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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!!!

To my blogging friends thank you for sharing your art and your heart for it's brought such joy to mine. What inspiration I've received while visiting your blogs. We've laughed, cried and prayed for one another which to me makes us very special friends. God brings us together not only to share the good times, but to help each other in difficult times. So today I want to say it again,
Thank you for visiting my blog, but most of all for caring enough to leave a sweet message. What joy you all have brought my way!!!
Blessings, and have a safe and Happy New Year too!!! ((((hugs))))

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christs Bells

I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3 :20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28 )
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13 )
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)"

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sharing some Christmas Cheer

Here's some of the decorating if done in our home..I haven't gotten a really good one of the tree but will...My wish is that each of you have a very beautiful Christmas with the reason for the season taking top billing. Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Found a old photo of several of my siblings

From left to right...Bill, Tom (my twin) me and my half sister, Ginger.
after Bill we had a sister named Robin who was blind deaf and totally retarted due to mom having the German Measles when she was 3 mos pregnant. Robin lived to be 48 having been cared for in an institution...back in those days there weren't many options. Then came Mary whom many of you know from her blog and from many NING Networks too. Just wanted you to see how cute we were back the...a very long time ago..hehehe!!!

What I'm so thankful for

Today being Thanksgiving I wanted to come and share what I'm thankful for this year. It's amazing how most of what I'm thankful for doesn't change...I'm thankful for my Abba Father who came down as his son to die on that cross in Calvary for all our sins...what a terrible death that was....just think how much our God loves us to do that...just think!!!! I'm thankful for the family I have, my wonderful husband, and children we raised, and of course all our grandchildren. I'm so thankful that even tho we struggle to make ends meet like so many of our neighbors we are never without food to eat, heat to keep us warm, and a nice home....I'm thankful for my mom being here for Thanksgiving. The turkey was put in the oven around 7am so dinner will be 2 or 3...yes it's a big bird for just 3 of us, but my daughters will be here with one's kids so we will have plenty food leftover for days.
May I extend a very warm greeting to each of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, and my wish that you share your blessings with others around you...(((gentle hugs to all my online friends)))

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sharing some more photos!

The first photo is of my daughter Missy whom many of you have been praying for...she's such a sweetie and doing much better!!! The second photo was taken of me 2 days ago...getting old!! hehehe, then the third is of me at 25 yrs old...what a difference...sigh!!! hehehe And last but not least is our mom at 27 just after me and my twin was born. She's beautiful even today at 91...will post a photo when she comes to Thanksgiving dinner....
It's so much fun to find old photos isn't it??? Blessings!!!

What I've been up to...

I've been having a blast making little ornies for gifts...I've been in a couple ornie swaps as well.
I have discontinued making little ATCs for now cuz it gives me more time to create the paintings I love to do, and enter into swaps, but most of all to spend more time living life!! I'd love to see some of the things you are working on for Christmas or for Thanksgiving for that matter...Am I getting ahead of my self here..hehehhe!!! We all know times keeps marching on and in no time Christmas will be here so getting ready is a good thing. If you have an tutorials as to creating different ornies please add your website or blog here so others can visit you!!!
Have an awesome weekend, and a very Blessed Thanksgiving. Remember to share with those less fortunate. (((hugs)))

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I have just discovered an awesome Blog!

Here's my entry for this weeks Three Musing Challenge...

If you enjoy weekly challenges, and haven't already discovered this wonderful blog you must go check it out. There are so many plp creating some awesome entries some of whom I have the pleasure of knowing. Do go and take a look and see if this isn't a perfect place to show off your talent...

Judy's Holiday Gingerbread Giveaway

I have just come from Judy's blog where she is having an awesome Holiday's well worth your time to stop by and read all about it. Not only that, but Judy is a great gal to get to know if you don't already.... I sure hope you win something and have fun!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What a beautiful day!!!

The past few days have been a bit rough as I've been bitten by a bug...not a nice bug either!!! BUT sometimes it's our bodies way of slowing us down don't you think? I found as I lay there on the sofa I had time to think about all the things I've done in the past year and it actually blows me away. I've made and traded 100's of little ATCs. It's amazing how these little gems become much so that I've let my canvas art take a back seat. I have also met so many great ladies who love making them as well. It's like having a little piece of each of their art work that I can keep forever! I've received atcs from all over the postmaster things I'm crazy for I'm her number one client..hehehehe!!! Yep, I visit her several times a week. hehehehe!!! Well, I really just wanted to come and wish each of you a wonderful day...if you aren't feeling well please let me know so I can put you on my prayer list. One of our daughter's (hubby's daughter) and her family have been passing around the Swine Flu. All we can do is pray that those who contract this are able to fight it off with meds. I've been making pots of soup to share with neighbors who've been sick as well..

