A bit about process…

July 19th, 2016

I love learning how artists approach their work…always curious to see their studio set up…do they listen to music…eat a particular food…are their critters around…what gets them started in the morning…or is it more like after dark????

Scrolling thru my phone photos, I realized I had a little photo story to tell…

What I want to do every day is this: ( Beautiful Objects courtesy of Amy Duncan and JoEllen Newton)

what we want to do


But that process starts out looking more like a blank page…or a blank canvas…or, in my case, an empty table, cleaned off and ready for me to do some Assemblage!

clean slate

I have various piles of  “stuff” that have been calling to me…

cast to go


And so, it begins…

This time, with the additional inspiration and loving hands of Jodi Cain who has given us the starting point of creating one of her signature clay heads…

teachers example

I start to begin my own….

emerging fiona

And so after hours of this and that, could it, maybe not, how about, Oy Vey, Yes, No, let’s try that again, how do you use a drill….

Fiona…meet Fiona

Buried Treasure…

June 27th, 2016

“I happen to believe that we are all walking repositories of buried treasure.”

That’s what Elizabeth Gilbert says….and I believe her….some days more than others…some days, I WANT to believe and have to talk myself into it…other days, I decide to give myself loving encouragement so I go to an Art Party at Four Corners Design . It was time to fall in love with creating from pure inspiration again…back to the place where you lose track of time and “should” and

jump in an art puddle.

Our teacher and inspiration, Amy Duncan

Our teacher and inspiration, Amy Duncan


The Art Gang

The Art Gang


my badge…

June 16th, 2016

A treasure of mine…created by precious angels….to spur me on in the early days…

My badge of diva-hood!

My badge of diva-hood!

Love is love is love…..

June 14th, 2016


Words of love and hope from Lin-Manuel Miranda…

“My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.”


June 14th, 2016
Love from Elizabeth Gilbert

Love from Elizabeth Gilbert

Attention: Girls of all Ages!

April 26th, 2016

One of my all time favorite stores, Coco & Toulouse Go Shopping, has just launched their fabulous new website:


coco & toulouse go shopping

A magical place where you feel better when you leave than when you arrived. Calories don’t count and everyone is always happy to see you! There are all sorts of pretties for friends, hostesses, daughter in laws and you! Happy gifts & clothing that flatters and makes you smile.


New Digs….

April 26th, 2016

Long time away from blog land…had to move into our beautiful little Casa Contenta in Northeast Portland…

Leo welcoming the divas….

casa new

I also had to train our new studio angel…

Pablo waiting for me to finish...

We’ll be back on track from now on…Happy Spring!

Full Circle Studio Holiday Trunk Show….

December 6th, 2015
Join us for a fabulous afternoon of designer crafts and champagne!

Join us for a fabulous afternoon of designer crafts and champagne at the always fabulous, Coco & Toulouse Go Shopping!

Especially today…..

September 11th, 2015

Grunge background


Cottages and Bungalows

August 16th, 2015

Now all the world can see the amazing home of that diva of style and design…Amy Duncan.

Run to get your copy of this months Cottages and Bungalows Magazine

Amy Duncan's Home Featured in Cottages and Bungalows

Amy Duncan’s Home Featured in Cottages and Bungalows

Bravo Amy!