Senior Honors Night & Other Honors         

April 26, 2017

The first official time I saw Rebecca in her graduation gown.  Wow, what a feeling that was!  Mostly, I was so proud of her.


It was a lovely program.  Considering the size of the class, there were not that many students being recognized.

We all attended to celebrate with her; Grandma and Grandpa, Willy, and myself.  For Willy and I, it brought back some memories of attending the same school, and being at the same honors night in the same building. Time flies, so they say, and it’s so true.


Rebecca received, some at different dates, the following awards and honors.

  • Departmental Honor in Photography
  • 2017 Honors Certificate of Excellence
  • Golden State Seal Merit Diploma
  • President’s Education Awards Program Outstanding Academic Excellence (with Trump’s signature -she had wished it could have been Obama’s).
  • California Legislature Certificate of Recognition Outstanding Contribution as Artery Club President
  • Graduating Magna Cum Laude


What a whirlwind !

What a whirlwind !

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Hello again.  It certainly has been a whirlwind of projects, celebrations, busy days, and change.  I am happy to be writing again!

Where do I start?  Perhaps from the beginning, make a list, then go from there.

1.       April 26th, Rebecca’s Senior Honor’s Night

2.    April 29th, Mom’s 75th Birthday Party in my garden.

3.    May 3rd, Rebecca’s ESUHSD Photography Show and Awards

4.    May 10th, Book signing event I organized for a client.

5.    May 18th, my “first” workshop this year!

6.     May 20th, Rebecca’s Senior Ball

7.     May 24th, Janet and Kalisha in town, a family picnic.

8.     May 25th, Rebecca’s High School Graduation

9.     May 26th, Rebecca’s Graduation Party

10.    May 27th, Mitty’s graduation, brunch, and a party.

11.      May 28th, Two graduation parties.

12.    June 5th 9th, Rebecca’s graduation trip to Universal Studios and Disneyland.

13.    June 18th, Father’s Day and the Morgan Hill Car Show (okay this is tomorrow).

I did it!

April 5, 2017

Yes, I did it!  I have finished my workshop schedule!  All are posted on my SoulCollage® website, and below is the list of dates.  Wahoo!!

My Blue Sunshine

Workshops with You in Mind

Rejuvenation, Self-Care, Creativity

Do you need some time away?  Time to rejuvenate?  Time to create? Time to write?  Time to listen to your heart?  Time to heal?  Time for self-care?

Give yourself permission to do just that.  My workshops allow you to explore, to reach down into your heart and soul, to just breathe.  Workshops are held in my inspiring home studio and/or peaceful garden.  You are a special individual and you deserve to be treated kindly, respectfully, and lovingly.  You deserve and require time to step back, reflect, and discover who you really are and what your life’s purpose is on this earth.  In addition, all workshops come with a small token of my appreciation, and maybe a little goodie, too!

 Enclosed is a list of my upcoming workshops.  In this safe and motivational atmosphere, you will not be judged.  You will only feel peace and encouragement.  We keep news and politics to ourselves.  We support and sustain each other. 

I am also a SoulCollage® Facilitator.  If you are interested, check workshop dates on my SoulCollage® site, or workshop schedule.  Check out my blog, too! 

If you have any questions and/or you decide you deserve this, and are ready to choose a date(s) and register, contact me at


Affirmation Cards Series Cost $200 for 5 sessions, or $45 each.

Affirmation Cards contain positive thoughts and affirmations for women who want to, need to, or continue to, cultivate strength, love, joy, self-confidence, focus, and power. They just down right make you feel good!  Tell those negative thoughts to take a hike and join the celebration!

In this series of workshops, you will create your own Affirmation Cards. In each session, there will be a topic open for discussion and note taking.  Ideas and thoughts will fill the room (you may want to bring your journal)! You will then create a thoughtful and inspiring card that you can refer to often to help you remember what a wonderful person you are and how important you are in this world.  Some cards may be serious and thought provoking, some may be fun and make you laugh out loud.

No experience necessary!  No two cards will be alike.  You create them as you, and only you, wish to.  You will have access to my stash of papers and embellishments!  Scissors and glue are provided. Bring your own cutters, blades, self-healing mat, or any other personal supplies you’d like.

