Monday, July 04, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye? A Teen Girl's Struggle with Family and Self



Read my review of the wonderful book "What Happened to Goodbye" by Sarah Dessen on BlogHer!  I loved this book and recommend it for great summer reading!

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Business Cards for the Visual Artist


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Thursday, June 30, 2011

An Easy Apron - Fun to Make!


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Friday, June 17, 2011

A Summer Dress for Sarah


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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Glen's Graduation & Glory


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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Art and Inspiration in the Movies


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Monday, June 06, 2011

Selling My Kenmore 150


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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

A Joplin Prayer


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Rainbow of Books


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Smell Of Fresh Cut Grass


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes - From Plant to Plate


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Monday, May 09, 2011

Singer Is Sew Very Easy - And A Gift For You Too!


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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

A Prom to Remember


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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Garden Market - In Progress


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Memories of a Bernina


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Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Mysterious Boat


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In the Blink of an Eye


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mozart Requiem


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Do You Know How To Play?


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Teen Cuisine and a Giveaway too!!


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Monday, April 11, 2011

Jonathan has Come a Long Way from His Living Room

Jonathan - oh Jonathan, you are channeling the great master conductors of the past, and causing a stir of veneration among your peers.  The floor quivers beneath your feet as you conduct beautiful music.  Oh, how far you have come from the confines of  your living room ...


Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Reagan - Before & After


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Monday, March 28, 2011

Even in Hardship - An Abundance of Blessings


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Turn Out the Lights - The Party's Over

Congratulations Representative Ted Poe of Texas - you said everything I've been thinking since Congress ruled that we have to use fluorescent lightbulbs by 2014.  I don't think Congress should tell me what type of lightbulbs to use and I hope this bill gets turned off - quickly.  Fluorescent lightbulbs give me a tremendous headache.  I can't have them in my home.  My head starts pounding and I feel pressure behind my eyes.  I've switched out every light that has been fluorescent because of this, now the government is telling me that I have to use fluorescent lightbulbs.  Not.  This video may be from 2008, but what's been done to quash this bill?  We want solutions, not more problems.  We will probably resort to candlelight - talk about a developed country working in reverse ...



Thursday, March 24, 2011

Creativity for Kids Part 2!


We were back to the studio having fun!  Sarah and I made flip flops with this Creativity for Kids Flip Flop Fashions and boy was it ever fun.  Check out my post on their blog by clicking on the image above!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Creativity for Kids!


You all know how much I love Creativity for Kids!  I'd like for you to check out my post on their blog and comment.  Just click on the image above.  We had lots of fun with the Jewelry Boutique!


Top of the Mornin'


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Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Creative Stroll


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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Yes, I Have Better Things To Do Than To Posterize


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Monday, March 07, 2011

Fresh Pear and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Pear Flatbread

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Cracker Barrel Not All it's Cracked Up To Be

Cracker Barrel

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Friday, March 04, 2011

New Websites - New Journey


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Friday, February 25, 2011

Economic Meltdown


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Monday, February 21, 2011

Seventeen - Seriously?


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Monday, February 07, 2011

How to Recycle A Leather Recliner


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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

A Laptop Sleeve For My MacBook


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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Starting the Year with a Winning Streak


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Not A Clean House 'Yet' But I'm Richer For Tryin'!


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Monday, January 24, 2011

275 Conductors Fear for their Jobs

3 year old Jonathan is quite the conductor, as he takes his baton and conducts the 4th Movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.  This little guy has incredible rhythm, and this just proves that music really does affect the soul.  I'm just glad he didn't poke his eye out with the baton.  So much enthusiasm! 


If you have a chance, check out his channel HERE - you will be amazed at the intensity by which this little Jonathan also plays his violin with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Another Year Together


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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Wonderful New Studio


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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Are You Afraid of Success?


