Tuesday, April 19, 2011

*** UnuSuAl SigHtiNg!!! ***




Did a little work in the art room lately!!! First of all, the top of my desk is white! WOW! Been so long that I forgot! :( I also got another table to add as an extension. You never know when the mood will hit and you need a lot of space!




Hope everyone is having a creative week! I'm off to start a new project and mess up my desk!!!






Thursday, April 14, 2011

+++ Love Is Everywhere!!! +++

A fortuitous find??? A sign from up above??? What do you think? While out on a walk, I looked down and happened to find this 'heart' rock staring up at me! Well, I think it looks like a heart and the color couldn't have been better! (Now at this point, you need to look past those little cracks that seem to be there on top!) Maybe love is all around us if we take the time to look! Here's wishing you all a wonderful day!! May you find your own "love" stone today!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

~~ Ready to Set Sail ~~

With warmer weather quickly approaching, I wanted to create a fun piece for the whimsical sailor in you! Are you ready for a day at the beach??? I have been working on more jewelry pieces, after all, I LOVE to accessorize!!! I could definitely use a little beach time about now! It is really heating up here in the Valley and the snowbirds are flying back north! This is always a rather sad time down here, because those of us who live here year round know what lies in store for us!!!! AAAHHHHHH!!! Heat attack!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Oh, the Wonderful Weekends!!!


I just LOVE the weekends! Whether they fall on Saturday and Sunday, or whatever they are as my schedule permits!! They are time to play!!!


I had a fantastic time last Saturday at a local art shop! I had never taken a soldering class, so this time I jumped in and had a blast! We learned how to cut the glass pieces first, then it was on to 'building' our houses!!! The papers used were from our own personal stash - gee, I bet you wouldn't have guessed that from the papers I chose! (you can check those papers out above!)


So, let's see, tools assembled and supplies ready to go! Put on your hard hat and away we went! Cut, tape, piece together, all assembled, ready, set, SOLDER!!! WOO HOO! No burns! Close calls, though!!! Finished it up, put on a little polish, gave it a good 'spring cleaning,' and here it is! Ready to move in!!!


So, what is in the works for this weekend??? Well, more of those wonderful empty pages to fill, but first it is off to lunch with a girlfriend from high school!! She is in town for a long weekend and I haven't seen her in a year! She is a twin sister from another mother, we were born a week apart, and whenever we get together, LOOK OUT! I hope the Valley is prepared for the nonsense we have in store!!!


What are you doing this weekend???

Thursday, April 7, 2011

** The Power of an Empty Page... **





I've been 'offline' for awhile... Needed to catch my breath, focus, get some movement going...

I will get there!


I found that a cheap sketch book, blank pages, and a little bit of this and that from my desk, can help make life so much better! Thank you, empty pages! You heal me with your endless opportunities!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

~*~ A Wee Bit of MerriMent ~*~

Just peekin' in from the Renaissance Festival!! Welcome Lords and Ladies!!! There is merriment to be had here!! Huzzah!!!!!

You can check out your family tree here! Yep, there we are! Our roots go deep!



We danced a little jig with these fine fellows from Jolly Old Ireland!


Well, 'shiver me timbers!!!' Is it Capt. Jack Sparrow on a little break from the Pearl???






A quick stop in The Boutique to see what the ladies will be wearing to the fine Festival!




Oops, watch where you step...






And this guy, Cast in Bronze, I don't even know where to begin to tell you about him. Amazing! You can check him out at http://www.castinbronze.com/. You won't believe it until you hear it!







Our beautiful Queen with her bird of prey! Gorgeous owl!!!








What a happy tree! It looks like he could open his eyes any minute and speak! And you better listen when the trees start to talk!









Lovely buildings and beautiful gardens all around...











The Jousting Tournament is on!!!










And the day comes to a close in the shire... The merriment is over and another day will dawn with all of the excitement of the festivities and the buzz of the feasting, frivolity and fun!!! HuZzaH!!!!!











Friday, February 11, 2011

*** Yep, a bit Nippy out There!!! ***




Ironic??? Even Mother Nature has a sense of humor!!
We saw this sight in front of a Methodist Church last weekend in Tucson, AZ! It was really quite beautiful!! People were stopping to take pictures and having a laugh over this! I just couldn't resist and wanted to get a shot of these crosses myself!
I hope you have a warm weekend! And if not, I hope you have a good laugh!! Happy creating!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

~+~ PiE Day WiTh GRanDmA!!! ~+~


I have been thinking about my Grandma lately and wanted to make something special - just for her! I live a plane ride and a long drive away from her, so unfortunately, I don't get to see her as often as I would like to! When I do, Tuesdays are "pie day" where she lives and we get to share this time! So as far as I'm concerned, Tuesdays will forever be "PIE DAY" to me!
Won't you join us this afternoon for a slice???

