the next moment traveling over the clouds and mountains inside a huge metal bird
then later that same day, walking the dogs by the river on our favorite path. The speed and distances we get used to traveling in a single day we often take for granted, but remain truly amazing.
Violet, Ethan, Lilyanne
Yesterday, less than 24 hours after getting home, Walter and I drove over to Heather and Jeff's brand new house they are renting, and they prepared the most delectable dinner - grilled maihi maihi, grilled asparagus, warm bread, salad....yumm! Violet and Ethan played outside most of the time and I got to catch up with the littlest, Lilyanne. She always has lots to show us and adventures to take me on like sliding down the carpeted stairs on my rear, side by side with her, roaring giggles at each sychronized "thump" of our bottoms!
So today I start the massive cleanup and reorganization of the house, I feel spring in the air and I want to clean, and organize, and just redo. Problem is I don't have the time to get it all done, but I'll work away, bit by bit, and see how far I can get during the week before my next adventure which is centered around this sweet friend begins on Friday. Then I have the pleasure of several dear friends coming to stay here with me for a few days, see why I have so much to do?? Send over the elves, please...
and now for my big announcement..... TaDaaaa....
I will be taking next year off entirely from teaching - NO teaching gigs at all for katie in 2011!!! I made this decision several months ago, and it feels so right and necessary and I began telling students and event promoters at the New Year, but never made the official announcement here on my blog. It will allow me time for me to delve into projects I've only had time to ponder, to do more writing, to experiment with ideas and materials in a carefree-no exprectations- way, to spend more time with family, friends, gardening, and myself. So, if you've been wanting to take one of my classes or workshops, I would suggest that you do it this year.
I will be highlighting the workshops, one by one, in the coming days - the most upcoming ones will be featured first. That said, this one is a lovely 3-day workshop I'm teaching on May 21-23 and I'm getting really excited about it! The atmosphere of beauty and total pampering is unsurpassed in this truly unique environment, all set in the bucolic countryside of Wisconsin. Yes, I'm talking about Valley Ridge Art Studio where I'm teaching Untold Tales; A Big and Tall Book. Here are sample photos of what we'll be creating:
I know there are still a few spots open so if you've been wanting a mini art vaction where you will create a gorgeous and unique big and tall book, I hope you'll follow the link and sign yourself up - you won't regret it!
During the next week, I'll be highlighting 3 individual classes I'll be teaching over a long weekend the latter part of June, just an hour away from beautiful Denver, Colorado, at the Artist's Nook in Bellvue, CO.
Until then may you enjoy a beautiful spring!