Monday, December 28, 2009

Good Morning everyone
I feel mentally well and recharged : )
Physically I think I am older than my 60 years.
I am grateful for so much and glad I fall asleep without aid of medications each night.
I seem to have issues with my Followers/Friends gadget so before I became a raving maniac
it will not be on my side bar any more because it is frustrating to keep adding and watch it disappear : ( Honestly, I love blogging and the dear Friends I have met and the new ones I meet but since all of you know who you are...Mission is accomplished!!!
I will continue to follow all of the super and wonderful blogs!!!

Pleas click the above photo and peruse this blog!!!
What a graphic designer she is. Her blog is pure delight!!!
I am still sorting through, literally, hundreds of photos taken during these Christmas holidays to find the pictures of Lil Malaika to show everyone.

Here is Lil Malaika, in her Mommie's bed, saying no more photos : )
Actually she just fell over as she is almost 5 months now and has not quite mastered the skill of sitting up too long by herself : )
I like this picture of Lil Malaika and her Auntie Shana, my oldest daughter.
Today is a busy day for me as I have an Etsy order to mail off, need to list more items to sell on Etsy and just breathe deeply and enjoy life : )
Peace and Love to all

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce

These little photo's were taken with my daughter's cell phone as she lost her digital camera.

I sewed this very large Christmas stocking the other day,
per my daughter's request,
 as she wants to use it as a prop for Little Malaika's first Christmas photograph.

Yes, I think she is the best Christmas present ever : )
I have lots to post but I have been transferring the photos and important information
I have on this computer's hard drive to a couple of 8 gigabit flash drives so that I will
not loose everything when it crashes.
The Cyber guys who serviced it said to be prepared for the eventual demise : (
I have to go through the photographs so I can show you the beautiful pictures of presents I have received all the way back to earrings I won from Darla in October : )
I promised I would take picture in them and I will do this when the daughter comes over
Christmas eve.
Tia (Mz. Smoochie Lips to us old timers : ) of  
Domestic Underground blog made a decoration with the focal point a very pretty bird and said in her post "whomever wants this send me your name and address" I almost broke my finger writing so fast!!! Well, she sits on the top of my desk looking so queenly.
My friend, Sharon at A Fanciful Life blog, sent me so many lovely presents that it was mind boggling!!!
Then (ta dah with a drum roll) Sweet Carol Anne
Carol Anne's Boutique blog, sent me a creation that made me swoon!!!
Please when you have time visit all of the above blogs as I look to them for delightful inspirations!!!
I am so happy with the ending of the year that has allowed me to deal, positively, with
many challenges I thought would make me pass out : )
I found, through many discussions with many friends, that life serves us surprises and
  fortunately I am here to talk about them!!!
Oh, I finally got my brace for my left leg : )

 I tried it on and I almost walk normally.
It is rather exciting for me as my left side has me walking with a gimpy stride.
This is for many years because of an aneurysm I had when I was about 24.
Then I had botched foot surgery that severed a main tendon in my left foot.
Then the spinal stenosis surgery made me limp even more.
Most people I have met only notice if I am tired and I have to think to lift my foot : )
At least my brain still works : )
 Sometimes, I feel not regular and then I think of how truly fortunate I am : )
Now all I have to do is go to Ross's or Nordstrom's Rack and find a pair casual
leather walking shoes (they have to be 1 size larger to accept the brace and my foot)
so I can start using it.
Thank you dear ones
Merry Christmas 
around the world!!!
  Merry Yule!, God Jul!, Christmas Alegre,  
Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weihnachten,  
Hauskaa Joulua, Boas Festas,  
Vroijk kerstfeest, Gladedlig Jul, 
 Natale allegro,  
Feliz Navidad, Maligayang Pasko
Happy Hanuka, Peaceful Ramadan,  
Vesele Vanoce,

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Hospital Window

I read this and it put several things into perspective for me this morning. 
I am in awe of people that face adversity with an open heart and show strength while enduring pain (emotional, physical, etc) I cannot imagine. 
What will my words say to them?  
I know strong women & men, my Mom, and several on the blogs. 
I admire them and hope I would be as strong as they when my time comes.

 The Hospital Window
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.
She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his firstlook at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you to live and get well soon to have a look at all the nice things of this world.'
There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.  
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.
'Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.'
I am glad to have people on blogs to know, meet, listen too, talk with and enjoy the company of many people.
Thank you!!!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Sunday computer malfunctions

Hello and cheers to all:
I am on my way to take my computer to the repair guys as I have some spyware and malware that is shutting my computer down : (
See everyone in a couple of days!!!
I got my chocolate fudge from Grandma Yellow Hair's give away and it is so delicious; my daughter, Shana, said it is too good. Like addictive good!!!
Will write about it and other stuff when my computer is well again.
I miss everyone already!!!


Love, Peace and Big Cheer for this wonderfulChristmas!!!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Good Morning:
I found {No, it was not lost : )} the neatest blog last night.
They are having a SUPER Give Away.

