Thursday, May 23, 2019

Be . . .

I found this on my desk after I came back from lunch.
My friend Jessica gets me . . . and this note made a huge difference in my day.
Find your joy for today!

Friday, May 10, 2019

today is a good day . . .

Life seems to be a little more simple to me these days.
Don't get me wrong . . . it is crazy, hectic, and sometimes way more complicated than I would like it to be, but something in me over the past year has shifted.  

Monday, May 6, 2019

off to Rhode Island . . .

I made this doll awhile back . . . and she was purchased yesterday through my ETSY shop.  I had actually  let my listings expire . . . but someone contacted me regarding this little blonde voodoo doll.
I was a little surprised since my shop hadn't been active in awhile . . . but excited because I love when I get to ship my dolls off to a new home.  
Now I just need to take the time to make some new dolls . . . maybe this sale was just what I needed to get myself going in that direction . . . because I am now feeling very inspired to create dolls.  I am thinking about a new line of  "little old lady" dolls . . . more on that later. 

* * * 
Ghislaine is a very clever little voodoo doll
and made with hopefully enough magic that she brings a smile to your face. 
She is nearly always happy, somewhat sarcastic, and also very determined. 
When given a job to do . . . she doesn’t quit until it is finished.  Loyal to the end . . . Ghislaine will do whatever she has to do to help the people she cares about. 
 Keep this little doll around to 
remind you that life is too short to let anything or anyone bother you . . .

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Peace ~ Love ~ Grandma Dona

What a Spring Break!
7 days . . . over 3200 miles . . . 6 states (twice) . . . snow . . . rain . . . wind . . . fun stops along the way . . . junk food . . . some good food . . . 
. . . and my mom now lives in California.
Life changes . . . so you may as well enjoy the change and have some fun!

Monday, April 8, 2019

every little thing she does is magic . . .

 I have spent a good part of my life being the only girl . . . 
I have two brothers . . . I have two sons.
Then God blessed me by bringing Jennifer and Sarah into my life . . . 
. . . and now I have these amazing girls.
They are unique . . . and beautiful . . . and full of magic.
Little girls definitely are full of magic.  If you don't believe it . . . just spend some time with one. 

Thursday, March 28, 2019


"Be happy in the moment, 
that's enough.
Each moment is all we need, not more."
                                                                                   ~ Mother Teresa
This is one of my favorite pictures from Avery's birthday.   

Be Happy!  
It may not always be that simple . . . 
Be happy anyway!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

twotti fruitti birthday . . . .

 I had to redo a photo frame for Avery's Twotti Fruitii birthday party.
I wasn't completely happy with it, but it worked.  :)  
I really did like the pineapple in the corner though.  I should have gotten more pineapples. :)  

 They just make me smile!
How can she be two years old already?  
This is one sweet girl . . . with some unique attitude thrown in.
Love our Avery Rose!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

lipstick . . .

"Put on some lipstick
and pull yourself together."
                                  ~ Elizabeth Taylor
 My little girls are going to have so much fun with these lipsticks!
The lighter colors don't show up so well . . . so I am going to have to find a white base for them to use with those . . . and some small brushes.  Time to get on Pinterest and get some ideas.  :)

Monday, March 4, 2019

paper crane project . . .

I am STILL working on my paper crane project . . . every so slowly.  
Crane # 751 is headed to New Zealand.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

jelly, paint, and doodles . . .

"Don't wait for everything to be perfect
before you decide to enjoy your life."
                                               ~ Joyce Meyer
Charlotte's guinea pig came to live with us after her mom found out that she was allergic to him.
I wasn't too sure how I would like him - but he is so much fun.  
He loves to eat . . . squeals when he hears the refrigerator open . . . and makes us laugh.  
If it make you laugh - it's a good thing!

