25 January 2012

WOYWW and Ruby the Little Idiot

Happy WOYWW! Join us at Julia's blog if you love looking at the work spaces of other crafters.

So here's my workspace this week :)  I'm working on a journal page.  I've been trying to make videos of my workspace as I work on my journal and post them to YouTube, but my camera isn't working well! It stops recording the middle...and I don't notice until the end!  Ooops...

And here's the other part of my desk.... It has a package of batteries on it that I CAUGHT MY DOG TRYING TO EAT!!  The little idiot.... So I went back to school (I'm in vet school) and took some x-rays to see if she was successful in devouring one.  NO batteries!  PHEW!  Haha...wouldn't it have been funny if I was the student on call today? 
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22 January 2012

Adoption and Fostering

Lately, Chase and I have been talking seriously about adopting/fostering children.  Just as God adopted us into his family, we feel a call to bring children into ours.  So this year we decided to start the training process to begin fostering children.  It will probably take all year just to complete the training, and after that we'll probably start with offering respite care.  However, someday in the future...we want to adopt a sibling group of older children...the children so often over looked by those who want a baby.  God has placed it on our hearts, and I hope you enjoy seeing our journey into this :) There are going to be many challenges and many tears, but with God's help...I think this will be one of the most worthwhile endeavors we will undertake.   We have so much love to share with those children.  We may not be the richest family or have our own house, but we have love in abundance. 

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
   is God in his holy dwelling.
 God sets the lonely in families,
   he leads out the prisoners with singing;
   but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Psalms 68:5-6

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13: 12


18 January 2012


Phew! I managed to post my pictures before arriving at school.  :)  So what's on my desk this week? 

I'm just about ready to do the next page in my art journal.  It will depict this part of Genesis 1:

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

I just haven't decided what animals! I'm thinking all fluffy white sheep...maybe with colorful scarves or hats! 

And for those of you who visited by last week...I made it quite a bit further on my scarf....but look what my BAD DOG did to my yarn!  I'm not sure how she can mistake a skein of yarn for a colorful squirrel, but she's convinced my yarn must die.  She got the innards out of this one...so now I'll have to roll it up into a ball before continuing. 

Peace and Love, y'all!!!

Days until Graduation: 114
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14 January 2012

Joy and celebrate

I did this painting as a part of Strathmore's online class.  It's massive (when you're used to working in ATC size).  It's 18 x 24 inches!  What am I going to do with it?  It's not my usual style so I can't really say I'd like to hang it up somewhere! Maybe I'll cut it up into pieces and use those for more art!  Maybe I'll paint something on top of it!  I dunno.  Ideas?

I'm enjoying the class quite a bit as it encourages me to loosen up with art.  This was made by placing random objects (ie, stencils) on the page...then spraying acrylic paint onto the page.   Then I added a yellow wash to the whole page. Next up - random doodling with warm colors, followed by inking and adding the white.    :)  But seriously...what the heck does one do with a painting such as this? 

In other news...I got a pretty important piece of mail today.  I was shopping with friends at the mall when we started hearing rumors that NAVLE scores were arriving with the mail.  So I called Chase...and it was there.

I PASSED!   So some celebratory self-portraits after a nice dinner at Babbo's were taken to commemorate the event. 
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11 January 2012

Workspace Wednesdays

I'm a late comer as usual :) I just can't seem to get myself up in time in the mornings to take a picture.

So here's what I'm working on today: 
It's scarf from this pattern: http://cheekyfantail.com/blog/?p=324.  I thought it was such a pretty pattern, and when I saw this self striping yarn at Hobby Lobby (I love this yarn "Jazz Stripe") I thought it would look awesome with the pattern.  Maybe I'll try a slouch hat next...

Here's a page in a Moley for a friend.  Her theme was cats in history.  I read on wikipedia that in the UK, cats were considered good luck to a sailor's wife; a black cat helps ensure the husband's safe return.  So I did this page.  It always seems if I'm waiting - waiting for graduation...waiting for a job offer...waiting to start my family...so a waiting wife was the a picture I could easily visualize in my head. I hope she likes it. 

