Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

today i am thankful
*for my family
*for my cherished friends
*for the beautiful sea
*the memories i hold on to
*and the days ahead

wishing you all peace, joy and the ability
to believe in the beauty of mankind

Saturday, December 1, 2012

giveaway....challenge....spreading love around the globe...

did i mention a giveaway??!!........yes!  to celebrate 10,000 views on my blog AND to celebrate the friends made here....


here it is folks.....if you're like me, you LOVE surprises and getting something in the mail is even better.....
the old fashioned way.  {snail mail}....yes, that's what i'm talking about.  SO, along with this giveaway comes a challenge.  december is a busy month for most, so what do you say we start in january?!
get out your old address book and start a new (old) tradition of mailing notes and little surprises to friends and family via snail mail.  and when you do, drop me a line here on my blog in the comments section .....if you have a blog, write a post and  paste the link if you want.  let's get something going here.  don't you remember the days where going to the mailbox meant more than a handful of bills or junk mail?!  come on and join in the fun.....and if you want to make it even better, ask a blog friend what their address is and send them a postcard or a small piece of art....or whatever your little heart desires!  one of the best surprises i ever got was from sperlygirl.  all the way from italy....a little care package, including a handmade sewn bag, a beautiful bar of soap, some delicious italian candies, sweet notes and encouragement.  (here it is....hanging on a my "love your tribe" canvas....)
pretty appropriate choice of words when it comes to our friends.

  it's a good habit to get into and the good karma you receive in return is well worth the effort.  spreading love around the globe the old fashioned way is a beautiful thing~

are you in??!!  
so, here are the details.....wanna win this?

a handmade copper cuff that i will stamp with your very own words....
just for YOU

AND this little art journal kit i've put together....
a blank moleskine journal along with some of my favorite images,
some old papers, sheet music, book pages, stickers, ribbon and a handmade
origami bookmark~  all to get (or keep) your creative juices flowing for the new year~~~~

here are some of my moleskine journals and pages.......
i love the freedom of creating this way, whatever is on my mind...photos, 
words, poems and quotes....these journals are fun to work in and each one of
mine are SO different .....and they are different from the way i work in my larger
and handmade journals.  it's more free, flowing and whimsical.

(this is my card and photo from sperlygirl.....(part of her gift to me all the way from italy)


leave a comment here any time during the month of DECEMBER.  with your comment, please share a word that is meaningful to YOU.....your mantra...a word of encouragement...whatever you want~
also, if you have a blog, share this post on your blog and then share your link here as a comment and your name will be entered twice. pretty easy huh? it's gonna be fun~~~~~i will mail out the gift around the first of january~~~  {happy new year}....


ABOUT GIFTS......the art of giving.........
homemade gifts are my favorite......inspired by free people blog, i've been making a few dream catchers of my own....

speaking of special gifts....how about giving THIS to yourself or a friend....{or both}!!
if you've ever had the great experience of taking a class with judy wise, you know already how much the class will be filled with awesomeness!  hope to see you there :)


gift giving for someone special....a handmade cuff bracelet with your choice of words, 
quote, mantra or message.  find it HERE~~~~~
what's more cherished than something so personal from YOU~~~~

these are a few of my favorite things.....

and other gift ideas~

happy december....don't forget to drop a line here to enter the drawing~

Sunday, November 25, 2012

nostalgia..trunk show... and a giveaway!!

warning:  this is a longer post than usual.....
grab some hot tea or coffee for this one :)

sweetest moments~
lacie and my man walking beau out to graze~

the farrier~  (ronald).  i'm obsessed with huge anvils and fringed work chaps...i love the art of the farrier.  i'm not so sure he would agree...it's like second nature to him, but i'm so enamored with it all....

grazing and relaxing.....peaceful.
this big boy is the most graceful animal i've ever met. every minute i spend with him i learn something new....about him and about myself.  big love.  that's what this is.


