Monday, September 1, 2014

By The Seaside ~ By The Beautiful Sea!


It seems we begin counting down to our next seaside vacation on the day we return from the present one.  We've been vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland since 2002 and it's allure has not diminished.
Having been raised only 20 minutes from Jones Beach, Long Island, I know the sea is a great part of who I am, even at 9 months....

My love for the beach and ocean just kept growing, as did I....

This summer was no different.  We continued to share our beach time with dear friends....




Fun things kept us occupied....

Annual Girlfriend Gift Swap ~

A trip to see our beloved NY Yankees play the Baltimore Orioles....


Batting practice and the star of our hearts ~ Derek Jeter
Meeting up with a great new friend from the old 'hood ~ Lou
A Boardwalk henna tat!
Serious seafood dining nightly




A night at the races.....

Kiki picked this winner!

Time to relax....
Under the bluest of skies....


 Or kicking back in the condo....

 The three girls let us know they were really on vacation....





They had more important things to do than housekeeping....



Time does fly when you're having fun ~ our last night at one of our favorites ~ Harborside....














And so the dawn comes and another seaside getaway ends.....until next year!!



Today we welcome in September and pay homage to all who labor....I hope your month has been glorious and the days ahead promising.

I'm gearing up for some pretty big things this month ~ Tucson' Fall Gem Show, a much anticipated "Valley Girls Getaway" to LA, and a hip replacement.

I'm sure the next edition of Karen's Monday Musings will be chock full of news, so stayed tuned!
Enjoy these days ahead, and thank you so much for visiting with me!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello August ~ Take Me Away!

For me, summer days are filled with my art....new techniques to be learned and applied...Artful Gathering online classes... retreat to Phoenix for Art Unraveled, and gearing up for the upcoming Holiday Trunk Show in my home.

One of the online classes I took in July was Artisan's Daybook with Deryn Mentock.  I've taken a number of jewelry classes with Deryn and I absolutely LOVE her creativity, execution, and design.  She's contributed so much to my personal artistic growth.

The Artisan's Daybook will be a compendium of my design work, ideas, sketches, notes, etc.  It will also help to keep me organized and on track with my creations.  Let me show you a peek inside ~

These elements are a small part of the big picture....

The finished book!


At Artful Gathering Online Retreat I got to make bangles!

And charms!




And put them together!  Thank you, Riki Schumacher for inspiring me to forgo the "purchased" bangles, and make my own with your Boho Bangles class!








Last week, Debbie and I headed to Phoenix for Art Unraveled and Deryn's "Go Big" class....


Wow! What a class it was....I can't stop making these gorgeous big necklaces!



The ideas continue to spin in my head, and it's back to the Hive as the workbench awaits!

The lovely thing is this ~ all these ideas and buzzing will be recorded and planned in my Artisan's Daybook!

The kids are back to school, Arizona's summer storms are a reality, and I am gearing up for my hip replacement scheduled on September 23rd.

There are treats in store for me before this long-anticipated surgery and I will share them with you next month!

Have a beautiful month, dear friends, and thank you so much for your visit.