just checking in

I feel like I have been ignoring you a little too much of late. Please forgive me. 

know that so many good things are in the works. 

know that I APPRECIATE you- 

know that I am grateful and energized 

I will be in touch- Happy Saturday- with love & peace, 


Pay it forward!

On the 8th, I will be painting live at a networking event for Family First Credit Union- 

This is wildly exciting as I have never really done something like this other than painting at shows or exhibits. The painting will be auctioned off that night. The proceeds will go to Irondequoit Community Cupboard, who happen to be one of the charities I LOVE! 

If you are a small business and would like to come- please see the details in the flyer below!

Peace & love, 


The art of the next generation

So today, directly after work, I rushed to my gallery to let the art teachers of West Irondequoit School District into my studio. Their mission? To hang the work that they have so lovingly inspired and their students so courageously executed. 

For the next hour or so these teachers politely, yet  tenaciously hung the work, carefully chosen to represent the incredible art that is created at West Irondequoit. The work is fantastic. I KNOW I am SUPPOSED to say this, but honestly, it IS INCREDIBLE.

I have made art my entire life. I remember my heart skipping a beat over a new box of crayons. If it had a sharpener, forget about it! I was in heaven. I am betting that some of these students have a similar attitude. I heard two teachers speaking about a student who spends as much time as possible in the art rooms. I remember doing the same. No study halls, no lunch, no nothing! It was all about being in the art room; my hands full of clay or paint or ink or…. you get the idea. 

The difference for me, is that I believe I didn’t learn to take chances with my work until I was a middle-aged adult. The work I saw tonight was brave, it was bold, it spoke volumes. I cannot express how impressed I am. I “blame” the teachers. In a world where we value the arts so little, these teachers are giving their all to inspire their students with not only the ability to use art materials in an effective way, but they are inspiring them to dig deep, to reach in and share their soul on a canvas. (or paper, sculpture…. well you get the idea)

So, by my math, some of these students are a half century ahead of me. How amazing is it to be able to see someone’s soul and brush strokes marry. How incredible is it to have teachers who spend their own time to create the perfect wall of art, inspired by their own hearts, inspiration and yes, skills. 

The arts are vital my friends. The evidence hangs on the wall at Create Art 4 Good. I pray you take a moment to come and visit, take in and find the awe that I do. 

Blessings and peace- 


welcome Jessie Marianacci Valone!

Over the summer I met Jessie at a class we took together. She was this bright light with a constant smile and enthusiasm. She struck me as incredibly modest and yet confident. She was refreshing and sweet. 

Beyond liking Jessie, I got to know her as a potter. We could talk clay and even glazes as I originally worked in clay. One of the things I love about Jessie’s pottery is her attention to detail. Flip a mug or bowl over and you will witness what I am saying!

Jessie’s work is currently showing in the gallery- you will have the opportunity to see and purchase it from now through February. Her style is fun and unique, she is bold with line and design and she loves the opportunity to make something out of nothing. 

She is showing plates, bowls, pitchers, berry bowls, cruets, mugs and more! I hope you stop by, I hope you spur on this new artist and I hope you buy something fun to drink your favorite warm beverage in or serve a bowl of deliciousness! 

Jessie’s exhibit will be up through the end of January (Come visit Thursdays 4-6PM, Second Saturday 10AM until 3PM or make an appointment!) You will also get to see her work through February (perfect for your valentine!)  

Remember EVERY purchase a little love is paid forward to a local charity. We get more art in the world, and someone in need gets support. everyone wins- perfect, right? See you soonest.

with peace and love, 


Happy New Year!

So, we are a week into the new year which for me seems to be flying by so quickly! I can hardly believe it. As always I have a renewed sense of optimism. 2017 is full of potential, full of opportunity.

Upon reflection, 2016 was a year of great growth for me. I figured out quite a few things, about me personally, about where I want to go with my life personally and professionally as well as diligently facing some dragons. 

