Monday, July 27, 2015


The incomparable BC presented masks for our April DIVAs project ~ this is how mine came out. As always, click to enlarge...

Tule, feathers, Lumiere paints, Stickles galore, ribbon, pearls, sequins...

I was going to get all fancy with the holding stick, but ended up not wanting to take attention away from the mask itself.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Where Bloggers Create 2015!

Even though I'm not participating this year, I want to let you all know about Karen Valentine's annual wonderful link party! Every year I get so much inspiration from all the blogs featured, and I've met some great friends too!

For all the eye candy, you can go HERE to see all the goodies, and meet some new friends!

Don't forget to leave them some love!

Friday, June 26, 2015


Thank you, SCOTUS, for recognizing that ALL human beans have the right to love, honor and respect ~

Monday, June 15, 2015


Barrett (L) and Remus at 9 weeks ~

Aren't they the cutest?! They are more fun every single day ~

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Just some random scenes from Ventura... Pic heavy!
Click to biggify.

One of the beautiful doors downton...

Beautiful Spanish tiles...

Mission Bueunaventura...

@ Lure restaurant. Carol & I had a late lunch here ~ unbelievably awesome food! And I would love to have this mural in my house!

Along the boardwalk in front of the hotel ~

Carol's Lulu ~ waiting to say Hello!

Lulu & I in front of Carol's "Petit Maison".

The "sea view" from my room ~ Ha! Looking out over the second floor roof, but I COULD see the surfers off shore...


Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Happy Nurse's day! And Happy Birthday, Flo!

Hug a nurse, p.r.n.!

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Yeah, yeah ~ I can't believe it has taken me this long to post about Craftcation! 

Craftcation took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Ventura, CA from Thursday, 26 March, through Sunday, the 29th.
It is a mix of both business classes for handcrafters, and of learning classes for all kinds of different crafts.
I was originally supposed to attend with the lovely Carol of the blog "Art & Sand"... however, she had just had hand surgery, and so was not able to attend.
Bless her heart ~ she was able to pick me up at the airport and deliver me to the hotel...

We had never met in person before, but when we did meet, it was like we had known each other for years! Blog friends are awesome!!  More about Carol later...

This was one of the welcome signs waiting for us at check-in...
{as always, click to biggify pix}

One of the first classes I took was one by Amy Tan, of Amy Tangerine. This is a pic of some of the swag we got with the class. A paper pad, words, stickers and embellies, a couple of 12 x 12 papers; all from her newest line...

An unfinished paper done with stencils, watercolor paints & Washi tape ~ I plan on adding to this, and then cutting it into sections for use on cards...

Me & Amy ~ she was SO friendly!

On Friday night, there was a 'Tiki" party of welcome for all. Part of the decorations was this 10-12 ft. high 'volcano'. This was held at the Ventura fairgrounds; just a bit north of the hotel.

There was a live Hawaiian band, and 2 sets of hula dancers. These were the older girls (high school age), and then there was a group of much younger girls.  Both were awesome!

I managed to finagle my way into one class that I hadn't actually signed up for ~ one sponsored by Scotch 3M.  Below is some of the swag that came with the class! I now have more Washi tape than I will ever be able to use in my lifetime!

Hands down, THE best class I took was one by Kim Werker called Mighty Ugly! It was all about dealing with the perfectionist that rides us all. How to deal with it, and how to overcome it...

Gratuitous shot of Amy Tan with her delightful son ~ posted with her kind permission.

More to come...

Cottleston Pie is the Taoist philosophy dealing with our Inner Nature (as explained by Winnie-the-Pooh)
To get the full scoop, read "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.
The full poem is at the very bottom here...