Monday, December 17, 2012

Antique Book Pages Wreath

i just made this and put it up for my Christmas wreath.  a large center fabric rose with a butterfly.  i really love this art.

here is a closeup of the rose.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Sun Rise

this morning i gazed out my dining room window as the sun was rising in colors of red, orange and yellows.  i don't want to squander another day of God's creations.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Growing Pains

i've been growing rocks, lol. its painful working through changes and enlarging your tent but so worth it. a new camera haunts me. still behind the learning curve.
some of the beautiful colored flowers i've enjoyed on my front porch. they reach out to greet me every time i enter my home.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Ligthen Your Load

Today you are you, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is youer than you.

Dr. Seuss
  Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuss

i love Dr. Seuss. and so should you; he's a hoot and a toot, toot, toot, toot. play on your ziffler and truombyoulafone and play that sound that you can't get out of your head. laugh til that belly rolls away.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Craftsy Slashing Class

i chose interesting fabrics to slash.

closeup finished fabric

Monday, July 16, 2012

Phone Background

my son loved this crazy face i created so much he uses him for his phone background. i love shadows.

yestereday was my bday and it was so wonderful with all my family together. today would have been my FIL's 87th bday.  we miss him more than ever. but reflect on all the memories we do have of him.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Gardenia Blooms

in my garden - lots of beautiful buds everywhere. not much creating art but tons of photos being taken. company up  from florida, love visiting and doing things i usually don't get to do - explore.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


a little impatient petal from my flower garden. the blue birds are back this year, yippeeeee!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wedding Art

this is my large canvas wedding gift to my son and dil on their special day. we danced to 'My Wish' during the son/mother dance. a very memorable time for me. the art piece now hangs in their bedroom.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's Official

 i now have a wonderful daughter birthed through marriage. the wedding came together on saturday and what a glorious day to celebrate two great, fantastic young people that delayed, prayed, received counseling and prepared for the rest of their lives together.   family, friends near and far came to celebrate!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

i awoke

at 2:30am this morning to a beautiful sound - the sound of rain gently, but steadily falling outside my window. it felt fresh and clean, the dust of the earth will be moist and fully aware to take in all the nutrients it needs to flourish. and i'm aware of all the beauty inside myself that has been imprisoned for so long.  i choose to release me and let it fly, soar to higher purposes, visions and deeper commitments to my soul, body and mind. i choose

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Prayer Flags

i finished two prayer flags, the one on left if reversible.
here is the other side of the one on left. very simple, but eye-catching. don't you think?

this weekend i had a blast at my DIL2B's bridal shower. took pics and vids of it. afterward took two sons and DIL2B to dinner. fantastic time listening to these chatter birds and their plans for life. at the end of the day drove home, straight into the sun setting on a glorious day. how marvelous was that!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

International Soul Art Day

participating with laura hollick and watching her journalers live.   my finished Master Your Closet art piece from Soul Poetic Pt 1 class with Natasha.

my second finished piece We Worship You - from Soul Poetic Pt 2 - Music+Poetery = Aj'ing.
listening to Come Unto Me by Theresa Griffith. fantastic album.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I Rule

i captured her surrounded by her royal subjects. as she states "I Rule". nothing more need be spoken.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Color Me Easter

little girls in pastel bonnets, gloves and shoes egg hunting all around the home. little boys in suits and bows tugging at their pants. dirty knees covered in ground from crawling all around under bush, leaf and branch. finding the prize to throw in their basket filled with coins, candy and other delights.
and most of all resurrection for Christ on this day. a freeing given to my life, a lasting of Eternity. thoughts in purples, white and red travel from my heart to head and head to heart filling me to overflowing.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Someone Was Praying

here on Good Friday they are calling it a miracle that a Navy Pilot had to eject from his jet and ditch his plane in a populated area of Va Beach bc as of last night there were no fatalities.


someone was praying
my son  is in training at the beach and his group was sent to help secure the area. this group of young men and women are some of the finest being trained by VBPD.
someone was praying for all the first responders and the citizens who have lost their homes.

our prayers are not always answered the way we think they should be answered
they are answered.
i am thankful my son was safe.
someone was praying.

and i awoke to see that Thomas Kinkade passed away. Such a beautiful painter of light. i am saddened. he will be missed by people all around the world.

the little prayer flag above was created for a FAT trade. i thought of each of us as gardens, different paths, sometimes needing weeding, sometimes needing watering, sometimes needing to be fed then watching all the beauty in us and around us blossom into full bloom where we lift our voices and begin to SING, Sing, Sing.
You are a delight unto the Lord. You are special.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Soul Poetic

from my 21Secrets Online Art Journalclass with Soul Poetic teacher Natasha Reilly.  our first assignment take pics of 'red'. i can't believe how many reds are in/around my home. such fun and great feelings/thoughts while taking the pics.