I suspect 2017 will continue the growth. My heart is open and I am fully prepared for the wonder that lies ahead. The interesting thing is that I no longer reject the idea that sometimes growth is painful. It is almost as though the growing pains seem to cement the growth or perhaps give validation to it. 

I remember when my sons were growing rapidly during their early teens. They each seemed to pick a summer where they literally grew INCHES – I would massage their backs and their legs to help them relax so perhaps they could sleep. They were in so much pain. I remember buying pants for them 2-3 times in just a month or two. I couldn’t keep up with their growth. They became young men before my eyes. 

This feels the same, there are certainly growing pains, there are trials, sometimes even doubts, but the path seems fairly clear to me. I DO get discouraged, but usually that is when I am not listening, paying attention. To be brutally honest, the pain most comes when I doubt myself and run back to try to put on the old way of doing business and realize it doesn’t fit anymore. Just like my sons and their pants, I cannot go back. It is vital to continue to be open and follow my heart. 

So that’s it… no giant words of wisdom here, just follow your heart. YOU KNOW it’s true. When we listen, we succeed, when we doubt, we fall down and those growing pains take over. 

I’m listening…. 


Sneak Preview: Small Business Saturday

past tense: upcycled; past participle: upcycled
  1. reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.
    “the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products, was vast

So what happen when you mix creative souls with “the green police”?                             (My mom used to call me that.) You actually get a most spectacular exhibit called “Lost & Found” – My sister and I have been working feverishly to create something special for you. Special not only for the holidays, but also to celebrate the art of opportunity. Old becoming new. 

I will admit, I have learned a great deal in the attempt to create this exhibit. It is definitely more of a challenge to make old into new than it is to start with sparkly new everythings. But it has been a gift to me and hopefully Christine. I look at things differently, I brainstorm and I am already excited about next year. (SAVE the DATE! It will open  November 25, 2017)

I hope you will join us. There are pretty things for you and yours- packaging for you to put your pretty things into, decorations, and even jewelry. We have worked with antique buttons, books and a plethora of other items (even a few wine corks~) There are dishes and glasses and tea cups…. I believe you get the idea, right? 

This is a most wonderful time of year…. please support small business and support the artists at Create Art 4 Good. The really awesome thing is that we actually support the community with every single sale. 

See you Saturday

with love and peace- 


P.S.- So this is an example of what we are up to. Pages of books used to create bottle cap necklaces. I used an old music encyclopedia to create most of these. Some of the handwriting belongs to some of our most famous composers. I embellished a bit with some hearts. It was quite a bit fun! Come visit- you can see for yourself!


Message received.

I started this blog in August -clearly I have been otherwise distracted. Sometimes when this happens I choose to scrap the blog- but this one feels important, so I will finish it, and share.

Yesterday was a pretty spectacular day. This was for many reasons to be honest, I celebrated lunch with my daughter, I woke up feeling proud of my accomplishments of the last five years AND I launched the new business idea.

I was a NERVOUS wreck until I hit send. My stomach was in knots, my heart beating fast, I had a headache – I . WAS. AFRAID!

But I shouldn’t have been. This ideas is as close to my heart as crayons to a five year old. In fact, that is probably how everything got started. I have made cards at LEAST that long. So I suppose five decades of energy is worthy of a second look.

I remember a dear friend’s comments after receiving a card of mine. She suggested that I could never send her one from a store again. She said she didn’t want a gift, just a card. Hmmm that perhaps should have been a light bulb moment. But of course, I just took it as a lofty compliment and honestly, did not give it the weight it deserved.

So – here we are. I have announced my intent to open a card business and your response was completely overwhelming. I feel so incredibly confirmed in this and I am deeply grateful for you and your support.

I am really looking forward to the launch in October. I cannot wait! I believe this is something that will be unique and special. Note cards, individual cards, snarky cards, art cards- MORE!

Please save the date- I think it will be a pretty awesome launch- I promise to have a few surprises for you. I hope you will consider me for your every day cards, holiday cards, just for no reason cards. Together we will send a little love, in an envelope one card at a time.

Have a beautiful day!

Love & peace,


Power of Words