What You'll Find Here

I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for almost twenty years now. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for stopping by!

-Kelly

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL FARMERS

According to Code Pink the farm is on lock down due to an increase in police presence and the impending eviction notice.

If you can help in any way, please visit: South Central Farmers.com OR .org/

Learn the story of the farm here

Some people rant and rave at me asking me why I post the things that I am thinking.
Some people rant and rave and dismiss my "political art".
To you it may be "political", but to me, it's life.
Your life.
My life.
Our life.
Our world.
Today 2006.
Think about it. What happens to those around you is affecting you. It might not be to the extent it affects them, but it does affect YOU. Think about how YOU would feel if you were that person. Put yourself in their shoes. Would you want that pain inflicted on your self, your significant other, your sister, your mother, your father, YOUR CHILD?
Now think about what is going on in the world around you.
Just think...
That's all I'm asking...
for now.

No pictures today...*soon*
I want to make sure that the emphasis is on the Farmers. They need ALL of your attention now.

Friday, May 26, 2006


SAVE THE SOUTH CENTRAL FARMERS!!!!!


I've posted this before, but with everything that has been happening these last few days, I thought I'd send an update:

http://www.southcentralfarmers.com/

So far as of tonight (Friday) there hasn't been any action taken yet-no evictions.

Please pass the word along to anyone that you know that this farm in South Central Los Angeles feeds over 350 familes. The city does NOT need another warehouse built. They need a green place!!!! There are already THREE EMPTY warehouses that surround the farm.

From the site:
For the last three years, 350 families have been fighting to preserve the South Central Farm, the largest contiguous piece of open green space in South Central Los Angeles. On April 22, 2006, the Trust for Public Land negotiated a 30-day option to purchase contract that depends on efforts by the City to find matching money for the $5 million put up by a private foundation. With only 6 million raised, the 30 day contract was not enough time for politicians and the community to raise the 16.35 million needed to purchase the land. With no time left, the South Central Farmers and their supporters are now vowing to do what is necessary to permanently protect the largest urban community farm in the United States.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 May 2006 )
Read more..

You can also contribute to the site (there are paypal buttons on the site). If they do not win this fight, then all money received will be returned.

They are located at the corner of 41st and Alameda. If anyone can get down with supplies, they need, according to Code Pink

Food--
Trail mix & nuts
Dried fruit
Instant Oatmeal
Instant Coffee
Tea
Ice chests & refillable water containers
-and ice if you are going during the day
Bread, tortillas, pasta, etc.
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Vegetables, all kinds
Chocolate
Salsa
Spices
Olive Oil
Beef or Turkey Jerky

Other Supplies--
Legal size notepads
Pens & Permanent Markers
Clipboards
Posterboards
Paints & Brushes
Hand sanitizer
Sunscreen
Biodegradable soap
AA, AAA, and NIMH batteries

CODEPINK is providing jail support for those risking arrest to save the farm. This is an extremely important role, if you can offer any help please call Jamie Romano at (626) 676-3898. She will be at the farm and needs all the help she can get

***Even if you are not willing to be arrested, they need people THERE to be witnesses and for moral support*******

Tuesday, May 23, 2006



Spent several hours yesterday cleaning in and around my studio area. Managed to throw away a whole box full of "Junk" -literally. Not sure how that stuff piled up, but I just threw all of it in the recycling bin. Then I mailed out good stuff to my cousin in MA so that felt good!

Have been working in my own journal & a friend's book...this is a page from her journal.

I am slowly still working on my zine...the problem is I have SO many ideas some times I don't know where to start-what to put in, what to leave out, etc...

Received my copy of Keely Barham's wonderful little color zine called "Stray Stitches". I love Keely's work and it's nice to have this adorably sized book to hold in my hands and look at at home!

One of my favorite authors/activists, Arundahti Roy was on Democracy Now today for the full hour. WELL worth listening to...today's show
the whole transcript wasn't up last I checked though...her last comments are on being an artist in today's world...and what artists should be doing.

Friday, May 19, 2006


My friend, Tammie Moore is hostessing the most excellent charm swap! I can't wait to play!!!

One of my most favorite authors, Eduardo Galeano was on Democracy Now today. I really recommend "Book of Embraces". It's full of short snippets of illustrated stories. It's a true treasure for me!

