Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
What a great idea. I have been trying to reorganize my art stuff...when I am done, I think I would like to do this too...and invite some friends to contribute to it. So, be on the lookout for a similar even here in the spring...and in the meantime, check our Chrysti's blog to win some awesome stuff.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I am always awed by how the sentiments of a few words have the power to move one to joy or tears. Poetry has always pulled at my heartstrings and I have dabbled at it since I was a child. When I was just a little girl beginning to learn to read my teacher recognized my love of poetry and gave me a book that had become too tattered to keep on the school library shelves. It was "The Best Loved Poems of the American People." I still have that sad old book, even though I was given a new edition of it several years ago. It is an old friend that has seen me through many personal trials, triumphs, and heartaches. I can always find words there that speak to my soul. Next to the scriptures I think there is little else that has more more power to move one than poetry.
For this challenge I have chosen a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It seems fitting at this time of national turmoil that we remember what makes a strong nation is really dependant on the character of its citizens.
A Nation's Strength
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
What makes a nation's pillars high
And it's foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?
It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.
Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust,
Their glory to decay.
And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet;
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.
Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor's sake
Stand fast and suffer long.
Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly...
They build a nation's pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.
You can find more of his poetry on Poets.org.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Here are the rules
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules.
3. Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
4. Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
5. Go to each person's blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged.
So, let's see what I can tell you about myself that is quirky but boring...hmmm...Letha seems to think that I have a lot of funny boring stuff to share, but I can't think of much. Maybe she just thinks I am odd and boring! LOL
1. I am a packrat. I hoard things that "might come in handy one day." I think I got this from my mom and passed it on to my girls. Yikes, not such a good idea there. I just like my art "stuff". I like to sort and organize it as much as "play" with it. I am a very tactile person, I like to touch. A friend said she just likes to fondle her quilting fabrics. I totally understand that concept.
2. I love babies - I love to touch their soft skin and they smell so heavenly - and are so much fun to cuddle. I especially love my grandbabies, even when they are no longer babies. My grandchildren are one of my greatest joys. I am definitely one of those grammas that just want to talk about their wonderful grandkids. To me this is exciting...I am sure others find it boring, especially if they want me to "shut up" so they can talk about their grandkids - who are not nearly as wonderful as MINE! LOL
3. Is this quirky? I have been married 41 years to my college sweetheart and we are still in love! He is a jewel!
4. When I love, I love deeply and it is so hard to let go. I lost my mom four years ago and there still is not a day that goes by that I don't grieve for her. I miss her so much. I love my children and am so glad we have good relationships, but I hope when I am gone that they will not grieve as much for me as I do for my mother...it is a hard thing to miss someone so much.
5. I love cocoanut cream pie (not a mis-spelling...this is how my mom spelled coconut)...the good kind that my mom used to make with a cooked cream filling and toasted cocoanut sprinkled meringue on top.
6. Contrary to Letha, I LOVE chocolate...dark sweet chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, chocolate raspberry truffles, pecan marnier chocolates, decadent chocolate covered candied fruit, homemade fudge, chocolate cake with chocolate icing, brownie delights, and of course, hot fudge sundaes (actually our Dairy Queen make an awesome one called Almond Chocolate Rock Treat - ice cream with hot fudge, toasted almonds and topped with dipping chocolate which hardens and holds it all together - and because I am friends with the owners, they always add a cherry to the top of mine) You name it...I LOVE CHOCOLATE...but it has to be quality chocolate...don't give me cheap waxy chocolate ...I want the REAL thing!
Enough about me. Here are my six friends that I am tagging:
Marion - Such talent, such fun, so quirky...that is how I see her blog ...a delight!
Wrick - Combining traditional and digital methods to create awesome art is his forte. Very cool!
Susan - Beautiful, evocative art that truly inspires.
Kim - Kim is such a talented artist...and decorator. I wish I could have her come do my house for the holidays!!! check out her flickr too.
Hermine - Fun, inspirational art. Thanks Hermine for the freebies, and also for the subtitles for us English speaking people!
Kelsey - I love Kelsey's art. And, those new beeswax pieces are so yummy!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I am having a giveaway. It seems like everyone is giving away goodies lately, so I thought I would too. It all started today when I went to a new used items store...she has all kinds of kitschy stuff and collectibles. I found a box of old photos and they were so inexpensive that I had to have some. I made a collage sheet and have uploaded it here.
FREE from now until October 31st! (Don't you think some of these would make great Halloween cards? heeheehee! ) Just click on the photo to enlarge to full size, then right click and save it to your hard drive. Enjoy!
Some interesting notes...
In the first photo of the mother and daughter, you wonder what the occasion is...the daughter looks quite nervous and trepidacious. In the second photo did you notice all the loose shingles ready to fall on the "nitwit's" head? Check out those ladies crossing the lake...does that look precarious or what? ...and...they are sitting on metal seats made from old raking machines. (I recognized them from machines that my dad had.)
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.
The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.
A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. ~George W. Bush September 2001 I know there are struggles ahead, and dangers to face. But this country will define our times, not be defined by them. As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror; this will be an age of liberty, here and across the world.
Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment. Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom -- the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time -- now depends on us. Our nation, this generation will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This second group show first: my mom's 4 oldest siblings, then a group of my mom and her sister Joyce with their neices and nephew. Next is my mother with her mother (Leafy), and finally My mother as a baby with two of her brothers (Albert and Wilders). These cards were fun to make and brought back so many memories I have of growing up in a large extended family.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
First we have the birdie ones. I learned one thing...you have to be very careful if you are waxing over rub-ons as they will melt and lift off your project if you aren't careful!
