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Friday, December 31, 2010

Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability | Video on TED.com

My therapost recommended this video from TED. I love this site and got a lot out of the video.

Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability | Video on TED.com

Thursday, December 30, 2010

We got snow today

I went back to work on Monday, and it was OK. It took me most of the day to go through my email! I found out that I had a vacation day and a floating holiday that I needed to take before the end of the year, so I was off yesterday and today! Not bad for my first week back at work.
I removed my Holiday background and now cannot find where I got it from to get another one! But I will find something.
Worked on the black and white wedding quilt that I have been working on for a long time, and got a lot of it basted, but it is a king, so it is huge. I said this is the last full size quilt that I am doing!
Happy New Year to all...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happiest Holidays to one and all

I am visiting my mother and family in Tularosa, and wish the best of the season to all.

Monday, December 20, 2010

My Daily Horoscope

for today:
Pisces (2/19-3/20)

You are very artistic. You have artistic sensibilities. You have artistic socks. In almost every way, this is a good thing. You do a great job decorating. You see possibilities other people don't. You're more in touch than the average bear with the magical and the spiritual. But sometimes you have trouble accepting reality as it is, rather than as it could be.

Work on realism.

I will have to really work on this...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Beautiful poem for a gray, rainy, wintry day

My sister-in-law Sissy and I used to call these the drizzmibles~

yellow - Anne Sexton

When they turn the sun
on again I'll plant children
under it. I'll light up my soul
with a match and let it sing. I'll
take my bones and polish them, I'll
vacuum up my stale hair, I'll
pay all my neighbors' bad debts, I'll
write a poem called Yellow and put
my lips down to drink it up. I'll
feed myself spoonfuls of heat and
everyone will be home playing with
their wings and their planet will
shudder with all those smiles and
there will be no poison anywhere, no plague
in the sky and there will be a mother-broth
for all of the people and we will
never die, not one of us, we'll go on
won't we?

I was in a Santa Fe Gallery and saw a breathtaking yellow painting (yellow is still my first love) and this gorgeous poem was posted beneath it. The gallery owner graciously printed it out for me!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

You may never look at a pencil in the say way again

Check out this link:


Truly amazing!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Weathers's great here...

I know a lot of you are shivering or crawling out from under snow, but I just came back from my daily walk. It was 58 and I wore a light jacket and short sleeve T shirt (I immediately took the jacket off...)

I have been trying to decide how to work on some anger issues that I have, and have started this three page spread. Background is red, violet, magenta with oil stick writing, more lettering and paint. I am sure that I am not through with this yet, but it is a good start.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Another TED video

Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system Video on TED.com

I guess that I grew up knowing where my food came from from my grandmother's garden and my grandfather's animals.

Fascinating Talk on TED, great ideas

William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes" Video on TED.com

Check it out.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Great website

http://www.mystoryart.com/ is a great site for information, kits and inspiration. Stop by and check out her downloads.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Friday, December 03, 2010


I got this from my friend Wild Horse Charlie...

In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.
The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cub's, perhaps she would improve.
After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species, will take on the care of a different species. The only 'orphans' that could be found quickly, were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?? Take a look...

Now, please tell me one more time.........? Why can't the rest of the world get along??

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Getting Better! I am finally able to do more art!

I have decided that I have been living in scarcity, and I need to get back on the abundance side of the equation! This is the beginning of my abundance piece. The quote is from my sister and reads "abundance is appreciation, not accumulation!" It's amazing how the "just right " quote will make it's way to me when I REALLY need it. BTW there is a hammock between the two palms!

This is the cover that I made for Women Who Run With the Wolves. Teesha Moore has You tube videos on how to make the small pieces.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.

It is not what a man knows, but what he thinks of in time.
Mark Twain

Polaroid Pogo

I don't have one of these, but I know people who do....

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Eve Quote

"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."
Maya Angelou

Wishing all the world peace and happiness this Holiday season.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Artful Sunday spent creating Comfort Dolls

Ginger Quinn is working on a great project. This is part of a larger movement "The Price of Stones Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project ". This project is funded by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri for children orphaned by AIDs.

We all got together at Suzanne's house and created about 14 dolls (pictures will follow).

