Monday, March 28, 2011

My Sunday post on Monday - but for a very good reason!

Usually on Sunday I share a few thoughts with you about whatever is on my mind.  Yesterday my blog was quiet.  You could hear crickets.

Okay.  If you have a cricket phobia, then you could just hear the silence - how's that?!

Where was I?  Why was it so quiet here?  Well, I was experiencing life in the three dimentional world.  Sometimes people get so caught up in the fast paced wonder of the internet, that it becomes their entire world.  Don't let that happen to you!  and I promise you that I won't let it happen to me.


I'm not saying that I take lightly the online friendships I have made.  I enjoy the interaction I have had with my good cyber friends!  Many of us have chatted for several years and followed each other from online place to online place in order to keep in touch. 

But, you see, that is the point.  We have friendships.  We are real people.  We chat, send emails, share our joys and sorrows, and give each other a nudge when we need it.  And sometimes we get to meet each other in person.  That is very different from getting caught up in the fast paced glittz of zooming around aimlessly on the internet. 


Sometimes we need an anchor to keep us in the "real world" harbor for a while before we bounce wildly off on the internet sea again.  Yesterday, I was enjoying a little "harbor time".  So what was my little anchor?

Why, my family, of course!


Hope you had a wonderful Sunday ~ I sure did!

Blessings,
Kathy

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from Him.
Psalm 62:5

Friday, March 25, 2011

I am soooo going to create scarcity! Funtry Friday revenge!

It is definitely Spring around here - even if the temperature doesn't say it is.  I hear the meadowlarks in the morning singing in between the melodious guineas calling to one another.  There is not always ice on the water tanks *woohoo*. 

And the tumbleweeds are migrating...

I have seen some people selling these things online.  I want to know how they manage to ship them.  Are they selling a 10 inch tumbleweed and shipping a 40 inch one?  I figure that's about what you would have left after all the shipping guys tossed it around...

Anyway, I am going to help out all those enterprising people and create some scarcity here.  I mean, really - the tumbleweeds have provoked me.  Seriously.  This is was my gate.


Notice that little bare bones weed in the front.  It's not a tumbleweed.  I think the tumbleweeds ate it and spit out the bones.

Really.  I have to drive somewhere and these dudes are ganging up on me.


Okay - I am going to make a path! 


Ouch.  I'm not tossing any more of you to safety.  Prepare to meet my truck you varmits!


Take that, you - you - you WEEDS.

Yeah.  I drove to town, but I couldn't get away from them.  They ate half the road.  Chomp*chomp*chomp... and spit out some pot holes... 


Single lane of traffic here unless you want to disappear for a couple of weeks.  I'm telling you - those tumbleweeds are getting scary.

I'm wondering what I'll find in the back yard when they migrate to parts unknown.  Like a car or another horse... a couple of extra goats?  Or maybe a gate...  I wasn't planning on using this one anyway.  It might be nice to be able to use the water faucet though...



Yeah, I don't care how pretty they look in the sunset...


I'm going to create some scarcity - so look out, tumbleweeds!

Hope you had a fun Friday - it's always a Funtry Friday out here in the country!  Drop by anytime - just kick the tumbleweeds out of your way...

Blessings,
Kathy

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

There is still time to Adopt Art!

Little Sophia Etalemaw is home now!



But, the adoption expenses didn't end when she arrived in the United States.  There are still more "in country" expenses associated with her adoption...

Soooooo....

Take a stroll over to the Adopt Art page and see how you can adopt some very fun artwork (at a very low cost) and help with all of these adoption expenses.  All of the details are on the Adopt Art page You will be able to adopt art at these low prices until all of the adoption expenses have been paid.  After that, the pages will be taken down and the special prices will be gone!

Wander over to the Adopt Art Gallery and adopt some artwork!  There are new little treasures posted in there just waiting to go home with you!

Shipping is free and all of the funds go directly to Timothy and Cynthia to help with the adoption expenses.

Thanks for being a blessing!
Kathy

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Welcome home, Sophia!

Sophia Etalemaw arrived home Friday, March 18, 2011!








Lori ~ Cynthia's very good friend who traveled with her to Ethiopia.




The new Big Sister.
 
  
The Big Big Sister








Happy Grammy!


Thanks for all your prayers and support!

Blessings,
Kathy

"Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me..."
Mark 9:37a

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A pocket full of 7 Card Draw fun!

Well, if you know me, you know that I like those little ACEOs! 

Art Cards Editions and Originals are tiny little pieces of artwork that are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm), roughly the size of a standard playing card. 

ACEOs are created using all kinds of art materials and their subject matter is just as varied.  Because they are small, they can be a very affordable way to collect the artwork you love.

One place that I visit to have a little ACEO fun is the 7 Card Draw Team on Etsy where people win up to 7 ACEOs every month.  Drop by sometime and say "hi"!  You just might be a winner, too!



