Saturday, December 22, 2012

Family Traditions

My mother loved Christmas. Every year she made Egg Nog and the refrigerator was the first place we went. We just had to have a glass. When I was little my grandmother made it and my grandfather would add Old Yellowstone whiskey to his. I don't think they make that brand anymore so now we use Jack Daniels. Just about a tablespoon added to a glass and one sip will take me back in time to Christmas pasts.

Times have changed, loved ones have passed but memories will always remain.

If you have never had Egg Nog, give this one a try. It's much better than store bought and who knows, you just might start a new tradition for Christmas.

I would love to hear about your favorite family tradition. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Finally Home

My mother is finally home, resting in the arms of God. She peacefully slipped away Thursday night. She was surrounded by family and friends that loved and cared for her. I will miss her but I have a peace within because I know where she is. I want to say thank you for the thoughts and prayers that have been offered and lifted up during this time. God bless.

Sent from my iPad

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Following God

Right now I'm watching my Mother sleep. She is in a step down unit of ICU. Every few minutes her monitor will go off. One time it's her heart rate, next time it's her respiration and next time it could be her oxygen level.

She is 82 and since her birthday in August her health has taken a turn. It's kinda' like she has been traveling in one direction and all of a sudden decided she wanted to turn around and go another way, but this time her pathway seems to be to God.

Yesterday my sister in law, Linda, stayed with her, while I went home to rest. This morning we were talking and Linda said mother did a lot of dreaming yesterday. One time she woke up and they were talking about her dream. Mom said she was following someone. Linda ask her who she was following and mom said God. Linda told her that if she had to follow anyone that God would be the one. Mom said she couldn't keep up and lost Him. Linda told her that God must have not been ready for her yet.

I know she is tired and I don't know if she is strong enough to recover but I am at peace knowing where she will be walking after she leaves this earth. Since she hasn't walked in 6 years my guess is she will be running.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Miss Gran Says

While I'm busy with quilting and piecing today I thought I would take a break for lunch and quickly add a post. This is a piece I did last week. Miss Gran is what all the school children called my mom when she worked as a teachers aide. This is my first attempt at a paper doll type in mixed media. I just love her. Have a great day.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Abby's Quilt

I finally have Abby's quilt loaded and I'm getting ready to "go to town quilting".

I have a great variegated pink thread for the top and a darker mauve variegated color to use in the bobbin. It's hard to see but that dark band across the top of the photo is the backing fabric.

I have also worked on my strips for clue #1 from Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt titled Easy Street.

If you're interested, check out her website for the info.  She always comes up with fantastic quilts and there are so many variations of fabrics that all the quilters are using.  There is also a yahoo group that you can be a part of.  It's really fun.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Mystery Fabric and Fleece

This morning Ricky told me I had missed the sale at Hancock's Fabric Store.  He had the sale paper in his hands as he was talking, telling me it was over after the 21st.  You see, I always buy fleece for baby blankets to be given to our local hospital.  Well, he thought I had missed the sale.  God Bless him, he is a jewel.  Anyway, I looked at the paper and realized the sale price would be going up after 12 noon.  Boy, did I get a move on because it was close to 10 at that time.  I made it and stood in line for about 45 minutes. 

I came out with 20 yards of cute prints for my blankets and save $150 on my purchase.  I also came out with 2 pieces of batiks to be used in Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.  The first clue was released today. 

I am finally going to use my batiks that have been sitting around for who knows how long.  I picked up the limey green piece and the black and white piece.  The white is actually cream with streaks of gold in it.  This one will definitely have me stepping out of my comfort zone but I love the brightness of it. 

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Two Birds

Today I'm "killing 2 birds with one stone". I'm pinning the borders on my blue ridge beauty quilt and watching a video about art journaling. Who says I can't multitask!! What are you doing today?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Two More to Go

I had a wonderful day today.   First there was housework and then about 2 hours on the phone to switch my mothers Part D insurance (Wow, that was something). 

Finally made it out to my studio and finished 4 more quilt blocks for my Chocolate Truffle quilt. 

It's hard to believe I only have 2 more blocks and then I will have another quilt.  This is the first time I have worked on a block of the month and I must say it was fun.  I really love the colors and I'm excited to see how it looks when it's all together.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Little Things!

