Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Close Encounter

7:30 last night ~ As I drove up the lane to my house, there were four deer eating by the side of the road.  These two looked up and posed for me.  They are such graceful, gentle, sweet looking creatures.  They can be destructive ~ hunger will do that.  I love when they are close and still so that I can study them.  They have a strong fear of human contact ~ they run at the smallest sound.  These two must have been paralyzed in their tracks because they let me take a LOT of photos.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Moon over Virginia last night.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I wish you a day filled with joy 
Time to celebrate YOU
Good eats and drinks
Cake, of course
Love all around you
And may all your dreams come true!

Living the Creative Life

Audrey, Tricia, Page, Ibby

Sweet Donkey Coffee Shop was the setting for our Living the Creative Life group yesterday.  It was our 3rd meeting and we had a new artist join us ~ Manjussa Sahni.  She insisted on taking the photo, so we'll get her in the photo next month along with a few others who couldn't attend.
We covered a plethora of topics ~ one thing leading to another.  We all agreed that Sweet Donkey has very good eats/drinks and a bright comfortable shop for us to meet at, so we'll be returning there in May.  I see a lot of future inspiration coming from this group.

Friday, April 11, 2014

White Dove

I just received a new Ted DeGrazia piece ~ White Dove ~ to go along with my other two.  It is a sweet one and special to me ~ Ever since my brother died in 2010, I've been waiting to see a white dove to let me know that he is OK.  Perhaps this is it.  I choose to think so.  I love you, Patrick.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday

1951 ~ I think these are currents and I doubt that I cleaned that entire bushel.  I probably liked it long enough to stain my hands and dress and then went off to do something else.  Grandpa had current bushes in his yard and he lived just around the corner.
Why do you suppose Patrick is over by the house digging in the dirt and I'm doing the work?  He would get a real kick out of this photo.  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lulu's Love Shack Window

This lovely photo was taken by my friend, Lulu.  I asked her if I could share it on my blog and she was kind enough to let me.  I wanted to share it because it really hit home with me.
First, I would like to tell you about Lulu.  She lives in Canada, close to the Vermont border, in what I call "the land of enchantment".  I think God put her there for a reason.  Lulu sees the world through special eyes and she finds beauty EVERYWHERE all around her.  Lulu takes time to visit the lake and the mountains, some nights she sleeps under the stars, she finds treasures every time she takes a walk, she plants beauty in her garden, and loves all of God's creatures and has MANY living close by.  Lulu has a large following on facebook ~ you can't help but love her.  I believe her ability to see beauty in everything is why she shares so much with all of us.  She takes the time to post photos just about every day, to share her daily joy with us, to open our eyes to simple things that we might otherwise never even think about ~ like the window in this photo.  Lulu is an artist and I believe that artists see just about everything in a different light.  Some are able to verbalize their thoughts, others are not.  Lulu has a way with words.  Lulu is a gift.
She went outside tonight to say goodbye to the sun.  These are the words she posted with the photo on facebook:

I just ran OUTSIDE to say GOODBYE to the sun ... I sat in my OLD beaten up aluminum chair ... INSIDE my GARDEN love SHACK ... and watched it SET slowly ... CONTENT ... Through the DIRTY salvaged WINDOW facing WEST ... This is HOW spring days END in my neck of the woods ...

What a beautiful way to end the day.  To take the time to say goodbye to the sun, sitting in an old loved chair, in a shack that is loved dearly, looking out an old salvaged window that has a beauty all its own, to view the beauty outside beyond the panes of glass.  I commented:

Lovely, lovely, Lulu!!  This is how all days should end.  Looking through that window, I feel peace, serenity, and contentment.  My mind can go where it wants or it can just rest in the beauty of what it sees.

And so... I wanted to share this window.  I love the simplicity of it, the age of it, the way the sun shines through the glass, and the rosary hanging there.  From the moment I saw the photo, I loved it.  I immediately felt peace.  I forgot about the trials of the day and about the things I needed to do tonight.  It would be nice to do this every evening ~ look out a window and focus on the setting sun, or a tree, or a flower... and let our frustrations, our fears, our trials from the day, dissolve.
I want to thank Lulu for the beauty she posts all the time.  And the fun photos, too.  Her photos have brought many a smile to my face.  I have been following Lulu's art blog for many years ~ long before facebook became so popular.  If you'd like to visit her blog, just click on this link: my pink turtle art by Lulu.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What a beautiful world it could be.........

