Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Art & Soul Here I Come!

It's the dawn of a new day and life is good. Today I leave for Art & Soul for a week of fun with my sister and all my blog buddies! I am so excited! Last night was frantic last minute packing and making sure I had everything...The alligator bag is packed with trades... So if you are going to Art & Soul and would like to trade...look for me and my alligator!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Beauty in Nature...

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago. I love that it came out so clear. Sunflowers are one of my favorites and the bee was a bonus shot. Gotta love nature...

I am getting ready to go to Art & Soul on Tuesday. All my trades are done and I am almost packed. So many things to take. I will be taking tons of photos while I am there. So be prepared when I get back.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Having it all and eating my cake too!

One of my favorite pictures of our trip to Turkey, is my sister Susie doing her “I’m king of the World” pose on our boat. You know the scene…from Titanic. That is the way I am feeling these days… Like I am on top of the world and all is well. I am reading a book and it has this paragraph in it:

We are so used to having to work hard for everything we have in our lives that we think if it comes to us easily, we aren’t meant to have it. Or it is “too good to be true” so we don’t trust it. Contrary to what you may believe, life is meant to be easy. It doesn’t have to be such a struggle, but you must learn to accept graciously when you start effortlessly attracting what you have always wanted. You need to learn how to say “Yes” to the things you want.

I am saying yes these days to all the things I want….how about you????

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I want it and I want it now....

This is me as a baby. My parents always used to say I said, "Gimme, gimme, gimme!" LOL And to some degree I am still that way. I want it all and I want it all now! But I have found as I get older that when I wait for the "right" thing to come along, it turns out so much better than I could have ever imagined. So I am learning patience. Not easy for me. Not easy at all as I am a very impulsive person. One of the things that I have to wait on is in the Art world! You have to sign up for classes 8 months in advance and then wait....and wait... Very hard..indeed! But the time has come...finally! Only 5 more days left and I will be on my way to Portland for Art & Soul! Yeah!! I am very excited... So many wonderful classes and I get to spend time with my sister! Bonus! I will be taking pictures this time! I swear! I want this trip to be memorable. I want to have a great time and I deem it will be! Even though...Lynn...it will be raining...and I don't own a raincoat or an umbrella (who needs them in Las Vegas??) LOL I will have fun because I will be around my sister and new and old friends. Isn't that what life is about? The experiences? I hope to see some of you there! I will be the one with the Alligator bag....you will know when you see it...LOL

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Turkey 2009

Here we come....back to Turkey....for a blue cruise in September 2009. Can't wait!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Have you ever.....

Have you ever tumbled into a pit of despair so deep you just don't know how you will get out of it, even though in reality, life isn't that bad but it just feels that way...that heavy feeling in your heart, that just weighs you down???? Well I have... that is what I felt like a number of times since the end of my marriage. Even though life is moving forward, I still have my days. I have to find peace....and my way of finding that was to spend some time with mother nature. Not something I would normally do as I am a city girl for the most part. I had to be alone with my thoughts. Living in Las Vegas does not lend itself to being close to nature. So I drove up to Mt. Charleston, which is about 45 minutes from my house. There is something so incredible about being alone in the forest. The wind whispering through the trees and the only other sound was my footsteps. It had a calming effect on me...saving me from my own pity party I was having.Being alone among the trees made me put things in perspective. It makes you realize that there is this whole big universe out there and you are just a tiny part of it. So I continued on my walk, and I kept running into trees with carvings....Carvings of love, pronounced to the world. Forever marked in the trees for all to see.So then before me appears this tree...

And I know that I will be ok...that what has happened in my life has happened for a reason...call it fate, call it destiny, call it luck whatever you would like...but love has walked, no....run into my life again. A love that at time seems so unreal because it is so easy, so natural....It's like only something you see in the movies. Here is my tale...

