follow your bliss

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

Friday, March 31, 2006

something borrowed

this is something i found from misty eyed's blog (i've been reading this blog lately). it's about "thoughts from fellow artists"...here's my version:
  • Name: mary ann
  • My Pedigree is: b.a., m.s., and m.a. ccc-slp/l
  • In five words I am: thoughtful, creative, sincere, hopeful, determined
  • Happiness is:living life authentically and being surrounded by loving, positive people
  • I wish: to be kinder than necessary...
  • I'm most influenced by: my husband, family and close friends
  • I've always wanted to: see the world
  • I want to be: the change that i want to see in the world, to borrow a phrase
  • My current art project is: i've got a few brewing: cards, contest and self-portrait tuesday challenge
  • I love the smell of:pine trees, salt air and marine helioptropes (these smell like baby powder)
  • My best memory is: i have many...too hard to pick, but if i had to pick one, i guess it would be the moment my hubby and i decided to live in maine. we stood on a mountain overlooking the sea and he looked at me and said, "yeh, we can live here."
  • My current obsession is: twofold: rubberstamping and gardening!
  • I Like: to paint again.
  • I dislike: getting up wicked early and driving an hour to/from work
  • My favorite food is: nachos, mom's pancit and hummus
  • Something I avoid at all costs is: getting involved with crazy ideas, people
  • My favorite vacation spot is:midcoast, me usually and anywhere with my hubby
  • My favorite toy as a child was: baseball mitt my dad gave me when i was about nine. i was fanatical about baseball at that time.
  • My favorite toy now: my hubby, i mean, my big shot die machine!
  • Current favorite quote: go confidently in the direction of your dreams. live the life you have imagined. henry david thoreau

for the love of

reading... especially for little ones, check out this cool site called www.starfall.com. it's an interactive site where you can actually make and print out personalized books. it's wicked cool! i got the link from misty eyed's blog. ever since i can remember, i have always loved to read---anything and everything i could get my hands on. i think the only time that i kind of dreaded reading was during my grad school years when i had nothing but all that dry, scholarly, academic stuff (a lot of technical mumbo jumbo, as i recall). at that time, i did not have any time for pleasure reading. but now, i love to read my magazines (country living and yoga journal are my faves), people's blogs, arts and crafts books, gardening books and of course, books by nora roberts. and i love reading to kids, like my nieces and nephews. when i worked in the schools or even when i worked with the birth-5 set in private practice, i loved doing reading activities with my students or preschool clients. i'm really big on literacy and i almost always have a literacy goal for my speech students/clients. i love to read to children, get them excited about reading and have them create their own books. it gives me great joy to see children get the reading bug. i have a 4 year old niece who can actually read and loves it! she is so enthusiastic about her newfound skill that she will read to you in a heart beat! writing goes hand and hand with reading. and that is another thing that i have a penchant for and haved enjoyed working on with my students/clients over the years. (my only exception is during my grad school years when i totally dreaded writing all those research papers and then my master's thesis). that's why i love this whole blog thing. i get to write my thoughts, feelings and views. i have always found it easier for me to express myself through writing... for me literacy is a vital skill and i will advocate and promote this always. so read (write) on!

what's a girl to do

now that i have my big shot machine, i don't need my ol' sizzix machine anymore. it had served me so well these past couple of years and i did take good care of it too. i tried to give it to a dear friend, but she gently declined my offer. another dear friend already has a zip'e mate. one of my sisters wanted it, but changed her mind. what do i do? it still has many more years of life in it and it is in good condition. if anyone out there in blogland is interested in my ol' sizzix machine, please post a comment. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, March 30, 2006

a favorite

i've mentioned before that i haven't touched a brush in a while. but when i do, i am very fond of painting with watercolors. this is a painting i did in 2000, when one of my nieces was 2. we were living in maine at the time and i took a watercolor/mixed media class by a woman named, vertene. i believe this was an exercise on painting people as the primary subject matter. this was my first attempt ever in painting a person. prior to that, my subject matters were either still life objects or some nature scene. i remembered that i drew a few sketches and then worked out a color scheme. vertene, the art instructor, lent me her book on how to paint and draw children. it was invaluable and it gave me better insight to shaping my lines and curves into what you see below. this is a cherished piece that hangs proudly in our guestroom/office. one of these days, i will become inspired to paint again. i'd like to think in the very near future. i very much miss this part of me. Posted by Picasa

