When I first heard that a fifteen foot wood sculptured troll named Isak Heartstone had been discovered hanging out in Breckenridge, Colorado last year, I assumed I would bump into him. I mean the guy is 15 feet tall! I had to see for myself. After a little research I learned that due to traffic... Continue Reading →
Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship
Breckenridge, Colorado has hosted the International Snow Sculpture Championships since 1990. This year, sixteen teams from around the world chiseled and sculpted huge mounds of snow packed into 20-ton blocks. They had ninety-six hours to complete these magnificent but temporary works of art. No power tools were allowed. I photographed these eye candy sculptures so... Continue Reading →
Win a Handmade Christmas Card! 2018
It's time to win my annual Christmas card. This insane holiday tradition started when Danny and I married and has continued through the years. This huge art project includes illustrations of my family engaging in some kind of winter or festive activity. Guess and win! My ideas have percolated since summer. I always swear I'll... Continue Reading →
How to Be Creative in a World Full of Sellouts
Sometimes when I travel, I find a takeaway, which becomes a souvenir for my brain. It can enlighten me and inspire a new way of thinking. This time, it included thoughts of creativity, originality, and its risks in a world where selling out is common. That invisible souvenir was even better than the sunglasses I bought!... Continue Reading →
Weird Thoughts from the Sick Bed
I arrived home from a trip to California on Tuesday night and sneezed. I don't want to get sick. My mind raced back to the time when I pressed the button on an elevator with my knuckle (I'm so smart) and then rubbed my itchy eye with the same body part. (I'm so stupid!) Or it could... Continue Reading →
This New Approach to Resolutions Really Works!
I've been through a few years of good intentions which paved my road to resolution hell. Even though I started on the right path to check them off my list, I wound up in the shadows of monolithic deadends while overwhelmed with disappointment. I'm done making traditional New Year's Resolutions and have a new approach... Continue Reading →
2017 Christmas Card Reveal and Winners!
My handmade Christmas cards are finished and in the mail, so it's time for the big reveal! There's a point every year when I look at my sketches and think, This is the dumbest idea ever! Then I shrug my shoulders and finish them. What else could I possibly do? Buy cards? Send photo cards? Skip the... Continue Reading →
Guess and Win a Card!
Yes, once again, I've created my homemade Christmas cards. I hope you can guess what I drew so you can win one. They are a huge part of my holiday traditions; a labor of love, sweat, and a few tears. I actually balled up a few early sketches and threw them. It seemed like the appropriate,... Continue Reading →
A Cosmic Joke after Trauma
When life becomes a cosmic joke, I'm ready for the punchline. It's more than traumatic when someone healthy dies moments after you speak with them. My mind has been flooded with what ifs and the disbelief that anyone could sit down and pass away from a clot. I'm still in shock after almost three weeks. So... Continue Reading →
An Ode to a Midwinter Cold
Hark! Is that a death rattle I hear, trembling the dark wood around me? Nope. ‘Tis the phlegm from thy chest cold shaking the bed frame as I hack up another loogie. A midwinter cold has claimed yet another Kleenex which shroud thy bedclothes like moguls on ski slopes in thy feverish dreams. Okay, so... Continue Reading →