Dick and I have made some big changes for the year to come!! We are downsizing to free us up to do the things we have always wanted to do ..... that is.... free to travel, spend more time together, follow His lead for new adventures, no more retail store after 27 years, more time with kids, but still MORE ART and probably some sewing classes for girls ..... that is a dream right now ..... but the ART won't stop, it will be here on the blog as soon as we finish remodeling our NEW/OLD smaller home about 20 miles away. SO STAY TUNED ... we'll be having a big sale and beautiful house and property SALE in the SUMMER!! MORE FREEDOM ON IT'S WAY!!! WooHoo!!! And THANKS for all your support the last twenty seven years in my shop!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011


Recent collage bookmark... Pilar, Peyton, Olivia, Tito, Elena, Eli, Sonny the cat, Luke the dog,, the rabbit in the yard, the old cat Rodney, the squirrel, and Sunshine, the cat who went to heaven to be with Rodney, her brother.... Grand dad and Mimi.... Grandpa, Grandma, Jimmy and my Kellie.... Julius, the donkey with a cat...size is weird....but he is a miniature donkey in real life!! The ever popular old golf cart that each kid learns to drive on in front of the water slide!! The play house.... And our Olivia...in front of a nest of mockingbirds in the tree behind her............................................................................................................................ For me to do art with children is to be still in my soul .... while playing ... and sometimes I TRY TO LISTEN and feel or know His loving kindness and care. Sometimes I have a REALLY STRONG hunger and thirst for Him more than at other times.....and especially His affirmation of my worth. Why, I don't know exactly, but it is an area where I struggle still. I think children are much easier than adults, who require so much of each other. High expectations drive me crazy and cause me to rebel, probably because I grew up pleasing people, which fed me for a long time but never lasting. That is what I love about Him, He loved me before I was fixed or cleaned up. He just wooed me to Him and I said "yes" and He said "You are worth it" .... and died a horrible selfless death on the cross. Life is too hard "without" Him, and I am thankful for His forgiveness and promise to me, no matter how I feel or perform at times..... life eternal with Him was my gift. Where is that "grace and mercy" when we deal with one another? He didn't do it because we were sooo good, He did it because we were soooo rotten and hopeless, even trying to be our own Gods as though we could really do a better job than Him .... I don't even want to try anymore, I just WANT to REST in Him .... knowing He loves me and cares for me and even blesses me with these children that are so fantastic, artistic and creative .... that I get to do art!!! THESE PAPER DOLLS from cereal boxes will be living in a fold out book with pockets and scenes from Mimi's house with the cousins and animals and other visiting grandparents .... we have been working on it .... Olivia, 9, and I , so she will have it with her when she moves and begins to miss us all. All of us are represented and there will be many more scenes and memories...... THIS PROJECT was from Carla Sonheim ,under tutorials, hope I spelled it right .... I will post the link ..... it was a week of fun creating it with "special moments" with my eldest grand daughter .... Olivia .... one of my artists. ENJOY and BLESSINGS!!! Also added a bookmark I made with scraps.

Friday, June 10, 2011


It has been so hot outside and the drought is something we can't control. We humans are so used to controlling every aspect of our lives that we can ... but there are some things we can't control. I found this scripture while doodling and drawing old fabric scraps and watching the children play BLISSFULLY with no worries. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends it's roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but it's leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit." Jeremiah 17:7,8. I just thought it was something to give us thoughts of the HOPE if we SEEK HIS FACE....a quote in my devotional on the 6th. I hope you have a BLESSED day and REST in HIS ARMS of CARE. ......and I hope you get to paint !!!