sage smudge kit.....cleansing.

"the pity in life is that most of us die before we
are fully born. don't miss yourself."

~erich fromm

happy monday!


five happy, and really good things.

daily inspiration....

oops....forgot to post my weekly really good things, unexpected happy CHEER me on postcard..
..a pkg of nag champa soap, sage bundles and incense..
..purging the studio.. week of exercise and eating right..
..this quote, a daily reminder that is is okay to be me..

“To be alive is the biggest fear humans have. Death is
not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking
the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what
we really are. Just being ourselves is the biggest fear of
humans. We have learned to live our lives trying to satisfy
other people’s demands. We have learned to live by other
people’s points of view because of the fear of not being
accepted and of not being good enough for someone else.
Trying to be good enough for them, we create an image of
perfection, but we do not fit this image. We create this
image, but this image is not real. We are never going to be
perfect from this point of view. Never!”

-The Four Agreements
[thank you miss swirly, for the reminder]


happy. and five good things

necco's - i dig them

another busy week, but a good busy. it is thursday and
i have neglected my 5 REALLY good things, brought to you
by liz, each week. so here goes

. 8:39am, munching on sweetheart necco's
.. g's bald head, swim sectional tonight.
... miss c's midterm card, all a's
.... the other miss c, finding her way in the world of design
..... b and i working on being better at "marriage"

how about you, what are you 5 things?

and as a vd bonus, i will leave you with some happy
eye candy.

..michelle brusegaard -peacock enclosures, mine are pink..

..holly hawk..leather cuffs [can't choose]

..jen lemen's altars..

..mimi doodles encaustic paintings.. blogs to drool over,
..stephanie lee studios..
..mccabe, the dancing mermaid and her rocks..
..and urban prairie refueled..

and how can i NOT mention our hometown boy
top 24 finalist in american idol...........[insert drumroll]
he's pretty sweet to look at too!

hope you feel the love today


[ if ] ..choose..

illustration friday ..choose..
choose to be kind.
and choose to head over to if to see other choices.

new at etsy.

..funk.. print

new prints added at etsy. 5 new girls, full of spunk
and funk. [originals are available at nahcotta.

if you would like to check them out.....walk this way.

..thanks a bunch..



peacock blue

today, a friend called me. today, they just needed
someone to listen. i am warm all over from the feeling
of happyness this person brings to me. knowing that we
used to rip on one another as kids, growing up together,
seeing the other go through bad spells and then seeing
each find their own spot in life....feeling happy for the others
stability. watching this person grow into what i knew they
could be. kind. caring. secure.

today someone trusted me enough to ask me to listen.
and in return they listened.

breath in. i calm my body.
breath out. i smile.
dwelling in this present moment.
i know this is a wonderful moment.



blank canvas awaits.

what a happy happy weekend. the best since summers
most days i feel like i am on a rollercoaster. this
weekend we had our taxes done....check. i finished up
another job on friday.....check. kids were with their
dad.....check. my work-a-holic "b" was game free....check.
we both snuck in two naps and went to dinner, chomped on
some delicious gourmet burgers. i feel so rested and caught
up. why oh why do we think running ourselves into the
ground is the way to live?

i have a sketch ready for my blank canvas, it will be for
a new dear friend who has tirelessy worked to help dawn
and i with our little caroline's fight against juvenile cancer.
she makes purses. oh and little pockets, each full of pattern,
vintage fabrics, ribbon and ties. there is a bit of a handbag
crusade here in this little middle indiana town. if you would
to check them out....go here. she is part of an amazing,
kind and beautiful family. we have fallen in love with them.

i am off to start my day....peace ya'll


eta iii LIVE tonight

enormous tiny artshow iii opening tonight!
Feb 8- March 9

support all the artists, there is such a great list!
if you are interested in any work, contact deb
or abbie at the gallery.


there are new pictures up of all the pieces ready
to be hung for the show. quite a nice image. i only
wish i could be there in person.


FIVE really....REALLY good things.

sweet towels

here are my really REALLY good 5 things
so far this week....

some news hopefully coming soon - i will share if i get
a yes.

seeing "g" wearing his varsity jacket, and his constant "kip"
impressions that are straight on!
[Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online
with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training
to be a cage fighter.]

nahcotta opening this weekend! if you go to the opening,
email me all the details and i will drool.

phone calls about my artwork, new design job possiblities

taxes being done this weekend.

bonus goodness: the obama video below "yes we can"

what are five really good things in your world



Yes We Can

are you ready for a change?
hope = vote.....