Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!! Darth Vader....he made
everything but the helmet!
Great Job Mike!!!
Jaime as 'Darth Talon'
She and Mikey made her entire costume
really Great Job!

Here is Ava as...'Pink Kitty'
Isn't she just toooo cute!

And, Simon as a skeleton man...
His mother made his costume
using paper cut outs...
how clever!!!

Simon..looking intent on something...

Ava...a little smeared...but oh..sooo...cute!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I Am Slowly Learning

I am slowly learning
how to swim with the 'big fish'...
I'm still a little 'minnow' mind you...
but I am learning.
Taking the past couple of weeks
to do a lot..lot..lot of research
has led me back to doing
what I've always enjoyed...
'a little of this and a little of that'.
I don't think I could have ever
done assembly line work...
doing the same thing over and over and over..
whatever it is that I do..
when it gets to that point, I find myself
unwittingly, 'rebelling'.
So it is with my art...
when I get to the point that
I just can't think of anything to create....I have
to 'step away'.
And..I did!
I haven't created anything new in a couple of weeks.
Now...I'm ready once again
to spend a few days
on some new art pieces...
digital originals..
and some new print packets
as well as my Holiday card packets.
I'll be listing some new things
in the shop
the beginning of next week!
In the meantime
check out the new merchandise
I've put in my CMZ Zazzle Shop.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Silent Night -- Print

I originally created this piece
for use on my seasonal Greeting Cards
(which I am still working on.)
I like it so much that
I decided to list it
as a print
in my Etsy Shop.

Friday, October 24, 2008

I'm Having A Working Vacation

I hadn't planned it
but, I've found myself deeply involved
in a 'working vacation'.
It's not a vacation
like most people would take..
but rather..
one that keeps me up into the
wee hours of the morning.
I'm working my behind off
on several of the sites
that have become so very neglected.
I'll post updates
on one or two of those,
as soon as I am
satisfied with the progress!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I Voted..

I have now officially
cast my ballot
for the 2008 Presidential Election.
I would have voted, for the first time,
the year Bobby Kennedy ran..
had he not been
I didn't vote that year..
I have voted in every
Presidential Election since!
I figure...I can't complain..
if I haven't voted!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I made the Front Page yesterday...

with this lovely little piece.
The Treasury is now found on Flickr
and I feel very honored to have been included!

Monday, October 20, 2008

A quiet weekend

I spent a very quiet week-end..for the most part..
doing some online studying.
I feel the need to 'educate myself' every now and then..
and this was a good opportunity.
I'm still feeling a bit "under the weather"...
and not like doing much..other than getting all of my shipping
ready to send to the post.
So..that's what I did!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Not quite yet...

I had hoped I would get my cards and envelopes
all done so that I could get them listed...
no such luck!
Actually...I spent yesterday..mostly 'exhausted'.
I really didn't do much of anything!
Whenever I get like that...
it's time to take a few days to
renew and refresh!
So...the cards and envelopes...and anything else I might do..
will have to wait a few more days.
Sorry...I should have waited until they
were ready before I said anything...
hopefully...I'll wait
next time:)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My first set of cards is almost ready...

I have finished my first set of
winter cards...
complete with matching envelopes.
I had to design the cards...which took the better
part of the last three well as the matching envelopes.
Hopefully I can get the cards and envelopes printed
and assembled
so that I can list them, in the shop, by the first part of the week.
I'm going to offer card packs
as well as
individual cards.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Cards with matching envelopes

It took most of the day
and I still have some 'tweeking' to do...
I think I've finally got the envelope
design that I am wanting
for my
cards w/ matching envelopes.
Here are a few of the cards
I am busy working on.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I think I'm going to give this a try...

I'm designing my own
based on the coresponding card..
this is my first attempt..
we'll see how it goes....

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My persoal favorites

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Every so often
I have connectivity issues
with my internet.
This is one of those 'times'.
No matter...
I'll stay busy whether I'm able to get online
or not.
I've got a couple new prints
in the shop...
I'll have more new pieces soon...
if I can ever get over this 'bug' I've been
affected by.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I don't like being sick...

