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RIP Farrah Fawcett & Michael Jackson...

I just wanted to take a moment to pay tribute to these two people. I detest the way
the media has turned actors and musicians as well as athletes into heroes. BUT...
I do have to say that these 2 people conjure up such great memories and times in my life. Every girl I knew in the 70's wanted Farrah's hair, including myself.
And every guy I knew was in love with her and had a poster of her in their bedrooms!
Such a sad ending to her life...
Thoughts go out to those who really knew her and loved her.


And the even BIGGER story is Michael Jackson....
I fell in love with his music in Jr. High. We all used to sing in the locker room after gym class. AS a tribute I added the song "I'll Be There" to my playlist.
That was the first song I fell in love with.
When he ventured out on his own, I still loved his music and remember the very
early days of MTV and his amazing videos. Of course by then I was in my 20's and my friends and I would gather together around the TV and dance t…

"summertime & the living's easy....."

We went from very cool, rainy weather to the dog day's of summer in a heartbeat here in the windy city! It feels more like the tropics. But as a friend of mine reminded me...enjoy it now because before long the temps will be back in the subzero range!

My summer is flying by at lightening speed with my daughter home from school. We are being a little lazy but I think I've needed it. I have finally spent a couple hours in my studio and realized just how much I've missed being in there in spite of loving every minute with her. Right now her boyfriend has come for a visit and I will get to spend a lot more time in the studio since he is stealing her away from me
for the time being. He came all the way from Memphis on a train to see his sweetheart! Young love is so cute!

First photo is a wonderful piece of artwork from my MAHVELOUS friend Alberta! She is such a talented artist and a special blog friend. She posted this along with a wonderful tribute to girlfriends. Go check out he…

Friday Freebie...

Another vintage image, this time a woman who is probably much younger than she appears.Why do you suppose their faces always look so stern or unhappy? Was it the corsets or maybe just the fact that they were considered second class citizens?
I can't even begin to imagine what life must have been like for our grandmothers, great-grandmothers and beyond... Of course there were exceptions to the rule. There were women who charted their own paths and didn't listen to the rules of society when it came to living their lives. I admire them quite a lot! But I can't help but feel some sort of admiration to all those who didn't step to the 'beat of their own drummers'. They were also silent heroes--living quietly and accepting their 'place' in society. Women WERE and STILL ARE the center of the home, whatever path they have chosen.
So today's freebie is a tribute to ALL women-past & present. For those who are charting their own course and for those who a…

Happy Surprise & Friday Freebie....

A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of a giveaway on my friend Janine's blog.
She painted this lovely little painting of an angel and I just received it in the mail. Thank you so much Janine! She's adorable and I will find a worthy spot for her in my house. If you don't know Janine, go check out her blog. She does wonderful paintings that make you smile : )


So here's another Friday Freebie. It's another cabinet card and I really like this one! I actually printed it onto a transparency and then transferred it to fabric
and used it in one of my little crazy quilts. I posted it a while back, here's the link to that post. If you do take a look at it, you will notice that I played around with it
in photoshop before printing. I turned it into a solar effect. The little girl ended up with a bright yellow dress & background and then I used some Shiva oil sticks on it to give it a little more color.


It's been a somewhat busy week and I haven't been around to a…

Freebie Fridays

I'm taking a little step back from my artwork for a while to 'hang out' with my daughter. I still feel the need to stay somewhat connected to my blog and the
friends I've made, SO I'm going to start sharing some of my MANY vintage photos. I have made a few pieces of art with them but not a lot. It's one of those things where I just HATE to use the actual photos and I just haven't gotten around to printing out any of the pictures. I did play around with a few in photoshop but never created much with them. I have actually used 4 original cabinet cards in my artwork in the past and then
felt guilty by using the original. Go figure? I think it has to do with the fact that
they were someone's family. Anyway, I need to get over it and start sharing if I'm not going to jump in and do anything with them.
Please feel free to use them and then share your work with me. And if you do use them
I'd appreciate an acknowledgment in your blog.
Thanks and happy crea…

Mentally, I'm still in vacation mode....

Wow! I can't believe I've been to sunny FL and back. I've missed so much on everyone's blog. It will take a while to catch up with everyone. Although with my daughter home for the summer I have a feeling that my blogging as well as my artwork is going to slide a bit. So forgive me if I don't post or comment very often.
Spending time with her right now is more important as I've realized kids grow up way too fast and take off on their own so quickly that I'm going to savor time with her this summer. She may not come home at all next summer. She's thinking of staying at college and working. So I'll take a bit of a break from art and blogging. Not totally
withdraw but step back a bit, so I can be available to take off and go with her to the lake or shopping or even go to yoga together.
As I promised on my last post, I am posting photos from my trip to FL.
First photo is from the back deck, looking out over the intercoastal waterway at sunset.
Next photo is M…