Oh my goodness, it is definitely the "little things" that make me happy.  Friday I had a wonderful day with my daughter, Amanda.  We had a great lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.  My first time having lettuce wraps and they were great.   After soup and sandwich we split a piece of pumpkin cheesecake.  It was soooo goooood!!!!!  Then we headed off to the annual Christmas Village and strolled through 4 buildings full of vendors selling "good stuff".  The best find of the day was my new calender.

I can't believe it!  Someone took the "left-hander" into consideration for a change.  I love it and I can't wait to use it.   If you're left handed and think you would like one check out this site Andrews McMeel Publishing.  They also have a Day to Day calender available. 

I had a great time and loved finding the little things that made me happy.  May you find your little things today.  Have a great one.

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Five Quilt Blocks

Wow, I have got to get busy.  I have been out of my studio for awhile due to my mother's illness and things have really been stacking up.  Here's what I'm getting ready to work on.

Five blocks from my Chocolate Truffles block of the month.  It's hard to believe I will have another completed quilt by the first of the year.

I had a free day last week and spent it all on cleaning and rearranging my studio.  I have moved things around more times than I care to say.  I am always thinking about the layout and how it can better serve my needs.  This time I think I have it.  I moved my sewing area closer to my fabric baskets.

This gives me access to everything I need to create my quilts and fiber art without moving around too much.  My longarm machine is still in the middle of the room. 

Then I moved all of my art supplies and art desk to the front of the room.

I have the sunlight from the window and I get to watch the dogs playing in the yard or the birds eating from their feeders. I really like this arrangement because I can leave my paints out and not worry about getting them on my fabric.  I was using my cutting table as a table for my paints and I had to be very careful about cleaning and moving fabrics.  Now my cutting table is strictly for my fabrics.

That left my other desk with my computer, so I moved it to the wall just as you come in the door.

Now I have 3 separate areas to work in and I love it.  I put my computer and printer on an extra sewing table that I used to keep my Serger and Felting machine on.  I have moved my machines under my long arm and I can set them up on my other sewing table when I need them. 

Today, I will do my best to be about the business of angels.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Your vote counts

Today is an important day. We live in a great country that gives everyone the right to vote. Make yours count!

Monday, October 29, 2012

DaVinci Study

As I sit at the hospital, with my mother, I try to keep my mind occupied. I worked on this drawing Saturday. It is a study of a DaVinci drawing. Mother is making improvements and we might get to go back to the nursing home today.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Orange Brites

This painting is my first attempt at using transparent oil paints.  First thing is to lay down your background is dark transparent colors.  Next you lay I the medium colors andontop of that's the light colors which create the highlights. I really enjoyed the process and stepped out my box. I have plans for other works using this process.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Crazy Quilt

I hope everyone is doing well.  Our family is finally beginning to get settled down from surgeries and illness.  I appreciate all the prayers that have been given for my mother-in-law.  My days are almost back to normal, whatever that is in today's world.

I'm still plugging away on my Double Delight and Orca Bay quilt patterns from Bonnie Hunter. While I was in the process of sewing leaders and enders I was able to complete these rows. 
All that's left is sewing the rows together and then I can quilt it.

 The twin size called for 40 blocks but I had enough fabric to make an additional 8 blocks which makes it bigger than twin size.  I loved the quick way of making the blocks and have plans on a queen size in batiks.  The pattern is Kwik Krazy Too by Two Kwik Quilters

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Praying Hands

Just wanted to share a recent drawing that I did. Believe it or not, I drew this upside down. I find it quite puzzling that I can do this type of work just by turning the photo and my sketchbook upside down, but I can't do it the "normal" way. Oh well, whatever works.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Handmade Journals

First I want to thank everyone for the prayers given for my mother-in-law.  She is back at the nursing home and beginning her rehab.

Friday was my birthday and I spent the day with my daughter.  She gave me about 2 weeks to decide what I wanted to do.  It was a toss up between the Frist Center which is an Art Museum in Nashville or the Quilt Museum in Paducah Ky.  I chose Paducah.  First stop was the museum.  They had a fabulous exhibit and I was in awe of the beautiful work that was displayed.

We had lunch at a great restaurant and then strolled the streets going in and out of the speciality shops.  I found 2 wonderful handmade journals with handmade papers.  It was the best day ever.

