Saturday, April 22, 2017

for the weekend

rising from the ground
deep in the warm, wet earth... we
sing to the morning sun


Happy Earth Day

Friday, April 21, 2017


My new camera body arrived... and this is the first shot...
Our yard is sprouting with violets... and it's glorious.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Crafting a life...

...the thought kept running through my head as I lie awake til 4am.
We are crafting a life here. When my hubby lost his work in the fall of 2013, we honestly felt very optimistic about him finding similar work right away. Such was not to be... and here we are in another state, almost all the way cross country... in a radically different financial state.... and we are both working at self employment/ creating s new life doing what we love.

Today would normally be a blogpost about organizing and such... but I think, as I am done with the bulk of the organizing and paring down around my home and studio, that perhaps Thursdays will be about business, crafting and such.
...About crafting your life; as I am crafting my own...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Back in June 2016, I started a new "series" of posts... if you will... 
 And so on Wednesdays; I've been posting an old photograph to inspire your creativity.
Write a poem!   
 Plot out a short story.
 Have inspiration for a piece of art or composition.... let your artistic soul shine.
--and occasionally I write my own sordid story or poem. 
 (you can click on the photos in this post to make it larger to see).


The annual gathering of the Willow Street Coven had to be done in secret.
It was trying times, what with women trying to give off a facade of being the perfect suburban housewife...
yet there were more "Pagan Princesses" than one would think.
Yes, it was also the time of the movie "Bell, Book and Candle" and the TV show "Bewitched!"
... but was the average American family ready for a witch next door? Alice didn't think so...
and so she gathered a few of her fellow practitioners for a night of frivolity and majik.
Of course, they had to deal with the depths of her dark and somewhat damp basement in her New England house.
The cinder-block was clean... but it could do with some primping.
With the help of her friend Tammy, they strung crepe paper and dime store Halloween decorations about.
Before you know it... there was tea, and cake... talk about when to plant certain herbs,
and conversations about spells and who-turned-who into toads... it was great.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


...not much energy today... so I am fixing up some vintage jewelry pieces that just needed cleaning and/or simple fixes. 
I was actually so excited to be able to work on stuff today in the studio, that I couldn't sleep...
 and I suppose, that is the way it absolutely should be when you are doing what you love. 
See you all tomorrow!

Monday, April 17, 2017


It's "Maker Monday!".... my weekly post where I feature something the daughter
 and/or I are working on.... and (hopefully) encourage the maker lifestyle.

This past week, I managed to place a couple orders for beads...
with the idea that I probably won't be ordering anything "new" again other than perhaps wire and solder and clay... for some time.
I also bought a replacement camera body for my camera that died back in early February.
I find that it is very hard for me to spend money.
Oh... it's not that I don't like too... and there are certainly lots of things out there I drool over...
it's just that the time and energy spent here in PA these past few years has really brought home the importance of
 "only getting what you really want and/ or really need."
It is not decision making based on hardship... although the money part is certainly a factor...
it's more the narrowing down and "fine-tuning" of my selected focus.
And that, is always a good thing.

That said... I cannot imagine me living without a camera to use, or beads in my stash of stuff.

This weekend, I found a  home for the last 5-6 large tubs of books I had to potentially sell on Ebay...
and today I hope to go through 2 big tubs of cactus wood scraps... picking out a few pieces that I want for crafts and for sentiment
... and the rest is going to a couple people I know who love making things.
What this means though.... in a practical sense...
is that I have gone through everything in the studio space, and in the household space...
and narrowed it down to the things we want... and the things we need.
We still have 20 or so projects to work on for our Upcycle Madness creations...
which I am sure we will work on more as the weather becomes nicer...
but the majority of the work is now done. Now, that does not mean that I won't (or shouldn't)
 go through stuff periodically if things are building up.. or if things are no longer important.
After all, that is a constant evolution.
But... it it now coming time to begin the serious work of crafting my life,
and making things I adore.
... what will I have to show you next week? hmmm....

Sunday, April 16, 2017

for the weekend

May you all have a blessed Easter Weekend