Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I can't always remember everything.................

........no matter how wonderful and fun and exciting and fabulous it was.

I was reading back through my blog (that I FINALLY was able to update) and I realized that I totally forgot to mention that I brought the talented Laurie Mika to Albuquerque in February to teach her Gothic Triptych workshop. What a wonderful weekend we all had making works of art.
I haven't quite finished my piece yet, but so far I am thrilled how it is turning out!

Two weekends ago we drove up to Crested Butte to visit my daughter Jennie, her husband Tim and my gorgeous, adorable, perfect grand daughter Josephine!! She loves her Grannie Annie!!
Then last weekend we flew to Chicago to celebrate the 90th birthday of my remarkable Uncle John. A devoted family man, an inspiring (now retired) coach and an all around great man. I also got to hang out with his three daughters Becky, Mary and Nancy - my cousins that I had not seen in almost THIRTY years!! My mom and two of my brothers, Tom and Tim (and two of his daughters) also were able to attend.



Next month we will be welcoming two new furry babies into our home. Meet Koko and Pearl, our new Burmese kittens. Our beloved Burmese, Muffin, passed away exactly one year ago and we decided it was time to welcome some new kitties into our lives. We are very excited!!

 Thanks for stopping by. Lots of exciting things coming up in the near future. Please come back again and I'll share some more with you!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

It's been a long time comin'

Here is what I wrote a little while ago that I thought I lost................(it was just hiding)

Well. Well. Well. Long time since I've posted. Not that I haven't tried. I've tried and tried and tried. But all I could ever do was type in a title and then Mr. Blogspot refused to let me write inside the text box. I kept getting an error message and frustration set in until I finally gave up. (Have you guessed that I'm not much of a techie?) Tonight I decided to try one more time and SUCCESS!!

So I'll give you a brief update.

The most wonderful thing that happened to me since my last post in March (really? a year ago?) was that on May 29th my grandbaby Josephine was born. I am over the moon with happiness since my daughter, my only child, swore to me she was never having children. I accepted that no one would ever call me Grannie Annie, but that is no longer the case. Josephine is a joy and I'm very excited that this coming weekend I'll be going to Colorado to hug and kiss and cuddle and spoil her. This photo was from last Christmas and my husband Ed played Santa.
Last summer Ed and I took a trip to Europe. We spent five glorious days in Paris where we met up with Judy Belcher and Julie Eakes. How exciting is THAT? Catching up with old friends in Gay Paree?

Then Ed and I took the train to Toulouse where we met up with my friend Jane and some other artists to attend a workshop with Dayle Doroshow at La Cascade in Durfort. What a marvelous time we had. We created art, went on excursions (don't get me started on how fabulous the flea markets were) and we got to see the Tour de France. Ed spent several years as a cycling coach so he was over the moon.

(That is Ed in the red shirt taking photos as the cyclists zoomed by.)

From there we went to Lausanne, Switzerland, where I lived for 14 years. The view from our rented apartment was spectacular!
(That is Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) in the background)

In September I hosted a workshop with Tracy Verdugo and it was fabulous. Tracy is a wonderful, inspiring teacher and a gentle spirit. We had lots of fun hanging out together. When the workshop was over, she gifted me with her demo piece "The Owl and the Pussycat". What a thrill. It now hangs over our fireplace and the piece I painted now hangs over my mom's bed.

The end of the year was here before we knew it (time passes more and more quickly it seems) and I have lots of fun things planned for the coming months. Just this past weekend I attended "An Artful Journey" in Los Gatos, California - a wonderful three days in Danielle Daniel and Mindy Lacefield's workshop. Here I am holding the doll I made and one of the pages I created in my new journal.
Lots more to come. Now that I've discovered how to post again there may be no stopping me!!!

Grrrrr

So...........I have not been able to post since last March......almost a year!!! Tonight I finally figured it out. I couldn't write in the text box because I needed to update my browser (can you tell I'm not a techie?)

So I just spent the last 45 minutes typing fabulously interesting news of the past year's events, complete with photos. I saved it as a draft and now I cannot find it.

Tonight I am not going to try and recreate it. I am going to go and eat some of the yummy chili my husband is cooking and watch the Oscars that he taped for me while I was attending "An Artful Journey" in California this past weekend.

More later........maybe tomorrow........


Friday, January 3, 2014

A giveaway on Kim Beller's blog

Friday, March 22, 2013

Time flies at the speed of light

I already promised you in several past blog posts that I wouldn't mention the fact that I can't believe it has been so long since I've posted. Six months. Really? So forget I said anything! But I hear you asking........"where have you been and what have you been doing?". I would love to say that I've been creating mountains of fabulous art, but alas, I've only created a few molehills. I also won't use that worn out saying "life gets in the way". My dad once said to me when I told him I hadn't had time to do something........"If you REALLY wanted to do it, you would have done it".

I must admit that a lot has been going on.....mostly wonderful.

In October (on Halloween actually) I found out my daughter, Jennie, and her husband, Tim, are expecting their first child in May. This announcement from my only child who told me "nope, never, ever, ever having kids". So I am THRILLED to become a grandmother. My new name is henceforth "Grannie Annie"!!
Ed and I went to Australia in November and had a fabulous time revisiting the beauty of Melbourne (where I lived for 12 years) and seeing all our old friends.

