Sunday, July 20, 2014

How to Assemble a Burda Style Pattern

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This is a first for me - working with a Burda Pattern, but hopefully it won't be as difficult as it looks.  My daughter, Sarah, found a summer maxi dress on burdastyle.com and asked me if I would make it for her.  I love making clothes for Sarah, and thought it would be fun to tackle this Burda pattern.  I've always been game for trying new things and new challenges.  The pattern claims to be "Advanced" but we'll see how difficult it is once I dig in.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

My Dad

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My heart skips a beat when I think that I am, right now, the same age my father was when he passed away all those years ago.  They bring back a flood of memories of a time gone by, and a man who I cherished.  

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Guarding the Homefront

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Guarding the homefront  -- that's exactly what our wonderful Adolf does daily.  Adolf joined our family in January, 2007.  He was 10 months old.  The minute I saw him I fell in love with him.  He jumped up on the leather sofa where I was sitting and put his head and paws in my lap, as if to say "Please take me home and love me."  That was all it took for me to say "yes" and bring him home with us.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

When Nothing Else Works - Paint a Picture

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My brother, Mike, is 65y/o.  I didn't have a clue what to get him for Christmas.  I even asked him.  Nothing.  So, I decided to do a painting for him.  From what I recall, Mike likes sailboats.  I found a reference I liked and began working on a small 8x10 pastel.

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Monday, December 02, 2013

"Oreo - Little Man" 8x10 Soft Pastel on Sennelier Pastel Card

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When you are filled with emotion, sometimes the creative energy just pours out.  And, in this case, that is exactly what happened.  My daughter, Kim, and her husband, Zak, have had "Oreo" since before they were married.  He has always been a part of their family, and Oreo was there as their family grew and they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Reagan, in 2009.  Oreo was always the one and only family pet.  We all loved Oreo, and Oreo loved us all. 

Sadly, Kim and Zak had to let Oreo go to Kitty Heaven yesterday after a long struggle with kidney failure and various other illnesses, but he had lived a long life.  Oreo was 18 y/o, and like all of God's creatures, we get old and things start to short circuit and break down.  Oreo held on, though, as long as he could. 

As a tribute to this special kitty, and the love he gave my daughter and her family, I have made this pastel painting for them to enjoy in remembrance of Oreo.

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Songs of Three Islands - A Book Review and Giveaway

Songs_cov"Songs of Three Islands" is a beautifully written memoir, representing the stages in the lives of the Carnegie family, one of the richest in America, and their struggle with mental illness throughout the generations.  It shares the struggles of five generations of women who have struggled with an illness that had no cure, and the effects it had on the family.

 

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy Holidays! - A Giveaway for Artists!

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It is that time of year ... time to give to others and enjoy the spirit of the season.  I am having a giveaway just for you!

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