Dolls should be a maximum of 12" tall and lightweight. Mail your doll with a monetary donation (tax deductible) to

Nyaka AIDS Orphan Porject

P.O. Box 339

East Lansing, Michigan 48826

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fly the Flag

I signed up to fly the flag on a facebook group for veterans day, but I fly a flag everyday. When my oldest grandson went to pre-school and learned the pledge of allegience, he came home and wanted to practice. We had to hold up a hankie for him, and I said that I was going to go and buy this kid a flag to pledge to!
He is now 24 and I hope that he remembers pledging to the flag at Nana's house to a real flag. I still have it and put it outside yesterday for veterans day. The rest of the year it resides in my studio where I can see it everyday.

Trust that still small voice that says, "This might work and I'll try it" Diane Mariechild

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Video on TED.com

This is an amazing video. I read the book and it was inspiring and so is this video.

Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight Video on TED.com

Daily Optomism Wednesday

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. - Clive James

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Tuesday quote

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. Carl Sagan,

Again, these are all from Qoutes of the Day qotd.com

Friday, November 05, 2010

Subject: Tell Congress: Don't cave to Sarah Palin. Stand up for NPR

Dear Friend, National Public Radio recently fired Juan Williams after he appeared on Bill O'Reilly's show on FOX News and made some controversial remarks. Now, Sarah Palin and other professional right-wing demagogues are exploiting this issue as an excuse to push Congress to defund NPR, which is something conservatives have wanted for decades. Whatever you think about the Juan Williams controversy, we cannot allow the right wing to dictate public policy by throwing a fit. And we cannot allow Congress to lie down when confronted with hypocritical, fake outrage from the Right. Join me in telling Congress: Don't cave to Sarah Palin. Stand up for NPR! It's really easy to do so at the link below. http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/stand_up_for_npr/?r_by=11984-2796343-Pg_VoJx&rc=paste1

Thursday, November 04, 2010

sitting looking out at the yellow and red leaves on my trees

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
Eden Philpots

Monday, November 01, 2010

A great Dream Workshop:

See my friend Pamela's website:

Awakening to your Dreams

Awakening to your dreams:

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I found that I had never posted this to my blog, so I am now.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

No optomism today---

Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst. - Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859 - 1930

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Learning to Dance in the Rain Movie

Learning to Dance in the Rain Movie: "Learning to Dance in the Rain Movie - It almost sounds too simple to feel important, but one word... gratitude, can change your attitude, and thus your life, forever. Sarah Breathnach said it best... When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present... We experience heaven on earth."

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday post

Aesthetic value is often the by-product of the artist striving to do something else. Evelyn Waugh
BTW--Van, without QOTD.com (Quote of the day) and LOL cats, my day would certainly not be as much fun!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I think that this is optomistic? Sure hope so...

Pisces (2/19-3/20)
Is there a whole lotta shakin' going on? Well, that's no surprise, especially since you've seen fit to start making some big changes in your life. Initially, things might seem crazier or more unsettled, but you just have to hold on past these disruptions. All change is stressful -- even change for the better. You may be revamping old patterns or foundations that had been in place for a very long time. Stay calm and it will get better soon.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Quote

Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it.
Hilary Rodham Clinton

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday again

this is a mite serious, but it struck me as the quote from www.qotd.org that I needed to post this chilly Monday morning

"A free society cherishes nonconformity. It knows that from the non-conformist, from the eccentric, have come many of the great ideas of freedom. Free society must fertilize the soil in which non-conformity and dissent and individualism can grow." Henry Commanger

Let's stop the fearmongering!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Lots of News

Beside my usual quote (www.qotd.org) my friend and I who were already in Santa Fe went to the Buffalo Thunder Casino to try out for Wheel of Fortune. There were probably a thousand people there. It was crazy, and they just draw your name out of a barrel. Hilarious, but neither of us got picked. Oh well....

here is my optomistic quote for the day:
"So far as I know, anything worth hearing is not usually uttered at seven o'clock in the morning; and if it is, it will generally be repeated at a more reasonable hour for a larger and more wakeful audience."

