Monday, October 30, 2006

Counting down to Danville...I have been quite the busy bee!! Everything is pretty much packed except for clothes (who needs 'em), and the two things I need to go get: paper and a gallon of gel medium. Tammie & I leave Wednesday.

If you see two crazy girls running around looking for paper, books, fabric (Tammie), and all things artsy, watch out!! :)

My classes start bright and early Friday (I knowwwww it's early but we will have FUN FUN FUN). I will be at Stampers Warehouse in Danville teaching Friday-Sunday. Wednesday and Thursday I will be running around Berkeley with Tammie getting into trouble!!!

I will hopefully bring my camera-gotta find out why the battery is funky.

I have sooo many new photos I need to post on here-will do so asap. Just wanted to throw out to the Universe what is going on in my world the next week ;)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN tomorrow! Tristan's school is having a Halloween parade (around the school yard-that is always cute!) Of course, Tristan is a Bionicle.

Oh, and not to end on a sad note (and this isn't a trick), the World Wildlife Fund published a report here that says by 2050, the Earth's ecosystem is being degraded at an irreversible rate...that by 2050 we will have exceeded planet capacity. What does that mean? It means the population is increasing-we will run out of not only "room" on the planet but food and other necessities that we need within the next 50 years if we continue along the path we are going...Some food for thought. I guess they will be looking at colonizing other planets soon...Now instead of telling us to "move out of the U.S. if we don't agree with the current U.S. policies, they'll just ship us to another planet!"

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Simon in the Land of the Chalk Drawings - Moon Rocket

Another fave as a kid...

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Great Space Coaster

ANother one I"m looking for...
Davy Jones - Girl

I met and kissed Davy Jones in 1987? 1988? Move over Marcia...
Banana Splits

Don't let me grow up, ever...
Belle and Sebastian Episode 1 Part 1

If anyone has any copies of this tv show, drop me an email as it one of my most favorites...
Isn't this just the cutest book??

I *Love* the sketches that you can see here.

I need to stop buying books but damn, I *need* this one. It's just too colorful, cute and on one of my favorite subjects...especially if it has some "sketches" inside of the book as well.

ARGH! Damn Cartoon Brew for getting me into MORE trouble ;)

I am such a book and paper whore *sigh*

Speaking of too cute...this is way too cute and the song isn't bad either.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Out of curiosity, how many of you out there in cyberland, would be interested in online classes? By online, I mean that you would get:
a video of me demoing and yakking about how to create "X, Y or Z"
a handout via email
a detailed list of supplies to have on hand to create the project

Just throwing this question out to the universe...

You can stay in your jammies and take a class from me regardless of where you live...Any time. Any place.

Inquiring minds want to know...

Repeat post...three of my "sample" Journal pages that I've been creating lately (samples for my "Off the Wall" or "More Than Words" classes):

One of my "Graffito" Artist Book Pages:

One of my "Graffito" Artist Book Covers:

"Avant Garde Journal" Sample:

Another "Graffito" Artist Book Page:

Close up of "Layered & Textured" Journal:

My "Journey To The Soul" Journal (cover):

My "Layered & Textured Journal" cover (yes, the heart is raised and 3-D):

One of my Journal pages inside my "Journey to the Soul" Journal:

Am busy getting ready for my classes this weekend and next! I am looking forward to my trek up North to Stampers Warehouse. I'm teaching five classes-some collage, some bookbinding, some art journaling, and lotsa mixed media techniques-ALL NEW! Yay!
I will be driving up there with my friend, Tammie Moore. We're planning on hitting all of the paper arts, book and comic stores in Berkeley. We're even STAYING in Berkeley on Wednesday. Can ya tell I'm totally psyched about it.
I am looking for some news stores or any kind of art workshop location (read: some space to teach in) across the West Coast (hey, across the World, actually)... If you have a location near you, please drop me a note. It can be any kind of artsy place-thanks :)
Blogger is not letting me upload photos at the moment, so as soon as I can do so, I will.
Have a great weekend everyone,

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Some more journey to the soul photos...

