Sunday, March 30, 2008

Next to last creations before moving...

I had some flowers I had to create for some orders, so here they are:




I am getting pretty good at putting these together. My next creations I won't be able to show as they are submissions to magazines. 12 Days till moving day! Yeah! Donated a bunch of stuff to good will today and worked on packing some of my room. My hubby keeps coming in here and looking around and telling me it's gonna take 2 weeks just to pack this room. I just tell him to get out...LOL

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Still packing

I feel guilty that I haven't been posting often, but life has been a whirlwind lately. Today I packed my family room and most of the MBR. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Yeah! As I have been packing, my hubby has been bringing boxes to the dining room to stack, so that on moving day, we don't have to make alot of trips upstairs. We took apart the dining table and made room for the stacking. Now....it comes down to my room....Ugh.... It is amazing how much stuff one 11 x 12 room can hold. I still have 2 projects to make for submissions that are due by April 15th. I guess I should knock those out of the way so I can pack up all my supplies.

Got my new desk. Yeah! It is just sitting in it's box, waiting to be opened and put together. I can't not wait to get my room all put back together in the new house and get creating again!

Monday, March 24, 2008

I'm back now...

I went to my Sister's in Phoenix for Easter and now I am back home. I will leave you with a photo story of parts of my trip. Here is what you see when you drive to Phoenix from Las Vegas. Megan driving. This is our first road trip where she has driven. Still has the learners permit, but I figured it was a good learning opportunity. More Cactus... More Cactus...if you haven't gotten it by now...there are lots of cactus' out there.... and these too:We went to the Renaissance Fair while there:



Megan got to ride an Elephant and I got to pet one. It was pretty cool. They have such expressive eyes. They were the sweetest things. That's all for now.

Monday, March 17, 2008

What movie do you like that will most embarrass you?

LOL...I was thinking of my favorite movies today, and besides Horton Hears a Who, one of my favorites is:

LOL. My daughter thinks I am totally nuts! LOL...I am a tad embarrassed that I love this movie. I guess you could say I am kinda offbeat. My favorite part in the movie is when they are all around the campfire and start singing. They stick the old mans hand near the fire and he screams and they keep adding more parts until they have quite the melody going. And who can forget the new language they were making up. Zug Zug..LOL I will leave that to your imagination unless you have seen the movie and know what I am talking about. So tell me what is your guilty pleasure in movies?

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I think I have found my new working desk!

Since we are moving, I decided that it was a chance to revamp my art studio/office. I hate the table I work on now as it is just not working for me. So I have been on the lookout for something that would work for me but not another full size desk as I already have this set shown below.So here it is. It is so perfect because it will go with my idea that I was planning for to go on the opposite side of the room from the big desk. This will be my soldering/jewelry area. I can stick all my containers of beads on the shelves and they are right there. About a month ago, I bought some black storage pieces to go in my room when it's revamped, and they go perfectly with this desk! It was meant to be! LOL I am so excited now about getting my room back to working order. Only 26 days till moving day! I think I am gonna have to go downstairs right now and work on my project so you can see what will be sitting next to this desk!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Packing

Most of my kitchen is packed! That was a big accomplishment today! Except for a few pots and pans and some dishes, I am done with the kitchen. Yeah! I feel like that is always the hardest to pack and it is such a relief to get it done. My daughter helped me, and we purged some things too. The next mess to work on???? My room! It looks like a tornado has gone thru it. It's horrible...every time I walk in here, it's like I get paralyzed. I come to the computer and I can't do anything else...no art, no nothing... I suppose I could pack up my book cases and shelves and that would get me started. I think I will do that tomorrow.

Clarification on my 2 cents

I just wanted to clarify a few things from my 2 cents post. I am divorced from my first husband, THANK GOD! My second and current husband of 16 years is one of the reasons I stopped making bad choices. He is my rock, my steadiness and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Always willing to help people. I cannot tell you how many people's cars he has worked on and motorcycles etc. One evening, he saw a neighbor that we didn't know, and her mother trying to load their U-HAUL by themselves. He went over there and helped them till 10pm that night load that truck. That is the kind of guy he is. So on Wednesday night it's Boys night. They go hang out in one of their buddies garages and kick back a few, so that is why I had to pick up a drunk husband.

