Wednesday, October 19, 2011


it doesn't matter what you know, where you come from or who you're with. ... there's always more to learn.  we are learning something new every single day with beau.  he's the best horse and has so much of a gentle spirit it's almost hard to bear.  he's just full of love.  our whole family is in love with him for real!  so, just when i think i've (sort-of) figured out where i'm going and what i'm doing...we get a horse. everyday he teaches us something. and everyday when i feel like maybe i should be making art or making a new piece of jewelry, i would rather be right out there with him, soaking up the peaceful beauty that being on a farm has to offer.  there's nothing like a 1000 pound animal trotting up to you to say hello.   we all feel so blessed to be in his presence and learning him as we go.   horses are good for the soul. ~

"the happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music,
soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer."
                                                              Maya Angelou

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

meet beau ~


this is beau.  a very sweet and beautiful appaloosa. (i know, no spots)!!
i met him last friday and have ever since been waiting to hear
if we could get him. i took him out on a trail ride and he's a dream.
i fell in love and have been "chomping at the bit" all weekend.
about 2 months ago, my oldest daughter came to me and had to have 
serious talk.  she asked me to please not say anything and to just think
about what she has to say.  but DON'T give her an answer yet!  Well, 
she gave a fine speech about how she has been investigating the cost and 
the facts of "owning" a horse.  AND  unbeknownst to me, she had already
saved almost $500.00 to put toward a horse.  so, here's the don't
have to talk me into it.  i've wanted a horse since i was about 8 years old.  
i just couldn't understand why we couldn't turn my dad's garden into a horse 
pasture.....none of his reasons to not get a horse made sense to me!  i was 
lucky enough to have friends with more than one horse and i always had
a horse to ride.  i wouldn't take anything for the memories i have of me and 
my girlfriends riding all over the place on horses.  even swimming in the inracoastal
waterway with them!  we had a blast.  
so when my babe comes to me with her speech about getting a horse of our own, 
i told her all we need to do is get your dad on board and we can do it!  i wish i 
had a photo of the presentation poster that she and her sister made to help their 
case, but i don't.  let's just say it was VERY convincing, filled with every photo of
every horse we've ever been around....and with facts about cost and owning, etc.
i have to tell you they really did their research and made a very strong case 
for why they wanted a horse so bad.  
my man took one look at me, then at them and said....."sure, we can get a horse"....
so, the hunt began!  

 we are already in love.  

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man"
                                                                           Winston Churchill

Monday, October 10, 2011

all is calm~

"it is only when we silence the blaring of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts."  k.t.jong

my daddy

one of my art journaling students gave me some really old books and i've altered the cover and the inside with fun collage.  it's so freeing to just tear and modpodge in any fashion, no rules or plan....just play!
the pages in the journals aren't complete with writing or scribble yet, but ready for me to add pen to paper when i'm inspired to go there. :)

here are some of my latest journaling pages ....
i've been unintentionally drawn to old family photos
and craving the traditions that we had when my mom
was here.  the memories are priceless though and we
now have started our own little quirky traditions.  in the 
past i've resisted being TOO traditional; ( we never know
what might come up....)  but now my girls are getting older
and i'm getting a little more sentimental about them having 
some precious memories of family traditions like i've been
gifted with.  

i am hoping to have some very wonderful news tomorrow and the waiting is just about to EAT ME ALIVE!  i will tell all tomorrow if it happens...and it has nothing to do with art or jewelry. 
so, if i've sparked your interest, check back tomorrow or as soon as you can and i'll share my news! 

Saturday, October 8, 2011


today i will have no regrets
i will love and cherish the beautiful moments that happened today
i will remember and be thankful for times with my mother
i will be strong and brave
and also maybe a little weak
but that's okay too.
today i will live in the moment and not dwell on any of the moments
i will watch the sun set and hope for a rainbow
then i saw a rainbow for real....
i will remember that all moments pass quickly 
and i had better be here for them
one hundred percent be HERE
i will be the best me i can be 
and i'll know that everyone else is doing the same
we are all one
we are all in this together 
and we all have our days
i will be thankful for the blessings i'm surrounded with
i will know every moment that i am love and am loved
and i am thankful for each and every one of you

Monday, October 3, 2011

nature trails, spoil islands and upcoming art adventure~


saturday was the perfect day.  we took the family out to poplar grove plantation 
and walked the nature trails there.
  we all had such a good time, walking....running...laughing and exploring. 
 the dogs were completely worn out when we got home...  they napped the rest of the afternoon.

sunday was just as gorgeous .....perfect surf and great day for a boat ride.  we went exploring up the waterway and found a great camping spot for this weekend.  this is my favorite time of year to go camping.....great for campfires and a little evening paddle in the kayaks.  we are all anxiously waiting for friday so we can go check it out~

the views here are better than any waterfront house that i know of.  i joked with my husband that maybe we could fit an airstream camper up in there........but instead, we will pack up the kids, dogs,  tents,  marshmallows and firewood and head over friday for a night of camping and adventure.  there are trails to walk on, trees to climb, marsh to paddle through, and stories to be told by the campfire.   thanks to my dad, i have had a love for camping my whole life.  i was lucky enough to grow up here and to have experienced many a camping trip when i was younger.  the days of vienna sausage sandwiches and spam are long gone, but the memories are permanently engrained and are being passed along to my girls. i am seriously just as excited as they are about going this weekend.  

the island is covered with live oaks and wax myrtles

once again, everyone was exhausted on the boat ride home!

well, thanks to misty mawn and her wonderful online class that i took with her, 
my work is in somerset studio magazine. 
she did a great story about online classes, and included is some of the work from her students!!  i am thrilled to be included here and am especially proud of the piece submitted more for the sentimental and symbolic value than the piece itself.   many of the students submitted there beautiful work for this article.  i hope you have a chance to check it out!

"flight lessons"

there is a small photo of my mom when she was young in the left of the piece and the butterfly wing up top is one that i found at airlie gardens.  entitled "flight lessons", it's all about trusting the journey that i've been on since the loss of my mom three years ago.  it really makes me happy to see her sweet face on the pages of a magazine.  thanks misty for making it happen xo
coming in NOVEMBER is No Boundaries, International Art Colony, co-founded by my friend, 
PAM TOLL.   i am really excited to go back for the second year and enjoy a couple of days with artists from around the world.   i'll be cooking for the artists one night, and will have the opportunity to create in a diverse setting.  can't wait to share more about this really awesome experience.

"live with intention"