Monday, July 31, 2006

In a Hurry and Don't Know Why

This is one of those times when I have too many things to do and not enough time. Of course a song will jump into my head that reminds me of the situation, just as it always does. In this case the song fragment is "I'm in a hurry to get things done....I rush and rush until life's no fun...I'm in a hurry and don't know why...all you gotta' do is live and die...". I'm sure you've all had days like this, too, but life is like that. After a day or two, this streak will hopefully be over and things will calm down a bit (until the next rush anyway).

Here are some funny t-shirts I found on Cafepress. They're sure to make a person laugh things off and realize the relative unimportance of many instances in our lives!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Displaced Homemaker

I have a few minutes to blog this morning while waiting for the people to come and steam-clean our carpet. Its funny how DISPLACED this makes a person feel. We had to move furniture out from the wall, stack things all over on our shelves and tables that somehow have no other place to go, vacuum behind heavy furniture that doesn't get moved very often - etc., etc. I've decided to flee the mess for part of the time and go do some errands, leaving my hubby to deal with the noise, the mess and the smell of the cleaners. I guess I've turned into a real computer geek, hating to leave when I've got so much work I want to do on the computer, yet seeing no need to see my possessions moved around and disordered. It feels like we're about to move, although we are not moving. It makes me think about the victims of disasters - hurricanes, floods, fires, and war - and how traumatic everything becomes when one's life is turned upside down. My heart goes out to these people. My home will be put back into order in a few hours, but theirs may not be for years, or maybe ever.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Insects: Invasion of Thought

With the advent of summer come hordes of marching ants and swarms of flies, mosquitoes and gnats. can be extremely annoying as they whine, buzz, bite and dive-bomb their way into our world with no consideration of anyone's feelings. Our first instinct is usually to run for a fly swatter or a can of "Off". I've been just as guilty as the next person in proudly knocking as many bugs as I could into the next world. They can be really hard to take when they're sucking your life's blood, but killing insects is akin to trying to pick up tons of grain at a time. Insects can multiply much faster than they can be killed off, no matter what new we use against them.

We rarely take the time to reflect on the singular beauty and grace of the insect kingdom and its importance in the scheme of life. We rarely consider insect qualities and what, if anything, we can learn from them. Is it possible that, with a change of viewpoint, insects can become our teachers? As an artist, I've become fascinated by their clean lines and often alien personnas. Some insects have light, feathery wings that glow in the sun with all the colors of the rainbow. They are actually light-weight aerodynamically-sound flying machines! Others have smooth, polished, chitonous exteriors and resemble armored tanks. Many are architectual wonders that are both challenging and fun to draw. As I continue to study insects, their resemblance to helicopters, airplanes, missiles, bombers and even spacecraft begins to increase. Their alien personnas begin to seem more familiar.

Do they also have qualities? Why, of course! Insects definetely have persistence. They have purpose. They know the meaning of teamwork. They are extremely adaptable on any terrain. They push on relentlessly once they have identified their target. Obviously worms got their namesake from somewhere: they can strip the whole countryside of greenery in a matter of weeks. Locusts can swoop down out of the sky in a black cloud of fury, destroying a whole grain crop before your eyes. Flies and ants can strip a carcass to the bone in a matter of minutes.

Insects are not only a destructive force; they are also a creative force. Spiders can spin huge, magnificent webs using nothing but that which comes from inside themselves. Bees, hornets and wasps build hives to rival any ancient palace. Termites build structures as tall as any pyramid if you take into account their diminutive size.

Insects may be food for the birds, but they can also become food for thought. Perhaps what we hate most about them is that they embody the very qualities we don't want to acknowledge within ourselves: they are greedy, they are persistent, they are fruitful and multiply unchecked....they are threatening to overun the earth.

These ideas can be empowering ones if we pay attention to our little teachers. I recall a fragment of an old song which children are taught in school: "just remember that an ant - can't - move a rubber tree plant".... Well, perhaps ONE can not, but the many CAN - if they have but the will and the persistence of insects. Which world dream would YOU like to help create?

Insects at Thyroid Diaries - Bee Happy

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Knock My Socks Off!

