Tuesday, February 8, 2011


It is February here in California and once again I am being tricked into thinking winter is over. This is the time of year when we get a few exceptional days that make you think about little sweaters, sandals and pic-nics...

I have fallen for it before but I am older and wiser and know that this is a little teaser, a false spring that will turn back into frosty mornings and much needed rain before the real spring arrives.

Daffodils are up, ah magic. I love when they push through the soil and bloom over night. Daffs are one of my daughters favorite flowers and I planted a big sack full of bulbs for her when we moved into our house about 15 years ago. Every year when they come up I remember her excitement and how much she loved these little tea-cup an fairy dress blossoms.

She outgrew daffs and became a tulip girl, but they still had to be yellow, I planted those too but they come up red! There must have been a labeling mix up at the nursery but I like to think they come up Red because I love her so.

Here at Tangerine things are changing and blooming. The new studio is up and I should begin working in it next week. Hopefully we can work out the live feed soon, stuff that takes technical-know-how boggle me and take a little longer. The store still has some of the construction dust to get rid of but I finally got everything put away, it looks so pretty!

We have some new things, some silly gifts; mustache clings for your bathroom window so you can try on a different face. We have a hot-flash space gun that is actually a fan to cool you off when you pull the trigger. The candy is back, just a few favorites because it just wouldn't be the sweetest place in Dublin without it!

New friends keep arriving and it makes my day to meet someone knew who gets what we are doing here at Tangerine and that is loving the sweet things life has for us, laughing at the things that amuse and confuse us, making art because it is what is inside us, and creating a community of like minded people who remember how to play.

Come play, make art and be happy!

Guess what I just did?

Here are some before and after photos...pictures sometimes are better than words but coming in and seeing it for yourself is way more awesome!

I took a storage area that has not seen the light of day for 15 years and turned it into a studio at Tangerine. It was hard to be in two places at one time, now I can make art and be at the shop at the same time, twice as much fun.

The space is small, half the size of my regular everyday studio but with a little space engineering and a lot of thinning I was able to fit in just perfectly, it's a happy squeeze.

I have more to move in, a little more organizing to do and I have to make a big mess and make it my own but as of today I feel officially moved in.

Enjoy the photos!

Make Art = Be Happy.