Sunday, April 29, 2012

Care to be inspired?

Nick Vujicic will more than inspire you.  Prepare to have your world rocked. 
I dare you.  Watch the whole video.

And then go check out his website ~ Life Without Limbs.

I had the pleasure of hearing this young man speak a few years ago. Inspiring just doesn't cover it. Don't let the opportunity to meet Nick slip through your fingers. 

Watch it.  Click it.  Do it now!


Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,
but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed
through what happens to him."
John 9: 3-8 NET

Friday, April 27, 2012

Spring is everywhere ~ Funtry Friday!

No matter where I look, I see Spring!  Ahhhhhh!

One of my Dad's iris
Lovely flowers are blooming everywhere and the wonderful scent of the irises fill the air!

The weather was soooooo nice tonight, that lots of people came out for the 4th Friday Art Walk - without jackets!

Art Walk night at The Frame & I
New things are popping up everywhere... including in the studio.  Nothing like a brand new paper to try out to make me feel like spring!

bought this at The Art Store *big smile*

And, of course, there are new babies everywhere - including this little cutie who just arrived next door!  Mama and baby are both doing very well.

Lorie's brand new baby goat

Oh, and look what I bought from Lola Hetteen Knudson at the 4th Friday Art Walk ~ a brand new book!

The Magnetic Connection

Can't wait to dive into this - looks like a perfect read for those lazy afternoons when I want to sit on the porch and put my feet up!

What brings "Spring" to your mind?  These are some of the things that remind me of Spring - which just happens to be the April Challenge for the Blogging Business Artisans.  Check out some more spring time fun on Spring is in the Air!

Hope you are having a great Springtime Funtry Friday, too!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Little lessons, gentle nudges... and a 2 by 4

Sometimes all I need is a little lesson.

School House at Sharlot Hall Museum

Sometimes I only need a gentle nudge to stay on track.

Inside the School House at Sharlot Hall Museum

However, sometimes I need a 2 by 4 to get my attention.

How to pack a covered wagon.
This week I showed you a few photos from a recent trip to Sharlot Hall Museum (check out Taking a road trip ~ Funtry Friday! ) and today, I am showing you a few more.  Now what, you might ask, does this cute little wagon have to do with a 2 by 4 - other than the fact that both are made of wood?

Okay, my friend, Lorie, and I saw this cute little wagon, and, after reading the description, we discovered that it was a model of a covered wagon.  Yeah, I know - you have to imagine the "covered" part.  All the little blocks are things you have to decide if you are going to carry all the way across the country in your little wagon.  Kind of a jumbled mess, wasn't it?

Our covered wagon all packed!

We fixed the mess.  And rather quickly, I might add!  Yes, we left both the sofa and the bed behind...  and all the fancy stuff that we thought would get broken.  Ahem.  Yes, we took the whiskey - it was used as an antiseptic and a pain killer - and we hauled along the tobacco to trade for whatever we might need along the way.  Lots of barrels of flour, salt, etc., and seeds, and - well, you get the idea.  We had a lot of fun and it was sooooo easy to decide what we would take and then pack it in our little wagon.

Wouldn't it be nice if it were that easy to do all the time. 

I came home from our outing, walked into my home, and thought about that covered wagon.  Then I thought of people who have homes much smaller than mine.  Then I though of people who have one room in a nursing home.  Or no home at all...

Then I thought about all the "stuff" that I don't need. 

That would be when the 2 by 4 landed across my noggin.  Again.  I keep meaning to take that bag of clothes to St. Vinnie's...  I keep meaning to get that stuff ready for Bookman's...  I keep meaning not to need a 2 by 4 to get me moving...

But some days that is just what it takes. 

Then something that my daughter said came to my mind.  Something about how, when you move, it isn't what you take with you or what you leave behind that is important.  Comfort and security come from your family - from the people, not the things.

Ahhh...  Yes.  *whack*  Nice reminder.  And tomorrow is Monday - my cleaning day.  Just in time!  This time I will take the "stuff" directly to my truck and make sure it gets to those who need it.

And if it's a "what-sit" and I have no clue why I have it, it is finding a new home.

A "no clue what-sit" at Sharlot Hall Museum
Oh, and by the way - both Lorie and I packed the box of pictures in the wagon.  We know that they were family pictures.


For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 NET

Friday, April 20, 2012

Taking a road trip ~ Funtry Friday!

Hey - grab your walking shoes and let's take a little 'road trip' this Funtry Friday!  Come on down to Prescott and take a peek at the Sharlot Hall Museum where we celebrated Lorie's birthday.  Never mind that her birthday was back in March - tiramisu tastes good any time!

