28 November 2007

(My 1st) Skinny Book Swap!

Please drop by The Altered Abbey for LOTS more information on this fantastic swap. More players are still needed (due to drop-outs) so please follow the link and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Simply fill in the message form to contact the fabulous Chrysti Hydeck!

"You Are Enough"
-colors are not accurate in this scan due to the use of metallics-
see bottom photo

Simple "back" design, using similar technique to "inky layers" from Bernie Berlin's book.

Here they are spread out before shipping! And, since I signed up for a second book, there are 26 other pages still IN PROGRESS.

19 November 2007

Thanks and Giving Challenge

Amber, a friend from one of my Yahoo Groups, came up with this lovely idea and I have "tagged" myself to participate! I hope you will too! Click Here to see where it started.

To begin the week of Thanksgiving, here in the US, (international friends PLEASE FEEL FREE to participate) simply post a link to your blog with what you are THANKFUL for and something you'd like to GIVE!

I give thanks to all those who have extended the hand of friendship by supporting my art and sharing your OWN ART with the world so that we may all be inspired by you! I detailed this in my post below, titled "Art as Therapy."

I would like to share a few of my favorite images for the upcoming holiday season ~ ~ ~

16 November 2007

The Man Behind The Curtain

We began a MAJOR computer upgrade ~ today! Since my husband built my computer and is in the IT business, he is the "man behind the curtain" for the next couple of days. OUCH!

This is an optimum time as he is in the middle of a two week vacation. Just as he started to install my new operating system, we began to realize that this baby was on her last legs! Most importantly I was in the middle of backing up some very precious files when I started to get major "exception faults." First and foremost my HUGE ephemera collection was saved successfully. Now I have to worry about my photos and other documents. Wish me luck!

The main problem is compatibility at this point, since I was using Windows 98. So with any luck, the job should take a few days, a week at most.

Our goal is to get my email up first, then access to the internet. That will be followed by locating (purchasing?) and installing all of the rest of the drivers I'll need for my camer, printer, scanner, etc.


13 November 2007

New York, New York

Times Square, NY

Did You Know?

- Times Square was named for the Times Building which housed the former offices of the New York Times.

- In the early 1900's when the publisher, John Ochs moved the Times' newspaper operations, he persuaded mayor George B. MacClellan, Jr to construct a subway station there and the area was renamed "Times Square" on April 8, 1904. Just 3 weeks later, the first electrified advertisement appeared on the side of a bank at 46th Street & Broadway.

- The intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street, at the southeast corner of Times Square, is the Eastern Terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across America.

SoHo, NY

This is VACATION time for us! Returned today from a trip to NYC having spent 13 hours in SoHo and Greenwich Village on Sunday and walked 30-40 blocks today on 7th Avenue (fashion avenue), Times Square, Broadway & the Theater District. We even got a preview of one of Macy's windows that are decorated for Christmas. Official unveiling: Nov. 18, 2007 @ 5:30PM

Sadly the stagehands weren't able to negotiate thier contract renewal prior to the deadline and just went on STRIKE! We hope they've gotten the attention of the decision-makers and can get it resolved in time for the millions of people travelling to see a broadway show for the holidays!!

I took a young friend to see Cirque du Soleil's "Wintuk" at Madison Square garden last tuesday. So we made it just in time before the strike! The best part of the show was when an avalanche of falling "snow" covered the entire audience at the end of the show! It was magical.

Next we head off to this 19th century victorian B&B for three days of Rest & Relaxation.

09 November 2007

Art As Therapy

Bennington, VT

Oh that glorious feeling that comes from creative expression ~ both in the giving and in the receiving!

It opens the heart, mind and soul to beautiful things and beautiful people then simply multiplies tenfold when we S.H.A.R.E.!

I want to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of my internet friends (and some strangers, too) for the utterly amazing talent you give to the WORLD. I am filled to overflowing today with your words, quotes, poems, stories, collage, photography, paintings, weavings, sculpture, assemblage... each and every form of creation from your soul to mine!

Thank you,
from the bottom of my heART!