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we don't have an eternity to realize our dreams, only the time we are here -susan l. taylor

Sunday, January 07, 2007

in with the new; out with the old

it's done. i've switched over to wordpress because i can no longer deal with the eccentrities of old blogger! so if you're game (& i hope that you are!) pls. check out my new digs over here. it's the same little ol' me, just different address is all...see ya there! the old blog will remain to redirect y'all to my new digs...c'mon over...i can't wait to have you stop by! ta-ta blogger!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

beloved, touched & blessed

that is how i feel at this moment in time... when i started this blogging journey nearly a year ago, never in my wildest imagination would i ever dream that i'd come to regard many of you as such dear friends, blog sistas, & kindred spirits! & for as long as i can remember, i've always found such great joy in making & giving things away to those i care for & appreciate. & when i send my little tokens of affection, i do not expect anything in return. it just makes me happy knowing that i sent some goodies someone's way, sharing the creative wealth & good cheer>>> hopefully bringing a smile to someone's face. that's just how i rolls...& my dh tells me never to change that about myself! but when i receive unexpected gifts, like i had yesterday, i am rendered speechless & utterly surprised because i do not expect anything. when i received not one but two packages in yesterday's mail, my heart was (& still is) bursting with gratitude & joy...i cannot believe the overflowing generosity & love i felt from these packages... dear pauline sent me this incredible box of wonderful goodies>>>i am astounded by how beautifully packaged everything was (i didn't want to undo the pretty wrappings) & the incredible amount of stuff she put in there>>>it seemed never ending! she sent me two lovely books, which i have already read! (i am a speed reader & they were such tender tear-jerkers!)...pauline, i *heart* you & everything that you sent me! i will treasure everything that you have so lovingly sent me! & then dear corey lavished me with antique french papers, ribbons, lace, postcards, music sheet scraps from her extensive personal collection...i was actually going to BUY this set from her wicked cool french flea market shop (which btw, y'all NEED to check out because she has a FANTABULOUS collection of FRENCH vintage GOODIES for sale!)...i am feeling rather SPOILT by corey!!!!!! MILLE MERCI BEAUCOUPs corey!!!!!!!!!!!! i amazed how much stuff i kept pulling out of that deceptively small packet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i *heart* you & for sharing so generously some of your fabulous collection! yes, today i am feeling very much beloved, touched & blessed. thank you blog world for connecting me to such lovely & generous spirits! i'll end this post with a s.w.a.k. Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 05, 2007

studio friday

this week's topic for studio friday is suggested by susan: CHANGING NAMES... "I've been reading Twyla Tharp's book The Creative Habit and here's an idea from her book - " the ancient masters of Japanese art were allowed to change their name once in their lifetime. They had to be very selective about the moment in their career when they did so. They would stick with their given name until they felt they had become the artist they aspired to; at that point, they were allowed to change their name. For the rest of their life, they would work under the new name at the height of their powers." So let's presume we are at the height of our careers - what name would you choose and why? " ~ Susan ***
this was a head scratcher for me. never given much thought about wanting to change my name, other than my surname when i was getting married...i looked up my name, mary ann, & it comes from the latin marianna, which means "beloved". i like that actually. it suits me...but i do want to play in sf this week...i've been mia for sometime from this group. so i surfed the net to see what i would change my name to. & this is what struck my fancy>>>kimimela akua>>>it is african for "butterfly born on wednesday"... butterflies are a favorite motif of mine & they also signify metamorphasis, don't they? & while perusing the aisles of an antique mall a few weeks ago, i remembered finding a vintage calendar & it was of the year i was born...just for kicks, i looked up my birthday in this old calendar & saw that i was born on a wednesday. & then i found those african names>>>too cool, huh? now, don't ask me how to pronounce my new name...your guess is as good as mine!

friday's finds

happy friday & 11th day of christmas! since i've been feeling cruddy this past week (blasted sinus infection!), i haven't done any offline shopping. but i did do some on-line shopping during school break & purchased those wicked cool arty books (wow, TONS of drooling on my part!) that i wrote about in the last post below & also these cool stamps & cd from stamp diva, which are my finds for this week's friday's finds. my weekend starts today & so i hope that i can come up with something creative with these new finds>>> like getting started on my valentine atcs for the flickr swap i'm hosting! my dear blog sista, jude, has already started working on hers & even posted a pic of one of her creations on flickr! yikes, i better get crack-a-lacking! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

a trying day

i dreaded going back to school this morning after having been off since 12/15! how rude to be jarred awake by the @$#%& alarm clock!!! & i still was feeling crappy...the thought did cross my mind to call the school & say i was not feeling well (which was true!) but then i realized i would have to make up the missed day on one of my days off....uh, i chose to suck it up & drag my butt to the school. it wasn't too bad until i came across this kiddo i'll call "t". man! he was not a happy camper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he just about threw a HUGE hissy fit for a solid 10 minutes about how he was not coming with me to do therapy. i was gonna cut my losses & walk away...but the classroom teacher basically bargained with him & made him go. i'm not one to force anyone into therapy...that's not my style...but still, i remained calm, saying nothing as he sobbed hysterically walking to my therapy room. i kept thinking, how incredibly sad to see this little guy so stressed out & how hard it was for him to transition from one activity to the next. he eventually cooled off & we had our session. even before school vacation, t almost always reacted this way when it was time to go for speech therapy...after his shrieking, he eventually settles down & we, believe it or not, end up having good sessions...i almost half expect the terrible scene each & every time i come for the little guy, but today, it really took a lot outta me to deal with him...y'know, weather out his storm... i don't know, but he is much too young to be so much tension & anxiety in this young boy... yet such is the life of a child with autism>>>when it rains, it really pours! i've been reading up on how to recognize & diffuse/divert potential "neurological storms" (as one book called them), like remaining calm & being non-punitive are recommended strategies. makes me wonder how he functions at home? how his family deals with his meltdowns & fits? it was disheartening to learn from some teachers about his rather chaotic home life...i saw t later in the day & he was having yet another meltdown in the classroom...he just was not having a good day being back after being off for so long. thankfully my other students were more accepting to be back in school! i wasn't feeling 100 percent today at school & having had to deal with t's meltdown kinda drained my energy for the rest of the day>>> i was never so glad to go home when the school bell rang! i was invited to dinner by a couple of pals but i was not feeling up to much of anything...i was SPENT...i had to decline the kind invitation, which i felt bad, but i desperately wanted to go home & lie down! wasn't i pleasantly surprised to find these lovelies in the mail?! i had ordered these books during break & here they drained spirit started to lift... i can't wait to devour every last page of these books, which i have been coveting for some time now...i know, it's a huge splurge...but i work hard for these simple pleasures! ahhh, i can't wait to get my hands on them as i soak in a hot, soothing tub. sometimes it's necessary to unwind & feed the soul especially after a trying day. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