not a clue

this is a scanned photo of me when i was about one. i possess very few pictures of me as a baby. according to my mother, many of my baby photos were destroyed in a fire, or was it a flood? i have no idea what i looked like when i was born. i was a preemie, born a month too early and weighed about 4 lbs or so. my mother described me as a hairy, tiny, little thing, who literally could fit in a shoe box. she also recalled that i would wail like a banshee and the neighbors could not believe that this tiny peanut of a baby could be so loud! as i slowly gained weight, my mom thought i was the cutest, fattest baby ever. she even entered me in various baby contests; but i couldn't compete with the giant, full-term babies. i was still scrawny next to my competition. of course, i have no recollection of any of this, but this is what mom has told me. i wish that i could see a picture of myself as a newborn...but i guess i should hang on to this one to give me a clue. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

authentically

that's how i want to live my life. i was thinking about this on my way to work this morning. i want so much to: be true to myself be myself appreciate myself accept myself honor myself. i came across this engaging website, soulful living, and it was reassuring to see that i am not alone in this quest. from this point on, i vow to live a more authentic life-- geniunely with purpose and on my own terms.

yipee!

my big shot is here!!!! i've been dreaming about this since i laid eyes on it in an ad in one of my scrapbooking magazines. it is so light and bigger than my clunky, ol' sizzix one. i have so many sizzix and quickutz dies that i can "die" crazy. it's so versatile and convenient because i can cut or emboss many shapes at one time. wicked cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted by Picasa

signs of spring

can't wait until my tulips, daffodils and other lovelies pop up! and i've started to separate my tender baby seedlings into their individual "homes"... gardening is my therapy...my escape from the hectic pace of the outside world...this is where i can slow down and go at my own pace, my own rhythm. it relaxes me and puts me in a meditative state. it is me-time. it is bliss.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

born again

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letting go

i was reminded of this during my yoga class this morning.
letting go of all the "i can'ts", "i won'ts" and "i don'ts"...
focusing on the present, the here and the now....
always remembering to breathe.
my yoga practice of late has been sporadic
and usually involves popping a video or dvd in the machine.
it is not the same when you are engaged in a live class.
i had forgotten how important it is to have someone there
gently observing and, at times, reminding you to
{honor yourself} {it is not a race} {connect the body with the mind}
{observe how you feel with each posture} {be present} {think positive thoughts}...
i awoke this morning with feelings of anxiety and despair.
but now i have noticed that my mind has quieted
and my inner peace, restored.
that is why i do yoga...
it reminds me to let go
and be.

self portrait tuesday

Posted by Picasa how
i feel right now
in this moment in time
lost and abandoned
by those i thought
who cared

Monday, March 27, 2006

the good, the bad and the ugly

this is how i am feeling about my blog at this microsecond in time. but i am hoping that this will pass... because there's so much more that i want to
{share} {express} {explore}

from my garden to yours

no act of kindness no matter how small, is ever wasted.
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i've got mail

i got a lovely surprise in today's mail... it was from my dear friend angie and look at the wonderful stuff she sent me! how awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you from the bottom of my heart--- i'm loving everything you've sent. thank you so much angie! {u r a sweetheart} & u totally ROCK!!!!!!!!!!! Posted by Picasa
this goes out to my sisters, whom i DO love and care for deeply.
whatever
i write in my blog...
yes, MY BLOG,
is MY business and no one elses.
i am here to express myself...
and nobody else's.
it's my voice, my space, my creative outlet
to say what/how i feel/think at any given moment
and how i see fit at any given moment.
and it may include some things that others may not like.
but you know what?
i'm not looking for approval;
i'm not intending to hurt anyone;
i'm not in the business of humiliating or ridiculing anybody.
i'm just an ordinary person
trying to express who i am
what i am all about
what i hope and dream
what i plan to accomplish
and what i wish for
for myself, my husband
and everyone else that i consider a loved one.
if anything is miscontrued
by anything that i have written on my blog,
i sincerely apologize
because that is not my intention or mission.
please know that
whatever i might post is about me
my fleeting thoughts,
my feelings at the moment.
my blog
is not about attacking anyone's integrity
or fundamental core;
it is all about
personal expression.
i hope this will clear up any misunderstandings that may arise.
with love and respect, your sister,
reya