Moss Hart

Friday, October 22, 2010

Grey and cool day here, no rain yet today

All one's life as a young woman one is on show, a focus of attention, people notice you. You set yourself up to be noticed and admired. And then, not expecting it, you become middle-aged and anonymous. No one notices you. You achieve a wonderful freedom. It's a positive thing. You can move about unnoticed and invisible. Doris Lessing

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Twas a dark and stormy night

last night, which was unusual. My sister who lives down south still has no power@!

Optomism for the day- you may have to read it twice before you see the optomism:

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. - Martin Luther King, Jr, 1929 - 1968 (Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 1964)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday Optomism... easier today

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.

Lewis Mumford

this is my latest brainstorm. My staircase is FREEZING in the winter, I created a stairwell quilt to block the cold air! I am adding it to my etsy shop~ www.etsy.com/shop/nmcreatrix.

Size is approximately 45" x 76" or a custome creation is available if your staircase is larger than those dimesions

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday morning is here again and I need inspiraton

or at least optomism!

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life, it is life itself. - Havelock Ellis

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Oscar Wilde Quote

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
Oscar Wilde, 1854 - 1900

all from:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Smile Box

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Cute, but I don't see how to stop it! It does open in another

window so you can just stop that!

Optomistic--It's hard today

but here goes:

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." Twyla Tharp

Thursday, October 14, 2010

This guy is great!

Personal Barcode

This should take you to my twitter site if you scan it into your mobile phone?? We will see.....
You can go to web.scanlife.com where you can create your own personal bacode.


“Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” Edwin Hubbell Chapin (borrowed from my friend Kathy Malkasian's Facebook post! "thanx Kathy")
I like to think that morning glories on my balcony give me a piece of eternity, even if they die and come back next year.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Optomistic Monday

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built."
Eleanor Roosevelt

Again from Quotes of the Day: http://www.qotd.org/subscribe.html.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Lazy Saturday

John Lennon would be 70 today had he lived. (Quote of the day is my source: http://www.qotd.org/subscribe.html.

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."  John Lennon

Friday, October 08, 2010

Positive Quote for the day

"Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible." Eddie Rickenbacker

Quote of the day is my source: http://www.qotd.org/subscribe.html.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Juliana Coles' latest class preview

Thursdays thought for the day

Resentment and anger are bad for your blood pressure and your digestion.
     Desmond Tutu

I need to remember this every day!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

In line with Dancing with the Stars...

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.

- John Milton, 1608 - 1674

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I am indulging in my guilty pleasure -Dancing with the Stars

so here is my quote for the day:

... the main task of a creative person is to move from his or her “everyday mode” to that quieter, deeper, more passionate, more contemplative, livelier “space” where the creative encounter occurs."

-Eric Maisel, The Ten Zen Seconds

Monday, October 04, 2010

Optomistic thought of the day

I am going to post something optomistic as many days a week as I can.

Today it is a quote:

None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are. Anne Rice

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Remember the Good, the Bad, the Ugly?

I first saw the movie while attending NMSU in Las Cruces. The Rio Grande runs through the town, and as college students are wont to do, we went parking and partying on the river. Imagine my surprise when the hanging tree from the movie was one of our favorite parking/partying spots! So I feel a special connection to the movie and was fascinated by this rendition of the iconic theme song!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Quote of the day...

Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed.

Henry Louis Mencken, 1880 - 1956
Home from vacation and as always it is good to be home. I enjoyed my trip and visits with family and dear friends...
My son and I went to the Dallas World Aquarium, and if you are in the DFW area, you must really see it. And if you haven't seen it lately, they have added a new wing...

Sunday, September 05, 2010

I am on VACATION!!!

And I REAALLLLLY needed it. I came down to my sister's house yesterday to celebrate my Mother's 87th birthday.
Since it is apple season in southern New Mexico and my nephew has LOTs of apple trees, we about a half-bushel of apples. We used my sister's apple peeler/corer and worked through them in less than an hour- much shorter than peeling, coring etc. by hand. It is a very ingenious, low tech machine and works like a charm. And it taught my nieces that apple juice comes from places other than a juice box! They were organic, so there was some critters to deal with but that is to be expected.
This afternoon we will have apple treats!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Great weekend!

