Archive for June, 2010

what becomes a legend most
So look what I got in the mail the other day….

sister kinderhook

Rasputina’s new album, Sister Kinderhook – yay! After Tori, Rasputina is my favorite music artist. Rasputina is really Melora Creagor – singer/songwriter/cello player. These days she usually has one other cello player and a drummer on the albums as well. She has a penchant for the past, particularly the 1800s and early 1900s. Her albums always have a historical bent to them, in both the artwork and the songs themselves, and this is one of the reasons I love Rasputina (some of the artwork even features embroidery – like this album cover – pretty cool!). Melora is an intriguing storyteller as well.

Through Rasputina I have come to love the cello, and I must agree with Melora when she says that the cello is the saddest instrument. I call her music Victorian/goth cello rock. That’s the best description I can come up with. Other words that come to mind – beautiful, weird, humorous, piognant, fun, poetical, intelligent, haunting. If this sounds like your kind of thing, check it out Rasputina.

this artistic mother
I finished reading The Artistic Mother and I loved it – I think it’s a wonderful book, very informative and inspiring. I didn’t do the projects although there were certainly some I’d like to try. My favorite parts were the chapters on Motivation and Planning and the sections about digital photography and poetry.

I think it’s pretty cool that Ms Cole included a section on poetry and encouraged her readers to give it a try. The suggestions she gave make writing poetry seem doable, and I’ve decided to give it a try, and have even received inspiration for two poems.

Ms Cole’s Art Action Plan is great – I’ve been diligently writing mine every Sunday for the coming week, and I find it extremely helpful for staying focused and on track with my goals.

Throughout the book were profiles of other artistic mothers. I always love reading about how other artists manage their time, but I felt a bit frustrated because it seemed like none of them work outside of the home. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, but I would love to read about other moms who have outside jobs and how they manage to still find time to create.

I’m thinking perhaps I need to write my own book for the working-outside-the-home artistic mother!

scrapbooking away
I’m working on a scrapbook for Julian, to commemorate his journey in life up to this point. I’m planning on having it done in time for his graduation party which is at the end of July. All I’ve done so far is scan some photos, come up with a concept, and order an acrylic album. So I have a lot to do still, but I’m planning on keeping it very simple, clean, and modern, which hopefully will help keep the amount of time under control. Here’s one of my favorite photos of him, when he was one or two months old. So cute!



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my young man.

Julian graduated on Monday, and I am so proud of what a wonderful young man he’s become. I know his future has great things in store for him.

First post-graduation photo.

Me, Julian, Marc, and Lily – our little family.
my little family

Cholly, my Mom, Julian, and GGMom (GG stands for great-grandmother!)
julian & co

Cap & gown.

~to a bright future!

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did i mention the bugs?
Over Memorial Day weekend we went to Black Moshannon State Park, in Pennsylvania. My stepmother’s family has spent this particular weekend at Black Moshannon for about 15 years now. This was the first time that we went, and it was so enjoyable. We had a great time. We stayed with my sister and her husband and my niece – the cabin was adorable!

So cute!
a most modern cabin

Thankfully we had a “modern” cabin, which means it had indoor plumbing. There are also “rustic” cabins, which means there is no indoor plumbing. Let’s just say I’m definitely a modern sort of girl, thank you.

The cabins were surrounded by trees (and bugs). I thought it was lovely. There was a nice playground for the children, walking trails, a lake with a beach, the bog (I never was in a bog before, so that was cool).

Lily and Gwen, on the playground.
let's swing!

Walking one of the trails.
in the woods

At the lake – Lily playing in the sand…
playing in the sand

And two little mermaids in the lake.
two little mermaids

The bog.

Marc and Lily at the bog.
visiting the bog

One of my favorite things was the night sky. Way out in the middle of nowhere (it’s about a half hour past Penn State) with little light pollution made for a sky filled with stars – it was amazing. There were so many stars, and they were so bright! I think we lose something, living in areas where there is so much light you can hardly see any stars. We forget where we come from. It’s incredible, to see these stars that are millions of miles away from us.

Another thing I loved was the nightly campfire. As my brother-in-law Ed said, fire is the TV of the campground. And he’s right. There’s something mesmerizing about fire – the colors, the way it moves, the wonderful warmth, the smell, the sound of the wood cracking. De-lightful.

Marc and Lily, toasting marshmallows.
toasting marshmallows

One of the reasons that my stepmother’s family goes to Black Moshannon is the running race they have on the Saturday before Memorial Day – many members of her family are runners, as well as my Dad, and they participate in the race. Julian even ran too, and he did pretty well considering that he doesn’t run as a regular pasttime.

Julian, after the race.
julian the runner

The only thing that I did not care for was the bugs. Bugs – everywhere! So annoying. Now see I love Nature. But. I’m not so fond of the bugs, especially when they insist on constantly using my body as a landing strip.

Bugs aside, we are looking forward to next year.


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