Friday, August 31, 2007

OK, I really need to laugh the last couple of days. Thanks Erin for this.
Update on the Caran d'ache Watersoluble Neo Art Wax Pastels Order-

If you ordered the Caran d'ache Crayons from me, I just wanted to give you a heads up. They are back ordered on a few boxes in a couple of colors. I'm going to ship out what comes in in order of who ordered first, etc (There are 5 colors that they only have "x" amount of boxes in stock) ... So I am hoping that they ship what is there sometime next week. The other boxes of crayons are coming in in about two weeks.

So sorry for the delay!!! At least you'll all have nice new boxes of colors fresh from Switzerland ;)

I will post an email to the board or blog as soon as the crayons arrive.



Thursday, August 30, 2007

It's almost midnight. This isn't the post I was going to write, but it is what it is.

My Aunt died today. She was only 50. She had a heart attack and died at the hospital. The same damn hospital that my Grandmother also died at, too young, of cancer. She leaves behind her husband, John and their daughter (my 17 year old cousin) Andrea. Joni leaves behind her sister (my Mother), Jane and her brother, Uncle Jack. She left behind a lot of things. No chance for make-ups of all of the crap over the last few years. No chance for good byes. The last time we saw her was the day after my sister's wedding in October. She called me, I think, one or two other times after that. We never talked about what happened between Erin's wedding and the months after that. My Mom and Aunt didn't speak after what happened. Mom waited for Joni to call her. Joni didn't call. Now everyone is regretting what was and what wasn't said and done. Fights in families suck. Disagreements and bullshit about money suck. Dying sucks. You can't take it with you in the end, that's the bottom line. You can't. You leave behind sadness. You leave behind regret. You leave behind a lot of baggage. I want to toss those goddamn bags into the frigging marsh behind Grandpa's house. I'm not even sure if Grandpa's house is there anymore.

Joni, we love you. We miss you. I wish you were going to be here to see Andrea graduate from high school next year. She needs her Mom. I wish you were here so we could yell at you about all of the crap. So I could smack some sense into you. So my Mom would stop calling me crying and my heart breaking and heavy every time the phone rings and it's her asking what she should do. I want to make everything right, but I can't.

I can't. We all tried over the years to do what was I'm not sure what matters. I'm heavy hearted. Forget about who did what. Pick up the damn phone and call. Don't want to call? Write a letter. Even if the person doesn't respond at least you tried to reach out...

Rest in Peace, Joni. We love you and miss you lots.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

It's been 2 years.
Do you know that there are still over 200 children who do not know where their parents are (and those same parents are still searching for their children)?

Do you know that over 1,600 people were killed because of Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath?

Do you know that over 300,000 homes were destroyed and that over 770,000 people were displaced?

Do you know what's being done about it? Sadly, not much. There are still people homeless. 2 years later...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mixed Media Art Classes in Abundance This Fall! I'll be traveling again this Fall teaching a variety of mixed media art, bookbinding, art journaling, multi mixed media techniques, collage, composition, design and much, much more:

(The above page is far from done but here's how it's started so far)

I'll be teaching at the following locations:

September 14-16th San Jose, CA Art Play Weekend! Sign up here for it.

September 29 & 30th Marin, CA Sanctuary Studio! Sign up for classes on the right side of the page via the links.

October 19-21st Scottsdale, AZ Frenzy Stamper teaching five mixed media classes! Samples are in the store.

November 2-4th Danville, CA Stampers Warehouse teaching five mixed media classes! Samples will be there soon.

This is what ice cream from February 2006 that was in your Mother's freezer over a year and a half later looks like. No, we did not eat it.

Wish me luck! Gotta fly at 7:30 a.m. from Providence to Phoenix tomorrow (Wed), pick up my sister's car (now my car) with the new engine and drive from Phoenix to L.A. Sleep? Who needs sleep??

Oh yeah!!

I've got a ton of mixed media art classes scheduled this coming weekend:

Friday, August 31st Zinnia, Pasadena, CA 626.441.2181 Taped Journal

Saturday, September 1st Stamp Addict, San Diego, CA 619-667-5060
Multi Mixed Media Techniques for a variety of art

Sunday, September 2nd Paper Post, Agoura Hills, CA 818.865.0702
Excavations: Multi Mixed Media Techniques for a variety of art

Monday, August 27, 2007

Back in Braintree, MA after a wonderful weekend of classes at the Rubber Chicken Stamp Art Store in MD. We drove back after my class ended at 4:30. We were out of Gaithersburg by 5 and back in Braintree by 3 a.m. Traffic coming from the South on a Sunday stinks!!

