Today's mail brought me these lovely notecards made from original paintings by the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge. I won them during their Valentine Giveaway. A BIG thank you to these talented ladies. Visit them here:
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. ~Colossians 1:17 There are times when it seems as if everything is going wrong. Throughout history, nations and individuals have struggled through disasters, hardships, dangers, sorrow and adversity. Before becoming despondent, however, acknowledge the greatness, glory and constancy of God. He called the world into existence, He created man and has kept vigil over His creation, caring for us through the ages and sheltering us in every disaster. He is the Creator God who will never abandon His workmanship. Hold onto His promises; place your entire trust and faith in the living Christ and through Him you will survive all dangers and diversities. ~Grace for Today, One Minute Devotions
WOW! What a beautiful day. It is in the high 70s and the sun is shining. It's windy, but warm, and outside is where I should be. But I am in my studio cleaning, purging, and rearranging ~ it has needed a makeover for a very long time! I can already feel inspiration filling my soul!
On my mantel right now ~ John Reburn's Year of the Rooster print (silkscreen and letterpress on wood veneer), moon art by Kristen Powers, a large painting by Gwenda Kellett, a paper mache doll (hanging) by Mariette Hebert, a small tree painting by Mary Bullington, and a moon mixed media piece by Audrey.
Our Living the Creative Life group met at Taaza in Grandin Village this evening. We had good food, great conversation, shared some art works in progress, and set our project for this month ~ be creative with a cigar box. Eager to see what everyone does!
One of my birthday gifts from my sister is this painting by JudyHertzi. I worked for Judy's husband, Joe, at the Canton Art Institute when I was a young girl. Judy and Joe were both artists. I also babysat their two little girls for a number of years. I am thrilled to have this painting, "Thistles".
My dear sweet California friend, I send wishes that will bring you joy deep down into your soul. Your beautiful self, your beautiful nature, your ability to find beauty in simple stitches, your kindness, and your friendly heart, all make you SO very special to many. I find happiness in knowing I have such a friend on the other side of this country.
Remembering those good old days when blogging was popular and the comments flew back and forth almost every day. Those were fun times, Mita. I hope that life is being good to you, that you are very happy, and that art is still your passion and has taken you on a wonderful journey.
Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
God, please help this man lead our country to the best of his ability. Give him the strength he will need to lead us down the right path to make our country the great land that it can be, the great land that other countries can look up to, the great land that will help all mankind in their time of need both here at home and all over the world. Please help this man keep peace.
My birthday yesterday was made extra special by Casey surprising me and flying here to join us for lunch. With Mr. Magic, Sister, Brother-in-law, and Casey ~ a fun meal was enjoyed at one of my favorite restaurants. Then to the airport to see Casey fly off back to South Carolina.
When we arrived home from lunch, my sister and brother-in-law had the table set with gifts and a beautiful cake that they had special ordered and brought all the way from Ohio. They are great!! It was a fun and special birthday.
I am grateful to have had another year on this earth and I pray I will have many more. There is still so much to see and do, new friendships to make and old ones to nurture. Life is wonderful!
Monday and Tuesday, my sister and I spent 1/2 days in my consignment booths cleaning, rearranging, and adding new. We were beat. It is going to take us a few days to recover from all the work, but the booths look good. In May, I will celebrate being at Buy The Season for 7 years.