i've been in a very creative mood lately~ i go through these phases where there's {nothing}....then all of a sudden i'm making all kinds of stuff....pulling out old junk and getting busy. i love these moments of creativity and get so inspired to make and give.  these are new candlesticks i made from a bucket of junk that's been sitting on my porch just waiting for me to go through it all.....i collected old brass candlesticks from the thrift stores and lots of little knick knacks that look like they could have all come from my grandma's house.... the brass candlesticks are usually around 50 cents to a dollar.  glue it all together to your liking and voila....nice little homemade candlesticks.  i saw this re-do on pinterest a while ago, however, the original idea came from anthropologie...which i could not afford.(and couldn't find the link, or i would have shared)....  

the kitten {onyx} and rio sitting on my $15 chair i found at a vintage shop in town.  oh how i LOVE to find a good bargain~~~~
and of course, i love my cats too :)

i worked on this little journal page last night.  totally inspired by a piece that judy wise did for a peach festival.
i'm an apple fan and this is an appreciation tribute to my mother.  for all the memories i've stored in my heart.  she taught me SO much and for that i am truly grateful.  she's my angel and i miss her terribly still.  
the quote is one of my favorites: 

"faith is the bird that feels the light and sings while the dawn is still dark".          rabindranath tagore

still playing with this one...not my favorite, but i'm playing around with horse drawings and trying to make it fun.  i thought i should share the ones i don't like as much too :)
this is a wood substrate with plaster and joint compound.  
we'll see what the finished result will be ?!

"these are the days that must happen to you"....
of course there's a little piece of a map of italy in the corner.
those of you who know me, know that i must go to italy.....
one day ~

okay, so i'm seeing a pattern here...
i tend to use a lot of my favorite quotes on my journal pages!

"i would love to live like a river flows,
carried by the surprise of it's own unfolding"
john donahue

a page i did while house sitting at the beach for a friend.
the sea pulls a lot out of you. so mostly this is writing....and i was a very content soul at that time ~

getting festive.   (kind of)
i'm not much for store-bought decorations, but love me some lights to bring a little cheer~  i'm not ready to pull out the boxes of Christmas decorations i've collected over the years, but am slowly putting out little signs that the season is almost here.  my most treasured pieces are from my childhood...little ornaments that i remember putting on the tree with my mom, or anything hand-made and given to me by a friend.  my youngest daughter definitely got the spirit bug from my mom.  she has strung lights in her room, pulled out the santa pillow and has a little teeny Christmas tree on her nightstand already!!  she has ALWAYS been that way and is  full of Christmas spirit....(already) :)
me?!  i have to wait until at least december rolls around....

a little birdie that i made recently...this was one of the plaster instructions from stephanie lee when she and judy did the plaster class.  (which i LOVED)......
this is the bird of "wisdom".

another vintage find.....$2.00 at the vintage thrift store...
i LOVE enamel wear and collect old (inexpensive) pieces.
i have never seen one like this and was really excited to get such a good deal~~~~~~ 
happy thanksgiving folks!

sometimes nostalgia sets in.  this is a plant that i have managed to keep for a very long time.  it's from my grandma's plant and continues to thrive....if a leaf drops off, i just stick it in the soil and it roots itself again.  grandma called it "hens and bitties"....i mostly hear it called "hens and chicks". i love it though and just brought it inside yesterday. 

