Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

Dear Laura, A friend of mine pointed me to this TED talk and it inspired me so much that I wanted to share it with you and our readers. In…

studio/soul cleanse

Dear Tina Friday can only be what I would consider a studio/soul cleanse….I went to my studio to teach a private art lesson with a special girl, then planned on painting…

boat drinks, art and instagram

Dear Tina, It seems so strange to not have talked with you on the phone these past few weeks. Summer sure is FULL isn’t it? Did you have a nice…

Vision 116: zooming in on summer’s bounty

Dear Laura, Ahhh, summer.  This is my favorite time of year in the garden and at the local farmer’s markets.  A good friend of mine grew these tomatoes.  He researches…

Laura’s ReVision 115: lilac color story, a Robbins nest, noticing…

Hello Sweet T, How are you? It was a delight seeing how your ReVision 115 came together. I love the layering you are doing and the use of the stencils for…

Tina’s ReVision 115: Lemon Balm

  Dear Laura, Starting this piece of art in your garden in Connecticut and completing in my studio in South Carolina was a great experience.  I wish we could visit…

creative deserts & lilac love

Dear Tina, I can totally relate to your thoughts about “creative deserts“. I find I can be distracted from my creative work by all the goodness that comes with summer. As you…

InstaAmazing!

Dear Tina, How are you? I am on a bit of an “Instagram High” after taking the Creative Live workshop with Instagram expert Sue B. Zimmerman. My instagram account has been active for…

3 simple wishes

Hello Sweet T, How are you? I wanted to share our intentions from our last “wish ceremony.” It was so late when we wrote them on your last night in CT…

Why am I here? The BIG question

“Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is the essential part of their own inner most being- their true nature.” ~Eckhart Tolle Dear…

Simple Yet Profound Thoughts by Ellen Langer

Dear Laura, Click on the image above and it will take you to Ellen Langer’s interview by Krista Tippet on her show On Being.  I want to be sure you…

Lessons from Eckhart Tolle Part 2

  Dear Laura, I am back in the studio and making new work.  I find that there are productive, happy times in the studio and then other times when I…

Flowers & 4 am Fever

  Hello Sweet T, How are you? I cannot tell you how much it lit me up that you were just in Connecticut filling my home with your goofiness and bright…

Lessons from Eckhart Tolle Part 1

Dear Laura and Friends, Six years ago, you were reading the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and deeply reflecting on his philosophies. Yesterday I decided to turn on his audio book for…

Our very FIRST video!!!

Dear Friends, We made a short video for you to document and share what we discovered from exploring the idea of beauty in our work. It was exciting to see…

The Unexpected Surprises & Beauty of an Art Opening…

  Hello Sweet T~ I think the daffodils are blooming just for you! Do you know how EXCITED I am that you are going to be here TOMORROW?!?!? Yippee!!! It…

Vision 115: Delicate explosions of inspiration

Dear Laura, This morning I walked out my front door and was greeted by the beautiful aroma of jasmine.  I know that if you were here you would love this…

What are your filter questions?

  Hello Sweet T, How are you? First of all I want to thank you for fixing our blog!!! I don’t know what the heck happened but I was in…

Etching and Found Objects

Dear Laura, I am so thrilled to have this work complete and in the mail to you.  I can’t wait to see how this collaboration comes together.  It is the…

silence is my teacher…

Dear Tina, While journaling this morning I found myself writing about things I hadn’t thought about in years. I wonder why some memories come back to us and others don’t.…

meditation, art & beauty

  Dear Tina I woke up early this morning with my mind twirling and couldn’t sleep. One of my affirmations this year is my mind is brilliant and clear, my…

Epoxy Resin & Molds in Tina’s Studio

Dear Laura, When I woke up this morning I couldn’t wait to get upstairs to my studio to see how the resin dried in my hand-made circle molds.  If this…

ReVision 114 (art collaboration)

  Dear Tina, I was in awe of the ice sculpture in your Vision. It made me think of an old song by the Byrds, Turn! Turn! Turn!  “To every…

How flowers help me be a better person… studio notes from Laura

Dear Tina, I finally sent off my website to my designer and feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. There were SO many decisions to be…

