Wednesday, October 30, 2013

journal spread

:: transparency ::
Definition of - Transparency (behavior)
Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed.
Researchers at University of Oxford and Warwick Business School found that transparency can also have significant unintended consequences. 
Why choose this word for such a spread… 
because I think It takes a lot of "GUTS" to put it out there for the whole world to see, what I can only describe with; paint, paper, and typography.
Do you see it? I do. 
Lay upon layer and yet, you can "STILL SEE THROUGH" the image… 
this art journal page, is a reflection of "ME". 
Who I am.
Where I came from. 
What I have left behind. 
The progress I have made. 
I like where I am right here & now.
Honestly, if you have been a long time follower/reader you know that there have been several life changing assurances. 
I have continued to keep all my dedicated readers in the loop, while continuing my artful journey.
I have created an online artist community (group) here -
As the administrator I have developed a supportive online community of artistic people who all share a common interest; ART. 
This group is for all creative people, who wish to express their artistic abilities freely without judgment.
To create friendships along side with others who are also on an artistic journey.  
The mission of this group is to create positive, productivity through the art world "together". 
The support, encouragement, respect, and love that the group has for one another is 

This group is here for you and you are all welcome to join! 
I understand that not everyone has an account with Facebook, for reasons that you do not need to explain to me. 
As I have stated in these Blog posts:
By the end of 2012, I was in search of building friendships with artistic people.
To encourage and have supportive artist's, to whom I could call "friends".
This has been achieved.
I am ** BLESSED ** and honored to be surrounded by such talented, loving, supportive, and encouraging people… It amazes me EVERY DAY!!
Everyone "shows up" and ** ART **  is the main subject. Drama has NO PLACE HERE.  

I also, have been "creatively" productive. 
Handcrafting ::art dolls:: from repurposed materials. 
You will find them available in my Blog Shop here - 
These dolls are carefully crafted, consuming a lot of my time and skills. 
Once again, I am reminded… of the challenges that I face, because of my chronic illness.

Where does this leave my readers ?? GREAT QUESTION. 
I don't have an answer. A solution, perhaps.
Can not be everywhere at once. I am here now. 
** when I am present I give myself, and give it all ** 

Where does this leave me… TRANSPARENT.


If you are only here, because you wish for me to stop on by your Blog… 
you know… scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. What is your point?

If you are just scrolling down the the column to get to the end, next… 
without truly reading what is here… Why? 

If you have wondered where have I been? Am I okay? Then you should have asked.

I have come to realize something in a very short time, it is not me who needs to ask these questions to myself… 
I am giving you everything I got. ~xx
here and now.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

studio update...

:: art dolls :: 
I have been up to my elbows creating these darling mixed media girlies!
Honestly, when I created my first doll... 
I never thought past the fact of, just sharing with my viewers my delightful experience with creating art from repurposed/recyclable materials. 
:: NOW :: 
orders are pouring in and how exciting is that?!!
I wish to take this moment to say 
For your support and encouragement. 
These art dolls are uniquely crafted from repurposed/recyclable materials.
** such a delightful art doll to treasure **
 my art is sold here

Back to the studio I go... 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday's Lovely Links

:: delightful to visit ::

Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

crafting pumpkins

::paper bag pumpkins ::
pumpkins with wings, why not...? anything can happen on Halloween.

Monday, October 14, 2013


:: apple pie ::

prep- 30 mins.
cook- 1 hour
serves- 8

  • 1 pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water (remove a tablespoon worth to compensate the vanilla) 
  • 1 tablespoon "real" vanilla 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • "dash" of nutmeg 
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup "packed" brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples- peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup milk - brush on top 
  • white sugar - sprinkle on top crust 

Preheat over 425 degrees.

Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste.

Add water, white/brown sugar, and bring to a boil; reduce temperature adding vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg and let simmer 2-4 mins. 

Mix syrup with the apples, pour into bottom pie crust.
Cover with top crust: apply 3 slits on top. 

Brush on milk and add sprinkled white sugar.

Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees; reduce the temperature to 350 degrees continue baking for 35 - 45 mins. until apples are soft.  


a little taste from the island

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday's Lovely Links

:: delightful to visit ::

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Only an illusion

:: optical art ::
 materials needed:
bristol/watercolor/mixed media- paper (any of these will do)
sharpie fine point- black
paint brush/spray water bottle 


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

harvesting the craft...

:: beads and beyond ::
my thoughts: once and awhile we go outside our normal elements of creating 
to design something from the inside out. 

Monday, October 7, 2013


 :: art dolls ::
uniquely crafted from repurposed/recyclable materials.

The season is changing, and I am spending more time nestled in my studio... feels good. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

altered- said and done

:: tag ::
collaborating paint, a silhouette, and words...
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; 
nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche