Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother Dreams

On this mother's day 2014 I thought to dust off this unused blog and write an ode to my daughters because they are, after all, the reason I am being celebrated on this day. 

 Simply because I was a woman I had always considered that someday I would be a mom although I did not dream of it when I was young. I know there were many who did and planned and dreamed all the ways in which they would make the perfect family.

My mothering style was more a learn-as-you-go by the seat of your pants kind of thing and I feel this was both a good/bad thing for us all. Life is life and we learn and grow as we can. You all taught me what it is to really love another human being. You taught me what patience,  joy, pain, loyalty and beauty is really all about. You have all grown into strong, individual, beautiful women and I could not be more proud. Wherever life takes you I could not be more honored to be your mom.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Birds of a Feather

There is nothing better than having play dates with like-minded friends. We study hard at the Wednesday Poker Discussion Group to perfect our game but once in awhile one needs an outlet to let off some stress and girls just wanna have fun! 

Karri's collage

Diane makes a pinwheel.

Yvonne's collage using citra solv and napkin transfers.

Our get together focused on techniques to be used in the making of a visual art journal. Full on experimentation that led to the idea of making this a weekly event. 

Journal page made by yours truly from collage bits of poker ephemera and napkin transfers.   
Yvonne's amazing sneakers made with the napkin transfer process.

Had a blast shopping for goodies at Blick's!

Tuesday is our day at the studio for our 'birds of a feather' group. All curious cats are welcome! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Adventures of a Cat Nanny 2013 X's 4

When I get to cat nanny and house-sit for the fabulous MARY ANN MOSS she always leaves me little road maps of places to see and suggestions of eateries. In 2010 I visited ARLINGTON PARK which you can see the photos I posted if you click on the link. The first thing that amazes you at Lacy Park is the wonderful aroma of roses and fresh cut grass. Wish I could bottle it up and send it to you.
The beautiful Lacy Park in San Merino
This huge Sequoia was amazing!!!

Of course a day of walking in a beautiful garden requires a lovely afternoon nap 
with the fur kids. Took out my sketchbook and new water brushes (love!) and with 
some acrylic ink did a quick sketch.

The first time I came to Moss Cottage I was overwhelmed and inspired by the visual 
and travel journals hand made by MARY ANN MOSS. You just have to visit 
her blog and see for yourself. But make sure you have plenty of time and a 
nice cup of tea by your side. I was so eager to try my hand on a visual journal 
that I went to the nearest drugstore and picked up an everyday lined notebook. 
Which I have come to realize was a mistake. I spent too much time sewing pages 
together, painting and gluing to make it sturdier. But I have kept it and been 
working on it none-the-less as sort of a diary-for-when-I-make-a-real-one.

The four hours to make it back to the ranch gave me time to reflect and think about the 
future. Hope all is well where ever you are!