Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in a nutshell

well the countdown begins for the beginning of 2012
in 2011 i blogged 238 times
made some good and bad art
took alot of courses and learned alot
have 112 followers (thank you)
made many good blogging friends
grieved over the loss of my mother
had a few scary health concerns (good now)
took a few trips
had fun times with good friends
watched my daughter grow as a woman
celebrated my 39the wedding anniversary
helped my sister
tonight we are staying home having a quiet new year
sometimes we don't even make it up for new years,
we are going today at 1:00 pm to have lunch with
friends at the Red favourite place on earth.
What are you doing tonight?

Friday, December 30, 2011


Do you have a favourite drawing, painting, sketch that you
like above anything else you have ever created?
I do, this one, its not pretty, its not even that
good technically, she looks like she
has had a bad batch of botox, but
it represents me who I am as an
artist,where I want to go as an artist.
I cant draw or paint realistically, no
matter how hard I try, so I decided
I have to go a different path, the
path is a little wonky, funky, edgy (i try)
I want people to look at my work and
say, that is her style for sure.
What do you say, whats your style,

Thursday, December 29, 2011


When you make art do you love what you produce immediately?
I must say sometimes, I am satisfied with it, sometimes
I hate it, sometimes I am happy with imperfection.

I think that some of the great painters of years ago
struggled with the same worries about
there art, as we do.  I am sure Picasso must
have produced a few stinkers in his time.  But
I guess what we all have to remember
is what we see as an imperfection\
others see as perfection.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mrs. No idea

I quess you can tell, I have no ideas, no art ideas i mean
the well has run dry this week.  The feeling of blogging
is not there.  Is it the season? Is it sometimes you need
to take a break.  I kept going by Zorans blog, but
she had not posted in awhile.  Finally a post
a bunch of bloggers had emailed her and asked
if she was alright.  She was she had just
up and quit her blog, she thought nobody
would miss . she came
back, explained she had enough for now,
and goodbye.  Do you feel like that sometimes?
Or am I the only one, or is blogging going
out of style, now with different ways to
communicate. thru face book, twitter etc.
Personally face book or twitter is not
for me.  Ok lets take a poll, do you
like to blog, facebook or twitter, which one the most
Me.  its blog when I have something to say

Monday, December 26, 2011

Its all over except the mess

Had a great xmas
lots of great gifts
lots of turkey and stuffing, chocolates and on and on
listening to Adele 21 from the Shopper
went for a great long walk with devil dog to walk of the food
the weather is perfect
not venturing to far today
Boxing day sales will be on all week
leftover turkey and trimmings tonight
turkey soup in the crock pot

Saturday, December 24, 2011

twas the night before christmas

and Lee wanted to wish everyone a


Friday, December 23, 2011

Family Traditions

Every year I buy my daughter a christmas ornament, have been doing this
since she was born, she now has 23.
Do you have a family christmas tradition you want to share

Thursday, December 22, 2011

lets get together

Today was a lunch with best friends, and exchange of gifts,
I bought a couple of prints from one of my favourite artists
on her website, mounted them, painted the canvas, and some
other things for them.  They loved them.  I love giving
gifts that mean something.  We had a great lunch
and a good time.  We don't just do it at Christmas
we try to all get together at least once a month
you need to keep in touch with friends.  We need
family, but you also need friends.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Snow Birds

Where I live in Alberta, we have long, cold winters, and
for those that can afford it, usually there winter holidays
or winters are spent in either Arizona, or California.  Now if
you lived on the east coast of Canada, your winter
destination would be Florida. They call us
Snow birds, going south for the winter. If you
know Anne Murray a Canadian she had a number one song
called Snow birds
 Just a little information you might not know today

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

spinning my wheels

I have been out of commission these past few days, with a fever,
heavy cough and really bad cold  But today, I am feeling a bit
better, I have a few things    that need to get
done.  Hubby is home on holidays so he is doing his
best with the  errands that I give him, but you know
men, they dont get exactly what you want.
Other than that no news, this is a postcard I did a while
back and never showed anyone.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Princess and the Pea

The shopper and I have been busily making magic bags.
For those of you who don't know what magic bags are
these ones are full of Flax Seed, all you do
is heat them up in the microwave for a couple
of minutes, and you can put them on achy spots,
or if your cold to warm you up, you can also
put them in the freezer if you need a cold compress.
I have been using mine all weekend, as I have
come down with a really bad cold, and congestion
aches all over my body.  I love mine not shown,
These ones are for her co-workers, we have
quite the assembly line going, she cuts, I sew,
we fill, and I sew closed.  Most of this is done
on the machines, except the end bit, which
is much nicer done with hand stiching

Friday, December 16, 2011

Card Zone

this beautiful card was made by Sue, don't you just love it
so smartly made I would never of thought of making a tree like that
I love it

this gorgeous card was made by Jan, don't
you love it, its got that ethereal quality to it

This beautiful card is from she is a great artist and has a wonderful blog, full of great art, great color

this is made by my blog friend janet isnt it beautiful
when I opened it I was dazzled, the
picture does not do it justice
go on over to her blog she
explains how she made it

so how are you all doing were almost to the countdown, the presents will be
opened, in how many minutes (lol) the food you loving prepared is
over in how many minutes (lol) and the mess is all yours to clean up
in how many days

Thursday, December 15, 2011


The picture says it all, that is how i feel ...
Today I feel weepy, and I have a cold, and a cough, which I haven't had in about 8 years.  I must be run down, the holidays this year are getting me down, and I vowed not to let them.  I have been thinking about my mother and sister and father who have all passed away.  And feel my family shrinking, and worry about my own mortality, and my other sister.  There are things that I need to do and I have put off this but I made a new bucket list of 12 things that I want to accomplish in my life and I vow to do them.  They are not impossible things they are doable.  Christmas time is always a season of soul searching and gathering of
all the people that you love close beside you and letting everyone know how much they mean to you.  I have vowed for 2012 that I will let the people I know and love everyday how much they mean to me.

