Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wow! It's been some time since I wrote anything on my blog. I have been in and out of the online game of Second Life. I love going to that virtual world and relax.
I will begin work on my newest book called, "Edit Your Life".
It a wonderful book about slimming down and/or out things in your life.
When I vacation at my summer home, I always return happier because I have a great appreciation for having lived in a small space with just the bare minimum. It's wonderful!
I do believe we are taught to collect things. Nothing wrong with that if you so desire but I don't want anything in my life that I don't use. The older I get the less clutter I desire.

More as I continue to write.

To my Second Life Peeps, I will talk to you all very soon. Take care and….

Enjoy Life!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The most wonderful time of year…..Really!

Ahhh Christmas. I love this time of year in real life and in the online game of second life. My dear friend Julia Hathor has her holiday items out on her sim and they are as fabulous as always.
I can't tell you how much I think of her work. Simply stated, she is awesome!
I love second life for a variety of reasons but mostly because of the friends and camaraderie.
I love how second life informs and adds positive energy to my real life.
People come and go, that's life I suspect, but I love the continuity of this online game.
To my friends, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Year.
By all mean please…..

Enjoy Life!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Carpenters - Don't Be Afraid

I absolutely love the message in this song. If I weren't a 60's baby, I would have spent my life wanting to be a 60's baby. I love this period in history and I especially love the music that was made during this time.
You simply have to love it! It always helps me.....

Enjoy Life!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tea Time

Well, I am back in the real world and it's as crazy as when I left for a vacation. You really have to make an effort to look for the good in others because there are those who apparently just don't care.
Picture this. I am going to the grocery store early in the morning to beat the traffic. As I am walking to the front door, a man comes running out. I think to myself, "It's too early for anyone to be late for work". Then I thought, "Looks like someone is running away from a crime of some sort".
It turns out the latter was true. A man had stolen a large quantity of expensive meat. It also turns out that this man had done this before, in this same grocery store.
I must say I was naive enough to think that maybe he was really hungry and he resorted to such dishonest measures. Nope. This man, took the most expensive cuts of meat to sell to others for money.
Anyway, on to other news. I had a great time creating cards and gifts for the people I care about. I am also having fun designing my work space. I want to add a keurig beverage machine so I have been doing a great deal of research. It looks like I will get the K60 Special Edition. I don't drink coffee so this machine will be used for tea and hot chocolate. I can't wait to get started.
Tea has one big effect on me. It calms me down.  I don't have a favorite yet but I will try several and see. Tea, it helps me.....

Enjoy Life!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Those who really care

This has been one of the most interesting summers I have ever had. It was filled with so many adventures. I have enjoyed my time off and feel extremely blessed.
Presently, I must prepare myself to return to the real world. It is a bit depressing but I am very grateful to have had the opportunities I have had this summer. I have felt the prayers of so many and I am thankful to have people who really care in my life. I have been working on presents for them and I hope to share pictures in another post.
In the online game of Second Life, I have had the most creative time. For those who have not been introduced to this world, again I encourage you to try it. It is a game first but for me it has proven to be creative ground. It does not matter where I land, there are friends to be made and friendships that are maintained.
In real life many of you know I love the beach and currently the endangered newly born baby turtles are making their way to the ocean. It warms my heart to see those who care, make sure this process is not disturbed. I call them the good shepherds. I do hope all goes well. It's good to know there are people who honestly care out there doing great things. In the end, it helps us all......

Enjoy Life!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I know Father's Day has passed for this year but I thought I would share what I created for my Dad.
I hope you like it and.....

Enjoy Life!!
This song is the perfect anthem for me. I have always lived by the words in this song. Fortunately, I grew up feeling like I was allowed to be me.
This song is song by someone young and you can tell simply by the way she is singing the song that she gets it. How very important I say.
As I have traveled this wonderful world I do realize how very BLESSED I have been in being allowed ot be me. I have met many who have yet to discover who they are and what they believe in.
Many know my motto. It is, "I am going to let you be you and you are going to let me be me". I love it! Being me allows me to.....;.

Enjoy Life!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

You Know I Can Do This

I have a great idea for my next school year. I am so excited about this vision! I blame it all on the online game of Second Life. There, I have been allowed to create and dream. Two ingredients I needed to tap into to make this happen.
Some would say the next part, the execution, is the hard part. I would disagree. I have students who want to be taught and want to learn. I am the armed with what it takes to get that job done effectively.
The hard part was creating. Once my mind was allowed to run free and dream, it was like rounding third base. This is the part when I say, dreams can come true. Just watch me take it home.  Tune in and you will.....

Enjoy Life!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

About My Second Life

Well, I am having a lovely Second Life and I have been for a while now.
The online virtual game of Second Life does a wonderful job of entertaining me. This online game provides a solitude that quiets my spirit after a stressful or busy day.
I hang out in a place where I don't see others and that creates a perfect place of peace.
Clear thinking and creativity go hand in hand in my worlds (rl and sl). I have been able to design and create so many lovely ideas but it really doesn't stop there.
The virtual water nearby and the beautiful horizon does wonders for me. Soothing is a word I would use to describe how I feel when looking at the art of Second Life. Let me try to explain why. Picture if you would, a picture or painting you like to look at hanging on a wall and then imagine that picture moving as if it were alive. The beautiful moving art is indeed a pleasure to behold. I tresure this place and enjoy the time I get to relax there. It simply helps me to.....

Enjoy Life!!!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I entered a bucket list challenge and I was so happy to do so.  I wrote and performed the intro to my video reponse and thought I would share it with you.
I had thrown my bucket list away and made peace with maybe somethings were just not going to happen for me.
The challenge gave me hope. It's okay to dream. It helps me.....

Enjoy Life!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

It has been a wonderful week at the beach. I feel so relaxed and happy.
What a wonderful teaser for what I hope will be a relaxing summer.
Sitting in a comfy chair with my mac and a tervis cup filled with a sugary treat is what I call a good time.
I noticed that I create better when I am relaxed and happy.
The nights are still kind of cool so staying warm in a lush blanket is a great thing to do.
It is a blessing to be here with my family. They help me to....

