DUCKS GOT OUT OF ORDER


Yesterday I was going to do all this and all that, and had everything planned out. But then dh and I decided to go buy a new monitor. We did. Got it home, set up, and the colors were not near as wonderful as this old CRT we are using, so that was a big disappointment and it took up too much time so I didn't get to do my artwork I had planned on. It went back today. I think we need to update the color card in our computer before we add a new monitor. So far, you just can't beat this Vivitron color.

I couldn't fix my sidebar w/the info blogger sent me, so I guess I will just let it go for awhile. I think if I had learned the old Corel Wordperfect like I should have, I would prolly find html easy, but I skipped around it best I could so I am paying for it now. Geesh, now we have WORD. So easy to use. Makes paragraphs for you, makes lists, etc. etc. Figured I would never miss all that foreign symbols Wordperfect insisted on, but now I am paying the price.

I have been tagged by Ninnie with the book thingy, so here goes: Page 123, 5th sentence, posting next 3 sentences (talking about death):.....swells to an unlimited amount of time and he is watched by many eyes? Because there is a function he must carry out? Or perhaps, when there is love, the widowed must stay for the resurrection of the beloved--so that the one who has gone is not really dead, but grows and is created for a second time in the soul of the living"? Why? The book is The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers. I have been reading it on and off for about 6 months. I like it, but it seems like I will never finish it. So.....

Since many blogs are posting about fairies right now, I may as well post my little polymer clay fairy I made some time ago. I made quite a few and sold them. They hang by fishing line. This is the last one I have and I haven't felt inclined to make any more. I didn't see it happen, but she must have hatched from a podling, don't you think? She is about 5 1/2 inches tall and hangs by a mirror near my front door, next to Pam's lovely paper angel.

Oh Yeah...last night I wrote my second short story and this morning I did the illustrations for the first one, so I am working at it!............................................. As for tagging, suppose I just tag the first three people who care to leave a comment, IF they have not already been tagged by someone else, and IF they want to! I just don't know who has been tagged and who not. Consider yourself tagged :).

SO MANY IDEAS, SO LITTLE TIME!



..........I wanted to post this piece of collage art that Lisa Oceandreamer sent me. Even tho it was posted on her site (that's where I first saw and begged for it) it is too wonderful not to put here again. I love the bright colors of the bird and the kids seeming to look at it, and the message is one we should all identify with. This came in an envelope that was hand-written with the words "OH WHAT JOY THERE IS TO GIVING!" And it's so true. Lisa has such an infectious enthusiasm and it makes me feel good each time I visit her blog. THE OTHER PIECE is a 5 x 5 I did called Nightdreamer. It's the night time version of the Oceandreamer I did for Lisa in our trade. TODAY I plan to do some more art (my mind is jumbled with ideas today) and hopefully work on my blog. I did receive an answer from the blogger guys about putting my sidebar info back to the top, so I'll see if I can understand the tekkie stuff they say. I also received yesterday my little blue book that Ang made, the one I bid on and won at Peggy's Hidden Haven auction. It's so beautiful and I love it! Not only that, but Ang is making jewelry, and she sent a beautiful....BEAUTIFUL....beaded bracelet that she made, which sparkles with pearls and faceted crystals. I love it! OH YEAH...one more thing. I have been looking and looking for an idea for a mural to do in my hallway and I have finally found it! I already have done one in a bedroom, and want to continue on into the hall, and eventually cover most of my walls with murals (nutty artist here!). The one in the bedroom (life sized) is my version of Botticelli's La Primavera, The Allegory of Spring. I am excited now to start my own much softer colored version of Crane's The Masque of the Four Seasons. I can't wait to get started. AND, I have to work today at 4 pm for a few hours, so I will take my journal and try to add to it while I am there. AND, Ray has talked me into doing some writing along with her, and Tinker. So I'll give it a whirl. I'm going to try to do an illustrated book of short stories, not art related. Altho I do have an idea for an art related story, but not necessarily a book. Maybe another blog. Geesh.....so many ideas whirling around. Is it the moon???

