January 25, 2010




Welcome to my blog and welcome to the 4th annual global One World One Heart Blog event sponsored by the wonderful Lisa Swifka's of A Whimsical Bohemian.  So glad you have stopped by to say hello. This is only my 2nd year participating and the first year was a real blast.  I met so many new and wonderful people last year that I wanted to participate again. I hope that if we don’t already know each other that we will soon get to know each other well.  After all, you can never have enough friends.

If you want to find out more about this years event  (and participate because, well, the more the merrier) please visit Lisa’s site by clicking here or the One World One Heart image above.

On to the giveaways. This year I have two items to give away:

The first is an original, unframed 9 x 12 painting on canvas board.  The background is scrapbook paper.  The girl is painted with colored pencils and acrylics.  The flower is a 3-D silk flower.  

May 24, 2009


The second giveaway is a handmade Zentangle doodle journal.  The cover was painted then the magic carpet doodle was added. The signature pages are made of smooth white paper that will accept the crisp fine lines of the Sakura Micron pen.  The giveaway will include the pen and doodle legend. The doodle legend was created from some of my past doodle drawings.


I will choose two winners in a random drawing from all of those who left a comment.  You must leave a comment to be eligible to win. You must include a link back to your blog or leave an email address so you can be contacted should you win. Please note only bloggers are allowed to leave a comment as this is a blog event.

This year's event ends February 15th and I will be announcing the winners on that day.  The first name chosen will be able to choose which prize they want.  The second name chosen will get the other giveaway.

The winners must contact me with their mailing address within a week or a new names will be chosen. 

PS: If you commented and are listed as a follower you will have a second entry in the drawing as a thank you. Following is not required to enter.

The post will be closed as of 5:00pm PST for new entries. The Winners will be announced before 8:00PM PST

January 9, 2010

The word for 2010 - Optimism


What we feared last year came true.  My Guy was laid off from work just before we were going to leave for Christmas vacation.  As a friend said ‘How heartless are people who can lay off workers just before Christmas and then go home to their family and enjoy their holiday?’  I could never understand that either. 

Luckily, we had already paid for the airline tickets and all of the Christmas presents we wanted to buy for the family we were going to visit. My Guy and I decided before we left that we were going to forget what happened and enjoy ourselves as we’d planned.  So off we went and we had a wonderful time.  

However, since coming home, it’s been a little tougher to get back to living with some energy.  I’ve been uninspired and a little depressed. However, as I say in my journal page, I don’t want to live like that any more.  I need to stay hopeful and positive for the both of us. 

So the word of this year is Optimism.

January 1, 2010

Setting Goals for the New Year

Happy New Year everyone

I hope you had as much fun experience bringing in the new year last night as we did.  My Guy and I started with a great homemade New Mexican food dinner complete with posole, tortillas and red chile. Yum.  After a few failed attempts to wish the family a happy new year (no one home), we settled in for a few rounds with a new Wii game.  It helped me realize out just how uncoordinated I am. 

After a couple of hours of Wii, we made Martinis and watched the last Batman movie on DVD.  I wasn’t the first time we’d seen it, we originally saw the movie at the theater. But it’s my favorite Batman movie and I am still in awe of what a magnificent actor Heath Ledger was.  He was AWESOME in that movie. 

We tried watching New Years Rocking Eve at midnight and, I must say, I really love Dick Clark. I grew up watching him and his American Bandstand. He is an inspiration. However, there comes a time for everyone when you should retire and let someone else take the reins. Dick, I think it’s that time.

So I’ve been thinking about goals for the new year. Our family will be having some trials this year making life and art challenging. My goals for this year will have to take those trials into consideration.

Art Goals

  1. Create more using the supplies on hand rather than buying new.
  2. Create more art with recycled materials.
  3. Practice drawing more often. I have a few sources I am going to use.  One is the book and workbook for Drawing on the Right side of the brain. The other source for drawing help is at Drawspace.com
  4. Collaborate more often
  5. Submit our mother and daughter journal for publication.
  6. Start writing morning pages again.

Work Goals

  1. Finish VQL
  2. Update Website monthly
  3. Restart Block of the month.
  4. Finish and move into new office

Personal Goals

  1. Be thrifty
  2. Eat out less
  3. Volunteer at Domestic Abuse help center
  4. Watch less TV
  5. Eat healthy and exercise more.
  6. Win the HGTV Dream Home

OK I think I better stop before I feel overwhelmed. 


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