Friday, December 5, 2008

Shop for Some Goodies

I am beginning to load some of my art cards on line. I hope you like them. They can be viewed at the ARTS AND VINTAGE link under favorite places to shop. Here's a sample of what I have to offer.
They make wonderful gifts for hostesses, girlfriends, guyfriends, teachers, family the list can go on and on. One things for sure they will thoroughly enjoy receiving them. The quality is impeccable. Other designs are available and more will follow. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Life Continues to Bring Challenges

After the Storm
The storms may come And limbs may break; Yet others bend Beneath the weight-- Of heavy rain And windy breeze... A storm can mark The strongest trees.
Life sometimes deals With us this way; In unseen trials We meet each day. It's not how much our bodies breakOr how much they may bend; It's our outlook in our own life That helps our spirits mend.
~Hilen Letiro

This Thanksgiving will remain a memory for my youngest. He is just about to turn seventeen and life has been dealing him some cruel cards. The first was the death of his friend's father just before Thanksgiving. He died of cancer and left behind a young man the same age as my son. My heart bleeds for this child because his mother passed when he was only twelve. I can only imagine his pain. I have seen him and he seems to being doing well, but I know once the friends and family have gone the pain seeps in to claim its place around him. When I took my son over to see him I saw pain in my son's eyes I have not seen before. You see, my son is very emotional and cares deeply for those around him. It is always important to him for family and friends to be together. So when someone he cares about faces a loss it touches him emotionally. I am thankful to God that he was blessed with such a caring soul.
But while dealing with this situation. I was at work and he called me. I couldn't understand him through the tears and pain. Once he collected himself, he told me two of his friends were in a fatal car accident Thanksgiving night. One was killed and the other in critical condition. He was beyond distraught. This was unbelievable. How could this happen to two young and promising teenagers. All of his friends gathered together to see the one in the hospital. But one of my son's friends was extremely distraught. I held him tightly and let him cry. This is such a tough lesson to learn at an early age. I promised them things would be better with time. I assured them that their friend would want them to continue on. He was with God now. They all had trouble sleeping, which is completely normal. I also want to give my son space and freedom for a while to help heal. I believe the lesson did hit home. My son told me the other day when he gets his license in a couple of weeks, he will put their names on his steering wheel to remind him of driving safely. So with that said, I send my prayers and thoughts to family of the young man who lost his life and I will pray for a speedy recovery for the young man who survived. I will also pray for my son to hold their memories dear but not to dwell on the pain. May God bless him.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, where has the time gone. It is already Turkey Day. I am hoping that you take this day to enjoy lots of goodies. Don't worry about the calories, most will burn off on Black Friday when you are out shopping and fighting the crowds. Although, I plan on staying in and creating gifts this year. I know I know what about helping boost the economy? I already have through the craft stores, actually I could open one up in my home. *chuckle chuckle* All the crafters in the house can relate. With that said, Enjoy your Day.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

God Bless President Obama!

I am overwhelmed with emotion this morning. Tears are flowing from my eyes. Not from sadness but joy overwhelming joy. I never thought I, my children, my family would ever see a Black Man as President. It proves that this country is moving on from the nonsense and ignorance that has held our country hostage for so long. Young and old alike have said enough. Thank you , thank you, thank you. This was the first election that I opened my wallet to contribute to a campaign. Why was this so important, because I had hope that this man was given to the country for a reason. He will deliver us from the dark cloud that has blinded us for so long. He is a decent, fresh individual who was consistant with his vision for our country. He will lead us to greatness once again. At this moment I am truly proud to be an American! GO OB, God Bless President Obama!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Here is my take on Halloween. Enjoy all your childrens candy. (smile)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Life Bent with Tragedy

I really want to express a message of sympathy to a young star whose world was turned beyond upside down last Friday. It is beyond comprehension the pain this girl and her family are feeling right now. There have been a few comments that this happens everyday, why is it different. There is no difference, any life taken in such a tragic and unnecessary manner is horrific. I really can't figure people out sometimes and maybe its not my job to try. But I get up everyday go thru my daily routine and repeat the process over and over again. The difference is that it never crosses my mind to infringe on another person's life. People make you angry, upset and bewildered sometimes but move on its part of life's lessons.

