Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cookie Day 2010

This will probably be my last post of the year since New Year's is coming up.  And we do plan on just a little celebrating!  But I had to get in some pictures of Cookie Day.  I think I explained before that it is a family tradition on my Italian side to make Christmas cookies and deliver them to our neighbors.  No matter where we are, we all work out a day to make cookies, then we call and check on each other's progress.  It's a fun tradition!  Here's some pic:
Get ingredients together
Mix up a batch
Knead the dough
Roll out the snakes to wrap around your finger
Trays ready to go in the oven
Frosting and decorating the cookies
Finger cookies!   (Hey Matilda!  Do you know what these are called in Italian?)
 Decorated sugar cookies
And there we have them all ready to batch up and go!
Happy New Year to you all!  May you all be healthy and happy!

Happy Thanksgivng

We have so much to be thankful for!
Here's a pic of my DH and his wonderful dinner:

We are blessed!

Happy Birthday to Me!

I've always loved Red Robin!  In fact it's the first place we went to when we got to NM.
So of course I had to go on my birthday!
Here's a couple pics.  The first one is of us and the mascot:
The last one is blurry, but my button says, "It's my birthday and I can do whatever I want!"
And I did!

Man Cave

Just caught my DH playing in his man cave the other day!
I think he has a serious computer addiction!
But he's happy!

Always during the holidays!

We were just getting ready to put up some Halloween decor
when a pipe in our hot water heater burst!
Here's a pic of the tiny hole that caused so much damage:
That little pinhole caused a bunch of water damage, so the repairmen had to come out & soak up water, dry the drywall, cut through & repair the drywall that was ruined, then paint the whole side wall in our living room/dining room.  Here's some pics of the mess:

Everything had to be moved away from the right wall 'cuz they had to paint it & the wall that faces the garage. 
Thank heaven it's all done & looks like new!

Halloween 2010

My DH loves Halloween!  He has stored boxes dedicated to just Halloween decor.  So here's a few of our holiday decorations. 
I have to admit the broom, moldy shoes & witch's hat are my idea!
This poor guy has lost some fingers and toes over the years:

And a tiny hand needle felted pumpkin I made:

My niece's FIRST knitting projects!

OK.  So there's someone in the family who is taking after me!  My niece decided she wanted to try knitting.  She went online, found some tutorials, and taught herself! 
Here are her first projects:
Fills in the time at work waiting for clients too!  You go girl!

My Dad's Thundereggs

My mom was busy cleaning out her back room.  In a drawer she found some of my Dad's old rocks.  When we were kids, one of our favorite things was to go rock hounding with my Mom and Dad.  She knew I would love to have a couple of these, so she surprised me and sent them to me!  This first one is a non-shiny one.  It feels like there are real plants in it:
This next one he polished up:

I always thought it was so magical to cut open these crusty looking things & find out how beautiful they are inside!  Thanks Mom!

More new stuff

Here's some more hand needle felting I've done recently:
I've also been working on a friendship project. 
It's taking a long time since it's longer than a bracelet:

Seems I've been keeping busy with alot of different things!

Me? Working? Go figure!

Believe it or not, I've actually been working on some things. 
Here's a funny gourd elf I made at the library a while back:
I've also been working on beaded worded Hearts. 
Here's a whole batch cut & with the words glued on:

And here's one that is part way beaded:

I think I have a long ways to go to finish the whole batch!
I'm not sure what I'm gonna make these into...brooches? 
Glued onto painted canvas?  What do you think?

Art Gifts!!!

I am so blessed to have pals who really care for me!  I received some wonderful art gifts!  Here are some I received from a pal in NM!  Thanks so much!
And some from a pal in Hawaii!  Thank you so much!

I really love this art doll!  I want to sleep with her!

Long Time No See!

Well it has been awhile since I've been on here...again.  Life just keeps happening!  Finally got a diagnosis, and am seeing a doc about it, but really I think I'm just gonna work on building up my immune system.  I feel alot better since I've been on vitamin D and B!  Don't want to get into it all here, but wanted you to know I haven't forgot about you all.
Believe it or not, some of those carnations from my last post are still blooming!  Even while the snow flurries around them.  Here are some snapdragons that lasted until after Thanksgiving:
And I also harvested my little practice garden.  I think I need to talk to a nursery before I go on next year, but we did get a bunch of herbs out of it.  More next year!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Veterans Day!

