follow your bliss

we don't have an eternity to realize our dreams, only the time we are here -susan l. taylor

Sunday, July 30, 2006

mixed media memoirs

collage that i fashioned for mmm out of alpha stickers, scrap paper, distress inks & stamped image from river city rubberworks... i was talking to my pals, melba & then angie wangie this evening about melba's exciting creative blogger event & it got me thinking about how everyone that i have come across in the blogosphere seem to share a similar dream to mine, namely, creative expression>>>whether it be in the arts, crafts or creative writing ... there is a a virtual sea of kindred & creative souls out there in the blogging community>>> all aiming to live their dream>>>or as i'd like to say, following their bliss. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 29, 2006

uh, one last thing

before we take off... this sign we happened upon on one of our walks around bailey's harbor...too funny or what?
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trip pics

finally got around to scanning those vacation snaps i took with my trusty ol' 35 mm canon... the cottage we rented in bailey's harbor... gloriously wild sweetpeas (one of my fave scented flowers!) everywhere at the cottage & practically everywhere else in the door co. peninsula... cana island & its lighthouse... & those wicked amazing butterflies...i read somewhere that butterflies are likened to angels...sweet messengers from above... going to chi-town to see the rest of the fam & fil...this is a never-ending birthday celebration (but, hey, i'm not complaining, lol)! i gotta get in all the fun while i can 'cuz come monday, it'll be back to the daily grind. have a smashing good weekend! Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 28, 2006

too dang hot!

but despite being fully baked & frying like sunny-side up eggs, my niece isa, nephew nicky & i ventured out into the sweltering heat...all in the name of summer adventure... was it worth it to get all uncomfortable, hot & sticky>>>wishing to be dunked in one of those dunking tanks? you betcha! the kids had wicked fun today & that makes my heart smile broadly. Posted by Picasa

the hills are alive

with the (studio) sounds of music...that is the topic for this week's studio friday, created by the ever lovely tine sparkles... because my studio is located in the mechanical room of our basement, i almost always need to mask the miscellaneous (& at times rather cantankerous) noises of whirring mechanical whatsits & whatnots that co-exist in my space. i usually tune in to such soothing, calming sounds as these>>> or my enya cds...though once in awhile i'll rock out with those pop-y tunes of the day (now 20)...they help me get into a zen-like, meditative, zone state as i getting into some serious art making... if i'm not in a cd mood, i always tune into my fave morning show, connie & fish...they are funny, silly & a bit on the raunchy side, always leaving me in stitches... these studio sounds are necessary to get me into the creating groove...they help move me along to complete that special project or unique piece...& that is music to my ears! Posted by Picasa

friday's finds

it's friday & you know what that means? yep, it's time for friday's finds, where you can show & tell all about your fantastic find(s) for the week... while on vacation, i found this unassuming shoebox at an antique mall filled with tons of vintage valentines cards! these are from the 1930s & each were selling for 35 cents usd (wow!)...i scoured this little box & took 50 of these lovelies (& would you believe that there were still a ton more>>>i hardly made a dent!)... so wonderfully delightful to find these sweet little tokens of love. so come on now, don't be shy...let's see what you got>>>either post a comment with your link OR of course, you can go to the official flickr group here. either way, we need to see what everyone's been hoarding, i mean, collecting {smile}. Posted by Picasa

merci beaucoups

thanks to everyone for all the b-day well-wishes & helping to make my milestone b-day a special one! i am deeply touched by all... thank you so much angie wangie for the FAB arty prezzie which i received yesterday exactly on my b-day (how did you ever time that so perfectly?) everything you sent, including your wonderful atcs... a HUGE thanks to my dear friend & colleague, mary>>>she sent me this humongo prezzie filled with 40 presents! my niece isabel lugged this heavy box downstairs (i can't believe that she did that!) & it took us a good 40 minutes to unwrap everything!!!! OMG mary, you were outta control with this>>>but i loved it all! & a thousands thanks to my parents, dh & niece isabel & nephew nicky for helping to celebrate my day in a very special & low-key (just the way i like it) way! i feel tremendously blessed to have such lovely people in my life! i am looking forward to seeing the rest of the clan & my father-in-law this weekend in chicago for more b-day celebrating! party on dude! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 27, 2006