I never intended for anyone to feel sorry for me or pity me, as I would not change the things that have happened in my life. I would never know how truely wonderful my life is now. And, I like I said, I have worked very hard to drag myself up from the bottom. If I can do it so can others! All it takes is one step in the right direction. I appreciate all the caring people out there, but don't feel sorry for me because my life is great and only getting better!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Changing my look again

I love to play around with the look of my blog, but tonight I screwed it up! LOL So...I will have to fix it but for now, this is what it is. Arrgghhhh. I really need to take a class on HTML. It would be so much less frustrating if I some knowledge of it! Not much else to post. More packing tomorrow. I hate moving. MAYBE this weekend I can get my project done that I was going to do last weekend but hurt my toe. My toe is better. Still sore, but I can walk without a limp now for the last few days. If I get my project done for my room I will post a pic here.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Horton Hears a Who comes out tomorrow!

Yeah! I love Horton Hears a Who. Always have. I want to see this, but I think I will wait a few weeks as I am sure it's gonna be nuts! And this weekend...I am going to Kohls to see if they still have the stuffed Horton! I hope so...

And remember...a person's a person no matter how small!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My 2 Cents

I figure since this is my blog, I can spout of a time or two. Here are some things that I have seen recently and I really wanted to say something at the time on the blog or in a group posting, BUT...I know better....So, I figure I can do it here. I won't name names or groups etc, but as you read this and you have a negative emotion, then maybe there is something to it. Maybe it is something you need to work on. I know that what I have seen and reacted to are things I need to work on, BUT...don't you love that word...BUT...it just totally gives you an excuse to wipe out all the stuff you just said before. Ok...where was I? Ok...here is my list of comments, curiosities and whatever:

1. Why is it that when you are on a yahoo group, we just use yahoo as an example, that some people feel the need to be just downright rude? You know, I may think those exact words that were just written, but I sure as hell am not gonna write them down in a group forum and have a zillion people attack me. Are they stupid or what? See...I have learned my lesson here... I can think it all day long, but don't put it in writing. Hey??? What am I doing now??? Have I learned my lesson?

2. As artists, especially in this mixed media world in which I choose to participate, you have to make yourself available to your fans. Is it that when someone gets a big fan base that they change? Or were they always that way and only played the game until they got big? I am just wondering if being successful, brings out peoples true colors because they don't have to cater to every ones whims, or does having all these people shouting for your attention make you withdrawal to protect yourself? Does anyone have an answer?

3. Does anyone else have a hard time with self promotion? Sometimes, it seems so hard and other times it seems easy. Am I alone in this? I think not.

4. Why is it when someone is successful that people feel a need to bring you down a notch? I have had that in my life a number of times, where someone has been jealous of my success and can't stand it. Even someone from my family has said I was "lucky". I took offense to that at the time, and I can honestly say that, luck played some part of my life. But if you look at the first part of my life...luck was no where to be found. I moved out of my parents house at 16 to live with my sister, who soon after I moved there ended up getting a divorce and couldn't handle a wild rebellious 17 year old, so I got married, had a baby at 18, got separated numerous times, moved back with parents, couldn't stand that and tried to work 2 jobs, one from 7am to 4pm then 5pm to 1am, to take care of my 9 month old son whom I never saw, and I was also taking care of my friend who watched him, then I ended up living in my car with my 9 month old son for a couple of weeks, until my car caught of fire and that is when I decided to go back to my husband at the time...Whew... LOL So..from there, I have worked my ass off to get where I am today. Luck had nothing to do with that part. I made choices, obviously better than before, and now I am enjoying the fruits of my efforts. And if anyone wants to think that, it was luck, then that is their right because everyone has an opinion, right?

So...that's enough for now of my 2 cents, I must go and pick up a drunk husband...LOL Men!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Happy Blogaversary to me!

Using Rella's term, Blogaversary. The winner of my drawing is Kerri Posson! Megan drew her name out of a bag and she will be getting a custom flower. I haven't had time to make any but this weekend I will make the time. That is something that I have to do, I have realized just recently. Making time for art no matter what! If you want to be creative you have to do it often. If you want to be successful, you have to do it often. It's repetition, habit, etc.

