Monday, November 30, 2009

***ACK*** Oh, my.....

Huh, mouse is not working right...

hey...  reboot.

what?  black screen?

reboot...

ah...  white screen?

ummm....  ****ACK****

oh, no. mondo computer crash...

Well, I will be out of the blogging cyber world until this is fixed (yep, I am next door right now borrowing a computer...  don't think they want me to move in though....)

Hey - we might as well have some fun while I am 'out of pocket' as my sis would say.  So here's the deal!  Comment on this thread of when (day and hour and minute) you think that I will be back on line.  The one with the closest guess will win a little original art gem from me =)  Happy guessing!

And here's hoping that you will have to guess fast! 

Blessings,
Kathy

PS my etsy shop is on vacation mode until I get this all fixed...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Caught between the turkeys and the trees…

Do you feel like the Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings and the Christmas tree and, um…, all the trimmings crashed into each other?






I mean, here we are between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, all ready to zoom into Christmas and leave Thanksgiving as a blur behind us. Wouldn’t it be nice to carry the spirit of thankfulness into the Christmas season?

This week I was reminded of some very basic things that I should be thankful for – basic and yet profound.

  • I met a darling little two and a half year old adopted Chinese girl who at the age of three months was abandoned in a cardboard box on the street. I am thankful for the loving parents I had.
  • I have heard the saying ‘cryin’ friends’. There are a lot of people that we meet day to day with whom we can share our joy, but ‘cryin’ friends’ are the ones who share our deepest sorrows. I am blessed to have ‘cryin’ friends’.
  • I am a Christian. I went to church this morning and laughed with my friends, worshipped, sang hymns, stood outside the church and visited, and then drove home to enjoy the rest of my day. I live in a nation where I have the freedom to worship as I please. Not everyone does. http://www.persecution.net/
Well, there are three things that were brought to my mind this week - things that I am thankful for at Thanksgiving and every day of the year. What simple things are you thankful for today?

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is Thy faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23


God bless,
Kathy

Saturday, November 28, 2009

More SALES and the ACEO Bounty Holiday Sale winner!

Are you in the mood for a sale??? Check out the Etsy Bloggers Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale!  Lots of selections, all kinds of items, all kinds of sales from the EtsyBloggers Street Team members!!!  If you are looking for some wonderful gifts for Christmas (or a little something special for yourself!) - and you want to avoid the crush of the big box stores - cyber shop from these independent artists!!!



And, check this out!  The grand prize winner for the ACEO Bounty Holiday Sale has been drawn!!!

vbabrams is our winner!!!  She purchased items from our stores between November 1st - 22nd and got some great deals on some wonderful items!
She had 6 entries out of 48 entries from 31 different users.


Wondering what she won?  Check out the grand prize post ---> HERE <---
Thank you, everyone, for shopping our sale and participating in the ACEO Bounty Holiday Sale!  We all had a lot of fun =D 

Hope you will stroll through the EtsyBloggers Street Team shops for the Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale (*whew* that is a mouthful... or is that a hand-full since I am typing...???)  Anyway - go cyber shop with your coffee and your fuzzy slippers and have fun!

Blessings,
Kathy

Woohoo! Front page news!

Wow!  Look at this!


I'm on the front page of the 4th Friday Art Walk web page!  The 4th Friday Art Walk is the Prescott (Arizona) local monthly Art walk.  I did a watercolor demonstration during the artwalk.  I am really happy to be featured on the front page of their web site! 

*big smile*

If you check out the link to their web page, you will find out who is featured at the next art walk.



Blessings,
Kathy

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Plan to pause...

What did you hear this morning?  Were you hurried?  distracted?

This morning, instead of working with Billie Jane, I decided to just 'pause' and have what we call 'undemanding time'.  I just sat on the edge of her feeder and listened...

I heard her munching her hay...

then I heard one of the local pilots take off from a nearby dirt air strip...

then a flock of finches stopped to munch and sip on their way south - with a silver fluttering of wings, they were gone...

the emus began 'thrumming' to each other...

the peahen called 'good morning'....

