My newest site

I found this really cool new ecommerce site. Setup is free and easy to use. Transaction fees are $.20 plus 2% of the sale.

You may use this coupon code (SPECIAL10) to receive a 10% discount from your purchase greater than $15. Plus, all items are listed with free shipping! Click on the picture below to access my site.


Thanksgiving appetizers?

My mom asked me to bring appetizers for Thanksgiving. Only problem is I’m coming up blank. I’ve used up all my creative ideas. I may have to resort to ready-made but jazzed-up Costco buys. Anyone out there have any good ideas? I want something that is sophisticated but easy to fix. It’ll need to be no-cook or ready made because my mom only has one oven and I live 35 minutes away.  In the past I’ve brought olive tapenade and humus with pita, antipasto platter, bruschetta and garlic rounds.

I’m considering sun-dried tomato cheesecake but what do you serve with it?

What’s hot as far as appetizers go these days?

A day of sharing words




Artful Bliss

I hope I haven’t lost any readers from not posting for so long. I do have some good news. After a lot of thought, I have decided to open an etsy shop. I hope in the future I can open a dedicated website but until I build up enough inventory, I will have to stick with this more economically effective solution.  Most of the items I’ll be selling are things I love and know other artists would love too. Please check out my listings and buy something if it strikes your fancy.

Brighter future

Want a free Obama sticker to celebrate our victory? It’s designed by Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the iconic HOPE poster. And MoveOn’s giving them away totally free–even the shipping’s free.

I just got mine. Click this link to get your free Obama sticker.

Out of sync

It never fails. Every time we change the clock, it takes a while for my body to get used to the idea. You know it’s really fall when it’s dark by the time you get off work. I hate the short days. It doesn’t help that I live in rainy Oregon. I really could use more sunshine this time of year. I think we should keep daylight savings time year-round. I came upon this website that is promoting some interesting ideas. Here is their proposal:

We have a modest proposal to end daylight saving time that will reap large benefits in addition to ending the semi-annual changing of the clock.

It has not escaped our notice that in the United States, Eastern standard time is the same as Central daylight time and Mountain standard time is the same as Pacific Daylight Time. Thus, we propose that the Pacific and Central time zones remain on permanent daylight saving time, and that the Mountain and Eastern time zones remain on permanent standard time.

In addition to releasing us from the burden of having to set our clocks every few months, this will also reduce the number of time zones in the United States from four to two. Thus, for example, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Dallas will now all be operating on the same time, and people will no longer have to adjust to different time zones when they do business or travel between any of these cities. People traveling or doing business between the East and West coasts will only have a two hour time difference to contend with, instead of the three hour difference with which we are currently burdened.

This proposal will simplify scheduling, travel, and commerce. And by ending semi-annual clock tampering, it will also allow people to get more sleep, be better adjusted to their daily routine, avoid missed appointments resulting from failure to reset clocks, and, most importantly, save lives (& stay on Daylight Savings Time in Oregon).

Please help to bring about an end to the mad, semi-annual ritual of changing our clocks, by taking just a few moments to add your name to our petition, which will be forwarded to the appropriate government officials. And please remember to tell anyone you know who might be interested in helping to support our cause to visit and sign up, too.

What do you think? I like the idea and signed their petition. If you’d like to learn more, visit their website.

Deryn’s JouJou update

If you haven’t already done so, go over to Deryn’s blog and check out her JouJou pictures.

It will make you wish you’d have joined us! Never fear, Deryn’s teaching the class again next year at ArtNest.