Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Plugging away

So much to do.  Added my CZT tag on my blog, started editing photos to update my web page.  Lots to do just got to find the time.  I guess I just need to make the goal to add a little each day.  Back to that proverb: How do you eat an elephant?  The point is, a little at a time and even a mountain can be moved.  Keep an eye out, the next step is to share some of my tangles from my CZT class.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Certified Zentangle Teacher class 13

Yes! I made it.  A long time goal achieved!!!!!!

For anyone who does not know the story, grab some tissues and let me tell you.

My mother was taken to the hospital in February with Heart Attack symptoms.  After several long hours in the emergency room on a forced air machine and all kinds of tests she was admitted. After lots of long grueling hours it was determined that her red blood count was extremely low, it took over two weeks to find out why.  During this time mom and I spoke about life and death and a well spent life.  She told me there were things she still  wanted to do, but was happy with her life.  In our discussion she asked was there anything I wanted to yet do in my life.  I came up with the usual, I would like to be able to afford more time for my art, and I would love to take the Zentangle Certification Class.  She asked what did it cost.

After I looked it up, she gave me 400 dollars for the down payment.  "We will work on it together."  She was animate about not putting off the things you want most in life.

As the hospital stay continued, the diagnosis was finally reached that she had leukemia.  This meant weekly blood transfusions and chemo-therapy.  At 81 this was a rough time, most days she said it was everything she could do to get out of bed.  Sadly she lost her battle April 10th.  

I had to scramble to get the money to pay for her funeral.  She had made arrangements, but did not realize they did not cover the actual funeral service.  I cashed in my teaching contract and was able to get help from her sister.  This however left me with 5 months with no income.  As the deadline grew close I was looking to cancel my Zentangle class because there was no money.

I got a call from mom's bank, the account was overdrawn.  When we researched the issue there was an automatic draw that was put through.  It was from a life insurance company.  However when I contacted them, it was not life insurance, it was a disability policy.  Yes the Leukemia was covered.  Not much, but it did pay for the class and the train ticket to go.  Yes train, it was cheaper and it was another life goal, because I love trains.

So thanks MOM, you are the best.  My class, that was life changing and far more than I could imagine.  I will share more about the class on the next post.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CZT class number 13!

I have been working long hours and getting things in order.  The November class for CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) begins next Sunday.  My long anticipated trip has been confirmed.  I will be traveling by train, another long time goal, and setting. Off to Rhode Island by way of New York, I am so excited.

I have been working my way through the book, One Zentangle a Day, I decided to use ATC cards to track the challenge.  I have made it to 35 of 42.  With a few days left to go I hope to finish.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I am terribly behind in posting.
  Lots of changes and creative work going on.  Well for now, check out this giveaway

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Technique Tuesday Giveaway

My mail was blessed with a wonderful surprise.  The Technique Tuesday blog had a giveaway celebrating their newest member Michelle.  Her life stories were wonderful and she invited us to respond with a life story.   The Stay the Course set was perfect for my story, I am so blessed!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Working through "A Zentangle a Day"

While dealing with the loss of mom, I have been spending a great deal of time tangling and trying to keep it together.  When I take a rest from sorting through my moms stuff, redesigning her apartment into a studio space and looking for a job I am trying the tangle exercises.
Day 1
Day 2

Day 3
Day 4

Studio picture correction

These are to corrected pictures.  The tables are put away and some of the boxes I am still sorting are all over the floor.  A work in progress.  I have plans to open up the studio for classes.  But I need to get a lot more organized.  However I had a sticker when I was younger that I agree with, "A tidy house is a sign of a miss spent life."  I love a clean house, but my art should not be the price.  Sometimes you just have to embrace the chaos.

Monday, July 8, 2013

One Zentangle a Day

For my birthday I got a book on Zentangle.  I found the book online.  However I prefer to see the book before ordering.  The nice thing is Barnes and Noble will order any book that is available for current stock.  You do not have to pay for it up front.  When it comes in you can look through the book before purchasing it.  I started reading the book and I am enjoying the challenges greatly.

Working on my studio

Can't wait to be done with the sorting and organizing. I have packed the yard sale items away for the next time. Now is the task of going through the last of the art supplies and projects. This has taken a lot more time than expected. I have several projects waiting for my time.  It is easy to get discouraged. But I just have to keep up with my short term goals and let the long term goals take care of themselves.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Sorting out after the yard sale.

The apartment after our yard sale.  Still packing stuff that was not sold and trying to organize the room.  Looking to make this into an awesome studio space.  Lots of plans, hope you keep an eye out for changes.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day a memory

As pictured, Me, Chris (Mom), Anna and Marilyn 
We went to lunch and spent some time together.  Mom was diagnosed with Leukemia February 12, 2013  and on April 10th, she passed from a heart failure.  She would have been 81 April 17.  This was a hard Mother's Day, not to say I was upset that she is in heaven.  That I know is true, it is knowing my partner, my best friend, my creative backer and precious confidant is unavailable to work with me.  I am just thankful that we had long enough for us to mend the fences that my adolescence damaged.  We spent a long time discussing the hopes and dreams of our company, planning the website, and starting to produce stock.  Now the plans have changed, but they have not been stopped.  Check out the website (still under construction):

Memories Expo 2013, lots of ideas.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Omni Art House

I am trying a new site to sell and advertise my work.  The painting block, is bought from their site, they issue a challenge and then they sell your work on their site.  This on is for their "Blockhead" challenge.  Yes "Sidhe" is purple, this winter elf is a bit different.  Does she look like something might be in big trouble?
"Sidhe" By PJ Waldrop

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Under Construction....

I want to thank The Avalon Rose for installing the Butterfly Dreams Template to my new website.  We are still getting products and pages added.  Keep looking, changes are coming.  Check it out at

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dear Abby passes.

I grew up reading the good wholesome advice written by Dear Abby.  Her daughter, and her twin sister, Ann Landers, also are in the advice business.  Today she died.  The world has lost a great woman.

I love one quote, one of many "Its only work when you would rather be doing something else."

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year

What are your new years resolutions?  As a teacher and an artist mine is to clean and organize.  You never know how much stuff you have until you pull it all out of the corners and off the shelves.  I am using my time off from school to cleanout the physical shelves and to clear the mental clutter.  I will post some before and after pictures a bit later.

May God Bless you and keep you this new year.  Remember to thank God for all your blessings and to let go of your troubles and lay them at His feet.