Hey There! Anybody recognize this guy? I want to share with you a little story. On the day Lou Holtz received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, I watch an interview with this American Legend. Among many things, he talked about his youth and being born into poverty and how his choices brought him to his level of success in life. He went on to say that he believed that "CHOICE" was the greatest work in the English language. I felt compelled to send him a congratulatory letter and a copy of my book. I had no idea if he would ever see the letter or the book but, hey when a voice tells you to do something, you give it a shot.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
I thought I'd take a detour from the art projects today and share with you my latest creation. This has been a couple years in the making and required a lot of time, effort and patience. But here it is!
And if you look carefully, you will see what I woke up to this morning - the #1 New Release Banner! So today orange is my favorite color, and it will be for quite some time!
If you are interested in taking a look at the book, it will be 0.99 cents for a few more days as an eBook. The eBook was not what I was going for initially but, launching a book is like climbing a mountain and there are many unexpected things that happen. I am so happy to have this available because it was piloted by me for two years in my classroom as I wrote it, tweaked it and now published it. It was so helpful to my students and created a climate of growth and respect that I don't think I could have created without these lessons.
Here's the link:
I have become a better person for the challenge of this journey. If you are so inclined to give it a peek, I'd love it if you left an honest review. If you parent, teach or coach teenagers this is a great tool for their personal development.
As always, thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment. Have a great day!
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Let me begin by telling you about the most exciting news we had this month. Our daughter was finally able to get married!!! The plans were vastly different than the original but, the number of attendants did not change. She and her now husband did not want a big wedding. But they did want a different destination. Oh well. Then they wanted to get married in June but, the municipalities would not issue marriage licenses. There was no real schedule of when that might change so they were on a temporary hold. But this past weekend, under spectacular skies and beautiful weather the magic happened. Here's a couple sneak peeks. Not too much so as to annoy the happy couple.
On to the next exciting adventure for me. About a year ago I completed the process of writing a book. It's a lot like birthing a child except you don't get the swollen ankles. Anyway, it is geared to middle schoolers and I actually created and used the contents of this book while I was a science teacher a couple years back. I made a 25 year career in education and spend the bulk of that time with 8th graders, so it is for them. The bonus was that is made my career and day to day enjoyment of teaching skyrocket. The kids liked it and I liked it. So, it had to be compiled into a book. After a fair amount of research looking for a way to publish it (and one decision that derailed the progress for a bit) I finally found the right fit for me. So now I am delving into the publishing process and learning all the ropes of what to do and what not to do. Thankfully the book is written and professionally edited so I am very close to the finish line on this.
If you are a teacher or know a teacher who is struggling with the stress of too much classroom time being used for discipline instead of instruction, this book is an incredibly useful tool to help your students become more productive and less disruptive. I know this because I used it and it was such a benefit to both them and me that I absolutely had to write this book to help teachers in this current climate of education. You can send me an email if you want to hear more about it. For now, know that it should be available by late October.
With taking on the time commitment to publish a book, even with the help of the cover artists and formatters, I have put art on the back burner for a bit. I use my creative and energetic morning hours for book work and then I approach my artwork with the energy I have left in the afternoons. It is still getting done, but at a slower pace. Which is fine because I can ramp up again once my book is on the market. It is also way less stressful than following the steps in a process that I have never done before.
Here's the fifth in a series titled "Simplify". Really it was about how we all pared down our schedules in the past five months to the real necessities and life became a lot calmer. It is pieced and basted. I can quilt it slowly as the days go by. Making sure that my book project work is complete before I relax at my sewing machine.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
So, I've been busy in the studio this week. I finished a fourth piece in my Simplify series. No pictures yet but it's a black, white, grey and red piece. I guess the neutrals had me missing my usual saturated color palette so I have selected the next color palette for what will be Simplify V.
Feel free t leave a comment or ask a question. I'd love to hear from you. Have a great day with whatever you create!
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020
This week has been somewhat busy for my art projects. Monday I took a road trip to Test Fabrics, about an hour and 40 minutes each way. I was finally able to purchase fabric for dyeing and I even got a very useful, large container for storing rolls of fabric. It even had room for a large roll of cotton batting that I have so that was an organization bonus.
Tuesday I washed and prepared the fabric for dyeing. I also tried to wrap up my most recent art quilt project. Third in a series.
Monday, July 13, 2020