Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
The following is an excerpt from Napoleon Hill’s book Magic Seeds for Success:
“The Formula for Success simply in three words: Conceive, Believe, Achieve! Conceive begins the process. It is an invitation to dream and to envision whatever it is we would like to manifest in our life. Conception is the very beginning of the birthing process, and it is essential in order to achieve whatever outcome that we set our sights on for the future.
Believe is stage two of the process. This is where the creative juices are turned up a notch and we begin to align our emotions with the desire. Head and heart become one as we move toward manifesting our goal in the physical world. It can now be both clearly seen and felt, and the final logical step will enable us to achieve the intended outcome.
Achieve is the final stage of the process. Action is taken to ensure that the goal is drawn into the physical realm of our world and step by step we are led to the creation of whatever we envisioned at the onset. This is a critical stage, because many people never combine the action with the thought to create the doing. Without action on our part nothing will materialize. The achievement process is contingent on action taken.”
"All things are the result of the thought process. Man has accomplished the seemingly impossible because he has refused to consider it impossible." - Charles Haanel
“We become what we think about” - Earl Nightingale
"Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think." - Benjamin Disraeli
"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are correct." - Napoleon Hill
Saturday, August 28, 2010
It's been since May that I've offered a give-away.......busy summer I guess. Remember the angels I painted recently for Gifts of Faith? Well, the picture above is one of my earlier angels printed on a canvas tote that Gifts of Faith produces. Don't you love it?!?!? I have had my tote for many weeks now and use it everyday to carry magazines, papers, and my sketchbook back and forth from the studio to the house. It is the perfect size measuring 13" x 13.5" with a 2.5" gusset. Soooooo, because it's been three months since my last give-away, I am offering three lucky winners one of these handy totes. If you live outside the USA you can still enter but we'll have to work something out for the shipping......I just shipped a package to Brazil this week and the shipping was $30, yikes!! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about summer. I will be doing the drawing September 9th. Good Luck to you all!!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
collage papers and acrylic on cradled board 10" x 10"
This vendor, Rebecca Erb, allowed me to take a couple photos of her booth. I purchased some beautiful wool from her. The rugs she had on display were just gorgeous!
I am only showing a few of the many, many beautiful rugs that adorned the walls (these were my favorites mostly because of the colors). I wish I would have wrote down the names of the talented ladies that hooked the rugs in the above photos in order to give them a shout out, but I didn't think of it until creating this post, sorry ladies!
If you ever get the chance to attend this show I highly recommend it! I left the show inspired to get back into making rugs and even more inspired to offer my artwork as rug patterns. The folk art acrylic paintings I have been creating lately would make amazing rug patterns.....and I have a sketchbook full of more ideas so here we go!!!!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Buster was born August 21, 2004 in Bernie, Missouri. We went down to MO to spend Thanksgiving with family and brought our precious lil' Buster home with us. He is a great addition to our family :)
We suspected that Buster may have been hit by a delivery truck because we had three deliveries the day before this all started and Buster tends to run out to "greet" anyone that pulls in the driveway by running up to the vehicle.
The pain medication seemed to be working at first, but the past few days, he has been walking extremely slow again, was having a hard time laying down and wouldn't eat his morning meal.
I took him to the vet yesterday for x-rays and we received bad news. Buster's left knee has bone spurs and arthritis and he has hip dysplasia in his right hip. Both causing him pain. But the worse part is his spine. He has Spondylosis deformans .. "a degenerative, noninflammatory condition of the spinal column characterized by the production of bone spurs along the bottom, sides, and upper aspects of the vertebrae of the spine". Some of Buster's vertebrae are actually touching causing pressure on the nerves which results in tremendous pain.
So...the treatment you ask? Well, the pain medication he was taking for his knee and hip unfortunately cannot be taken with the steroids that he needs for his back. However, it is his back that is causing the majority of pain. Buster will be taking steroids for the rest of his life.....there is no cure, only pain management. Sweet, sweet Buster is breaking my heart :(
Thursday, August 19, 2010
collage papers & acrylic on 10x10 cradled board
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Many, many thanks to Jann.....our driver this year and our organizer. She painstakingly planned each day's shopping ports.....our first stop, The Homestead Collection in Findlay, OH....only 2.5 hours from our starting point. Behind this beautiful store is Jeffery's Antiques.....the largest antique store I've ever seen chock full of treasures! We also shop at a wonderful store named Early American Home while in Findlay.
Next town was Tipp City, Ohio for some great antiquing. (sorry no photos)
Berlin was really hoppin! I wish every town we went to had as many people out shopping as Berlin did. It was quite a sight! Even though it was 90 degrees and super humid, it didn't stop us crazy shoppers from walking the town in search of more treasures. Our slogan at this point was "it has to be small or buy nothing at all". We were packed to the gills. We filled every nook and cranny in Jann's vehicle. Ahhhh, good times.