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!!!