Friday, January 15, 2016

BOWIE, SWIFT, SNAPE, KAHLO & XMAS CHEER!

So as promised...keeping up with everyone.

First, BIG sadness at the surprising (to me), death of David Bowie.  I was so shocked, I hadn't heard of his cancer.  I  keep thinking how utterly sad it was for his family this past Xmas knowing he was so sick.  Very sad.  I have loved him from the very very beginning and always will.  The painting I did of him is without a doubt my best work and is most sought after by everyone who looks at my art. And now, yesterday, with Alan Rickman...ALSO passing at 69 with cancer!  How weird is that?  Truly one of my favorite actors.  LOVED him in Galaxy Guest!   Love Actually is one of my all time favorite Xmas movies....and of course our beloved Snape.  What sadness for their families and for us as fans.

Second.  I did a painting of Taylor Swift for my own special Taylor, our youngest son's girlfriend, who lives here in our guest cottage with Case.  We are extremely close and she is not shy about her affections for the adorable Ms. Swift!  My Taylor wished for a newer version of the Super Star playing guitar and rockin out...so I  complied and she was thrilled.  
Actually, funny story.  I had played all kinds of games to convince her there was no way I could have this painting for her this Xmas, all while working my butt off to finish it in time.  On Xmas Eve I finally said, that's it, I can't keep painting and changing things, so I took a photo or two and hid the canvass for the following morning.  

However, that night, while we all sat around the dinning room table laughing our ass' off (mostly at my youngest son who is beyond hysterical)...we had music playing and the house was over the top with decorations left over from my big birthday celebration as well,  I was going through my camera to show Taylor a photo I had taken and while scrolling through the images, you guessed it..my painting popped up right in front of her face!!  I grabbed the camera with lightening speed, however, at this point Taylor had her hands to her face and was screaming in sheer excitement.
I began to cry of course, because all the surprise was now a wash, but then I pulled it unwilling together and went to retrieve the painting and handed it to her.  Either way, she is loving her new painting!

Third.  I finished a painting I had wanted to do for years of Frida Kahlo.  I had a different idea of what I wanted but had a hard time finding a photo that I  could work from to depict what I truly saw in my mind...but in the end, even though it's not what I envisioned, I LOVE this painting.  It is now hanging on our dinning room wall and it's perfection!

And last...here are the promised photos of the special tree we had in the den...I decided to do a hombre effect and the top is covered in baby pink fading to the middle with hot and dark pink into gold and orange on the bottom...it's the best I've had in the den...I loved it to death!!  Now I need to collect more vintage pink and orange ornaments to really fill this design out next year and beyond.   I threw in some photos of the house on Xmas Eve then on Xmas night celebrating my birthday for reals...too much fun! 

Hope your holidays were magical!  Keep your family close and give them hugs...apparently life can change on a dime and you wouldn't want to miss out on telling someone how important they are to you...all my besties know what I mean..xo juner 




...Always....








HOW'S THIS FOR XMAS CHEER!

I FILLED SOME APOTHECARY JARS WITH
SNOWMEN, TREES AND LIGHTS..
THEY WERE ABSOLUTEY
MAGICAL!!

CHRISTMAS EVE!





CHRISTMAS NIGHT DANCING ON
CHAIRS FOR MY 60TH
AMID THE SNOWFLAKES AND STARS!!

THE BIRTHDAY ROCKIN/DANCING LION
WHO PLAYS THE BEATLES,
THEY SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY
FROM OLD BESTIE LINNIE...PERFECTION!
TAYLOR GOT INTO NURSING SCHOOL
AND RECEIVED A STETH FOR XMAS
AND THAT'S MY GOOFY SON LENDING
HIS HEART FOR EXAM..!
                                     
TORI AND JUNE...SHE'S THE ONE
WEARING THE BIRTHDAY CROWN!

AN AMAZING XMAS FEELING FOR
ALL OF US.. LIKE LIVING IN A
GIANT SNOW GLBOE!
THE BEST!!!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Back by popular demand…okay, maybe it's just one of MY favorites…I share every year.   Have a lovely, safe and healthy new year everyone!!  Big dreams coming true, friends family, music and LOVE!!  xo juner




Tuesday, December 22, 2015

WAIT!! IT'S BEEN HOW LONG?

I just this minute saw that I haven't written since the end of OCTOBER for crying out loud!!  I've never let this amount of time go by and I can't apologize enough…I've even lost a couple followers because of it…so sorry.

