Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit


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How To Put Together A Polymer Clay Toolkit

I teach several beginner level classes in polymer clay. During those classes I’m often asked what type of tools to buy that can be used with polymer clay. That question inspired my newest YouTube video: Putting Together a Basic Polymer Clay Toolkit.

Be sure to stay through till the end for a little blooper.

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I have a few more videos waiting to be edited, including a short video on pasta machines for polymer clay, sculpting, and painting.  Subscribe to my YouTube page and you’ll receive automatic updates as soon as I add new videos.

Thanks for stopping by.


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The Video: Snapshots & Memories from Languedoc-Roussillon

Well, it only took three complete video shoots plus a few short missteps and installing the newest version of  iMovie. However, I am happy to announce that I can now finally share with you the video version of my latest series of artwork, Snapshots & Memories from Languedoc-Roussillon.

In this video you’ll learn about my inspiration for the series and hear a little more about the individual pieces. All of the artwork in this series is for sale. If you’re interested in purchasing a piece, please leave a comment and I’ll contact you.

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Enjoy!


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My Artwork Challenge for 2011

Woo-hoo, I finally did it! I created my first video and uploaded it to YouTube. But you can see it here:

I will post pictures of this new body of artwork in the coming days as well as another video. Stay tuned.


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The Last Lecture

You may have heard of “The Last Lecture.”  It is the last lecture given by professors at Universities.  It is a time when professors expound on their life experiences and what matters the most to them.  It is the classic “If you only had one day left to live, what would you share?”

Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  He gave his “last lecture” in 2007.  His lecture has been posted on YouTube, an article on Mr. Pausch recently ran in Parade Magazine, and he and his wife were interviewed by Diane Sawyer.

Randy Pausch has pancreatic cancer.  The first diagnosis came in the summer of 2006.  In August 2007, Mr. Pausch learned that the cancer had metastisized to his liver.  Randy Pausch gave his Last Lecture in September, 2007.

In his lecture and in his recently released book, Mr. Pausch recommends the following for a life well-lived:

  • To always have fun
  • To dream big
  • To ask for what you want
  • To dare to take a risk
  • To look for the best in everybody
  • To make time for what matters

After watching the video and reading the article in Parade,  I realized is that what Mr. Pausch is promoting is to live in the present moment.  At one time I thought that was so cliche; to live in the present moment; to live life to the fullest.  I believed that only meant doing daring things, like sky diving and bungee jumping and swimming with sharks.  But it doesn’t.

To live life to the fullest, to be in the present moment means to live simply and clearly; to sit with the sun on your face, to hear the birds chirping, to watch a flower bloom, to give someone a hug.  To remember your childhood dreams and to follow new ones.  And yes, that may include sky diving.

In fact, this week, Mr. Pausch’s inspiring words motivated me to do something I probably would not have done a year ago or even two years ago; perhaps maybe never.

If you haven’t read Mr. Pausch’s words, you can read the article in Parade magazine and view his lecture here.

You’ll find his book on Amazon here.

Here is to following your dreams, to living life to the fullest, to being present, and winning stuffed animals.  Have a wonderful weekend.