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Happy New Year!

my new year’s resolutions

1.  stretch my body every morning

2. watch one good movie a week

3. this one’s not for blogging

4. keep my desk in order

5. blog more than once a week

I’ll let you know in a few months how I’m doing…..   what’s yours?

and here’s are a few samples of Holiday Cards I worked n this Holiday Season….They have been converted for blogging purposes and I hope you got one in the mail so you can see the real thing!

the gift that keeps on giving!

Have I been good this year?

Run! Robin Hood!

A true family portrait

The moment after the "decisive moment..."

January 14, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Leonie - Great cards! hope the new year is like the Decisive Moment. And that we can deal with the real ones too. Tempting to make resolutions:
1. Don’t Panic. Believe in myself and feel like everything has already worked out well.
2. Meditate (and BREATHE) daily.
3. Market my work and classes with energy and regularly. Including have a sign made to hang on the building.
4. Write down creative Ideas when they pop into my head.
5. Eat healthy food, smoke less till I stop altogether,
6. Read the books I have already bought.
7. Schedule a social and see a movie a month
8. Laugh, love, give and accept

Happy birthday mom


60 reasons to flourish

60 reasons to flourish

I wish I could say I had brought the flowers, but all I did was show up with the kids to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. It’s my wonderful sister in law who won’t go anywhere without a bunch of flowers, so thank you- happy birthday mom- I know you’re having a great one so far and wish you another wonderful lifetime filled with love, health, wealth, creativity and happiness.

January 30, 2010 - 9:18 am

Leonie - Just saw this now a month later!!! Thank you darling daughter. I have to tell you that showing up with the kids to celebrate was worth a couple of dozen flower bunches…. not to undervalue the lovely flowers from Ruth.

The princess and the frog

and the moral of the story....

and the moral of the story....

There’sa new Disney movie with that subject matter-I read it’s got a double twist to it, I would go with my daughter if I thought we should be reading or watching any fairy tales…but I have my opinion on those, and here’s one.   I always found this story interesting, because I  felt the princess was right to change her mind; who wouldn’t? she did what it took to get what she needed and what she wanted- no matter who paid the price along the way- it’s a sheer coincidnce that she ended up with a handsome prince that she loved and lived happily ever after as far as we know…but it could have eaily gone so wrong, and how many times have we all been in this scenario? times when things did not always end like the fairy tales? at all.

How is  this connected to the photos- just the frogs. and the princess…they made me smile and think about life ahead and the rules and regulations and ideas and life this girl still has a head of her, and how many frogs are going to offer to help and then come knocking on the door? Though knowing her father…I bet he’d kick him out and tell him to come back when she’s thirty. Thats’ what I would do.

And how many frogs will she have coffee with or dinner or kiss? how many have we?

and all because of one little story that was supposed to teach little girls how to behave and listen to their fathers (who’s wives always mysteriously died, either at childbirth or just of plain weakness….

Obviously, times have changed, and today, the girl would just turn around and say ” it’s ok, I’ll just get another one on ebay!”

And the moral of the story is…..leave me a comment with one I’d love to hear what you’re thinking…if you’ve never done it before, scroll down to click on comment !

the evil witch turned her friends into statues

the evil witch turned her friends into statues

and locked her inside the castle

and locked her inside the castle

but the polka dot fairy released her

but the polka dot fairy released her

and she was free.

and she was free.

December 12, 2009 - 5:52 am

Jono - I think “The Polka-dot Princess” would make a brilliant book title.

January 6, 2010 - 11:12 am

Sharon - Aww…such pretty pictures!! Where is the place with the huge gate at the back? You’re so talented!

November 10, 2010 - 11:46 pm

Heidi Bonito - These are my faves ;)

knoll November 2009

I love it when people come back...and brign their framed photo!!!!

I love it when people come back...and bring their framed photo!!!!

it must be the fourth year since we started the NEXT GENERATION of knoll. It started with a personal project with a friend and is now being done in various knoll showrooms…but still…we’re the classics…in my post from last year I detailed every chair, but when posting at 1am as I am doing, a link to the that post is the most I can do…It is so much fun, between the kids, the beautiful firniture and the occassional animal, and of course the crafts and the holiday spirit…If I had to choose a favorite chair, I’d be in big trouble…Luckily, I don’t.

Here are some from November in San Diego- This Saturday we’ll be shooting the LA next generation, and I am curious to see who will be returning for the fourth time. so look out for that coming up…

Big and small/ high low/ front back...opposites!

Big and small/ high low/ front back...opposites!

pretty and real/ real pretty/ pretty real....

pretty and real/ real pretty/ pretty real....

I LOVE stripes!!!!!

I LOVE stripes!!!!!

Find the differences

Find the differences

Hello!

watch OUT!

Hello!

Hello!

December 4, 2009 - 8:10 am

Mac Sokulski - Nice set, and great idea with the chair.

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