The king is enjoying a night time ride on the dodo bird. This is an aquatint etching, hand done, by Jane Daniell of the United Kingdom. The dimensions of the piece are 8.5″ x 12″.
Jane offers other
- aquatint etchings,
- limited edition prints,
- packages of Christmas cards
- her illustrations in “The Night Before Christmas”
- a Shakespearean themed deck of playing cards
- packages of note cards with her original artwork
- a tee with her illustration of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
“Happiness isn’t having what you want. It’s wanting what you have.”
Each of these 8 x 10 posters is completely handmade. While the posters are suitable for framing, Lisa currently offers these mounted on a sheet of contrasting black handmade paper protected in a clear sleeve. Please allow approximately one week for delivery.
- greeting cards
- handmade journals
- handmade paper posters
- a handmade wedding/guest book
All of Lisa’s creations are created one at a time at her kitchen table. Her work makes you smirk, laugh, or maybe even shed a tear. ALL will move you. You’ll want to share her work with your friends and family. See all of Lisa Richey’s work on Creative Artworks HERE
A Vintage Reproduction! This ruffled doily is perfect under a small candy dish! Hand crocheted in 100% Cotton. Approximately 8″ in diameter.
Nancy Hearne creates old-style, nostalgic magic with her handwork. This is only one example of the exquisite handmade doilies that Nancy will make for you when you order. Add style and warmth to your home with Nancy’s
- handmade doilies
- handmade crocheted centerpieces
- crocheted lace for decorator pillow covers
- handmade scarves and hats (very limited quantities – there won’t be more. Hurry to get the ones you fall in love with!)
Three talented artists give me the chance to show you their work in this week’s Creative Artworks header.
Come and see us at Creative Artworks! and find something wonderful!
My friend Stephanie (Stephie) Wilson knows I love funny signs. She sent me this one, and we’re both grinning because it’s posted in a semi-suburban, and somewhat upscale neighborhood!
Do you suppose they really had peacocks, and that they let them roam around free, or did they just have a well-developed sense of humor? (I can picture them hiding, watching for rubber-necking of the drivers, trying to see one)
Our “Featured Piece of the Day” on Creative Artworks is this YUMMY textured painting by Sherry Dell’aria McGrath!
Original Mixed Media: Paper Mache’, Acrylic Paint and Embellishment by Sherry Dell-aria McGrath. Dimensions of the piece are 24″ x 36 x 1-1/4″. Gallery Wrap Canvas. Wired and ready to hang.
Doesn’t it make you want to join the celebration?
Sherry offers other original paintings, different sizes of matted prints, plus some note card packages printed from her original artwork!
I just got up and this picture is honest advertising. It’s dark and rainy here, though no severe weather right now, thank goodness. Hope I’ll get some energy from this cup of coffee…
I’ve had a very satisfying, quiet day.
My husband got big hugs and food choices today for being such a GREAT father. He celebrated by taking a nap after one meal and before another.
It has rained off and on all day, and is supposed to do that tonight, all day tomorrow, and maybe even into Tuesday! I guess this means that once the rain stops, we won’t have much more for the entire summer. I’m happy we’re getting it now – though it’s really humid. The heat index in Arkansas today is 106 degrees. Thank goodness for good air conditioning!
I’m adding a new artist to Creative Artworks! There is little that makes me happier than to be contacted by a person wanting to join my website. I’ve met so many really talented, wonderful people I wouldn’t have met any other way.
When I get all of her work listed, I’ll write a special blog to introduce her to you and show you some wonderful things she has created and is offering for sale!
I’m looking forward to a quiet evening with my husband and son, who is home from China. I’m enjoying every day with him, getting lots of wonderful hugs and having interesting conversations. He also makes me laugh so much my stomach hurts! Maybe he’ll play his guitar for us this evening.
I hope your Sunday has been wonderful, as well.
Wow! Can you imagine the entrance you’ll make wearing this gorgeous statement necklace by Jacqueline Lyons?
Semi-precious 204 carat total weight rutilated quartz and crystal beads make up this stunning, one-of-a-kind necklace, the “Featured Piece of the Day” on Creative Artworks!
I love Jackie’s jewelry because it’s unique. You’ll never go to a party and see someone else wearing the same necklace or bracelet you’re wearing.
I want to feel special when I get all dressed up. I love it when someone remarks on something I’m wearing. I love to tell people where I got it, or the story behind it. It’s a fun conversation starter!
Enjoy browsing through Jacqueline Lyon’s work on Creative Artworks. She makes
- evening bags
You’ll love it! You can see all of Jackie’s work on Creative Artworks HERE
Find something wonderful today!
