watercolor, ink, acrylic on hot press watercolor paper

Hello my friends
It's lovely to be back here
to share a bit of life
and what I've been up to.

I've put the camera down for a bit
and picked up my paints and pencils
and returned to another love.
Drawing, painting, & journaling.

I've been away from it for quite a while
although you never REALLY leave it...
you simply have it on the back burner.

So I will be back sharing some of the fun I've
been having.

art journal

Watercolor on 4x6 140lb watercolor paper

The interesting challenge about working with watercolor
here in the desert, is the same challenge I
have with acrylics....with relatively no humidity,
with the exception of maybe July and August,
everything dries so darn fast!
I have to work fast!!!

I love both mediums.  Probably equally...

I'll be back, my friends
There is much more to share

Hello dear friends in the blogging world
it has been far, far too long
since my last visit.
We are long overdue for a chat.
2015 seems a blur
365 days and nights - come and gone.

So, lets start with a highlight of the year.
There was one bit of travel...
SWA heading East to Austin
a sweet visit with my daughter in Austin
My hand in hers
and a first time use of airbnb
which was fabulous!!
I highly recommend it.
I found a little cottage not far from where she lives..
just big enough for a sleep over
so we could spend quality time together
Center of the cottage - seating area

Looking out to kitchen - bathroom was to the left of the kitchen

looking from the kitchen area down to super comfy Murphy Bed
directly above is a loft with the second bed
writing desk

This darling cottage had absolutely EVERYTHING one could ever need.
right down to a perfect pasta bowl for a yummy dinner we made
Penne with olive oil, roasted yellow peppers,
 asparagus, kalamata olives - topped with Romano cheese 

ingredients purchased at the most wonderful place -
Central Market!!
Oh, how I loved that place.  LOVE!!
How I wish we had one here.

Look at the bread they turn out!!!

Vietnamese coffee - swoon

I had this wonderful coffee each day of my little visit and I crave it still.

She treated me to this modern ballet - wonderful

After a little tour of the downtown area,
we went to this fabulous
modern ballet.  It was wonderous to sit next to my girl
and share this.
After the show we went for Thai food - delish! 
The cottage had Wi-Fi
so we both stayed connected,
and while it rained or was overcast every day
I didn't mind a bit....
because I was with my little bird.
One evening we met up with her circle of friends -
an amazing and close group
and I felt so happy that she had these
great people around her always
and I felt touched to the deepest part of my heart
that she wanted to introduce me
and THEY wanted to meet.
The cottage had a selection of movies to watch
and music to play.
One could literally pack only a suitcase of clothes
everything else was there in the cottage.
It was a place that I could imagine myself living in..
just enough space
and so cozy and comfortable.
It was not enough time with my girl, however,
it never is.....
but the time was the making of a beautiful memory
and I am so very grateful we had it.
 And now...I promise.......I will be back soon
with more of what has been going on
at Faerieluna 
to refresh the look
remove some entries on the blog roll and add some new ones.
My two Petite Wanderling custom Blythe girls - yes, I still photograph my dolls

Another year begins

Where did 2014 go?
We all pretty much think and say that
every year, right?
And as the New Year begins,
I always, always, promise myself
to play closer attention
to make each day/moment matter
to love as big as I possibly can
to truly make joy my compass
and the lists I make are endless.
partly because I just love making lists
and partly because if I actually write it
there is a chance it will seep into my core
and become a reality.
That is my thought, anyhow.
What I DO know is that my word
for this year
If it could be longer than one word
(and it CAN be since I am making the statement to myself)
it would more likely be:
Return to your joy of creating.
I had set my papers, paints, stamps,
brushes, etc.
aside for several years....
and the only creative outlet was photographing
my Blythe girls
My current Blythe family
My third attempt at customizing

A Petite Wanderling Custom - a dream come true

and my tiny mouse

with an occasional capture of Luli,

the 4lb wonder that rules the house.

Aside from that it was work, work, work
...now an hour's commute each way
compared to the 10 minute commute
 of 8 years...

which led to the necessity of purchasing this
2015 Toyota Prius Hybrid

and only the basic household chores
and that's about it.

But I have had the longing
to play with paints
and stamps
and paper

on canvas...

or make paper dolls

and art cards

....all the things I love doing.
Things that bring me such fulfillment
and a certain peace

So that is my promise to myself
to return to something I love