Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

As we send out 2010 and usher in 2011, I have been reflecting on the last year. In some ways it has been a great year for me and my family.

The flowers in my garden were beautiful. Some of them amazed much so that I forgot to grab the camera. My cosmos grew taller than me and were gorgeous. I wish I had remembered the camera. I always enjoy the flowers. The weeding, when I have time is the best stress reliever around.

I enjoyed creative times with my kids. These are a couple of mini hats that we made together.
We added hair combs to hold them on.

My daughter, Courtney graduated from highschool and started college this year.

At her graduation party we had severe thunderstorm warnings. It was a little scarey for a while but the kids made the most of it once the storm passed. Here are both of the twins, along with some of their closest friends dancing in the puddles in the driveway. I wish the picture I have of Courtney in a puddle at the age of three was on my computer. I would show you that some things never change.

In July, we got a cute little puppy. He is a boxer/pitbull mix. His name is Jaws, due to the fact that he enjoys chewing on just about anything. Actually we have only lost a couple of shoes to him so far. He does love to chew up any toy we give him as well as milk cartons, pop and water bottles. Here he is peacefully cuddling with his stuffed toy shark.

He grew a little bit in a month. He also decided he was Cody's puppy. If Cody is around, Jaws is as close to him as he can get. In the months since we got him, he as done a lot of growing, and a lot of chewing. He has dug his way deep into our hearts.
I was able to spend a couple of days in California with Chris. We enjoyed the most amazing sunset. The weather there was beautiful and the time spent with Chris was amazing.
My time out there was too short. I now know, without a doubt, that at some time in the near future, I will live out there with this man. I am hoping for some time soon.

My children tested my skills with their ideas for Halloween weekend. In the week before Halloween, I finished (about half) of Cari's costume. She was set on being Belle this year. In that week I also made Christine's costume (Snow White), Courtney's costume(Ariel) and made Cody's costume(For the life of me I can't remember what video game character he was).

The night we finished the costumes, the kids wanted to go to the Disney store in the mall. We had a lot of fun walking through the mall. The little kids in the mall were amazed to see "real princesses" walking through the mall. We were stopped so many times by people (young and old) who wanted their pictures taken with the girls.
There were other wonderful things that happened this year too. The greatest gift this year was on August 14th. That was the day I was declared cancer free for one year.
There were some things that tested my strength as a person this year. I have struggled all year to stay afloat financially. It has seemed that I am constantly paying the past due amounts on the bills to keep the power on and food on the table. I believe that God has been watching out for me. Even though it has been a struggle, we have never been hungry or cold.
The week before Christmas, I fell on the ice while working and tore my rotator cuff. I am currently waiting to find out if workmans comp is going to do the right thing. I am most likely looking at 6 weeks off work and I really don't know how we will survive without an income if they decide not to...let alone the medical bills. But once again, I know that God will provide what we need.
I am looking forward to the new year in ways most don't understand. I know there are some big changes about to happen in our lives. My girls are talking about moving out on their own with some of their friends. Their dad is talking about getting married and moving away. If these things actually happen, and I can financially find a way, I will be living in California by this time next year. Cody will get to decide where he wants to live and who he wants to live with.
I also plan to use the time off work to be creative. I know that there are some things that I will not be able to do, but I plan to put a lot of energy into getting my art business off the ground since I have the time to do it. If nothing else, it will keep me from losing my mind while I am off work at the post office. I believe that God has plans for changes in our lives and I want to be ready when He does.
I'm not making any resolutions, persay, this year. I am just going to go with the flow and try to do what God is leading me to do. I will enjoy life, and the people I love,to the fullest. I will try to keep a smile on my face no matter how hard life gets. And do my best to catch up and stay caught up on my financial responsibilities.
These are just some of the things that my family and I have experienced in the past year. There were much bigger things happening through out the world...devastating earthquakes, oil spills and so much more. So much happened in 2010 in our world that I can't even touch on them. Hopefully our world will have a better year in 2011 as well.
I wish you all the greatest year ever in 2011! I hope you all prosper in all the ways that matter the most...peace, love, health, and true happiness. May all your dreams come true and may all your families and loved ones stay safe.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Have you ever thought about what makes a person creative. I know that some of us are born with God given talent to be creative, but what does it take to encourage us to tap into this creativity? I believe that everyone has some form of creativity inside them...even the people who can't even draw a stick figure. Some people are given an awsome artistic talent, but if it is encouraged, I think everyone has a little bit of creativity inside them. So how do we bring it out?

