Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tiny Sketchbooks

I’ve been listening to audio books while obsessively making tiny books out of scrap paper and painting little pictures inside. 

Here’s instructions on how to make your own…

Wishing you a creative week, Marilyn.

I want you to promise me that you will pick one small, seemingly insignificant thing in your life that you will care about passionately as a craft. It doesn’t matter what it is, but I want [you] to promise that you’ll pick one thing. Whenever you are feeling uninspired about your own life, you will turn to this art that you’ve chosen and do it with as much passion as you can muster ~ Jan Guenther Brau

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

 To this little weirdo.... 

Joel – age 12

1. What is something mom always says to you?
How was school?

2. What makes mom happy?
When I raid with her.

3. What makes mom mad?
When I don’t do what she says

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Holding the cat.

5. What was your mom like as a child?
I don’t know, I don’t have a time machine.

6. How old is your mom?

7. How tall is your mom?
Five feet something

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Play WoW

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

11. What is your mom really good at?

12. What is your mom not very good at?

13. What does your mom do for a job?
She doesn’t have a job, she’s an artist.

14. What is your mom's favorite food?
Stuff without meat.

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
She’s nice.

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Velma from Scoobie Doo

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Play WoW

18. How are you and your mom the same?
We love each other.

19. How are you and your mom different?
I eat meat, she doesn’t.

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Cause she says so.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
He’s smart and other stuff.

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
She doesn’t go anywhere.

He's all grown up now, ten years later... but I'm still a mom. I still ask about school, don't eat meat or run unless wild tigers are chasing me. I don't play World of Warcraft anymore. Most of all I still love this kid because I say so.


Monday, May 7, 2018

City of Angels

Sunday we took the train up to LA with our friends to see the sights and celebrate my birthday. It was the best! 

We started out at the Santa Ana Train Station. It was built in 1985 but looks older.

 My adventure buddies! Aren't we pretty? 

An all day pass for the metro link is only ten dollars. 

 Once up in Los Angeles we found all kinds of interesting things. Art by the MOCA.

We had lunch at the Central Market. It's a huge building with every kind of food you can imagine. We all took off in different directions to find lunch. The guys found slow cooked BBQ. I had a delicious avocado sandwich from Clark Street Bread. We also had champagne and birthday cake. Super fancy! 

I bought some mole verde and dulces here. 

After lunch we rolled over to the Bradbury Building. It is very beautiful.
Parts of of the movie Blade Runner were filmed there.

Then we took the Angel's Flight up to Grand Street. I'm not sure if it is the world's shortest railway but it claimed to be the most ridden. 50 cents to ride to the top of the hill.... totally worth it.  

 We were going to check out the new Broad museum but the lines were long so we sauntered over to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was air conditioned so we hung out in the gift shop for a while before touring the rooftop gardens.

For the last hour we wandered over to Olvera Street and drank margaritas. I didn't take any photos but we had a good time. 

A few picts of inside Union Station. This part was fenced off for a private event. It is a vast and beautiful place.

Goodbye, LA! We'll be back soon!



"To travel is to take a journey into yourself.”  ~ Dena Kaye

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Idea Notebook

I was looking through some old sketchbooks and stumbled across this little idea book that I did a long time ago.

Thank you to all who sent birthday wishes. It was a lovely day.

Wishing you a creative week,



I want to raise up the magic world all round me and live strongly and quietly there. ~ Virginia Woolf