|Happy Halloween! Call me morbid. Call me weird. It is what it is and it has always been my favorite day of the whole year.|
"Haunted Houses" by Longfellow
All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses.
Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors.
We meet them at the door-way, on the stair,
Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air, A sense of something moving to and fro.
There are more guests at table than the hosts
Invited; the illuminated hall
Is thronged with quiet, inoffensive ghosts,
As silent as the pictures on the wall.
The stranger at my fireside cannot see
The forms I see, nor hear the sounds I hear;
He but perceives what is; while unto me
All that has been is visible and clear.
We have no title-deeds to house or lands;
Owners and occupants of earlier dates
From graves forgotten stretch their dusty hands, And hold in mortmain still their old estates.
The spirit-world around this world of sense
Floats like an atmosphere, and everywhere
Wafts through these earthly mists and vapours dense
A vital breath of more ethereal air.
Our little lives are kept in equipoise By opposite attractions and desires; The struggle of the instinct that enjoys,
And the more noble instinct that aspires.
These perturbations, this perpetual jar
Of earthly wants and aspirations high,
Come from the influence of an unseen star
An undiscovered planet in our sky.
And as the moon from some dark gate of cloud
Throws o’er the sea a floating bridge of light,
Across whose trembling planks our fancies crowd
Into the realm of mystery and night,—
So from the world of spirits there descends
A bridge of light, connecting it with this,
O’er whose unsteady floor, that sways and bends,
Wander our thoughts above the dark abyss.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Three NEW classes (including my special 2 day bookbinding, collage, painting with gouache, watercolors, acrylics, art journaling and MORE class) Please click here for more information
24th Laguna Beach 10-2 New Directions more info and you can sign up here
Monday, October 29, 2012
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.” Frida Kahlo
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Last night, David, Tristan and I wandered around Magnolia Street on Burbank for "Ladies Night". They held it the last Friday in October last year and I loved it then, too. Candy is given out to kids in costumes, stores are open late, food trucks are everywhere. It's a lot of fun.
We wandered up and down the street as if we were playing tourists. Sure, we stopped in at several familiar favorites (Dark Delicacies Bookstore and the soda/candy shop) but we also popped into a few new stores as well. It was a lot of fun and something I'd recommend to everyone.
Find a street to explore and check it out! Walk up and down several times taking in everything around you using your senses as much as possible. It was invigorating and makes me want to dive into my journal this morning!
Still room for any last minute folks in tomorrow's (Sunday's) class at Stampin from the Heart in L.A.! Since Zinnia closed, I don't have too many local classes on the schedule. Catch it while you can! It's one of my new favorites.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Ever since June 9th, everything seems to be a "first" as my Dad isn't around to share it with us. Today is my first birthday without my Dad. No phone call. No Happy Birthday sung off key into my phone. Not from my Dad. I do have a message of him singing to me saved on my phone. If I can bring myself to listen to it, I will. It's a sad day but my family and friends are trying to make it a happy one for me and I love them all the more for it.
One of the stories that my Dad used to love to tell is about the morning I was born. I was born nice and early at 12:45 a.m. on the morning of October 24, 1974. The doctor even thanked my Mom for having me at a decent time so that he could go home and get a good night's sleep.
After I was born, my Dad decided to go out and celebrate in his own way. He had a few beers and popped in at my Aunt Dianne and Uncle John's house. It was the middle of the night. Instead of telling them that I had been born, in his own smart ass way, he told them that he had a big fight with my Mom. This went on for a little while and knowing him, he enjoyed getting my Aunt (especially) and Uncle worked up. Then he finally told them that I had been born. They were happy but annoyed that he had spun such a yarn! No one could tell this story quite like my Dad and it always cracked him up to tell it.