I believe in encouraging our kids to be creative. I feel that it is as important as reading, writing, and arithmatic. I know that there are those who would disagree with me on this, but I think that it is truely necessary if we want our children to thrive in other academic areas.

As a child I was encouraged to tap into my creativity at all times. There were always art supplies of my choice available to me. When I was 4 I made placemats by weaving yarn through strips of shiny stuff with holes in idea what this material was and have never seen anything like it since. At the age of 6 I learned to sew. The first projects that I remember were pot holders and oven mits, a pair of pants, and a purse. Since then I have made clothes for myself and my kids. I have made costumes for my kids and my sisters kids. I have made gifts for friends and families for as long as I can remember. Over the years, I have worked with paper, making cards and scrap booking. I have cross stitched as well as knitted and crocheting. I have worked with wood to make Christmas ornaments for gifts and to sell. I have taken classes in photography as well as metal jewelery and ceramics. I have painted and drawn. My most recent media is stained glass. I have made many gifts from glass as well as supported my income during tough financial times. I took piano lessons, and played in the band in school (first playing the french horn and then the trumpet). I was in the flag corp and was co captain for junior and senior years. I struggled with math and I can remember my parents using sewing for me to understand fractions. You use fractions when you buy fabric. My parents used buying fabric as a way to make me understand adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. They used this same technique when I started algebra. It helped me make sense of something that I couldn't understand any other way. They used quilting as a way to get me interested in history. They used painting to help with chemistry. Even though I was an intelligent kid, I struggled in school. If it weren't for art, I don't think I would have made it through high school and I doubt I would have gone on to college.

I honestly can't remember a time that I haven't been creating something. Art has been my therapy over the years. It is my best time with God. When I am alone and creating, I can talk to God about whatever is on my mind. As a shy child and teenager, it gave me the confidence to be myself and know that it was alright to be myself. My talents have gotten me through tough financial times. Whenever money has been tight, I have been able to sell some of my creations to help out. I honestly don't think I would have survived some of the hardships I have been through in my life without being able to express myself artistically.

I now see my children following my footsteps artistically. They each have their own niche but they are all artistic and I see them become more confident in who they are through their art. Every time someone sees what they have done and like it, my children grow more confident in themselves. I have seen them use art to understand an academic area that they were having a hard time understanding. I have always made sure that my kids have had whatever art supplies they have wanted to use over the years. I have also always encouraged them to use their imaginations to create outside of the box. My daughters are now both going to school for 3D animation. The both draw and are constantly writing stories. They both have interests in other artistic areas as well. My son is interested in puppetry and photography ( I never know where my camera is!) All three of my kids are into anime and they love to create and wear costumes. I can't imagine my children without their creativity. I know that they all have artistic talents, but I also believe that if I hadn't encouraged them to be creative as they grew up, they would be very different people than they are now. I believe that some of the confidence they have in expressing themselves, comes from the confidence they have in their creativity. Some children gain this confidence through sports. Others gain it by excelling academically. Some need artistic outlets to prosper in life.

So tell me, what do you believe makes creative people? Were you encouraged artistically as a child? How do you encourage your children's talents? I would love for you to leave a comment....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It has been a wonderful weekend. My new schedule, of having every other Saturday off, started this weekend.

The kids and I spent yesterday buying the rest of the things I wanted to fill shoeboxes. Our church collects shoeboxes filled with gifts for children around the world who live in poverty and don't get Christmas gifts. Some of these can't go to school because they don't own a pair of shoes and they have to have them to be allowed in school. I got lucky and found sneakers on clearance sale at Walmart for $3 a pair. I had four boxes started so I bought four pair of shoes. Then I had to get socks to wear with them so that the kids don't get blisters from their new shoes. We also bought things like coloring books and crayons, school supplies, a few small toys, and I filled little stockings with hard candies. I had bought plastic shoe boxes to hold it all but I had too much. We had to search the house to find larger shoe boxes. Then we wrapped the boxes in Christmas wrap. They are now ready to take to the church this coming week.

I enjoy filling the boxes as much as I have always enjoyed filling my own children's Christmas stockings. I can just imagine the smiles on their faces as they discover what is inside the box. I fill them with many of the same things that I used to put in my kids stockings. I pray that these boxes make the children who recieve them very happy. I wish I could do more to make their lives better. I hate to think of children living without so many of the things that we take for granted and wouldn't know what to do without. Can you imagine not having a pair of shoes to put on in the morning? Or a pencil and paper? Toys to play with? May God bless these small children.

