Thursday, December 30, 2010

******* HaPpY 2011 !!! *******



It's getting closer! 2010 is almost gone and here it comes!! Wait for it - __++*** 2011! Yee Hah! Yippee! All that noise!! Time for a 'fresh start!'


I have spent a lot of time this past year trying out different "skins to be in" and I think I am figuing out which one I like!!! The current one fits well, is on the right path and I think it is a keeper - for now anyway!!! (insert very wide smile and wink here!) That being said, it has led me to some fun and exciting choices! I'm looking forward to sharing some of these stories with you next year and hope to hear some of yours, too!


To my current blogger friends, thank you for sharing your lives with me this year! You are all very special to me! And to my new blogger friends, I'm looking forward to meeting you soon!


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

**** MERRY CHRISTMAS! ****

Sending out holiday wishes and hope that you are having a Blessed and Merry Christmas!!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

** Christmas - AZ Style! **

Happy Holidays to all of you out there! I'm sure that many of you are ready for the busy week ahead, no matter how you celebrate! I wanted to share some of the activities that we have been taking part in here in the desert!!


We went to a Pointsettia Festival and I had no idea that there are so many different colors to choose from! There were rows and rows of these gorgeous, bright blooms!





And if you happen to be in a blue mood, they had a color for you, too!!







While driving through a downtown area one night, we happened to notice this big, beautiful Christmas tree! Now, you may be asking, 'How does an evergreen grow so well in the desert???" Well.... if you look closely, you will see!



Yep, spray painted tumbleweeds!!! A big pile of the tumblers were stacked up, tied together, and sprayed with white paint and glitter! I guess you have to do what you have to do!!!


So, as we are chillin' here in the desert, having our celebration our way, I hope all of you are healthy and happy! May you have your own Silent Night, may your days be Merry and Bright, and may you feel the LOVE of family and friends around you!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!





























Thursday, December 16, 2010

*** Do You Hear Sleighbells??? ***



Winter is here and it is time for a sleigh ride with your honey!! This piece was inspired by one of my favorite songs for this time of the year! Of course, I also LOVE getting out and going for a ride myself! Ah, nothing says Christmas like a brisk ride in the open mountain air! Or, in my case, open desert air! :)
I finished this necklace recently and just added it to my website. I have been busy getting things organized (ha ha ha!) and ready for the holidays! Doing a little baking, a little more shopping, a little decorating, you know the routine! We put our lights on the house outside a few weeks ago and sweat up a storm! It was 80 degrees out there - hard to get into the swing of the season! We decided to skip the big tree this year and put up a small, fabric one instead! If you remember, we have an energetic kitten that LOVES to climb, and we didn't want to deal with that right now. I am pretty sure that Santa will still be able to leave our treasures around the tree that we do have - so all is not lost!!!


I hope all of you are getting ready to celebrate the season! Have you decked your halls yet???



Tuesday, November 30, 2010

*** Just Checking In ***


Hello, all! It is almost here!!! HAPPY DECEMBER! Are you getting ready for the Big Guy in Red to arrive soon??? I just wanted to check in to see how everyone is doing! Tillie wanted to take a peek, too! (That is her in the picture above. She is a cutie, don't you agree?) She has been checking out the house, discovering a whole new world of wonderful toys (my Christmas decorations)!!!
I am busy in the art room, getting ready to add a few more items to my website and Etsy! I am sure all of you are busy doing the same! I am wondering, what are you doing to prepare for the holidays? Are you making your own gifts this year? I LOVE homemade gifts - they are straight from the heart!
Drop a line or 2 if you have time and let me know what you are up to! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
And by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

*** Happy Gobble Day ***

"Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home." by Wilbur D. Nesbit. I found this quote and for me, it fits perfectly! We used to have a big family gathering every year at this time. Wednesday night supper at Grandma and Grandpa's house, then Thanksgiving meal the following day at mom and dad's house. Mom and I would listen to Christmas carols as we started preparing the meal, then eventually the Macy's Day Parade would come on and we would watch this in between. Everyone had fun and after the meal and pie, we would have a Christmas gift exchange with the family members who were present. Of course, after all of this came the real fun - playing card games with mom, my aunt and uncle, brother in law, sister, hubby, myself and my Grandma!! Oh the fun we had then! Grandma would usually do something funny at some point and then we would start laughing! The card games were never a success until this happened and the tears would end up rolling down Grandma's face! I am truly blessed in so many ways!



I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! On this day I am thankful for the many, many blessings that I have in my life! I have the same wish for all of you!