In February, my dad called me at work one Friday to say he was tired of me driving my 13 year old Jeep and that he wanted to buy me a new car. Really? Wow. Thanks, Dad!! It is a Honda Accord and the only thing it unfortunately doesn't do is cook dinner. Otherwise, it is full of bells and whistles and I am still trying to learn about all the lovely things it is capable of.


The next fabulous news was that my mom finally sold her house in Arkansas and moved to Albuquerque in March. She is all settled in at a beautiful retirement community and is so happy. Wednesday she went on an excursion and hiked three miles and today she is taking a yoga class. GO Mom!!


The only terribly sad event that happened this past Sunday is that our beloved 18 year old cat, Muffin, passed away. I was on my way home from visiting Jennie when she died in Ed's arms. She had been diabetic for over four years and we knew the end was approaching, but still....our hearts are breaking. We will always cherish the years we had with her. She was so special.

I am home sick with a cold today, so I thought I would take a few sniffly moments to catch up with all of you while I drink my chai tea.

Happy Spring. Go plant something. (literally or figuratively.....no matter!!)






Sunday, September 30, 2012

Living Without Guilt (as much as possible)!!

I hereby confirm that I will stop giving excuses as to why my posts are so infrequent. That is really boring to read. And if you are reading this I hope it makes you happy that you no longer have to listen to my sad stories of never having enough time to do the things I want to do.

I really DO wish there were more "me" hours in the day, but it IS my choice to fill my "spare" time (as opposed to "work" time) with the things that bring me the most pleasure so I shall instead tell you about some of the things that are currently making me happy. And I must mention that I am so very fortunate to have an unbelievably supportive husband (Ed) who does all the daily tasks (grocery shopping, cooking, vaccuuming, etc.) that allow me to do the fun things that keep me happy.

I hear you asking.....what are those fun things you do?

1) I entered several pieces of my artwork in the New Mexico State Fair this month and came home with six first place blue ribbons (three dolls, two hand made books and a polymer clay necklace), three second place red ribbons (two books and a 3-D wall hanging), and a Best of Show gorgeous purple ribbon for another hand made book. I was thrilled beyond words.


2) I am working on more pieces of art for a November show that I have been juried into. It is called "Una Vida" and you can see info about the show at www.unavidaartproject.com.

3) I am working on an Inspirational Card Deck to participate in a swap organized by Jessica Brogan. You can get information at www.insearchofdessert.com.

4) I spent a glorious day yesterday with my bestest Albuquerque friend, Cynde shopping for art supplies and books (because neither of us have enough of those things, right?) I wish all of my bestest friends could have come along with us........like Bestest Pam from North Dakota, and Bestest Jane from Florida and Bestest Maureen from Australia, and Bestest Claire from Switzerland, and.......oh heck, why do we all have to live so far apart?? I am so blessed to have wonderful friends from all over the globe and I thank the internet gods for allowing me to stay in touch with them all, even if it is from a distance.

5) I contacted Madison Steiner who runs a fabulous program called Peach's Neet Feet. Please read about it at her website www.peachsneetfeet.com. Peach's Neet Feet (PNF) is a grassroots custom shoe donation project. She organizes artists to paint shoes for children battling cancer, serious illness, and lifelong disabilities. I am excited to get my first pair of shoes to paint.

6) Ed and I are going to Australia in November for two weeks of R&R and he will be teaching at a clogging event there, too. It will be in the same venue where he proposed to me 10 years ago to the day!! So I am making lists of what to take and what to do before I go to get the house ready for the two medical students who will be housesitting and taking care of our animals.

7) I sent off my second deposit for the art retreat next year in Dufort, France with Dayle Doroshow. I've also been surfing www.airbnb.com to find a place to stay when Ed comes over to join me for a week in Paris. Won't that be a wonderful adventure? We will also be able to see the Tour de France live and in person!

So that is just a few of the things I'm doing these days, and the reason I'd really like more hours in the day and days in the week......because believe it or not, there is still much more I'd like to do!!!

hugs to all
Annie

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Really?

Really? Another two and a half months gone by? What have I accomplished? Well, certainly not a lot of blogging!! And not a whole lot of art, but hey, I've spent HOURS looking at art and reading about art and Facebooking about art. I joined Mindy Murphy Lacefield's "Paint Your Story" but haven't started actually DOING anything with it yet. But I've sure been inspired. I also just joined The Trodden Path - a ning group of artists, and I've been inspired there, too!! I signed up for the prayer flag swap which should be fun!!

So now I just have to force my inspiration to actually DO something!!!! This weekend I am bringing Ronna Sarvas Weltman in for a polymer clay and wire workshop. I KNOW I will create something wonderful this weekend. Can't wait to see her again and hang out with my polymer tribe.

I signed up to participate in The Color Run on August 25th. What could be more fun that arriving at the start line of a 5K walk/run dressed in white only to be bombarded with neon colors while meandering down the course?? I couldn't find anyone to do it with me, but as an artist, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to participate in such an awesome event. I'll post photos soon.

So off I go to eat an egg salad sandwich and find the courage to create.

hugs to all