Well, the week has pretty much been spent making collage grabbags, stamp grabbags, "stuff" grabbags...reading Invincible Summer by Nicole J. Georges I finished it last night. It's definetly a must read. I love the format of the zine too. Also have been trying to get rid of this damn cough that I have had for 2 1/2 weeks now. It hurts so much to cough when I go into a "fit" of coughing. Ugh. I stopped taking Alka Seltzer cold tablets 'cause they knock me out. I took them again Wednesday and Thursday night. David has to take Tristan to school when I take those darn things-I can hardly get up in the morning. Yucka! Any ways I am hoping that it goes away. I'm not sick or contagious-just can't get rid of the cough!

Tristan and I watched The Goonies last night courtesy of my sister. I forgot how "bad" that film was..but hey when you're a young girl of 11 when it comes out, you'd think it was the greatest film ever! My sister was always obsessed with it and she bought it for Tristan thinking he'd like it. He did-he laughed at all of the "funny" scenes-like Corey Feldman's character, Mouth "translating" to the Latina woman. It's a cute film but I forgot how choppy it was and how bad the editing was! Remember the end of the film when they mention the worst part being the "octopus"? LOL they cut that out of the film but left that part in! Tristan's head whipped around saying "WHAT Octopus?" It was in the deleted scenes part so we now know WHY the chopped it out. Any ways, I remember why it was such a great film when I was 11-Sean Astin, Corey Feldman AND Josh Brolin were all in it. LOL.

The photo is my "work table". LOL! So much for "work". I am now working on the floor since it gives me more space. I really need to clean my art area. That's been my goal all week with going through and getting rid of stuff. I am thinking about selling my taboret thing that I bought since there is so much "stuff" under my table that I have a hard time using it. I don't want to wheel it out and then have to move stuff under the table that's fallen to be able to stick it back in there. Yup, lazy is my middle name. Soooo if anyone wants one cheap & you're in L.A., drop me an email. It is bright orange but you can paint it. :) Or collage it!

Am looking forward to this weekend. Tristan & I are going to see Over the Hedge this afternoon. I've been waiting for this silly movie to come out for months now! So I can't wait to see it. I'm teaching in Agoura Hills tomorrow @ Paper Post and Stampin from the Heart in Culver City on Sunday. I think it'll be a fun weekend!!

Am planning my crazy summer! June I will be traveling up to Stampers Warehouse in Danville. I always think of that weekend as a mini vacation. Everyone is so laid back and wonderful to be with. If I had my way, we'd be living up there-in Berkeley. *sigh* Then in July I will be at The Rubber chicken Stamp Art Store in Maryland. That will be my first time there so I'm really excited about it! The first weekend in August, I will be back at another one of my favorite stores: The Stamp Act in Marshfield, MA. Marie, her parents and all of the wonderful customers there always make me feel at home so I am totally jazzed to be going back there again! Lastly in mid August there is the most wonderful week long event: Art Unraveled! I've been teaching at AU since it's inception and words can't describe how much I look forward to AU every year. Linda does an amazing job each and every year. The group that attends-it's like a big reunion with a ton of your friends. I'm also taking a class this year with Juliana Coles-her Repetition class. I'm looking forward to it. I've taken about a half a dozen classes with Juliana and I love her teaching style. I wish I had some time to take some classes with some of the other instructors like Anne Grgich, Traci Bunkers, Roben Marie, Sylvia, Terry Tyson, Bernie, etc... It's going to be a FUN week!!!

The only thing I am NOT looking forward to this summer is the heat. Ugh. I think it will be a really hot, bad summer. I really hope that I'm WRONG. They cut down the only tree in front of our building (grr one of the people in this apartment building complained about it. If these people would only complain about the REAL problems in this damn building, I'd be a lot happier!) Now, with the "shade" gone and the fact that there isn't any "cross breeze" in here, i'm dreading the summer. I was eyeing a free standing air conditioner the other day at Fry's...but am trying to figure out where the $ would come from to buy the AC AND pay for the bill each month.

"Are you ready for the summer???"
OK, actually my favorite line from Meatballs is "How could he have a hook for a foot?"
Yup. I am a goober.

Monday, May 15, 2006



Just one of the many stacks...have been cleaning things out lately-selling, donating, recycling...



LOL-Our "Mother's Day" picture that would've been perfect, if only.... ;)

Mom's Day was nice and relaxing. We did the "West Hollywood Tour" featured in the book Walking L.A.
My fave was the bamboo "wall" in front of the Schindler House on Kings Road. I love the way it sounds....Walked around, explored...took our time & some pictures. On to Whole Foods for more tomato/red pepper soup (mixed with LOTS of veggies and a splash of pasta-yum!). Hung out with Tristan and read A Wrinkle in Time (a childhood favorite). Ended the evening with two episodes of Hill Street Blues on DVD with David. It was a nice, relaxing night.