Laura’s 2014 Affirmations

Dear Tina, A few weeks ago I taught my yearly Affirmation Book Workshop. I cannot tell you how much teaching this class fills me up. Every year it ends up being…

Charleston Supported Art

  Dear Laura, This picture above is part of an article I wrote about what inspires me. I wrote it for Charleston Supported Art.  Head over and check it out…

Sometimes we just need a quiet nudge…

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut Dear Tina, I should have been…

Under the Florida Sun…

Dear Tina, How are you? I am back from my trip to Florida. Brett & I had a delightful visit with his parents at The Villages. We took a road…

Inspiring People

Dear Laura, I have had a few days in a row to work in my studio.  It is delicious time.  I have been very busy creating work for the Charleston…

Vision 114 (art collaboration)

Hello T, How are you? I have been dreaming of warmer weather and put this little collection together. I found the black and white picture of the sailboat at a…

ReVision 113

Dear Laura, You are right that this Vision photo you gave me is my color palette.  While you may not be enjoying the cold up there, I do admire the beauty the…

Inner Beauty, crafts & conversation

Dear Tina, I really enjoyed reading your last letter. It was fun to see your journal and read your ideas about beauty. I agree with what you wrote about there…

Vision 113

Hello Sweet T~ I worked from home today sitting in front of the fireplace, cozy and warm. We have been greeted with a very pretty but heavy and wet snow…

ReVision 112: Risk and Connection

Dear Laura, Your Vision had me stumped for awhile.  What got me thinking was this idea of risk and your description of how your cats simply jump where many of…

Tina’s Studio Today

  Dear Laura, I am finally working in the studio today after many days of my children having school off due to the ice storm here in the south.  This…

The SURPRISE of the human spirit!

Dear Tina, I really appreciated the collage of pictures you made of the simple beauty around you. It was fun to get a little sneak peek into your world and…

Grace, Pattern, & Play

  Dear Laura, This is what I think is beautiful today…. 1. Graceful water flowing with the tidal push. 2. Water droplets clinging to my banana tree leaf in the…

Meditation, Mindfulness & Laura’s Working Table

Hi ya Sweet T, I am glad you like that I am reading for pleasure! I hope to embrace your sensibility  with reading this year. Maybe you can share some…

Vision 112

Dear Laura, Last week I went for a walk and the air was so thick with fog that everything was dripping wet.  I thought it was fascinating how the drips…

Happy Birthday Tina!!! “the BIG 40”!

“A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.“ ~William Penn  Hello Sweet T! I know you don’t like…

ReVision 111

Dear Tina, It is hard to believe I started this ReVision way back in the Fall. I remember clearly my inspiration for this piece. I was out for a walk…

Zen Seeing and Drawing: Tina’s Working Table

Dear Laura, I really enjoyed your last post about the book you are reading.  Reading for pleasure?  That is something new!  I love to read.  In fact it is one…

Solitude & gifts from the Sea

Hello Sweet T, How are you? We had a SNOW day yesterday and it felt like everything shut down around here. Although I had planned ahead and brought things home…

The perfect kick off to 2014!

  Dear Tina, I had a lazy afternoon after sadly wishing safe travel to my sister Tina, brother-in-law Chris and Michelle & Jesse who came down from NH to ring…

Laura’s “One Little Word” 2014

Dear Tina, I really love that we have followed Ali Edwards, one little word project for four years! My words in the past have been ‘mindfully aware’, ‘organize‘ and ‘diligent‘.…

Happy Holidays

Open Studio pics, raffle winner & holiday inspiration

Hello Sweet T, How are you? All set for Christmas? I spent most of yesterday and last night getting my shopping done. I was WAY behind this year! After the…

Tina’s “One Little Word”

Dear Laura, I have had a beautiful week of freedom.  Freedom from teaching, parenting, errands, and even studio work.  I took this week off to rest and reflect on this…

You Asked….

  Dear Friends, This is an exciting time for artists.  Let us tell you why. WE have the power to sell our art work independent of the gallery by using…

The little details, competition & a successful Holiday Open Studio

Hello Sweet T, Whew! I finally feel like I can come up for air! Things went really well with my Open Studio but I am T.I.R.E.D! I spent most of…