And, now, the clock is ticking quietly - reminding me to take time to pause more often.

Hope you had a blessed day - and that you paused to enjoy it!
Blessings,
Kathy


Monday, November 23, 2009

Good fences, make good neighbors...

Everyone knows the importance of having a fence when you have dogs, but imagine the importance when you have livestock.  It grows geometrically not arithmetically *she said, flashing her small math knowledge*.


Anyway, the need for fences gets huge when you have huge critters.  However, gates are nice when you have good neighbors.  *big smile* I have great neighbors!  We have several gates between our properties.

So, imagine our dismay when we constantly found one gate open.  Kids?  well, proabably not, because they grew up in the country and they KNOW the importance of shutting what was shut and leaving open what was open.  Besides, the kids have been around for a while and the gate has only recently been consistently left open.  Dogs?  well, possibly because one doggie can 'weasel' through the field fence so she does go back and forth between our properties.  One dog is very protective of all of us and all the livestock, but, since she is a Great Pyrenees, she can not 'weasel' through the field fence.  The guilty finger was pointed at her and a chain was added to the fence.

Enter a little visiting time - a fun gathering of a bunch of us just hanging out.  I had not put the chain on the gate when I came over because I knew that I would be returning home soon.  All of a sudden we heard the gate rattle and looked over to see it wide open.  Dog?  nope!  Dog who could 'weasel' through the fence was in her pen.  Great Pyrenees was peacefully reclining at our feet.  No other dogs in sight.  The culprit?  The evidence was there - caught in the act!




I mean, really!  Who would think that a pea hen could open a gate???  Never crossed my mind!  roflol!  Guilty finger now pointed at the right critter, and all others exonerated due to the incredible number of witnesses.  And the chain will stay on the gate!

Yep, just have to love country life =p and all the critters that go with it!

Blessings,
Kathy

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Friends are the flowers in my garden of life!


I have a friend who has much more than I do, and we share.
I have a friend who has much less than I do, and we share.

I have a friend who struggles with a chronic disease, which makes me grateful for the health that I do have.
I have a friend who complains about minor health problems, which makes me be silent about the difficulties that I have.

I have a friend who constantly lifts me up by her words, which makes me want to lift others up with every word that I say.
I have a friend who speaks sharply on occasion, which makes me want to curb my quick tongue.

I have a friend who constantly surprises everyone with little acts of kindness. I want to splash that kind of joy in the lives of others!
I have a friend who casts bitter disappointment my way, and doesn’t even know it. I want to think before I speak or act.

I have a friend who is always waiting, always ready to have a conversation with me. I want to give that kind of time to my friends.
I have a friend whose time is limited and we scarcely have a chance to visit. I want to share precious minutes with my friends even when I am extremely busy.

I have many friends who enrich my world. They are, indeed, the flowers in the garden of my life. I thank the Lord for all of my friends!

Iron sharpens Iron,
And one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17
God bless,

Kathy

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Retrospective Art Show at The Frame and I

Yesterday was the reception for my Retrospective Art Show at The Frame and I in Prescott, AZ.  I had a wonderful time sharing my journey as an artist with those who stopped by to see what I have been creating over the years.



I took a whole lot of pictures before the reception started...  Ahem.  Perhaps I should take a photography class???

Well, this one is not bleary!  Here are two of my original watercolor paintings that are in the window and you can see a bit more of my artwork on the left side of the photo - through the door. 


Next Friday, November 27th, I will be back at The Frame and I doing a demonstration.  I will be working on a transparent watercolor painting that is about half finished and I will also be demonstrating what I do with watersoluable graphite and watercolor pencils.

Ummm....  maybe I can get someone else to take some pictures that I can post here later!  Anyway, since I am going to back to the gallery in a week, I will try to take some non-bleary pictures of the show then.  *rolls eyes* 

And, nope, I am so not going to blame the camera!  ROFLOL!

Ida, Russell, and the crew at The Frame and I have done a wonderful job of putting this show together.  Thank you!  Hope you can stop by if you are in the area!