I hope you have had as wonderful a weekend as I have. May God bless you all. Have a wonderful week.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

I know! I know! It has been a long time since I have posted. But as you can see, I have been busy making costumes. I haven't photoshopped any of the photos so don't look at the front of the house. I am trying to convince Chris to put new siding on it....maybe next summer.
The first one you see is Courtney as Ariel from the little Mermaid. This costume was made from a pattern for a gypsy or witch costume. I left all of the embellishments and over skirts off and made it the colors of Ariel's day dress. This costume was very inexpensive since I made it from three sheets that I had bought along the way for $4 each. That along with the zipper and this costume cost me a whopping $15. It wasn't difficult to make either and turned out better than any of the store bought ones I have seen.

This is Cody as Beat, A graffiti artist on rollerblades. He is from one of Cody's favorite video games. I can't tell you which one since I have no idea. Cody opted to wear his tennis shoes since most places won't let you enter wearing blades. He also seems to have put his spray paint can down somewhere. Don't worry folks. I didn't arm him with a full spray paint can. We finished up a can of it on his shirt and then sprayed it until it was completely empty. We literally spray painted his shirt after masking it off with contact paper. It bleeds a little under the contact paper but that is the look we were looking for. If I had an airbrush I would have painted it up to look like graffitt. Cody's costume cost me $4 each for two t-shirts and $5 for the glasses and $1 for the gloves( they are magic gloves with the fingers cut out.) So the grand total for his costume was less than $15. Not bad for a halloween can't buy a pre made one for that.

Next we have Snow White. This is Kristine, my daughter Cari's best friend and my third daughter. I made this from the actual pattern and didn't improvise anything but the piping down the front. It was supposed to be yellow but I didn't want to make my own and JoAnn's didn't have any yellow. This one was made in two days crunch time! I really hope the kids give me more time for the next ones. Most of this costume was made from fabric that I had bought for other projects in years past. So I can't say exactly how much it cost me. I would guess between $20 and $25.

Cari's costume was the hardest and most expensive. Between the fabric and accessories, this costume cost well over $300. We made it out of dress satin and organza from a historically correct pattern. all of the buttons are made of fused glass with dichroic glass. She needed two wigs to create her wig. She used one as a base and cut the other one up to make the bun. After these pics were taken, she did more to the wig to make it look more like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She would have loved to have been the Beast but I didn't know where to start with that one and she didn't exactly give me time to think about it. This dress was started last year a week before she was to wear it. Needless to say, it didn't get finished. This year she pulled it out a week before she needed it and we barely got it finished on time. I really have to get it through these kids heads that I need more time than that! I told them to tell me by November 1st what they want to be for Halloween next year.

After the costumes were all finished and the kids figured out how to put them on AND wiggle their way into my car, we went to Great Lakes Crossing mall. The girls wanted to go to the Disney Store to buy plushies. Cari has wanted a bit Beast since she was three...she finally bought one for herself. I wasn't about to spend $99.95 on a stuffed animal. It was a lot of fun at the mall. The little kids were amazed at seeing princesses walking down the mall. One little girl said to her mom that she wanted to be Snow White and then said in awe, "I didn't know there would be REAL PRINCESSES here!." Another little girl was talking to her daddy and stopped mid sentence when her jaw dropped and her eyes got huge and round when she saw the girls. There were a lot of people who stopped the girls and asked to have their picture taken with them. It was a lot of fun and well worth the trip to the mall. I think the girls will want to dress up more often and just walk around the mall! Maybe I should start making and selling costumes. I have made almost all of my kids costumes over the years and they always get so much attention from them. Maybe I should share that with other kids.

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween. And a wonderful weekend.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lost a wonderful friend

Yesterday was a hard day for me. I went to a memorail service to say good bye to a wonderful man. His name is Tom but everyone called him T. He was the kind of man who would do anything for anyone if he knew that they needed help. He was there to support you emotionally if you needed it. He was dagnosed with cancer at about the same time I was the last time. We were both going through treatments at the same time. It was hard to say good bye to him.

I keep wondering why I got better as he progressivly got worse. Why was I allowed to live and he wasn't? It doesn't quite seem fair to me. Don't get me wrong. I am greatful that God spared me this time around. But I have to wonder what God has planned for me since he let me be healed. I have been feeling guilty about surviving. I know....stupid....but true.

I tried to explain what I was feeling to Chris last night. I think he was wondering about the kind of relationship I had with T. Which is really crazy. Chris is the only man I even look at since I met him. And besides that, T was old enough to be my dad. He isn't as old as my dad, but his daughter is about the same age as I am. T was just a wonderful friend who really knew how to be a friend.

