about me

24 Jan 2010

my little family – Gracie, Tom, and me – a few years ago

I’m a 30-something contemplative artist and jewelry designer (see my art at http://gingerbluestudios.com) living in southwest Florida with my husband Tom and my daughter Gracie and our little zoo of pets (cats, birds, and an elderly gecko).

In addition to loving pretty much anything and everything to do with paint, making beads, art journaling, rubber stamping, stenciling, paper, I’m also a:

- long distance swimmer (I swim five miles every day, which equates to about two-plus hours of laps…)
- animal rescuer and advocate (we volunteer at a local animal shelter)
- vegetarian (since I was 15 years old…)
- obsessive tea drinker (loose black and oolong, please!, at least three cups a day)
- writer (I love contributing to other sites. I’m also one of the top 100 reviewers at Amazon. I love doing product reviews-  it’s a hobby I have had since I wrote concert and album reviews for my college paper. )
- music lover (Duran Duran, Simon and Garfunkel, Innocence Mission, and Metallica are my favorite bands)
- movie lover (true fact: I have a Master’s Degree in Film Studies and Theory)
- gardener (I have a GIANT container garden which I spend at least an hour tending every day…)
- newbie crocheter
- art historian (trained to be a curator, became an artist instead… go figure!)
- avid reader.

I also meditate every day.

I was born with Spina Bifida, which is a physical/neurological thing. I did some extensive writing on it in earlier versions of this journal- they are here. SB was difficult to deal with when I was younger, but when I started seriously swimming in 1992, my perspective on my body (and what it is capable of) has radically changed. However, I’ve got some health issues that pop up from time to time that I do discuss pretty openly, so feel free to ask any questions.

I’m very interested in issues of creativity, spirituality, and well-being and I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to combine all three in daily life.

Confession: I love going to Disney World. It’s about four hours away so we do LOTS of daytrip adventures!

Me, Minnie, and Miss Gracie at Disney in 2010



me, back when I started this whole online journaling thing… (1997)

gingerblue.com is
the culmination of thirteen years of online journaling. I started writing LONG journal entries in 1997, when I was lonely and confused during graduate school. I didn’t think anyone was reading, but they were …

A huge chunk of this journal (late 2005-mid 2006) is focused on Gracie’s adoption from Vietnam.

Pages from previous versions of this website:

Koyaanisqatsi: A Life out of Balance
Wishlist Info (mine & Gracie’s)

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  1. Dianne McKnight says:

    Wow! Just love seeing your work with the gelli plate. I recently got introduced to the gelli and am in love! Please tell me more of your secrets. I’m eager to see and love. I am a retired dental hygienist, grandmother, crafter, artist, card maker, scrapbookers and so much more! Love your heart and story. I am a warrior for my grandson who has autism and an amazing smile! I’d love hearing from you. Keep the beautiful work up. I live in South Carolina

  2. pakalolo says:

    hi. long ago, when the internet was new to me, ’98 i think, i found your online journal and though it was an interesting read. i dont remember exactly what happened (internet stalkers or something?) but one day you posted that you were making your journal private and i was no longer able to read it. while messing around on the computer and googling my old screen names, i found my own comment on your journal from back in the day and it led me here. i am happy to see that you are still online and to be able to see all of the interesting developments in your life.

  3. Lin says:

    Wow! I looked at some of your work and I love it ! Your ideas are wonderful! I’m a 18 year old hoping to become an artist sometime. I love your bright colors used in your work, I’m happy I was able to see it.

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I'm Chel (pronounced "shell", short for "Michele").

I'm a 30-something painter, writer, gardener, art historian, long-distance swimmer, crochet addict, movie watcher, animal lover, and avid reader.

Random facts: I grew up in New York (Long Island, to be specific), went to college and grad school in Atlanta, and now I live in Southwest Florida. I'm incredibly shy but I can be very chatty. I've been a vegetarian for 25 years. I swim five miles every day. I have an eight year old daughter and a 40-something year old husband. I'd rather eat kalamata olives than most anything, and I'm an AVID tea drinker. I exist with the steady background noise of meows (three cats), chirps and whistles (three parrots), and silence (an elderly gecko).

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