Assemblage at The Collage cafe

I joined the Grown*UP Girls Club this year at The Collage Cafe and I am loving it. While I have my own studio where I can create, there is something about gathering around women, being in a different space, and having someone else prescribe a project that soothes the soul and takes me out of my head.

This month we did assemblage art. We started with a small chunky canvas to embellish with anything we wished.

The Collage Cafe owner Lindy Stockton has gathered numerous objects over the years, from buttons, ribbons, vintage clothespins, paper scraps, game pieces, puzzles to metal objects like washers and rivets, chunky safety pins, keys and a plethora of other things.

Clearly making a mess is part of the inspirational process. I found a lovely pencil that had to be mine, and gathered a variety of other embellishments that spoke to me.

I put a layer of acrylic paint on mine for starters.

Then I added scraps of decorative paper from a scrapbook paper stack.

With glue guns and drills and super-powerful glue we had a blast making our pieces.

Waiting for paint and glue to dry was the hardest part, but gave an opportunity to walk around and see what everyone else was working on.

It is such fun to see what people pick and how they use it in the end.

I snapped this picture as inspiration, and saw the piece being used by someone else.

I am really happy with how mine turned out, especially since I had no vision at all in the beginning.

Sometimes not knowing what could or should be is very freeing, and leads to results you don’t expect.

Playing with dimension is such fun.

The front addresses the writer in me.

The back clearly needed to sparkle.

You can catch a glimpse of the other pieces here.

Go check out this lovely play space and get your inner creatrix going!

Girly Time

On Sunday a few of us girlfriends had a gathering where no boys were allowed, and it was a lovely time of chatting, nibbling and toasting each other to the good things in our lives.


We capped the evening with a candle-lit Fairy and Goddess Card reading, which seemed to hold good messages for everyone.


It was a great way to end the past month, which has been full of rescheduling, anticipation, surprises, and personal growth.


Earlier in the month two friends and I had a mini-roadtrip to a nature preserve, with ice cream for starters and a sing-along in the car.


It was nice to center in nature, chat about life and observe lovely critters.


We then climbed 125 steps at Swallow Cliff.


Over the Labor Day weekend I imbibed in the remaining chocolate mousse from my party and some novels.


I hung out by the lake a lot to get some perspective on the ebbs and flows of life.


One day four ladybugs alighted on me (a yellow one wouldn’t pose), granting wishes and reminding me of Mother Mary’s watchful eye.


“Ladybug also cautions not to try too hard or go to fast
to fulfill our dreams.

Let things flow at their natural pace.
In the due course of time, our wishes will all come true.”
~ Lin’s Domain

It is a good message as I write this 500th blog post. Who knew where my journey would take me when I tentatively wrote my first entry?


This weekend I will be rooting for my friends’ successful exhibits and their wishes to come true. Lauren Levato Coyne’s Wolf Peach solo exhibit opens on Friday at 6 p.m. at Packer Schopf Gallery along with openings of Ellen Greene and Teresa James.


On Saturday evening her husband Rory Coyne will showcase From the Fire Pit: Glimmers at Galerie Fledermaus.


See you there!