Sunday, March 26, 2006

100 things about me

i came across this idea
from this neat blog called: boy crazy.
i thought, what a challenge! and what a great idea...
so here's my list:
1. my name is mary ann. two words, no "e".
2. i am 1 of 4 sisters and 1 brother. family is generally close knit, but we have our moments...
3. i'm the oldest child in my family (and pls. don't remind me!)
4. i was born in the philippines, came to the us when i was 2 and grew up in chicago.
5. when i was little, my parents swear that i was very mischevious, getting into all sorts of trouble, along with my sister jo, who is 11 months younger than me.
6. i was reportedly the "brains" and my sister jo was the "brauns", according to family folklore.
7. one vivid memory i have when i was about 3 years old was i climbed out my bedroom window (and we lived in a garden apartment aka basement at the time) and ended up half dressed in the neighbor's side yard. the neighbors discovered me and returned me to my parents. my parents purport that i was fond of venturing out unchaperoned (much to their chagrin).
8. i am a monolingual english speaker but can understand bits and pieces of tagalog (the mutual dialect my parents still speak).
9. when i was about 5, i told my mother that i wanted to be a "girl scout"...hey, i was 5, what did i know?!
10. i grew up catholic on the side of chicago. went to parochial schools with my siblings, then went on to an all-girl catholic high schools, i dub the "prison".
11. no one would believe the inane things that i had to endure in high school run by psychotic nuns.
12. couldn't wait to get the heck out of "cell block h" and went to my dream school, de paul university. i was a die-hard blue demons fan since 8th grade. the late ray meyer was my all-time fave college basketball coach. it was sad to hear of his recent passing. the world is a bit emptier...
13. i majored in communications with a minor in art history. i had notions at first to become a journalist (as a had worked on my high school paper), but then i was torn between linguistics and art.
14. i graduated from college magna cum laude in 3 years and went straight onto graduate program to study sociolinguistics at georgetown university.
15. i was not quite 22 when i went on to grad school. it was my first experience away from home. i was there when the future nba star, patrick ewing, was a senior. you would always spot him right away in a crowd because he towered over everyone.
16. i was going to go for my ph.d. in linguistics, but began to panic at the prospect of writing my doctorate thesis. it took a friend of mine 10 years to write her thesis....
17. so i got a masters in science instead. i was almost 23 at the time.
18. during that time, i lived with a cranky, disabled lady in her late 60s and in exchange for free room and board, i had to cook meals and walk her poodle-mix dog, ouzo. she lived across the street from the university. it turned out i was not only trying to balance school, but also the demands of a cranky lady and her dog. she had broken her hip the summer i came to georgetown and needed someone to help her out. she used to be the vice president of finance at the university. she had a housekeeper, nicki, who was in her 70s. nicki and i became fast friends and she was forever trying to set me up with the laundry man. she'd say to me, mary ann, he's a fine looking man...you should talk to him. this guy delivered dry cleaning fairly regularly to the house. i really didn't think so. and besides, i was very conscientious about my studies. it was so very different from undergrad.
19. i found out at that time that if you're gonna live in dc, you gotta be prepared to talk politcs. i could care less at the time. i also was made very conscious of my non-caucasian background. g-town is a very international school and i was forever asked, "where are you from?" and wouldn't you know, i would confound people and say, "chicago." they were usually expecting someplace in asia or something exotic. i've even been mistaken for someone from south america! no hable, okay?!
20. the things i learned from my g-town experience were: etiquette, mingling with the hoity-toity, how to set the table properly (miss g., the lady i lived with, had two sets of china--everyday and special---there were no paper or plastic products used at the dinner table!), gardening, living with a non-family member who was elderly and disabled and also where not to go in dc.
21. i was so burned out from school, that i took a break and got a job working for a local airline company in chicago. this was actually my first paid job. my parents did not believe in teenagers working. they were adamant about education.
22. i worked as a telephone reservationist. it was so foreign working with the general public (i've been virtually in school until this juncture). i was aghast at how incredibly rude and vulgar people could (and were) be. there was the "panty man", the "foot man", the asking what are you wearing freak, the cheap as-es, the i-want-to-speak-to-your-manager freaks...it was crazy.
