It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Thursday, March 28, 2013


This week in Barbara Simmon's art class at the Art Center of Manatee
we did silk scarf painting without the scarf.
We did a sketch of our subject, outlined it with rubber  cement
and then painted each petal and leaf.  When all was dry, we wet the background and did our background.  These were not acrylics but rather ink.  We used the wet in wet watercolor process.
I love the vivid colors!
When all was dry, we removed the rubber cement with a frisket remover.
What do you think???

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


This week, the Diva challenged us to do a 'monotangle' using mooka.  I love the look of 
mooka but really have difficulty using it.
And today was no exception.  After a couple of false starts, this was my entry.
I am waiting for my creative juices to start flowing.
Perhaps they too are to cold.  I am.
Time for spring!  Don't you agree?

Friday, March 22, 2013


We did it!  We met my husband's daughter at a hotel in the center of the state.  Wow!  Words can not describe the emotions we all felt on this meeting.  I am sure our anticipation fed into that emotion but it was really quite amazing.  Because we had exchanged a lot of emails, we really felt like we knew each other before we actually met.  Her husband, who is one year and one day younger ( isn't that weird?) than my husband, came along with her.

She was loaded with questions and he answered them all (and I learned a few things in the process).
After the first evening, we drove over to our home and they spent a long weekend with us.  I think we all enjoyed ourselves and thank goodness for Harley (our mischieveous Bichon) who kept us entertained when things got heavy.  Mostly, it was like entertaining old friends.

We put them on the plane and absolutely collapsed.  No physical labor has ever worn us out like this weekend has.  One good nights sleep did not repair the has taken days.  This was a life changing event for us and for her, I am sure.

Where do we go from here?  None of us knows for sure but we are moving in the right direction.

Happy Paint Party Friday

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I am the Diva Challenge #109

From the first time I saw this tangle on the Zentangle website
I saw Moroccan castles in my head (or maybe a Moroccan Marriott).
My castle is a bit wibbly/wobbly but I sure had fun doing it.
Thanks for another great challenge Laura!
If you would like to see what this is all about

Friday, March 8, 2013

Spring is coming...

Fun with a sponge and an orange stick

Spring is coming...
At least I hope it is.
Here in Southwest Florida we have had a cold week.
And when we have a cold week, we all whine.

So I have been thinking Spring.
I am repotting orchids, cleaning the lanai and just generally getting ready
for the warm weather (and our company).
We even cleaned out the garage this week.  I will take advantage of this motivation
as long as I can.

I played with a little negative glazing again this week.
I find it relaxing.  I think I will add some leaves and maybe some splatter

Monday, March 4, 2013


It took a few attempts to figure out "whyz" but when I did, I loved the rhythm of it.  However
midway into it, I realized that this looked like a geometry exercise rather than a tangle tile.  It is so interesting to me if you change what is highlighted, the tangle changes completely.  Anyway, I had to throw in some streamers to soften things a bit.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Word Art Therapy

Happy Paint Party Friday

Since the first of the year, I have really focused on word art (along with the random watercolors I have shared) as a form of personal therapy...sort of.  The fact that I was taking Joanne Sharpe's Letter Love 201 facilitated this for sure.

We received some wonderful news at the very end of the year from a young woman living in western Canada.  She is my husband's daughter from a highschool relationship.  He had shared with me that his former girlfriend had gotten pregnant and moved "out east" to have the baby when we were dating.  He never heard another word and because of legal issues, never pursued the information.  This young woman had received information on her father (my husband) in 1996 and  didn't follow up on it until now.  She sent a short note introducing herself and asking if by chance he was her father.  He was only too happy to respond.

My husband and I have been married for 48 years and have three grown children and nine grandchildren.  Needless to say, this has "rocked" our family.  We have spoken of this "child" through the years but figured we would probably never meet him or her at this late date.   After all, the "child" would be fifty years old.  You can imagine our surprise!

He shared the information with our three children.  One was delighted, two were not.

He has had a running email conversation with his daughter since the first of the year and they have spoken on the phone a couple of times.  I think it has been very rewarding for both of them  She and her husband will be coming down to Florida in March for a conference so we will meet at that time.  They will spend the weekend with us.

Imagine the anticipation!  And so I doodle, to keep it all together.  Many emotions have rocked this old bod, that is for sure.  Everything happens for a reason and I look forward to our next chapter.

I believe that there are others that have had  similar experiences .  I've googled "bio dad" but haven't really come up with much.  I guess these stories are pretty personal, but I have shared and I hope you will too.

Is it a reunion when you have never met?

There will be a lot to share in a short weekend
She is a gift to our family

We must enjoy the present moment.
"Anticipation" was too long a word to fit on the page.
There is plenty to go around
Joanne Sharpe's "word art"

In fact, it is his journey, I am only a bystander.

I think the Letter Love class came along at just the right moment, don't you?
Please feel free to share your thoughts!