Is it possible that the generation this person or people come from are so hardened that they disregard these life lessons and human life. The worst part is taking the life of a child. That child didn't ask to be part of this conflict. He woke up that morning, I'm sure happy and looking forward to a day of play and learning with his friends. The only solace in all of this is he is now in a better place with his grandma and uncle. If all this was all this cold world had to offer his little soul he just may be in a better place. Shine on sweetie.


Late this past summer I took a picture of these flowers in my garden. The color was so beautiful and I wanted to be able to preserve it. This way I can gaze at them when the weather gets bad. If you look close you will see a small bee enjoying it too.

Today, we were hit with snow. I couldn't believe it, Snow, October go figure. Does this mean we will have a White Christmas? It would be nice. Seems like for the past few years we either see rain or just normal weather. No snow. So maybe there will be a change of pace this time. Did I say Christmas? Geez, the time does fly.

Enjoy and happy crafting.

Greetings from MAX and BAILEY

Well I am always reading other peoples blogs and find that they often talk about their families and things they enjoy doing etc. etc. etc. So I thought I would post my two little babies on the site and periodically post their shananagins. Because believe me life with two schnauzers is never boring.

Max is my oldest he is black and silver and will be 12 this year. He does have a heart condition but my younger one keeps him active. He is a bit spoiled for me and wants to always go with me in the car (and doesn't even like it), in my bedroom anywhere I go in the house. The best thing about him is he is always will to please, when we got my younger one he was indifferent but never intolerant. I think he was trying to make a good impression for me. (smile)

Bailey is my younger one he is solid black and definitely holds the second child syndrome title. When he was a young puppy, I wasn't sure we would ever be friends. Now, I can't imagine my world without him. He's headstrong, noisy, protective and did I mention SPOILED. But he does have one redeeming quality he is very cuddly and loves to snuggle with me or any member of the family. He wants so badly to take rank over Max, but believe me Max ain't having it.

I get a big kick out of when they come upstairs there is one large pillow for them to lay on. If Max gets there first he sprawls over the whole thing and Bailey is left to squeeze onto any corner he will fit. As for Bailey he is always courteous and makes room for Max. Go figure.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Computer Play

Playing around with a computer program. I changed these beauties into another one. It went from the black and white to the colorful version of beauty. Fun Stuff.

Its amazing what you can teach yourself when you have a little bit of spare time.
Now I just have to teach myself how to rearrange the photos so they line up with each other. Chuckle Chuckle.

Please feel free to post your comments and thoughts.

Friday, October 17, 2008


what dreams are made of! I recently spent Columbus Day weekend with a wonderful group of artistic women. Some I knew, but most I just met. The wonderful event was Art 4 the Soul. A gathering of artistic souls that create beautiful works of art. I have to say that Sallianne and Ellen really know how to put on a workshop fair. Bravo!

I have posted an example of what I learned from Cheryl Strait. I hope you like. I have also posted some new art items on my new etsy shop. Feel free to browse and pick up something new.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Art for Sale

I have posted some new pieces, this time for sale. I hope you enjoy them. I took a chance with a program on my computer. I decided one day to play around with it and found that it allows me to create these pieces from many different elements. After this I may be able to move onto photoshop. ;o) If you are interested in any of the pieces, I do accept paypal. Just contact me via Thank you. Enjoy!
(The piece above was inspired by the sweet Misty Mawn)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Happy New Year!

2008 is shaping up to be my year! So many things have happened in a short period of time. Its about time too. I am so happy to see 2007 go. Thou it had so good points, it was hectic, chaotic, and challenging to the very end. It ended up with my older schnauzer needing emergency surgery(3 weeks before XMAS) for what they said were acorns. Well, they went in and NO ACORNS. Ugh! 2007 Good riddance!!!!

I stated that 2008 would be my year, where should I begin. First, I come home from vacation and find that a piece I submitted to Somerset Studio has been published. A gallery compilation was well received. Thank you to all the ladies who submitted inches. Props are due. My work has been accepted and distributed throughout the Art-O-Mat revolution. So cool. All this has happened within January. What could be next. :o)

The art piece above is inspired by Alma Stoller. It is a clay print. Enjoy.

Have a happy and healthy New Year,