Fort Misery
We saw all kinds of fun things at Sharlot Hall Museum - like the oldest log cabin in Arizona.  Appropriately called Fort Misery.  Behind the fence there is a large garden where a local garden club grows heirloom plants.  Ummm... right now there are sleeping seeds and lots of dirt.

Yep - this is a real petroglyph - pretty cool, huh.  There are lots of these around this part of Arizona.  One of our local artists, Charles Huckeba, has done a lot of very cool artwork based on petroglyphs.  Check it out!

There are lovely garden spots all around the old buildings here including a large rose garden.  It was too early for the roses to be blooming, but there were lots of poppies.... including this little escapee.

Lorie in front of the Fremont House
Here's another one of the beautifully restored buildings.  Several of the buildings, including the Fremont House, were moved to the museum's current location.  This house was actually moved three times.  At one time it was a boarding house and guess who lived there?  Lorie!  She was a baby at the time, but her older sister remembers it very well.

Bedroom in the Fremont House
I didn't ask Lorie, but I am pretty sure that this bedroom set was not in the Fremont House when she lived there.  It took a long time to renovate and restore the Fremont House after it was moved to the museum property.  They must have done a really good job, though, because Lorie's sister, Connie, recognized the wallpaper and said it was the same wallpaper as when they lived there.

Works Projects Administration
A lot of the early work at the Sharlot Hall Museum was done as part of the WPA - the Works Project Administration Federal Works Agency.  You can see little bits and pieces of the WPA projects that were done in the 1930s in Prescott - like this WPA stamp in the sidewalk.  Check out Granny J's Walking Prescott blog post WPA: the Evolution of an Issue to see more WPA projects in Prescott.  Granny J passed away a few years ago, but her family has left her blog up because of the extraordinary amount of fun information she passed on over the years.  If you like the Prescott area, plan to spend a little time browsing through her blog posts.

Well, I will bet you are a bit worn out by now.  We have done a lot of walking around the museum grounds...  There are some comfy chairs in the gift shop and lots of books about Prescott's local history.  Care to take a break?  I may just sit out here in the gazebo and enjoy this lovely Spring day!

Happy Funtry Friday!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Every life is beautiful

When was the last time you saw a movie review on my blog?  Let me help you out.  I am pretty sure the answer is never - either that, or it was so long ago that I don't remember it.  I confess... I didn't do a search to find out for sure, but since I rarely find a movie I want to see - I think it's a fairly safe bet that the search will turn up empty. 

Well, except for this post. 

Today I went to see "October Baby"WOW!  Friends of mine had told me this was a great movie.  I made the *almost* hour drive to the theater (yes, I went by myself), plopped myself down in the comfy seat and grabbed my imported mixed nuts and dried fruit snack.  After squinting my way through a few previews, the movie began.

Okay - for those of you who know how hard it is for me to sit through a movie:  I didn't budge.  In fact, I forgot to fidget.  I even almost forgot to eat my munchies...  One incredible movie...! 

This movie was created after one of the directors heard about Gianna Jessen.  It's not her biography, but, well... it's a similar kind of story...

No spoilers here.  Go see the movie!
  • Well acted.
  • Well photographed.
  • Compassionate portrayal of all the chacters and their thoughts.
  • Tackled a tough subject with great sensitivity.
Well worth the price of a ticket.


October Baby

Every Life Is Beautiful

Surrendering the Secret

...for she thought, "If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed." 
Matthew 9:21  

Friday, April 13, 2012

Funtry Friday Surprises!

One thing about living in the country - you just never know what your day will be like.  There are a lot of surprises just waiting around the corner!

Good morning!
Waking up with a lovely good morning song is a great way to start a bright sunny Spring day!

baby bunny
You just never know who you might meet around the next corner...

A dozen eggs!
Or what lovely surprises you might find...  Every hen laid an egg today!  Look at all the cool colors.  What fun!

Lunch time floor show...
Life in the country is definitely entertaining.  Bethie's hay scraps are drifting outside of her pen - but she still doesn't want Billie Jane to munch on them.  Bethie did quite a "dance" but I don't think it really had the desired effect.  Billie Jane just kept right on eating!

Spring time Hershey!
Oh!  Oh, this is soooo exciting!  Do you see it?????  Do you?????

Huh?  see what?

Ummm... that Spring-time color peeking out on Hershey's face!  He is starting to shed his winter coat!  *does spring-time happy dance*  Oh, yes!  Time for the warm weather and sun-shiny days!

Never mind that there is a storm forecast for the next couple of days.  Including *snow*... which you did not hear me say on this blog.  Ya know - they have been wrong before...

It could just be another case of the Funtry Friday surprises!

