Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I'm Working with The Statera Foundation!

Big news, cyber-friends! I have a new job working with The Statera Foundation as Creative Director. The Statera Foundation is a newly founded non-profit organization dedicated to expanding employment options, improving salary, and removing barriers to growth and achievement for women in the theatre. I am very excited about the future of this organization and our ability to expand awareness and create lasting change towards gender equity for actors, playwrights, directors, technicians, administrators and artistic directors in the American theatre.

If you're interested in staying up to date with our efforts please subscribe to our newsletter HERE. And I also encourage you to browse our website HERE.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Running Away

I'm ran away. On Wednesday, I hopped a plane headed west. My mother's birthday is this coming week and I'm joining her to celebrate and soak up some quiet time. First, I'll visit my mother on her farm in Eastern Oregon and then we'll take a road trip to Lake Tahoe where we'll meet her dearest friends for a week in a rental cabin on the lake. Heaven. I'll continue to check in here and there, but posting will be a bit sporadic until I return home.

Bon Voyage!

via Etsy

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Girl in Red | Art Inspiration

I was totally captivated by THIS series of photos of Christina O'Gorman, taken by her father at Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England in 1913. If you're interested, you can read all about the photographer and his autochrome technique HERE. But for me, these photos are all about the red tones. This is great inspiration for my next series of paintings.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Radical Homemaking | Rain Rain Rain

It's Monday! Time for our weekly installment of Radical Homemaking. Interested in learning more about what that means? Check out THIS post and THIS post. 

We've had a few rainy weeks here in Dallas. Texas has been in a drought cycle and it's nice that Mother Nature is living up to that old adage, "April Showers". My garden is particularly happy. My only wish is that I had more rain barrels. I only have two 60-gallon containers, but I could have filled them 20 times over. I'd really like to have at least a 500-gallon capacity, if not more. My plan is to keep adding barrels as I am able.

When I watch the rain come down in sheets, shedding off rooftops and filling the gutters with river-like force, it makes me wonder why everyone with a roof isn't collecting rain water. Its essential to living on earth and it's free for the taking. Every home in Texas (and California for that matter) should have a 1,000 gallon cistern on the back end of their home to collect water run off. It seems like a really simple and viable step towards water conservation.

What do you think about rain water collection? 
Why don't more households do it?

Above: our back yard homestead.
Below: my two rain barrels.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Round-Up | Home Libraries

I'm a bibliophile of the highest order. I love living with books, reading books, writing books, decorating with books, browsing books and lending books. Here are some wonderful home library spaces to perk up your Friday. Have a great weekend!






Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Houzz Tour | Shelley Whiddon-Bartek

My latest home tour article on Houzz.com is all about a family's art legacy. 
Head on over HERE to see the full article and photos. 

See the full article HERE.