Good Thoughts

Good Thoughts

The other day I spent a magical morning with Jill Harding at her Good Thoughts Studio. Teacher, author and artist, Jill is Mother Earth keeping watch over the land, literally, the 100 acres that she and her family live on in Ellison Bay. It was easy to see how her...
Sifting

Sifting

Poets seem to speak a different language. The language of the subconscious. They cut through all the clutter and give us a picture of what is deep inside of us, if we are willing to look. They can also just entertain us. Some poems speak to us in a personal way while...
How Can I Keep From Singing

How Can I Keep From Singing

Music is a universal language. It has the power to make bubbles of happiness rise up in our hearts. It evokes memories, taking us back to other times in our lives so much so that it’s like being there all over again. Music can make us laugh with joy . It can...
Folk Art Stories

Folk Art Stories

Many years ago, inspired by my German heritage, I began decorating furniture and household items with colorful flowers and folk art motifs. On one of my visits to my grandmother in Munich, I discovered Wallachs, a store devoted to carrying traditional art by regional...
When Santa Became My Work of Art

When Santa Became My Work of Art

Baking has always been my passion but so has creating art. After I left my hand-painted furniture business in Minneapolis to move to Door County, my life took an unexpected turn. One day, snowbound in my cottage studio, I painted a wood cutout Santa for my mother as a...
Let’s Write a Letter

Let’s Write a Letter

Okay. I know it might sound archaic to suggest you write a letter when texting is the “in” thing. But let me just say this: When I get a handwritten note or letter from someone, it means so much more to me than a text. “Getting a Letter” collage by Pipka...