Friday, March 4, 2011

Twisted Perception

Wow!!.... It's been forever since I've composed a blog post. Life continues, progresses, evolves, throws you curve balls, presents gifts, trips you up, slaps you in the face and laughs at you... All while you're away tending to your mundane life!!! Always changing, pushing you on your path!.... I can't begin to catch you up! I can barely keep up with myself. Focus!!!! Love>>>>>>You might never know that someone has loved you, that you never realized did... What a gift that is. But.... Had you known, it would not have had the impact that it does, much much later in life, after many heartbreaks, disappointments, challenges, and all the LIVING that it takes to truly appreciate the significance of this simple truth... Amazing!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Red Queen's Delusion... Beaded Necklace


I've finally found my true love!!! Beading! Or, more specifically, bead embroidery. I've have taken up and been intrigued by, most types of arts and crafts, ever since I was a little girl. My Grandma Nanny had me sitting at her old Singer sewing machine, making doll clothes, when I was only five years old. There have been many phases and incarnation's in my creative journey throughout the years. I've dabbled in: Sewing, wreath making, ceramic's, applique, crochet, macrame, candle making, soap making, doll making, broken china mosaic's, card making, collage, silver soldering, painting, drawing, watercolors, polymer clay, floral arranging, stained glass, and all different kinds of jewelery making... BUT now, I've found my true love... Bead weaving and bead embroidery. The piece above is the very first one I've ever done of actual embroidery on Ultrasuede. For someone who has no patience for crowds of people and HATES to talk on the phone... I have nothing but patience for this very detailed and precise type of craft. I completely lose myself in the bliss of creating with tiny beads, picked up individually on a slender needle, and placed in a mysterious flow of color and texture. Propelling into fruition an idea that only develops in my mind as I go along. I don't like to follow patterns.

I have so many ideas in my head now and not nearly enough time to devote to my new passion.


After seeing the new Tim Burton version of Alice In Wonderland, I was visually enthralled by the black/white/red/gold theme in the Red Queen's Castle, and I LOVED the dress Alice had on, made from the Queen's curtains, and so... My inspiration.

Well I'm living for the weekend.... My next project is starting to percolate in my mind, I'm picturing the blues, whites, and soft gray's of my dream place, Santorini, Greece....

Friday, February 5, 2010

Dreams of Greece



I can't believe that it's been over six months since my last post! Whaaaaat? Life just keeps fleeting by, and yet what have I really accomplished in the past six months? Oh sure, big things have changed on the work front, and yes, I've faced some really big challenges there, and overcome them (I believe)... But personally? Let's see... Nope, not so much... Where are all the drawings and paintings I should have made? All I have to show are a few sketches and a handful of cards. Hmmm, I did start fwirling and twirling some beautiful yarn into an afghan but it's only about 8 inch's in length so far.... Singing! My other love! I finally recorded a song and put it on my Facebook page... That was one of the scariest things ever!!! I'm so afraid of rejection and I hate to make myself vulnerable to criticism... But the bliss I feel when I sing is so profound that it's worth putting myself out there.... Well if I can't live my dreams, I can at least re-dream my dreams... Lets take a visual vacation, huh?




Ahhhhh Greece..... Can you just imaging trekking through all those twisty turney little streets?... The scent of Olives and bouganvilla filling the air, brilliant blue shutters against the pristine whitewashed stucco, steps leading ever onward to ledged walkways with spectacular views of the Cyclades, soft lace dancing in the open windows? Can you hear the music off in the distance? Crisp white cotton slipped over bronzed skin....





The sun has submerged itself into the ocean and it's time to go out and party!!!!




Cheers.... I mean Opa!!!







Dawn approaches. Sleep, who needs sleep?.... A swim, perhaps?






Is it even possible that some people are actually greeted with a dawn like this? Are they blessed or what?



A warm blissful cup of coffee in my quaint little cavehouse kitchen...






Another day awaits....



