Monday, December 8, 2008

New Pieces!

I have several new pieces that I'm adding to my shop! here's a sneak peek-

Happy Holidays everyone!!!!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Santa Paws Bowling Event

The shelter where I volunteer, Almost Home Animal Rescue, is having a fundraising event in December! If you live the Detroit area, come on by and have fun while helping homeless animals!!

Saturday, December 6th, 2pm-5pm at Merri-Bowl Lanes.
30950 5 Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48154. $20 per person, includes bowling, pizza and pop!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Holiday Cards!

Get 'em while they last! These cards are reproductions of original watercolor designs I did in the spirit of the holidays. Lovely to send, lovely to frame!! Now for sale in my etsy shop!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Long Time!

It's been a while!! I've been very busy prepping for the fall semester (Teaching 3 classes this semester is proving very time-consuming), and getting ready for a lecture I'm presenting tomorrow at the MACAA conference in Indianapolis. I was asked to be on a panel called "Spirit in the Material World," and my lecture is called Neither One, Nor Many. I'll be talking about my artwork, my influences, and how art-making relates to my spiritual practice. Wish me luck!!

A big congrats to my friends Emily and Andy at City Bird- nominated by Metro Times as the best way to display Detroit pride! I've often given their products as gifts, and people love them. Here's the writeup:

"BEST WAY TO DISPLAY DETROIT PRIDE: City Bird At various metro Detroit locations and online at The hype surrounding these crafty siblings has been hard to miss — they've been lionized in a handful of local publications and even got a brief mention in The New York Times as an example of how the young, smart and creative can thrive in Detroit, despite the hordes of twentysomethings that throw off their caps and gowns only to head to the ostensibly greener pastures of cities like Chicago and New York. But Emily and Andy Linn don't just live in Detroit; they've made a business promoting the city they love. Since 2005, they've transformed a simple map of Detroit into a badge of local pride by sticking it on their handcrafted goodies, which include everything from soaps and clocks to plates and jewelry. Their handmade goods can even be purchased at shops in New York and Chicago where surviving while young and hip is not such a big deal, but where Detroit-refugees still want to show some absentee pride."

Go City Bird!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Official Coupon!

Here's the official coupon for your 20% off during the EFA Bday Bash!!!
click on the image for details!

EFA BDay Bash!! 20% Off!!!

Get 20% OFF anything in my shop from September 15-30!! I'm participating in the celebration of Etsy for Animals' Birthday Bash!! All you need to do is enter the coupon "LINDS" during the checkout process in the "Notes to Seller."
Use it at my store, or in any store participating in the bash (everyone has a different code and we get prizes if ours is used the most, so be careful not to switch codes!) To find out who's participating or more about the EFA Birthday Bash Extravaganza and how the coupon works, please check out Over 180 Etsy shops are accepting the coupon!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Treasury Feature!

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Check it out! Jennifer at Merkaba Jewelry ( has featured one of my prints in a gorgeous treasury collection!
Thanks, Jennifer!!
p.s.- jennifer makes the best scarves... I just ordered one last week!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Garden News!

Check out these sweet sunflowers that started opening on my birthday! They are heirloom varieties, from Seed Savers. Too cute!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Birthday Promo

The big "3-0"

It's my 30th birthday!! To celebrate, I'm offering 30% of any single item in my shop. Just send the note "Happy Birthday" in the Note to Seller section when you check out and i'll send you a revised invoice.

This offer is good through the rest of August!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturday Morning News

Well, at least the tomatoes weren't a total loss. The fruits that were on the plants did ripen, and are delicious!! Though not quite black, as the name would indicate, they are a funky mix of green, red, pink and orange. One does have black streaks on top. But they are delicate, very sweet and quite juicy. Yum! I have probably 5 more left on the plants, and then thats it. Maybe its a blessing not to have a kitchen bursting with tomatoes?

And the basement is done! Including my studio! Still need to "move in" to my new studio, but here's a peak at the almost finished studio and the definitely finished basement.

Tonight I'm having a "grown-up garden party" to celebrate turning 30. I'll post pics soon. I'm looking forward to my thirties, but seriously, who let me get this old?!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

It's Meow or Never

It's Meow or Never, an Animal Rescue & Sanctuary in Woodinville, WA is having their annual Paws for a Cause Auction! The auction is online, from August 2nd to August 9th. I have donated a piece to this auction, to help them reach their goal of $150,000. They are trying to open an adoption center which will allow them to rescue and rehabilitate more animals in need.
Check them out, and place a bid!!