Well, Xmas is in a couple of days and guess what….I still don't have time to talk to you right now….I've been ill and my energy is so low that going through the time it takes me to share with you is too daunting at the moment…but maybe I'll just tease you with a couple of photos from my big 60th Birthday/Xmas party almost two weeks ago.  My actual birthday is Xmas day, but who can party then?  

So I do promise to take better care in the coming year…you have my word on it!  I have loads to share and exciting new ideas and plans coming up for the new year…so please, don't lose hope in me…I'm heading back to my jolly, artistic self and can't wait to keep up with everyone.

HAVE THE BEST OF HOLIDAYS AND AN IMAGINATIVE AND EXCITING NEW YEAR!!

and ps.  yes, we have THREE Xmas trees in the living room(I'll share the den one next week when I really catch up).  And yes we had a Christmas Choir, and yes I wore my wedding dress (squished in and bursting out the top, it's been a "hefty" couple of months, ha ha) and yes, I wore a Star studded glittery crown!!













Monday, October 26, 2015

TOO MUCH GOING ON!

Wow! Way to let two months go by!

What can I say, September turned out to be one of the worst months of my entire life….don't need to share everything…wouldn't want to share everything ..ha ha….anyway,  the culmination of this is that my husband had a procedure/surgery heart thingie on October 13th.  He was under for four hours and came out looking like things would turn out well.  We won't know for certain for three months.  However, in the middle of the night of his stay in the hospital, we had complications….again, too many long details…suffice it to say we pulled through and it will be two weeks this coming Wednesday that we came home and he's out digging ditches in the orchard today…so there you have it!  Full steam ahead!

In the meantime I am attempting to get my feet balanced under me again.  The stress and anxiety that carried with me the month before is finally sliding off my shoulders and I'm back to my daily workouts….actually, I began running again, after a year away from the track…and am enjoying that feeling immensely. There's nothing like the power of running.  And since I gained a pile of weight during my just over a month absence from sanity…damn the vodka!  Yeah, that one kinda crept up on me…haven't partaken of the libation as such in many many years…but, it seemed like the thing to do to get some chill in my life…like I said, there were some other serious contributing factors to my demise, all, most of which I am happy to report, are on the upswing…mostly anyway.

So now it's all about being fit, creating some really cool new vegan/veggie recipes, preparing for an art exhibit, finish the damn third book already!!  and of course Xmas is next week for gods sake!  And with that holiday comes my big six oh!  That's right, June is turning 60!

One thing we did do while having fun at cocktail hour one night was one of the best things I'll ever take in my memory for the rest of my life….we had music blasting while we were working out in the garden and hanging outside all afternoon.  Then we sat down in the orchard and watched the sun go down and lights from the house looked so awesomewe felt, and feel, so blessed to call this our homeit's just so magical here.  So when we came in the tunes were just amazing, the next one better than the last one, and rockin perfect…so we danced.  And I mean we DANCED…for THREE solid hours!!  We sang and danced and kissed in-between sips…ha ha…until the wee hours.  Our neighbor thought we had guests because the music was blasting so long and late...yes, sometimes it's really okay to let your hair down.  

I'm so disciplined with my lifestyle, I rarely let anything take me out of the way I eat and my workouts, yoga, devotion, etc…(just ask my kids and my friends when they have a dinner party..they always supply something organic and veggie for me), however, the stress mounted to a level that even downward dog couldn't help…I can be so freaking hard on myself sometimes…so I just went with the flow of what was happening around me and decided to jump into the party for a moment.  It had it's good, very good, moments and it had it's very worst as well (not sharing)….so I think for me, I just work better with the routine of discipline and devotion…and that's all I gotta say about that.

However, I will always have the memory of dancing in our living room, just the two of us, laughing so hard, singing so loud, kissing so passionately and finishing off the whole night with fireworks!  (yes, I decided to share that!)   and yes, we took photos too…what?

theres a weird black smug on my
camera lens..but Ray is enjoying
this song to say the least!







So, no matter what…we ALL have those scary dark times and it feels like you'll never be yourself again…it feels like things couldn't get any worse, and then they do…however, the sun comes up every single day and you have to decide what it is exactly you are willing to do about it…are you going to melt away into nothing, or are you going to rise above it all and make something happen?  It's your choice, and yours alone.and sometimes, you just gotta dance…oxo juner

Saturday, September 5, 2015

SOMETHING NEW FROM JUNE

I'm usually all about the art and family stuff…but I realized, this is probably the perfect place to share this new hobby.

I had been looking, for literally two years, to find the perfect purse.  

Now this might now sound like a huge endeavor, however, it was for me.  I wanted that old slouchy leather, fringy, hippie purse I had back in the day.  Everything was either so generic, old lady, too she-she…or simply just not me.