Blessings,
Kathy 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sowing a few seeds...

Once upon a time, on a simple homestead,
four little seeds shared an itty-bitty shed...



My daughter, Cynthia, has written a great little children's book - and she has asked me to illustrate it!  I am having a lot of fun working with her one this book, which is the first in a series that we will create.  As part of my retrospective show at The Frame and I, I have several sketches for our book on display.  If you are in the Prescott, Arizona area drop by The Frame and I, November 20, from 6 - 8 pm.  You can meet me in person (or say 'hi' if you already know me!) and see a lot of my artwork.  No kidding, I have over 100 pieces of artwork there - not counting ACEOs!

Want to know a little bit more about our first book?  Well, it tells the story of four little seeds that set out for the adventure of a lifetime!  Where will their journeys take them?  You will have to wait for the book to see!  As Cynthia says, this is "A Seussical-style analogy of the Parable of the Sower" .  If you can't wait for our book, you can read the parable in The Book - Matthew 13, in The Bible.  She has done a wonderful job of turning this great parable into a delightful children's story.

I will introduce you to our little seeds soon and I promise to keep you all updated on the journey that they are making!

Blessings,
Kathy





Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Not Wordless Wednesday



Yes...  That is a rat!  That cute little dress in the background belongs to Mikayla (eldest granddaughter) who is the very happy caretaker of two little rat companions that she got for her birthday.



Nope.  This is not the other little ratsie.  This is an arial view of the same one.  Do you know how fast they move?  Hey, my horses stand still for me, okay!   and I already confessed that I am not the best photographer out there....  Um...  so I am still working on getting a picture of Chocolate.  But here is Chip - hehe, Mikayla named them.  Chip is a naked rat.  Yep.  I think they seriously call them Naked Rats.

Actually, she has a bit of peach fuzz and she is really fun to watch.  And Mikayla is very happy with her little furry and furless companions.  I think I did pass on my animal loving 'gene' there *winks*

Blessings,
Kathy

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Blogging away about Etsy Blogger's Featured Blogger's Blog and Shops!

Did that bloggle your mind???

The Fab Miss B is Etsy Blogger's featured blogger for November and she has two Etsy shops!  *whew* this is one busy lady!

I just love this set of two Black Chinoiserie Tea Tins
in thefabmissb shop on etsy  ~



And this birthday card, in her beckykazan shop on etsy makes me laugh!



And if two shops weren't enough to bloggle your mind, she blogs, too!


Here's a little snippet from her profile ~

In the years since getting married, hubby and I have bounced around the world; through Africa, Europe, China, the American Southwest and now, The Big Island in Hawaii.


*whew* I am tired just reading all the places that she has lived!  Oh, my!  Have fun checking out her shops and her blog while I grab a cup of hot chocolate to revive myself...

Blessings,
Kathy

Monday, November 16, 2009

I won! Twice! Wow!

How blessed I am!  I won two wonderful gifts recently!

I won a lovely ACEO from Pam at AlwaysArtistic as part of the mini ACEO thread on Etsy =)  Isn't this gorgeous!  I had a choice of so many wonderful ACEOs, but I have to admit that I have had my eye on this photograph of Pam's for quite some time.  I am so happy to add it to my little ACEO/ATC collection =)



And, from lovely Beth on her blog, Tea and Thee, I won this wonderful scone mix from Victorian House Scones!  It was VERY hard to choose the scone that was my favorite - so many lucious choices.  Be sure to vist Beth's blog for some great give-aways and then stroll off to Victorian House Scones for scone mixes so yummy that you can smell them online ;-)




Thank you, Pam and Beth!  and Thank you, Debbie from Victorian House Scones!  You made my week very special *big smile*

Blessings,
Kathy

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A few good words spoken about artists...

"Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day."  Winston Churchill.




"When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art."  Marc Chagall.

”Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher.






"Fire in My Soul"
Kathleen Golter Roeth
2008




"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand."  Woodrow Wilson.