My husband says my first reaction to everything is ‘no.’
A little harsh, but true – though I AM working on it.
I’ve always liked to feel I’m on top of things. I plan ahead. I research a lot. When we thought about taking a vacation recently, my first reaction to being gone from our home for 10 days was, ‘no.’ Then, as my husband knew I would, I starting thinking about it.
My biggest concern was leaving our animals and our house. When we discovered that our wonderful house sitter was available, we wrote down the dates and started contacting relatives we really wanted to see.
My husband doesn’t want to get bogged down in details. He said, “Just tell me where to drive.” So I started researching. We ordered a new GPS, since I have nightmares about getting lost and being late. I researched places to go in some of the larger cities on our route and tentatively included them in our plans. I ended up with a notebook that recorded the mileage between where we were and out next destination, and approximately how long it would take to get there. The book made it easy to answer my husband’s many questions. We programmed the GPS with the addresses of all the places we wanted to go, so when we finished one spot, I could simply hit the next one on the list and not worry about how to get back on the highway, or how to get out of the city, or even which direction to go (that’s REALLY good because I turn around three times and I have NO idea which way to go…) The end result was that the initial ‘no,’ became a tentative ‘yes,’ and then a most enthusiastic “YES!” We had a WONDERFUL time visiting our relatives, meeting new people, seeing lots of terrific places, creating cherished memories, and more!
My husband has learned over the many years we’ve loved each other to ask me something, expect a ‘no,’ and then give me time to think. It’s sad that we have to go through this, but a gut reaction is hard to control.
I’ve always thought about what could go wrong; how someone could be hurt; how embarrassed I could be; etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum. HOW TIRESOME, BORING and STUPID. I spent a lot of time avoiding things that could have been wonderful opportunities.
So NOW – even though my first reaction many times is still ‘no,’ I AM learning to
- address my fears,
- figure out how to answer each of those so my answer can then be “YES!”
- learn to focus on what could go RIGHT; what I can LEARN; and just have FUN!!!!
This has been a mixed week.
We went out to monitor the drip irrigation to find one of our brand new drip hoses gushing water. We arranged to use another hose to get things watered, and then my husband repaired the hose, cutting off the bad part and putting a new end on. It’s working fine now.
The fabric shade seems to be working well.
The grasshoppers are winning the war, though. I’m going to call our lawn people Monday to see if they have something that will kill them. The marigolds I planted are being ignored. I sprinkled Sevin on the plants again today, but the grasshoppers don’t die until AFTER they’ve feasted, and there are a gazillion of them.
All that being said, here are some pictures for the week -
The above picture is the northern row.
And this is the southern row.
If you look carefully, you can SEE one of the pesky grasshoppers! GRRRRH!
I’m reading everything I can this weekend to see if
- I should start aggressively harvesting my three kinds of lettuce to get all we can before it ‘bolts’
- I should go ahead and harvest the good looking, though small, head of cabbage
- When I’m supposed to harvest broccoli
- what I should be starting as seeds inside to transplant when I harvest things
The learning curve is high, but I’m delighted that we have the structures in place. Hopefully, we can get the grasshoppers under control so I don’t feel so panicked and angry.
Have a great week, everyone!
My dad was at least 10 years ahead of the rest of the world all his life.
He moved his family from Brooklyn to Tulsa in about 1952, having a home built on an acre-and-a-half lot where almost no one lived yet. He and my mom were greeted by a lady on horseback standing in what would become our living room. (The lot is now considered “close-in” in Tulsa, and the lady became my mother-in-law.)
He started a one-man advertising agency, specializing in radio commercials. The last 20 years of his life he never made a sales call. His future clients came because of word-of-mouth and the commercials they heard on the radio.
His style was totally unique. He billed himself as “the second worst radio voice in Tulsa.” He had his office in our house and recorded the commercials on an old reel-to-reel recorder when dogs and traffic were quiet enough. He won a Silver Addy Award in 1982 “for excellence in advertising” after years of being considered a ‘problem’ by the radio people because his commercials weren’t too carefully timed.
He fell off a horse when he was three. His left arm was so badly broken the doctors considered amputation. They saved the arm, but it was much shorter than is right and his hand was curled. He had to learn to do a lot of things one-handed, or with some creativity. I remember one day when we were on vacation as a family, walking down a street. We saw a man sitting on the sidewalk with his hat upended like a bowl. He held up his arm and asked my dad for money. My dad stood for several seconds looking at him. And then he held up his own arm and said, “GET A JOB!”
