Thought for the day

"A person who works with his hands is a laborer.

A person who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman.

A person who works with his hands, his brain and his heart is an artist."

—Louis Nizer



august moon

Everyone needs it - the mondo beyondo dream list - the whispers of what if and even the howcouldyoupossiblypullthatoff scheming. these are what keep me going. and i think of them often. some stick around. some are fleeting. but all are crucial if i'm going to keep my sanity. think about it - people do crazy things all the time - and they succeed. intention is powerful stuff.




Recap: 1 year of planning, 2 warm houses, 3 starter ideas, 4 lovely ladies, 5 days of creative fun!

See the fabric portraits that mom made of each us - she incorporated the identities/voices that we came up in Elizabeth's class last year - Storyteller, SparkyZen, Magical Realism, & Abstract with Repetition. Love them! She let us each take ours home. Shirl had us try out the latest technique from Karen Eckmeier which was a great way to get into our creative modes.

We hit the park to try out Karen's new "thing" Letterboxing - you find a hidden box with a rubber stamp inside and mark your notebook then you take your stamp and sign in their small notebook - we had luck on our first round which was great but on our second stop we couldn't find the box - it was either well-hidden or gone.

We did a wire mesh project - I showed the ladies how to patina the mesh and use stencils, masks, and resists to create images. Mom showed us how to print photos on fabric and also how to make bubble jet fabric from muslin to use for photo printing and then we created canvas booklets to hold our QBF memories.


QBF wins since we get to eat great food and drink lots of great wine and also sleep in nice beds!



Embracing the day

"Here's what Mr. Chuang Tzu has to say about home towns~
If your life is true
You don't have to go far
To find heaven and earth
On the rim of your doorway
To have ocean and sky
Everywhere that you are..."

*M.Smith, There


Just got home from work and look what came in the mail.......!!!!!



The Art of Disappearing

~ Naomi Shihab Nye

When they say Don't I know you?
say no.

When they invite you to the party
remember what parties are like
before answering.
Someone telling you in a loud voice
they once wrote a poem.
Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.
Then reply.

If they say We should get together
say why?

It's not that you don't love them anymore.
You're trying to remember something
too important to forget.
Trees. The monastery bell at twilight.
Tell them you have a new project.
It will never be finished.

When someone recognizes you in a grocery store
nod briefly and become a cabbage.
When someone you haven't seen in ten years
appears at the door,
don't start singing him all your new songs.
You will never catch up.

Walk around feeling like a leaf.
Know you could tumble any second.
Then decide what to do with your time.