Category Archives: Musings and Inspiration

Wellness as a lifestyle

Last year’s Harvey drama had me paying less attention to my self-care and triggered the comfort-food (and drink) habit a little too much. Waistbands and dresses got tighter, and I wasn’t happy with what I glimpsed in the mirror. While my buddy Grayson kept me from completely hibernating during the cold winter, those 20 minute […]

Staycation

Since Independence Day fell on a Wednesday, I gave myself permission to take the whole week off. As a self-employed person, work is always on the brain. However, since most regular job people would be taking some time off, I figured I should cut myself some slack after two intense months. The vacation kicked off […]

May Preparations

Like the plants shyly peeking their tips out of the soil to see if it is safe to come out yet, it feels like I am preparing a bunch of events that aren’t happening yet. May will be busy with 3 art fairs coming up. June is also starting to shape up as a busy […]

Waiting for blooms

“Always winter but never Christmas.” ~ C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Spring is teasing us this year, which is getting a bit old by now. I can see why several stories are obsessed with ice queens and white witches, because it does seem like winter will never end right now.  Lake Michigan is […]

Invisible work

It’s a week of invisible work. I have a number of blog posts in my head but real life keeps me from writing them. Valentine’s Day is looming and before I could start making I had to do some organizing. So much happened in the jewelry bench drawers and yet it seemed like I spent hours in […]

Art Journaling for Relaxation

This week I am trying to create order in my studio, which is hard to do after sifting through storage units last week. I seem to have reached my organizing quota. I am looking forward to replenishing my musical pendant inventory and creating some Valentines for February when order is restored. Next week I hope […]

Easing into 2018

Weather is interesting. The deep freeze has made it more tiring to go outside. Just bundling up is an effort, and then dealing with the cold another. So I’ve limited my outdoorsyness, and also learned that I am not crazy to think this has been my frostiest winter yet. I had never seen my studio […]

Reflecting in Ice

We’re entering another deep freeze here in Chicagoland, which is perfect for holing up. This week I am doing a writer’s retreat in my own town, since the unpredictable weather had me leery of driving up to the White Pines. I am looking forward to focusing on my September plans which were derailed by Harvey. […]

Holiday Hibernation

It’s funny how you think you have loads of time to do things after the holiday shows, but then a week of holiday prep just flies by and your aspirational to-do list still sits there. Meanwhile the books you picked up from the library are tempting… Then I slowed down for a minute, and now […]