Avant Garde Journal is here

Some samples of the inside of my "Journey To The Soul" journal...just a few of the many...I will be posting some more the next day or two-of the various pages...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

More wedding pictures as promised...eeps-red eye LOL

I guess Tristan DID look like that taking me out of the door up to the altar (I was a reader. Tristan was a groomsman). Then Tristan dancing with my Mom. The other photo is David, Tristan, me, and my Dad's father and wife, Verna.

The wedding was wonderful. It was a beautiful ceremony. I read the Irish wedding blessing but messed up the first line "May the rose ride to meet you..." I started to say (my mouth works faster then my brain) so I fixed it. My "seat" wasn't that great (I had Marc's best buddy's rear end in my face-he was a groomsman)...but it was cute 'cause Erin (my sister) could see me and was making eye faces at me so that was cute.

Everyone did an amazing job. Everyone was beautiful and the night seemed to go by really really fast...Congrats to Erin & Marc.

I taught all day Friday and then on Saturday from 9 to 1 at my favorite MA store, The Stamp Act in Marshfield, MA. Marie and her family made me at home and ease. I had a blast. The students there are AWESOME as always-both the regulars and the new ones. I really REALLY love teaching at that store it has always been one of my favorites. The banter just had me in hysterics all weekend and the art that they made was just scrumptious. I am looking forward to my next trip there. It is a *dangerous store*. I won't tell you how much I spent but you know it's a damn good store when the stuff could have fit into it's own carry on bag LOL!!

Today is my 32nd birthday. Lucky me got to sleep in until 9:30. I could have slept all day. We got home (back to LA) on Monday afternoon and we were all just exhausted. I'm still really tired now and it's about 10 pm Tuesday night. We celebrate "birthday week" in this family. No cake today as I ate enough cake on Sunday (thanks Erin :) ) and also half moon cookies (oh how much I LOVE those) from Boston..Erin bought me 4 of them and I have one left-eeps. Oink oink. I can't resist.

I bought and received books galore for my birthday including Self Portraits Che Guevara (Thanks Darcy!!!), Graffiti Women, One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry, and several others I don't remember. I need another bookcase. Actually, I need another apartment just for the books ;)

I am teaching locally this week all over So CA ( has my schedule on it. NExt weekend I am going to Danville to teach at another favorite location, Stampers Warehouse.
I am going up there with my friend Tammie Moore. We are planning on hitting some thrift stores, book stores, paper stores, etc... Any suggestions??

Monday, October 23, 2006

Congratulations Marc & Erin!!!!!
We wish you the best and hope that all of your dreams come true together
(more to follow on my adventures in Boston...)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I am back from teaching at one of my favorite stores, THe Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ. As usual, it was a blast. The students were amazing!! Debbie is amazing!!! I managed to buy-get this-Twenty one stamps-when was the last time I bought 21 stamps in one swing? Holy moly. Is she on top of stuff or what?? I won't tell you how much I spent there *ahem* (in case hubby is reading this) but I did have fun!!! LOL! Not only is the store PACKED with stuff but Debbie brings NEW stuff in constantly and not just "any old thing" she has to first try it and test it out herself. I can't wait to play with the new adirondack dauber paints I bought there-I think those will be fun to write on pages with!!! I also bought paper up the wazoo. I keep trying to convince myself that I don't need any more paper but some how my brain just isn't listening...I know it won't listen with books :P I always need more books so I bought Sally Jean's new book. I know that I won't do soldering at home and would only do it in a class but the art is soooooo gorgeous and it is fun reading it!!!

Here are two photos of the classes-one is from the WOnderful World of Color Theory and the other is Text as Art. I also taught my Harlequin Book, and Bag of Tricks.

I will be back teaching there in February. I haven't decided on the classes yet as I am waiting to see what happens with Art Unraveled 2007! I always like to teach different classes :)

I am trying to get ready for my trip back East tomorrow to Boston. David, Tristan and I leave tomorrow for my sister's wedding on Saturday night. I will also be teaching three collage/bookbinding/mixed media/art journaling classes at The STamp Act in Marshfield, MA. I am looking forward to seeing Marie & the gang!!! They will be my sanity this weekend ;) Oops, now I hope my sister isn't reading this LOL

I forgot to mention I finally (with the help of good ol' Mom) found a freakin' dress to wear. I must have tried on about 25 of them but this booty needs an A-Line cut the RIGHT way to look good SHEESH. Any ways, everything I wanted wasn't "fancy enough" so finally I found something new and then of course, that means, new shoes. I had to get a pair of heels and freakin' ballet type slippers. I actually am weird. Yes, I like my nylons but I also like high heels once in a blue moon...So I am trying to be good and not complain that the $$ I spent on the freakin' dress and shoes could have gone towards art supplies or even more so, getting my car fixed but it is very very hard.........