So, if I'm a little sad and off today, you know why. I'm trying to take things moment by moment (instead of day by day.) I'll take the happiness along with the sadness and I'll try to make the best out of both. I'm not writing this for sympathy or birthday wishes. It's a post for me. It's for my Mom (who asked why I hadn't posted about my Dad in awhile.) It's for my son. It's for my Dad. It's just something that I had to write today. Thanks for listening.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I'm very excited to be teaching my new class, Lettering a la Kelly Style this Sunday at Stampin From the Heart in Los Angeles. It's part collage, pen work, mixed media and tons of creative inspiration all mixed together in one class. I've only taught it once and I loved every minute of it. I can't wait to teach it again this Sunday! More info here.
Did I mention that my little sister (okay, my one and only sister) has started a blog? That's her photo of my adorable little nephew, Jack, that she took. You can see her blog here. Erin is starting up a side business of taking photos for people in the South Shore area of MA. She's been a Nanny for several years now and she's excellent with kids. I've always said that she has an excellent eye for taking photos and I'm so happy to see that she's finally doing something with it!
In other news, my friend Taylor is recommending this book. I haven't seen it yet but she says I have to check it out and when Taylor talks about a book, I listen. Supermarket Sarah's blog here.
Monday, October 22, 2012
She is truly an inspiration to me and in every class I try to aspire to her level of teaching and her mind set. I can only hope to someday be even a fraction of the teacher that she was.
"The only rule is work.
IF YOU WORK IT WILL LEAD TO SOMETHING. IT’S THE PEOPLE WHO DO ALL OF THE WORK ALL THE TIME WHO EVENTUALLY CATCH ON TO THINGS."-John Cage and Corita Kent
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Random, odd fact #1018 about me: I don't like to use an x-acto knife. EVER. I prefer to cut things out slowly (but surely) with my scissors. I find it to be very meditative. Anything that needs to be torn is torn by hand or with a metal ruler.
If you're in Los Angeles, Sibella Court is coming to town! She'll be at Anthropologie in Santa Monica tomorrow (Friday) and at The French General on Saturday. I met her a little bit ago at a signing in Beverly Hills and she was very sweet. I love her books and am eager to get my hands on her latest book, Bowerbird.
Mini Blog Love:
Hinged-LOVE, love, love this!
Washi Tape Storage
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
" is Closing Our South Pasadena Brick & Mortar & Opening a New Door in the World of E-Commerce!
At Zinnia we think life is like art. It's ever changing, an must never become stale.
ZINNIA has been wonderfully successful at creating "a space for contagious creativity" and we'll continue to do so... at a New Location!
We're excited and eager to start focusing on the kind of growth that is more aligned with our new goals. Our customers and friends have made this chapter a wonderful one, and we invite you to stay tuned for our new endeavor. So, please Follow Us on Facebook and Sign Up for Our Newsletter and we’ll keep you posted on what we’re doing and where we’re going.
Onward & Upward!
Zinnia will remain open until Saturday, October 20th at 3 p.m. Select merchandise will be on sale for 50% off."
1024 Mission Street South Pasadena, CA 91030
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Lettering a la Kelly Style 10 a.m. to Noon
It's All in the Details: Exploring Visual Mark Making 10 a.m. to Noon
Looks can be deceiving. Create this surprisingly complex looking by quite easy journal with pages that flip and fold up and out. You’ve probably never seen anything like this before! The journal is also small enough to slip into your bag for on the go art journaling (I’ve worked in it on a plane, in a car, etc…) After we construct the journal, we will dive deep onto the pages spilling layers of color, texture, pattern, journaling and more. Walk out with your head spinning full of ideas and inspiration!
Monday, October 15, 2012
Spending the afternoon working in my journal. Planning. Making preparations for some new ideas, new journeys, new paths. The last few months have been full of change and learning how to acclimate to those changes.
"One day you finally knew what you had to do,and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice--though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. "Mend my life!" each voice cried. But you didn't stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough,and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do--determined to save the only life you could save."
Sunday, October 14, 2012
It's heating up again. I'm eager to wear long sleeves and breathe in air that is crisp and cool. Longing for so much right now. Autumn is my most favorite season and I can't wait until she sets up shop in Los Angeles for more than a couple of days.