Thursday, July 30, 2009


photo: mom & dad's backyard. it is so beautiful. this photo was taken right after we had a rainstorm pass through. i snapped it while my mom and i were sitting down on the dock talking and having an ice cold beer!! it was quite peaceful...and so great having my mama to myself for a bit!

i have been very blessed in my life in countless ways...but one of THEE most significant is with an amazing, honest, non judgmental, loving, loyal mom....and this list could go on and on. I sat with her and shared my excitement for my upcoming journey in October for the Be Present Retreats. I shared with her my fears and anxieties and joys and gratefulness for being able to be a part of what i know is going to be an amazing, unforgettable experience. She said "I'm excited for you and proud of you for being courageous enough to go!"

She also gave me a list of "Maybe's" and I thought I would share one with my blogger friends!


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

dance heart sister

here is the heart sister i painted for my sweet, sweet niece Alexandra. Her passion is dancing and i am fortunate enough to be home in Illinois visiting family and getting to see her perform on Friday night! she is going to be in 5th grade and is one of thee most compassionate children i have ever met...and honestly, i am NOT just saying that because she is related to me!! ; ) she is precious beyond words and tells me many times when i visit how much she loves me! i tell you what...i don't think any of us can hear that enough!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Gratefulness/Craziness/and then some...


and unfortunately... lately i have been a real "b" to him....why is it our spouses or those closest to us get the brunt of our bitchy attitudes, our PMS, our moodiness, our shortcomings, our frustrations, etc... ??? i was pulling one of those "i am outside of myself" watching myself be a complete and total idiot last night and i ended up staying up into wee hours of the night trying to psycho-analyze why i act the way i do sometimes. it's like i am completely aware of the fact that I am being a complete and total ass...yet i don't know how to stop it! sounds kinda crazy!! i am one of those girls who seems to get PMS pretty bad and it mostly has to do with my mental state (so to speak)! i have tried many things to help curb this but can't seem to find anything that really works. i was hoping some of my blog friends out there may have some suggestions??????? P.L.E.A.S.E!! i really don't want to subject my prince of a husband to my pms antics any longer...he is so UNdeserving of that!! especially considering the fact that come 5:00 a.m. tomorrow morning we are going to be apart for 3 weeks!! i would be ever so grateful (and so would he) for any suggestions to help eliminate some of the craziness and then some!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


today i received great know, the kind that the person has no idea they are even giving to you! i love it when it comes to you in that innocent fashion.

i met this lovely, adventuresome 76 year old firecracker today that said something to me that really hit me. she told me last year she made a decision. a decision to simply "accept". accept the way things are and don't complain...just accept. i just sat there quiet for a minute and looked at her, smiled and said you are so right but that can be hard to do. she looked at me and laughed and said yea, it was a really tough year!!! L.O.V.E.D IT!!!
but isn't it so much easier would our lives be if we just learned to accept. accept others for the way they are good, bad, indifferent. accept the traffic we may be stuck in when we already are late to where we need to be. accept our children's growth, changes, puberty, moods, etc..., etc.... accept our spouses for their shortcomings (after all, we ALL have them). accept the weather that may come our way...even when we are living in 100+ degree temps in the summertime! accept ourselves for who we are, who we strive to be and who we have yet to become.... A N D
graciously ACCEPT that big, fat glass of wine waiting at the end of each day!!!! Cheers!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

calling all parents....

so over the last few days i have gone back to doing color pencil sketches...which seems to come quite a bit easier to me than painting! i am hoping that will all change once I journey to this come October!!

i wanted to post the sketch i did of what i seem to experience on a daily basis as a parent to a near 15 year old girl. i am CERTAIN many of you other parents can completely relate to this!! and to you parents whose children have not hit pre-teen/teenage years...just get ready!!! : ) It's acomin!!! so with that being said and you viewing my sketch...i need to ask a question and am hopeful to get some answers...
when i get "the roll of the eyes" at comments / requests i make...i tend to get angry and irritated and cop an attitude myself. words such as "you roll your eyes like that at me one more time...and you'll be sorry" or if i am in a really bad mood..."okay, hand over your cell know how we feel about the disrespect of the rolling eyes"!!

so my question or questions are these: is that too harsh? should i just ignore it? what do you guys do?? is this just a phase she is going through??

i do have to say that she did laugh when i showed her the latest sketch i did of her! i am trying to make light of it but i would be lying if i said it wasn't one of those "thorns in my side"!! i think i'm gonna have to ask my mom if i did it to her a simply could be karma!

Friday, July 17, 2009


My note from the Universe Today:
It's always better to give too much, pay too much, and love too much, than not enough.
Wouldn't you all agree?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

my winning treasure

I won this LOVELY necklace from a very talented, beautiful lady...Micki! I absolutely adore her artwork, reading her blog and awaiting her new creations. I think I will be fighting with my daugters over this necklace...they've already been asking to wear it!! Thank you Micki - I hope to wear this well for you!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lil Nugget

Today I read this on my friend Pixie's blog...she was/is a H.U.G.E. inspiration to my creative spirit:

Attention is the most concrete expression of love. "What you pay attention to thrives. What you do not pay attention to withers and dies."

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I AM...

EXCITED for my sister Kelli's visit - she just celebrated the big 4-0 and is visiting "sin city" for the first time and then out to cali to hang with her little sis - yea that's right little sis!!!! ; )
jammin out to these guys. i weened myself off of this CD for awhile but today just seems like a good day to listen to them as i clean, do laundry, clean, do laundry, clean!!
blessed for this view each morning when i have my cup of coffee through out the summer months.

Monday, July 6, 2009


i wanted to share about two sweet heart wing sisters i am super blessed to have in my life.

one is my FIRST niece Taylor who loves to sing, has a desire for perfection and a voice sooooo much bigger than her little body.

the other is her sister, my second sweet niece Kylie who I love to call Keek. She has this love for life, great sense of humor and a spirit that I am completely drawn too!
I painted likenesses of the two of them on wood expressing their current passions in life and gave each of these to them when they visited me last month. I feel so lucky to have these young girls in my life that inspire me and take me back to those youthful days that sometimes seem so long ago and other times seem just like yesterday.
I love them both SO much and feel so fortunate to be their aunt!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

holy cow...i got an award!!

i was lucky enough a few days ago to receive an award from these lovely ladies - THANK YOU GIRLS SOOOOOO MUCH!! Please check out their site when you get a chance...their glass is Gorgeous!
I feel so blessed to have stumbled upon so many amazing blogs with such beatiful creativity, words and most certainly INSPIRATION! I wanted to pass this on to a few of my favorites:
Silke...i love your artwork and catching up on your day to day! you are an inspiration! i don't even know if i have words for Renee - you will have to check out her blog for yourself to understand what i am saying. talented. beautiful artwork, family, words.
Heather...I LOVE looking at your new creations and that your sweet Audrey is your muse!
Cris...from one born and raised Midwest girl to another...I get anxious to see what new painting you will come up with next! And I love how you wear so many make me feel I can do so much more!
blessings on all of you special souls. thank you for what you bring into my day to day and in helping my creative wings spread!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

3 things

three things I am today...
happy to be hangin with one of my best's Jenn
missing my hubby
needing to paint my sweet niece Alexandra's Heart Wing Sister