Sent from my iPad

Friday, September 7, 2012

Prayers Again

On July 14th I wrote a post asking for prayers for my mother in law.  Well, I'm here again asking for more prayers.  She had a partial foot amputation and we have been going for treatments since.  Unfortunately she is not healing and she is having a below the knee amputation today.  We are praying that this one will heal and she will regain her strength.  Thank you for remembering her.  Have a blessed day.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Breakfast Time

I just had to share this with everyone.  Every morning Ricky goes out to feed and believe me they all are waiting.  When I say all, that means horses, donkeys, mules, jennies, cows, emus and last but not least ducks.  I was out feeding the cats but had to get my camera for this shot.

Dusty, our horse, looked around at me kinda' like he was saying, What, can't you see we are having breakfast.  He then turned back to eating like I wasn't there. They obviously have fat bellies and love the cracked corn & wheat mixture we give them.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Stitch Regulator

Today I worked (played) on my quilting machine.  I have a Homesteader from The Quilting Solution that I recently had upgraded with a stitch regulator and back handles.  I loaded a scrap backing, batting, and top fabric and proceeded to learn how to use the regulator.  First off, the top thread started breaking.  It seemed like everything I tried, failed. 

I had to call Jennifer, who is so helpful and quickly calls you back if needed.  She told me to mist my thread, especially if I leave it out in the open.  Well, this morning I did as she said, adjusted the bobbin a little and low and behold it worked.  Here's a picture of a feather, maybe a leaf, design I tried.

Not too bad for a first timer.  Now I can put a real quilt in and get going.  I finished Bonnie Hunter's scrap quilt, Blue Ridge Beauty and I'm itchin' to get started.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Collage Page

I'm on a roll!  I have just completed my first collage page in my new journal.  I have been following Donna Downey for several months and have finally decided to start my own journal.  One of these days I'm going to take one of her workshops.

I received an invitation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the other day. It said Regarding Warhol - Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, See It First.  Lord knows, I can't get to New York.  I'll have to add it to my bucket list.  I decided to use part of it on my first page.  Love it, Love it!!

If you're not familiar with Donna please check out her website.  She is a wonderful artist that loves to share her talents with others.
If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Play Day!

I finally have a free day to play and boy am I happy.  So far, I have finished my first Book of Days journal............'s my last page
I added a button to the front and a beaded cord to the back for a closure.

I have already purchased my next journal that I will use for collage.  I'm on the hunt for another book to alter for my Book of Days. I saw a video where someone used a text book.  I may try and make my own with papers and waxed thread.  I have learned so much this year and I give thanks to Effy Wild at  Book of Days.  She has a wonderful website and her work is fantastic.

I will post again soon, with more pics of my art filled day.

I hope you have a wonderful day.
If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Just a quick post to see if I have my iPad set up correctly.    This is something I played with while I was at the hospital with my mother-in-law.  After I finished I learned that most zentangles are about 3" square.  Oh well, I had plenty of time to spare and it kept my mind occupied.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Prayers Please

Normally I don't get too personal on my blog but today is different. I think my last post was in May and I am here today asking for prayers. My mother-in-law has just had 3/4 of her foot amputated and my lose her leg below the knee. This is due to poor circulation and blocked arteries in the lower half of her body. She is not diabetic but she is a smoker. They gave her an oxygen treatment yesterday in the "dive" chamber. It was supposed to be 3hrs, she could only get through half of the time. They are going to try another treatment Monday. If her heel area does not show signs of healing they will have to remove her leg. If that happens she will not be able to walk again and more than likely will have to go to a nursing home. She is 79, weighs only 106 and is only 4'11". We all have a strong belief in God and we are continuing our prayers but you can never have too many. Her name is Martha Wilson and I would be grateful for your prayers. God bless you all and have a wonderful day. If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Do What Matters Most

As you know, I have branched off into mixed media, drawing, etc. from just oil painting and I absolutely love it.  Lately I have been working in an altered book journal.  Well, yesterday I pulled out an old canvas panel and played around with it. 
I found a new set of videos by Christy Tomlinson a mixed media artist.  Each month she creates a canvas from a kit that she has available through  Scarlet Lime.  I love her work and decided to try to follow her video.  Here is my take on "Do What Matters Most".

