je t’aime, le pen

I have fallen in love with a French pen. CC has had Le Pens in her studio forever, and I finally bought a set of these colored pens for myself. Marvy only makes 18 colors, and I find myself wanting more. I am mad for them! In a recent swoon, I contemplated a trip to New York City…

Dive right in

I am finishing out my Caribbean vacay journal and was inspired by this awesome palette of Angora watercolors I discovered at Arizona Art. There are so many colors! More than my Pelican set that I won’t leave home without.

The last awesome sight of my trip was seeing a diver jump off a 50 foot cliff into somewhat rough waters. It was breathtaking. If he can do that I can certainly reach my goals! One of which is mastering this medium. Below is a weekly practice to help me love and learn to use the color and the brushes. It is immensely easy and satisfying. Try it!

Be Lucky


Recently, I ran across a great article on being lucky (and unlucky). For me, being lucky and getting lucky are different in that those who are considered to be lucky are actually just present. (“Get lucky” implies you are waiting around for something to happen). Being lucky means paying attention, connecting to the people around you, and grateful for all life’s gifts. Here is the article: “Be Lucky, It’s an Easy Skill To Learn”

Speaking of lucky, a lucky little bird has already found a roost in my newly renovated office. Full post with photos to come. Thanks to my rockin’ husband with the mad skills for building out what was once a spare room in the house. Lucky, indeed.


From the Latin subvenre, this word has come to be know as something you buy at the airport. The Latin translation, though, means to come to mind. And isn’t that what a souvenir is supposed to be: a memory?

Do you have a memory so visceral that when it comes to mind all your senses remember? I have one of those memories, swimming in the Caribbean Ocean during a downpour. Heavy raindrops splash and overpower all voices around me. Ocean water dense with salt floats my body at zero gravity. Saltwater gets in my mouth. Liquid becomes a scent. And, I experience a green-blue illusion of light as if the ocean itself is filling the sky. This is my souvenir from a recent retreat to the Caribbean.

This retreat was special in that it was, among all things, a study of innovation. A small group of us gathered to research and study nature and culture. We painted in journals, read inspired books, and wrote about our observations. We got to know the culture of the place and became friends with locals who were, in their own way, innovating in their environment. We shared our thoughts on the future of business and refilled our spirits with energy. We boarded the plane with enough ideas to fill a cargo ship. I am grateful for this annual event. It is what propels me forward.


Quilled paper flowers~a gardener’s delight

Creativity is my elixir of life. So is gardening. Put the two together and I am a happy camper. Recently I was presented with a pile of Bazzil Basics paper (in Navajo blue and white, and the cuttlebug with quilling dies. I used the Daisy and Chrysanthemum dies to make an assortment of flowers. This 6″x6″ square took me approximately three hours to complete. It’s so beautiful it now hangs on the wall!

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