Sunday, October 15, 2017

My View...

The view from my front porch. Always a gift to hear the bells, see the steeple, the trees, the sky...
Just a joy to sit out here at the end of the day and think of all the things for which I'm grateful.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

An Ellie Kind of Day!

This little button makes our Wednesdays so "fluffy"!!! She is learning by leaps and bounds... new words, animal sounds, body parts... you name it. Every day is a new exciting discovery, and she entertains us to no end. I don't get much work done when she's here. But I get a lot of inspiration <3

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy 8th Birthday to the little boy who lights up our world with his smile. This kid makes every day an adventure and is always so appreciative of the little things which make seemingly ordinary days "The best day ever". Nothing makes me happier than the fact that all the special things he asked to do on his birthday are regular family things. He just loves being together with the people he loves, eating his favorite foods, and celebrating life. I thank God every day for you, Jacob. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

"Sisters Forever"

My daughter, Hannah is one of those people.  You know. While I'm working diligently on a drawing, fighting so hard to get something right, she decides to pick up a pencil and dabble.  Five minutes later, she has a study in values and shading that looks like it was made for a textbook.  She also just happens to have a voice that drops jaws. And she can do a 360 round kick, and break a board like a walk in the park. Basically, if she puts her mind to something, she masters it.

What is fun about Hannah is that she is always challenging herself to learn new skills. One of her favorite pastimes, when she has downtime, is to experiment with various makeup techniques. She has done comic fx, animal themes, lots of zombie looks, mermaids, vampires, werewolves, and skeletons.  It's always fun to see who will come walking out of the bathroom! Hannah's younger sister, Rebekah, is her usual model. It is a gift to my heart to hear them together as they work the makeup magic.  They grow closer with each passing year, and are a team at home as well as at work.

Hannah's latest project was a practice run for her Halloween costume this year. She is going to be a werewolf, skeleton, zombie, and vampire compilation. So awesome.  She did a skeleton sugar skull on Bekah just for fun. I love the way they both came out!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Paint Night with Claire Achilles.... Autumn Path!

My dear friend, Claire Achilles, is an accomplished artist, and very talented art teacher as well. She also hosts these amazing Paint Nights, where a small group of us gather to have a blast, and also create a "little something" while we chat and laugh. It's an awesome evening of fellowship and exploring our artsy sides. The group consists of everyone from working artists, to hobbyists, to those who have never painted! And honestly, the novice's paintings are often the most awesome! Each painting is different, and each Paint Night holds its own special memories.

Claire's Paint Nights are nowhere near as involved as her classes. Yet, they are a little more in-depth than most social event/paint events. Rather than an exact, follow each step, and fill in the blanks like a coloring book method, she delves into depth, horizon lines, shading, highlighting, color blending, etc. It's a great starting point for anyone who has a little spark and wants to dig deeper. On the other hand, it's just a fabulously fun night for those who want to sip a bit of wine or coffee while having a blast making something pretty.

If any local friends would be interested in booking a party, contact me! I'll hook you up with Claire and you can pick a date and a project. Anyone who can bring 9 friends, gets their 19th spot, free!!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mermaid Pirate

"Mermaid Pirate"

I've been on a mermaid binge lately. I don't know if it's because my granddaughter likes them so much, or if it's just a little bit of not wanting to let go of summer. But they are so fun, and such good company while on the work table. This one has a touch of my heart in the form of my daughter Hannah mixed in there. That long dark hair and beauty that can't be hidden, and is only magnified by her strength. 

She's painted on an 8x10 raw canvas with rough edges.
Ready to be framed and hung. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

doTERRA Essential Oils

I took a leap today. 

One of my goals for 2017 has been to share more of my favorite healthy lifestyle choices. One of those choices is using essential oils as part of our arsenal against what ails us on the inside and out. Aromatherapy has been a part of our home for as long as I can remember. I used to make candles, and the scents were always my favorite aspect. I studied and bought the best oils to make the best products. I dabbled a bit in room sprays and bath and body products as well. But then babies, grandbabies, and art stole every spare ounce of my attention.

As my arthritis has progressed, and traditional medicines are causing many horrible side effects, I have turned more and more to finding natural comforts and remedies. A few awesome products were introduced to me by friends, and I found that doTERRA met what I was looking for as far as a conscientious, quality product at a price I could justify with a growing family.  I love the product. I love discovering new ways to clear my sinuses, stop my husband's snoring (ok. Mine too), avoid mosquitos, calm my spirit, and relieve pain. All while filling our home with the sweetest aromas.

I decided to become a doTERRA Wellness Advocate so that I could share this journey with you. I hope you all enjoy learning about the many uses for essential oils. doTERRA essential oils truly are a "Gift of the Earth." I am excited to discover the abundant gifts with you. 
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