I started with layers of paint, added a baby wipe that I had cleaned my hands with, cut the tree from scrapbook paper, cut the leaves from scrapbook tags, stamped the words and edge and used the dots from the center of the border used across the bottom.  I love it!!  If you like mixed media or art at all, check out her blog and website.  She has great tips and techniques.  Have a wonderful day.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Monday, May 28, 2012

New Blocks

The last few days have been quite productive for me.  Here are a few pics of what I have been up to.

 Five new blocks for the Just Takes Two quilt.  First time ever paper piecing a fan block. 

Twenty four new blocks from a pattern called Kwik kraz Too from Two Kwik Quilters and believe me they are right on the money. I worked up these blocks in a day & half.  Probably could have done them all in one day if I had started early morning.  I have enough fabric left over to work up another 12 or I may try to find extra to do another 24 in order to make it queen size.

Three new blocks for my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler quilt.  Very happy with my accomplishments.
Praying for all vetrans, service men & women today. Have a safe Memorial Day!

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Play Day

The heat/air guy was here cleaning our system, which gave me time to update my Ipad to Itunes.  Also added the free Kindle app, YEA!.  Now I have my kindle books on my Ipad.  Still sewing, painting & drawing.  Here is my newest drawing worked with my new Prismacolor pencils (face & hair only).
I printed off a copy of the photo and added her to the page. I worked the background with watercolors and soft pastel chalks.  She is my art page in my Soulistry Journal.  The prompt was A Spirituality of Play.  One question was "When was the last time you truly played."  I spent about 3 hours, just playing with my new pencil set and her face is what came from that. 

So, when was the last time you truly played and what did you do?  I would love to hear about it.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Moms Drawing

I have been talking to mom about my drawings and the other day I showed her some of them so she could give me an idea about what I'm doing wrong. She gave me a lot of tips and was very helpful and encouraging. I mentioned that we should draw together. Mom was always the artist in the family. I bought her a sketch book and pencils, left it with her and ask her to draw me a face. On Sunday, Mothers Day, I was blown away when she showed me her drawing. She may not be able to write in cursive anymore and she has trouble remembering what day it is, but she can still draw. She was so excited about what she had done. It was the best Mothers Day ever.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Chocolate and Quilts!

Chocolate and quilts, now what better way is there to spend the day.  I haven't actually been eating chocolate, I've been piecing chocolate quilt blocks.  I'm working on a block a month from my local quilt shop and so far, each block has chocolate in the title.  Here are the three blocks I completed today.

"Chocolate Butter Cream"

"Chocolate Cherry Cordial"

"Chocolate Macadamia Chew"

Today has been one of those nice, peaceful day.  No phone calls, no visitors, no errands to run, just an easy day of sewing and boy has it been fun.  Now I think I'll go have a treat, oh why not,  something chocolate sounds pretty good.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Flower Girl

Well, yesterday was absolutely the "pits" for me.  After we got JoJo buried, I decided to make chocolate chip cookies.  I can't think of a better comfort food than that.  Today I wanted to do something happy so I watched art videos and worked in my Book of Days journal.

She makes me smile and that makes my day.  Have a great one.
If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Goodbye my JoJo

We lost our precious JoJo this morning.  He had been sick for some time with Cushing's disease and this weekend things got progressively worse.  I must share this story with you. 
JoJo originally belonged to our neighbor.  They had a small Yorkie that was always sick and they could not keep him any longer.  Ricky and I brought him home with us.   Well, the next morning JoJo was sitting on our front porch. 

Little Will
He wanted Will to come out and play. This went on for a while until one night JoJo did not go home. Ricky went over and talked to the neighbor and they let us have him. JoJo and Will were the best of buddies for close to 12 years.  We will miss him but we were blessed to have him as a part of our family.

 If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pets Are Our Children

I wrote this in my journal this morning.  Waiting at the vet with Rachel, my Yorkie.

"Rachel" taken about 4 yrs. ago

She has been sick for at least 24 hours.  Probably has pancreatitis.  It's amazing how a Vets office is so much like a Pediatrician's office.  People bringing in their "kids" to be checked out by the doctor.  Temperature check, listen to breathing and heart. Waiting for results from blood work.  All the time while Rachel is climbing up and down, not wanting to be there but not knowing where to go.  Our pets are just like our children.  We worry about them, get up all hours of the night with them and as soon as the Vet's office is open we are right there ready for the doctor to help make them feel better. 

