Monday, August 26, 2013


summer ends.
home school begins...
navigating new territory.

the sounds of summer are gently fading...replaced by the cool morning air that means fall is just around the corner.  i love them both.  but will miss the quiet sticky nights, splashing in the sea, the easiness of just throwing on a bathing suit and going about your day.  i'm always ready though, for the next season....anticipation...the cool mornings, waking at dawn, on the porch with my coffee...snuggling in a blanket.  i'm ready for the new season and our new endeavor. this is new territory for us.  the girls are so happy to be able to do homeschool. embracing it all and navigating as we go.  we start tomorrow .  my girls, i feel and see the change and shift in them both, they are ready~
they grow up so fast i can hardly think about it...

in the studio........
beautiful chaos!
working on different journals as usual.
getting SO excited about seeing her again in september.
just read this....loved it.
listening to this.
eating this.

my loves...

art journal pages...

working on prompts and lessons for new workshop...
and "hopefully" online class!!
"souls fly open"


missing my sweet mom.  
and wishing i could have given her a big birthday hug on august 23.
a beautifully wrapped present with lots of ribbon.  
a handmade card and a photo with her and the girls.
she adored them so much.
they adored her more.
i look to the stars .
in the waves.
on the sand.
for something...
but she is everywhere.
i see her vividly and clear.
then not at all.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


staying connected

i was just on my morning run and my mind was reeling morning started early thanks to my dogs barking at something and waking me up~ 
after starting my coffee, i sat down to check email and had one from suzanne answering some of my questions about italy.  after reading this, i was supercharged and inspired (again) :)  i have my little "italy journal" and began to write and add to my travel plans.
suzanne has been inspiration from the start.  after losing my mom, it has been a goal of mine to take a bit of her ashes to italy.  she dreamed of italy, and unfortunately never got to go.  it's been 5 years now, (whew) and i'm in a place where i can begin the planning stages of getting there (with her ) and my family ...

about connections...i was taking misty's online class a few years ago.  my art  then (and maybe still) reflected and touched on the loss and grief of losing mimi.  suzanne, also in the class saw something i wrote about wanting to take her ashes to italy one day and sent me a package with bits and pieces of italy; inspiration to  to keep my dream alive and well.  since then, we have given and received and stayed in touch with each other, just like true friends do.  

i was able to get to one of misty's "real life" classes in virginia and have stayed in touch with her too...i would never miss one of her online classes , as they keep me inspired and creative. and i am lucky enough to be seeing her again in the mountains this september.  i cannot say enough about her teaching style;  she is a generous and beautiful soul . 

then there's judy.  how i love judy....i asked her to come to wilmington to teach a class and she said YES!  she is dear, she is generous and kind and beautiful in real life....all the things you see on her blog..she is.  she is a dear friend and i am blessed to stay connected with her. (and she IS wise) :)

all of this happened in blog world.  it seems a bit bazar to find true friends here , but it happens and it
is real and i am thankful.  

from connections comes inspiration :)

(repurposed box, for a very special someone :)

(new enamel pieces i'm working on)


"if your soul feels it, it is real"


Monday, August 5, 2013

trip to guiones, costa rica ...and back again~

we just got back last week from our trip to costa rica.
we had the BEST family vacation yet....and got to hang out with our good friends who own a house in playa guiones.  from the beautiful beach walks every morning to visiting the nosara wildlife rescue, we all had such a great experience.  my girls were awesome and got along great the entire time :).....
being sisters and all, i was hoping for the best and they couldn't have been better~

this is where we stayed....
open and tropical and beautiful.  there's a little pool in the back yard to play in and the ocean is just around the corner.......the best food ever-right across the street at the pacifica azul! (blue pacific).
every morning i woke around 5:30 to the sound of the monkeys howling in the trees.  they were everywhere and we could see them from the back yard.  yager and tabu (the neighborhood dogs) were there every morning to greet and hang out with us.  they went everywhere we went, including restaurants!  they would just sit under our table until it was time to go.  we laugh at what a different life it is there (for dogs and people).  the laid back attitude is contagious.

sunset from the la luna restaurant......the view was amazing and so was the food~

YES! that's a chihuahua on the roof....the mascot?!

this is pretty much the norm.  driving along at any given time, you might have to stop for a cowboy corralling his cattle across the road...i love that!

we went to the nosara wildlife rescue and saw beautiful wildlife that is in rehab or being taken care of after their mothers have died from electrocution from unsafe power lines.  this was one of the highlights of the trip.  (also sad)...

the howler monkeys are being electrocuted while trying to gather food.  the uninsulated power lines are in their path through the trees and they are helpless.  unfortunately, many of them do not survive the electrocution, or are so bad off that they have to be euthanized.  steve and vicki at the nosare wildlife help to rehab the animals that DO survive.  their program is amazing and they do this all through the help of donations and fundraising.  this is a great cause to donate to (as a gift or in someone's honor )!

after a nice trek up the hill, steve and vicki invite you in to there lovely home for a cup of juice, then give you a tour of the facility.  they have about 50 acres of mostly unspoiled land that the animals are able to live once released.  they take care of many different animals in need, but mostly monkeys.

vicki is feeding a porcupine that was blown out of its nest in the guanacaste winds.  (the guanacaste is the national tree of costa rica).  

along the way up to their house, we picked fresh hibiscus flowers for this little squirrel to munch on.
he was cute and friendly!

this is "toby"  .  he was entertaining us from the minute we laid eyes on him.  he was orphaned when his mom was electrocuted in the power lines.  

and here, a howler monkey takes it easy in his hammock....he was curious but didn't get down and follow us around like toby did!

one of the monkeys we saw had to have an arm amputated because of the electrocution.  he was lucky to be alive.  steve and vicki take such good care of them all and hope to do a step by step release program with most of them onto their safe property.  
please consider visiting HERE to find out more, spread the word, and help if you can. :)

worthy cause!

i love seeing the cows just grazing on the side of the road....this was a normal thing, to see them
all along the roads and the mountainsides.  

this is playa guiones where we walked every morning and my man got to surf a few times each day.
we found beautiful shells and the landscape is so different from our beach at home. 

yager didn't miss a trip to the beach! walk with us, and to chase the crabs...

ha! for out for the coconuts...

from the zipline through the rainforest, to the nosara wildlife rescue....hanging out with our good friends, eating delicious food and taking in the salt air of the pacific,and all the stuff in between, this was one of our favorite trips ever~  as good as it was, it's always good to get back home.  

we are all settled back in, my oldest just had her wisdom teeth out and is recovering from that .....
we are all super excited that the girls are doing homeschool this year..and i'm in the preliminary stages of planning the much anticipated trip to italy.  this will take time for me and i want to make the very best of our travels there when the time comes.  any advice or experiences you want to share?!
leave a comment :)
we are also dreaming about oregon and washington state...more to come!

thank you to a very special, someone for my sweet package in the mail...
and to another special someone for my other sweet package in the mail....
complete joy to go to the mailbox and find a surprise from you and you !

new art and jewelry post coming soon...
until then, create, love and give joy.