Sunday, August 28, 2011


Driving the backroads on our last trip I snapped pictures as we passed by old buildings from bygone days.  I couldn't help wonder who tended these farms, planted crops, tried to keep animals alive in the brutal winters and fiery summers.  Hearty individuals to be sure.  You wonder how many generations opened that shed door, how many lives tramped across those fields and laughed and played and loved here.  So many lives beating around us each day that we know nothing about.  Traveling, it's a great adventure and truly a time to do a little reflecting on the souls of others around us.

Supplies from Cottage Arts 
Font - Chaparral Pro

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Challenge - Travel

I could see the tops of the old buildings of Wallace from the freeway and we both knew I had to get up close to see and take pictures.  All of the downtown buildings are on the National Historical Registry, and rightly so, the architecture is just amazing.  

We had breakfast at the 1313 club, aptly named because when it was established it became the 13th brothel and 13th saloon in this bustling silver mining town.  What it must have been like in it’s hey day.

Supplies from Cottage Arts

Font - Lucida Sans

Monday, August 22, 2011


Question Mark reads:
Owie!!!   Mommy are you sure Grandma said you have to pull my hair this tight to make a ponytail?  I know I’ll look really pretty when you are done, but not so hard ok?
 Mommy, can I put a ponytail in your hair next?

Supply list can be found on my Gallery page at Cottage Arts

Friday, August 19, 2011


Cottage Arts Design Team Challenge -
White on White
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Dream to Live

Design Team Challenge at Cottage Arts
Photo-less page

Supply list and what I did can be found in my Gallery here.

Who I Am

Journaling Reads:
Sometimes this is how I feel like I’m looking out at the world from the inside and no one sees the real me in here.  My life has evolved to the age of not knowing or sometimes caring what day or hour it is.  Our life is most times uncomplicated and easy, we roll with whatever each day brings and plan little.  My children have grown and the roles shifted to their shoulders instead of mine, I no longer have to worry about school hours, or homework or the agony of growing, a Grandma only has to smile and love.  I can do that.  We hop in the car and travel and see, me with the camera in hand and lens open to seeing the world about me with new vision, seeking beauty in just the everyday.  I cherish all this time I get to create, to play with pixels and paper.   How wonderful to start with a blank screen or bits of paper and bling and end up with something that makes me happy to share my creative side with those I love.
Life, it’s certainly changed, it’s gentler to me now, or perhaps I’m more gentle to myself at this stage of my life.
Here's what I used from the Cottage Arts Store:
Simply Friendship Pak - Paper 2 and 6 blended together, Mat 1 elongated (3 copies), key 2, string
Quirky Back to School Element Pak -  Quirky Tree, Word Art 1, Hanging Chain, Brick
Font - Constantia distressed with Grunge Paints 1 Brushes & Stamp Set
Natures Sketchbook  -Photo Art Blends 2 - Blend 07, placed over photo at multiply blend, added texture Weave 4 over photo and tree
Plum Haze Page Pak- Word Art Personable
As Time Goes By Page Pak- Word Art Glimpse Soul

Note: I posted this on my other blog A Soul's Heartbeat and hadn't realized until this morning the mix up.  Since there are comments there (on the original post) I'm posting it here where it belongs as well.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Made with the new Sunny Skies kit from Cottage Arts along with
bits and pieces from several of their other kits.
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