Enjoy Life!!!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Brook Green Garden

I had the most glorious day today. Our friends took my daughter and myself to Brook Green Gardens. It's an absolutely lovely sculpture garden. There are other things to enjoy as well but mostly I enjoy the sculptures.
In learning the history of the old rice plantations in the area, there are several events designed to teach the visitors. Ron Price from the television series, Gullah Gullah Island hosted such a session.
After the very informative session, I asked Mr. Price if he would sing the theme song with me. He was so gracious and did just that. I only wish I knew the song better.
This sorta follows how I learn parts of television theme songs and what I don't know I create my own words. Does anyone else do that?
It was a great day filled with memorable moments that help me....

Enjoy Life!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I went on a tour this past weekend. It was incredible.
The houses on the tour were rice plantations. The history of the houses was thought provoking. I was so engaged that I did further research on many of the plantations.
When the rice plantations were "no more" they became huge hunting lodges for the most part. The owners were wealthy people from the north who whould journey to the plantation to hunt whatever was on their land during certain times of the year.
Many of the current plantation owners today have tried to preserve the homes. I was surprised that many still live in the homes full time. I shouldn't be surprised though. The views from theses home are lovely and that is an understatement. The front of the homes face the river which is has really grown over with....stuff. The houses were sometimes a combination of the days of old and today.
The gardens are so beautiful. I am sure the upkept on them is a daily job. Walking around and taking pictures make the day one of my favorites.
Getting in and out of the car was exhausting but somehow once in the home or walking in the gardens, I felt refreshed.
I am very afraid of nature that moves, especially the kind that moves quicker than I do. For the most part I tried to forget that fear and enjoy the best mother nature has to give.
At the end of the day there was a tea held at a church that was over hundered years old.
Fabulous day! It was a day that helped me.....

Enjoy Life!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Enjoying the Special Moments in Second Life

It's such a joy to sit in the online game of Second Life and enjoy a sunset or sunrise. When I get home from what is usually a long day, I love to unwind by writing down my days journey and watching the water in Second Life.
It's wonderful, right? In real life and and second life beautiful is beautiful. These things help me to....

Enjoy Life!

P.S. I hope to see the real life version of this today. Life is..... full of "wonderfulness"!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Going to the Beach

I can't wait for this weekend!
It's time to go open the beach cottage. I may be rushing things but it's time to get ready for the spring and summer.
I miss being at the beach so much and I can't wait to get there and relax.
The beach is the one place I feel most vibrant.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Stoney End

This is probably one of my most favorite songs. I love the versions sung by Barbara Streisand and if the truth be told, I have no idea what it is about.
I do have several ideas but my ideas don't seem to have a central theme. The song then becomes, random. It's a random song that I love and have loved since I was very young.
I recently saw a video where Barbara didn't seem to know what the song was about either. I don't feel so bad now.
Lines like, "My poor mother worked the mines". Really? That is a stoney end.
"Cradle me. Mama, cradle me again." Ummm, that is a nice, comforting thought but with her in the mines and all, probably not likely.
Then there is the title, "Stoney End". Not to be confused with the "pointy end". Ummm, again I come up with maybe rocks on a road. Maybe someone is lost and really wants to start the journey again?
Wait a tick, drugs! That's it! They are on drugs and want to turn their life around. No wait. The cradle me part leads me to believe they want to start all over again. Oh, wait, not so impossible. They can be reborn on the other end. The not so stoney end.
Okay, I'm done. I feel like I am on the stoney end writing this. 
It's a great song. It helps me to....

Enjoy Life!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Never say goodbye

I am one of those people who struggles with what to get for the special people in your life.
Yesterday was Valentine's Day. It happens to be one of my favorites as special days go.
Not only because of the chocolates but because I get to show my husband how much I love him.
As many years as we have been together, we are truly in love and enjoy each other.
Getting him a special present is still an issue I must admit. This year I decided to give him yet another song. He really enjoyed it.
The song is the theme song for a movie entitled, "The Promise". We decided we would watch the movie as well. It is a great romantic story so I enjoyed it.
What was very interesting was that as I was recording this song for my husband, he came home and you can hear him at the end of the song say, "I'm home".  He's such a wonderful husband. He is the reason I .......

Enjoy Life!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

My Uncle Earl

I am very proud of my family. We are a very musical family and passionate about it.
My uncle was a gifted soul and from an early age he found his gift and was very keen on using it.
Still in his teens he sang with professional groups, The Crystals,  and The Cadillacs. with his mothers permission.
He sang the song entitled, "I Feel So Bad". This song was later purchased by Elvis Presley and he recorded it.
He wrote many songs. Before he died, he and the group was able to record a Subaru commercial. Maybe you have seen it. You must tell me if you have.
My Uncle Earl was a great man in my eyes and I will always be proud of him and his great talent.

Enjoy Life!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Gift for my YouTube Friend in the UK

Loving the Choices you Give

I had the best time yesterday. I just had to hop on my blog and talk about it.
We don't have a Trader Joe's in my area. Very unfortunate, I know, but it is what it is. I won't even go there with how I feel about the people who make those decisions.

The first time I was able to go to Trader Joe's was in Washington D.C. I had a fabulous time but I had to stop and say, "How does one have a fabulous time in a grocery store?" Well, I must say it is possible. The people, the lovely choices, choices, choices made for a great experience doing what many people dread to do. I love changing things up, it's a personality flaw, I'm sure. Trader Joe's had so many items that I have not tried before. I look forward to trying everything.

On some level, I'm sure it reminds me of my youth. As a young person I was fortunate to grow up with so many different cultures. All sorts of cultural foods were there, around me for the trying. Where I am now... well, I don't want to sound negative because I do love (this cultural vacuum) where I live but there are not the choices one deserves. People here grew up happy with the same choices they will die happy with. It's unfortunate commentary but what is really sad is they have know idea how sad it is. I suppose ignorance is BLISS.