23. one fave memory of my airline days was the time i took the first flight out to dc from chicago and then came back on the turn around flight that same day. my father asked me, "where did you go at 6am?" i told him that i went to dc to pick up my camera that i had left at a friend's house the weekend before. he couldn't believe that i would do that...i had left home really early and then came back at 1:30 in the afternoon. my father was like, "boy, are you a jet setter now?"
24. i loved the airlines perk of unlimited, free travel. it was nothing to go somewhere for the day to go for lunch in boston, shopping in nyc or frolicking in the french quarter (ah, this was well before the horrible katrina hurricane). i missed the travelling, but i wanted to do more with all the education i attained.
25. that's when i decided to go into speech pathology. on one of my weekend jaunts to memphis where i was visiting an old college friend, i met an audiology student at a party. one thing led to another and before you know it, i was applying to their grad program in speech therapy.
26. the summer before i was to go to memphis, my sister jo and i got into a really bad car accident. my sister was badly hurt and i wasn't. it was a traumatic experience. we're both okay now, but at the time, i was too afraid to drive again and i almost postponed school.
27. i got over my fear of driving, and eventually drove down, with my family driving caravan behind me.
28. in the two years that i lived in memphis, i had not once stepped foot inside graceland. it's funny, but i've been outside the musical gates to his mansion, but never inside. oh well, no biggie...
29. after i finished the speech program, i had my first job as a speech therapist in a busy hospital in syracuse, ny.
30. it was a hellish year, but i learned and saw alot. it made me the kind a therapist i am today.
31. i moved back to chicago bec. i missed my family and friends. got a job there. was in two of my sisters' wedding.
32. for my 30 b-day i drove myself all the way to maine...just because years before, i was so fascinated by that place. my family was worried about traveling by myself, but i am an independent sort. it was the best time of my life...i saw and did so much. i vowed that i would go back there every summer until i could no longer.
33. i met my husband, joe, on a blind date in chicago. he was so cute, i was so nervous when we met. i didn't know what to do or how to act with all his compliments and gentlemanly manners.
34. after that first meeting we had been together ever since. i think i knew right away that he was a "keeper".
35. i was mugged in the middle of the day at work in chicago. it was the most terrifying thing that happened to me.
36. i was so disillusioned with living in the big city and having to deal with the rat race. i longed for somewhere more peaceful...and thoughts of my trips to maine came.
37. i found a job in midcoast maine. joe and i went to check it all out. it was his first time to maine. he loved the sights and sounds of maine, just like i had years before.
38. we moved to maine and lived in this terrific, old farmhouse. it was right on main street with four giant maple trees and a huge backyard.
39. we lived there for 5 years, almost six. and loved being by the ocean, the mountains, the trees, the fresh, salt air.
40. we got married on a mountain, overlooking our town we'd come to call home.
41. it was a glorious, september day. the weather was amazing. the views, stunning.
42. i'll forever remember the words joe said to me on our wedding day as we walked toward the cliff's edge to release two balloons (in memory of loved ones).
43. when we moved to maine, it was the caveat that we'd try for one year, and if we didn't like it after one year, then we would move back to chicago, the rat race.
44. after one month, maine was a "keeper".
45. getting used to country living was a real culture shock. everything in our little seaside town shut at 5 o'clock. and there was no such thing as 24 hours!
46. i had never known to use the "brights" on my car until we moved to maine. total darkness, except for the moon and the gazillion stars lit the night-time sky.
47. we were forever locking doors --the cars, the house, the windows. that's the city in us. then locals would tell us that they never locked anything. it was strange at first. but then i found myself not locking the car doors, or the house doors. i did put my foot down about leaving the car keys in the ignition! you can take the city girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the girl, or however the saying goes...
48. i found myself saying "wicked" alot and dropping off "r's" like in "cah" for "car" and adding "r's" like in "drawer" for "draw".
49. i love sea glass and rocks, which they both are everywhere in maine! it's very comforting to me to have these things around me and the house.
50. my husband taught me how to fish and i caught my first ever in san diego bay, california. that was when we first were dating.
51. i do enjoy fishing with my husband...i caught a 5 lb. large-mouth bass in the pouring rain in a little pond called "stephen's pond" in maine, of course.
52. i've gone whale-watching countless times and eaten many lobsters and clams as well.
53. i am passionate about gardening and everything from the seeds to all the garden paraphernalia.
54. i love to weed in the garden. it's very soothing and therapeutic.