Gobble, gobble!!!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

**The Tote that Carries My BagGagE...**

Hello, all! It's been awhile since I've posted and I'm trying to catch up with you now! I was away visiting family and when we came home - computer issues!! I don't understand much about how computers run, I just want them to do it with no babysitting needed! (Yes, I live in a fantasy world! :) ) And by the way, can a firewall be so good that you can't even get into your own computer??? Oh, well. Our 'computer friend' came over last night and we are back on track! Thank you, Jarret!

So, while getting ready to leave the house the other day, I realized I have a lot of 'baggage' that I carry with me when I go! Sketch book and pencils, camera, book or 2, water bottle, a jacket now because you never know what the desert weather will bring, and, of course, a fashionable purse to match the day's ensemble of carefully chosen clothes! Oh no, do I need a suitcase???

I am just wondering, what kind of 'baggage' do you carry when you go out the door? What do you carry it in??? Is this a 'girl thing,' or is it just me? And to think, I'm not even packing here for children, just me!!!

No matter what choice I make for 'tote of the day,' I always feel like I'm getting ready to board a plane!! "A purse and one other personal carry on item only, please!"

What's in YOUR bag???

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

_+***What's Your Jewelry Story???***+_



Oh, another beautiful day here in the Valley of the Sun! You can tell that autumn is in the air and I am coming to life once again! Those of you who know me know that this is my favorite time of the year! Love, LOve, LOVE it!!!!! To show the love, I have just finished my first piece of etched metal jewelry - "Autumn Awaits!"




Jewelry was one of the first loves of my life! I think it is an exciting way to add a touch of pizzazz to your day and the choices tell a little story about the person wearing it! Have you ever stopped and wondered why you picked out the pieces that you have on??? Do you have your own story? Do you wear symbols or words on a chain? Do you wear bright colors or nature's colors? Perhaps you have a piece that was handed down from a beloved family member! Whatever the case may be, we choose each piece for a reason.


"Autumn Awaits" came to me the other day, so I went to work drawing my plan and made it come to fruition! The words were stamped in metal, cut out, sanded and darkened with Liver of Sulphur. A little buff and polish and they were done! The leaves were drawn out by hand, traced onto the copper, then I cut them out with a jewelry saw. I etched the veins by hand with a stylus and sanded the edges. The leaves were then given a ferric chloride bath, rinsed and polished. (By the way, a LOT of sanding, scrubbing and washing is involved with this process!!) Again, liver of sulphur made the veins pop out! I then added a little bend here and there to show movement of the leaves. After all, autumn means that they are falling off of the trees, preparing themselves for the next season to come! (Just not yet! I want to bask in the autumn glow a little longer!!) I added the pieces to a chain, added a closure and it was complete and ready to wear!


I definitely had fun with this whole process and will try it again! I have more copper pieces waiting in the wings, wondering what they are going to become!! A necklace, earrings, perhaps a lovely brooch??? Who knows - the sky is the limit! If you want to see a wonderful and very talented metal jewelry artist, please check out Amy at, www.amysjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com. Her pieces are amazing!! They will knock your socks off! Enjoy!




Tuesday, October 5, 2010

***Hurray for October***


Happy October to all (a few days late)!! The harvest season is here and the weather today in the Valley is just perfect for fall - it is raining and we have grey skies! I just LOVE these days! It makes me want to run to the kitchen, pull out the treat making ingredients, and turn on that oven which has been sitting untouched since last spring (when it is 100+ degrees outside, believe me, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven inside!!) ! Does anyone have a good recipe to share?? I know my friend, A Creative Dreamer, www.acreativedreamer.blogspot.com, has been busy in her kitchen making wonderful goodies! If you take a peek at her blog, I warn you, you might just gain weight looking at the pictures!
I have been busy getting ready for craft/art fairs, since, as you know, Christmas is around the corner! But before we get to this holiday, I wanted to share a poem which was written for my favorite time of the year - HapPY OctOBeR!!!!!
October's Party by George Cooper
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came.
The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed.
The lovely Misses Maple
in scarlet looked their best.
All balanced to their partners,
and gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

**Nostalgia - A Walk Down 'Remember When'...**


Nostalgia... I recently saw this defined as a sentimental recollection. A bag of mixed feelings when thinking about the past. I have been experiencing this lately! Why, you may ask??? :) Well, I am coming up on another birthday! I'm feeling pretty good about it! 45 years! Really, I'm feeling good about it! Light the candles and pull out the goofy party hats! When I was growing up, birthdays were celebrated in a BIG way and we were made to feel pretty special on those days! We ALWAYS had cake and we ALWAYS had fun! This was a TOP priority for my mom! She planned the best activities with my friends and family! And my grandpa always helped bake the cakes - even his own!! These days my birthdays are celebrated a little differently, but I still love them! Especially since it comes during my favorite time of the year - Autumn! Ahhh, you can smell it in the air!




