Showing posts from December, 2009


mr. kitty & domino snuggled together on daddy's bed... my happy place for today
today's word is happiness...  here is the definition from ""
pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction. Happiness,bliss,contentment,felicity imply an active or passive state of pleasure or pleasurable satisfaction. Happiness results from the possession or attainment of what one considers good: the happiness of visiting one's family. Bliss is unalloyed happiness or supreme delight: the bliss of perfect companionship. Contentment is a peaceful kind of happiness in which one rests without desires, even though every wish may not have been gratified: contentment in one's surroundings. Felicity is a formal word for happiness of an especially fortunate or intense kind: to wish a young couple felicity in life.

reading the definition of happiness actually makes me happy... its everything i want for myself, everyone and more... its …


the last couple of weeks have been a crazy blur of events!  justin's father in the hospital, the holiday season, lack of sleep, stressing out, a few tired and cranky arguments and just plain surreal shifts in my every day routine.
i loved being able to spend time with my family.  it made things a little more tolerable... x-mas eve at my sister's house 2009 the blur, the yells of excitement, the frenzie of present openings family photo opp x-mas 2009
this is the time of year where i start to look back at the year and start to get excited about the new one coming up...  phew!   it was a doosie in a lot of ways!  i watched people, family, friends and the nation work through being layed off, dreams altered, health issues and i think we should all give ourselves a serious pat on the back for making it through one of the toughest years since 2000!
i've been feeling very hopeful about 2010... i dare say, i'm even feeling a little bit excited...  excited to have 2009 almost complete…

Coping With Illness

my boyfriend's father, marty has been in the hospital all week with liver failure and other complications associated with his bad liver and it has been a very stressful week for friends and family.  now that i'm back to work for a few days it seems surreal and strange to have to be here...  i don't like that i feel pressure to be somewhere i do not want to be... i have to continue keeping a brave face and working to bring an income in...  so i'm here in my safe little bubble working today and tomorrow and will go back down to vancouver again on wednesday to support justin and his/my family...  we have to take it one moment and then one day at a time... 
xmas is marty's favorite time of year... he's like a little kid who can't wait to see his boys and to have family all around him... he decorates the tree, wraps the presents, tells the stories, shows the tricks and gives the kitty-treats to "Mr. Kitty"... he's surrounded by people who love him …

Scary Santa

ok, i'm sorry but this has to be one of the most deranged looking Santas that I have ever seen!!!
Justin & I are in Vancouver visiting his father in the hospital and we stopped off somewhere to get a quick bite to eat... And then we saw it, right as we walked in... Welcoming visitors as they came in to eat...
More about our Vancouver adventures to come...
- Posted from my iPhone

A Curious Photo Of Maggie

On high alert... An intruder, perhaps... hmmmm   She stood frozen like this for a full 30 seconds... very un-nerving!   :o]

- Posted from my iPhone

"Pocket Quilts" For The Holiday

Just came across this fantastic story, and wanted to send it to you while it was so timely, respective to this holiday season.

Sociology Professor Barbara Reskin and Lynn White (another UW PhD) have been making “pocket quilts” for homeless kids.  The idea is that kids will have a place to keep their stuff and something of theirs that can keep them warm.

Barbara is going to try to deliver the quilts this weekend to an agency that will get them to children and then will begin on the next dozen.  She is looking to get more pockets—their biggest challenge by far.  A number of students in the Sociology department have already donated some (during finals week!) but Barbara and Lynn are looking for more, along with donations of things to put in the pockets: “essentials” and toys for homeless kids to keep safe, while the blankets help keep them warm.

The idea for the pockets was Barbara’s idea. She and Lynn White had been buying cotton shirt fabric for quilts at thrift stores for several years…

Advise On Blogging...

mandala beetle girl (mixed media paper)
Below is a question I recently received in my in box and I decided to blog about it. Its a question that I get fairly regularly (and love to help with). And I know a lot of people have the same questions about starting out in the scary world of blogging.
"I write to see if you would be willing to give me some advice. I know that you have an absolutely wonderful personal internet site and that you have a blog. I want to set up my own blog and wonder if you would be willing to give me a little advice as I try this. I thought I would go to and use their template as it is reputed to be free - what do you think of this? I have an open-ended question and that is: is there anything that I should be aware of as I start this (mainly looking looking for little tidbits of advice before I fall into a deep black hole, HA!). Hope you will be willing to communicate with me if I have questions."
-------------------- Hello! I would love to answ…

A Fantastic Book For Artists!

So!  An artist friend of mine recommended an artist's marketing e-book to me last week called, "The Unconventional Guide To Art + Money".   (for more info please view sidebar----->)  I got it on Friday and finished it by Sunday... I gobbled it up and I loved it.  It was filled with so many resources for navigating and finding the services you'll need for a successful on-line presence.

The book is an e-book that you can download and it comes with artist interviews that you can download and listen to also.  It was so nice to hear how other artists with non-traditional backgrounds in art (like me) who are beating the odds and making it happen.  It was very encouraging and gave me the confidence that I am definitely headed in the right direction with my art career.

The book also covers setting prices, how to drive people to your sites and social networks, creating galleries and networking!

I would highly recommend this e-book to any artist starting out in the scary cyber…

Annie's Art & Frame: First Holiday Retrospective Exhibition


I will be in an exhibition starting in December at Annie's Art & Frame in Seattle... The information is below and I hope to see you there.  :o)

"Annie's presents our first holiday retrospective exhibition, combining the work of most of the artists who have exhibited here this year and the work of Annie's employees. Fourteen artists will have original work for sale ranging in price from $5 to $100, and most work will be pre-matted to standard sizes or framed! Paintings, drawings, silk-screen, intaglio, and linocut prints, photography, sculpture, and functional ceramics will all be here! This year, treat someone to a gift of original art and support local artists and local business. Represented artists are Andrew Crawshaw, Barbara Dunshee, Sam Hamrick, Demian Johnston, Julia Kuskin, Susan Martin, Yoshi Nakagawa, Tom O'Brien, Maron Resur, Chris Smith, Sarah Takahashi, Jose Tenorio, Cathie Joy Young, and Kari Young."