20 December 2010


Moments that nearly pass you by.

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18 December 2010

God sends us miracles every day.
We just have to train our eyes to see them.

09 December 2010

A typical Thursday

So this morning I wake up at 5:34am. Not bad for having to be working at 6:00am!
Pull up my bed hair and rat it.
Dressed by 5:40am – broken zipper in sweater – just decided it was a fashion statement
Gather “stuff” by 5:45am
Walking to car by 5:47am
Go back in for keys which are NEVER in the house at 5:49am
Land flat on my back after surfing on the ripped space bag remnant on the garage floor (story in of itself about RADAR and packing the car)
Got in car by 5:57am
Realized no gas – so coasted into work parking lot – praying that I can at least get across the street for gas at noon. (Can a car even start in these cold temps without gas?)
FLEW to work and while driving I had a productive cough (dainty way of say that wasn’t it!) so for the first time in my life I was going to SPIT out my window…..yes I remembered to roll down the window. I just apparently didn’t realize what force you need to put behind spit to make it leave the vehicle and ended up with drool down my shoulder and on the rim of the window so then digging for Kleenex, napkin, clothing, paper ANYTHING I realize I’m driving down National in the median. NO COPS and thank goodness they can only use the cameras for running red lights!
and walked in the door at 6:00am

IT’S BEEN A GREAT DAY SO FAR AND CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT ADVENTURES AWAIT……my bed calls at 3:45PM today and I’m not sure that I will show my face until 5:00AM tomorrow!


30 November 2010

So excited!

I am a terrible blogger. Step 1 taken. :).

Actually, I often fall in to the category of blogger titled "What do I have to show and why would anyone want to peek at my life?". Well today I am so excited!

I participated in the handmade gift exchange sponsored by Craftaholic Anonymous. I have mailed my package. I certainly hope my partner for this exchange is as happy about this exchange as I am.

I made a book from scratch. Even the binder! It's my first and I hope it's not beginners luck! I challenged myself to not purchase one item for this gift. (I might be a hoarder hidden behind the logical "I can repurpose that" mentality.) I met my challenge and I do not believe that is apparent in the finished product.

Thank you to Craftaholic Anonymous for this exchange. And a huge thank you to Shona Cole with An Artistic Mother for starting 2010 with art for me. It's been too long!

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09 July 2010

Where I have been.....

The title of my blog WHY NOT BOTH is very appropriate for me.

1. I don't see why we have to limit ourselves in life
2. I need to learn how to master the "BOTH"

This seems to be the year of replacements. Phone, Camera and now a laptop (still waiting on this one as it was definately not in the budget)....so I'm still around.

I'm still doing the Artistic Mother projects. I'm still working too much. I'm still traveling. I'm still having fun. I'm still tired. I'm still excited. I'm still missing out on things. I'm still creating. I'm still learning my new camera. I'm still looking forward to the future. I'm still wanting more.....

I will post pictures soon of my projects. I have varied a bit into my own versions of the projects. I think I've found some things in the projects that I really enjoy and have been "perfecting" those techniques. This year has been a very good creative year for me and for that I am very grateful!

Until pics...have a great weekend!

08 April 2010

My book The Artistc Mother reappeared at work in my inbox! Happy Thursday!

04 April 2010

Happy Easter

While Easter is a serious holiday there is always the fun side. Some people have bunnies - this year we had frogs. We opted to paint our eggs this year instead of dying them. It was a lot of fun.

I also had fun playing with the app on the iPhone, CameraBag. For the picture with the Lilies I used ColorCross and Magazine for the picture without Lilies. (Can't wait to have a flash again!)

27 March 2010

Week 2-3 Journal (First try)

I used the paper which was from one of my childhood bedrooms. I recently had been tagged in a photo from Kindergarten and thought the two seemed to go hand in hand. I also used oil pastels for the first time. I must say it is definately true - the better the materials the better the end result. I didn't find this project as fun and enticing as making the background papers but that is because it is outside of my comfort zone. (Not that background papers are in my comfort zone but are more familiar than anything I have done in the past.) I will not be giving up - I will do more journals - practice makes perfect or more satisfaction.
Oh and - the words on the picture are symbolic of my motto "Why Not Both".....I remember being "fought" over and asking to choose - Baby Wart or Sugar Pie....really, who could choose between those two prime choice names?
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26 March 2010

On Location

This week the big draw in Springfield was Dog the Bounty Hunter. He was at a local bookstore...I avoided the crowd and went across the street. This is a much better choice and we should have a book signing with long lines for this book. (PS - I was really tempted to move the Mxxxxx Sxxxxxx books below and replace with The Artistic Mother. Too afraid I would be in trouble. I did however move the "Big A$$ Book of something or other book from the picture"!)
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20 March 2010

Happy First Day of Spring

How exciting is this? Friday Night at 9:30pm it was 60 degrees and Saturday Morning 7:30am it was 34 degrees. And now tonight it's ice covered snow...at this point the temperature doesn't matter.


19 March 2010

Such a sad ending to a fairly good week....

I took my book The Artistic Mother to work and showed several people. I should have never let it leave my office.....lesson learned. Hopefully they will be inspired. But more selfishly it will show up next week.

Now I'm off to create flyers and brochures for an event to benefit our church's food pantry The Warehouse.

14 March 2010

Here Goes It.....(GULP!)

I've finished my papers. The best I can say is: I had fun, I lost myself for awhile and I completed the task. I may have missed steps, not be entirely happy with the end result or might have torn some edges but then again....that is everyday life.

The top two papers are inspired by my childhood bedrooms. Growing up my wall colors were turquoise, purple and lime green. In High School my room changed to pink and green. (Yes I am an 80's girl.) Kind of strange that my mother would pick vibrant colors for my bedrooms when she is such a earth tone color person. (Thank goodness she is branching out into color now even if it does mean lime green toenails and Birkenstock!)

The middle two papers are just my typical color tendencies. Nothing too inspiring. (Maybe I need some lime green toenails.)

The bottom two papers as well as the background papers were inspired by nature. (Ironic since I am not an outdoorsy girl.) The background is liken to the sunset I saw while driving home from work one night last week. The green makes me think of a Hobbit hole but really is suppose to be Spring, which will hopefully truly be here for good soon. The black is NOT like the tornadoes of the Midwest that Spring brings. To me it is the Ocean at night in the darkest hour: constant, moving, subtle and just waiting to be brilliant in the sunlight.

I've really enjoyed this and learned a lot. I definitely look forward to learning more - I have a lot to learn about color, technique and subjectivity. Hopefully each week gets easier when it comes to publicly posting too!

12 March 2010

My vision statement is a short term one for now

While I am very excited about this group and the projects; I am most thankful we have two weeks to complete them. Why is it that everytime I think "I'm going to do so much this week" when Friday comes I look back and say "Where did the week go and why didn't I get anything done"?

SO.....my short term vision is this: Friday night I WILL begin my papers and Saturday before I do my work at the Food Pantry the Warehouse I WILL stamp my papers. I WILL be finished by the close of Sunday.

If this group is about challenging and accountability then this is my pledge and open invitation to anyone to question me on Monday if I have not posted my project.

05 March 2010

Testing the mobile blogger

How does TWO years fly by so fast?

It's time to get back to truly "WHY NOT BOTH" I need to find the balance of working and living life.

I'm going to start this journey by joining the group "The Artistic Mother by Shona Cole". No, I'm not a mother but I am a busy woman that loves being creative and finds it hard to find the time. This is going to be a great transition for me!

I'm very excited!