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Sundays in Arizona

AlteredPages is based in Arizona.   As some know I purchased the business almost 2 years ago.   We've come a long way since then.   We sold only collages and a few other small  items.   We still love collages and sell them as a backbone of AlteredPages.  We are about to embark on a new journey adding another facet to AlteredPages, soon to be officially announced.   Stay tuned! 

I thought it was time to share details about Life in Arizona, what it's like to own the business and just chat about life in general.   So often all we see is ads and sales and contests and there is more to life than that.   I like to know people and make things a bit more personal.   It's not just the finished art project but what led the person to make it, what the inspiration was and the thinking behind it.    Maybe we can all get to know each other a little better, feel free to comment about your life, your home and your Art.    AND SO........

Living in Arizona was not something I ever planned on.   Not our original home, but it has home been for longer than I can possibly admit!    I came to Arizona with my husband on a job interview, never in my life thinking I would live in the Wild West.  But here we are.  This is home to our grandchildren who have never jumped in a huge pile of red and gold maple leaves or had to wear snow-pants to school!    (Do kids wear them anymore?)   We came from Pittsburgh, PA - a 24 hour a day city to a small town in AZ that did not even have a traffic light !   OH BOY. 


As for the desert, it has a beauty I admittedly had to grow to like.   The sunsets are truly amazing and the splendor of giant Saguaros is awe inspiring.   We don't have an ocean in Arizona and it is where my soul resides.    When I see photos of Susan Brown (DT Member) at the beach or friends walking at various shores, I feel I should join them.    We get away to Santa Barbara, CA or Hawaii as often as possible. 

We live in a lovely area on the "other side of the mountain" from Phoenix, named Ahwatukee and Ahwatukee Foothills.   (I think it is Navajo for former landfill :-)   Just kidding!   Our little town is a village of about 150,000. people.   The Mountain contains South Mountain Park, over 16,000 acres and the largest municipal park in the US.    There are javelinas, mountain lions, jack rabbits, coyotes, road runners (beep beep) and an assortment of other desert dwellers like scorpions, snakes and such.    It is not unusual to see a coyote walking down one of the streets in our neighborhood in the early morning, as we are nestled into the mountainside.  The javelinas often come to raid the flower pots especially in the fall when people put out decorations like pumpkins or corn stalks.  

We hope you are all enjoying your fall days and find the frost on your pumpkins brings happy memories!







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