Thursday, August 30, 2012


Off to Two Crow Cottage to play in the wonderful organic clay, and Dear Sweet Nina presented me a very thoughtful gift that she acquired at the Cragsmoor Library Sale...I love them...~  dominos...I ignored the clay while I just dumped them out to play with them, and since I am a LOVER OF PASSION...well here you have it!!! 
A fun gift from Nina...

Fun clay tiles and buttons and an incense burner for my "passion" incense...
The large tiles will be bisque fired, then painted and fired again...
minis will fire just once! 


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Play Day

It's a very productive Sunday!
The sheets are drying on the line, (for there is nothing finer than air dried bed sheets)...the kitchen sink is empty and shining bright (which makes me smile), and it is relatively quiet.

Thankfully, that is, after a Saturday morning rush to URGENT CARE with our oldest daughter for what looked to be Anaphalactic Shock... We are breathing a big sigh of relief, as she is on the mends from a severe allergic reaction to something, that is yet to be determined. Up all night with worry gave me the opportunity to plan a Sunday at home instead of at Long Beach Island with some close friends...

So, born today is a new batch of "Passion" incense which is drying along side the mini clay incense burner I made for Mary, a true HIPPIE friend at work.  There are 3 mini clay tiles drying, too, that will adorn the 3 lucky herbal soaps that Nina has made for a new friend we made at the 
Little World's Fair in Grahamsville.

The clay, is not quite leatherhard in order to file the edges...but, soon...then the glazing, which always turns out to be an experiment in its own right.  Next week, we'll take a batch of glazed items to Gen's to fire in her kiln.  A very nice arrangement, indeed!

I am continuing the "relentless" pursuit of inner peace and enlightenment as
my husband of 25 years, and I, give in to the harsh reality of our
3rd and youngest child entering her senior year of high school!
Where does the time go?  It is truly BITTERSWEET
So, as I, the MOM, try to figure out what comes next, I'm keeping busy with plenty 
of my favorite items on hand with which to create...chaos...



Monday, August 20, 2012

I Love My Job...

And who doesn't love Dennis???  Except for maybe, Mr. Wilson...
Local artist, and Dennis the Menace illustrator visits the local library!
And HOORAY for me!  My very own picture of Dennis reading a book!
You can also find Dennis on a US Postage stamp.  We were lucky enough to have the 
first day of issue at our local post office with the artist in hand to autograph.

Thank you Ron Ferdinand!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Into the Woods...

It is peaceful living in the woods, that is once you get used to the night noises of the owls, and of course the serenade of the summer peepers.  The first time I heard a pileated woodpecker, I was waiting for something to come flying out at me swinging from vine to vine.  The cicadas song is a constant buzz, a seemingly distant sound, of which you don't even hear, unless you really listen.  For it is ever present.  There is nothing more peaceful than to awaken with the sun and the songs of so many different birds.  And of course, the black crows, or ravens who visit me, carrying a message from Nina, remind me of how to adjust my own life flight plans, when the winds blow into my life.   There truly is magic in everyday, and we must be ever watchful, lest we miss the opportunity to respond with creativity, and yes, PASSION!!!

Now this one must be a "passion" mushroom, heart shaped dual caps, MELD INTO ONE!

Sunday was a time for reflection.  I even walked barefoot in the light rain through the grass.  And walking through the woods always produces some thought provoking inspiration from which to draw on for yet another project.  For after all the rains, the tornado, hail, crazy weather of late, topped off by the 90 - 100 degree temperatures, there lies on the mossy woodland floor an array of beautiful mushrooms.  Yes, fungi...some so teeny tiny they are smaller than the smallest of acorns.  They are red in color, same color of "passion".  Some are yellow, and brown, some are spotted and there are white ones with the most amazing patterns under their CAPS.



They are beautiful in their own right, and some are even poisonous but yet, they sit undisturbed, reaching up out of the ground for me to capture
and share with you. 
  I think they smile at this destiny.  ENJOY!