Monday, February 21, 2011

BREATHE

BREATHE....

....Is the new challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue.

Aside from the obvious, breathing is a good thing, it is necessary to live any kind of life. When I began thinking about the word "breathe" everything we breathe in involves "scents", things that we smell.
When you think of things we smell, that is of course is a two sided coin, not always pleasant things like smog, trash, body odors, old perfume, etc. I was thinking more along the lines of things I like to smell and breathe in. Things that make you breath in and exhale with a feeling of euphoric, calmness and gratefulness.
These are some of the things that came right to my mind:

The smell of a baby



Fresh air after a rain shower



The scent of something baking from your childhood



A long tight hug



The scent of a rose..breathing in it's fragrance and exhaling in gratitude that they are on loan to us..



The smell of sunshine on fresh towels and linens after drying on the clothes line.



That was the entry I wanted to do, making a altered page showing one half of the page with ugly things we are forced to breathe and the other half with things that make us want to breathe more. However, one of the things that came to my mind was a long time neighbor who smoked most all of his life. When the time came for him to retire and enjoy his life, it was all taken from him. When he went to check his mail it took everything in him. He wore an oxygen tank and took two baby steps, bent down to breathe, two baby steps more, bending down to breathe and repeating the process until he reached the mail box. Everything in me wanted to run and retrieve his mail. His wife's response was, "No, this is what he looks forward to". I immediately knew that none of the above things really matter much if you can't breathe.

So this is my heartfelt submission:



"IF BREATHING IS IMPORTANT TO YOU AND THE ONES YOU LOVE, PLEASE DON'T SMOKE"!


My father died March 1, 2004. Smoking killed him.


My Art Inspiration

To visit more of this week's challenge submissions, just roll over the title of this post and you are there!
ENJOY!

Friday, February 18, 2011

ONCE UPON A TIME .

This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue is "Faded". My submission is a page from a new altered book I made.

The years are past and faded but her story remains clear in her mind.
It begins with "Once upon a time......



Roll over the title of this post and fade into this weeks challenge over at Inspiration Avenue!
See you there!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

DON'T HANG UP, I HAVE GOOD NEWS!



OWOH tour is officially over. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.

7 winners have been randomly drawn from the 141 angels who visited my blog and here they are!

My Art Journal - DianeSalter.blogspot.com
Sandra from Thistle Cove Farm
Tracey from Glitterbug Studios
Theresa from Faerie Moon Creations
Gayle from Stampers Touch
Bliss Angels by Wendy.blogspot.com
Wendy from Wonderland - Candydelane.typepad.com/curiosities

I will also be contacting you for mailing information. Congrats and thank you to everyone who stopped by. I am off to bed now with a bit of blog lag...flying for 14 days can do that to you. Check my post tomorrow for more info on my OWOH tour.
Nitey all!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ONE WORLD ONE HEART UPDATE



Two week marathon, no time for bathroom breaks. This was my first year for the One World One Heart tour. I have to say this was no feat for the weak or weary. I found myself staying up all hours past my beddie bye time and even falling asleep at my computer. I was taking trips before breakfast, traveling at lunch and sneaking peaks whenever a moment presented itself. Sadly, it is the last tour but I am so grateful to have met an amazing person like Lisa and everyone else who gave me rest and renewed my spirit at each stop along the way. Was it worth it? Totally! Did I make every blog? No. I am a looker. I like to look. I like to spend time in places that make me happy, that interest me. I am not a Hello, Goodbye person. Like a good book read over and over, I like to dog ear the pages, write in the columns and take notes. I thoroughly enjoyed my journey as I browsed through each blog reading profiles, visiting posts, viewing amazing works of art, and adding to my list of things I want to try and places to keep my eye on.

Thank you to those who participated and allowed me to walk through your rose gardens, drink tea in your kitchen, view your studio, meet your family and see your world. I left each blog in awe and content with the knowledge that I am NOT the only one who does not dust...until necessary.

I could spend two weeks talking about each blog I visited, but you know who you are, FABULOUS, WONDERFUL, Loving what you do and sharing the love.

Some of my dog eared pages of new blogs I found:

Thistle Cove Farm ~ a lovely place to visit. I picked up a fabulous apple cobbler recipe on my visit (below). Mine wasn't quite as pretty as hers but there wasn't a spoonful left when the evening was over.



If you are lucky enough to live in FRANCE, you are lucky enough!
My new blog friend, TROC, BROC and RECUP

Troc - swapping, exchange and bartering
Broc - dealing in antiques
ReCup - to recover, to makeup, to salvage
and of course, then there is FRANCE!

SUZIQU'S THREAD WORKS
Fiber Art and Crazy Quilting
Who also lives in rose garden heaven..in Australia (which I always thought to be baren and full of poisonous things.. wrong

ARTFUL FAIRY TALES
Somewhere between Paradise and the MILKYWAY
and a Fruited Plain in the USA

Cindy at CRIMSON HEART STUDIOS
She makes cupcakes in her rose garden~*

ALICE in PARIS Loves ART and TEA
Province of Nova Scotia
Who is Alice in Paris, who loves Art and Tea
http://aliceinparislovesartandtea.blogspot.com
Drop in and tell her IMGIRL sent you!

So MANY more angels, I have you book marked! And if I don't, then I just haven't had the time to get there. Email me and I will be happy to add you.



Come back tomorrow and check out some of the awesome door prizes I won and meet the creative souls behind them!

Have you looked into the mirror today?
"YOU LOOK FABULOUS"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

SISTERS - BELIEVE and HOPE



I made this cover for one of my art journals, but the real reason for this post today is the need to Believe. Do I believe? Yes, I believe in many things, God, goodness, evil, today, the hope of tomorrow, my family, my children. I believe that we all look the same on the inside even if we don't remotely resemble each other on the outside. I could go on and on about things I feel strongly about and believe in, but what really speaks to me today is the NEED to believe. The need to believe is stronger and deeper. I need to believe that the outcome of certain things in my life will be good. I need to believe that prayers for someone sick will be answered. I need to believe that tomorrow will be better. I need to believe that hungry children will be fed. I need to believe that everything I know now is not all that I will know. I need to believe there is more for people in suffering and pain. I NEED to BELIEVE......because when you believe no matter what it is you are believing, then there is HOPE...and when there is Hope, there is no fork in the road, only a path in the right direction.
I am a very positive up beat person but sometimes LIFE just makes you think deeper.
Just like I NEED to believe that someone actually reads my blog (LOL) and I have HOPE that if people do,they will follow and keep returning!
HOPE is good!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

SNOW DAYS





Dream Journal with 10 envelopes by 7 Gypsies

Just a few pages here:













The sun is shinning...snow is melting...time to think about dinner....