art & independence




i can’t believe we’re in JULY (?!) already…much less today being the 4th.  where did the time go?  seemed like only yesterday it was the last day of school, hehehe! 


my mom has been visiting us since monday, so i have been juggling being her chauffeur/shopping companion + trying to get some work done in both the garden & studio.  it’s been so nice to have mom here though…she loves coming here & the best part is that she cooks my fave foods! 🙂  thanks mom, you are the BESTEST mom ever! xoxo

later today, if the weather holds out (it’s been doom & gloomy here the last couple of days), we may head to the farmer’s market…my mom has been craving sausage lately (esp. after i told her about a friend whose spouse forced him to eat vegetarian when really he was dying to eat burgers & italian sausages!)…there’s one vendor at the farmer’s market that sells the most DELISH brats…my mouth is watering just thinking about them.  i hope they will be there so we can pick up some cherry (yes, cherry…they are WICKED good!)  and cheddar brats.  that’s one of the good things about living here in cheeseland…you can get good brats & cheese, hehehe! 🙂


i’ve managed to get some wips completed…like these ATCs for lorri’s swap


the theme was rubberstamping.  i stamped all the cards prior to embellishing them…i hope that these will be in keeping with the theme.  i cannot resist not embellishing my work in some fashion…that’s the mixed media collage artist in me coming out…  i used what i had on hand…bits n pieces from other projects as well as stamp & photo images from my personal stash.  i liked the fact that i didn’t go out & buy anything new to make these…i just used what i had & also kept the color palette the same for all 7 cards, for continuity’s sake.  i had fun making these & am looking forward to getting back some terrific artwork. 

at the moment, i’m working on an itty bitty book project, SUMMER. 4709f i am hoping to get all 13 books completed & shipped out before we head out on vacation next week.  each participant had to make 2 sets of pages…i made a couple of extras because, well, that’s what my lil brain has been conditioned to do, lol.  ibsmrbk1i just finished working on them last night.  and now, i’m getting ready to run the pages i do have in my hands thru the binding machine.  omg, so far, the artwork has been outstanding & i am happy to report, another FAB itty book in the works!   

speaking of fab books…look what arrived on my doorstep just in time for the 4th?


my red, white & tag book from jessica’s swap.  isn’t it just too cute for words?

4709emy page…


many thanks to all the ladies who contributed & esp. jessica for this wonderfully patriotic keepsake! 


enjoy & be safe this glorious day! xoxo mary ann


2 Responses

  1. Happy 4th MaryAnn! The book looks great! I still a.d.o.r.e. mine :O)

    Hugs & Faerie Dust!

  2. awwwwwwwwwwwww, mommidida…miss you like crazy + long time!!!!!!!!!!! looks like you’re havin’ a blast with requita…your lil’ ones are chanting big time…grammy totally miss you! can’t wait to see you for Gail’s b-day and Jade’s communion party…gimmmmme sommmmmmme fooood….all looks soooooooo delish….yummmmmmo!!! are you going to make pancit for merman’s b-day? hope so…missing that big time! Love you so much…thanks reya for taking great care of mom…have a blast on vac and will see you soon! xoxoxoxo looney 😉

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