"nostalgia"....i like that word.
and i also like give aways on blogs!!!
the blogging world is quite a funny thing.  at first i rebelled against putting anything personal out there for people i don't even know.  as i continued to visit some of my favorite blogs, i decided to go for it.  and honestly, it brings me some sort of pleasure that's hard to explain.  i'll never write a book.  and i'm not the best at recording everything i'm thinking about in my journal.....so this seems like the perfect spot to get my thoughts out there and to share a little of what i have going on in my little corner of the world.  best of all, i've made some good friends here.  i feel connections and can relate to all kinds of things here that i don't often get in the "real" world~
also, i sometimes wonder, "how much should i put out there"?? i recently had a discussion about this with my friend suzanne. her ability to share her vulnerability as well as her eloquent words and beautiful moments are inspiring to me.  she has a way with being brave and sharing the raw and the ugly sometimes.  mostly the beautiful, but the truth is, it's not always beautiful.(now is it)???  i don't want to be a fraud or a fake....i want to share here what i shared with her.  raising teenager girls is hard people.  i feel so blessed...i have a good, {really good} relationship with mine. but sometimes, things get rough.  personalities collide, sisters fight....words aren't always nice.  one who wants so desperately to be unique and set apart from the rest.....i love that about her. she already is unique....she's amazing and beautiful ....and suzanne's words..."bold and tender" at the same time.  i love this.  but sometimes i struggle and wonder am i doing a good enough job?.....there's no freaking manual on how to do this.  i try so hard to do the right thing, to find a balance and not be too strict, but also not be too lax about issues. there's so much to worry about now....but i don't want to always worry..... 
is there anyone out there that feels like it's harder now?.....all the technology...social media....texting.
i miss the days where we didn't have this much.  
"bold and tender"......wow.  that says it all.
thanks sperly girly for your truth, for your support and for your friendship.  that's why i do this.  i love the support and the connections found here.  also, there's a lot of sharing going on....there's so much inspiration in this little blog world and i love that.  i love artists who aren't afraid to share and tell there techniques to the world.  we are all individual with our own stories....thanks to all of you out there who share yours.
SO, that brings me to a little celebration to share....and the reason that i'm doing a giveaway here.  i have just noticed that i'm close to 10,000 views on my blog.  honestly, i don't check "stats" often, but noticed that number and thought that was pretty cool. so, i'm putting together a little gift to share and will show you on december 1st what i come up with.  all i ask is that you leave a comment anytime in the month of december and one word that resonates with you. that's all it takes to be in the running to win my little surprise !! i will do a drawing sometime after Christmas and will probably ship around the first of the new year~

and here's my dad......blessed and lucky to have him doesn't even come close to the whole story~~~~~~~~~~~~~

thanksgiving morning~  my sweet daddy, over for coffee and a little breakfast.

the afternoon (thanksgiving day) was spent with best friends and family.....
(at libby's house)
 it ended up being a huge party by the 
end of the night.  so many friends stopped by and 
it was a big reunion.  just a reminder of how
blessed we are to be here and to have 
such great people in our lives~

(and such great dogs in our lives...)


(libby and me)...blessed

a warm and cozy fire inside and a fire pit 
with oysters roasting outside.....
so much delicious food and warm company~  
thankful for this day,these friends,
and these memories to hold dear

TRUNK SHOW coming up on december 1st, {10-5} at 
SWEET PEPPER horse sports.  i have lots of new designs and we will have a drawing for a copper cuff bracelet personalized just for you.....
drop in if you're in the area~~~~we would love to see you there.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


the essence of thanksgiving....."gratitude".
today was a rainy, dreary day and honestly, i was thankful for the time "stuck" inside.  it seemed the perfect time to work on a few new pieces and to cook and bake up some yummies~
these are my favorite cookies to make this time of year. (pumpkin, white chocolate chip cookies)....from sarah foster's "FRESH EVERY DAY" cookbook.  trust me when i say, there worth making!! my friend garnette gave me this cookbook for Christmas one year and since then these are the favorite for november. 

