Friday, March 27, 2009

Trying New things

I've been busy trying new things. Organizing is one of them. In an effort to make more room, I have been putting together little Inspiration kits. It has been a lot of fun! Not only is it making more room in my studio, it is also inspiring me to try new creative projects. I'll be showing you some of my new creations later next week. In the meantime, take a look at my New Kits.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Overwhelming Joy!!

Wow! I was woke by a knock on my bedroom door at 6 this morning. My daughter (who lives across the street) asked me to step into the hall. There was a slight sound of panic in her voice. I jumped out of bed and ran into the hall to see what was wrong.

She looked so scared as she handed me a white plastic stick. IT HAD TWO BLUE LINES on it. "What does that mean?" she asked in tears.

"You're pregnant!" I answered jumping up and down, hugging her.

"Are you sure? Should I take another test just in case?" she asked crying.

"You can if you want," I answered, "But the answer will still be the same."

My daughter, Destiny has been trying to get pregnant for many years now. Her husband and her were starting to consider adoption. Fertility treatments were one thing, they said they would not consider, so they have been on their own. They have read, searched the web and did a lot of praying.

Well, it has all paid off. We are so happy and look forward to this fall bringing a new member to our family. Crap~ That doesn't give me much time to prepare.

My stress level just rose several degrees. I have a son going off to missions training (in August) and then to some other country to do mission work. Another son, going into the Air Force (August), a daughter getting married in October, another daughter is now pregnant. At least all is quiet with the other two daughters, son-in-law and three other grandchildren. Let's hope it stays that way, because I don't know how much more good news and happy events I can stand this year!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Staying Busy

Today I have slowly started getting back in the swing of things. Now that my studio is clean, I find it hard to be creative, because I don't want to mess it up again!! Today I put together a set of tags. I think I'll do several more sets this evening and/or tomorrow.

I am also trying to clean out my husband's art studio ~ Boy is that place stuffed with all kinds of goodies. He has also given me permission to liquidate some of it. YIPPEEE! I should be able to list a dozen or more old, vintage items, as well as some art supplies. Be sure to check out my Etsy site, as I will be listing new items throughout spring break.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Unimaginable Grief ~ No words

My plans for the day have been dashed! My mother called with bad news.
My lifelong friend ~ 39 years of friendship to be exact ~ lost her son to a car wreck. I want to go to her, but she lives in Arizona and I am now in Oklahoma. I have picked up the phone several times, but I have not been able to dial her number.
What words can I say? What comfort can I offer? I have never known such a grief. The lost of a child, whether he’s a minute old, 12 years old, 25 years old, or 40, it must be the worst imaginable pain for a parent of any age. Being a mother of 6, that is a feeling I don’t even want to imagine!!
Her son, a beautiful person. He had a big heart and a kind spirit. And very very close to his mother. I have to go now. I have a prayer to offer up and a very difficult phone call to make.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Good intentions ~ but severly side-tracked!

Well, my plans of cleaning out my studio have flown out the window. Actually, out the window. I started out this morning by opening the window of my studio. I spent a few minutes looking out the second story window ~ enjoying the fresh air and serene morning view.

I dealt with a momentary pain of guilt for missing church this morning, then started working on the impossible task of cleaning my studio. It is never an easy task for me. I am a manic artist! When I am in a creative mood, I frantically grab and toss as the process possesses me. Especially now that my creative drive are few and far between. In July it will be two years of daily pain and illness (complications, and adhesions following a hysterectomy). I have had to schedule into my busy life, three surgeries, six hospitalizations, a son who is a senior in high school preparing for collage, a new granddaughter, a daughter getting married, a son getting engaged, another daughter moving in across the street and countless other events demanding my attention. That's the life of a mother of six and a grandmother of three! At least my husband and I make a great team.

Of course, all these things are part of life, but they certainly challenge that creative passion that drives me. In the last few weeks, I have been feeling better ~ or at least I have been convincing myself that I feel better ~ and I have started to feel that passion creeping back into my soul. Yippee!!

The only problem is, ALL my passions are finding their way back! There is not enough time in the day, or enough days in the week, for me to do all the things I WANT to do. Life is getting in the way of my fun!

I have a passion for writing and a passion for art and a passion for crafting. But of course these passions take a backseat to my passion for God, and Family! I'm just going to have to find a way.

TALKING ABOUT SIDE-TRACKED !!! I was starting to blog about how I didn't get around to cleaning my studio. Well, that's soooo true. My studio is still a mess and the day is drifting away quickly. At this point all I want to do is make sure I at least get the work table cleaned off.

UPDATE: My Studio is CLEAN. Actually Clean. I don't know how I accomplished it, but I did. I guess taking the time to blog about my failure to complete the task of cleaning, motivated me to getting it done. Now I can start my Monday morning off with a creative BANG!!

A Day of Cleaning ~

Today I will be cleaning out my studio. This last week has been nearly impossible to maintain any inspiration! My studio is a total MESS. So it's time to re-group and re-organize. Wish me luck!!