Random: We had no t.v. service in NC. So when we came back down to Orlando, we took the plunge back into cable t.v. and I regained my "remote control knowledge". Every once in a while I remember we have cable service and I actually watch t.v. Last night Paul was at badminton (!) and I just was NOT up to taking my Tuesday night dance classes, so I stayed home. I was weaving when I suddenly remembered to turn on the t.v. Lucky for me, it was Gibbs' night. :-) During a commercial I switched to The Voice. And truly, this woman that I heard was THE VOICE. She sang New York State of Mind in a way that made my soul stir. When she completed her performance I realized I was shaking and sobbing ~ that was really weird. But she was absolutely astounding! And if I remember to watch again, I hope she sings! Lord have mercy, that lady is blessed with a God given voice. Whew! Blake is her coach, and one lucky man he is!
I have been receiving all kinds of good stuff in the mailbox lately ... but when I got these I was once again streaming tears with the biggest grin on my face. For some reason, this was symbolic for me in the decision to give this my undivided attention, passion, heart & soul. 100% in. Now I have a label. It must be real, right!?! So. very. excited. :-) They came from InkedPapers.etsy
The craftsmanship is fabulous. I highly recommend her!
These are things I worked on yesterday ... the little book cover is a donation for an auction in which the proceeds will go to help a fellow artist with her medical bills. She has cancer and is going through hell with chemo and such. As she is an artist, she's had to close her shop for the sick time which has impeded her ability to make a living. The IG community is an amazing place, folks. Get on the Instagram program if you have procrastinated. The love on there is more amazing than you ever thought possible. And yes, the tears, they will flow. Anyway, you can donate to this cause here. The fundraiser is being hosted by two of the IG community's lovely ladies. Yep, tears. One of the organizers is Jenn of NoodleandLou.com. If you aren't familiar with her work, check her out. She makes the most amazing clay art miniatures ... and her eye for all things vintage is outstanding.
The purse on the right will be completed and put up for sale by week's end, I hope ... and the bag in the background is a commissioned piece for such an amazing lady whom I've become friends with via her son ... who we met through chance.
I am taking an on-line water color art class ... first trying to learn to sketch. This is hard. It's a class on drawing girls in boots. Fashion? What was I thinking? Anyway, it's a good class ... I'm only one week in. I need about 2500 more hours of sketching. Then I'll move on to week 2. Should be good in about 6 months. ;-) The Boot Workshop by Christy Tomlinson.
Spring Festival at Lake Eola! So much fun!
Best booth ever! Awesome product as well.
Carey Ferrante of Blue-Betty (blue-betty.com)
There are some amazing artisans, craft experts and people in general out there. I am always inspired and fired up when I go to a show. It was a good one with BEAUTIFUL weather for all. :-)
An amazing departed soul in the Orlando area left an endowment for the city of Winter Park to have a monthly performance in their park by the Orlando Philharmonic. I am deeply grateful to her for her HUGE generosity. I strive for that kind of foresight and generosity! It was an absolutely wonderful performance and an amazing night out in the park with a friend of many years, Pennisu ... who danced with Paul (as his stage wife) in his very first ever performance of the Nutcracker. For this, and this alone, Psu deserves a medal ... maybe a purple heart, depending on which performance we are referencing! ;-)
We had a trivial pursuit family night. These two were so very generous to me that night. I won the game with their help, by answering a question about wine that they chose knowing I would be able to answer it. They really are the BEST family ever. For some insight, these two are genius level I.Q. And sadly, I am not. It was F.U.N. to be the winner, even if it was because of their sweet encouraging help. Happy dance with no tears on this deal!
I grouted these two stepping stones to put them in the finished column! They are both gifts to friends. I cannot wait to hand them over ... and hopefully see some smiling faces when I do!
Carmen Lolita - a red head's tale of love
Ferocious Fannie Frog
I finished this for a friend's birthday. First time making a 9 x 12. It turned out beautifully. I was delighted to send it to this woman, who is just such a sweet spirit and beautiful soul. And a hugely incredible artist. I hope she can use it in great health and happily create her magic. :-)
I delivered this handwoven computer bag to my first ever COLLECTOR of my work!! She also has one of my handwoven, handmade journals. It is fun to know someone enjoys your work enough that they want more of it! I am so very grateful ... and blessed. She also has a piece of this guy's ...
While I'm showing things, I'll show you my husband's latest ... the dragonfly. He's such a gifted artisan. I love his work. And him. AND, he's becoming quite the badminton contender! I love his enthusiasm and abandon for what he loves to do. Paul is definitely all in when he's riding the wave, whichever wave it is!
Found this little gem at a garage sale for $1. Brought her home and giggled to myself. A couple of weeks later ... after the inspiration hit me, I primed and spray painted her. Then I asked Paul to paint her again, as his spray painting touch is always better than mine! Then I painted her again. Even with the primer, she really wasn't sure about going gold! But as soon as she saw her new outfit, she was beaming all over. Redoing furniture is always so much fun, and very satisfying if you can wait out the drying process between paint coats and varnishes and etc. I am pleased with this little chair. And she really looks good at our kitchen counter. Now to reupholster the dining room chairs ... someday.
This is my new backup plan. I am embarking on tax return weekend. This will be recited and repeated and "omed" until I am certain I am in charge. HA! Take that, negativity!
The previous also stands for Operation: Get Ms. Cheri in shape to teach again!
I have been religious about working out, week number two. My plan is to do something every day. And something new and different from the day before each and every day. This LeBarre program rotates into the lineup once or twice a week. It kicks my bootie. And it's my daughter who does the kicking. I have also fallen in love with yoga. And I do Pilates and ballet & tap, too. I also walk. It feels good and my body is getting happy. But eating right is also a big part of the equation, an although should be an old pro at all of this, it feels like the first time again. As a side note, things do not change as rapidly these days as they used to!
I taught a children's dance class last week for a friend. This precious little girl is the daughter of one of the students I taught when we lived here before. And so the generations carry on the dance tradition! These little people are so adorable. I begin teaching 2 preschool ballet classes/week next week. I am looking forward to being a princess more than anyone could ever know! (insert Tears of joy here) And I am excited to meet my little ballerinas. Yay!
It is Child Abuse awareness month this month of April. Please consider donating to a Children's Home (one like The Crossnore School) or any place that helps abused, abandoned and neglected children. They are SO in need of love and material items, too. As our job is not to judge, please use that energy to send out love to these beautiful children.
And speaking of children, it was my daughter's birthday yesterday. Happy, happy birthday, Jenn!
As Jennifer is a cancer fighter/survivor, every single birthday is a precious reminder of how blessed we are to have her in our lives, here on earth, every single day. There are so many things that we, as normal humans, take for granted. And I can bet our children sometimes fall into that category. But since Jenn's battle started 13 or so years ago, every time I hear her voice, see her face, or even just look at her photo, you can bet I am doing a celebration dance like no other. Having a child is a seriously incredible gift. I say grace every day for experiencing the role of mom in my children's lives. When you are faced with just how fragile life is, priorities change, perceptions change and life is good ~ just as it is. The battles must be picked strategically.
So I encourage you today to hug your child(ren), or if that isn't possible, send them a text saying you love them, at the very least. And then say grace.
Blessings to you all,