Saturday, December 26, 2009
There's always a TON of food. How is it that we are constantly eating? I mean, seriously? We are constantly eating! After we ate once, we had our Chinese gift exchange. OK, this is totally the highlight of our Christmas. Seriously! We each bring a bunch of "useful" and slightly gag items and wrap them up.
We had 20 people at Christmas and we must have had a few hundred gifts. Yes, seriously! Anyway, I am always "in charge" of the Chinese gift exchange, which means I can make the rules! :D We all pick a number that my dad prints off on little slips of paper and we go from 1-20(or 20-1 if I so desire!;-)) and each person picks a present in order. You can steal a present from someone else and then that person who got stolen from gets to open another one or steal from someone else. Once the round is over, that gift is yours.
My parents put in a few $25 Walmart gift cards, so you know that those were stolen many times. But when you pick your number...if you are #20 you know that you get whatever you want out of the opened gifts! The most stolen item was, of course, the $25 gift cards and a Snuggie(as seen on TV, no less!). ??? Yes, I don't get it either, but the Snuggie was a wanted gift! My 20 year old nephew was #20 in that round and landed the Snuggie!! Go figure! :-o
Yes, after that was over we ate again! Then after that we went to my #2 sisters' and ate cookies! I was more stuffed than I was at Thanksgiving! Seriously!
I am home alone today. My hubby and all 3 sons are off to a ski trip in West Virginia with my husbands' brother and kids. Let me tell you that I am in heaven! It's just me and the dog and I am working on the projects for my online classes I am teaching in February. Total fun!
So how was your Christmas?
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Well, I'm really hoping it helps me out with my tiredness during the day...not to mention the fact that I stop breathing while I sleep!! It is a good thing....even though it may take a while to get used to. Oy Vey!
Monday, November 23, 2009
When this video gets a million hits Medline will be making a huge contribution to the hospital as well as offering free mamograms to the community. Lets help them out and check out this video! It's an easy way to support the cause, and who hasn't been touched by breast cancer?
Friday, November 20, 2009
I am thankful for my children...my three sons. They are growing into great young men. I think their future wives will be pleased!
I am thankful for my parents who have been married for over 50 years...can you believe it? You know there were times when they questioned their vows, yet they have remained true to each other. They have shown me what a real married couple should be like. And they have done well raising all 6 of us kids(yes I said 6!).
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it's true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God.
So look around you...your family, your kids, nature...where do YOU see the fingerprints of God?
Here's where you can join in on the Fingerprint Friday blog hop.
This is the photo that is outside my front door. My art studio has a big window just to the left of that door, so I can look outside to the East as the sun comes up and this is what I see...and I can see when the Space Shuttle goes off! :D
I am very inspired artistically and spiritually by nature. How can you NOT be? All of nature works together. The birds find food wherever they are. They don't store up for winter. God provides for them. Just look at the veins of a leaf. Remember those Biology classes...how in depth all of nature is? That is Gods greatness...but He is so much more.
Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.
When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
"Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?" she replied, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk."
They thought, "Well maybe it's our grades." "No", she said. "Maybe it's our behavior." She told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."
And so they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.
By early afternoon, television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.
The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, "Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you."
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.
Twenty-seven War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each on carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.
Martha said,"You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it."
By the way, this is a true story.
Thank a veteran today!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Scenic Route Store
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Well this one was a good one. This is what Audrey Hepburn said when asked to share her beauty tips:
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.
Good to remember!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Personally, I love using old corrugated boxed as a canvas for art! In one of my online classes at My Creative Classroom we make such a project. Sign up for Mixed Media II: Can't Get Enough! It starts on Wednesday, October 21. We'll be using a few reuseable items for art making in that class and you'll come away with some great techniques and projects to boot!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
But only for a moment. And you really have to "be there" and available to catch those moments.
Hey! He's 15...that's all I get from him now and then...but I love it.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Why online? Well, you don't need to go anywhere. You can take class in your p.j.'s and fuzzy slippers. You can log into the classroom at any time you want to once class has started. And you can work at your own pace. That's a whole lot of goodness!
At My Creative Classroom our course content is presented with PDF downloadable documents, and either slide shows with audio or video. We have message boards and..get this...real teachers that are online to answer your questions! Yep, it's true.
I love teaching at MCC and I think you will love taking online classes if you give it a shot. So head on over to the My Creative Classroom website and check it out. Sign up for the free newsletter and get in on the FREE class with tons of tutorials prepared by our great teachers.
And get signed up for my Altered Book Class.
I'll "see" you in class!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting...'
Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day.....like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first. The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!
Maya Angelou said this: "I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
''I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
''I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
''I've learned th at making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.
''I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
''I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back...(very interesting, I thought!)
''I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
''I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
''I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
''I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
''I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
"See" you in the classroom.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
*The Evidence on Online Education-June 29, 2009 - InsideHigherEd
Well then what a better reason to take an online art class! Head on over to My Creative Classroom and sign up for a class or two!
Here's what I'm teaching this fall:
Altered Frames, Many Styles
Alter THIS! Altered Book Techniques
Mixed Media - Techniques & Projects I
Mixed Media II: Can't Get Enough!
Welcome Little One! Newborn Mini Album
"See" you in the classroom!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Boatloads of Cricut classes, Stamping, Mixed Media, Paper Arts, Digital Scrapbooking and so much in between. There's even a FREE class. What more could you ask for?