Anyway, life was good yesterday. While I can always hop in my car and drive miles and miles to  a place where people embrace choices, the reality is, it's not always possible.

Trader Joe's is a wonderful store, I really am glad you are out there. While I doubt the powers that be will ever allow you to exist in my area, I have faith some of the people in this area will take the opportunity to venture out and see the lovely items you offer.
I have always thought the close-minded, with the power and money are more dangerous than anyone.

Oh how I love choices. They help me......

Enjoy Life!!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Omg! My good friend Diane was so kind to do this video. I wanted to share it with you. Everytime I watch I cry. She is really a wonderful and kind person to say such beautiful things about me. I am very happy to hear them. She has made me feel very special. She is a special friend who has helped me....

Enjoy Life!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Air That I Breathe

This is a wonderful song by one of my favorite musicians. This woman can sing this song. My husband and I have a song that we call, "our song", and she sings it. the title is called, "Morning comes to soon". This song, while it's not our official song, is still a wonderful song that the two of us can identify with. We danced to this song tonight and there simply are no words to explain how I feel. My husband and the air that I breathe really is all I need. They help me.... Enjoy Life!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Key To Me

Here is a song I wrote for a commercial. I am still tinkering with it but I am having a great time.
The online game of second life really inspires me. My avatar Viv Writer has been the object of my stories and I can't tell you how fun that is.
I love to create! It doesn't matter if I working with paper, fabric, or stories, I simply must create.
Go create something today. I know you will....

Enjoy Life!

Monday, January 7, 2013

My Cup of Tea

I just had to jump on my blog and share what a wonderful husband I have. I was sitting at my desk writing as I do every evening. I turned around when my husband called my name and there he stood with tea and my favorite tea cup.
To anyone who understands, you know what that simple gesture means.
Please take time to do something special for someone you love. It means so much.
He is my better half and he helps me....

Enjoy Life!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dress Form Pincushion

I had the best time creating these dress form pincushions. I want to make some with better material.
I must go find some better material. Go make you a dress form pincushion and....

Enjoy Life!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Simple Little Rag Doll

In the online game of second life you can choose almost anything as your avatar. I was a little doll or little girl avatar at one time. It was fun. I dressed my little doll in beautiful clothes, wrote wonderful children stories. I had a wonderful time. Others thought sinister things about that but that is because they are sinister people to begin with. I tend to put those people on mute and carry on with life.
I have always loved little dolls. If the truth be told I still do. I don't collect them but I do appreciate them when I see them. I love the vintage ones the best. The old rag dolls are my favorite. In this day and age of computer dolls and such, it's great to reach back to something very simple.
On YouTube, Va had a challenge to make her rag dolls so I join in. I absolutely loved it. I want to design my own now. They were so much fun to make.
Find the simple pleasure in life. You too will....

Enjoy Life!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fairy Doors

I LOVE fairy doors. A co-worker introduced me to them the other day in reference to a production for school. I was soooo engaged that I began researching and creating them.
In my travels online I saw some really amazing fairy doors. I would never have thought I would.
As I get ready for the holdiday season I can't help but think about how I can alter these doors for Christmas. I think I will alter several of them and send them to dear friends.
I hope everyone is doing well and gearing up for a wonderful holiday season. If one remembers the reason for the season, all will go smoothly. One would be sure to .....

Enjoy Life!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Priority vs. Option

Someone said, "Never make someone a priority when all you are is an option to them".
What a wonderful quote. It stopped me in my tracks. I needed to hear that today.
In just a matter of seconds, that quote solved an issue that haunted me for a while. I'm not saying this for no other reason other than to share something. That something is that when you are ready to understand  something that is difficult to understand, it will be revealed to you at that time.
We can't determine what people think of us but we can determine what we think of others.
Remember the Golden Rule and try your best to live by it everyday. You will....

Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stuck on Stupid

This song is not meant as rude as it may sound to some.
Sometimes people get stuck on stupid for many reasons. Some reasons include, low self esteem, nervousness, and a host of others not mentioned.
In this song the person knows exactly what to do in math class after instruction, however, once they are on their own, things change. Everything seems to fly out of their head and they don't know how to work out the problems anymore.
When the teacher pulls them up to go to the board, they really get stuck.
Sometimes despite how much we really want to do something, we get ourselves stuck. We try so hard to get "unstuck" but get even more so because we are not looking at what is the real problem.
So I believe if we just relax and concentrate on the work things will go better. I didn't say it would be perfect but maybe, just maybe, if we relax we can get through the sticky stuffy and the breeze through on brilliance.

"I bet you're wondering, what I'm doing here
How I got this crazy look on my face
Here we go again, trying to work this out
In the classroom everything goes alright
On my own I can't work it out
Walk me through it
On how to do it
Step by step, I don't want to loose it
I get stuck on stupid
It's so frustrating
It's agitating
The teacher tells me to get on up
Just get on up
Get your stuff
Get your stuff and go to the board
She starts to explain, going faster than rain
I hear mumbo plus gumbo, equals astro turf
Cross your T and don't forget X before Y
I'm stuck on stupid
I'm stuck
Give me a hand
I wanna understand
Slow it down
I know I could get this.... really"

It was a great deal of fun creating this and I hope you get a laugh or two. It was writting in fun and that helps me....

Enjoy Life!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fight For Me

Okay, this is one of those times when I have the pieces and I can't see to connect them properly. I love creating these songs but sometimes I get in my own way and block myself.
I am gonna admit defeat for now and come back to this later. It's so frustrating.
I don't know how others get through this sort of "thing" but I am going to walk away and come back to it when I have a new attitude. I think that may help my process and it will help me ....

