Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Little Miss...

Fabric, thread, clay and paint.... you do NOT want to enter the studio at the moment.
ANYWAY,  It's back to the real world today so the OCD kicked in and I would not go to sleep last night until I finished this doll.  Thanks to Mr. Holden for the brand spankin new sewing machine!  My first ever, I think we'll make many memories together. Oh, and much gratitude to the talented Miss Linda for sewing the doll body for me when I was to afraid to attempt it for there was no sewing machine in my possession.
You are a gem!
Now, I can check her off my list of unfinished projects and move on to another one!  She was a joy to create.  Thanks Jane (Cloth and Clay Dolls)!  I definitely plan to play with the cloth and clay again.

P.S.  She needs a name.  I'd love to hear your ideas : )

happy blessings,

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Cheer

Twas 3 days till Christmas, not much time left to shop.
Trim the tree, send the cards and cook till we pop.

The kids at the church joyfully sing
of the birth of Christ the newborn king.

Pour some milk, bake some cookies and color them crazy.
save some for Rudolf to eat so he doesn't get lazy.

and on that night we'll dare not roam
as we wait for St. Nick in our nice warm home.

Happy Happy Christmas Blog Friends!

Monday, December 21, 2009

I just won the coolest giveaway from LaurieAnna's Vintage Home !  I am so thrilled, my kids think I've lost my mind.  Merry Christmas to ME!!!

Thank You Laurie Anna!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Baking Day

Recipe for Holiday Fun:
1 mom
1 aunt
1 little elf  cousin
Butter, Sugar, Flour
Basic kitchen utensils and appliances
1 surprise free day which just happened to be baking day!

Take mom, aunt and elf cousin.  Tie on aprons.  Mix together butter, sugar and flour.  Make some yummy holiday goodies to give some of the folks who have been blessings to you this year!

celebrate and take joy in each day of this holiday season. 
Happy Happy Christmas!


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Overfloweth

My list could go on into the eternal abyss but I have a short attention span and spend too much time multitasking while posting so I'll just touch on the current cream of the crop:  (in random order, because that's how my mind works)
I am thankful:
1.  To live in a country where freedom still abounds.
2.  To have protectors of my freedom... in military and ministry
3.  For the continued gift of my children and the many blessings I receive from them.
4.  For a husband who has had to prove his steadfast commitment and love me in spite of myself. (and is a quite excellent papa... and Elmer Fudd in the flesh)
5.  That the good Lord answers prayers.  In His time; always the best for little ole impatient me.
6.  That He is always there, and when I see Him, reach out toHim in real faith, my days flow smoother.
7.  For parents who have worked so hard for so long and are finally getting the reward of retirement.  
8.  For retired parents who love their grandkids : )
9.  For this new season in my life.  More play less work... cool
10.For being 40 with healthy eyes and ears, sanity (at least 10 days or so out of the month), and growing wisdom.

"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.  His steadfast love endures forever!"  Psalm 118:1


Monday, November 16, 2009

Heavenly Host Song Director

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men, upon who His favor rests."  Luke 2: 13-14


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fun with Clay

 We've been so busy and bogged down with life that art got pushed aside.  Why is it so hard to
organize time?  Ugh!  I have so many little ideas floating around in my head but my kids need clean clothes, decent meals and loving attention.  SO I decided to bring some of my supplies out of the studio and into the "family space", that seems to be the best solution.  Otherwise I'm afraid I'll never get back to it. 
A while back I signed up for Cloth and Clay dolls and excitedly went out and purchased all the supplies.  The bag has laid untouched on my studio table for weeks.  Finally, Friday night at about 10:30 the bug bit.  The time had come.  My DH (dear husband) was away for the night, miss fancy pants was at a friends' and the house was alive with Mr. 14 and the testosterone posse.  Feeling the need to stay awake urged my choice to start my new project. 
Ofcourse, I'm starting out of order.  I'm sort of having my dessert before the meal. I'm supposed to sew the body first.  The sculpting has me pretty pumped so I figured why not get a little practice in, just see if this is for me.  Here's a little peek:

At this point the boys were winding down and the need to stay up subsided.  I'm pretty sure they behaved...


