Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lingering symbols of Christmas festivities

My apartment is still filled with goodies from holiday parties and Christmas visitors, reminding me that the holidays are not quite over; packages that still need to be delivered, silver still not put away, enough baker's string to last a lifetime and chocolates to tempt.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas is here

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Brimfield 2010

I made the trek yesterday to Brimfield for the first time since I moved from Boston. It was such an old familiar event and it was great to be back. I am excited about my big purchase, but I will post more on that later. For now, I will just share a few of the photos.

This first one cracks me up; it's the epitome of Brimfield.
You can find anything and everything you never knew you had to have until you saw it.

Like Jumbo here...I never knew I had to have him until I saw him...but alas, it wasn't meant to be. Hopefully a sibling of his will be waiting for me another time.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


They are filming a movie in the Upper West Side right now. As I walked across my street to grab groceries, I noticed the taxis. At first it didn't seem unusual...then I realized how many there were.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday Softly Slipping By

Company coming into town cancelled at the last minute, so I suddenly have a free weekend, and that is a luxury I do not take for granted.

I walked across the street to the Silver Moon Bakery and enjoyed an iced coffee as I wrote, finally catching up on writing some letters for my mail art friends.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bringing Smiles to the Mail Woman and me

Mail love is continuing beyond my expec-tations. When I got back from my little holiday last week, I had 16 - yes, that's S-I-X-T-E-E-N fabulous pieces of mail in my little postbox, and they have continued to arrive on a daily basis.

It's now my evening ritual to come home from work (around 9pm), sit down with a glass of wine & give each piece of goodness the most careful inspection it deserves. Each piece always brings a huge grin to my face. The fact that these "strangers" have taken the time to create a piece of work or write a letter to share with me is fantastic. I have already written back & forth with a few people so many times now that I consider them friends...no longer strangers across the miles. :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mail Art

I have fallen into a happy exchange.

About a month ago I stumbled upon the book Good Mail Day while perusing the book store. The second I saw it, I KNEW I had to have it.

I remember the day I saw my first piece of mail art. I was in high school & at my friend Chris’ house. It was around the time of his birthday and I remember seeing an envelope that one of his mother’s friends sent to him. It was the most colorful, glorious envelope I had ever seen in my life. It was covered in hand-drawn candles and vibrant stickers with Chris’ name & address tucked into a scroll-y little frame. It was the epitome of happiness in paper. I just turned the envelope over & over, trying to burn to memory all the little details this woman had included to make Chris’ day a little more special. I was in awe. The fact that an a-d-u-l-t spent that kind of time and effort to make a simple envelope such a treat in itself was a new thing to me. The fact that the post office let her get away with it was an even bigger surprise - how was I to know at age 15 that such fun things were allowed in such a serious world.

It was that one envelope 20 years ago that has inspired me be imaginative with my mail ever since. I have long been decorating and making envelopes from various brochure, calendar and magazine pages but never got into sharing with kindred art-mail-souls. I shared them with my friends and relatives, but not a “community” of mail-lovers.

Sooo...back to Good Mail Day. One of the authors has a fun blog on which like-minded peeps have begun sharing their addresses to be mail-art-friends. I have sent out pieces to many people on the list and have been overwhelmed by the responses I am getting. I cannot describe the excitement I experienced the day I received my first piece of mail art. I seriously had a grin on my face for at least an hour and I felt like a little kid with the greatest treasure. I got the mail as I was running out the door to run a few errands and then jump on the subway to meet a friend for lunch. I kept the little plastic envelope in my hand as I did my various errands, I would turn it over & over, looking at it as I walked from place to place...but I did not open it. I wouldn’t let myself open it until I could sit down and give it the proper attention that it deserved. So, the moment I got on the subway, there was an open seat and I just sat down and went into a little world of my own as I slowly peeled away the tape closing the envelope and excitedly read the little note from Carolee.

I have been so amazed at the letters I’ve gotten too. I hadn’t thought about sitting down & writing proper letters, but am excited to have received some fun correspondence with women who have creative spirits.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

List of Happiness

Twenty years ago, I stumbled upon a new book called 14,000 Things to Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer. My friend Jon & I (at the time sophomores in high school), excitedly started keeping our own book of lists. We wrote down things that made us happy & keeping these books was among the happiest of all. My little book traveled with me everywhere & was added to day by day, year by year. While over the past 4 or 5 years, I have neglected this book, all of my journals contain random "happy lists." Something triggered my memory of my book this afternoon & I ran to dig it out of the drawer that it's lived in for the past 10 years.

I regret that I didn't keep the book in chronological order and made no date of the entries, but many are telling on their own, whether by the bubbly teenage-writing or by the content itself that stirs up specific memories.

I thought I would share a few of my favorites I came across as I flipped thru the pages:

The color of Ginger Ale
Folding corners of pages to mark the place instead of bookmarks
The flat wooden "spoons" that come with ice cream cups
Candy lipstick
Steam of coffee in the foreground of morning sunlight
Making it to an 8am class before attendance is called.
Getting an email from a friend off campus
A pantry with lots of junk-food
The cool underside of a pillow
Homemade donuts
Hard cider and Mushrooms in garlic butter with bread
In the dark, trying to see wintergreen lifesavers spark when crunched
A&W rootbeer floats
Sipping white wine out of a thermos in the laundrymat
Gas for $0.98
Midnight picnics by the river
Getting a care package while staying in a motel
Eating grilled fish with your fingers
Faxes to & from Japan
Beaver logs
Wrapping gifts in maps
Blanket tents
Getting to be Senior class secretary
Sending aerograms
Drive-thru car wash
The sound of rain on the roof, windows or skylight
The smell of Play-doh
Flying on overcast days
Being so tan your arm hair is blonde
Jasmine tea
Snow picnics

