Saturday, October 20, 2012

Davion's birthday sign

This isn't the greatest photo from my art project for the week.  But you get the gist.  Our son Davion  likes to make his own beer.  He has all the equipment for it, and his first batch was called "Davion's Brew".  A few weeks back, he was here helping his Dad with firewood.  They often have a beer together after the work is done.  Davion started talking about how he would love a rustic/antique kind of sign to put in his garage that showed some brew and said, "It's 5 o'clock somewhere."  Since his birthday was coming up, I did an internet search to find the perfect sign.  While looking at all the possibilities, I had an epiphany!  "Hell!  I can make that for him!"  Went to Michaels and found this awesome planed/sanded board with the bark on the top and bottom.  Stained it and started painting.  It was quite interesting to work on a stained piece of wood.  It was much like working with watercolor.  The base was oil, so the acrylic paint was quite translucent when applied.  I liked that. I used to do tole paintings, but I had always sealed the board before applying paint.

I painted the background the exterior color of his garage, but left the table the natural stain of the wood.  It was quite fun to work on.  I did get the clock idea from the images I saw on the internet.  Most of them had 5 for every number.  Clever. presented it to him today and he really liked it.  Here's to you, Davion!  So glad you were born!

Monday, June 18, 2012



I have another passion.  I didn't really develop or recognize it until a few years ago.  What I have discovered is that I love historical fiction.  I have a number of favorite authors who write in this genre.  One in particular is Jane Kirkpatrick.  Jane has a beautiful way of taking a bit of history and weaving it into an amazing story of women (in particular) who have made a difference in the world.  Their story is one of inspiration, hope and faith under difficult circumstances.  My first exposure to Jane was The Tender Ties Series.  This trilogy is about Marie Dorian, an Iowa Indian woman who spent five weeks on the journey with Sacagawea.  Both were married to French Canadian men, both pregnant and both affiliated with white, male fur trapping expeditions.

Marie faced incredible odds on that journey.  This is an amazing story of strength, courage, devotion and faith.

I have read most of Jane's books and have been inspired by all of them.  I am currently reading Where Lilacs Still Bloom.  The story of Hulda Klager and her lilac gardens in Woodland WA.   If you like gardening, you will love this book.  Her father encouraged Hulda to follow her dreams.  Quoted from the first chapter:  “Huldie, don’t deny the dreams. They’re a gift given to make your life full. Accept them. Reach for
them. We are not here just to endure hard times until we die."

Hulda followed her dreams and persevered through very tough times.  I am inspired by this story and visiting Hulda's Gardens is definitely on my bucket list.

More sharing of authors/books to come.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Warmth From The Light Within

I have always loved this kind of winter scene.  I grew up in the west, so is it any wonder I would admire the mountains, the crisp winter air and the warmth and light that comes from within an abode?  I have always loved the mountains.  Always loved the light.  This painting depicts what I have been very recently feeling.  I KNOW and LOVE the light within well as within all of you. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

11805 Huckleberry Drive - Franktown, CO.

This is the home we lived in from 1977 to 1982.  I loved this place.  It was easy to care for and the neighborhood was exceptional.  We all had homes that sat on at least 2 acres of land.  We all had children around the same age.  It was the perfect community.  Not to mention the state and the climate.  Beautiful sunshine 360 days of the year, clear blue skies, mountain view and no humidity.   When it snowed and the sun shone the next day......much like this were often blinded by the light.

The house looks much different now.   But this is how we as a family will always remember it.  Brings back such fun memories of good times, good friends and lots of fun things to do.  Our son was born here and all three children made lasting friendships while we lived here.  I always loved the ring to the address, as well.  Eleven eight oh five, Huckleberry Drive.