Monday, September 28, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! It has certainly been a whirlwind of a week here! This past Friday, Dennis & I realized a dream and headed to NYC to attend the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Madison Square Garden. It was one of those "once in a lifetime moments". It began with a concert that featured Martin Sheen & Rosanna Scotto introducing Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Hudson, Harry Connick, Jr., Kelli O'Hara, Norm Lewis, and a choir from the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem, all singing religious selections. Needless to say it was quite a warm up.
It was a packed house and on arrival, the Pope rode around in a golf cart greeting the crowd before going backstage to vest for the mass. If you are Catholic, or even if you are not....Let me say this was one of the most thrilling experiences of our lives. It was electric, moving, and very evident that we were in the presence of Holiness.

Now, having recovered from that, packing is in full gear and we head to the next adventure in Stockholm. You can read about the reason for this trip, here. I do have a little more exciting news to share, and that is that the evening before the exhibition opening, we have been invited to an exclusive "book launch" party--family, friends, & VIPs. So, the book will be coming out at the same time after all, and yes, some of my work is featured. It just happens that the day of this extra surprise comes on my birthday! This whole thing is surreal to me!

How I ever had time to create anything is beyond me, but here is my signature piece, a french beaded ring of roses:

I'll be taking an extended Fika or Swedish coffee break. I've been doing some research on traditional foods and drinks in Sweden, and it appears they are more coffee than tea drinkers. In any case, they usually enjoy a sweet with their coffee....so I am looking forward to trying some local favorites. Linking up with T Stands for Tuesday, and I will try to visit as many participants as possible before we leave.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! It's Tuesday and time to link up with Elizabeth and see what the rest of the T Tuesday gang are up to. There have been a lot of ups and downs here lately, but I am doing my best to separate myself from the drama and just be in the moment happy.
It has cooled off significantly here, but I am showing the cold brewed tea I was drinking last week when we had yet another wave (I hope the last!) of high temps and humidity. When we go walking every morning it is nice and cool, and the leaves are beginning to decorate the path with splotches of red and gold. I've been doing some beading....
Even though Lily of the Valley are Spring flower, they are quick and among my favorites to make.  I am working on a ring of roses and have some Autumn ideas in mind, too.

I am now able to share my upcoming vacation plans to Stockholm! Here is a link to the main reason for my visit. Ragnar has been commissioning beaded flowers from me since early 2012, some of which (along with other beaded flower artists he has collected) will be in this exhibition.  He visited New York City in December of 2013, and the three of us went down to meet him. He told me about his very extensive collection of vintage and contemporary beaded flowers and his interest in the history of the art.  At the time I thought I was meeting a buyer that I "knew" through Etsy, but the day turned into a blur when he told me he was planning an exhibition and a book that he wanted me to be a part of. A few days after that meeting, he and a friend who arrived to join him from Sweden traveled up to our home for a wonderful afternoon and lunch. He has worked tirelessly to bring his dream of an exhibit and book to reality, and it is going to be a real pleasure to share his moment with him!

Now, as if that was not excitement enough....Dennis & I are 99.9999% sure we will be able to attend the Mass at Madison Square Garden that will be celebrated by Pope Francis when he visits NY in a little over a week. We are just waiting for the actual paper tickets to arrive at our Parish.

So it is no wonder I have had little time for art lately! Oh, the sewing machine has been out, but clothing alterations has been its focus! 

Thanks for visiting! I'm looking forward to what everyone is up to this week!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Oh how I wish.....


I was there right now!

On any beach...anywhere!

Just watching life go by.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must
carry it with us or we find it not.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson



(Yes, I painted this in oils on masonite in 2006)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for joining me today with my healthy glass of water, a visit with the T Stands For Tuesday gang, and some art to share.
I took this photo of my avocado this morning. It seems to be doing well, but it has not really grown much in the last couple of weeks.  Somehow, I thought after I planted it, it would grow faster. I have much more patience with my slow-growing cacti than I do with this pit, but as long as it keeps going.......

It is no secret that I am not a paper artist, mixed media artist, I don't scrapbook, or otherwise design with paper.  I don't know how to collage and make it look good. I tend to overthink everything paper to the point where it takes me a ridiculously long time to complete a project. So I was thrilled when Diane posted a tutorial on how she makes her collages. She really inspired me to give it a try--I am good at step by step! So after reading her tutorial several times, I set out to try to make one of my own.

Basically, I like my result but I think it looks a little bottom heavy...what do you think? Does it flow or do your eyes just drop down and stay there?
I tried not to overdo the pen work,
and tried to repeat some of the shapes.

I really appreciate the tutorial, Diane, and am inspired enough to try it again sometime!

I'm off for my daily 3 mile walk and will visit everyone a little later on today!