I owe my sense of humor to my dad. He was sarcastic, and nothing was sacred. If he looked at me and said, “Nice skirt!” I would immediately look down and ask him what was wrong with it. (Usually, he thought it was too short.) He told stories and jokes on almost a daily basis. People would come to the house and asked for him to tell the stories again and again. Our home was full of laughter. He taught me that seeing the humor in a situation was sometimes a survival skill.
He came to a class of mine as a guest speaker when I was working on my Master’s Degree. I was teaching a class on advertising. Since he was a radio ‘celebrity,’ there was a lot of interest. Everyone knew my dad’s commercials. They either loved them or hated them. Nothing in-between. When he finished speaking he said something to the effect that, “One of the great things about coming to speak to you like this is being able to tell you how proud I am to be a dad. My daughter is Linda Lewis.”
I miss my dad every day. I feel especially close to him when I’m sticking my neck out, trying something new. He urges me on. When he died, he said, “Remember me laughing.” It took me a few years, but I do.
My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” ~Harmon Killebrew
He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. ~Author Unknown
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby
“A father is a fellow who has replaced the currency in his wallet with the snapshots of his kids.”
A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.
A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.
A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. – Jim Valvano
If you’re lucky enough to still have your dad, reach out to him in every way you can. If he’s no longer with you on this Earth, you’ll always carry him in your heart.
“You can always tell a real friend; when you’ve made a fool of yourself, he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” ~Laurence Sterne
Today I finally wrote a letter to my good friend, Ann, in Tulsa.
We’ve been friends since 1969. I started teaching that year, and Ann already knew what she was doing. :0) We connected right away and have enjoyed one of those really rare friendships ever since.
It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other. We take up right where we left off, filling each other in on what’s been happening, talking each other’s arms off and laughing together until we have to part again, never having enough time – never enough hugs.
Ann is much nicer than I. That’s one of her few ‘faults.’ She lets other people who are not so nice take advantage of her. It’s so deeply ingrained that she denied it happened at first, and then just shrugged and said, “That’s the way I am.”
We know without saying that we would do anything possible for each other. We always have each other’s backs. She has a big part of my heart. I’m lucky to have her friendship.
Are you lucky enough to have a friend like this?
“The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, love, do not require coupons.”
June is the most popular month for weddings. Why not think outside the box and give a gift that the bride can enjoy the rest of her life, thinking of your thoughtfulness each time she wears it?
Send roses from a wedding, or any memorable occasion and Sandra Mayhugh will create a priceless Face Bead Bracelet from the petals!
Sandra makes each rose Petal bead by hand, trimming, cooking and rolling the precious petals. It takes a week or more just to get them ready to roll and a month or more to completely dry. (See Sandra’s bio for details)
The Face Bead Bracelet will be carefully packed in anti-tarnish tissue paper in a paper box. (Special gift box is also available.)
The Face Bead Bracelet contains Petal beads with sterling bead caps and wire alternating with sterling face shaped beads.
Please specify length of bracelet desired in the special comments section of the shopping cart.
Since this is a custom, made-to-order piece especially for you, please allow approximately 12 weeks for creation and delivery.
See bio for care of your custom jewelry.
What about earrings made from the rose petals, another bracelet design, a necklace, or a rosary?
****If earrings are ordered with another of Sandra’s items sent to the same address, cost is only $10.00 for the pair. (Refund processed manually when order is received.)
You’ll drool over the exquisite designs Sandra Mayhugh offers!
You’ll find something unique and wonderful to give to the bride she’ll treasure forever!
*Suggestion: While you’re looking, think about having Sandra create a custom remembrance piece of jewelry for YOU!
For the many people who would like to have one note card design to call their own – and plenty of them – DiVoran Lites has created a line of note cards called, “Signature Cards!”
The size, 4.25″ x 5″, is just right for an invitation, a thank you, or a quick note. You will receive 20 note cards printed in this design with envelopes included.
The cards are personalized at no extra charge!
Don’t miss the listings for 50 cards and 100 cards for added savings!
“Signature Cards!” What a great idea!
DiVoran offers other designs for her Signature Note cards, plus original watercolor paintings and “Bling Blots.”
Since it’s my 44th wedding anniversary today, my husband and I are going to “Lunch Bunch” (our every Friday lunch with good friends) and then my son will go with us for dinner at our local Chinese restaurant tonight. No cooking all day!
I hope that YOU are doing something fun today.
Tomorrow is our 44th wedding anniversary. I have to tell you I’m completely addicted to this man. We dated for 8 years before we married.
We met when he was 17 and I was 14. He was just about to go into the Marine Corp for 4 years and I was finishing junior high school.