A PIECE OF OLD FLORIDA - PRESERVED


This picture is too good to ignore and I thought a lot of you would find it interesting. It's a three-story, 220-ton, 5-bedroom, 5,000 square foot Victorian home built in 1910, being moved to a new location by water. It's on a barge being pushed by a tugboat at 3 knots in Tampa Bay, here heading for open water. The structure in the background is the Sunshine Skyway bridge. The house is being moved from Palmetto to Ruskin. The land under the house was bought by a developer who is going to build a high-rise, and the house was bought by a couple from North Carolina who run a retreat for Baptist Ministers. It will have a new home on the Manatee River in Ruskin. Enlarge it for an amazing view! Source: St. Petersburg Times

DEFEATED

YESTERDAY TUESDAY I POSTED THIS BUT IT DIDN'T POST. THE WHOLE THING DID NOT POST, EVEN THO IT SHOWED UP AS "PUBLISHED SUCCESSFULLY" AND SHOWED UP IN THE EDIT PLACE AS POSTED. AND EVEN THO I SWORE YESTERDAY I WASN'T COMING BACK HERE FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS, HERE I AM. THIS IS AN ADDICTION, RIGHT? NOW, LET'S SEE IF THE EDIT WILL POST. .............................................................Yesterday:
You know, I give up. I just totally give up. At least today. I have worked long and hard at trying to put the links on my sideboard, squinted, got crosseyed, got a headache,a butt ache from sitting here too long, and tried to put the GPS there, and I don't even dare attempt anything else. Today I finally had the links up. YES!! There they were! I had about ten there. I republished, checked, and yep...they were still there. All ten of them. STILL THERE!!!!!!! YIPPEE!!!! FINALLY!!!!! Now, about two or three hours later, I'm back, and guess what.......THEY'RE GONE!!!! There is only an empty space where they were. Two are up, then empty space, empty space, empty space, then the last Edit Me. WHERE DID THEY GO? HOW CAN THEY BE THERE, AND TWO HOURS LATER GONE? Hmmm, will they come back? Do they have a spirit life where they reappear when they want to, then hide? And the GPS.....I don't think it ever appeared, even tho I copied and pasted and published. Waaaaaaaaaa. Mr. Blogger, why do you hate me? Sigh.......I think I will just stay away from Mr. Blogger for a couple of days and go twirl around with the Pink Dancer. Bleck!!!!!!

INTRODUCING, MR. & MRS. FLAMINGO


ALL I CAN SAY IS I AM ONE HAPPY BIRDIE MOMMY TODAY! I FEEL RICH! I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL TREASURE! JUST LOOKY, LOOKY!!!

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

I don't really have any new art to post. I've been too busy working and doing everyday things that one must do to keep your life in order. So I thought I would post these two pictures, one old, one new. The old one, and I say "old" literally...lol...is a picture of me and my twins, taken a few years ago when I lived at the beach. We were all about 10 pounds lighter then....well, ok maybe 15....but the reason I am so attached to this picture and wanted to post it is because one of them had this picture and wouldn't give it up; then a few weeks ago when she left and moved back to Las Vegas, she brought me the picture. She said I could "hold it for her". That was so sweet, but..Heh Heh....it's mine now!!!! I have another daughter too; she lives in California, but she is kind of like Violettes sister...won't show her face. Never sends pics either. Sigh....you know it's her loss. She could be here on my blog and be famous!........................................................................The other picture is my newest bird-loving treasure. I went to the post office this morning to mail a swap art to LisaOceandreamer, and I passed my favorite store/gallery www.signofthedolphin.com and I just couldn't resist "just looking". Well, I had twenty bucks in my pocket that ain't there no more! I just "had to have" this flamingo. You know how that is...you've been there, done that, haven't you? She is so pretty. Made of copper wire, beads, and mosaic pieces. I love her. She has a mate, too, standing tall and proud. I want him sooooooooooo bad. Maybe, when dh comes home, he will ...um..."encourage me" to go get it, heh heh, when he hears me whine how I didn't want to spend any more money. Not to mention I didn't have it with me...heeeheee. Well, maybe it was meant to be, and maybe not.

Flames of Autumm


I told Maria www.redlupin.blogspot.com yesterday that I would try to light an Autumn candle last night, but I did not get a chance to. BUT.....I did get a picture of this Autumn moon very, very early this morning, which I believe is waning crescent. Hope that will do to honor Autumn in place of the candle flame.

