
doubt and all
fear and all
JOY and all.

July 20, 2011


Enjoy this video and story. 

I just purchased a DIY cheese kit here to
 make some at home.

The search begins for some dairy farms in
my area to visit.

July 18, 2011

Climbing trees

Visual Journaling-Childhood Stories
Climbing Trees

my siblings and i lived at a bible school campus where my
parents studied for missionary work.  we played with other
missionary kids except they spoke english and we spoke spanish. 
we picked up speaking english quickly.

what brought us together was the power of childhood play.
in this case, it was climbing trees.

a specific tree comes to mind when i think about all the trees
i climbed as a child.  the perfect tree stood next to our house
where we all gathered to play.

it was big enough to hold all of us kids that climbed it.
it was safe and comfortable for our skill level.
once we were up and sitting in our favorite spot,
we felt like we were on top of the world.

when i spot a perfect climbing tree, i feel like being a kid again.
i like to think that healthy trees enjoy this childhood activity
 as much as kids do.

July 16, 2011

What works

journal making appears to be my go to project when
i need a little break from other creative pursuits.
during my trip, i found a cute little shop where i
found these gorgeous colors of wax thread.
i wish i had purchased more. 

the process started by altering a book. i painted the covers with
some new work that i hope to reveal in the next month or so.

not sure how i will use the
journal, but the process is what works for me.

July 14, 2011

Back from vacation

i am back from a wonderful vacation.  after enjoying the most amazing weather
in california, returning to 101 F heat is not fun.

several projects are on my list for the next months.  Many
include trying to take action on some dreams.  Focusing on
painting and new work.

for now,  my to do list includes lots of laundry, mail,
 e-mail, and many pictures to upload. 

enjoy the rest of the week.

July 8, 2011

Sunny California

ready for our family vacation to sunny california. 
a little bit of mickey mouse, hollywood, beaches, wine...
with this guide in hand.

while sporting my newly handmade bracelet inspired by this post.
have a great week. 

July 7, 2011

New painting

mixed media on wood

As of this morning, it is finished.
Enjoying a new color palette.

A few more projects these next two days
before my summer vacation. 

July 4, 2011

Those days

A rare opportunity to feel so inspired and create almost
ALL day is how I would describe yesterday. 

Today's agenda includes finishing up an article and perhaps
have another amazing day like yesterday.

July 1, 2011

Something lovely

i received this wonderful clutch from my creative friend, Cherry.

she knows my artwork and gave me all these colorful threads.

it makes me so happy to own one of her creations.
her etsy shop is adorable .  check it out here.
thank you, Cherry.