Monday, February 14, 2011

featured artist AND the winner is......

the inspiration and support that has grown from taking misty's class goes beyond words.  there is so much i've gained from this experience.  one of the many best things is the support and friendships, the sharing and relating to so much of what we ALL experience as an artist.  i love how artists support each other and share so much of their heart and soul with people around them.  this month is the beginning of something new here on my blog........the "featured artist" this month is marcia cline of the outer banks.  she is a friend who i admire and i love her work.  marcia teaches yoga, has two beautiful  children and paints from the heart on the outer banks.  she breaks out the paints and the easel from the back of her jeep and sets up wherever she finds inspiration.  her paintings are colorful and vivid and reflect the simplicity and beauty of living in the outer banks.   i feel so lucky to have two of her paintings.  PLEASE visit her
 website HERE to see more of her work.  she's one of a kind and beautiful inside and out~
i chose marcia because i love her work.  i love her as a person.  and we are visiting there this weekend and hoping to see her while i'm there.  please stay in touch to see who the next featured artist might be YOU!

me, laura, marcia and her son, garnette
on okracoke 

.......the winner of my first giveaway

 oh, i love this day.
  i woke up this morning to a sweet note that my man left for me on the bathroom counter. 
 simple.  sweet and kind. 
we had a few friends over last night for sushi and it ended with a delicious chocolate cake, 
dancing, lots of laughter, and other goodies that friends brought much fun.  

oh, the drawing for the necklace!!  
so, lacie drew a name this morning before we left for school....
and the winner..... is.......

congratulations kristin! 
i just need your address and i'll get it in the mail to YOU~

i carry your heart with me
by e.e. cummings

i carry your heart with me
(i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it
(anywhere i go, you go my dear;
and whatever is done by me is your doing, my darling).
i fear no fate
(for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world
(for beautiful, you are my world, my true).
and  you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you:
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life, which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart 
(i carry it in my heart).

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

valentine's day GIVEAWAY ~sterling wing~

as misty's class comes to an end, my mind is whirling with all of the amazing things i've learned, new friends i've met and inspiration i've gotten from this experience.  "stretching within"..... i can't think of a better way to start the year.  thank you misty for all that you have put into this workshop.  this was my first online workshop and it was incredible.  i am grateful for the community of friends and artists that i've connected with during this time and for all that you have done to make it happen.  thanks to all of you who have shared your art, stories, words and friendship during misty's class.  i have loved the journey :)  

anyone who would like to be included in my giveaway, just leave a comment here and i will draw a name on the morning of february 14th. 

big strong girl designs give away......

~butterfly wing rolled on sterling silver~
this little wing was found at airlie gardens here in wilmington, nc.  and rolled in my rolling mill on sterling silver.  i love how a  wing can be transformed into a piece of jewelry that will last forever.

Monday, February 7, 2011

the art of raising daughters

today, i came across a piece of paper sitting by my printer that my 11 year old left there.  it was her language arts assignment.  i read it.  and i sat watching the rain outside.  and i thought about this beautiful little girl that i am honored to call my daughter.  she is an old soul.  she get's it.  i know how special and wonderful she is.  i see it in her every day.  i think about my mom and how much i miss her.  how so much of who she was is who lacie is.  she's blessed with compassion and patience.  love and forgiveness.  i hope and pray that she never loses sight of who she is.  of her dreams and her passion.  she is lovely and i am overwhelmed with admiration for her.  here's her poem......


wishes to live in the sea.
dreams of stopping war everywhere,
wants to help the homeless,

who wonders how animals feel.
who fears of roaches.
who is afraid of kidnappers.
who likes to hang out with friends.
who believes in God.

who loves to play sports.
who loves warm cookies with milk.
who loves friends and family.
who loves mexican food.

who plans to be a marine biologist.
who plans to live with little regrets.
who plans to live a happy life.

whose final destination is heaven.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

art journaling...

"the sweetest gift of all...
my family"

"instructions for living a life.  pay attention.  be astonished.  tell about it."
mary oliver

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

the month of love~

                                  journal page.  february 2, 2011


"my heart has something to say-do you hear it?
i can shout if you need me to  or i can whisper and hope
 that you will still hear me even after all these years."
happy anniversary~