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Happy Days. It’s Getting To Be A Wonderful Habit.

Hi, there! Welcome to the next to the last day of AEDM (art every day month.) I absolutely cannot believe how fast the month has flown by. Seems like just yesterday I was wondering what a month full of art was going to look like.

Today was a blur of playing dollhouse with Bea, shopping for and putting together advent boxes, finishing up my drawing for the “Little Bird” book, cutting little girl bangs, looking through the Demdaco catalog and finding a Brave Girl’s bag that has my name all over it, getting together the stuff for making Hannah’s horsey birthday cake this weekend, building nearly a whole lego town and various and sundry other family pursuits, topped off by a much needed “Nashville,” “Gray’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal” marathon…

Sometimes art is just about making a happy day. Like today.

And sometimes the thing I am most grateful for is recognizing a happy day when I see it.

If you’re looking for the winner of the book drawing, check in here!

See ya tomorrow!

And The Winner Is…!!!

If you are here for AEDM, you’ll want to click over to here…

If you’re here to see who won the book “A Little Bird Told Me” read on!

For just over two weeks, I have been collecting up the names of everyone who commented on my blog. Because you could get a new chance every day, some people had LOTS of chances to win!

My little helper put all the slips of paper in a bowl…

And drew the name…

And the winner is……(drumroll, please)

Mary Cottingham!


I will e-mail your name and address to Melody at Brave Girls, and she will mail it off to you! Hope you enjoy it as much as I am enjoying mine!

Time To Trim The Tree!

Welcome to Art Every Day Month Day #28 –

Today was “get the tree up day!” It’s a day I really look forward to every year.

Back in the days when we lived in the mountains, getting a tree was a family affair. We’d make a day out of it, going out into the woods in the snow with our ratty old green pick up truck and a thermos of hot chocolate. Trees out in nature are a whole different thing than buying one off a lot. They look so small out there, and we always one that was WAAAAAAY too big, then have to cut it down, and it was always mis-shapen, and truth be told – ugly!

The branches were weak and the ornaments dragged them down. There were usually gaping holes in it, and we’d turn it around and around to find the best part to put out to the front. We made the best of it, and adorned it with all our little treasures, and we loved it, but by objective measurements, it was NOT beautiful. Not even close.

Fast forward a few years, and my daughter became a little tree-hugger who decided we shouldn’t be cutting trees down, so we decided to go ahead and make the leap to a fake tree, and I’ve been a fan ever since! What a difference! No holes, nice strong branches that will hold any ornament – just love them.

So, when we moved into our new house with nice tall ceilings I got a new, 9′ tree. Wow. I’ll never go back! BUT, the one problem with a pre-lit tree (which this is) is that the lights go out, and you’re stuck with a tree with lights woven into it that don’t work. My decision now is, do I take the time now to restring the tree, or fake it one more year, and restring it later?

After living with it today, I’ve decided to wait until I have more time to re-do the lights. So, I’ll supplement with more lights this year, and re-do it after the holidays. Hahahahaha! Won’t surprise me a bit, if I have this exact conversation with myself again next year!

So, yet another canvas on which to work! I’ll start tomorrow and show you how I build my tree step by step!

And stand by for an extra post tomorrow for announcing the winner of the drawing for the “Little Bird” book! I’m getting the names together tonight! Yay!

Gratitude Day #28 –

I’m grateful for all the memories we have of Christmases past. I just love getting out all my ornaments. By the time the tree is finished, it is almost like a scrapbook page of past years. I hope your holidays are filled with special memories, too!

Last Chance To Enter!

Welcome to Day #27 of Art Every Day Month!

Today is the last day to enter our give-away for Brave Girls Club.

Melody and Kathy asked if I would do a give-away on my blog to help them promote their book, and Of course, I jumped at the chance. I am a long time fan of Brave Girls, and just LOVE the daily “little bird” messages I’ve been receiving in my in-box for a long time. The book is just beautiful in addition to being full of positive affirmations.

So, for about 2 weeks, every time someone commented on my blog, their name has been entered into a drawing for the book. Today is the last day to enter. I will be drawing the winner tomorrow, and will announce it on tomorrow night’s blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Brave Girls, take a few minutes to check out their blog. It will be the best use of your time I can imagine!

