26 June 2009

A Special Place

Last weekend we travelled to Boston for the 3rd time since April. For 2 people who don't like to repeat vacations, it always makes me :-) inside when I realize how much we enjoy going there!! And we were amazingly 3/3 with the w.e.a.t.h.e.r.!!

Even though we didn't have tickets to a RED SOX game (a first), Boston seemed like the perfect place for some much-needed R&R.

Every trip we've ever taken here has lasted only one night and we pack so much into a 24-hour period we usually collapse into our hotel bed. Lots of walking, sightseeing, drinking and eating.... and ALWAYS enjoying the weather and all of the history here. First a few cityscapes:

Twice last year we spent the afternoon and had dinner in Cambridge at two fabulous restaurants, oleana and tamarind bay. We would BOTH highly recommend either one, but that was the exception rather than the rule. Our habit (20 times or more) is typically to go to the north end, Little Italy. Our all-time favorite place to eat is ARTU on Prince Street where, after being away for around 2 years, we went saturday night. They never disappoint! I can also recommend three more: Prezza, CARMEN, and Pomodoro. And.. the best part of the night is after dinner when everyone is outside roaming the streets of this quaint, old neighborhood!
More pics to come! Plan your trip now!! (I might even tell you where to get red sox tickets. shhhhhhhhhhhh!)

18 June 2009

Altered Book Swap!

I participated along with 16 other artists in this fab/fun swap hosted by Christine Shebroe. Take a peek at all the lovely pages that have been scanned and recently posted over at ART-E-ZINE!

It was my first attempt at altering a children's "board book" and I found it to be an easy project due to the small number of pages required for this swap.

Lucky me, I received my TRAVEL-THEMED book from Carol Barnes, all the way from Down Under! Be sure to take a closer look at the second spread featuring her a-m-a-z-i-n-g fabric art representation of Ayers Rock/Uluru, one of Australia's most recognizable natural icons!!

Next post: some of my work-in-progress pages.

cover detail "flower girlz"

10 June 2009

Be Open To Collaborations

- because they can be pure magic!


Last fall I was spending alot more time on Ning than I have been lately. I joined Suzi Blu and though I hadn't signed up for a class, I created a profile, met lots of great people and discovered several spin-off NING groups as well, to name a few. The BEST thing to come out of that experience was linking up with 3 other local MM artists within an hours drive from my home!

At our first PLAY DATE Susan did all the prep work, supplied the mat board and three 20-page signatures as well as an instruction sheet with resources as a take-away! We had so much fun and this is the result.

Part II

with Charlotte Hedlund
Saturday, June 13, 10:00am-4:00pm

"You don’t have to be an artist to keep an art journal! You don’t have to be an artist to keep an art journal! Words and images combine in ways that express our creativity unselfconsciously. Investigate things that inspire, work out ideas, and play with colors, shapes and textures. Art journals allow us to organize memorabilia, record dreams, feelings, travels, nature’s wonders, simple pleasures and major life events. It is the place to explore our creative selves, gaining new insights and making unexpected connections. Supportively we will explore ideas for getting started, discuss the pursuit of images and how to overcome creative block, and the need for creative solitude. We will use collage, paints, markers, stamping, printing, doodling, stitching, and more to decorate and embellish the pages of our journals. Art journal examples will be on hand to provide inspiration, and ways to make your own simple journals will be demonstrated.
Member $165 • Non-Members $190Plus a Materials Fee of $5"

Part III

My best friend has a lovely Hair Salon in town and has created a beautiful nursey in the back of the salon each summer. She had her second annual Plant Sale this year and I was happy to help her create the invitations and all of the identifying plant signs. As a thank you, she gifted me with 12 hours of class instruction at the Brookfield Craft Center! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and lucky me!

... can't wait to get started!

04 June 2009

Begin Again

"Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs
is people
who have come alive."

-Howard Thurman

So I'm back, bottle of glue in hand.. ready and willing to share my gifts with the world! In other words, although I haven't posted in nearly 2 months, I assure you I've been:

TAKING A LOCAL BOOK ALTERING CLASS, Going to Redsox games, MAKING MORE ART, Tending my roses, EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW TECHNIQUES, Making new friends, SIGNING UP FOR A LOCAL ART JOURNAL WORKSHOP, Lots of photograpy, STRETCHING MY ARTISTIC WINGS. Basically I have been loving my life and counting each and every blessing.

Pics to follow... stay tuned, dear friends!