55. i have an affinity for paper, stationery, office supplies...it stems from childhood.
56. i love rubber stamping....have been using this medium since i was about 9 or 10. my husband says that i have way more than i need. i disagree completely.
57. i came into scrapbooking at the time i was getting married...that was in 2002. i really enjoy this craft. it combines my obsession with all things paper and rubber stamping.
58. we have 5 cats: bailey, t.j., fratchy, minnie-me and wiley magoo.
59. we moved to cheeseland to be closer to family and friends.
60. we miss our beloved maine something wicked!
61. we're planning to go back there one day soon.
62. i will never forget the sights, the sounds and smells of coastal maine.
63. maine is in my heart and soul, even though i may not be there physically.
64. i commute to work 50 miles each way. it really sucks, but it's 3 days out of the work week.
65. i get to craft or garden, do yoga or do nothingat all on my days off.
66. i love antiquing...maine was a virtual treasure trove. there were antique places everywhere! i miss that wicked! my fave place to go was a place called, the chicken barn ("bahn") in ellsworth, me.
67. i drive a white grand cherokee jeep. but my dream car is a volvo wagon. a toyota 4runner ain't bad either.
68. my sister bobbie drives me crazy.
69. my brother peter drives me crazy.
70. my parents usually drive me insane, but they are in the mother country at the moment.
71. we live in the basement of my parents' vacation home in cheeseland. my hubby and i are the caretakers of this place.
72. did i mention, that we miss maine?!
73. there's nothing but cornfields around here! where the heck is the ocean?!!!!!!!!
74. i love watching mcleod's daughters on the we channel. but i learned that the we channel is going to cancel this show. i have been searching ebay for deals on the dvds, okay?!!!!
75. i love to go ebaying....but it has to be "buy it now" bec. i can't deal with the bidding wars. those drive me insane.
76. we live in a wooded subdivision on the outskirts of town. my husband dubbed this neighborhood "bruceville" after the developer. never have we lived in such a place with as many rules and regulation as here in bruceville. i mean, everyone in maine pahks thur cahs on the lawrn, ayuh!
77. when we moved back to the midwest, joe and i experienced "reverse culture shock". we were so accustomed to country living in maine...it's not for us...being back to the rat race.
78. it's funny that both joe and i grew up in the chicago area but we both could not, would not, and will not live back in chicago again. it's too merch (as my sister gail would say).
79. my side of the family, i have 6 nieces and nephews. joe's side of the family, he has 30+ nieces and nephews {he's the 10th child of 11}.
80. i love to paint, particularly watercolor. i haven't lifted a paint brush in years, but i would love to paint again.
81. same goes for drawing. i took up many drawing and watercoloring classes when we lived in maine. i had a really good teacher who i took classes from for 4 years of the 5 that we were there.
83. a good thing about being back to the midwest is that, admittedly, i do enjoy being able to visit my sisters, nieces and nephews, etc. more often. it was kinda tough esp. around holidays and birthdays when we lived in me.
84. i love anything llbean....i also miss going to my favorite stores, like renys, planet and foreside company.
85. i am 5'2.5" tall and my hubby is 6', 3" tall. gotta love the height difference.
86. i can't stand and will not tolerate bad behavior from people, family or not.
87. i am older than what people think i am.
88. i still feel like i am kid, though.
89. people don't believe me when i tell them how old i am {it's for me to know and u to find out, :) }
90. i can't believe i'm down to the last 10 things! i love this whole blog thing. i'm forever grateful to my friend angie.
91. i have black hair with strays of gray ;(....and i have never dared to dye my hair. i think i will try to put that off as long as i can!
92. people often ask me and my husband if we have any kids and we say, "no".
93. our cats are our kids.
94. if it happens, it happens. if it don't, then i'm totally okay with that. really!
95. my fantasy, like alot of other people's, is to win the lottery. i would take care of us, a given. but i would also help out family and friends. it would be a dream for my husband to build a family compound in maine. i would also give back to the community. i really would like to see more community involvment with children and the arts and also in gardening....
96. i would love to someday visit australia and bora bora. and siciliy...i met a patient who is from there and showed me her villa. it's a big island and it reminded me of maine somehow.
97. i love to read anything by nora roberts. sure she tells romance stories, but she also tells stories about families, lives of strong, intelligent women and there is mystery/intrigue.
98. i love my husband with all my heart. he is my best friend and my life partner. he supports me in everything that i do and would like to do.
99. i plan to share with the world my gifts, talents and creativity---my passion. i'm going to follow my bliss. it's gonna happen!
100. without fail, i am a mainer at heart :)
the end.