So, a few things I have come across on my walk down 'remember when' lane... I am having the best time becoming reacquainted with friends from my high school years on FB - some of my 'BFF's from those days! I am having a great time watching reruns of some of the hysterical sitcoms I grew up with, you know the ones I'm talking about - those funny ones that were on for the sole purpose of making you laugh at life! I mean those long, down to the belly laughs! Recently we even attended a reunion concert of one of the 'big hair' bands from the 80s! (Gee, not much big hair now, in fact, not much hair at all!) Oh, what fun! And did you know that "The Sound of Music" turns 45 this year, too!!


This all brings me to a recent trip I took to a second hand store. I came across a real humdinger (this word makes me giggle!) the other day! (Side note here! I just LOVE jewelry - always have! Whether it's LOUD and 'in your face' or soft and subtle, I love it all! Of course, not that I can WEAR it all!!!) Well, I found a bag of Avon pins from the 70s and 80s (shown above)! They were the adorable little animals with the heads that flip open to expose those wonderful fragrances! Those scents which were saved for special occasions only!! Do any of you remember these? I used to have some of them, but, unfortunately, they were lost somewhere along the way... Until, YES, HERE THEY ARE! They were in a sandwich bag that was marked down half price!!! Imagine my joy when I opened the bag in the car! Flip open the heads and ... YES, ANOTHER SURPRISE!! Those 'wonderful' fragrances were still inside! I guess the previous owner was saving up for a special occasion that didn't take place! Ahhh, my bliss!



Have any of you been experiencing nostalgia lately? I sure would like to hear your story! Enjoy your walk!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thank You to the Women on My Journey...

I was going through an old journal of mine today and came across a poem by Rev. Melissa M. Bowers, which was given to me by a girlfriend out on the East Coast. The title of that poem is, "Praise to the Women on My Journey," for those of you who want to read it in its entirety. This made me think about all of you who drop by my blog to say 'hi.' Whether you do it silently, or if you are one of those who brightens my day with a comment or 2 along the way. Thank you so much for spending a part of your day with me, I want you to know that I do appreciate each one of you!

I am giving each one of you a flower and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! May your ideas bloom and may you find a kind word and a warm smile along your way! Happy Friday to you!!! And thank you for being part of my journey...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Road - Bumpy and Slow - To Rekindle Me


Have you ever had a day that hits you like a freight train going at top speed? This happened to me recently. Out of sorts all day, didn't know why, and then a quick doodle came to me. Didn't think about it, just scribbled it out. You will see it here and I have been thinking about it a lot since then. Oh, by the way, I actually published this a few days ago, then deleted it. After all, I didn't want my blogger friends to think I had deep rooted issues!!! ;o) Please read on if you want - or don't. I just decided to put this out there for me, then it would be done. I wouldn't have to keep it inside anymore and it can leave me alone!
A few years ago, when I came up with the name for my new website - Rekindle Me - little did I know that this simple 2 words would mean more to me than simply loving my new found interest of turning trash into treasured, 'artsy' pieces.
This was also going to mark a huge turn in my life, something that needed to come about, whether I liked it or not. Up until this point, I guess I was living in a fairy tale, but I soon discovered that not everything was as it seemed around me... Enter those awful demons that can come about at the time when you least expect them and sideswipe you in the middle of your life!!! My simple way of looking at things was about to get ugly - real ugly! I found that some things that I believed in, that I trusted in, were gone. Perhaps never existed in the first place. This was quite a shock to me, but life goes on and you learn more about yourself as you go. I'm not sure, yet, that I understand everything that went on, and I may never know! But that will be OK.
I did meet helpful people on this new journey to healing and new situations arose. I personally believe that these things were put in place to help me learn more about me! I believe the universe keeps throwing things your way until you figure out what it means. Some things are still, and always will be, a work in progress. And this is OK, too. As the saying goes, 'Slow and steady will win the race.' Maybe that's not just a cute saying with a picture of an adorable turtle beside that 'run as fast as you can' hare. Maybe, just maybe, the person who first said this really did discover something so true. Their own pathway to 'rekindle me'???
Slowly, I am beginning to trust again, but I am cautious! I am beginning to forgive and forget (OK, I'm still working on that one). And I'm trying to carry on with what I need to do next. Hang on, Sharon, it's going to get a little bumpy along the way, but I'll hit clear skies again. As for now, I'm just trying to figure it all out. So far, so good...
Now, on a lighter note, I think I'll go shopping this weekend for a new color lipstick. I need a color that goes well with a 'rekindled' lifestyle. What color do you think that would be??? Berry, orange, red?
I'll let you know...