"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."  G.K. Chesterton

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."  C.S. Lewis






"Summer Sunset"
Kathleen Golter Roeth
2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have a blessed weekend!
Kathy

Friday, November 13, 2009

Only the recipe for this fruitcake is 150 years old - not the cake!

Tradition!  *with a bit of music from "Fiddler on the Roof" in the background*

Here is one of our Thanksgiving traditions - one that my sister and I try to do every year.  We make fruitcake!


Some eggs, some flour, sugar, butter, molasses and lots of candied fruit, nuts and raisens.  This fruitcake is real fruitcake!  And - it is a family tradition.  The batter is so thick that the spoon stands up in it very easily....  for hours, if you really wanted to leave it there!  LOL!  This, by the way, is The Fruitcake Spoon that my Nana gave me so that I could carry on the family tradition.  The batter is so thick that you need a serious spoon to stir it! 


That wooden bowl was Nana's.  It's the same one that she used to make all her fruitcakes when we were growing up.  My sister and I use it every year when we get together and make our fruitcakes.  We make cakes in both loaf and tube pans - and they take a long time to bake.  Sure does make the house smell good, though!

Seriously!  I did not know that there were people in the world who didn't like fruitcake until I was in high school.  And, seriously, the recipe is about 150 years old - it was a gift to my grandmother from her first landlady in her first apartment.  Back then family recipes were guarded and receiving a family recipe was an honor.  Nana took that honor seriously and guarded that recipe very well.  It took me a long time to get it from her!  And then, only with a promise that I would not give it to anyone without her permission.

Making the fruitcake before Thanksgiving was our family's way of starting all of our holiday celebrations.  First the fruitcake, then the Thanksgiving feast, then the preparations for Christmas, Christmas Day, and finally New Year's Day.  The main thread in all of these celebrations was our family.  Sometimes our cousins would join us for the Christmas and New Year's celebrations.  We used a ping pong table for our dinners then, because nothing else was big enough to seat us all.  It was lots of fun and a great way to celebrate what we were most thankful for ~ our family!

Even though our feasts are smaller and our gatherings not as frequent, the main thing that we all still enjoy celebrating is having a chance to come together as a family.  It's fun to carry on the family traditions that have made the Fall holidays so special over the years ~ including the traditional fruitcake!

Hope you are having a wonderful Fall and that you are enjoying the preparations for many celebrations, too!
Blessings,
Kathy

PS This is part of the Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival ~ to share what you celebrate at this time of year!  What are you celebrating?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Country Fun!

I love the simple fun of a county fair.  When I saw this image by Carole at rsully2sphotography it reminded me of the last time I strolled through our local county fair.


Yeah, Fried Green Tomato Sandwich - there's some prime fair food for you!

Ah, well, our four day county fair is long since over, but we do have a little weekly entertainment.  There is a park-n-swap in Paulden - well, it's almost in Paulden.  Everything out here is mostly county - this is at the service station just south of the Paulden post office and Paulden's only landmark - The Pink Place.

Quite a selection of tools, odds and odders (they were out of ends), rugs, flags and...  oh,yeah.  Hay.  A selection of hay, mind you!

Yep, only in Paulden could you find a park-n-swap at a gas station with not one, but two local hay dealers.  Fill 'er up, load 'er up, and grab the hot tamales and pop corn on the way out!

Have a country fresh day!
Blessings,
Kathy

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day!

"Freedom isn't free!"

Thank you, Veterans, for your faithful service to our country!  I appreciate each and every one of you.


My father was in the navy in WWII.  Here he is aboard the USS Franks at Pearl Harbor.  Dad is in the second row (kneeling) on the left.  His ship did a tour in the South Pacific and they were involved in quite a bit of action there.


This plaque tells a little bit about the USS Franks and the service that her crew gave during WWII.

