Art by Janice Taylor of

It’s been a heck of a week. Kids started school, Art Unraveled conference, my day job, orders, and workshops. I dropped the ball on severla things, and didn’t even cry once. Luckily they were all smaller things. I must go to bed and recharge my battieres, another big day tomorrow and then an even bigger weekend of events. Before I check out, I have to tell you about my friend Janice Taylor’s NEW book, Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal.

She is an artist who lost fifty pounds several years ago by designing with food instead of eating it! Here’s a glowing review from Publisher’s Weekly:

From Publishers Weekly
Taylor has maintained a weight loss of 50 pounds for more than five years. Her secret? Her work as a “weight-loss artist.” Taylor says her turning point came during a meeting at a weight-loss center, when she decided to stop obsessively tracking the food she ate. Instead, she would create food-centric art whenever she had the urge to eat. She quit her job and combined her artistic leanings with a childhood fascination with nuns (she lived near a convent as a kid; the kindly nuns never commented on her chubbiness) in a creative homage to Our Lady of Weight Loss, an inner voice that provides inspiration and support to Taylor. The book offers a refreshing take on weight. Sure, there are recipes, and discussions of nutrition and self-image and exercise, but Taylor gets that most overweight folk already know they need to eat less and exercise more. In chatty, supportive prose, Taylor highlights her book with “weighty confessions” that offer absolution and cute “fat-oids” (“It takes twenty-two muscles to smile and sixty-two to frown”). And there are clear, witty instructions for art projects, including sewing, collage and lamp makeovers—most projects call for glitter glue, and lots of it. (Aug.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Way to go Janice!! Check out her website, “Our Lady of Weight Loss”. too!!

Ok, goodnight. I’ll post some pictures from Art Unraveled here this weekend!
Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).

Love & light,

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