Monday, September 13, 2010

+++Rainbows are Everywhere!!+++






































A discovery came to me as I was sitting in my studio this morning, working on my latest project - I am surrounded by rainbows!! I LOVE colors - bright colors - delicious colors! And they are everywhere!!


Gee, it's no wonder why I feel happy and inspired every single time I am working at my desk! I feel at ease, relaxed and on top of the world! I guess this feeling is my pot of gold at the end of my rainbow!


Yes, my own rainbows are everywhere! Do you have your own?






Friday, September 10, 2010

**A Cup of Joe is All that is Needed.......

'In Seattle, you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running.' Jeff Bezos - Now that's Strong coffee!!!

Good Morning! Ready to work on a project??? Need a 'cup of joe' to get you going? I came across this quote this morning and thought it was comical. Thought I would share it with you here!

I, myself, LOVE coffee, but don't think I could ever drink this much! ;) How about you? Happy Friday and hope your day is a creative one!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

_+***Planet Sark***+_

Hello, All! I hope you have been happy and busy in your studios - or atleast enjoying one of your favorite activities lately!

I just added a picture on my blog - one of me! I had never noticed, but other than my foot, along with my hubby's last week, I don't have a picture of myself on here! Hmmm- is that good or bad???? :)

Well, since Sark, aka Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, is one of my favorite writers, I decided to add this picture to my blog! The picture was taken recently at a book signing that she did here in the Valley - maybe you know her books? Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper, Eat Mangoes Naked, Succulent Wild Woman... to name a few! She was traveling to her appearances with the big purple crayon, which someone had given to her for inspiration! This was truly an evening of fun, craziness and encouragement and I met some of the most wonderful 'succulent' women! We even had the chance to help one of the younger women in the crowd paint her car that night! She was a student here in the city and she was involved with teaching art to children. She had a beat up VW which made the perfect canvas for our splashes of paint and silliness!

If you ever get the chance to see Sark, I highly recommend it! It will be an evening of enjoyment for all! And you might just laugh a little!

Friday, August 27, 2010

-+**Lil' Scrappers**+-




It's 11:25 AM in the Valley and it is 77 degrees! Yes, we Arizonians are doing the 'Happy Dance' today! I have a window opened up for some fresh air (which hasn't happened since April) and we can breathe comfortably!! My girls, (kitties - Spirit and Tillie) are crowding in at the fresh air and we are once again reminded that our better seasons - along with their wonderful weather - are on the way back to us! Ahhhhh - how do you spell RELIEF!!!!!!




This 'wonderful weather day' has also put me in the mood to work endlessly in my art room! I have been putting together some fun little pieces, made from my recycled stash of treasured paper scraps, fabrics, tid bits, etc., and I am calling these pieces my 'Lil Scrappers!' What do you think? I don't like to throw things away and I realized that this was the perfect project for my treasures!! They aren't completely finished yet - but they are on their way to fruition!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

**Wish You Were Here**

Hello all! Hope you had a nice weekend! We got out of the Valley for a few days and now I have been 'rekindled!'



We went to a lovely little town up in the hills over the weekend - perhaps you have heard of it - Sedona! We sat out on the balcony of our hotel room Saturday night and watched the storms roll across the sky - very romantic, very beautiful and breath taking! This is monsoon season here in AZ, and it really can be a lovely time of the year - full of surprises! The sky had turned a pinkish color before the storm clouds rolled through - perhaps this was just the 'shadow' from the red in the rocks of Sedona??? ;o) We also had the chance to see a double rainbow before the sky turned dark and lit up with bright, sharp lightning! Oh, what a perfect night! The show went on for a few hours!







We had taken Denver's ashes along with us. (For those who don't know, we lost our very special kitty, Denver, a few months ago.) So, on Sunday, we took a little hike along a pathway, which led us to a meandering stream and up toward a beautiful grouping of those magnificent red rocks! It was here where we decided to let a little part of our boy go. We think he would have loved this place...







We are now back down in the heat of the Valley and I am back in my studio - working on my next 'rekindled' project! Stay tuned for pictures to follow in a few days!! Until then, happy creating to all of you!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

***LOVED IT!!***

Hello all! Just wanted to update the info about the movie Eat, Pray, Love! I loved it!! 2 thumbs up and then some for me! Deb, I am wondering, what did you think, especially since you haven't read the book yet? Was it easy to follow?



