Investing in Oneself

I don't make resolutions, however, I prize the blank slate that new year brings.
Don't you? Tell me what you're doing, I'd love to know.

Notebook drawing, A non-list, list

Website Overhaul

Realizing that my website was overdue for an overhaul, I succumbed to the time-sucking endeavor to learn how to change the template for my website. And it's been no less than 60 hours of clicking, reading 'how to's', watching videos, deciding which template will do what I want or comes close to what I want. 

Squarespace hosts my site. 
Pros: They offer clean, well-designed templates and the option to switch templates at anytime. And your website is mobile-ready immediately

Cons: You have spend about a week or so learning about what each template does and doesn't do for you. And you must be the sort of nerd, like me, who accepts the challenge. . 

Short list of other fresh news.

  • Purchased some lovely notebooks from The Goulet Pen Company in Virginia. And they are truly committed to customer service. My order came wrapped to ensure that the notebooks arrived without a bruise. 
    I adore the way the paper feels in my Mnemosyne notebooks and the Clairefontaine, and Apica brands as well. 
  • Listening to The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf (to say I'm captivated would be an understatement). 
  • Purchased a few online courses and watched them on Creative LiveCreative Capital, and continued watching some TED talks and listening to my favorite podcasts. 
  • Organized my photos on my computer...almost there.
  • Will continue to adjust and tweak my website.
  • Will be in several exhibitions this year, much work to do!
  • Will teach 2 mini workshops for hand stitching at MAIWA in Vancouver, BC in September, 2016.
    More information to come.

For those of you who are awaiting the arrival of a fresh selection of blank scarves...
They will be in my hands by end of January.
I'll sort through, photograph, and place in my shop for you.

    Summer Stories

    Summer has been filled with family and making art.
    While I don't have my own children, my siblings and other family members have plenty of children to fill a pool. We're talking double digit numbers of children. 

    Here are just a few images of us laughing and hugging. 

    I'll post about my newer work next.


    My great nieces and I started a summer tradition about 7 years ago where they spend time with me having "art days". 

    Here we are at Edgewater for the Thursday evening beach party.



    When the girls and I were walking home from the park, we saw a group of people who were seated on the hill. We wondered why they were quiet, why they seemed to be involved in something outside our understanding. Was it a flash mob? Did they observe the setting sun and then turn towards the blue moon?
    The girls begged me to ask someone, but I said, "let's make up a story of our own".

     Cleveland had a bronze-gold glow that evening.

    I've written Thomas and bb G  here. They both have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) which is the number one genetic killer of babies under the age of 2. We did weekend trips with them and their parents to Chicago and Pittsburgh this summer.  

    I breaks our hearts to know that they cannot walk and have a multitude of medical problems. But, they are both super smart and CAN do many things. 

    August is SMA awareness month. If you don't already donate to a good cause, please consider sending your heart felt donations to

    George on left and Thomas, right. Two delightful boys whose lives reminds me that I don't have any problems.