Monday, June 30, 2008


My friend Joni at Just Joni/Morning Coffee invited me to Brenda Photo Challenge.
Here is my contribution.

A painting at the Portland Airport

A wall at the Red Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

The floor at that same hotel and casino

A picture on my calender

An antique pitcher I have in my collection

Well that is it for my Orange Callenge. If you are interested in participating go on over and visit Joni. You will love her blog anyway.


My new friend Nancy over at More Than Enough has tagged me with the following mini-meme.

  • Where was I 10 years ago: In Corona, CA working as an Interior Designer.

  • Snack Food I like: Popcorn, Chocolate. Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  • If I were a billionaire I would: Buy homes for all of my children and grandchildren, donate to my favorite charity. There is a very old empty hospital here in Coos Bay and it just fascinates me. I would purchase that building and turn it into a health clinic and hire doctors and nurses that could care for the elderly and homeless and under privileged.

  • Places I have Lived: Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota,Nevada, California, Oregon

Now I’m tagging you:

Jeannene at Love Conqures All

Jennifer at Forever His

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


I have been so inspired by so many people lately that my head is spinning.

I am a member of ZNE and recently joined the ATC Swappers Group. This is the my first ATC for the swap.

I also thought of a way to use the wonderful Toile Fabric I received from Susan at Black Berry Creek . This is a 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" Note Card. I put the fabric on the front and then did a collage with it and trimmed it with the cutest butterfly ric rac. I am pretty proud of the way it turned out.

I was also inspired by an image of my friend Jann over at A Vintage Heart's Great Grandmother, Rose. Jann gave her permission to take the image if we so desired and create with it and I did. It is such a cute image and I plan to use it often. In fact I have used it twice here on two different cards. The first one I used transparencies and the second one I used stamps from Inka Stamps and a line from an old Laura Ingles Little House on the Prairie Book. I know you are all gasping...the book is trashed, it is stained and torn and so I will put some of it to good use. I have a very nice copy of the book whick will stay in one piece.

Then I found this really bright colored fabric looking Mat Stack and an image from Victorian Trading Co and a little decor with a gold pen.

These and more will be listed in my Etsy Shop.

I am working on some clay pieces that I am really excited about also. I will probably be finished with them next week. My husband and I are almost complete with the new porch, sidewalk and gutters. We are doing the landscaping around the new porch and the front of the house. Should be finished by Sunday at which time I will post pictures.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


This is my middle son, D'Angelo's birthday!

He is a wonderful son, Father to my grandson and husband to my daughter in law Lori.
He is also an accomplished drummer. He was in the drum corp right after high school and has a natural talent. Along with his daily employment as the Manager of an electrical company in Anaheim, CA has been the drummer for his band called "New Roll Soul" for a number of years now.

A few years ago he had that horrible flesh eating disease on the top of his foot developing from a bug bite. He recovered from the initial devastation of that but a few years later it came back.

This disease causes loss of muscle and he recently has experienced problems with the control of his foot. He is having problems with drumming because of this and a drummer needs both feet to be able to play correctly. He is a perfectionist when it comes to drumming which is why he is so good. We are hopeful that physical therapy will help but with the loss of muscle it is going to be hard. Training his other foot has been suggested also.

Drumming is a big part of his life and so I am asking for a prayer chain to pray that the Lord will wrap his loving arms around D'Angelo and guide him in what he needs to do to correct this problem .

My husband and I are so very proud of what he has made of his life through all the hard knocks and want to wish him a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SON!


Saturday, June 21, 2008


I received this information from my friend Vickie at Whispers of Inspiration awhile back and forgot about it.
My friend Nancy at More Than Enough brought up the subject again so I thought that it was interesting and wanted to share with all of you. Most of you probably already knew the "Rules" but in case you didn't the following are the rules on how to make an ATC.

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. This article is both a primer and an idea bank intended for those who wonder what an ATC is and how to make one.

The very basics is what their name indicates, ATC are collectables, a brilliant idea born of the older sports-themed trading cards. The one rule that makes an ATC derives from their origins: the dimensions of the ATC must be 2.5"x3.5", or 64x89mm.

To this rule are appended a couple of conventions. First, an ATC mustn't be sold, only exchanged, as the whole essence of these tiny works of art is about artists meeting (by correspondence or online if need be) and exchanging their works, thus meeting many artists and getting exposed to many personal styles. Second, on the back of each ATC the artist writes part or all of the following information: name, contact information, title of the ATC and number (1/8, 2/8...) if it's part of an edition. By definition ATCs are made in limited numbers, often no more than one of a kind. Unique ATCs are called originals; sets of identical ATCs are called editions and are numbered; sets of ATCs that are based on one theme but that are different are called series. Don't be intimidated by the concept of small editions or originals: very few people are anal about this. What most collectors really want are cards that were made with care. Based on that, numbers are meaningless.