The J squared nuptials came off without a hitch last night (Joe and Jan= j sqaured). Great ceremony performed by our friend Marya, and then we all jumped into the pool and hot tub.
Sunday the girls went to see Eat, Pray, Love. I enjoyed it.
My dear friend had to have her 22 year old cat put down on Friday, so I am very sad for her.
It is REALLY RAINING in ABQ this afternoon!
So all in all a very good weekend

Saturday, August 14, 2010

This is green engineering!

A solar roadway. Great idea, check it out!
Getting ready for the wedding of Jan and Joe tonight! Best of luck!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

While cleaning my studio this morning

UGH! I hate to clean the studio, but I was down to about a 12" square space to work in on my HUGE worktable (about 54" x 40") so the time has come....
Anyway while I was taking a break and reading email I found the following two quotes by Andy
I like to be the right thing in the wrong place and the wrong thing in the right place. Being the right thing in the wrong place and the wrong thing in the right place is worth it because something interesting always happens.

When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around  to it. You can't make them change if they don't want to, just like when they do want to, you can't stop them.

Back to cleaning... fun fun fun

Saturday, July 31, 2010

This big box turned over my giggle box!

thought that I would share it with you.

Since I have been surfing instead of cleaning, I found this cute video!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Another great quote for artists and/or writers

The blank page is only pretending to be blank. Everything that ever happened is hiding underneath it.

Margaret Atwood
(who just happens to be one of my favorite authors!)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Old technology effects from new software

Intersting article here: on apps that imitate imperfect old technology. Check it out

Sunday, July 25, 2010

What a jam packed week!

But in a good way! Work is still work, but the Computer Creatrix 
is really moving along. New client and that is good.
Extreme Journalism is still also fabulous. 
And I have posted two of my videos to my You Tube channel. Check it out here
And it has been RAINING all over New Mexico for the last two days.
We really appreciate the rain, as it is sometimes very rare!
Can't get blogger to let me center this sunset pic, but this is an un-retouched photo from my balcony. Since there is moisture in the air the sunsets are spectacular

Immediately before I took this pic, there was a squre bolt of lightning.
I waited for 15 minutes and it never happened again.
Just one of those once in a lifetime things, I guess.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

20 things that I love (besides my family...)

Part of an exercise for Juliana Coles' Extreme Journaling Workshops is to draw a natural scene and then list 20 things that I love.
1. rainbows
2. trees
3. BBQ smoke
4. Sizzling steaks in #3
5. fecundity ( I just love the sound of it!)
6. waves
7. labryinths
8. blue skies
9. Stairway to Heaven (the song)
10. oceans
11. the smell of rain
12. popcorn
13. the moon
14. the smell of baking bread
15. hummingbirds
16. red wine
17. waterfalls
18. cats
19. mangos
20 2012, as that is when I can retire
21. roses
22. sunsets
Of course I could go on...

Friday, July 09, 2010

New Videos from Juliana Coles

From the Trenches: Notes from the Field

Juliana Coles Favorite Supplies (a two part video!)


Monday, July 05, 2010

July 4: gettng real and personal int the pursuit of happiness: {589}

Third installment of zingers (for me) of Simple Abundance:
"Many of us mistakenly think that lowering our expectations means we must surrender our dreams. Absolutely not.  Dreams and expectations are two very different things. Dreams call for a leap of faith, trusting that Spirit is holding the net, so that you can continue in the re-creation of the world with your energy, soul gifts, and vision. Expectations are the emotional investment the ego makes in a particular outcome: what needs  to happen to make the dream come true . The ego's expectations are never vague: Oscars, magazine covers, the New York Times Bestseller list. Your dreams must manifest exactly as the ego imagines or someone isn't going to be very happy. And guess who that is? The ego! Since none of us can always predict the future... this kind of thinking is self-destructive. Because if we don't live up to the ego's expectations, we've failed again. And at some point we really do give up.
The passionate pursuit of your dreams sets your soul soaring; expectations that measure the dream's success tie stones around your soul. ...Living your life as a dreamer and not an "expector" is a personal declaration of independence...Dreaming, not expecting allows spirit to step in and surprise you with connection, completion, comsummation, celebration. You dream. Show up for work. Then let spirit deliver your dream to the world.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Simple Abundance Part 2 It's always my choice

