Musical Monday - Dear Reader.... I'm babbling

Hey there. How have you been? Seems like I haven't Musical Monday'ed in ages! By the way you can catch more Dear Reader over at dearreadermusic.com (& all over youtube)

So what have you all been up to while I dropped of the face of the earth? I've been kinda unplugged lately & have missed keeping up with everyone's art & adventures. So if anyone is still out there.... whatcha up to?

Me? Kiddo's still keeping me on my toes. I'll admit to breathing a sigh of relief once school starts in about a month--ssshhh don't tell. 

Then the catching up begins (again). Remember the studio/pigsty? Apparently the mess has been breeding while I've been away....

Yeah, I know, ewwww..... But it'll have to wait a while longer.

Little Dude & I are off to Maine later this week. It'll be a nice break. If I can figure out how to send photos from the camera to a borrowed PC, I'll post pics along the way. I can already taste the blueberries...and to swim in a lake without alligators again...woohoo!  My son thought I was pulling his leg when I told him you could to that - yep, he's a Florida Native.
from WikiMedia Commons

 Let's see...what else is up.... (warned you I'd be babbling)....

5 fun ATCs came in from the mixed media swap. Rather than brave the scary studio, I sent off a few from my ArtSnark Etsy shop that had been collection dust like The Siren here:

It was a great mix of trades that came in the mail. I'll scan & post them here tomorrow.
from parisperfect.com

Only other thing I've been up to is looking for a Paris rental for this fall. We'll go for a week or so. I'm very excited! (And I have to admit it is a lot of fun seeing the incredible variety of places to choose from.)
from Wikipedia Commons

Have you visited this grand City Of Lights? I'm taking all suggestions, tips and random musings. Just pop me a line I'd love to hear about your favorite finds & sweet secrets....

Oh, Speaking of fun finds - did you catch last Thursday's visit with artist Risa Tritabaugh? If not click here. While you are there, check out her colorful painting Among The Flowers. Lucky for us, she's generously donated it for the 8/13 random drawing. Leave a comment on this blog before 1 a.m. (EST) 8/13 to enter this giveaway. (By the way drawing is only open to USA addresses- sorry Intl. folks).


  1. Your studio/work area does look like mine!

    (shhhhhh! I'm with you about school! My girl's cabin fever is getting hard to deal with. The neighbor issues we're having don't help...)

    Wish I were going to Paris, too. I've been there, but it's been 25 years! (how did that happen???) Everything - apart from the obvious - is probably changed now. Have you been before? My strongest memory is of the Place Charles de Gaulle and the Arc de Triomphe. I caught my first glimpse of it all and the beauty of it brought tears to my eyes. You will love it.


  2. Oh how your studio looks all too familiar ~~ my theory is that creativity requires messy clutter, ;). Fresh Maine Blueberries ~~ yummm! And then a trip to Paris ~~ sounds lovely. Only been in my dreams, but wishing you a totally blissful experience. Happy Day!

  3. Maine in the summer and Paris in the fall! You've got life figured out! I lived just outside Paris long long ago. It's probably changed a bit but I would recomend doing lots of walking around all the old parts and doing lots of eating and drinking. Oh! and the art galleries...the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, Marmottan, L'Orangerie...Pomidou!!! So much great art, great food and great wine. You can't go wrong.

  4. oh alla is fabulous (am going now to read up about her..am ignorant i'm afraid)... have a lovely holiday with your little fella sans alligators and how wonderful to spend time planning a trip to gay parie! my love to you across the miles...