Enjoy Life!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This is one of my all time favorite songs. Marvin you inspire me and give me hope. Rest in Peace.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I love the beach. It is my reset button in life.
I have been so blessed to spend a wonderful amount of time at the beach this summer.
When someone asked a radio announcer, "How are you doing?", his reply was, "Better than I derserve". That is exactly how I feel.
I went to the beach to give God a big hug today for his great blessings.
I wonder if others feel the same way when they are on the beach. I simply can't be alone in the way I feel but if I am that's alright too.
I look around and see all the lovely houses built on the beach and wonder if it is possible for someone who feels the way I do about the beach could ever grow tired of it. I certainly hope those who are blessed to have this view on a daily basis has the opportunity to actually look at it and feel the love of it.
For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, I am sorry.
The beach and life go hand in hand to me. When I am at the beach I always feel great and......

Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I send my Love forever

It was cool Fall evening and all seemed calm.
Walking down the avenue home,
I felt something hanging low.
Suddenly I heard a scream
Looking around to see with way to go.
Distinctly I heard it.
With my last breath I say to you my love
I send my love forever
I ran without direction
I ran with every intention to go home
But there in the road was this lady
I seemed to know

With my last breath I say to you my love
I send my love forever

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Can you Sing the Colors of my Love

OMG! This has really been a lovely summer. I have been so blessed with good things. I take nothing for granted.
I will share with you one of my favorite places in South Carolina. It is called, Brooke Green Gardens. It is a remarkable place with amazing sculptures and gardens.
In the online game of Second Life, there is a designer, Julia Hathor, who creates the most amazing pieces of art.
The gardens at Brooke Green and Julia Hathors virtual art sims in the online game of Second Life remind me of how beautiful life really is.
I am not doing a good job of explaining but maybe this song I wrote and some of the pictures in the above video might help.
If you ever get a chance to visit Julia Hathor in the online game of Second Life or to see the gardens at Brooke Green, go quiclky. Be assured you will.....

Enjoy Life!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

40 Mondays

Well, I am either on a roll upwards or downwards. I am gonna pray it's up.
Anyway, I created this little ditty for the musical I am working on. Take a listen and tell me what you think.
In the beginning of the play the teachers are excited about returning to school but letting go of the summer vacation is not easy. One very positive teacher tries to give hope by singing this song, 40 Mondays.
There are approximately 40 Mondays in a school year, give or take a few. Mondays are the worst for many teachers to get up.
I like this song because it is up beat and positive. That's the way you need to be if you teach. It really does help you....

Enjoy Life!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Do You

Okay, I am having way too much fun! Writing this one act play has proven to have its challenges but because of the nature of the whole project, I have found loads of humor in executing this project. Please enjoy this little ditty I wrote entitled, "Do You".
In this world where some find comfort in being like someone else, I challenge you to be you and do what you do.
It has long since been my motto to "Let You Be You" and you "Let me be me". I really think the world, or part of it, would be a better place if we tried.
Go be you and I promise you will....

Enjoy Life!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

All is great at the lake. This summer is HOt!
I am trying to calm down. It is so exciting here. I need to focus but it's hard to do so with everything going on here.
We have someone getting married in less than a month. I love a wedding.
I have started to compose a song for our wonderful couple. I am having a blast composing. Above is a sample of what I have done thus far. Hope you like it.
I am still plotting away at my book and now a one act play.
So much going on. I am truly going to miss this vacation. I wish vacations could go on for life but you appreciate them more when you work for them. They help me....

Enjoy Life!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

What a Waste?

Today I was working on my book, The Adventures of Viv Writer. It is something that I really enjoy doing. When writing the stories, I throw myself into the situations and different perspectives of all of the characters in order to write for each character. It is a wonderful adventure.
Sometimes, however, I have to get into the head of personalities of characters that I don't always understand. Just by verture of being me, I don't understand every personality.
Arden is a character in my book. He is the love interest of the main character. I have a bit of trouble understanding his perspective at times. I surprised myself when I wrote this song because it really does define how Arden is feeling in the story.

I know I am not a traditional song writer. Maybe I am not a song writer at all but in anycase, this song managed to help me understand where Arden is coming from. As a result I can write for his character so much better.
In the story Arden is hopelessly in love with Viv and has been since they were children. Viv has never accepted his love as a more than a friend but finally when she begins to consider him as such, she creates a wall, a defense mechanism to be sure, and pushes him away.
Arden is ready to move on but finds that his love just can't be turned off. He is confused and upset at the fact that the love he has given Viv since they were young children has been wasted.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

soap pops

OMG! I had the best time creating these soapsicles or soap pops.
They look good enough to eat but please don't, because it's SOAP!
I did enjoy creating them but what is wonderful to me is the fact that my family can use them. I can control what goes into these lovely bars of soap. I don't always want a fragrance. Sometimes I wear scented lotion or perfume and on those rare occasions a scented soap, lotion, and perfume altogether can be more than one nose can handle. Can you say scent overload?
Anyway, I never tried goat's milk soap. I am glad to try it. I also love Shea soap. I hope to pick up some olive oil soap tomorrow.
These lovely jumbly bars of soaps will be available in my etsy shop soon so if you are interested in them please click over and buy a few.
On a different note, I continue to count down the days to summer break. We are going through finals week at school and I am very excited for many reasons.
Under different circumstances, giving soap to someone might suggest to some that maybe they need to take a bath but when you get a soapsicle it just seems to say, "What fun?"
Soapsicles.... they are so much fun and they help me....