My uncle also served during WWII, and my grandfather was in the army during the building of the Panama Canal.  My brother-in-law and my ex-husband served in Vietnam.  There were other relatives of mine that served our country, too.  A young man on my father's side of the family gave his life during WWI.  A grenade was thrown into the foxhole where he and his comrades were and he threw himself on it to save the lives of those who were with him.  I don't know his name, but I remember my parents talking about him.  I am also related to Patrick Henry who is often quoted -

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"


Well, there are just a few of the veterans that I know of in my family.  Well known names and nameless heroes - they served our country with honor and dignity.  I am honored to be related to them!
 
Blessings,
Kathy

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What a surprise - look what I found!!!

Surprise, surprise!!! Look what I found today!



For my retrospective art show at The Frame & I, Russ wanted me to bring in this little pencil drawing of the jockey on a race horse. I remember when my Mom and Dad let me put that in a REAL picture frame with GLASS in it and HANG IT ON THE WALL in my bedroom. Hot stuff for a horse crazy nine year old budding artist! This was the first piece of my artwork that was ever framed. And, yes, that is the original frame!

Well, framing has changed a bit over the years and now we know that cardboard is not the best backing material for artwork. I didn’t want to change the frame because I am hopelessly sentimental and I love this little drawing just the way that Mom and Dad framed it for me. However, I thought that I would upgrade the cardboard and slip a piece of rag mat board in the back. And, in the process – look at what I found! I guess it pays to peek into old frames now and then!

Both of these little gems were done when I was around nine years old. The jockey on the horse is from an old Walter Foster “How to Draw Horses” book – no surprise, I still have the book! I must have drawn every single creation in that book at least once. The palomino was copied from a post card that I bought when we went on vacation to Wisconsin. I brought back several horse post cards and several Breyer horses – much to my delight and no surprise to my parents. Small wonder that I chose to copy this post card, since I was fascinated with Roy Rogers and Trigger.

I think even back then I knew that I would grow up to have my own Trigger!

And I tell Hershey that every spring when he sheds out his shaggy winter coat and turns to his beautiful honey summer color.


Hope you have some dreams come true, too!

Blessings,

Kathy

Monday, November 9, 2009

Winner of the Fabric of My Life Treasure Hunt...

******drum roll please********

Woohoo!  pinkglitterfae!!!!!  Betty has won this fun, original ACEO watercolor painting of ~~~~  what else???  ~~~~ a cup of hot chocolate!  Complete with marshmallows, of course *winks*


Here, for your sipping pleasure, is "Chocolate Dreams"!

Thanks to everyone who hunted for treasure in our blog to blog Fabric of My Life Treasure Hunt.  Join us next month for more Treasure Hunt fun and another chance to win an original ACEO (or two or three or ????) just by leaving comments on our blogs.  I appreciate all of your wonderful comments and thank you for visiting my blog!

Have a blessed hot chocolatey day!
Kathy

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Looking for that burning bush! (@-@)

Do you ever want to hide under the covers and just stay there?

me, too...  but not very often...  See, I am still waiting for that burning bush...





Yeah, see I figure that Moses found one and maybe one day I might find one, too!  I mean, he wasn't expecting to see a burning bush - the thing was just there.  All he did was make the decision to go check it out. 

And Moses said,

"I will turn aside and see this great sight,
why the bush is not burnt."
Exodus 3:3

Yeah, I'm keeping my eyes open - just never know when God will plop the next totally life changing thing right in front of me!  *** @-@ ***
 
Moses made a decision to check out that bush and it really changed his life.  Has God plopped a fantastic blessing in your lap recently?  Care to share?  I would love to hear about it!
 
Blessings,
Kathy

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Pay it forward ~ Blog Giveaway!



From here


I will make a handmade gift for the first 3 interested people who comment on this post. I have 365 days to do it in. What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise!


The catch is that you must participate as well:  you must have a blog and before you leave your comment here, write up a pay it forward post on your blog to keep the fun going. Just cut and paste this one if you like, which I did.
 
 ***Change the From "here" link above to now link to my blog on your new post.***
 
Have fun!!!
 
Blessings,
Kathy

Friday, November 6, 2009

Hi, my name is Kathy, and... The Fabric of My Life Treasure Hunt

... I am a chocohalic...