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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Touching Base

I just wanted to touch base with my readers and let you know that I am still fighting this flu.  I have not fully recovered and it's been 3 weeks.  I just can't seem to shake this, even after taking antibiotics for a week.  

I haven't felt like writing or doing much of anything really, but sleeping.  I still feel completely wiped out and my breathing is labored still.  If I'm not feeling better by tomorrow, I'm going back to my doctor.  This is ridiculous.

Everyone else out there stay well.  I'll shake this off soon and be back to sewing, crafting, painting, and telling stories in no time.   I didn't want you to think something had happened - nope - I've just been really sick since before Christmas.

Love, Susan

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tis the Season for "Frangipani & Gingerlily"


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This is True Devotion


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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Do you feel like a kid when ...


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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Is your Christmas shopping done?  Mine is as done as it is going to be.  Are you rushing to the grocery store for last minute items on your holiday menu?  We are too.


Even with all the last minute preparations, as I sit here in my family room in my pjs and enjoy the Christmas tree and the fire and the sounds of my children laughing, talking, and playing games, I think of how blessed I truly am to have a loving family and wonderful children, true friends, and a loving, adoring husband.  I must have done something good in my life to be so enormously blessed in this life.


This year has been especially tough for us with Big Bear still not able to find a job that follows in his career path, but the Lord has been good to us and has provided for us along the way.  Somehow, Big Bear has managed to juggle the bills with little money in his pocket, and we've both been able to bring in a little extra for our family needs by doing landscaping, aeration, handyman work, computer work, or web design.  In addition to this, though, we are blessed to have family that have pitched in and offered, unselfishly, to help us through this tough time.  We could not be more grateful. 


We are not poor.  We are not living in a tin hut.  We are not starving.  We are not cold.  We are not homeless.  We are blessed beyond measure, so I don't want anyone out there to feel sorry for us - for any reason!  We have a beautiful home, a bountiful pantry, and a fantastic family.  We have each other and we have a bank that holds our mortgage that has been more than generous with helping us take this economic crisis to the finish line.  They've given us a forbearance program and we have communicated with them regularly.  Thank you Chase Bank!  That is probably because we have as much invested in this house as the bank does too.  Still, we are very grateful that Chase has worked with us so that we don't lose our home.


When I reflect back on this year, I think of all the memories - like Sarah's excellent grades (A's) and her interest in being a cardiologist.  I think of Matthew and how helpful he has been from cleaning to helping his dad with yard work.  He even learned how to drive the tractor this year.  Glen started 5th grade this year at the elementary school so Matthew is the only one left being homeschooled.  Glen is doing good and giving every day his best effort.  We are so proud of our little man.  All of our children have sprouted this year.  I can't believe how they've grown!  I also reflect on how responsible our children are, how good natured and compassionate too.

Reagan with Santa

I think of my granddaughter, Reagan, and how much love and joy she has brought us all this year.  She is such a blessing and I am so proud of my daughter, Kimberly, and her husband, Zak - they are loving parents and we couldn't be more proud.


I'm thankful that I still have my mother.  She turned 86 this year and is still going strong even with her challenges.  I enjoy our conversations and hope she likes the gift I made for her.

All in all it has been a year filled with wonderful memories and lots of love and laughter.  We may be short on money and wish Big Bear had a job, but we are surrounded by so much to be thankful for that money seems almost insignificant.  Well, almost. 

So, on this Christmas weekend, I want you to reflect on your blessings.  Your family.  Your friends.  Pray for peace and that our soldiers are safe and come home healthy and in one piece.  Pray for those who have less than us.  Find happiness in the giving and gratefulness in the receiving.


I hope everyone has a Christmas filled with blessings, joy, laughter, love, hugs, and presents under the tree.  Surround yourself with family and friends, holiday music,  and the warmth and spirit of the season.  

Blessings to All!!  (No peeking before Christmas!)



Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I'm a Klutz - Are You a Klutz?


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Wacom and Me

Wacom and Me

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