Saturday, July 18, 2015

Maybe...

maybe (I wonder) if I posted once a month that would be enough (or something).

And in July, this post would be an update of the past few months.

So… to recap

In MAY,

 I fitted out my garage studio, hemmed 6 ready made drapery panels in my bedroom
 (and learned it's probably just as easy to make them from scratch) 


 built a table from pipes,

then

 flew to Macon, Georgia


 to meet my Love and the newest member of our extended family,


Ruby 

and expand my historical reference


 by visiting Warm Springs

and then HERE


 for some of these.


After that I headed on to another week in Michigan to play




with three little butterflies, who are well into their 8th year. 

Then I flew home for a chilly Memorial Day & a girlfriend weekend at one of my all time favorite places in the world…



The Mabel Dodge Luhan House & Taos, New Mexico

In June,

I painted some walls &

turned these


into these


hung a few more light fixtures



 and then flew To meet my Guy in Cody, Wyoming before we stepped into the

Never Never Land of Yellowstone National Park.










Yellowstone is where I began my life as I know it today almost 6 years ago to the month.
This time, which was my fourth visit to this amazing place, had me touch and see almost every magnificent site in the park, before heading on to

Grand Teton National Park




Jackson, Wyoming


which was quite civilized & one of our favorite stops…



and Sun Valley, where we watched Olympic skaters practice their spins...


visited Ernest Hemmingway's Memorial and grave...


and dipped our toes in a mountain lake….

before we headed to...




 Salt Lake City, Temple Square,







and Moab, Utah, Arches & Canyon Lands National Parks,




and then Shiprock, New Mexico the sacred Navajo birthplace,





and the Salmon Ruins



 before heading home to Albuquerque.

July
has me regrouping before heading out on another three week cross country driving trip back to Michigan to visit with friends and family with a return trek through the center of Colorado before we land back in our own beds in August.

After all this busy-ness and travel, I'm home today, still unpacking my former life into this little house, asking myself one question.

Am I still the person I used to be?

Release, release, release.



Friday, July 10, 2015

Just do it….

As I was preparing a very long post on what I've been doing since my last post

this post


By book artist Lauren Falkenberry

was brought to my attention today.

Please click on that,

and if you don't have time to read her whole post just now,

scroll down to her student's writing.

emma nash 

Inspiration when you need it.

I love that.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lend me a hand….

This will be a busy summer filled with travel. (Yea!)

With that in mind, I'm focused on 'ticking the boxes' on my 'to do' list.
One of the items on that list was getting some kind of track light fixture over my fireplace.
Little did I know the 'flexible' fixture I chose would be more of a challenge than I bargained for.

The first challenge was how to get the pattern on the ceiling to mark the support locations.

Of course it had to be

'JUST SO'

My first attempt was to make a pattern from paper and tape

and although that was fun to make in a Captain Kangaroo kind of way...


this time consuming idea was doomed from the start.

Then I tapped into my art supply stash….

and found 10 feet of supple modeling wire

which worked perfectly for transferring my pattern to the ceiling.


After I placed the track supports in the best locations,

my next challenge 

was to get the floppy wet noodle of a track near the ceiling to connect it….

and using items from the chaos near by….


(that's an 'eel spear'….don't ask)


I was able to finish my project

(and make Home Depot proud)