Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dear Grandma,

My grandma helped me today.
I was in a really bad way.
I was stuck in an emotional black hole.
The vacuum pressure was sucking me deeper.

I stopped and thought about my grandma.
About how much I missed her.
How much I wished she were still here to give me advice.
Her advice was alway so practical and smart and firm.
Her guidance dished out so matter of fact with a side of love.

I pictured myself going to her Catholic Church (which has also left this earth).
I imagined myself sliding into a pew and kneeling in prayer.
I imagined her rosary and how it would feel in my hands.
I imagined finding her spirit there.
I cried. She heard me.
The answer was loud and clear.

Peace came over me.

Where did the message come from?
It was so clear. So real. So matter of fact.
So Grandma.

I heard my Grandma speak to me.
Not with my ears. With my heart.
She is still with me, a part of me, always will be.
I draw from her faith. The strength she left behind.
Instilled in me through years of love, guidance and care.
I keep her alive through my love for her.
Love that is undying.

Dear Grandma,
Thank you for always being there for me. 
I love you.

Sunset. Highway26. Year 2008. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Creative Juicing

Howdy Strangers!

It's been a while since I have been a regular blogger. The hiatus was well served and well deserved. Getting back into groove is proving harder than I thought it would be. In order to get my creative juices flowing, I have decided to tap into the ripe fruit of a local artist. This artist is so local, I simply turned around and asked some questions!

Interview with 9 y/o daughter
Interviewer (that's me!): "Why do you create so much art?"
Artist (Darling Daughter): "Because I have to and it makes me happy.
Interviewer: "How do you decide what you're going to make?"
Artist: "Ideas just pop into my head."
Interviewer: "When you are creating, do you always know how you want it to look when it's done?"
Artist: "No. Sometimes I start making something and it decides how it wants to be. Sometimes I just sit down to draw and the picture comes out."
Interviewer: "How do you know when it's done?"
Artist: "It's done when I say it's done."

Words of wisdom and lots of creative juice here!

Bow, arrows, and quiver  created with the help of creative brother. Quiver made of cardboard, gift wrap & yarn. Bow & arrows are made from bamboo and yarn. Shirt & necklace by Darling Daughter Designs.

This diorama was in an art show. See the little fishy in big fishy's mouth? Fish are ceramic. Underwater world made of paper and imagination. Rocks are the real deal.

Darling Daughter's directions on "How to make a stuffie."  (stuffed animal)
Original design!

Directions for head.

DD sketch contemplation on "what to wear for Halloween".

Friday, September 7, 2012


I snagged these beauties at the local farmer's market.
Aren't they gorgeous?
The one on the left is called a Teddy Bear Sunflower.

Have a brilliant weekend!

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