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Memorial weekend- if you’re in Asheville, NC make a stop in this historic neighborhood and get a taste of local artisans who create amazing art in their homes and home studios. For more information on the artists and map please go to : Kenilworth Art Studio Tour


Kenilworth Artists  Studio Stroll ~ May 27 & 28 ~ 10am -5pm

I am once again, participating in a studio stroll in the Kenilworth neighborhood of Asheville, NC.  There is great information on the 19 artists participating in this years tour at this link:, along with a map of the studios to visit.

My sheep family was inspired by the mountains I now live with, wrapping around us at every turn.  This  latest work will be on view along with a number of other new pieces for the studio stroll.




A few more samples of what you will find on Buckingham Court! Hope to see you there!




The holiday magic inspired these little trees and I thought I would post them and offer up the idea to others …if you have some old family jewels that are meaningful but you don’t know what to do with I can make them into a tree for you!  Let me know…


This first one was on an old dictionary page and a burlap board -5×7- that had an easel back….






This one was done on a piece of satin fabric mounted on burlap mounted on mat board

with a simple frame to set it off…all said and done it is 8×8.






Happy Holidays to All and to All a Good Night!

See you in the new year!



 she was called Noel Neige


and delivered snowflakes where ever she went!


she was jeweled from front to back –IMG_3138

She also brought a surprise to those willing to look inside …


she was a treasure inside and out…IMG_3142

filled with unique snowflakes to delight one and all.IMG_3145 IMG_3147 IMG_3148 IMG_3149 IMG_3150


Merry Christmas to all and treasure everymoment!IMG_3145



The wings of angels are often found on the backs of the least likely people. 

~Eric Honeycutt


I crafted another whimsical winged woman I named “free bird” – she allowed a tiny blue bird to nest a top her head. I dug in my salvaged treasure box and came up with a necklace, collar stays and pearl tear drops that all seemed to fit. But when it came to the wings ….IMG_2997


I decided to attach them differently and give her a bit of whimsy, so they are actually attached at what should be the bottom of the wing. She likes them just fine!



Who is she wearing you ask? Well a fine gelli print by yours truly!IMG_2998When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they’re seeing angels. 

~Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Halloween week

this little witch is dangling in my window as we welcome in the autumn fun!

                  She is made out of wooden blocks and collage elements tacks and tulle…and a pumpkin purse !







HapPy HaLoWeEn!!!!!!



Homage to our life chapter in San Francisco….

A few months ago I took a workshop based around collage/assemblage/ shrine boxes. I had always wanted to do a piece based on San Francisco due to the fact that our daughter was born there. But as I dug around in all my buried treasures at home to work with my theme I realized how this west coast adventure altered our lives in many ways….IMG_2581

Starting with a cigar box and a beautiful Cavalleni Paper I began piecing four years of our family history together. 

front:  IMG_2583


detail:IMG_2580 IMG_2584I also had a few loose cabinet cards that were a treasured gift from my favorite art teacher – Jane – Thanks Jane!  Trying to capture my time line and engineer the cards and items to work together proved to be a challenge!

If you are familar with California History or follow baseball history you will see that – yes we lived through a BIG ONE!  We had moved to San Francisco in the summer of 1989 following my husbands hotel career path to the Stanford Court Hotel.  IMG_2585We were enchanted with the landscape – it was our first time to really experience the west coast and San Francisco. When you move to a new area you always hear the local crowd tell you what the weather is like in the area etc…well in CA of course we were worried about earthquakes and heard ” oh you feel them all the time ” ….no big deal ….right? Well a 7.1 we found out is a pretty big deal! IMG_2591

We stood in line to find our seats at the World Series Game at Candlestick Park and were rocked to our core. The earth roared – literally and waved like the ocean – it was no special hollywood effect it was the real thing.IMG_2598


This was some welcome to California but it would not upstage our next event – the arrival of our precious baby daughter. We treasured every second of her arrival and how this was something that would change how we really looked at the world.IMG_2588IMG_2592IMG_2593


We spent the next three years raising our daughter and experiencing the wonderful life the city and bay area provides. Aside from the earthquakes it was a truely wonderful place that provided us with some treasured memories that we can now be prompted by  with this shrine. IMG_2587The extras in this piece all have ties to our memories: the Beringer cork is a reminder of our fabulous trips to the wine country and Shannon taking her first steps in the Beringer tasting room,  with Shannon we learned to chase butterflies and look for ladybugs (also her first halloween costume was a ladybug), the spoon is a thrift store find fitting because it seemed the size of a baby spoon,IMG_2594the paper umbrella reminding us of our days in the city living near Chinatown, and passages about friends which we had a wonderful network of and were so important to us since our family all resided on the east coast. The last frame I made into a pocket of postcards that were cards I had saved from my mother (a note in her handwritting a treasure in itself!) and husband that they had sent years before we ever thought of the possibility of living there – how ironic! IMG_2596