Been kind of quiet lately….

Looking back, it’s been a whirlwind of a year. It’s been nearly 10 months since my last posting. Where has the time gone?

20150108_131530-EFFECTSMost of my week’s time has been spent working for one of the PNW’s oldest “start-up” company – Nordstrom. Huge in the retail business and quickly becoming more noticed in the technology scene. My Talent Acquisition co-workers and I have been putting great people to work in the IT side of the house with fervent energy. I stepped into an office downtown near Pike Street Market (see picture – taken out of a window on the 11th floor) last August. Our building has beautiful views of downtown Seattle. Taking public transportation into work really cuts down on wear and tear on the vehicle – and it allows time to read, make new acquaintances, and get a bit of exercise walking from the bus stops.

Wanna-B-RockStar has been keeping pace. Am offering up Inventory pricing on Etsy sales thru July 7th. Take advantage of the Coupon Code CHRISTMASINJULY to receive 20% off your purchase! Email me if you don’t see what you are looking for. A few of my regular Wine Charm sets (i.e. Seattle/PNW, Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, Idaho, Alice & Wonderland, Garden, and Beach themed) that are not listed on the site; but I will still honor the coupon code thru July 7th.

Hope you have a great Summer Solstice! Keep tuned for my next posting.



Weekend of “Parts Unknown” & thoughts of travel

As the sun sets tonight, I sit in front of the key board to type a couple thoughts – Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show [] in the background.

As I watch several episodes, my thoughts wander to traveling. Oh how I love to travel. Traveling to me is food for the soul. New sights, new smells, new perspectives. And I love to document travel thru photography.

Over the past 30+ years of taking pictures, I can literally catalog thousands of pictures taken all over the world – Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and all over the United States.  There’s nothing better to catapult me back into the moment. It’s so true what has been said about a picture is worth a thousand words.  Below are a few of my favorite pictures.


Am super thankful for the invention of better cell phone cameras. Now my husband has joined me in the photographic adventures. Our last trip to Hawaii going snorkeling has me thinking about more under-water photography.  Stay tuned for that expansion. Set us loose on the world, baby!

Take a look a the re-launch of the Photography Etsy page and let me know what you think!





The Beauty death left behind

I was visiting with my family on Sunday – Father’s Day – talking about a photo my Mother had posted onto FB. I pulled out my handy mobile device and opened up to the news feed section. The column refreshed and I was caught off guard. A friend from the local art community had lost her battle to cancer just the day before and there were several heart-felt messages updating. My first reaction was shock – I knew she had recently gone into the hospital, but did not expect this outcome. My step-daughter asked, “Are you going to cry?”

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It was February 14th of last year when I posted a link to an upcoming show to raise funds for medical bills [ ]  She had been diagnosed a month or so prior with stage 4 cancer and had been hiding out at home as her body had taken a toll from some of the initial treatment. The Gallery was packed that evening and all of her pieces were sold quickly. She had friends upon friends who admired her art work – gorgeous bold colors in her florals, cafe scenes & nude figures – and wanted to support her in any way they could.  The turnout was a HUGE testament as to what type of person she was – generous, warm-hearted, caring, genuine with her friendship. There’s were lots of tears and emotions ran high. It was going to be a long-journey ahead.

Ursula & I shared a booth together at the Artist Garage Sale in 2009. I can remember freezing in the frigid wind in Mukilteo.

Like most cancer patients, she lost her hair and body weight; but Ursula’s spirit rarely was seen wavering. Sure, she would admit to having aches and pains, or some bad days, but damn that girl had spunk! She would sing praises when she felt great and grab hold of small victories. She was gaining ground, so her & her hubby decided to take life by the cojones and venture to Italy to paint. They went to concerts and Ursula started showing her work again at local venues.

I loved popping into the Gallery when she was working to hear about all the new things that she was planning. She had a radiance about her that was infectious. It started to inspire me to really examine all the distractions in my life – to put away the “cant’s” and strive for more successes. I began to release those things that could be deemed as “piss ants” (as my Dad calls it) and start focusing on what really mattered – my family, my marriage, my business adventures, my relationships. Life was too short and too precious to be wasted on the garbage.

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My Dad brought up a line from a movie in our conversation last Sunday, quite unaware of the news I had read just moments beforehand. It went something like this,  “A man dies twice – once in his death and again when his memory dies/thought of no more.” We can’t fret about our deaths and the memory we’re leaving behind, but we can be aware of the influence and relationships that we make along the way. It’s never too late to change.

All religion aside, it just makes plane sense to quote from a passage that has long comforted me in times of heaviness and sorrow, questioning and thankfulness:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is on me. The Lord has chosen me to tell good news to the poor and to comfort those who are sad. He sent me to tell the captives and prisoners that they have been set free.  He sent me to announce that the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness, when our God will also punish evil people. He has sent me to comfort those who are sad,  those in Zion who mourn. I will take away the ashes on their head, and I will give them a crown. I will take away their sadness, and I will give them the oil of happiness. I will take away their sorrow, and I will give them celebration clothes. He sent me to name them ‘Good Trees’ and ‘The Lord’s Wonderful Plant.’”  Isaiah 61:1-3

May peace find you today and always.



Bottles by AbiznessDigital
Bottles, a photo by AbiznessDigital on Flickr.

Ah, the sights & sounds of a food truck. My husband & I worked a bit late tonight, so a quick stop at the neighborhood Taco Truck was just the trick for dinner.

Thought the contrast between the glass bottles & metal tops was cool. Bumped up the effects for a pseudo HDR look.

Keep checking in and get ready to vote on May 1st for your favorite image!!


Celebrating a Decade of change

Seems cliche to say “my how time flies”, but as we grow older our perception of time does change.  Looking back on the last 10 years, there has been a ridiculous amount of change for the country, families in our communities, job & housing markets, the way we communicate with each other, who’s who in the the entertainment business…  you get the picture.

We could spiral into a doom & gloom approach about it all; but I’ve chosen to CELEBRATE what those years have grown me into and what they have brought along. I think about all the wonderful people I’ve met along the way… how turn of events made us closer and more trusting of each other. Reflecting back, had it not been for their influences, my Art & business endeavors might not have cultivated. Each event, great or small, has taught me valuable lessons about what my impact on society is and how my actions can effect someone else.

I am grateful for my family, my friends, God & Country, freedom to pursue opportunities to make $$,  and for the faith that got us thru it all! I’ll part with this last philosophical thought… If life has given you lemons, then Darn It! Make the best lemonade you can with the tools you have allotted to you!!


Maid of the Mist under rainbow