Wednesday, August 14, 2019

SIDEWAYS

Tumult
Sometimes things just seem to go sideways, don't they? 

I was spending a delightful Monday evening at the Sawdust Art Festival. The air was cool and refreshing. The music was good. The crowd was filled with interesting people....

At about nine I sold a framed print and took it off the wall. Placed it on my chair and reached for a bag....

Bang! Down it went and broke the frame. Well, I had another at home, so after apologizing I offered to re-frame it and deliver to their motel the next day.

In the morning I upgraded the frame and delivered as promised on my way to San Clemente. Being early for an appointment I stopped to enjoy the view at the harbor and could not find my phone. Hmmmm. Must have left it at home in my rush out.

Later, on arriving home, no phone. Mad search through house. Tried calling from another phone. No answering ring. Back in the car. Maybe I had it at the motel. ...

I walked in and almost before I could ask, Jack, the man at the desk held up my now shattered phone. I was just happy to have found it and thanked him profusely.  He offered up a referral to Smart Cell Repair in Tustin. I took it, but thought I would probably simply use Verizon, thinking it would be easier.

Back in the car. Heavy traffic through town. Arrived to grab the only parking spot remaining at Verizon. Quote to fix was over $300. Mulled it over and ordered a replacement iphone 6. 

Home again. Used neighbor's phone to call Smart Cell Repair. Quote was considerably less. Well....might as well give it a try. I always have this ordered phone that I am not obligated to take.

Tossed and turned all night of course, worries about this, but off I went this morning. Google Maps gave me horrible directions, but guy filling his car with gas was right on. So I finally arrived.

Out in less than 30 minutes. Upgraded screen, all repaired for $100. I'm a happy, grateful camper!

Side note: We sure do forget just how much info we rely on the cell phone for. I could only remember two phone numbers stored there.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

ATTITUDE: HALF EMPTY? HALF FULL?

What do you see?
It has been said that your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life...kind of a half empty/half full thing. 

Proverbially, the idea that one sees the glass as half empty is the pessimistic view. On the other hand, half full is an optimistic view. Opportunity? Trouble?
Hmmmmmmmm

Good or bad, I tend to err on the side of half full...maybe even edging toward full. Am I too Pollyanna-ish? Nah! The world swings back to the wonderful all too often for that to be the case.

I ask what do you see in the image above left...I see the full moon in the most brilliant of stormy skies. Just can't help myself. Life is good. Hope you feel the same.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

SUMMERTIME BLUES? NO WAY!

Loving the blues
Summertime here in Laguna has been truly a blessing weather-wise this year so no feelings of malaise or blues for this gal. (Well, traffic is still what it always is in the summer, but....)

I have been working on putting the fall schedule of workshops together and the first one has already generated some signups. We will be focusing mostly on the use of alcohol inks. 

I provide a variety of papers to use, tiles, and all other materials needed to create some color-rich pieces.  And instruction, of course. All this for just $75.

Won't you come play?

When:  Sunday, September 22 from 11 am to 4 pm
Where: My studio space in beautiful Bluebird Canyon here in Laguna Beach.
Why?:  Well... some great folks always join in; it's a lot of fun; you'll get to play with all kinds of techniques; good food to share.......

Need I say more?

email me at cherril@cherrildoty.com

Thursday, August 1, 2019

BUT WHAT IF YOU CAN?

Fun to do
A lot of folks tell me they don't think they can do one of the fun Sunday Studio Workshops that I offer. The truth is...they most certainly can! 

It doesn't matter the skill level with which you begin. Everyone proceeds at their own pace.

What seems most important to me is that each and every participant has a good time and feels super comfortable with the play at hand.

I am always reminded of a quilting circle. It doesn't seem to matter what particular focus we have...It's all about the camaraderie and good spirits that come about during the day.

Won't you join our circle of joy?

Check out the dates in the July 29th blog post!

Monday, July 29, 2019

WORKSHOPS WORKSHOPS WORKSHOPS!!!

While doodling (or dawdling) around, my mind turned to to autumn season workshops in my home studio. All materials are provided for each of the workshops and new friendships are formed as we play in the creative field that opens up in these five-hour Sunday Studio Workshops. Won't you join us in the fun? 

Play in progress



FALL SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS

Sunday, September 22  Alcohol Inks  $75
Sunday, September 29  Fun Figures and Faces   $65
Sunday, October 20  Mixed Media techniques  $65
Sunday, November 17  Mixed Media techniques  $65

All workshops are in my Laguna Beach home studio from 11 am to 4 pm

SIGN UP NOW!!
cherril@cherrildoty.com

Saturday, July 27, 2019

TOO MUCH FUN

Something really special to get to spend ten days with this great young man...grandson #1 also known as CEMA or Christian. Fourteen years old and going to be a freshman in high school.

What fun we had  ! And he was such a big 
help with so many things--Sawdust booth sitting to planting around the yard.
Afternoons were spent on the basketball court of course and late nights watching movies. 

I'm exhausted, but such a great kind of exhaustion. Super to spend time with this polite, thoughtful young man. Love him lots!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

MOVING ON


 At last! The chrysalis stage had darkened over a few days, with each day showing more and more of the lines and details of the butterfly to come. 

On Sunday, while I was teaching my Sunday Studio Workshop at home, friend Laurel sent these pictures. Suzanne also sent a video of the entire opening up.

Way cool, I was sorry to miss it.  But here is the pictorial proof for you to enjoy. The first of the caterpillars has now gone through its stages.