not bad for a gal who's under the weather...

hi all! not feeling the best today, but as i laid in bed (re)reading this past summer issue of somerset studio>>>i found this article by danielle of the vintage dragonfly of her wicked cute jar fairies that i thought i'd give it go. just the other day i found a plain old leaded glass lantern & i got inspired! i thought of just the perfect piece that would fit inside & stuck one of my collage pieces i did a while ago for wednesday stamper...then added a few other doodads & what- voila! my very own altered lantern...this was wicked fun to make {& addictive too, lol}! i definitely will make more of these...but i think this is enough creative excitement for this tired gal...back for a lie down...but i do plan on making more of these lovelies...just when i feel more energetic! {wink}. Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 01, 2007

my new digicam & a look back...

i am sooooooooooooo excited to have my new digicam! GONE are the days of trekking to the super-walmart & getting those one-hr photo cds made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yipee-i-ay!!!! i can upload pics to my computer, sha-zammmm! i've spent the weekend acquainting myself with my new toy & all its lovely features. & i think i've got the basic grasp...this is an upgrade from my old nikon cam & i'm lovin' the sleekness & tiny-ness of it all & the wicked cute pink & brown cam case>>> just darlin'! i finally was able to take snaps of these lovely prezzies i got just the day after christmas from a dear flickr pal, monica...she made this lovely tree ornie with such loving details... & she sent me this beautiful emu ornie...i was amazed that it did not get damaged in the post because it is rather fragile... i was so surprised & elated to receive these wonderful package from her>>>thank you so much monica! i'm quite touched by your gifts & i will treasure them always {smile}.
*** i got this idea from blog pal weirdbunny (thanks julia!)>>> she got this idea from a pal of hers in which you go into your archives & write the 1st sentence of each month's post of 2006. so i thought i'd give it a whirl (pls. note that i started my blogging journey last february):
februrary '06: a dear friend of mine told me about her blog & how much she enjoys it. march '06: how much longer do i have to hang on? april '06: he who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks ~~francois duc de la rochefoucald. may '06: my dear friend annie is in town & i can't wait to spend my day off tomorrow with her! june '06: the pocketbook i fashioned out of a plain wooden box with handle, which i found in the clearance aisle at wal-mart... july '06: this season i the topic for this week's mmm. august '06: snaps we took of our weekend visiting the fam in chi-town. september '06: fun vintage stuff i found at that estate sale i had gone to with angie wangie in st. louie. october '06: hi blog sistas & friends! november '06: all day today at school, i kept wishing that the day would hurry up! december '06: this week's topic for studio friday is what's your favorite color combination?
it may not look like much, but believe me, these are but a fraction of what each month contained for the past year (561 posts, to be exact!)...which brings me to the topic of switching...well, i've looked into wordpress & i'm very tempted to switch over because i do actually like the looks of the pages there...but i've a bit of a prob, you see. wordpress, i'm told, is "static" & won't take movable side widgets, such as flickr & neocounter...two things i've become accustomed to seeing on my current blog...& if i switch over to wp, then i wouldn't be able to have either one in my new sidebar. which i'm not sure whether or not i could live without yet... so at the moment, i'll be staying put a little while longer.darn it all tho! i so was looking forward to a new look...{sigh}. but at least i have a gleaming new digicam! Posted by Picasa

ringing in 2007

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Sunday, December 31, 2006


just a few hours left & 2006 will be year's eve seems to put people in a pensive mood. i reflect on the past year & also what i hope to accomplish in the new year. HOPE is the key word here as so much of our future dreams, plans, goals, etc. are built on this. for me, HOPE helps ease me into the new year... as i look back, it's been an awfully eventful year, especially when i discovered blogging! & when i started creating art again after such a long absence...i also struck out on my own, left my draining hospital job & went into private practice as well as opened an etsy shop. along the way, i met some incredibly amazing & talented folks, both in bloggyland & off-line, gone on a few trips with dh & by myself, spent time with family, participated in various swaps>>>i could go on & on, but i won't bore you with all the minutiae. let's suffice it to say that it's been an eventful blog helped greatly to document many of these events & i'm glad that i can look back into my archives to help my brain cells recall... for the new year, i hope to continue my creative endeavors & go on as many adventures (like to maine with the dh) with even more fervor & passion than ever before! & like this past year, my blog (& i'm still debating whether or not to switch over to another site) will continue to document my thoughts, art, musings, glimpses into my life in cheeseland. yes, there's alot to be hopeful in the new year...let's toast to a very healthy, happy & creative 2007! Posted by Picasa
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