Thursday, January 19, 2012

Top 5 Things I've Learned From Networkers ~ The Bad Ones

The Network

Network [net-wurk] n. - system of connections
For the purpose of this post a networker is an anyone who attempts to connect. 

Each one of these points can easily be a single blogging subject but here is a summary what I have learned over the last nine months:

1. The 'networker' is everywhere - ALL the time.  
It's one thing to have a presence but there is such thing as overkill too. You want to be accessible without being a turn off.

2. Everything is automated. 
Hello? Is anyone there?  There is a time and place for automation.  Used correctly it can be a valuable and time-saving tool.

3. Do As I Say....Not As I Do. 
Not all practice what they preach.

4. Me, Me, Me Syndrome. 
It's ALL about them.  How about sharing a new concept, or idea. Have a guest blogger that doesn't write about you. Share other people's content. Collaborate.

5. They are happy or positive all the time. 
I am all about inspiration and motivation. But share with us a struggle or challenge. It just is another way to show your human side and as a result it cultivates trust.

Close-up to show detail.
12 x 16 inches
30 x 40 cm
Over 50 Swarovski crystals individually placed by hand.

Win this painting! 

My first give-a-way!
Give-a-way ended January 20, 2012
Winner was Terri Pattio
There will be at least two more this year, please check back often, thank you!
I'll ship worldwide :)

Comment on this post for an entry. To learn about other ways to enter Click here .

What have you learned from 'bad' networkers?

Monday, January 16, 2012

65 Degrees

Every winter, my husband's crazy wife likes to play a game called..."Let's see how long we can survive the winter with no heater."... and every year he buys a new sweat suit and is incredibly thankful he has children with the crazy lady. Knowing, if it weren't for the kids, this game could get pretty bone-chilling.

     Husband: You know, it's pretty chilly in here...

     Wife:  Where's your beanie?

     Kid1:  Mommy I'm cold!

     Mom:  Put some socks on.

     Kid2:  I'm freeeeeezing!

     Mom:  Do you want some more hot chocolate?

His wife tries to convince the family, you will sleep better when it's this "cool" me.  As she quickly searches for evidence to back up her theory. Ahhh, proof.

Well, this year the family beat last year's numbers. After a record breaking 24hrs of a very cool 64 degrees in the house, she buckled and turned the heater on. She unconvincingly argued for a thermostat setting of 65, after all, she wasn't cold until 64. She was quickly vetoed and thankful the family didn't kick her out of  the warm (?) house. 

The heater has been set a negotiated 67. Is it warm in here?

65 Degrees
11 x 14 inches
27.9 x 35.5 cm

What is your sleep number?

at for more helpful tips on how to sleep better. And find out why a foam pillow isn't the best option for sleep. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gustav Klimt

Detail of The Kiss

This July 14, 2012 marks the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt  (July 14, 1862– February 6, 1918).  Austria, his birth place, already started celebrating on New Year's Day with a ballet tribute for his famous painting, The Kiss. The Belvedere is hosting an exhibition, through 2013 and there will be more of Klimt's works displayed than ever before in Vienna. 

Most are familiar with his most famous painting, The Kiss. Today I would like to introduce you to some of his other magical images that you may not know as well.  All images used with permission from Wilhelm Klimt, great-nephew of Gustav Klimt. Some images in this link have paintings that contain nudity. All images in this post are Safe for Work (SFW).

Detail from 'Medicine' created 1900-1907

Golden Apple Tree
Original 1903
Most are not familiar with his landscapes.

Woman With Fan
Original 1917-1918
One of two paintings found on the easel in Klimt's studio at the time of his death.

Adele Bloch-Bauer
For a short time this portrait painting was the highest paid at auction.
In 2006, sold for 135 million.

The Golden Knight
Also known as 'Life is a Struggle'
Original 1903

I would like to thank the Klimts for their generosity in allowing me to use their images. For more information please have a look at The Klimt Collection at

What is your favorite Klimt work of art?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

......flying in the dark

   wings are numb
     there is nowhere to land

The sun is black, I am flying in the dark.

      my compass is shattered
    my will, gone
 deep breath

close-up detail on the painting

The black sun is a stunning piece of drusy quartz.



Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 Year in Review

I would like to thank everyone that has stopped by my blog, taken the time to comment, and shared my content. I truly appreciate your visits and participation. Here is a list of my top five blogs for 2011. 

Most viewed:  Moved or Captured ~ Yes

Most Liked: Regret...we didn't connect the dots

Most Commented:  LoveSick 

Most Shared:  Heavenly ~ take me there

The blog I am Most Proud of:  Underbelly or Naked: It's just different parts of the same animalwas my very first blog.

Well, there you have it, the list. Were you surprised by any that made the list? Is there another category you would like me to add for next year?

Thank you for a wonderful 2011! Looking forward to 2012 :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Untie...and Let Go..

There is knot, 
one reason, 
to keep yourself 
and in a mess.

12 x 24 x 1.5 inches
30.5 x  61 x 3.8 cm

What is the hardest knot to untie?