Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I believe in PINK . . .

I decided my Halloween needed a little PINK this year.  

simple fun . . .

 Charlotte and I painted pumpkins one day last week.
 She actually was in sort of a bad mood . . . so I just got out some paint and a few little pumpkins that I had bought and it wasn't long before she sat down next to me at the table . . . it took awhile for her to talk to me and for her to smile, but painting pumpkins eventually turned her mood around.
Sometimes simple fun is just what a person needs. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I love October!

I glittered these four little spiders . . . because they looked way too real when they were simply black.  They were in an envelope in my purse (because it's October and it makes sense to have an envelope of  spiders in my purse) . . . I had forgotten what was in the envelope . . . and did I ever jump when I opened the envelope.  Then I laughed and had to go hand the envelope to Richard.  He jumped half way out of his chair . . . and said I wasn't right.  But hey - it's October!  
Spiders are definitely not something I like - but glitter makes everything better. . . even spiders!  

Lily had her first visit to the orthodontist . . . look who she met there!  
I love October!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

and a bucket of skeletons . . . just because

flashback . . . just for fun!

Happy Birthday to this guy!  
This is what he looked like 35 years ago when I met him.  I look at this picture and can see both of our sons.  His sister shared this picture on Facebook today . . . were we really that young when we met and has it really been 35 years?  
Today he turns 60.  I think sometimes I look at him and still see this guy . . . 
 . . . maybe that's a good thing and maybe that's why we have made it 35 years. 
Love you Coach!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

skeletons, unicorns, and pirate hats . . .

Life is busy!  Work is busy!  Home is busy! 
 I am tearing my house apart . . . painting, organizing, throwing out, and redecorating.  I am full of energy and ideas, although sometimes by body tells me to stop and rest . . . so I listen because it really is better if I do.  So it is taking a little longer than I would like . . . 
I am enjoying the process, but not the mess.  Although the mess keeps me motivated.
By this time I usually have all my Halloween decorations up, I am not sure if that is going to happen this year.  But it's me . . . and it's October . . . so I have to at least have a skeleton or two hanging around.  I pulled out one of my big skeletons the other night and Charlotte's reaction was . . . "Grandma, we have to take a picture." . . . so of course we had to.  There is always time for silly pictures and shadow peace signs with Lily, and watching baseball games.  The National Anthem is always better with a unicorn and a pirate hat . . . don't you agree!
Happy Tuesday!  
Enjoy the process!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Zombie Doll Swap . . . HATTER

My zombie doll was received - so I am able to post pictures of the doll I sent to Trisha!
This doll was so much fun to make and I love how he turned out.
Along with all his goodies . . . he now resides in New York.
Thank you Valerie at Yarnigras Swapper Spot for putting this swap together.  
This is my second year participating . . . I am looking forward to another swap next year!

As far as zombies go, Hatter is very friendly . . .
but more than a little bonkers!
He loves tea, and never goes anywhere without his hat.
Hatter has been known to be very charming . . . especially with people he knows and
when attending tea parties.  Although, his obsession with tea and tea parties
may also set him off.  Then you may see is “mad”, crazy, eccentric side.
Yep . . . completely off his rocker. 
Enjoy this little zombie doll.  He may be entirely bonkers,
but I’ll tell you a secret . . . All the best people are.

Monday, October 3, 2016

feeling excited!

Life is not measured by the breaths you take,
but by the moments that take your breath away.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

zombie doll is ready to travel . . .

I finished my zombie doll for the Zombie Doll Swap last night.  Nothing like the last minute . . . since I have to ship my package by Saturday.  I really like how the doll turned out, but don't want to post any pictures until the package is received.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Happy Friday . . .

Life is interesting these days . . . to say the least!
I'm attacking it with a positive attitude and choosing HAPPY!
Happy Friday . . . HAPPY WEEKEND!

Monday, September 19, 2016

here we go again . . . .

I can't begin to tell you how many games I watched while my kids were growing up . . . soccer, baseball, basketball . . . season after season from the time they were small and into college.  Sometimes I miss watching them play . . . and if I could choose to go back in time - I would probably choose an afternoon at the ballpark watching a baseball game.
But look . . . it's just beginning!  
Watching 4 and 5 year-olds play their first soccer game has to be one of the best ways to spend a Saturday morning.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

i love surprises . . .

A good man can make you feel strong, full of energy, and able to take on the world!
No, sorry, that's coffee . . . coffee does that.
. . . . but a good man surprises you with coffee!

good things this week . . .

I have never used the coffee mug in this picture.  I few years ago I was going through a tough time and had talked to my boss about it.  The next day he brought me this coffee mug . . . it has been on my desk ever since.  I handled "plan B" as well as I could at the time . . . that plan has since been abandoned and I am probably somewhere around "plan H".  I leave this mug on my desk to remind me . . . that life isn't going to always go as planned . . . in fact there have been days when I wonder who's life I am living, because it isn't always the one I expected, but then I look at the people I love, remember where I came from, think about what is really important . . . and I realize I handled "plan B" well enough that the important part turned out like I planned . . . the rest of it really isn't worth my time and energy . . . probably never was.

1.  Charlotte turning 4 . . . that is something to celebrate
2.  Early morning weather that reminds me Fall is not far off
3.  This new "Do Doodle" pad . . . (was this made for me or what!)
4.  walking . . . walking . . . walking
5.  Do, Do, Doodling . . .
6.  Getting some dolls cut out . . . finally
7.  Lots of reading
8.  Eating healthy
9.  New Halloween decorations
10.  And a unicorn on my desk . . .
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

back to school surprise . . . doodles . . . and the force

 I received a wonderful "Back to School" surprise in the mail this week from Lorraine at Paper Vernissage.  I can't wait to put this peace sign fabric and Day of the Dead buttons to use.  Thank you so much Lorraine!  A few years ago I stumbled upon another blog that Lorraine kept . . . each Friday she would post about something that happened at the school where she worked.  We may live on opposite coasts . . . and very different parts of the country, but some things are the same.  I would find myself laughing every Friday with my principal over her stories.  I miss that blog . . . but enjoy following her at Paper Vernissage.  

 Just a few August doodles . . . most of them unfinished it seems. 
I guess I have been busier than I realized.  
Yes, these are August doodles . . . with the Sanderson Sisters - I tend to get into the spirit of Halloween rather early.   I suppose it is too early to start decorating though.

Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.

Hmm.  In the end, cowards are those who follow the dark side.

Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.

When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. 
 For the dark side looks back.

Do or do not.  There is not try.

Fear is the path to the dark side.  Fear leads to anger.  
Anger leads to hate.  Hate leads to suffering.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you , I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand. 
~ Isaiah 41:10