Oh for heavens sake I am being so overly dramatic here, must be the fever (lol).  Well today I am laying low, feeding a fever and starving a cold, (or whatever it is).  Tonight the shopper is coming over after work and the family is having pizza and we are baking.  The hubby needs some stuff for work on Friday and so does the shopper, tis the season. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Snack Attack

Do you leave Santa a snack and what was it?

Back in the day, we always left Santa a snack,
but not a traditional snack.  Because my
parents always told us, Santa must be
sick of cookies and milk by the time
he got to our house.  So our snack
was crackers, and ham sausage and a bottle
of beer.  When we woke up in
the morning we always checked to
make sure Santa had his beer
and crackers (loll)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Truth

How old were you when you knew that Santa was not real?
And Who told you?

I cant remember how old I was , but my sister told
me, when she was mad at me.  First I wouldn't
believe her, then she pointed out some valid
points, like we didn't have fireplace. Every time
we went to see Santa he was a different Santa
etc.  So then when we both knew it became
out mission in life to find every present
before Christmas.  One year we
saw a phone jack in our room, hidden
behind something, so we knew we were
getting a phone, so we searched the
house found it, plugged it in
and had phoned my mother
at work to ask her some dumb question.  She
never knew we found it.  It was princess phone
in pink. Our favourite that year.

Friday, December 09, 2011

busy busy

even with being so organized, having all the presents bought and wrapped,
tree up, house decorated, outside decorated, I am still busy.  I thought
I would be down in the studio, sipping a diet coke, with my feet
up just thinking about art.  But no my mind is still thinking
we need more, more presents, more stuff.  But yet
my heart says you have enough, its not suppose
to be about the presents, but we all know
that is crap, ask your kids what it is really about.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Fa La La La and all that stuff

the daily question is "Do you like the Old Christmas Songs or the new 20 the century ones"

I like some of the old ones, and some of the new ones, some
bring back memories I have forgotten.
  What is your favourite
Christmas song?

I am taking a little poll, are you sick of all these Christmas questions and
art that I am doing for the month of December? Are you thinking
of not coming back till January? Let me know, because I
can change it up.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Checking the mail

Do you send christmas cards to your friends and  Family?

This is the year I have decided to stop the sending
of Christmas Cards period.  Last year it was to
just family.  Christmas Cards I quess are
old school now, as you can send your
emails, and facebook, and skype, your
wishes.  Years ago (here I go again) my
family (mother etc) would get
a zillion cards, with letters on how
everyone was doing, etc.  But now really
there is no need, we used to have christmas
cards strung all over the house. 

Monday, December 05, 2011

Sometimes its just black and white

do you put candy canes on your tree?

When I was growing up, our tree was loaded
with handmade ornanments, and candycanes.
So do you think candycanes are old
school, because I think I am going to
go and get some and put them
on my tree, old school or not.
Be a rebel and start a new
tradition and make candycanes rule.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

string them up

Do you decorate the outside of your house?

We only put lights on the trees in front of the house
and on the front of the house.  They are turning
on tonight.  In the neighbourhood where we
live they have a "light up" night, they
make a big deal, have a tent, have horse
sleigh rides, and everyone turns on
the Christmas lights.  At the front of
the entrance to where we live, they have
a fountain and some big tall trees,
and they are lighted up.  Tonight
we turn on the lights?

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Dedicated christmas tree space

Tonight the tree comes up and decorations appear
Question of the day
Do you always put your Christmas Tree in the same place
and do you have more than one you put up?

I can tell you I only have one tree, I always put it in the
same place. I will tell you a little secret if you haven't
figured it out yet, I am quite the precise and that's
a nice word,  kinda of gal, so it goes in the same
space every year. 
Now I guess the next question would be:
Do you decorate your tree by a theme, like
same colors , all balls, or bows

Now I must admit my tree is not a theme tree,
its kinda all over the place, things the
shopper made me when she was little, things
I inherited from my parents, things we
bought when we were married.  But
I do admire beautiful trees that have
a theme, and beautiful ribbons, but
its not me. 

Friday, December 02, 2011

Deck the halls

Its December 2 and the question of the day is
"When do you decorate your house and put up the tree"

Well usually I do all this stuff on the 18th of the month
and take it down on the 26th.  But this month
i am breaking my stringent rules, throwing caution to
the wind and putting the tree up and the decorations
on Saturday.  I am going out of my comfort zone (lol)
and breaking free as the shopper says.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Hello December

making a 4x6 index card each day in December
going out with friends tonight to see Breaking Dawn, and drinks afterward
bringing up the tree to the family room
having leftover chicken pot pie
working on my December craft
enjoying my day by doing things that I love
what are you doing this December 1

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