So now I"m going to go back and take a little nap in the hopes this fever will subside...good thing I've kept some soup for us too...heheheh!!!
blessings to all who happen by this little blog today!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Crowabout wk 56

Here is week 56 challenge in Crowabout...we are given a collage sheet from Nancy (2nd photo) and we are to use at least 3 items to create out page. I used 8x10 acrylic paper and acrylic paints, enlarged one of the little horses large enough to make the wanted woman with the guy able to ride him...used yarn for the mane and tail...and found an old pipercub from 1939 when they first came out...what fun this was to do!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

This is for a great cause!!!

Most of you know Pam Carriker who is not only an awesome artist, but a teacher of awesome classes, and wonderful mom and wife...she has great compassion for those suffering with breast cancer as it's hit close to home. A family member has been suffering with it so she's doing something to make a difference. You can go to her ETSY shop via
and find this beautiful print of a painting she did so she could not only give us a beautiful creation by her which in of it's self is a real treat, but the procedes of the sales are going to Breast Cancer awesome it that??? You know I think I'm going to do one as well (not nearly as gorgeous as Pam's, but I feel we all could do our part to help find a cure for this horrific disease!!! Will post mine in a couple days!!!
Don't for get to get yours!!!!

Gut Art with Mystele

Inside cover

Front cover of gut art book!
What fun this Gut Art Class with Mystele is. She's challenging use to really see all that's around us...getting down to our authentic art. I'm loving the process and even finding out more about awesome it that?? ehehehe!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lookie what we have!!!

This is my hubby with all three pugs. Wrinkles is laying on the other side of the bed and little Sadie (black) is laying near Dewey! Our new guy, Napolian is standing. Napolian (I call Polo for short) is a very sweet friendly guy who loves attention. We are happy to say he and Wrinkles chase each other all over the house and yard which I'm sure will help Wrinkles lose some weight!!! How we got this gorgeous pug for free is a rather sad story for he was destine for the pound. A husband and wife decided to divorce, husband was sent back to Iraq leaving his beloved pug, Napolian behind. Wife didn't really like this little dog for she had her own BIG she decided since the were getting a divorce she's just get ride of him. Now mind ya they had this little guy for 5 yrs. Our SIL works with the wife so told us about the dog...we went over to see him and took him home that very night. We talked it over and decided even tho we've already bonded with Polo and love him we will give him back to his owner if he wants him back when he comes back from the war. It's only right that he should have him don't y0u think?? I know it will be hard when and if the time comes, but we know how we would feel if it were us over, he doesn't even know she got rid of him!!! Sad isn't it???
We will take care of him and enjoy what time we do have!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

In the moment folk illustration art

Just look at Heavenleighart's awesome art!!! I've loved Julie-Ann's art and have enjoyed her growth along the way....this is one of my favorites so had to share it with those who may not have had the pleasure of seeing it...

Friday, September 11, 2009

My daughter April turns 35 tomorrow!

Well one of my daughters is having a Birthday tomorrow, and there was one thing she really wanted from me. I'd painting a seascape that my sister Mary loved so I sent it to her....later I found out that April wanted it too. Yes, I painted a new one just for her!!! I posted it in FB so she would find it...I'm so happy she did for it was exciting to here her reply!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What an awesome day!!!

Today is much like yesterday, cool, low humitity, breezy and a glimpse of days to come! I am so thankful for being in an area where you can see all the seasons~ I can sit out on the deck and create paintings with all God's glory around me...the trees starting to fall and the sun shining down on me unlike any other light!!! Oh and the birds just singing their hearts out as I what joy this brings to my soul!!! As I take in all that beauty as my lungs take in the clear, clean and crisp air I'm reminded that I have been so totally blessed. Not with worldly things, far from it...but with the knowledge that God loves me as much as he does all of you...isn't that just the most awesome fact??? I was sitting here thinking I would like to share some of the paintings I've do lately...perhaps even some of the chunky book pages I've become so enamired with.(sp) hehehee!!! so here they are...just remember I pray that you all have a wonderful day, and if I haven't stopped by your blogs lately...I will!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My August entry for Mide Wide Open

The second photo is the prompt picture for August's challenge, so I decided to play up this little darling swinging in a real (sure) tree using an 8x10 canvas board and using acrylic paints. It's a mixed media collage with some whimsy!!!
This was really fun and I suggest if you haven't been to check out Mind Wide Open before you may just decide you'd love to join in!!!
Oh, there's a little block that says "Mind Wide Open" just click on it and it will take you there! Just let GAIL (who comes up with all these awesome challenges) you want to join in!!!!
God loves you and so do I!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My little sister, Mary!!

This is my sweet sister, Mary at the ripe ole' age of 4!!! Some of you may be following her blog and/or have met her in several of the NING Networks....if so you've seen the picture of her and the awesome smile she has. I posted this photo of her in my other blog, but wanted to share it here too...don't miss checking her awesome blog out if you haven't been there before.
Have a great rest of the week!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Here are some 4x4 cards for trading. I discovered just this week that 4x4 cards can be made in to what's called Chunky Books...I am going to make one and will share it with you went it's finished! This is really fun finding that there's more to making cards for trade! Chunky pages are thick, and have ribbons or yarns with charms attached usually on the right side of the card...this is sooooooooo much fun!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Look what my friend Marcela sent me! I can't wait to see if she like what I created for her! Do go visit Patti at her blog and see what a beautiful blog she has!!!

How sweet is this?

While washing the morning dishes I looked out the window and saw my first *family* and ran (walked) quickly to find my camera!!! What a wonderful sight to see Momma deer with her twin babies who still have their spots!!! Isn't it awesome what God brings into view if we just look? I hope you can see them thru the fence as well as I could when taking the picture!!! I'm still smiling from this awesome treat!!!

Blessings to all of you who stop by to visit. What makes you smile???

Thursday, July 2, 2009

My latest little painting

I was messing around with a 16x20 canvas adding texture by using some molding clay, papers and decided to make something a little whimsical. This is what I came up with, but I have to admit I was thinking of my dear sister Mary from and all the wonderful mixed media paintings she does. And yes, there is a hug canvas in her living room done in turquoise and RED...and it's a red bird, but her's is different, so I don't think she's going to think I've copied from her. The way I look at it is she's influenced me in a good way with her art. Can you tell I'm so very proud of Mary??? Well many of you already know her, and that we have a special bond...
Tell me what you think of this, does it need more added, like stamping of rings or perhaps a little heart hanging from a string in front of little birdie's face...I was thinking of a worm...but don't think so..eheheh!!!
Have an awesome weekend celebrating our Independence. I pray for safe travel if you will be on the roads!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

By golly I think I like this one!

In my last post I showed you all the original painting I'd been working on then a revised version. Brenda and Gloria were kind enough to share their thoughts on it which I totally agreed after stepping back and taking a good look at it, I think I finally like the revised revised painting..ehehhe!!!
Thanks girls for being totally honest with me! I am a self taught artist who's only been painting for about a year in ernest! I think I need to take some course in shading and such.
Now, I'd like more constructive advise if you all don't mind...that's a good way to learn...and God knows I'm learning...eheheh!!!
Have a great day!!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I just finished

Ok here is the first 22x28 painting I did, but wasn't happy with it cuz I thought the tree was too uniformed and way too busy at the bottom. So this morning I went over it and ended up with this...When I first started painting in ernest about a year ago I would never have thought to actually go over a painting to start anew however I watched my dear sister, Mary actually GESSO over a painting of hers I thought was great and come up with something even better (if that's possible) She told me there was no right or wrong way to paint, and to make Gesso my *friend*....heheheh!!! That's exactly what I did here. Now looking at the two side by side I'm wondering if the second one has enough interest. What do you think??? Yep, I'm leaving it up to you all. Should I go back and add more color or what???
Blessings, and enjoy the rest of Sunday honoring HIM!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

June 1st and look what I found!

The minute my feet hit the floor this morning I know it was going to be an awesome day. As I usually do I open the door to smell in the cool fresh air of early morning, and was greated by the awesome sounds of birds scurrying around gathering food for their young. One little hummer already at it's feeder on the front deck. All the while I'm smiling at what God greats most of us with each day. A brand new beginning knowing full well yesterday is gone, nothing can change that, and tomorrow well it may not be here for some, so today is a good as it gets!!! Now where did that all come mind seems to go deep into the back finding things I probably dreamed about the night before..ehehehe!!! All I'm saying is we need to make the most of each day we are given...I sure am trying. Someone reminded me the other day not to sweat the small stuff...the things we can't really do anything about. Course we know that God is always with us to lift us up, and carry us when it's needed. Today I'm feeling wonderful especially as the sun arose in the ski bringing forth all the new beauty of the day. I grabbed my camera and walked down the sidewalk to where the rose bushes line the side of our home. Yep there they were, 5 bushes all in a line each giving me their best blooms to capture! Well the yellow bush was being shy today, but I'm sure they will get over it and produce a beautiful bloom soon!
So I leave you with these beautiful pictures to enjoy...sure wish this was smelablog so you could enjoy their fragrance too!!!
love ya all...have a wonderful day!

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Am married to a great guy and we've raised 5 of his and my children...they have blessed us with 14 grandchildren.  My passion is creating all forms of art, and handmade jewelry.  On the side I still make some bouquets for weddings and enjoy playing with our 3 pugs.  Living in the mountains gives us such a sense of freedom as we are on 5 acres filled with tall old trees surrounding our little home...we have all kinds of wildlife visiting us daily!!!

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