Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Art in the Park in Dana Point

Art in the Park 2011 by smashgirl
Art in the Park 2011 a photo by smashgirl on Flickr.
I had an incredible weekend down in the harbor at the Festival of the Whales "Art in the Park"! I met fellow artists and chatted with people from all over the world. I sold some of my mosaics which was great but my greatest joy came from the opportunity to share my 'Save Our Oceans" mosaic. When the idea first came to me back in January of 2010 with the yellow sunglasses, my hope was to educate with this project. Many people stopped to take a look at my art and the kids were drawn to it like bees to honey. They all wanted to touch it...it's full of colorful toys embedded in grout. The biggest shock to people was the fact that all of this plastic trash was collected in a single thirty minute period on Doheny Beach one day. I overheard parents telling their children to pick up trash and don't let it go into our oceans. My heart was happy that day, my project was educating and entertaining kids and adults. My hope is for this art to be installed in a public place to continue it's job on saving our oceans. Stay tuned!

Save Our Oceans was entered into the Chaco Waves for Change Art Contest and won honorable mention!

Monday, February 28, 2011

56/365 This is hot.


This is hot.
Originally uploaded by smashgirl
I love vintage finds...this caught my eye and I had to have it.
It's an electric food warmer...or as my mom called it, a "hot plate".
We had one growing up so I'm sure the nostalgic element played a factor in my decision to make it mine.
Keeping it hot, retro style!

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Wishing for more minutes in the day...
So many things to fit in, I like being busy but just wish I could have
more time.
I guess I could sleep less???

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Avocados...I consider them one of the staples of my house.
Milk...
Bread...
Bagels...
Bananas...
Cheese...
Coffee...
and definitely chocolate!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

53/365


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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Reach for the sky...
Follow your dreams...
They are within reach...
Stand tall...
Stretch farther...
Grab hold and fly.

Monday, February 21, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
My niece...the gamer. She takes after her cousins :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

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Cool shoes...they belong to my niece. She's pretty cool too. She's ten years old and hardly utters a word. Reminds me of myself at that age. I was painfully shy and hated when my parents would force me to speak to relatives. So I let her be...I talk to her and she listens. One day she'll overcome the shyness and she'll never shut up. Just like me :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Holy Hailstorm...I've never seen hail at my house before. Hard to believe last week was beach weather!

Friday, February 18, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
I love seashells...these tiny little ones will be used in my next mosaic.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
January 2010 the yellow sunglasses gave me the idea for making a mosaic using trash I found on the beaches of California. Today, it is complete...my largest and most important piece of art that I've created. I'm extremely happy that these pieces of trash will never make it to the ocean. I hope this art will educate, and encourage everyone to help keep our oceans clean.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
My cup is runneth over with creativity. Ahhh...it feels good to be back in the studio!

Monday, February 14, 2011

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It's the "Day of Love"...so I spent my Valentine's Day doing things that I love to do. I started my morning with a gorgeous beach run, and have been rockin' out in my studio putting the final pieces into my mosaic. I'm so excited to finish this piece and it will be ready to grout later this week! Yay! Tonight I'll be having dinner with two handsome smashing young men (my sons)...this just might be the best Valentine's Day I've ever had :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
The end of the day...tired, sore feet but rewarded with an incredible sunset on the drive home.

Friday, February 11, 2011

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Everyone needs a thinking spot...this is mine.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Looking out a dirty old window...washing windows is at the bottom of my list.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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I have an addiction to these Cuties. I can peel one in five seconds flat. I've had four today...been without for a week or so, like an addict without her fix. I'm on a Cutie high now!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
My cute little European Christmas tree is still going strong and growing!

Monday, February 7, 2011

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It's time to say goodbye to our little gecko girl. My teenage son is too busy with school, sports and his social life to give her the attention she deserves. She came to our house in an overnight Fed Ex box when she was just a little baby...I'm sad to let her go. I'll miss you Miss Rodeo.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
The last slice of a Trader Joe's For the Love of Chocolate Cake.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
The path in life is not always smooth...it's full of bumps. Sometimes lots of bumps. You must stay on the path for eventually it will bend and become smooth again. Life bumps make us stronger, and appreciate the smoothness when it comes again.

Friday, February 4, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
This is Lucy's favorite ball. Feeling a bit like the ball today...kicked around and deflated.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
When I was a little girl I used to hang off my bed and pretend my house had been turned upside-down and I could walk on the ceilings. Lately I feel like my whole life has been turned upside-down...can't wait for things to straighten up again.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
There is something about succulents that I just love. This one captured my attention while walking back to my car. I like how it's bursting through the fence, saying notice me. I am not a flower, but I am just as beautiful.

Monday, January 31, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Organic Flax Seed bread, turkey, pepper jack cheese, avocado, tomato, organic spring mix lettuce and mayo. Yum!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
A few sprinkles on our walk today turned into a downpour but Lucy didn't mind a bit.

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
One of my favorite things about living in California is the palm trees. There is something about a palm that makes you think vacation, warm days and relaxation.

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Weeks of rain in December created mammoth weeds in my yard, but sliced my water bill in half for the month.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
I am addicted to running. I see people running along the road as I'm driving by and get jealous...wishing I could pull over and join them. Running with friends is my therapy...running alone clears my mind. My favorite race last year was a trail run. Part of the course was a single track through the trees and at one point I was alone...it was such a zen experience. Next up....my 5th mud run in April!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Long live the 80's! Little treasures I've held onto all these years.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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I love you Trader Joes. You welcome me when I bring my own bags, and even throw my name in a raffle when I do. I'm never given annoyed looks from your cashiers...unlike the other stores. You were the pioneer on banning plastic bags from your store...I hope the others will follow you soon.

