Sunday, August 30, 2009

Vote for the Mermaid

One of my blogger friends has created this amazing Mermaid Doll for a challenge on Handmade Artist Forum. Please visit the link and vote for your favorite and I hope it will be Heather's.

Heather is talented in many artistic avenues. You can visit her Etsy shop
and her blog to see other work.

I give her a lot of credit. She has just started to promote herself as an artist and I hope she suceeds. She has creative ideas and a tremendous skill as a multi media artist.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Kiss or a Hug?

This is Junior
Today is a blogger friend's 38th Anniversary. I told her husband to give her a big hug. Why didn't I say a big kiss? Why my preference for a hug.

Each morning when Terry leaves for work he gives me a quick peck and an I love you and off he goes. I love it when he takes a moment to stop and give me a hug, holding it for just a minute. With that hug I feel loved, cherished and protected. Oh, I like kisses, but after 38 years, I think there are definitely times a prefer a hug.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Finally I Am Posting About BEADS!!!

This is my entry for the Use the Muse II Challenge.
As soon as I saw the shell, I thought about the filigree pieces I had. When they fit perfectly, it all just went together from there. I am pleased with the piece, and I am proud that it gets quite a bit of attention when I wear it. I am keeping it for me.
I'm not really a jewelry designer, so this really was a challenge, mostly because you buy the kit and can use whatever you want from it as long as you use the Muse. Luckily, I loved the colors for this particular challenge.
I have been doing very little beading lately. However, I did start on my BJPs that are long overdue. It seems like every time I sit down with my bead tray something interrupts.
I have a couple of ideas that I am working on to donate as fund raisers for the Booster Club at my grandson's school.
All I need to bead is time, a precious commodity at my house!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Life is Good

Happy anniversary to us! 38 years today and it all started with a blind date. I wasn't sure I even liked him. He says it was love at first sight. I just knew I wanted to see him again.
Nope, this ain't him! But this grandson got his sense of humor, which to me was part of the glue that stuck us together.
Happy Anniversary Terry. It has been 38 great years and I hope we have 38 more. I love you more EVERY day.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Pond is an Ongoing Work in Progress

This was the pond two summers ago. The boys needed something to keep them out of trouble so we suggested that they dig the hole for the new pond. Somewhere I have a pic of a joke they played. When the hole got bigger and deeper, they stood up a GI Joe in the bottom on the corner and sent a pic to Papa and asked if it was deep enough yet. From that distance it looked like one of them standing in the hole. No, this is not that pic.

Here is Corey again and this is how the pond and Corey looked in the spring this year. Corey is about a foot taller, 6'1" now, and the pond area is about 60' long.

Here are just a few of the pond residents.

A view from the deep end ( about 4-1/2' deep) looking to the shallow end which barely covers pea gravel. That end is just one huge bird bath and we enjoy watching from the window or sitting on the glider at that end of the pond.

This area is basically the channel connecting the deep and shallow end. You can't see the water here but you can see one of the flower areas. This is stall all a work in progress.

Here is my other grandson that helped to dig the pond. He is deep in thought here, or just relaxing watching the fish. Its the same spot where I look for anybody when I can't find them in the house. Its a quiet place to think or just watch the wildlife that enjoy the pond too. Birds, squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits can be found here just about anytime.
We plan a patio area at the shallow end where a umbrella table will be. Very much more landscaping needs to be done in the entire area. We also plan some solar lighting. I have lots of ideas, which will probably never end.

The pond has been a family project. When the boys felt like it, they went out to dig. Terry of course, finished off the digging, designed the water system and did all that work, from lining to filter, to electrical. I supervised the planting which was done by Terry, Ky and me. We all love this area and I am so proud that projects like this have taught my grandsons love of wildlife and concern for the environment. BTW, this area is fenced to protect the dogs from the wrath of Terry should they perform nature's duty here or bother a critter.