Random Inspiration

April 4 2012

So I decided to give 5% of sales to KittiCo.  Last week following the White Rock market we donated$15:  this week, thanks to a good day at the Mi Escualita sale, we were able to give $20!  Thanks to everyone who came out and collected some of my work.  I hope all your plants live long and happy lives. 

This email confirms that you have donated $20.00 USD to KittiCo Cat Rescue (webmaster@kittico.org) using PayPal.

Donation Details

Confirmation number: 1FR26655R1303335R
Donation amount: $20.00 USD
Total: $20.00 USD
Purpose: KittiCo Cat Rescue
Reference: oneTime
Contributor: Steven Dickson

Recipient information

Donations coordinator: KittiCo Cat Rescue
Contact email: webmaster@kittico.org


I am inspired to start donating a portion of sales proceeds to charity this year.  So many are doing it, yet not enough.  I love that all my items are made in America, and so does Glassbaby (out of Seattle).  We’re proud to be American but also realize that as poor as some days feel, we’re still pretty blessed in the broad world-view of things.  So giving back will be great.  I love so many charities, it’s going to be hard to choose just one.  Maybe I will dedicate each show’s proceeds to a different one each time?! 

Here’s what Glassbaby has to say about their mission: 

At the heart of glassybaby is our mission of goodwill donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities dedicated to health, healing and quality of life, thereby helping to provide a safety net to those in need. So many stories begin and are fostered around these little beacons of hope. Creating memories, gifting and receiving, lighting and sharing, our community is strengthened and supported by glassybaby giving. As a company, we are determined to stay true to our mission, we are grateful to our community for sharing in our journey, remembering that as each of us moves through our own story, it is our own voice we must listen to, it is our light that must shine.


The Netherlands, Holland, Tulip Central… whatever one calls it, these European types really have the green thing down to an art.  As usual, the Dutch have outdone themselves with this remarkable interior design for part of Schipol Airport, in Amsterdam.  It incorporates real trees, bushes, and soft flowing seating in green tones…along with the occassional log and stump…to bring the outdoors in and keep one feeling grounded and protected by mother Earth before soaring into the heavens.  As Liz Lemmon would say, ‘I want to go to there!’


In the process of thinking about creating, or just going about one’s day, there are moments when something causes you to go ‘hey!’  Sometimes you grab a pen and write it down, or just hope that you can remember to store it for inspiration later on.  This is one reason I abuse the Favorites button on my browser so much… there’s just so much to see online that makes me go, “hey!”   

Oftentimes for me, these inspirations spring from happy memories from childhood (very original, huh?).  So the first few posts are all about stories and images that made me salivate as a child.  Like, literally salivate.  However when I got done being hungry, I got inspired by the incredible psychedelic colors and drew pictures.  This coincided with the time when colored chalk had become available, and for Christmas my parents had gotten me a personal chalk board.  I think I spent the better part of the summer of 1971 drawing images from Willy Wonka.  The purple for his coat was never quite right, so I did layers of red and blue (as I’d seen my dad do in his studio with paint)… and it turned out faaaairrrly well.  At the time I dubbed it a masterpiece.  Ha!   What an ego!  Wish someone had taken a picture of it before it got erased.  That’s the trouble with blackboards.


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