Second quote from Simple Abundance
July 2: The simplest of Pleasures: One Good Thing That Is.
"Not too long ago, an 8 A.M. phone call announcing a major change in plans sent my day careening out of control. I hung up the phone, my heartbeat accelerating. In one stroke my carefully arranged coping stragety was out the window and my host of commitments had been amade almost unmeetable. This was too much, I thought, as I paced back and forth, muttering and moaning under my breath. I had three choices before me, but only one real-life solution: scream with rage a the top of my lungs, put my head in the toilet, or take a deep breath and redeem the day with Plan B.
...So I poured myself a cup of tea and reaclled the Hasidic prayer, "I know the Lord {Goddess} will help --but help me Lord {Goddess}, until you help.
The reality was that the day would be as hards as I made it. Or as pleasant. There was nothing I could do about my circumstances but accept them. "It's always my choice," I reminded myself. Not necessarily  to like ... but to try to catch the ball. ...success in life is not  how smoothly we execute Plan A; it's how smoothly we cope with Plan B. "{Curly brackets and bold are mine}

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Simple Abundance

As some of you might remember, I am following Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I will go for days, and then a ZINGER will really hit home. June was a very active month, and alot of stuff went directly into my soul.
June 28: Repotting: Giving Roots and Yourself Room to Grow:
"" I don't know when I myself am potbound," Gunilla Norris confesses in her numious devotional, BEING HOME, "lacking courage to be replanted, to take the shock of the new soil, to feel into the unknown and take root in it.
We too, need to consider repotting for growth. But when? When we wilt even before the day begins. When we can't remember the last time that we laughed. When we have absolutely nothing in the next 24 hours to look forward to. When this happens, week in, week out, we need to realize that we're pot-bound. We need to gently loosen the soil aroud our souls, find something that sparks out imagination, quickens our pulse, brings a smile or giddy lilt  to our converstaions.
But repotting does not mean that we have to leave the marriage or quit the job. It just means that we need something new. "
I'm not so sure about the last statement, but time will tell. More in my next post.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wow, two posts in one day!

Gorgeous blue flower from the courtyard at First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Lavendar Festival

Albuquerque has a yearly Lavendar Festival and we attended again this year. Looking forward to the Lotus Pond at Los Poblanos, we planned an afternoon on sketching, relaxing and good vibes, but the pond was closed! Bummer. We wandered for a few minutes, but then left. Maybe next year. I did get a few good pics, but we did not stay long enough to get much. BTW, there were lots of other events at different locations, but we were looking forward to the Lotus pond!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Awful work week

But I did get some work done, artwise. I am taking a class from SARK, titled Dream Boogie and this is my doodles while waiting  for the audio class to start.

The line across the top (a large sketchpad which would not fit on my flatbed scanner) is part of a journal entry, about self sabotage. The line visible here reads SABOTAGE has always been one of my issues. There are several sketches, and the colored entry is a list of what is holding me back from completing my dream, then colored over with markers. Most of mine were about MONEY. The BRAVE FINDER is an intuitive name SARK gives you when you sign up for the class.
Also anticipating Juliana Coles' new summer session of Extreme Journaling

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Forgot to add that I also purchased some things in Madrid!

I am practicing with my macro setting on my camera in order to get better closeups of my art to post on etsy. I bought a tri-color copper bracelet and some labryinth earrings! So I did more than just look at art. Buying jewelry always cheers me up!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sunday Afternoon trip to Madrid

I promised a friend of mine from the Rustdyeing group on Yahoo that I would take pictures of her art hanging at Johnson's in Madrid. Sunday afternoon, after the lunch bunch had brunch, I took off to Madrid. Her art was amazing. I love Madrid so I walked around and checked out the galleries. Saw art by a lot of people that I know and found an old friend that I had not seen in several years. Adelle had some great art in a gallery, and we discussed web sites, art and galleries. I am always on the lookout for possible customers for my business the Computer Creatrix.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My new Etsy Shop -- The Creativity Continuum

I have meant to put some stuff up for sale on Etsy, and I have now set up a shop.
Check it out.

I have snugglies, wall hangings and some misc. stuff.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Graduation snugglie

Snugglie made for the recent graduate (my great-niece Lacey)

Page from extreme journalism altered book
copper and sage green paint, left page unpainted, right smeared with a credit card.
Just background

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

It is VERY WARM here!