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Easter Obsession

7th grade, during Mrs. Kane's English class, she asked us students, one at a time, what our favorite season was. When she asked me, I said, "every season is my favorite when it arrives". She told me that made me a true romantic. Now, all these years later I am reminded of that afternoon, because I am SO excited about Easter that it is currently my favorite holiday & time of year. Things haven't changed that much since 7th grade - last month, Valentine's was my favorite holiday, and a couple of months before that, it was Christmas. However, this year is a little out of control. My apartment looks like I am housing the Easter Bunny himself. I have peeps, Easter buckets overflowing with fun presents, fuzzy little chicks, plastic eggs filled with goodies, silk flowers to decorate these goodies in their baskets, old, victorian-themed eggs, yellow and green ribbon, little grape-vine nests waiting to be filled with little chocolates, yellow artificial grass, green edible grass, miniature gum balls shaped like eggs in miniature little egg cartons, plastic peep-shaped containers, victorian-themed Easter cards, jelly beans, gift tags with bunnies, and oh so much more.

Monday, March 15, 2010

This is for you Sweetcakes!

I am currently reading Life is a Verb by Pati Digh and I keep going back to page 12 to read & re-read this poem.
I can't exactly put my finger on what calls me to come back to this page over & over. Maybe it's the novel idea (novel to me) that God is a laid-back woman who calls people sweetcakes & is an encourager of life. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do.

In looking for this poem online, I found this great site.

Monday, March 1, 2010

White Day

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The wedding

So, looking back at my blog and thinking back to August, it's hard to believe that the wedding has come and gone. It was a beautiful exchange of love and friendship and I am so happy for Karolina & Carlos.

Many, many happy years to come to you both!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A few things I'm currently obsessed with

A country house, a country house, oh how I want a country house.  

I have wanted to live in the country for years now (I came very close to purchasing a great farmhouse in rural Kentucky back in 2007), but the pull of the city has kept me from moving back to the midwest where farmhouses abound.  A perfect compromise would be to get to travel into the city for work periodically, and still enjoy the space and domesticity of getting to nest in the country.  
While I haven't found the perfect spot yet, I know that it is out there with my name on it.  

Thursday, January 14, 2010

2010 - better watch it's back!

So, on to the New Hopes and Aspirations:
  1. Visit 1 new country
  2. Read this list once a month
  3. See at least 6 shows (saw one on January 2nd, so I'm off to a great start)
  4. Visit Grandma before Christmas
  5. Go to "Drink & Draw"
  6. Take a course at the book center
  7. Lose 3 pounds every month until I reach my goal (I figured baby steps are lessoverwhelming)
  8. Visit 16 museums/galleries
  9. Keep a "Thankful journal"
  10. Visit Mantauk
  11. Read & complete 37 Days
  12. Get New York driver's license (goodbye great photo from my Massachusetts license)
  13. Create 25 small pieces of art
  14. Go to Balthazar for dinner
  15. Complete the Creative Entrepreneur book with all the journal exercises
  16. Spend one weekend exploring Staten Island
  17. Take advantage of the Apple store free courses; go to at least 6 sessions
  18. Go to Saturday Euchre at least 3 times
  19. Buy 2-liters of soda & take ice to work instead of spending $2 each day on a fountain soda
  20. Put $300/month into savings
  21. Participate in 2 juried shows

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


We're going into the 2nd week of the New Year & I am just now posting my New Year blog post, but hey, it's all good.

So, getting inspiration from my friend Melodie, I am listing my resolutions from 2009. I didn't do horribly, but hope I will do better this year with my goals.

I will list the two that are ALWAYS on my list - every year - first.

1) Read this list once a month: J_F_M_A_M_J_J_A_S_O_N_D. Um..less than 50% of the months...I read it in January, February, March, September & October.

2) Visit a new country: accomplished; Chile, Argentina & Brazil

3) Visit at least 12 new galleries or museums: I know there were more visit, but not necessarily new places...and only 4 were documented: Queens Museum, Warhol Museum, Carnegie Art Museum, Detreich Gallery.

4) Complete the Creative Entrepreneur book with all the journal exercises. Nope...maybe 1/2 way through it.

5) Create at least 52 postcards & document them on my blog. Well, from the sad, sad job of posting I did the better part of this year, we can all see that this did not happen.

6) Host at least 4 dinner or cocktail parties: I had 1...it's just a hard thing to do in a studio.

7) Participate in 2 juried exhibits. Hhm, I think I will put this one back on my list for 2010.

8) See at least 10 shows: Royal Family, Hedda Gabler, Mary Poppins, Polobolus, Groovaloo, Freedom, the Nutcracker & Klangforum Wien (Free Radicals). I think had I read this list on a regular basis, it would have motivated me to see more. Since I've left 35 years of age behind & am no longer eligible for $25 tickets thru hotix...that makes a difference too.

9) Go on 3 dates by March...hmmmm.

10) Successfully create & accomplish a group "creative trip to NYC" - why am I afraid of this?

11) Send at least 1 item with a publicity kit to 4 magazines...scared of this too.

So, I thought I had done pretty well until I just wrote these all out. I now realize that only ONE of those was completed in full. Wow...I think this might be a wake-up call to pay attention to life & each day...and to not just assume that I will be able to accomplish one or all of these "another day."

Tomorrow I will list my NEW list for 2010. Goodbye to this unfinished list...hello to so many new opportunities!

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