In the library, chillin' in the art stacks
retired Art Director
Hi, and welcome to my little corner of COLOURlovers. Feel free to call me Piahr, Pia, or just plain P. I'm so happy to be here – this place is Inspiration Central! I can generally be found hanging around, spending some quality window shopping time browsing (and loving) your amazing palettes and patterns, playing some of those fun Forum games, or enjoying some relaxing art play time making a few colorful goodies of my own.
Please know that I cherish every single love, fave, comment, and follow that you give me. (My CL emails are always read before any others.) I’ve met loads of kindred spirits here; this wonderful community is the absolute best ever. Color the Galaxy! ♥♥♥ Pia
〜 June 11 – Well, I can’t believe it’s been nearly six months since I’ve been here, happily playing with color and pattern and enjoying all your friendly banter. I’ve missed you all very much – the daily e-mails from CL during that time really helped put a smile on my face.
My Mom’s already-precarious health situation started to deteriorate quite rapidly starting last October, and I was busy traveling, visiting her both in and out of the hospital for several months. I moved her into a nursing home in March, as she had gotten to the point where her assisted living apartment just wasn’t enough for her. And, at the end of April she passed away.
She was a wonderful woman; she taught me so many things, big and small. I miss her voice and her hugs – and I suppose I will for the rest of my life. For now, I’m trying to celebrate her. She loved the outdoors, flowers, colors, and laughter with friends. She loved music, dancing, funny stories, and arts & crafts. She was a free spirit and busy every minute of every day. She was the life of the party.
I’m slowly getting back into my routine now, but still taking things easy. (I find myself feeling incredibly tired much of the time.) I might not be up for much more than looking and loving for a bit, but color is always good therapy – any day is a fine day for a rainbow. A great big heartfelt thank-you to everyone who sent loving thoughts my way!
looking • learning • art • color • design
the scent of peonies • maple nut ice cream • laughter
the midnight sky, full of stars • calligraphy • memorable quotes
a pile of reading material and a free afternoon • fireflies
quilt patterns • Mutts by Patrick McDonnell • haiku
summer evening breezes • mersey beat music from the 1960s
deep-fried cheese curds • autumn • sending letters through the mail
freshly washed blue jeans • witty conversation • walking in the fog
a good mystery • art fairs, galleries and exhibits • a frosty chilled mug of beer
song lyrics • The Polar Express • soft, touchable velvets and silks
fancy needlework • a fire in the fireplace and snowflakes falling outside
road trips • people who are kind to critters • door bells • sleigh bells
and (of course) wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
…and presents! Lovely, wonderful presents! Thank you for making my day : D
"Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart."
〜 Author Unknown
"Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds.
Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins,
comrades and friends – but only one mother in the whole world."
〜 Kate Douglas Wiggin
"A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go."
〜 Author Unknown
Profile Photo: Meet da Vinci; he works at the library here. Don't be shy – shake his paw. Like most terriers, he's quite intelligent, and more than a little bit stubborn. He's very good at sniffing out the best art books and he'll fetch coffee too, if he likes you. Don't let his reading glasses and teddy bear demeanor fool you into thinking he's a pushover, though. He can be ferocious if he catches anyone disrespecting his books. (In case you were wondering, yes, da Vinci is part of my rich and satisfying fantasy life.)
The Big Six-Oh!
Many thanks for all your cheery birthday wishes; my e-mailbox has never been so happy;
what a wonderful crowd you are : D Here are some fabulous and lovely birthday presents
from some of the most sweet and thoughtful pals there ever were…