mixed media memoirs

this is the topic for last week's mmm... (i'm trying to catch up with my art challenges while i was away last week)... no, i'm not desperately wanting to have a baby...but there are times when i am caught off guard, like when strangers/patients ask me why i haven't any kids, or i'll be driving along the highway & then the sudden realization hits me like a ton of bricks that i haven't reached the pinnacle of womanhood>>>being a mother...yet, which then has me soon bawling with tears ( i think this happens around the time i am pms-ing!)...both joe & i adore children & i think we would make awesome parents to a little joe or little mary ann...i mean, we both were surrounded with chitlins growing up>>>my mother at my age had 5 children, 2 of whom where already in college! & my late mother-in-law, she had borne 11 children!!!...that, i suppose, was then & this is now... joe & i have discussed this long ago that we will accept whatever life throws our way & be happy with what we're dealt with...i do not want or deem it necessary to go through, what i feel, are extreme measures for the sake of motherhood. i know of a few people who have gone that route & seriously, that's not for me! i just don't want to endure all the emotional, physical & financial drain that are so part & parcel to fertilizing one's eggs! my word! it's way too much! if it's meant to be, then it will be...if it's not, then so be it. i'm okay with that & so is my dh. we like to think that all our nieces & nephews from both sides of the family (& joe has 30+ nieces & nephews!) are our "temp chitlins"...we want them to take comfort in knowing that each & everyone of them can count on us for guidance, support & love>>>always! & besides, according to this, first-time older mothers apparently are a growing trend these days...who knows what the future holds? but i vow to carry on & embrace each day as fully & as authentically as possible>>>live in the present, not in the past or future, but in the here & now. now that is a happy birthday wish for me! Posted by Picasa

they say

Birthday (Lennon/McCartney)Recorded: September 18, 1968, Abbey Road Studios, LondonLength: 2:43Discography:- The Beatles (The White Album) You say it's your birthday
It's my birthday too--yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you.
Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party.
I would like you to dance--Birthday
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance-Birthday
I would like you to dance--Birthday
I would like you to dance--Birthday
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance-Birthday
I would like you to dance--Birthday
You say it's your birthday
Well it's my birthday too--yeah
You say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you.

i keep hearing this from well-meaning folks...i hope this is true? i don't feel any different than i did yesterday...i can hardly believe that four decades have gone by! where did the time go? i don't know what "40" is supposed to feel or look...they also say age is just a number & you're only as young as you feel...yeah, i'm going to agree with that 'cuz i still feel like a big kid at heart...& i hope that won't ever change.

it's official>>>i'm in the 40 & fabulous club... {smile}

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

and the winners are

for wysiwyg wednesday freebie item #1 (file folder organizer)>>> andria... & for freebie item #2 (traveler's journal)>>> nancy... yay!!! congratulations to our 2 lucky recipients!! you lucky gals need to drop me an email with your snail mail addy so that i can mail your freebies to you {smile}... & thanks SO much for all (tammy, nicola, & my sis looney) who played this week's wysiwyg wednesday!!!!!!! the next ww will be august 8, 2006...until then, may the GOOD KARMA shine on you!Posted by Picasa

fashion vs. junk'd

my musings on late night tv>>> i was watching my show, project runway, and i was thoroughly disgusted that angela, that freak, continues to be on the show! i just don't like that condescending, no-talent, self-proclaimed diy-er whose creations, frankly, are RIDICULOUS! she escaped TWICE now from getting the boot...WHY does she continue to be there?! katherine, the gal who got voted off, should have stayed not angela!!! ai dios mio! i really hope that next week angela gets kicked off...she is just working my nerves & does not deserve to move forward in the competition, in my humble opinion...she is not cool! i was about to turn the telly off when i flipped on hgtv & saw this new show called junk brothers...NOW, that's what i'm talking about! these 2 bros, jim & steve, troll the curbsides for people's castaways & totally remix them...& the best part is they RETURN what the repurposed to the very people they originally took the piece from...all i gotta say is RIGHT ON DUDES! i thoroughly digged that show...but i'm hoping they have other show times because this late nite tv is going to seriously cut in on my night-night time...which is about now! enough said for one night. see ya tomorrow when i announce the lucky recipients of this week's wysiwyg wednesday! bonne nuit...

wysiwyg wednesday

it's time to play wysiwyg wednesday...yay! pls. go here for the rules... the 1st item up for grabs is this red floral file folder organizer with 6 coordinating file folders! i have had this since 2000 & have not used this whatsoever!!!! pls. somebody out there put this to better use! pretty file folders, eh? 2nd item up for grabs is this traveler's is a hardcover book filled with pages of cute collaged images, lined pages to write your travel tidbits & glassine page pockets to hold all your travel memorabilia & really is quite lovely...but alas, it has been collecting dust for some time now! a peek inside this fab journal... so, if you're interested, pls. leave me a comment stating so & i'll take names until say 10 pm (us cst) & then tomorrow(7.27) i will announce the lucky recipients {yay}...anyone can play, yes, even you past freebie winners {smile}...i mean to move these two items outta my studio!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


