The Cindy/Cindi collaboration project~

One of my favorite people in the world, who also happens to be a very talented painter Cindi Sartain and I worked today on some pendants with her paintings in them. We wanted to do some this summer for the "Festival of the Arts" in Libertyville, IL. , since we always have booths right next to each other. Here are some samples of the ones we put together that are still drying. Love the way they look in the pendants! I will post some more pictures as we do more and will be putting some on the website.


Idol Auditions

The pictures above are of Carly, Dylan & Kelsey entering United Center, In our seats after singing the group song & Kelsey singing "Landslide" for Judge #3!

The American Idol experience was a lot of fun. We saw very interesting as well as many talented people that were singing their hearts out in the parking lot, hallways, nooks and crannies. With the announcement that Chicago had the 2nd largest amount of people they have seen audition, we knew we were in for a little bit of a wait. They took the groups up by sections and we were pretty much a little past half way. Each person was allowed about 20 to 30 seconds to shine! With only few Golden tickets given out with the amount of people there, I do not know how they choose. The talent as I said seemed incredible.

There was your typical American Idol fun dressed people and we saw a few of them get in, not sure if the vocals were good too? We could not hear from our seats. Great people watching though!

We went with Kelsey's boyfriend Dylan and his sister Carly and their parents. All the kids have been involved in theater and music for some time and their songs sounded great. Kelsey sang "Landslide" one of my very favorite songs of all time! She sang it beautifully! Unfortunately, none of the kids will get the chance to audition for Simon & the Idol gang or be Hollywood bound. We look forward to trying again(?) another year:) All in all, a fun day, now we are exhausted and ready to go to bed!


Happy Father's Day

Hop on Pop. We like to hop. We like to hop on Pop!

loving, fun, good looking, handy, sporty, our rock, music lover, motorcycle enthusiast, creative, stylish, friend, supportive, driving instructor, coach, therapist, part time friend and family ER doc, my mcdreamy, gentle soul, giving, funny, the greatest...

& oh so Cool...Happy Father's Day!

We love you~xoxoxo


New creations from my Studio

Rain Rain go away, but wait, I have gotten some new pieces done in the studio, woo hoo! I will be posting on my Etsy site soon.

When the sun comes out and the garden beckons I have such a hard time going into my basement studio. I love my studio it is well lit and very inspiring, but no windows! It is hard when I have been locked away all winter and now the birds chirping and all the greenery I just want to be out there. I have tried to plan my schedule where I spend the morning and early afternoon hours working and then reward myself with late afternoon outings. Here in the midwest though we have had many rainy days and it does make it alot easier to be productive.

So while myself and others complain about the weather deep down I do love rainy days:)


Time Spent~

My girlfriends (+ one hubby in tow) and I went on our annual first of the season trip to Kane County, IL flea market. Always fun looking for treasures and spending time with friends. You never know what you might find. We picked up plants, garden objects, bed sheets, a cute little bohemian bag, vintage tri-pod, jewelry, gifts, and of course as always some good eatin! I believe Mike (hubby in tow) might of had more fun and purchases then the rest of us:)


Happy Birthday Mom~

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan

~mother, wife, grandmother, sister, friend, family center, traveler, cook, doll lover, antique buff, silly, creative, family historian, teacher, counselor, gardener, etc. etc. etc. xoxoxo ~ Love to my mom on her birthday


sWeeT TwEEt

This little goldfinch visits our window and knocks a few times a day. Is he looking to come back home from some escaped cage? Is he in love with my dog? Is he beckoned like the wildlife in Snow White to my daugther's singing?

All I know is that I have come to expect this little guys visits every morning and will miss them terribly if he ever stops coming by.