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Monday, March 23rd, 2015
10:40 am
Long Time No Type!
Whew...it's been a while.
I actually post a lot on FaceBook, because I like the instant gratification of the replies.
What's going on these days?
I'm attending more furry cons to sell my work. Not one a month, but close. I have a lot more repeat clients, which is so great! Nothing feels better than a happy client coming back for more of your work...and sometimes bringing a friend!

My brother and I have found a really nice independent living community to move our mother into. She is 90 years old, legally blind, and walks with the aid of a wheeled walker. I will feel so much better when I know she has friends to be with, hot meals all the time, and a safe place to live. And she can keep her cat!

Gary and I will be going to Paris in late September, as part of his Dad's birthday trip. All his kids got together to buy him a trip there. With Mum and Dad, Gary and I will go and have a great time! Dad is already excited about all the things to see and do. (They've been there before, years ago.)

That's all for now!
Saturday, January 12th, 2013
1:33 pm
I'm still here!
In case anyone was wondering, I'm still here. I'm still reading your journals.  I still enjoy them.  I sometimes make comments.
I don't post much.  I post a few snippets of info on Facebook.  I like the immediateness of it.  I like getting responces to silly posts withing minutes.  For some reason, it makes me feel connected to these people, many of whom I have never met.

Anyways, here's an important snippet of information, worthy of posting here:
Gary and I have sold our house, and are looking for another one.  We're going out today with our realtor to look at a few.  Time is short, because our closing date is March 5th.  We won't settle for less than what we want tho...we can't.  We both want a place we can be proud of, a place that we can entertain in, a place that, when we drive up to it we look at it and say, proudly, 'Wow! That's ours!'
Really, this will be our first home together. I had a house, which is being rented out,  Gary had a house, which we are selling...now we will have one together.
It is both scary and exciting, and the more timid part of me wishes she didn't have to go through this, that everything would stay the same, while the more adventurous part of me grins and says 'yay! a new place to make ours! New rooms, new land, new possibilities!'

Gotta fight the worried part, and embrace the adventurous part.  Lucky for me, Gary is always there to hold my hand and look in my eyes and say 'Don't worry...we can do it.  Everything will be great!  No problem is too big to overcome!'

Thank goodness for him.
Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
11:13 am
Our Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to my husband Gary! We are celebrating 6 years together today! We're celebrating in one of our favorite ways...traveling. We're in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, seeing the Alphonse Mucha special exhibit at the Czech and Slovac National Museum and Library. Jenna and Steve Hoyer joined us on our trip, and we're having a great time.

Thanks again to Dave Stein for taking my favorite picture of our wedding.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPad.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
9:04 am
Happy Birthday, Diana Stein!
Since I won't see her in person today, I thought I'd pass that along!
Thursday, January 12th, 2012
12:19 pm
San Jose...yes, I know the way.

After being driven to the airport by my poor sleep-deprived hubby, I settled in to wait for Sue to arrive. our plane took off right on time, and we arrived in Denver early. On to San Jose, home of nice weather and FURther Confusion! We'll both be in the Dealer's Den, doing the arts.....!
I'm just finishing up a grilled veggie panini at a lovely French cafe near our hotel...yay for Google maps! We'll be checking into our room soon, and then hopefully we can start putting our stuff in the dealers room.
Wish me luck for sales!

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Friday, September 2nd, 2011
12:55 pm
Our Fifth Year!
Today is the 5th anniversary of my marriage to Gary Gordon Bratzel.  I can hardly believe it's been five years already!  It was such a fun wedding, with lots of family and friends around us.  We've spent the last five years traveling, working, hanging out together, visiting family and friends, fixing up our home, arguing, loving, laughing...you know...being a couple. Our wedding day was a day I'll never forget...and a day I'll never regret. I love you, Gary, and I look forward to many more years together! Photo by Dave Stein
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
1:29 pm
Portrait Class Results
In June, I attended a china painting portrait class being taught by Marty Hill, a well-known (in china circles) portrait painter.  I used a copy of an old painting that I had admired for years as my subject. (everyone could use any subject they wanted...I was the only one to NOT do a relative...)
Here you'll see the first fire of my piece, along with the subject matter.

And after five or six fires, you can now see the finished piece.  For a first attempt at a style quite different from my usual stuff, I am really happy with how it came out!  I will try to paint a REAL person next, just to see if I can!

10:01 am
Reposted for Thistlethorn
Yep, I painted the plaid too!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
4:55 pm
Because everyone loves kitties in a window....


Muon and Tau enjoy Cat TV on a fine sunny day.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
2:32 pm
New Art!
Birds Rule!!!!
This is a pic I started at Furnal Equinox, inbetween customers at my table. I started coloring it at FCN, then finally finished it a few days ago.
Her name is 'Scarlett', and I hope to draw more avines in the future. For now, her prints will add to my print book, to show folks I can draw birds and other feathery folk too.

Monday, March 14th, 2011
3:20 pm
Back from Furnal Equinox!

