Friday, April 11, 2014

Ahhhhh spring.....

So it seems as though spring has arrived. We have had lovely weather this week...and it has been so uplifting and good for the soul! I have been busy in the studio working on various things. I started sculpting some new dolls, have been working on several illustrations, a new mixed media piece and some mixed media bookmarks. I also celebrated a birthday, got my nose pierced and taught a faerie terrarium workshop. Phew...it's been busy and I should have blogged sooner! Hope to hear your thoughts on the pieces I have been working on...here are some pics.

Bookmarks...



My latest illustration "Hometown Girl" featuring the beautiful Old Mill that is home to my studio as well as our retail shoppe...Gypsies!


Another illustration..this was a commissioned piece for a friend…



A unique 3d mixed media piece I am creating using a "matchbox" frame....this will be home to a mermaid so stay posted!!!





Current illustration...this will be the next piece in my "Fairytale" series....
Snow White....



One of the Faerie terrariums created in last night's workshop....


And last but not least.....










Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring...where are you?!?!?

keep hearing that the warm temperatures are coming...but after waking up to the 20s the last two days I am starting to wonder and now snow is in the forecast. Pfffffftttt...I am over winter...go away! 

Well.....enough of that. So...I have been in a bit of a funk. Not feeling like myself, questioning every decision I make, feeling melancholy. Of course when this happens it affects my relationships with those I hold dear. I sink into myself...always lost in thought. I don't mean to do it...but it happens to all of us. Dealing with unexpected wounds to your heart and soul are a struggle to get past. Everyone just wants me to let it go and move on....I am trying but I guess I am just not wired that way.  I am hoping the return of sunshine, warm temperature and time will heal all wounds. I may never understand why all things happen but I have to believe that I am being my best self and showing those that matter just how much I love them. 

Well, onto some art and less rambling about me and my heart...

So I had fun playing with some polymer clay, alcohol inks and a rubber stamp. Made for a fun mixed media piece! (The black clay was nice but I am still playing around with colors on it)








Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ummm..yeah….

I'm not sure why I haven't posted lately. Somehow I feel like I am ALWAYS on social media...posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and sometimes my blog gets the shaft. I guess that is what happened this time as well. I had a contest happening on my Facebook page to helpgain more exposure and it went really well…it went so well that I am about to do it again. If you haven't visited my Facebook page…please go check it out! :)   My Facebook Page.

So here are a few things that happened this past week…

I met a beautiful, little girl named Natalie….the brave one who inspired my piece for Infinite Love for Natalie Grace

She and her mother, Andrea, were kind enough to take a photo of me with my piece for their page…



and then something else happened….I played my first hockey game. Yeah…I don't play hockey, I don't even ice skate very well, but my son's team has a parent/kid hockey game every year and I was bound and determined to get out and try! It was hard…but so much fun! It was something I will never forget and neither will my sore muscles! LOL!



As for studio time…I spent a few days working on getting some prints mounted on wooden canvases as well and creating some fun, little wooden boxes using some of my prints. All in all a pretty great week!


this is what I am working on tomorrow….
creating some altered canvas cuffs. SO many possibilities! Stay tuned….















Monday, February 24, 2014

Today…I'm going to brag a little :)

We spent the weekend watching my son and his hockey team compete in the State Championships. They started out as kind of a mish mash group of kids at the beginning of the season….with a mixture of all levels of players. We had no idea that these fantastic kids would bond so well on and off the ice! It has been amazing to watch this season…watching their talents blossom and to see how they have come together as one amazing team! They have had to listen to criticism from other teams and coaches…only because they have played so well. They worked hard and played great hockey! No attitudes…no dirty play…just pure talent and teamwork. I am so proud of each and every one of them. They played extremely hard this weekend and earned their spot as the top Peewee B team in the state of New Jersey! GO CHIEFS!!!! (excuse me and my husband and our banshee-like screaming in the background…LOL!)


video



Friday, February 21, 2014

Things get put into perspective a lot these days.....

I am so grateful for the great friends that I have (you know who you are!), my beautiful and supportive family and the amazing life we have created...but I do get down some days, question my decisions about certain things, beat myself up over things that are out of my control...life can sometimes seem tough. These are the times when you need to take a step back....take a deep breath....and look at the big picture. I am truly blessed........

I have people in my life that are not so fortunate.....a dear friend who is going through her second round of chemo for breast cancer that spread to her liver...she is 33. She is a true warrior.....a hero....a survivor and I love her so much. Always has a smile on her face and something nice to say. I count myself lucky to have her in my life.

Recently I learned about another warrior...Natalie.  Natalie was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 3...this little girl is an inspiration. I cannot even imagine what she has had to endure through all of her treatments....a battle she has to fight at such an incredibly young age is just unfair. I have not yet met her in person...but I love her already.

You can find out more about Natalie here: Infinite Love for Natalie

After hearing Natalie's story from a close friend...I reached out to Natalie's mom about creating a piece for an upcoming gala....it was not hard to find inspiration.....this is the result:



and by the way….. FUCK YOU CANCER!



Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Not much of a Valentine's Day here….my husband blew a tire on his way to work this morning…and we got hit with two rounds of snow yesterday. I hate to complain but I am totally over the snow! LOL!

Anywho…..when life gives you lemons and all that. :)

So this is what I have been working on this week…

a new "Dream" box…. "You Are Loved"






Here is an old box I picked up at an antique store in Virginia….
I gave it a little facelift.




Friday, February 7, 2014

Some art therapy!


It has been a crazy and busy week....full of wonderful things, sad things, hurtful things. This is life....sometimes it doesn't make sense but damn is it an awesome adventure! When you get smacked with upsetting news...you have to pick yourself up...dust yourself off and continue to prove that the world can be a beautiful place even when not everyone sees things the way you do.  After a tough week....last night was a night of great friends, a little wine and some serious art therapy.

My Mixed media "Dark Hearts" workshop was last night....it was a wonderful evening full of much needed laughter. It is amazing how playing with some clay can really lift your spirits!








Saturday, February 1, 2014

Happy Snow Faeries.....

Our Faerie Tea Party was a great success! We had so much fun....glitter was flying, tutus were twirling and much sugar was consumed! A perfect evening indeed!