I love the fact that she took the time for herself - FOR HERSELF ONLY!! - and went off on a soul searching adventure! What a spunky gal!! It must be very refreshing, yet a touch scary, to decide that you are going to pull up stakes and take off for the unknown! It looks like the right choice for her! By the way, did I mention that we preceded this movie with a wonderful Italian meal? :)

I hope all of you have a wonderful week ahead!

Friday, August 13, 2010

*****Here it Comes*****

Happy Friday the 13th!!

It is here! The movie that I have been waiting to see all summer.....it is time to 'Eat, Pray, Love!' I read this book recently and I was so happy to hear that it was going to be in the theaters! I know that this is getting a lot of publicity, and I'm not sure how you feel about it, but for me - this book was difficult to put down! I guess it was another one of those stories, such as 'Under the Tuscan Sun,' when I felt like I was in another place and time, trying to see life through their eyes. Sometimes I can get lost in a book and I don't see or hear anything else around me! I can't wait to see Julia Roberts bring the author to life! And, let's be honest, I am also looking forward to seeing Javier Bardem!! Not too bad on the eyes! I have heard the movie is not getting good reviews, but hey, I have a mind of my own! So, I'm off to see it and come to my own conclusions!!

P.S. In preparation for the weekend ahead, I went out and had a facial this morning! OOHHHH, so nice! The esthetician was surprised that I was in my 40s - apparently my skin is not showing my age! Bless her heart for saying this!! Of course, I WILL be going back to her! :)

Happy Friday the 13th, and if you eat, pray and love this weekend, here's hoping it's all fantastic!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

++++Glory Years Under Attack++++

My 'glorious years' are under attack!!! The responsible party is a 3 month old furr ball! Beware!!!

It is official! We found out that we did not adopt a kitten - we adopted Satan in a small furr coat!

Shortly after we adopted 'Tillie,' we spent time completely overhauling our home! That's right!! No more feng shui... No more pretty things sitting around... No more toilet paper in easy reach... No more electrical cords on the floor within reach of small teeth! No more surfaces left bare - they have now been covered with blankets, towels, and aluminum foil (which does NOT scare any cat that I have ever raised!!)! Chaos has ensued and I fear that Armageddon is happening in my home!!

The spray bottle that is supposed to work 'Oh, so well!'??? Nope!! Not a problem for Tillie!! This is now an enjoyable experience for her, which she believes is a wonderful spa treatment known as a vichy shower!!

What happened to that adorable, little, sweet face that looked up at me so lovingly? That precious little girl who crawled into my arms and fell asleep for an hour? WHO CAME INTO MY HOUSE AND ABDUCTED MY BABY KITTEN!!!!!! What evil forces are at work here?

We have an appointment at the vet's office to take her in to be spayed soon! They are also going to check and make sure that she is not an alien from another planet, and then we are hoping that they will return our adorable little kitten with the sweet face!! I miss that sweet face... I miss that sleepy kitten! Where, oh where are you, Tillie????? I will keep you posted.....

Monday, July 19, 2010

***HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GRANDMA!!***


I wanted to send warm birthday wishes to my Grandma today! She is no longer with us here, but I know she is checking in on me from time to time! Above is a picture she painted for me that I wanted to share with you! It is one of my favorites - I LOVE columbine and she painted this for me when she was 90+ years old! Of course, this was when my Grandma started her painting career - when she was 90+ years old!! Yes, my Grandma was a wonderful artist, a fact that was hidden for years! I am so happy it came out eventually and I am fortunate enough to have this in my care!
A few fun bits of information that I want to share about her. She was born in the early 189os! I always thought that was amazing, listening to her stories when I was growing up about the 1800s! What a treat that was for me! She taught me how to crochet and she also helped me find my own creative side! Thank you, Grandma! You were a trailblazer!! I cherish those memories together!
Another interesting story about my grandma! She took a trip with her father back in 1914 to Switzerland - and I have the papers from the journal she kept while she was on that trip! Fascinating time for her - she was able to stretch her independence and her sea legs when they boarded a ship bound for the 'homeland,' as she put it! A scary thing happened to them on their 13 day trip across the Atlantic! Grandma said that on the 3rd night, it was foggy and the horns kept blowing. They awoke to a 'terrible jolt' in the middle of the night and were told that they had been rammed by a freighter. Now, a hole was there in the side of the boat and they were told to put their life jackets on! (Wow, this almost sounds like the Titanic, and keep in mind the year here was 1914, not long after that famous incident!) They finally discovered that the hole in the side of the ship was 10 feet above water level, so everyone was able to rest easy for the remainder of the trip! Grandma had mentioned that she was happy to be on land when they docked in Germany, and she and her dad were able to enjoy the next few weeks with family and new adventures ahead!!
These are just a few interesting things about my Grandma, but I wanted to share them with you and introduce you to a fascinating woman who 'cut loose' and found her own way before settling down to a quiet farm life! So here's to you, Grandma! Happy Birthday, you trailblazer! I am sure you are enjoying your day out there somewhere exciting with friends and family!! Perhaps you are spending the day in your 'homeland!' xoxo

Sunday, July 4, 2010

...+**+...Happy 4th!!!...+**+...

