Sunday, December 21, 2014


My dear sweet hubbie got me the best Solstice gift ever!!

This is a book I first read in the 8th grade ~ circa '71-72. Bless you Mr. Jenner, for letting me read every single book you had in your classroom, and for understanding about the 'top shelf' reading places!

A passage from this book shaped 50% of my spiritual beliefs. MH swears I'm the most Christian atheist she has ever met, but I, of course, disagree with her interpretation.

Jim & I searched for YEARS for a copy of this book; sadly, it was out of print. At one point, while we were divorced, Jim found a copy of the manuscript ~ he painstakingly printed it out for me, page by page! {I told you he was a sweetie!}

We had about given up on ever finding a decently priced copy ~

But then Amazon came up with a 50th anniversary edition ~


The book is ~  "ALONE", by Admiral Richard E. Byrd. He wrote it about his time, not knowing whether he would live or die, at the South Pole in 1934.  It is a completely amazing story of survival and love.

The passage that has always affected me so deeply is on page 183 of this 50th anny edition.

Here is the Amazon link for the book...

Happy reading ~ and thank you so very much Jimbo!!

Saturday, December 20, 2014


As of 1603 U.S. MST Sat. 21, 2014 ~

Here comes the sun!! Hugs & love to all my friends and family ~

23.5 degrees, baby!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


I finally finished my Finnabair style project for the Divas!  Why it took me so long...  most of the Divas used the Lindy's sprays; I found that I didn't like them AT ALL!  What's the sense of using a coloring agent that washed completely off with just a bit of water?!?!
As always ~ click to enlarge...

So I ended up using a bunch of different stuff...

TH Distress stains, Lumiere paints, Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels, and Deco Art Dazzling Metallics paint (Rich Expresso)
The picture doesn't do it justice ~ doesn't show how rich and deep the edges are, or all the color variations in the center.

I may go back later and add more color to the pearls in the lower left corner (there is more blue there than the pic shows)...

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

DIVAs Oct./Nov. project!

Dear D of the DIVAs came up with this Finnabair inspired project for us ~

We started with an 8 X 10 canvas that she primed for us; we also had our choice of different vintage woman's faces to pick from.
Then we were to start adding little bits & bobs that were in keeping with our particular theme ~ bet you can guess my theme!

As always, click to enlarge the pix...

I gave my canvas an all-over coat of a 'sandy' texture medium, and added some bubbles with a TH stencil.
Then came the most time-consuming part ~ adding all those little bits & bobs. I drew from my extensive stash of shells and other oceanic goodies. Some pieces are metal, some plastic; some are "live".

Below is my canvas with every thing in place, all ready to begin covering all with a coat or two of Gesso.

All gessoed up, and ready for my color!

I've gotten my first coat of color on tonight; stay tuned for other W.I.P. pix!

Thanks for looking ~

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Jack Bruce ~

May flights of angels sing you to heaven ~~~

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sept. DIVAs project

We had our Designing Divas meeting this last Monday, and it was my turn to provide the project. Alpha Stamps had featured something earlier this summer  they called "Bitch Boxes" ~ I thought they were adorable! So, from AS I ordered the cardboard boxes, the acrylic sheets for the front, and some wonderful complimentary papers. The boxes are 4 x 4, and 3/4 in deep.

Below is the first prototype I made ~ I took the saying from a magnet I've have for years.

Click to biggify...

Below is one I made just for myself...  You just KNOW I had to do an ocean theme one!!  The papers are from G45s "By the Sea"; shells & coral from stash.

I also made one for the gal that does my nails; unfortunately I gave it to her before I could take a picture...

Anyhoo ~ thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Please, dear ladies ~ don’t pass this by just because it is a football issue ~ it is about SO much more than that.

For those of you who don’t follow the NFL ~ back in February of this year, a player was accused of beating his then fiance..  At the time, the NFL gave him a 2 game suspension.

On Monday, a legit video was released showing him punching his fiance so hard that she lost consciousness, and of him dragging her {mostly facedown} out of the elevator. It then showed his callous disregard for her.
The video is here 

As a result of the video, his team has terminated his contract completely, and the NFL has banned him indefinitely.

As a victim of domestic abuse myself , and having gone through years of extensive counseling after it, there are a few things I’d like to say...

This abuse, and other forms of it, has obviously been going on for quite a while. To get to that level of violence and callousness takes a lot of buildup. First comes the verbal and emotional forms of abuse. Then the physical abuse begins ~ slowly at first, then escalating.
That punch did NOT come out of nowhere.

Was she inebriated? Maybe. Did she spit at him? Maybe. Did that, or any other factors, make her ‘deserve’ the knock-out punch he gave her?
HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO human being deserves that kind of treatment.

9/9 ~ N.B. ~ I’m writing this now in light of the lady’s statements to the press today. You can see them here...

She is now defending him, and I am not at all surprised. There is something called “Battered Persons Syndrome ~ somewhat similar to the “Stockholm Syndrome” experienced by kidnapped persons. Google it for more information.

She is still living in the fantasy world that he created ~ that he has NOT done wrong, and that the media  is the culprit.

I can only hope that her true family & friends can get her into counseling to break her out of her nightmare.

Otherwise, I fear for her life, and the life of their child.

Cottleston Pie is the Taoist philosophy dealing with our Inner Nature (as explained by Winnie-the-Pooh)
To get the full scoop, read "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.
The full poem is at the very bottom here...