Winter with friends

IMGWinter can look two very different ways depending on your attitude.  A couple of years ago, ok every year for the last five, I have not been in a good place, and had a horrible attitude about winter most of the time.  I despised the cold.  Shoveling our corner lot was a LONG time to be thinking bad, evil things.  You get the drift.

This year I am finally getting things back in perspective.  I have loved the beauty of the snow.  The silence of its blanket is calming me.  I even shoveled two of the three snows without too much grumbling.

I am doing a much better job of focusing on friends and family and thanksgiving this winter.  When I saw this quote the morning of our first snow, this design immediately popped into my head and onto the paper.  God moment.

So here is to my new friends, the ones who have stood by me–especially the past few, and for the new ones to be made.  How about you?  What is your attitude toward winter this year?

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No More Daydreams

What have you been dreaming of doing?

Today is the time.  It can be possible.  It can be life right now.

I have been dreaming of going somewhere with my art for years.  That dream has changed over the years, but it has always been there in some form.  This blog is the next step in that dream.  I want to share my art with the world first and foremost.  Whether it is on cards, calendars, or in a book someday, it doesn’t really matter.
IMG_0006I am making this my life and I thank you for helping me from the bottom of my heart.

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know your role

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My husband has been telling me this for years.  Know your role.  It is so true.  When I take a moment and stop to really think about what my role in that situation is and what others think my role is, it often solves a lot of questions, even conflicts.  We all have many roles.  Some of mine are wife, mother, sister, daughter, artist, teacher, writer.  Some of those mean different things in different settings.  I have to tailor my role to the  different expectations.

What do you really need to make important?  What are others going to expect of you?

And those may not be the same things.  Your attitude toward that role might make things easier.  I know I need to remember this!

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Act on It

There are so many ways to love people, so many different kinds of love.  What an amazing gift it is to love others.  How amazing that we are wired to feel that emotion.  Sometimes words are enough.  Sometimes an action means more.  Don’t sit still today–SHOW someone you care.  Whether it is someone you know or not, let that love shine out.  Don’t let the words get in the way.  Act on it.

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Honoring Mandela

The glaze pens arrived!!!!  You have no idea how excited I got!  The funny thing is that it was the backordered/thought it was canceled order that came.  So another box of pens should be coming soon.  I should have almost fifty pens.  Which is awesome, because I used up THREE of them yesterday finishing/creating artworks.  All of them scanned, uploaded and waiting to go onto the blog and zazzle.  Happy me.

I had these two backgrounds waiting and waiting for the right quotes.  The death of a great man who worked for great change inspired me to look for some of the wisdom of this amazing person, Nelson Mandela.  That search led me right where I needed– to words that show his sense, his courage, his heart.  Words that touched me, and I hope inspire you as well.  Enjoy.  IMG_0016
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Prioritize and Celebrate

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We are in the throes of the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is done, we may know people celebrating Hannukah, and Christmas isn’t far away now.

I  did some Black Friday shopping and stood in line for 2 hours to get in Target.  I do have to admit as soon as I got inside the fever got me and I was pulled right into that frenzy.  I had to follow some veteran advice from the line,” Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.”  I learned from other veterans, “to buy now, return later when you come to your senses.”  Really, that is what they told me.  It was worth it though:  I was able to complete most of my list and get things I normally wouldn’t, so that should take off some pressure this month.  And I prioritized my shopping, I am only going to return a couple extra items.  🙂

I learned something else out there about prioritizing.  As  I stood in the cold and wondered what the heck I was thinking, I realized I had no right to complain.  I CHOSE to be out in 20 degree weather, shopping for luxury items–even the extra underwear which was a super good deal and with Belle the dog around extra underwear is a must.    But I digress, the cold was a good reminder of all the blessings and luxuries I have in my life.  I was thankful for the socks and shoes I had on (one woman shopping was in flip flops).  I had on a new coat, hat, and mittens (some forgot to bring any of those).  And there are a lot of people out there without any.  I bought extra socks that night to give to people who need them.  We have outgrown coats and hats to donate, too.  We will celebrate the cold.  We will celebrate our blessings–even the good Black Friday deals.  We will prioritize what is necessary this season.  And we will share those celebrations.

How about you?  Any good deals?  Donations this year?

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