Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween


Halloween, 1976.
That is me on the left.
My brother is The Fonz, not Ronald Reagan as it may look at first glance. :)
My sister doesn't look totally thrilled to be a prairie girl.
Thankfully, my mom always let us pick what we wanted to be, so I am gonna assume my sister is happy.

Have fun! Be safe!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Forgive Me

Please forgive me! Yesterday I forgot to
announce the winner of the giveaway! I am sorry.

The winner is: Jenn of Noodle & Lou Studio!
Congratulations Jenn!
Jenn's blog is delightful and warming! Check it out HERE.
Love and prayers to Jenn as she just lost her sweet grandma.

Another wonderful blog that just launched is:
Sadie Inspired.
Enjoy Sadie's first post HERE.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

God's Handwriting

there was reason to move in the
cold morning air

there was reason to uproot in the
middle of congealing

there was reason to claw at the
dirt stuck in the pot

she held herself until she wiggle free
kindness was the answer because
kindness had been forgotten

come play with me
laugh until we cry
but let us not forget to return to love
softly on the back of my hand

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful,

for beauty is God's handwriting.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Click HERE to see my tiny Toaster Oven Holy Family.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Giveaway

Hello All!

I am sorry for being late.
Here is the HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY I mentioned.

What will you win?

Color copy of three different altered photos.
A handmade pumpkin paper doll.
A Halloween garland.

How do you win?

Leave me a comment sharing your favorite Halloween costume of the past.
I will pick a random name on Wednesday evening.
Check back in on Thursday morning to see who won!
(Please make sure I have a way to contact you. If your email is linked to your blog - great! If not, you can email me. My email is linked on my profile page.)

Thank you!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Quick Note

Hello All!
I will be gone for a few days.
When I return Monday, I will have a fun
Halloween Giveaway
with some of my creations.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Morning is Mine

the morning is mine
where the silence settles in
and kindness seeps from the bones

the morning is mine
where grayness falls softly
and whispers can be heard

find me here
ripe with stillness
gentle and sweet

the morning is mine

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thinking New Thoughts

the faucet of her sadness

was turned on

but only for a moment

then she thought of simple things:


rainy days

fresh bread

big open hands

and bales of hay

Click HERE for a very important message! :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lunch Sack Collage

Why is it so much more fun to create freely when you
use supplies that belong to someone else?

I collaged on a white paper lunch sack. It ended up being a wonderful surface!
Now I have either a fun luminaria or an interesting, handmade gift bag.

If you'd like to see my BirdBunny, click HERE. :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Peace & Hat

It is a good day for me to remember to lighten up.

In the photo I am modeling my latest project - a candy corn hat.
It is almost done but I couldn't wait to share it.

I'm knitting!! I'm doing it!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One Loose Thread

the wee bird

kept her eye on the loose thread

it wasn't often she revealed to anyone

even the smallest of her unravelings

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Will you not open your heart to know

what rainbows teach, and sunsets show?

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Click HERE to see my fish in a sweater. :)

Monday, October 11, 2010


The winner of the weekend giveaway is:

DAVID B of Pixels Ate My Homework

Thanks to all! There will be more giveaways soon!!

I will be back tomorrow with new artwork.

Have a peaceful and safe day! Cheers.

OH! And don't forget to see who won the elephant in the apron at U.Du.Art!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Weekend Giveaway

This weekend give away is inspired by two things:

1. Noelle of The Angel Wears Fins posted a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. The last line is was stuck with me: the hands are churches that worship the world.

2. I have a friend, Carolyn. About 5 years ago she suffered a severe aneurysm and had 4 brain surgeries in one year. In August, Carolyn's sister, Neta, also suffered from an aneurysm but sadly, she passed on August 6th.
Today is Neta's birthday! Her family is honoring her by urging people to remember to stop and do acts of kindness - even the smallest thing.

No matter what Faith we walk, or if we even do, we can all create kindness.
Our 'hands are churches that worship the world.'

I offer the above artwork as my giveaway today. It will be sent to you along with a mat that will fit your average 8 x 10 frame. (The mat will either be white or black - your choice.)

To win, simple leave me a comment on this post sometime this weekend.
Monday morning (10/11/10), I will pick a winner by pulling names out of a "hat."

I also have a giveaway on my other blog: U.Du.Art.
This blog is where I share my more light-hearted art. Earlier this week I posted a drawing of an elephant in a sweater. There is a new elephant drawing that you could win!
Click HERE and follow the directions to win.

Have a wonderful, kind weekend! :)
See you all Monday!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Be Kind

A couple of weeks ago, my mom showed up with flowers.

Dan of A Mindful Heart sent me a gift after I sent him the art he won in a give-away.

I saw a side of my daughter I don't usually see while she was helping the boy who lives downstairs with his homework. She was so patient and kind.

My friend was kind enough to pick me up from the airport and then treat me to Starbucks on the way home.

My birthday is coming up. My step-grandpa sends me a card with kind words and it always arrives two days early.

I got a parking ticket in front of my friend's house. She offered to pay for it.

Since I started blogging, I have experienced nothing but kindness.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


it was just what I needed to See

Absolute attention is prayer.

-Zen saying

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Heart

the drone of the vacuum allowed
her to hear the still, small voice

she knew her heart was embellished and adorned in a new way
new earrings didn't matter

it made her smile in the empty room
as she stood by the dusty window

You know, God does visit us.

A lot.

It's just that most of the time we're not at home.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Finally Home

she was rooted
she was home
and she was grateful

you could see it in her eyes

but only the bird in her pocket
knew how truly grateful she was

Friday, October 1, 2010