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, a young woman named Cindy and a young man named Ed, met and became best friends. They could talk about anything, they laughed all the time, they helped each other through the good and the bad times. They were friends for almost 3 years before that fateful Halloween night when they became more than friends. These 2 lovebirds seemed like they were destined to be together, but somehow, through misunderstandings and such, they grew apart and went their separate ways. Over the years, Cindy thought about him and wondered how he was and where he was. How could she ever forget him as he was her best friend for so many years. But she was married and so was he. She knew this because she had emailed his father at one point trying to find out about him. 18 years has passed and her life was in a shambles. Her 16 1/2 year marriage, over in the blink of an eye. She couldn't understand it, but had learned to have faith, that everything happens for a reason. One day...during her lunch break, she sat at her computer and browsed thru the 20/20 TV show web site and happened upon an article whose headline caught her eye. When she saw the name, her heart jumped. It was an article about Ed's father and how he had passed away in a tragic event. Could this really be him? She had to find out...she felt compelled to find him and tell him how sorry she was for him. So she went searching on the Internet for his phone number. (Gotta love the information highway!) She knew his age and birthday so it wasn't to hard to find. She debated whether to call or not, but then just decided, to make the call. A woman answered the phone. Cindy asked to speak to Ed. The woman, said "I'm sorry, he doesn't live here any more." Cindy then asked, "Can you tell me if this is the Ed that used to live in Plattsburgh NY?" And she said "yes." "May I ask who is calling." And Cindy told her she was an old friend, and she told her why she was calling. Ed's ex wife told Cindy the whole tragic story and continued to talk for about 20 minutes about their life and how they were still friends and on good terms. She then asked Cindy, if she could ask her a question. Cindy, knew the question that was coming. "Did you ever date Ed?" Cindy sighed and said "yes." And then the woman said..."you're THAT Cindy...you will always have a special place in his heart"....and then she preceded to give Cindy, Ed's cell phone number. So there Cindy sat... amazed at just what happened... Now she had his number... should she call? Would he want to talk to her? She struggled all afternoon debating... Finally when she left work she sat in her car and dialed the number... He answered....

Fast forward...2 months later...Cindy and Ed have now seen each other a few times as it is hard when you live 2500 miles apart, but they have talked for hours and hours on the phone and it is like time has not even past. He told her that he has always loved her and that she had broken his heart many years ago... She has told him that she now realizes what the important things in life are and that he is everything she is looking for. Their friendship is stronger than ever and so is their love....

The moral of my story is that it's always darkest before the dawn. Everyday is a new day...the sun will rise and shine again, so look for the signs...follow you heart and your intuition...it can lead you to great things if you are only willing to see them...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Under the weather

Just a quick post...I am alive...I just have been sick since last Saturday...trying my damndest to get over this thing but I have been in bed every night early so no time for posting... I will be better soon and back to posting! Plus Art & Soul is coming! Yeah!!!! Can't wait till I go!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Celebrating Love...

Yesterday, I went to a party to celebrate the marriage of one of my best friends. A bunch of us chipped in to get them a suite at the Rio Hotel & Casino and we held a small gathering for them. Here are some pictures of the view from the room. I am sure it was even more spectacular at night with all the lights.
And...only in Vegas can you see a casino sized billboard of Donny & Marie!
Every thing in Vegas is just so over the top. It is so insane sometimes.... But back to my story... I am the one who played matchmaker for Cinnamon and I am happy that she has found someone who loves her and she loves him.
Here is the cake before we all ate it. And here is my favorite picture of the night....

Awwww Love...isn't it grand?

I am working on my trades today for Art & Soul. Only 2 weeks away and I must get busy busy busy as I only have this weekend and 1 more. Next weekend I will be busy with other events and will not be able to create. Time is running out! TTFN...(Ta Ta For Now)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Life....

So it's time to get back to some art related stuff on my blog. Life has kinda gotten in the way and I have done NO creating recently. Too many things going on. Only a few more weeks and Art & Soul will be here and I haven't done anything on my trades! I don't even know what I am going to make!!!! I better start thinking! Hmmmm...an idea just popped in my head...you will have to wait and see though as to what I create. I decided I would show a picture of a submission to Belle Armoire that didn't make the cut. I am ok with that because not everything I do is going to appeal to everyone. But I like it.

