Sunday, March 10, 2013

Yay, I'm on Dispatch from LA!

One of my favorite bloggers from the get go is Mary Ann Moss. You may know her from one of her online classes or from her life loving spirit which she shares with us on Dispatch from LA, where she also posts her gorgeous journals and sketchbooks. I like her attitude on life and she seems to share my love for enjoying books and quiet creative time. This is a woman who knows how to enjoy herself and I respect that trait more than anything in another person.

For a while now Mary Ann has been doing these profiles, she calls them glimpses, on other artsy people to show the world where they live and work and she asked her readers if they would like to contribute. Well duh! So after some back and forth of dozens and dozens (did I say dozens already?) pictures, today 'my' post went up!




The photographs are mine, but all the prettifying and lettering and making it all look gorgeous, well that's Mary Ann's doing. I swear when I first saw it I almost became jealous of myself. Who is that person and why is she so lucky to live in such a beautiful place? ;-)

I'm very proud that Mary Ann allowed me a spot on her blog (it's kind of like your idol is letting you in her private home, haha). You can see the full post here, so head on over and while you're there check out the rest of her blog. A warning though: she's addictive!

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  1. Stopping by from Dispatch from LA. I poked around a bit and love looking at all your projects. All the colors....and your island looks beautiful! I am now a follower and looking forward to future posts!

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    1. Welcome to my blog Laura! Thanks for becoming a follower. Hope you like it here!

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  2. I love Mary Ann's blog, too, especially since she introduces me to other delightful blogs such as yours. Your artwork is beautiful and inspiring. Do you have an online shop?

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    1. Thank you Tina. Yes, Mary Ann is fabulous isn't she? And no, no online shop. Maybe one day when I grow up.

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  3. I am so glad Mary Ann introduced you to all of us. I love your blog and will be following. I live just outside of Los Angeles (not too far from MAM!)

    Debra Mason

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    1. Thanks Debra. How cool you live so close to MAM. Thanks for becoming a follower, I hope you keep enjoying yourself here.

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  4. Carin, what a sweet and special place you live. OH..gosh I'm sitting here in complete surprise having been in Mary Ann's classes with you for so very long and not know you lived in such a magical place. You have created such a sweet corner of the world for yourself and of course your artistic talents are awesome. I've left a piece of my heart on your shores I think. So very beautiful and peaceful. xxooxx

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    1. Aw Susie, thank you. I do love it here and my home is really my sanctuary, but I have to say that seeing it all on Mary Ann's blog made me a little amazed at it myself, haha.

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  5. Yes, what a beautiful life you have! :-) And a portrait of you - how lovely to get to see you too, and not only your awesome journals that I so admire. Fun fun fun times!

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    1. Thanks so much Hanna! I'm so glad you liked seeing all of that!

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  6. Discovered you today at Dispatch From LA. your blog is so colorful and your writing engaging. I have subscribed.

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    1. Thanks for coming by Laura and I'm so happy you have subscribed!

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  7. Oh, wow, two of my favorite blogs collided today! I had browsed by DFLA first, and there you were! I laughed out loud at your comment that you were almost jealous of yourself. She did a great job of featuring you, the photos, and your homeland. You and Peer need to have a mini-celebration of some kind!
    Dreaming from afar....

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    1. LOL! I really felt that way. It's so strange to see your life displayed on someone elses blog all prettified and all. I know they were my own photographs, but it looks so gorgeous, haha. And Peer is celebrating right now by purring loudly in my ear and I had some apple pie, so we're al good.

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  8. I live in the midwest US (Wisconsin) and thoroughly enjoyed the pictures from your part of the world. I am a Mary Ann Moss "groupie" and learned of you from her blog. Now I subscribed to your blog and will love it. I can tell already!!! Joan

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    1. I'm a groupie too! Thank you so much for subscribing and I hope you keep dropping by from time to time.

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  9. Congratulations on being featured on Mary Ann's blog. I love your photos of your island and your home. I'm going to spend some time looking at different posts and find the handmade books you've created. I live in Flagstaff, AZ, USA. It's in Northern Arizona and beautiful. But not as picturesque as your sweet home. Please visit my blog and let me know what you think. I'm looking forward to your next blog post on how you found your art journal Mojo.

    Keep up the great artwork.

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    1. I'll be sure to drop by your blog soon. My art journal mojo post will be up coming friday. Thanks so much for your kind words!

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    1. You're more than welcome, much much more...;-)

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  11. congratulations on being featured! it is good to connect with you...you DO have a lovely home (your house and your island). I visited your etsy shop and you have beautiful things there, and I know your journal pages are wonderful, as I've visited before...art journaling can keep us sane sometimes! keep creating!

