2017: This Year I...

Traveled to Seoul, Venice & Vienna, and a handful of places in the U.S., like this fire tower on top of Bays Mountain in Kingsport, Tennessee. 

Bays Mountain fire tower

I read at least 27 books (plus a few cookbooks) before I lost the piece of paper where I was keeping track.  Airplanes are my favorite places to read!

Reading on the airplane

Bought a chaise and spent sooo much time in my magical fairy land (aka the front patio).

Patio garden

Celebrated a year of sewing by buying a new sewing machine.  No, I did not sew through my fabric stash (as was my goal) but that's okay.  I did make a few dresses...

Handmade dress

Started unpacking boxes and hanging up artwork. The guest room is no longer a storage unit, so if you'd like to come visit and stay awhile, please do!

Artwork on the wall

Took a walk almost every day.  Griggs Reservoir is beautiful no matter the weather or season.

Griggs Reservoir at sunset

Gave a few more Flying Adventures readings & artist talks, taught a class at the Ohio State School for the Blind, AND already have more on the calendar for 2018, including two museum exhibits and a workshop at CCAD's Summer Educator's Studio.

The audience for my artist talk

Took a solar plate etching class at Phoenix Rising printmaking co-op and know that this is how I want to print my next body of work. I became an associate member, so now I have no excuse.

Inked solar plate
Solar plate etching

Received a Greater Columbus Arts Council grant for a one-on-one book binding workshop at Cloverleaf Studio in Austin, Texas. I finished the first copy of the new edition of Flying Adventures (thanks, Jace Graf!).  Stayed in this amazingly cute Scotty camper Airbnb while there.

Scotty camper
Assembling the new edition of  Flying Adventures

Got my first few website design jobs! Woo-hoo! This was an very DIY sign I made while at a conference.

Homemade sign

Went on some new flying adventures with John, and figured out that, yes, I do want to get my butt back in the front seat, pass my flight review, and be able to call myself a proper pilot again.

Nanchang CJ6

Spent Thanksgiving week with my family in the mountains outside Asheville, NC, in the same house we used to rent with my Mom and Dad.  Ahhh the fireplace! and the hot tub beneath shooting stars.

Fairview mountains, North Carolina
Ding room table

Sang! I put my red velvet back on and finally got to work with Columbus superstar Colin Lazarski. I don't think there's anything I love more than singing holiday jazz at the Westcott House in Springfield.

Singing jazz

Spent 24 days of December opening advent gifts from my brother. We made calendars for each other in honor of my Mom, who used to make them for us.

Advent calendar

Finished the year with a visit to Pittsburgh. The Carnegie Museum is always an inspiration.

The Carnegie Museum

Best of all, there was snow...

Pittsburgh snowscape