Sunday, November 30, 2008

24 Shopping Days Until Christmas!

Are you ready? No? Then be sure to visit my blog starting tomorrow when I begin 24 days of Etsy shop features.

Don't forget, starting Tuesday, I will post one item in my shop with some kind of discount!

Get the full details here.

Happy Shopping!

pachelbel's Canon in D--Soothing music

Beautiful music for a Sunday...Add your own wisdom! :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Countdown to Christmas!

I know it's Saturday, but I am going to announce my big promotion anyway! As the title suggests, it is called, "Countdown to Christmas". Starting December 1 and continuing through December 24, I am going to feature one Etsy shop a day. Here are some FAQs.

Does my shop have to sell Christmas themed items? No, I hope to have a big response and be able to showcase a variety of items. If the response is good, I may extend or repeat this idea.

What do I have to do for a chance to be featured? Just leave a comment on this blog post and also on this forum post. You must comment in both places. Extra consideration will be given to anyone who comes back and comments on the features. By asking to be featured, you give permission for me to use your photos in the feature.

And,From December 2 thru December 24, I will select one item from my shop and offer it at a special price. This special will only be seen on my blog.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Painting Show

Here is my latest oil painting finished just last week! I used Jewelstreet's Creative Challenge on Etsy as my inspiration. We were to be inspired by Autumn. I did this fun
scene on a 6 x 9 piece of masonite board. I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out.

Now a little segway to remind you of my Black Friday to Cyber Mondy sale in my Etsy shop. You can catch all the details, here. Oh & by the way, Jewelstreet is having a fantastic sale in her shop, too. She is running hourly sales--you can see them on her blog.

Happy Shopping & I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Black Friday thru Cyber Monday Sale!

Hello, blog readers! You are the first to get news of my sale--I will not be posting my sale in my shop until late Thursday night!

Announcing my Black Friday thru Cyber Monday sale in my Etsy Shop!

From 12:0l am Nov. 28 to 11:59 pm Dec. 1 enjoy the following:

20% off my entire shop (regular shipping applies)

50% off shipping for orders $30 and up (after discount)(to one address only)

Please make your purchase & wait for a revised paypal invoice before paying.

Here are just a few items to entice you:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Fun!

With the Thanksgiving Holiday fast approaching, I thought I would post another fun quiz from Blogthings....

What Your Thanksgiving Meal Says About You

When it comes to the holidays, you follow and love the big traditions. You look forward to them every year.

You see the holidays as a time to be close to loved ones. It's a good time to reconnect and make memories.

You like the more adult aspects of the holidays - parties, cocktails, and having time off from work.

During the holidays, you are likely to feel generous. At your worst, you feel exhausted.

You consider yourself to be a bit of a purist, and you're proud of it.

You tend to spend your holidays doing everything and anything. You really get into the holiday spirit.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Words to Think About on a Sunday

I'm a little late posting my Sunday wisdom; however, it is still Sunday! Here is what I chose for today:

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on a CBS Sunday Morning

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not
bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled
trees, Christmas trees.. I don't feel threatened.. I don't feel discriminated
against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't
think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I
kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this
happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on
display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a
crèche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians
like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in
God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where
the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't
find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat..

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should
worship Paris Hilton & Britney Spears and we aren't allowed to worship God as we
understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a
lot of us who are wondering where Paris and Britney came from and where the
America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little
different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to
get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked
her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Katrina) Anne
Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I beli eve
God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling
God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of
our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.
How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He
leave us alone?'

In light of recent events.... terrorists attacks, school shootings, etc. I think
it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found
recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then
someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt
not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when t hey
misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage
their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should
know what he's talking about. And we said OK.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't
know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their
classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I
think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's
going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what
the Bible says. Fun ny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread
like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people
think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles
pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in
the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your
address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think
of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what
God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will
know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and
complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully, Ben Stein

Well said, Ben.

Friday, November 21, 2008

What was I thinking?

It's 10:30 pm. I'm tired and trying to hold on to my cool. Our daughter is having a sweet 16 house party, and why oh why did we agree to let her have 10 friends over; 9 of whom are sleeping over. I know, we're crazy. But she assured us that she couldn't leave anyone out without hurting their feelings.

We've done dinner. We've done cake. We've done presents. They are finally starting to settle down--I mean these girls have been up since 5 or 5:30 am!

All in all it is going fairly well. They are after all, all friends. There are just a few instances of some of them going off & talking about some of the others.

Only 14 more hours to go. Shoot me now! Please.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

OUCH!!!! I nearly broke my wrist!

The villain: a heavy metal ornamental coffee pot, shown below.

Or, more accurately--the rim of this heavy metal coffee pot which fell off the top of a refrigerator and made contact with...
The victim: my poor left wrist.

