Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Shop at CafePress!!!

Today I opened an online store at Cafepress!!! You can now purchase my collage images on various products. I am so excited. I only have these 2 images uploaded so far, but I will be adding more soon.
Circle of Friends is one of my personal favorites. I was thinking of my closest friends, this represents how they have surrounded me throughout my life. I am sure everyone has their own special circle.

This is Stop and Smell the Flowers II. It was the piece that I was commissioned to create and was my number one lesson learned from my cancer experience. We all need to take that moment to stop and enjoy the simple things in life (at this time of year especially).
I finally have some Giclees of my work which I will be selling in my etsy shop after Thanksgiving.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I wish a very happy and healthy day to everyone.
I have much to be thankful for....

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Missing Ted's and Wings, but not snow...

My sister sent this video to me and I love it… it makes me want a hot dog. We grew up near Buffalo and Ted’s is a mainstay. Whenever the weather would start to get nice you could be sure that the line would be outside the door with people having a hankering for Ted’s. When I was in school in NYC I would eat the street dogs with mustard and sauerkraut, they were okay but like the video…they do not compare. In California – forget it… there is nothing that compares (at least not that I have had yet). Usually when we go back to visit or a visitor comes out here they bring a 5lb. package of Sahlen’s dogs and we freeze them.

Then there are the wings… I cannot tell you how many people do not realize that Buffalo wings are from Buffalo, NY. It is pretty amazing when you think about it, that a Mom served wings to her son and his friends late one night at their restaurant – The Anchor Bar and now they are on most menus across the country. They are not made the same way as the originals, but they do try…

Lastly, Beef on Weck (Kummelweck). Not my favorite as the weck is a bit salty, but there really is nothing like a good roast beef sandwich – I just ask for a Kaiser roll instead.

Buffalo has some other exclusives, sponge candy (my favorite is from Antoinette’s Sweets – their turtles and caramels are yummy too), Weber’s Mustard (although you may be able to get that other places now), Bison chip dip, mmmm… I am getting hungry. So when people look at us out here and say we do not eat really healthy – we all look at each other and say…”you have no idea!”

I think I may place an order for some of my favorites….

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

World Health News Today

I was contacted last month about participating in an interview with my daughter for a news piece that World Health News Today wanted to film on Kids Konnected. The reporter and photographer came to my house and spent about 1 ½ hours filming me and then they attended a Kids Konnected meeting to film my daughter and the teen group. It is always interesting to me to see how much is filmed and what remains on the editing floor. I hope it highlights just how important Kids Konnected has been in our lives since my diagnosis.

Sometimes it is hard to be at the meetings and see another new family come in that has been affected by cancer. At least there is a place for support and understanding, for the kids, for the parents, but mostly for the kids. Sometimes kids do not want other people to know their parent has cancer. At Kids Konnected they can talk about it because everyone there has been touched by cancer.

I wish that kids never had to worry about one or sometimes both of their parents having to fight cancer or dying from cancer, but for now that wish is just that …. a wish. Until we have a cure Kids Konnected is a place for the affected families to seek help and support.

To see the video click here....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Girls Night Out ... for a cause

Friday night I attended the annual Girls Night Out Fundraiser for Art and Creativity for Healing. It is usually held at an interesting venue with music, dinner, drinks etc. As everyone knows this year has been especially hard, but even more so for many non-profit organizations. Being the creative organization that it is – my goodness Creativity is its middle name - it was changed up a bit this year. One of the board members offered to host the event at her fabulous home. The event was scaled down and 90 women were in attendance. Each attendee bought their ticket and also brought an item to be auctioned during the event.
This was my donation:

We had unbelievable items to bid on during the silent auction - jewelry, home decorations, artwork, spa treatments, teeth whitening – (which I lost out on at the last minute). There was also a live auction for some of the larger donated items and a scholarship pledge to fund various programs for children.
The 4 programs that ACFH is especially looking for donations are:
• Bedside art programs at Children’s Hospital in Orange
• Programs for the families at Camp Pendleton
• Bereavement programs for children
• Programs for teens in a recovery home

Our bartenders for the evening were the male board members. Each lady was served a delicious “boxed” dinner and we had our choice of venues to partake the meal. The sleek white and stainless kitchen, the table for 14 in the dining room, the comfortable sectional in the family room or the relaxing patio listening to the ocean waves crash below.