Saturday, October 10, 2009

An Award!

I love my blogger friends! Michelle from "Down Under" in Australia gave me this sweet award.  Thanks Michelle!!!
Along with this award I am listing 7 things about myself and passing this award to 7 other well deserving bloggers.  Here goes:

1.  I drink A LOT of coffee.  6 or 7 cups a day, on into the night
2.  When I was a kid I journeyed through the Childcraft Encyclopedia "Make and Do"... #11(1974 version) at least 20 times.  That book sparked my interest in all things artsy craftsy.  Mom, if you're reading this, I would kill for that book.  (Christmas is a comin...)
3.  I sing in my church choir.  second suprano.  Did I spell that right?  Where's the spell check on this thing?
4.  I LOVE Zumba!!
5.  I work a lot... and I really love it, still!
6.  I'll be married 20 years in January to a handsome young stud.
7.  I have eaten sprouted almonds every single day for the last 2 years.

AND... here are 7great blog people that conspire to inspire me:

Kimberly at Soggy Dog
Amanda at Maygreen Fairies
Shonna at Twisted Figures
Christina at icandy

Have a great day!


Thursday, October 1, 2009


My aunt and dad a "few" years ago

Not sure who these people are but I picked them up from the junk-tique store and gave them a proper home.

These two ornaments (front and backs) are the result of off and on experimenting.  I've played with soldering for a while now but step away for long bouts of time because of frustration.  Back at it again, I decide the work is fair enough to publish.  (Won't publish anything that wouldn't measure up to my "fancy" meter.) 
This crafty art project has given me loads of enjoyment.  I think I might just stick with it this time and see if I can't make some improvements.  I just love photos from long ago.  They are so full of nostalgia and sweet character.  Zoom in and read the words taken from early 20th century text.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on suggestions for improvement or other ideas.  I actually take constructive criticism and use it!  Thanks!!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Greetings Fall

My very favorite season happens to be Fall.  There may be several reasons.   Holidays are right around the corner.  Maybe it's the memory triggers such as football games and bonfires; Reminiscence of my youth.    When I start to notice the pallette of colors change from bright greens and primarys to vibrant oranges, reds and browns, my heart starts skipping beats!  Floating, spinning colors gently wind round dotting the ground with rich texture.  God's divine inspiration.  The earth is His canvas.  He owns the copyright on the most amazing design and exqusite work of art! 

(The above creation is a beeswax collage on 6x6 aqua board.... fun!!)


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Join me for a Spooky Halloween Celebration at Fanciful Twist!!

Oh,  I can't wait!  Get out the pumpkins, the glitter.  Make some spooky treats and invite the neighbors.  It's a blog party at Fanciful Twist!   I've heard she can sure throw a party and I don't want to miss this one.  Check it out and hope to see you there!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Big Oops!!

So sorry for so many feeds at once!! I'm just not too great at this, learning by mistakes as a matter of fact.  But I do want to say a big THANKS!! to Michelle for letting me know my feeds were not showing up.  You're such a doll!

I'm Registered!!!

Thursday, April 29 – Sunday, May 2, 2010 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.  I CAN'T WAIT!!!   I'm like a kid going to Disney World.  This IS Disney World to me.  Home Companion was my muse for so long and I've been missing it so!  I have longed to attend a workshop but living in Arkansas there just aren't a lot of opportunities.  But... lo and behold... just a few hours away... the Queen herself is hosting a workshop! How LuCkY could I be??  I'm so stinkin excited, I don't know if anyone will be able to stand me for the next 7 months!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Folk art Whale