That's all! The above is all you need to know to start making your own ATCs. Common sense dictates that they should be sturdy enough to survive mailing, and of reasonable thickness (unless you specifically want them otherwise. Transparent card sleeves are useful to protect the cards if need be. This is particularly true if they can easily get smudged or if the medium might stick during transport.

In the words of Paul Harvey......Now you know the rest of the story

Sunday, June 15, 2008


This is my Father. His name is Frank. He passed away of a heart attack when I was only 7 years old. He was 34 years old when he died. I remember a few things about him. One of the memories I have and still dream about is him sitting in his leather rocking chair and me on his lap and he is tying my shoes.

My Mother told me that he used to sing this song to me. I was "Daddy's Little Girl".

He was a loving Father to me and my younger brother Richie. I wish I could just have one day with him to show him what beautiful grandchildren he has and how myself and my brother turned out as adults. He would be so proud. I have so many things I want to ask him and tell him so I guess when I get to heaven we are going to have a long, long talk. I love and miss you Daddy.

These are the special Father's in my life.

God Our Father in Heaven

My Father Frank, Father of Patricia and Richard

My step Father Erv, Father of Randy

My husband, Father of Daniel, Debra and Kathy

My Son David, Father of Brandyn, Ashely, Melissa, and Angela

My Son D'Angelo, Father of Donovan

My Son Tony, Father of Vinnie and Bri

My step son Daniel, Father of Alex and Riley

My Son in Law Dan, Father of Chase

My Brother Richie, Father of Mandy, Jason, Cassidy, Josh and Seth

My Brother Randy, Father of Jacob and Sadie

My Uncle Lloyd, Father of Diane, Wayne and Russell


Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I forgot to tell you all that while in Vegas my son David and his family surprised me with this birthday cake. It has been many many years since I had a birthday cake.

Thanks guys!! I loved it and the nice "Memories" picture frame. Love you guys.


I have been tagged and that means that YOU must learn some trivial information about me. My sweet friend Joni from Just Joni/Morning Coffee has prompted me to share 7 random things about myself and then guess what? That's pick 7 of YOU to do the same thing! So here goes...

The Rules of the Tag Game: 1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1.My dance partner and I were champion disco dancers back in the late 70's early 80's
2. I got married at the age of 15 and had my first son David
3. I have been as far East as Boston but never to New York
4. I love pizza with extra sausage
5. I wear glue on nails and have for over 30 years
6. I don't like people that are rude..My beloved Mother taught me to live by the Golden Rule it works !

7. I used to be an OB/GYN nurse .

Ok, these are the lovely ladies I choose to tag.....

Lori from
Out of The Mouth The Heart Speaks
Mica from Garboodles Soup
Jann from A Vintage Heart
Vickie from Whispers of Inspiration
Jeannene from Love Conqures All
Nancy from
More Than Enough
Cookie from The Cookie Sheet

Have fun ladies !!


Friends Remembered

I have been busy making collage greeting cards for my Etsy Shop. These are 2 I have finished in the past 3 days. I think my next project will be Paper Dolls.


This is my youngest son Tony. He is currently in senminary. This is his lifes dream. He has recently started up a blog if any of you are interested here is his link Reflections from a Fellow Sojourner (My son Tony)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I had entered a Giveaway the Susan and Black Berry Creek was having awhile back and I won !!
I won this beautiful Toile Fabric and the prettiest butterfly card.

Thanks I have to figure out what I am going to do with this pretty fabric.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

I received a package from Jeannene at Love Conqures All it is a RAK (Random Act of Kindness)

There is a very nice stationary set, 2 beautiful night lights with Victorian Lamp shades and a box of very lovely note cards. It was all wrapped in very Victorian style tissue paper which in its self is so pretty. Where did she get such unique tissue paper?

Yes 2, one pink one sage green which goes in my downstairs bathroom just perfect. I love them! Thanks for your kind words. You are a special friend too.

She also put her AT Swap for Father's Day in there and it was a special surprise because it opened up in a three way fold there inside was a picture of My Daddy and me and my little brother. This was a surprise and it melted my heart. Thanks Jeannene so much.

Saturday, June 7, 2008


Cookie Sunshine over at The Cookie Sheet is celebrating her 5000th visitor and is having a giveaway.
Head on over there and find out about the fabulous giveaway. You may be the winner !!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Just me.
I am back from Vegas and will have pictures for you later this week.
I am overwhelmed with email and things to catch up on but I wanted to let you know I am back and celebrating my 60th birthday today! Oh my goodness I feel I really that old !!

This is a picture of me when I was 18 months old.

Monday, June 2, 2008


Well today is my grandson Vinnie's birthday. Let me tell you a little about Vinnie.
He is a very talented young man. He is home schooled and he is years above other young men in public schools. He plays piano and writes his own music. He has an ear for music and picks it up just by listening. He also plays the guitar just like his father did around his age. He is learning Java Script which is Greek to me. He takes that class outside his home school subjects.

I am very proud of the way he has grown into such a polite, smart, funny and good looking young man. Oh and did I mention that he is my grandson?

Love you Vinnie, Happy Birthday honey.