bee love                         “Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure, are by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance.” Arthur Schopenhauer
OMG, has it been BEAUTIFUL or what! The garden has come alive with bee and blossom and there are wildflowers popping out along Gates Pass and all over the mountains to my home in beautiful Picture Rocks…the bees are abuzz soaking up all the sweetness of life and so am I! It’s been an amazing week of creative projects, little unexpected adventures, and just plain random acts of FUN!

Did I tell you that I’ve been inspired to make some cool displays of all the “treasures” I find on my walks, in the street, in my yard–pretty much EVERYWHERE! I love finding little tidbits of life and nature’s touches to add to the collection. Here are a few of the displays I’m putting together–it’s crazy fun and I love being able to pop a little treasure onto my collages and into handmade books. stuff

Next on my creative “to do” list is reinventing old bird cages with plants, silk birds, and little nests…birdcage

Which I basically learned from my wonderfully creative friend Sandi (she and her fabulous Honey Ski contribute such nice comments to these blog posts!)Ski Sandi & Kait

Between all that creative buzzing, I’m even finding some time to make art for my Life Book 2015 workshop assignments and I’m loving that soooo much!!!!!!  valentines

Which reminds me…guess what??? I have three pieces in the new Raices Gallery show

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop

218 E. 6th Street

Tucson, AZ 85705

(520) 881-5335

(my favorite Tucson gallery!) and I sold two of them within the first hour of the Opening Night Reception! One of them to my dear friend Nancy (THANK YOU NANCY!!!)Raices Feb 15

YIKES!!!! That’s inspired me to make art for several shows around town and for my PaperWorks: The Sonoran Collective of Book and Paper Artists group (the coolest paper and bookmaking group in the WORLD!)…

Which is all by the way of saying–I’m having FUN and PLAYING and ENJOYING life immeasurably and hope you are too!!!

To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions to the events of each day.  To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

P. S. Don’t forget our wonderful Creativity Chix Artist Date this next Friday to Ben’s Bells–see details by clicking Creativity Chix tab in the top banner of the blog! Call me to reserve a seat in the workshop to make bells!

Ben's Bells


And I’ll have March classes posted this weekend so check back!

I leave you (to go back out and play in the sunshine!) with this from one of my favorite poets–it guides my life!

It doesn’t have to be

the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot, or a few

small stones; just 

pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try

to make them elaborate, this isn’t 

a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which 

another voice may speak.  

Mary Oliver



The Arty Archaeologist!

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” ~May Oliver

“Artists, poets–whatever you want to call those people whose job is “making”–take in the commonplace and are forever recognizing it as worthwhile. I think I am always collecting in a way–walking down a street with my eyes open, looking through a magazine, viewing a movie, visiting a museum or grocery store. Some of the things I collect are tangible and mount into piles of many layers, and when the time comes to use these saved images, I dig like an archeologist and sometimes find what I want and sometimes don’t.” Corita Kent

stoves 1

I’m an old archaeologist–always digging around in the debris of life, love, and human experiences, looking for any magic I can glean. Recently, my Sweetheart and I went on an “explore” to the Bes Ba Gowah Ruins in Globe. We made a stop to visit an old mansion, the Picket Post House, being refurbished on the edge of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where we learned a little bit about the history of the household through the old, cast-off stoves in the weeds outside. I love this sort of adventure and never tire of stumbling across things that aren’t on the “official tour.” I’ll sprinkle some pictures through this blog posting so you can have a glimpse too!stoves 2

I am soooooo happy to report that 2014 has started with lots of fun and excitement at The Creative Cottage! I’ve enjoyed a wonderful wave of full classes and hours of happy creativity with you, my friends! I’m finding myself re-inspired and more enthusiastic than ever about offering a nurturing space for Muses to come play, make art together, share stories, and support each other though all of life’s challenges. I love that this daring adventure that I began on a wing and a wild prayer almost three years ago has been such fun for me and a couple hundred lovely ladies who have come to play at The Cottage over the years!

I recently came across this quote which really inspires me:

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life…I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
~Joseph Campbell stove 4For me, that’s what life is all about! Just being able to spend time with you all at the Creative Cottage playing happily together, making art, and sharing snippets of our lives! Art making has really helped me refine my attention and block out all the petty worries and little annoyances of everyday life. I can get completely swept away making art–sometimes I look up after what I presume has only been a few minutes to discover hours have raced happily by and I LOVE that feeling of getting lost in the fun of making something! stove 6Like these old stoves, I feel I’m always experimenting, changing things around, trying something new. One day, I know I’ll have a creative “stove” big enough to cook up all my wild artistic ideas and crazy cool plans…stove 3

but meanwhile, I’m just going to keep on cookin’–adding delicious ingredients, stirring the pot, slowing simmering the magic brew on whatever stove I have…inviting you to come sit at the feasting table of shared merriment with me at The Creative Cottage!

Come on over–the tea kettle is always on and laughter always spills out of The cottage to greet you!

Check out my scrumptious February classes by clicking on the classes bar on the top of this page…call quick to register–classes have been selling like hotcakes (teehee!)

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