Mornings, 9am – 12pm, May 2nd to May 30th

Evenings, 6 – 9pm, May 2nd to May 30th

Affirmation Cards to Share Cost $45

In this workshop, you will create Affirmation Cards to share with others.  For a gift, for a friend or family member that might need a bit of sunshine, or to leave in a public place to make someone smile…a random act of kindness!  You will have access to my store of papers and embellishments, scissors and glue.  Bring your own cutters, blades, self-healing mat, or any other personal supplies you’d like.

May 12th, 1 – 4pm

May 21st, 1 – 4pm

June 11th, 2 – 5pm

June 15th, 9am – 12pm

Journaling Series Cost $175 for 5 sessions, or $40 each.

Journaling comes naturally to some, but for those who have not made it a practice, or begin and forget to follow through, this is the time to start and honor your life, your hopes, your story, your purpose.  There are many different kinds of journals: Daily journals for your personal history.  Happiness journals.  Nature journals.  Art journals.  Etc.

This series of journaling workshops will be a combination of all of the above, and more!  You need not be creative.  You need only to have a heart and the ability to write.  If you already journal, you go, girl!  But join us and possibly try something new or different.

In each session, we will have a topic open for discussion and sharing.  You will then have time to reflect and write.  You may want to add pictures, mementos, drawings, or art to your pages.  This is your time.  I am here to encourage and provide a safe, casual, and inspiring place.  You will have access to my stash of papers, pens, punches, glue, and scissors.  Bring your own cutters, blades, self-healing mat, or any other personal supplies you’d like.

 Mondays, 6 – 9pm, May 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd, June 12th

Fridays, 9am – 12pm, May 5th, 12th, 19th, June 2nd, 16th

Journal Days Cost $25

You will choose a space in the studio or garden to have some quiet time to reflect, draw, and write.  You will have access to my pens, markers and colored pencils if you want to add a bit of your creative side.  Some topic ideas will be available, or you may come with something you need to work out, let go of, celebrate, remember, or simply to put your day in writing.

May 13th, 10am – 12pm

May 31st, 9am – 11pm

June 17th, 2 – 4pm

Journaling Workshops open to All!

“Your” Vision Board Cost $40

Do you have trouble visualizing your ideas, your ventures, your new home, your space, your plan?  Vision boards are a wonderful way to envision your dream!

In this workshop, you will create a Vision Board that speaks to any topic you like.  Vision boards contain images, words, artwork, embellishments, etc. that reach out to you.  You take these pieces and arrange them together on a plain board that comes to life in front of your very eyes.  You can revisit it any time you need a little push, a little reminder of your hopes and goals.

Vision boards are used in many different ways.  Our vision boards will honor you and your deepest wishes.  They can be hidden away, for your eyes only, or hung up in a special place for you to gaze upon at all times.

Vision boards can also lead to some thinking, and journaling!  The board can get your mind wandering and your heart thumping. 

You will have access to my stash of papers, pens, punches, glue, and scissors.  Bring your own cutters, blades, self-healing mat, or any other personal supplies you’d like.

Start now, looking for and saving images and words that would work together to create your “vision”.  Look through magazines, on-line, in books, old & new photos, etc. to begin your quest.  I will have magazines and books available to look through, but that could take up a lot of your creative time and you may not find what you are specifically looking for.  If you have more than one idea, great, collect for a few different ideas and decide which you want to work with first.  The others can be saved for another board, another time.

April 24th, 6 – 9pm

April 25th, 9am – 12pm

May 13th, 1:30 – 4:30pm

May 22nd, 9am – 12pm



More dates will be scheduled soon!

Workshop schedules are subject to change.

I would love feedback/comments, requests and/or suggestions!


I’ve done it!

April 4, 2017

Yes, I’m just about ready to publish my workshop schedule!  This month is a little busy working on a Creative Arts and Yard Sale (coming this Saturday, which may be cancelled due to rain!! – but may still do the Creative Arts Sale), and a 75th Birthday Garden Luncheon for my mom.  I’ve stuck a couple of classes in this month, but will start full force in May!  I’ll be sending the schedule out tomorrow at the latest.  You will also be able to check them out on my SoulCollage® website, .