Confirmed pancreatitis, so she had a shot. and we came home with antibiotics and anti-nausea medicine.  I have stayed in the house with her today to watch her.  I hope tomorrow will be better for her because she sure has been sick.
If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Natures Voice

Here I am sitting on my patio,having coffee, listening to the birds on a quiet Wednesday morning. It's that time before everything starts stirring and life gets to busy. To notice anything. There's a soft breeze blowing through the willow tree and I pause for a moment to listen to the voice of nature. I just heard a little humming bird. They have a very unique sound. It won't be long before they all rerun and greet me every morning with their song and dance. The red birds are flying, the geese are talking and the doves are cooing. As I listen to all of nature I can't help but wonder how some can think there is no God. What silence and stillness there would be without the birds singing and without the wind that sings through the trees saying listen, listen, listen to me. Open your heart and feel my love for I have made this day for you. Thank you God for giving me this day and your voice of nature.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Early Morning Quietness

It's early morning, around 4:00 and all I hear is Ricky breathing as he sleeps. Of course there's some snoring but that's okay. For some strange reason, I just woke up and can not go back to sleep,so I thought this would be a great time to update my blog and catch up on my reading. I'm working from my iPad, which I'm still learning how to use, so no pictures with this post. I like this iPad. I am able to watch my art videos whenever I want. It makes waiting at dr appointments a lot easier and I can check emails, or surf the web while watching tv. Enough about that. I think I will have a cup of yogurt and read some blogs. Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In my Book of Days group we are reading the book, "Soulistry...Artistry of the Soul by June Mack Maffin.  We are reading the prompts each week and then creating an art page in our journal.  This is my front cover that I have created.

The picture is an oil painting titled "Miranda" by  John William Waterhouse  He painted this in 1875 and for years it was thought to be lost until 2006. This is the quote listed on the back of the painting that most believe Waterhouse wrote himself.
Miranda, "Oh, I have suffered with those that I saw Suffer! A brave vessel who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her dash'd all to pieces. Oh, the cry did knock against my very heart. Poor souls they perished."
In a way the painting and the quote speaks to me by saying that yes, I was lost, but have been found and yes my heart has suffered, but I survived, I did not perish.  I decided to use the quote inside my journal instead of on the front.  I thought the words Seek and Find were more appropriate.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Time, where is it?

Okay, I know that I haven't posted in awhile and I keep asking myself, where does all the time go? It seems like I have done nothing but go here, go there, stop and pick this up everyday. I don't think I have been in my studio to do anything productive in weeks. I haven't painted, I haven't worked in my art journals and I haven't worked on any of my quilts. Do you ever feel like you're spinning your wheels and going nowhere? Well, that's how I have felt lately. I guess we all have those days but do they really have to turn into weeks?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Butterfly and Flowers

Hey everyone, how are things going.  I have been busy with my Mother-in-Law and my cat that had a leg amputated.  I have finished a painting.  This is another one for Mom.

I love the bright colors and I know it will make her happy.  Gotta go catch up on my blog reading.
Have a great evening, the weather here is sunny and in the 70's.  Love it!!

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Live Laugh Love

I just love that saying.  I have a metal sign on my door that says that.  So, one day I was trying to come up with something to do to use up some old canvas and this is it.

I am debating on framing or using ribbon to cover the sides.  Right now, ribbon is running high on my list.  What do you think?

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Blue Ridge Beauty Done!!!!

Here it is finally put together.  Wow, what a trip!  I know, I still need borders and it needs to be quilted, but for now I'm just going to enjoy the moment.

I plan on catching up on my blog reading in the morning.  It has been a crazy two weeks here on the farm.  I will get to that with the next post.  Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

New Classes

As you all are aware, I am working on this Book of Days Art Journal and you know how I am having fits with drawing faces.   I also have trouble writing due to hand tremors (doc says they are instinct tremors caused from too much adrenalin flowing through my brain).  Anyway, through my association with other women in found to online courses. 

One is Letter Love 101 offered by Joanne Sharpe.  This is course is all about creating letters in all kinds of shapes and sizes.  I pray that it will help me in controlling my tremors and allow me to write my words with ease.  Thank you Pippa for posting about on your blog. 

The other course is Art, Heart and Healing that is offered by Tamara Laporte.  This course is about creating journal pages in mixed media.  In the first lesson she offers instructions on creating a front face portrait as well as tips on shading, etc.  Thanks to Tralasong for giving me info on Tamara.

