Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I have a few paintings sitting on my shelf, so I am listing a lot of them with a $.99 starting price just to move them. Here is one of them I am listing. In Queen Bee I used actual pages from an 1800's Grimm's Fairy Tale book. Go to my Ebay and check them all out.

I am still adjusting to the school schedule, but everything is going well. All my little ones were happy to be back at school. Not one tear! Not even from the "newbies"! My family is going to the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend for fun and relaxation at my sister Kerry's condo. We will be picking up my daughter Tara from college too, so I am excited to see her! It's been two long weeks--longest we have ever been apart! I am looking forward to the trip. Also my niece, Kelsey will be coming up from Dallas where she is in training as a competitive figure skater. I'm sure we will all have a great time!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Three posts in one weekend, this must be a record for me! Well, I stayed up really late last night and finished all the paintings I started. Then I waxed them all today. They are all Halloween themed. I will be posting them o Ebay soon. The four little ghosts turned out so cute. They each have such unique expressions! Well, I'm going to spend some time outside now. My husband's been out there all day and he keeps asking me when I am going to come out. Maybe I will sketch some new ideas.

~Song Tag~

I received a SONG TAG from Jenny Carter
The rules if you want to play along:
1. Post the link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 songs you are embarrassed to admit to others that you like and tell why.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post.

Here are my songs;
1. Any Willie Nelson song --He is such a wierdo, but his songs are soothing to me
2. In the Mood--Glen Miller --I think of being little and my dad playing trumpet in his band
3. My Humps-Black Eyed Peas--My sisters, daughters, nieces and I have had lots of fun with that in the wee hours
4. Bohemian Rhapsody--Queen--I've always liked that song, but when my daughter's Concert Choir sang it, it was awesome!
5. Any Led Zeppelin song--Ahh, my youth! ha ha

1. My Blue Heaven
2. A Trip Over Words
3. Tamale Cat Art Studio

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Here is a picture of Tara in her new "home" at Missouri University-Columbia. She still has been getting homesick at night and I have had several tearful "middle of the night" phone calls. We have always been very close and it's been hard. I think when classes start on Monday, she will have more to focus on and it will help. Does anyone out there have experience or advice about homesick college students?? The other picture is of Tara-20, Laura-18, and Jordan-16 on the college campus. Tara is a junior studying psychology, Laura is a freshman at the community college studying art, and Jordan is a junior in high school. They are all very good kids and I am so proud of all three of them. I am planning to start three new paintings this evening after we barbecue ribs for dinner-yumm! They are all Halloween ones--Jenny Carter's blog, Wonders of Whimsy always gets me in the spirit! Thanks Jenny!

Monday, August 18, 2008

The butterflies are going crazy at my house! There are so many of them all about the yard. We got Tara moved in at Mizzou, and we are both feeling a bit blue about it, but I am sure we will all adjust to the change. Life is change, after all... I just got back from Hobby Lobby with my daughter Laura choosing all the art supplies she needs for her college classes she started today. That was fun, though I was a little envious-to be young and free to explore your interests. I start back to school on Thursday this week. I hope I still have the energy for all those happy (and sometimes crying) little faces!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Birdie flying the nest and new pendants

We just packed the truck full of Tara's stuff to move her off to college. We are going to spend the night there tomorrow, so I have time to help her scope out the best places for groceries, etc. She is living in an apartment off campus. My first to fly the nest! Mommy's a little sad~ Here's a pic of my little birdie who's flying off!

I just listed 3 hand painted pendants for sale. This is one of them. They are painted with glass paints and baked onto a stone bead. I made this Frida portrait, a snowy owl, and a ghost and moon.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

This is what I have been busy with this week! I am trying to get into the Fall spirit, although I am not looking forward to school starting. I won't have as much time to paint...since I work 4 days a week then. I really like how these paintings turned out. Especially the girl with 7 marshmallows on a stick. Three of them are waxed , one is antiqued and two of them I just varnished because the colors were so nice and bright. It is so hard to decide on how to finish them. I will be posting them throughout the weekend as I have time to upload pictures. I need to go outside now, my husband is putting a fence around my vegetable garden because the darn animals are eating all my tomatoes just as they ripen. He thinks the thieves are squirrels, but I am not sure, it could be deer or raccoons too. The tomatoes with bites out of them are about three feet off the ground. Anyone else have some suggestions?

Monday, August 4, 2008

It has been a crazy weekend, but I managed to upload some pictures of my latest paintings. They are scheduled to be posted today sometime. Here are two of them. I also have two more you will have to check out. They have very jolly dancing skeletons on them! I like using the 6" X 6" stretched canvases. They are small enough to tuck into any little spot to display and being stretched makes them three dimensional and easy to hang. I like to change my artwork and decorations with the seasons. It is always so refreshing in September to trade my bright summer colored table clothes and centerpieces for the rich hues of Autumn--my favorite colors! I crave the crisp weather, bluest of skies, and spicy aromas!

Congratulations to my sister Jennifer, Hot Tamale Art Studio on her 7th wedding Anniversary! My husband and I will be celebraing our 27th next month. Yes, I am much older than Jennifer--14 years, but we are still very close and have a lot in common.