Sunday, September 14, 2014

Eileen's fabulous art exhibit

This past Friday evening I gladly attended Eileen's art opening at The Clay Space in Lisle, IL. It is a wonderful ceramic artists' co-op which has a lovely gallery, a large working studio and everything you could need to create using clay. The experience was 2 fold for me: First and foremost my friend and her fellow ceramists fabulous art and second, an example of what my venture, HeART*Felt, could be.

HeART*Felt is NOT going to be clay focused. Rather a "Space to Create." with its focus mediums being paper, paint and fabric.  But the idea of resident artists and students working along side each other is an intriguing one. One of my missions with HeART*Felt is to promote the idea that all humans are built to create. Finding opportunities to create with "our hands' in our technology driven world seems to be a slowly growing movement. The Clay Space has built on this idea and is a wonderful working example of success! Take a look at the art:
Beautiful wood floors and white stands ALWAYS make for a wonderful  display.
Some interesting pieces from a woman I knew as a contemporary quilt maker. She moved to clay just 2 years ago. It was so fun to see her Friday night.

                                              Eileen's teacher John created 50 different pigs!
Eileen's fairy house has so much to it!

                                           Such a wonderful display for her ceramic pieces!

                                               Our friend Laura joined us for the evening.
I love the whimsical nature of these cows....
So lucky to have an Eileen original on my plant bench at home!
It was a wonderful evening and so inspiring....
Have a great week-

Here is my work in progress:


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

50 years of hair phases.....

Last week I turned 50! It has taken me quite awhile to get over the celebrations.  I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. My son even surprised me with a visit. I  am one lucky lady.

On my birthday I decided to go up to the attic to look through pictures.  No, I don't have cute albums just boxes.  The scrap booking phase never hit me, but looking through these pictures proved many other phases most certainly did...

A common theme running through the pictures is my hair.  I am not ashamed of all my hair phases. It may be embarrassing at times but it reminds me of who I was at that moment.  They point to a time when I was experimenting with who I was and influenced by trends.

It all started out so innocently

Then the addition of barretts (and knee socks)

The 70's short cut.  This cut forced my Mother to get my ears pierced so it would prevent comments such as "Young man you are too old to use the ladies room". ( true story). My sister MaryKay looks so cool sitting on our stylish sofa.

Then high school hit and I got the fuzzy hair texture.  Puberty?  Who knows,
Really, Saks Fifth Avenue allowed champagne consumption of its underage employees?  Boy, have times changed.

The 80's and my aqua net addition. Tina Turner would be so proud. I have obviously moved out of my Laura Ashley phase as well.  Hello shoulder pads!

Late 80's perm and Lucy short hair. Love the lavender bridesmaid dress. 

The early 90's.  Did they have a 2 for 1 special on the bowl cut at Cost Cutters?

The straight hair 90's cut next to my Daniel Craig.

2000's and no bangs, People kept asking me what was wrong all the time so I cut bangs. I did not look worried anymore! The cheap non botox solution.

Last year

Things have changed.  I am not thinking about trends but what hair style looks best to mask the 20 pounds I have gained since my wedding.   I have changed hairdressers several times in the past few years, tried new shampoos and tropical treatments but it does not seem to make a difference.  My hair is thinning, getting flat and graying.  I was wondering if all the damage I did in the 80's with teasing is to blame but my exhaustive internet searches point to MENOPAUSE.  Can any of you relate?

                                                                    Have a good week!


PS, I forgot the "art" part of the blog.  Here is some contemporary art called "the shelter" that was on display in Cleveland recently by artist Grainne Bird. It is made entirely of human hair.  Don't worry, the hair was donated by salons and citizens of Cleveland.  INTERESTING!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

End of Summer

As today is the day after Labor Day and there is already Halloween candy at the grocery store-I guess it is time to say goodbye to summer fun. I am devoting today's post to pictures with captions. Just to say one last goodbye to the warm, lazy days of summer. Who knows what excitement fall will bring?!
                            Audrey doesn't want summer to end, BUT the fall will bring her daddy home...                                               
This was the first summer in 26 years I did not get to see James. I am looking forward to a wonderful reunion SOON!

                                               Lots of fun friend adventures this summer.