Paint and Doodles on a rainy weekend.  
I may add something more to them . . . not sure yet. 
I have had such a busy week and another busy week ahead of me, but I made some time to play with some paint . . . I made some time to read . . . I made some time to pray . . . and I took some time to rest.  Richard has a crock pot full of goodness cooking. (Korean Beef Zoodle Bowls) 
It smells delicious!  My house is sort of a mess . . . but I'm really not caring today! 
Just enjoy today!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday . . .

I made some shower favors for Jennifer's baby shower.  
Little Logan Marshall will be arriving in about a month.  
Time for a new little boy in your lives.

I am truly feeling this today.  
My weekend just flew by . . . I wasn't ready for Monday to come this soon.

It's Monday.
I'm alive.
I'm breathing.
I'm living.
I'm blessed.
Life is good!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

I love love . . . .

“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. 
Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.” 
― Joss Whedon
 Still doodling on this one.  I spent more time reading than anything else this weekend, but I am trying to find some time each day to MAKE.  
I think I am letting Winter get the best of me.  My goal this week is to put an end to that and get myself in a creative uproar . . . but then I may just pull out a blanket, get myself a cup of tea, and continue reading the book that I can't seem to put down.  
It is an older book by Stephen King - Bag of Bones.  I have read Stephen King for years - not because I enjoy horror stories . . . but I like the way the man tells a story.  

Last Friday was my 60th birthday.  
Everyone kept asking me what I wanted to do.  Did I want to have a party?  Where did I want to go to dinner?  I chose to stay home, turn the living room into a fort by hanging tapestries from the ceiling and have a sleepover with Lily.  I tend to like things simple I guess.
Then we ate in the fort, read in the fort, watched movies in the fort, slept in the fort, had the whole family hanging out in the fort . . . 
and then decided to leave the fort up so Charlotte can see it later this week.  
Am I really 60 years old?  
"Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage
of opportunity and strength." 
~ Betty Freidan

Monday, February 4, 2019

blessings . . .

Charlotte drawings . . . 
. . . and weekend doodles.
Thank GOD for these five blessings.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

doodles . . . journals . . . books . . .

I have written in a journal for years.  I started using a journal just to let everything out.  I was going through some tough times and someone suggested that it would help . . . it did.  There were times that I was amazed at how much better I felt after writing everything down.  Years later I burned all those journals.  There were things in them I didn't want anyone else to read and there were a lot of things I worked hard to let go of . . . I never wanted to read them again myself.  It actually felt great watching them grow up in smoke.  :)
I still journal . . . almost every day.  I have a personal journal, an art journal, a prayer journal . . . and various notebooks that I jot ideas down in.  Somehow it just feels right to write it all down.
I decided to use this post to list a few journal prompts that I was thinking about today.

1.  Good Things Today - just make a list . . . 
2.  What do you want your children and/or grandchildren to remember about you.

3.  What do you like most about yourself and why?  (Go for it . . . list more than one.)
4.  Write a letter to your younger self.
5.  Write about three things from your childhood that helped make you who you are.
6.  Write about three things in your life that changed you.

7.  Change . . . how do you deal with change?

a big hug and a sticky strawberry kiss from Avery Rose.  :)
Lily coming into the office today just to give me a hug
talking to my Aunt Hess
watching "Bull Durham" . . .  (best baseball movie ever)
hot mint tea
folding paper cranes
dinner ready when I got home
candles and incense

"It's never too late for a new
beginning in your life."
~ Joyce Meyers

Monday, January 28, 2019

choose joy . . .

 Be joyful in hope. 
Be patient in trouble.
Be faithful in prayer.

I have been fighting something off the last few days. 
That turned into a cozy weekend at home . . . a lot of reading, a little painting in my art journal, 
and just taking time to take care of myself.  
This can be a tough time of year for me.  It doesn't help when I'm not feeling well,
but I had a reminder this morning . . . . CHOOSE JOY!
So today I will be looking for joy in the ordinary.
Have a wonderful day!