I guess we decided to end the year with a BANG.....We lost all our resistance and after having only one dog for the last ten years we have added to our home a new little one. She is a tiny Chihuahua and will only weigh five pounds when grown..She is a little pistol. Our other little dog is ten years old now and needless to say her nose is extremely out of joint. It was fun to have her over the weekend so we could give her lots of attention. Now we get to see how she does at work. Our older dog is settled into the routine so I guess you might say we are headed to alot of work and training...Oh...We named her Roxy. She is smaller than a Beanie Baby. Needless to say we have to watch where we walk (in more ways than one).
Just wanted to share a little bit of Heaven.....My two grandson's...This is the cutest picture, and the best looking Santa I have seen. My two boys are the greatest, sweetest, funnest little guys. We don't get to see them very often but I love them dearly. I wish they didn't live so far away and I wish we weren't so tied down with work, so we could see them a little more often.. I want to wish you all a fun filled Christmas surrounded by FAMILY, FOOD AND FUN. And the greatest of the gifts is LOVE......................................DIANE
P.S. I had a book made of my first month of blogging with pictures and as soon as I see it in person I will let you know how it turned out. It was $30.00 with a hardbound cover and color pictures..I can't wait to get it. I will keep you posted. MERRY CHRISTMAS
Lighting up the night at Christmas time is something that we do to give back to our little community. Every year my Husband goes to this extreme project to thrill the town and the children of the town. He starts putting up the lights way before Thanksgiving so that Thanksgiving night we can turn them on and start the Christmas Merriment. Most of the old lights have been traded for the new LED lights which save a lot of energy and money. We went to the annual Christmas dinner with the Rotary International. Every year we get invited by our friend to be their guest. The food is so fabulous, the Turkey moist and the stuffing fluffy. Yams and mashed potatoes, pie and wine. yummmm
After we stopped at one of the churches and viewed their Live Nativity. It was wonderful they all wore beautiful costumes and the animals were all live, moo and bah and goose and duck. Songs of Christmas being sung. Truly a blessing. I hope they do it again next year. They went to a lot of work for this two day event.
My prayer is for an end to Cancer. My blessings go out to all those suffering with Cancer that they might have a new year Cancer free.............I believe in the power of prayer. Hugs and well wishes...Diane Glass
Now is the time to slow down some and enjoy the Holiday unfolding. Yes there are still many things to do, but if you don't stop for a few minutes and regroup you will miss some of the Joy. I have chosen to slow down today and say Hi to all my fellow bloggers. Take a few extra minutes to smell the coffee. Think about my many blessings and give thanks. Time for me is at warp speed. I always remember hearing how fast time flies when I was in my youth. I guess we never slowed down to think about it much. Now I can see. Time Flies.
My Santa present came early this year. I got a new sewing machine. So needless to say I had to re-boot my studio AGAIN.....I made two pillowcases, and a curtain. My machine is a Janome 2010. So far I love it. It has 50 stitches and threads the needle. I have a quilt in mind that I want to make so I will keep you posted. Enjoy the moment,REMEMBER Martha Stewart has a staff.......................Blessing and Joy. DIANE
Barely enough room for my coffee mug...Finished 30 pair's of earrings. Each one carded with inked edges and embossed with fancy stamp on the bottom. Each pair has the little rubber stoppers on the back. My name and date...whew....what a project. I also made six necklaces. They are going into the Flower and Tea Shop. It is really amazing how many beads I have and still buy more..Every time I think I will use up the one's that I have, I find the need to buy just a little something to enhance my project..You know how it is?!