while on vacation, i caught up on a lot of reading>>>i read 4 books, such as the one you see in the snap of me lounging on that comfy daybed i mentioned previously... i did, though, venture outside to explore the village (as we were a few hundred yards away from main street, where all the hub-bub of this sleepy lakeside town) & was delighted to discover a neat little bookstore, where i picked up the latest copy of cloth paper scissors {yay!}...have you seen this?? the altered mannequin form on its cover caught my eye...too wicked cool...& then i came across this article about making art collages into actual currency! had you ever heard of such a thing? this whole concept is courtesy of this danish artist, lars kraemmer, who in 1997 came up with this intriguing idea to use art as an alternative to traditional currency...WOW, i think this is an exciting idea...i think i will need to learn more about this before i start jumping on the bandwagon...the article says to check out the bank of international art money (biam) to learn the "411" about art money>>>go here & see for yourself! food for thought anyway.

self-portrait as

... a sun-kissed tourist, lol! i took these snaps while we were up north at the cottage we rented...i did a lot of lounging on this very comfy daybed>>>reading quite a few novels, catching up on the area's happenings & sites of interests, watching telly or dvds or just soaking up the warm sun... it was wicked HOT up there, temps being in the upper 90s, hovering just a degree or two below 100! i don't do well in such oppressive heat...when we weren't in our little boat on the lake, i preferred to stay inside the cool cottage... anyhoo, to see more spc, click here. (what's up with picasa??! i had a devil of time trying to post stuff all day long! so incredibly frustrating!!!! so i resorted to using blogger's rather slow uploader)


all day i have been trying to post things on my blog & for some bizarre reason, i haven't been able to do so WAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so i'm doing this test post to see if it will show up on my blog...let's hope so!

Monday, July 24, 2006

child's play

is the challenge for this week's inspire me thursday...i thought i would spoof myself & make up a collage of wee moi sporting a tiara &'s what i call a play on mePosted by Picasa

monkey see, monkey do

i happen to have diy cable channel on this morning when i saw the segment of someone demonstrating how to use embossing powder to create a "glassy" didn't look hard to do & seemed like a fun experiment, so i came up with this piece of wall art>>> i took a piece of scrapbook paper with text already printed on it, punched out 3 small butterflies, then arranged & adhered the punch outs on the scrap paper. now here comes the fun part>>>i took my clear embossing pad & smeared it all over the top of the scrap paper. next i dumped a bunch of clear embossing powder & got my handy dandy heat embosser & melted all that powder (note: you want to cover the entire surface of the paper)...i did this process a couple more times...what's happening here is you start to get a glassy, i know. then when the paper is dry & okay to touch (because after going under the heat gun 2-3 times, the paper will be wicked HOT), i adhered this quilled butterfly with clear glue, added word stickers ("just", "be"), a silver charm ("believe") & 2 tiny paper flowers. i glued the completed collage onto piece of masonite (or you can use a piece of sturdy cardboard, matboard or wood...whatever is handy), the same size as paper (here it's about 4"x4")...then i asked my dh to drill a couple of tiny holes at the top of the piece so that i could slip a piece of pink yarn/fibre through the holes as well as frame it around the edges of the piece (he's in control over power tools here)... ta-da>>>here is the finished piece, ready for hanging...well, actually, i made this for my pal & blog sista, melba, whose birthday is about a week after mine {smile}'s fun to experiment with new techniques & then create something that is nice to give as a gift. happy birthday melba! Posted by Picasa

studio friday {sidekicks}

that's the theme for this week's studio friday... my hubby joe & our 5 kitties/"kiddies" are my faithful sidekicks in, around & out of my studio! from upper top left to right: patches, our 12 y.o calico; t.j., 13 y.o. patriarch; bailey, 14 y.o. matriarch. middle row left: wiley, our 2 y.o. tomcat youngster & mini-me, our 6 y.o. fluffy orange male tabby>>> wiley's best friend! & center photo, my hubby of 4 years, joe, who is surrounded by all 5 cats! they have provided me much needed comfort & joy over the years & that, my friends, is a beautiful thing! Posted by Picasa

no. 11

Your Life Path Number is 11
Your purpose in life is to inspire others Your amazing energy draws people to you, and you give them great insight in return.You hold a great amount of power over others, without even trying.You have the makings of an inventor, artist, religious leader, or prophet. In love, you are sensitive and passionate. You connect with your partner on a very deep level. You have great abilities, but you are often way too critical of yourself.You don't fit in - and instead of celebrating your differences, you dwell on them.You have high expectations of yourself. But sometimes you set them too high and don't achieve anything.
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{i found this through ms*robyn's blog...many thanks ms*robyn!}
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