Monday, April 7, 2014

A couple of Canada Geese enjoying a swim under the sun on our little corner city lake.   I pass the lake just about every day as I zip around town doing errands.  Every once in a while, I stop there long enough to "smell the roses".  It is very relaxing to watch the birds and ducks.  Right now, our little park is in bloom ~ one of the prettiest times of the year.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thank You God for Spring

 There is beauty everywhere you look.  How can our hearts not be filled with joy and gratitude?  Birds are singing in the trees.  Robins flit across the yard in search of worms.  The grass is greening.  The ground gets warmer each day.   Buds are opening ~ adding brightness to our flower beds, adding color to the roadways, and outlining homes, businesses and churches.  Tulips are dancing, daffodils are swaying, crocuses are smiling, the gentle smell of lavender is in the air, the yellow of forsythia screams "look at me", and hyacinths give us a quick look at their beauty and fade too soon.
The trees are glorious! The tulip tree with her large gorgeous pink blooms, the redbuds, the cherry blossoms, the crabapples, dogwoods, and magnolias. It looks like God dropped a box of crayons and they are melting all over the earth.  What a gift ~ Spring flowers on the ground and in the trees!  A welcome sign for warmer days and nights to come.  Gone are the cold days of winter, the hats, the scarves, the boots, the shovels, the scrapers, the salt, and the gloom.  Soon, our tea will be more appealing with ice cubes rather than steam.  Sandals and lighter attire are now the things we reach for.  

I took these photos all through this week.  It isn't possible to capture the total essence of beauty that surrounds us.  I just know each time I step outside my door, I am filled with happiness to see the beauty.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday

This Throwback Thursday takes me back to July, 1952.  Mom always told me that when I was little, I LOVED playing in the street.  This was our sweet little bungalow home where I grew up as a very happy little girl.  I was 4-1/2 and Patrick had just turned 9.  That's Grandpa watching!  I sure wish I could sit and talk with him now.  It makes me smile to think that Mom, Grandpa, and Patrick are together again.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


April 1 ~ It was a long cold snowy Winter, but Spring is finally here!!  March is always iffy when it comes to the weather ~ definitely still part of the Winter scene, so we can almost always count on a snowstorm.  There is no guarantee that April won't bring snow, but let's hope not.
April brings the opening of buds and color to Winter's drab landscape of greys and browns.  The grass is turning green and there are little sprouts of green throughout the woods.  Soon, the earth will be graced with the colors of the rainbow with a backdrop of blue and green.
We are enjoying a beautiful 75* sunny day.
The April flower is the Daisy or the Sweet Pea.
The gemstone for April is the Diamond.
The April zodiac sign is Aries (until the 20th) and then Taurus (21st on).
I hope your 1st day of April is just as beautiful for you and that you are enjoying your day without any jokes being played on you.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Awakens

Spring Awakens, by Miki Ferro, Easter Ideals Magazine, March, 1958

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wishing you a beautiful day and may God bless you with wonderful times ahead.  I have many good memories of fun times with you and Careostar.  On this very special day, please remember one important thing ~ you will always be older than me! (:  ♥   

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday 
OMG, look at the hair!!  This was New Year's Eve, 1978.  Friends had dared me to wear baby doll pj's that I had purchased that day.  Obviously, I did!!  I can still remember the screams of laughter when I walked in ~ it was COLD in Ohio in December!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Week 9 BOD Journal Spread

Week 9 Book Of Days Journal Spread
The challenge for week 9 was to make a spread entirely of black and white.  Once I used black gesso for the background, the first thing I thought of was night and stars.  Not a difficult spread, but fun.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

More Winter

Old Man Winter's surprise for us this morning!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Good Morning!!