Today was a strange day. Tried to sign up for Art & Soul and their server went down. It was too funny though cause I was in the middle of putting classes in my cart and the batteries in my mouse died! LOL Jen ran over to me with her mouse in hand and took the batteries out of hers so I could have mouse power! It was a riot. Me and my sister were emailing each other the classes as we got them in our carts, ok, I got this one, Ok, I got that one. LOL We were women possessed. But to our dismay, crash.... Ces't La Vie, right? If I don't get into a class it wasn't "meant to be". LOL But I tell you what...there are some pretty crabby women out there! I started reading all the negative comments on the Art & Soul yahoo group and I was like whoa....lighten up! So, tomorrow we shall try again.

I am thinking of hosting a fat book swap for Portland Art & Soul, but haven't decided yet. I have time to make up my mind after May is over with. The next 2 months are going to be a whirlwind of activity. Moving in April, going to class in April, going to my sisters at the beginning of May, going to Orlando for a work conference in the middle of May...crazy times.

Here are some little bits that I have bought to make a memory journal of my Portland 2008 Art & Soul experience. They will be on the spine of the journal. Cute huh?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Tomorrow is Art & Soul Portland sign up!

I can't wait! I am so excited. My sister Lynn and Jennifer will be going to, so we should have a blast! I also love the theme "By the Sea" and that will be fun to create trades for. This year is turning out to be a very busy year. Like I said before, I am taking a beginning PMC class here in Vegas in April. Good thing it's only a half day...as I am preparing to move soon. Then in June, I am taking Deryn Mentock and DJ Pettitt's class at the Paper Studio . Then in August I am going to Art Unraveled and taking Leighanna Lights Vintage Metal Deck Class and Louise Duhamels My Heart Jumped Over the Moon Class . So tomorrow after I sign up for my classes for Art & Soul, I will post them and hopefully I will get to meet people I only know from my blog!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Not as planned

This weekend did not go as planned. I did pack up my living room and dining room but in the process I think I broke my toe! My pinky toe. I stubbed it on the foot of the couch hard. Hard enough to cut it and now it is all black and blue and hurts to walk. I took a pic of it and I was gonna put it on here...but I decided better of it, because I just realized how ugly my toes are! LOL So, needless to say, I did not do my project. Bummer. But I guess, it really doesn't need to be done until we move and I want to start putting stuff back into it.


I will leave you with pictures of Red Rock. I had to go to Jens this weekend to feed her kitties and she lives at the edge of town...and I mean the edge...you can't go any further west!



I hope the coming week is a good one for everybody!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Special Project this weekend

I have a special project this weekend that I am going to work on. It has to do with my art space and I will be showing before, during and after pics. I am pretty excited about it. So stay tuned to see what it's all about


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Still here just busy

Sorry for no art lately...life has just been in full swing and no time to do anything. I will take some time this weekend and create because I am getting cranky...LOL

Monday, March 3, 2008

Nothing New

Just a quick post...Nothing new today...Have you ever had one of those days where you had all kinds of intentions of what you were going to do and then...you didn't do any of it? That was me this evening. Nothing accomplished.....Nada, zip, zero, zilch. Here's to a more productive tomorrow!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

What I did today...

I packed...Ughhhhh We are moving soon to another house. I hate packing and moving...but, I am using this as an opportunity to purge and get rid of stuff I no longer need or want. I thought about having a garage sale, but decided that I would donate the stuff to goodwill and the salvation army because I have a wonderful life and just maybe, some of the things will help people in need. I do believe in Karma, so I am giving back because I have been blessed with much in my life.

This also gives me an opportunity to revise my studio! yeah! I already have ideas of what I am going to do. I am re purposing some items in my house and using them for more storage space in my room. I have ideas on how to decorate it and make it pretty as well. It will be downstairs now and right off of the living room, so I will need to keep it semi presentable. We should be moving about mid April so stay tuned for pics of my new place! Now...I just have to finish packing... :(

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Blog Anniversary Give Away

It's almost been one year since I started my blog! March 11th is the date. And I am having a give away. I haven't decided what it will be yet, but I think it will be cute...if I can put what's in my mind into reality. Just leave me a comment and you will be entered. I will be pulling names at 6am on the 11th and will post it then. Good luck and stayed tuned for a pic of my giveaway.