Sunday, January 30, 2011

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Photo by Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden/ "Sleeping Beauties" Newborns in Dreamland

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says:
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Giving thanks in all circumstances... this is gratitude. In all circumstances?
Heavy stuff and impossible for me. All of it, the joy, the praying, thankfulness in everything.

Then I found this:
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates vision for tomorrow."
-Melody Beattie

I get that.
I'll keep working on it. All of it, the joy, the praying, thankfulness in everything.
I trust you God.

Oh dear.... new neighbors?

The boyscout camp south of our home used to be filled with Australian Pine trees. It was beautiful. In one corner of the property (far, far away from our house) the turkey buzzards lived. I heard they also nested on the tops of buildings like the Justice building in down town Miami.
Which I always thought was funny.
Although I'm sure all the lawyers and judges didn't...
When Hurricane Wilma came through, everyone of those Australian Pine trees came down. Since then, the buzzards have been house hunting...

The neighborhood to the east had been visited and so had the neighborhood to the west. But they only stayed for a day or two. Today I came home and our neighbor's fence line (on the way TO OUR house) had "visitors"...
Oh dear...

Maybe they thought this new born calf was going to be dinner. Mamma cow (with the twisty horns) was having NOTHING to do with that plan. She's never walked further than 2 feet from her new baby. None the less, that turkey buzzard is still bigger than the calf.

As if it's not scary enough for some of our friends to visit us "out in the country", we now had these new neighbors. I did the photo below in Sepia toned color. Hee Hee, now it's even creepier!

Well, the good news is they have moved on. I see them flying on the wind currents up in the sky, they're looking for a new home elsewhere.
Whew! Missed the bullet!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Published again!! Woohoo!

I LOVE this kind of a surprise! I received in the mail another notification that I'm published in the magazine "Stampers' Sampler"!!! What a way to make my day! It was two full color beautiful pages. They used two of my boxes.

I gave credit to Laurie Mika, a polymer clay artist that inspired my original work.

My photo slightly distorted the lid to the box, but you get the idea of what it looks like. I love the little bird. I would like to make jewelry (a necklace?) out of him.

This is the cover of the magazine. Look! It says CONGRATS right on the cover!
Happy day!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

An easy project

A small corner of our home.
This is one of those easy projects. You can buy the box from Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I apologize for the glare on the glass. I tried every which way to avoid it, but it's there.

The above photo:
I took a photo of our house, made it into a stencil and cut it out on card stock. I coated it with encaustic wax and shaded it with a stabilo pencil. It's in the right hand corner. The pink (vellum) cherub is on the left watching over our family, here and in heaven.

These two angels are part of the grouping. I can't resist buying aged looking angels.

The nest is real, it has (not real) eggs inside. I used my antique typewriter to type out words like "nest, family, love, home'...etc... I wove the words in and out of the nest.

The single broken one was a quail egg.

The background was completed using old papers, stamps, spattered paint...etc... to make the collaged look.
Love it, it makes me smile and sometimes makes me sad.
That's kinda like everything I come in contact with.

trying to keep from losing her head

This is an old journal page from about 4 years ago. It says in small writing "Trying to keep from losing her head" because at the time there was just too much going on. I relate now, also. My brain is on overload and I can't seem to get anywhere. It's like the hamster that runs around and around on the spinning wheel in my brain has jumped off the wheel and is just racing around my skull. I can't seem to keep focused for more than 5 minutes on any project.

In the journal page the doors of the closet open up and inside (the closet) is me keeping my head. I have to figure out a way to get the 'order' back so I can get to work.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Housework makes you ugly....

Hee hee! This is either an excuse why my house is messy OR why I'm sometimes ugly!
(in my art studio window, visible as you enter my kitchen door)

give me a hug

Imagine having a dog and never stopping to give him a hug.
He would just wonder around your home, kinda lost. It would be so sad.

Now think of how many people go months without sincere attention, let alone physical contact.
People ignore them.
Touch someone today.
Getter yet, give them a real hug.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

how does he do it?

... Before picture

Now don't get me wrong. I love my husband's cooking and the fact that he cooks, well it's one of the sweetest thing in life. However, I like things neat and tidy. He doesn't. I NEEEED clean counters. He seems to relish in disaster. Before I leave for work, I clean the kitchen. This is what I come home to. I don't know how he puts out such great meal in the middle of the chaos. In life we weigh the "worth" of some situations. Do I like this situation? No. Is it worth it?
I will clean anytime to avoid having to do the cooking.
And to eat his wonderful meals.

... After picture
Ahhhh, now I comfortable once again.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

a brand new year

Happy New Year to all my family and friends and my friends in blog land.
This photo was taken by the sisters, Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden, "Sleeping Beauties, Newborns in Dreamland".

Happy New Year's Eve

Our son Alex and his girlfriend, Michelle.

I don't remember wild New Year's Eve parties. It's been too many years. Now a days I go to bed by 10:30, even on nights that are traditionally "late" nights. This picture was taken on January 1st around 3:00 PM, in the afternoon.
Obviously, these two brought in the New Year the right way!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

I am pondering New Year's Resolutions. What will I try and do this upcoming year? First of all, I don't call them resolutions, I call them goals. Goals are easier to change than a RESOLUTION. Ekkkk, it even sounds daunting...
I know one "goal" I want to do this year. I really want to become better skilled at Photoshop. And once again, better with my blog. I also need to get focused with my art. This last year all my art was way too scattered and sparse.
That's it! I'm not putting too much pressure on myself.
All my resolutions/goals are fun ones!