Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The cats

A couple of cat stories to tell you.  This is my studio, that the cats like to look out that big window.  I had the easel up yesterday and I was in another room.  I hear CRASH-BANG-BAM!  I move quickly to the studio thinking that things have fallen off the wall and there will be a terrible mess to clean up.

Here comes this guy, practically knocking me down.  His eyes are bugged out and he is like a runaway beer truck.  He starts to take the corner and his feet go out from under him and legs are flailing till he gets up.  He has scared himself so much that he peed his pants!  I was laughing and Tom wants to know what happened.  I said Sebastian peed his pants, he got so scared!  Tom-I didn't know he wore pants! I followed his trail of dribbles for two rooms.  He jumped up on his usual bench and stayed there the whole evening.  He was embarrassed. 
The only thing that fell down was the easel, but it made a terrible noise! 

I hoped he learned his lesson. 

Here is a Simon the Cat video where he is on a rip.

This gal, I found sitting in the sink recently watching the fish.  I purchased a new bowl with a lid for the fish because I wanted my lid for my pot back.  It's a little different size and fits perfectly in this spot.  Lily, this gal and Sophie were found up on the counter moving the new fish bowl with lid.  Tom said they had it two inches from the edge of the counter.  Water was sloshed out, the fish kept bumping their noses on the plastic.  Their eyes were probably bugged out more than usual.  Now I have put rubber underneath the bowl and a metal travel cup on top, to alert us of her shenanigans.  She is a pip!  She needs some warm weather so she can go outside and catch a mouse.  I believe she brought home at least 15 last summer and fall!

So glad you stopped.
I would love to read your cat stories too.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


I shared this picture the other day when it wasn't quite complete.  I have finished it now and my inspiration for it was from a picture I saw on Pinterest.  I thought how interesting a poppy bud is.  Hard and green and a perfect oval with little fuzzys all over it.  Inside it is a beautiful flower with paper like leaves waiting to unfold. Beauty for mankind is like that also.  Kindness, empathy, being helpful, giving and being a good friend, parent, boss, child, sibling, all comes from within or from your heart.   
On a similar note, I painted this collage a few years back for a very sweet, helpful and beautiful friend of ours.  She was always giving herself a hard time and I found this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson-Truth, Goodness, Beauty are but different faces of the same all.  Whether RWE had this in mind when writing the sentence, I don't know, but this is the way I see it.  If you have truth, and goodness then you also have beauty.  They are the whole package. It doesn't matter if one is beautiful on the outside or not.

The Poppy Buds picture, I am going to keep.  There were many things that I tried for the first time.  I followed instructions from Kelly Rae Roberts book- Taking Flight, on how to make dimensional items. I liked the way they turned out, but I want to make them smaller.  If you notice one leaf has some lines on it and then I decided against that look.  I want to change a couple of colors and also I wasn't happy with the words, other than's perfect! :-).  I am in the process of making another and my plan is to open an Etsy shop in the near future.  I am building my inventory right now. 

I would certainly appreciate feedback on this.  It's a little intimidating and scary to try a different venture. 

Thanks so much for stopping.