Peace and love, y'all!  Thanks for stopping by.  If you'd like to play along on What's on Your Workspace Wednesday, head on over to Julia's blog http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/.  :)

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08 January 2012

Purge of the New Year

Yesterday I decided to reorganize the guest bedroom/craft room.  First though, I had to scour the apartment for my furniture glider things.  After all, I couldn't possibly move all that furniture with out them (at least without assistance).  I finally got frustrated enough looking for them that I just went and purchased more...  Anyway, the hubby was complaining about the corner where I placed his desk so it was time for a change.  So I rearranged it: 

The guest bed is covered in stuff I had to take off the shelves so they would be light enough for me to move by myself.  Putting them under the window frees up a lot of wall space :)

Here's a stack of notes I decided to get rid of...after all the final graduation of all my education is in May.   Here's 8 years worth of notes from college and vet school that I haven't looked at since I was in class taking said notes.  So GOOODBYE!   Chase and I combined got rid of about 50 pounds of paper :)

Here where I stationed my craft desk.  I even have a space for the portable table (where my laptop is stationed) to stay permanently.  The short shelf is nearby so I can place my jars of pencils and pens and free up more work space. I also found a home for the little ring holder.  Now I can place my rings there while I make a mess of my hands with paint :)  Best of all, I can look right at my favorite ATCs from other artists.  Even though I loved the lighting from the window, I like being in this  (the corner my hubby hated) even better.  The window is drafty and the glass is fogged in between the panes so it didn't work out as I had hoped...

The new guest bed location looks nice, I think.  I keep clean sheets on 24/7...just in case someone decides to visit! (ahem... you know who you are...come visit me!!!)

In other news, I caught the yearly cold... I get sick every single winter since I moved to Missouri.  This year though...I'm not letting it go past 4 weeks.  The past 3 years, it's gone on for months...until my mom and husband threaten to hogtie me and take me to doctor.  I'm like the fractious cat that knows when to hide when it's time for her yearly vet appointment.

An orderly environment inspires... so here's what I made! Journal Fishy
Peace and Love, y'all!

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06 January 2012

Doodles Unleashed

I started taking Strathmore's free online workshop, Doodles Unleashed.  The first week was really fun, but very challenging for me.

Journal Doodling Unleashed Week 1 

I think I'll try the first assignment again as I'm not entirely satisfied with this.

04 January 2012

Workspace Wednesdays!

I almost forgot today! So here's my workspace this week...

I finished this card yesterday.  It was on my workspace a week or two ago :) It's a very sad paintover of a memorable moment for my Memorable Moments Swap.   This was the last picture I have with my childhood dog- saying goodbye before we had him put down.

And here's my desk!  It's covered in watercolors and research for my Owl swap (also at atcs for all if you want to join us).   

Just thought you might enjoy wider angle view. See the small space heater?  We keep the apartment in the low 60s to high 50s during the winter so I have to have a space heater to make the guest/craft/office room bearable.   Ah...and notice the heron chime set on my knitting stash.  I have to find a home for him.  Do you think he'd look ok hanging from the ceiling over hang thingy in the corner?

And of course, my craft room isn't complete without the dogs :) Both of which are thankfully in good health.  Gary (68 pounds) and Ruby (30 pounds) look they are about the same size...but they are not.  Haha, the greyhound tries to look as small as possible.

If you'd like to play along with sharing your workspace...head on over to http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/  and join us.

Peace and Love, y'all

Say a prayer for me on Jan 13 - I have my first job interview.   
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03 January 2012

Happy New Year

I have a couple of minutes to work on some crafts now, but I find I'm lacking the energy.   I just finished putting away all the Christmas decorations and cleaning the house.

Chase and I had an excellent  New Year visit with our families.  Unfortunately, it's back to the daily grind tomorrow.  My goals for this year...

FIND A JOB!  and that's the biggie.

Here are some pictures for kicks and giggles :)
Who could resist that face?  So innocent...So sweet... 

Well...this is Gary.  He's actually probably the more innocent and sweet of my two dogs.  He's my ugly, lovable greyhound!

Over break, my family said goodbye to beloved furry friend.  Old Mr. Bailey deteriorated to a point he couldn't walk, and had "the look."  So we did the kindest thing we could and said goodbye.  Mom and I did some therapeutic painting in our art journals together. 

Peace and Love, Y'all!

Make it a good year!