Rave Reviews

Wow! So it’s been a while since I have posted on our blog, and what updates to share! I finally finished the book, got it printed and sent it out (a full three months ahead of schedule,I might add).

   Already the recipients are showing their love on Facebook!

 I just died at how cute my niece’s reaction was to the final book for The Ideal Relationship Project. What a warm and accomplished feeling!

So much love and gratitude to all those loving, altruistic supporters out there. It couldn’t have come together without you!

Also, if you missed the boat. You can still have a portrait done by contacting me through my Etsy shop, “Loves Possibilities.”



Half Way There!

Today marked 50 images completed for TheIdealRelationshipProject.com. Whew! I’ll tell you, it’s been intense.

Originally, my goal was 100 participants, but we will definitely exceed that with all the couples portraits, if I shoot for 100 images instead. Let’s see how it goes.

Thanks to all participants and the lovely, encouraging comments! Full steam ahead. 


aidan and meSitting at my computer, working on my various projects, I suddenly heard my own voice ring out from across the room: “So thank you for your participation in The Ideal Relationship Project.”  I turned around to find my son, Aidan,  had stumbled upon my Youtube channel, while searching for Spiderman re-enactments.

“Mami!” he looked up at me, smiling, and pointed at the screen. He’s four years old.

“Yeah, baby.”

He scrolled through playing video after video. After about ten, he and ambled over to my chair. “Mami. You do picture. Biiiiig one.”

His speech is a bit delayed and interpreting his sentences is sometimes a challenge. “You want me to do a big portrait of you?”

Peggy Pionke“No, Mami. You. Yoooouuu.” He held up the iPad, displaying the portrait on the screen. “Like Peg.”

“You like Peggy’s portrait?”

He shook his head, put the iPad down on the desk, and traced his fingers around the shape of my face. “You face. Big face. Eyes, nose, mouth, chin.”

“Oh, but honey, I’m working on something else right–”

“Now, Mami. Do it.”

File Sep 17, 11 12 28 AMWell, it was hard to disobey such a command, but I had sworn my self portrait would be the last one of the project. “Okay, we’ll do a sketch.” I printed out a template from Peggy’s portrait and started drawing a quick sketch.

Aidan put his hand on my arm. “No, Mami. Again. Big. Sloooow.”

A sFile Sep 17, 10 59 31 AMwell of emotion pressed against my chest. I couldn’t do my own portrait yet, I was only 47% done! Plus, despite the optimistic spirit of the project, I was feeling pretty cynical about relationships. “Okay, you tell me how.” We printed out another frame, and I had Aidan direct me.

Si.” He said, when we were finished. “Bueno.” Then, he kissed my cheek.

And I melted.

Totally made up for this 6am wake up call:



My amazing, generous, attentive, altruistic, optimistic, and idealistic readers, our community arts project, The Ideal Relationship Project, wrapped up at 120% funded. Woot!

This is very exciting. In fact, my son probably best expresses my feelings right now, in this picture.


And today, our postcards have arrived! 

This Saturday a few local backers will be joining me to stuff them into envelopes and send them off to the rest of our project participants. And you better believe there will be photos 🙂

Thanks so much for following us on this journey. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Kickstarter Rewards: Top 10 Postcards For Final Selection

Welcome! If you have landed on this page then you must be a glorious Backer for The Ideal Relationship Project. Thank you for your support!

Here is a sample of the Thank You postcard everyone will be receiving:Sample cardBelow are the Top 10 Postcards for Final Selection. Please indicate the participants’ names on the survey sent through Kickstarter, to submit your selections.

A reminder: The final postcard will have ONLY the image on the front. The subject’s quote will be printed on the back (unless its essential to the image).

1. Naraly Nicte
1. Naraly
2. Anastasia Morozova
2. Anastasia
Melissa Kate MacIntosh
3. Melissa
4. Mitch Turck
4. Mitch
5. Nathaniel Knows
5. Nathaniel
6. Anthony Davenport
6. Anthony
7. Maria Graterol and Peter Ikladious
7. Maria and Peter
8. Mary McLaughlin and Chip Henry
8. Mary  and Chip
Combination card_1
9. Combination Card #1: Project Description on the Back
10. Combination Card #2: Project Description on the Back
10. Combination Card #2: Project Description on the Back

Postcard Options for Kickstarter Backers

Welcome Kickstarter Backers!

If you have landed on this page, then you clicked the link to help me decide which portraits should make it to the top 10 for postcard printing and distribution.Please note, the final postcards will NOT have the text on the front with the image. It will be printed on the back of the card. 

To make your selections:

  1. Scroll over/select the images you like, and make note of the subjects’ names.
  2. Send me the names by replying through the update email on Kickstarter, or through the contact page on this website. (You can also comment publicly on either of those platforms, if you like, but it helps me keep track of your votes if you email me.)
  3. Be sure you select 10 names, regardless of your pledge amount. (This is like a presidential primary vote. The election isn’t until I send the survey asking for you to choose your final reward.)

Please don’t feel excluded if your portrait is not among this selection. These were chosen based on ease of reproduction.