Saturday, February 28, 2009

Terri's Birthday

Last week my friend Terri at DST celebrated a birthday. Well thanks to UPS she got to wait until Friday to get her gift from me. I got the inspiration from my friend Cyndi and her sister Shelby a few weeks back. I was one of the lucky ones to get one of the metal Valentines from her. This piece is embossed metal, colored with alcohol inks, the Dresden foil strips are from Rock Candy Studios. I saw the saying a few months back and thought of Terri and know that was what her present would be designed around. She told that it is hung in her new office. That means a lot to know.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Discovery of my Niece

This is Katalina an AWESOME soccer player! She has been playing competitive soccer for over 2 years now. I am sorry to say that this is the first time I seen her play. Now that I am back in charge of what I do I went to see her on Saturday for the first time. It was so cold, but at least the rain held off until the end of the game. That I might add they won!!!! I felt so sorry for the girls standing out there on the field in shorts and all of us sitting on the sidelines in coats, covered with blankets and drinking hot beverages.
This is how I saw her most of the game running and man can she run. I am sure that is way she stays so small. After running this whole game she only ate a pbj sandwich. MMMMMMM maybe I should take up soccer for seniors and maybe I could lose all my weight. On the other hand I think I will stay with walking.
Not only did I discover that she is an awesome soccer player but that she is turning into a wonderful young lady. She has a heart full of love and smile that shines for miles.Especially now that she had braces taken off last week. She has a natural beauty that girls and women alike would die for. Discovering how wonderful this blessing from God made my weekend.
I see soccer being added to my spring time schedule. Watching her was great fun, but also taking photos of her and her team was lets say was another discovery that I made this weekend. I have spent years wanting to learn how to take photos and be one of those photo hounds that always has their camera with them. Taking snap shots of life as it pass by way too fast.
This was a weekend of moments. I even slowed down and noticed them. I went to a soccer game, lunch with great friends, shopping with another friend, created a couple of art pieces, got hugs from friends that I haven't seen in a while, (yes I love hugs), spent time with my sister, attend Sophia's birthday party, laughed and spent time with my wonderful daughter. AHHHHH the everyday MOMENTS!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Soul Sisters

Well here is a piece that I did tonight. It has been in my head for months.(yes there is something up there other than air) Every since the day Candice and Roxi showed me the Sisterhood College Sheet from RockCandy Studios and told me to design something using it. Well the Muse can home with me tonight and we got to work after Sophia's birthday party. I had a little fun with the nuns. (Roxi I hope you don't hold it against me, I am sure that since they were your aunts that they had a sense of humor, I hope) I just had to add glasses to the one and the bingo numbers were a must also. The church in the back ground is actually the church that my Grandmother Murphy attended as a child. I am giving this piece to a special art friend for a late gift. Yes that I was to give her back in December. Sorry it is so late Robyn, hope you understand.

Also, I must say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Joseph who turned 11 on Thursday and Sophia who is turning 7 today. I LOVE YOU BOTH!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Life compared to a Tree

I have always loved seeing trees in the the winter. This is one that I have looked at many times and wondered what all it has seen in it life time. It stands in the middle of a field and has several burial sites under it that date back to the 1800's. When Michael was little he always wanted to go and clean up around the tombs.

But what I wonder the most is what is it like to have to show your inter self each year to those who are looking and not being ashamed of who you are. Those looking are either looking and seeing the beauty in the unleafed tree with all the imperfections and the true self showing or they see something that is in a dormant stage of it's life and will be lush and green in a few months. I know that myself it is very hard to show the inter self with the imperfections, the broken hearts, the hurt feelings, wishes, dreams, fears, strengths etc... If I were a tree I would have to bear this to everyone each year and not really for sure if I could or would want to. As with a tree I think that we need to show these things to others even if it hurts and is uncomfortable so that we too can bloom into a majestic wonderful thing of beauty. We all have emotions, dreams, hurts, etc that need to be share with someone with out judgment and the fear of rejection. So be a naked tree to someone today and see how it goes.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Carol's Birthday Present

This piece I did for my friend Carol for her birthday. I was a little late getting it to her with all the things going on at work and having to ship it to the otherside of the US. I did think of her on her Special Day and let her know that I was thinking for her and my other friend Kathleen that shares the same birthday. I sent Kathleen a piece as well with trying to get it to her I didn't get a picture, but it turned out really cool too. I saw this saying and though of Carol and so the process began. I did a background in red(her favorite color and mine too), added some flourishes, RockCandy Studios and you got the finish project.

Small bit of Wniter Wonder Land

On Wednesday we got up to a little snow and ice. But in the south this last most of the time for just few hours. I stayed at home and work. Which I must say I got more done in the 5 hours than I do some day in the 10 I am in the office. They waited until almost 6:30 to call the schools. It makes you wonder who is running the school system. As the High Schools start at 7 and I was on the way out the door to take Stephenie and to pick up a couple of her friends to take them to school.

I love feeding the birds this time of year. It is so nice to look out the window and see them eating. I know that they could survive with out me feeding them,but hey if I can make someone or some animal's life a little easier. It doesn't take but a few minutes out of my day to feed them.
Well, I know that it is not much for all my Northern friends, but here in the south this was enough to cause great distress. But have no fear we are back up in the 60's already. It does wonders for helping your sinuses and making you feel sluggish.