REGRESSION SESSION

This morning while I was waiting for some gesso to dry, I was looking for a box to keep some small artwork in, and I came across a box of "treasures" in which I had stored a small journal. I was reading some of the pages and came across some journaling that I thought I would share here today. .........A couple of years ago I was a pretty regular attendee at a spiritualist-type church. I went every week with my good friend of many years, who is a Reverend. It was a nice, homey type church - perhaps you have heard of it; it is home-based in California and called The Temple of Love and Healing. Each Sunday evening 1/2 hour before the regular service they would hold a healing service. I never went down front to the healing, but I did feel a great comfort and peace sitting in that darkened room with the good vibes all around me. At the end of the service they had a spiritual contact session; it was voluntary, you could stay or leave. I did both. Several of the church members claimed to be able to be in touch with those passed on, or perhaps to be able to see somewhat into the future. I cannot discount this. I have seen things that were nothing, and I have seen things that amazed me. I have even been "visited" myself, which is another story...someday. At any rate, one special evening they had a "Regression Session", a voluntary attendance, where the SPEAKER of the group would regress you into your former life. Make of it what you will, but this is a recap of my Regression Session. ...................On February 9, 2002.......I did not get hypnotized. Not at all. Rather, I was in a state of almost total relaxation. I have been hypnotized before so I know what it feels like, and it was not this. I questioned if this was merely imagination. However, someone else had the same question (later), and the answer was..."No. You can imagine something, i.e. a blue dress, but when you are in this relaxed state and thoughts and a picture and a feeling comes to you, it is something that is already there. It's memory."............This then, is my memory. .....In the relaxed, near sleep state, I was taken (by the SPEAKER) thru a door that opened upon a garden path and went thru a golden gate. There I found myself as a young, slender girl, barefoot, wearing a long, thin white dress. A soft dress. I was in a field of tall grass on a hill. There was a mountain range in the distance. The weather was warm and sunny and a breeze was blowing. There were not a lot of trees. Actually, I don't recall any trees at all. In the distance, down the hill, was a hut with a thatched roof, which I knew was my home and parents home. The SPEAKER moved us ahead 5 years and I found myself in a city, as a young woman dressed in a grey suitdress, long straight skirt, large hat that tilted forward on my head. I walked thru a street that had horse and buggies as well as old cars. I would estimate this time period as early 1800's. The SPEAKER guided us to have dinner, and I found myself in a restaurant waiting for someone as I watched the passers-by. I do not know who I was - no names - and no one else appeared with me. However, somehow I "knew" that I had progressed from that barefoot country-type girl and had married into wealth, and had come to live in a major city somewhere, tho I seemed sad. Before I could see more, the SPEAKER took us down another garden path to a silver gate, taking us back to another lifetime even further back. I went thru the silver gate and suddenly found myself transformed into an older woman, perhaps late 40's. I was wearing a long, greyish dirty dress. My hair was unkempt. It was night and in a city, and there were fires burning in the streets, and many people going here and there. I believe I saw horses and buggies. The weather was warm. The SPEAKER again took us to our dinner place. I found myself at the back door of an eating establishment in an alley, and someone opened a door and gave me bread to eat. It seemed to be a regular place that I went for food. I took the bread and went to a place near buildings where other beggars like myself were sitting and standing around. I felt very lucky to have food, but I was extremely sad. I somehow knew I had children, 2 or 3, but they were lost to me; I am not sure how. I also knew I had a husband that had disgarded me. I knew he was alive and prospering somewhere, but I am not sure if the children were with him or if they were dead. I came to the realization that the fires in the streets were burning diseased bodies. Somehow, I know that in that lifetime, that scene was near the end of my miserable existance and that I eventually died of the black plague. While I was in that scene, the SPEAKER slowly brought us back thru the silver gate, then the gold gate, back down the garden path and thru the doors to the present.........When I came back to the present, I experienced an overwhelming feelling of sadness and quiet, that lasted about 30 minutes...........Now, I don't know if all that was imagination or memory, but it is something that happened in my life that I think is interesting. Perhaps you will too.

OOPS!!!


I HAD THIS LOADED BUT WHEN I BACKSPACED TO MAKE A TYPE CORRECTION, BLOGGER DELETED IT FOR ME. THEN I UPLOADED AGAIN, AND BLOGGER DELETED IT AGAIN. SO THIS TIME I AM NOT GOING TO MESS WITH IT OR TRY TO PUT IT IN THE ORDER THAT IT WAS IN BEFORE. OH BLOGGER, MY BLOGGER! I AM NOT COMPLAINING. WHO AM I TO LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH?

FINALLY! COMPUTER TIME!