Next, we have the ones with the little kids. (Thank you, Lisa, for the lovely tags with the baby images). On these I used printed tissues for the backgrounds and added real pressed flowers and leaves. For texture I made a little puddle of the beeswax and pressed a flourish stamp into it. Then I brushed gold glaze over it to bring out the dimension. This is one of my favorite things to do with beeswax.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
While I was "home" my niece Nicki (who lost her 16 year old daughter to Cystic Fibrosis a year ago in January) said, "You don't know how much I have been needing a hug from my aunt Connie." What she didn't know was how much I needed that hug too. Family is so important to me...sometimes when you live far away you think you are OK with it ... until you get together, then you just know how much you need each other, and how much you miss that family support.
Today I was reading Keron's blog and she is doing Sarah's Journal Challenge. I want to do that. Let's be honest...I need to do that! I know I am starting way behind, but I think I will start today by putting together my own journal from some heavy paper I have here...it will work great and will hold up to the "abuse". So I am off to build a journal. Have a great day.
Monday, July 21, 2008
We were on the road in about an hour! Since her vehicle gets much better gas mileage than mine, she drove. We went most of the way on Friday and spent the night with son Dan's family in Sundance WY, then went on to South Dakota in the morning. It was a wonderful day spent with my brothers and Dad. We accomplished most of the things Dad needed, and truly enjoyed being together. We were at my brother's Bed and Breakfast where we were treated like honored guests. Such fun and great hospitality...my sister-in-law is the most awesome, gracious hostess...and the most wonderful cook...our meals were so delicious! In the evening my niece Nicki and her hubby came and stayed the night too, so we had a lovely visit with them too.
It was a crazy wild trip but so much fun! Both coming and going we drove over the Bighorn Mountains on the Lovell route where we saw so many wildflowers, tons of snow up high, and lots of wildlife - deer and pronghorn antelope with their new babies (oh, so cute), four moose - one had a wonderful rack still in velvet...such a beautiful drive. Sunday morning before we headed home we went to my Dad's and spent an hour or so with him; then on the way back we made a quick side-trip over to Deadwood as Linda had never been there. We are thinking we want to plan a trip when we can stay longer and do the walking tours, go to boot hill and take tons of pictures of all the historic things there....I'm game!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
On Friday (July 11th) we went to Yellowstone National Park. Even though we didn't see any grizzlies we did see a black bear. Beckie was thrilled because she usually visits us in the winter when the park is closed (and the bears are asleep) so she seldom gets to see bears while she is here.
This first bear is the one we saw this week. The pictures below are of the one we saw about a month ago, also in Yellowstone National Park.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Our Family - First is Letha & Mark with their children Quincy & Abby, then Dan & Melissa and their son Chancey - with Beckie standing behind him; next is me behind Sieg, and finally on the end Bethany & Bill with Simon & Autumn. As they say in our family...this is a real mouse-chaser!
The kids all had lollipops...and Autumn was the helpful big sister - wiping up Simon's stickiness.
Our little cowpoke - he sure loves that horse!
Quincy and Autumn just enjoying the day with complete joy.
(This is my favorite photo of the 4th. Beckie actually took this shot but I absolutely love it.)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Simon just turned ONE and big sister Autumn turned THREE. (Where does the time go?) We had such fun at their parties, especially watching Simon eat cake.
He enjoyed Autumn's as much as his own!
Autumn loves those puzzles!
Can you believe that hair? No matter what Mom does with it, she will not leave the clips in...it just goes where it wants...and the wind doesn't help! But we love it! She looks just like her mom did at that age...and has that same strong personality too.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
GREAT STRIDES is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest, most successful, and most important national fund-raising event. If you are not in this area but would like to support us please check out our team's website! So many young lives depend on the vital, ongoing advances in CF research - to keep that momentum going, we need your help now, more than ever!
Walking in GREAT STRIDES is such an effective way to add tomorrows every day to the lives of those with CF. We are doing this in memory of Jenn as she would have wanted to make sure others with CF didn't have to go through what she did. Your enthusiasm and fund-raising efforts will help give more tomorrows to those with CF every day.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
If you would like to see some really awesome examples of this technique go to artbeckon's blog at http://artbeckons.blogspot.com/
Thursday, May 1, 2008
To make this paper you need:
- Cardstock (or cardboard) for a base
- Acrylic paints in several colors
- Spray webbing
- Optional...you can also add spray glitter if you love more sparkle!
- To get started first spread out newspaper or a dropcloth to cover your table...this is messy! Then lay out several sheets of cardstock (cardboard) and smear different colors of acrylic paints over each sheet until it is completely covered. Use lots of contrast on this and don't blend the colors very much...you want it to be very blotchy.
- This next step is optional: Use a paint brush to drip or spatter drops of black, white or a very strong color over your blotchy page.
- Let it dry.
- Then take it outside or into the garage and spray it with webbing spray. (You can find it in the paint section of the craft store.) Let it dry and you are done...unless you like glitter...then you can overspray it with glitter spray for extra sparkle!!
Here are a few samples papers I have made.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I made these Peeled Paint ATCs for Letha's Way Out West swap.
These little Bird Book Pages were made for my Bird Deco Swap.
Most have been traded but I did get to keep two of them. Birds are a favorite theme of mine and I am thrilled with how they turned out ... and with all the lovely pages I got in the swap. One day they will all be assembled into a little book with some other birdie pages that I am working on.