Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Friday 8/3 event

This Friday 8/3 I will be selling at the Studio STK Art-To-Go event. It is also first friday art walk so if you are out and about swing by Studio STK.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

For Mom

Summer at Stricker's Pond
Originally uploaded by Mingfong
My mom is in the hospital. These flowers are for you mom.


Friday, July 27, 2007

Isn't it ironic?

Ok this is insane. I wrote the post yesterday about getting all my replacement music from when my basement flooded a few months ago and you will never believe what happened yesterday. My freakin' basement flooded AGAIN. I thought I was going to lose my mind. The exact same thing happened as before. I put in a load of laundry, came upstairs to hang towels on the clothes line and then started dinner. About an hour later I went to wash a few dishes and noticed there was no hot water. I could hear the wash downstairs still going and all of a sudden I got a sick feeling in my stomach. I opened the basement door, walked downstairs and proceeded to scream "Oh no not again" at the top of my lungs. The entire basement was once again flooded with water. This time it wasn't as bad. We had almost 6 inches last time. This looked more like 2 inches but still it covered corner to corner of the basement. I started freaking out and the kids started freaking out. I felt so bad that I could not stay in control.

This really came at a bad time. I just had contractors here the same day telling me how much I was going to have to spend to fix extensive window rot I have going with three windows in our house. Now I have a deductible to pay and a new washer to buy. Also JB has been working 7 days a week until midnight and now all of a sudden we have to both be available somehow to clean up the basement. That won't go over very well at his work. So Serve Pro came out once again and installed a pump last night. All the water is now gone but we now must have their industrial sized dehumidifiers and fans going down there for several days until it is all dried out.

So I am pretty much a stress case. I feel overwhelmed. I really didn't need to add going to the Laundromat three times a week to my already hectic life. I don't need another thing I can't afford to pay for go wrong with this house. I need things to calm down. I need my husband to not have to work so much so we can share the load more. I need a vacation.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Big news!

I just got accepted as a new consigner at My Bonnie and Clyde. I will be sending them three necklaces this weekend. I love their website and I am honored to be added to it. It is filled with many talented indie artists and designers. I will update when my goods have been added to the site.

Music to my ears

A few months ago my basement flooded. The bad news is we lost many boxes of books and cassette tapes. The good news is we got insurance money to replace them. Since cassettes are no longer being produced we were able to spend money on CDs. I haven't bought much new music in the past few years. One of the luxury items I had to give up when I chose to quit my job. So you can image how exciting it was for me to be given a dollar figure and told to go shopping on Amazon. It was extremely hard. There was so much pressure. How do you choose what to get? Well I just got my shipment in. You might be surprised by the selection but here we go.

Pearl Jam - the latest one
Wilco - Sky blue sky
Son Volt - The Search
Modest Mouse - Good news for people who love bad news
Neko Case - Ffox Confessor brings the flood
Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
Sarah McLachlan - Surfacig
Neil Young - Prairie Wind
The Donnas - Gold metal
Evanescence - Fallen
R.E.M. - The best of the IRS years
The Postal Service - Give it up
Tori Amos - Bee keeper
Built to Spill - There's nothing wrong with love
Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
Norah Jones - Come away with me
Bob Marley - Legend
Belle and Sebastian - if you're feeling sinister
Brightblack Morning light
Pink - I'm not dead
My Morning Jacket - Okonokos
Tori Amos - American doll posse
Modest Mouse - We were dead before
Ryan Adams - Rock n roll
Cat Power - The Greatest
Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
Bright Eyes - I'm wide awake it's morning
Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
Kelly Clarkson - My December (ok shut up)
Heavenly States - Black Comet
Joss Stone - Mind, body soul

Now I just need to find time during the day when I can safly listen to some of these without my kids picking up some new bad words.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Strap it on

I bought myself a new guitar this weekend. I am quite thrilled. When I moved to CA in 1998 I had to sell my cherry red Fender strat because I had decided to only take my acoustic with me. I have been without an electric since then. This weekend E an I headed to our local music store for a big sale they were having. Our mission was to get him some drum sticks because he started taking lessons. Well we came home with a bit more than drum sticks. I also found a great deal on a Fender Squire that came with a mini amp and I just could not pass it up. I am in love. It is actually the inspiration I needed to practice more and practice differently.

Saturday, July 21, 2007


I dug up my hastas last fall and since then the side of my house has been bare. I thought with the cart load of flowers I bought the other day I should use some to fill in the space.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Flower score

This was my cart at the end of my trip. It barely fit in my car with two kids and a dog.