Monday, January 24, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Unmentionables...exactly what does that mean? So many things in my life that were not mentioned...those days are over. I'm free to talk about anything I want now and it's liberating to say the least. Heck, I'll stand out on the street wearing my unmentionables and scream whatever I feel to the world. This is my bra. Ha!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Feeling delicate today


Feeling delicate today
Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Sunday night doing laundry...again. Neverending with two teenage boys in the house. I feel like I've been through the washing machine this past year...not knowing which way is up, spinning round and round. I'm ready for things to get back to Normal, or Easy Care.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
I'm too tired to get up out of my comfy chair and grab my camera...yawn.

Friday, January 21, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
I started this project last year but my personal life has forced me to set aside this mosaic. It is one of the most important pieces of art that I've created and it must get finished. It has a message that must be heard.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Some people collect seashells on the beach, I collect plastic trash. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the amount. On any given day I can go out and find a full trash bag full without even covering a large area. Why do I pick it up? Because I care.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Things a 16 year-old must have...a headlamp. My son brought this home today..."It was only $4.00 Mom, and I thought there might be a time when I will need one." Hmmmm....so I said, "Well, you could really use it if you go on the Amazing Race." He said, "Yeah, or if I go spelunking." I wonder which will come first? What is spelunking??? Boys.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
I feel like this little snail making his way up this tree full of obstacles. I try to avoid the sharp painful thorns in my way but I don't give up...slowly, like the snail I will find my way to the top of the tree and be rewarded with the beautiful view from above and it will be worth the journey.

Monday, January 17, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
I won't lie...it's been a rough week, so when I came upon this stop sign I couldn't help but smile. It really made my day and made me remember to think of all the happiness in my life and keep on smiling :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
By the time I get around to reading the paper these days it's yesterday's news.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Most people wear gloves to protect their nails...I wear them because I'm scared of spiders.

Friday, January 14, 2011

14/465


14/465
Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Stop wasting time.
Stop waiting for tomorrow
Stop and smell the roses.
Stop being negative.
Stop complaining.
Stop fighting.
Stop whining.

Start now.

13/365


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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Damn Dandelions...with all of our recent rains the weeds in my garden had a hayday. Our sunny weather was perfect to get out there and tackle them. I measured the tallest dandelion next to myself and it was...not kidding...waist high! If you've ever tried to pull these then you know how frustrating it can be...these are some of the toughest. You go to pull them out and the stem breaks off, leaving the roots stuck in the ground...ugh! I think I finally found the trick into wrestling these bad boys out. I grab the stem and pull ever so gently in circles...round and round...and it works!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tweet # 10,000

I can't believe I've tweeted 10,000 times...Wow.  I guess I've had  a lot to tweet about.  I can't remember what my first tweet was but I'm sure it wasn't memorable.  I started twitter to promote my art but little did I know what an impact it would have on my life.  I've met in person many new friends, tweeted with celebs, directors of  movies, rock stars, inspirational people, other artists, and interesting people from all over the world. A simple little 140 characters or less can be pretty powerful.  So as I was approaching my monumental 10,000th tweet, I wanted to make sure it was an important one. It had to have some meaning...after all, it was under a bit of pressure.  It was carrying a title and had to live up to it.
     I thought about the power of Twitter and what could I tweet about that could make a difference. I am very passionate about Plastic Pollution in the oceans.  I see the devastation it is causing and how it affects all of us...not just the people who live by the beaches like me.  Every piece of trash that sits in a gutter eventually makes it's way to water.  A lake, a stream, an ocean.  It kills our wildlife.  Maybe you don't care about animals and sea life. What does it have to do with me, you may ask?  Do you eat fish? What do you think they are eating? Tiny bits of plastic...so, now you and I and our children are eating toxins.


As I walk each day, stroll the beaches, get out of my car in a parking lot...I notice trash. It's everywhere. I pick it up, some of it is disgusting, but I still pick it up.
So I started thinking...my 10,000th tweet had to be about this.
Here is what I tweeted:

Pick up 1 piece of trash, could you imagine if everyone did this? Please RT and tweet when you have #onepieceoftrash

So I hope the power of Twitter will take hold and spread across the world tweet by tweet and each person will stop and pick up one, or two or three pieces of trash they see each day...then maybe the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will shrink...then disappear. This is my hope.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
I love this guy, he's been working this street by my house for a few months. He's out there working the SLOW/STOP sign directing the traffic always with a big smile. I had also heard that he could moonwalk. So today I couldn't pass up the chance to stop and take his picture. He was hammin' it up and did his famous moonwalk for me. To see him each day out there enjoying life really makes me think even more that attitude is everything, and happiness comes from within. The legend of Michael Jackson lives on in Capo Beach!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
When I wake up in the morning and see this, I know it's time to grab my camera. A beautiful sunrise is awaiting me when I open my front door.

Monday, January 10, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Monday night dinner with my boys at Wahoo's. Yummy food...I had the veggie burrito and the kids ordered Enchiladas. You can't resist their Maui Onion Rings, the boy's favorite.  I think Wahoo's only hires happy people to work there...always the best service!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
And at the end of a day I come home to this kind face...otherwise known as Lucy. She wags her tail so much when I open the door her entire butt wiggles out of control. A big smile on her face and I'm not kidding...she says "Hello". It's the cutest thing ever...I really need to get a video of this so you can see for yourself!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
Isn't it great that you can have blueberries in January? I love to toss a handful in my oatmeal and I'm so happy to be able to enjoy fresh blueberries in my hot bowl of oatmeal on a cold winter morning!

Friday, January 7, 2011

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Originally uploaded by smashgirl
You know when you find the perfect pair of jeans...they feel like they were made just for you? These are mine.