Do you think if I dream this dream over and over it could come true? It's okay, even if not, there is bliss and peace enough in the dreaming alone!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Anticipation....


High School.... After thirty years, it's back... My thirtieth High School Reunion is FINALLY coming up this weekend. I've been soooo excited, and amping up with anticipation for the past couple MONTHS... I really liked high school, and I was involved in the music program so that made it really fun with lots of extra curricular activities to be involved in. My high school was "Valley High and we were the home of the Vikings" in Las Vegas... The girls were called Vikettes and I even remember this silly song we all memorized and sang...







Ala mem, ala mem, ala mem yock tempo, boom diddy boom boom, mendo mendo cocken fendo, ennie beanie pepsicinni, alla bolla booba weenie, archie barchie liberarchie and his brother George, a peach a plum a half a stick of chewing gum and if you want the other half this is what you say, a men a man a mandiego san diego, hocus pocus dominocus, sis a sis a sis coom bah, Valley Vikings, Rah Rah Rah!!!



]Isn't it crazy what you remember? Here is a little vignette of some of my favorite things during my senior year... How funny!! This picture was taken in 1979 but I wish I had those shoes still, they're perfectly in style again....





What an innocent face, youth... So critical of myself at the time, wish I could have really processed and appreciated the fact that I'd NEVER look this good again...





Always the flirt, if there was a cute boy to hug you know I was doing some huggin.




Breakfast at Denny's, this was during our Reno Jazz Festival trip...






We were all piled on the bed for the leg competition....





One of my best friends, Deanna... I miss her, we lost touch over the years.





This was taken on "Grad Night" at Disneyland '79... My senior trip was so fun... BUT THAT PERM.... Hysterical!!!










This was a group picture of my twentieth reunion in '99, can't believe how fast the past ten years have gone....

So here I am poised to party my butt off with all my old and new "old" friends... Thanks to Facebook I've reconnected with other classmates and I've even made a very special friend with someone who I went to school with, but we really never knew each other that well in H.S. a shared history is an amazing adhesive in a friendship.

The entire weekend is going to be so full of fun, 70's music, dancing, dining, hanging at the pool... It all takes place at Red Rock Resort. Now that it's finally here I'm already worried that it will be over too soon. It would sure be nice to meet some fabulous man to top it all off, but I'm going to have so much fun whether I do or don't...

I'll take lots of pictures and will fill 'yall in after the big shin dig...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Facebook Graffiti...






Hi everyone... Sorry for the long delay between posts. My "Crackbook" addiction (that would be Facebook to anyone who doesn't know) has been out of control and takes up a tremendous amount of my free time. I really can't complain because it's been a lot of fun. I've reestablished some friendships with people I went to school with. We're having our thirtieth class reunion next month and so it's been fun getting reacquainted before the big get together.

Anyway, on Facebook there is this cool application called Graffiti where you can draw pictures and send them to your friends or post them to your own profile. I'm in love with it!!!

The Raggedy Ann above is my latest creation. I just finished her up right before writing this post. It's cool because you can "play" the drawing and see how it all comes together.

This next one is a strawberry that I drew this morning:





Then last night I drew this little mermaid... She isn't as good as I'd hoped, but I'll tell ya, it's really tricky trying to be precise when you're drawing with a mouse. It's not exactly easy. I really need one of those pen and tablet things that they have now for the computer.





The very first drawing I did was this butterfly. I like the quirky way it turned out. It's kinda funny because it reminds me of a toy I had when I was a kid called "Shrinky-Dinks" you drew and colored on plastic and then baked the sheets in the oven and they shrank into smaller versions of what you drew. For some reason drawings look better when you draw them bigger and then see them in a smaller version...





So anyway that's pretty much what's new... Oh I also started a new workout program with my Wii... I bought the new E.A. Sport Active for the Wii and I just love it. I'm being really disciplined and working out 5 nights a week. I feel myself getting much stronger and my stamina is returning. It's really fun to do a workout where you feel more like you're playing a game rather than feeling like your actually exercising..