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

~+~ Life Lessons from my Furr Kids ~+~





I've always had a cat in my life, as far back as I can remember. Last night, while getting ready for bed, it dawned on me that each one has been sent to teach me something important, to be my mentors in life!!! So here they are - everything I know about life, I really did learn it from my kitties!






Above you will see Tommy, from him I learned that it doesn't matter where you come from, someone will always be there to love you and you will never be a stranger. Tommy just showed up on our front porch one night. We have no idea where he came from and nobody came forward to claim him. So he just walked right into our hearts and our lives!



This is Tabby! She was a kitten when we adopted her from a farm and she taught me to live a good long and healthy life! She was with us for almost 21 years!!






This is Abbey! She taught me to relax and make room for quiet time.






This is Calypso! He came to me straight out of a dumpster! My boy taught me that you can overcome any obstacle if you put your mind to it! "Perseverance is the key," he said! My Calypso had lost one eye from an infection that he had when he came to me.






This is Denver - My Big D!! Denver taught me about love, PURE love!!! Yes, it really does exist!








This is Spirit! My girl is teaching me to never give up on my independence! "Be your own self and you will find your bliss," she recently told me!










And this is my Tillie!! Explore - Play! She told me to play like there is no tomorrow! Test your limits and push them, too! There are no boundaries and your choices are limitless!! BREAK THE RULES that life tries to put on you!!






I am a very fortunate woman to have each one of these angels in my life! Somebody did well in picking them out for me and I bless each and every one of them! Thank you so much for coming into my life... for teaching me the important lessons that make life worth living!!! xoxo All my love, "Mom"









Sunday, January 16, 2011

~~~ No InHibItioNs! ~~~

I put that "no inhibitions may enter" sign on my art room door last year, and for some reason, those darn inhibitions don't always listen!!! They do tend to creep in from time to time!!



So, yesterday, in my quest for that 'easy, breezy' feeling in my artwork, I decided to play with muslin, recycled tissue papers, inks, chalk (thank you, Mom, for donating this to my cause!!), and baby wipes!



Step 1. Pop in my particular flavor of music and Step 2. dive in! BTW, the 'flavor' of the day was flamenco guitar! Love that beat!!



I can't wait to see what they become! But in the meantime, they will find their new home in my stash pile!!!



Happy Creation Days!!


These are baby wipes that had dried out - Great base for adding color. Add inks and use a brayer to roll color around!



These are muslin/tissue paper base, put together with a diluted water and glue mixture. Then I 'peeled' chalk onto the wet glue mixture and left it to dry! And yes, I peeled the chalk, just like you would a potato!



The chalk is the kind that you find in the 'children's art section' of the store!










The huge 'sidewalk chalk' was used, too!





Wednesday, January 12, 2011

*+*+* OH NO - IT'S SNOW!!! *+*+*

I just read in the news that 49 of our states have snow on the ground!!! Florida does not!! OH, NOOOO!!! Looks like it is a good day to stay inside and do some artwork! Hope it's a creative one, everybody!

Side note... As we were eating lunch one day, I noticed that the cheese on my sandwich looked like a scared face! Is it me, or do you see it too???

Sunday, January 9, 2011

+++ Escape to the Second Hand Bookstore +++

We recently took a trip to one of our favorite second hand bookstores here in the Valley! There is always something fun brewing here - meet and greets with authors, talking to others who share the same interests, browsing some wonderful new 'treasures,' talking to the fun people who work there, getting the best creative ideas just by being in close proximity to some amazing books, or enjoying a tasty treat next door at a favorite restaurant after an exciting stop at the bookstore! The above bumper sticker was acquired at our last visit to this store. We got a good laugh out of this (this one is from David & Goliath , Inc.)!!

I also picked up a book, which came out in 2001! A definite treasure that I didn't know existed out there on the shelf! Have you heard of Jill Badonsky, M. Ed. and her book, "The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)?" I just started reading this and I'm having a hard time putting it down! Lots of good information in here and it is such an inspiration! If you are feeling stuck in a creative rut, no end in sight, this might be a book for you! I just started reading about the muse of "paying attention, passion and possibilities!" Her name is "Aha-phrodite!" Can't wait to finish this one!!

Here's wishing you all a creative day and may your own muse find you in an uninhibited and joyous mood!!!