One of my children has been sick
since his birthday, on Friday.
He didn't get sick after a hearty bout of celebration...
he didn't even get to go out for his birthday.
He started feeling poorly, while he was
and he is STILL in bed...
I feel so sorry for him.
As luck would have it...
I seem to have picked up this awful bug.
It hasn't been that long ago...
that I got over that month long respiratory thing...
I'm really not 'up' for another bout of the

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Giving My Orphans A Home

I have so many pieces of art
that haven't had a home...
till now.
I'm a little OCD about my CMZ Art Shop
and I've worked hard at
trying to find a particular 'look' for
the shop...
(which still isn't where I want it to be)..
I've pulled a lot of my
because they didn't 'seem to fit'. with the re-opening of the
I'm going to have a new
for my little orphan pieces,
some which have never been shown
on Etsy before!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pendants Plus is Back...

After about a month of, 'being on vacation',
we've reactivated our
I've put a few of the glass tile pendants
that were already listed
back into the shop.
We've added the
'Keep Calm Carry On'
Poster Prints
and we'll be adding magnets
as well.
I'm going to be listing
some Scrabble Tile Pendants
in the next few days.
And...I'm thinking
I may put some of my
pieces in that shop. We'll see.
Pop in and have a look..
there's not as much in the shop
as I want to have...
by the end of the week-end
it will be quite filled,
so please check back from time to time.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Keep Calm....Carry On

Wow...these posters
have popped up all over Etsy!
It doesn't matter who offers them...
they seem to sell very well for everyone...
the way things have
been lately...
I'm thinking about
putting a few
in my shop.
Even if it's just to
keep me calm
so that I can carry on.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My Art is 'Art of The Day' on EBSQ

'On Point'
This piece is the
Today....October 8th!
This may be the
first time
in four years
that my art was selected
as THE 'Art of The Day'....
I am very honored!
This print is
in my Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I Need A Re-do

We worked so hard
on getting some new jewelry pieces
ready for listing...
and it looks like most of it
is going to have to be
I don't know if it's the
or the glue..
most of my pieces are going
to have to be
Hopefully in the next
few days
I'll be able to get them redone
and listed in the shop.

Monday, October 6, 2008

New Jewelry

With LOTS of Jaime's help, we got
some new pendants put together.
I hope to list some of them
later today
in my Etsy Shop.
But, as you can tell from these photos...
and they are the best of the bunch..
I need to work on getting
some..way photos.
Wish me luck!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008


I'm looking forward to a
quiet day today.
We didn't get as much jewelry finished
as we wanted to
earlier..., we're going to try to
get some finished today!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Would they let me do THIS at a 'real' job?

I wonder...would 'they' let me do this
at a "real" job....

Get up at noon (or 2)

Spend my first two hours at 'coffee break'

Work 30 minutes...

time for another 'coffee break'

Check and see what's on TV

Surf the net'

Work another hour or so

'Coffee break'

Run a few errands

Fix a quick dinner

'Surf the net'

Watch some prime time TV

Work another 30 minutes or so, unless I am 'involved' in TV

Watch what I 'Tivo'd' while I "worked"

'Surf the net'

Watch some more TV

Go to bed

Turn on the TV

Sleep a bit

Get up at noon (or 2).
I'm having my problems 'adjusting' to spending
so much time by myself.
Hopefully I'll 'get it together' soon!

Friday, October 3, 2008

My latest painting.

This is my latest painting
"Beautiful Autumn"

I have it listed in my
Etsy Shop.

It is 20" x 24"
Acrylic Paints on Gallery Canvas.

Jaime and I are going to
spend today
getting all of our prints and shipping
ready to go
we'll start on some new
jewelry pieces!

It will depend on
how long it takes us to
get all of our sold pieces
ready for mail.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I'm PAINTING Again!!

It's been awhile since I've
painted more than a couple of
during the course of a week.
I've done the best I could
with the time I've had...
this piece
is a rather sweet little piece
12" x 16"
Acrylic paints and textures
on gallery wrapped canvas.
I have several
other new paintings finished
that I'll be listing tomorrow.
This is the only
one I've been able
to photograph.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New Prints to be Listed

Here are a couple of new prints
that I will be listing in my shop.
The top photo is of my original painting
'Abstract Poppy with Vase.'
The bottom photo features poppies from
an original painting, combined in a digital