Enjoy Life!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Well, I am on point today. I love this song. Roberta Flack is one of my favorite musical artists. I have never seen her in concert and at this point in my life, it's not looking like that is going to happen BUT if I were to ever go to a concert in my life, it would be to see her.
There are only two people I would like to see in concert and she is one of them. You are gonna have to guess the other one and yes they happen to be alive.
Anyway, I really enjoyed putting this video together. In the online game of Second Life, my avatar, Viv, is fun. My avatar is the star of my short stories, The Adventures of Viv Writer. The song in this video actually influenced one of my short stories.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Love Inside

The first time I heard this song I cried..... loudly.
Most of us can relate to this song on some level.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I Like Dreaming

It's a wonderful Sunday evening and I have had the most lovely weekend at the lake with my family. Some might say resting and lolloping about is absolutely no fun but I would be prepared to defend my position.
Well, mothers day and my birthday have come and gone. My duel celebration was lovely as well.
I am so looking forward to the break that summer brings with it. I say it every year and every year it's true, summer break gets shorter and shorter.
This year I have plans. I hope I have the discipline to execute them. Let's see, I'll share this much. I plan to continue writing, The Adventures of Viv Writer. I don't think I'll ever finish and to be honest I don't think I want to. I love the characters I've created, the places and situations I put them in. It's a fantastic adventure to write. I also plan to write a musical for my students. That is an ambitious goal considering I lack a few requirements needed to make this a success. I also plan to eat properly. Ummm seriously, eating during the summer is an issue for me. When working, I don't have time to snack and go out to eat the way I do during the summer.
I love being in the online game of Second Life. I love being in a place where I feel a peace that is so wonderful to create in. My friends in the online game are fantastic and extremely supportive of my efforts. I don't think I've ever had such kind words said to me. The kind words just fuel me and I live on them.
Each summer I spend at the lake I feel that much closer to the beach. Maybe one day I will wake up in my dream cottage at the beach with my typewriter, decaf coffee, and glasses. It's a dream that makes me smile broadly. Even if it never comes true, that dream alone would have made me smile a lifetime. In this case I guess it's alright to dream my life away. It helps me....

Enjoy Life!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Some Dilemma

This has been some week. I am so ready for summer break but I know all too well that summer break goes very fast.
I am doing more crafty things with my students and I am pleased with the results. They are using their imaginations and building up their creative muscles more and more with every project.
I am really excited about a current project that involves atc (actor trading cards). More about this in another blog entry.
I am thinking about heading out to the lake but the comforts of my bedroom seem to be the magnet that won't let me go. What a wonderful dilemma. Go to the lake or stay in my bed :) Either way I think I can....

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kewl Kowls

What a wonderful time I have been having. The weather is beautiful and it's that time again to renew old friendships with those at the lake.
The lake is a wonderful place for me to relax and recharge my batteries. I have just had a great time visiting with everyone.
We shared with each other all the things we had been doing during the winter months. I was pleased to share my Kewl Kowls.
A wonderful friend is modeling one in the picture above. We discovered that these Kewl Kowls are wonderful to wear over a swim suit on those balmy cool evenings at the lake. I got several orders in a variety of colors. I was so pleased they liked them and more pleased that it's something I can make and give to them.
I do sell them in my etsy shop if you are interested. If I must say so myself they are Kewl to have and very comfortable. It's the little things that allow you to....

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Relaxing Day

I have been busy writing, what I think is the best chapter in The Adventures of Viv Writer. This chapter, entitled, Turn the Page, is a privatol point for the character Viv.
It has been great writing this chapter. For this chapter I have had the luxury of being in the online game of Second Life and letting my mind create. I visit the virtual beaches and lovely homes that in many ways relax me so I can create.
So far it has been a relaxing day and I hope to continue to create and ....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happy Easter

Well, it's that time of year again. Hippity hoppity, Easter's on the way.
This clip is from another favorite sitcom. This lovely ensemble could make even the worst writers in the world seem great. I believe they should win an ensemble award. Timeless, they are.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mommie means...

This had to be one of my favorite shows growing up. I really enjoyed the acting in this show. What I didn't know until tonight, is that Sada Thompson died May of last year. She was 83.
She was the greatest tv mom ever. She always seem to know just the right thing to say and was always right. Just like my real mom:)
It was a wonderful and ground breaking show. Even though we are several weeks away from mothers day, tonight I just wanted to celebrate the best tv mom ever, Sada Thompson. Rest in peace.
She, along with the outstanding cast, did a grand job. I am sure others would agree the show was worth seeing weekly and thanks to the dvd collection, I can still enjoy great story lines and fabulous acting.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I Love This Stuff

As weekends go, this one was great! I caught up on many things to include some quiet time with my husband. Amongst other things we love to do, we watched movies. One movie in particular was The African Queen.
It's rare to find a movie my husband has not seen but this was one he had not.
Years ago I had seen it. My father who is now close to 81 years old told me it was a great movie. We watched it together. I agreed it was a great movie but what I couldn't get over was that this very romantic movie was a favorite of his. I still can't get over that. You would have to know my father to appreciate that one.
Anyway, fast forward many years later and I watched the movie again but now I not only think the movie is great. It is a beautiful movie. Along with The African Queen, there is a movie called. "Bogie" that I watched and rather enjoyed. It gave me better insight into the lead actor. I found out that Bogie loved the water about as much as me.
My love of the ocean is great and when I try to articulate my passion for ocean, I can't. Bogie says it best in the above piece. What a wonderful life he had and I am sure he knew it. Just seeing him on the ocean reminds me of how I feel when I am there. It's just one of those things that helps me....

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Write On

In the online game of Second Life, things are really great. I have had the luxury of spending time with good friends. What I still find wonderful about this virtual world is the people you get to connect with daily.
I have been able to write in a wonderful environment that feeds my creativity. I just love this virtual world. I hope I never have to say goodbye to it. I would miss it incredibly.
Anyway, I must get back and continue writing and creating. Go find something that makes you say, "yeah". You will find that it helps you....

