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

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Rain,rain go away!

we had all been so enjoying the sunshine. shadow,(the cat who owns us),had been spending long,lazy afternoons on the back of a chair,in front of the sunny window.

 the orchids and yes,even some of my inanimate objects, seemed to turn their faces toward the sunshine.
it was a gloriously,sun-shiney run,however,the rain did finally show up once again. hopefully this rainy stretch won't last quite as long as the last. we all want the sunshine back!

Saturday, February 12, 2011


i read other blogs and see that so many are showing gorgeous photos of winter scenes. huge mounds of fluff,glittering crystals of ice,great sparkling expanses of white,it's all very beautiful,but,oh my,the chilliness of it all!

 living in southern california makes for a totally different kind of winter. the white i'm seeing is the fluff of flowering tree branches.
the bees and ladybugs have started visiting and there is a constant humming going on right outside my front door.
a small hummingbird sits in the bottlebrush tree right outside the front window and diligently surveys his turf for interlopers. those who dare to set foot in his space risk being dive-bombed,or at the very least,loudly scolded.
yes its a very different winter,and one i am very fond of.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


the new website for "women creating peace collective",is up and running!
i'm a founding member of the collective and i am so happy to announce that we will be hosting a women's conference on march 26th,in the mission inn district of riverside california.
we are now accepting applications for vendors,so if you're interested please go to the website and sign up.  you can also contact me at,  (i'm on the vendors committee),and i'll do what i can to help you get signed-up.
you can also go to the website and purchase tickets to attend the event. i hope to see you there,'s gonna be awesome!

Saturday, February 5, 2011


nick and i finally made it out to paper tales to set up new classes for the spring and it's going to be so much fun! we love,love,love,the shop and all the gals who work there. seriously,if you have not visited paper tales,you are missing out on some wonderful supplies and wonderful people.

 the first class i will be teaching is my "pocket journal". if you know me,then you know how much i love to work on  a small scale,and this journal is nice and small.
 i will provide all the materials for the class,including the hand-etched mother of pearl charm!
 i will do a quick demo of my pen and watercolor entries and if people are interested you can spend an extra hour with me and explore this type of journaling.
the date for this class is saturday,february 26th from 2-5. space is limited,so call and sign up soon,i'd love to see you there!