Do You See What I See...

I've been making an effort lately to really "notice" my surroundings, the purpose of which is to find some great photo opportunities.  I took my camera with me today while I ran errands and found some unexpected gems. 

Click HERE to go to the Free Goods page for a download of the original images.  Enjoy!















Have a blessed day!

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Fearless Expressions...

I remember some time ago reading about Kelly Kilmer and her awesome journals in Somerset Studio.  I felt like I knew her and when I finally did  meet Kelly, she was just as I had imagined her to be.  While I read her feature, I thought about how cool it would be to see my journals one day in Somerset Studio also.  Today is the day!!  I hope you like the feature and the free Artists' Papers in the Jan./Feb. '08 issue!

Happy New Year!!!


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Love Notes from Middle School...

While digging around in the attic to locate our Christmas decorations, I found a box tucked away in the back.  Much to my surprise it contained my old journals, old notes and other things I saved when I was in Middle School.  I spent an evening looking through everything, laughing most of the time at how silly I was back then.  The love notes I saved generated the most laughs.  I can't believe that I saved so many of them!  I selected a few to post here to share.  I hope they make you laugh, too!



The following note was written in pencil so it is hard to read.  Here is the exact translation:

"Dear Robin I am your secret admirer
you may know me will always love you.
Your hair is beiutiful and so are your eyes.
I think that when you look at people it makes
them feel good. When it's raining you make the room shine.
If the school had a beiuty contest I think you
would win by a landslide because you are so pretty.
If you were a buqey of flowers I would buy you  because
you are so pretty. I must go now good by my love xox"


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Three Trees For Christmas...

Things don't always work out as planned.  Life certainly teaches us this!  Among other mishaps so far this holiday season is that of our quest to find a Christmas tree.  The first tree was a tall artificial tree that looked so beautiful in the store.  When we got it home, however, it was too big for the living room.  We moved furniture and tried the layout in many ways, but it just would not work!  Okay, so we take that one back and decide on a live tree instead of an artificial one.  After all, we can chunk it after and not store it in the attic, where it will end up dry rotting over time like our last one. 

Enter, Lowe's Home Improvement Store and a rather lovely Frasier Fur.  It is perfect and not too big.  I especially like the tiny branches!  We follow protocol and cut off a portion of the bottom and lug it home.  Our old tree stand doesn't work very well and won't hold the tree up straight.  Oh, well.  I guess I can live with this!  We water and I decorate.  The next day I discover that the tree has not absorbed any of the water.

Fast forward eight could say the tree is a lemon!  It is obviously dying and I have a Christmas party in my home in four days.  It won't make it that long and I'm afraid someone might knock it down anyway.   I strip the tree and we head out to get a new one.

Enter, Lowe's Home Improvement Store and a beautiful Frasier Fur.  We get a new tree at a discount and a new tree stand that is on sale as well.  Our tree looks lovelier than the last one, is standing up straight and has been drinking a ton of water.  I do believe it will make it even until Christmas!  Count it all joy!

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Through the Viewfinder...

TTV frame by Nesster.

Through the Viewfinder Photography is becoming quite popular.  The aged, nostalgic feel of the resulting photos are very desirable from a creative standpoint. 

What is TTV? 

"Through the Viewfinder photography is defined as taking a picture of any subject through the viewfinder of any camera with another camera."

This is defined by the  Flickr Group dedicated to its promotion.

The same results can be easily achieved by utilizing a few functions in Photoshop.  Click here for a step-by-step tutorial.

TTV frame by DLSDesigns.

TTV frame by Jeff Rinehart.

TTV frame used by Nesster.

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Off and on for the past few weeks I have been updating my blog to make it more user friendly. Not only have I changed the look, but I have added some new things.  I want to thank Susan Tuttle for creating my new blog banner.  She is awesome and was a pleasure to work with.

Here are screen shots of the some of the new pages. 


Some of my favorite Art Links.



Daily Journal Prompts all in one place.



The Make Stuff page will feature tutorials for art instruction.



The Free Goods Link will take you to the selections page, which features choices for free stuff, such as:



Window photos ready for download.



Door photos ready for download.



Vintage photos ready for download.



And a page with a variety of photos ready for download.




Check out the Special Links page which features a variety of interesting links.




A pretty comprehensive list of my favorite quotes.



Hope you enjoy the new look and find it easier to navigate!  Enjoy!


Thoughts regarding Change:

"To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly" ~Henri L. Bergson

"Life is change.  Growth is optional. Choose wisely."  ~Karen Kaiser Clark

"They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom." ~Confucius

"Being willing to change allows you to move from a point of view to a viewing  point - a higher, more expansive place, from which you can see both sides." ~Thomas Crum

"We cannot become what we need to be, remaining what we are." ~Max Dupree

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It's Time for the Holidays...


The other day it was 82 degrees and I was trying to get motivated to begin dragging the boxes of Christmas decorations from the attic.  I love it here in Florida, but it just doesn't feel like the holidays unless it is cold, or at least cooler. 

Needless to say, the decorations are still in the attic. I decided to spend some time on-line browsing for some decorating ideas. I found some pretty cool things!  Enjoy!!!



Bright and beautiful











Peppermint Bark

Key Lime Apple Slices

Here is a quick list of some great style tips.

Happy Holidays!

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How They Are...

Journal Page Elements:
  Stencils, paper bag, acrylic paints, flinch card, black pen, white pen, white gesso, scrapbook label, rubber stamps, wallpaper and glaze.

Quote: "Look at things how they are, not how you want them to be."  Told to me today by a friend.

Have a blessed day!

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To Trust...

Journal Page Elements:  Stencils, old book paper, acrylic paints, label, black pen, printed tissue paper, white gesso, staples, scrapbook paper and glaze.

Quote: "The greatness comes not when things go always good for you.  But the greatness comes when you're really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes."

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Night at the Mud Monkey...


Birthday celebrations are a big deal within my circle of friends. Last night it was glass fusing at the Mud Monkey in celebration of Rhonda's birthday. I've heard of these pottery/glass places, but have never been to one. The tables were set up for us with our tools and once we received instructions we were free to select our glass piece and begin creating. We each made a small pendant and a glass tile. Each piece will be fused to complete the process and we should have our "works of art" within a week. Happy birthday Rhonda!!!

Daily Journal Prompt:  What one goal do you hope to accomplish next year?

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Cloth Paper Scissors...

I just got the new copy of Cloth Paper Scissors and I am excited to share that my Happy Gam Road Collection of collage pieces is featured in this issue. There are three shown in the article, but there are eleven in the series.  I've posted the three featured in the article and will post the rest soon.  Also, watch for a posting of step-by-step directions with photos.  In addition, prints will be available soon in my Etsy Shop.


"Where We Love is Home" Happy Gam Road Collection


"In Search of Home" Happy Gam Road Collection


"Abode"  Happy Gam Road Collection

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