Tuesday, September 30, 2008

We're baaaaack!! Sorry to those of you who are our faithful followers...we've been a little busy lately. Amy's been painting, Rachel's been painting. We thought we'd share with you a little of what we've been doing. Amy's actually been painting and earning money while Rachel has been doing "charity" work for her boys' school. Yes, Amy is the smart one of the bunch!! The charity work has been for fall festival. The children painted school desks donated by our wonderful city school system. They also have been painting canvases.
Afterward, Rachel had to do a "little" touch-up work to make them presentable and able to be sold! It has been a joy working with the kids and the end result is awesome.

Thanks to Amy, who very graciously helped out a friend, and painted a desk top. It is sooo adorable.

These canvases are great and will be a neat addition to someone's home. My favorite is the tree with the fingerprint leaves.
I think this would be cute in a smaller version with just my kids' fingerprints...another project later! The kindergarteners did "Kindergarten does Kandinsky." It really makes a statement.

The desk, if you can find one, are something neat and different you can add to your home or child's room. They make a great place for doing homework or just "playing."
Fall festival is Friday night so I'll have to let those of you who are interested know how it turns out. Thanks for remaining so faithful during our "busy" time.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Need a little PICK-ME-UP?

We feel as though we need one of these on this Friday. We have painted this week until our fingers have gone numb (we'll post on that later). ENJOY!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Our Alaskan Adventure

Finally, two weeks later I've gotten my act together and I'm going to help my sweet friend Amy out with the blog. As you know my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Alaska...little did we know how much publicity the state would be receiving while we were there(hint:Vice President). It was certainly a trip of a lifetime...probably the only trip to Alaska by boat in my lifetime! The seas were a bit rocky which didn't sit too well with me, but I survived. I've not used the word "beautiful" so many times in one week...ever. I was just in awe at God's creation...just breathtaking.
It was exciting to wake up morning after morning and be at a new place. We would look out our window and see monstrous sized mountains...some with snow caps others with fishing camps nestled at their feet. We visited the ports of Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan in Alaska. The towns were very similar yet we found new things to do at each one.

In Juneau, my sweet husband...he's the adventurous one, I'm a little more cautious...had a float plane tour lined up for us. You know these are those planes that take off and land on water!??? So I was a trooper and went for it. He sat in the front with the pilot, I sat in the back with my hands clutched to the seat in front of me...white knuckles and barf bag in lap. It was a bit scary but the scenery well worth the trip up. No, I didn't get sick...that patch thing does wonders!

The next day we toured the glaciers by boat. Amazing...I mean how did God ever come up with that one? These chunks of ice weren't just chunks of ice...mountains of glaciers...massive and a beautiful blue in color. I never thought I would enjoy staring at ice for two hours but I was mesmerized by it. Something everyone needs to experience.

At our next two ports we saw lots of salmon. You know, where the salmon is jumping out of the water as they try to swim upstream. Delightful! There were thousands of salmon...No Kidding!

Fortunately for me there were no bears watching the salmon with us, however, my husband would have been thrilled to experience that. We did see a black bear from a distance...a very good distance... at a salmon hatchery. I spotted it! My hubby was proud. Bald eagles were everywhere as well as sea lions and whales. We got our fill of wildlife that week. It was cool!

Our last Alaskan port we opted for a lumberjack show...a bit corny maybe, but we enjoyed it. There were some seriously strong lumber"jills" at the show that simply amazed me with their strength and ability. We hooped and hollered for them and took lots of pics. I thought I might be able to sneak a lumber"jack" home but he was just too heavy!!

Our very last stop was in Victoria, Canada...what a beautiful city. The parliament building at night looked like something from DisneyWorld with all its' lights. The city was so clean and beautifully landscaped. Lots of shopping too.

All in all we had a great trip. It was a little cool for my blood, but hey, we were in Alaska right?! I was completely taken a back by the awesomeness of that place. The Lord truly is the creator of ALL things and, man, is HE creative!!

Blessings to All,


Friday, September 12, 2008

Two To View

Here are a couple of paintings that I have just done for two little ones. One is fit for the princess, and one is for a sweet boy who is going to have a "whale of a time" in his new nursery.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tassels, Tassels, EVERYWHERE!!!

This is what I have been doing lately. I think that I am ready for Fall. When I start a project, it consumes me, and I have the glue gun blisters to show for it! Enjoy!