Archive for February, 2009

Some Excitement

I am so excited.  I am getting ready for a big yard sale.  It’s out with the old and in with the new.  I have been a very good steward of finances, and after much research have found wonderful deals for some new things.  

With all the excitment, things are also chaotic!  With a week or so before my husbands major surgery, I am moving 5 rooms in the house around, organizing the yard sale, and working on my works in progress.

What are the works in progress you ask?  Oh, that is more exciting news.  A clothing line of fun, simple, clean humor that you can share your faith, or get a little if need be!  A simple, but artistic jewelry line of my artwork.  Wearable art!  Greeting cards, collectibles, coffee cups and I’m adding to the list.  This is so much fun!  I will make an announcement when the product line is almost done.

Check back for updates.


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Hello Everyone!

Please note that I have been linking to other sites that include artists, those on spiritual journeys, writers.  I think it is great to link to each other sites.  The variety and level of talent, information and insight is incredible!  When time allows, it’s always fun it sit back with a good cup of coffee, and check out these other sites.  

Coffee of the day:  Dunkin Donuts!

Enjoy your life, smile and bless someone today!

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Well, I got home and there seems to be way more stuff to do than when I left.  I thought I left everything quite tidy, but not so.  That’s another post.

The  great news is that the Sumter Project is almost finished!

Terri is working on the first coat in the Living Room…..


and working around the room…..


Meanwhile, I discover that there is a chip in our Foyer finish!  The light fixture is up, soooooo, I also found the culprit!

This is our beloved Dennis, the electrian…….


                                                                                                                      He looks guilty, doesn’t he!

And here comes Carla, master fix-it-upper.

What is that?  A closet rod, a paint brush taped to the end?


Ready, set, TOUCH-UP…….




Now back to work…..

Here I am putting the first texture coats above the fireplace…..



And here it sits until the stone surround is installed.  I know I have teased you a good bit about this finish.  I will give you a hint of what is to come.  Trompe L’oeil stonework, and a custom  Trompe L’oeil tapestry designed in collaboration with designer John Marshall Williams.

That’s it!  That’s all you are going to get for now.  You will have to check back!  I hope you will!



Here Terri completed a air return cover to match the beautiful wood grain of the cabinetry.


Now, relax and enjoy some photos of some of the rooms finished. 












20 days, 305 hours, 2 people.  Now that’s gettin’ it!

Thank you to all those that gave a helping hand moving scaffolding and working with/around us.

Please leave me your comments, pass this on and share with others.  You can follow me and see more of my work at the links below.

Smile and bless someone today!






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Cre8Tiva -  A Creative Spirit Journeys Forth

Check my friends blog out about the energy of incomplete works.  I needed this, bet all us creative ones need this!  

Don’t we all have something unfinished lurking around the studio, we catch a glimpse of it, and what happens to you inside.


Read her blog!

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The project is moving along nicely.  Thank God I asked Him to get involved!

In my last post I showed you the completed, not clean, but completed finishes of the Library and the Dining Room.

Today I present to you the progress and finish of the Theater, Foyer and Powder Rooms!


These next several pictures show the progress of the Theater and Foyer finishes…..


Look, it’s amazing, she’s got fire flowing through her hands……anyone need a healing?  ; )
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                                                                                              The mud on the modello………

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and the Powder Rooms!








The Living Room is all that is left to finish.  Walls have a beautiful metallic finish and the Grand Finale’, the Trompe L’oeil over the fireplace.

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Come back to see the finish!

Smile and Bless someone today!






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Alright, how do you do it all?  I write about being balanced but can’t even seem to master one phase of it.  

I spoke with a dear friend yesterday and she was explaining to me the time that needed to be spent networking, checking out the info highway, commenting, chatting.  I thought my cell phone was attached to my hip, is your computer?  

I suppose it is what you are focusing on at the time.  I want to blog, I believe I have something to share with folks.  We are not alone out here.  I want to share my work.  My work is my life.  My art.  It may be a project I have been hired to do or it may be a task God has given me to do.  Either way, He is in it.  All of it.  

