November 19

I have a problem with my dog’s nails.  Even when they are clipped and rounded off they are pretty sharp.  I’m afraid that he will poke a hole in my car seats or my leather couch.  I just cringe every time I hear his nails scratching when he moves around. 

The shoes on the internet are cute but I don’t think he would keep them on his feet.   I think they are designed for maximum cuteness, but not much else.  These booties are designed for maximum your paws ain’t gettin’ outta these…

The booties are like sacks that are rounded at the bottom,  they velcro around the top of his foot so he’s not binded enough to be really uncomfortable and the velcro keeps the booties on his feet. 

They are also so very ugly! But don’t worry, he won’t have to wear them in front of the other doggies… 

Have a creative day!

Be Well and Happy!

November 17..

I thought I’d do a little beading for AEDM.  The tree of life, star fish, key and some findings were a present from my friend.  The hook is a bookmark.   My favorite pair is the purple stone set and they will go right into my jewelry box after this post. 

Well, I guess this is another short post.:)  Enjoy your creative day!

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November 15

   This Zentangle was supposed to look like fabric, but most of the spaces look  like stripped clam shells.  I didn’t like it at first, but I kinda do now, so I decided that this is AEDM for today. 

   This past weekend was our annual shopping trip.  My mom, sisters, aunt, cousin and  I go every year.  I didn’t get to go last year so it was extra fun for me.  Our trips consists of hitting the malls all day and after we are done shopping we treat ourselves to a big steak dinner.  Then we go back to the room to digest, then wake up and do it again.  I’m sore from all the walking and my feet hurt but I was very productive and managed to finish my Christmas shopping  and extra early too.  Yay ME! 

I hope everyone enjoys their creative day.. and thank you for commenting on my last post and I will be visiting you today too:)



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November 11


      This is a  simple little necklace that I made for AEDM. It definitely looks beachy doesn’t it?  It’s  a sea shell with hemp cord and two rock beads from a vintage necklace that belonged to my grandma.  Alana collected the shell on one of our trips to Emerald Isle.  I forgot which Carolina Emerald Isle is located…not only am I kinda of forgetful,  I’m also directionally challenged.  I always got 2’s on my report card on follows directions. yep, that was me…

     David comes home today and I’m really excited to see him.  He’s been working in California since last Thursday and we are ready for him to be home.  The only downside is David brings home his own creative challenges. Dirty, greasy, stinky clothes! HEY! Can I post that as a challenge;)





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November 3


Today I decided to make one of my nephews a card.  He is in the Army and in basic training right now and I’m sure he’s getting a little homesick. 

I’m still feeling pretty lousy, so I think this card is about all I have in me for today.  I’m hoping for a better day tomorrow.  




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Alana’s Zentangle…


Ink/colored pencil/graphite  on Bristol smooth

     I made my daughter a happy camper Monday morning when I finished this for her.  She picked out the colors,  the patterns and kept watch to see how it was coming along.  She was a little disappointed when she went to bed Sunday night and her Zentangle wasn’t done.  So, I stayed up and finally completed it a little after midnight then I popped in a frame and put it on the counter. When she went to the kitchen that morning, she had her little surprise waiting for and I hope that it was a good start to her Monday. 

   I wish the image was a lot better, but I’m nothing if I’m not consistent, LOL… 

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Vicki’s birthday gift…


(click on photo to enlarge)

Ink/Graphite on Bristol Smooth

      Oops…I had some perfectly good art work to post and I had forgotten all about it.  This piece measures about 10.75 inches in diameter and it has about 32-34  patterns in it.  I have wanted to draw a round one for a long time and when Vicki (my sister-in-law) asked for a Zentangle for her birthday, it gave my the perfect opportunity. I like the look of the bigger zentangles better than the smaller ones.  I think she liked it, I hope she did.

      While I was drawing the zentangle,  Alana sat with me every chance she got.  She would watch me draw and would ask me every little bit, “Can I have this?”  I had to keep telling her that this was for Vicki, but I did promise that the next one would be just for her.  So, today we went to Michael’s Arts and Crafts and picked out a frame and she even went through my pattern notebook and wrote down each little pattern that she wanted.   Umm, I wonder if she’ll make me sign off for each pattern to make sure it meets her specifications.  Nah, I like to see her get excited and it makes me feel good that she wants one:)

Well, I guess that’s about it for now,  Happy Labor Day Everybody!!!!

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On the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful…

Beach II 

Acrylic on Canvas panel 

     You may look at this painting and think that there isn’t much going on and it seems a little boring. But I look at this painting and I see peace and relaxation.  I can imagine myself just beyond the borders of this canvas taking a nap in a hammock under a couple of palm trees.  Ahhh…doesn’t that sound nice?  

   There have been a lot of moments this summer where I would  have loved being on a tropical island somewhere.  As you know, the first part of the summer was spent getting the house ready to sell so we could move back home.   But as time passed, it was just one obstacle after another preventing us from making that leap.  So we called off the move and we are going to stay put in Newport News.  I was a little sad at first, but I learned a long time ago not to ignore God’s signals and these were impossible to ignore.   Life is slowly getting back to normal,  David is home and we as happy as three peas in a pod.  ok, enough already with the personal stuff…. 

I’ve been trying my hand at pastels.  I’m a little scared of working in pastel, because they are pretty toxic.  I wear a mask and open a windows and all that good stuff, so I guess it’s a respectable fear..kinda like fire.  Annnnnnnnnnyway, I’m not very good with this medium and my color falls of the paper.  I’m just playing so it’s no big whoop, but I don’t see how artists get that fine detail unless they are working on a large-scale.  If any of you have any suggestions,  I accept all help.. I’ve been using Derwent, Gioconda from Koh-i-noor, and chalk pastels if this is useful. 

Gosh, I forgot to mention that the painting above is from a photo and not a tutorial…Yepper…I painted this one all by myself:)



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Zentangle – 8/10/10

       I’ve been painting a little but nothing that’s any big deal or even blog worthy.   I do have this Zentangle to share.  Zentangles are so carefree and I don’t think there will be a time where I will grow bored with drawing these.  I still think I mix too many patterns together, but I just can’t help myself:)  It’s just toooo much fun!

   Well, that’s about it for now.  There’s just not much going on around here except trying to stay cool.  Pretty boring, huh?  I guess sometimes we get what we need…so I must need it.  It has been nice spending time with Alana just talking, hanging out even though I desperately need some sleep.  I just keep telling myself that the day is coming (and very soon) that she won’t want to be any where near me, so I’m trying to enjoy my little girl while she still enjoys being with me.

Be Well and Happy!