Today will be spent cleaning and hopefully getting some art work done...Off for a quickie walk to the newstand (Centerfolds on Fairfax)! Inspiration-the walk, the surroundings, the company (hubby) and maybe a few new finds at the newstand!

Things to look forward to: Michael Palin is going to be publishing some of his journals from 1969 to 1979 later this year (ooh-does that mean a possible book signing in L.A.?? EVERY time he has ever done one of those, I've missed the damn thing! Sooo if anyone hears ANYTHING, please please please think of ME. I'm not usually "celeb" crazy or anything like that, but I really do admire and respect this man. Can I just shake the hand of the man who has been to places that I can only dream of???) The work that he's done is AMAZING. My favorite "Python" is also going to be traveling to countries that were once a part of the Soviet bloc...so I'll be looking forward to that series on PBS some time soon.

Sunday, May 14, 2006


This is one of Tristan's early Mother's Day pictures.
It's one of my most favorites.
Yes, I'm one of those Moms who saves every art piece that their child makes. I received over five different projects this Mother's Day. Man, that child gets more creative each and every second. He made me an elaborate pop up piece this year out of tape, folded paper and paper! I will have to post that.
But this simple one is one of my most treasured treasures...



Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

Friday, May 12, 2006






















One of my latest pages in my book...

The other photo is one of my bookshelves (ahem, "one" of many)...Faves from that shelf: Off Screen (I LOVE this book); Learning by Heart by Sister Corita Kent; Graffiti Brasil; Melissa Sweet's Bird cards; Drawing from Life-J. New....those are my "must haves" from that shelf. :)
Yes, that is artwork-my 10 year anniversary "card" from my hubby, a metal hand from Roseann, and below is parts of "art presents" that my son made me.

Recent acquisitions include:

Peel Magazine www.peelmagazine.com/

100 Posters, 134 Squirrels: A Decade of Hot Dogs, Large Mammals, and Independent Rock: The Handcrafted Art of Jay Ryan

The Fate of the Artist- Eddie Campbell

The great Howard Zinn's Just War-if you haven't read "A People's History of the United States" by Zinn Visit the local library NOW.

If you are in the L.A. area, tomorrow (Saturday) May 13th from 11 to 6 at Meltdown comics
http://www.meltcomics.com/
Stop on in for their first ever, monthly "shop" (held outside of the shop, though you have to go through the front doors to get in!) 7522 Sunset Blvd. (cross street is N. Gardner)
http://feltclub.com/

I thought that this was a WONDERFUL website that I had to share:
http://baldisbeautiful.org/

Lastly, for today-
I am now totally addicted to this soup I found at Whole Foods "ready to go" in a pourable "Box" that is Tomato and Red Pepper Soup. Yum Yum. Want a healthy meal? Cut up some veggies and throw some rice into it. Cook a little bread with it. 15 minutes-ding! Done! More time to make art, play with Tristan and hang out!!!

Anyone else not looking forward to the heat of summer?? Ugh! Can't it stay NICE like it is now in L.A.-70 somethin' ;)


















"It's essentially a gated community for one."

From the men that reminded the world that Dow chemicals still won't apologize for the Bhopal Disaster, they've now brought you the SurvivaBall

If this isn't the funniest thing I've read/seen/heard in awhile, I don't know what is. You really have to read it...And yes, it really DID happen. And Yes, you can thank the Yes Men for it.

Read/Listen to the story here:

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/12/1353258

From *ahem* Halliburton's "official" *ahem, snicker* website:
http://www.halliburtoncontracts.com/about/index.html

Halliburton Solves Global Warming
SurvivaBalls save managers from abrupt climate change
An advanced new technology will keep corporate managers safe even when climate change makes life as we know it impossible. [Speech, photos]

"The SurvivaBall is designed to protect the corporate manager no matter what Mother Nature throws his or her way," said Fred Wolf, a Halliburton representative who spoke today at the Catastrophic Loss conference held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Amelia Island, Florida. "This technology is the only rational response to abrupt climate change," he said to an attentive and appreciative audience.

Most scientists believe global warming is certain to cause an accelerating onslaught of hurricanes, floods, droughts, tornadoes, etc. and that a world-destroying disaster is increasingly possible. For example, Arctic melt has slowed the Gulf Stream by 30% in just the last decade; if the Gulf Stream stops, Europe will suddenly become just as cold as Alaska. Global heat and flooding events are also increasingly possible.

