Friday, July 26, 2013

Working on everything!

Hey all!

Wanted to share a few snippets of what I've
been working on....
Lots of writing in my free time - 20-30 minutes here and there...
Designing T-Shirts now for a group
this is a first for me but I'm enjoying the process..

Here are a few pages from my journals....
music page ...
My I love the OBX page from the beach ...
work in progress
wanted to show you how I lay down my layers...
this was using the neocolor crayons / after I applied water...
 magazine image collaged onto my background...
I'm painting over her and have added wings...
a lot more shading, color to be added - definitely a work in progress..
Lastly a bit of a page from my Brave Girl journal...

Hope you are gearing up for a great weekend!
I have been feeling so lucky and grateful for so many reasons lately...
Last week I let my 400th post roll by 
and I totally missed it!
I want to share by having a little give away.

Come back this weekend and I'll share the details.
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Steve Gleason and the fight for ALS research

I know I said I would show you some

artwork today...
 I couldn't get this man off my mind today.
 Steve Gleason
former NFL player
who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011

My great aunt whom I was very close to
was diagnosed with ALS
in her 70's.

When I mention ALS to people they usually have
no idea what the disease is.
They have probably heard it called Lou Gherig's
 they don't know WHAT 
ALS does to a person.
Once I give a brief description 
they usually get this awful look on their face
and say
 "Oh, wow - that is horrible"

I am thankful to Steve and his foundation for championing
this cause and giving it a face.
He could have quickly left the public eye
but instead he chose the time he has to try and make a difference.
The blog for his site is what I find
most interesting...
stories of others making it as best they can..

I'd like to give you a tidbit
of what my experience with my Aunt was...
We'd go to visit her at least once or twice a year.
She lived about 5 hours away.
We always had a blast out in the country...
picking blueberries, thrift shopping, talking for hours on end.
This is my Aunt and Uncle
circa WWII on my Great Grandmother's porch.

I can't remember how many months before she was diagnosed-
but I was visiting her for a few days with my mother...
she mentioned in one of our conversations that she
was having trouble swallowing
She was clearing her throat a lot and she asked if
I ever just felt like I got choked up for no reason?
Seemed odd to me 
but I said no and thought nothing of it.
I told her maybe she was getting dry mouth due to some of her meds.
Something I see a lot with my patients at work.
Shortly after this visit
 she was diagnosed w/ ALS.
The odd thing in her case was she was experiencing a lot of the symptoms in
reverse from most patients.
She lost the ability to swallow and speak early on.
She HATED not being able to talk when we came to visit.
She'd furiously write on a notepad we gave her when we saw she
couldn't choke out more than a few words.
I do mean choke.
She dealt with it though, she was tough and amazing.
She had to start feeding herself with a tube the next time
I saw her.
Most patients lose the ability to do these things last from what
I understand.
Most lose the functions of hands,arms,legs,etc.
then the speech and eating.
The hardest part was her mind was still so sharp and exactly the same.
It is like you live in this fragile shell you lose control of
only to still be the same person mentally.
She eventually was confined to her home and then bed.
If I remember correctly the process for her was maybe 2 to 2 and a half
years from diagnosis .

If you don't know much about ALS
please take a look at Steve's site.

I felt like this was one of those days
where the 
"My creative Journey in Life, Love, Art, and Junking"
was reflected by my aunt.
People like Steve and my aunt
they inspire me to live life as full as I can mange.
All this rolls into my inspiration for my artwork in a way
as well.

I just wanted to share this and hope
you may learn something or be inspired yourself.

Thanks for visiting -
Artwork will be next - promise!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lucky 15th!

So I am showing my age right now...
This pic from the shoot for Pearl Jam's first album Ten
is pretty much what I looked like last night!

Remember when you had no money back in high school and college
and you had to scrape together money to go to shows?

I saw a few of my favorites back then and now one of them is
back on tour!
I have to admit - I have been like an 18 year old the last few weeks over this..
I have had the realization in the last year that I'm not getting any younger
and opportunities you think may be there for you at a later date...
they really may NOT!
A band may seem like a silly thing to some
 when it is something that has been a sort of soundtrack for your life
a group of people who have inspired you artistically 
it doesn't seem that way to me.

Point of the picture above...
Last night after a week of waiting and then almost
nine hours of checking e-mails all day.
I found out I won BIG 
in the fan club lottery
 for seats at  five different shows this fall!

Let me clarify that you get much better seats with the club than through
It is just a deal the band has reserved for the FanClub.
However - you may put in for a dozen shows and get none or one.
That is the luck of a lottery system.
People got shut out for any seats at all that had 20 choices -
so this was amazing to me.
I really only put in for several shows because I so HIGHLY doubted
that I would get one!
The best part is I plan on sharing the wealth
with great friends and Mr.Keeper
who is hopefully going to understand eventually
what a big deal this was for me.
Never did a road trip like this before so
I am looking forward to making some good memories
with everyone along the way.

Disclaimer for Mr.Keeper -
I will never ask for anything again...
O.K. maybe at least for a year?!

I also found my missing journals and Neocolor crayons 
yesterday I was so desperately looking for over the last month! 
I am now going to buy some lottery tickets just in-case some
of this luck is still hovering around me!

One last pic...all smiles...
thanks for visiting and Love you guys!
I have some artwork to share tomorrow
that I have been working on!
Have a great Tuesday!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer ramblings....

Got some big plans in the making....
for a road trip!
Just don't want to jinx it...
so details to come later.
of writing going on!
Still working on my sketchbook
but I have been crazy busy the last week so I have
had everything on hold for the last few days.
Are you working on any special projects?

Sad to say
my Neocolor crayons 
 have gone missing...
along with one of my journals.
They have got to be somewhere.
Those crayons are just my favorite because they
were hand picked when I went to Dick Blick in Chicago.
NO ONE here carries them and they
have no idea what I am talking about when I ask for them.
Keep your fingers crossed for me that they show up!

 and in the words of
Glenn Frye...
The Heat is ON!
Summer is in full swing here ...
King Humidity has come to frizz out your hair
 you spent a half hour flat ironing before work....
to make you start to perspire just trying to
make it from your front door to your car...
and to make that icee melt before you even get your spoon into it!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Outer Banks.....

Back at one of my
favorite places on earth...
and the sun finally decided to appear after all...
 Just how I like it....
barely anyone around.
 If I could move down to my little island
I absolutely would!
Lately I either forget to bring my camera card with
me and remember the camera...
or I'm too distracted and forget the camera.
Here are just a few tidbits of the fun
the Little Keeper and a few of  his pals have been having.
 Starting to realize I'm raising a HAM...
 We are thankful the sun finally decided to come out!
Of course we got a little over zealous and are now baked to a crisp...
Hope everyone had a safe and Happy Fourth!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cloudy,rainy, and humid..OH MY!

Ever have one of those
weeks where you
 wait and wait and wait
to get to the beach...
 and then it rains every day?

We have found a few amusements to pass the time...
Keeping our fingers crossed for the Fourth!