Thursday, January 28, 2010

one-eyed kitty

The reason for so many kitty illos lately? I had a sweet kitty who showed up on my doorstep about a week ago. Since my hubby is allergic, I couldn't keep the sweet one-eyed kitty. (See picture below.) But by posting photos and sending emails there is a happy ending to this story! We have a wonderful neighborhood watch email list and when I was about to give up hope, I had not one but two offers to take the kitty in! Yay! Just another big reason to get a rescue animal for a pet! They all need homes so badly!

Looking forward to Spring when we can rescue a dog! :o) Check back then to see who will join our family!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Beauty will rise out of the ashes...

As I go through some very difficult times with my family right now I have been listening to one of my favorite artists, Steven Curtis Chapman. While walking on my treadmill and listening to my iPod  I was listening to Beauty Will Rise, which is from Steven's CD of the same name and while  it has given me such peace personally, I also realized what a perfect song it is for those who have been through the earthquake in Haiti. As time passes we hear of more and more wonderful stories out of Haiti of survival and hope. I love and respect this particular artist's vision because he truly knows what it is to be in a very dark place through his and his family's own trials.

For those who are struggling to understand "why" and "where to go from here", no matter what the difficult circumstances in your lives, the message of this song and CD gives such hope and peace. This entire CD is amazing! Every song!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Spread your wings and fly

Our daughter graduated from college in December so this art reminds me of the fact that it's a scary time for her to take that first flight into her new life. For her, it's both exciting and scary. This illustration is from another set of stamp designs.

As we jump into 2010, here's hoping we take flight and soar!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

in hopes of Spring

Call me fickle but I'm all done with winter and the white stuff and already looking towards Spring. This image was recently done for a rubber stamping company as one of a set of designs. I'll let you all know more details when I can.

These kitties are definitely thinking...SPRING!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow, snow, snow

Well, the ground is still white after 2 weeks and that's rare for Missouri. I guess that's what I get for wishing for a white Christmas. Please don't hold that against me, friends...I sure didn't wish for negative digit temperatures! It's gonna get down to -10 degrees tonight...and that's actual temperature, not wind chill! Yikes!! BUT, the weather forecast next week is calling for some low 40's...I'll take it!

The book I'm working on at the moment is about the holidays and has a lot of snow in it so I'm actually able to get some good references right now. But unfortunately, I can't post any because of it not coming out until Fall 2010. So here is a picture out my studio window today. The shadows that look like waves are actually from the drifting snow and there is a lake behind the fence even though you can't see it because it's frozen and covered with snow as well.