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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Where Does the Time Go?

So now it is 2014. The end of February almost. I didn't keep my promise to myself to blog more often. Darn. Sigh. I am also far behind my peers in my level of Candy Crush. Level 75 I think. I don't even know. I seem to be the master of wasting time because I don't know where these days go......


My consulting has expanded though. 7 states in the northeast instead of just upstate New York. That can keep one busy. Salting all the ice outside from this winter I hope to never be repeated. Twitter, facebook, email, guitar lessons, ballroom dance, traveling, reading.......and the list goes on. Is this the meaning of retirement? Yikes. I seem to be busy all the time though, so why do I feel lazy? Yet this is the slowed down version of me.

I am taking Ali Edwards class....31 Days. I love the way she has of using probing prompts to bring out our stories. Tell me more, she says. I stop from the every day tasks of purging and organizing to think and write my stories. Better than the minimal journaling required for Project Life. I need that inspiration for taking pictures too since Art was always my primary subject to photograph. He was the best......so full of life that always came across in pictures. Four years now. So much has changed during that four years. But the sadness remains and it is hard work to ensure that it doesn't become paralyzing.

Now I am off to make dinner before going to see Philomena......trying to soak in all of the contenders for Best Picture this year! Doing better than most years. I will do better this year with blogging. I know I will!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I am Alive!

I know. Everyone has given up on this blog. Me too.......for quite a while. 2012 was a year of alot of health challenges (serious case of pneumonia, several months of being legally blind, severe hair loss due to illness, a serious intestinal illness, a suspected blood clot and persistent lung issues) but doing Project Life reminds me that there were many glorious moments as well: ballroom dancing at DanceWithMe USA, a trip to Paris, spending precious time with loved ones, consulting with Virtual Enterprises International among many. I finally finished my PL for 2012 and have started 2013, which I intend to keep current with.

I am also doing ONE LITTLE WORD.......with Ali Edwards. I thought long and hard about the perfect word for me and have chosen GRACE for 2013. I have already found it to be life changing as a directional guide for me and am incorporating it into my PL 2013.

You can look forward to seeing some of my art/scrapbook stuff here during 2013. I also treated myself to a PictureMate Photo Printer, to be able to print some of my photos at home, based on the recommendation of Julie Fai-Fan Balzer. So far I am loving it!

I still have all my pictures from France to scrapbook, not to mention all the photos I plan to take while on a trip to Daytona and Miami a couple of months from now. But for now......I am celebraing all of the amazing ordinary moments of daily life!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Followers........Where are you hiding?

When I go behind the scenes, my followers are all sitting there nice and pretty, but today they are no longer visible when I open my blog!! Does anyone have any idea how to correct this? Very disheartening.......I love when readers/followers post comments on my FB wall, but please also post remarks right here on the blog.......it would make me so happy!

Well, after 1500 miles on the road this week, I needed to look the other way at the disarray in my house and head to my studio to create for a while tonight. Can't quite decide which room in my house requires the most attention, but I do know that it must look perfect in 2 weeks for company! I need to wait about a week before posting my LO from tonight though.

I will soon be posting info on some classes I will be teaching in the fall in Lancaster, NY. I'm excited about preparing for them and looking forward to meeting new people and having some creative fun!

Well, 5:00 a.m. will come early tomorrow, so I'm going to tie up a few loose ends and call it a day!

Friday, July 22, 2011

WOW! It has been so long..........

Can't believe I have not blogged in so long! Life has been incredibly busy but I think often that I need to post a new entry......and then I get caught up in something or other. It is heavily on my mind today after getting home from my first ever CHA in Chicago.

I am exhausted from seeing so many awesome products that I absolutely must have, meeting people who I have connected with on FB, sitting in business seminars and classes and well, that heat could tire anyone out! Special moments included watching Dyan Reaveley demo while working in her art journal, watching Tim Holtz do his magic and meeting Linda Cain while at Tim's booth. I did wish I had the ability to bi-locate so that I could also be in my art room to create!