I'm sorry for dumping this all on you. I just needed to write it all down and get it off my chest. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I had the most amazing week! I finally got to go to California to spend a couple of days with Chris! This is the first time for a lot of things for me. It is the first time I ever flew in an airplane. The flight from Detroit to Phoenix wasn't bad. Long but I didn't have any trouble getting to where I needed to be and the flight was uneventful. Once I landed in Phoenix, things got a little more eventful. I had to leave the airport to get to the terminal I had to be at for my connecting flight to Los Angeles. This meant that I had to take a bus two terminals over and go through security again. Then I had to hurry to find the gate I had to be at. I barely made it. This plane was just a small one and I hadn't had anything to eat or drink all day. I also hadn't had time to take any dramamine. Not good. I was feeling the motion sickness shortly after taking off. I faught it off and didn't get sick. That is until we landed. As soon as we came to a complete stop, I threw up all over myself. I have never been more embarrased that I can remember.

This was also the first time I have ever been further west than St Louis Missouri. And the first time that Chris and I have gotten to spend more than 8 hours at a time together without interruption. It was wonderful! I gave him his birthday present early. I bought him a Uof M sweatshirt since he was wanting one. I knew I won't see him on his birthday so I gave it to him when I got there. He is supposed to come home for Christmas this year.
I don't know if I will get it done for this Christmas, since it is so late in the year, but I plan to take this picture of his Corvette and make a stained glass panel for him. He has wanted one since he bought the car in 2006 but I couldn't get a picture to work from before now.
Thursday night, after an amazing day together, we got the opportunity to watch the most amazing sunset. I am so glad that we had this time together. It made our love stronger/ I know now that I will live out there at some point. I would love for it to be now but since Cody has a few more years of highschool, we will have to wait.
On Saturday, I began my journey home. Since my excuse for being out there was to pick up my new car, I drove back to Michigan. On Saturday, I saw the Rocky Mountains for the very first time. They were amazing. I started into them during day light. I didn't get to see the most amazing areas of them since darkness fell and I had to concentrate on the road rather than look at the scenery. I discovered that they have bugs as big as our birds here in Michigan in Kansas! The first few that hit my windshield, made me duck to try to avoid them. Then I was laughing at myself. It was a long drive home and I was thoroughly exhausted by the time I made it here, but it was worth it. I had the most amazing time out there as well as on my drive back home.
Next year I hope to take a couple of weeks off and drive out and back home. I also hope to have more than a couple of days out there. There is so much more I would have liked to do. If I had had my car while I was there I could have driven down to see my friend Sylvia on Friday while Chris was at work. Next time I also hope to get to take my time driving so that I can stop and take more pictures of the beautiful country that God has given us to live in. I would love to be able to stop for the night when it gets dark so that I don't miss so much of the beauty. As it was, I drove for 15 hours on Saturday before I stopped for the night. Sunday I drove for 16 hours, slept in my car for a couple of hours and drove for a few more hours and slept in my car for another hour before driving the rest of the way home. It was an amazing trip and I look forward to many more in the near future.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My Many Talents...

Hello Everyone!
I know it has been a little while since I have posted. I have been busy getting ready for my daughter's graduation from high school and party as well as deep cleaning the house and yard. I apologize for neglecting all of you and hope to make up for that in the near future.
As many of you know, I have been an artist all of my life. I have used many different media...sometimes in the same project....over the years.
I do paper crafts such as creating handmade greeting cards...

Some are basic stamped cards and others are collages of collected items such as this one. (I can't say that this is one of my favorites but it is one of the few that have made it to my new computer)
I am a stained glass artist. I do everything from copper foiled panels such as this one....

To mosaic stepping stones such as this one...

To mosaic stained glass floors like my bathroom and shower....sorry I don't have any pictures on the new computer and can't find the disk that they are on but I will find them and do another post when I do...
To stained glass purses...I am still perfecting the process for these but here is a picture of one I made not too long ago....

To fused glass pendants....

To three dimensial items like this butterfly...

To fused and slumped glass business card holders such as this one.

I have sewn since I was a little girl. My most recent adventures in this area consist of baby blankets......

And Critter bags...

These are great to use in the car to hold toys for small children. They are wider at the bottom than they are at the top so they don't tip over easily or fall off the seat. the handle stays standing up so even the ones in safety seats can get ahold of them...

I have been into photography since I was in college when I got a new 35mm camera for a class I was taking.

