The Weekend Five

Happy Sunday! It has been a while since I've had a "Weekend Five" post. In case you're new to the blog, "The Weekend Five" is an occasional post that appears on Saturday or Sunday. I share five photos -- often not specifically art-related -- around a particular theme. Today I thought I'd share five photos from my recent family trip to San Francisco. This is my Grandma. She's 96 years old. Sibling rivalry is real whether you're my Mom and her Sister... ...or me and my Brother! That's some serious side eye I'm throwing at him. Of course, I could... Read more →


I thought I'd share a few photos from an afternoon I spent at "The Pru" -- otherwise known as The Prudential Center here in Boston. It's filled with lots of shopping opportunities and offers stunning 360° views of Boston. Those big white paper flowers drew me into this candy shop. I'm sure they thought I was crazy coming in just to take photos of their wall decor! Hope you're having a great weekend! --- P.S. I did a quick periscope livestream this afternoon. It should be available for viewing (you don't need to have a periscope account) until 2:30pm EST... Read more →


My Mom's friend Laurie recently bought a ScanNCut 2 from HSN. So Mom volunteered me to go over to Laurie's house and give her some tips and pointers to help make her into a ScanNCut expert! I was happy to oblige and I figured I'd pass the tips I shared on to you too! Tip One: Learning happens best when surrounded by yummy food! Laurie made homemade pizzas and a fabulous bean dip that we munched on all night. Definitely helped our concentration! Tip Two: Learn the difference between "Scan to Cut Data" and "Direct Cut." In the photo above... Read more →


What a different view I have out of my window these days! I stare at grass and trees instead of concrete and glass. I still don't have my own backyard, but my apartment complex has a little nature walk on the edge of it. Here are five photos from that nature walk: Totally spectacular nature! I'm looking forward to discovering how this new environment influences my artwork! Hope you're having a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


I'm still unpacking here at the new place. It just goes on and on, doesn't it? In the meantime, I thought I'd pop in with a few photos of the old apartment being packed up! There were no chairs at a certain point in the packing, so I found my way onto the kitchen counter. And then it was all gone.... Definitely a bittersweet experience to walk around that empty apartment. That apartment was my home for the last five years. I lived in that building for eleven years, and New York City for sixteen. New adventures are ahead! Hope... Read more →


If you listened to our most recent podcast, you know that I spent twelve days with my Mom for her cataract surgery. You can see my level of helpfulness in this photo from the hospital waiting room: In my defense it was super early. We watched the sun rise from that waiting room. Still...not that helpful, I guess. ;) Despite the surgery we managed to have a really good time! We ate a lot of fabulous food. The town I grew up in (where my Mom still lives) has a large Middle Eastern population. As a result there is so... Read more →


Recently, I was walking around the West Village here in NYC snapping photos. When I got home and looked at my photos I noticed something of a theme: yellow. Everywhere I looked there was the color yellow! Take a peek at five random photos from that walk that all contain something yellow! When I took the photo of the statue I didn't even really think about that yellow van in the background. But there it is! I feel inspired to grab a tube of yellow paint and use in my journal today. How about you? Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


This past weekend I went to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. I don't do roller coasters because I don't like throwing up and crying -- both of which would happen if I rode one. Because I don't ride the rides, I had time to look around and take photos. I was struck by how the park planners at Six Flags used art as design to set the mood. So here are five photos that I think showcase how much art defines our environment: There is nothing functional about the flames on top of that ride. They're purely an... Read more →


I was lucky enough to spend an extra long weekend with my family at my Dad's house on the Cape. (For you non-Massachusetts-ians, that's Cape Cod.) There was lobster (of course)... ...and yes, my stepbrother managed to eat that entire FIVE pound lobster! There was lots of time spent at the beach... ...where I doodled and read. (I'm half way through Americanah and I'm really enjoying it!) I also got a sunburn despite wearing and reapplying SPF30 multiple times. Alas, that's what happens when you take a city girl out into the sun. While I read and burned, the rest... Read more →


I spent three days in New Jersey this week at Brother Headquarters for some meetings and making-stuff-time. I thought I'd share five photos from the trip (and I'm cheating a bit because the first two are more than one photo stuck together, but you'll forgive me, won't you?). We made stuff... Shrink plastic that got stuck together during the shrinking on the left (but still cool) and painted deli paper (yes, the ScanNCut will cut painted deli paper) on the right. We ate and drank stuff... Tiny (and delicious) desserts up top (must take a photo for Project Life) and... Read more →