Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring journal pages and a studio "fluff"

On this chilly Monday in late April, spring journal pages help warm my spirit and studio.

This "TWEET" page was inspired from a parcel received from Pam Garrison, a favorite artist of mine.

My true love and fascination with COLOR were the impetus for this page.

Keeping on the "sunny side of life" grounds me and gives me peace.  It isn't always an easy proposition, but an important goal of mine.

Whatever my circumstances are, I always try to focus on the abundance in my life.  Gratitude chases away most negative thoughts... it really works.

Songs and lyrics are another point of inspiration in the studio.  I love the verses in "Fields of Gold".  

What could be more important than LOVE??? I cannot think of anything...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this boy Buttons... what a perfect pal he is!

I was away with some art pals a few days ago.  Packing art goodies to go away always puts me in a tailspin as to what to take... what to leave behind.  What was left behind this time was a MESS!!!  So today was spent "fluffing" my little art studio... so that I could at least see my art table again...

I thought I'd better snap a picture before I get buried again!  

Buttons likes to hop up here and sit while  I work, especially at night.

 I now have it clear for him!

Why is staying orderly so hard???

Vintage suitcases are always a fav of mine....a great storage for all kinds of things, too.

Here's hoping for a wonderful week... 

take a little time to  D  R  E  A  M ...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Although a bit later than usual here in my neighborhood, spring has arrived in all its glory!  My hot pink azaleas have never been more beautiful.

 I was away for a few days last weekend, and when I returned my yard was ablaze with color.
The bird feeders have been jammed with some new and old visitors, even though the worms are more plentiful in the yard.  

They all flew away when I went out to snap some shots, but I was able to catch a few sweet birdies from inside my bay window.

I haven't had the "heart" to blog in past weeks due to the passing of my beloved cockapoo, Gabe. 

At 14 1/2, Gabe had been the dearest companion and friend... a true furry "soul-mate".

We've  been the best of pals, through thick and thin... always my sweet, sweet boy.  He had a wonderful life, and was among the greatest of gifts ever.  There truly is no greater friend.

My baby Buttons and I both miss Gabe terribly, but we are gradually moving toward a "new normal".  

B has gotten some brand new squeaky toys, and extra chewy treats!  He looks sad, but I think he is pretty happy with this new toy... just a little sleepy after playing so hard.

After a bath, he decided he was quite ready for a tummy rub from his mom. Maybe a nap would be even better...  So sorry for the lack of modesty. Ha!

Words cannot express my gratitude for all the notes, calls and messages of encouragement sent to me at this most difficult time.  The new birth of spring is an ever-encouraging reminder that there is always hope and joy to come.  My heart has broken, but I will have the sweetest memories to sustain me always.  Family, friends, faith... even art are such a comfort.  Watching the birds soothes my soul.  I got an email from one of my favorite boutiques the other day with this beautiful logo on it.  I just loved it!  I just adore birds and all they represent.  Happy spring!