I am very excited about these classes and with faith and determination I will reach my goal. 
If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Is...

What is happy to you?  Is it laughing, spending time with family and friends, cooking, etc?  Today, for me, happy is....

Getting better every day!  Some of you may be aware of my struggle with drawing faces.  Actually, not just faces, but any type of drawing.  I can draw on a canvas if I grid it out and grid the photo.  Then I can paint the picture and get great results, but I can't draw.  I mean just sit down and draw something I have in my head.

This year my challenge to learn something new is just that, drawing.  I am working on that as I also learn how to create an art journal through Book of Days.   So today I am happy that I am making progress with my faces.  I will get there, I just have to keep practicing.  Now I'm off to do some sewing.  Have a good one and do something that makes you happy today.
If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tuesday Treasure

Ok, I know, it's Monday 5:22pm central time, but I want to share my Tuesday Treasure with everyone this evening.  Melody at House on the Side of the Hill in Australia always shares a Tuesday Treasure.  If you would like to share something pop over to her site and join in.

Today I'm sharing my grandmother's hat.  I can't tell you how old it is, but I know she wore that hat during the summer, while working in the garden, fishing and painting.  She was always painting furniture.

She was a wonderful woman, born in Dec. 1900 and lived 82 years. I think of her often, sitting in her rocker, reading her victorian novels.  I ask her one time for something to read and she said I could pick one but they were pretty risque'.  God love her, I just giggled at that.   She lived with us after my grandfather passed and one day I came home all upset over some boyfriend that I had split with and I will never forget her words to me.  She said, "Everyone makes mistakes, you just have to chalk them up to experience, learn from it and keep on living."  I can't tell you how many times I have repeated those words.  So simple, but so true.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Today my page started out to be a face. As you can see, that's not what I ended up with. At least I know I can go in a different direction and still come out okay. I love the colors on this page and the quote from Wassily Kandinsky is so appropriate. He was a Russian artist born in 1866 and died in 1944. His work was Expressionism; abstract. He is credited with the first purely abstract works. He used very vivid colors and I wanted to create a page reflecting what I see with my eyes.

This is the quote on the page:
Color is the key.  The eye is the hammer.  The soul is the piano with its many chords.  The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.

I will not give up on drawing and painting a face that I am happy with and one day I will get there. 
I know it takes practice and I will continue to work on this challenge.  Whenever I mess up I will just have to create something to cover it up.  If they turn out like this one, I'll be happy.
If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Monet Makes Me Smile

I had so much fun with my first Monet painting that I decided to work on another one and here it is.  I started on it this morning and finished it about an hour ago.

"Water Lilies 2"

I love the paintings of his garden with the willow trees and water lilies.  He loved his garden and created beautiful paintings from various locations.  This painting is from his work "Water Lilies and Clouds" that he painted in 1903.  I really admire his work and just looking at his paintings makes me smile.  I feel like I'm right there, standing in the garden, with the breeze blowing through the willows and the lilies floating across the water.  I can just imagine how peaceful it would be.  I would love to have that kind of garden outside my door.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Top Half

Here it is, the top half of my Blue Ridge Beauty quilt.  I'm very pleased with the way it looks.

Now, if I can just get the bottom half to go together as well as this one I'll be okay.  Gotta run, Ricky wants to go to Sam's Club before the rain and snow mix comes in.  Stay safe and warm out there.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Faith and Wisdom

I haven't posted in a while due to the "blahs" and computer problems.  Loaded Office 10 without problems so I decided to upgrade to Windows 7.  I have spent the last 3 days trying, unsuccessfully to download 7.  Even had extra RAM added  so my system would be able to support it.  After 2 hrs on the phone with the tech this morning I am still without it, even though I have paid for it.  Lesson learned, always buy the disk.  Now I have to wait until they can send me a backup disk on Monday.

Anyway, after time on the phone this morning I decided I needed a stress relief.  I have been working on my Blue Ridge Beauty quilt.  I now have the top half together and the bottom half on my design wall.  Yea!!!   I will post pics of it later, but I did want to post a pic of my art journal page I made today. 

If I can only remember to keep my faith that all will work out and the wisdom to realize that I can't fix everything I would be better off.  So, this afternoon I am walking away from it and going inside to sit by the fire and enjoy some tea.  Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.