I am getting excited to go to Art & Soul and take all my wonderful classes. Here is the list:

Wednesday: DJ Pettitt - Altered Fabric Collage and Book

Thursday & Friday : Nina Bagley - Step into the Story Jewelry Techniques

Sunday: Beryl Taylor - Mini Quilt Wall Hanging

Monday: Judy Wilkenfeld: Aging Gracefully

My sister will be in all my classes with me so we will be giggling and causing trouble...LOL Of course I will be helping her...she needs a push every now and then...LOL Sorry Lynn to tell your secrets! I am also very excited about Nina's class as I am bringing a very special bracelet that was my grandmothers and I want to find a way to incorporate it into a piece I can wear. I guess that is it for now. If you are going to Art & Soul and want to do a trade with me...just look for the girl with the alligator bag...LOL You will know it when you see it!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

What it feels like to be 43!

So this morning, I was awoken from my sleep by a phone call wishing me a happy birthday. I was told, that I should remember this day as a special day and remember it.....so I could tell HIM what it felt like to turn 43! LOL...such a jerk! He made me laugh. So I decided that I would blog about my 43rd Birthday so that I will remember it when he turns 43. The bad thing about that is...I will be 46 then! LOL So here it goes...This was my day...

Here is what 17 looks like....17 years ago today, I received the best birthday present ever. Megan and I are lucky to share the same birthday. It's special to us and we enjoy it. She has turned into a beautiful young woman, both inside and out. How fortunate am I to have a daughter that I also consider my friend.

The sun was shining

The temperature was wonderful
And the traffic was moving...
Here was my breakfast...this coke was for you Ed! LOL
Then I arrived at work...
and opened the door...
I had a ton of balloons and I could barely walk in without stepping on them. Then we decided to put some of that caution tape on Jen's door as it is need if you are gonna talk to her before 10am.
Don't let her little pouty face fool you...there is a reason no one talks to her before 10am. TRUST me! LOL Love ya Jen!

I worked till lunch and then Jen and I had a business lunch with the ladies from McCarthy Construction. We went to the Elephant Bar at the District in Green Valley. It was yummy.
Then we had to make a short pit stop at Anthropology for Jen...and while we were there...I had some fun
I left my mark all over the store. LOL...I wonder if people will notice all the little C's & E's together...LOL Then we came back to the office. We then had cupcakes. Of course I chose the red one. Hmmmm I wonder why??
Then the most beautiful flowers arrived...from the most wonderful man I know...

Then I came home and we went out for a Birthday dinner. All & all it was a pretty damn good day. Life is good...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fate

Who believes in fate? Destiny? Is there really a fate or destiny? How do our choices affect fate or destiny. Even though I can not find the right word to describe what has happened in my life, I know that everything happens for a reason. I truly believe this statement. I believe that we are all given choices on how to react to situations in life and if you are too busy dwelling on the bad...you will never be open to the good. This past weekend, an old best friend/boyfriend came to visit me. After my husband and I split and he told me there was no chance of working things out, I found an article about my friends father. This lead me to look for him. Well I found him and we have been talking ever since and this weekend was the first time we have seen each other in 18 years. It was like nothing had ever changed. He was still my best friend. He makes me laugh and I can be myself again. Who knows where things will go as he lives 2500 miles from me...whether it will lead to more or not...but right now...he is the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. Besides my Art that is. I like to think of him as the male version of Jen. If any of you know Jen then you will know how my friend is and how I am when he is around. It feels so good to laugh and have fun. So...I am here to tell you...everything happens for a reason, because if I had not read that news article, I would have never looked for him and would never have had so much to look forward to at this moment in my life. Life is short...live in the moment....and don't pass by the opportunities.

Art & Soul Virginia 2009

Well here is my fantastic news that I have been holding onto, but since it is now up on the website I guess I can spill the beans here. I will be teaching how to make my flowers at Art & Soul in Virginia 2009! Yeah! I am so excited! I can't even believe that I was accepted (spelling corrected courtesy of my sister Lynn, LOL) but I have been and I am so grateful. What a great experience this will be! Hope to see you there!