I can hardly make it a day without creating something. What I find hard to do is write about it!! I've been taking on-line altered art classes. There are so many creative people. If I can find the nerve I will post photos of some of the art pieces I've done recently. I adore Christy Tomlinson at http://www.christytomlinson.typepad.com/ and had so much fun taking her "She Art Classes". If you've never visited her blog.....you should. As she would say......it is so darn cute! I also just love Tim Holtz http://timholtz.com/ and so wish I could attend one of his live classes/events. I almost forgot to mention Donna Downey http://www.donnadowney.com/studio and Donna has the best "Inspiration Wednesday" altered journal creations!!
I've added a new item for My Altered Journey Shop......take a look and let me know what you think.
I just love the coastal lifestyle. When making altered art projects these items remind me of my sweet mother. I miss her so much. I went back and read a few of my blog post from a couple of years ago and the tears started to flow.
I have the most wonderful Christmas memories of my Mother.She loved Christmas and always said “nothing is tacky at Christmas ~ anything and everything goes”!We would take car rides to see the lights and my Mother would clap her hands at every home we passed.I so wish I had her with me so she could see my home decorated.My son Dustin who is now 29 would be allowed to pick one ornament from Mother’s Christmas tree every year.I would try to steer him in the direction of the most beautiful ornament…..but he had to have the ones that looked old and worn.Many of those ornaments adorn our tree each year ~ a unique blend of old and new.For years Mother would buy kits and make her own ornaments ~ Bells, Christmas Trees, Santa, Little Houses, Reindeer with so many beads, glitter, ribbon…..just beautiful.
Yes….we had the “Silver Christmas Tree” with the light that would rotate and change colors….red, blue, green!We also had a fake fireplace made out of cardboard that we would hang our stockings from.Every year Mother would make my Dad put it up…..even though it had faded.Home Fires ~ they are the warmth and the light that sparks our imaginations, kindle our recollections of special people and places, and welcome us home ~ our fireplace did not need real fire ~ our Christmas was exceptional and celebrated traditions.
My Mother Margaret created Christmas magic.I appreciate this now as all the feelings of love come back to me.Nobody could do Christmas better!
Lord, may I truly value every moment spent with my loved ones while this life is so briefly mine.
A few more of my FAVORITE things "At the End of the Day"
God, Church, Jack, bib overalls, kissing, old-time piano, wearing fluffy slippers, going barefoot, palm trees, flipper, Shamu, Ruben Sandwich, new pocketbook, hair-dyer, ice weighing down trees, finding my keys, new car smell, printing my own boarding pass, state fair, blue pencils, blue M&M's, old typewriter, post office cubbyholes, dollar store eye glasses, using things I've saved for a special occasion, new tablecloth, Johnny Rockets, seeing a rainbow, Easter basket, curved restaurant booth, tin roof, cotton candy, candy-land, Because it's here, going to the movies, frying eggs, Kitchen "center island", singing even though I can't carry a tune, fire engines, Miss Flame, electric blanket, brownies, hungry-hungry hippo, cake walk, comic relief, roast beef sandwich, flag flying, two peas in a pod, new pack of notebook paper, Olympics, Dancing with the Stars, Hope Floats, The Notebook, hugging a teddy bear, maple-syrup, ski-lift, ski lodge, satin Christmas balls, a good cry, someone saying sorry for hurting you, are you OK?, basket weaving, porch swing, tree swing, HOLLYWOOD sign, connect the dots, chocolate, summer, hugging my boxer, television in the 60's, Wedgwood blue, Williamsburg, outlet malls, things I can't be without, old books, all canvases, new magazine, whale watching, flowers in a box, fancy hair bows, drag-strips, jeeps at Duck, NC, Mary Tyler Moore, hand-blown glass, Quaker Oats, Preacher Cookies, Mother's voice, tugs-of-war, opening High School football game, sleepy times, taking a nap, Jack's morning hand written notes, Cold-Stone ice cream, the Holden Beach bridge, fireflies in a mason jar, the color orange, Florida Oranges, Twitter, snap peas, not stepping on the cracks, blowing balls, Coca- Cola commercials, clean towels, new beach towels, beach chairs, peanut butter, food for thought, pie safe, pen that writes, remembering a birthday, art centers, old paint shirts, silver serving trays, map reading, never lost, GPS, farmers market basket, doodlebugs, babbling brook, potluck dinner, game Twister, favorite picture on my desk, post-it notes, finger paint, finger paintings, friendship, April tan, disco dancing, disco music, Bee Gees, push-button telephones, funny greeting cards, found friend, laughing about the good times, letter in the mail, lunch boxes, lunch bench outside, beach umbrella, aquarium light, basket of Easter eggs, Luck of the Irish, love notes, secret love notes, pearl earrings, Easter parade, sun porches, porch swing, guest books, Disney, grilled cheese sandwich, making friends with a puppy, wax lips, Hokey-Pokey, turn yourself around, fire station fish fry, express mail, it's a good thing, how's that working for you?, finding the answer, knowing the answer, The Monkeys, halftime bands, Taco Bell at 11:00, tractor, tyke bikes, windsocks, Coastal Living Magazine, some laughing, what I do well, broccoli and cheese soup, my Grandmother's coffee table, foxes, bunnies, open ocean, fishing boats coming in, snug harbors, confronting, mint sherbet, Barbie Doll weddings, opening another door, closing the door, spring peepers, bouncing back, breakfast for two, wide open spaces, Morton salt box, knowing God has a plan, telling someone not to give up, park benches, "Row, Row, Row your Boat", Dick & Jane, See Spot-See Spot Run, butterfly kisses, church choirs, a new canvas, a new day, a fresh start, getting carried away, holding my hand, dancing to the music from my headset, Who said you can't do that? Yes you can!, knowing everything will be ok "At the End of the Day"!
Enough is enough ~ it is March and that means SPRING!!Just warm enough to wear shorts and cool enough to wear a lightweight jacket at night ~ so why is it still cold outside! Every summer during my childhood, my sister and I scoured “Holden Beach” for sand dollars and seashells.We stored them in our new sand buckets that we had to have every year from the “Beach Mart or Ben Franklin” store.I can still remember when my Mom appeared with zip-lock bags ~ Happy Day!! But keep in mind money was tight so we only got one or two during the summer.We still to this day use zip-lock bags and sand buckets.All hands would pitch in until we had picked up decades of old shells.We would wipe the sand off our knees and feet ~ but still get sand in the cottage and car.
There is always a wave of happiness that comes over me when we reach the “Big Bridge” that takes you to the island of Holden Beach. My face with a wide grin of excitement.I always know that I will find comfort there and wonderful memories of my Mom.That is because it has been a part of my life since 1955!(Yes, I’m getting old…not old yet!)Many people come year after year making memories on this small island.My sister and brother with their family hope to all meet at the Beach this summer ~ we divide easily some on the beach by 10:00 AM and others around 1:00 PM ~ some jumping waves and some sunbathing ~ some taking a nap and some shopping at the local gift shops ~ but we all gather for our family picture and head to the local ice cream shop and go-kart park on the last night ~ tears of joy for God’s blessings we’ve received the next morning as we say good-bye.
I so wish my Mom could be with us “At the End of our last Day” at the Beach.
Thank you for stopping by “At the End of the Day”.
He stirs up the sea with His power, And by His understanding He breaks up the storm. Job 26:4
Church, cotton candy, portable record players, diet coke, bifocals, flip flops, finding the perfect sea shell, the taste of birthday cake, cassette players, homemade ice cream, curling irons, face cream, answers, dunkin’ donut stores, donut holes, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, waffles, pizza, roller-skating, ocean waves, beach sand in my toes, taffy, drive-in movies, ball mason canning jars (makes me think of my grandmother), sock monkey, Barbie doll, paper, new box of crayons, new crayon color, coloring books, paper dolls made out of the Sears & JC Penny catalog, blue jeans, shoulder pads, go-go boots, incurable enthusiasm, my Grandmother’s wisdom, hide & go seek, Mother may I, red light – green light, lightening bugs, when the lights come up, French mustard, getting a job, keeping a job, French fries, Walmart, Woolworth’s 5 & 10 cents store, soda from the drug store soda fountain, burgers at the fishing pier, big waves, jumping waves, popcorn, willow trees, dogwood trees, romance novels, huge sand dunes, new white shoes, new white socks, rolling hills, trade winds, Christmas ornaments, beach music, God, state fair, corndogs, pelicans, snow, Starbucks, colorful ribbon, lollipops, sleeping late, breakfast in bed, large seashells, MG Midget, BLT’s, Hope Mills, NC, Church dinner, Church homecoming, Church bazaars, fire station fish fry, craft shows, night without Jack snoring, ferry boats, polar bears, koala bears, florists boxes, summer storm, rainbows, school pictures, new pencils, love letters, saying yes you can, curtains blowing in the wind, rewarding myself,Mickey Mouse, Disney World, I-pod, portable CD player, Polaroid snapshot, square dancing in school, cheerleading, smell of suntan lotion, chocolate milk, Bee-Gees, Barnes & Nobel, color TV, natural beauty, swings, Shirley Temple perm, silver Christmas trees, hot fudge cake, a pat on the back, a thank you, I love you, shorelines, Church steeples, Church bells ringing, the Minister standing at the Church doors after service,…….so much more!!!!!!!!