The event was much more low key than in past years but was much more intimate. You felt like you were in a gallery for visual art as well as architecture and furniture design.

While at the party the host’s son and some of his friends arrived:

If you have teens in your home, ask them if they know this person. They most likely will say “yes”. If they watch Life of Ryan on MTV they will realize that this is one of Ryan’s best friends Mitch. Mitch is a very polite and gracious young man who said “yes” when I asked if I could take a picture of him for my daughter. He said we both should be in the picture to which I replied “I do not really think she wants me in the picture”. We took 2 - one with and one without me!!

I asked if he minded if I put him on my blog and he said “you have a myspace?” I said no, not yet, just a blog!!
I sent a text to my daughter to tell her he was there and told her that he is even more handsome in person than on TV. To which she replied “How old do you have to be to go to GNO?” and “You are sooo lucky!!”

The evening was a lot of fun and we raised money for a good cause. If anyone would like to provide a scholarship for any of the above programs head on over to Art and Creativity for Healing, click on Donate to ACFH and select the scholarship type that you would like to fund.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I did it...

I have been wanting to sell some of my artwork and jewelry on Etsy for awhile now. So today I finally had a few minutes and some courage and I did it!!!

I am starting with my fused glass necklaces and I hope to have some giclees of my collages up soon. It is scary and exciting.

In my efforts to move on, re-design, re-create my life after cancer - I am trying to figure out "what I want to do". I think I know what it is and this is part - NO it is what I want to do. I want to create jewelry and art and sell it. I want my to have my artwork licensed on products. I will still volunteer for my favorite organizations and at the kid's schools, but this is the direction that I want my life to go.

Okay, I put it out there... lets see where it goes.....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

From my Closet... to my Lens


Today is Election Day and this is one blog that you will not find a political post! That was one request, statement, whatever you want to call it that I told my husband long ago. I will not be a political wife so if you ever want to run for anything count me out. That being said my son is home sick today so I get to catch up on some things. This blog is one of them…

Saturday night, L and I went to a fundraising event “An Evening for Autism 2008”. It was at the home, estate, mansion of a friend and former client of my husband’s. This man’s son was diagnosed with Autism. They were expecting 750 people, I am not sure if that many actually attended, but imagine the size of the estate that when that many people were in the backyard (over the covered tennis court to be exact) with food venues, a stage etc. and you could still move around comfortably. It is another world that I only have glimpses of when invited to events like this.
The events’ main sponsor was Tommy Bahama, but many other restaurants participated.

The food was great – tastes for everyone. The Yard House, Scott’s Seafood Grill, Newport Rib Company (the best ribs I have had out in CA), Beach Pitt BBQ and Maggiano’s Little Italy. Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, delicious chocolates and a chocolate fountain by Valentino – with a name like that how could they not be good, Tiramisu – okay can you tell that I eat dessert first!!!

There were a few celebrities – more were supposed to show – but you know their hectic schedules!!!! There was a rumor that Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy were supposed to show as her son also has Autism. “Jo” from the Real Housewives of Orange County walked but me quickly and then I could not find her again.

Then there was this guy…..

He adorned by closet door so many years ago, a full length poster of him and his accomplishments. Thirty-two years later I met him, stood next to him and had my photo taken with him. Now that I am blogging I am always looking for “material”.

Mark Spitz… If it were not for the Olympics just happening I am not sure that I would know what he looked like. To me he does not resemble his image from 32 years ago. Still handsome nonetheless. He was a friend of the host also and was there to donate a private 1 ½ hour swim lesson. His lesson went for $1000.00.

I met a man who runs a surf school but also teaches physically challenged adults and kids to surf. They use adaptive surf boards so they can stay afloat since many are quadriplegic. I also spoke with a teacher whose students are special needs. There was a company who donates 50% of their profits to various causes all year long, not just for awareness month. Hope Wines. I love to meet people and find out “their story”, how they ended up where they are, what their cause is, what their interests are.

It was a fun event – they had 3 bands: Steel Drums, A Beatles Tribute band and the Oreo Divas (they were so good), live and silent auctions – all for a good cause. Now if I only saved that poster – an Ebay listing for sure…

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