I'm sure most of you have read about this, but I would like to ask everyone help me by nominating my friend as a hero. The link is in the right sidebar, along with the info you need to nominate Bernie. You are asked to write something about her, and this is what I wrote... It took only a couple minutes, so it's from my heart, and not well thought out:
"A Place 2 Bark is a special place that Bernie Berlin has selflessly created as a safe haven for animals whio would otherwise be euthanized. Beyond saving all these darlings lives, her greatest desire to to educate communities and pet owners about why it is imperative to spay or neuter your pets! All this has been done by sheer will on the part of Bernie, It has been at great personal expense and sacrifice that she has created this haven for animals. Bernie has inspired me and so many others to reach into their hearts and help in anyway they can. Sometimes it's a check and sometimes it is simply a phone call to Bernie from a friend offering encouragement, especially when the outlook often appears so bleak. Bernie has also rallied a whole community of international artists to come together and create personal works of art that are being auctioned off to raise money for A Place 2 Bark. Animals respond to Bernie....they know her desire to help them is so pure and selfless. Bernie Berlin is certainly my hero!"
As many of you might know, my computer went down and I lost all my info. Included in that was my entire master list of all the contributors for the deck. I've listed everyone's name I could remember on the photo of the card, but please check for accuracy. Please let me know that I've given you the write name, and I need your email address as well. Bernie is going to put together a Yahoo group where we can put all the auction info. You can look at the deck in it's entirety here. It's also listed at the upper right under photo albums. Please e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They are all settling in with other. It made us so happy this weekend tho have a full bed in the morning...both boys, the 3 girls and our 2 cats. It reaffirmed my husbands concerns about my sanity (although he loves it as much as I do.) It is like a zoo here. I had a great mail day:
The first package was such a thrill to open...I thought my head might explode! It's all from Anahata Katkin, an amazing art journaler who I first heard of at ArtFest. One of the coolest items is a spiral bound booklet full of her very special collage images. It's brilliant and full of all sorts of delicious imagery. I also ordered "oodles of Goodness" grab bag for $10!!! Again, think exploding head! It was full of collage sheets, her delightful "love Letters" cards, journalling templates...wow! To top it all off, it came specially packaged with my name, and she enclosed the Love Letters of my name, ML. Now I just need a prompt to get me writing.....
The other yummy package is from Sofia. They are vintage wallpaper packages from France. Delicious!! I can't wait to jump in and play!
I made this shadowbox for my friend Misty. I selected the color blue because that's the color I associate with her. The blue in Misty is peaceful, calm, easy. Soulful. Child like. What makes this special for me is the photo of the darling little girl. I purchased it at a flea market last month when I visited with Mary and Kelly in Long Beach. There was something familiar about this sweet child. I finally recognized that it makes me think of what Nina Bagley may have looked like as a child. It seemed very appropriate for Misty's piece considering the depth of friendship they have found in each other. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did making it!
This surprise little drawing done by 11 year old Nick lets me know what a good job Al & I are doing! Nick is so sure of himself and his place in this world. He struggles with dyslexia (hence the small g in God), but he maintains such a sense of self.
OK, Friday was very exciting! I attended a luncheon in Phoenix where our lovely First Lady was the keynote speaker! Regardless of what you might think of her husband, she is lovely, articulate and so bright! And, so very genuine. She was in town stumping for a local Senator and a few girlfriends and I went to meet her. Being so close, I can tell you her skin is flawless! This is a photo I took right after I shook her hand.
And these lovelies, Kari, Lisa and Terri, are my "peeps" that I went with. We do lots of fun things together.
I am very excited about my eBay listings. Thank you to everyone for looking! I realize that I still have a lot to learn if I want to do this on a regular basis. I need to open my stuff to a broader market. I've basically "advertised" it to other people I know that do the same type of mixed media collage, so many of them have no need for my stuff, they have plenty of their own! I have also learned why I shouldn't send my work into magazines..... my very favorite piece that I put up, reluctantly, has had no bids! Go figure! My friends Mary and Linda have been a valuable source of information and support!
I'm working on a trade for my friend Misty and I am hoping to finish it off tonight. I'll post when I do.
So, my seller id is "maigirlz" and you can find it at eBay. If all goes well, I'll put some more up next weekend! Or not.
Yesterday I met First Lady Laure Bush at a luncheon where she was the keynote speaker. She was in town stumping for one of my favorite Senators. More on that later. Today is Al's birthday and I must tend to my sweet husband!
I feel as though I am channeling Pam...all the vintage wallpaper is from her collection. She sells some fabulous Vintage Paper Packs at her Esty store...I can't get enough! I loved her class at Artfest.....she inspired me by locating my inner "pretty".
I'm so excited to let everyone know that one of my most darling and favorite friends, Mel has finally started a blog! I just love her and she sells her delightful stuff at the most charming online store called Inspire Company. Mel's items are listed as "Little Melfred". In the mail I received this fabulous collage from a purchase I made from Linda Koch. I just love it and her fine work is still affordable. I also have one of the little notebooks she makes. Also in the mail was my Art & Life #4 magazine, one of the new stencils that Teesha makes and a couple stamps made by Theo Ellsworth that you can find at Teesha's site. He is an amazing illustrator I met at Artfest and I ordered all his "comic" books!
Maybe tomorrow I'll show you the beautiful Coach bag I bought!
It's so amazing to me that here in Phoenix the temperature hovered around 106 and we can drive 2 hours north to find a green forest with a little creek running through it! And a daytime temp that's about 30 degrees lower and nights so chilly you need a down comforter. This is where the desert meets the mountain...here is some type of desert plant (perhaps and aloe or agave plant?) nestled in some forest trees! I should mention that the top photo was taken by 14 year old Alex. He parked himself right below the lip of a small waterfall to get this shot.
Last week Al and I bought a pop-up camper so we could take the boys out of the desert heat on the weekends. For those of you who are amazed that I am camping, you should know that it's very nice with 2 king size beds, a toilet and a shower. And there are trees that smell like butterscotch! We brought the dogs and Scout was a real trooper and loved trying to stay up with the big girls. We went to Black Canyon Lake where the boys practiced fishing. It was such a beautiful and happy weekend (except when the boys were arguing!)