I love hot chocolate.  No, I mean I REALLY love it!  I don't buy the prepackaged little packets...  no...  I buy cocoa.  Real cocoa.  The kind you can taste when you smell it.  Yeah!  Then I mix it all up and add boiling water.  Real boiling water - not microwaved hot water...  And then I stir all the glumpy chunks and smoosh them until I have this creamy, thick, yummy almost solid chocolate syrup...

mmmmmmm.....  and then I drink it!  Oh, yeah!  I am a serious chocohalic!

Hey, how about I go make some hot chocolate while you post a bunch of comments and then we'll meet back here for a cup of 'yum'!  Don't forget that today is the last day and all your comments have to be posted before midnight, EST!  So hurry up!  I'll go get the cocoa!

How simple is it to win some treasure in our Treasure Hunt? This simple!


Comment at least once at each of the 6 blogs by November 6th at 12am EST to be eligible to win 1 or more ACEO's. One winner will be chosen from each blog.

Happy Treasure Hunting!


Allie is your next stop on the Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~
Visit Allie's delightful blog here: http://www.allieart4children.blogspot.com/

and then stop by Allie's wonderful etsy shop here: http://www.allieart4children.etsy.com/


Blessings,

Kathy
Just in case you did not know, ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are small works of art that are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm), roughly the size of a standard playing card. Check out my blog post for more information about ACEOs and why I like them so much!

http://tapestry316.blogspot.com/2009/09/eyes-have-it-blog-to-blog-treasure-hunt_15.html

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Is this weird? or what? ~ Fabric of My LIfe Treasure Hunt


Okay ~ seriously ~ well, maybe not seriously!  But here are some tidbits about me that are part of the tapestry of my life ~ you can judge if they are funky or funny!

  • One of my quirks is that I don't like to have my picture taken - unless it is by my grandchildren *laughs*
  • I always let Mikayla and Naomi play with my camera ~ this picture of me was taken by Naomi when she was two years old.  Not bad, huh?!
  • I tried to fix my mother's computer one time ~ only to discover that she had put all of her programs into the 'trash can' on her desk top and then emptied it.  Nope, I didn't get it fixed.  Mom said that it was very satisfying to delete everything since the computer had annoyed her so badly that day...  Wonder where I get my sense of humor?
  • I got my first horse (actually for my daughter, Cynthia, for 4-H, but we shared!) when I was 42 years old.  At 23, Jane was no 'spring chicken' either, but she was free!
  • I had a snake in my house once.  Not in a cage and not by invitation - it just slithered in through some hole that I hope I found *shivers*  My neighbor rescued me.  Tim came over, caught it, and tossed it out into the field.  It was not poisonous, but that did not stop the adrenaline rush which raised my voice about 3 octaves and put my verbage on fast forward.  I didn't know I could talk that fast and make no sense at the same time =p 
  • I love to take pictures and I am very seldom without my camera (except when there is a snake in the house!).  Even though I love to take pictures, I have been known to take some of the worst pictures that you have ever seen...  Good thing that I am a painter and not a photographer!
  • Mikayla (my oldest grandchild), who just turned 6 years old, got two delightful, fun pets for her birthday (no photos posted yet because I will see them for the first time today!).  Chocolate and Chip (she named them) are two little rats.  One is a hairless rat and the other one is hairy - you can guess which name goes with which hair style *winks*  I think I passed on my mother's sense of humor!
  • I rarely wear anything except jeans and a t-shirt.  Unless it is winter - then I wear jeans and a sweater =p  I am still wondering what I can drag out of the closet to wear to the reception for my art show November 20th.  I don't think I had better do the jeans thing!  roflol!
  •  I hate to get my hair cut.  It's not that I want long hair - I really don't.  It's just that I have a really hard time finding someone who can cut my hair.  The last time I got three bad haircuts for the price of one.  Bless Shelby's heart!  She fixed it *big smile*
  • I call Shelby and Bethany my nieces and they call me Aunt Kathy.  Their mom and I have known each other since Vicki was in labor with Bethany and I was just pregnant with Cynthia.  We still visit whenever we can and sometimes our families spend Christmas together.  It's lots of fun!  Oh, yeah - Vicki and I aren't married to the same people that we were married to when we met.  She is now married to my ex - husband.  You should have seen the fun that Vicki and I had at their wedding!  hehe - Bob survived, too *laughs*  Seriously - we all are good friends and it is kind of fun for us to see the reactions that we get when other people find out that Bob and I were once married. 
The Fabric of My Life is a bit threadbare in some places and full of color in other places - just like any quilt.  Hope you have enjoyed these little patches!  So, what to you think?  funky?  funny?  or just plain nuts!  lol!

