Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Everyone
God Bless!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's going to be a boy!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello All,

Well, we heard last's going to be a boy!  I'm so excited, I don't care what gender, but a boy is going to be such fun.  I've already made a "blankie" out of really soft fabrics that he can cuddle up in when grandma is reading him stories.  I've also been collecting said stories for years, but have now focused on "boy" stories.  Here's the blankie I made, it's soooooo soft and cuddly:

Now comes the preparation for the baby shower.  It's going to be June 7th, and I'm going to keep the theme a surprise a little while longer, but I will definitely share more as the time comes closer.

As I mentioned, I had a wonderful artist come stay with me last weekend.  Ruth Morris, of "The world of Ruth Morris" on Facebook, spent Friday afternoon, till Sunday afternoon playing and crafting with me.  There were lots of laughs, giggles and many OMGosh moments.  She and my husband got along famously and we both miss her already.  I'm sorry I didn't get any images of us in action, as I was too preoccupied with just idolizing her talent.

This is the cover of the ART DOLL Quarterly edition, 2009, that highlighted Ruth's "Quaro" dolls.  She brought me some Quaro bird heads she had made for me as well as a couple other surprises.

These are Ruth's "Quaro" birds on the cover
These are some heads she made for me
This is my version of the "Quaro" bird

I really enjoyed working on this, and it has inspired me on to other things which I hope to get into soon.  Now last year I showed you a wicked silly zombie mermaid that she had made at ARTzona 2013.  I was so enamored of it, she kindly made me one while she was here.

Ruth's illustrative abilities are out of this world.  I just sat and
gawked at her prowess while she made this........I'm a very
happy camper now that I have my very own zombie mermaid.
She left me with yet another gift before leaving.  Another one of her native Indian inspired dolls.  She graciously gave myself and three others, a mini-class on how to make these dolls.  I am very blessed.

I now am the proud owner
of two of her dolls.
Her use of fabrics and fibers is
amazing, not to mention her color
combinations....just stunning.

That's it for now.  I shall return soon.

Big Hugs,

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Things I've been up to......besides mom

Hello There,

Just stoppin in to let you know all is well, and thank you all very much for your prayers for my mom......they're working!  She's doing much better and should be walking again soon.  I tell ya, she's one indestructible lady!

CLICK on images for closer look

I thought I'd let you in on some of the going's on lately.  First up, I have to show you the amazing gifts I received from Paulette of "Beedeebabee."  She's such an amazing talent and she kindly gifted me with two of her specialties......hearts. Paulette dear, I cannot thank you enough, they are precious and will be treasured for many a year.
This is one I received from her (it's stunning) and I was able to
wear it to the open viewing of the newest Mormon Temple
here in Gilbert, AZ.  Needless to say, I received many
compliments on it.
This is one I asked her to make for my mom since her favorite
color is purple, again stunning workmanship.
Another good friend of mine, Jenny Kuller of "Redhead Sadie" was in need of a special business card holder.  What better than a "mini-me" to hold her business cards, so I created this for her.  She stands almost 2 feet high and is wearing mid-century appropriate bra and girdle, as Jenny sells vintage clothing.  Jenny will be able to create clothing for her mini-me and she'll be turned out in fashion for Jenny's shows. 

Next youngest sister, also named Jenny, had her birthday recently.  I asked her if she wanted any of my sculptures (oddly enough I don't give them away to my family) and she asked if I could make one of her favorite pet (out of the 15 or so that they have) and so here's Michie:

Michie is a Chihuahua.  I have to say, this one turned
out so darn cute, it almost didn't leave our house.

My hubby, myself and our youngest daughter all fell in love
with this sculpt and didn't want it to leave.
Recently, hubby and I finally got to spend some time together.  On a lovely Saturday we decided to head into Phoenix and hit the thrift and antique stores.  The following are some of the goodies I made off with.

You'll definitely want to click to enlarge these images, just to check out the details.

A bag full of eyelet samples that just take my breath away
in their beauty.  I don't know what I'll do with these yet,
probably just stare at them for a while.
I found some lovely handmade tatting and other laces, too.
I'm collecting items because my oldest daughter, who is
pregnant with my first grandchild, has asked me to make
a blessing gown.
This is a funny game I found, from 1903.
It's pretty much a complete game, but the
box was deconstructed.  This is an image
of the top of the box.
Some of the playing cards.......those graphics are just amazing.

I did not get the complete 1950's pinball
game, I only got the off white top part.
It was electrical, and no longer works, but
hubby and I are going to see if we can
revive it.  It has a wheel you can turn
to check your strength and a bell.
I fell in love with the graphics.
Last, but not least, I will be published again..........yay!  This card will be published in the "Somerset Studio Gallery" coming out June 1st.  Look it up when it's available..........;o)

That's it for now, I'll be back again with my visit this weekend by a lovely artist named Ruth Morris.  She's coming to stay with me for the weekend, and we'll be doing all kinds of crafty things.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Once again..........Mom is the focus

Hello Friends,

Once again my mom is the focus.  Last Sunday I had her over to sift through some of her boxes that are now stored in my garage.  This is the final look and sift before we have an estate sale.  We've managed to get through around 15 container/boxes and whittle them down to 7 so far.  Anyhoo, early Monday morning, around 12:30 a.m. she got up to use the restroom and blacked out.  She fell straight back, landing on her severely arthritic hump (osteoporosis laden) and also banged her head.  Luckily she fell only inches from her call cord and was able to summon help relatively quickly.  I was awakened at 1:15 in the morning and rushed to meet her at the hospital.  Miraculously she didn't break anything.....praise God.  However, she did get pretty banged up internally and after 18 hours in the ER she is now comfortable in rehab.  They are slowly but surely getting her back up to speed, but it is really slow going as she hurts terribly.  Those of you who have experienced rehab know that this is a frustrating situation and the center she is in is incredibly busy, so knowing that staff changes with the wind it's hard to keep everyone up to speed on her condition.  Because of this, there is a lot of confusion, many missed pain meds and or no answer to a help button being pushed.  Once again, I ask for your prayers for a speedy recovery for my mom.  I've been caring for my mom since May of 2010 and although I am very honored and blessed to be available for her, it is non the less, very stressful.

Here are some more graphics for ya'll and I hope you are all having a lovely spring.  It is gorgeous here in the deserts of Arizona.