I promised that I would not complain about it being hot, as this winter hung on for so long and was so cold and nasty! So all that I am going to say is that it is VERY WARM! And I would much rather be hot than cold! It was only 95 today, rather than the 100 that it was over the weekend.
I made it through my first day back at work after a week's vacation but I was bushed last night, I was in bed by 8:45 and then woke up at 4:30. Luckily I could go back to sleep! It was a much better day today, and I am not so tired.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Once a month is not enough to blog!

June is when I am going to become a better blogger!
This week has been fabulous, I have been on vacation. Went to the last of the graduations (I had three this year) on Saturday, May 29th, picked up my Mother and we came back to Albuquerque.
Terry and Kassi's black and white wedding Kanji quilt
We have loafed around, visited and ate all week. I have got several projects started and well on the way to completion (Terry and Kassi's wedding quilt, a snugglie for the graduate, and started on several more snugglies). Mother and I finished tyeing the graduation snugglie, and it is ready for presentation.
First Mailart from Julia in Red Wing MN

Front and Back of Postcard, but without a return address...

Fabric giftie from Helen In Hobart Australia, small pieces of fabric.
This has also been a good mail art week for me. I got an emphemera swap from Jennifer in Florida (it really came last week but I did not have time to acknowledge it!), two mail art postcards and a little giftie of fabric from Helen in Hobart Australia via sendsomething.com . I have scanned them all in....

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!

When we attended the reunion in Mayhill my sister and I discovered a picture of our Maternal Grandmother Onie Clayton in 1914. She was enrolled in a Domestic Science Class (wonder exactly what that entailed). She is seated to the left, and I love the mobcap.
After we found this picture, I came across this quote in my Simple Abundance daybook.
"...women may not have had the vote or the trappings of power... but they were the moral, spiritual, and physical center of the home, responsible for creating a welcome retreat of beauty, comfort and contentment  that would protect, nurture, sustain those that they loved. To achieve this, ordinary middle class women elevated the pursuit of domestic bliss to an extraordinary art form, from white linen Sunday dinners to blue-checked gingham Indenpendence Day picnics. "
This is honor all the mothers in my life: Onie Clayton, Floye Clayton Adkisson, Lonnie Adkisson, Frances Weatherford. I love and treasure you all.
Happy Mother's Day to all mothers everywhere!

Busy, Busy!

On May 1, 2010 my sister, mother, uncle Charlie, Aunt Allene, Cousin Marsha  all went to a reunion of the two room schoolhouse that we had all attended in Mayhill NM. My niece Grace and her two daughters and cousin Kay went with us. My grandmother and brother had also attended. The school was demolished in 1986, but was an active school until 1960. I have created a webiste http://www.wix.com/weatherscf/Mayhill-school to show the pictures that alumni have contributed. The first picture is from 1903 and has three of my grandfather's siblings listed! Amazing, isn't it?
There were about 100 people in attendance and a great time was had by all. More pictures are coming from the celebration and some related pics we found.
This is the barn that my Grandfather Allen Clayton built. It has been around as long
as I can remember, so it is at least 60 years old. Houses are gone (demolished or burned)
but the barn endures.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Is this April 30th???

It is not much snow, but it is SNOW!!! On April 30th

I am heading south to Mayhill/Cloudcroft this weekend and I heard on the news that
there is 2-3 inches on the ground in Cloudcroft.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Art, Mailart and new Kitteh pics

Next to last batch of mailart, using black and silver hand stamped background and copies of journal pages.

Kittehs keeping the world safe from maurauding birds. I think they are as happy
as I am about spring finally getting here!

Last batch of mail art. I made a total of 21 cards in about 3 weeks.
This is some canvas at that I painted several years ago, made into
cards very nicely. the address side is hand carved stamps from
a Carol Sanchez workshop at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Off Center has an annual Quirky Albuquerque House tour and I was asked to contribute.
I applied burned metal (a la Cynthia Cook) to my house, and used the same metal
to shingle the roof. I tried to use metal curls for smoke in the chimney
 but just could not get it to look like I wanted.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

More Mail Art