Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Blessings!!

Hi Everyone~

I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year and
a 2011 filled with blessings!! Thank you for being
an important part of my 2010~I feel so blessed
to know all of you and look forward to our
sharing in the new year ahead.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Hi Everyone~
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday

I just got great news...This "Sanctuary" piece
was chosen to be in an Etsy treasury--that
was a fun surprise!

If you would like to look at all the Sanctuary
pieces, you can click here.

Sending blessings your way,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Little Christmas Message

Hi Everyone--
I just wanted to wish all of you the most wonderful
Christmas. You have all been such a blessing to
me in 2010.

I hope that you will all join me in prayer for people
who are sick, suffering from financial problems,
dealing with relationship issues or finding
themselves alone for the holidays.

I pray for safety for the people of California
experiencing severe storm conditions.

I wish everyone peace in their hearts and
joy in their souls.

Merry Christmas!


P.S. That's my little Maltese, Jamie!! Notice that our gifts are on a table behind me because I don't know if he'd try to open them if I leave them under the tree!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Weekly Wisdom--Enjoy the Holidays

Hi Everyone--
I hope that you all have a beautiful
Christmas...I just made this
digital art piece from vintage
graphics from the Graphics Fairy
and wanted to share it with you.

Wishing you Christmas blessings,
good health, and happiness during
this beautiful season.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Weekly Wisdom--Anything is Possible

As we approach Christmas and see all the beautiful lights and signs of hope everywhere, I am reminded that with love, anything is possible.

I think if many of us look back on our lives, there have probably been times when we wondered if things would ever change...Even when we didn't, we still kept our faith.

Maybe things didn't change in our timing, but they changed nonetheless.

I can always feel the changes coming during this time of year...a time when joy and giving come to the forefront...a time of remembering those we love...a time of planning surprises just to see the joy on someone else's face...

I'm like a little kid at this time of year...what about you?


Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Little Surprise

Hi Everyone--
Today I would like to share the work of Marfi from Incipient Wings...But why? Not only because I love her work and she is a wonderful friend, but also because it is her birthday on Friday! Happy Birthday, Marfi!

And there's something else I would like to share with you...Marfi has been making adorable toys and leaving them in various places to be "found" as Christmas precious is that? If you'd like to see some of them, they are at her blog here. I think this is so inspiring that she has decided to do this for the holidays.

I am linking this to Fearless Fridays and Spiritual Sunday.


Holiday Decorating--Homes filled with love

Hi Everyone~
The other day, I showed you pictures of my friend
Sharon's fireplace, but I didn't put the photo in
that is a close-up, so I wanted to post it today.
Isn't this beautiful?

Sharon's artistic nature is seen throughout her entire
house--and oh, do I love Christmas decorating!!

My friend Donna just got her tree
decorated~Aren't these just the
most lovely pictures?

Donna is so creative...She made garlands,
wreaths, and everything so beautiful
for the holidays...They're in her Etsy
store and on her blog.

I love all the creativity that so many people share in the blogging world. It is such an inspiration. And now, during the holidays, it has even more meaning when we contemplate the source of creativity.

When I am in the midst of my own creativity, I feel "at one" with Our Creator....I feel fully involved in "the dance" of life as colors and textures swirl in front of me.

It is a blessing to be able to express ourselves, whether it is through art, music, photography--whatever our outlet is.

I have been doubly blessed by so many of you who share your talents--and friendship--and prayers. You lift me up.

I hope that these pictures "lift you up" today as you enjoy the holidays
and all the preparations.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Up-Coming Blog Event!

A little birdie told me that this Thursday will be “Christmas in Dreamland” on my Whimsical Musings blog...Be all set for a Southern Christmas with all kinds of crafting goodness, including tutorials to make a last-minute gift. You won’t want to miss it because it will be lots of fun--and invite your friends because I’m sure they’d love it too!



Monday, December 6, 2010

Gifts Made from the Heart!

Hi Everyone--
I have created some pieces for the holiday season--
one is for a "Christmas Day" giveaway (garland
pictured above) and the others are in my Etsy shop.

Yesterday I received the biggest surprise in the mail.
It was an adorable wallet from my friend Donnie and
her husband. It was made by a woman named Teresa.
She sells all kinds of handmade goodness in her Etsy shop
and every piece was created to help us organize
our purses! Thank you so much, Don and Donnie!

If you would like to visit Teresa's shop, it is here.

My friend Linda has simply gorgeous
items in her shop too! Here are 2 of her
handcrafted Christmas stockings. Not
only does she sew them, she is an expert
at calligraphy too. Her work is
spectacular and as you can see, her
stockings tell a story...Wouldn't
anyone just love these?

Her stockings are items that can be treasured for years to
come! To reach Linda's blog, click here. The link to
her Etsy store is on her right side bar. Once there,
you can read about these in detail.

And I just couldn't pass up the chance to show you this
amazing mantel transformation by Sharon. Isn't
it awesome?

(If you remember, Sharon is the artist who paints the
incredible portraits I shared a few days ago, but her talent
spreads throughout her entire house!) To reach Sharon's blog,
just go here. Sharon has an Etsy shop too and I
know you'd love browsing through it. It's called
"Sweetie Pies" and it's on her right side bar.

I think of what this season means and how Christmas holds
so many memories for all of us. What better way to say
"Merry Christmas" than with pieces that were made
by some very special women whose love goes into
each stitch or drop of glue?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weekly Wisom--Enjoy Your Inner Child

Our New Orleans Home

Christmas is a special time of year in which our “inner child” is alive and well!

And part of that is our ability to “play,” whether it be by decorating or baking--

Isn’t it wonderful?

I have so many creative friends and I wanted to share some of their creativity

with you!

Vicki's ornaments

Isn't this precious?

Julie's Christmas Collage
If you want to see an amazing
Christmas recipe, you can see
it on her blog in addition to
her art!

Donna's Christmas Wreath

Donna's French Christmas Garland--

Linda's Decorating With Vintage Ornaments

Linda's Table Ornaments

These are only a "glimpse" of their beautiful
decorations and creations...If you'd like to see
more, just visit their blogs! (It will be worth it,
I promise!)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Guest Artist and Christmas Day Giveaway!

"Walking down the "hall of splendor"

Hi Everyone--
I hope that you are having a wonderful
holiday season!

I would like to introduce you to an
amazing artist named Sharon....
Just look at her paintings...Aren't
they spectacular?

They made me realize that as we go
through life, we are often observers...
And if we can touch the lives of others
in a positive way, what a blessing that

Thank you all for being a special blessing to
me...and thank you, Sharon, for being
such an inspiration!

I hope you'll visit Sharon and say "hi."
Her blog is here. I know that she'd
be happy to hear from you!

Also, if you are interested in having
her paint a portrait for you, you
might want to ask her about it.
Her work is gorgeous as you
can see...

And now, without further ado, I would like to
announce my Christmas Day Giveaway for this
Shabby Cottage-style garland....

If you would like to enter to win it, just go to my
other blog to read about it...easy!

It's here.

I am linking this up to Fearless Fridays

Hugs to all of you,