As I drove down the lane yesterday morning, this beautiful creature appeared out of the woods.  Standing a mere 10 feet from my car, this sweet deer gave me enough time to snap a few photos.  It wasn't easy as I had Jake in my arms.  I thought he would bark and scare the deer, but he held very still and didn't make a sound.  Perhaps he was just as enchanted as I, with the beauty standing next to us.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I chose this photo for Throwback Thursday because Easter is near and the bunnies made me think of Spring.  I'm not sure of the year but I would guess I was around 5.  I don't remember these bunnies, but I do remember Mom telling me that we had pet bunnies.  I'm pretty sure most people take their bunnies out of the cage to play with them.  It seems I decided to get right in the cage with them ~ easier and more fun, I guess.  That way you don't have to worry about them running off.  Perhaps I was pretending to be one of them.  
I feel so blessed to have so many old photographs from my childhood.  Looking at them really makes me miss Mom, though.  She would always have some little bit of information to tell me about a picture when I would show it to her.  For 96, her mind was really good until she had the stroke.


We've all been waiting for this day.  It was a long hard Winter with very cold temperatures and a LOT of snow ~ many record breaking days in several states.  Spring is SO welcome.  I cannot wait to see the small hints of green covering the ground and the trees.  Some Spring flowers are pushing up through the ground here in Virginia.  I don't think Mr. Winter is finished with us yet, but it's a good feeling to know that Spring is here and it won't be long till we see her paint the earth with color!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Week 8 BOD Journal Spread

Week 8 Book Of Days Journal Spread

I am on a roll with this journaling.  I wanted to get caught up and it seems the faster I go, the more I enjoy it.  Simply put, I don't want to stop once I get going.  Trying many different background techniques and learning things about different paints and inks.  I was pretty much stuck on using acrylics for just about everything I did before taking this Book of Days journey.  I had experimented with a few mixed media ideas, but this is opening new doors for me.  This class ends in 2 weeks and I've already signed up to take Book of Days 2014 Volume II class which starts at the end of April and runs for another 12 weeks.  

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, March 17, 2014

Week 7 BOD Journal Spread

Week 7 Book Of Days Journal Spread
Soul Tribe

Week 7 spread is a representation of my soul tribe ~ those people I can rely on ~ the people who "know" me ~ the people I call friends ~ the people who are there for me through thick and thin, no questions asked ~ the people who cheer me on when I do something amazing ~ the people who hold my hand when I screw up.
I can't imagine life without a Soul Tribe, can you?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him."
Matthew 17:5

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Living the Creative Life

 Ibby and Katherine

It was a small group today for our Living the Creative Life meeting.  A couple of the girls were not feeling well and not able to attend.  We had our meeting at the Sweet Donkey Coffee House which just opened recently.  It's in an old renovated house and is quite nice and comfortable, with good coffee.  I would say it is going to be well liked because during the 3 hours we were there, there was a constant flow of customers.

Ibby, Tricia, Audrey and Katherine

This photo is from our very first group meeting of Living the Creative Life on February 8th at Little Green Hive Coffee and Smoothie Bar.  We've created this group to get together monthly to discuss anything art related.  For now, we are meeting at coffee shops, but eventually we plan to meet in each other's studios and make some art.  We plan to have some art shows and we'll see what else the future might bring.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Week 6 BOD Journal Spread

Week 6 Book Of Days Journal Spread ~ Mandala Making

I wasn't sure where I was headed when I started making this Mandala.  However, it wasn't long before my interest in Mayan, Aztec, and Incan Art began to show through.  It was a lengthy process, but it was fun.
The Mayan quote I chose to use in this spread:
"The greatest wisdom is in simplicity.  Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness.  It's not complex or elaborate.  The real knowledge is free.  It's encoded in your DNA.  All you need is within you.  Great teachers have said that from the beginning.  Find your heart, and you will find your way."
Carlos Barrios
(Mayan elder)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Kent State University ~ 1969 
This had to be a Friday afternoon!  Waiting to meet up with friends ~ then the walk to downtown where we would meet up with even more friends and have a couple of beers.
I can only remember this guy's nickname ~ Pea.  He was from Maine and would often tell me that it truly is God's Country.
You make a lot of friends and meet a lot of people in college.  I'm sure many of us are in touch with one or two close college friends, but it would be nice to know where so many others from those college years are today and what they did with their lives.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014