Although it is rather hard to see, I have a sizable swollen bump & some nice yellowing/greening of the skin!
After about 4 days of icing it and reading on the Internet the ramifications of not having a break set properly--Arthritis, for one, I decided that I had enough aches and pains already & went to an orthopedic group. Two and a half hours and three X rays later, the diagnosis is a badly bruised bone with swelling of the muscles,ligaments, tendons in the area. It's not too sore but it needs to rest & be iced & could take up to 6 weeks to completely heal!
Makes typing/crafting/doing almost anything a little hard! Good thing I'm right-handed!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Motivation for Your Sunday!

A little motivational pick-me-up! Happy Sundy!

Friday, November 14, 2008

I've been quite busy lately crafting; and since it has been awhile since I have posted anything, I thought I would show you what I have been up to.

I've sold a few ACEOs lately, so I thought it was time to replenish that area of my etsy shop.

What is an ACEO? If you know what they are, they are completely addictive to make and to own! For those not familiar with them, ACEO stands for artist cards, editions and originals. They are small works of art in any media, the only criteria being they measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".

This first one is called, "Cosmic Dust" and is a mixture of acrylic paints on watercolor paper. The inspiration came from Jewelstreet's creative challenge that I have blogged about many times before, the theme being, space.

The title of this one is "Desert Rose", and it is just something that I had rattling around in my head for awhile. Sometimes this happens to me & the only way to get "rid" of the thought is to craft it out!

This one needs no introduction...I hope you can see it is my tribute to the young Elvis Presley, and it is called, "Shadow of The King".

I really enjoy making these mini works of art. They also stretch my imagination is many directions. I've also done some collage ones and some fabric ones. You can have a look at them in my shop. Leave me a comment--I'd love to know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

...when you just don't know what you want, want happiness, and when you just don't know what to do, do anything.

You can start today -
The Universe

We've all had these kinds of days when you just can't seem to get started on something and just the very idea of trying to come up with something to do is frustrating. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten out all the "ingredients" for a project only to decide I really don't feel like doing it after all. Back everything goes.

On those occasions when I have decided to plod along anyway, and especially when I have done something unrelated to stocking my shop or my craft show inventory, I find the mood disappears & all is well again. Why is this? Is it brain overload? Do I worry too much about making what I think will sell and not what I like to make? It's something I plan to think about...and perhaps not overthink!

It is so easy as an artist to veer away from creating for fun rather than for a sale. One positive step I have taken to overcome this is to take an oil painting class which I know I have mentioned before. I am also going to make a small quilt for the daughter of a close friend--I'll post about it when it is finished. Both of these things are outside of what I sell, either on etsy or at craft shows. I think doing something different will keep my ideas fresh.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Last stop....Arhus, Denmark!

Our last stop brought us to the second largest city in Denmark, Arhus. It is primarily a college town with over 30,000 students attending the University there. Plus another 8,000 or so students who attend the Agricultural School.

We took a tour to see the highlights such as Marselisborg Palace, a summer residence of the Royal Danish Family.

You can see the main means of transportation here--and in fact all over Denmark. I suspect the people there are very healthy!

We spent some time at a 15th/16th century open air museum which was similar to our Colonial Williamsburg. Lots of buildings set up true to the period-bakers, blacksmith, homes, etc.

It is hard to see in the photo, but the Arhus Theatre had an advertisement for a Beach Boys Concert!

Our last stop was to Arhus Cathedral (Domkirke) which was a large, Gothic cathedral. It is dedicated to the patron saint of sailors, St. Clemens. It was really beautiful with huge paintings and a gorgeous Altar.

Well, this was our last stop on our cruise. I hope you have enjoyed reliving the journey with me!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sunday Inspiration From Dale Carnegie

Wishing you Peace & Happiness this Sunday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Kreativ Award

I have been awarded the Kreativ Blogger Award by Aimee of Jewel Street Designs. It's so gloomy here, probably getting ready to rain, and this just made my day!

Now my job is to list 6 things that make me happy:

1)Listening to the Beatles or Elvis Presley music.

2)Watching a beautiful sunset.

3)That our 16-year-old daughter still loves to give/get hugs.

4)My husband's sense of humor.



I think now I am to nominate some blogs:

l)The Difference a Year Makes

2)Gilfling Designs

3)Picture this

4)Different Strokes From Different Folks

That's all I can think of at the moment!
Thanks again, Aimee!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Warnemunde, Germany

Our next stop was in the beautiful sea-side town of Warnemunde, Germany. A resort on the Warne River, it is very popular as a German summer holiday destination.

We were able to walk the length of the town which was lined with restaurants & quaint shops.

We visited St. Peter's Church which had a larger than life-sized statue of St. Christopher that was carved out of one piece of wood.

On a leisurely walk along the canal, we came upon this seagull just begging to have his photo taken! The harbor was loaded with sailing vessels of all kinds.

At the end of the harbor was a breakwater on each side with a lighthouse. There were a nice sandy beach and we saw people kayaking & swimming, and just enjoying this lovely area.

Last stop, coming up!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Words of Wisdom

Confucius say:

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and
third by experience, which is the bitterest.