Monday, March 31, 2014

Rich You Wills

I've always been fascinated by how creative people choose to spend their day. This book is a peek into the lives of many masters of their art form and how they schedule(d) their daily rituals. Some choose a path using some "help" to stay inspired that eventually catches up with them. Some exercise daily. Some sleep a lot. Some hardly sleep at all. A few may surprise you and make you wonder how they ever work on their art form with such a schedule!
 Daily Rituals: How Artists Work is writer Mason Currey's first book focusing on the working, living, and sometimes quirky habits of nearly 200 masters of their chosen field. A fascinating study of how artists choose their helpful and sometimes not so helpful habits. A book that certainly makes one reflect on their own process choices.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Number Crunching

I understand how people with insomnia sometimes turn to prescriptions to get the sleep they need to make through the next day. But if you’re into natural cures…doing taxes…even with such cuddly help…is the best insomnia cure ever! 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Some Warmth Amidst the Arctic Freeze

Usually I avoid Winter travel. But this month we slipped in between the cracks of the ongoing Arctic Freeze to celebrate a special birthday.

Happy 90th to the one who:
  • ·      Raised me to consider the “make it yourself” philosophy when desiring a mass-produced item. She, being an artist, also taught me to purchase from fellow artists.
  • ·      Teaches by example… how to nourish our temple and take care of ourselves using natural options, avoiding prescriptions, if at all possible.
  • ·      Shares a love of nature and art that makes every day a multi-sense-filled experience.

    • ·      Surrounded me with creativity, art, dance, music, health, healing and beauty when not all in the world supported those things
    •      Stocked up on our fave comic books when we kids were out of school, sick. Yes comic books! (Richie Rich, Archie and Jughead, Little Lotta, Wendy, Casper the friendly ghost, for me. Peanuts books, Mad Magazine, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern for my brother.) These all were a huge childhood influence to my drawing.  She also made little books with original stories and we were to draw the illustrations. Kinda makes one too busy having fun to realize they’re sick.
    •          Put meals on the table despite an exhausting/demanding University schedule and later a challenging Jr High Art Teacher’s career.
    •           Is currently appointed mayor of bird, squirrel and chipmunk city by the local wildlife. She keeps them well nourished, as she has done with her family.
    • ·       Is responsible for my knit addiction that started when she took me to learn to knit at a local knit shop in 1965!
    • ·      Created sweet little drawings and notes I’d find in my school lunches. I enjoyed that so much I did the same to my little girl's school lunches. I would not be surprised if that practice is passed down to future generations.

    • ·      Introduced me to kitties which turned into a life-long love.

    This list is far from done. I know I’ll wake up in the middle of the night often and wish I added more to this list.

    Happy Birthday, Mom!  Thank you for being such a creative, artsy influence! I hope your birthday wish comes true!

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

    That "In Your Face Lesson"

    In your face!

    It's been a roller coaster of a year in 2013. I'm asking everyone, "What was the one lesson you learned in 2013 that's motivating change in your life now and in 2014?" It's not that we don't learn many lessons in one year...I'm just asking for that one in your face lesson that has moved you to action. 

    For me, two local people I knew lost their lives, unexpectedly.  And a sudden serious illness for my sweety cat, left him in so much pain he couldn't eat or drink for days and lost his sparky personality, turning into a listless shell of himself. All left me shocked and in pain and strongly what it is you love NOW! No future plans to visit "Someday Isle/I'll." Incorporate what's important to you (even if it's the tiniest step of your passion) into your daily life. Now. Don't let the world endlessly dictate what's important to you. Let your heart tell you. See where it leads you.

    For me, it's design. So this is what is priority in my days. Design can branch into many help the world venues too.
    How about you? If you read this matter who you are, share what your in your face lesson was for 2013 and what you're going to do about it now and in 2014.
    I wish you a passionate and peaceful year of following your heart in 2014!

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Couture and More in a Can!!!

    I'm always intrigued when a designer invents something that takes on a life of its own. Have you ever done that with items you've designed? You invent it with your intention and then it takes on more possibilities way beyond your intended idea, giving it even more value!

    Fabrican has been around since 2010 and was inspired by one innovative designer observing the qualities of Silly String. But it can be used for anything from fashion, to upholstery, to on-the-spot tea towels, to medical bandaging, automotive uses, cleaning, and who knows what else! (I'm thinking...graffiti that can be removed from a wall and it's respected instead of seen as destroying property?)

