Sunday, June 24, 2012


A good friend of mine lives in Providence, Rhode Island and invited me to join her for an evening of free swing dancing to a live band at Waterfire.  Well how could I resist such a fun idea?

There was much fun and dancing up a storm.


There was also a procession of torches...

and of course, fire along and on the river (hence the event's name)

All in all I had such a lovely evening with fun and good friends.  It reminded me that I really need to go out dancing more often.  And that there are fun affordable things to do all around New England this time of year.  I hope to take part in more of them.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

self portraits past

It has been a while since I've done much photography.  But for a few years I was taking a self portrait every day as part of the 365 Days project on Flickr.  I am still very happy about what I learned doing that (about photography, but also about body image and about myself in general).

Today I was thrilled to discover that one of my favorite self portraits was chosen to be featured on the Flickr blog.

Here is the photo on its own:

The left half is a photo my father took of me when I was around 8 years old.  I get any hint of photography talent I might actually have from him so it seems only appropriate that this image should get the most attention of pretty much any one that I have taken.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Sorry for the radio silence the last few months.  Getting settled into my new job and setting up shop there has been more time consuming than expected.  My online presence has suffered greatly, but here are some pretty photos of the early blooming cheery tree that my hubby planted for me last year.  Happy Spring everyone!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Giveaway on Fair Ivy!

If you don't know about Fair Ivy surprise package subscriptions I'm here to let you know that you are missing out! If you know someone who enjoys surprises and likes handmade items then you really need to check them out. The basics of how Fair Ivy works are that you purchase a "surprise box" (or better, a subscription for a box-of-the-month) and while you don't know exactly what will be inside that box, you can rest assured that at least some of the items will be lovely handmade pieces sure to brighten up your day. They have an array of box types so you can send one to a woman, a man, a teen/tween, or even a pet. I hope that they'll expand eventually to include a crafters box with fun assortments of surprise supplies (try to say that ten times fast)! Because that would be a box I would LOVE to have.

 Each month is a whole new group of items, so another new batch of handmade crafters and artists have supplied some of the surprises. All in all, I think it is a great gift idea, plus what's not to love about supporting more handmade artists? So, to show my support I have donated a piece to the Fair Ivy blog's "sprizes" giveaway!

So how do you enter to win this lovely necklace? Head on over to the Fair Ivy Blog and click on the "sprizes" link in the top toolbar, then just enter in your name and email. That's it!

 And you won't only be entered into the drawing for my piece, because what would be the fun surprise in that? You could be chosen to win one of the many donated items given to the site by folks like me who want to see this unique service succeed and grow.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Collection Time Again

My paper crafts generally take a back seat to my jewelry making, not because I enjoy the making of them any less really... but I tend to be more easily distracted by shiny beads than by pretty papers.

So it always makes me extra pleased when any of my cards or tags get noticed. It was lovely to come home today and find notification that I was included in this lovely Rainy Day Collection on

Monday, August 22, 2011

Front Page BABY!

I'm just super happy that the black and white collection I made a couple days ago (and posted here most recently) made it to the front page of and is there RIGHT NOW!!!

Just had to share. :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Black and White and Bold New Collection

I found myself in a graphics, black-and-white, mod kind of mood today so I put together this collection over on ArtFire. Who needs color when you have this much style?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Zombie Awareness Collection

I'm thrilled to have one of my fun recycled domino pendants in this fun zombified collection over on Artfire!