What a fun con!
 Susan Van Camp and I drove up from Detroit to pick up our buddy Heather Bruton, and we drove on up to the hotel.  Very easy to check in, and we got our con badges quickly too!
Once in the Dealer's Den, I was unhappy to see that my corner of the room was dark due to ceiling lights being out.  The con staff saw to it that the hotel fixed the problem, and many staff members kept stopping by to see that it was all quickly resolved.
When the Den doors opened at 6:30 on Friday, we were ready!  I got some commissions right away, which made me very happy!
I did some really fun badges for folks, and some cool sketches.  I'll be posting them all soon! I stayed up way late both nights getting my homework done, but it was worth it.  My clients all seemed to love the pieces I did for them, and I got many compliments! Squeee!
I had a LOT of very friendly folks stopping by all during the con...some were buying, some not...but all were very welcome!!  I'm always happy when someone looks through my print book, or asks questions about my hand-painted china.  I don't want anyone to feel pressured to purchase anything...I just like to show off my stuff!

I was glad I decided to bring my china and set it up on my table. It's so different from the items others have, and always attracts attention.  I took some take-home orders for mugs and a plate bacause of it, so yay!
I will always have china pieces at my table from now on, not just in the art show. I think people like to be able to talk to the artist about an item when they are thinking of commissioning artwork, so having it right there is great for that.

Heather, Sue and I all packed up a bit early on Sunday, because we had a long drive home, and we were tired.  We had chatted ourselves out, and after saying our good-byes to all, we drove home.

Thank You to all who stopped by my table, to chat or to buy, and an extra-big Thank You to the con-com, who were constantly checking to see if I needed food, if I was having a good time, if I needed anything at all!  I'm sorry I did not get to any of their parties, but it was nice to be invited to them!

Furnal Equinox was a great con that has more than doubled in size from it's first year (last year!) and can only get bigger and better!!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
1:38 pm
Belated Valentine's Day stuff!

Gary and I celebrated V Day somewhat late, but just as sweet!
He got me lavender roses and a new crab, and got my sister-in-law Christine to make top hats and monocles for several of the crabs to wear! (Dapper Crab is...dapper!)
I commissioned a watercolor of two little lovebirds from a fellow FA artist, and matted and framed it for him.
We each got sweet cards too...they make me cry!


Sunday, January 9th, 2011
11:17 am
New Art at FC

This is one new piece I'll be showing at FC this coming week.  I won't have the original with me (I hate trying to carry matted pieces in my luggage) but I'll have prints.  The title is 'Scroll Keeper'.
Several folks at MFF asked me if I drew dragon-furrys...and all I had was a several-years-old print and a feral (Spirit of the Water) which is a head shot only. So, I did this one.

Also, I'll have several new mugs in the art show along with another 'Your Character Here' jewelry box offering.

Argh!  I already getting nervious about FC, just because I haven't been there in years, and never with my own table.  I'm hoping it will be successful, but mostly I hope it will be loads of fun!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010
12:19 pm
Sunday, November 7th, 2010
12:52 pm

Happy Birthday to hbruton !  It's hard to believe you've squeezed so much art into so young a life !
Thursday, October 21st, 2010
11:43 am
The Mystery of the Migrating Flamingos...Solved!
In case anyone was wondering....
The (plastic) flamingos that ended up residing on our lawn were pure-bred Florida flamingos, courtesy of Heathyr Lamb and her hubby Colin.  She brought them from her home in Florida while visiting for ConClave, and got them to our friend Russ, who drove by and placed them on our lawn.
When told by a friend that 'you can buy plastic flaminos up here too you know. You didn't have to pack them in your luggage',  Heathyr is reported to have replied 'But that's not the point! Then they wouldn't be FLORIDA flamingos!'
I love our friends!
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
12:34 pm

I came home from ConClave late on Saturday night, and saw these two pink fellows hanging out by my garden.  I don't know how they got there.  Gary doesn't know either.  Pam and Mack are mystified.
Can YOU solve the Mystery of the Migrating Flamingos?

Friday, October 8th, 2010
1:33 pm
New China Art

ConClave is this weekend, (starting today!) and I did some new china pieces for the art show! This piece is titled 'Griffin Plate', and it's a 12" porcelain plate, microwave safe. (hand washing recommended.)  I'll also have some mugs, ornaments, and even a tea set!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
11:44 am
Anniversary the 4th.  Yep, today is the anniversary of the day I married my handsome hubby, Gary.  I remember the day, the cloudy sky, getting up early for hair and makeup, getting dressed with the girls.  Standing and waiting, picture taking,   Friends and family, food, music, dancing.  I remember seeing so many people I wanted to talk to, and not having the time to do it.
I remember sitting in Gary's car afterwards, waiting to drive back to the hotel, thinking....is this real?  Did this just happen?  So much planning and headaches and joy...and it's all over in no time at all!
It was all worth it.
Love you, Gary Bratzel.  I'm proud to call you my husband, my friend.
Sunday, August 8th, 2010
12:12 am
Photos from AC 2010

I just opened a Flickr account, and have posted my pics from the AC 2010 furry parade there.
Here's the web address:
I reduced the pics in size, but otherwise did not edit them.

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