To begin, I will be offering SoulCollage®, Journaling, Self-Care, Affirmation Cards, and Vision/Mood Boards in my home studio.  I’m slowly getting it ready for my guests.  Here’s a little peek…

I’m pretty excited, a little scared, and, of course, hoping I’ll have plenty of guests!  I truly want to share things I have learned with others, and maybe assist them on their way to healing with positive affirmation of their worth, purpose, and talents.  I love looking for and researching ideas for creative and inspiring activities and can’t wait to share them with everyone. 



Love, Love, Love this!


Some new adventures in creativity…

March 21, 2017

An update on my new and changing life.

I have been doing research, creating workshop plans, and just about ready to put out my schedule and descriptions of the different classes I’ll be offering. 

I’m will be returning to my SoulCollage® workshops and am planning several more including Vision and Mood boards, Journaling, Art Journaling, and Self-Care ideas.

In my research, I found and read a lot about different “Mood” Boards. I hadn’t really heard of them until I spotted them on Pinterest.  Oh, what a wonderful world that is!  So many ideas from women who have shared their passions and creativity with the rest of the world.  How blessed we are!  Congratulations to them for following their heart and taking that first step.

Anyway, I wanted to share something I did a couple of days ago.  I created a mood board with photos I’ve taken or found on-line.  I will be offering a workshop on creating one with your own hands, but I wanted to try something a bit different.  It was truly a wonderful experience taking my time and putting it together. I look at it, and say,”Yes, that’s me”.  The word I had chosen was “Listen”.  It came to me when I saw the picture of the fairy sitting in a carpet of blue flowers.  She is listening to the sounds of the forest, the birds, the water, and to the universe.  From there, it was easy to find other pictures that spoke “listen” to me.

Anyone could do this if you allowed yourself some time, chose a subject or mood, and to dig deep down in your soul and find pictures that speak to you.  I used Powerpoint as I think it is the easiest to use.  I turned my creation into a .jpg, and now it is my desktop!  So lovely to look at every day!

Listen mood board

I plan on journaling about my “Listen” board, too.  Try doing one yourself.  I’d love to see it.

Rich’s Bulb Garden 2017

March 19, 2017

I visited Rich’s garden today!  It was a little cloudy, but it was supposed to rain next week and I wanted to take some pictures.

It was just beautiful as it always is.  Most of the daffodils were still in bloom, and lots of tulips, anemones, and ranunculus.  There are still some waiting to open and show their faces.

There were a lot of visitors in the time I was there.  Yes, I was there quite a long time taking pictures!

Here are a “few” pictures I’d like to share…






I’m going to try and go by again sometime this week hoping for more blooms, and more photos!  If I do, I’ll share.  If you live in the San Jose area, and want to check it out, he has his garden open through the 26th, from noon to 5pm each day.  The address is 850 Gateview Court, San Jose, 95133.  You can check his website for more information.  He’s quite a character with a lot of talent.


Meet Hope and Charity!

March 14, 2017

Today was the day!  I’ve been thinking and dreaming about it for about a year now.  I’ve been in the pet store many times to pick up dog food for Bella.  I’ve looked and admired them.  One time, almost got one, because she was so beautiful.  Rebecca hates birds!!

But today was the day!  The little blue and white parakeets touched my heart.  The one with the beautiful white crown had to be mine.  I looked into her eyes and knew I needed her.  Of course, she needed a friend, so I decided on the another one with a blue crown with a little white spot. 

I went back and forth.  I shouldn’t spend the money.  It’s not the right time.  Rebecca hates birds!!!  I looked at the cages.  I looked back at the birds.  I looked at the cages, and again back at the birds.  Such a hard decision.  Why?  I had just spent five hours cleaning an elderly couple’s home.  I had money in my purse.  Yes, today was the day!  I just couldn’t leave these birdies there.

So, I picked a cage and a few other things, waited for my birdies to be put in their travel box, and headed home with a smile on my face. 

Okay, so Rebecca was not too happy.  My mom doesn’t like birds, either.  But, my dad was so excited to meet them.  He likes birds! Brought back memories of Pete the bird he had as a child.

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They seem pretty happy to be here!  I love them bunches.  Hope is taking a nap, and Charity is posing.