The price on these is $15.00. I have some that are as low as 6.00. Keep in mind that the Tea Shop gets 20%. How does that sound? Think I will sell them? Think that is a good price? Please let me know what you think. Any and all suggestions appreciated. HUGS...................DIANE
My humble friend Marsha was published in Nov. Dec. issue of
Somerset Studio. I was in Barns and Noble with my dear Husband getting all my favorite Magazines. I picked up the new SOMERSET STUDIO and thumbed through it like I always do and lo and behold I see full pages of some of my favorite art. Not one, not two but count them four full pages....yeaaaaaa. Huge full color lovely Queens with Wings, in her one of a kind art with a Holiday Message. I am so delighted for Marsha. She works so hard to give up new art to use in our own creations. She is one of my favorite people here in my little corner of the world. A most modest and generous Artist. CONGRATULATIONS MARSHA AT TUMBLEFISH STUDIO. http://tumblefishstudio.blogspot.com/ Stop by and see her new header. It is dreamy. Well I am off to work after a 4 day holiday ugg. Oh...some day I hope to see Diane Glass in Somerset Studio or one of their other wonder publications...Art Hugs.....................DIANE
Lovely Little Baubles. Fun to make and hopeful to sell. Once you get all your supplies out you just have to keep on that roll. I was getting tired of making these (sitting too long hurts my back), but I just couldn't stop. This time of year is very busy for all of us and I have several projects that I am working on. Each project is a re-boot for my studio. Sometimes its paper and glue and other times it is beads and more beads.
On my way out the door I snapped my lone Halloween Decoration.....It really is all about the candy isn't it? Then I went out the door and saw this web on our Lilac bush, so I ran back in the house and grabbed my Nikon to take a picture of it. I got two shots before a little breeze came up and moved my shot.
Its off to work I go.....Got the bug that has been going around..had to spend my day off glued to my recliner. Didn't move from there all day. Ugg. Now back to work, feeling better but not great. About the most I couldmuster yesterday wasto look at my latest edition ofCloth Paper Scissors. I did want to update my blog since I found the other collage that was lost somewhere in the many files that I have. This is on 9 x 12 canvas.I have started another larger one using my family baby's that I love. I will show her later but I have a long way to go before she is finished and I might have to do some jewelry in between which means re-booting my art room again...Have a Joy Full weekend............DIANE
Well my tree is getting prettier every fall. I wanted the red maple back here and for the first 5 or 6 years I thought they did me wrong..the colors just weren't that pretty. Finally it is getting striking...guess it is the beauty of getting mature...tee hee.
I actually had a design when my husband planted these trees. Since dark colors reseed I wanted the fruitless plum in the furthest part of the yard. I am very pleased now that they are bigger. When we got this house there was nothing in the back yard but star thistle.. I guess most of the trees are about 14 years old now. Have a beauty full weekend................... DIANE
LOST IN MY IMAGINATION.....LOST ON MY COMPUTER. Lost time spent looking for files....H E L P !! I knew I had to get something on my blog this morning and wanted to put the collage I finished that was done at the same time as my last posted collage...but I couldn't find it. But I did find pictures of the Homecoming Parade that I took last week. I thought I filed them in my Facebook file..but lo and behold there they were under BLOG..Too much, too many. I bought an external storage for all my pictures in case my PC ever decides to dump all my files. I have that all screwed up too. Loose files, duplicate files. I really need to take a class on how to save your files with some sort of something that makes sense......My camera downloads to a KODAK program. Every download is filed by date unless I add a name which I never do..My PC has files under my pictures according to the group that I want to share with. FLICKR, ETSY, BLOG, FACEBOOK etc. Then I have files for every member of my family to save pictures of their kids and grandkids. I have to change the size of most pictures I upload but I have to be careful not to change anything I might want to print so in most cases I have two sizes.....S I G H..........I wish I could just start over..but be careful what you wish for or you could loose it all...eeekkk.
