I’m Going to Disneyland (A Studio Party Recap)

Now that your studio party is over and you raised over $600 in support of CEPIA Costa Rica what are you going to do, Marika? “I’m going to Disneyland!” Yes, I did. That photo is kind of how I felt everyday leading up to the party.  And I’ve sadly dated myself Read More …

4 Tips for Finding and Bringing Inspiration

It happens frequently; a blank stare, the wandering brush, a few extra dips in the water and a heavy sigh. The question is palpable. “What am I going to paint?” An artist doodles hopefully on scrap paper, she explores wet on wet techniques and brush strokes, the little experiments that Read More …

something better than a slug

Late one night at a sleepover, when I was nine-years-old, my friend taught me her newest passion; sewing. Maybe it was her enthusiasm or mine, but we were hooked.  We couldn’t stop sewing once we got going.  We spent the whole night sewing and stuffing any kind of fabric we Read More …

In Need of a Guide

Early one morning, I walked up an urban Queen Anne hill about 50 feet behind a blind man with a walking stick.  I have seen this man many times.  I remember his independence and courage.  He regularly walks up this busy hill to his work, home, or office.  This was Read More …

Why Do Flowers Bother?

Sometimes, I think of flowers as simplistic, easy, everywhere, common and even obvious. And they are. AND they are joyful, life-affirming, creative and spontaneous acts and beings. They are little miracles of happiness sprinkled along our streets, on canvas and in vases in the kitchen. So common, essential and truly Read More …

Ugly Truths about Just Pretending

I’m a moderate climber, I’m not bad-ass.  I can climb close to as well as any recreational climber, man or woman, but I’ve mostly approached this sport as entertainment.  Moderate is challenging for me physically and mentally. I don’t think I can compare to the people I see the gym Read More …

Growing Up Past the Bolt

That’s my husband lead sport climbing.  I’m below him belaying.  As he climbs, he pulls the rope up with him and secures it with a quick draw in pre-set bolts in the wall.  As he climbs past a bolt, he enters “scary fall zone”.  If he falls once he is beyond a Read More …

Watercolor Necklaces are Poems You Take With You

Personal and Meaningful These necklaces are crafted with the intention to create a personal and meaningful connection for you and to ground you in that intention. I’ve just posted  whole new bunch of necklaces with their stories.  The stories and poems are thought-juice and reflection.  If you like the idea Read More …

Watercolor Necklaces: Top 3 Reasons to Try It, Some Common Problems and Solutions

Hello! After five workshops mentoring 43 mostly-beginner watercolorists create stunning pendants, I’ve learned some things about people and watercolor and I’m excited to share this with you. First, this workshop did not turn out the way I expected which is a good thing because unpredictability is the nature of adventure. Read More …

This Year, I Own Mother’s Day

This year, I own Mother’s Day. It used to be about others; my mother, my kids, the mothers I know and many birthdays.  I let the day pass without a thought but a card, a few texts from friends and some flowers for my mother.  It was an afterthought; “Oh Read More …