Thursday, January 9, 2014


i’m easing in to the new year….slowly…. it really does feel like a fresh start and i am embracing that, with all of its possibilities and potential.  no, i haven’t exactly been the blogging queen over here.  i’m giving myself permission to let things happen as i feel ready. but i do feel that an update is in order, so here goes!

after 7 weeks of intense therapy, pain and frustration, stu has had a little bit of a break-through with his right knee (the left one has been progressing well).  although he has been becoming much more independent - driving, hiking, etc. the flexion in that knee just seemed at a standstill until yesterday.  so we are hopeful that he won’t need the forced manipulation procedure after all. 

working in the house - it's not pretty!

finally, the studio is coming along and is almost finished!  another frustrating situation as we couldn’t figure out why it was leaking, but it looks like we finally solved the problem and have been steadily re-building for the last couple of weeks.  soon i should be able to move back in and get my living room and bedroom back to normal.  Yippee!

 my one year of working with the girls through the grant for the “inside out” project has concluded.  it has been a learning experience for all of us in a big way.  i am more convinced than ever that anyone can do and benefit from art journaling.  and since i am short on my hours toward the grant, i will have another chance to put that into practice.  i will soon be teaching a free art journaling class at Artbeat on Main Street

i’ve been able to put together some new mixed media pieces and have sold quite a few as well.  that will all get a lot easier once i’m back in the studio!

 i do have a new word for the year…. but saving that for the next post.  thanks for hanging with me through this time and for stopping by!


  1. Sounds like a great start to the year Patty!!! Everything is getting resolved and shored up!! Your art pieces are happy they are selling like hotcakes!

  2. Having your studio back will be wonderful for you, Patty - it certainly makes things a lot easier. Great that you could sell some of your pieces - they are truly lovely and you so deserve this success. Good luck with your art journaling class!

  3. Your words for the year has been something that I now look forward to read about. I have tried it myself but I haven't found the true word for me. Maybe you can help me?!

  4. All such good news, Patty. So happy for you. I know being moved forceabily out of your creative quarters has been no fun. Good news on the knee front - and isn't it great you have some time left on your grant. More girls will benefit from being with you. I'm sure they learn much more than art journaling. Thanks for the update. Sorry I've bee so absent. take care. (received your lovely card - xo) hugs, Donna

  5. Patty I WISH I could attend your art journaling class, it looks wonderful and I just love the picture of all the art!


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