Sunday, November 28, 2010

100th Post!!!

here comes all the usual stuff one would say....

Gosh, can you believe its been 100 posts?
It only seems like yesterday that I started this blog!
I would be talking to myself if it weren't for all my followers!
etc, etc, etc.

I would prefer to say something profound but honestly......I got nothing! LOL!

So instead I will just celebrate by posting more art, since that is what this blog is for anyway.

  These two pieces I did for a Transparency Swap on ATCsForAll but were rejected due to the think glass slides I used. It's a shame too, because I really like these.
 The four above are the ones I am submitting to the Transparency Swap, hopefully they will pass muster!

 These two are collages I did for one on one trades. As you can tell, my muse and I seem to be into butterflies right now.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

What I have been up to this week....

My muse has definitely been my friend this week as I seem to keep creating collages! Here are my latest.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday Card Contest

One of the members of my Fine Art ATCs One to One group is holding a holiday card contest for her business. The winning art will be her business' holiday card this year. Isn't that cool?!

Here are my entries:
" Country Holiday"

"Village Holiday"

Sunday, November 14, 2010

ArtChix Sister-Site 12 Days of Christmas Lotto

This month's ArtChix-Sister-Site lotto of The Twelve Days of Christmas was chosen by the talented Ms. Sallie Rodman. Now I am not a person who likes Christmas carols, in fact, I detest Christmas music because it gets too easily stuck in my head. For some reason though I found the theme such a challenge that inspired me to think outside the box a little more than usual. Instead of my typical one entry I have done three, thus far.

4 calling BIRDS
 6 Geese a Laying
 8 Maids a Milking

Mail Art Swap - 2nd and 3rd Entry

I have complete my Mail Art envies. Here are entries 2 and 3.

 Nature's Beauties

Sew Fabulous

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mail Art Swap - 1st Entry

Hello gang,
I have entered another one of Lenna's amazing swaps. This one is all about Mail Art! I know many of you out there are huge fans of mail art so perhaps you can share your insight with me. This is only the 4th altered envie I have ever done so I am still learning.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Round Robin Book no. 2

This book's theme is "Blue". When I think of blue two things come to mind, sky and sea. Given my recent struggles, sky and being free to fly really call to me so that is where I went. 

Cirque du Soleil Swap

I LOVE Cirque du Soleil! Infact when I was just a teenager I went to see their very first tour in the US. I was phenomenal even back then. So when Art For The Creative Mind posted this ATC challenge I jumped right on the band wagon! What do you think?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy post with lots 'o art!

I have been a busy, busy bee over the last couple of days trying to catch up and get ahead on all my challenges and swaps.

ArtChix-Sister-Site Yahoo Group

"Friendship Nurse" Glass Bottle Swap

 "Hummingbird Dream" Glass Bottle Swap

 Ornament Swap - "Anything but paper"

"Twelve Days of Christmas" Lotto                  "Favorite Memories" Collage
                                          4 calling BIRDS

Fine Art ATCs
 Hot Air Balloon

Harvest Moon Rising

Eternally grateful and future plans!

First, I want to say a million thank yous to all those who wrote in support of me. It truly renewed my hope in humanity, made me feel cared for, and most importantly reminded me that life is precious.

If you have not received a personal note from me it is only because the support was overwhelmingly large and to write a note to everyone would take me more time than I have at the moment. But please know I treasure each and every word!

Second, the reason I don't have a lot of spare time is that I have decided to go to art school finally! It is 22 years after I originally planned to go but better late then never right?

This whole experience good and bad led me to choosing a career path that I feel super passionate about......Art Therapy. It is fairly new field but requires A LOT of schooling, like 6 years+. So I am buckling down, getting things prepared, and giving it a go. I hope to be enrolled either by Jan or April at the latest.

Again, thank you fellow artists and friends!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Everyone has a story……this is mine

I have a long history of emotional trauma starting with my non-traditional childhood, moving into strained and failed relationships, a complete hysterectomy at 33, a two year custody battle, a troubled runaway teenage son, and abandonment from all family. As you can imagine this has caused me a great deal of heartache and depression for some time now but over the last two years my emotional state has plummeted and my sadness has become unbearable

Two weeks ago last Friday I wanted to die. The feeling was strong enough that I knew if I didn’t do something I would most likely do it. I gathered every ounce of strength I had left, called my therapist and asked for help. She spoke with my husband who promptly drove me to the local mental health facility. After being evaluated it was determined that an outpatient program would be a good course of action for me. The following Monday I began a two week partial hospital day program that set me on a course I never imagined I would travel.

I met amazing people with equally heart wrenching stories. Men and women, who like me, could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. We learned interesting and insightful information about how the brain works and the ways we cope with emotions. And of course, we talked and processed and cried and laughed. I took a 567 question psychological profile test (I will never forget that number!), answered oral questions, looked at grim photos and even did the cliché ink blot test (which the artist in me enjoyed very much). They also did a full blood test work-up and urinalysis.

The end result…… I have been diagnosed with Bi-Polar II, mixed. Like many people I had some idea of the condition but really no true understanding of the disorder. So before I go any further I hope to educate you and bring understanding and awareness to this disease that affects over 2 million American adults.

Bi-Polar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. Different from normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. It is an illness that is biological in its origins, yet one that feels psychological in the experience of it. Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long term illness and not something you can will away or “get over”. The disease can be genetic and in my case most definitely is as it runs on both sides of my family. This is something I was born with and there is nothing I could have done to stop it. If you would like to learn more about the disorder please visit .

Along with the amazing coping skills I learned while in the program, I now take medications everyday to stabilize my mood and control the depression. It is likely I will have to take medicine the rest of my life but it is better then the alternative!

You may be asking yourself why I am sharing this information with some of you who are virtually strangers…….well, the answer is two-fold. First, it is important for me as a person dealing with the disease to be understood and supported. Hopefully, those of you who have taken the time to read this will still be there for me in some capacity whether it be art critiques, friendship, positive comments or support. Second, I hope that in my sharing this personal information that you will gain some understanding, compassion, and knowledge about a disease that affects so many people. Maybe someone you know is suffering and by hearing my story you have gained awareness and can help. The more education, knowledge, and awareness we have the better we become.

Thank you for taking the time to read about me. If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them. I will gladly accept any and all supportive and positive comments, anything else please keep it to yourself.