I also love to take trash and turn it into treasures....

In fact my entire studio is decorated/created from recycled items. You can see pictures of this in an earlier post...
I have acquired a lot of knowledge and skill over the years. Last night while I was supposed to be sleeping, I was hit by an amazing idea. I could use my aquired knowledge to help others learn how to be creative in a non intimidating way as well as build my own skills in my newest interest...blogging. I came to the conclusion that I can create tutorials to show people how to do some of the things that I have learned. I plan to create tutorials and post them here. Some will take longer than others to create because of the time it takes to create some objects. I hope you all are ready to get creative with me. I plan to begin this new adventure as soon as Chris goes back to LA and Courtney's graduation party is over with next weekend.
If there are things that You know that I do, that you would like to learn, please let me know. I want to keep it interesting, not only for me, but also for everyone else too. I also hope to create things for all skill levels so that noone gets bored or feels overwhelmed. I know that not everyone is going to be interested in everything that I am doing, but I hope to please I wide variety of interests.
For now, I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! I will be back soon with my first creation...

Monday, April 26, 2010

When was the last time you saw something nice for someone? It seems like kindness is a thing of the past. People complain about how our children are turning out and how our society has changed, but I feel like most people are the cause of this. Not just the few extreme.

Take a minute and look around you. Look at your elderly neighbor's yard. Is there something that needs to be done? Maybe the lady next door has always had a beautiful flower garden, but in the past year or two you have seen it start to look like it needs attention. Maybe there is someone you know who has lost their job or has been ill and there are things that they could use some help with. Is someone around you doing something in their yard that look like they could use an extra pair of hands to get the job done easier? Is that cranky old man down the block just in need of a smile or a cup of coffee with someone who really listens to his stories of the past?
Why don't you reach out and help them? Knock on the door of the lady next door and ask her if she would let you get her garden ready for planting. Or pick up a few extra annuals when you go to the nursery and ask if you could plant them in her garden. Offer to help the person who needs an extra hand. Make an extra casserole and take it over to the family who just suffered a job loss or the person who has been ill or invite them over to dinner. Take the cranky old man down the block a cup of coffee and sit on the porch and listen to his stories. Fix up a pretty basket with everything needed for a meal or a special treat along with the recipes to make them and anonymously set it on the porch of someone who needs it. You would be amazed at what a simple friendly smile and a hello can do for someone's day. Reach out to your neighbors and offer a helping hand without them having to ask for it. I'm not saying that you should force unwanted help on someone. If they say that they don't want or need your help, don't push just offer again another day. Let them be. But how often does that really happen? Most often, if you offer to help someone, they will smile and accept. Who could build a wonderful friendship that will last a lifetime. Think about what you will be teaching others with your actions. Think about what your children will learn from you...especially if you bring them along and have them help.
Rather than wondering what has happened to society and our children today, do something to change it for the better. Think about someone else today and do something nice for them. I think you will be amazed at the change it makes in our world. Something simple for you to do, can make all the difference in the world in the life of somoene else. It can also change the world.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 23, 2010

I have been playing with the camera again lately. I have always loved taking pictures of the world the way I see it. I love these three pictures. They give a pretty good idea of who I really am. Especially since these are all items I have around the house. They are all things I love. I made the fabric rose and saved the lace from a sheet that wore out....the garden junk is working it's way into the rest of my world ...the necklace is one I have had since I was a teenager.
I love all three of the pictures and can't decide which is my favorite. I think I am going to mat and frame them and hang them in my bedroom. I would love to know what others think of them. Please leave a comment and let me know?

