Saturday, December 31, 2011

Well it sure wasn't dull

2011 is a year I'll never forget. I lost my mom...a big, ginormous event in any ones life. I am still not settled down from that and am dealing with it on a daily basis in the best way that I can.

I got a job in the corporate world, and found out soon enough that I am not cut out for that...
That suited me about as much as the size X sweatpants I used to wear.   I lost 20lbs... Goodbye, farewell, auf wiedersehen,  goodnight.    I've kept it off and this is the first New Years Day in my life where
 I didn't need to start a diet.

 I started my ETSY site. Set it up by myself, set up PayPal myself. Yep me, formally known as" she who was computer illiterate" now kicking butt and trying STUFF I WOULD  HAVE NEVER EVER TRIED BEFORE.

 I have stuck with a Yoga program and have not given it up.   I am a card carrying Yogini.
  I've created a new body...don't get me wrong..It is still the body of a woman who has gained and lost many times that I have lost count. I still wouldn’t wear a swimsuit in public but if I am held together with black cotton and lot's of lycra I don't look too bad. But the stength, the flexibility, that has come from solid hard work and a firm desire... It did not come from reading a magazine article or talking about how I would love to do it but,  it came from putting in the time on the mat.

  I brought in more sales at my antique mall space this year than last year...huge,  considering a lot of places have closed down.. I just changed up my game plan and worked harder and put in more time.

My music has been taken to a whole new level, again through diligent  work and practice and meeting
new people in The Long Beach Uke Club.  I play with my rock and roll and blues boys and keep up
with them.

All in all a full year..I am hopeful for the next...I am going to work even harder. And mostly
slow down in the process and relish the moments, love and appreciate my friends, be a better
friend, give more, see more movies, play a lot more music, dance more, get outside to run and play, be a better wife, a better citizen and a better me.

 Thanks to you all for a wonderful year. You all have helped me in more ways than we'll ever know.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Peace, joy and happiness...

As I am winding up the year I can’t help but
think  of all the stuff that happened...both good
and bad, but mostly good and certainly promising.

I am trying to live my life with gratitude above all.
I am turning around my thinking...
negative thoughts are being replaced.

I am amazed sometimes at what the voices inside
my head are saying...and even more amazed that
I have been allowing it to happen.
Now I try and catch these thoughts and replace
them.  “Shut Up”...I tell myself...sometimes
over and over again.  

I struggle...

Trying so hard to let go of so much crap...
Letting alot of it go...just go.
just doing it.

Enjoying these last couple of days.
2011...certainly a year I will never forget.

Peace, love and prosperity to you all.
Thanks so much for being there.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Thanks Santa!

Santa Claus gave this very good girl a iPad for Christmas..
i do hope that all of you got your wishes fullfilled.

We made a promise of no gifts this year but my dear sweet husband
Just continues to amaze me with his kindness and generosity...he
Is always building me up...
Happy holidays to you all...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

From My Casa to yours....



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We are messin with a new gadget.

We got a cool new toy that allows you
to scan your slides and put them on
your computer...well holy cow. I
took a huge trip down memory lane
and saw pics  that I took on my old
trusty Minolta SRT pride
and joy back in the 1970s.  

Downtown Sheboygan 1972

Me at 19!  In a Victorian wedding dress that
I got for $1 at St. Vinnies.

(wish I still had that!  dang..)

Jaya woman’s collective.
We were opening a shop in Santa Monica
on Main Street.   Rent $75.00 a month.  Ha!
I’m 19 here...the youngest of the group. 

Some of my best friends at that time...
Two of them have passed away. I Haven’t
seen a picture of them in many a year...

Looks like an album cover.

My beautiful nieces...

My brother Dave...we took a trip
around Lake Superior in his Vista Cruiser in


Upper Michigan.
It was New Years Eve.  We celebrated it twice.
Once in Michigan then crossed the time line and
celebrated it again in Wisconsin.  In those
days the bars had a full spread of food and
noisemakers and all the rest. 

fond memories of: 
cole slaw
“cannibal sandwiches”
rye bread
smoked fish
potato salad
roast pork sandwiches
jello molds
macaroni salad
poppyseed torte

The memories are flooding back
and my mind is filled with it all.
Simpler times.
I’m getting homesick.

Lake Michigan in Sheboygan.  New Years Day.
The Polar Bears yearly swim.  The city would come
out at noon to watch a bunch of crazy people go in
the freezing waters.  Lake Michigan is freezing
in the summer...winter?  I can’t even imagine
doing such an insane thing.

I only have about a thousand more slides and photos to go.
It is going to be so much fun and I’m looking forward
to it.  The beauty of it all is that I can mess with the pics now in” iphoto''
and clean them up and crop them.  That old cardboard box of
slides is taking on a new life.  They were getting all faded
and blotchy.   I mean, who looks at slides anymore?
I think this new gadget,  the “ION Film and slide Scanner”
also does black and white negatives because I got
a whole folder of those...that was when  I got
really serious with photography and took classes
at Santa Monica College...There should be
some real dandies in that lot.

It is odd that we are doing this at the end of a year...
a year that has been so filled with a flood of tears,
emotions and memories.

Perhaps these photos will spark some new stories...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Braggin on the old man.

water feature

Prarie Style door.

copper fence caps

San Diego residence.

bathtub turned into desk

handmade handle

work in progress

finished piece in place in an office.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Not QuiteLast minute gifts from Beatnheart Etsy Shop.

handcrafted by moi.
Amethyst beads..vintage rhinestone rondelles
Art Deco connectors.

Luscious Vintage.

woof...woof...I need a home.
Vintage cutie pie from England.

Someone in Seattle?

Bang   bang

Holiday Glam.

I love these...

These too...Frequent Flyers.

Very Vintage...made by me.

Love, love, love...

Glorious Blue...

Pimpin my wares...thanks for indulging me.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Kohler Art Center Sheboygan, Wisconsin

The fabulous folk art collection in
the garden of the art center.

This art center is world class...amazing
for such a small Midwestern town.

Wisconsin has alot of folk art.  The Kohler foundation
has a program for artists from all over the world to
come and work at their foundry.

Look at your sink...
it probably came from the Kohler Company.

more than half of the people in Sheboygan work there.

The family is a huge supporter of the arts.
These pieces attest to that.

want to see more?  click here

Thursday, December 8, 2011

John Lennon

John Lennon was taken away from us.

gone but not forgotten.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

1950s Christmas Tree Ornaments.

I found these ornaments at an estate sale.

Do you remember these from back in the day?

These were in a box, unopened, unsed...
Memories from the 1950s !   
My family didn’t have these but I knew a few people
who did.  I don’t think I’ve seen them since then.

and oh boy...I’m selling them in my Etsy shop...
(also in my space at the Wertz Brothers Antique Market)


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