Make it a Good Year


Well here we are at the cusp of 2017 and an opportunity to start again.  I always love the new year especially now after the trying year that 2016 was.  We lost a lot of wonderful people including a dear member of my extended family.  Plans that I had to move closer to my family proved not to work out; for the best I believe, but at the time it was very difficult. Of course there was the election and no matter what side you were on, it was difficult.

So now I look forward to 2017. The last week of December I always tie up louse ends and finish setting goals for the New Year.  I don’t really play with resolutions, I know myself to well. They will be broken by February.

One of my upcoming jobs in January will be starting the ELF sets for Park Avenue Theater, the wonderful Youth Theater in Prescott.  These kids are outstanding, and I love it so much when they see the sets for the first time.  All the hard work is worth it when I see the smiles on their faces15380813_988769827896195_747644552655797389_n


January 13, and 14, is my New Workshop “Creating Positive Energy Art”.  If you have been sitting on the fence now is the time to act.  I have 2 seats left.workshop-pic

Here are a trio of happy painters who took my “Having Fun With Acrylics” Workshop.  I know you will have a fun time just like they did.  Here is a link to the Workshop.

I have also spent the year-end re-launching a new website where you can find my e-commerce site.  This is where you can purchase my original paintings and giclee prints of many of my popular pieces. I will be selling gift products after the first of the year so please sign up for my newsletters so that you will know when the new launches are happening.  I may even surprise you with a webinar, workshop this year for those out-of-towners.


Lastly, I have a show coming up on February 10th at the Duce in Phoenix.  I hope to see many of my Phoenix tribe that night.  If you want advance tickets (they are cheaper than at the door)  Here is the link.

So Let’s all make it a good year.  HAPPY NEW YEAR,  and HAVE A PROSPEROUS 2017



Christmas Week

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The week before Christmas is always a rush, in the best possible way.  Most of the community Christmas activities are over and it is time to concentrate on family. Last minute gifts to purchase and wrapping them just right.  Around our house the guest bedroom becomes Christmas Central and it is off limits to everyone but the chief elf herself, moi.  Gifts have dwindled down to just grand kids, all seven of them, so piles of toys and a few pieces of clothing scatter atop the bed. Now to pick just the right wrapping paper depicting Jolly Santa, and Happy Snowmen to spur anticipation from each expectant child.

Next stop is the kitchen to make the longed for Christmas Cookies to bring to the family celebration.  My hubby’s favorite are raisin filled cookies that I make into star shapes and decorate with colored sugar. My daughters favorite are ribbon cookies chocked with nuts and cherries and chocolate.  My husband asked just this morning when are the cookies getting baked?  It takes two days to create both of these sumptuous creations so I better start in the morning.  I like them fresh for Christmas eve.

Christmas cards are out and on their way to loved ones across the country, due to arrive this week.  I always take time the week before Christmas to sit down to read all the letters and notes that people write.  I catch up on each and every life.

In Prescott the Christmas parades are over, so is the Cantata at Church, and the Pop’s Christmas concert.  Acker Night has come and gone, the Court House lighting was beautiful. The tree is up and the lights are lit.  Now the real meaning of the holiday starts; traveling to Phoenix. Christmas Eve with the family doing our thing, hugs and kisses all around.  After all, isn’t that what it is really about, a birth, a family, and love.