Sunday, July 12, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
My daughter, Stephanie Scarcella, an opera studies student at The Boston Conservatory, has a paid (well, a tiny amount, anyway) gig performing opera at The Merc in Temecula, California on August 6! I am so proud of her! If you are nearby and want to hear her beautiful mezzo-soprano voice, please give her a hug and tell her you know about her from my blog.....and wish her success with her upcoming graduate degree program! If anyone out there wants to tell me how to load a recording of her singing, I'd love to add one to this post.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We made it through the graduation and celebration without tears! Yes, I did get a little watery eyed a couple of times, but mostly with pride. Everyone was so gracious and helpful, and we had enough food to have three parties! Here is Natalie with her grandmothers at the inspiration celebration (what is now done instead of a baccalaureate).
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
What a wild ride we're on. Last weekend my youngest daughter and I attended my oldest daughter's college graduation in Boston. In two short weeks Stephanie and I will be attending my youngest's graduation! Family is coming in and festivities must be prepared for. I will be using ideas gathered on many websites, including Heather's and Suze's.
Unfortunately, we must also face a challenge - my mother in law, a beautiful 69 year old woman, suffered a stroke. She is currently doing well with therapy, but the cause of the stroke brings some scary decisions and much uncertainty.
So we keep living our rollercoaster ride of a life, and are grateful for friends and loved ones who are there for us to share the joys, sorrows, challenges, and triumphs!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
I have offered to donate a custom piece to help defray medical costs for a beautiful, premature baby, Bella. Please read more about her and the lovely people who have donated incredible art to help her at http://talkingwhitetrash.blogspot.com/2009/04/great-i-am.html.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the Fenway Victory Gardens in Boston. I will make it a point to take pictures again in May to record the changes. So many things were budding and I was lucky enough to find a few blooming during my small, sunny window of warmth opportunity! Most of my visit was cold and wet!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I'm working on a staircase for a client, which I hope to show you soon!
Monday, March 2, 2009
After a little disappointment on the job front, I felt a need to be productive in some way other than housework (don't we all?). On Saturday I wasn't completely sure of my direction after deciding that I needed to rework my inchie canvas, but suddenly I felt the urge to drill. Yes, drill, as to put holes into things. So I pulled out all kinds of metal, plastic and wood embellishments I had saved and drilled away! It felt great!
On Sunday I got to Lakes Park just after the gates opened at 8 a.m. to look for birds, critters, and scenery to photograph. It was amazingly quiet there, and the birds were rather shy, but I managed to find a few treasures. Some of the camoflauge was awesome!
First is a little yellow finch, who came out of the center of his tree to pose for me, then a red wing blackbird scolding me for getting too close, a portal through the trees, and a spider web glistening in the sunbeam (there is actually another, larger spider web to the right that you might be able to see if you enlarge the photo).
I hope you enjoy the few pictures I am sharing today. I am off to walk a dog, then on to a lovely day with my best friend......part of which involves getting a new canvas for my inchies!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Perhaps it was Valentine's Day, perhaps just my need for soft, gentle surroundings at this particular time, but I've been playing in the shabby chic materials! I want to share the three matchboxes I received in a swap recently, via the Speckled Egg, as well as some things I've done with some of the contents of those sweet little boxes. The blue green heart seems to need an image on the tag.....Now I'd best get started on my altered book!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Have you ever wanted to refinish a piece of furniture or your cabinetry? Now is your chance to go through the process with a qualified instructor step-by-step! We will work on something on a smaller scale to give you a taste, but your final product will be one of quality and beauty. As I refinish a small cabinet, I will offer you downloaded instructions, on-line question and answer capabilities, photos, supply lists, and every little tip and hint you might need to avoid frustration and be proud of your accomplishment! The price of the class is $25.
Above is an example of the item I will be refinishing; I picked it up at a thrift store for $3 just to play with it. I don't know about you, but I always need more storage for little art supplies. I might even leave the doors off for use in some other way....hmmm....
Please come join us at ArtisticAvantGarde, (http://artisticag.ning.com), and let me know that you are interested. I look forward to having fun with you!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Second place - connect pendant - Contessa Kris
First Place, the 16X20 photo of the beached starfish.........Crystal Neubauer!
I am going to send each one of them (you) an email, but if I don't hear from you by Sunday, I'll draw again.
Congratulations! I wonder if I'll get lucky today?......
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Oh! Let's not forget that tomorrow ends the OWOH event, and I will not take any submissions to the drawing after 6 P.M. I'll have my daughter help me choose first for the two pendants, then for the photo, and will post them Friday morning. I'll be sure to contact the winner via their email, also! Won't this be fun????!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
As I look into the entries for my OWOH drawing, I see that the number has reached almost 200 entrants! So.....I am offering the two soldered pendants shown in addition to the 16 X 20 inch photo originally offered! These photos were given to me by my mother, and were taken in the WWI era. Don't forget to put your email address IN your comment - I've tried to track some down, which takes a long time and often doesn't get me an address, which means I can't put that name in the drawing. :(
If you have time, please indulge me and answer the poll question on my sidebar to the right. I'm planning to offer an on-line class and would love your input.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Be sure that if you are entering to comment to the previous post, not this one.
Lovely little starfish
Covered in some sand,
Wondering ‘bout his life
While sitting on dry land.
Then along came a lady
With camera in hand,
And made that starfish famous
Ain’t life grand!
Isn't that cool??
The big event has begun! As a member of the One World, One Heart gypsy caravan, I am offering a 16" x 20" photo of the above starfish, the same photo of mine that was published in Somerset Life Images last summer. This starfish was beached at low tide on the north end of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and the early morning sun was casting shadows and peeking around the tiny dunes.
Here's what you have to do to be in the drawing: comment to this post, leaving me your email address so that I can contact you if you win! It's that easy! You don't have to be a blogger or a member of any group. I must have your email address and you must comment to this post only. By checking back, you can find out how many people have entered; but remember, there is only one entry per person, so everyone's odds are the same! You never know who will win! The drawing is on February 12, 2009. Click on the One World, One Heart icon on the right hand side of my blog page to see others who are participating.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Bonnie Fulks, my dear friend, and I, decided to team up! We entered a booth at the Cape Coral Arts Festival, but were on a waiting list for a space. Friday, the day of registration and set-up, we found out we were in - thank goodness we were all ready to go! And thank goodness we did this! Wonderful connections with people were made and we had so much fun. Of course, the compliments felt terrific, but the best parts were meeting so many people, sharing our passion with the public, and getting to know one another even better. Bonnie has had experience with this venue, and was a great leader in the set-up and break-down experience. All in all, it was fantastic, and we feel sure we will have the opportunity to share our skills with new clients in the future.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Oh, what a lovely last day of 2008! After lingering over coffee and browsing artsy websites, my best friend and I went to the beach, my absolute favorite place. Score! It was a perfect day! We talked, walked, perused magazines, people and pet watched, took photos, and sneaked a small D.Q. Blizzard. We forced ourselves to leave after four hours of bliss, and I came home to work on sample doors. Perhaps I should find a new word to use for "work", because I just love doing it. A breeze was blowing through the studio, Sophia was chillin' on the floor beside me, and Bella Fleck was keeping me humming. After dinner we watched a couple of movies, munched popcorn, and vegetated until the New Year arrived. Perfect.