"pumpkin white chocolate chip cookies"

"memorize this moment"
a new piece i finished up today.  it started with a wood substrate and plaster....then collage, then paint, then wax. 
it started out like this:

i'm happy with the finished product and glad to have it done and ready to start something new....my man cut some more substrates for me today :) 

"memorize this moment...
capture it in your heart,
write it on your soul".

this is an acrylic on watercolor paper for my friend margaret. she is marrying john this weekend in the outer banks.  i love seeing her so happy and wish them many beautiful years~

this time of year is when i miss my mom the most. i can't even explain the void i feel.  she loved, loved, loved thanksgiving.  she was one of the best cooks i ever knew.....and i am SO grateful to have had her share with me her knowledge, recipes and secrets from the kitchen~~~she is so truly missed.


and THIS is onyx.  our newest addition to the family. 
he came along in september.  the weekend i was having my art retreat here with judy wise....my 15 year old daughter rescued her from being dropped off at the humane society on a sunday morning by a friend of a friend.....she was deathly ill and so tiny, i honestly didn't think she was gonna make it. she DID make it and hagan took great care of her....it was lovely watching her be the "mama" to this little baby.  feeding her with a dropper and sleeping with her.  she did a great job~  we all adore this little one.  even rio has started to like her :)

so, no matter what's going on in your life, i would like to tell you that "your soul is rooting for you"!!!
we all have hard times and this time of year can be difficult for some people.
i love this quote and wanted to put it on a special piece of jewelry. a found dragon fly wing is rolled on the sterling pendant and adorned with the quote. ( i see the quote a lot and wish i could credit who wrote it,but when i research it i only find different blogs and people using the same quote....and couldn't find the author)....if you know, please leave a comment and let me know too!!

wishing you many blessings this thanksgiving.
go in gratitude 

*AND a giveaway ......wanna win susan tuttle's new book???  go here for details~

Saturday, November 10, 2012

the art of friendship?

i have been thinking a lot about friendships lately.  i am one blessed girl when it comes to friends ....true friends that i can count on no matter what.  friends that i really WANT to talk to every day....that i would do anything in the world for and them for me~
i am grateful for new friends,
 (judy ;) and (bee ;) and (shellie ;)and the fact that THE judy wise is just a beautiful human...not some ego crazy artist that is untouchable...she is "real" folks~and i love that about her.
and also blog friends...(suzanne, xo)...across the great big oceans and into a whole different country is one big hearted, beautiful girl. a friend that i stay connected with and love for her generosity and giving spirit. a sweet momma and kindred sister~

then there are also the friends that have come and gone....or the ones i barely am able to keep in touch with.  friends that used to be in touch all the time.(our paths have crossed for a reason)
i believe that we are all put in touch at different times in our lives and connect with different friends at different times for different reasons.  sometimes i feel a little funk or even offended that some of my peeps aren't  good at staying in touch and after a while i back off and stop trying....but that doesn't mean i don't love them all just the same.  i think and HOPE that this is a normal thing that just happens over time with some people.  there are a few that i can't imagine not seeing and talking to all the time though....and those i guess are the true essence of the word "friend".  they are the ones that keep me going and that i can share all of my true thoughts and feelings with ....knowing that i won't be judged.  i love them more than they can know and am thankful for them and all they bring to my life~and to my family~


playing with new apps
thanks to susan tuttle and her lovely blog...and her educational tutorial, i have been having loads of fun with new apps 
on my i phone.....
a walk in the woods
 (pic grunge)

lacie and pepper and maddie

lacie and pepper
(pic grunge)

good morning world~
lacie at sunrise

and some new art work....
"trust in the universe"



"floating on memories"
yes, still....floating on memories is what judy wise said to me after our art retreat here....
i love those words and i love her~

angel horse journal page...

judy wise, bee shay and michele unger
south end of wrightsville beach
(pic grunge)

me and my "BEAU"
(pic grunge)

me and judy 
....her first day here on the north end of wrightsville beach
(pic grunge and noir)

judy's quote, and a necklace i made for her and her love for moon snails.at the top is a tiny little sea oat rolled in the metal.
memories keep us going~~~


hope you get a chance to play around with new apps and have some fun taking new or editing old photos~

until we meet again...
don't forget to let your friends know how much you love them