Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sunny California Weekend

Off to sunny California tomorrow morning for a busy weekend of teaching at Gilding the Lily.

A little heavenly store in Fullerton, CA full of all things wonderful.
You can spend hours and hours looking through every little box of treasures....
I always manage to come home with some fabulous finds!

I'll be teaching these two pieces

Spending Friday night at the Crescendoh launch party in Orange, California.

Can't wait to see what Jenny Doh and her team have up their sleeve!

She's starting something amazing with "Art Saves"
I always forget to take the camera out of the bag and snap pictures.

Hoping I'm better at it this weekend.



Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Jewelry Fix

I've been searching for some new display pieces for jewelry and just hadn't found what I wanted. Well while at the thrift shop the other day I found this....well not exactly like this.
It was originally a gold painted mirror. Voila...a little white paint and some linen and Adorable.
Definitely what I wanted!
Thought I'd share what I've been working on lately.
Remember the mini paintings from the previous post...
well here's what I did with a few of them.

And a few different ideas for the class I'm teaching at Gilding The Lily next week.
Can't wait to be back in California....where the sun shines all the time.
Can't wait to see everyone again.
Love teaching at that place and surrounded by all the beautiful goodies.
Hope to see you there!

Hope you'd enjoyed the little glimpse of a few of the things I've been keeping myself busy with.
Lots and lots more to come! I think I'm on a roll!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Oh Decisions....

Oh goodness do I need some help. Fabric swatch samples came today for the couch I bought at the rummage sale. They all have a linen look background.
Hmm...I like the brown. Maybe with the main part of the couch the floral and the seat cushions dark brown.
Or do I love the linen back lighter patterns better? Oh decisions...
Will it hold up to kids, grandkids and dogs?
Let me know what you think.
Here's the couch below.

Come on girls...don't let me down. Let me know what you'd do!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Great Day...with the Kids

What a wonderfully sunny Mother's Day!
The kids and I went for a Mom's day breakfast at one of our fave's,
Alices Country House.
Spent the morning laughing, chatting and of course eating. I love it when everyone is home and we can have some major family time. Just wish Joe could have been there to enjoy it with us. He'll be home tomorrow from Belgium.
I can't believe what amazing adults these kids are becoming.
I'm so proud of the paths they have taken and are setting out to take.
I am truly blessed that God has had a part in their destiny
and they welcome him with open arms.
Who would have thought 25 years ago I'd have
6 kids, 2 son-in-laws (Patrick almost) and a grandson.
I am one thankful Mom to have such a fantastic family!
They'd step up to the plate for anyone who needed it.
And what would our family be without another one of our favorite pics!
We're pretty sure Chris wasn't saying the pledge of allegiance...but with him you never know.
Still gotta work on those son-in-laws. They don't quite get it yet!
Maybe next year!!
Thanks for the fantastic day kids.
Your Momma loves you bunches.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother's Day Blessings

No better picture depicts my kids than this picture. This is their true form.
I'm so thankful to have children that make me laugh, make me cry and make me proud!
Didn't ever think I get to this spot......they're almost all grown up!
Makes me kind of sad.
They've turned in to some pretty amazing people.
Thanks guys for letting me know...I did good!!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Loving the Minis...

Sometimes things work how you want them to. Even on the small scale.
I'm definitely loving these little pictures using black and white pics and watercolors.
And they're the size of a small matchbox.
Now to the next step....
what should they become???
I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Week of Prayer

Sometimes life throws a horrible situation at you....and you pray. And you pray some more.
Lots of visits to church, adoration and silent prayer in the quiet of my car.
The situation didn't have a happy ending but knowing he's in heaven and at peace is solice.
I am so thankful for my faith and the way it has guided my family.
Along the way I've been blessed to learn college students are an amazing group of people.
I've never seen young people come together for someone they didn't know but were supporting friends. You are truly amazing!!
I pray the 10 people that were lucky enough to have a part of him are on the road to recovery and know what a blessing he was!
Oh Frank...we'll miss you!
God Bless Us All,