I might be somewhat quiet the next few days. We get back Monday. If I can post between now & then, I will. I am celebrating Tuesday hopefully quietly at home, not only will the wedding be over but it is also my birthday. I'll spend it unpacking and cleaning LOL!!! ;)

Have a great week y'all!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

It's been hectic around here to say the least! I am teaching this weekend at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale and next weekend at The Stamp Act Store in Marshfield. I am looking forward to it! Bookbinding, collage, mixed media, painting, journaling, color, and learning LOTS!!!

I'm happy though at least I have my proposals in for the 2007 Art Unraveled Convention in AZ.
Now I have fingers crossed :)

Am getting ready to leave for AZ. My Mom arrives tomorrow-she will be going with me in search of a "tan" before my sister's wedding on the 21st in Boston. I am in search of a freakin' dress to wear for the wedding. I can't find anything that A. Fits and B. I like. Ack. Did they stop making A-Line dresses and skirts or is it just me?!?!

My friend Darcy totally has spoiled me with early birthday presents. Not only did she make me a gorgeous purse in pink (I absolutely LOVE it!!! and if you think her purses are amazing, you need to see her artwork-WOW) but what came in the mail today, but Che Guevara's Self Portraits Book. EEH!! I was doing the happy dance. I have been searching high & low for this made my stressful day a lot happier ;)

No new artwork yet-soon...I have been working on some stuff in between "other stuff".

Very interesting article here to read...

My Sound Off Through Art Group at Yahoo seems to be having "technical difficulties" Very weird. I have yet to see this happen with any of the other groups i moderate or any of the 80+ groups that I belong to. I am blaming the Neo-Cons at the moment. did you hear that? someone's knocking at my door...if I don't come back y'all will know who to blame...*ahem*

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.-Niemoller

Friday, October 06, 2006


Hi Ladies

ALL of the envelopes are in the mail as of today. Give them at least a week to get to their destination. I just spent an hour at the PO at the window mailing these and $50 + of my own money in extra postage. I hope everyone likes what they receive. I did my best to trade "like for like". I received over 35 envelopes. Most people played by the rules in sending stuff-those of you that sent me labels, envelopes, postage, and "non crap stuff"-I thank you for it :)

but I think most of us (including ME, your goofy hostess, miscalculated how the postage would work-eeps!!!)

If you receive an envelope with an extra postage label on it or your name is below, then there is postage due to me, please :) I'd appreciate it. Not only is my car on the fritz and I still need to find a foolish dress to wear to my sister's wedding (GRR!) but my printer just died today so I'm a little grumbly at the moment!! :}

Brownyn Mitchell-Aus $9.50
Celeste in Danville $.75
Becky New $4.71
K. Wolf $2.93
Paula Bogdan $1.81
Tanya Peacock $4.20
Karen Murphy $2.95
Lori Zimmerman $2.64
Amy Eckler $2
Susan McIntyre $1.65
Patti Monroe $2
Kristy Chorba $1.53
Sandy Brown $1.60
Karen Rule $1.25
Gail Russakov $4.95

If anyone wants to reimburse me via paypal, my addy is or you could always send me more collage stuff :) LOL!!!

What I think happened is that a lot of people sent "more" one way, and paid the extra postage to mail it to me, but when you received your package back, as I said, I tried to swap out like for like that there was extra money due. Ce la vie. I live and learn :)

Next time, to make it easier, I think I will ask everyone to send in flat rate envelope mailers, addressed both in the to and from section.

Thanks for playing :)


More "stuff" I've been doing lately. the image of the 2 women with the lotus flower is from Anahata Katkin.

The other page is an example as to one of the ways I start "working".

I didn't get any personal art work done yesterday, I spent the majority of the day getting my supplies ready for my teaching trip to AZ next weekend and MA the following weekend!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

And now for something completely different...