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    1. Thanks Dianne, but I don't have an Etsy shop, so you must have me confused with someone else. I do have an account on Etsy, but that's as far as it goes. I do have some vague plans for coming summer to start up something, but for now...no shop. ;-)

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  12. I saw that on Mary Ann's blog and I'm so proud of you. It really looks like you're living a dream...in a world of dreams.

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    1. Thanks so much Annie. It does feel idyllic sometimes (not all the time, especially at 6.30 am when the alarm goes off to get to work I am not a happy camper, yawn). ;-)

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  13. Beautiful post at Mary Ann's place. So cool for you

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    1. Thank you Lynette, I'm very happy about it myself, but I guess that was obvious already!

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  14. Yes Mary Ann is great and I thank her for finding you. I so enjoyed reading about you and your wonderful island. I shall be back for sure. Your art work looks amazing. Sharon

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    1. Welcome Sharon, so glad you like it here!

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  15. I, too, stop by from Dispatch from LA. Thank you so much for sharing your life in words and pictures. It's a pleasure to peek into your creative and lovely world. I look forward to more...:)

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    1. Thanks Vickster! I really appreciate your kind words. Hope you drop by again!

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  16. Congrats, Caatje, and I'm heading over to Mary Ann's blog now!

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    1. Dank Marit. Ik vond je commentaar op haar blog erg leuk!

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  17. Hi Caatje, long time no see. Greetings from another Dutchie (and former boekgrrl). Nice Glimpse at DFLA. Your journals look amazing.

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    1. Ach wat is de online wereld toch klein! Dank je wel hoor!

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  18. What a beautiful write up regarding your blog. I really like your variety of art and landscape pics. Very enjoyable.
    Barb
    USA

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    1. Thank you so much Barb, I'm really happy you enjoyed it.

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  19. Awesome Caatje! I'm going to check it out now.

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    1. Thank you, it just looks so marvelous I can hardly believe it myself. ;-)

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  20. Way to go, Caatje - proud of you and WELL-deserved! xoxo, Aimeslee

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    1. Aw, thanks Aimeslee, I really appreciate it.

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  21. I know of you from 3 sources...I first found your blog on Every Day Matters, the Danny Gregory Yahoo Group where I have been a member for several years. Yesterday I found you on Mary Ann Moss's blog, Dispatch From LA, and this morning on a link on Creative Journals website by Rise Zachary where you related your story of learning English and blogging in a non-native language which was learned by watching the TV show, Little House on the Prairie, among other methods. To say I find this fascinating is an understatement. I have always had an affinity for the Spanish language, which seems to come easily to me...it seems to "fit" on my tongue, so to speak. You're the 3rd person who I've encountered who learned English from the TV...I have tried to listen/watch Spanish TV, but find it so over-dramatic that I'm distracted from listening to watching the antics performed. I'd like to know how you overcame (if you had to) the antics/drama portrayed, to being able to learn and listen to the English being spoken.

    I've tried to keep journals in the past, something I so admire in others, but I can't seem to commit to keeping up with it. I'm presently involved in Oprah's & Deepak Chopra's 21 day Meditation Challenge online, hoping this will lead to a more creative path for me, aside from the other benefits of Meditation.

    Thank you for sharing your world with us. I look forward to seeing more of you in the days to come.

    I live in a very different world than you...in the high desert of the Southwest USA.

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    1. LOL I do seem to be all over the place don't I? I would love to learn to speak Spanish, it always sounds so interesting and exotic. As for tv, I think I was so young when it started that it just sort of went automatically, the way children pick up language. I think the drama may actually have helped, I was entranced. ;-)
      Of course here in The Netherlands we do get English lessons in high school as well, so that helps us to speak it more correctly.
      Nice to have you here by the way!Good luck on the journaling. It's a habit really and to form a habit you need a little discipline, it takes time. Just enjoy it!

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  22. Blast it! I forgot to ask in my previous comment: What is on the far wall at the end of the room shown in the photo on the right which shows your living room and creative space? It's blocks of color that I can't make out but would like to see in a closer view.

    Thanks...

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    1. Hmmm, I'm not sure what you call that in English. It's the doorway to the shed that's attached to my house and in front of it hangs a sort of curtain that's made of plactic shapes in different shades of blue. The shapes are all fishes and shells and such. I've had the thing for ages. It's a pain really as the shapes are attached to each other with metal rings and those things keep getting stuck in my sweaters when I walk through the doorway. ;-)

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  23. Wow!!! Echt geweldig! Gefeliciteerd!

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    1. Dank je wel! Zo idyllisch heeft mijn leventje er nog nooit uitgezien, haha.

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  24. Hello Caatje,

    Greetings form Laguna Beach, California.
    It has been pure pleasure visiting and perusing your blog, thank you for sharing your home, talents and creative world with us!

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