My hubby's new toy, tho I being a good wife, traded in my Murano to drive this. Have to admit it is fun to drive around and get some crazy looks. Its a Ford Transit Connect Premium Wagon. Long name for little vehicle. Its not that small. Took girls (dogs) for their first ride. Got their okay. Guess it's a keeper.
Guess this is my Christmas Present!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. We had 4 friends over to share our dinner. Had a good time and played a game called Reminisce. A lot like Trivial Pursuit, but more fun.
Crazy around last couple of weeks. Hubby fell in love with a little red wagon! A 2013 Ford Transit wagon, that is. We hope to get it this weekend.
Trying to get some fun things made. Ordered a box of stamps from Scrap Club. I love stamps and stencils. I am also working on Christmas cards for Easter Seals and myself. Think I am moving over into the "crafter" area than fine art. Love it tho. It is very freeing.
Here is a pic of my stamps and Ricky the Rhino painted by me and the Easter Seals artist for ES child development center. I will get a full shot of Ricky soon.
Wow what a beautiful Friday. Started out really cold this morning, sun came out and it warmed up nicely. It really is a pretty fall this year. The trees are so colorful leaving lots of fallen ones on the ground. Guess there will be some raking for hubby tomorrow.
I have been busy helping our Easter Seals get ready for an art sale at Wilson's Office Supply Plus here in Paducah. This sale is to help raise money for the Easter Seal's artists with a percentage of the funds going towards art supplies for them. Easter Seals is a non-profit organization so it is a win-win situation for artist and buyer. Please come out if you are in the area. Sale starts November 12 - December 13, 2013 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On another note...
My student, Whitney has just about finished her painting. She is really doing wonderful work. Here is a painting of her latest painting.
Last couple of days I have spent making a few greeting cards and collaged my cigar box that was part of my winnings from EphemeraPaducah. I enjoy days were I can just take my time and fiddle around with my art supplies.
this little gem. I made this in a class with Rose Hughes, a wonderful quilt artist. We had a great time in the class at EphemeraPaducah. My DIL, Kelly and my 2 grandgirls, Lauren and Bethany, were also in the class.
One step forward, one step forward, one step forward. Two steps forward and one step back. Three steps forward, three steps back. Five steps forward, two steps back. No, this is not a math lesson. This is life, lovely girl!!!
Please don't freak out or beat yourself up when you have setbacks. You are not a failure. You did not make bad plans and your steps backward do not determine your worth as a human being.
Sometimes we think we have things figured out, or that we have overcome something, and then it returns to our lives in a different way, leaving us to feel like we have failed in some way. This is actually a beautiful new chance to learn and grow, and it shows up right when we are ready to take it on, even if it seems otherwise.
Remember that life is a process . . . all of it. There are lots of finish lines, not just one. We get to start new climbs, new races, every day. Some days we are moving forward effortlessly, some days we are learning to work through life in other ways. It's all good and it's all necessary and you are doing a tremendous job.
Reach for the gifts found in the setbacks and decide that tomorrow is a brand new day.
Here is a fun piece I did using a Stencil Girl stencil. I love their stencils. They have such great ones. I did the moon myself copying the design idea from a Rubbermoon stamp that has this sweet little moon with lines around it and stars. Another favorite...Rubbermoon stamps. They have some really wonderful and different stamps. The glare is from the mica colors I used.
The next is a painting I did using a stencil from Craftworks. It is called Aspen Trees. I also use Dylusion Ink Sprays on both paintings. I call the painting, Treelines.
Found this neat site this morning and thought I would share it with you. I love the idea of prayer flags and plan on making some to hang on my fence. Kelley Walker does a great job explaining the history of the flags and has some great tutorials to show you how to make them. Her blog is called One January Day. You can click under my "favorites" to get to her site.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 the Art Guild of Paducah, had their third art festival, called Art in the Vineyard at Purple Toad Winery. We had a really great day for the festival and lots of folks out to enjoy the day. Food and music were great as well as some really awesome art.
I make this delightful box yesterday in a class taught by Kristin Powers of Rubbermoon Stamps. Class was taught at Ephemera in Paducah. We had the best time. I also won the drawing for another box to decorate plus stamps and more. Woohoo!
I have forgotten to get some pictures of Fiona and Whitney's paintings. They are doing great and having fun. Fiona did a wonderful scotty dog for her grandmother and also a great abstract. I will see if I can get Whitney to get some pictures and send them to me so I can post them.