Welcome to The Phoenix Files!

This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written over the past 25+ years, as well as my travel journals and announcements.  Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu." 

My travels have had heavy influence on my work and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs. Some of my older journals are revised from the original, and most link to photo albums on Facebook.  

A Course Correction ...

I thought I could do "All The Things".  But I can't. Sometimes you find yourself being steered away from what you really want to be doing, and you have to make a course correction. That's what's happening with me.  My world has become too hectic, what with managing an office, and an art business, and assisting a parent recovering from heart surgery, as well as volunteering for a 501c3 ... 

Life needs to simplify ... 


So, I have refocused my energies on my hat business which I had set aside for the past 6 months. I have reformatted this website to make it mobile-friendly.  I have re-established my Pinterest page and have converted it to a business account.  You won't see me at many local art shows this year (because I 'cannot do all the things') but I am starting to build hats for my galleries and their holiday shows which are listed on my "Find Me!" page.  

Looking towards retirement, I have started downsizing and moving excess furnishings into my carport for an eventual "Driveway Sale".  This process has transformed my carport into an outdoor living space, which is a delightful and restful place to read and sew.  Should you be interested in buying anything in these photos, or ordering a hat, or joining me for a chat over a cup of tea, give me a shout and I'll pencil you into my calendar :)

Over the past 6 months, one of my brothers and I have been altering my mom's home to make it more accessible for her as she continues to recover from heart surgery. She now has sufficient support systems in place so I can check on her by phone instead of in person, though it remains my goal to visit her every couple of months to make sure that things are still going OK for her. 

Some of you are aware that a couple of years ago I became a volunteer newsletter editor and social media manager for the NorthWest Art Alliance. I joined their board last May and became board president in April.  Volunteering for this 501c3 and promoting its artists has been among the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had.  Sadly, time and energy constraints strained my physical capacity, and it was with some struggle and regret that I resigned from the board and the organization earlier this month. I'm still working with ConsultR (a web development firm) on a new NWAA website which is expected to launch in the next few weeks. After that, I will continue to promote my favorite artists, albeit on a personal networking level.

Last but by no means least ... next month marks six months until my 60th birthday.  To celebrate that milestone,  I have reserved a spot with a small tour group for a two week excursion to Egypt and Jordan in 2016.  I want to raise money for that trip and I hope you will help.  Watch for my "6 Months to 60" plans as they evolve in the coming months...

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Date 6/21/2015
heather daveno
Karen, what a cool offer...Thank You!
Date 6/21/2015
Karen Seymour
I'll be glad to host a "put Heather on a camel" party. All us artists can bring seconds to sell to each other with proceeds going to the travel fund.

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