I couldn't believe going out on Veterans Day & seeing our carnations still in bloom!  November!!!  So hope all you vets had a beautiful day.  Thinking of you all!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Silly Class!

I also decided I need to focus on some fun stuff, so I took Carla Sonheim's Silly Class.  You can see her site at  And here are a few of the Silly Worksheets I did.  Remember worksheets from gradeschool?  Well, we'd get one a day, with some blob or something & have to make something out of it or write a story.  I'm REALLY far behind, in fact the class is done, but I can still post to the Flickr site for a long time!  :)

These are just a few.  More are on my Flickr site.  I'd been away from my drawing for a long time, so this was a fun way to get back into it.  Someday I may catch up!  LOL!

Slowly but surely...

...I'm getting better.  Building up my immune system.  I've done a few things after I hit the wall, so I haven't been totally in bed reading books & eating bon bons!  :)  So here is one new thing I've started doing that's not too labor intensive.  Needle felting!
Doesn't take alot of tools or energy!  Just some sheep roving, a couple needles, a foam pad & some fancies to felt into the design.  Poke, Poke, Poke...but be careful!  Those needles have sharp barbs on them!!!
Here's a sample of a few ornaments I've been working on.  I added shiny threads, Angelina fibers & sewed on some beads.  Easy squeezy!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Long Time no see me! :)

Hi, all! Sorry you haven't heard from me alot, but it's been a busy summer so far!  Some good pals from Kaua'i came to visit me, then some pals from Texas...and next come some friends from Washington state!  It's been fun, but a little tiring for me.  I'm going thru' some medical tests to find out what's wrong with me.  I haven't had any creative energy lately, & the docs are trying to figure it all out.  Just know I love you all & think of you often!  (When I'm not sleeping the day away!)  I hope they figure it out soon as I have so many ideas of creative things to make!  Above you'll see some of my pals from Kaua'i.  I was so grateful that they came & blessed our home with their presence.  Please be patient with my tests!  I hope I'll be back to my old self soon!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gorgeous Blogger Award!

Gorgeous Blogger Award!  (The Illustration didn't come thru', so I added this one!)

Oh how sweet! Just the other day, I received this award from a sweet fellow blogger, Lin. Thank you Sweetie! I really appreciate it! I love visiting her blog of handmade cards which you can see at her site here. for the rules.....

 A. Accept the award and thank the person who gave it to you. ----DONE!

 B. List 10 things about yourself -----DONE!
  1. I'm 1/2 Italian & 1/2 Norwegian & should be in counseling!  :)
  2. I used to be an illustrator, but now am more into fine art.

  3. I was immersed in Cuernavaca to learn Spanish, and now that I need it, forgot most of it!  :)
  4. I've traveled to alot of the continents, but am now happy to stay home and create!
  5. I am a mixed media artist, as much as I try to narrow it down to one medium!!!
  6. I'm 5'4" tall & need to lose some weight!
  7. I love sports cars & hope to own another someday!

  8. I am married to the love of my life!  I never knew how happy you could be until I met him!
  9. My 2 priorities in life are creating, and loving my family and friends.
  10. I've just moved from Hawaii to New Mexico & am still getting used to where everything is & WHAT it is!  :D

 C. List 5 additional things you DON'T like ----DONE!
1. Bigotry
2. Racism
3. Gossip
4. Liars

5. War

Then pick ten people to give this lovely award to! The first person gets to pass it on!-----DONE!
 So hard to I randomly picked bloggers who I like to visit :)  There's so many more but my computer is broke, so I don't have access to everyone I love!  Soon tho'!  I even missed my own Blogoversary!!!  ACK!

 1. JoTee's Art blog  ( I love her January doll!  See it here.)
 2. Matilda Labo's Art blog

3. Nancy's Blog Womankind
4. Griselda's Spirit Dolls and Assemblage Art
5. Danny Gregory's Blog
6. Bead Journal Project and all their blogs
7. Robin Atkin's Blog
 8. SpeedieBeadie

 9. Urban Sketchers
 10. Plays with Needles ( check out an old post here)

There really are a bunch more, but that's all I have for today!  So Sis, JoTee, you win the #1 Gorgeous Blogger Award!

Friday, April 23, 2010

February Progress on Oneness Project

So with all the other stuff I've been into, I'm kinda behind on the Oneness Project!  I'll catch up eventually.  But here's a little progress I've made on the February focal piece: