Joshua's chair

Joshua's chair
Happiness is . . .Craftiness & the Old

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Well, Hello!
I am almost back to square one with my weight.  The nearly eternal battle.  However, I do realize that ATTITUDE has everything to do with success.  It dawned on me that I was plodding through each day with an attitude of just getting through, and being disappointed with feelings of non-accomplishment.  Not much enjoyment in that.   I have become a very cynical, very jaded old woman.  Not good!
Attitude change needed immediately...The dawning came with President Uchtdorf's talk regarding joy titled, "Forget me not". 
It  brings to mind my mother and her constant faith in God, America, and all people.  She never gave up.  She loved even those knotheads who struggled with poor decisions.  She sang as she worked.  The only thing she hated was negativeism.  The songs she sang still bring peace to my soul.  Our home was neat, clean, secure, happy, and ever welcoming to friends and family.  I tried so very hard to be a good parent like my mom & dad.  They were loving, patient, kind and constant.

SO!  NOW . . .
I have decided that going to the gym and working out is my three-times-a-week RECREATION!
I have decided that making my bed nicely each morning has a CALMing effect on my day.
I have reaffirmed that prayer and scripture study each day gives BLESSINGS so sweet and subtle I don't realize the miracles Heavenly Father showers on me each day.
I have decided that the past is something to learn from.  The past is something to comfort me with loving memories. 
I have realized the future only matters in terms of what positive things I am doing about it today.
I have realized that food for living is far healthier than living for food.
I have realized that I have been blessed with experiences of greater value that I can understand yet. 
I have realized that every tiny contribution I make in my daily living whether it's a smile, an email, or a kind word, is a treasure to someone.
I have decided that love is never wasted, even if the receiver declines the gift.

AND . . . I have decided that I will continue to live and love, and look to the clouds & sky to remember that God is in control.

ATTITUDE is everything.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Amber Alert!
Will someone identify this old woman for me, please?
I found her image on my bathroom mirror, but it doesn't wipe off!
She looks like my grandmother!
But she is a stranger to me!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Well, how do you like my version of "heavy metal"?
Now all I have to do is find a frame for it!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I know, I know, this was carelessly photographed, then I couldn't find the resources to straighten it.  Oh, well.
I have been studying and studying calla lilies.  I have seen photos, paintings, and taken photos myself of real ones.  I have finally begun to get the idea.  This is the result of one of my first lilies.  They will get better if I just keep going.  It is so fun to work in a medium I have not been successful with in the past.  Yeah, watercolor.

 A voracious Butterfly.
Pastel and ink.  finished.  2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

it time yet?
Tell me please.
Is time yet meant to be?

Whoooo is that !!!?


Do you know this woman?
I mean, no wonder old people lose their memories!
They can't even recognize the faces they see in their mirrors!
Did someone paste my grandmother's picture on my bathroom mirror?
I sure don't know this face!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A rusty old horseshoe.  
Rusty old horseshoe nails.  
Rusty pieces of rust.   
Frame them together and there is all the good luck you need.  
(I do love rust!)

Friday, October 7, 2011

More 'Junk' Art

There I was in the garage last week, determined to sort and clean, and use or lose the stuff that has piled up since the beginning of time...

In working through the tools that I haven't used (at all) I came upon some drill bits of my dad's.  Many are duplicates of those in a set I have, so I just had to get them out of their comfortable little box and put them to use.  As I was enjoying their aesthetic qualities, I thought of my dad's work shop . . . and Tiffany's (my niece) school experience with her award-winning flag/team.
So, Tiffany, this one's for you! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

OK, so . . .  I pick up old, mutilated, rusty items on the ground when I find them.  They fascinate me, what can I say?  This particular bit of technology was irresistible to me.  I coupled the mutilated wiring with my never-worked-well Motorola Bluetooth and came up with this piece of 'art'.   Hopefully the humor is obvious.

Friday, September 23, 2011

school chair

I acquired this school chair about twenty years ago.
It was sturdy and useful. However, It was Ugh-gly!
So, I painted the light brown metal to silver and painted the bare wood blue.
The only problem with it was I absolutely abhorred the blue!
Soooo, Paint, brush and a few strokes later and I have a better tolerance for the chair.
Am I through with it? Oh, NO! I have plans for the plain black seat and back.
Stencils? Tole painting? Decoupage photos? Who knows. Stay tuned for the end result . . .

Oh, any suggestions?


I love buttons.
I have collected buttons for many, many years.
I have no use for the buttons.
I have no use for some of the boxes I have acquired.
But, I do have a glue gun. Add that to box and buttons and I have some homemade fun for me!

Here's the history:
I made plaster casts of a few faces twenty years ago.
They turned out so well, that I kept them. As I was going through "stuff" and throwing out old, unused objects, I came upon an idea for the faces!
I took some wooden rounds that I was gonna toss and prepared them for the faces to be mounted on.
I painted the faces then, mounted them on the painted rounds.
I had so much fun doing this. What do you think?

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Then there's always Bizzy Me.
That's where I am.