I'm commited to working in this blog. In sharing the adventures I have as I venture into art, craft, life and healing from the deep scars of severe depression. I'm happy you're here looking and sharing in what is my small world.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Ripple-A-Long finished product!



I never thought I’d finish, but I did! I made it WAY to wide, so I turned it vertically and called it done! It still nearly fits across my queen sized bed! It’d fit a double bed no problem.


It’s Bernat “Berella”, Wool-Ease, Vanna’s Choice…..all from my stash. All acrylics and one strip of “washable wool” I wanted to use up. It’s not the ripple-a-long pattern, but one my mom knew. Super easy to follow really.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

In lieu of nothing of my own to post…


I’m glad to be back “Online”. More or less. Thanks to returning to working at home…I can be. Not to the extent that I’ve lived my life online before, but I can at least once again bring my "online” world back into the fold.

I’m glad to see somebody whose art I admire a lot is back to making instructional Youtube videos. I have to hand it to people who do this, because I know it has to take up a lot of time and effort to put out these ‘freebies’ for the rest of us. Those like me who are random explorers of the world of art, who’ve never taken any sort of class in a classroom. Who are shy about it. Those of us who struggle for inspiration to keep pursuing art journaling. Or art in general.

So, that being said. Check out Comfortable Shoe Studios and the amazing You tube videos put out there.  Other favorites are The Artistic Biker, Diana Trout, and Milliande. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll be comfortable enough to put my own stuff out there?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

52 books in 52 weeks: I’m up to 48!


  1. What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz (finished 1/2/11)
  2. Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (finished 1/5/11)
  3. The Book Thief (Finished 1/6/11)
  4. Collage Journey (Finished 1/9/11)
  5. Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton (Finished 1/14/11)
  6. Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton (Finished 1/15/11)
  7. Roma by Steven Saylor (audiobook finished 1/15/11)
  8. Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton
  9. Mercy by Annabelle Josef (Finished 1/23/11)
  10. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin


  1. Living Magical Arts by R.J. Stewart
  2. The White Queen By Phillipa Gregory
  3. Collage Unleashed By Traci Bautista
  4. Making handmade Books By Alisa Golden


  1. A Clash of Kings George R.R. Martin
  2. Advanced Magical Arts by R.J. Stewart


  1. A Song of Swords George R.R. Martin
  2. True Vision by L.K. Ludwig
  3. Life’s Companion by Christina Baldwin
  4. Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts
  5. Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker
  6. Singing the Soul Back Home by Caitlin Matthews


  1. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  2. Celtic Religion in Pre-Christian Histoy Edward Anwyl
  3. Maggie’s Mates by Bronwyn Green
  4. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  5. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris


  1. Dead as a Doornail By Charlaine Harris
  2. Definately Dead by Charlaine Harris (I also caught up completely with the series on TV, thanks to HBOgo!)
  3. Altogether Dead by Charlaine Harris
  4. Spirit in the Wires By Charles De Lint


  1. From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris
  2. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  3. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin


  1. The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory
  2. The Bolyen Inheritence by Phillipa Gregory
  3. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory
  4. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris


  1. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
  2. The minimalist by Francine Jay
  3. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  4. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris


  1. Hood by Stephen Lawhead
  2. Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (re-read but…I can’t help it!)
  4. The Help by Katheryn Stockett


  1. Water for Elephants
  2. The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Total: 48

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A return to the blog-o-sphere

Yes, I am returning after a brief respite from being wordy, witty and wise. My life has cumulated once again into chaos, careening carelessly through an array of changes. Mostly for the better but some have been a bit hard.

For instance, my telecommuter status was temporarily revoked, leaving me almost no time not spent commuting to and fro across the state of PA in a state of drudgery known as work. This was all a result of a power trip by my curly headed boss lady who likes to flex her authority. It makes her feel better about herself. She’s not really smart, you see, and I am, so she takes it out on me. Or at least that’s how I like to imagine it, in my poorly self esteemed state. At any rate she decided my work was ‘inadequate” and made me go back into the office for a month to redeem myself. But never fear, blog readers. I’ve returned for the time back to home, feeling more chaffed than humbled and more irritated than corrected.

Secondly, I moved. Back in with my folks. Oh yes. Oh boy. Why, would I undertake such an undertaking, you ask? I’m 31 years old! “GET a damn job and support yourself!” I can hear you screaming it as you read. Well, it’s not that at all. See, they need goes the other way. My folks need ME. Failing health, failing grandparental health and multiple special needs kids running amuck and it’s to much to handle on my menopausal mother’s nerves, so I came back in to try to create a measure of calm control…..or something like that. Partly too, the move was aimed at Simon. As I’ve blogged before, he’d chosen previously to live here, at home with grandma and grandpa as opposed to living with me. Well, this weighed on me more an more and I decided that my being here was the best solution, rather than forcing him to move back ‘home’. So here I am, in a house with, at this time, 8 people. Two parents, two grandparents, two sisters, my son and myself. Oh, and two dogs of differing temperaments. It’s a blast! Really, it is. It’s busy and chaotic but there’s support and love by the barrelful.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to these past few months. Trying to tread water, trying to participate in NaNoWriMo, trying to find a niche of time to call my own, to art journal and sketch. It’s been a busy few months, but I’m glad to be back!