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It has been an interesting year and I am happy to be healthy and surrounded by great people (related and not) that I love spending time with, you know who you are.  Thankfully the winter has been mild so far and the sun is still shining most days.  I am in the process of sorting, trashing and re-org-ing my workspaces and am giving myself until the end of January to do it…it’s a big job.  I hope to see and or hear from you in the coming months and I aim to post more regularly as I have many projects to share as I get better with my camera and photograph them.

Attached is a photo from a Holiday party of my dear friend Debra wearing a collar I made some years ago with some pieces of my grandmother’s jewelry.  Hope the New Year is a healthy and happy one for us all!

Collar a la Marie

I laid in bed snuggled under the covers listening to the radio until I heard the good news that the groundhog did not see his shadow this morning!  Perhaps I am hanging my hopes on a superstition but though you can take the girl out of Pennsylvania…well, you know the rest.  The sun is shining and I live in hope that at least in PA there will be only 6 more weeks of winter.  In the meantime, we are bundled up to ward off the extreme cold with polar fleece vests, over sweatshirts, wearing our fingerless gloves and warm boots!  This is a pair I painted for a friend, (many years ago) I hope they are still keeping her toasty and warm.  She is a transplant from southern California and the climate change was quite a shock for her.  I had never seen a pair of UGG’s until she asked me to “do something” with these, but then, she was always quite the trend setter.

Stay warm, spring is just around the corner!  And if you have anything you want me to alter for you, just let me know…



I am having an attack of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) due to the fact that I am not truly a hearty mid-westerner, though I have played one on TV for the past 24 years.  This cold is really getting to me and I need to snap out of it!  I was looking through photos from warmer days so I thought I would share this one from Labor day weekend 2010.  We usually go up to a friend’s cabin and there is lots of time to take walks in the woods, sit down by the lake on the dock etc…  and this year I did a series of these little nature portraits.  There was an abundance of great textures and I came back from a stroll with my pockets FULL.  The first time I made stuff like this was about 10 years ago when I was doing a “portrait a day”  inspired by an artist and teacher named Mimi Holmes.  We were selling work in a local shop and this (project a day or week) was an idea she used with her students.  About a year later I decided to do a self portrait a day for a year and when I was on vacation in Jamaica, I made some portraits from things I found on the beach and photographed them.  Ever since then I have been doing them with stuff I find in the yard or wherever.  My friend Elsa Mora did a book of amazing flower people a couple years ago, check it out, all of her work is spectacular.    It may be time for me to do another project a day to re-focus and get my mind off this weather induced slump because we still have a few more months of winter!  Anyhow, stay warm and keep working, I will do the same.

I am hunkered downstairs in my studio which thankfully has lot’s of windows getting organized to photograph and start listing my new owls (see previous posts) and such on etsy and another site called which was mentioned by another artist I know.  Anyone out there know anything about it or used it?  These photos of my studio were taken at night, but during the day I am often startled by the deer and bunnies going by out there.  They are all fluffed out because it is so COLD!

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May 2022