Both sets of parents thought we were making a big mistake in getting married. We delighted in proving them – and anyone else who doubted us – wrong.
Our 44 years together have been a challenge. We’ve had devastating losses and great joy, hard times and times of celebration, times of intense closeness and times where good communication was the greatest challenge of all.
In some ways, it seems it CAN’T have been 44 years. In other ways, it seems we’ve ALWAYS loved each other.
We were talking about it on our way to do errands. My husband said, out the blue, “we’ve just gotten a good start on it.” When I questioned him, he said, “I’ll never get enough of you.”
After I wiped my face and tried to repair myself from melting into a puddle, I told him that I wanted to be one of the couples who were celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary in the paper, assuming our health was holding up. He shook his head and said, “Still won’t be long enough.”
This is a man who knows all the buttons to push to drive me insane. He makes me madder than anyone else I know and I get really, really frustrated with him at times. But at the core of things, we’re addicted to each other – and mighty glad of it.
Do YOU dance every day, too?
The “Featured Piece of the Day” on Creative Artworks is the
CUTE hand painted turtle glass will make you and your guests smile while they enjoy your hospitality. These would be wonderful, especially, for a tropical themed party. Bright, beautiful colors will lend a festive air to the celebration!
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Rebecca Kelman is a master glass painter. She offers designs for major holidays plus occasions, like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduation, and more.
Plan a party today!
We’re past ‘hump day,’ and we’re ALMOST to Friday, but…
My day started off really well, thanks to my wonderful massage therapist, Lynn.
If you’re in the Fort Smith AR area, write me at email@example.com and I’ll give you her phone number so you can call and get an appointment.
If you’re somewhere else, I hope you either get massages on a regular basis, or have at least THOUGHT about it.
I got my first massage when I had serious health issues from typing as fast as I could go 10 and 12 hours a day trying to keep up with all the transcription and bookkeeping in a busy 8-surgeon medical office. I had gotten to the point where I couldn’t take my shirt off at the end of the day by myself. I also had pain radiating up both arms.
My wonderful son bought me an ergonomic keyboard and brought it to my office at work and also changed the height of my chair. I was going to the doctor about the arm pain, and then started going to a gym that was close by the office every day after work. I walked the track, swam, and then melted into the hot tub.
I discovered that massage was offered. It was expensive for me, but I really needed some help. I signed up and received my first massage. My therapist was a very caring lady. She was very careful with me because I was really tied in knots. She told me she had never seen such tight neck and shoulder muscles. To make a longer story shorter, she saved my life.
When I quit that job a year or so later, it was a 45 minute drive – one way – to get to the gym. I stopped going. I stopped getting massages, too.
Years later, a new local spa offered massage. I wasn’t having any bad health problems anymore, but I decided to give myself a ‘gift.’ I found Lynn, who is not only a thoroughly professional, wonderful massage therapist, but now my FRIEND. She now comes to my home once a month (and more often if I need it).
I look forward to my massage day like a kid waiting for Christmas. Even when I haven’t been overdoing, she finds areas that are sore that I didn’t even know I had! She does such a good job that when it’s time for me to get up, I threaten to hold her table hostage until the next time she comes, just so I can drift off to sleep. :0) AHHHHHH!
If you have health problems, massage therapy can help you. You really should think of it as a necessary part of your recovery. You won’t believe how much massages can help.
If you feel great, but think a massage is too expensive, try it. You’ll do without something else in order to have another one.
If you want to do something nice for someone else, arrange for a gift card for a massage. They’ll thank you for it again and again.
You may not have started out today as wonderfully as I did today, but what about tomorrow?
This is our cat, Abby, a tortoise-shell cat.
You can see what a horrible life she has – how underfed and uncomfortable and fearful she is.
I took this picture when I was working at my desk this morning. I didn’t even realize she was sprawled in the dog bed until she meowed at me, wanting me to rub her tummy…
One of the places we went in Mobile, Alabama was to see the U.S.S. Alabama. The picture doesn’t begin to do it justice. It’s HUGE and very impressive.
One of the things I liked right off the bat was that my husband, a Marine veteran, was admitted free just for showing a copy of his DD-214 discharge papers, and was thanked for his service.
We were free to wander around on our own or take an organized tour. We chose to wander, and looked at all the places people sat with guns or canons ready to shoot down enemy airplanes in World War II. The ship carried about 2,500 men.
We also saw the USS Drum, a submarine from WWII, carrying 72 men, and then walked through the Aircraft Pavilion.