I went onto Esty and finally found just what I was looking for…only thing, it was 300.00.  And that's fine for this kind of bag..however, that didn't include the shipping (from Poland of all places), and the main issue I had was when I looked closer at all her bags, this one in particular, I realized,  these are VERY hand made.   Seriously, I could see the unevenness of things, the belt she used as the strap..etc.  I thought, well really…if she can do it, so can I.  So I set out to make my own leather purse.

And I have to tell you…I'm very happy with the results.  

Don't get me wrong, there are definitely mistakes, but I researched a bit and figured out how to do a double stitched seam on leather (I didn't take a close up of this technique to share…it's pretty remarkable and really lends a very authentic look to the quality.)  I got a super duper sewing machine to take on the thick stuff.  
I wasted some good pieces of leather to say the least…it's a learning experience.  But I'm figuring things out.  
I learned how to use leather tools and rivets to secure the side loops for the handle... and patched around a bit and finally came up with something I could be proud of.  I even lined it in orange silk damask!  Zippered compartment and everything!  It's all leather and fringy and big.  I put my own special logo of a leather OM symbol on the back. (it looks a bit more orangey in these photos, but it's really the perfect brown).

People actually stop me on the street and ask where I got it!  I've been asked to create some for a local boutique as well, however my life just doesn't have the time to add another career into the mix…so my closest girlies (and you know who you are),  and friends are going to have to settle for my new found enjoyment of creating awesome vintage hippie bags….and there you have it!









Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A GOOD DAY IN THE GARDEN

This year was not so wonderful for my veggie garden and orchard…really weird results, not as fruitful as last year…too bad.  And of course my front lawn is non existent..between the gophers and the dogs going after the gophers and the water shortage…it's a pretty dusty and brown…so sad.

However, even in the lesser than usual bounty of my garden and orchard, there is still some small harvest.  There is nothing like growing your own food…it's something that brings me tremendous joy!  I'm very alive whilst in my garden.  And for the first year I was able to pick apples off my Rhode Island Green heirloom tree…even the Fuji is bearing fruit…yay!

So not so bad I think….actually it turned out to be a good day in the garden for me!

Chicken & Duck Eggs, Anaheim & Jalapeno Pepper,
Tomatoes (black cherry, black krim, and Juliet,
Tomatillo, Lemon Cukes and
a Potato I forgot I planted!

Rhode Island Green Heirloom….made applesauce

My First Fuji!

Peach jam (okay, not from my orchard
this year..but bought at the local farmers
market..still makes amazing jam!

Tomatillo, JalapeƱo, plum jam…
a favorite around here and my
own recipe!

The back corner of the orchard and
the back gate into the duck/chicken
pen.  Champagne grapes growing
along upper trellis with morning glory
taking over…and a side peek on the left
of my massive fig tree.


Enjoy the rest of your summer and the bounty it may bring!…xox juner

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TOO MUCH TO CATCH UP ON…SO JUST WATCH THIS!

The Benjamin McTish Fantasy/Adventure Books Series Trailer….this takes you through a quick glimpse of the first four books…enjoy!  And remember to click on the thumbs up on youtube!!  Thx for the support…and let's keep the magic alive! 



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NEW McTISH BOOK BLOG

Benjamin McTish has his own blog now…strictly Benjamin, nothing else!  It's a blog for the books only….a small blurb, three reviews and goodreads links, as well as links to purchase.  Simple and to the point.

So when you want to find out when the next book comes out, or share the book series with a friend…hopefully a future fan…then this is the place.

Thx again for all your support…oh! and keep an eye out for the upcoming book trailer on YouTube…at the end of this week.  And FYI…the first book is having it's first deal special on Amazon Kindle beginning Friday as well, carried through the week….99 cents!  Can't beat that!  Enjoy!  And remember, Keep the Magic Alive!



Friday, April 24, 2015

BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT-EVENT

Thornton Berry Shire Press, Home of the Benjamin McTish Series: BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT-EVENT: A YA anthology that's Alice-in-Wonderland inspired featuring  stories by 13 different authors hailing from 3 different countries…(click first sentence above and link to all the details of this awesome book and event…it's totally worth it!)




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

THE ORCHIDS ARE IN BLOOM

Had to share a couple pics of my amazing Orchids…just this one lovely little bunch that seems to be perfectly happy.  I had transplanted the larger pot just last year, so was concerned it would take…looks like it did.  ps. this plant comes up to my shoulders..it's humongous!






Have a super spring day….xoxo juners

Janis late 60's

Janis  late 60's
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