                                                                   my salty shaker

my lunch
     chipped flower pot - the red colors have been eaten away by birds.  how odd but i saw it first hand.

Monday, April 02, 2012

BIrthing Connection

this is my first creation in 21 Secrets 2012 the class is called Wisdom Circles an taught by Dion Dior. Our beginning intent to create mandalas from "Gawain and The Lady Ragnell".
Part of what Dion shares is this statement 'In this story, that Lady Ragnell’s only true desire is to be known for who she is, not how she looks. When under the spell, it seems she has no choice but to rely on who she is. In the end it is her intellect, authenticity, and wisdom that prevails.'

isn't that what we all want in life - to be known for whe we are?
me thinks it rather significant to be created on what many refer to as "April Fool's Day"
and in the Christian realm as "Palm Sunday".

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


middle son putting up privacy fencing in his and our backyard.  it will give doggies more room to run. yippee!
and my hubby a place to sit and enjoy the sun without feeling like all the neighbors are there too.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wheel Barrel of Blossoms

celebrate your life in a wheel barrel of blossoms

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

She's An Angel

my first flora bowley class art piece. she's not finished yet.
i plan on probably scrubbing around the outer edges changing the colors.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Three Crosses Together

i decided to make one big cross by adding the three natural crosses together with fabric. i awoke at 3:15am this morning so read John 3:15 and that led me to reading about letting go of our possessions. i can see some of mine had become idols. i want them to be tools i use not idols i keep for someday.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Right On Time

kathryn's blog post today shows me i am so right on time.  we are doing the same thing - deep declutter mode.  i stripped my downstairs bedroom right down to bare floor, new flooring install next week, new paint on walls.  major loving i pullled the carpet up myself.  and
i made another folding cross this morning.  Today's devotion is on Courageous hope.Psalm 31:24 Our hope is in the Lord. and
my son is celebrating his 26 today.  happy b-day at 11:30 lunchtime when he was born.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Storm Brewing

i love the pic of dark clouds all around. one thing is for sure Jesus is a sure foundation. my latest cross made using my painted fabric. this one is double folded so its a thicker cross.  i am so grateful for what Jesus did for me on the Cross.  Purim begins soon.  i think i will go watch Fox Faith's movie One Night With The King all about Esther in the Bible.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Camilla Cross

i absolutely adore this cross made with a thick branch blown down during a storm night before. and my camilla bush is in full bloom, so i could not help breaking off a portion with three beautiful blooms. i wrapped them with a long piece of fabric and tied it off. against my angry painting of orange is is lovely.  kathryn's challenge reminds me to put my trust in God only and keep it there. He is a sure foundation.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year Day 29

the year my son was born was a leap year.  i thought for sure he would be born on leap day but he came one day early right on time.  hubby and i enjoyed going to the beach last night and taking him to dinner. of course he just loves it when we bestow unexpected gifts on him.  he needed a wireless printer, poof like a request from a genie in the bottle, he had it.  his dad spoils him. i so love my hubby's father heart. he helps me understand God, The Father's heart more every day.
must get ready to head to doc appt and then return to post another cross for Lent.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pocket Cross. Son's 24th Bday

kathryn's challenge is staying fresh in my heart everyday. i awaken with it moving me to begin my day. i've
       created another soft pocket cross. of course its double-sided.
 the other side of the cross. i love the fabrics of purple sewn together in lines to create change.

                      and all neatly folded up with the hanging yarn attached it sits in my three-tier tube.

today's devotion from 1 Corinthians 13:13 all about love.  we can have so many things but if we do not have love we have nothing. i want God to teach me to love unconditionally. thank you God for all my talents and gifts you have given to me but let me love no matter what.             and
Natasha challenged me to paint 'orange'. what was i thinking! i feel my heart is so vulnerable and raw after working in orange.

Happy Birthday my little man of 24 years.  May God bless you in your training and may you be a blessing to others.  Born at 6:35am on this most wonderful day 1988.

