Tuesday, April 29, 2008

It MUST be Christmas! :)

At least that is what I thought when all these wonderful presents arrived in the mail! :)


Theses little lovelies are from Dani at Ambitions Design, who was having a giveaway to celebrate her recent vacation! The pictures of which are amazing, go check it out! That and all the great things she makes too! :)


I could not believe all that was in there! Each one is like a little treasure! Thank you SO much Dani! My husband and neighbor friends even enjoyed checking it all out and the Tranquility Angel is hanging in our family room! I will be hosting a giveaway soon to pass on my good luck! :)

For today, though, I'm going to play with the kindergarteners again. :) Art masterpiece has been so much fun...I can't believe it is almost over. Last week we did our own version of a Jackson Pollock...you should have seen the kids' eyes when I pulled out the buckets of paint and these Star Wars-esque syringes! At first they were all going to get one turn, but they kept getting back in line so I just let them go for it! Fortunately, we ran out of paint just as the boys were making the start of a paint fight!


Today we are studying Monet. The school has a view of the lake across the street so I thought they could "paint" outside like he did. They are going to use markers (I bought a huge set...tons of colors) and then afterward, we'll spray them with water. Walah! Watercolor! :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music and umm...Bunnies?

Hey all! :) Thank you all for your comments and keeping up with me...I appreciate it! I've been doing a lot of reading, but as you can see not much posting. The stomach flu has hit our house once again...and once again everyone got it but me! I'm not complaining...no way, but I think it sure was nice of someone not to let me catch it too so that I could take care of everyone else. When I'm sick, all my stuff still has to get done...I'm sure a lot of you KWIM :)

So before we head off to the Doctor's, I thought I'd show you some things I finished. I have some others that are in progress or need to be scanned, but sick babies come first. :)

First up is this little church covered in hymn sheet music. My favorite part about church is the music. I have even been places where you can hear it when you are outside of the building. All those voices, together...such a sweet sound. To be outside in nature and hear that is quite an experience. :) I thought it would be neat to cover a church in vintage hymns...to make you think of the music you would hear if you were really there. I was at the Antique Plaza when an old hymnal caught my eye. I couldn't turn it down! It was fun placing the text so certain phrases show here or there.

I did this in honor of Earth Day and because I like coming up with new things to use to make armatures (sp?) Can you guess? The main form of this bunny is a very round light bulb! Yeah! I recycled! I was going to sell him, but then Lil asked me how to get on ebay so she could buy him with her change. I thought that was sweet and gave him to her. His ear is broken now, but hey, she is only six and I can always put some more paper clay over it...if I ever get the time. A played with bunny is a happy bunny! His cheeks and ears have that same soft glitter I love so much.

I know I am new to blogging, but I thought it would be fun to set up a SWAP. I have a TON of plastic easter eggs left over and want to recycle them into something non-Easterish. If you are interested in doing this with me, please comment here. If there is enough interest, I will make it official with a post. It would be really fun to see what you all come up with and I have a few ideas myself! :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Audrey Hepburn AND a Giveaway? What could be better than that?

NeNe is having a giveaway! I just discovered her, but she has a great blog! Check her out and enter her giveaway to celebrate her first anniversary! :)
Congrats NeNe! :)

Happy Birthday Deena!

My blog friend, Deena, is having a birthday today! She is definitely a life that should be celebrated!

If you have not checked out her blog, you should do so, right now! Wish her happy birthday too! Because of her, I am focusing more on the joys in life and it has made me more positive of a person.
Happy Birthday Deena!

Monday, April 14, 2008

What I'm doing today...

I did...I put it off...I can't stand doing them. Tomorrow I will celebrate not having it hang over my head! Hugs to all!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

What a Fabulous Day! Thank You Sharon!

Sometimes people do something nice, even when they don't have to. Today, someone did something VERY nice for me. Something so completely unexpected and wonderful that I have to share it with you and I hope that is okay with this someone. :) Her story is a sweet one and I feel honored that she shared it with me. I think you will enjoy her message too.

I've only sold a couple of the things I've made, but it makes you wonder what that person is going to do with it once they get it. Or why they bought it in the first place. When I sold Madame Bunny, I thought it might get hung once a year to celebrate the holiday. I sent her on her way, got positive feedback on ebay, and thought that was where my story ended. What a surprise it was to find a letter from Madame Bunny's new owner in the mail. Here is what it said:

"I received your Madame Bunny and had to write to tell you how much I love her! The moment I saw her on Ebay I knew I had to win her. You see, my husband's namef or me is "Bunny." Always has been, since we got together 8 years ago. We started dating when we both had nothing. Since then, I've become a Registered Nurse (working toward my Master's) and he has become a successful attorney.

I love what you made so much, because I often do feel like I live in his shadow but I'm so proud of him. The line about being "the artist behind the eggs he scatters" reminds me that our family is the reason he works so hard at his practice. The last line "leaving her the very first three eggs of Easter" made me think about whatever money his practice brings in, he always does something nice for me. The "eggs" he leaves me are little things I love like Starbuck's cards, flowers, or an order of sushi when I don't want to cook. (He & my son HATE sushi) Bottom line is we always think of each other first.

Lastly, the fact that your Madame Bunny has green eyes like mine confirms she is a beautiful reminder of mine and my husband's love to hang on my office wall. She will pick my spirits up when I'm in that room doing homework all year, not just during Easter.

I'm enclosing this check for you to get more art supplies. Your Madame Bunny means a lot more to me than what I paid. Keep up the good work. I know you just do this every once in a while for fun, but you never know how one of your projects could bring real happiness to some stranger miles and miles away.

When we create beauty and put it out in the world we never know what or where it may end up!

Thanks again,

HOW COOL IS THAT??? By the time I was done reading this I was crying a happy cry. To think that someone is enjoying something so much that came from my mind. That she felt so connected to the life of Madame Bunny and that a LOVE STORY like her's actually exists! That someone, somewhere on the other side of this country, took the time to sit and write this letter to me and encouraged make something else. Sometimes I feel guilty making something when I'm so overwhelmed with other obligations. I am a SAHM, but I have to work at bringing in money anyway so I don't have to work outside the home. It is a battle with numbers everyday. Creating is my stress relief and this SWEET woman sponsored me, validated my efforts, and shared her happiness with me. She told me that it is okay to be doing what I'm doing. She didn't have to do any of that and she did. I think that says a lot about her. :)

I sincerely thank you Sharon...you letter means so much to me and I am so happy that Madame Bunny belongs to you!

The reason that I shared this with you, dear readers, is because so many of you paint, sculpt, or otherwise create wonderful things. I admire so many of you! Now go and follow Sharon's advice-
"Create beauty and put it out there in the world! You never know how one of your projects could bring real happiness to some stranger miles and miles away!"