Hot Pockets ~ Microwavable Rice Bags


I love the rice pocket heat pack my daughter Emilie made and let me use while I was visiting her. I used it every night behind my neck and then under my lower spine. After a few days, my muscles weren’t painful anymore, and that’s BIG!

I decided to make my own, because I knew I couldn’t live without one, and then I made one for a friend in Belgium who has been sick and could probably use the comfort, just like I did. Now I’m making them for all my friends, and sending them without the rice, because it’s too heavy to mail.

1. Cut two pieces of fabric to the shape you want.
2. Sew wrong sides together on 3 sides.
3. Sew rows an inch or so wide.
4. Fill rows with rice (not too full, so it is more flexible)
5. Sew open end closed.
6. Heat in microwave for 1 minute.
7. Wrap in a thin cloth if too hot for your skin,
and enjoy!

NEW START with ART~ CHU in Liege♥

The hospital CHU in Liege at first glance might not impress. After all, it’s not a beautiful place, looking from most angles more like a war-time garrison, abandonned after the troops went home~ a lot of concrete and not much else. 

But the camera has a keen eye~ especially adept at routing out the less visibly apparent but most beautiful parts of things. 

Bathers, by Picasso

Bathers, by Picasso

The paintings on the walls of the reception area, for example. There are two large frames behind each of the many receptionist’s desks, largely ignored but there. That was a surprise, and if you happen to be waiting in line like most everyone else, you would have plenty of time to notice them, even to walk around and take some pictures so you could look them up when you got home. A lot of Gauguin and Matisse…a few of Picasso and Van Gogh…all absolutely joyous with their riotous colors. How could those secretaries not notice?

Interieur, by Matisse

Interieur, by Matisse

The Plain at Auvers, Vincent Van Gogh, c1890

The Plain at Auvers, Vincent Van Gogh, c1890

The Siesta, Paul Gauguin

The Siesta, Paul Gauguin

Then there are the color coded signs to help patients navigate the maze of corridors~ creative and picture-worthy, at least to this camera’s eye. Inside the huge entrance way, the vaulted glass roof and natural lighting filtering down from high above changes the atmosphere entirely and makes for an airy, light-hearted and fresh feeling as you enter….there is hope for healing after all! 

CHU~ the inner courtyard

CHU~ the inner courtyard

Then there are the people….the most amazing art-works of all.
At the reimbursement office...

At the reimbursement office…

At the Registration desk...

At the Registration desk…

In the lobby waiting for her mom....

In the lobby waiting for her mom….

ART~ It’s a part of our life. We can find it Anywhere. Even inside a hospital where many are struggling to remember that life goes on at all. ART~ it’s a reminder that there is more than just the physical body that needs attention. 

Our spirits and our aesthetic senses need attention as well. Beauty in the environment impacts the way we handle illness, or any other challenge of life, reminding us of something deep within that keeps on glowing long after the secretaries have gone home for the night.

Art This Way!

Art This Way!

My Fashion Inspiration, PUCCI!


Last year I bought a shirt (see it above where I’m modeling it in front of a Pucci design) that set me off into a new fashion direction: the world of prints. At about the same time, I discovered Emilio Pucci, the Prince of Prints in the fashion world. His story is inspiring, and his influence now, 60 years later, is as strong as ever.

I feel so good wearing clothes with beautiful patterns. Pucci was an artist whose designs accentuated the female body’s natural curves. Wear one and it will make you feel ultra feminine. Of course, I don’t have a real Pucci yet~ they are too expensive for this thrift-store shopper~ but the day is coming when I will, and I’m looking forward to it!

Puchi printss



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and see Pinterest for an eyeful of Pucci!

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Design is about the PROCESS.

If asked to write about the process, I would have to say it started with a feeling of non-interest, and a sort of “I have no ideas” kind of thinking. So I went back to the written assignment and re-read it. Still no inspiration. So I clicked on some of the links given to jump-start our creative juices. Getting warmer… this is interesting…I kept scrolling down…

Then suddenly, I saw it. The paper cut-out that would grab my heart and speak to me!

I wanna do THAT!
Soaring Love, by Dream Papercut

Soaring Love, by Dream Papercut

Soaring Love, by Dream Papercut

Those little black paper people are just amazing. My scissors took over, and in less than a minute my little Balloon Dancer was born and showing me where she wanted to dance.

She came up right away, and I recognized her instantly. Where have you been all these years, I asked ever so lovingly. She danced away laughing 🙂

I couldn’t stop photographing her, and she was determined not to let me.

We started on the kitchen utensils…


Then we moved on to the window where she got the idea she could fly…Oops! Better hold on to those balloons, dearie.


Next she took me on a desert mountain…


When I thought for sure she was ready to take a break, we ran back into the kitchen for one last shot before she let the last balloon go and laid down for a rest. What a day we had, and it all happened in less than an hour! 


About the PROCESS.

And I repeat once again~”Design is ABOUT the PROCESS, and it can only come from yourself.”

“Observation is one of the main skills of a designer. To observe is already to design.”

Design 1o1 is an online design course offered by iversity ~

The challenge is a daily 1-hour project (Monday-Friday). To be honest, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, and still haven’t gotten into the ‘groove’ of it, homework-wise. Thank God at least we have the weekends to catch up. I’m way behind, but I’m very inspired, so that’s one good thing.

If you are interested in having a lot of fun, and designing your brains out, there is still time to jump in! 


There are 1000s of blogs and vlogs and media channels out there screaming to get your attention everyday, everywhere you turn. Hard to know who to look at, or what to read ~ Yes?

But every now and then something comes along that catches your eye AND your heart, and satisfies all your longing for beauty, Art, and creativity, showing you MODERN ART you’ve never ever seen or even heard of ~ by people that don’t look very different from you or me!

You find you can’t help coming back day after day, week after week~ 
WHY? Because it’s just such a PLEASURE 🙂 

I’m making a NEW START with ART, and my favorite new place to find it is at My Modern Met.

Here are a few samples to get you started: These street artists, Ella & Pitr are from France….Grab your camera and capture the moment!

Take a look, and you’ll be hooked on MY MODERN MET ~


Javier Perez

Javier Perez

Mom, Queenie Liao with 'Wengenn in Wonderland'

Mom, Queenie Liao with ‘Wengenn in Wonderland’
Chicago's City Hall Rooftop Garden

Chicago’s City Hall Rooftop Garden
The Straw Art of Japan

The Straw Art of Japan