Monday, February 27, 2012

we found her

yesterday my son went over to help his friend lay a new roof. he decided to take his doggies with him, ellie being only 16 weeks old.  ellie became frightened and ran off into the woods. and the hunt and prayers began. my son called me asking me to pray for the puppy to be found.  he was frantic looking for her everywhere in the woods/swamp using black jack to sniff for her.  but to no avail, even my hubby jumped in his truck and went to search too. fast approaching dark others were now looking. we kept praying and believing he would find her.  he has said he would not come home without her. finally around 10pm he called to say she had ran out of the woods, was frightened again and ran back into the woods.  he sat, waited, his gf called her and finally she came running out of the dark and into the light, toward his truck.
she was wet, skiddish and hungry but so happy to be reunited with her family.  she's a very sweet little puppy. we are all so attached to this little girl. and what an answer to prayer. Thank You God!!!

day 5 crosses and lent
this stick cross has three upward branches. i placed the cross in the center of three lights. reminds me of Jesus and the two criminals hanging on the crosses. only one was the light of the world and exposes darkness even today. that was Jesus, The Son of God. i am so grateful to Him for giving me new life and bringing light into my dark world. A song came to my mind by Chris Tomlin - Here I AM To Worship. head over and read the lyrics. 'Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness, Opened my eyes, let me see'.   i love that!!

why grope in darkness when you can be opened to the Light of the World?
even ellie girl didn't want to sit in darkness when she could be in the light.
i also read more about Lent here

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Strong Wind of Delight

kathryn's challenge (click on cross takes you to kathryn's True North) still has me thinking everyday during Lent and creating crosses. i love today's scripture read in A Daybook of Grace Psalm 139:10 'I praise You bc i am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, i know that full well.'
some of my favorite scripture passage. i reflected on a few friends that passed away this year from their battle with cancer. i don't believe i ever saw donna without a smile on her face and a joy for children. she taught preschool at the church when our boys were toddlers. they absolutely loved her and her hubby.

God delights in you/me.  How might your life be different if you begin to see yourself as a delight to GOD? this cross was made from things out of my yard - pine needles, one small pine cone and branches fallen from the strong winds last night.  i wrapped the branches together with fabric from my stash. i love how laura hollick  uses fabric to wrap herself, trees out in the forest and create for her studio.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day 3 Lent Making Crosses

 a friend online was making crosses for soldiers and i never got around to making any. BUT kathryn challenged us to make crosses for lent.  here is my third day creation. a fold-n-your-pocket cross.

   untied it can hang,  very soft enabling you to fold it. and did i

mention its reversible. strips of fabric sewn together in shades of purple.

Friday, February 24, 2012

You Me Give Shelter

kathryn challenged us during lent to make crosses, here are my second day crosses on my dream vision board.  
Natasha, my writing coach, challenged me to create a NOW dream vision board. nothing seemed to come to me other than the color for the background.  then after reading kathryn's lent, act of grace blog post yesterday i awoke this morning and it all came together.  i love my dream vision board.  the door on the center kick plate reads 'shelter' and it opens with a clock inside the window and
reads 'today is the day i write my own story.'
i just noticed the face clock is on 6 o'clock and i created 6 dream desires. i came across this Rumi quote from "A Voice Through The Door"
"sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you...
this turning toward what you deeply love saves you."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

True North Making Crosses

Kathyrn over at True North had a great lent post for making crosses.  i have a pattern to make them out of fabric - maybe a crazy patch one would be fun.  this cross was created on watercolor paper.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Beauty of Waterfall

yesterday hubby and i experienced the Salt Spa. it was wonderful, with waterfalls and glowing orange salt lights.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bloom True Layers

Bloom True layers of paint
Week 2 - layers of paint, lots of tools for painting

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Son's doggies

isn't he a beauty. Black Jack

and this is little girl - Ellie. she is about 4mos old.  PitBull/Lab.  she has the sweetest disposition. she loves chasing her big brother all around the yard.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Who Bought You

a friend sent this to me - interesting - who has the most money wins.
 One America

Monday, February 06, 2012

Doggie Sitting

house is quiet after a weekend of watching son's doggies too. little girl is so active, such a cute little puppy an black jack is a great big brother to her.  he loves her chasing him and them playing together.

can't wait to begin a new class with flora tomorrow. wish i could find a great place to buy in bulk canvases for painting.

Friday, February 03, 2012

New Blogger Setup - journaling

since playing around with the new set up i have been getting spam through comments. what a pain! never mess with a good thing to begin with.
love this simple way to create a new journal. working on the blank pages to get texture and color.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

But A Dream

i am playing with the new blogger updates to see how easy it is. susan has a blog sharing all the info. this inside/out sweat shirt heart is going to be for my DIL2B. lovin' it so far, its soft.

STITCHED lutradur journal

handmad beads on my lutradur journal.
Dale Potter's journal landscape class on STITCHED by Alma Stoller. i'm getting the hand of handstitching. lori would be proud.