In order to head off such catastrophic scenarios, scientists agree we must reduce our carbon emissions by 70% within the next few years. Doing that would seriously undermine corporate profits, however, and so a more forward-thinking solution is needed.

At today's conference, Wolf and a colleague demonstrated three SurvivaBall mockups, and described how the units will sustainably protect managers from natural or cultural disturbances of any intensity or duration. The devices - looking like huge inflatable orbs - will include sophisticated communications systems, nutrient gathering capacities, onboard medical facilities, and a daunting defense infrastructure to ensure that the corporate mission will not go unfulfilled even when most human life is rendered impossible by catastrophes or the consequent epidemics and armed conflicts.

"It's essentially a gated community for one," said Wolf.

Dr. Northrop Goody, the head of Halliburton's Emergency Products Development Unit, showed diagrams and videos describing the SurvivaBall's many features. "Much as amoebas link up into slime molds when threatened, SurvivaBalls also fulfill a community function. After all, people need people," noted Goody as he showed an artist's rendition of numerous SurvivaBalls linking up to form a managerial aggregate with functional differentiation, metaphorically dancing through the streets of Houston, Texas.

The conference attendees peppered the duo with questions. One asked how the device would fare against terrorism, another whether the array of embedded technologies might make the unit too cumbersome; a third brought up the issue of the unit's cost feasibility. Wolf and Goody assured the audience that these problems and others were being addressed.

"The SurvivaBall builds on Halliburton's reputation as a disaster and conflict industry innovator," said Wolf. "Just as the Black Plague led to the Renaissance and the Great Deluge gave Noah a monopoly of the animals, so tomorrow's catastrophes could well lead to good - and industry must be ready to seize that good."

Goody also noted that Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society was set to employ the SurvivaBall as part of its Corporate Sustenance (R) program. Another of Cousteau's CSR programs involves accepting a generous sponsorship from the Dow Chemical Corporation, whose general shareholder meeting is May 11.
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The scary thing is, how many people at the conference "bought this" idea.
These people will grasp at straws to make money from ANYTHING.

Read more about the Yes Men at:
http://www.theyesmen.org/

Thursday, May 11, 2006


I always feel like somebody's watching me..............

notice the camera, too.

What the hell have we come to?

And yes, this is in Los Angeles, CA...

*sigh*

Anyone want the address? We can go have a party out in front and just see who shows up!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Remember those days of riding in the back seat when you were a kid?

LOL I almost wrote driving in the back seat-nope, that only happens NOW a days (and when it's my Hubby, my Mom or my sister driving *ahem* and maybe a few "select friends" whom I won't name...)

But seriously, remember when you were a kid-before seatbelts were "in"?

Remember your Dad driving at night and it was cold and he'd have the window down "to get a little air" and you were freezing sitting behind him...and it was only rolled down a crack

Remember riding to (insert favorite beach here-or remembered beach) Nantasket Beach with your Mom and Sister listening to the Monkees, Neil Diamond, Stray Cats and 80's music. Occasionally getting them to play the Beatles...

Remember falling asleep in the backseat of the car and having your Dad carry you inside.

Remember going to the drive in movie in your PJs!! Your Mom would make popcorn in a brown paper bag and bring sodas (LOL Mom would do that at the regular movies too!)

Remember each time we had to help Grandpa bring the dog, Danielle and the two cats-Andy and Candy to the vet. Oh God. You'd think it meant that they were given a license to go absolutely bonkers and rip your legs to shreds (and whatever else their claws could get at)

Remember really longggggggg car trips with your family? LOL

Remember riding in the back of your Mom's Old Yellow Maverick and how hot it was back there with "slats" for windows.

Remember driving to Hull (not Hell) with your Aunt to go to the candy store...finding it closed...then she took you to McDonalds, ordered food in the drive through and had to drive away 'cause she had left her wallet at home!

Remember driving through different neighborhoods looking at the Christmas lights and being in total amazement.

Remember watching the rain drip across the windows as your Dad drove to various family get togethers...

Remember studying snowflakes fall on the window-trying to find its partner.

Remember driving in the back of your Dad's station wagon to DisneyWorld in FL...Dad running out of gas and me, Erin and Mom sitting in the car waiting for what seemed like forever...Remember how the trip started off-Dad gave us each a "Ziggy" doll for the trip...and we slept in sleeping bags in the back.