Want to see a little sample of you can win?  Look what arrived in my mailbox recently.


How fun is that?!  I WON these little treasures!  Not only that, but I won them from some good friends online in the 7 Card Draw Team.  Take a closer look at these great little works of art.



Starting at the top, you have ~

Carole, "Giant Leaf" at http://www.etsy.com/shop/rsully2sphotography
Lee, "Ted E. Bear Visits the Playground" at http://www.etsy.com/shop/leepierce
Linda, "Dunny" at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Raedawn
Betty, "Making Snow Angels" at http://www.etsy.com/shop/pinkglitterfae
Marlene, "Stained Glass Grapes" at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Lazyhawk
JohnnieBelinda, "Untitled (Tree)" at http://www.etsy.com/shop/johnniebelinda
Marta, "Tree with Heart-shaped Leaves" at http://www.etsy.com/shop/martaharvey

I am delighted to add these wonderful little creations to my growing ACEO collection - not just because each one is wonderful artwork, but also because each one of them came from a friend.  On the other side of this computer, I have friends who want to know how I am doing, who pray for me, who encourage me - and who have enriched my life.

So, today I am taking time to say "thank you" to all of you for your wonderful "cyber friendship"!  You make me smile!

Have you joined a great online community and made some great friends, too?  Tell me where! 

Blessings,
Kathy

A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12b 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Did you hear THAT??? Totally Funtry Friday!

Seriously!  Listen - can't you hear that?  What? oh...  yeah.  You are on the other side of blogland and you can't hear that beautiful sound.  Well, what I am hearing is the sound of SPRING!  It's the lovely song of a Meadowlark!

Well, and I hear the wind blowing like crazy, but that is also a sound of Spring around here.

In addition to the sounds of Spring, there are some sights of Spring, too.  I am so excited!  LOOK!  something green!


Yeah.  I know it's just some random weed and probably neither the goat or the horses will eat it, but it's green not brown!  It's alive, not crisp!

And check this out!  This is really exciting, too ~


What?  Well, it's hair.  Lots of hair!  Hey - shedding horses are a sure sign that Spring is beginning!

Just in case you need a little more proof...


There!  More proof!
 
Huh?  Well, that's my goat, Bethie.  More accurately, that is the top of her neck.  She's kind of busy eating, but that's not a sign of Spring.  That's a sign that she's a goat.

She's shedding, too!  That is definitely a sign that Spring is upon us!

Time to get out of the house and go visiting.
 

Forrest hasn't ventured too far off the porch because it was sooooo cold and icy.  Billie Jane hasn't been out front either because it was so muddy.  So here they are, finally having a nice visit.

Oh, yeah.  And another sign of Spring...


The tumbleweeds are on the move...

Happy Spring Funtry Friday!
Blessings,
Kathy

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I won The ACEO Challenge!

Woohooo! I won! I won The ACEO Challenge for February!


 
This little challenge is open to anyone who has created an ACEO that answers the posted theme. The theme for February was “Groundhogs (or whichever weather rodent is in your part of the world)”.

 
Here is my answer to that challenge ~ “Happy Spring” ~ a little sweetie who has her eye on that famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, and she is sure that spring is just around the corner. That famous groundhog isn’t going to get away from her!
 
"Happy Spring" - Original watercolor and ink painting - ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 inch (6.4 x 8.9 cm)
What’s an ACEO? Well, it’s the cousin of an ATC. What’s an ATC? I could say it’s the cousin of an ACEO, but I wouldn’t do that to you, now would I?

 
ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are little works of art that can be originals, limited editions, or reproductions. They can be done in any media ~ literally! I have seen paintings, block prints, fabric, pottery, photographs, and the list goes on and on and on. The only stipulation is that they are 2.5 x 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm). That’s it.

 
And what about the ATC? ATC stands for Art Trading Cards. The only difference between them is that ATCs are for trading and ACEOs can be bought, sold or traded.

 
Once you have created your little artwork, then you can decide if you want to sell it or trade it. If you want to trade it, search for ATC groups. To sell it, look for places that feature ACEOs.  Voila!  The fun begins!

 
What can you do with these little gems? Lots of things ~
  • Keep them, give them as gifts, or trade them
  • Display them in an album, a decorative box, or a beautiful basket
  • Use them as bookmarks, decorate greeting cards with them, or collage them on larger artwork
  • Display them on an easel, in a frame, or on your refrigerator with a magnetic sleeve

They are lots of fun to create, very portable, a good way to try out new media or techniques, and they are just plain fun. Give one a try!
 
And, if you just happen to create one that has a theme of “March Winds” or “In Like a Lamb – Out Like a Lion”, then stroll over to the The ACEO Challenge blog and post it for this month’s challenge!

 
Happy creating!

 
Blessings,

Kathy
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