Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
He is Risen!! - Hallelujah!!
(John 3:16-18 -The Message)
Saturday, March 22, 2008
But eventually I accepted it and went on to love the life out of it as well. (Note the slippers - I think they were bunny slippers...but I can't say for sure...)
Well, I've almost completed my 7 posts in 7 days challenge. Just one more day to go. It's been fun but challenging - I admire you guys that post daily or almost daily - I really don't know how you do it with all the other hats you wear and the many other things you do. But whether you blog a lot or a little, thank you for taking the time to share bits and pieces of your life and loves and talent with us...what a treasure you are. And many thanks for those of you who stop by here and look around, and even comment from time to time...I am so appreciative of you...it really makes my day to connect with each and every one of you on some level...
Thursday, March 20, 2008
"Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane..."
Walls and ceiling of the church built on the site of the garden of Gethsemane
Flowers from the Garden of Gethsemane
Extremely ancient olive tree - perhaps approaching 2000 years...
"...My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
The Betrayal & Arrest
"Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled."
On the grounds of Caiaphas' house
This is the small opening at the top of a cistern - commonly used as a jail cell. Jesus might have been lowered down into a pit like this by ropes as pictured in the mosaic...He likely spent his last night on earth in a place similar to this...
Have a Blessed Good Friday!
PS: all Scriptures taken from the book of Matthew
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
(The 2nd Wackiest Year of My Life)
Well, I can't believe it's Wednesday again already! This week, we go 13 years back to 1995 - the year of wild extremes for me in almost every way...but mostly professionally...
Then, somehow, after that semester, we got it in our heads that real artists needed to live in a real art environment to create and sell art - and Santa Fe, New Mexico was just such a place. It's way too long of a story, but suffice to say, it was about the wackiest part of my wacky year. I lived in Santa Fe for 3 whole weeks that summer while my husband made plans to join me as soon as he could line up a job in Albuquerque. I'm not sure we ever really had a plan. but if we did, it most certainly fell apart...and I ended up moving back home to Austin practically before I ever left...I told you it was wacky...
So, upon returning to Austin I prepared a portfolio sampling of these and other pieces I had created and sent them off to an art director at Lang. I got a rejection letter (albeit a very nice one) SO fast it made my head spin. And, sad to say, that knocked all the wind out of me and I just gave up...never sent them anywhere else...
About that time I was feeling quite confused about my future - I knew what I wanted to do, but I had zero confidence to do it...
So, of course, the next logical step was to enroll in a Real Estate course at the local Community college - right? Isn't that what anyone in my circumstances would have done...? Well, that is exactly what I did, and by the end of my 2nd wackiest year, I was a licensed Real Estate agent.... Whoda thunk it...? But you'll have to hear more about that story when we go back to 1996, '97, or '98...
Sorry, no photo of me to be found for '95...but I essentially looked a lot like I did in '92...
I do however have a photo of a little corner of our little rent house from that year...
It kinda looks like a Mary Engelbreit illustration...
imagine that... I must say, I am still fond of this look..
OK, enough already about me...ugh...here's a few more cultural notes from that auspicious year...
Top 10 TV Shows of 1995
3. Home Improvement
4. Grace Under Fire
5. Monday Night Football
6. 60 Minutes
7. N.Y.P.D. Blue
8. "Murder, She Wrote"
Next week it's a very special edition of Way Back When-sday, because Thursday of next week is my birthday - SO, we'll be heading all the way back to the beginning of me: 1961 (with a few birthday photos from over the years too) It'll be fun! See you tomorrow as I go for 4 for 4 posts in 4 days!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
First off, the transformation of a $4 thrifted cross-stitch picture:
Transformation in progress...it's already looking much better...
Detail of the finished piece
The finished piece including the frame - which also got a bit of foufing- I don't think it's too boring anymore...
I had a lot of fun with this little makeover - I have scads of embroidered pieces that I have been collecting for years - now I have a pretty good idea of how they can be "re-loved". It's important to me to honor and preserve the hard work that someone did by hand when they lovingly and meticulously crafted these little masterpieces. I hope the new creations will go on to be re-loved by a whole new generation...
Maddie, our 4 month old Peke-a-poo puppy, finally got her last series of shots so she was ready for her first big-girl haircut...
From shabby... (Maddie Before)
...to Chic (Maddie after)
Maddie pouted all day after getting her big-girl haircut...
Thanks as always for stopping by - be sure and check back tomorrow for the next installment of "Way Back When-sday" where we head back 13 years to 1995!! And there's much more to come this week as we head toward Easter Sunday, including photos from my trip to Israel a few years back - don't miss it!! Hope to see you soon!