Saturday, December 31, 2011

I'm Still Walking

Walking with strength
with power, 
with heart and dignity.
I walk with a limp,
a foot dragging. 
I walk with weakness,
very slowly....
...with fragility.

I walk with intention,
with stillness
and sometimes sorrow.

I walk with laughter
keeping my sense of humor close by.
I'm still walking
smiling, filled with joy.
My strength,
and love 
keeping me going.

Still walking... 
...with gratitude.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Houseplants make my home warmer, the air cleaner and even reduce noise.

I've always had a green thumb.  I got it from my Grandmother.  She could grow anything.  My newest addition to our  indoor garden is called Croton (Codiaeum hybrid).  I am hoping that it will do well over the winter months, because I've read they're difficult to please indoors.  In the warmer months, I'll keep it outdoors.  In the meantime I'll keep you posted on how it's doing.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Floral Dreams

I created this drawing using colored pencils.  When I was satisfied with the results, I then scanned and altered my drawing in Photoshop, creating an original digitally altered drawing.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Coming in August...

I've been busy creating new drawings, mixed media creative pages and more beading adventures.  I will be posting new items on my blog, on Etsy and on facebook.  Please stay tuned!

Until then...

Here's a sweet photo of our 17 year old cat, Nell

Friday, June 24, 2011

The simple things in life bring great joy.

Last weekend my husband and I attended our friend Fernanda's craft party to make buttons and fabric flowers for her upcoming wedding.  My husband was there only to drop me off, however he was quickly sucked into the female vortex, challenged by the women to use the sewing machine.  He rose to the occasion and began cranking out straight and curved seams that impressed all.

Master of the machine.

While this was going on, I was busy cutting out images of owls and rabbits to make buttons with a button-making machine (which I've never used before).  I was so excited about using the machine that I cut out as many images as my hands could bear just to keep using it.  If you've never used one, I highly recommend it.  If you have used one, you know what all the fuss is about; pure fun and deeply satisfying. 

Button-Making Machine makes Jeanette happy
Sorry, no photo of me with machine... craft party

Saturday, June 11, 2011

International Crane Foundation

Last Monday, I went with my friend Dee to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI.

I highly recommend visiting this hidden gem.  It is such a peaceful place.  The crane calls are so primitive and the birds so gracefully.   The tour is educational and the work they do at the foundation is vital for the future of cranes.

They also have a a lovely gift shop.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I've been thinking quite a bit about the small things in life.

I've been thinking about the small things in life that surround us, the everyday things, the things we don't take the time to see.  I feel it it so important to pay close attention to the small things in life.  For example: a rain drop running down your kitchen window can be filled with quiet beauty.  The sun reflecting on water can look like glistening diamonds! If you look closely, glistening diamonds and quiet beauty surround us in every moment.  How many of us take the time to stop and really look at the beauty or even the ugliness in our day-to-day lives?  Are there small things in your daily life that bring beauty and wonder to an otherwise mundane day?  Look closely...small surprises are all around you. 

Have a glorious day!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Succulent Layers
Leaves and Lace
Spring Flowers
Succulent Beauty Blue

Thursday, February 24, 2011

February has been a difficult month.

I've had an MS flare-up this month that has really kicked my butt in ways that it hasn't in years.  I think I can express my pain, frustration, and sadness best through poetry.

I have lived with chronic illness for 22 years
This awful month of cold, snow-darkness
My legs are betraying me again
8 months of difficult work in physical therapy - gone
Three day treatment - did not help
Of course, I will begin again
Through physical pain
Through lack of understanding by others
Through my anger 
Through my tears
Through my laughter.

I feel betrayed
By my body - again
By the people in my life who don't really want to hear 
about how difficult this is.
I am not feeling sorry for myself nor my friends who live with this disease
Of course, I will begin again.
Through patience with myself and others
Through understanding
Through love
I begin again the daily work of moving my body from point A to B
By not allowing MS to win;
It may in the end,
but that is not now.

So, I begin again
to work hard on moving my body
in yoga 
at home
exercise to stave off
I will begin again 
To let go,
to heal.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bronze Etching
Abating Winter Doldrums