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Monday, December 29, 2008

Dec 29th.... Oh my!

Well, I had a busy weekend, bought a new car. Hunydai Santa Fe, it is silver and very pretty.

Over Christmas Amber and I picked "Pokies".

I am not sure what they are, but they are lethal! VERY POKIE!

I sprayed mine with glitter, but should have painted them

silver first. I will do that next year.

I thought that they looked very wintry.
They are some kind of a seed pod with lots of nasty spikes.

Friday, December 26, 2008

2008 is winding down

The Day After Christmas Snow, north side of my house which was cold enough to freeze the snowflakes in this pattern. I like the branches too.

more snow

and more. Luckily it was very wet and did not stick.

Front (??) cover of my egyptian journal. May be the back??

The other cover....
This is kraft paper that will be embellished and painted, and I will put a smaller bookplate on it.

Interior page of the journal. This is a large book (12x9.25 inches) that I found in the give-away pile at work. It is published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the caption across from this page reads:

"surgical practices designed to transform the human body began in acient Eqypt in 3000 B.C." This particular etching is from the first textbook on plastic surgery.

I will post more as I get more into the journal.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

No New Art

This has not been a good week. Along with my continuing issues with my co-worker, I had an accident on Wednesday night and totaled my car. There may have been possible medical implications (pre-crash thank goodness!). Neither the other driver or I were injured, which is another thing to be thankful for.

Got a neat Solstice message from my friend and mentor, Jan Phillips. She also sent a link to a great song off of her new CD. You might want to listen on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46MMuhuiZtM.

Hopefully more art will appear, as I have two weeks off! Don't know that I have ever taken two weeks off a one time, so I am looking forward to it. I am already lounging around the fire, watching movies and reading books, so I am taking care of myself.

Blessings of the season to you and yours.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snow and Some Art!

My Rusty Bits covered in snow.
You can see my rug under the table.
Don't worry, it is made out of recycled milk jugs, so it is impervious!
Rainbow Artists is having a show in February titled I (can't find the Heart symbol) Red.
This is the beginnings of my piece, which will be backed by stretched canvas.

Full lenght view.
I have attached hearts (can't find the heart symbol!),
red hand stitching in perle cotton and
will embelish some more before the show.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Another link! (No art ;{)

Lisa Volrath of Go Make Something and 10-2 Studios had this link on her website today:


This will make any photo into a christmas ornament, but there are other interesting ideas also.

It is snowing here, has been all day. It did not start to stick until about 6, but the pavement is now covered. Nasty commute in the AM, but I am sick with a cold so I may stay home tomorrow and have a blazing fire all day long!

I will work on art tomorrow, Sorry but I have been going so many places that I have not had time for art!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bluebird of Happiness??

On the way to work this am (EARLY! about 5:45) the full moon was setting in the west. It was HUGE and looked like cheddar. Very amazing.
I have been in a mood lately, and this pretty well sums it up!
Another image from Icanhascheezburger site that made me laugh!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Could not resist this pic!

This is from a great site called LOL Cats
This just tickled my fancy and I laughed out loud!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Quiltart List - An amazing qroup of Quilters

this was posted by a member of Quiltart, who received it from "her soldier". Something to consider at Christmas...

LTM said...
This was forwarded to me from "my" soldier in Afghanistan, and I broke down weeping as I read it. Regardless of our political feelings about the current war in Iraq, I hope we are all doing something to acknowledge and remember our men and women who "stand at the front of the line".Peaceful holidays to you all,

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room
and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood,his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snowblown in drifts.
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.""
But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," Iasked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

My latest efforts

I purchased two of these books from Borders (buy one, get one free!)
and have covered one. I think that I will use these for Christmas Gifts.
Here is my latest batch of decorated envelopes.
I always try to send out decorated envelopes!
I spent the afternoon at a friends house with five other like minded women for an informal Artist's Afternoon. Great very relaxed afternoon, good friends, good food and great art!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I iwll give it a try again

OK, looks like Blogger is going to let me upload pics tonight, so here goes...
I said that I had not done any art, but I fooled myself.
I made these ATCs for a swap on
swap-bot. Winter, snowflakes were the theme...
I found the directions for these cards in a book from the library. Interesting process and the "Small Joy" came out better than the "Large Joy". Maybe that is a statement??

Of course, I made the "Large Joy" first and actually followed the directions and measurements, and on the "Small Joy" I did my own thing. I think that my wanderings are more successful than trying to follow someone else's directions slavishly!
However, I am always on the lookout for inspiration, and often find it in the strangest places!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Xmas Cheer

Well Blogger is being persnickety, so I will only upload these two pics. These are gift card holders that I created for Swap-bot.com. I have poster board that is silver on one side and gold on the other, so it makes for interesting combinations.
I have some more things to post, but will have to wait for Blogger! Free is free, after all so I really can't bitch too much!

Monday, December 01, 2008

December??? ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, where has 2008 gone? My grandmother told me the older I got the faster time would go. I jokingly (???) say that I will be 99 before I know it!
No photos or art on this blog, but I did want to let everyone know that I am thankful for the following:
1. my family and friends
2. my furry aliens Baby Cakes and Fuzzy Bucket (cats in case you can't tell)
3. my health
4. what wealth I have left
5. my upcoming trip to EGYPT

I have already been gathering books and images to start my travel journal, and have requested some books from #1 above on the subject for Christmas presents!

I spent the weekend mothersitting with my Mother, and we had a quiet but thoughtful Thanksgiving weekend.