In case you haven't heard any "real news" lately, here are some reports and events that have happened in the last few days:

On Friday-The U.S. Senate voted for the Suspension of habeas corpus did you miss that report in the news? Make sure that you read up on it...because it doesn't just apply to "people overseas" also applies to U.S. Citizens.

I thought that this little tidbit was very interesting-
Cuba: Period Since Castro Hospitalization Undermines US Predictions

In Cuba, National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon is calling on the Bush administration to re-think its policy of seeking regime change in that country. Alarcon said the two months since Fidel Castro’s hospitalization show the White House’s predictions of upheaval have been off-base.

  • Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon: "One thing that has been clearly demonstrated is the schizophrenia of some in the United States, it has also shown how out of touch with reality some people are in the White House, where Condoleezza Rice seemed to be talking about another planet."-from Democracy Now!

I, too, am disgusted with what happened in Pennsylvania. My heart goes out to the little girls and to their families. My thoughts though,
so many children die needlessly daily not only around the world, but in this country as well. Why? Why do these children's deaths go unreported daily? Did you know that with the Iraq war:
Why aren't we as upset over the deaths of children outside of the U.S.? Why aren't we upset over the deaths of poor children in the U.S. and all over the world? Why does the news only focus on a select few instead of the many that die daily? Why do we allow the news media to manipulate our feelings and tell us that we should be very upset over the deaths of the young girls in PA but not elsewhere? Now, don't jump on me because of my feelings. I am upset about what happened in PA. It should make us realize and think "what the hell is going on in the world?" Why are people snapping like this? What is going on? What is happening in the world to make people crack like this?

Quote of the day:

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: "I don't get involved in politics in the United States so you can be certain that I'm not going to get involved in politics in Nicaragua."

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Monday, October 02, 2006

(I created both of these in class yesterday at Stampin from the Heart...of course when I got home I wanted to play with the pages some more, but in doing so, I messed both of them I had to add the "heart" to the redhead to hide my boo-boo...and had to add more papers to the "woman spirit" even goofy teachers like me can "mess things up" but you learn to fix them and work in the moment...remember it is all about process, baby, process!!!

Had a great but busy weekend!! I actually got to TAKE a class on Friday at Zinnia's in Pasadena with the wonderful Celine Navarro. It was a treat for me and very nice to be on the other side of the table for a change. It was fun being with friends like Darcy, Angela, Tamara and company!! FUN day. I love my little book that I made. I will post photos asap.
The above two pages are from my new journal that I started working in the other day. I have being doing at least a page a day.

I taught Saturday at The Art Bar and Sunday at Stampin From The Heart. Both days I had awesome, fun students who made amazing pieces!!! Sunday was a nice, kick back day as I taught at Stampin from the Heart and had a small class-3 of my friends and "regulars" (they call themselves class groupies, I call them obsessive artists who love to create!!). I taught the "More Than Words" class where we sat and collaged and painted for 5 hours. It was AWESOME. Diane, Judy and Ruth made at least 4 or 5 (I think they all made more than that but that is how many pages I did...) collages during the class and the art was GORGEOUS each one so different and inspiring...

I am going to be teaching a variety of classes: Mixed Media Art, Mail Art, bookbinding, Color theory, Collage, Art Journaling, and MORE in AZ, MA and No CA over the next month!!!

In October I will be at The Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ teaching five classes including Text as Art, Whispers: Mail Art, Wonderful World of Color Theory, Bag of Tricks and the Harlequin Book. Sign up NOW!!

The week after I will be at The Stamp Act in Marshfield, MA teaching three classes: Scrapped! Journal, Graffito: An Artists Book, and A Woman's Notebook.

Then in November I will be at Stampers Warehouse in Danville CA teaching Layered & Textured Journal, Avant Garde Journal, Graffito: An Artists Book, Off the Wall and Journey To the Soul.

YES I will also be locally, as if I am not "away" teaching, i am home teaching in So CA. Questions? Drop me a note. To sign up, please phone the stores asap.

Remember to PLEASE support your local stamp stores. I know that there are lots of choices as to where you buy your art supplies and take classes, but please remember the "little guys". Most local art stores are owned and run by women artists, so it is wonderful to be able to support them. Also, please remember that even though we all love our weekend getaways, that it is your local store that is there all year round...