Thursday, September 30, 2010


I absolutely love this time of year. In the next few weeks the weather will have cooled down enough to leave the windows open. Then for a while, I can enjoy the sounds of the outdoors. Pumpkins are already for sale and soon everyone will have a carved pumpkin on their doorstep. With Halloween arriving, I now have an excuse to have lots of candy in the house and I am inspired to bring the feeling of this season into my home. This is actually the beginning of one of the most popular holiday decorating seasons.
The fall decorations in the stores have been up for while and although the Christmas decor is making its way into the market place, tomorrow is only the first day of October.  I could visit the shops and buy the new ready made decorations, but I prefer the sentimental decorations that I have collected over the years.  I especially treasure the ones my children made as they were growing up that are now barely held together by a thread. I smile every time I open one of my holiday boxes even though I have seen these same decorations year after year.   The sweet memories make my heart smile.
I also enjoy creating new decorations, pulling out my painting and crafting supplies and designing for myself. Since I design for a living, I occasionally miss creating a project for the sake of just making it. Exploring creativity is good for the soul. When we are creative we can express ourselves, take chances and if we mess-up, we can start over.  Pablo Picasso said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life". So pull out your brushes, paints, craft supplies and "DUST OFF YOUR SOUL"!
I have included a couple photos of fall painting projects from my last book, "Painting on Glass and Ceramic". These are the perfect projects to create if you are looking to add new items to your fall decor. The "Owl and the Moon" candle holder and the "Fall Holiday" plate were designed using supplies that are reasonably priced. You can select the glass surface of your choice, reducing or enlarging the patterns as needed. The paints used for these designs are made by Plaid Enterprises and are from their line of "Folk Art Enamels". They can be purchased at any of the larger craft stores or from
If you inspired to create any of the projects from my book, I would love if you would share your project photos!
                                 HAPPY CREATING, HAPPY FALL!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010


"Living for the Moment" is easier said than done. It is easy to get preoccupied with what the future will bring and how we want our lives to be, instead of appreciating the simple pleasures of TODAY.
It's important to live "mindfully" and take notice of the things that give you joy and make you smile on a daily basis. It would be nice to think like a child again in some respects. Children are generally not worried about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow - they are just living in the moment.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "We are always getting ready to live, but never living". I try to keep that in mind.
I work many hours in my home studio alone. It's not so bad, because I truly enjoy what I do. But I do get lost in my work and need to bring myself out of that isolated place. Stepping out also helps the artist in me to actually see things in the world for motivation and inspiration. So on this day (yes the same day I took my bio picture), I stepped out of my studio and took a walk to the lake to remind myself of the beautiful day to day things.  I know this family of ducks is appreciating me in this moment as I feed them bread and fill their bellies!  They are living for the moment probably because they simply do not know any different.  I suppose it would be good occasionally to take on the "DUCK MENTALITY" to make sure I am living life in the moment!
What inspires you to live in the moment? 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History"

"Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History." I chuckled the first time I heard this! It was inspiring and was definitely some food for thought. Actually, I loved the quote so much I added it to my art journal.

My first interpretation of it may have not been entirely what the author, Laurel Ulrich had intended it to be, but I believe I had the gist of it! Upon researching the quote to give credit to its author was the time I came to realize the achievements of the woman behind it. The actual quote is "Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History". I was honestly amazed to learn that she was a historian of early America and the history of women and a professor at Harvard University.

According to Wikipedia, most recently, Laurel Ulrich was recognized as an individual "of distinction ... working on the frontiers of knowledge, and in such a way as to cross the conventional boundaries of the specialties".

When writing an article about little-studied Puritan funeral services, Ulrich included the phrase "well-behaved women seldom make history." The phrase was picked up and soon was widely quoted and printed across the country. It continues to be seen on greeting cards, T-shirts, mugs, plaques, and bumper stickers. She recounted how her now-famous quote has taken on a life of its own in an October 2007 interview: "It was a weird escape into popular culture. I got constant e-mails about it, and I thought it was humorous. Then I started looking at where it was coming from. Once I turned up as a character in a novel - and a tennis star from India wore the T-shirt at Wimbledon. It seemed like a teaching moment - and so I wrote a book using the title." Well-Behaved Women examines the ways in which women shaped history, citing examples from the lives of Rosa Parks, Christine de Pizan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, Virginia Wolf and many other notable women in American and world history.

"Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History" can certainly be used as inspiration for women, but it can also apply to artists or anyone for that matter inspired to take a journey off the beaten path. We have to learn not to just settle for how things are, but to challenge and persist in what we believe is right, in what we want to achieve...even if we ruffle a few feathers along the way!

Be notable...make history? Yes, I'm planning on it!  How about you?