Remember trips to Building 19 in Weymouth with your Grandpa to find "treasures" and how lucky we'd be to score a new Smurf toy!

Remember driving through Dorchester, MA on "tours" of where the New Kids On the Block lived. Oh man, this one I wish I could forget LOL!!

Remember rides to visit Nana in Foxboro and how Erin and I would continuously hide each and every time in the same spot and "surprise" our parents.

Remember trips to various ice cream shops on hot summer nights-especially after a long day in the pool at Uncle Joe's house.

Remember driving to Uncle Joe's house in Middleboro and passing Frankie, Denise & the kids and then having Frankie "fly" along behind us saying that if the troopers were going to pull someone over, it'd be my Dad first (LOL).

Remember driving by "Child World" (toy store) in Dedham, MA with my face and fingers pressed against the glass pleading with my Dad to stop for just a second!!

I can't remember much more as MY 9 year old is reading this over my shoulder asking me "how many times are you going to write "I remember"..." Hmm...I wonder what he will remember.
Grab your journal...what do YOU remember from the backseat when you were a CHILD?

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


I've been tagged TWICE!!! Thanks Angela
This is the first tag. The second one will follow shortly...
And yes, this is a picture of my "Rocky" wearing MY pink sunglasses...and yes, I AM weird.

In my fridge:
Pineapple
Barqs Root beer 'cause y'all know it's one of my "Must haves"
Lots and lots of tomatoes
Tazo Black UNSWEETENED iced tea (yup, I make it myself and stick it in the fridge)
Reeses ice cream though I am finding that I prefer a trip to Coldstone's and getting their Strawberry Shortcake Serenade ice cream these days instead of eating ice cream at home...eek! I must be getting old! LOL! There's nothing like a trip to the ice cream parlour! (Always thinkin of those "good ol' days" in Boston-trips to Dairy Queen, Friendlys (that's THE place for a Reeses ice cream sundae), and all of the local ice cream shops!! I miss those places in L.A!

In my closet:
Lots of clothes that I haven't worn that I need to get out and donate them!
Toys, toys and more toys from when *I* was little-my care bears, smurfs, poppits, and more...
My old cassettes (*sigh* those were the days-Extreme, Hardline, Nelson, etc...)
Tristan's baby clothes -the ones that I've saved and can NOT get rid of
My husband's old OLD OLD clothes that HE can't get rid of but they are falling apart! (LOL)

In my purse:
Burts Bees lipstick and chapstick
My datebook full of all of my "must have" info including my classes for 2006 and 2007 (eek!)
My small notebook that I write occasional notes in when I can't bring my journal with me
My Micron pens
My mini wallet that I bought from Keely Barham ages ago that I love (though I need a new one!)

In My (14 year old) Car:
Rocky-my Pound Puppies dog that we bought in Vale, CO and took the trip home with us last month
My "Good luck" care bear key chain
Lots of collage crap for classes that "lives" in the trunk of my car
lots and lots of 1" bristle brushes, waxed paper and paper towels for classes
an old, outdated Thomas Guide that I never use anymore (for the most part) thanks to Mapquest

(I'm adding this one)-
On my Bookshelf:
Hard Laughter-Anne Lamott
Gray Horses-Hope Larson
Concrete to Canvas
Learning by Heart-Sister Corita Kent
lots of artwork from family (David and Tristan), friends including Roseann, Venita, Lillian, Tiffini, Sarah, Tammie and more!


I tag...
Tammie
Adriane
Christine
Hashi
Diana

Tag! You're it!

Friday, May 05, 2006



Other then being with David & Tristan, nothing makes me happier then:
(in no particular order)

1. cutting, pasting, painting, writing...

2. reading a damn good book!

3. walking in the woods-any place with lots of trees

4. Finding something really cool and unusual to take a picture (s) of and use in my journals

5. finding a damn good art book in the book store and squealing with delight over the art in it!

6. watching something GOOD on DVD (or VHS or Laser) with the hubby (lately we have been watching Season one of Hill Street Blues-*love* that show...I was only a young'in when it was originally on so I don't remember it...but I am really enjoying it. Also "Kung Fu"-we're on the last season and I don't want it to end..that was a GREAT show!)

7. Halloween and that whole "season" especially when it FEELS like Autumn (leaves, cold, etc...)
8. smooshing paint on paper and finding unusual color combinations and getting that a ha moment

9. traveling some place that I "love" like Ireland (been there once but I loved it); Berkeley, CA; Salem, MA; Seattle, WA; Fort Collins, CO; etc...

