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I snuck into my art closet last night and created a new piece, Inner Peace. I can always find inner peace in my little art space! I am offering free shipping on all original art on canvas shipped to addresses in the USA and Canada this week. Thanks for looking! My shop is here.
Ever since we finished the zen garden, I have made a point to have my daily cup of coffee in it. When I say cup of coffee, I mean tea and cookies. Karen is the one who likes coffee. I like tea. And hot chocolate. We both like that.
I think it's important to take a few minutes a day for whatever YOU like and just sit and be and enjoy that few minutes, even if the only time you get those few minutes of peace is while you sit in the long line of cars to pick up your kids after school. I keep getting stuck in that long line of cars to pick up kids I don't have because I live right behind a school and if I time it just right, I get an extra 15 minutes to sit in my car sipping my tea while listening to the radio. Not a bad little break.
I created this coffee break art in honor of my favorite few minutes of the day for our book Journal Revolution. The 2 round pieces made it in the book but the third one, The Little Things, did not. Now all three are prints available for purchase in my shop.
This morning I went to my closet- I mean my studio- and found some art. I think I must've made it during the last few days of my back pain induced drug haze. And by drug haze I mean a combination of ice, Advil, and those Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies. I'm hazy on the actual amount of drugs taken and pies eaten. And by pies I mean those those oatmeal cookie things. Why are they called pies? In my mind, a pie is eaten with a fork or a spoon and is not two cookies with frosting flavored lard smooshed between them. But, whatever.
There is new art in my shop. There are a few new pieces on canvas and some prints~ take a look!
This little 6x6 canvas is a sample piece I created before creating a much bigger version of it. I was going to hang it in my kitchen but I don't have any space for it. I bet it would look smashing in YOUR kitchen! It's in my shop now.
Today while I was outside working on some stuff I saw Laptop Lady sitting at her window. I am pretty sure her entry for today was; Yellow House Neighbor is wearing a black shirt and a paint covered apron when it's 95 degrees out. Also, she left her sliding door open while the air conditioner was on. Is she paying to cool the whole neighborhood?
I did leave the door open and I went back and forth setting up my shots for some new art I just put in my shop. But, I wanted to be sure I could get in fast if a killer bee got mad at me. I'd not normally expect that happening but I just watched a show all about killer bees and given my luck lately, well, you understand. There are three new pieces of original art on canvas in my shop right now. Go have a look! Cookies, coffee, bacon and....
This one is my little sign to the bad luck I have been having. I hope it gets the message. NO MORE!!!!
Karen and I have been in a decorating frenzy. She moved into her new
house and her color scheme changed. Then we got the zen garden which
you can see from the inside of the house and now my colors have to
change. As luck would have it, we're both going for the same shades of
purple and green. The only problem is (aside from the budget) nobody
seems to have anything in shades of eggplant. I dyed my curtains and
depending on the time of day, they are a good shade of deep purple. I
need a few pillows for the couch and chairs to tie everything together
and a new area rug and then I think I will be happier. These are also
the same things Karen needs. Imagine that! We're also both in need of a Cinnabon and some not ugly clothes so we're taking tomorrow off and
meeting at the mall. I know we won't find not ugly clothes.
In my redecorating frenzy, I have also been changing around some of the
art and photos we have on the walls. One of my all time favorite pieces
of art that I made is hanging in our bedroom. I thought it would look
really good at Karen's house (in her blue room) but there's no way I
am parting with the original! I decided to make some prints and they
turned out really nice. What a good sister! Open Window is now available in my shop.
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Even though it seems like all I do is twitter, eat, and talk to my gardener, I've actually been hard at work on art! I've got some projects in the works that at the moment prevent me from selling some of my original works on canvas until they can be photographed by people who aren't me, so I have no idea how long that will take. And, I am aware of the economy lately and the fact that even though people want to spend money on necessities like toilet paper, hair dye and art, they may not be able to afford it. I totally get it! Hello- I'm writing this from Car, House, and Body Break Down Central! I know I feel better about our bad luck when I am able to treat myself and my friends to art once in a while so I have created a new line of prints that are ONLY $8. Shipping in the US is only $2. Five prints from the new line have been uploaded to my etsy shop in the Mini Prints section. The cool thing about these prints is they are sold unframed and can be framed in different ways depending on your decorating style and your budget. I went and looked at frames at Walgreens, Target, Walmart and Ikea, and these will fit in standard 5"x7" frames and frames with a mat opening for a 4" image.
***The other new thing around here is that Karen is a new age today. ***
I knew last week when everything was going right that it meant everything was about to be not right. I knew it! I also knew I should never have said (in writing) I was not the type of sister to get a sympathy tattoo for Karen because my body rebelled and developed a sympathy spot! My first mammogram revealed what looks to my trained eye to be an undigested jellybean that strayed off course and landed in my left breast. Karen's spot is in her right breast. We're a set! I had more tests that confirmed the jellybean is in fact there. Funny how doctors don't call it a jellybean,though. They aren't calling it anything yet and seem optimistic that it might be nothing to worry about yet. As soon as I get the final report,I will get a second (and third) opinion and will figure out what to do. We have learned that answers do not come fast. While I was having the second round of tests, I could not help but stand there shirtless and compressed and thinking to myself that surely this MO FO mammogram machine must be a left over from the Holocaust. This is what Jewish people do. We compare every moment of pain we are in to something from the Holocaust. If the mammo machine and the techniques used to diagnose breast problems were not from the Holocaust, they were invented by some sick bastard who hates women. That's the only explanation I can come up with. Because really, while I was there in the moment, I could think of many ways these tests could be performed BETTER. And, because not enough time out of my life the last couple weeks has been devoted to going to doctor appointments, waiting on doctors, dealing with insurance companies, writing letters to insurance companies, and teaching nurses how to do blood tests, I really had to spend some time finding out who invented the mammogram. Ahh, it was German surgeon Albert Soloman in 1913. All the Jewish people reading this just gave each other the look. In 1949, Raul Leborgne figured out that breasts need compression to identify
calcifications. TWO MEN. That explains things.