To blog or not to blog, that has been the question.....

For a very long time now, I have been pondering this but have stalled: do I have anything of value to say, another thing to add to my to do list, I don’t want my life out there on the Internet etc, etc… But that little voice inside me keeps rearing it’s head and I believe that this journey will be an extension of my creative life, so here I am, like the kindergartener being coaxed into the classroom, abandoning those doubts and putting myself on the blogosphere.

Today is the three year anniversary of my Mom’s passing  - a day that broke my heart and plummeted me into the dark depths of grief and long periods of artist block.  My Mom was so proud of all that I have accomplished, and loved the fact that I was making a living as an artist and designer.  So what better way to begin this journey than to attribute the birth of my blog to my Mom.

Like most women, my life is a constant balancing act.  April and May are particularly challenging as I’m always entrenched in prepping to exhibit at the SURTEX show here in NYC.  This past couple of weeks I’ve tipped the scales with too much working and too much schlepping my kids at weekends and not enough time for me.  So today I started my day with a fabulous walk through Central Park, taking Jules to school, stopping to take in the peace I feel on seeing my favorite weeping willow tree.

Then I snuck some time to meander through the glorious Conservatory Gardens.

Inspired, when I got home I planted the vegetables and new plants I bought at the quick hop to the gardening center last week.  It’s hard to believe I live in the city being surrounded by such breathtaking nature.

Now I’m up in my studio, windows wide open getting down to painting – no coincidences here that I’m painting flowers in a explosion of pink after seeing all those gorgeous Magnolia trees in bloom.

Who knows, I may be super decadent and go to a yoga class later this afternoon, but whatever I decide, I know that this day has been a good one and I celebrated my Mom by taking care of myself and finding that wee bit of “me” time that we all deserve.

Thank you for visiting my blog, and may you have some excellent “me” time in your today,

Much love,



  1. I so enjoyed reading the first post on your new blog Debbie. You write beautifully.
    Much of it resonated with me; I've been blogging on and off for a couple of years and I still ponder the 'to blog or not to blog' question fairly regularly!
    I'm so glad you've had such a lovely 'me' day on the third anniversary of such a sad day in your life. And I'm guessing that your lovely mum would've been extremely proud of this new extension to your creative self. And rightly so. I'll look forward very much to reading your posts in the future - there's something special, but hard to put into words (ironically!), about sharing on a blog and I really do hope you enjoy your blogging journey as much as I've enjoyed mine! xx

    1. Thank you so much Jane for reading my blog and your sweet comments. Brought me to tears - which is a good thing. My day has been wonderful but quite busy and then reading your line about my "lovely mum" made me melt and have a well needed wee greet. So thanks again and here's to the blogging unkown!! xx

  2. I love your blog, Debbie! Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. I'm honored that you read it Sean! Thanks so much.

  4. Your new website is beautiful and your blog captivating. You have been blessed with a talent for writing in addition to art.

    Losing your mom is such a hard thing. I'm so glad you have made the move to do such a positive thing for yourself at this time. I am learning a lesson from you.

    And wow! What an AMAZING walk to school!!

    Looking forward to your next post!

  5. Joy you are way too generous, but thank you. I failed my English "O" grade in high school the first time I sat it, so it's a miracle to me that I'd even want to write a blog. Who knows what paths life will lead you down - yet another lesson on keeping an open mind about EVERYTHING:) Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope to see you at SURTEX! x

  6. Debbie-

    Alex just sent me the link to your blog, and reading it was such a refreshing break from my work!

    I'm struggling to meet a deadline on a big project, and am so focused on the destination, that I've been missing the daily journey around me. I can relate much of what you wrote about... the desire for balance, and the difficulty in achieving it....especially when the 'inbox' runneth over.

    Looking forward to sleeping with all you guys under the stars in a few weeks!


  7. PS--- I very much admire your bravery in posting the old hairdo photos! If only I had a pic of my assymetrical cut, circa 1980.

  8. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog Suzanna, and for leaving feedback. It's always great to know that other people can relate and I'm not alone with all these daily struggles. If only I could see the photos, can't quite imagine the asymmetrical do with all those fabulous curls of yours....

    Yes we're all very excited to get out into nature with you guys!!