November 30, 2008

Should I really tell ?


My friend Dianne from Art Beneath The Cottonwoods has tagged me.  And my friend Connie from ALTERED ROUTE has given me this wonderful award.  My thanks go to the both of them. 



Here are the official rules

  • Link to the person who tagged you.

  • Mention the rules.

  • Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.

  • Tag five other bloggers by linking to them. (I added comments to the links, you don't have to.)

  • Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged.


The six quirky boring things about me, this shouldn't be hard. :-)

1> Before Lasik, used to be that I wore glasses for distance, now I wear them for close up. I can't get away from them.

2> Did you know that you can get really cute reading glasses at Target for only $1.00.  Yeah, $1.00.  I must have 6-7 pair.

3>  I'm a cheapskate.  If it doesn't entertain me I don't want to spend money on it. :)

4> I hate emptying the dishwasher. (see I told you it would be hard.)

5> I have 6 toy sewing machines, one vintage machine and one regular.  All from my quilting days.


Five people I am tagging and awarding the Kreativ Blog award to are:

Sarah Fishburn:  Sarah is a wonderful artist who shares my love of Biscochitos

Barb :  who is a fellow member of ATCsforall and Suziblu's class, so you knows she's arty.

Jennifer:  You really must see her packing tape self-sculpture.

Pink Hattuer's -  We both participate in the Three Week Challenge and Suzi Blu's class Les Petite dolls class.

Christine Alane:  Christine makes some beautiful jewelry.

I think you will enjoy visiting these blogs so have a looky loo! 

November 28, 2008

Black Friday and a Blog award

I wonder how many of you are going shopping today?  I'm sorely tempted but I hate fighting the crowds on Black Friday.  Some people are just not nice on the first shopping day after Thanksgiving.  I did it one year and vowed never again. I know there are lots of savings to be had but the aggravation is just not worth it. So I'm staying home and will save my shopping for tomorrow.  Hopefully, the crowds will be a little lighter tomorrow. What I want to get is on sale tomorrow as well so I should be OK as long as they don't sell out.  If they do sell out, I'm ok with that too because it will be good for the economy.  It's still early I can wait for them to restock.   

Not long ago I joined the Millande Creativity Club and I made friends with several wonderful and giving women.  One of these wonderful women gave me my first blog award. I'm so touched and appreciative.  For someone as shy as I am, this is a huge deal because of what the award is for....friendship. 

proximityaward My sweet, supportive and creative new friend, Brenda, was the one who has awarded me my first blog award. This award states that: This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY- nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends, they are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these artists.

Such a nice award - I am pass it on to the following 8 bloggers, in no particular order, because they are all so friendly, supportive and giving people with so much to say through their art:

Francine, Anne, SandyMary, Kathryn, Jennifer, John, and Christy 

Thanks for reading.

November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm a part of the three week challenge that is based on the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron and this morning I thought it only right to use my morning pages to write about the many things I have to be thankful for. And happily, I do have many, many things to be grateful for.

I was hesitant to start this challenge because I am not in the habit of verbalizing/writing all my thoughts and feelings in a journal. And stream of conscious writing is not an easy task for me because my mind is faster than hand. I should probably audio record my thoughts but I know I won't do that either. Or record the thoughts using voice to text translation.....see what I mean? My ideas are all over the place. By the time I finish writing one thought I have already moved on to two others.

I remember once visiting with two friends, one was a boyfriend and one was my best friend at the time, a female. As we all talked my boyfriend stopped us and said "How did you two get to this place in the conversation when we started here? I can't keep up with you guys." I guess that's why she was my best friend because she could keep up. Unfortunately, I lost touch with my friend, Cindy Perry, when I got married and moved to California. Cindy, if you are out there somewhere, I miss our rambling conversations.

I want to wish everyone an abundance of great food, whether you eat Turkey or are a vegetarian, and that you have a plethora of things to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2008

Christmas Questions

I want to thank Sarah Fishburn for this fun list of questions about Christmas designed to help us to get to know each other. She says "Just copy this entire note and paste into a new note on your page. (Change all the answers so that they apply to you.)"   After you answer all the questions, please post a comment to let me know so I can get to know you.


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?  

For immediate family, it's hand made wrapping paper and tags.  The first year I did it, my family just loved it, now they've come to expect it.  Everyone else gets store bought wrapping paper.

2. Real tree or Artificial? 

Real but only if it comes from a tree farm. 

3. When do you put up the tree? 

When we are in town for Christmas, about December 15.

4. When do you take the tree down? 

Jan 2nd I'd probably leave it up longer if it wasn't drying out and losing needles and generally becoming more of a fire hazard.

5. Do you like eggnog? 

I love eggnog but without liquor.  I think Rum or Whiskey ruins the taste of eggnog.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

A china tea set.

7. Hardest person to buy for? 

My husband Greg. I have managed to totally surprise him a few times but usually I need to ask him what he wants.

8. Easiest person to buy for? 

My daughter, she gives me hints all year long. :)

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

I do, it's a small Italian set with about 6-7 pieces.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

Mail. And last year I started a new tradition, making our Christmas card.  Last year I used a funny picture of my husband and BIL and collaged it. Then I scanned and printed it on card stock.  Here is a picture from my blog post last year, it was called Still Searching for gifts?  I started this year's card last night. I need a snowflake rubberstamp.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? 

Probably clothes, I hate getting clothes for Christmas. They haven't been "bad" just usually not my taste.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

I don't watch a lot of Christmas movies but if I have to choose it would be the first Santa Clause movie with Tim Allen and the Miracle on 34th Street with a young Natalie Wood.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? 

I bought my first stocking stuffer on Saturday but usually I start shopping about Dec 1st. 