The external hard drive that I bought a couple of years ago is called THE BOOK it cost less than two hundred dollars and I am sure is way less today. I sleep better at night knowing I have a back-up system but not everything gets put on there. Time....Here is a little hint for you...for Twenty-five dollars a year..FLICKR will save your pictures for you. My brother pays Fifty-dollars a year for an on line service to save his stuff. Lets face it, all of it takes ..................................................T I M E...........gotta go...........hugs, Diane
Have you been wanting to try something NEW? A technique that has caught your eye, colors that you would never put together? Well, now is the time. Here is the challenge.....If you have never worked on a size larger then your comfort zone,JUST DO IT. If there is a medium that you have been wanting to try....JUST DO IT. This is done on a stretched canvas that is 8 x 10. It is a great size to start your larger vision. This is a Collage and acrylic paint combo...It was fun. Have an artful Week....................DIANE
Fall is still trying to sneak up on us. We are having an Indian Summer. Fall arrives with cooler days and the turning color of the trees.....then boom.....back up into the 90 degree weather. A cloud came over us yesterday and we got about 14 drops of rain. If I hadn't taken the dog outside I am quite sure I would have missed it completely.
Once again I find myself in transition in my studio. Finished all my art swaps and put away all my paper mess and got out all my bead supplies. I am in the process of TRYING to organize all my beads. I bought two new containers to sort into. Guess I am sorting by color and size. What a huge project. But just playing in my lovely beads is fun for me. I have a few pieces that I have made that need to be tweaked some what and I have found a way to card them that I think will be fun...I will keep you posted..Have a relaxing and fun weekend.."THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE."DIANE
Well this is the last of them. All six are finished and ready to package up and mail. This was a fun swap and I am looking forward to seeing who's work I get in return. Then I will put them all in a little book. Just came home for lunch and thought I would up load them. Have a sunny week and do something fun....Hugs,DIANE
Journal page number 4. Clip art from Marsha at Tumblefish Studio. The outside edge will have something else added but I am not sure what yet. I haven't finished the back yet, so I have a lot of work to do this weekend. Hope to finish all six pages and get them ready to mail on Monday...Thanks for stopping by and have a glorious weekend. Hugs...................DIANE
Journals in a new size, 4" x 6" with an added edge. I haven't finished the backs yet but they will continue the theme and colors of the front with another little quote about House and Home. The swap is to trade six of these pages. I am sorta in a crunch with time they are due the 30th of Oct....still have three to go and the backs. Oh well I will make it...Almost dropped out because I was running out of time and hadn't started them yet but I hate to be a drop-out and have managed to not commit to things that I can't finish. (most of the time) Today try a random act of KINDNESS.....You are the one that will benefit.
I didn't have any art to post today so, I thought I would go into my room and take a couple of pictures of the mess I left from my last project...I had everything put in it's place two weeks ago. All neat and tidy, picture perfect, but never that way for long. It seems that no matter what project I do, everything has to come out. Sometime's my Dear Husband brings me food...That is how locked in I get on my day off from work. So you could say for two days out of the week I live in my studio. Have a rock'n Wednesday............Spread some JOY today............DIANE
Part of a swap I am in. Really fun idea to mix it up alittle. The swap lets you choose the size of your art to swap between ATC size, Postcard, Gothic Arch, or Bookmark.. My third one is a bookmark.
Really glad it is Friday. Friday's are always busy and fun at work. Have an artful weekend and my favorite saying for today is "SEEK JOY".............................Hugs, DIANE
This is for a swap I am in. I am not terribly in to Halloween, but some of the art that comes from the holiday can be fun, and funny. The weather is so incredible right now. The nights are much cooler and the day time temperatures don't get that hot. Fall is in the air. I am laboring today so I have to get back to work. Just wanted to take a few minutes to change my post and say HI..........Hugs, DIANE
It seems like this Summer just flew by. We just had our County Fair and for me that means the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall...We had a cool change in the weather and even a little shower, but it didn't dampen the spirit of all the Fair goers. Saturday night we enjoyed the bull riding. Today my back is paying the price for sitting on metal bleachers and benches and walking for three days. It was fun to connect with friends and family. Have an Artful week...................Hugs,Diane