Gratitude Day #27 –

It goes without saying, I suppose, that I am very grateful for Brave Girls! They have encouraged me through some tough times. They’ve made me feel better about myself at times when I needed it, told me I’m loved, when I wasn’t feeling particularly lovable. Whether you win the book or not, if you are not familiar with Melody and Kathy, I hope you’ll learn about them. And good luck with the drawing!

Crazy Shopping – Not Me!

Welcome to Day#26 of Art Every Day Month.

Yet another day has gone by with little to show for it. I knitted for a short while, but that’s about as close as I came to doing any art at all. Of course, the evening is young right now, so there’s always that possibility of doing SOMETHING, but I’m just not feelin’ it so far.

Something about the the first shopping weekend of the season that has left me exhausted. Not really. I actually boycotted the whole thing this year. Intentionally. No Black Thursday Night (or Friday, either.) No small business Saturday, or cyber Monday. None of it. I went to the grocery store, and that’s it. This year I’m just not going to be pressured by the media circus. I’m going to shop where I want to shop, when I want to shop, and not be a part of the nutso manufactured days. If it costs me a bit more, so be it. I’m not really as crotchety as I sound…I just HATE the commercialization so much.

I didn’t make a whole lot of progress on decorating, but I did SOME. It is going to be a slow process this year!


Gratitude Day #26 –

I am grateful today for all I have to do. For all the fun that is awaiting me as I go through my boxes and create a festive atmosphere for my family this Christmas season. Seriously. I love this stuff. And I feel a really productive day coming up tomorrow!


Don’t forget to comment for another chance to win Melody Ross’ book “A Little Bird Told Me.” Only 2 days left to enter! We will draw on the 29th! Good luck!

Foundations of Wonderfulness!

Welcome to Day #25 Art Every Day Month! Glad you could stop by!

Sometimes in the course of “arting” you have to take a day off and restore order. Today was one of those days!

So instead of creating actual “art” today, I laid the foundation for getting my house decorated for Christmas. The lights are up on the exterior, and all the boxes which had been up in storage are strewn about my house waiting to be opened and their contents displayed. Each box is filled with memories of Christmas’ past. I remember how and when almost every item was acquired. Half the reason it takes so long to get everything in place is that the stories are relived and enjoyed all over again! It really is my favorite time of year.

One of my favorite traditions is the advent box…

Each of the kids have one, and I fill them with little toys, a few pieces of candy, hair barrettes – whatever I can find that will fit into the little cubbies. I’ve been collecting things for months…can hardly wait to get them put together!


Gratitude Day #25 –
Today I’m feeling grateful for teamwork. In years past, I would have been able to get all the Christmas wonderfulness down from the storage racks and into the house by myself, but this year with all my physical ailments, I needed help. I was glad to be able to be able to call on my other half for back up. Working together it didn’t take long, and man was it easier on my poor little back! Thanks, Mr. Tattered!


Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the “A Little Bird Told Me” give away to promote Melody Ross’ new book. Each day you comment on my blog from November 13th through November 28th, you get a chance! You may have missed a day or two here and there, but never fear! You can go back and catch up, giving yourself 15 chances to win! Good luck! The winner will be announced on the 29th, so be sure to check back and see if you are the winner!

Heading Into The Christmas Season

Hi there! Welcome to day #24 of Art Every Day Month!

I actually got all the Thanksgiving decor put away today! Woohoo!

As anxious as I am to get Christmas up, all of this…

…scares me ALMOST as much as the scary room! There is sooooooo much to do! So, I’ll rest up and get started in the morning!


Gratitude Day #24 –

Today I’m feeling grateful for the whole Christmas season – we just love it, and it’s extra special this year because Al, Meegs and Josh (may son and his family!) will be joining us in addition to my daughter and her family. Yay! So many delightful traditions to get ready, most of them involving creativity! No wonder it’s my favorite time of year.


Don’t forget to comment in order to enter to win Melody Ross’s new book “A Little Bird Told Me.” Each time you comment (from the post on the 13th thru the post on the 28th) you’ll get a chance, for a total of 15 if you enter each day! If you missed a day, you can go back and catch up!

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