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? 

Nope never.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

Biscochitos, which my aunts made when I was growing up. I also love Empanadas, stuffed with mincemeat. I've also had them with pumpkin.  By the way, I just learned that in 1989, Biscochitos became the New Mexico official state cookie. This act made New Mexico the first state to have an official cookie.  Too Funny.

17. Favorite Christmas song? 

Jingle Bell Rock, Silent night,

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? 

I prefer to stay home but we traveled last year and and we will again this year. Both of our mothers are elderly and living in NM so we'll probably go there for Christmas until they pass on.  Plus my daughter lives there and I can't spend Christmas without her.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?

I could sprain a brain trying but could probably come up with all the names.


20. Angel on the tree top or a star? 

I prefer an Angel but we've had both.


21. Open presents Christmas Eve or morning?

Definitely in the morning.  I believe that anticipation is 2/3's the fun of getting gifts.  My folks had no patience and always wanted to see their gifts Christmas eve, so of course I did too.  But then Christmas morning we had nothing to do. 

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

That Christmas is everywhere even before Halloween.  That's too much too soon. It's no wonder people are tired of Christmas before the holiday is even here. 

23. Favorite ornament, theme or color?

Favorite theme, Santa.  I have lots of Santa ornaments and a musical Santa that you twist to listen too.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? 

Tamales and Posole, covered in my homemade NM Red Chile.  I'm very partial to my homemade red chile probably because I make it like my grandmother used to. 

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?

I really want the economy to turn around and stop eating away at our meager retirement funds.  It's scary.  As far as gifts? Art books or a possibly a stereo for my car that I can plug my MP3 player into. I hate listening to the radio and I always forget the change the CDs.  I've had my favorite CD in the car player for over 3 years now.  I think My Guy is tired of listening to Pretty Vegas. :)


Here is a Recipe for Biscochitos

The Lucero Recipe (Northern New Mexico)

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon anise seed
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • cinnamon sugar for topping

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Combine butter and ½ cup sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg yolk and milk; beat until well mixed. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, baking powder, anise seed and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon; beat until mixture forms a ball.
  2. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Cut with 1-inch cookie cutters.
  3. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and ¾ teaspoon cinnamon in small bowl.
  4. Put one face of the cookie into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place one inch apart, with the cinnamon sugar-covered side up, onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  6. Let cool.

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November 17, 2008

Soul Journal - Trusting the Journey

The theme for this page, Trusting the journey, was inspired by Kathyrn Antyr, the Collage Diva while the background was inspired by Millande at Millande Creativity Club.  I used images and quotations I found on the web to add content to the page. And then outlined it all in Black charcoal pencil. Then I smudged the pencil to produce a shadow effect. 

The background was made by painting the page first with Gesso, then with a solid color.  Then I added rubber bands to a brayer and covered the brayer in paint of a different color.  Used the brayer horizontally along the bottom and then washed it and added a different color to paint vertically.  It was a fun experiment.

Most of the images are easy to see but the scrap on the top left of the page says "Boarding pass" and it's taken from a boarding pass for a flight I took last month to see my daughter and mother.  I thought that was a fun element to add.


Trust The Journey


The biggest and hardest change I've had to deal with recently was when my daughter moved to New Mexico.   I've written about it before so I won't go into it again but it was very hard because we were so close. We still are.  How about you?  What's the biggest change you've had  to deal with and how did you handle it?

November 14, 2008

The Star

As I indicated before I'm taking the Suzi Blu's class "Les Petite Dolls".  Two or three weeks ago (or more), she asked us to create our own Oracle or Tarot card.  At the time I wasn't far enough along in her class to complete the challenge but I looked up my card (see a post or two ago) and came up with a basic idea for the card using the petite dolls.  I finally finished the card last night. 

Star Oracle Card

I'm not a big believer in Tarot cards but I really like what the star card symbolizes and encourages: to have faith in yourself.   From   "The image of The Star tells you to have faith in your ideals, to dare to dream, and to hold tightly to your perceived purpose in life. The Star promises the renewal of hope, inspiration, and spiritual clarity."

When I was done, I showed the painting to My Guy and to my surprise, he said we should hang it up. He's never said that before....sniff, sniff.   

November 11, 2008

My Little Girls and more

This has been a very busy week.  Last Friday I finished up my hosting duties for the NorCal Residents ATC Swap at  There were some very nice cards created in this swap.  As host I got to look at all of them and drool over them. They were so hard to let go, but let go I did, and now they live with new families where they are loved. 

As if I didn't have enough to do, I joined yet another art group.  I jumped on the bandwagon and signed up for Suzi Blu's Les Petite Dolls class.  These are my first attempts at doll faces.


My Girls

I am also working on a doll on wood, but it's not ready to show yet. Part of the class is outlining the doll drawing with a wood burning tool and that is what I find the hardest to do.  I'm getting some bumpy looking lines and let me tell you, it ain't pretty.


I also got more involved with Milliande Creativity Club.  These are the two pieces I did for that group:

It's called "Washing away the dust or Out to Art"

Door Hanger 

and The Purple Tree

Purple Tree


The poem says:

The Purple tree

where I sit every eve

pondering the majesty of her leaves

and imagining where

I could be if only

I gave in to the dreams

that call to me. me


That's all for now, thanks for reading.

November 4, 2008

I am a Star?

I joined the Suzi Blu Ning site and her current challenge is to create our own Oracle card. Knowing nothing about Oracle or Tarot cards I found a site that helps you determine your card based on the answers you give. How accurate is it? I have no idea but I do like the card.

You are The Star

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised

The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you're a dreamer, but you're not the only one.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.


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