Paws for a Cause Auction
Make your own Glitter Graphics

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Heartbreak in the Garden

Last February, I started a dozen heirloom Russian Black tomatoes ("Black from Tula") from seed. I tended to them daily, gently watering and making sure they had enough light from the special lamp and reflective walls I created for them. They grew wonderfully, and I handed out mature plants to friends with great pride.

I was so excited to find a fruit on my biggest plant in late June!! I began to worry, however, when that fruit was not ripening, and when the newest blossoms dropped off. It's now late July, and the fruit looks exactly the same as it did a month ago.

I then noticed my tomatoes in the garden bed, including a volunteer yellow pear plant, were losing blossoms and whole branches were turning yellow and dying. Good god, what was happening?!?!

This, as it turns out, is the dreaded Blight. A nasty fungal disease. Not much hope is given, and the plant won't put out any more flowers. Burning of the plant is suggested. My best guess is that our extremely rainy June/July weather gave the blight fungus a perfect breeding ground. Had I known earlier, I may have been able to do something about it, but not without massive amounts of chemicals. Which I won't use, as my veggies are all 100% organic. I will most likely pick the dozen green tomatoes that are trying to ripen, and dispose of my lovingly raised Black from Tula plants.

Sigh. This is heartbreaking.
In more uplifting news, my hydrangia is gorgeous!! And my tomatillos that I also grew from seed seem to be doing great! There are tiny fruits on several branches, just waiting to grow into delicious citrus-y goodness!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bee Fever!!

I don't know why I'm so interested in bees right now. Maybe it's their industrious nature that I admire, their cooperative behavior that inspires me, or maybe it's that they are such a small creature responsible for such a key part in food production. Who knows... But I'm way into them. So here are a few of my favorite bee-related Etsy finds:

From flyingcolors- a gorgeous print called "Abejas de Miel" (honey bees)
copyright Liva Rivas- check out her blog at

And this charming necklace from Foundling:

copyright Betsy- who has a blog at

~just a reminder... my birthday is coming up in a few weeks! he he he...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hiking the Narrows

My studio, artwork and jewelry have all been on the back burner lately... We just got back from the best trip- to Utah! My best friend lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, so we went to visit. From SLC we drove 4 hours down to Zion National Park which is GORGEOUS and rediculously hot.
On the 4th, we hiked in the Narrows, a section of canyon along the Virgin river. We rented special shoes and socks becuase we were in cold water for 5+ hours. Loved every minute of it, and crashed at the end of the day.

I highly recommend this trip!!
And for my niece, Meagan, who is the biggest fan of High School Musical, here is a pic of us in front of the actual high school they film at. Its in SLC, just down the street from my friend!

We are also STILL finishing up my new studio in the basement, so I'm in transition. No new art. The plan for today is to clean out and organize the old studio because my husband promises the new one will be done next month. I'll hold my breath.... and in the meantime we're heading to Northern Michigan for a relaxing weekend at the family cottage.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Don't Forget!!

The Iowa Relief Auction for Evacuated Animals starts THIS WEDNESDAY!!!
Thank you, Brooke!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Helping Animals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

We've all seen the images of the terrible flooding in Iowa, and other places across the country. A very generous woman named Brooke Suchomel from Cedar Rapids has put together an online auction to help the thousands of companion animals (mostly cats and dogs) that have been displaced by the floods. To see the auction and find ways to help, visit:

I have donated this cute pair of copper kitty earrings. The auction starts June 25th and ends July 5th... so go check out what's for sale and help out animals in need!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Yoga Prints are Back!

I've brought back my popular yoga prints and you can now buy them in my etsy shop!!

These prints are archival reproductions of my original watercolor and ink paintings of various yoga poses (asanas). I am posting them slowly, and will soon have cards for purchase as well!

Many folks claim watercolors are too hard to work with, that they get muddy and are hard to control. But I disagree! Watercolor, like a yoga practice, requires patience and grace!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Help Animal Rescue!

I now have an entire section of my shop devoted to helping rescued animals find a forever home!

All proceeds from the Animal Rescue section will go to Almost Home Animal Rescue (, a wonderful no-kill animal shelter in Southfield, MI. I have volunteered for them for almost a year, and I am proud to be a part of their organization. They are amazing!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Black and White Cookie Time!