If I Throw Water On You... Jr. Raglan

Wanna PING Me? Black T-Shirt

Who's Afraid of the Big Blue Room? White T-Shirt

These are some of the t-shirt designs I came across on shops last night. They are so funny that they had me giggling all night! If you have a funnybone, you'll have to check these out: Telepathic Frog Designs and Question t-shirts by foxvox. Cafepress shops have some of the most creative and hilarious designs I've seen anywhere!
If This Were A Dream

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Forest Friends

I now have lines of products available here in my Cafepress shop for "Forest Friends", "Girl in Blue Hat", "Ramblin Rose", "Cosmic Spiral", and "Dragonfly". This includes an array of products, including t-shirts, apparel, housewares, cards & prints! If you haven't already, visit Tickled Pink Designs.

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Cosmic Spiral

You can now purchase cards, prints and posters in my shop, as well as apparel and housewares. The cosmic spiral design was inspired by a native premise, "The spiral has tipped....we need a new dreamer". I'm finally beginning to catch up on stocking my designs in my store, then will be able to start adding more.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Hot and Lazy

Its summer time, and as we say in Texas, its "hotter than a pistol"! We haven't had rain for many days and we have to keep moving our containers of flowers to wherever there is a spot of shade. Poor things! Otherwise the sun cooks them till they look like canned spinach. (and no, I don't want to serve them up with cornbread)

I've been busy trying to restock my Cafepress shop since I made the (foolish?) decision to redo my storefront design and add more products to each category. I think it will be really nice when I get it finished, but it is an unbelievable lot of work! I just stocked my shop with dragonfly products this morning, so have a look. More products will be forthcoming. Right now, I think I may take a little nap.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

I've Been Framed!

This is how my dogwood could look framed. This item, as well as "Girl in a Blue Hat", is now available here in my store. These items are also available as greeting card sets. Right now I am in the process of updating my store and more new items will be available soon.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Cats, Cats, Cats

Some people are cat lovers, some people are dog lovers, and some people love them both. I am one who loves both, for different reasons. Cats are more independent and could care less what humans think of them. One day they'll feel warm and lovy - the next day they may turn their back on you in disdain. They love to and sometimes seem almost unworldly as their eyes gaze into alternate realities. Dogs are more loyal and addicted to attention. They get bored easily and will bark at anything that moves just to have something to do, or perhaps they just have an urge to protect "their" territory. They always seem ready for a petting or a kiss or something to eat. Occasionally they may howl out their lonesomeness at the moon. I guess today is a cat day, mainly because I don't have a dog design done to show you. This orange tabby is going to go on someone's t-shirt as soon as I have a chance to get to it. I'm still working on getting my new together, which is proving to be a challenge to my poor little techno-challenged brain.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

The Juggler

I've been so busy lately trying to juggle numerous tasks: promotion of my ; (which means completely redoing my website, working on my ,, linking, learning more, and putting in a lot of time on the computer); the usual housework (which is floundering); trying to find some time to do more ....seems the list goes on and on! I am not good at multi-tasking....I'm not even doing well at typing this morning! I feel like my archetype is "The Juggler". "Let's see, folks, will she manage to keep all the balls in the air at the same time? Will she end up fumbling and dropping the ball?" How about "will she decide to just go take a nap"? (she can always give herself the excuse that she's "simplifying her life"). All and no play is not a good thing, though. I HAVE taken the time to watch a couple of movies from Netflix. The last one was "Rust Never Sleeps", a concert which I thoroughly enjoyed! Well, I must get serious and back to work or I'll have no new designs to show...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Girl in a Blue Hat

Good morning, all. "Dogwood Blossoms" is now available here in my etsy shop as a 8x10" print. "Girl in a Blue Hat' will soon be available on etsy as a 6x8" print, just the right size for a or to hang on your own in that "empty" spot.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Dogwood Blossoms

I hope every had a good rest over the DID rest, didn't you? "Leaf Mites" can now be seen here in my Cafepress shop on t-shirts. This dogwood blossoms print is one of my newer , not yet to be seen anywhere but here. I haven't yet decided where to put it - or what to put it ON. I'll let you all know asap. There ARE benefits to subscribing to my !


Saturday, July 01, 2006

Leaf Mites!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy ! We will be on vacation for a few days, so I'll be back on the 5th. This is my fantasy version of "leaf mites". It will be available in my shop soon.


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