Sunday, July 13, 2014

Today's the Day!

Midwest Fiber Art Alliance is a group of local fiber artists, and each year they plan a show with a theme. This year's exhibition features artwork that is inspired by favorite poems. My artwork is a cloak shaped piece in shades of purple, and it was inspired by the poem "Warning". The first line of the poem is "When I am old, I shall wear purple", and it embodies my philosophy about my life. It is about doing the things that are fun and that matter to you, without worrying about what others think. I hope you can stop by the artist reception today if you are in the area!

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Noah is 3 years old and weighs 5 pounds. He is a puppy mill survivor. Because of that, he has his own little set of quirks. He spins in circles when he is excited, and he barks when he is afraid. I am his world, and he really isn't comfortable around anyone else. Because of this, I have enrolled him in an obedience class that starts in August. My hope is that the obedience training will give him some confidence, as well as providing some socialization for him. He is such a happy little guy!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bench #2

Last year I got some used fence panels from someone on Freecycle, with the idea that I would use them to make some weathered benches for our gardens. This is the second bench, and I really like it. This is the last of the fence panels, and I have just a few extra slats left. So, I am researching the specifications to build nesting shelters for some of the birds that inhabit our yard. It is a good feeling to create from items that would otherwise be in the landfill!

Thursday, July 10, 2014


A few years ago I got a mimosa seedling from a fellow artist, and while many people will think I am nuts, I have never regretted it. The mimosa is a dainty tree with leaves that look like ferns and a delicate pink puffball flower. We planted it next to our deck, in hopes that hummingbirds would discover it, and we could watch the birds. Every year I am thrilled with the smell of its blossoms and the visitors those blossoms attract!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


Occasionally we get asked to dogsit for former rescue dogs, usually dogs that we fostered. Evie was not one of our fosters, but she has always had a special place in my heart. She is staying with us for a few days while her family travels, and we love having her here. She is always so happy and full of kisses and tail wags! Because the kids miss her when they are gone, I take photos and post them every day for the kids to see that she is ok and having fun.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Spring Rain

This postcard is all about the pops of color in the gardens that start to appear each spring, and all of the soft, gentle rains that nurture the gardens during the spring. I created Spring Rain for a postcard exhibition/sale at The Firehouse Gallery in Phoenix AZ. They will be exhibiting and selling postcards from artists all over the world in an effort to raise funds for a new a/c system for the gallery.