Well, that's about it for this post. I'll try write again soon....



Saturday, May 2, 2009

A lovely day with nature


Today I spent a lovely, peaceful day wandering around the Springs Preserve. This Las Vegas hidden gem sprang from a strip of land known as "The Meadows", which I remember from my childhood as a cluster of mesquite trees, the tips of which you could just barely make out as you traveled on the 95 heading to either Tule Springs or Mount Charleston. There really was no other reason to go that way, because nothing else had been built WAY out there when I was a kid. I strolled around and took some shots of little vignettes that I found interesting.

When you walk in you trail along with a little flowing creek....

I loved this Horsetail Bamboo.... I need to get some of this...

Then I came upon this lovely little creature all dressed in white...

But alas her cousin "Iris" stole the show...

This was the fiery "Lady in Red"...

Then you have the "Mack-Daddy" Cacti dude....


This was one of my favorite shots... I adore paths... Any kind of PATH!!!



You can't tell from the picture, but these were huge pots...

At the rose garden section... I came upon this guy half buried in a rose bush with all his fancy pants camera equipment and tripods, taking close-ups of roses... I tried to strike up a conversation, but he was waaaaayyyy too pretentious to be talking to some amateur "point-n-click" girl.... Hmmmph....

Heading back towards the Wolfgang Puck restaurant for a little lunch... I sat on the patio which is elevated above the amphitheater and noshed on a little Caesar Salad... Cool breeze wafting around... It was such a treat... I got to listen in on two "yackety-yaks" at the next table over as they gossiped about all of their friends... (insert eye roll here)...

Finally I traipsed on down to the gift shop and bought this schmancy new ankle bracelet made in Nepal for only $3.00... Those poor Nepalese people, they work so hard and here I am having a wonderful enjoyable day, and I have the nerve to be depressed sometimes? I should be slapped!

Over and out!!! Till next time...

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Happy Gardener


I know... I fell off of the blog sphere for awhile. Well I thought I'd better get a new post written, since it's been almost two whole months.

Had to post some of my flower photos. I just love to garden. Can you imagine how happy I'd be if I lived in a climate where everything grows? We have a short spring window here, where everything is lush and new. My pink ice plants (one pictured above) are making a beautiful fuchsia spectacle of themselves. In a couple of months though, everything will be suffering as if it went through a solar fire. Luckily, my little haven of a backyard faces East, and my two story house protects most of it from the baking western exposure. This weekend, I have big plans for the backyard. New annuals and maybe I'll finally build that redwood bridge that I've been storing the wood for, for two years now. I finally finished digging trenches between all the flagstones on my patio and placing smooth river rock in between. Then I placed little turquoise, cobalt and clear marbles artfully among the rocks to simulate little glints of water. My trumpet vines are reaching up and over my wall, and I'm jealous because my neighbors to the rear get all the beauty of them on their side.




This is my little "Chaste" tree. I've been training it from a bush and I love the twisted branches.
My lovely Mesquite tree (left in the distance) is still leafless so far, but believe me, when it gets it's foliage it will blow away all it's cousins in the neighborhood. It's quite the underdog (kinda like me). When I first got it two years ago, it was nothing more than a pitiful twig. I remember my friend who procured it and planted it for me said "Sorry... it was the best one at the Nursery". Then about six months later, it got blown over by a terrible devil wind and I came home to find it laying across my driveway. I'll never forget trying to stake that poor thing, with lodge poles and a three foot sledge hammer (on a ladder and by myself) in 30 mile an hour winds. Well it's kind of like a rescued animal now, and it love's me by producing the most verdantly green leaves. I feed it Ironite and no other tree can even compare to the color. It may grow a little bit crookedly but that just adds to the charm.




Fuchsia Ice Plant, Morning Glory and Sweet Broom, make beautiful mounds around her.

I know this is a short post, but after this weekend I'll have more photos to share (hopefully).

Update: 04/20/09

Well a full weekend of gardening and my poor body is screaming... Here ar
e a couple of new pictures.