Saturday, December 27, 2008

12/27 POTD


12/26 POTD

my niece gets cuter every day!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

12/25 POTD

Merry Christmas, everybody!!
a Christmas manicure...

12/24 POTD

Twas the night before Christmas...

spending Christmas at the river with friends...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

12/23 POTD

older? yes...wiser? maybe.... thanks to my sweet roommates...this is what I woke up to!

Monday, December 22, 2008

12/22 POTD

just me....

12/21 POTD

art journal-y goodness...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

12/20 POTD

sometimes a girl's gotta paint...

Friday, December 19, 2008

12/19 POTD

mixing icing for cookies...

here we are getting ready to decorate!

the finished products:

Thursday, December 18, 2008

12/18 POTD

I've been down today...went to the park with my roommate and the 2 yr old...sometimes you just need to swing, and slide, and climb some stuff. We walked down by the lake and just sat and looked and enjoyed the breeze...I feel better! :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

12/17 POTD

This is guys know I moved in with my friend and her family...this is her two year old....she thinks she's a princess....she likes to do art with me...:)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

12/16 POTD

these are our crazy white girl dancing faces.....

12/15 POTD

Had a great weekend in Chicago! The whole family was there and we did "early Christmas"...such fun...such laughs...such blessings...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

12/14 POTD

Sisters' Christmas Slippers!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

12/13 POTD

how can she not make you smile!?

12/12 POTD

Family Christmas in Chicago (a little early) :)

POTD 12/11

packing for Chicago...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

POTD 12/10

time to read, relax in the car, feel the breeze while waiting to pick up a friend at the dr's office

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

12/9 POTD

loving my glitzy slippers....

Monday, December 8, 2008

December 8th POTD

Getting the tour of the Ocala countryside...

December 7th POTD

I love the little church steeple peeking above the trees...

Saturday, December 6, 2008

December 6th POTD

Still hanging at Tammy's....her niece joined us for some fun today!

Friday, December 5, 2008

December 5th POTD

meet Saint Nick Gray....I'm over at Tammy Gray's, keeping her company, doing some art, chillin out....Nick keeps staring at me like this...

You don't want to miss this....

We are having an Online Crop over at Scrapgal Tonight and Saturday 7-12midnight (eastern). We will have tutorials, games, challenges, inspiration galore!! Wreaths, advent calendars, ornaments, you name it, we're gonna make it!! Plus games and challenges, and prizes--Gift Cards where you pick out the perfect prize! Make sure you come over and register (it's free) and then go to the forums and find the Crop forum.
Stuff's happening all night both nights, including just chats, if you just want to pop over and say hi!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

POTD Dec 4th

So, here's my art space:

I have one wall in the office and I've filled it up nicely...yes, it's a mess, but a neat space is the sign of a dull mind. :D

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

December 3 POTD

Shocker of all shockers: my clean room...ta da!!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

December 2 POTD (Picture of the Day)

December.... not off to a great start.
I was laid off yesterday after 5 plus years of devoted service to this severance, no nothing, just, "we can't afford our salaried employees, so we've eliminated your position". I just got a promotion 2 months ago, so this was quite a shock! I know God has a plan and that I'll be ok, sure is a lot to process! My housemate and former work partner was told the same at least we're in it together!
I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

In other news, I am trying to do a photo of the day each day in December.
Here's Dec 1...
this is how we coped at my house, we ordered Chinese, drank wine, and played Wii. :)

You can see the whole month HERE.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

be thankful...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I am so blessed....and so thankful....
Enjoy your loved ones today...

Monday, November 17, 2008

some Monday fun...

I got this from D'Blogala's blog...You’re supposed to bold the things you’ve done...I surprised myself!
I couldn't figure out how to bold, so the ones that are italicized I haven't done!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band(well, sang anyway)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland(hopefully Disney World counts)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David

41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit(sort of)
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

So many of these I’d love to do (kissing in the rain and all the traveling ones)and some NOT (broken a bone, killing and preparing an animal for eating)...this list really made me think...and be kinda proud of things I have done...What have YOU done?

Monday, October 27, 2008

a haiku....

moving really stinks
procrastinating doesn't help
I'm still not done...

Monday, October 13, 2008

love these lyrics...

I am fan of The Weepies and this song is by Deb Talan before she was part of The Weepies, I think.
Big Strong Girl
It's not now or never.
It's not black, and it's not white.
Anything worth anything takes more than a few days
and a long, long night.

Don't push so hard against the world, no, no.
You can't do it all alone, and if you could
would you really want to?
Even though you're a big strong girl
come on, come on, lay it down.
The best made plans are your open hands.

Rest your head.
You've got two pillows to choose from
in a queen-sized bed.
Hold out for the moon
but don't expect connection any time soon.

Feel the light caress your fingertips.
You have just begun, the word has only left your lips.
Maybe in time, you will find
your arms are wrapped around the sun
you're wrapped around the sun.

Scrapped it this weekend:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

didn't think it would be this soon, but....

HE's HERE!!!
Jackson Pablo was born last night and I am an aunt again!!! And he's perfect:

Les and Dad got up there today, but I'm going to wait a week or so b/c I only have a few vacation days left. I'm dying to kiss those cheeks though!
Everyone is doing great!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

never were there such devoted sisters....

I love my sisters! Spent the weekend in Chicago again, with two baby showers for Jackson...who is set to arrive in the next month!!! WOOWWWWEEE! Too much good food, Target shopping to help Lisa stock up for the incoming, and oh so many laughs....always a good time!

