Oh Winter…

Just a note to say that it seems wintertime and the holidays have blocked my ability to write! Does anyone else find this? I’m so stuck and its incredibly frustrating. I even have ideas! Yet, my mind stops cold. It’s as though I hit a snowdrift and I am immediately covered with a blanket of white, white snow. Hoping to find some time for hands on art to help loosen these creativity-stifling claws!

Until then . . .

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Well, something has been brought to my attention by a dear friend. With the holidays and winter, I’ve been cooking and baking much more. Those activities can be quite creative! So even though I’m feeling blocked with my writing and painting, I am in fact still being creative. I thought I’d share photos of my annual tea sandwiches I make for Christmas. I also made several desserts and a delicious beet bruschetta.

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My Art is in a Boutique!

This August I went through a bit of a rut. I felt my writing had become blocked and a specific writing project had me feeling disappointed and upset (more on that soon!). Much has progressed since then!

I am incredibly excited to share photos of my fine art prints, framed and on exhibit at a fabulous boutique, Lynn Stoller Collection,  in Westhampton Beach, NY (the Hamptons).

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New greeting card designs!

Finally, I carved out a moment to make a few new designs for Paperie Flora! There isn’t anything quite like measuring and slicing paper, followed by weaving them together, to both invigorate and relax my spirit.

First is a shot of my new papers… Then a picture of the card designs in progress!

Paperie Flora new August 2013 paper selection
Paperie Flora new August 2013 paper selection
Paperie Flora designs in progress!
Paperie Flora designs in progress!

Thanks!

Writing Blocked by Life

My writing has been a bit blocked lately for various reasons. I also find that when I’m envisioning an art piece, I can’t focus on writing as well. Maybe someone else can relate?!

Now that our home restoration is getting closer to wrapping up (!!!), I can finally set up a desk to (soon) work on these paintings I have in mind. Until last week, the closet with my art supplies was barricaded by boxes and furniture. This also means I can finally make more Paperie Flora cards for the local gift store in town, who is nearly sold out! Maybe working on some hands on art will help with this writing block?!

One writing project in particular has me in a bind. I had been very excited and feeling confident, but now I’m unsure. I need to take a few deep breaths and regain my footing. This is definitely one of the reasons my other writing has been stagnant.

On the upside, after just a few days of no longer having workers inside of our house, we decided to go on a road trip South to see family. It was lovely! Truly a fun whirlwind of driving every day (6 days total) to see new babies (cousins for our 15 month old!) and my 96 year old grandmother (Vivi’s great grandmother!)!

I feel a bit renewed having gone on this adventure. Now, to organize our house from the chaos of restorations/renovations. That too may help unblock my writing!

Wish me luck!

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Paperie Flora paper inspiration
Paperie Flora paper inspiration

This lot of new decorative papers arrived last week and I am very excited to work on new combinations for my collage art greeting cards (Paperie Flora)! Today I stopped by a local shop, who sells my cards and have been asked to bring in more ~ they’ve nearly run out of my designs from the beginning of June! Stay tuned!