Sunday, March 09, 2014

...way too long since my last post...

I will start with a quote I read..."I have learned so much from my mistakes I think I will make some  more...."  No problem there.  The other quote I overheard at the next table at a group of young adults..."...I told them  'I think I am a native American...I was born here'..."

 I am so lucky to get this amazing treasure from Jone Hallmark!!  I hesitate to share it are all going to be so jealous!!  I love love love this special gift.  Thank you Jone.  I am looking forward to our reunion!!

OK back to me...Our Colors of Oaxaca workshop was amazing!!  Best group of women ever....lots of laughs, talent and love in that group.  We met up with friends we met last year at Casa Colonial and found some new ones.  Lots of art and artisans to visit and good food to eat..  Saw the sites in Teotitlan del Valle that worm farm, natural dye weavers, sweet local market and wax flower candle makers are just a few of the sites we saw on our field trip. Indigo dyeing at the Textile Museum had a little hic up but it allowed us to do more shopping and see more museum shows in Oaxaca.  ...well I could go on and on about Oaxaca.  It just went too we are planning to come back in Oct. and of course in Feb. again.  Mary, Colleen and I are already stay tuned...

Hasta la Vista.....

Saturday, February 01, 2014

A quick post

Well it has been an interesting January.  Because it is my birthday month there is always lots of fun stuff going on.  I had so many well wishers this year mostly thru FB...the good part of FaceBook....I got a delish cake from Susan at the Solvang Bakery  yummmmmmy!  Some hand made art from Jill and Madison and flowers from LE.....lots of wonderful cards too.  Earl had to get me 2....he could not decide which old lady one was the best....

I have a mountain of art supplies stacked up from the move out of the Art Clinic.  So thankful that Art from Scrap sees the worth in my discards...I took 6 boxes yesterday....But I am going to have to put all that on the back burner while I wisk away to Oaxaca!!  Can hardly wait to be sitting on that plane....Mary and I packed our goodie bags for all our students and now we just need to throw in some clothes....But not too many.  I want to shop while I am there and will need the the suitcase. 

I have not had much time for art, which makes me sad.  I have been making lots of class examples though...

As for my ever amazing Madison...she is loving dance right now and has a new interest... cute.  While cleaning out the Art Nest Studio I found the girl's Fischer Price sets and some dolls of theirs and mine.  Madison has been have great adventures with it all.....So fun to hear her little scenarios.

I am now the sole proprietor of the Art Hus in Solvang.  If you don't know about the is a co-op of 23 artists.  All very talented!  I am trying to get the hang of Excel and a new computer...mine is in the shop waiting for a I got a pc laptop.  It is just not as straight forward as my Mac....

                                                                This heart is made by Mary Stanley....

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Jan 1 2014

Beautiful day!  I woke up to the sound of my girls all laughing and chatting....Loved the memories it brought back.  Sad to see LE fly home but so grateful for her visit!

We did all our favorite things...ate...journaled...did some art...had chocolate...went to a movie...looked at the stars...did old stories and laughed and ate some more....pretty much a perfect visit!

I am looking forward to 2014.  I have lots of new plans.  There will be a trip to Oaxaca with some amazing artists, a visit with a new friend,  some new exciting changes at the ART HUS and
 Art Nest Studio stay tuned....

Friday, December 27, 2013

Good Bye 2013...

Not my most favorite year....But I have been having a great visit with my girls.....

 We had a journaling and spray painting day yesterday.  It has been unbelievable weather.  You just want to be outside all the time.

I will post more later.  I am busy moving out of the Art Clinic and hanging out with my girls right now....but here is a little peek at what I have been dreaming about...

Jill cut me this awesome rubber stamp!!!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

This is pretty sad for me...

For those who have not heard...

Carol Kemp and Syd McCutcheon are closing the Art Clinic end of December after 7 years.

We are really sad but events in our lives are keeping us too busy to run the Art Clinic and as the saying goes,

"As one door closes, another opens".

We have had so many amazing experiences in this space.

  So glad we have some photos to help us remember all the good times.

After 7 years we have collect quite a lot of art making stuff which we cannot take with us.

We are having a basement sale Saturday Dec. 14 & 15 10-3pm

Art, beads, furniture, books, ephemera,frames, art materials

Come help us say good bye to the Art Clinic,

for a potluck holiday party on Friday Dec. 13, 6pm

Syd says:  What will I  miss the most?  I will miss the community of artists with all the show and tell and lots of laughing.

It has been a Thursday meeting place for nearly 7 years. And I will miss the large space.

To have a spot to spread out that is six  6 foot tables has been great...and I can fill up those tables all by myself...

Carol says: What an incredible journey.

It has been fantastic to have had the honor of hosting

so many people in workshops in our space,
all the wonderful people we have met, all the friendships forged.

 I have to reiterate what Syd said about filling up tables-

what a luxury to be able to spread out and work free.

Love and blessings to you all.

We will keep our e-mail list and if we have any workshops

or info we think you might like to know we will post to you. 


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Great McNutt Day

My family try to gather once a year for an early Thanksgiving at the beach near Faria in Ventura.  This year was again fantastic.   So good to see family from Iowa and locals too.  Lots of eating and laughing.  Madison went thru all three outfits Mom packed.  That ocean is just too tempting...We had the most amazing sunset I think I have ever seen.  It was so clear you could see the vegetation on Santa Cruz Island...well just look!

So many hours of my life spent in this ocean.  The best days of my life have been here.

Here is some of the crazy McNutts that were there too.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nov already? Wow!

Coming back from France I have had alot to catch up on.  I got all my medical stuff done,  had a show at Art from Scrap with Colleen and Mary and put together Queen of Arts at the Elverhoj.  But in the middle of all that Carol and I have decided to clase the Art Clinic.  We are having a art garage sale on Dec. 14...more on that later.....So we are a little off our game at the moment.  But I will post a few pics

These are some pic from our show...

It was a really fun night!

.....more later
from the last months.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

....well that went by to fast....

We are back and had a great time.  We had a bit too much rain but it never stopped us from any plans.

Not sure what I liked the best.  Les Soeurs Anglaises did not waiver in awesome-ness from last year and Jessie Chorley could not have been sweeter.  It was a great class...and then there are the amazing artists that were in the class...everyone was exceptional and we were all on the same page the whole time.  I wanted to know them all much better.  I especially miss my table mates: Sue, Cheryl, Courtney and Jone....all awesome women and artists!

Then there is Paris...Tried to see new areas but visited a few faves from last year.  My visit to the Louvre was a real highlight.  To see the interior of those massive rooms was a thrill on it's own...

Here are a few pics.  I will post more las
ter.  Still catching up on stuff on the home front...