Years ago, I illustrated this mud room entry for J.McLaughlin and still love it today!
As home-comings approach and we bring out boots and Fall attire, why not create a "mud room" of your own. A welcome bench and a rug to rally home spirited muddy feet and paws, simple hooks to hang jackets, and a spot for soggy umbrellas provide order to any entry. Warm up your entry with a plaid or paint it a warm brown or khaki tone.
How nice to have an entry like this one! I rather love the simplicity of organized bins and cubbies for families. Although I do not have a mud room, I do have a shelf for shoes and a garage for balls and sports equipment.
Do you have a welcome entry for muddy paws and feet?
Cutting the first piece of wedding cake, circa 1987
my cousin baked the cake
"One step at a time, preparing to toss the garter and the bouquet"
"Love and kisses"
Do you remember the 26th night of September? (We were married on the 26th of September) Love was changing the mind of pretenders While chasing the clouds away
Our hearts were ringing In the key that our souls were singing. As we danced in the night, Remember - how the stars stole the night away, yeah yeah yeah.
Hey hey hey, Ba de ya - say do you remember Ba de ya - dancing in September Ba de ya - never was a cloudy day
Ba duda, ba duda, ba duda, badu Ba duda, badu, ba duda, badu Ba duda, badu, ba duda
My thoughts are with you Holding hands with your heart to see you Only blue talk and love, Remember - how we knew love was here to stay
Now December found the love that we shared in September. Only blue talk and love, Remember - the true love we share today
Hey hey hey Ba de ya - say do you remember Ba de ya - dancing in September Ba de ya - never was a cloudy day.......there was a Ba de ya - say do you remember Ba de ya - dancing in September Ba de ya - golden dreams were shiny days
Now our bell was ringing, aha Our souls were singing. Do you remember every cloudy day - yau !
There was a Ba de ya - say do you remember Ba de ya - dancing in September Ba de ya - never was a cloudy day.......there was a Ba de ya - say do you remember Ba de ya - dancing in September Ba de ya - golden dreams were shiny days
Ba de ya de ya de ya Ba de ya de ya de ya Ba de ya de ya de ya - De ya..... X2
Happy Twenty-Third Anniversary to my dear dancing partner~
My twin son's are seniors and this is our mantra. They will more than likely be focusing on two very different future Universities. I keep telling them to reach for the stars, aim high. Just focus and pick one out of thousands of schools. I have been told that there is a "lid for every pot."
Inside I keep saying things like the title of this book.
Serious Drawings and humor help me to focus.
How do you find your focus people, in stressful situations, humor me?
Art actually rules my life. I mean that in a good way. When you find something that you are passionate about and then try to set your own rules to your life, it is then that you are in fact making changes to live the life you want.
At last, inspiration in a can, guaranteed 100% effective against procrastination, indecision and dormancy. Now how nice would that be to just pop open a can of inspiration for positive results.
How thrilled am I to know that since my blog journey began that I have in some way been a source to inspire others on a path to create or design their very own dream into a reality.
Two summers ago while in Chicago on business, a blog reader invited me to lunch and she shared her passion for wanting to start a business that would allow her to design and create a more artful life while raising her family. She held a position that was flexible, but longed for something more creative. How thrilled was I to speak to her and know that perhaps I helped to inspire her (and her partners) to launch Inspire HG. You can order from them at their etsy site or attend their upcoming show in Western Springs, IL. (see site for details)
I would Love to know if my blog may have given you a push to design, create or inspire a more artful life . Leave a comment or contact me if you have a story to share. I would be happy to share your story with others. A "can-do" attitude is inspirational not only to me but to so many readers.
Simply cut open a whole washed butternut squash and roast in the oven. Serve as a side or a meal in itself. Garnish with some fresh herbs or a little maple syrup and brown sugar and enjoy. Did you know that squash is chock full of good vitamins and excellent for your skin?
If you are like me, there is something nostalgic about first homes. This illustration was part of a give-away and the winner wanted an illustration for a family member of their first home. I am living in my first home and my parents are living in the first home they built.
Are you living in your first home? Does your first home need a little honor and dedication?
I love how the internet has made shopping the globe much easier. Constantly, I stand in awe of the connections that I have made around the globe with clients. The above artwork was created for "The Global Shopper." Imagine yourself atop of the world shopping and scouting for far away finds. It is rather fun to think of my very own artwork scattered about the globe and not all in my own backyard.
Nothing like sitting on top of the world and letting your imagination run wild.
Tell me your virtual global shopping wish list?
This is for all of you who have a passion for purveying and procuring!
Yesterday was the first morning yoga class after a summer hiatus. The class is right in my neighborhood which makes it incredibly easy to attend and I adore our teacher. Yoga is;
aHinduspiritualandasceticdiscipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
As "Saufung" was adjusting me in a posture, I realized how much I missed her over the summer and her beads. She is always wearing some sort of lovely necklace which radiates joy and sparkle. Yesterday's class, the lesson was to let go in a posture of what you are holding onto - and to find the force of the "flow." It sort of made no sense until I got home and then had an "aha" moment.
I am not the only one who loves finding the creative force through the discipline of yoga, sparkle gems and groovy beads.
I remembered the artwork I had done for another yoga devotee who found the force of the flow of yoga which gave her creative business a focus.
A few years ago, this lovely lady asked me to illustrate her "story" to use on her site and on some mailing brochures. Yoga was the force that gave Margaret the inspiration to create "Bhati Beads." Take a look at her site and you will love her beads, silk wraps, prayer boxes and laid back sexy stuff which have graced the cover(s) of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Bhati Bead silk wraps come in an array of yummy colors.
Look at her arm, adorned in Bhati Beads,as seen on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
This was the "final" artwork used on heraboutpage.
Do you have an about page?
What would it say about you and your story? Is there a discipline that you practice that you honor?
Has the discipline of yoga or another forceful flow helped you to find your creative focus?
How do you impose a little self discipline when you have certain expectations or goals to meet? I often think that good old fashioned "discipline" is the best friend for achieving positive results. You may find this post a little odd, but please bear with me, I do not mean to come on too harshly. I am not here to scold or reprimand you. This is about your own self-discipline.
Why is it that self discipline has become a thing of the past? Today, there seems to be a softness permeating our society, no rules, no bed-time, no curfew, and no punishment for bad behavior. I am speaking on behalf of the value of the virtue of self discipline and the fact that when one has imposed values and standards to live by, one can produce positive outcomes.
Do you value self discipline and structure or do you prefer imposed guidelines? How do you coach or guide yourself to be on your best behavior when you are trying to ascertain a goal or accomplish a project?
Here is a list of reminders, feel free to add yours to the list by leaving a comment, is there a self discipline you are working on perfecting?
Take your vitamins
Make that Dr. appt.
Feed the meter
Obey the speed limit
Drive phone free
No texting while driving, please
Read more books
Use your coupons before they expire
Be on time
Dedicate yourself to a worthy cause
Get to bed on time
Don't be late
Pay your late fees
Eat your vegetables
Wear your seat belt
Look both ways
Do not interrupt
Wash your hands
Make your bed
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When I was growing up in Kentucky, we would have Sunday Suppers at my Grandma's house. She would serve her home-made fried chicken and sides of mashed potatoes, green beans and salads. My Grandma never ate, she just cooked and enjoyed serving us.
I would love to have a local spot like this for Sunday Suppers. I think Grandma would approve.
Do you have Sunday Suppers with your family and friends?