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.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Son's Doggies

we all took a walk to the park today, our oldest, his fiancee, our middle son, his two dogs, our dog and us.little man was home studying. the day is beautiful, the sun shining. what a day!

Friday, January 27, 2012


a painter from Deep posted this vid and i just loved it.  so enjoy and go create.
http://vimeo.com/20876606  don't get attached to the outcome, love that quote!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Junkin It While CLeaning

i created this little junk hanging for outside on my fence, created from bottom of heart tins and three blind slats filled with shredded paper. maybe the birds will be a nest with it.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Donna Downey 12month Canvas Class

my first layers of a canvas - happy accident as donna calls it - when i kept turning it - it looks like running water to me with lush vegatation on sides.  i want to paint a swan on the water.

 quote by Winston Churchill - 'we make a living by what we get
                                              we make a life by what we give.'

Anonymous:  ' a diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.' how are you doing?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Alma's STITCHED ning group classes. My first  5-petal flower made of fabric and center button. i've made three more thanks to Annie Hutchings.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


my house was empty this morning when i awake - my little man had already reported for duty - his first day in the academy.  i headed to my acct'ant and michael's to treat myself for a job well-done. today its been 64 degrees in January in Va.  what an amazing day.  now that my year-end stuff is pretty much done and i can concentrate on art and more art.

i celebrate a wonderful son who will bring all his dirty laundry home for the weekend until he moves into his permanent residence in February. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Backside

something about watching my youngest walk out the door and seeing his tall, straight back as he was leaving for his first new job after graduating college. it made me cry - i didn't think i would cry but that scene triggered a memory  from his childhood and a letter he wrote me last Christmas that i read last night.

he touched my heart and i'm all the better for it - his final move won't really be until mid February when he moves into his apt at the beach.  then everything from his room goes, that will be different.

i love you little man, forever mom.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

learning to iron

its never too late to learn something new.  even though son graduated from college he needs to learn how to iron those military creases for his uniform.  of course he could take them to the cleaners but he still needs to learn how to iron. i remember not knowing how to do that, probably couldn't even boil water when i got married BUT i learned bc it was important to me. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012


last night was orientation and family night for the academy.  i think my son was in overload. but the group are already working on schedules for studying together and ways to encourage one another. how awesome is that! i've been reading a few sites on staying aways from the grocery store to buy food, very interesting, buying local from farmers. and 'the artist within' book and creatively fit.  some wonderful blogs.

one thing i am thinking of doing after youngest moves to the beach - disconnecting all my electrical gadgets everyday to see just what kind of impact that would make on my electrical bill. have a wonderful life.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Great 3 Weeks

hubby has been off for three weeks and it has been fabulous time spent together.  we've walked three dogs usually twice a day, talked, prayed as we've walked and enjoyed the unusual warm weather. mid 60's today so he played golf with two sons and his best friend.

i watched the Green Lantern three times in two days. that is really a great movie and very spiritual more than you probably could imagine.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

letting go

my hubby is having a very hard time of letting go of the last child. his graduation was long earned, his move to the beach not far away, hubby will miss his sweet, mischievous smile and his quiet demeanor, so will i.  BUT i know my son needs to lift those wings and soar into his own life.  establish family traditions that will lead him into his future life. he's a great son!
today they travel to the beach to get his benefit pkg and decide on one; he picks up his uniforms for the academy and tries to settle his temporary living arrangements until his permanent home is ready.
i am excited for him, i am excited to see what God does to expand my hubby, i am excited to see and feel and express my love for him through so many different ways.
there will be challenges, blessings, trials, decisions - but - that is life. he comes out of the shadows of two older brothers and the safe wings of his parents to test his wings on his own. i am proud of him.

Monday, January 02, 2012