oh angieeeeeeeeeee!

Posted by Picasa something special is coming your way..............
and a special somebody's birthday is right around the corner!
keep a look-out for your very special package.
hope you'll like what's coming your way!
oxox m.a.

tea, anyone?

the fab seminar we went to was held at the swanky (and very chi-chi) peninsula hotel. we had afternoon tea at the hotel before the seminar. the tea was divine, but the food portions {as you can see from the above snaps} were quite on the petite side. they were tasty, but for the price we paid for this, one would have thought we'd be getting trays and trays of stuff....oh well, what's a pauper to do when having afternoon tea at a chi-chi hotel? Posted by Picasa

Saturday, March 25, 2006

amazing time

i had with my sisters in chicago this past week! it was that seminar i mentioned a few posts ago. it was, in a word, enlightening! learned so much, heard so many fascinating stories, got so many great advice and ideas from remarkable women. we met some very nice and fantastic women like the editor, nancy, of country living magazine---my all-time fave mag!---she was so nice and gracious when my sisters and i talked with her. we also met some of the panel members as well as other entrepreneurs at the seminar! it was more than i ever expected and my sisters were so thrilled to be there {as was i, for sure}! everyone who came to this event got a wicked cool goodie bag....and gurl........were there some great loot in the bag! i especially enjoyed sampling the chocolates from 'cowgirl chocolates'---they've got some kick to 'em and they are wicked good! i am truly inspired, more motivated than ever and totally reassured that i can and will be someday one of those women entrepreneurs you hear about. watch out world---> here i come! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, March 19, 2006

not

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really liking the green stickles
bordering the floral scene...
o, the joys of experimentation...
like anything else,
i think
i can get the hang of this
with a bit more
practice.

secrets

friends share is what this atc reads.
i've been experimenting
with that distressed embossing
powder stuff and it's
wicked cool... Posted by Picasa

atc attempt #2

just having some fun and experimenting... i can't help my scrapping roots... it's a photocopy image of me and my hubby that i've attempted to alter. oh well, back to the drawing board...

taking a stab

at atc-making. i was at a rubber stamp place the other day and they had an interesting display and, of course, always on the lookout for bargains and new things to try, i bought some trading cards and this really cool distressed embossing powder ( by tim holz). i don't ordinarily create atcs, but i thought i should try this just for the heck of it... what do you think? not that bad, for a newbie... it's kinda like laying out a scrap page, but on a way miniature scale.
(by the way, it's kinda hard to read, but
my atc reads: time flies--> daydream.) i think i'm liking this atc-thing after all... it's fun creating new things
and stepping outside your comfort zone,
don't you think?
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Friday, March 17, 2006

my lucky day

something told me to go antiquing today. after running a few errands, i headed off to my favorite antique mall and came across these lucky finds... i think i will fashion some sort of storage unit with the orange crates and drawers. i'm always searching for handy storage for my crafty items. a few years ago, i bought these rusty bin pull handles from a cool antique tool company in liberty, me. for 90 cents, a set of three, i thought i could use them in some way though i didn't know for what. it just seemed like too good of a thing to pass up. anyway, now i can finally put them to good use with the 3 drawers!
funny
how you might
come across something
but don't have any immediate use for it. and then time passes
and you find something that will just go perfectly with it. i like when this happens
and it seems this
happens frequently to me and that's wicked cool...

