Saturday, September 29, 2007

Albino Lion

I've decided to put the albino lion up on Etsy instead of the image below. The one below is next.

We've been staying home the past couple of days because Dad is sick. He's caught a cold and I'm afraid Toot and I are going to be next. The days sure have been great though. Hurray for cool weather! I'm so glad summer is over.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

A step by step view

This is what I've been working on and I finally finished. I would have liked adding more steps, but this was just a test.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

I will be posting this on Etsy within the next few days.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Into the Wild
I still haven't figured out hyperlinks so this is the best I could do for now. You can copy and paste to read about the book I'm talking about.

I read this book when it came out in '97 and it was a great read. I'm not surprised that Sean Penn has directed a movie about this book. Hope to get a chance to see his movie. I've always been intrigued by people who choose to drop out of society and go out into the wilderness. I've always fantacized about dropping out like that. With my survival skills I'd probably be a nice snack for a bear. So to not spoil a bear's appetite I stick to reading about these mysterious adventurers.

Ooooh oooh! And Eddie Vedder does the soundtrack. Another Fav! His first full solo album.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cleaning our Home and A Fun Class

Trying to get organized here at home. Cleaning the home from dust, spider webs, grime and clutter. I like it nice and clean when the cold weather starts coming our way.

The little Toot and I started a class together. It's an opportunity to play with other children her age. She was comfortable right away and wasn't shy. We sang songs and played with new toys. I've always loved going to school because of all the new things to learn. Maybe it had to do with the structure and routine of it all. When we sang songs and used our hands, T sat on my lap and watched. She was fascinated by the whole thing. I was having a great time singing along and trying to learn these new songs. It was great! This class is going to be a lot of fun for the both of us.

I am so happy to have these two in my life! Everyday we are learning new things about ourselves and the love we have for this little girl. Truly a gift.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Another new print up on Etsy, "Fester".

One of my favorites. I came across the word "festering" in the book I'm reading "Teacher Man" and it left me thinking of different festering things. Uncle Fester was a good one. I had to use it for this dog.

Thai Wood Toad

We had a great time at the fair. A lot of walking and sight seeing. I didn't take as many photos as I had planned and the few that I did take aren't worth posting. I will show the wood Thai toy that I got for my Itty. It makes a toad sound when she slides the wooden peg on its back. I don't know the difference between a frog or a toad. I'm guessing that it's a toad.

I also made my first sale on Etsy!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Bunny Smile

My little bunny.

I have started a new painting and working on it off and on. With this great weather I'm taking advantage of the time to produce more work.

We will be going to the County Fair this weekend and I'd like to take some photos and that means I would have to take my precious digital camera that we got fixed. I've been very careful with it since we got it back so I haven't been taking many photos outside of home. I miss taking pictures outside. I'm going to take the camera.

I remember someone telling me that I smiled too much. I just gave them a mischievous smile in response. Later, I did go through a period in my life when I didn't smile so much. I'm so glad I got my smile back. So I send a big smile to everyone - especially you miserable ones who think I smile too much.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I've been welcomed into the "Mom Club".

Today Tootie and I went to sign up for a Parent and Child class. I've always felt like an outsider and could never relate to any type of organization, especially any woman's group. Thanks to my little Tootie I've been welcomed and the doors have been opened. All of the women were very friendly and helpful. I also had something to say because I Am A Mother Now. Yay! So, we will be starting our class next week and I am so excited for both of us. It is wonderful to not have that dark cloud hovering over me anymore. Its finally moved on and I am so grateful!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Tot CPR Class... Check!

Woke up this morning to take a CPR class for Tots at a near by community hospital. They had the baby dummies to practice on. The instructor reassured everyone that the dolls had all been sterilized....I should hope so. I want one now. This would be a great toy to practice on here at home. They had one black baby too. I wondered when they will have all the nationalities represented. Or maybe different colors - Blue, Green, Hot Pink, Purple. Anyway, I'm digressing. I paid $15 dollars for 3 hour class that focused on infant CPR! This was frustrating and gave the class a not so great rating because of this. Why did they name the class "Tot CPR" if they were only going to spend 5 minutes on the subject. Literally 5 minutes.
So, when I got home I went online and bought my little one a convertible car seat because she is getting big for her rear facing one. This was one thing I did get out of the class. A reminder and a push to get the Itty her bigger car seat. Safety!

The frog has nothing to do with this post. I just like it.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Cooler Morning

I've been up early and taking advantage of the quiet time. Itty is sleeping and hasn't stirred for an hour now.
Today she and I are going the The Lincoln Memorial Cemetery for Thelma's burial.

I've decided to buy an etiquette book to keep myself in check the way Thelma did for me. Most people nowadays would be offended if someone tried to educate them on these matters. It was a lesson for me and I appreciated it that Thelma took the time to explain these details so I may use them in my daily life. I will be passing these courtesies to my Itty.

Got to go!

Everyone have a wonderful day! Smile at someone today or as many people as you can -just because it feels good. This was Thelma's motto! Oh, did I mention that she lived to the age of 104!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Details, Dreams, Funerals and Etchings.

Because of this heat its been difficult to post anything on the blog. Around here the little one is my priority and I'm doing my best to keep her cool and happy. She's happy and so here I am for a few words.

I just received information about the funeral services for Thelma. I will be going to the viewing and the funeral. I don't have too many experiences with death. I tend to block out the experience - then later I can't remember the details. Kind of reminds me of how I drank. Today I don't drink to get numb. I just don't drink anymore. Maybe now the details will be more concrete and not disappear like a morning dream.

This is an etching Thelma gave me several years ago when she was moving into a smaller apartment. It hung in her living room for many years. It hangs over our mantel now and I always think of her friendship when I look up at it. In my eyes the figure in the piece will now be Thelma.