I want to blog, I want to network, I want to see my work sell.  I also want to have a life, like, with my family.  My grand kids.  I want to enjoy what time I have.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow, or even the rest of today.  And it’s difficult to find peace and enjoy life with all this stuff happening in our world.  But it can be done, with His help.  See, I just don’t believe I can do anything without Him in the forefront of my life.  I have tried it way to many times.  But you know, every time I, on purpose, include Him in my decisions, or include Him in my thoughts or just start my morning off saying, “Hey God, thanks so much for being with me.  I need You, and I love You.”  Well, the day can go so much better.  He is there, I acknowledge Him.  

I have had my grandson ignore me when I came home.  I’ll walk in, so happy and excited to see him, and he is to involved in what he is doing.  Even though I have been out of town, and haven’t seen him in over a week, what he is doing at that moment is far to important to leave to run to me.  I understand, I do, he’s just a kid, but it hurts just a little too.  I want him to come running to me shouting “Nana, Nana!”  Then go back to his playing…..just acknowledge me.  I can’t believe, after everything God has done for me, and I’m a grown -up, that I can still forget, or be too busy, or not what to stop long enough to just acknowledge Him.

So I want to do all this stuff, but time doesn’t allow me to.  Time for God and Family, friends and work, dreams and pursuits, and rest.

Perhaps you could share how you do it, or don’t!  **wink**

Love to hear for you!

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I know I think to much.  I think about everything.  From the moment my brain says, “it’s morning, let’s hit it!”  throughout the entire day.

Since both of my folks have moved on to The higher place, I have discovered more about myself.  That for some reason seems relative.

 Friends, for starters.  You think you are friends with someone only to discover it’s really only superficial.  You have been putting in your heart and soul in the relationship, but the other party, well, left you in the dust.  You just don’t fit anymore.  At first it hurt.  You missed the friendship.  But then you realize time changes all things.  And God has a season for everything.  That season is up and He is moving you on.  You better catch up, but don’t get ahead of Him either.

Easier said than done.  

Then there are those you never thought would be your friends.  There they are.  It’s their time, their season.  Oh and how wonderful it is in new relationships, learning new things, sharing experiences.  I am thankful God has everything under control.  We are made for relationships. Ones that will encourage and uplift us.  Ones that we can pour into as well.  Even though I have been perfectly content to be alone, my family, my work, God has better plans.  He is so cool!

Speaking of work, there is either a lot of it or none at all.  Man these times are sticky!  Right now I find myself putting in a lot of time, wanting to do so much more with my artwork, having to balance everything.  Then there is home life.  Right now I’m staying busy there too.   My husband has recently learned that he has 2 blockages, one in each leg.  100% at that.  Geez, it never ends!  He will have bypass on both legs in March.  Instead of dreading it, we are looking forward to it.  He will be able to walk with no pain, take Sadi Girl walking, play more with the grands.  Yes, it will be good.  Oh, and BTW:  Sadi’s surgery was a success.  No cancer!   Thank You Jesus!


So I’m working, a lot, out of town, Smokey  can’t do much, no driving, no lifting, NO CLEANING, (LOL), his Mom lives with us…….she does almost nothing!  No I mean it, almost nothing.  Yes, she’s older, yes, she can’t do as much as she once could, but SHE DOES NOTHING!  To keep her trying to do things for herself, we ask her to do simple things, like, fix her own plate, put her trash in the trash can and when she seems really motivated, she will water some plants.  She likes to shop, so there is never a problem getting her out!  LOL MORE!  She also likes stuff.  Stuff everywhere.  I don’t like stuff.  I like organization.  Clean, neat, not a lot of STUFF!

I am having a yard sale soon.  As soon as I go through everything, everywhere!  Yesterday some furniture went in the pile.  Oh how wonderful! My Living Room opened up.  The small space looked so big.  First thing Mom says, “I want a rocking chair right here.”  ***sigh**** 

Now I must catch up on office work.  Not including all the computer time I need to catch up on.  I have been wanting to move rooms around in the house and studio, but with the limited time I am here, I just make messes.  It will happen, soon.

I’ll catch up with you  mid-week so check back!  I am moving forward with the new products in the new company.  Clothing, jewelry, tote bags, greeting cards, ACEO cards….  I can’t wait to get my hands in the stuff!  

All things worth while,sometimes, take time to grow.  Relax, don’t rush, live life and smile!  Bless someone today, OKAY!

Love and hugs,


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