if i'm not mistaken, the claddaugh symbol, so quintessentially irish, stands for love, faith and loyalty... so appropriate this st. paddy's day.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

give me a sign

i'm a collector-->and proud of it! one of the {many} things i love to collect are [signs]... any shape, size, color, material, rusted, shiny, organic... you name it. i collect it. i'm loving it. these are some (signage) i've got hanging around.

snowy,snowy day

this is a view from our back patio.

tiny, fine snowflakes falling everywhere.

reminds me of powdered sugar on the trees.

a view out of my guestroom/office window... soon

my garden will be in full bloom again and when it does, i can just open the window and take in the lovely scents of lemon balm and lavender wafting in...

ahhhhh, just heavenly. i can't wait.

this is

t.j. supervising me as i type this post. there is always something comforting to have a beloved pet at your side on a snowy, snowy day.

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here i come! Posted by Picasa|W|P|114335403145295973|W|P|amazing time|W|P|3/27/2006 04:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger JUST ME|W|P|maryann,

I love country living also..... It's a great and beautiful magazine... YOU GO GIRL follow your dreams... I am behind you all the way.3/19/2006 09:31:00 PM|W|P|firstborn|W|P|
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really liking the green stickles
bordering the floral scene...
o, the joys of experimentation...
like anything else,
i think
i can get the hang of this
with a bit more
practice.
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atcs are fun....... I have tons that I have traded with people from all over..... We need to trade one!!!!!!!!! I have something going to you soooooooooonnnnnnn....

angelica3/20/2006 08:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger firstborn|W|P|hi angie...

i'm still getting the hang of this atc stuff....and sure, we can trade...let me get more practiced at this though?

also, i have stuff in the works for you as well....................

mary ann oxox3/19/2006 09:25:00 PM|W|P|firstborn|W|P|
friends share is what this atc reads.
i've been experimenting
with that distressed embossing
powder stuff and it's
wicked cool... Posted by Picasa
|W|P|114282526250487398|W|P|secrets|W|P|3/19/2006 08:47:00 PM|W|P|firstborn|W|P| just having some fun and experimenting... i can't help my scrapping roots... it's a photocopy image of me and my hubby that i've attempted to alter. oh well, back to the drawing board...|W|P|114282324433847936|W|P|atc attempt #2|W|P|3/19/2006 08:27:00 PM|W|P|firstborn|W|P|
at atc-making. i was at a rubber stamp place the other day and they had an interesting display and, of course, always on the lookout for bargains and new things to try, i bought some trading cards and this really cool distressed embossing powder ( by tim holz). i don't ordinarily create atcs, but i thought i should try this just for the heck of it... what do you think? not that bad, for a newbie... it's kinda like laying out a scrap page, but on a way miniature scale.
(by the way, it's kinda hard to read, but
my atc reads: time flies--> daydream.) i think i'm liking this atc-thing after all... it's fun creating new things
and stepping outside your comfort zone,
don't you think?
Posted by Picasa|W|P|114282227679751194|W|P|taking a stab|W|P|3/17/2006 07:15:00 PM|W|P|firstborn|W|P|
something told me to go antiquing today. after running a few errands, i headed off to my favorite antique mall and came across these lucky finds... i think i will fashion some sort of storage unit with the orange crates and drawers. i'm always searching for handy storage for my crafty items. a few years ago, i bought these rusty bin pull handles from a cool antique tool company in liberty, me. for 90 cents, a set of three, i thought i could use them in some way though i didn't know for what. it just seemed like too good of a thing to pass up. anyway, now i can finally put them to good use with the 3 drawers!
funny
how you might
come across something
but don't have any immediate use for it. and then time passes
and you find something that will just go perfectly with it. i like when this happens
and it seems this
happens frequently to me and that's wicked cool...

if i'm not mistaken, the claddaugh symbol, so quintessentially irish, stands for love, faith and loyalty... so appropriate this st. paddy's day.