Online classes are where it's at. Take a class when you want. If you can't sleep...log on in. Bad hair day? No problem. Want to stay in your jammies and grap a cuppa joe? Go for it! All these are fair game with an online class. And you get feedback and support from a real person! Yes, it's true!
Mixed Media II: Can't Get Enough!
Alter THIS! Altered Book Techniques
And two more...
Altered Frames, Many Styles
Friday, August 7, 2009
The new semester starts in September and all classes will begin registration September 1st. If you go to the website right now, you may not be able to see all the classes that will be available. The teachers are still putting finishing touches on them. But there are some titles that you can see. (If you want to see info, press the little blue "i" on the right side of the screen where you see the class titles. That will let you know the course description and all the pertinent info you will need.)
But remember, you can't sign up until the 1st of September. Make sure you get the newsletter if you want the up-to-date latest info of the new courses and teachers. You're gonna love it! I promise!
My classes include: Mixed Media - Techniques & Projects I; Mixed Media II: Can't Get Enough!; Alter THIS! Altered Book Techniques; Altered Frames, Many Styles; and Welcome Little One! Newborn Mini Album
"See" you in the classroom! :D
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I almost caught the resident cardinal going for the birdfeeder, but I wasn't quick enough. Then there was the couple of bees that were pollinating the flowers on the trees...but they were too quick, as well. It was fun to watch them do their thing and be able to be up close and not be afraid of being stung. I was less than a foot away from the bees.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
You can go to abc.go.com and see the whole final episode. But what I want to leave you with is what Meredith Grey said during the final scenes:
Did you say it? "I love you"..."I don't ever want to live without you"..."You changed my life". Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it. But every now and then...look around. Drink it in. 'Cause...this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
i want the path in front of me to be clear
i don't want to stumble over
be distracted by
stones that shouldn't be there.
i want to reach up
and grab the warm sky
and wrap it around me
like an old, soft quilt.
i want to work
all at the same time.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
And I will say that the projects are amazing! I actually sent them in the be published...I have never even dared to do that before!
Head on over to My Creative Classroom to get more info and to sign up. Registration starts NOW!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Here are the rules:
- Open your photo folder on your computer
- Open the 6th folder of photos
- Select the 6th picture
- Post the picture on your blog with a description
- Invite six friends to join the challenge
- Link your six friends to your blog post
It's me and a friend in Oregon in 2005(?) for a long weekend retreat with a bunch of scrappers. I was laughing so hard I was just about to pee my pants...literally!
And the six people I am tagging are:
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
One is: Do you have tattooed eyeliner? If so, you can't EVER have an MRI because they use metal flakes in the tattoo ink. Think about it. There is so much a doctor can see with an MRI...if you were ever thinking about getting tattooed eyeliner, DON'T!
Another question they ask is if you've had a tetanus shot in the last ten years. I haven't. I have been asked this question so much that I have made an appointment with my primary doc to get my shot. You need to go get one if you haven't had one, simple as that. I'm glad I was reminded. :D
You know when you are discharged from the hospital or after you visit a certain doctor they always tell you to followup with this doctor and that doctor...well, I wasn't in the habit of doing so. But now I am totally in charge of my health. I am taking the bull by the horns. My heart, my weight, my medications, etc.
If you are of the age that you need a colonoscopy every ten years...go do it. I had one done(and I am not even 50). You are basically asleep and don't know what's going on...it doesn't hurt and then you're good for ten years.
If you have a family history of some disease, go get it checked out. Don't even tell me you are scared of needles...I don't even want to hear that. The tests are nothing compared to living with the disease. So much can be done to prevent diseases. Catch it BEFORE it becomes the disease.
Lose weight, eat healthy, start a work out plan...just start walking.
Your health is the most important thing you have.
Have a fantastic and healthy day!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Azaleas from my backyard
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thi first one is with a photo when we were at the Smoky Mountains a few years back with most of my siblings and their families and my parents. We all stayed in a huge house for about a week. Great fun!. I used Bazzill Kraft (and other colored)cardstock, Scenic Route Somona papers and embellies, Fancy Pants felt pieces.
I made this layout sparse on purpose. I wanted to keep the focus on these gorgeous photos. These photos are of son #3. If you could see these colors...they are so vivid. I knew immediately that I wanted to use Bazzill Hillary Trio. I also used a Bazzill blue that matches with Doodlebug, but I can't remember the color name...Swimming Pool?. I used Heidi Swapp ghost letters ("that face") and ghost heart. I really do love using basically "just" cardstock.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
But I will continue to teach online classes with My Creative Classroom. All my classes are still online waiting for me to come back and open them up and/or finish adding to them. So I am glad about that. I can continue healing and work from my own home. I have alot of great classes that I will open up soon, so check out the website...or better yet, sign up for the free newsletter and you will be "in the know". We've added even more new instructors. I teach altered projects, mini books, a mixed media technique class, a travel project workshop, etc. So get on over to the website and sign up for the newsletter.
Here's some more pages I've done while recuperating. I was going for rather simple to get 'em done!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The kids dressed up for Halloween when they were about 9,7 and 4(maybe 1997)
Goofing around for #3's birthday
#3 in ROTC during competition in 8th Grade...he loved it!