Em’s been visiting!!

So happy to be spending time with my daughter.  Life is good and I am truly blessed.  Em flew in on Saturday morning for ArtsFest 3.  Art94124’s big day of fun, sun, art, music, food and community building in the Bayview.  I’m going to try uploading the 3 pieces of Art I had in the […]

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busy week

I can’t believe it is Friday again…and the last time I wrote was last Friday.  Granted the Memorial Day Holiday was in there complete with Kathy and Rob’s visit but still!  Sarah and I reviewed the proofs and made some minor changes to the cards on Tuesday.  We also designed a new business card for

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up and running

I thought tonight that maybe it’s no coincidence that I’m back running!  I just began running (slow jogging or slogging as I call it) about 2 weeks ago.  Last fall I began having problems with my right knee and lower back.  Mark convinced me to see his chiropractor.  My Dad used to see a chiropractor

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it’s happening!

It’s nearly noon on Monday, May 24th.  I’ve got a month exactly to get my cards printed (hopefully end of this week for proofs/next week for real thing), catalog complete and website up an running before the Denver Int’l New Age Trade Show that I’m going to participate in! I paid for a 1/2 booth

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I got an email this morning from a good friend in Seattle.  She had read my blog and was amazed I was reading a book by James Arthur Ray.  She went on to say that he was the guy that had been arrested in Arizona for manslaughter after 3 people died in a sweat lodge

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great book we are reading

Mark and I read most mornings.  It was a habit we developed when first married (2 + years ago) and were striving to figure out how to become a couple.  We take turns reading out loud and also developed the (good) habit of meditation.  Can’t say I’m a pro at that one yet but I

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embracing where I live

I know that may appear to be a strange title for an entry but it is a thought I’ve had the past few days.  I moved to San Francisco in January of ’09.  There’s a long story to that move but suffice it to say that although a part of me wanted to change my

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rolling along…catching steam

It’s the final push to get the cards ready for the printer.  I ordered the UPC codes online.  Artwork is provided along with the numbers.  In a working session with Sarah today we finalized the design of the back of the cards, worked out a few problems I couldn’t solve on my own, and came

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networking at nopa event

Mark and I attended a nopa (north of the panhandle) networking event last night at a funky shop called Swankity Swank.  Mark befriended Kip, who has pulled this networking group together, at his favorite hangout, Cafe Abir.  Kip did a great job hosting the event, getting people to introduce themselves in 30 second spots and

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new life at midlife

I just worked on crafting an email to the editors of More Magazine as I submitted an article I began when taking a non fiction writing class at the SF Writer’s Grotto last fall.  Ethan, the instructor, loved the richness of my “story” and encouraged me to work on small essay’s that I might submit

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can’t sleep

Decided to get up after tossing and turning for a good while.  I kept thinking of things I wanted to blog about…might as well get up and do so rather than try to recall in the morning, I figured. First off, grateful to have internet access back.  Comcast showed up this morning (Monday, after no

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Thursday evening already

How fast the week passes.  I don’t have nearly enough crossed off on my “to do” list.  I write out, on paper, each Monday my “to do” list.  Often times I think of Ron Henriksen, who I worked for many years ago when I was a young Interior Designer.  Each Monday Ron would take his

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great week end…

Just jumped off my bike.  Mark and I rode out through our neighborhood (truly the “HOOD”, Bayview, in SF) to Candlestick Park and continued on winding around to parallel 101 South for awhile then over to Oyster Point.  A great ride, hour and a 1/2 so a good work out plus being able to ride

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great meeting!

I was totally energized after walking out of Copperfield’s Bookstore in Petaluma this afternoon.  I met with Yvette Bird, card buyer.  From a marketing standpoint, I thought it might be smart to get a few different card buyers view points on not only my work, but how they purchase cards and other pertinent info such

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busy little bee

I’m so “pea picken proud” (a phrase I loved and lifted from an old friend in Indiana years ago) of myself for having been so dedicated to the creation of cards yesterday.  I spent a good number of hours sitting on my comfortable couch, laptop open, legs up on the coffee table as I deftly

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Funny how procrastination can happen…even when you desperately want to get something done….procrastination is there waiting for you to put off what you plan to do with distractions like facebook, and email and cookies to make to take to a friends, chores to be done etc…. I’m surprised at how much I’ve procrastinated this week.

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3 items to discuss

First off, enjoyed immensely my time with my daughter last weekend.  I was sad Monday evening after taking her to the airport.  It takes a few days to get back to the routine of life.  That said, I’m forever grateful for Emily’s expert advice with my cards.  She works at Northwest Art and Frame (one

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keep moving

Mark and I had a discussion this morning about how important it is to wake up each day and start moving in the direction you want to go.  It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort, you don’t make it a big deal…you just start moving…walking towards your goal/dream/vision.  As is so often quoted, “It’s

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self publishing and branding

I attended a panel series last night at the Commonwealth Club on self-publishing.  Though this was geared to the book world, I felt it appropriate for cards and other types of publishing.  I left pumped about all the resources and opportunities that appear to be out there in the world (and mostly on the web).

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my website

I just realized that I have no link between this blog and my website!  Here’s a link to the website:  Peruse around, you’ll get a sense of my watercolors and see how much I love to capture the beauty of Nature! enJOY!!!

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making progress

Thank goodness for Sarah!  I had another “tutoring” session with her today.  Feeling like I’m learning to master the complexity of InDesign and Photoshop.  At least the little bit I need to know to pull in a TIFF image, resize it, add text boxes, take to Photoshop to change to CMYK color, check image size,

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words come back to me

Out on a brisk walk this evening, I was reflecting on the good conversations I had with both my children (now young adults) today.  I was thinking what a great day it was as I talked to both Bob, 25 years old, and Emily, will be 20 on Sunday!  They live in Seattle and I

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food for thought

I’m ever so grateful to get feedback from others.  I met with Christin, co-owner of the Booksmith in the Haight, along with her husband Praveen (who happens to be in my writing group).  She shared with me what works in their store for cards.  In listening to her talk about “neutral” cards, I began to

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still working on navigating around this blog.  I’ve still got lots to learn but at least I’m getting photos posted.  Obviously a watercolor inspired by the Calla Lilies in our backyard.  I love the fact that they grow wild, or so it seems.  They are everywhere I look here in SF.  In people’s yards, on

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Just had my 2nd Session with Sarah. Can’t say I’m proficient yet but I’m doing OK. Getting the template together and today added a text box. Now I’m going to play around with different fonts. Was proud to be able to create a horizontal template all on my own, after Sarah left. I showed Sarah

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Good Friends

I just want to note how perfect the Universe seems to be in having good friends call just when you need to hear their laugh! And you didn’t even know how much you missed their laugh, till you heard it again!! Thanks Lisa for calling me today and leaving a message. Getting caught up (an

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Last Friday I was  on a little hike and came upon these wild Iris’s.  They were purple! (my favorite color) and thankfully I had my backpack with watercolor supplies it it.  I dropped my pack, sat down and began sketching these flowers.  I love capturing Nature’s beauty to share with others!

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making headway

I just met with Sarah, my neighbor, who conveniently also happens to be a Graphic Designer and well versed in how to work the Adobe programs of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.  She’s consulting with me to teach me what I need to learn in order to get my cards ready for printing.  My new Apple

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Hello world!

Oh Boy, Here we go!!  I’m once again amazing myself with learning NEW Technology!! I’ve been interested in blogging for some time but have not made the time or effort to learn what is entailed.  I hope I learn quickly and others will share my interest in “Aspiring to Live Your  Dream for your Life!!”

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