Sunday, October 11, 2015


I can hear Bette Midler in my mind singing "You Gotta Have Friends" as I type this post. 
I have been thinking a lot lately about friends...
Within the last year both of my daughters have moved away and the relationships I had with them left me feeling quite lonely.  I have felt the need to fill that void and realized that I don't have a BFF that I could turn to.
Not too long ago I was having a particularly rough day as I thought about people who have created friendships that have evolved into BEST FRIENDS.  I have always shied away from forming strong friendship bonds with people who profess that so and so is their best friend, I felt like there was no room for me somehow in that relationship. 
As I pondered this idea I came to understand why I don't allow myself to get too close to ladies I am friends with, never let it get to a 'best friend' status.  For reasons I won't go into here, I came to realize that it has more to do with my own mother and sister.  I have never been particularly close to either one of them, they each have always considered that the two of them were each other's best friend.  Somehow I convinced myself that I couldn't possibly be either of their best friends.
Don't get me wrong, I have many, many friends that I enjoy having fun with like going out to lunch, having crafting days, going craft store hopping, etc.  On one particular day I was having a pretty good pity party, even shedding a few tears.  I went to bed that night and poured my heart out to my Heavenly Father.  I asked, "Heavenly Father why is it that I don't have a 'best friend'?  I remember having a distinct feeling that, in order to have a  best friend I needed to be a best friend.  Whoa!  I need to do my part here, imagine that? 
Then the most amazing thing happened just a few days later.  The phone rang and on the other end was a sweet friend that I have admired for her positive outlook on life and who has been in my life at least the last 25 years.  She called out of the blue and said she was thinking about me and wanted to know if I would like to go shopping for home décor with her and then go out to lunch.  Did she get a prompting to call me?  Was Heavenly Father mindful enough of me and my feelings of loneliness that he called upon one of his dear daughters to be an answer to a prayer?  ABSOLUTELY!!!
Since then I have had another friend that I serve with in church who has had a rather difficult event happen in her family. I have sensed that she needed someone to confide in, vent to and bounce ideas off of.  I have had many opportunities to be around her at parties, book club, and church activities.  As a matter of fact, her daughter and my son got married quite a few years ago but divorced a short time later which created some pretty awkward moments along with a few misunderstandings.  Luckily we have been able to talk through those feelings and have come to love and respect one another.  I feel confident that if I needed anything at all she would be there to give anything she could to help me.  Is that what best friends do?  I think so!  Am I willing to do the same for her? Without hesitation!
As my adventure continues I can see how certain people have been put into my life to fill best friend rolls and perhaps my hesitancy has held me back.  I am learning to do my part, feeling reassurance from above that this is what friendship is all about.
And last but not least, I have come to respect and admire some of the people I have gotten acquainted with through blogging.  I am sure that most, if not all of them, would have the potential to be wonderful friends or potentially best friends if we weren't geographically challenged.  I love seeing posts about families, trials, triumphs, challenges and sharing of talents that they share.  To my blogging friends I say THANK YOU.  It is not by chance I came to know you through blogging, I am sure of that.
Have I been blessed with lots of friends?  Yes, and for that I am truly blessed.
Here are a group of us from almost two years ago.  I am the one in the middle with the crown on.

Friday, August 21, 2015


I bought this China hutch a couple of years ago from a neighbor who was downsizing, with the intention of painting it black.  Well, that didn't happen, I just couldn't bring myself to go to that much work (besides I am the world's worst painter).  So here it sat, oversized and out of place, plus hubby HATED it but being the patient husband that he is he kept the grumbling to a minimum.
I really loved the amount of storage it had, lots of dishes, linens and decorations were stored in the bottom drawers and cupboards.
However, I never could bring myself to fall in love with it.  I am sure in its day it was a very sought after piece but let's face it, it had gone out with the previous century.
This is what my heart truly was yearning for.  A simple black beauty that is like Goldilocks in the baby bears bed,  it is JUST RIGHT!
Oh the fun I will have decorating it for each holiday and season.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Mixed media art, from what I understand, is using different forms of art and combining them to create an art piece. 
This is the inspiration piece that I used to create my own design. 
 (I was unable to track the original source from where it was posted on Pinterest, it only led to the Flicker where it was pinned from.)
This is my version. 
I started by tearing pages out of an old paperback book, inking the edges and then glued them to the board.  Next I cut the petals (about 24 of them) out of scrapbook paper along with two circles for the center. NOTE: I didn't try to match any of the papers for the petals, I just grabbed what I had and started cutting.   I cut the stem and leaves also out of scrapbook paper and used an ink pad along all the edges of the paper.  Next I glued those all where I liked them and then tore small rectangular pieces of scrapbook paper for the words to go on.  I hand wrote the words using a black Sharpie, inked the edges and glued them in place.  Finally, I took a small glue stick and dipped it in black paint to create the dots along the edges.
It sure was a nice change from just cutting vinyl lettering and making signs.  I really need to venture out and try new techniques, it's refreshing.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


adjective: creative
  1. 1.
    relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
I guess that would describe me (well, except for that little 'original idea' thing).  Let's just say that I get "INSPIRED"  by other people's work.
Today's post is about a few little creations I have been working on this summer in order to keep up with the sale of said items in a local salon.  I have also been itching to get some fall and Halloween items going too.

We have quite a few hobby farmers in our area so the farm related signs have sold well.

I'm loving this pumpkin set, I think I need to make a few more of them to sell.
Again, the farm theme.
Creative adventures keep me out of trouble.  Besides, like I tell my hubby, my hobby supports itself.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Hubby and I just spent seven glorious, lazy, relaxing and fun filled days camping in our favorite getaway in the mountains.
Yep, life is good.


 The Cispis river is near where we camp and is running quite milky from glacier runoff.

 Hubby relaxing and catching up on some reading.
I was able to do some zentangle drawing and had fun drawing these trees.
This is a small tributary that flows into the Cispis river.  It was a nice little place to cool off in.
I took all of these photo's with my cell phone so they weren't very clear but I wanted to post a picture of our dog Paige, who mind you is not real fond of water, but found this little stream to be quite enjoyable.

Wildflowers were abundant...

 and huckleberries too.
I highly recommend getting away where there is very limited internet or cell phone access, it rejuvenates the body and soul.