May 16, 2012



It's no secret that I love rich, saturated color. Generally, my backgrounds are composed of many layers. They usually start with a few "blobs" of acrylics or watercolors dropped and swirled onto cardstock or a substrate, and the "layering process" begins.

Working in a hospital setting has led me to new discoveries and a search for quick methods. There's not a lot of time, material or space to create, and I've found that the old adage: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." applies.

The background of "Chrysaline" was created by using a color copy of one of my original backgrounds as a base to which I've added more paints, stamps and colors. I'm saving time and energy by using what I've already created in a new, re-purposed way. It's a win-win situation!

May your day be happy and colorful!

May 10, 2012

The Future!

"Bright Future"

Things have been "looking up" in Rehab lately. My husband has begun taking his first steps - quite literally. Each "little move" is a step closer to the rehab door and home. His progress is steady and remarkable; and, he continues to keep the entire "team" motivated with his dedication. His spirits are bright, and every day brings new blessings, trials, challenges and gifts. We're treasuring each and every moment that we spend together.

Over the past few days we visited our Cardiologist and Pulmonologist. Both are astounded to see Jim's progress. To be honest, he was only given a 4% chance of survival. I'm definitely "married to a miracle". No more doctor's appointments for a month - break out the champagne and confetti!!!

Thank you, thank you, for your prayers, love and support. I wish I had the time to visit each of you to express my heartfelt "thanks" and give you a personal "hug"- blogging remains one of my current "guilty pleasures". We did not get this far alone and continue to feel your "love" and "good wishes". You give us "wings"!

Our future's so bright, we have to wear shades

May your day be bright and beautiful!
PS - This is "Sylvia" - my "freebie" from April 30th - transformed! Click here to grab her for your own artful transformation.

May 7, 2012

"M" is for Monday . . .

The Letter "M"

"M" is for Monday . . . . and we have a visit to our Cardiologist today, followed by a visit to our Pulmonologist tomorrow. A Team Meeting with the Rehab staff is scheduled for Wednesday - we've got a busy week ahead!

Please keep us in your prayers. We're hoping for "good reports" and "good news"!

May your day be filled with many blessings!

May 3, 2012

Practicing My Alphabet

Playing with Letters!

I've never been happy with my own handwriting. Matter of fact . . . I've always looked at everyone's journal pages and must sadly admit that I was always pea-green with envy when I saw someone's distinctive lettering style. 

I've been trying to do a little art each day without a making a major commitment to a complicated, long-term project. Limited art time each afternoon is just enough time for me to practice my alphabet. I gather my "marble composition notebook", a few Sharpies and brush pens, and my trusty watercolor crayons - just a few basic supplies.

I'm finding that it's fun to explore and play without having a purpose (other than to play), and that it's OK to make "mistakes" along the way. Actually, I'm learning that "mistakes" can be serendipitous!

May your day be filled with the joy of discovery!

PS If you'd like to play with letters too, click here to go to Joanne Sharp's "Whimspirations" blog where you'll find a link to her "Lettering Love" class. And . . . please tell Joanne that I sent you over!