Saturday, December 16, 2017

Painted Wooden Discs for Necklaces

Going from Painted Rocks to Painted Necklaces, during November and December, I painted over 50 wooden discs for necklaces.  These necklaces were fun to paint, and I kept making more.  Then I realized I had to do something with them, so I opened a store on Etsy, listing 20 necklaces, mostly in different motifs.  Not one request came from a prospective Etsy buyer.  Not one sold.  Consequently, friends and acquaintances and perhaps a few people not too enamored with me were recipients of a necklace or two.


Two inch wooden discs were either stained a honey gold or painted a dark blue or black background color. Then acrylics were applied to the backof the disc.

Some of my favorite discs were of When Pigs Fly, but I failed to get a picture of them before they were out the door.

All the materials for making these necklaces are stored in a box out in the garage.  I feel compelled to use up the discs, satin and leather cords, paints, and jewelry making objects. Want one?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

More Rocks, More Dots

Fresh after midnight doodling, here are more rocks finished over the past few days...


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Painting on Rocks with Acrylics

Because I cannot sleep well at night due to taking steroids for metastatic breast cancer, I have been painting rocks during the dark hours.  This activity can be accomplished while reclining, so between knitting, reading and painting rocks, I keep occupied during the dark hours.  It keeps me occupied and the attention to detail seems to help my mind slow down a bit. 

Here are a few rocks I photographed today that I have painted over the past weeks for the Latimer House Fundraiser (termed Extraordiinary Women,) with proceeds going toward domestic violence services provided by Hilltop Community Resources in Mesa County, Colorado. 

These are small rocks, painted with acrylics and art pens similar to Sharpies, and averaging about four square inches.  There are two dozen more I might touch up and spray with clear polyurethane before handing them over for sale. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Latimer House Fundraiser: Extraordinary Women

Latimer House, a safe haven for women and children seeking assistance from domestic abuse, is having a 2017 fundraiser to keep the House open and functioning. Go to this link to learn more about this opportunity.

This year, a silent on-line auction will be available for bids.  I came up with a 16" x 20" collage of women's faces in acrylics.  Maybe you see yourself or someone you know in one of these faces:

Here are the faces in a collage on canvas, 16" x 20":

Let's believe some one will offer money to help out Latimer House through the purchase of this painting!  I envision some woman will purchase this and hang it in her office, being inspired to excellence by an extraordinary woman!  Mike Green is heading up this project (970)-244-0240.

More from this website:
Calling Western Colorado Artists
Your original artwork can make a difference for women, children, and men experiencing domestic violence.
Hilltop’s Latimer House and Domestic Violence Services are expanding their Extraordinary Women fundraiser from a month long event to a year-round online shop featuring original and reproduction artwork from local artists. The sale of all items support Latimer House and those affected by domestic violence – providing emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis lines, children’s services, counseling, and so much more. There are two ways to use your passion and talents to support this important cause: 
For more information and instructions on submitting artwork for consideration, call Mike Green at 970.244.0420. Deadline for submissions is February 24, 2017.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Belated January Christmas Letter

It has been many years since one of those self aggrandizing family update Christmas letters has come to our mailbox. You know the type letter I am referring to: how the friend has received yet another Important Promotion, with each child in the family excelling in his own way via achieving Most Grand PooPah of academic excellence or athletic acumen. People must have caught on that type letter is in bad form as none has graced our mailbox in a long while.

Narrowing down a Christmas letter to include only the month of December, I will give an update. Let's see if I can win the prize for celebrating the month with sickness, then an upturn. I will merely report the facts, you can determine if we win the Most Miserable December award. To add drama to the following diatribe, Christmas Day was spent in bed with fever and chills with several forays to the bathroom requiring a fortitude of strength expended in merely crawling to the other room. You get the picture.

Three times in the course of three weeks in December and sloughing over into January, I was taken either by husband or friend to the hospital Emergency Room or Infusion Center with severe flu like conditions, more baffling symptoms than straightforward flu, however. At each ER visit, two weeks apart, a gambit of tests were 
performed on my heart, kidneys, lungs, etc. Upon discharge, no diagnosis of flu could be typed into the diagnosis tine on hospital forms. "Virus" and "Mutated Virus" were guesses as to why I was ill. Several Bad Bugs have been noted as living on the western slope of Colorado, and my immune system was at an all time low from the Ibrance/Letrozole combo of cancer fighting drugs already on board my system. My body was a petri dish of germs and that perfect storm created a hellish holiday for us, while viruses and bacteria had a hay day.

But after last month, I come to you "healed" and much thinner, still eschewing any meat protein because it tastes and smells so awful. Thanks to friend Beth who has made various grocery runs and provided soups, I can enjoy Ensure and be grateful for it. Other friends have also called to assist, and I do appreciate it. The palliative cancer treatments were put on hold until February, giving time for the body to heal before assault with more CA fighters brought on board.

And now is the time in the Christmas letter update to tell you about Gene. Instead of talking about myself first, I should have led off with him, but I had to give you the background of the Bug/Bugs in order for Gene's own round of issues to be addressed. Gene came down with this virus about two weeks ago. When he was feeling a little better, last week he was trying to provide a pasta dinner for us and was leaning over a pot of hot water on the stove waiting for a rolling boil before throwing in the spaghetti. I was in the recliner and heard a cracking noise, thinking he had dropped something, but no expected expletives after the strange sound. Not even turning around I called out "Gene, are you OK?" In a weakened voice calling from the floor he replied "no." And I found him crumpled on the floor where he had fainted. He hurt his back. And it is still giving him fits (he also has ankylosing spondylitis which exacerbates the problem). But between his coughing and his aching back, he, too, is on the mend.

Now for Julie: she caught an upper respiratory infection last week, and the manor staff has been on top of it all along. Breathing 
treatments, oxygen 24/7 and three doses of prednisone have helped her over the weekend. She hopes to be out of her bed and back in the Activity Room tomorrow playing cards, with less than a week confined to her bed.

Jolly times. But we are all getting better and I am back to getting outside and driving again, so the month of December was just a hiccup in the year of 2016.

Sorry to send you this depressing letter, but some of you have 

Drinking a glass of healthful orange juice to you! And I am keeping Thieves in the water of my Young Liing diffuser!  Sheldon knows how to keep well! 

How goes the start of YOUR new year?