Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Sometimes walls are to sit on.
Sometimes walls are to beat your head against.
Sometimes walls are for shade.
Sometimes walls are restrictive.
Sometimes walls are secure.
And other times walls are for pushing through, tearing down and moving past.

Friday, December 17, 2010

the geese are getting fat and deodorant

Last week we had a little cold snap and our heater busted. I guess the Louisiana forecast was just too hard on this old house's furnace (that, or the old furnace was exactly that.... old.) So this year Santa brought us the need to get a new one. Thanks Santa; now we are all toasty and warm again.

The rest of this post is for a certain stinky friend in Idaho, seeking, but not finding, a good natural deodorant. I have searched for one of those myself off and on for the last 12 years, always returning to the chemically-heavy and commercially processed products anyone can find at their local one-stop-shop. I believe my search finally ended 6 months ago. Other products and I (and I am sure to have tried them ALL) have only really gotten along for a maximum of two weeks. And generally our relationship only lasted that long because I am stubborn. But the desire to be stench-free always won out, much to the satisfaction and relief of those I lived around. (Sorry to everyone that had to endure me.) So, back in June a friend of mine introduced me to two products made by LUSH Cosmetics. I use the following products together and feel fresh as a flower petal all day (and I can always enjoy a little "pick me up" in the muggy summer months by applying a bit more powder through the day.)

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Here are the products (AND WORTH EVERY DIME):

Lush Aromaco Natural deodorant ( I also have and use the Aromarant but like the smell of the Aromaco better)

AND the Vanilla Puff Powder Dusting Powder. (I am NOT a fan of "foody" smelling body or home products, so understand that the vanilla in the Vanilla Puff Powder is not what it may sound like.)

I apply the deodorant and then a healthy dusting of the scrumptious powder. Freshness all day!!!!! Six months and going a good way. HA!

Good luck, stinky friend.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

out of the studio, and in a shoe

his morning my oldest son said his shoe did not fit. I felt the tip of his shoe and told him to wriggle his toes. His feet really were jammed up to the toe of his shoes! I couldn't believe he had outgrown them that fast, so I had him take the shoes off. This is what I found: 1/3 cup of sand....IN EACH SHOE!!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Up and going

I was up and in the studio this morning at 5:30. I will be getting to bed a lot earlier tonight so I can can better time in there in the morning. Currently I am working on a larger project: a still life of two glass Christmas ornaments, containing a double self portrait. I will be submitting it to a juried group exhibition entitled "Intimacy" in Chicago. We'll see if it makes it in.