Monday, September 01, 2008

Three Day Weekend - Three Days of Fun!


I love three day weekends. We never go anywhere due to the traffic and all, which is perfectly fine with me as I get three days in my studio! The first day we did a bit of work in the garage and Jeff finally hung my peg board above my soldering station. I absolutely LOVE getting organized. Second on the list was getting my torch all set up we are back in action! I bounced all around in different directions this weekend. First I finished a piece for a very special person. This is SO NOT me, but I had fun making it. The piece is titled, a Glimmer of Hope. The focal has a little shadowbox that safe keeps a little PMC textured circle with a tiny Swarovski crystal, and I mean tiny! It is about the size of a pin head, and thus represents glimmer."

My second piece is a new direction in my metal work. I love working with metal and color. It will be in addition to my standard pieces. I love making these and get totally lost in the process.

Today, I finished this piece. I needed a wind-down day. When Kelly gave me back my pieces from the book, I knew I wanted to change one of them. Actually, the piece was never finished, but it was still used in the book. This piece was special to me because it represented my ancestry. One of my great ancestors was Daniel Boone. My family has always been hunters and thus the bullet shell casings were an appropriate talisman to remind me of my family history. My nephew brought me the shells. He was so proud and excited to see what I had done with them.

All in all, this was a very productive weekend doing the things I love and spending time with those I and friends.

Next weekend...BRONZE PMC!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

For Maija

Maija, this is for you. I'm sending her to you in a big old box with a BIG pink bow! She is really a monster....but I do love her....

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Time to Unwind...

So much has happened since I last posted that it would take me a month to sit and write it all out. Let's just say, I have been very busy. Artfest came and went and it was a wonderful experience. I have been to many different venues, but Artfest continues to be my favorite. There is something really magical about the experience, but the surroundings are enough to put anyone at ease. It was just what I needed at a very busy time in my life. I will definitely go back next year.

The move is making progress. Not at the snap of the fingertips that I would prefer, but we are moved in for the most part. Now all the unpacking, repacking, pictures to be hung, furniture to be placed, new furniture to be bought, etc...and the list goes on. This morning I'm at the mercy of the cable company. They will be here anywhere between 8 - noon. How is that for a good estimate? So, I thought I would take advantage of catching up on some emails, bill paying (ughh!), and of course, unpacking...

One of the beautiful discoveries since moving in is the beautiful plants that have come up. The yard is so nicely landscaped and we are making discoveries every day. It was obvious one of the prior owners was partial to purple as there are purple blooms everywhere. I love coming out to my back yard with a cup of coffee and just taking it all in. We are so lucky to have found this house, but so blessed in that it is full of the beauty of nature. More pictures later, but for now, I wanted to share a bit of my joy.

Sunday, March 09, 2008


We are moving. We are moving...I think it is finally sinking in. We have been in this home for over 10 years and have been looking on and off. This is such a big change for me, one that is both welcome and at the same time very frightening. I have become so comfortable here. Every time I walk in the front door, I am at peace. That IS how a home should feel. I know that I will feel at home in our new place after some time, but it is still change and the "unknown. Where will I grocery shop, what Vet will we use, how far away is the closest Starbucks? (We found that out today as I HAD to know.) But, it is time and we were both ready. It all happened so quickly. Jeff went out riding on the "bike" last weekend and came home with a bunch of flyers. He looked on the Internet all day. I thought it would pass...on our way to Lowes, we ended up looking at houses for 3 hours. Then another full day followed. The last home we looked at, I told Jeff as we drove up..."this is the one." And it was. It had everthing we wanted in a home and more. We went back today to take some measurements. It will need new kitchen counters and hardwood flooring in a few rooms. We will have that all done before we move in. As I sit and write, I keep wondering how it will feel. How long will it take before it is really "home." But the biggest question is, how will I possibly pack up and move my studio!!!! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Here is a front photo. It has a 3-car garage, but one got cut off in the photo...

Saturday, March 08, 2008


It's spring time...that means buds on trees, sprouting bulbs, and Brachs Malted Milk Eggs.... Yes, the time for indulgence is here! I put the word out that I was on the look out for Brachs Malted Milk Eggs and scored two bags yesterday!!! If I had a major weakness, it would be these babies! I can put a bag away in a matter of minutes, but I won't. I will savor each one. I'm very partial to the Brachs brand. I have eaten these since I was a little girl, and I never stray away. I have eaten others, but I always come back to these as my very favorite. They bring back memories of white lips, white patten leather shoes and a new easter dress. It's funny how something so little can bring back memories so big.

What is your indulgence? Have a great day!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Loves Of My Life

I am crazy in love with my pets. Not having children of my own, these guys ARE my children and I am TOTALLY in love with them. The newest addition is "Gracie" a 13 week old basset hound puppy. Her previous owner couldn't keep her and was looking for a good home. Ms. Gracie won the lottery when she entered our doors. There is a little less room on the king size bed, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Harley, our other basset (10 months) is totally content with his new friend. Instant babysitter for the pup. As for Ziggy, well, as you can see...he keeps a constant eye on her....

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Getting Ready

I'm coming up for air...seems like my life is on full speed with no break until February. I knew January would be a busy month at work and I geared up for it mentally, but too many late nights working catches up. I finally took yesterday to spend a nice relaxing day with my Sister and just do whatever...that is hard for me as I have a few shows coming up that I need to get ready for. It was nice though and today I was ready to get back to the studio with a better focus.

Here is a photo of what I've been working on and some of the tools I use. I didn't realize how much work was involved in making these. My goal is to have 40 ready for Artfest vendor night, but we'll see. As they progress, I'll upload more photos. Lots of ribbon and silver will follow...As I work on these, so many more ideas pop into my head. I've promised myself that I will finish these and then a new series will begin..I can't wait.

Back to work now....

Sunday, January 13, 2008


While "HOPE" will always be my favorite word, "SIMPLICITY" will be the word I live by, or strive to live by. I find myself wanting to purge. I'm tired of "stuff". I want to rid my life of clutter, both internal and external. I want to really examine where I am in this life and what is really important to me. I think it is good for the soul to do a reality check. Thus, the focus of this art journal page.


1: the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded

On another note, while "cruising" the Internet last night, I came across this great site. I have added the tag to the right, "Be Brave." Check it out.

Monday, January 07, 2008

What Is In a Name

Check this out. I found this on Ms. Maija's blog. It is actually pretty correct, but then I have to wonder if all names would "fit." How about you? Thanks Maija for the link!

What Lorraine Means

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.