I FINALLY GOT A CHANCE TO GET BACK TO MY BLOG AND POST A COUPLE OF THINGS. TODAY I GOT MY CHOCOLATE SWAP PACKAGE IN THE MAIL. I WON'T SAY WHAT IT IS RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IF MY SWAP PARTNER PEGGY HAPPENS TO COME HERE IT WILL RUIN THE SURPRISE! I WAS OVERWHELMED AT THE PACKAGE I RECEIVED FROM HER. IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT READY TO MAIL SCROLL THRU HER SITE AT www.hiddenhavenhomestead.blogspot.com THIS CHOCOLATE SWAP PACKAGE CONTAINED SEVERAL DIFFERENT KINDS OF CHOCOLATES, A CHOCOLATE COLORED TEA CANDLE IN A HOLDER, A CHOCOLATE COLORED COFFEE CUP, A CHOCOLATE COLORED JOURNAL PAD AND NOTE PAD, SOME CHOCOLATE COFFEE, CHOCOLATE TEA, PACKAGES OF HOT CHOCOLATE, A KEYCHAIN THAT DEMANDS CHOCOLATE NOW, A CHOCOLATE LIP GLOSS, AND MY FAVORITE, THE HOME MADE CHOCOLATE NUT BROWNIE SCENTED SOAP. AND IT ALL CAME IN A DARK CHOCOLATE -COLORED BASKET. PEGGY, YOU OUTDID YOURSELF AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! ....................................The "dress" collage is my final 101. Whew! It says "Wearing Red Today But Tomorrow May Be Green". The little "swatches" have green stripes in them but it didn't show up in the scan. Most of the 101's are related to something that happened that day in my life, or related in some way to how I was feeling at the time.
The "Love" collage piece is number 100 in my 101's. I have a few of these little paper dolls running around holding positive signs.


This is my little fairy paper doll. She is about 5" tall and has lots of glitter which doesn't show in the picture. Her arms are made of pearls on wire and she has feather wings. Her sleeping pouch is a music pouch that Redhead sent me, altered. I just don't know any little girls that might like to have her...do you?

FINALLY, MY LITTLE BOOK!





Blogger has finally let me load my little book. I only did the cover, and the first and last page. Decided not to push my luck since the blog faries were feeling generous today. I had such fun creating this book. The covers are done w/heavy watercolor paper; the front was an experiment with glued on tissue, the back was done with molding paste, then painted, glittered, modpodged, and sprayed w/acrylic sealer. They turned out very similar in the way they look. The tissue was sticky to glue, and the molding paste was much easier, but it took longer to dry. The pages are watercolor paper and cardstock. I am not sure I would use the split rings again to hold it together because it sort of takes away from the total hand-made look, but I do feel like it's secure and won't tear apart. I think I will try ribbon or hemp on the next one to see how it holds up and how it looks, and how easy it is to turn pages. The book has 4 pages (8 counting back and front) and I have already started on another. I am thinking, this might be a nice Christmas gift, just leave the pages blank for the recipient to write their own stuff, or glue their own pictures? Of course, my first book was a....what else.....BIRD book!!! :)

FLYING MONKEYS BLOG

Go visit. www.judiredhead-judisflyingmonkeys.blogspot.com But don't get her monkeys flying!!!

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED.........

I am not even going to try to upload an image tonight. I don't want to get all cross again. I'll try again tomorrow. BUT.........I have to tell this very strange story. Last night....late....I was just browsing the internet and I was looking at a picture on someone's site, when all of a sudden there was this loud snoring! It was coming from the computer....no joke! It startled me, and I reached over and turned down my volume just to be sure, and it was definitely coming from the computer. Then all of a sudden it stopped. While I was still sitting here in disbelief and wondering if there was a spirit in there, the computer suddenly honked at me. Like a car horn. NO JOKE!!! I moved the window to see if I had anything else open.......nothing! It was so strange that I decided I'd had enuff computering for the night and shut down. I even double checked as I was shutting down.....nope....no other programs open! LOL I'm not a freaky ol' lady and my name isn't Katie and I wasn't doing drugs..................Now, as I think back, the snore sounded kind of like that cute little paper clip assistant that waits and waits when you take too long in Word, so maybe my computer is about to crash, but the car horn? Beep Beep! ..... www.misshappy.net/monitor.htm

GRRRRRRRRR!!!!!


I made a neato little book, modeled after Ang's instructions, but I uploaded twice and Blogger decided I wasn't going to load the book today...nope....no way! So instead I am posting a serene little scene because I now NEED a serene little scene, and I sit here listening to the rushing water, trying to calm down, telling myself I love Blogger, I love Blogger, I love.............Thanks to Nature Girl for her photographic inspiration.

A HAPPY DAY - A SAD DAY

Labor Day...a holiday...a happy day...celebrations everywhere. Hope yours is wonderful. (Um, I have to work today....but not until 4 pm...can you believe it...working on Labor Day?) LOL It's ok. I have the whole day to do other things.

A sad day---so sorry for Terri, Bindy and Bob. Steve will be missed everywhere. Theirs was such a wonderful love/family story. Crikey, this is bad news!

MADE MY DAY!


Today I received my ATC's from Ang's 3 for 3 swap and I was delighted! From Kate I got a much needed adventure to an unknown place, from Ninnie I got a beaded sunshine which I really needed today, and from Ang I got a beautiful blue flower. Thank you, lovely ladies. My collection is growing. You have made my day! :)