Here's wishing everyone out there a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

** + HEEERE's Tillie + **





On Monday, 6/21/10, we adopted this little girl and named her Matilda - Tillie for short! She is a 3 pound bundle of love and she is absolutely adorable! Spirit, our 6 year old kitty, isn't too sure about her yet, but she is keeping a close eye on this new addition to our home. Spirit circles Tillie and seems to be trying to figure out what this 'mini me' is all about! I tried to get some good pictures of Tillie, but as you may have guessed wth a 2 month old girl, she does not want to sit still when she is awake!! She has found things in the house that I have forgotten about and she is keeping us all on our toes!


Please stay tuned as we get to know Tillie a little more and I'm sure I will have stories to share!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

_+** Gearing up for Summer Heat **+_


Summer has definitely hit here in the Valley of the Sun! It is a 'double dip' kind of day! Hope everyone is staying cool and I wish you all a 2 scoop, melt in your mouth and dribble down your chin sort of day!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

++ A Little Bling ++

I took a class last weekend from Chelsea Stone (www.eyecandybychelsea.com) and wanted to share the piece I made. We all had a great time and I may just try to make some of these on my own! It was my first attempt at jewelry, soldering, well, it was really my first attempt at all of this!

We cut the pieces of copper and silver with a jeweler's saw, then the real fun began! We learned how to stamp and texture our piece. A torch was used to solder. Patina was added to bring out the depth in the stamping. And we set the stone! Nobody was hurt in this production and Chelsea's studio is still standing! We did not burn it down with the torch - even though we were all just beginning!

If you are in the vicinity of Prescott, AZ, I highly recommend taking one of Chelsea's classes. You can learn so much in just a few hours! Hope you like it!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

**Very Special Birthday Cake**



A good friend of mine over at 'A Creative Dream' (www.acreativedreamer.blogspot.com) is having a birthday this month and she has our creative juices flowing!! We are supposed to come up with our own ideas for a birthday cake and share them with others!! This sounds like a good time to me! Happy Birthday, June!
Birthdays have always been special in my family, mom always made sure of that!! She created some of the best childhood memories for me with her surprises, games, parties, and those wonderful cakes!! Thank you, Mom! You are the best!! xoxo
I have another wonderful birthday surprise that I want to share with you here! These are pictures of a 'special cake' I received in 2001 on a flight up to New England! (Do you know which airline we were flying on - hint - I LUV this airline!!!) The plane was packed, we were heading up to see the beautiful colors of the Northeast in the fall, and one of the flight attendants called me to the front of the plane!! EEEKK! One thing you have to understand about me is that I do not feel comfortable in front of a large group of strangers - ALL EYES ON ME!!! My husband had mentioned that it was my birthday, the flight attendants went to work 'baking' me a cake, and it was presented to me, with everyone singing Happy Birthday!' As I walked back to my seat, I received gifts from different people - peanuts, swizzle sticks, napkins and even a few cans of pop (soda to some of you!)! Oh, did I feel the LUV!!!
Well here's to all of you celebrating your special days this month - and a piece of 'cake' from me! Trust me, it is nice, spongy and soft! :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

_++*Bite Into Life*++_

'Bite into life and let its juices trickle down your lips...'

Here's wishing all of you a Happy June 1st!! May this month bring about some wonderful changes and some good news!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

++Happy Memorial Day Weekend++

Most important, I want to thank everyone out there who has and who is now serving this wonderful country where we live! You are all in my thoughts and prayers on this Memorial Day weekend. Thank you so much for all you do!

We are planning on having a nice, relaxing day up in the mountains, away from the Valley. We will be traveling to a few small towns, Pine and Strawberry, for the 30th Annual Pine - Strawberry Arts and Crafts Festival. Just the names of these places alone, Pine and Strawberry, are enough to draw me in and away from the heat of the city! It is a quiet, peaceful area, not too far away, but far enough where you can escape the chaos of the metro area for awhile! Sounds great to me! Especially since I am still a country girl at heart and from the Midwest!

