Dinosaurs or Aliens?

Every kid seems to be into dinosaurs these days.  That’s cool.  But it seems to me that dorks and nerds of my generation were more fascinated with aliens.  I’m sure it had alot to do with popular culture (which is behind all that Gen X interest in dinos, I might add); movies, books, radio… well, maybe not radio, I’m not THAT old!  I’m sure the face that I was that weird kid spending time out of the hot Texas sun in the cool corner of the public library, reading old sci-fi books written in the 50’s and 60’s had a lot to do with this alien interest for me.  (Ray Bradbury was a huge proponent of the Martian agenda, ya know.)

So all this is to explain why I am fascinated with the idea of little glowing space pods to light up your room at night; just a tiny bit of nightlight action… enough to count the eyes on that monster from Planet X who is coming to abduct you and do unspeakable things!    Here is my offering to your world, available at the next show or soon on Etsy;  the battery-powered concrete UFO nightlight!

Fall Shows to Look Forward to!

Here is a beautiful example of *one* thing I am digging on this summer:  Glass installations by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum.  This on is located behind a wall of water, taken at night.  Wow.

In general, however, summer in Texas never fails to bum me out, even when there are loads of new ideas in my sketchbook and a nice, big new studio in which to work!  Am I just a whiny baby who can’t deal with the heat of Texas?  That would be an affirmative, my friend.  However, there’s nothing like the first crisp day to instantly lift my gloom and get me doing the Snoopy dance again!  So let’s all get on the trolly and imagine that we’re already there… in September, or better still, October!  

We’ve already got some shows coming up in those months, so if you’re a planner and you really want to find us this year. feel free to mark up those calendars! 

September 8 – White Rock “Everything” Market:  8:00 am till 1:00 pm

October 13 – White Rock “Everything” Market:  8:00 am till 1:00 pm

October 20-21 – Market in the Meadow Holiday Gift Show – Forest Meadow Junior High School,  9373 Whitehurst Drive, Dallas, 75243.  Saturday hours are 9-5, Sunday hours are 11-5

November 10 – White Rock “Everything” Market: 8:00 am till 1:00 pm

November 17 & 18 – Plano Parks & Rec 34th Annual Christmas Crafts Fair – Oak Point Recreation Center, 6000 Jupiter Road.  Saturday 9-5, Sunday  12-4

December 8 – White Rock Holiday Market: 8:00 am till 5:00 pm

Please stay tuned, as there will be more added soon!  Thanks so much.  We look forward to seeing you.

Every day should be a fiesta!

Am I right, folks?  Would it be so bad to wake up and find your living room sparkling from top to bottom with shiny banners and glittering flowers, all lighted up with tiny (or giant) Christmas lights?  That’s just *another* one of many things I love about the Mexican influence, as one finds in these two far-flung locations:  Mi Tierra Restaurant and Panaderia, in the Mercado in San Antonio TX; or off the plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Yes, I can see bedazzling my home like this… but I have a feeling we all might get headaches from the sheer joy of straining our necks looking up all day.  So, I will settle for visiting these spaces when I get the time to travel there.  sigh….

These pinatas grace the ceiling of the panaderia at Mi Tierra…

And these white lights glimmer among golden banners to create a glow that lights up the faces of diners. 














Is this just joyful and lovely?  Why not swath your front door in a colorful blanket flowing out of glitter-dusted fake flowers, metalic stars, and sky-blue ostrich feathers?   I mean, I guess the real question is… why not?

And then, there is a long passel of old hand-decorated Christmas balls that sent me over the top in a candy store in Santa Fe.  Apparently, much like Mi Tierra, this place stays festive all the year long.  That might explain why the balls look a bit dusty and worse for wear, but you can see that they were lovingly crafted a good many years ago and therefore make me happy.  Am I now inspired to do some Christmas crafting?  Probably!!

Gorgeous Geology

Rock hounding refers to the hobby and pastime of collecting rocks…and I’ve been a ‘hound ever since I was a kid, splashing around one of many North Dallas tributaries of White Rock Creek, where the white limestones are thick as fossilized milk.  There is something about picking up a rock – the sense that you are embarking on a journey to a land so many years back in history that it boggles the mind – and also the hope that there might be a fossil or a valuable gem someplace inside or around the edges.   This is why I can appreciate my husband’s box of rocks, which has has been hauling  around from home to home over the last 50 years.  Meanwhile, I’ve managed to whittle my own ‘rock situation’ down from Code Red (eminent landslide) to Code Yellow (small plastic box taking up coveted space in closet).  While I sometimes regail him with snippets of geological factoids when we pass a rock-cut, I had no idea that he’d eventually become a rock junky again…but that’s just what I think is happening!  Why?  Well, just recently on a trip to one of the best places on earth (for everything rock, including music!), Taos NM, it was *his* idea to return to a local rock shop, where we proceeded to scoop up several nice (yet surprisingly inexpensive) specimens.   We wanted to get at least one from New Mexico, and when we both saw this, we sort of collectively went ‘ooooooooooohh!’ It’s a type of  halite (a member of the salt groups) with blue clouds, from Carlsbad, New Mexico: