MY LITTLE CUTIE


This is my dog Roxie, doing her favorite thing. Her second fav thing is snuggling. She whines for whatever she wants and when you say "show me" she leads you to it. She will try to trick you and lead you to the "treat" pantry many times. She only gets one treat a day, but she tries!

She is VERY spoiled!

FEELING GOOD BEING CREATIVE AGAIN!





I've been drawing and painting a couple of things. I also went to Staples and found out Bristol board comes in colors. I only knew of white. Am I living in the dark ages, or what? It isn't as smooth as the white though, so it remains to be seen how it works. It almost feels like regular cardstock. If you have used it, I would appreciate comments. I also bought some water soluble oil pastels. I have never cared for oil pastels, but I thought I would try these. I wonder if they are sort of like Max oils?

I am almost completely out of watercolor paper too, and really wanting to try hot pressed. Can't find it anywhere around here. Guess I will have to order it from Dick Blick or ???? Any suggestions? Anyhow, these drawings are what I have been creating. They are Micron pen and w/c, titled Mother Earth and Mother Bird Celebrate New Life - heehee do you think I'm pushing Spring? --and Dance of the Sea Nymph - inspired by LisaO's dream.

Noooo, I haven't put my Christmas stuff away yet; been procrastinating. I just.....sort of.....don't look at it. Tomorrow for sure! ;)

SAY GOODBYE



Say Goodbye to the Christmas Cards, to the Twig Tree, to all the cutsie little decorations like Tweetie and Woodstock, the glitter parrot, the window candles, the wreath. Going back into their box home until next season. It was a nice Christmas. New Year's Eve should be quiet, and 2007 is expected to be wonderful! More ideas flourish already, more art to be created, more love to feel for everyone, and gratitude for what I have and for the friends - especially GPS - I have made this past year. I am excited and looking forward to what the new year may bring! Today, although cold, the rain has stopped and the sun shines brightly! A good omen? Blessings to those in need of them.

A Christmas Gift



This was my gift. I went to the front yard Christmas Eve for fresh air. Ms. Bunny was there resting peacefully. Ms. Bunny had babies in my back yard 3 times, until she moved on. I was so happy to see her here, even if it's really one of her many children. Thank you Bunny, for visiting.

WHAT LOVE AND CARING CAN DO



A couple of years ago I visited my sister in North Carolina. I got to stay with her for a week at her job. She is a group home manager at Holy Angels, at Belmont Abbey in Belmont, NC. Holy Angels does wonderful things for children, and cares for them even as adults. One of the residents there is Cheryl. I met Cheryl while I was there for that heavenly week. (Such a peaceful place). Cheryl is a sweet person, and at the time she was working in the gift shop. BTW that gift shop has the most decadent candy baskets, and the cafe next door has heavenly food - no pun intended- but it is!!! Anyway, this year I got a Christmas card from my dear sister, and it was this angel card above, that Cheryl made. I am sooooooooo happy for her! I have told my sister that if Cheryl needs any art supplies at all, let me know and I will see that she gets them. I had no idea while I was there, that Cheryl could draw and paint like this! It's wonderful! It's magical! It's a gift from God. And I wanted to share it here. Also, if you would like to know more about Holy Angels, please visit their website at www.holyangelsnc.org It's truly an angelic place. May Peace be your gift at Christmas.

The Snowbirds Have Arrived


Once again, the newest members of the Whooping Crane flock have followed the ultra light from Wisconsin to Florida, where they will get conditioned for a fall migration back, and hopefully think about having babies to increase the flock. This is done every year to teach the newest birds how to migrate, and to help bring these wonderful large birds back from near-extinction. Around here, this is ALMOST as exciting as a Discovery lift-off! For a more complete story, http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061220/NEWS0107/112200044/1004/NEWS Now, I MUST start concentrating on my art again!!!

SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT


A snowflake ornament done with Micron pen and pastel on Bristol.

SNOWFLAKE

Soft, silent

floating down gently

caressing my cheek

like a whisper

peace

PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD


I am so glad to know that TIME MAGAZINE has voted ME for their PERSON OF THE YEAR Award. Little ol' ME! How nice to be recognized as a part of our great forward movement in this world. And they also voted for YOU, and YOU, and YOU.... Sadly, I Googled some info about it and I could not believe the negative comments I read......from people just like us. Well, not like me becuz I am happy about it....but I just don't understand WHY anyone would be so negative. I refuse to be negative, I accept it with honor, and now......

..I am going to go to my drawing table and get busy because I have been long lagging with my creativity.

Oh, hey, wow, have you heard about Nicci? Check out her blog www.brushedwithmagic.com/blog/ ...This artist has been working hard and it is beginning to come together for her. She got a commission to put her art in a designer house! CONGRATS NICCI!!! ...And...I'll be watching for you with that little cutie, Howie Mandel. I have a feeling you are going to get in!

MY CHARLIE BROWN TREE




I had decided this year to not put up a Christmas tree, since the spirit of the season seemed to be escaping me. But after I displayed the Christmas cards we received, put candles in the window and a wreath on the door, it felt like something was missing. I still wasn't too enthused on putting up a tree, because we are looking for new LR furniture and my LR is a little bare right now, as I have got rid of most of the old large pieces. A Christmas tree with no couch? It didn't seem right! Then I thought of the couple of stick trees I had seen on blogs. Colette has one, and I forget who else; maybe I am thinking of Oceandreamer with her treasure tree. Anyhow, I decided to make a stick tree. So.....here is our "Charlie Brown Christmas Stick Tree". We really like it. DH had to hold up a tablecloth behind it so I could get pics. It has little birdies, fake lights, dh's small collection of Tweetie bird and Woodstock, a peacock feather, the smallest of ornaments I could find in the garage, and it is all stuck in a large crystal vase with glass pebbles to hold it in place. Around the bottom is a mosaic birdhouse I made some time ago (for the birds in the stick tree, of course), and if you look close you can see my prized possession, my Christmas chunky book! We are really happy with our stick tree! NOW, it feels like Christmas.


WORTH LOOKING AT!

Check out this video (sound on please) The introduction is in French, but the performance is AWESOME! http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xf9oo_jerome-murat

GIMMIE A LITTLE KISS, BABE


This is Frankie and Johnnie. My friend Linda belongs to them. :)

OMG ABOUT ME DON'T EVEN READ THIS


I came to this self-portrait in a roundabout way. I visited Tinker (check my sidebar links) and she pointed in my direction to do a Six Wierd Things About Me meme (Tinker, I was NOT holding up my hand waving "pick me, pick me!") . Of course, I am NOT wierd, (like maybe she is), but anyhow I said I would do it. Meanwhile, I linked from Tinker to Roadchick who linked me to a site that told me what kind of Tarot card figure I am. So now I know I am a Hermit, and I kind of agree with that. I have always been a loner type. Apparently the Hermit is full of prudence, caution, deliberation.....yep, that's me! (Now I ask you, is THAT wierd??) The Hermit also retires from participation in current events. Yep, that's me, the Loner. The Hermit (so it says) is also a card of introspection (yep), analysis (definitely) and virginity (WHAT???) Hermits do not socialize (well, not much), and desire peace and solitude. (RIGHT ON!!) It says Hermits prefer to take the time to think, organize, ruminate (nope, omit that one!), and take stock. (Uh, huh). Hermits feel frustration and discontent (oh yeah!!!), but this leads to enlightenment, illumination and clarity. (Well, ok if you say so but when does this happen?) Hermits also represent a wise, inspirational person, friend, teacher, therapist; a person who can shine a light on things that were previously mysterious and confusing. (Yeah, man! Shine on, brother!) So, ok, here goes.

SIX WIERD THINGS ABOUT ME. (Besides being a Hermit AND spelling wEIrd wierd. How weird)

1. I asked dh and he said I'm a Freaky Ol' Lady

2. I have a soft heart for birds. I like birds better than a lot of people. BIRDS RULE!

3. I am legally blind in one eye, but you would never have known if I didn't tell you. (I do find it difficult to draw a straight, horizontal line without a ruler). Well, even WITH a ruler some times! The ruler must be crooked. I was cross-eyed as a kid and teased a lot by other kids until it was fixed. Children can be cruel.

4. I am fascinated by streetsweepers. (Where does the dirt go?)

5. I believe that money CAN buy happiness! Give me yours, I'll prove it! You may not be happy but I will!

6. I'm thinking....I'm thinking.....I'll have to get back to you...

If you are reading this and have not done this, YOU ARE TAGGED! LOL See how wierd I am? :)

STILL AMAZING, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS


Last night Discovery made a night-time launch, the first night lift-off in four years. I watched the count-down on tv, and as soon as they said "...and we have lift-off", I ran really fast to the front yard, and in about 2 seconds THERE IT WAS!!! The sky to the east lit up like a GIANT ball of fire. Considering I am a couple of hundred miles from the Cape, I was amazed at the vastness of it, the brightness. All I could say was "WOW!!!" And I heard some of my neighbors down the street, in the dark, saying..."WOW!!!" Too cool!! And eight minutes later, way out of sight, they were in orbit. I wish them a safe trip and a safe return in 12 days. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

FOR LISA...........


And the memory will live on......

A PRAYER FOR A FRIEND PLEASE


Please just say a little prayer for Lisa Oceandreamer that she can keep her strength in this time of great sadness in her life as her mom begins her journey towards total peace.

THE BOAT PARADE



































LAST NIGHT WAS VERY PLEASANT. DH AND I WENT TO A CHRISTMAS RECEPTION AT THE ART CENTER, (AND WATCHED OTHER PEOPLE GET DOOR PRIZES AND ART AWARDS...LOL) HAD GOOD CONVERSATION AND GOOD FOOD. THEN...TA DA......WE WENT TO THE BOAT PARADE! THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENING. THE WEATHER WAS ABSOLUTELY WONDERUL, WITH WARM BREEZES KISSING MY SOUL AND LAPPING THE DARK WATER AGAINST THE SEAWALL! NEXT TO WHERE WE WERE WAS THE AMERICAN LEGION AND LET ME TELL YOU THOSE PEOPLE CAN PARTY!!! THERE WAS WHOOPING AND HOLLERING AND LAUGHING AND THEY WERE HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME! THANKFULLY, WHEN THE PARADE STARTED, THEY ALL GOT QUIET. I BET THEY ALL HAVE HANGOVERS TODAY. ANYWAY, WE WERE RIGHT BY ONE OF THE BRIDGES AND I TRIED TO GET PICS OF IT OPEN AS THE BOATS WENT THROUGH, BUT IT WAS JUST TOO DARK. SO HERE ARE SOME OF THE PICTURES I GOT OF THE BOATS AS THEY PARADED BY IN ALL THEIR CHRISTMAS FINERY, COMPLETE WITH THE PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF TAKING UP THE REAR, WITH HIS BLUE LIGHT FLASHING (AND OF COURSE RUINING MY PICTURE!) IT WAS A WONDERFUL EVENING.

MAKE YOUR SOUL FEEL GOOD!


Check over at alter-myworld.greatestjournal.com/ (Ang on my sidebar), and see the wonderful challenge she has issued. It's a Pay It Forward like Oprah did. It's a good thing!!!

HOLIDAY CREATIVITY

This doll is one of the "spirit" dolls I make. I call them Beadlocks. Not much else to say about it except...well...there it is! LOL The other picture is a drawing (pencil and pastel) I am doing that I MAY put in a holiday show at the art center. Thinking about it. Would you believe that I am...me....the lip... at a loss for words right now? Hmmmmmm must be the stars again! Directing my life... But I WAS just thinking how fun it is to have cyberfriends not only all over the U.S., but also in Canada, Australia, Finland, England, Scotland, anywhere.

FRESH BLOOD AND BASKETWEAVING

This is "The Basket Weaver". I am a little disappointed in it and I think it's because I used a 01 Micron instead of 05. I usually use 05 and I believe it would have come out darker. Changing the resolution didnt seem to help. Oh well, lesson learned. Man, he had better get himself out of there before he disappears!

As to FRESH BLOOD, there was some on the sidewalk this morning alongside the garage. We have an owl in the neighborhood; sometimes you can hear him hoot after it gets dark. He spends quite a bit of time in our huge camphor tree. Occasionally we find fresh blood on the sidewalk, and it's right below a large knob in the tree. Guess that's his "plate".

Feel Peace in your soul. See you Tuesday, if the good Lord is willing and the creek don't rise! :)


TODAY......


I saw this bumper sticker and thought it was more than cute! And probably true! Today I went to an Arts & Crafts show sponsored by the Florida Craftsman Gallery. It was stupendous! The best of the best! Pottery, Glass, Weaving, Woodwork, Jewelry...one girl was there from Petaluma, CA selling her necklaces for $27,000, that's right, THOUSAND...needless to say I didn't buy one. Nope, not even one! But they sure were beautiful.

Right now I'm weaving a basket. If I get it finished, I'll post it tomorrow.

Gee, did you get invited to the wedding? I didn't! :) Have a great, creative weekend everyone. Peace and love.

YESTERDAY...





Yesterday was a fine day. The weather was wonderful...sunshine...breezy...mid 70's. Kind of sub-tropic day you want to be outdoors all day long. And I was mostly. I went out just to shop around and be by myself. I stopped in a little Boutique called ACROSS THE POND and found a small gold evening bag just right for the holidays! It was only five bucks! FIVE!!! :) Then I stopped at THE COFFEE MILL, a small store packed full of goodies, holiday goodies right now, and I probably stayed there for 40 minutes just taking in all the eye candy and smelling all the coffees and teas and specialty candies. They have a small "candy counter" sort of like a candy deli, and I picked out one chocolate-covered honeycomb crunch and one espresso truffle, just for ME!! I wanted a dozen of each, but fortunately I have pretty good will power! I purchased a couple of Christmas items, then I toodled on down the street to a little shop called THE FUNKY MONKEY. Nice things, but way too expensive. Smelled good in there though. Then I went to a tiny little shop called DECOR AMOUR (remember NEEDFUL THINGS? Yeah, a shop like that!). They have really nice vintage and estate items. The owner is going into her third year of business and I am so happy because I love to shop there. Last year I bought a wall mirror, one of those curvy things from the 70's that is actually plastic and colored a baked-on gold. Ick. I got it for $13 bucks, brought it home and gold-leafed it. It looks now like it came from a castle in the Rennaissance era. Love it! But yesterday...looky looky what I found! Mr. Moon surrounded by stars, and the mirror part is rounded like those mirrors used for security, so it picks up everything in the room. I feel soooooooooo lucky!!! Twenty bucks!! I love it!!! It was a wonderful afternoon, then I came home and heard some tippy tapping in the bathroom. And there was Ms. Wee, hopping around in the tub like a bunny rabbit. I tried to get pics but she huffed all up and tried to attack the faucet. So here is a pic of her thru the gauzy shower curtain.....you can just barely see her, and another attacking the faucet. She is such a terrorist!

VETERANS DAY


Freedom comes at a price. Thank you Veterans, for all you do, and all you have done. God Bless America.

ROBYN'S CHALLENGE


THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, MISS "R".

NICE PEOPLE!




Lately, there have been really nice people touching my life. I feel really lucky, so I'm sharing some pictures relating to these nice people. THE POTTERY was hand-made just for me by the instructor, Jane, where I work part time. She was soooo sweet to do this. One is a pinch pot that holds essential oils and a tea candle. Sure makes my house smell wonderful. The other she gave me yesterday. Story behind it.......Some time ago I found this HUGE leaf in my yard. It must have blown there from somewhere, because my yard only has a variety of palms and a huge camphor tree (small leaves). The leaf was so big I had to save it, and I put it between two books and dried it. One day I took it to Jane, thinking she could use it for a pattern on some of her pottery. Yesterday, she brought this leaf pottery to me as a gift, made from a pattern of that very leaf I found in my yard. The back of it has a container that can hold water and fresh greenery, or silk. It can hang on the wall. I LOVE it, thank you Jane!! You are a "nice" person! THE EARRINGS....well, there is this sweet lady who works at the grocery store we use, and she knows I love Macaws. She was wearing these yesterday when my dh was at the store, he admired her earrings, and she took them off and sent them to me! (Some time ago I gave her a pair of earrings I had because she really likes BIG dangly earrings). So, this has come back to me, thru another "nice" person. I now have a small collection (of 3) Macaw earrings. One given to me some time ago by GPS Pamalatomatohead (grin), and another pair of Macaws that are wearing purple sombreros. I love my Macaws! And now THE HEART ... This is on the front of a hand made card sent to me by our own GPS GEMMA! The heart is woven of paper, fabric, trim, and a shiny, glittery thing in the middle. It's beautiful, and I've added this wonderful piece of art to my journal. Thanks Gemma, another "nice" person. And one more thing.....I received a "thank you" card in the mail recently (not pictured) by another sweet little Greek lady "Anastasia". She loved my Halloween spider errings, so I took them off and gave them to her. How could I not? She is adorable! So you can see that lately I have been surrounded by "nice", and I am truly grateful. Lucky me! Maybe I should check the stars???