Wednesday, February 25, 2009

January 09 BJP

I never lack thoughts for the theme of a page. However, I usually think about 4 or 5 possibilities before I settle on one to expand. Being January, everyone was making comments about New Year resolutions. Well, I don't do the resolution thing. I do try to pick one thing to carry out the entire year. A personal improvement type thing.

I picked 2 really. I am making this a RE year. I will try to recycle more in every way I can think of.

But my BIG improvement is outlook. I am pretty much a "my glass is 1/2 full" kind of person.
My friend Deb and I talk about the power of positive attraction. You can read more about that if you want in the book "The Secret". I am trying to remember to always think of what I want to happen, not what I DON"T want to happen.

That led to the theme of my January page. Let me first tell you, that I looked for a way to bead the thought, yet quickly, because my life is on a roller coaster right now.

The blue beads are like those little thought bubbles when a character in a comic is "thinking".
Of course the $$ are self explanatory...or are they. For me, they mean we will have plenty of money to pay property taxes....our jobs are secure....our retirement funds WILL rebound before we want to use them. I have a hard time thinking grandeous. I don't think about sportscars and mansions. When I am wealthy I will build and fund animal shelters and help those in need.

The RX is the affirmation that my husband's RA treatment will continue to keep the disease at bay.

The two little stick figures are my grandsons . I never think about what I don't want for them...but am always thinking in the positive. They will be well adjusted...their grades will continue to improve....and for my oldest to continue his love of sports. My youngest will be a comedian and earn millions entertaining the crowds, but he won't forget those that cannot afford to pay the price of tickets to see him.

As Robin said in one of her posts, the heart symbol has had many meanings. Here they symbolize my desire for self improvement. I will continue to achieve higher levels spiritually. My emotional health will continue to improve and I will continually be able to more openly express my feelings. Above all I will strive for truth and honesty in all I do.

Of course the yellow background is symbolic. I have chosen the sun as my symbol of hope. Here the yellow depicts my positive attitude that better times are coming.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I ran into an old friend this weekend. We used to meet everyday and spend some time being creative together. O, we have done so many projects. We have made clothes, curtains and drapes, many dolls. There are too many projects to really list properly. I haven't seen her in a while. You know the old saying, out of sight out of mind. Well Dian invited me to participate in a beaded art doll round robin. I have never done one before. I needed to think of a theme and make a pattern. That's when I called on my old friend to help me put it all together. Yep, you guessed it. My old friend is my Viking Sewing Machine.

She hasn't had much use lately, but I am going to find a spot for her to remain so that she will be ready to go at any minute. I love her. I had forgotten how much.

No, I can't put beading aside, but I definitely have the urge to sew. But, can I find the time?

Friday, February 6, 2009

Spread the Love Doll Challenge

I belong to the Yahoo Group Beaded Art Dolls.
The February project theme for the swap/challenge
was Spread the Love.
A short time ago I made several cab faces and she was my favorite, sculpted, not from a mold. Since February is the "Love" month, I chose her color from the February Flower, the Violet, which is my favorite flower.
She is a happy lady from my generation that still loves to dance around the kitchen to songs from the 70's. I just love her.
If you would like to see more beaded art dolls, please visit the group blog.
If you like to bead embroider, come join us. Its fun!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Heart of a Cowgirl & Other Cool Stuff

I have a blogger friend, Rocki who is just the most humorous person.
I met her on My Space, but follow her blog here. She sells hand made
silver jewelry findings, such as ear wires and clasps.
I love her hammered hearts.

I am like most people that blog. I love to Blog Surf.
That is how I met Bridget. Her blog is called Heart of a Cowgirl.
Of course I had to visit there. I think I have a heart of a cowgirl,
or at the very least led a western era previous life.
(I know I wasn't a farmers wife. Now, nothing wrong with being
a farmer's wife. I just know that I didn't have what it takes to be one.)
I found a link to her blog that led me to her etsy shop.

I absolutely had to have one of her leather cuffs.
It is just my FAVORITE new jewelry.

Here is a close up.
Don't you love it!
Pic is not good but
the bracelet is Fab!

Here I am in one of my MANY
western hats. I love to wear them
and have 6 hat boxes with more
than one in each. I LOVE hats.
Didn't know that, did you!
I have another favorite blogger who is my
SISTA. She thinks she is my lost sister.
She could be right! Maybe in another life.
Anyway, I look forward to her posts, especially
on Mondays. Check it out and see why. Crystal
sells vintage beads so if you like vintage you may want to see her web site or
etsy shop.
Do you like Crazy Quilt, or (I love this phrase...Encrusted Fabric).
Then you HAVE to check out Pat Winter Gatherings. She does THE most
beautiful work. I found her blog while surfing around the BJP participant's
blogs. I got interested, not only because of her talent, but she lives near
the town where I grew up. Then I found out that she is the person that
started the Comfort Doll project which I will begin participating in.
Oh, well, I started this out because I wanted to tell you about my
Heart of a Cowgirl bracelet and got carried away. I could give you a
hundred more places to visit. What else you got to do on a cold day?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tagged for the 6th Pic in My 6th Folder

I have been tagged to post the picture that is the 6th pic in my 6th folder.

This is my oldest grandson on Halloween 2006. He was a Cheerleader for his school including the long blonde hair and make up.

His mom is behind him dressed as a Geisha.
Halloween is a great time at our house.