Thursday, January 24, 2008

Twenty One Years

Twenty one years married today. Three times the national average. I have been married half my life. WOW. How blessed am I???

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


It is surreal to hear the local weather (in Atlanta) report "32 degrees and snowing." But there it is outside the door. I love to watch it fall---so peacefully. I am grateful I don't have to drive in it or shovel it...just enjoy to special moments when it happens.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A little playtime....

I love IKEA for alterables...and this mousepad turned out to be so much fun I want to get more!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Learning by doing

In my quest to refine myself as an artist, I decided to take some on-line courses. Not official, accredited courses, mind you, but challenges and instruction from successful mixed media artists armed with books by some of the best. One course actually began in late fall, while two officially began January 1.

The first project included a variety of distressing techniques applied to shipping tags. The twelve tags recieved a variety of treatments: coffee staining, marbling, watercolor...
...and then embellishments. My little tag book took on a music and art theme.

I was able to include stamping, embossing, packing tape transfers, brads, miniature game pieces, sewing, fibers, handmade paper, silk flowers, and a dozen other things. It was tremendous fun and I learned the art of dry brushing, new ways to watercolor, and fearless experimentation.

It was a good way to transition from 2007 to 2008. There are so many things to learn about art--and in the process I suspect I will learn a great deal about myself as well.