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Monday, February 20, 2012

A Comforting Song

I love this song, "Mother in the Dream" and this little boy does a wonderful job singing it. When I first heard this song I did not understand the words he was singing but I could feel what he was singing. Sounds strange? Yeah, I would agree but it's the truth. To me the song is touching and somehow comforting.
Later I found the English translation. Indeed the words were touching and comforting.
The little boy singing is an eleven year old orphan. He says that he sings this song when he misses his mother. I think the songs gives him comfort too.
It's interesting how a song with words I don't understand can touch and comfort me. This song helps me....
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"In the stillness among the vast lands
I dream of Mother praying for me
She looks afar and gives precious milk to the heavens
As offering for my well being
My Mother, so far away
So far away
Stars twinkle above the grasslands
While in my dreams I see Mother's caring face
As she prays to heavens to wish me godspeed
My Mother, so far away
So far away
In my dream is see Home basking in golden sunbeam
While Mother softly sings and enchantling melody
There in the grasslands lies my everlasting home
My dearest Mother, wait for my return"

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Card Challenge

My friend Roxy is doing a card challenge on YouTube. I have been participating in the challenge and have had a great time doing so.
I must confess, I am not a card maker but would love to some day be able to make beautiful cards.
Have you taken a look at how much cards cost today? Yes, making cards is not a bad thing to do. I also love the personal touch and attention to detail that is given to each handmade card.
So, with that said I have been participating in this challenge and hope to continue to do so until it runs it course.
I hope you like the cards I have made. If you want to make some cards and need some materials to create with, head on over to my etsy shop and get you some blank cards and tags. They are there ready to be altered and embellished. Come on out and play. I am sure you will....

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Could it be?

Could a celebrity of a certain status go undetected as mentally ill?
Could a celebrity of a certain status commit suicide and others call it accidental drowning?
Could a celebrity of a certain status be so unhappy that they turn to drugs and such to escape their own reality?
Could the evidence that supports all of these questions be right in front of someone and go ignored?

Just questions .... really.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Beautiful Bottle

I saw this image and fell in love. It has become my inspiration piece and I hope to create something based on it. How I will do is another story. I am in the process now of gathering all the pieces to put this project together.
What do you put in such a beautiful bottle? I decided to put my beautiful dreams and hopes.
I got to get started. This bottle makes me smile deeply and....

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Just Being Crafty

This is actually part two (2) of my Saturday crafty adventure. I didn't get to finish filming Saturday so it extended into Sunday.
I have a great time creating and while this hobby can get expensive I make every effort to purchase things in small amounts and share with others when I can. It's just something that helps me....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What's for Dinner?

I had a great dinning experience tonight. I was not sure what to expect but I was so pleased with my dinner choice.
After seeing Ramen Girl I must admit I have not looked at ramen soup the same. Tonight this soup was outstanding.
I had never tasted soup this good. It was Udon soup.
It did take some time for them to prepare. It was not soup they just threw together. I was really glad it was not fast food. It was well worth the wait.
I hope for you an opportunity to go out and try something new and....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Feeling Hopeful

This video gives me hope and hope is a reason to ....

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Messy Craft Room

I love to create down in my lair. Here is an unusual glimpse into my messy room, I wish I could say it's not like this all of the time but my room resembles a river, You can never step in the same place twice, While it always out of sorts, I always know where everything is. It's the only place in my house that I do this, It helps me....

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

You Go Cuz

If you know what I know, you will really enjoy this show.
Make yourself and the family proud cuz.

Return to My Lair

Today I did return to my lair. I spend wonderful "me" time there. Mostly I "piddle".
As I worked on different projects and went about creating, I thought about all sorts of things going on in my life. I decided that during certain periods of my life I am more creative.
If the scale is tilted toward being sad, upset, or just plain out of it, then I create the most interesting, and clever things. This logic seems to hold true with my writing too.
So, while the scale is clearly on the down side, my creativity is rising. Don't really know how I feel about that. I suppose the good news might be that life is about change and if we hang on long enough the scales with change.
Now, that is something to smile about and a reason to....

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Thank God for Friends

Yesterday was a difficult day for me. A dear friend from the online game of Second Life came to my rescue. With words of wisdom and a gentle spirit, I was comforted.
I feel blessed to have such a person in my life.
Treasure your friends. Please shower them with everything positive. They are so worth it.
Those few I call friends are so special to me and I do hope there is never any doubt of it. They really help me....

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

How Sad I Am Today

I can't tell you how sad I am. There are not units to measure it by.
Today I found out my dear, dear friend was killed. I can't express how shocked and empty I feel.
The only thing I know to do is to reach for things to help me through. My faith, my husband, and family (in that order). I have wonderful and lovely memories but it's so hard to think about those now. I can't see past the fact that they are gone. Such an empty space that can never be filled.
Only time will help me .... I think.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Drawstring Muslin Bags

I was inspired and motivated to create these lovely muslin drawstring bags by Robin from You Tube.
I lovingly call You Tube, "UTube University". I learn a great deal there but I am also inspired by so many.
Today I wanted to give credit to her for the inspiration.
In creating these treat bags I simply used muslin, my favorite stamps, flowers, lace, ribbon, and trim.
The uses are many but I hope to stuff these bags full of chocolate candy to give to friends. I love giving things to make people smile. In turn it makes my spirit smile and that helps me ....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Par Avion

I love to receive stamps from other countries. I write to people all over the world and thus receive letters and packages from all over the world. While I love receiving items in the mail, I really look forward to the stamps attached to my packages and letters.
Above are two stamps I received from Hong Kong today. Inside the package was a gift but the best part of the gift was the stamps. They are beautiful. Sometimes it's the little things that help me ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2012


Today was AWESOME! The day started off with church. I went to the 9:30am mass. I was so pleased. I love when I understand things clearly and my intentions are always to remember the lessons and execute them as I go through the life.
Next, I went to help someone understand the "in's" and "out's" of Etsy. This online handmade store may not be for everyone but I like it and I think it's fun. You have to find what works for you and do that. I had fun explaining things and they seemed to understand what I was saying. I hope their shop will do well.
Later my teenage daughter and I went shopping. I just knew that would be a disaster as we sometimes have a different ideas when it comes to fashion. Today's fashion seems to dress our young people too old and, well, slutty. I don't like it one bit. Anyway, we had a good time shopping and we agreed on several things. All in all it was a really awesome day spent with my family. I celebrate our time together and I'm so very grateful for it. Spending time with my family makes me ....

