Tuesday, November 24, 2009

And All That Cushy Stuff...

In my dream house (yes, I do believe I will share tidbits of what it might be like), I would have a room dedicated to pillows and cushions and throws. I'm thinking of a soft, luxurious berber carpet- most likely a neutral, creamy white. There will be tons, TONS of pillows. All kinds. All different. All shapes. All sizes. Accompanying the pillows tossed about the room, will be low-standing coffee-tables, or rather, sturdy trays that will be used for keeping safe, that hot cup of tea or coffee or cocoa. There will be stacks of books throughout the room and beautiful, bright lighting. You can plop yourself anywhere down on the floor, prop up against some lovely pillows and read to your heart's content.

Again, that's why I call it a DREAM house...!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Creating Some Zen...

This week has been a mixed bag. Mostly good. I took it off to work on some pieces for the Madrigalli Market Art Event this weekend. That was a good thing. Today however, there was a hiccup and my 9-to-5 required I call into a couple of meetings. That caused me to lose some momentum, what with getting on the call, having the computer up and running, checking emails, etc...

The good: my studio is just 1 mile from where I live. I walk to and from. It is HEAVENLY to NOT have to drive. I stop by a great little cafe- La Taza, in the Mission, to get a coffee and some breakfast and continue along my way, desperately trying not to spill all the delicious, liquid caffeine. I get into the studio, have a bite and start pulling my ideas into some sort of program and I start working. Music is playing and I am in a good place. I've started developing a sort of meditation when working on things that used to be loathsome, mundane and routine. I've been super productive, with both new pieces and some of my bread-and-butter items. My techniques have been improving and what used to feel like frustrating set-backs and failed experiments serve as learning steps, milestones, fun challenges.

The bad: well, today and the fact that the past few days, a whiff of depression has been creeping into my happy place. I've been hit with a lot of memories and images of my gramps- who has been gone now for several months. The surprise of his not being with us is still very fresh. And painful. My happy little week of working in the studio is also drawing to a close. I will surely miss the morning walk down to the studio, getting coffee on my way in, as well as the walks home.

But my 9-to-5 is waiting. It will be good to see my favorite girls in the office, too!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This year, for the first time in about a decade, I carved a pumpkin. And for the first time EVER, I passed out Halloween candy for little trick-o-treaters. Yay! My cousin came over for the special event, as my favorite boy was out of town (well, the country) on business. I carved the pumpkin in the morning time, set a candle in and shivered in anticipation for an onslaught of ghosts and ghouls and goblins.

I bought a TON of candy- pixie sticks, smarties, bite-sized snickers, heath bars, mar bars, little packets of skittles, m&m's and nerds and of course, my favorite naughty treat- reese's peanut butter cups.

My first customer was an adorable Dorothy, with a keen eye and discerning palate, who zoned in immediately upon the peanut butter cups. My kind of girl! She squealed with excitement and exclaimed "these are my most FAVORITE type of candy in the world!"


It was a great night!