10. Walking ...especially if I have a big (or little) hand to hold!

Those are some of my favorite things...to name a small few ;)

Lots of things going through my mind lately...trying to stay positive (as noted above) but it's hard...Very hard some times...

Remembering the 36th Anniversary of Kent State May 4, 1970...and OH Governor Rhodes quote:
"We are going to eradicate the problem. We're not going to treat the symptoms."
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/05/04/1342257&mode=thread&tid=25

People seem to get upset with some of my posts. But, you know what? This "stuff" is important to me. People may classify some of what I think, ponder and worry about as "politics" and "stuff" you're not supposed to "talk about". I classify it as "life" and it's the life we're in right now. In my small opinion, the only way to possibly make it better is to start to engage in rational conversations with each other. We've been taught for years that we shouldn't talk about these things and now we don't know how. We're bombarded with press releases as news telling us what we should and shouldn't think, what we shouldn't talk about. I strongly feel that the more we talk about things, the more we can possibly change for the better. If you don't like what I write, I'm sorry. But it's part of my life just as much as it is part of your life. It's my responsibility just as it is yours.

Thursday, May 04, 2006


Here are some more of the photos I tried to upload yesterday...These are the two I made Monday & Tuesday.

I made another box last night. It's smaller and can be used for a purse. The other two could be purses but they are "big" and might be better for an art supply box or travel box/mini suitcase.

A follow up story (you can listen or read it online) following Monday's boycotts, rallies and marches: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/04/146251 This one is a "must read" or "must listen to" in my small opinion.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


A trip to Meltdown on Sunset netted the following today:

Noble Boy by Scott Morse-looks like it's for kids...but guess what folks, on closer inspection, it ain't! It's a great illustrated story about animation artist Maurice Noble and his views on life, art, design, and making art all rolled into one. I really love this book-the look (it looks like a child's board book), the COLOR and the overall playfulness of the book made it jump into my hands!

Also I picked up From Concrete to Canvas -skateboard/graffiti art that I have been wanting the last couple of weeks...

Here is the first photo of one of the boxes I have been working on the last few days. Both of these boxes are finished and ready to go! :)
Argh!! The photos do not seem to want to load today...been sitting here for an hour trying to get them to load...
check back later on and hopefully I will be able to post somethin'!
Been somewhat busy the past week...taught in Agoura Hills Saturday & San Diego on Sunday. Other then walking with Tristan on Monday, I spent the day at home trying to get work done that I desperately need to finish!!

I have to go back to San Diego this Sunday for my Color Theory class! Also will be in Ventura on Saturday. Busy but fun weekend expected!

The last two days I've been decoupaging using some color copies of my journal pages. I really like working with color copies of old journal pages. I've been collecting unusual boxes-travel boxes, suitcases, etc... the last few years. It seems I've been lucky and have found most of them the last few months (LOL!) David keeps asking me (as he eyes my purse "collection" on the door) what I plan on doing with the boxes I collaged/decoupaged. "Um, using them..." was my answer but now I am thinking of selling them...Decisions! Decisions! If anyone is interested, email me and we'll talk! :)

Managed to clean out some more stuff. I've been sending my cousin in MA (who is starting to teach altered books, scrapbooking, etc... in MA) various art/how to, etc... books that I've been "collecting" over the years. Phew. It feels so good to have some more "empty" space on the bookshelves. It won't be empty for long (LOL) as I need to clean out the area near my bed and put all of the piles of books away! Also trying to clean out a lot of paper ephemera, stamps, that whole thing -selling grabbags occasionally, etc...

I'm still working on my zine for those of you that are interested...YES. It will be full color. I am trying though to make it look different then what is already out there...so I am experimenting a bit with it...

I was going to write something completely different today...but I guess I'll be a little bit boring today as my ol' brain isn't quite up to par today...

Monday, May 01, 2006


May 1st
May Day
International Worker's Day
Happy May Day everyone!
Read more about the origins of May Day and why May 1st is so important at: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/01/1337209

Also:
May Day origins:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day
vs. Labor Day:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_day

No shopping today.
No spending money.
No gas. No groceries. No spending money-period.
Wear white.
Keep your money in your pocket.

Make a difference today.

I'm showing support for all of the working people in this country. There are too many anti immigrant, anti hard working people laws that are trying to be passed in this country. This country was founded on immigrants. Unless you are one of the indigenous people, the Native Americans, then we are ALL immigrants.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/01/1337201

Anyone read what is at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty lately?

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

I guess those are words that many seem to have forgotten lately.