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Blank Note Cards

I don't create and design note cards as much as I should. For example, I received so many Christmas presents from people and I still have not finished giving out thank you cards.
At one time I thought that if I could design and create my own, I would get it done quicker.... wrong!
There is something wonderful and personal about designing my own cards but it doesn't make the process go any quicker. In fact, for me it slows it down a bit because I have so many choices. When I have something in mind, however, the process is not slow.
Anyway, I make 3 3/4 inch by 3 3/4 inch note cards with the matching envelopes. I will make them available in my Etsy shop.
These wonderful cards are just the right size and just in time for Valentines Day. Maybe you can have your children design and create their own cards this year. I love when we are asked to use our imaginations. It's a healthy thing :)
I hope you like my sample picture above. I do have loads of fun designing and creating them. It helps me....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ugg Boot Jewelry

Today was a good day. It was not a bright sunny day but it was wonderful all the same. I worked today but had I been home I would have made myself a big pot of stew and found a good book to read. As it is, I am home now and there is nothing preventing me from doing just that.
In my crafting area I made a lovely accessory for my very stylish daughter. She loves to wear Ugg Boots. I think the name says it all but taste is relative. Anyway, she loved the jewelry I made.
Well, I'm off to make my stew and curl up by the fire and read a good book. I hope for you a comfortable nook that will allow you to ....

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Wonderful, Wonderful. Oh So Wonderful My Love

I have really been digging the online game of Second Life recently. I've been hanging out and getting so motivated, inspired and recharged.
"Your head feels so good when you finally clear it.
If I saw a worry I wouldn't go near.
Come on kid, let's hear it for me"

I could sing this so loudly today and really mean it!

What a way to start the week right? Anyway, I have been doing alot of everything and catching up with everyone. I have really done well with making my lists of things that I need to do and sticking to them. I have decided not to put things on my list that I know I won't do. Believe me, it's best to start out like you can hold out.

Hanging out in the online game of Second Life seems to trigger all sorts of creativity and peaceful thoughts which clears my head and seems to work for me.

The longer I live the more I realise what makes me happy and what does not. Staying positive works for me and staying in a peaceful place really promotes clear thinking.

Just a little something that makes my clock tick and helps me....

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Dry Wax Bags

I was inspired by Bona on You Tube to make these wonderful treat bags. While hers was made of glassine, mine are made of dry wax bags. I find them easier to work with. You can stamp on them and overall they are easier to alter. I added a few die cuts and there you are.
What fun that was. Now I am off to fill the treat bags with lots of lovely treats.
I am selling these bags in my etsy shop. Feel free to contact me or go to my shop to get these wonderful bags. If you would like for me to put a kit together, let me know that too.
Not many like to put things together. Many people like everything to come assembled. If you fall into this category, I can whip up a set of bags for you.
Ahhh, creating is just something that helps me ....

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Friday, December 30, 2011

It's Cowl Good

I have really enjoyed my Christmas holiday break. I found comfort and relaxation with family and friends. Hours were spent sharing quality time with my husband, reading books and ..... knitting. A good friend of mine taught me to knit during my lunch period. I have been trying to accomplish it ever since. During such time I have designed all sorts of things to include my own scarfs, cowls, snoods, and capelets.
Now, I know there are loads of cowls out there. There are enough patterns out there to knit until the Cowls Come Home. I love creating them in the round and with the seam.
When I created my cowl with a seam I realized I needed a button. So I created my flower buttons. It's made out of felt. I love them because you can mix and match them, and move them from one place to the other.
Instead of sewing a seam for a cowl I can just add a button. It is so cool to me. Creating just makes me feel great and helps me ....

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This is the back of my button. Cool eh?
Go to my Etsy shop to order my scarfs and buttons. They are soooo cool.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas at Our House

Merry Christmas Everyone!
It was indeed a very merry day. I do hope everyone had a grand time with their family and friends. I love this time of year and I too wish the wonderful feelings could go on and on.

Christmas at Our House is a song I just love to hear. It brings to mind all good memories. My memories are very different from those mentioned in the song but they are just as sweet and memorable.
I love how songs, if done correctly, can evoke such wonderful feelings. It is something that helps me....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Merry Christmas

It's been a while since my last blog. I have been doing alot of some things and very little of other things.
Here the weather is getting cold and winter is on it's way. Part of me enjoys the change of seasons but there is the part of me that really dreads the long winter months that seem to drag on and on.
What makes it all tolerable is the holiday season.
With loved ones gone and new memories to be made, I find joy with friends and family.
To all who are trying to get through the season, believe me I understand. Holidays are difficult but I urge you to find something positive and hold on to it.
You will get on with the wonderful bits of life if you just seek what the holiday season is really about.
I will continue to post more holiday greetings.
In my second life, I am sooo very happy my favorite designer, Julia Hathor, has recreated her winter sim. She is absolutely the best artist I know and her work in the online game of Second Life proves my point completely.
I so enjoy visiting her sim and most of the time, I just stare in awe.

Enjoy Life,

Saturday, July 30, 2011

It's Me

It's me ya'll!
I had a fabulous day. I went junkin' with my friend Ms. Peggy. She knows all the really cool places to go. I got a laptop for fifty cents!
I saw the candyman and even though he didn't have any candy today, he had great cookies and brownies.
It's hot and most of the sane people are trying to stay cool.
Speaking of which, you stay cool and ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Still Real

I was working on The Adventures of Viv Writer today. I love writing these adventures. They really seem to write themselves at times.
In this episode Viv is still trying to move on with her life with Arden. Unfortunately, memories of Chase still haunt her.
While she knows she is blessed to have Arden in her life she still remembers her life with Chase. The good times she had with Chase still make her happy to think about.
Where does that part of you go when you decide to move on with your life. Do you just turn it off? Do you not think about it anymore? That is not what Viv wants to do. She wants to remember Chase. Because her decision is to keep Chase alive in her head, she lives in conflict with the past and future.
Lucky for Viv, she has Arden, who loves her and can live with whatever she is going through. He is a kind gentle man who just wants Viv to be happy but even he has his limits.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Those Soft Moments

Last night while strolling along I stumbled across a sweet couple. They were a mature couple and it did my heart well to see them so close in thought and deed.
I tried not to be a disturbance but I fear that is what I was. They politely asked if I would take a seat and join them for a conversation.
How very kind of them but I didn't want to interupt such a lovely scene.
I wanted to hold that lovely, sweet moment in my mind so I could pull it out on days when I needed it most.
I wanted to paint that picture, but alas how do you do that?
My mind went to a song I wrote some time ago. I hope you like it but more than that, I hope you get it.
Enjoy the sights and sounds life sends your way. Paint those lovely pictures in your mind. They will help you....