My booty from the Rubber Chicken store. I got into mucho trouble!!! How the hell I'm going to get all this stuff home (LOL) I have no idea...I hate having to pack it all up.
It was great seeing several familiar faces this weekend-thanks gang!!! You can read some write ups on Andrew's blog and Becky's blog. Any of you talented artist folks that were in classes and have blogs, I'd love to hear from you too!! Huge thanks to Betsy and Dan, & all of the RC Crew at the Rubber Chicken and to all of my wonderful students-Thanks to all of you for a fun filled weekend!!!
A MUST see. We've known that police have infiltrated peace groups and peaceful protests in the past and now it's proven in one case on youtube.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Guess where I went today? I'll give you a clue:
"A is for Amy who fell down the stairs..."

Still no idea? *Smack!* How about this? Several John Bellairs books illustrated by the one, the only, Edward Gorey. YES! I spent some time this afternoon at The Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, MA.Remind me again that no matter how much I love my Mom that I hate driving with her. She practically tore up the Gorey lawn with her car (argh!!!) Um, that was embarrassing. Tristan and Mom decided to hang outside and play in the little open area across the street from the Gorey home.

I walked up the front stairs and followed the sign to go around to the side of the house. I asked the young man sitting at the door if this is where I paid the admission fee. I was then greeted by a voice saying "You must be Kelly!" Um, ok, yesssssssss. And you know that how? Then he asked me where Tristan was. LOL. THEN he tells me that they knew that I was coming today. Now, I know that there is talk of haunted houses and spooky stories and eerie coincidences and all that, but this is downright weird. He finally confesses that he saw it on my blog (and he will probably see it again with this post. ;)). (He also freaked out my Mom and son by going outside to talk to them and saying "You must be Tristan. Where's Dewey? (my sister's dog)" I'm assuming that this charming man was Rick Jones, director and curator of the Edward Gorey House and longtime friend of Edward Gorey.
I have to tell you how much I Loved finally getting a chance to visit the home of one of my most favorite artists. SO much so that I am trying to figure out if David and I can go back for our anniversary in December before the Gorey house closes for the winter. There is an Inn right next door to the Gorey home and I am thinking that this would be an ideal place for the two of us to spend some time!!

Any way, the Gorey house offers tours and I was lucky enough to have a private one. I'll share with you some photos that I took (sans flash) throughout the house:

Edward bought the above bear at FAO Schwartz. He's HUGE. Unfortunately, the bear had to live with Edward's cousin as Edward was afraid that he would receive too much "love" from his beloved cats. (Um, you should see what they did to the couch). If anyone wants to get me anything for my birthday in October, a set of Dracula bedsheets and pillowcases would be wonderful. LOL

Edward's raccoon coat. Interesting story here on the coat. I like, though, the story about the raccoons "paying him back". (Plus I love the accompanying photo on the page. If you walk around the Gorey house even the spider webs are untouched. I love it!!)
I do hope that they consider opening the second floor up to the public one of these days. I would love to see Gorey's studio.
Edward would buy the nibs by the box full.
One of the many hand sewn toys by Edward Gorey. What cracked me up was the little collection of animal figures he collected from Lipton tea, I think it was. My Grandpa collected those in the 1980's and would give them to me. I still have them sitting on my bureau at home. That brought a huge smile to my face.
OK, I couldn't leave without a photo of his ultra cool Dia De Los Muertos collection.
Elephant shaped driftwood

What I don't have in this photo is a shot of the barn in the back that is filled with Edward's books. If you don't have a copy of Elephant House, you need one, now. It's one of my favorite photography books, plus I love the little tid bits of Edward's quirkiness. One of my favorite things that they talked about was the amount of BOOKS that the man had in the house. You could hardly walk in the house as there were stacks and piles of books everywhere. At one point he had to start housing them in the barn as the floors were sagging, or starting to. Now you know why I hardly ever invite people in my apartment. Hubby and I are the exact same way. Book whores!
One thing that went through my head as I walked around and was looking at everything (I was overwhelmed and limited on time or else I would have spent more time looking...but it's hard when Mom and Tristan are waiting), was that why hasn't anyone published a collection of Gorey's sketches and/or journal pages? The copies I saw of the sketchbook pages were fascinating. I'm always a huge fan of process artwork and seeing how ideas and things develop and take fruition. A Gorey that's a thought...

Mozart? No.....Charles Dickens!

A new friend I would have loved to have taken home from the Gorey house. The cat weighs in at 25 lbs and is extremely well loved and very much at home in the Gorey house.Edward created this "serpent" in his backyard of rocks. Gorey seemed to really live the idea of nature and man co-habitating together and let the grass and surrounding growth grow free. I love the sculpture of the Doubtful Guest.