Our weekends at the lakehouse have taken me out of my little art hideout. So I finally decided to take my supplies with me.
Ever since our trip to Maine I've been inspired to paint a whale. They are such majestic soulful creatures. Each time I see one I am reminded of the wonder of God's perfect design.
The color on the image is not as rich as the real thing.  I need a bigger scanner!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"CARE" #2 friendship series

Another word that describes friendship is 'care'. How many times do I pass up opportunities to care for another? I am reminded as I contemplate this series how caring for someone can be as much a blessing for me as it is my friend. May I be ever mindful of those in need however big or small it may be. And, to all my friends who send special cares my way....THANKS! I AM blessed!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Friendship Series

Because my friends are the true meaning of the word "friendship" I decided to do a series about them. I had these 6x6 wide gallery edge wooden canvases that were perfect for the occasion. Here's the first little fancy. I played around with the gel medium and got a little carried away, hence the opaque-y translucence. Is that an oxymoron?

Monday, August 10, 2009


(My Aunt Joy and I who happen to share the same year of birth... just 2 months apart!)

I was hoping to close out my 39 short years on this earth by just quietly sneaking by but
there are those who just can't let it slide. You know the ones...like my unassuming, yet devious and conniving Aunt Patti. Who came from Texas for a visit and produced a little motion picture that I must say, wins an award in my book!

She and other dear one's put on a little breakfast shin-dig to surprise my aunt Joy and I. We thought we were having one of my grandfather's 'family meetings' but noooo... instead we were welcomed with black garb, gloves and doilies for our heads. Lovely... (I think we were both a little relieved not to be having a family meeting though, so we gladly wore the garb : ) no offense, Daddy Jim.

All in all it was just the best surprise and the smile never wore off my face all day. I am so blessed to have such a sweet family! Thanks to you all!! (I'll be 40 next year too)
Love you all, AND HAPPY 4-0 JOY!!

(more art coming soon...)

Catching Up!!

Boy do I have some serious catching up to do!! I've been away on a fantastic vacation with my family and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things!
I want to mention Tom and Amy Gutow at the Castine Inn in Castine, Maine. We stayed at their historical bed a breakfast and were not disappointed! Tom is a highly experienced chef and the proof was in the pudding.... and the cranberry scones, and organic chicken sausage too. Thanks for helping make our stay memorable. Great place! (He also ships the sausage, check it out)

Much appreciation goes to MICHELLE... I won the most awesome prize from her!! I am so proud to have received this PrEcIoUs little 'happy' all the way from her hands in Australia. What a treasure!! Thank You so much Michelle, I will fancy it always!

AND... MYSTELE...I am SO proud to have your art displayed for all the world to see! I am thrilled with my book and original cover made by her. Seeing her personality right there in a piece of art made by that sweet soul makes my heart smile!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Back From Camp.... Hallelujah!

Let me introduce my good friend Kelly. Here she is after a mighty fine round of "Organized Mass Chaos... or OMC as it's referred to in Centri-Kid camp.
It is worth mentioning that this uninhibited, funny, loveable, precious soul is a 5 YEAR BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR as of July 11th!! She is one of the bravest soldiers I know. Her positive attitude is infectious and her love abundant. Happy anniversary Kelly!! :) (please feel free to pay tribute with your always sweet comments and I'll pass them along to her)
Two of my fellow camper momma-cita's gettin ready for battle...happy campers!

After OMC. I'm the fairly clean one in the back... Thought I'd made it free and clear but the chocolate syrup fairy and shaving cream goddess made sure I wasn't left out. Until Next year...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I almost missed this! Another "happy" from Michelle... A Blog Award!! Mark this as my first ever! She gave it to all the lucky blogs she follows. What a sweetheart!
The rules say to post it on my blog and give it to others... so that's what I'm going to do....
Since this is my first attempt, I'm going to give it to 3 of the bloggers who share their wonderful talents with others....

1. Annie at Annette's Art
2. Darla at Artistic Accents by Darla
3.Mystele at Little Glimpses Studio