It was a lot of walking, but well worth it. I’m glad that there is a place where civilians can learn an appreciation of men living and fighting in World War II, whether it be on a submarine, in an airplane, or on a huge battleship.
It makes you even more supportive of our men and women in uniform all around the world.
When I was young I was afraid to take chances. I was afraid to look foolish or different. I was afraid my ‘friends’ would laugh at me or stop being my friend…
Now that I’m older than most of the people I know, I’m free of all that. I can jump in and try stuff with almost complete abandon. I no longer care if I look stupid. I’ve ‘allowed’ myself to do that now in the joy of trying something new. And I can tell you, it’s a BLAST.
I’m learning so much now my head is spinning.
I spend a lot of time waging a war against electronics and things that are supposed to ‘make my life easier.’ My phone is much smarter than I am, but I’ve managed to get my contacts on there, along with PICTURES of those I have on my computer, plus I can take a picture with my phone now and upload it to my computer! Hooray!
My thumbs seem to be too large to even THINK about competing with all the younger people who make texting look so easy, though. I have to type with my little finger, very carefully, or I have to keep typing over and over until I get a text I can actually send, but I CAN do it – eventually. :0)
I can switch from our television to our DVR and then to our DVD player, and then to our Wii Fit, and then back again with only a little bit of grumbling when I’m using the wrong remote…
I LOVE writing this blog. I’ve been doing it for about a year now, and I learned to write my website newsletters to subscribers and artists using a new program that looks a lot more professional. The learning curves for these were pretty steep, but it’s getting easier and easier.
My son is creating a brand new website for me using a new language he likes called, “Haskell.” He’ll be becoming more and more fluent in this new language as he builds my new website! We’ll be changing EVERYTHING I’m doing now as far as inputting data, adding artists, etc., so I’m a bit wary at the moment, but he promises to be available for lots of questions and hugs while I learn what I’m supposed to do. The new website will be SO much faster and better for my customers, so I’m delighted to be leaping out into the breach!
I’m diving into some new art forms, too, such as the use of alcohol inks and painting and decoupaging gourds. I have new ideas banging around in my head that I’m trying to make the time and energy to try. :0)
My Square Foot Garden is a thrilling new way of life for me. I’m reading as fast as I can, trying to decide what I need to be starting from seed, and when, so I’ll have the transplants I want when it’s time for them to go into the garden. I’m to the point now where I’m harvesting a few things!
I didn’t mean to bend your ear – but taking chances, learning new things, leaping out and grabbing life, enjoying every minute makes for such a rich, FUN life!
I hope YOU’RE taking some chances, too.
AWWWWW! Isn’t this little guy SWEET!
Our “Featured Piece of the Day” on Creative Artworks is your choice of one of Ed Immar‘s beautiful photographs shown here.
Your choice of unique copyrighted 11 x 14 photos will be shipped in a method which can be tracked and insured, matted with a 16 x 20 white mat ready for you to frame. Limited Edition to 200 prints.
Please indicate your choice of (top row, left to right): “Blue Trail,” or “016 Rustic Bench,” (bottom row, left to right) “Red and Yellow Flowers” or “037 Rustic Bench” in the special comments section of the order form.
Please allow 10 to 14 days for delivery.
As a spring/summer gift, I’m offering blog readers in the contiguous United States your choice of any of my hand-painted planters at 15% off the listed price.
If you’re interested, you can see the planters HERE Shipping is FREE!
*When you make your purchase(s), please type in “BLOG READER” in the special comments section of the checkout form. (this is toward the bottom of the page after the one where you input your billing and shipping addresses.)
When I receive the order, I’ll manually go into my merchant account and give you a 15% rebate on your planter purchases. I’ll email you regarding confirmation of your order, plus that your discount has been processed.
(offer ends June 30, 2013)
I’ve told you that during our vacation we visited our good relatives. One of the high points of our trip, as far as I’m concerned, was seeing their homes – and the things that make their homes unique.
My husband calls the special things I’ve collected over the years ‘fru-frus.’ (This is his tactful way of saying ‘junk,’ though HIS collection of ‘things we might need someday’ is just as large. :0)
Call them whatever you like, I call them ‘treasures.’ I love to see things I’ve never seen before – art objects, signs, paintings, plaques, sculpture, furniture, boxes, baskets – you get the idea. They make a house a home, a life rich, and a heart full.
I’m assuming that this “Cafe” sign is made from wood, though I’m not certain of that. It’s over a door between a porch and the kitchen, making all guests enter with a smile, feeling welcomed.
I love the placement, the cut-out letters, the weathered look, and the whole idea of it!