Blessings,
Kathy

How simple is it to win some treasure in our Treasure Hunt? This simple!
Comment at least once at each of the 6 blogs by November 6th at 12am EST to be eligible to win 1 or more ACEO's. One winner will be chosen from each blog.

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Allie is your next stop on the Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~
Visit Allie's delightful blog here: http://www.allieart4children.blogspot.com/

and then stop by Allie's wonderful etsy shop here: http://www.allieart4children.etsy.com/

Just in case you did not know, ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are small works of art that are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm), roughly the size of a standard playing card. Check out my blog post for more information about ACEOs and why I like them so much!

http://tapestry316.blogspot.com/2009/09/eyes-have-it-blog-to-blog-treasure-hunt_15.html

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Father was an Artist ~ The Fabric of My Life Treasure Hunt

Welcome to The Fabric of My Life Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt where you will learn a little bit about the pieces of the quilt of my life.


Another little fun fact about me is that both of my parents were very talented artists.  My father served in the Navy during WWII and after he returned home, he went to school in Los Angeles where he studied Business Interior Design.  These are some of the watercolor studies that he submitted as part of his class assignments.

This looks like such an inviting room - it makes me want to grab my hot chocolate and curl up in the chair with a good book.



















I love these watercolor studies of home and business interiors that my Dad did. The black and white artwork in the larger mats is an architectural floor plan with wall details of the rooms.  I remember my father showing me some of his other artwork when I was in grade school and first exploring watercolor.  He bought me my first set of Grumbacher watercolor paints not too long after that conversation.

Dad did not pursue a career in interior design after all - he went to work for First National Bank instead.  He worked in many departments within the bank; however, and when I was working at a gallery he happened to be working in the interior design department within the bank.  It was a delightful experience to work on a professional level with my father.  He would let me know what he needed in the way of artwork for the paticular branch or office and I would search our resources and inventory to find the perfect pieces to complement his interior.  It was definitely an experience and a memory that I treasure!

The Treasure Hunt has ended and the prizes all awarded!!!
(((How simple is it to win some treasure in our Treasure Hunt? This simple!
Comment at least once at each of the 6 blogs by November 6th at 12am EST to be eligible to win 1 or more ACEO's. One winner will be chosen from each blog.)))

Kathy (me) ~ http://www.tapestry316.blogspot.com/
Allie ~ http://www.allieart4children.blogspot.com/
Christine ~ http://purple-pony-art.blogspot.com/
Pam ~ http://alwaysartistic.blogspot.com/
Carole ~ http://readingsully2.blogspot.com/
Marlene ~ http://marlenes-musings.blogspot.com/
Happy Treasure Hunting!

Allie is your next stop on the Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~
Visit Allie's delightful blog here: http://www.allieart4children.blogspot.com/
and then stop by Allie's wonderful etsy shop here: http://www.allieart4children.etsy.com/


Blessings,
Kathy



Just in case you did not know, ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are small works of art that are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm), roughly the size of a standard playing card. Check out my blog post for more information about ACEOs and why I like them so much!

http://tapestry316.blogspot.com/2009/09/eyes-have-it-blog-to-blog-treasure-hunt_15.html

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Threads of Art ~ Fabric of My Life Treasure Hunt

Welcome to The Fabric of My Life Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt where you will learn a little bit about the pieces of the quilt of my life.