The Festival is described as including 75 craft booths, the Fire Dept. is putting on a pancake breakfast, and the Senior Center will be selling Navajo tacos - among other activities! Local quilters will be raffling off 3 quilts - keep your fingers crossed for me, please! :) This sounds like a fantastic day waiting to happen! The wonderful thing about this, too, is that we will not have to travel too far to be in this beautiful mountain setting! I just love the mountains, the open, fresh air, and GREEN! (I know, what am I doing living in Phoenix? I'll let you know if I ever figure that one out!! HEE HEE!)

I am wishing all of you and yours a peaceful weekend! May it be a safe one!

Friday, May 28, 2010

***A Sandpiper Made my Day!***

Hello to all! I have been back in the art room, working on more of my recycled sheet metal pieces (pictures to come soon)! My days are a little better now. As some of you know, we lost our kitty a few days back. Denver has been with me, letting me know that everything is OK!

I wanted to share a funny story about something that happened to me this morning as I was driving to work. As I was heading down a road outside of town, I noticed a bird, what I believe to be a sandpiper (sorry I didn't have the camera with me!!), with wings spread far apart and running on those long legs straight for the front of my car!! I couldn't believe my eyes! I thought he must be a little crazy and couldn't figure out what he was doing! There was another adult bird standing behind him and neither one of them was in a hurry to get out of the road. As I slowed down, I noticed a tiny little baby sandpiper behind them, about 4 inches tall, and just hanging out in the middle of the road! You should have seen this little thing!! It looked like a fuzzy grey furr ball on top of 2 tiny toothpick stilts! HA HA!! He was all legs!! This was one of the cutest sights I have ever seen! Now I know why the adult was acting a little nutty!! As I came to a complete stop, I flagged the car down behind me, and we let them pass in front of us and off of the road. This made my day!! Unfortunately, I did not have my camera, so I decided that I will grab it and head out a little later to see if they are hanging out again!!

This was one of the best mornings! I will cherish this experience always and I know that a camera is a must and needs to be with me whenever I go out of the house!!

Here's wishing all of you a wonderful day full of those extra special surprises!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

**Knock, Knock, Wooden Head**

This phrase is being borrowed from a dear friend of mine here in the Valley. I know she doesn't mind if I borrow it here. Thank you, Carol!!

I have been so frustrated, sad, angry and outraged - about so many things lately. The passing of my kitty. The news about the state of current affairs. Boy, just try to listen to the news without having your blood boil lately! Have you found it to be impossible, too?? Have you ever wondered what has happened to common sense? Has it gone on vacation and decided to take up residence on another planet?? Isn't it time to wake up and stop taking our planet for granted?

I have felt like so much is spinning out of control and I wasn't sure what to do about it. As I was driving home the other day, I noticed a bunch of plastic bottles and cans along the way on the ground! Was I mad? Oh, yeah!! I started driving off in a huff, becoming more angry as I drove along, then realized... what am I doing? Go back and pick it up!! It's not going to walk to the recyling can on its own!! YUP, my own knock, knock, wooden head moment!! I realized that the phrase, 'Somebody else can do that!' applied to me! Hello, Sharon! You are that somebody else!! Oh, well, I guess this is the start of my being aware! And that might be half the battle right there!!

Yes, I am still frustrated, sad, angry, and outraged, but to help me through this, I have decided to take small steps, do what I can to help matters. Being frustrated, sad, angry and outraged only makes me want to take the steps quicker and whole heartedly. Believing that I can make a difference!! I remember John Denver telling us at the end of one of his concerts years ago - do just one thing, you don't have to do it all, but start with that one thing... OK, John... I get it! Thank you!!

To my friend Maria, I know... keep moving, keep hoping, keep praying!! I'm sending my prayers out to all of you down in the Gulf! Keeping a close eye on the days ahead when one of these solutions will work...

By the way, a HUGE thank you to all of you who stopped by and shared your kind words with me about my kitty last week. Those words meant the world to me and so do each of you...xoxo Peace be with you!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Heart Broke Yesterday...
