Vegan Black and White Cookies

Just got back from New York (where I saw my friend on Broadway in Jersey Boys- awesome!), and wanted to share my new favorite treat!! I've heard of the famous "Black and White Cookie" but had never tried one. And my cat has the nickname "black and white cookie cat" (I know, not much of a nickname, but we like it) so I thought it was time to try it. So I did a little Etsy search and found VeganHoney who makes VEGAN BLACK AND WHITE COOKIES!!!

They sell them at a great little coffee bar in Greenwich Village called Gizzi's, so I stopped by to have a taste. Deeee-lish!! Thanks, VeganHoney!!!!!

That's me enjoying my new favorite snack.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Check it out!

Wendy Baylis of Dharma Designs just featured me on her blog! Check it out!

While you're at it, check out her awesome jewelry and original artwork-!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Birds n Bees

"Abeille" by

I've menioned I'm a gardener- of flowers, herbs, vegetables... So this whole bee crisis worries me. According to sources, both honeybees and butterflies are disappearing. Apparently in London, swallows have disappeared! The culprit is unknown, but there are lots of theories. In 2005, the Varoa mite was blamed for the loss of half (50%!) of the American bee population. The crisis continues, and the mite theory continues, but some are wondering if pesticides are to blame, or perhaps GMO plants don't produce the "right" kind of pollen, and then there is the theory that cell phone towers disrupt their navigation.

Even Haagen-Dazs is concerned! They have a website- and a new flavor of ice cream... Vanilla Honey.... that benefits honeybee research.

So here's how we can help....(from Sally Morton at

1. Plant heirloom varieties of plants and veggies. No more GMO varieties! I order from

2. Use organic and natural methods of gardening pest control instead of commercial pesticide. Commercial pesticides kill beneficial insects as well as the pest, and seeps down into the soil and contaminates it.

3. Use natural and organic methods to improve your gardens. Commercial fertilizers also seep into the ground and comtaminate, creating "dead zones" where NOTHING grows. Think compost, companion planting, etc.

4. Make your garden attractive to bees and butterflies! Try the following- butterfly bushes, lavender, sunflowers, thyme, cosmos, coneflowers, wysteria, coreopsis, and lemon balm.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Calling all LOST fans

It wasn't intentional... I chose this charm becuase I find the I-Ching fascinating and who doesn't want more yin/yang balance in their life?? But.... then I realized I had created a Dharma Initiative necklace. Has Ben gotten to me, too??!!

I love the combo of warm colors... good for passion, creativity, strength, confidence. There is a cool color combo- will be posted soon.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New Studio!

I've had many studios- a corner of my bedroom, a closet-sized studio in grad school, a full sculpture studio, and now my 3rd bedroom. But..... we are currently in the process of finishing our basement, and we are custom building a studio for me!! Hooray!

Our friend, J, is a carpenter and loves projects, so he is doing all of the work for us for free. We pay him in pizza, beer and good company.
Here is where we're at right now....
Doesn't look like much, but it will, soon enough. I'll post when it's all done!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

"Dreaming of a Friend"

copyright rogol vita

I'm really excited about my latest etsy purchase! I saw this photograph featured on the front page of etsy a few weeks ago, and I couldn't stop thinking about it.

Of course I love cats, but something about this image just had such an emotional impact on me. The mood that is set is very quiet, very lonely, but hopeful... I love it. PhotoVita ( is a very talented photographer, indeed. She also has a great promo going on- first 10 buyers get a free print of whatever image they like. Hooray!

Speaking of cats... I helped a mama cat give birth at the shelter last week. Well, I helped as much as I could, anyway. It was amazing and beautiful. Here's a photo of her with her beautiful little kitties. I was so proud of her hard work, and inspired by her motherly instincts. They kicked in as soon as the first baby arrived.- she knew exactly what to do! Nothing is as sweet as a freshly born mewing kitty. awwww.....

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Feeling Sunny!

Sources tell me that YELLOW is all the rage...

I felt like making something simple and sunny... in honor of spring, which I think has finally arrived here in Michigan.

These are the cutest little faceted yellow discs. I found them suffocating in a glass case at the thrift store, and I knew they needed a revamp. It's good to recycle old, tired jewelry. It's good to recycle, period!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Did you know....

...that Copper is a major electric conductor making it a great tool for those involved in energy based healing. Copper is said to combat lethargy, passivity, restlessness, excitability, and non-acceptance of ones self. It is also said to bring luck in recovering lost property.

How about that?!!

p.s. My sister-in-law just started a blog about dealing with nut allergies. Her 2 year old son (my nephew) has a severe peanut/treenut allergy and she's sharing what she's learning. If you have a nut allergy child, or know one, or just want to be informed, please check her out: