Monday, December 18, 2017


No, this is not one of my favorite photographs nor a treasured tangle; however, it is an example of my love for creative and colorful printed patterns and images.  Honestly, I have a hard time parting with beautifully patterned paper boxes and other miscellaneous items, including this Santa, reindeer and snowman.  Originally it was the front of a program for a holiday light display....and I just had to keep it.

So, in my spare time (laugh, laugh), I decided to dig into the wide selection of paper in my craft closet and place these three cuties on coordinating backgrounds.  And in about 10 minutes this is what I created....just something cute and cheery for the holiday season.

At this point, well, I'm not sure what I'll do with it -- perhaps send it to a family member or maybe just post it somewhere at school.  Either way, it's still cute and an example of reduce, reuse, recyle.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Get Noticed

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out!"
                            --Dr. Seuss

Monday, December 11, 2017

La Flor de La Noche Buena

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, 
everything is softer and more beautiful."
                                                        --Norman Vincent Peale

Thursday, December 7, 2017

El Sol

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"The sun shines not on us but in us."
                                             --John Muir

Monday, December 4, 2017

Starry Night

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"There wouldn't be a sky full of stars if we were all
 meant to wish on the same one."
                                         --Frances Clark

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Little Things

Where did this come from?  Recently I was looking through some holiday images that I'd taken a few years ago and stumbled upon this shot of colorful plastic strips full of rain drops.  Initially this appears as abstract art loved most by the artist; however, there is a deeper message that invites us to consider the beauty that surrounds us in all the things we often overlook.  Upon second glance one easily recognizes the subtle yet delightfully beautiful water droplets that give so much depth and texture to the smooth, rich colors.

"The details are not the design.  They make the design."
                         --Charles Eames

Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Exhibit

Make plans to attend this annual opening reception that features artwork by local artists listed above.  A variety of mediums are included to offer something for everyone.  Enjoy shopping for unique holiday gifts and speaking to the artists as well as listening to music and enjoying some light refreshments.  The event is this coming Friday, December 1st, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in downtown Dubuque, Iowa, at 360 West 11th Street.