The Gorey House exists solely on the support of donations and support from Gorey lovers worldwide. You can sign up for a membership here. Also, the Gorey house works with several animal welfare organizations that Edward supported. I know that this won't be my last visit to the Gorey house. (Plus as a bonus, think of all those neat antique and bookstores that you can visit that are in the area and on the way to Provincetown!) Huge, huge thanks to the Gorey staff for an unforgettable day!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Here's the page that I created for Vickie Enkoff's celebration of life. You can read more about Vickie on her daughter, Melanie's blog:

I hope that Vickie would like it. I know how much she loved Frida.

And a little something to make you smile, monkey feet:

Monday, August 20, 2007

Our fast trek to and through Boston tonight. LOL, the view from the car:

The view from the back seat-two happy campers:

Tristan (and his new hair cut) and his favorite friend, Dewey (my sister's dog):
I had to trek into Dick Blick at Fenway Park (Fenwhay Pahk) for glue for my classes at Rubber Chicken Stamp Art Store in Maryland this weekend. I walked out with two gallons of gel medium, some black markers and a ton of decorative paper. I was a baddddddddd girl! On the way to Castle Island, we drove through downtown Boston. I actually managed to drive right by Paper Source without stopping!! We couldn't stop anywhere 'cause we had Dewey and we didn't want to leave him in the car in downtown Boston (he's too cute-someone might steal him ;) is the running joke in our family). We ended up driving around Castle Island but not getting out. It was too cold (it feels like a damp cold like it's going to rain. I'm waiting for the rain!!) plus Dewey hates other dogs and goes nuts around them...

Today was spent mostly cutting paper by hand for classes this weekend in Maryland. I'm teaching six mixed media art, bookbinding, collage and art journaling classes in Gaithersburg, MD this weekend at Rubber Chicken. I have to get everything ready by tomorrow as Mom, Tristan and I are going to the Edward Gorey house on Wednesday. I have been a huge Edward Gorey fan since I was about Tristan's age (younger, I think). I grew up with a Grandpa who LOVED watching PBS and PBS' Mystery. The opening always intrigued me...I would pretend to be the lady "ohhhhhhhhhhh ohhhhhhhhhh". I discovered Gorey at an early age with John Bellairs books. I devoured the Johnny Dixon books when I was a kid. I still have the copies of the books that I read. I even pick up extra copies when I'm at used bookstores of Bellairs' books but only if they have Gorey illustrations in them. One thing that bummed me out was that I found out after his death that if you had been around town where Gorey lived he would talk to you, etc... I would have loved to have met that man. I'm looking forward to finally getting the chance to go to the Gorey house!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

I had a blast (as usual) teaching at The Stamp Act in Marshfield, MA this weekend. It always feels like I'm at home there. Huge huge thanks (and hugs) to the "Usual Gang" there-Marie, her parents Dan and Gloria, Elyse, Sharyn and Susan...OH! and thanks to the latest member of The Stamp Act Family, Sante for being a joy!! (And hi's to Crystal Lee-keep working in your journal kiddo, it rocked!) Thanks to EVERYONE who took the classes this weekend-I am looking forward to my next venture there in December!!!

Some of the sample pages that we later bound into a book...

Color, Color and MORE color...See how you can see the Amazing Elyse and Sharyn in this picture? They're two regulars at The Stamp Act (Susan and Marie are hiding)...They keep me in stitches and smiling!!!

What a way to decorate the porch-should we paint it pink, blue, orange?? It looks like a designer who can't make up her mind! Oh never mind, it's our canvas covers and spines for the book.
Um, my "little" (heh heh, don't read this David, honey) stash of paper from this weekend:

OK, the Heidi Swapp "masks" aren't for me (I already have them). They're for a friend! Collage sheets from Bernie and yummy rub ons...oh and a new pen to try. Delicious Italian papers from The Stamp Act:

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend as usual and I'm looking forward to December.

I was violently assaulted at 2:30 in the morning. I went to bed late (couldn't sleep and hey, Star Trek was on) at about 1 a.m. At 2:30 someone punched me full in the face-in the nose HARD. It was Tristan!!! IN HIS SLEEP! I thought he broke my nose. Needless to say, I'm not going to sleep facing him tonight. I thought it was bad enough that when I do have to share a bed with my little monkey when we travel that he is like an oven and moves around in his sleep, but this was the worst! I think he might have straightened out the bump on my nose.

TTFN, I'm off to bed.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Just a little paint and color from class today at The Stamp Act in Marshfield. Looking forward to class there tomorrow as well!!