Some new lessons in technology and

summer's bounty

                                         New art friends to remind me of Door County
                                                                Yummy Cherry Pie!

                                                Always my HANDSOME husband.
                                              Beautiful landscapes
                                              Amazing sunsets...

Keep the warmth of summer in your heart, as we move into fall....Have a wonderful first week of September.                   


Sunday, August 24, 2014


As I approach my birthday I must admit I am becoming retrospective.  I am observing myself as well as others and noticing what I admire and what I do not. Yes, I have read the magazine articles about the knowledge we gain and the empowerment we feel as we age. I do agree but I need to make these tangible in my life.  One thing that has been a common thread for me lately is ATTITUDE.

It goes without saying that attitude is important, it even trumps our approach as far as I am concerned. I do know that as we age life becomes heavier.  Having the right attitude at the right moment is hard to do.  I am not naive to think we have to be positive all the time and think "everything happens for a reason".  I don't truly believe that.  If something bad happens: that sucks.  If someone does something to piss you off, you might need to swear or bitch a bit about it... but then move on.  Don't drag others down with you.  You do not do this to friends or ones you love.  You need to adjust your attitude to move forward for what is best for you and those around you.

This boys looks like he is thankful for his Mothers breakfast and her very stylish kitchen decor. Is he touching her hand in admiration?  Awwww...

 My dear friend Lauri sent this poem to me after my last blog entry and it sparked the idea of this post a couple of weeks ago.

Charles Swindoll

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company... a church... a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes”

I also like to think about the people in my life who have passed away recently and what  I take away from the type of life they led.  It really comes down to their attitude:

My Mom:  She never complained about getting sick or not feeling well.  She only ever said that she was getting old.  She never put that burden on us.  Amazing.

My Dad: He faced so much.  He was in the Navy, his plane was shot, he lost loved ones, battles at work but he always persevered.  He took such good care of my Mom and with such compassion. What an attitude

Mary Kay: She took on life with the attitude she could do anything.  She was fearless yet she had such empathy for others.  She battled cancer with humor and grace.

Aren't they adorable?  Miss them.

I also miss my Aunt Eleanor for her ability to adjust to change at all different and difficult times in her life. She had the right attitude.  She always knew she had to make it work and she did.  Miss that laugh.

Her son, Dave, took a spiritual approach to life. Life threw him a few serious curve balls and he always handled things and moved on.  A constant learner,volunteer and listener to many.He always had a optimistic and peaceful attitude.

Christmas eve is not the same at our house without these two.


Yes I have been doing some soul searching lately...

My take away from that poem is that life is 90% attitude.  A good theme for my 50th year.

Wish you all a good week.  


Thursday, August 14, 2014

unexpected "wow"

This past weekend I was able to spend time at one of my favorite places. My parents rent a home in Egg Harbor, WI part of the Door County Peninsula. It is a treasured time for me to be with my parents, my siblings and nieces and nephews. Usually my husband and some of my own adult children are able to join me, BUT this year I was on my own.

On my way up, I always stop at the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygen, WI. It is a wonderful museum which the Kohler corporation (Yep, the bathroom people) has supported for years. Usually I spend a couple of hours going through the exhibits and then spend sometime and money in the gift shop. This year I went through the exhibits, but instead of going to the gift shop I decided to spend my money on a membership.

Kohler has an artist-in-residency program which allows artists of all different backgrounds and mediums to spend 2-6 months with their artisans in the Kohler factory. The exhibit this year was 40 years of what the artist-in-residency program has produced. It was quite amazing!

The pictures I am going to show today are of the bathrooms at the Arts Center. I SO love this place...

                                                   The main floor's women's bathroom.
I know it is just a toilet, BUT really?!
This quote has been popping up in many places I have visited recently; "Whatever you can do or dream, you can achieve." HUM...
 Men's bathroom sink.
Sort of funny?

The Blue and white of this bathroom is lovely.
Amazing details...

Urinals are GROSS, but this one is pretty spectacular!

The smallest bathroom is the family bathroom.
I looked for any names from my family.
I found only my son James and granddaughter Audrey's names.
I miss them both!

Here is to amazing, surprising ART!