Many of you know that I recently retired from the picture framing business to pursue my art full time, but do you know when I first took part in framing a picture?

This is the first oil painting that my mother did in the first painting class that she took.  When she brought the painting home, my father told her that he liked it very much and said that she should get it framed.  Mom went to Painter's Warehouse in Phoenix where she chose the framing for this painting - with the help of her 14 year old daughter who felt very important!  I love this painting and although Mom's skills improved over the many years that she painted this will always be very special to me because of the memories of that very fun day.  It hung in a prominant place in every home that they had and it now hangs in a place of honor in my home.  By the way, this was framed in 1963 and she took classes from Paul Coze who created a number of rather well known pieces of artwork in Phoenix, Arizona.

How simple is it to win some treasure in our Treasure Hunt? This simple!
Comment at least once at each of the 6 blogs by November 6th at 12am EST to be eligible to win 1 or more ACEO's. One winner will be chosen from each blog.

Have fun!

Allie is your next stop on the Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~

Visit Allie's delightful blog here: http://www.allieart4children.blogspot.com/

and then stop by Allie's wonderful etsy shop here: http://www.allieart4children.etsy.com/
Blessings,

Kathy

Just in case you did not know, ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are small works of art that are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm), roughly the size of a standard playing card. Check out my blog post for more information about ACEOs and why I like them so much!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Horse Crazy ~ The Fabric of My Life Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt

Welcome to The Fabric of My Life Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt where you will learn a little bit about the pieces of the quilt of my life.


I bet you may have guessed that I am just a little horse crazy. I have been horse crazy all my life. The first horse I rode was at camp and I loved her - a big, sorrel quarterhorse called Red.

Our first horse was a throroughbred mare who was 23 years old when we got her. Sweet Lady Jane was a retired race horse who had been used for Dressage, jumping, and pleasure riding. She was sweet!  She was my daughter's horse for 4-H and she lived the the ripe old age of 33.

I have drawn horses all my life, too. Just for fun, here is a little something I drew in grade school!



Horse crazy?  Yep - I wanted to be a jockey when I was little.  I wasn't little for long, though, so nothing ever came of that dream.  I was the tallest person in my class until I went to High School - nope, not jockey material there!  However, with Sweet Lady Jane, I did get to ride my race horse at long last.

How simple is it to win some treasure in our Treasure Hunt?  This simple!
Comment at least once at each of the 6 blogs by November 6th at 12am EST to be eligible to win 1 or more ACEO's. One winner will be chosen from each blog.


Have fun!
 
Allie is your next stop on the Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~
 
Visit Allie's delightful blog here: http://www.allieart4children.blogspot.com/

and then stop by Allie's wonderful etsy shop here: http://www.allieart4children.etsy.com/

Blessings,
Kathy


Just in case you did not know, ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are small works of art that are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm), roughly the size of a standard playing card. Check out my blog post for more information about ACEOs and why I like them so much!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Never too late to stART!

Do you know who this is?



Okay, here's a hint ~ she was a grandma.

Need another hint?  She once said "If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens."

One more hint?  (though I am SURE that you all know who she is by now!)  She began her painting career at the age of 76 years old.

Okay - here's the answer ~





 
Grandma Moses!
 
 
 
 


Now here's a few 'snippets' that you may not have known...
  • She began painting because her arthritis forced her to give up embroidery.
  • She sold her first paintings in a drug store for $2.00 to $5.00.
  • She painted over 1,000 pictures, twenty-five of them after she had passed her 100th birthday.
  • In 2006 "Sugaring Off" (1943) sold at auction for $1.2 million (according to wikipedia).
  • She died at the age of 101 years old and she painted almost every day up until a couple of months before her death.
What an amazing woman!  Does that make you want to go create something, or what?!  Check out her obituary in the New York Times for some more interesting details of the life of Anna Mary Robertson Moses ~ and then go grab a brush (or whatever!) and let your creative juices flow.  After all, if she were here, that is exactly what she would tell you to do!

I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13
Holy Bible

Blessings,
Kathy
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