Got Paper?

A popular topic in the blogosphere is “What’s on my desk?” Aside from a general mess, well, here you have it. Since no early-blooming flowers reside in my yard, by golly, I’ve got a garden on my desk! (Thanks to Susan Winget, and her scrapbook papers).

She is a watercolor artist, and I’ve faithfully purchased some of her works of art in the form of a Lang calendar for several years now.

Last week, I went to the fabric store. Yes, you heard correctly, “fabric store,” and I came away with PAPER. Lots of paper, as a matter of fact. I might admit to being a paperholic, but will leave that for another post, and your imagination.

Since spring is taking its sweet time arriving this year, I had to go out and buy my own spring. Who says money can’t buy happiness?

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American Bald Eagles

I have to share this link at every opportunity:

This link is provided by one of our local television networks, donations, and the Norfolk Botanical Garden, which a pair of eagles has claimed as their home turf since building their first nest there in 2003.

It is a live cam that provides a peek into the daily life of these grand birds, from the laying of the first egg until the young depart, usually late June or early July. Three eggs were laid  in February, and the last one hatched March 17th.

Before fledging, the young eaglets are removed from the nest one by one, and fitted with a tracking device so their movements can be recorded by the Center for Conservation Biology, affiliated with the College of William and Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

If your travels bring you to southeast Virginia, be sure to include the Norfolk Botanical Garden on your list of “must-see” places to visit.

A lot of information regarding the eagles, and some great pictures are available on the links mentioned. Have you had the opportunity to observe something like this in your area? Please share! And let me know what you think of “our” eagles!

Great photos here, also:

Strathmore Art Journal Workshop 2

Here’s my first page for this workshop. It is in need of something, but the pages are a work in progress, to be changed and added to at any time.

Linda Blinn, our teacher, recommended staggering the first three pages which will ease the wear and tear on the edges over time. Personally, I like the look of the layered edges. I covered them with coordinating scrapbook papers and edged them with ribbon.

The background wash and hearts were done using Staedtler Karat Aquarell watercolor pencils; the flower was done with Lyra Super Ferby pencils which have a soft shimmer,  not evident in the photo.

Calligraphy by Rachel

I bought this at a recent meeting of our writers group. Made by a lady at our church, there were several colors and patterns from which to choose. This heavy red cardstock cut and folded into a nice frame, appealed to me. Each one had a different quote; and since Helen Keller’s words have always touched me,  the choice was easy. It now hangs on the inspiration board in my studio, encouraging me to do my best.

Do you have something special that inspires you?

A Wreath’s Humble Beginnings

Every time I set foot outside the house this past week, I was reminded that the winter wreath is still hanging on the front door–and something needed to be done about that. So today, with coupon in hand, I headed for my local craft store in hope of finding one ready to be purchased and placed on the door. Two stores later…there was not one to be found with the colors I had in mind. Remembering a barren grapevine wreath lurking behind the door of the sewing room, I got the bright idea that I would make my own. Well, I hoped it was a bright idea, anyway.

I was lured by the signs touting “50% off” in the floral department. I know I’ve been snagged by those in the past, because it seems like the ones I want are never the ones on sale. When I arrived at the register, the cashier kindly informed me that, “No, these are not on sale.”  It seems I told myself last time that I would not buy any more floral items there.  It’s a shame my memory is so short.

We Are Dust–And the Proof Rests Atop Our Furniture

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!

So begins Psalm 103, one of my favorites. I will always remember the first time I read it, when verse 14 became imprinted on my heart. “For He knows our frame, He remembers that we are dust.”

There is a smorgasbord of tasty morsels in this psalm. For example:

  • Who forgives all your iniquities, and heals all your diseases
  • Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption
  • Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy
  • He is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness
  • He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities
  • As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us

If we only believe.

Verse 15-16: As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.

Our time here is short, and we won’t pass this way again.

Do you believe?
Whoever believes in the Son (Jesus) has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36

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Another March Birthday






I didn’t get to work in my art journal today, but I did get to experiment with one of the techniques: spraying various colors through template shapes to create a background. This card is for my father-in-law.  Let’s see a show of hands, how many of you knew there would be a bird involved? 🙂

March is a busy month for me, with lots of birthdays among our family and friends. I’m not inclined to make “quick” cards, and rarely are any two alike.

I bought a book (imagine that!) some time ago when conducting research on making and selling cards. The key to the author’s success involved cards that could be made quickly, in multiples of the same card design. I would find that terribly boring!

That’s when I decided that, for me, it’s not about making money. I do it to try new art mediums, and stretch those creative muscles to develop new skills–but the best part of all is focusing on the card recipient throughout the process. Memories are stirred, prayers are spoken, and I hope they are blessed when it arrives in their mailbox.

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