    The aerosol and polymer environmental issues may still need some tweaking, (Is it BPA-free? What is inhaled?), but the whole concept and limitless uses for such an invention are exciting and certainly make me want to go into the studio and finish up some inventions. I hope this inspires you to finish up those UFOs as well.

    Check out the possibilities on their site:

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Weekend In NYC-- A Brief Culture Fix

     My local bank teller was glowing. Why? She was telling her coworkers about her recent visit to NYC. Something about visiting come home with that glow of being culturally well-fed with inspiration and excitement!
    Last month, I went to my baby girl's special engagement party in NYC. It was the best party I've been to in life! I went with a favorite friend and we had a blast at the party and also exploring mostly the fashion district and the foodie district.
    This is a shot of Times Square at night....crowded as ever and as bright as day with all the lights. There were a multitude of tall Statue of Liberties, Minnie Mousetypes, and Hello Kitties there to pay to have your pic taken with. I also heard that the Naked Cowboy now is franchising his role out to another Naked Cowboy in Times Square too.  I guess his biz is doing well during this economy. Am I in the wrong business?!
     We visited opening day of the Gay Fashion exhibit at FIT gallery and also saw the Against the Grain Exhibit at the MADD museum. Unfortunately, taking pix is not allowed at either, so this Fashion District icon will have to symbolize the lovely memories we had at the exhibits.
     Then, of course, was Mood Fabrics. I had many a worker at Mood searching for Swatch (their Mascot celebrity guard pup--see the July blog entry for a visual) when I got to Mood and he was nowhere to be found. I think he had the weekend off and was out resting from his in-shop naps and fabric guard duty.
     We didn't really do more than walk through the MOMA lobby on a Saturday....just to get a shot of Saturday visitors.

    There was just too much creativity in the streets to see to spend the entire day in exhibits.

     This shop is a MUST for creatives!!!! Beads World at 1384 Broadway. It is Embellishment Heaven! Here, my awesome travel pal, is giving you a Vanna White welcome.
    Wherever I travel I try to visit the area's bead shops, but so far out of all the bead shops I've encountered...this one is the most exciting. So well stocked! They have a web site too, but there are things in the store that just aren't listed online.
     Can you see how someone can spend hours in Beads World???
    Like I said, just window shopping in the Fashion District is like going to a gallery. There are shops that specialize in just trim. Even one that specializes in just zippers, but cool ones.
    This is another shop I highly recommend visiting when in NYC! If you are a foodie looking for exotic ingredients...this is THE place to find them. Kalustyan's at 123 Lexington between 28th and 29th. I found a very hard-to-find Chinese cooking wine there and was ecstatic! Of course, my food purchases added about 40 pounds to my luggage weight, but it was worth it.

    This was my fave window display. Botticelli on the soles of mens' shoes! That brand mark placement is a little risque! This creative shoe embellishment makes me wonder if there are lady shoes with Statue of Davids on the soles to balance out the symbolism.
    I heard both Jane LaFazio and Lindsey Lohan were in NYC the same weekend I was. Despite all the exploring we did....we didn't run into either of them.
    There is no better city to explore to get that flying culture lift than NYC!
    Thank you for the lovely party, baby girl! Thank you for joining me on the journey, awesome travel pal! And for those reading this entry...I hope the pix and shop recommendations inspire your next NYC exploration journey!

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Curiosity is our Best Teacher

    I don't know about you and your cat, if you have one.....but I've never owned a cat that didn't run in terror from that scary huge loud mechanical monster that sucks up the little life crumbs and cat hairs that collect. That's what makes this video so entertaining! If you're checking this video out on You careful of becoming addicted to the other videos on cats around computer printers, mirrors and other cat curiosities.

    I have one cat who is trained to use the toilet and another who flushes the toilet. The problem is they both do their magic in different bathrooms. I wish I could get them to work together. I think life is begging for a video there.

    This next video is called "Funny Cat Compilation," but to me, it's more shocking than funny because kitties prove that curiosity is a vital step to wisdom. If you don't have this kind of time to be doing kitty video viewing...don't miss the 4:59 to 5:53 kitty.