I went with my daughter this week to check out the school she is going to attend this fall. She is going to do something that I have always wanted to do. I checked to see if I qualify for student aid so that I could finally go back to school and do what I have wanted to do for a very long time. Unfortunately I don't qualify for aid so if I am ever going to get to go back to school, I am going to have to sell a lot of art to pay for it. Bummer! Oh well, I guess if God wanted me to follow my dream, things would work out a little better for me in those areas right? Maybe someday...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Well All....This has been a week of emotional rollercoasters...and it is only Tuesday! Last week I was having trouble with my right kidney again and in a lot of pain. Finally on Friday, I gave in and went to the doctor to find out what was wrong. I think I already knew, so I put if off as long as I could. After doing an ultra sound, she sent me over to the cancer treatment center and had them do a bunch more tests including an MRI. They determined that I had another tumor and it was blocking the blood flow out of my kidney so it was filling up with blood and was under a lot of pressure. They did emergency surgery to remove the tumor and then sent it to the lab for a biopsy. Monday I got the dreaded call saying that it was indeed cancer and that I had to go in today to meet with the doctors that have been working with me over the past few years. This morning I got a call from one of the doctors telling me that he wasn't convinced by the test results. He said that the results were conflicting. He asked me to come in before our meeting and have more blood drawn and he had already ordered another biopsy on the tumor. When I got to the scheduled meeting, the doctors had come to the conclusion that it was not cancer after all. There were pre cancer cells found in the tumor, but no real cancer. The path of treatment decided on is that I will still under go radiation treatments to be sure that all of the pre cancer cells are gone, but I will not have to have any chemo treatments. Yay!!!!!! I am now more than ready to be off this rollercoaster! I am ready to get on with being creative again...hopefully more so than I have been recently. I will post pictures as I create.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Was working on my study for my Bible study group tomorrow night....and something occured to me. If we don't share what we learn, there is no point in learning it. Please, everyone, share what you know...whether it is from God's word, something new in your hobby or business. The knowledge is useless if you don't share it with someone who doesn't know it...

Just my thoughts tonight. Please feel free to leave your two cents.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

This post goes out to Kirk and Carol. They are friends that I met online on the Garden Junk forum of the Garden Web. They are very creative artists whose artwork I have admired since I first started seeing it a couple of years ago. This is a wind chime that I made last summer. I haven't found a place to hang it outdoors yet so it is still hanging in my studio.
The dragon fly that I placed at the bottom of it was something that I recieved in the Junk Train that was generated on Garden Junk. This was a box of treasures were collected and placed into the box. The box was then mailed to the next station. The recipient kept what they wanted from the box and then added new treasures to replace the ones they had kept out and mailed it to the next station. JT was the mascot who rode along inside the box and had womderful adventures. You can see the fun we had with her in an earlier post here. The Junk Train was a lot of fun and this is something I created from one of the treasures I rescued from the box.

The actual bell part of the wind chime was created from a wine bottle that I got when my kids and I went out to dinner at Olive Garden. It was so much fun embarrasing my teenagers by asking for something that they were going to throw away. I cut the bottom out of the bottle and added a chain and a couple of washers.

and a creative and fun wind chime was born. I love the sound of it when it chimes. Kirk and Carol, I hope you like it up close as much as you thought you did at a distance. It was inspired in part by your blue bottle chime.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

We have entered my favorite time of year. Spring. I love it, not only because my birthday is the first full day of spring, but also because the world sheds it's winter coat and everything comes alive.

Everything turns green again. Then, when you aren't paying attention, colors are added. One day when you go out to the garden you will see a touch of red, or yellow, white, or purple.

The sun comes out and the world gets warm again. The snow and cold winds are forgotten for a few months. We start wearing Tshirts rather than sweaters. We hear the birds sing their songs celebrating new life. We start to see more small animals in our yards. Then shortly we will get to watch baby animals playing and exploring their new worlds. It is a wonderful time of year that reminds us that God created a beautiful place for us to live our lives.

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful time of year. I also hope you will all remember to thank God for his wonderful work of art.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

It's been a while!

It has been a while since I was here last. In that time, I have been given a clean bill of health...cancer free for the moment...and have finished the studio and done a lot of work in it. Here I am posting some pics of the studio before I started working in it and messed things up some. Ever met a neat and tidy artist? LOL Ok the pictures that are sideways were up right in my computer file! LOL Everything in the studio is made from something else...trash to treasure. The shelves on the back wall are made from the drawers from the dresser I used for my mold storage. The work benches are made from the shelves and work table from the old studio. A couple of the cabinets have old windows for doors. The shelves on the door wall are made from old shutter type doors from an old laundry area. The walls are covered in bead board and paneling left over from other projects over the years...mine as well as other people's. The magazine/ book storage boxes on the shelf are made from left over bead board and 1x4s from my old craft booth. The door and windows are recycled from a friend. The work/potting bench on the back wall is made from an old waterbead and some scrap wood that I had from old projects. The entertainment cabinet is an old pantry cabinet from one of my past homes. The metal stars on the walls are Christmas decorations that were scratched up. I spray painted them black.
I love my studio! It is the best place I have ever had to work. It is my quiet place when life is stressful. It helps me create beautiful art. I have done a lot of work in there since I finished it in August. I have since put my kiln in there and a bench that I made from a headboard. I will post some of my latest art soon. For now it is getting late and I need to start thinking about other things I have to do. I hope you are all having a wonderful day!