So here’s some planetary-themed items I was inspired to make recently, and I wanted to share them with you!

This framed mirror is called “Pluto Was Framed”, in honor of the demoting of Pluto from full planet status, to only a celestial body. This of course messes up every childhood mnemonic phrase ever learned in school, which sucks (“My very Earth may jump straight up near Pluto.” was the one I learned. What about you?) Poor Pluto!

This frame is rather large, the size of the mirror is approximately 9″x11″, and the outside of the frame is approximately 17″x19″. The piece comes ready to hang. Starting at the bottom, and going upwards it’s: the Sun, Mercury & Venus on the left side, Earth & Mars on the right side, the astroid belt (both sides), Jupiter on the left, Saturn on the far right, then next to Saturn is Uranus, and then Neptune in the top left corner.

I also did four planet 8″x8″ plates. They are (in order), Earth w/ Moon, Mars, Saturn (sold, thanks Kathy!), and Uranus.

All of these items are currently available for sale at Astoria Hemp works in Astoria, Oregon. Run by the wonderful Michael & Judy Pierce, they’ve got some great things in their shop if you’re ever out that way. Or give them a call and they’d be happy to ship to you. All their info is over on the left bar of the page.

Let me know what you think!

So went to a presentation/lecture yesterday by Dr. Viola Vaughn – the Executive Director of 10,000 Girls. (Note – this is .org, NOT .com) What she’s doing, in a nutshell, is helping young girls in Senegal, Africa help themselves and help each other help themselves. Help them become more assertive and believe in themselves, help them become good students (that actually stay in school past primary school!), and help them become entrepreneurs so they can support themselves and support their younger sisters through school.

She was absolutely wonderful and charismatic to listen to. The large chunk of her talk were giving and discussing the core principles that she (and the teachers and older girls in her program) teach the young girls. I’m writing these down from my hastily scribbled notes during the talk – any failure to get them down eloquently and accurately is my own failure – not hers. I also pretty much happen to agree with most everything she said, and she says things much better than I ever could. (My comments/translations will be in [] below).

Stage 1: You have a light in your beautiful, unique self. Let it SHINE! [click to continue…]

A smile in the life of a biker chick (me!)

I love being a biker chick. Example: Last night as I was at the grocery store picking up a few things for dinner I was in the process of leaving the store and a little girl, roughly 7 I’d say, pipes up in her adorable little 7-year-old-girl voice: “Look Mommy, she rides a motorcycle!!” That […]

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My infatuation with color

I’m infatuated with color. I’m infatuated with several aspects about life and my art, as you’ll find out later, however color’s a biggie. And it’s not just seeing the color of the finished piece, either, though that’s always quite lovely as well. It’s also the mystery of how color will turn out, working with it […]

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