Hope you had fun on your Friday!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Watching and learning... Linne Thomas

Linne Thomas is a local artist and teacher who gave a watercolor painting demonstration this week at the Prescott Valley Art Guild

Well, you know how wild I am for watercolor, so I had a front row seat!  Care to join me?

Linne Thomas
Linne has two reference photos on her easel.  One is a color photograph, and the other one above that is a black and white photograph (you can only see a little bit of the bottom of the black and white photo).  The combination of these two images allows her to be accurate in her composition, colors and values.

She is painting a scene not far from where I live - yummy sunset colors, huh!

Using washes to add depth and tone
Linne is adding a wash to tone the colors in her painting.  This was just about as far as she got during the demonstration, but she was giving us lots of hints while she was painting.  I was taking pictures and making notes as fast as I could!

Check out these great hints ~

The artist's tools

  1. She has a friend who saves her scraps of mat board.  Aha!
  2. Linne uses these scraps of mat board to test her colors before she puts the paint on the paper.
  3. If you look closely, you can see that Linne has written the names of the colors on the sides of her palette.  I have seen this hint before and it is a great one to use.  No more confusion!  Take a look at those lovely puddles of paint, too.  That saves having to struggle to match the color exactly if you run out...
  4. My favorite hint?  Linne uses a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to lift paint for corrections.  I watched her do it.  Amazing!  I am all over this hint and the next trip to the store, guess what will be in my basket!
This was a great demonstration - I had lots of fun watching Linne paint.  Now I am all inspired and ready to pick up my brushes and start something new!

Have you had a jump start in your inspiration lately?  Maybe watching a demonstration or taking a class is just what you need.

Happy Creating!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

He is Risen!

Easter... a time to celebrate!
My sister and I in Easter dresses made by our Nana.
Church was always special, but it was even more special on Easter.  There seemed to be an extra helping of Joy on Easter as people saw the message of Christmas completed by the events of Holy Week. 

(I'm the taller one.  Still - haha.)

Traditions... yes!
Pasanky eggs
The first time I saw Pasanky eggs I was drawn to them.  No, I was amazed and I wanted to create some!  I found a class and created these years ago.  One of our current traditions is to color eggs with all of the little ones.  It is usually a big mess and a ton of fun!

My favorite part of Easter?

The Old Rugged Cross

Knowing that Jesus did not stay on the cross. 

Knowing that Jesus did not stay in the tomb. 

Knowing that He is Risen indeed!

Have a blessed Easter celebration,

He is not here, but is risen...
Luke 14:6a

Friday, April 6, 2012

Ahhhh.... Spring! Funtry Friday!

Wow - when Spring arrives, it arrives!

Lots of blooms on the trees at the Post Office!

Big green trees and little pretty trees at Safeway!

Yay!  My iris are blooming!

Wish I could say this was mine - it's at the Post Office.

Ahem... these are mine....
It's a riot of color around here and the baby animals are starting to show up, too. 
Baby Longhorns
So glad that it is Spring!  Even the weeds are looking pretty...  Hope you are seeing some lovely Spring sights out your way, too.

Happy Funtry Friday!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

An investment of time.

One year.  12 months.  52 weeks.  365 days.  What kind of difference can this investment of time make?

Love, commitment, patience, prayer - and time - can make a huge difference!

Here is sweet Sophia at the airport for her homecoming in March 2011.

2012 with "Baby"

And, one year later, here is sweet Sophia!

Yes, she has her own 'baby wrap' now.  Her little baby doll has seen a lot of mileage - she belonged to Cynthia when she was a toddler.  I asked Cynthia what she was going to call her baby.  "Baby" was her answer.  "Yes" I said, "but what is her name?"  She looked at me like I was a little dense and said, firmly, "Baby".  Baby was loved by Cynthia, kept by me, and presented to Mikayla who loved her and then passed her on to Naomi.  Naomi loved her and has now passed her on to Sophia, who, as you can see, is having a wonderful time loving Baby.  Quite a change!

Would you like to make this kind of difference in a child's life? 
  • Explore the option of adoption.  You might be surprised - there are options for adopting children of all ages, nationalities, and with costs varying from very large to very small.
  • Investigate the option of fostering children.  There are many reasons that a child, either temporarily or permanently, is without a home and/or parents.  Check with your local agencies to learn more about Foster Care and Foster Adoptions.
  • Skip an expensive latte or two, and you have enough to give a donation to help an organization who puts hands and feet on the ground where it is most needed.  Make your lattes at home, and you will have enough to sponsor a child through Compassion International or World Vision.
Invest a little time to think about it.  Then give it a good dose of prayer, and see what miracles just might unfold right in front of you.


But Jesus said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
to come unto me: for such is the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 19:14
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