Lisa is supposed to be off her feet....yeah right...we tried to get her to ride in the Target way...

In other news....I am now officially the District Education Consultant for the Orlando District of Sylvan Learning Center. Woohoo! Sounds a lot fancier than it is...basically I'm now traveling to all the centers to make sure educational quality is where it should be.

That's all for now...:)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

love this...

"I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know - unless it be to share our laughter.
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.
For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves."
~James Kavanaugh

I saw this on someone else's blog and loved it....always like finding new quotes...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Warning..I'm catching up, so this is a long one!!

All right, once again, I've gotten behind.
So, in the past 3 weeks....
I went to Chicago to see Lisa...who is a very cute pregnant sister with my other sister, Leslie, and my too cute for words niece, Kennedy.

Good times were had by all, especially my brother-in-law, Pablo, who is completely enamored with Kennedy and is going to be such a great daddy.

This past weekend, my friend Jana and I drove to Tallahassee for a college reunion of sorts, with folks who were involved with the Baptist Campus Ministries.
Big thanks to my good friend, Sarah, who worked her butt off planning all of this! I am bummed that I don't have very many pictures, but I'm taking it as a sign that I was too busy catching up with old friends to get out the camera!! :)
Jana and I also drove around campus to see all the new buildings, etc.
Here's my dorm from my freshman year...good old Gilchrist...(which now probably has a/c)

I am still working on all kinds of art projects, from scrapbooking layouts to nursery wall hangings...

I also recently took an online class at SIStv called, "Happiness is...."

Whew! I think that's it....I promise, I am trying to post more regularly!! :)

Friday, August 22, 2008


Four days of straight rain, wind, flooding.....ugh! Really puts me in a grumpy mood...
I have a lot to be grateful for: no flooding, leaking, power outages in my apartment.....unfortunately not the same at work. But, so many others in the area have lost so much....pray for those who are dealing with so much damage!
Enough already!!!!
Let the sun shine in....

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday art

So, I've been working feverishly today, as one never quite knows when inspiration will hit....
Here are 2 of the pieces I've done today...and if you don't mind me saying...I kinda love them!!:)


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Gold Card Blog Award!!!

Some cool news to share, I was given an award....I would Like to thank Tracy P for my Gold Card blog award.

The Rules of this award are as follows:

1 Only 5 people allowed.

2. 4 have to be dedicated followers of your blog

3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world.

4. you must link back to whoever gave you the award.

So, unfortunately because I SUCK at blogging....I don't even have 4 dedicated followers...

So I would like to send this award to...
1. Judean
2 Chezalicious
3. Kristine

Yep, that's all I've sad....maybe next week I'll be better!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I suck at blogging!!

Ok, so seriously...I feel like a blogging failure!! I'm gonna TRY to be better...but no promises...

Things I am loving right now:

-my niece, who is too stinkin' cute for her own good!!:)

-my sisters, who always make me laugh, and who I wish I could see more often!

-SIStv and the fab gals over there who always keep me laughing
-drinking Mike's hard lemonade and chatting with Chez

-that I've lost almost 40 lbs! It's hard to keep doing, but the results are encouraging!

-making art...

-that I feel more -me- than I have in a long time

Life's pretty good right now....and I am thankful.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

journal date

So, I have been taking part in an art journaling workshop online and am loving it. We get a new "assignment" each day for 21 days and are posting messages and uploading our pages as a community.
One of our assignments this weekend was to go on a journal wherever, but we needed to create a page to let the others feel like they were with us. I really enjoyed myself. I went to Books-A-Million, grabbed some books to peruse and sat in the cafe with a lemon poppyseed muffin and earl grey tea. It was wonderful!
I am learning to be ok by myself in a situation like this, I don't have to have someone to talk to or eat with, just enjoying my own company is nice. Now, bookstores have always been a place for me to do this, so I was kind of "safe" with my location, but I know I could do it for a meal in a restaurant or elsewhere. Now that I think about it, I go to the movies alone, sit in the park alone and read, so I am definitely more comfortable with my own company than I used to be. Yay me!

Sunday, February 10, 2008


so, i started this blog to give myself a place to spill. and then i ignored it. procrastination seems to be my sworn enemy. i have good intentions, great plans, then don't do anything. ugh! anyway...i'm trying...
i have really been thinking of "being on a journey" a lot lately. one of my favorite quotes talks about happiness being a journey, not a destination. i feel like i have always been waiting for something before starting the next step....waiting for a degree, then a job, then a man, then a marriage, then a my life can actually start. help! this IS my, where i am, what i'm doing, who i am. i am striving to embrace that and be content that i can be and do what God has for me just as i am!!! i am just starting to be okay with the fact that my journey might be by myself...but i am never alone. i have a fantastic family, great friends, and a God of grace who surround me. and that is enough.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The beginning

Well, here I am finally. I have needed an outlet for myself for a while, whether anyone else reads it or not. I am glad to have a place to question, vent, share....I am searching to find who I really am....and to love that person. I am on a journey...and am learning to embrace that...and let it be enough without worrying about the destination. I have been seeking creativity my entire life and am looking forward to letting this make me I have a place to share my art...yes, my art. I am an artist....because God made me that way, and I am made in His image. So, I need to explore my world through things that touch my heart and through using images and words and my hands. I look forward to this journey...
This is my first page of my new art journal. I'm kind of in love with it!!