Know first who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly.--Epictetus--

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Kids!

 some of my many great-nieces and nephews hamming it up in the santa hats i gave them. i decorated the ball at the end of the hats with jack skellington's face and the kids were thrilled with them.
it was a bittersweet holiday and celebrating without my sweet husband and dad was very difficult,but it's said that christmas is for children,and it's always fun watching the kids get so excited. my husband jim loved children and i was never quite sure who was more excited about the holidays,jim or the kids.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


merry christmas to all our dear friends,old and new.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


 well,the rains here in usually sunny so-cal have finally stopped, least they've stopped for a little while,as another storm is on it's way!
it's a terribly thing to admit,but i don't like the rain. it's okay for a day or so,however,days and days of it drive me a bit batty and i really start to crave the sunshine. 
 i did manage to get out during one of the short breaks in the rain and get these photos of some of my plants. i do love the drops of water on everything and i know the plants are enjoying the very long drink that they are getting.
it's hard to believe that just a little over a week ago,the rosemary and bottle-brush shrubs were full of bees and humming birds. in fact,there were so many bees,that you could hear a distinct humming from several feet away.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Nick!

it's been a very busy couple of weeks around here.  my son nick,just returned home last night after a 10 day trip to northern california. you can't imagine how happy shadow,(the cat who owns us),and i are to have him back.
while nick was gone,i spent a couple of days at my mother's home and we made the tamales for christmas. we also got a bit of shopping done,and started planning a trip for next spring. i also got the boy's presents all wrapped and ready,and am finishing up the gifts that i am making for my friends and family.
sometimes,it is still hard to get through the day,as i still miss my husband and father so much. christmas will be difficult this year,but hopefully,the many memories of my christmases spent with those two wonderful men will help me get through.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Last of the holiday shows!

these jolly fellows are art on one of the outside walls of the solo gallery in the cedros design district.  as you can see,they are all in a holiday mood.
 we have one more show this year at the mermaids mercantile,which happens to be right next door to this building.  come on down and visit us all this sunday,december 12th!
we will also be at the "get your jolly on" show on saturday, december 11th,at 4354 University Ave,Riverside,CA.  this will be a fun show with live entertainment,i know some awesome belly dancers will be performing!

all the photos in this post are by my son nick,including the self-portait in a mirror over t the mercantile. i love this shot of him in a vintage tie and jacket. oh,and by the way,he's not smoking in this photo,(he doesn't smoke and keeps on me to not smoke),it's actually a flaw in the mirror.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

You are invited!

 come to the carnivale! we will be vending over at "out of the blue" in solona beach,along with other wonderful artists.

also,it is time again to come to the chateau! this is such a fun show and once again,there are so many amazing artists selling the most wonderful things.