This spring and summer have been crazy busy: a trip to NYC, several trips to NJ and Philly, helping to organize a brain cancer walk in May, and a surprise visit from my son 2 weeks ago when I turned 60. The rest of the summer looks to be just as busy: a wedding this weekend, a family reunion picnic, and a house concert by the incredible Vance Gilbert to celebrate my birthday in early August......and wonderful projects at the St. Jude Center.

I have alot of artistic ideas weaving through my brain and will spend a lot of time in my art studio translating those ideas into art pieces or layouts. I have 6 classes to create samples for and a huge project to prepare for. Whew!!!!!!!

I do commit to stopping here on a more regular basis so.......check in!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Looking Forward.......and Back........

I created several LOs this week that are kind of indicative of what I was/am feeling. Everyone who knows me is aware that I am not fond of winter. OK.......I hate winter with a passion. I desperately need for spring to get here quickly. So, I started the week by creating a LO to remind me of beautiful weather.......and the beauty that existed during my September trip to Hawaii with my son. My son, Jim, published a book with his photos as a gift for me, and dedicated to my husband, that is breathtakingly beautiful. Doing a LO helped me to become a little hopeful that better weather, and a little sun, will soon arrive........or else another trip to Hawaii will be on the horizon!

One of the other LOs I did was to help me remember Art's surprise 60th birthday party, 4 years ago. On Tuesday, March 1, he would have turned 64. This is the 2nd birthday he has not been here to celebrate and it is a most difficult day. I go to Red Lobster for dinner, because it is what we always did........Art thought that was the best place EVER. I'm sure that he is running a franchise up in heaven now! I also have a Mass offered for him on that day. This year, as a special tribute, the 2011 Thunderbird calendar dedicates March to Art and contains a picture of our son's 2002 Ford Thunderbird convertible. Art loved a multi-day celebration of his birthday, so an entire month is a home run!

I'm moving forward, but along with the painful moments, there is so much joy to look back on for so many years. Love you Artie! (The first picture is from his birthday in 1973......the year we were married).

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Creative Chaos!

Have been working on class samples surrounded by the chaos of ongoing construction.......but actually have enjoyed having people in the house. The house has been way too quiet since Art has been gone. Love the smell of wood and paint and the sound of drills and saws........not to mention the way the guys kid with each other. I don't even mind the mess........which almost concerns me! LOL.

One of the classes I will be teaching in May will be Creative Configuration, using the amazing Tim Holtz configurations. Students will pick their own theme........a person to honor.......a special event or place........and get creative with representing it! My sample is centered around my husband Art. Creating it made me focus on all the happy, silly, memorable things that made him so lovable! You can see that he loved trains, candy, his faith, astronomy, finding the biggest shells at the beach, playing solitaire, and found so much joy in life. The huge pear represents a very funny story that took place when he was sick. He received a gift box from my sister, which contained alot of fruit, but Art had to wait a certain amount of time after his chemo before he could eat. There was a gold foiled wrapped pear........at least Art thought it was a pear! He held that pear in his hand watching the clock for 2 hours, waiting to bite into the juicy pear. When he finally could tear off the foil........it was a chocolate pear! Art ate that and then one of the real pears that was not wrapped up at all. How we laughed.......and we always laughed! I have attached a picture of it below.

I used alot of Tim Holtz products, including tissue tape, grunge board and metal embellishments, as well as some Tattered Angels products: Gumdrop Glimmer Mist, Chandelier Glimmer Glam and All That Jazz Glimmer Glaze.

So...........get creative.........and get happy!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Making Progress.........

Things around here are hopping this week! Contractors working in both the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms, and I'm updating the NY calendar for National Entrepreneurship Week (all this week.........so Happy National Entrepreneurship Week to all my fellow artists around the country) and also working on my class samples. I will be doing a series of 4 workshops over a 6 week period starting on May 2 in Western New York. Pretty excited about that!

I'm going to share a layout I did recently from my wedding in 1973........wow, a really long time ago! Later this week, I will post a couple of class samples as well. Until then............stay warm and pray for spring!



I used some Prima flowers, laser cut paper, bling and added Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, which is my favorite! Just a simple LO, but full of glorious memories!