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Life is good

Life is wonderful especially when you add water. I love hanging out by the water in the online game of Second Life. There doesn't seem to be a short supply of it there.
It's a wonderful virtual world with unpolluted blue waters and sea creatures playing blissfully.
I never tire of sitting on the banks and letting the atmosphere wash over me.
It's just something simple that helps me to....

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Thursday, June 30, 2011


It is hot!
Yes, I had to cut off my hair. It was a bit too wooly for me and my certain age.
I am much cooler with it this way. My daughter says I look like a man. That was not good to hear but with a bit of luck maybe my lovely locks will grow back.
Today, I'm going to the flea market, thirft stores and antique stores.
It's early morning here and I am full of hope that I will find some wonderful treasures. Wish me luck and my wish for you is that you....

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Down By The Lake

Yes, I'm back at the lake!
What a wonderful feeling to be around those I have not seen in a while and to renew old friendships. It's been great catching up with friends.
I have a new grill. It has been great cooking and creating with my new grill. I will continue my series of Cooking with Cast Iron in the videos to come.
Last night I went to see a great comedy. It was done in a little theatre that made me smile. There were about 50 seats in the whole theatre. A great theatre space created by people who really love theatre and want to see good theatre produced.
It was just something that made me....

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

SL where Imagination is Free to Everyone

I have not posted my thoughts about the online game of Second Life in a while. I am still active there and love being apart of that world. I am still writing short stories. Here is a little something from "The Life Worth Living".

The bedroom is warm in temperature as it is in the luxurious comforts afforded to those who reap the benefits of years of success.

The stripped and floral canopy bed with goose-feathered comforters and the huge pillows only compliment gold satin sheets.

Gary is allergic to goose feathers and consented to take medicine to please his wife. He is also allergic to the liquid potpourri but he really enjoys the scent and finds it very relaxing.

There is a three-step ladder in the middle of either side of the bed. The bed is high for several reasons. One reason is Maxie, their Teacup Yorkie. She was a gift from a fan from Raeford, North Carolina.

As much as the couple wanted to decline the gift, Maxie was too cute to deny.

It was not until Gary and Adel got home did they realize that the dog was not compatible to their home.

Maxie falls into everything. She has been accidentally stepped on; kicked, pushed, and flushed too many times times to count.

Once Adel was holding Maxie while in bed and fell asleep. Gary got in the bed without knowing Maxie was there too. Had it not been for Adel’s keen hearing, poor Maxie's whimpers would have gone unnoticed.

The steps on either side of the bed are far too large for Maxie to climb. The bed is so high up that she has a small puppy bed under their bed.

I enjoy creating and I must give much of the credit to the online game of Second Life because that place inspires me. I feel welcomed to create. Maybe you would like to take a trip and see what it's all about. Who knows? Maybe you too will....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I love these songs. They were with me as a young person and made me feel wonderful. They do the same magic for me now.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This is my all time favorite music. I remember when my husband and I were driving to New York, we listened to Steve and Eydie the entire trip. We thought we were the new Steve and Eydie. It was a great time.
I have had the dream of seeing them in concert since I was a teenager. Mind you, I have only been to one concert in the whole of my life.
I did have the opportunity to see them when I was in Las Vegas in the 90's but NO it Did Not happen. I still can't believe I didn't see them. It's true that some opportunities only come once in a life time. That was the one time and I MISSED it.
In anycase I love their music and wish I had a video recording of their show. I know it was great.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Just Being Me

Well, it feels good to feel good!!
This is the time of year I enjoy. Why? I am close to summer break. Summer break goes by so quickly.
In the next few weeks there is so much planned for me. I love when my agenda is full. It gives me something to feel good about. Go fill up your calendar and...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Coin Envelope Mini Album with tags

I had such fun creating this coin envelope mini album. I used several dies to create this mini and my bind-it-all. The most difficult part was cutting into my graphic 45 paper. I love all of the graphic 45 paper and this series is one of my absolute favorites. I had been saving this paper stack for a long while. I had been waiting for a special project to use it and I think this was the right project. It will be a gift for someone special and I hope it will be well received.

I am not finished with the project yet. I still have the most exciting things to do next and that would be, the tags. I so enjoy creating tags. I have the opportunity to put into practice all the techniques I learned on You Tube University. I really enjoy watching YouTube videos and while the crafters there have no idea how they have inspired my creating, I thank them for their talent.

I have several ideas for the journaling tags. The large tags could be used for photo mats and journaling. I simply, LOVE TAGS!
In my next blog entry I will show some pics of the tags.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

My First Tag Swap

Well, I finally jumped in the pool of tag swaps. I have enjoyed making tags for a while now but never challenged myself to get into a swap. Now, I have done it. A major accomplishment. I have already done one and now I have to finish four more. Let me know what you think. The theme is Spring and we have to use ribbon and lace and flowers. I had a lot of fun designing it. I hope the people who get it will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
It is truly something that helps me....

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Lettermen

I had the most amazing night listening to The Lettermen. The sound was more than amazing.
I drifted back, way back in time and just loved it. These men are incredible.
If you ever get the chance to see and hear them, I know you should run to their concert. You will really ....

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

One of the best musical acting I have seen. It's a class and if you pay attention you might learn something.
If you are not an acting student maybe you will be entertained. Either way, it's a joy and it helps me ....

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