Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery Grand Re-Opening November 10th 2018

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery was located in Old Ellicott City for the devastating floods of July 2016 and May 2018.

Robin and Max have found a new home at Historic Savage Mill, and the Grand Re-opening is TOMORROW!

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 am.

Historic Savage Mill is located at 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763.

There is limited parking near the Cotton Shed Building. I usually park in the West Parking Lot and walk through the New Weave Building (there are stairs involved in this route). You can exit the New Weave Building lower level to the lower parking lot where the New Weave Building meets the Old Weave Building.




Children’s Folk Tales from India – A Book by A Blogging Friend

Hey, Happy Sunday!

I want to share happy news about one of my blogging friends today.

Lekha and I actually met through our blogs a few years ago, and it turns out we live within about 40 miles of each other geographically. So we have actually met in person!

Recently, Lekha has published a book titled, “The Thirsty Crow & The Crow and the Fox”.

The two tales are so sweet, and she has done a great job with her illustrations.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon:

The Thirsty Crow & The Crow and the Fox

And here is a link to the post on Lekha’s blog that announces the book:

The Thirsty Crow & The Crow and the Fox – LM Expressions

So proud of her for pursuing this dream and seeing it through to fruition! Congrats, Lekha!

I Have Been Nominated for The Liebster Award 2018

Old Ellicott City, July 29, 2018 (click to enlarge)


Mike Hartley, of Threw Mikes Eyez , nominated me for the Liebster Award 2018. With some very kind words.

Mike and I live in the same county, and we “met” through our blogs.

Here is the list of questions that Mike asked me to answer:

  1. Do you look for the positive in people?
  2. Do you love your family and friends?
  3. Do you ask yourself how can you help someone less fortunate and do it?
  4. Do you forgive those who may do something wrong and help them move on?
  5. Do you vote?
  6. Do you love animals?
  7. Do you easily pass on and share your knowledge/experience with others?
  8. Do you drive responsibly?
  9. Do you tell the truth?
  10. Do you treat people equally?
  11. Do you know the meaning of life? If so, get back to me please, I want to see if it jives with my thoughts.

I printed the questions and have had them on my craft table for 3 days. They are very introspective questions, don’t you think?

Obviously, the goal for questions 1 – 10 is the answer YES. (Other than #4, I was born a scorekeeper (just the way my brain works)…I am working on it!)

And, NO, I don’t know the meaning of life!

Thanks to Mike for the nomination AND the kind words. Please go check out his blog, Threw Mikes Eyes .

I decided that I wouldn’t officially enter the contest.

Happy Friday!



Ellicott City Flood – May 27, 2018 – #ECStrong

A friend from college, Robin Holliday, owns an art gallery in Historic Ellicott City named HorseSpirt Arts Gallery. She sells my cards in the gallery.

The gallery was flooded by the July 2016 flood, a “once in a thousand years” event. Robin fought back hard, and had it reopened in 3 months.

Well, Historic Ellicott City flooded again this past weekend. WORSE than the 2016 flood. The water was 2 feet higher on the first floor of the gallery, things were ruined, floated away, or got buried in mud. (My cards sit by the front door – I am assuming they floated down the street to the Patapsco River, like last time.)


My heart goes out to the family of Eddison Hermond (who lost his life in the flood), to the residents, to the business owners, to the employees.

If anyone sees my mojo, send it home – I have a lot of cards to make.

I am back from my adventure…

I arrived home Friday evening, safe & sound. Had a wonderful adventure with Offspring3.

We traveled around Europe for 2 1/2 weeks.

(As always, you can click on any photo to enlarge!)





Fussen, Germany






Bad Aibling, Germany


Mietraching, Germany




Heidelberg, Germany

All of the locations were new to Offspring3. Amsterdam, Brussels, and Heidelberg were new to me.

Salzburg is still my favorite place to visit!

Thanks for all of the comments and likes while I was gone!


Memorial Day 2018

Take a moment to remember those who have died in service to our country, so we can be free here in America.

Also, Historic Ellicott City was devastated by another flash flood yesterday. It has not been 2 years since the last one.

Photos from local news reporter, Jayne Miller, WBAL-TV.

(Click on the photo for the slide show. I apologize to my readers not in America – I am not sure if the link will work for you. Offspring3 could not view the link in Spain.)

Water levels in HorseSpirit Arts Gallery were higher than the record breaking 2016 flash flood. Four people were stranded on the 3rd floor for a time, but they were evacuated safely by rescue personnel.