And I don't think it will ever be the same. It's almost 4:00 in the morning, almost 12 hours ago since I had to say goodbye to our Denver, otherwise known as 'Big D.' He was a special boy to me, my 'furr child,' yet he was more than this to me. He was always there for me - no matter what. And I always knew it. I know he's here now, even as I'm writing this, but it will never be the same. I hope you will come with me as I go down memory lane and tell you about my boy.
He had a big heart of gold, so big, in fact, that I wish his little kidneys were as vibrant as his heart. He was beautiful and handsome, with the most gorgeous green eyes! And a personality that was out of this world! He was my snuggle boy!!
I remember the day we brought him home. We were at the ASPCA in PA and my husband fell for him first. I was looking at the other kitties and as I turned around - there was my husband in this little 'room' which measured about 3 feet wide by 5 feet deep. My husband had hoisted this little ball of furr, about 3 or 4 pounds at the time, onto his shoulder and there he was - dripping and drooling from every place on his body. He was a mess - ear mites, fleas, worms, a cold, the list goes on and on. You name it, my Big D had it! Yet through all of this, he had this enormous heart that was so big that it drew you in and you looked past everything else. He must have felt awful, but his bright eyes were 'smiling,' if you will.
There was a sign on the cage that read something to the effect that he was set to be 'put down' the following day. Well, that could not be... Denver was meant to be ours.
We brought this drooling, dripping 'mess' with his huge heart home and, of course, our orange kitty, Calypso, (you will see him in the pictures above. I had adopted him directly from a dumpster) thought we were crazy! Everywhere Calypso went, my newest child, Denver (we lived in Co once and I was one of John Denver's biggest fans, still am, in fact!) followed. I guess Calypso realized that he was home to stay, so eventually, he showed Big D the ropes - so to speak! My boys were inseperable until we lost Calypso back in 2004. Another time my heart broke.
Over time, my Big D grew to weigh 21 pounds! He was always there for me. In bed, on the sofa, in my art room, at the door when I got home. Those beautiful green eyes would look at me and I knew I was loved. I never doubted this. And let me just say that even at 20+ pounds, this guy could speed around the house and chase toys, treats and even our little girl kitty, Spirit, as if he were a sleek little kitten! And if this guy was on the bed or sofa with me, he pretty much slept or laid where he wanted! We would move around him because he wouldn't budge if he didn't want to! Denver was the light of my life - my big ball of love that I could escape to when the world outside got to be a little too much to take. I could come home, close out the craziness of the world, and my D was here - ALWAYS!
Unfortunately, that came to an end yesterday. Those dreaded words from the vet - Denver is in renal failure. Those darned kidneys of his. God gave him the biggest heart a kitty could have, in fact, I think it weighed 20 pounds. But his kidneys weren't as big and healthy. We put my boy to sleep about 4:20 PM Phoenix time - yesterday afternoon.
My heart is breaking. I see him everywhere, and I don't think I'll ever be the same again. I know I was blessed to have him, but for me, 12 years wasn't enough.
Sleep well and be at peace, my sweet boy, Denver. I know you are with Calypso right now. I'm sure my boys must be having fun again somewhere over Rainbow Bridge. I know that he will be OK, but for now, my heart has been through a shredder..
x0x0 Denver...I'll see you again sometime and I know you are still with me. I love you... Thank you so much for spending your life with us. We are truly blessed.




Saturday, May 1, 2010

*** You Never Know What Lies Beyond.....***



I have been dreaming a lot lately about what I hope lies ahead in the future. Not just mine, but for all of us... This mixed media piece came about with these thoughts in mind.
I used my handmade fabric papers, along with collage background of scrap papers and text. I added a few little important embellishments here and there - including a keyhole which looks into 'beyond,' and a hopeful butterfly which is coming back to the present from the future through the keyhole! A chipboard '2' was embellished, a dream charm was added, and '2 dream' came about!
The text parts of the background read, 'a look of ecstasy, relationship, pockets of money, superb relaxation, great surprise, into the French Alps, little expedition, had found her feet in Italy, passionate love, love and congratulations and the full splendor of sunlight. These are just samples of the many things we can hope for... Go ahead, make your own dreams!
And remember, '2 dream' is very important, because 'you never know what lies beyond...' a closed door!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

****Celebrate Earth!!****




HAPPY EARTH DAY!!! I am wishing everyone the best day full of adventures!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

***Welcome to my Beautiful Morning***




Welcome to my Sunday morning! I have been busy 'baking' and I hope you can come on in, sit for awhile, and share a cup of coffee and a yummy cupcake with me!! The bakery is open and it looks like it is going to be a beautiful day here in the Valley!!
  • The recipe for these baked goods is as follows:
  • recycled bottle caps for the lush cherries on top, along with found wires and buttons from mom
  • fabric and lots of scrap papers and fibers, which have been gently bonded, rolled out, and cut to perfection with decorative scissors
  • recycled metal pieces that have been cut by my hubby and then decorated and embellished by me
  • They are then 'baked' in my art room and now are ready to serve! Hope you enjoy them!