The art of flavor

It is so interesting to me. We wander through life having such a limited pallette. Rarely do we wander outside our own little boxes, yet when we do it is a completely wonderful surprise.

For instance.

Last weekend, we visited our son who is in culinary school in Providence, Rhode Island. Dylan has spent a great deal of time in the last five years working on his skill as a chef. He has experienced (and walked out of) one of the worst restaurants in Providence, and worked hard at one of the best. He was inspired daily, learned much and treasured the position.

Last weekend, he gifted us with a 7 course paired tasting at the restaurant he adores.


I am still sort of overwhelmed by it all.

The staff of this restaurant clearly had affection for my son. The head chef even made a point to visit our table and share our pride over Dylan and his efforts.

and then there was the food.

I didn’t want to embarrass Dylan by being that parent that whips out her phone every time something was placed down on the table. I promise you two things, no words could accurately describe the beauty, imagination OR the flavor of this tasting. Also, no box in my life has ever been blown up so quickly.

I admit- I tried food I didn’t think I would like. The combinations, creativity and sheer beauty made it even more difficult to maintain the wall I previously held on to.

It was a magical evening. My husband, my youngest child and I.

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My son was able to open a door for us, and we were able to jump out of our own way and into a wonderland of flavor. We were happy to share not only such an incredible evening with him, but learn why he loved working there so much.

Sort of like life, right? We live in our macaroni and cheese lives (safe and predictable) and then BAM suddenly we are offered another opportunity, another avenue. The sounds of the orchestra swells and the doors to a richer life swing open.

Please don’t misunderstand. I am not in any way suggesting that you have to eat at a five star restaurant to really live, I am suggesting that trying new things, embracing life, shaking up your routine is not only a great idea, but the key to living and not just plowing through each day.

Don’t mark time, embrace the flavors

inhale the wonder of your life.

Wishing you five stars in all you experience,



One hundred days.

Remember the post I began, oh… about one hundred days ago or so? I suppose you might have also noticed that I stopped posting about my 100 days.

I hope and pray you do not think I have been remiss,                                               No, I did not lose my way along the journey- it just honestly became too personal to report on a daily basis.                                                                                               I feel that in a very real way my one hundred days became sort of a spiritual retreat. I was able to clearly recognize things that would happen, things said, gifts bestowed as readily as I was able to see them. It was incredible.

There were simple gifts-  a beautiful leaf falling from the tall trees in the park next to my home.  A smile from a stranger, a kindness unexpected

There were more profound gifts- too numerous to detail for you.

There were quiet gifts- there were gifts that I honestly only noticed because I was looking for them .

These 111 days have been days of wonder, of learning, of courage

These 111 days have changed my world, my thoughts, inspired my dreams and breathed fresh air into my lungs.

These 111 days- are of wonder.

I have learned that the wonder is there if you pay attention. So are the miracles, the bountiful hope, the passion- everything good. It’s there.

Will you take a chance? Will you celebrate the next 100 days of your life?

Be still and listen…..

In peace,                                                                                                                   Susan

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Second Saturday Celebrations!

10635898_10152416153336662_9170883195088834988_nAs promised there will be a surprise or two to celebrate my first year at the Hungerford!

Offer #1 – Buy one get one free Photo pendants. Purchased pendant must be of equal or lesser value.
This offer is good for Second Saturday (10/11/2014) only from 10 am until 3PM.

Offer #2- come in and pay for your workshop. What happens if you do?! You will receive 10% off your workshop fee! (sorry, no discount on materials fees) This applies to any workshop currently offered, Creative evening out or private workshops scheduled. This is for workshops paid in full on Second Saturday (10/11/2014) only from 10 am until 3PM. Need a class list? Email me!

Thank you for your love and support- Wait til you see what happens next!

Celebrating with love!

The Art of… the morning after.

Create Art 4 Good celebrates one year at the historic Hungerford building today.

Last night was the opening of “A Soul’s Harvest”

This featured my own work. I decided to share the work I have been creating inside these incredible walls. Inspired by the spirit of my fellow artists, and reflecting deeply on my own journey. This exhibit is the whisper of my soul.

What an incredible welcome I received.

The gallery was alive with bountiful love and support. Friends and loved ones         some long loved and some new and dear                                                               honored me by sharing the evening.

this was INDEED a celebration.


I can promise you, the best is yet to be.

I look forward to the next year on this incredible journey.

In gratitude, all glowy and smiles



Day 82 of 100 days



These 82 days have been some of the most amazing of my life.
I feel like someone has woken me up from a coma.
They say when you are in a coma you may recognize much of what is going on around you
but I am betting you don’t actually attach to it much.
The past 82 days have taught me to be still and listen
they have taught me to SEE to full picture not just my limited view point

they have taught me that miracles happen

They have taught me that paying attention to the beauty
the joy
the gifts around me
make the big mountains not so hard to climb.

They have taught me that determination
and perseverance are the key to the joys I want in my life.

These 82 days have been a gift
EACH and every one.

Do not misunderstand.
There have been amazing joyful days
and there have been days of heart ache

EACH has been a gft.

Each to be appreciated.


These 82 days have changed my life
fueled my passion
and renewed my soul.

I invite YOU to take your own journey.
The revelations will be astounding
Just pay attention-
we miss so much when we are in that coma

good luck.




Day 60 of 100 days….

As I mourn the loss of my father, I find that this journey takes many unexpected turns. It’s truly not a linear path.
Just when I attach to the idea that this is a difficult time, and I am not only permitted, but perhaps even encouraged to embrace the difficult moments and work through them, another surprise catches me off guard.
Today, while taking a trip along a similar path that I have taken countless family trips with my family, I found myself reminiscing about those very trips. I smiled quietly at the traditions begun and carefully kept. I became teary-eyed at not being able to call my father to report on the progress of the trip.
The journey was not just one of about 326 miles, it was also one of inhaling the moments treasured and not forgotten, loss felt deeply and love for a man that filled my world with joy.
I miss my father more than I know how to express, but I am grateful to have had such an amazing man to call daddy.

5 and 9

it’s 8:13 am and I already feel like I have “learned”
or grown

I feel as though my entire world is much clearer now
it is all entirely because of this journey

We move too quickly in life
It is not JUST about slowing down
to smell the roses
It is about all the life we miss
when we rush
and tick off the next task on our giant to do list

Today is another busy day for me
I have decided to not allow it to stress me
To really enjoy what I am doing, experiencing
I WANT to have a good day
I don’t need to complain about what doesn’t go perfectly
I am appreciating the moments
whatever that might be.

I wish you the same
Appreciating every moment.


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I found today that the needs of my heart spoke louder than the needs of my environment
Let me explain

It was a “to do” day
There was a GIANT ist on my docket from very early in the morning
This would likely include no studio time.
I tried to get the computer “stuff” done early
which wasn’t difficult, or maybe it was-
(my computer crashed RIGHT in the middle of my work!)
I did not let this get to me (TOO much)
I loved on with the list-

I couldn’t move quickly enough
It Occurred to me
that indeed I had an entire grocery list of things to do
but also
I NEEDED some creative time too.

My time with a paint brush is also time with my spirit
I feel at times I pray best when I am painting.
I took a step back,
found some watercolors
and played a bit.

It was like taking a HUGE deep breath
I was centered
I was whole,
the “to do” list didn’t seem nearly as scary.


Don’t forget to take care of yourself just a wee bit
it makes all the difference in the world.
wishing you BIG deep breaths!