speaking of which, enjoy what's left of st. paddy's day-- may luck be yours always! Posted by Picasa

|W|P|114264546914278642|W|P|my lucky day|W|P|3/17/2006 07:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger flux|W|P|At first I thought the top picture of the storage unit was that of a doll house. Thinking to my self that the doll house's odd red and blue addons look a little to modern. Now I can see the storage unit sorry.3/18/2006 09:07:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous jogi|W|P|Cool Beans, Ate! Those are so useful and cottagy looking-luv it alot! You're so right that you're always lucky to find neat stuff...hey, "NEAT STUFF"...hmmm you know what I mean??? Keepin' notes!3/18/2006 09:11:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous jogi/logi|W|P|Oops, I forgot to tell you that I love the Claddagh sign. That's been dh (darling hubby) and now the kids' motto forever since we've met 18 years ago. Love, Loyalty and Friendship...That's our beautiful Sweet Angel Sinead's born to eternity grave marker...One of my favorite images...3/18/2006 09:33:00 AM|W|P|Blogger scotty2hottiewife|W|P|Hey, is the blue tool box a "find" for Joe?I love your collections!When are you going next? Could you use a stowaway in the car with you?3/18/2006 12:30:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous logi|W|P|Reya...check out these other blog sites: Believe you be; Just Be connected; while she naps; inspire thursday (I think these are their Blog names. They're really cool and you could see what other stuff they did like put on the side their favorite other blog sites to go to etc...3/18/2006 06:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger firstborn|W|P|thanks logi for correcting me about the claddaugh! i was almost close, right?

and allison, you can always stow away whenever i get the urge to go antiquing! i thought the blue (actually aqua) tote i could use to store stamps or loose stickers/embellishments...i dunno yet! and the beauty of it all was that i didn't break the bank! each item was 10.00 or less. no kidding!!!!! you name when and we'll take a jaunt to campus antique mall!3/18/2006 07:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger firstborn|W|P|hey logi, thanks for those other blog sites...i'll check those out...i've already checked out 'inspire me thursday'...there's angie's blog, called 'be true be u' --that's a good one. once i learn how to do links, i'll post my fave blogs.

and allison, let me know when you start your blog and maybe you can teach me how to do links???? i'm so computer illiterate!3/18/2006 10:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger JUST ME|W|P|Great finds Mary Ann.... I went to the antique store the other day and found some pictures. I never buy anything else even though there are alot of treasures to be bought..........

Love, Loyalty and friendship to youuuuu always,

angelica3/16/2006 11:39:00 AM|W|P|firstborn|W|P|
i'm a collector-->and proud of it! one of the {many} things i love to collect are [signs]... any shape, size, color, material, rusted, shiny, organic... you name it. i collect it. i'm loving it. these are some (signage) i've got hanging around.
|W|P|114253114359596593|W|P|give me a sign|W|P|3/18/2006 09:13:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous logi|W|P|Ate...the signs and photos are so cooool! How did you do the panning sequencing? I LOVE your blog!!!!!!!3/18/2006 06:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger firstborn|W|P|i downloaded the picasa2 photo organizer and it has an option called "collage"....it's so cool...i'm so glad that i finally downloaded this thing!

thanks for loving my blog!3/16/2006 10:36:00 AM|W|P|firstborn|W|P|

this is a view from our back patio.

tiny, fine snowflakes falling everywhere.

reminds me of powdered sugar on the trees.

a view out of my guestroom/office window... soon

my garden will be in full bloom again and when it does, i can just open the window and take in the lovely scents of lemon balm and lavender wafting in...

ahhhhh, just heavenly. i can't wait.

this is

t.j. supervising me as i type this post. there is always something comforting to have a beloved pet at your side on a snowy, snowy day.

Posted by Picasa|W|P|114252774108623754|W|P|snowy,snowy day|W|P|3/18/2006 09:15:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous logi|W|P|So pretty...who would have thought dairy land would be so picturesque...esp. you know who's house...so unlike Maplewood, huh?3/18/2006 06:52:00 PM|W|P|Blogger firstborn|W|P|okay????!!!!!!!!!!!!-->