Thursday, June 30, 2011


There are so many things I am grateful for, however the basics are never taken for granted, like being able to walk. Unfortunately, I have had a lifetime of knee injuries. I would like to say that it is just one knee due to some interesting sporting event, but this is not the case. Both knees have been a medical mystery for years, dislocating, tearing tendons, ligaments and just plain inflammation for not apparent reason.

So once again I find myself in a position of dependence. I know how fortunate I am to have two daughters that jump in and pick up my life carrying on as if it were nothing. They have been incredible, driving me, feeding me, teaching my classes and taking care of my every need. I feel so humbled to have these two wonderful young women as my daughters.

My extended family that shows up at the hospital and waits with me for hours, thank you. The phone calls and e-communications are so appreciated.

And my dear friends that have also sat with me, talked with me and listened to me. I am truly grateful.

I cannot express my gratitude enough for everyone's help through yet another knee incident.
Thank you and I love you.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Workshops and Art Shop

This summer has been such a busy time with teaching mixed media and opening the art shop. Regretfully, things get put aside - such as this blog. But the good news is, things are started to level off. Or perhaps, I will tell myself that and attend to the lovely world of e-communication.

So here we are, a tiny (but heart-filled none the less) new art shop to open in the beautiful historic area of Clarksville. The entrance is on Strawberry Alley or you may shop your way through the fabulous Hodgepodge (off Franklin Street) and enter up the stairs. Please plan to drop by on the night of July 7th (5-8), browse around and let me know what items you would like to see in stock. Creative Corner @ Hodgepodge will offer art supplies and inspiration geared towards the mixed media artist. Don't know what that is? Well come on by and lets talk about. We have mixed media kits that you can take home and create art. Also if you saw my FB post you see that I will be stocking unique ephemera from nationally known artist like Teesha Moore. Yummy! Yummy!

Workshops - love the energy I get from the students! I am currently teaching with CSA at APSU (mixed media) and Watkins College in Nashville (again mixed media). Take a look at some of the nice work the students have created. We have been working with overlaying pattern tissue, found poetry, altered book pages, collage sheets and oh so much more.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The "to do list"

As much as I like to use technology, I still revert to the handwritten "to do list". I have tried inputting information into my phone, ipod, ipad and laptop - but forever seem to go back to my black and white composition notebook, traditional method of handwriting my daily task. The best thing is that I am okay with this traditional habit. Power to traditional methods!

One of the best thing about opening an art store.... the supplies. Yes, they are arriving boxes and boxes, yummy. I am also enjoying the sample packs from manufacturers. If you have taken one of my workshops you know I talk endlessly about two companies in particular; Grafix and their Doubletack Film and Ampersand's Claybord, the ultimate multi-media panel (I didn't coin that phrase it is on their package).

Ampersand also has a product called Stampbord - oh yes this is the most amazing stamping and crafting surface (again I didn't coin that phrase it is on their package). Stampbord comes in different sizes and shape. I like the Stampbord Bags - they offer a variety of shapes and sizes that are great for a magnitude of things. Needless to say, Stampbord products will be available in the art shop (Creative Corner at Hodgepodge)

I will post some photos - later - remembered the camera forgot the cord.

Check out the Ampersand website -