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Just spent 5 wonderful days in the FL Keys, 4 with long time friends which was  lots of fun and relaxing, great scenery, food, wine, a little biking and a great sunset in Key West which was lots of laughs too.  Our friend Sher rented a nice house on a canal overlooking a nature preserve for the little Key Deer that are there, and yes, we saw several.  Also alligators, turtles and LOTS of birds.  We spent an afternoon in the Bahia Honda State Park snoozing on the beach, walking on the old bridge and through the park some.  Our friends had to leave early Sunday morning and we spent all day Sunday back at the park.  It was too windy for good snorkeling so we laid on the beach, rode the clown (folding) bikes, (Thanks Dylan and Barb for the loan!), and bird watched.  On the way home we picked up some very fresh Gulf Shrimp and cooked up a fine dinner!

This morning we hit the road again and headed back to Ft.Meyers so we can go shelling for a few days on Sanibel Island which should be very good since a storm has gone through.  Ted found a few good records at some thrift shops along the road,  listening to Anita O’Day now, no surprise, we travel with a record player…doesn’t everyone?  I’ll  add a few photos tonight.  Gypsy Annie signing out.

Today we went to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island which is very cool (if you are inclined towards these dorky pursuits like us),  well worth the trip, even with the massive amount of traffic to get there.    Later spent the afternoon walking the beach collecting shells.  It is hard to get very far because there are so many of them, and the piles of them are DEEP.   Found some keepers!   Tomorrow, through the Everglades and on to the Keys!

Day two.  The bare trees look so lonely, reaching for something or huddled  from the wind, some with arms outstretched asking “when will Spring come”?  We are driving south until it is warm, so far still chilly.  Went through the Land between the Lakes today and saw some elk, a bald eagle sitting in a tree, and some bison.  There were large masses of daffodils on the hillsides though, a hopeful hint of spring!  Maybe tomorrow…

My week in sunny Mexico was productive and energizing to say the least.  I went to a place in Puerto Vallarta (Hacienda Mosaico, check it out, it is BEAUTIFUL! ) to take a workshop with the talented and entertaining Michael DeMeng  My goal in going was to learn some new techniques to further the assemblage work I have dabbled with for some years.  I was of course very drawn in when I looked at Michael’s work but in truth, it was reading the supply list for the class that really snared me.  As I told Michael, he had me at apoxie clay.  Aves apoxie clay is really great stuff!  I learned so much, am no longer phobic about acrylic paint, and was drunk with the power of drilling and cutting metal!  I did some good work while there and will post photos of pieces as I finish them.  You can see the first, called Seahorse Radio in my Flickr stream.  Adios amigos

Spring has sprung
The grass is riz
I wonder where my new earrings is?

…my first blog entry.

At the urging of (and with much help and encouragement from) my friends and family I’ll be sharing my artistic creations through this blog. I will be posting images of a variety of my  outlets; drawings, good food, jewelry, mixed media pieces, or whatever else I can capture for you that is currently adding beauty to my world.

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March 2010