my love of a quiet island life…

Local village festivals are a beautifully quaint and genuine part of summer life on Terceira.  I have seen flags, branches, flowers and quilts decorate roadside, fences, streets, balconies and windowsills of the houses.  Along the main roads of each village during their festival week, each home comes alive with vibrant color.  Decorations light up the main…

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artist date: a love of minneapolis

My host/super-awesome-friend, Sam, had to work most of the day–which left me to my own devices, in the land of uptown Minneapolis. I love this city.  I have never lived here, but every time I return, I love it more and more.  I stopped by my favorite paper shop, a few fun boutiques and visited…

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365 good days #14

I generally work on the floor of my art studio.  My cat, Freya, loves that–because it means I am in the perfect position to play fetch with her.  She will meow at me until I notice the makeup brush (the only thing she will play with), she has dropped just slightly out of my reach….

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365 good days: #9

Our cats at work wear bow-ties.  How could this not make my day a little brighter?  

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365 good days: #7

Some days, I am a little lazy and a take nap on the sofa–and on rare occasions my kitty will come up and knead on me, and eventually settle in for her own nap on the small of my back. My cat is, well, a cat. So she doesn’t curl up with me unless she…

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subtle happiness IV: ordinary scents

~Locals burning excess brush in their gardens ~Eucalyptus trees ~Clean dogs (I am referring to the way my dogs smell when they are clean, not the shampoo smell on them after a bath) ~Fresh coffee ~Warm laundry right from the dryer ~Fresh cut grass ~Oil pastels ~Faint scent of ocean in the wind ~Casey baking…

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