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To Live, To Grow, To Take Risks
Tuesday, January 01, 2013      3 comments

These words aren't my own, but were in a weekly email newsletter that I received this morning from artist Robert Genn. I really liked his message, and I find it interesting that he used the word "spark" -- which is especially appropriate for all... Read more
End of the Year 2012
Monday, December 31, 2012      4 comments

I wrote only one blog this year (not counting this one) and that was on January 2, 2012. I got the year off to a good start, but didn't accomplish all that I intended to do -- by a long shot! Like I said in my last blog, rather than worry a... Read more
Working to Get Off to a Good Start
Monday, January 02, 2012      5 comments

A few years ago my sister-in-law gave me a small ceramic plaque that says "I've learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I." This sage quote hangs in my kitchen near my sink where I can see it everyday. However, I guess ... Read more
Something Different this Saturday
Saturday, October 15, 2011      4 comments

This past summer I took a drawing course in Taos, New Mexico, and was really inspired at the time. Got back home to Texas, and have I practiced my drawing since then? No. Not much. When I woke up this morning I decided I'd like to start my... Read more
Can You Ever Be Happy Just Because?
Thursday, September 29, 2011      6 comments

Is it possible to be happy for no reason at all? Robert Holden, Ph.D. thinks so. Here's a link to an article I came across this morning from the "Heal Your Life" newsletter that I receive by email. At the right side of this page are links ... Read more
Rustic Leather Handmade Books
Wednesday, February 09, 2011      12 comments

Every Tuesday afternoon SparkFriend McJulieO and two other friends and I get together at my home for Craft Play Day. This month our friend T. shared her stash of leather scraps. What a treasure trove! Last week we chose and cut our leather,... Read more
Memories
Monday, January 31, 2011      9 comments

About three weeks ago I was having "one of those days," so I used this quote by A.A. Milne to update my status: "Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?" Lately, I seem to be having those days more and more! Guess my friend... Read more
And Now, The 4 C's
Sunday, January 09, 2011      7 comments

Today I found this quote by Walt Disney, and all four of his C's are different from the 3 C's I've previously posted. This message really makes sense to me, too, and I guess I'm drawn to short mnemonic devices like this. "Somehow I can’t be... Read more
The 3 C's of Life
Thursday, December 30, 2010      12 comments

The 3 C's of Life Choices, Chances, and Changes "You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change." I think this is a good thought to remember as we near the beginning of the new year. I've run across this ... Read more
A Week of Rest and Reflection
Monday, December 27, 2010      6 comments

Today I'm beginning my annual review of 2010, and I will start writing my goals and objectives for the coming year. I'm very proud of many of my accomplishments this past year, but others will have to go back on the list for improvement. Ch... Read more
Nonna Christmas Camp
Sunday, December 19, 2010      3 comments

This evening I will be getting my 6-year-old grandson and my 7-year-old granddaughter for a two-night visit to my house for what they call "Nonna Christmas Camp." Cousins come together for this trip, instead of sisters and brothers coming at the... Read more
Iris Folding
Tuesday, December 07, 2010      7 comments

McJulieO and two other crafting friends and I got together today and tried our hands at iris folding. I would have never tried it by myself because I assumed it was too difficult for me to figure out. I always want to have fun while I'm making c... Read more
Definition of Insanity
Monday, October 25, 2010      5 comments

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Whether this quote is attributed to Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, or Rita Mae Brown, I worry that it's been describing me ... Read more
Teeny-Weeny Halloween Book
Friday, October 15, 2010      8 comments

I enjoy making little books to give to my five grandchildren, and this year I wanted to try something different. I was determined to use the sgraffito technique that I learned in my art class a couple of weeks ago, so this past Wednesday I put t... Read more
Four Things in My Life
Wednesday, October 06, 2010      4 comments

'FOUR THINGS IN MY LIFE' QUIZ - shamelessly copied from one member, who borrowed it from another, and another... Four jobs I have had in my life: 1. Library Director 2. Magazine Editor/Art Director 3. Real Estate Broker 4. Graph... Read more

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