Claussen's is having a All-U-Can Carry sale starting today.
All you can carry for $20.00 or a cart load for $40.00

I chose the cart and ended up with probably hundreds of dollars worth of flowers.

It felt like Christmas today.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

This I believe

On October 7, 2006 Michelle Gardner-Quinn was brutally murdered. She was a UVM student. She was taken from our downtown streets and forever taken away from us. I did not know her personally but the crime shook up our entire community.

Two days before she was murdered she submitted an essay to her environmental studies class. This video made for Live Earth contains experts of that essay. The essay is read by Tipper Gore, Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of York, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Sheryl Crow, Meg Ryan, Emily Proctor and Michelle's Mother Diane Gardner Quinn.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

World Breastfeeding Week is Coming!

Burlington's Celebration, sponsored by the Chittenden County Breastfeeding Promotion Coalition and La Leche League of Burlington, will be held on August 4th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, at Contois Auditorium in City Hall, on Church Street, downtown Burlington.

Read more info on the event here.

I attended the event last year and it was wonderful and empowering. I will attend this year for sure.

Please pass this info on. Spread the word. Get involved.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Forever etched

Forever etched wooden earrings now available in my Etsy shop. One pair only.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

In support of all the strong women out there I know I give you this.

My friend over at Vinceland wrote this amazing post called

Girls are the New Guys

I think it is fantastic and so is he.

He gives a shout out to me in it too so I thought I would return the favor.

Give it a read.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


So I wanted to apologize for getting all crafty on this blog lately. I have been toying with getting rid of my studio blog and combining it into this one and then changing the name. I have decided however to keep them separate. I will continue on here with my opinionated rants and raves regarding parenting, products and sometimes politics. My studio blog will continue on its own as my creative space.

see you back on the dark side soon.
Starting Wednesday I will be selling earrings at Studio STK's Art to Go store in Burlington VT.

These 5 will be the first pairs I deliver on Wednesday. If you are not local do not worry. They will be launching an ecommerce site soon. So stay tuned.

Stop in if you are local or check back on the site for the launch of their new online shop.

The DIY Show & Sell at Studio STK on Friday was fun. It wasn't as busy as we had hoped but I made some sales which is always good and met some new vendors. My new wooden earrings were a smash hit so I will definitely be making more of those. I still have a few pairs left if anyone is interested.

I traded some jewelry with Erinn of Urban-farmgirl and I got this fabulous new hat.

my set upthe lovely Erinn of Urban-farmgirl

Monday, July 09, 2007

Exciting News

Starting Wednesday I will be selling earrings at Studio STK's Art to Go store in Burlington VT.

These 5 will be the first pairs I deliver on Wednesday. If you are not local do not worry. They will be launching an ecommerce site soon. So stay tuned.

Stop in if you are local or check back on the site for the launch of their new online shop.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

New wooden earrings available for sale tomorrow evening at the Studio STK show. If there are any left they will up for sale in my Etsy shop this weekend.

Monday, July 02, 2007

I am

I am an artist. It has taken me almost 20 years to be able to finally use that label. Since school I have dabbled in so many different things only half doing them well that I never felt worthy of that title. I have been writing poetry since elementary school, taught myself guitar, took up photography, pottery, singing and jewelry making in high school. Through college and beyond I still did many of these hobbies in my spare time but I was always jealous of friends of mine who had one direct interest.

Becoming a parent has changed me. It has given me the confidence I needed to pursue my dreams and finally see myself as a creative soul. Many people believe that having children will hurt their creative edge. For me it sharpened mine. I now have more drive to embrace my hobbies and own them as my own. I now find creativity in areas I never imagined. Cooking, gardening and home improvements are other areas of home inspired creativity I immerse myself in on a daily basis. Whether it is making homemade pesto from our garden grown basil or painting my front door purple I choose to make my home a place of inspiration through color, design and lots of flowers. All of this feeds my current passion for designing jewelry and also keeps me writing and playing guitar as well.

I am an artist. I choose wear this title with pride. I choose to be whoever I want to be. I choose to never back down from my dreams. I choose to show my children the importance of finding their passion.

I am creative, strong, weak and driven. I want to dream and weep, write and scream, play lost songs to searching souls. I want to raise my sons to be anything but the ordinary. I am a seeker, a dreamer , a dancer in the darkness.