Wednesday, February 17, 2016


We are out in Tucson for the week enjoying a respite from the freezing cold as well as visiting our lovely, lovely home here. Each time I come here I love it even more. The weather has been sublime and we have been swimming every day.

On Sunday we were able to catch the final day of the gem show. I bought myself a lovely Netsuke. My aunt in California collects these and I was inspired to begin my own small collection. So this is my first piece. My grandson loved the malachite and so he purchased this piece:

My husband also purchased a couple of lovely mineral specimans.

Today we are going to visit the University for my grandsons first college tour. That should be inspiring for him.

We look forward to moving out here permanently in June of 2018. For now we are grateful to have this lovely home as a sanctuary from our stressful lives.

Monday, February 8, 2016


Forgive me, I have been really neglectful of my blog lately. I have actually been more active on Instagram. I like Instagram because I can post my work and if I don't feel like chatting I don't have to. This piece is part of the handlettered-ABCs challenge that I am still involved in. This week we are to design our names and tell a bit about ourselves. I drew it first and then used the pen tool to draw it in Illustrator.

 I still love my blog though and I can never totally abandon it.

Last week I had a very big birthday. Well big for me anyway. It is the oldest I have ever been!  We had a lovely dinner out, just the three of us at our favorite place across the street, Lineage.

Today is a snowy day. In fact they cancelled school because of it.

Next week we head out to Tucson for February vacation. It will be a sight for sore eyes again of course. I am hoping to get down to Tubac this time to get some things to decorate my home out there.  I am hoping to get some Mexican rugs to hang on the walls in lieu of artwork. All my art is still here with me in Boston and it will be a while before I can ship it out there.

I have been also doing some design work for the condo association in Tucson as well as the Neighborhood Watch Association. It has been fun to design for them and it keeps me engaged with my new community, especially now that I can't move out there yet.

I am looking forward to seeing friends and being warm.