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Saturday
Jun072008

Rusty Things...

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“If you rest, you rust.”  ~ Helen Hayes

Have a  blessed day!

Rms


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Thursday
Jun052008

What Truly Matters...

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I watched an old Alfred Hitchcock movie the other night called Shadow of a Doubt (1943) and there was a line delivered in the movie by one of the characters named Ann that really struck me.  She is talking on the telephone with the operator from the telegraph office, who is calling to give the family a message.  Ann can't find a pencil and proceeds to tell the operator that her mom will have to call back for the message.  She tells the operator, "I'm trying to keep my mind clear of things that don't matter."  I love this!

This got me thinking of all the things that I concern and worry myself with that really don't matter.  A friend of mine, who happens to be retired, told me the other day that one day "these things" won't matter a bit.  He's right, but it is the process of discerning between "these things" to determine which are important and which are not that is the challenge.

So, what truly matters?  Ponder on that...

Have a  blessed day!

Rms

Digital Frame coming soon to Paperbag Studios!

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Sunday
Jun012008

Digital Scrap & Art Freebie ~ June 1 ...

Okay, the cat is out of the bag!  Very soon Roben-Marie Designs will be available at Paperbag Studios.  A full line of digital scrap and art supplies is in the works and I hope to have the store open sometime this summer.  Keep watching for details and more freebies to come!  Enjoy!

Have a  blessed day!

Rms

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Sherbet Paper Pack
Designer: Roben-Marie Smith
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Remember the days of summer when a delicious bowl of ice cream was just the thing to make the day brighter? Well, these papers are sure to brighten up your summer scrapbook layouts.

Four papers in all.  Each paper file is 12 x 12 and 300dpi.

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Friday
May302008

Got PUC...?

Blogbutterfly I've been reminded this week about patience, understanding and compassion.  Patience eludes me most days.  I am certainly more patient now than I was in my youth, but have a long way to go before I can just relax and not get too stressed with circumstances beyond my control. 

By understanding I mean, "a state of cooperative or mutually tolerant relations between people."  This is often driven by expectations we impose on ourselves or on others.  It is easy to forget that everyone is not like "you" in all aspects of their lives.  Hence, it is easy to be impatient with people and relationships when others don't act as we think they should.  Don't get me wrong, I don't think lowering expectations is the answer, but being realistic is important.  Let me share this with you.  I was speaking with a friend this week and this was the topic of conversation.  She casually said to me, "Not everyone is an overachiever like you."  Hold on a minute...mmm?  Got me thinking. I needed to hear this.  She said it in a nice and loving way, but how true.  Everyone is not like me or you or the next person.

This moves me to the idea of compassion and this,  “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama

How true this is!  So, patience comes with understanding and with understanding comes compassion.  At least, that is how I see it today.   Got PUC?

Have a  blessed day!

Rms

*Digital tape available soon at Paperbag Studios.

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Thursday
May292008

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I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!  I spent my weekend in Gainesville with my friend Ronnie.  We watched movies, worked a little on art stuff and took a bunch of naps!  I had a great time, but all that relaxing made me tired!  LOL!  

We visited Micanopy on Saturday, which is known as the oldest inland settlement in Florida and is  often called "The little town that time forgot."  I visited it once about 16 years ago, and it really hasn't changed.  Although we were shopping, I spent more time taking pictures.  Hope you enjoy them.  I hope to get some of these added to my Free Goods page soon so you can use them in your art.

*I forgot to mention this earlier when I posted this, but the movie Doc Hollywood (1991) staring Michael J. Fox was filmed in Micanopy.

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Have a  blessed day!

Rms


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Thursday
May222008

Costume Jewelry Anyone...

I was reading Ro's blog the other day, which you must check out!  She was tagged on May 17 and had to share several things about herself.  One thing she mentioned is this:

"I have a box of costume jewelry that I don't like or wear, but I'm afraid to throw it out, "just because...." Just because I may want to wear it if there is a nuclear war and I want to approve my appearance with old, groady-looking costume jewelry? Yeah, right."

This made me laugh as I, too, have a huge box full of costume jewelry that for some reason I won't part with.  I thought it would be fun to share mine with you!  Some of these earrings are 3.25" inches long!  I was an 80's child and have a ton of these huge earrings that went with my big hair!!  LOL!!

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Have a  blessed day!

Rms


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Tuesday
May202008

Spring Scene...

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“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”  ~  Rainer Maria Rilke

Part of Life It Photos group.

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I've got some new links to share.  Enjoy:


Fabulous Stationery has some quirky and fun designs. 

Bonnie Taylor-Talbot is one talented artist.  See her work here!
 
Don't miss the whimsy at V. Originals!

Create your own magnet arrangement at Each An Original!

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Have a  blessed day!

Rms


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Saturday
May172008

Solos...

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“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” 
~ Helen Keller

Have a  blessed day!

Rms

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Friday
May162008

Life Like...

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Rms

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Sunday
May042008

Vines...

I took these photos while I was in Sarasota a couple of weeks ago.  I believe this is fig ivy and I love its tiny leaves. 

A few places I have been visiting lately:

Visit Soul Soup and get fed!

Go here for some cool little gifts.  Don't miss the magnets!

Visit the art blog of Lisa Kaus. She does stunning work!

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Have a  blessed day!

Rms

Digital Frame coming soon to Paperbag Studios!

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Thursday
May012008

Celebrate...

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Have a  blessed day!

Rms

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Wednesday
Apr302008

Wish You Were Here...

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"When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator."
~ Mahatma Gandhi


Part of Life It Photos group.

Have a  blessed day!

Rms

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Tuesday
Apr292008

Seagull...

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Part of Life It Photos group.

Have a  blessed day!

Rms

Digital Frame coming soon to Paperbag Studios!

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Monday
Apr282008

Just For Fun...

I found this magnet in a gift shop last week...

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"I can please only 1 person per day.  Today is not your day...tomorrow's not looking good either."

Have a  blessed day!

Rms

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Saturday
Apr262008

Apple, Lime, Basil, Forest...

Perfect timing as all of nature in Florida is getting green!  See my With One Palette article in the May/June 2008 issue of Somerset Studio.  Enjoy!

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Frame inspired by AI Paper Goods.
One-of-a-kind Journals available here.
Roof stamp available here.
Free download of window photos available here.

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Have a  blessed day!

Rms

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