Human Costume

December 5, 2010

Extraterrestrial  in a western culture earthling costume


For years before moving to New Mexico my bike was my primary form of transportation.  Even after moving to Taos, when I lived in town, I would bike everywhere.  Taos is not a bike friendly place.  I felt more safe biking through the streets of San Francisco then I did biking on the deserted roads of Taos.  People have an animosity towards bikers here, they don’t like to share the road.  It feels like they view bikers as moving targets.  I biked everywhere anyway.  The worst that happened was someone threw a full beer bottle at me.  Luckily they missed.  My favorite was biking home under the full moon.  The land was illuminated in gorgeous blue light.  Sometimes the moon is so bright you can even see colors.

When I first started biking in Taos I got so many flat tires!  Suddenly I had a build up holey of  inner-tubes   They are such a cool, sturdy material I didn’t want to throw them away, so I started thinking about what I could do with them.  That is how I began making bike inner-tube wallets and bags.  Some of the wallets are 99% recycled because I use fabric from used clothes on the inside.  Only the thread is new.



blue brocade



Medium 2 pocket wallets









Medium 3 pocket wallet




Small 2 pocket wallet





Business card holders



checkbook cover

checkbook cover








money bag

gold moneybag







japanese floral moneybag




Thoughts on Play

March 29, 2009


"7x7" micron pen on paper

"7x7" micron pen on paper.

 Currently I am taking a “Balance Your Chakras” class.  It is the source of many of my questions.

 My question today  is what do I do for play? 

This past week I went snowboarding and hiking, sewed a skirt, reconstructed a sweater, made a few drawings, cooked a great dinner, talked with friends, played with the dogs, cuddled with the (shedding) cats, watched the kids movie Mathilda (the book is better, but the movie was good), gave my boyfriend a foot massage,  tried a new restaurant, started some seeds, read out loud , and went to arial fabric class.

My friend gave me a great quote about play.

“The natural gaiety and laughter of the child within us is lost in exact proportion to the loss of our ability to play; and it is fascinating to remember the many contexts in which that word is used.  We use it unconsciously without any thought of its fundamental meaning and therefore the word often loses its connection with natural joy.  Every kind of dramatic performance is called a play, and all actors are players, as are all musician, and all ball game players

Tragedy, comedy and farce and all kinds of music – Bach,  plainsong, jazz or rock and roll – are brought to us by players, among whom there are those who appreciate audiences through their “playing” whether of dark truths or light.

But there are so many who have no perception of the meaning of play and whose striving motives are to acquire fame and money or self-satisfaction by sensational performances. often in productions without meaning – the opposite of play.

… Through the enjoyment of such things we may discover at last that until our whole lives, whether working or at leisure, are infused by the joy and laughter of play for its own sake – never for the sake of gain – we are not truly alive at all.  Work and play would then no longer be opposed to each other but at one in all the different aspects of our lives.”

-Helen M Luke




Today is a blustery, partly sunny day here in Gallina Canyon.  It is a perfect day to get home chores done.  Luckily I just had a HUGE cup of yerba mate’, my favorite caffeinated beverage, and I feel like I am able to accomplish ANYTHING!!!  (“Here I come to Save the Day…”)

I love the taste of coffee, but it doesn’t love me.  I always crash hard, miserable and depressed.  That just doesn’t seem worth it.  Luckily I can occasionally drink decaf without those effects.

My focus today is making my life easier, more streamlined, and visually pleasing.  Some of my ideas are:

-Plaster the main room

-Clean and organize the bathroom

-Get the garden beds ready for flowers

-Get rid of an excess, space occupying stuff that has no purpose

-Clean away and organize any clutter worth saving

So far I am leaning towards cleaning the bathroom and clearing away clutter. Organizing my art studio also seems like a good idea, but that might be an all day affair.

Today, all I want to do are things that make me happy.  Making my home more like a sanctuary always makes pleases me.  So does going for a hike with the dogs and cat, gardening, preparing a delicious dinner, taking a hot tub, making art of any kind, lighting sage, doing yoga, and spending time with my wonderful boyfriend.  Of course there are millions of others, but those sound good to me right now. 

Actually, Feldenkreis is also an amazing technique that makes me feel profoundly content after barely doing anything at all.  I love it and recommend it to anyone and everyone.  It is an accessible miracle for the body and mind and spirit.


I love Andrea

March 21, 2009



On March 18 my best friend, Andrea, had her birthday.  We met in High School, when we were 14.  She and I would ride the Metro downtown and thrift shop.  Those were the days when you could buy something for .25.   Or we would ride bikes down by the river or go for a hike.  We had so much fun!

Andrea  has always had the most incredible style and the ability to laugh at herself or whatever situation she finds herself in.  I have learned so much from her over the years.  She is the type of friend who calls me on my bullshit and is my biggest supporter.

Now she has started her own fashion design company Kucoon Designs.  Way to use her talent!  I am so impressed!  

Lucky for me, my boyfriend’s daughter has her birthday the next day.  Maybe there is something to astrology because little Elke and I have major friendship chemistry.  I am so grateful!

Life is so wonderful with best friends and mother nature.  Today I took a gorgeous hike with my great friend Michelle,  in the Wild Rivers wilderness area to the confluence of the Rio Grande and Red River.  The canyon is stunning.  My dog was in Heaven.  After all, he is a water dog living in the desert.  We saw pack lamas and easter wildflowers.

When I am in wild,  natural settings I like to feel like I am a part of all of that beauty.  I am in it and it is in me.




Osa and Truper

Osa and Truper

This is a photo of Truper, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and Osa, an Akita mix.  Below they are pictured with their best friend, the neighbors’ dog, Lucky


Osa, Truper, and Lucky

Osa, Truper, and Lucky





Blanca by the chicken coop.  She really doesn’t like to be outside on snowy days.

Business card enthusiasm

March 8, 2009

Today I spent the entire day designing my first business cards.  My enthusiasm for this  project is very high.  It is amazing how long it takes with internet when all there is only dial-up.  


businesscard1This is the front


Have you ever heard of Deepak Chopra?  He is an amazingly thought provoking and inspirational speaker.  Sometimes when I paint I listen to him on repeat.  After a while I don’t really hear him, but every now and the something profound reaches me.

a link to his web site