Click on the above photo link and photo and see their site : )
Then sign up for their marvelous Give Away.
It made me smile and what JOY there is to behold!!!
Lil Malaika did a sleep over here last night. First time.
It is the first time my oldest daughter Shana, almost 35, had a baby stay all night with her : )

I am truly enjoying using these photos with the words applied to them : )
Click on the photo and it will take you to the site.
Have a GREAT day; I have to package up a couple items I sold in my etsy shop : )

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunny Sunday

Today is a happy new day.
I have family, friends and I like life : )
My daughter's are spending the day together with Lil Malaika : )
I am here thinking I have been rather droll and not very social thinking
about my ailments. That is so not cool. I am glad I am able to think, dream, share,
create, laugh, be happy, look to the future and have so many women I can draw
good from!!!I am coming out and I do not have something nice to say I am not going to say anything!!! My new life's thought and I will follow it.
I have been busy this weekend listing in my etsy shop and dressing one of my clay dolls.
I have to work on this blog and redo my blog roll as it disappeared off the front page of my blog. Irritating yet technology happens : )
Thinking of all of YOU!!!
Hugs & peace

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Good Morning
It is a bright & chilly {45 degrees} outside; I sit on the balcony and drink coffee as it gives me thoughts of the bistro's on the Left Bank in Paris.
I use to sit out there and drink black coffee (Not Americano) and hold the mug/bowl tightly to keep my fingers warm. The gaiety even in the Artic freezing cold was so rejuvenating : )
I never saw an unhappy face. Faces in deep thought, concentration, heated & serious conversations, secretive yet never unhappy. I would have my legs wrapped around a chair leg and chewing on a croissant (actually savoring it while it melted in my mouth) and gazing at all of the life around me. The birds pecking at the ground for tidbits.
I am recuperating from the flu; went to the doctor Tuesday morning to see my Urologist; appointment cancelled as she had an emergency to tend too so I rescheduled and went to my orto-Spine doctor and rescheduled an appointment there. Around 1:00 pm I threw up : (
I got on the bus to get back to my daughter's in Canoga Park and it was all I could do to sit upright. I finally got into her apartment and continued throwing up. I was so tired and my muscles ached terribly. I stayed in bed, literally for 2 whole days sleeping off and on. all I could ingest was water. Thursday evening I could finally sit up yet it hurt. I attempted to answer some e-mails and could not stay upright.
Today, I am grateful to sit here and be able to converse : )
I went to the market to buy some items for Thanksgiving dinner. I am going to bake a turkey breast as both of my daughter's like just the white meat. Malaika, the new Mommie, asked for her Nana's okra, tomato and corn dish so I will prepare that for her. I will make the cornbread stuffing, fresh green beans and fresh baked sweet potatoes. Malaika does not like sweets so no baked pies this year as Shana, the healthful one, does not use processed sugars and I am not into Stevia yet. Shana will make the cheesy macaroni and cheese as we all enjoy that. We are making the dinner {I am; Shana will prepare her things at Malaika's} and taking it to her sister's in Los Angeles so the 3 of us can be delighted in the company of Lil Malaika on her first Thanksgiving : )
I am so glad to be able to sit and say hi to all.
Now, I am going to be even more productive and go to my etsy shop and list some vintage brass finding's.
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Much happiness and peace!!!
P.S. Something happened and my favorite blogs disappeared off my main page : ( I cannot think right now and figure out how to get them back. Theya re still on my About Me page. Sometimes Blogspot mystifies me : )

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jan at Bobby Pins Boardwalk Blog is having a Give Away

This is a bowl of Hedge Apples. I had seen them in magazines but now I (we) have a chance to win them in Jan's Quicky Give Away!!! Please click on the link and join in on the fun. It is over on Wednesday November 18th, so do not be late.

Here they are in the woods. Click on the photographs
you will go straight to the Give Away blog!!!
I wish I lived close by so I could pick them up too : )

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fun Friday

I remember growing up and being allowed to think, dream, play and make a mess creating!!!
My Mom would let me sew (yes, I learned to sew on a Singer treadle sewing machine at about 6 or 7).
On his way home from work, my Dad would stop at the butcher's and bring him a huge sheet of white paper so I could draw on it. I would lay on the hardwood floor and draw to my heart's content. I could look at anything and copy it : ) If any of you are old enough to remember the pirate on the back of book of matches...that was one of my favorite things to draw. I remember imagining what a pirate's life would be like : )
I am going for a fitting on December 1st for a brace for my left leg. I had a stroke when I was 24 and the muscles in the left leg atrophied; I was very fortunate as it is only about 1 1/2 inches difference in my legs. I was paralyzed totally for about 6 months yet with the assistance of friends, doctors and the wonderful staff at U.C.L.A.'s Neurophysiology ward I am pretty okay. The physical therapy made me cry and cuss yet I have lived a normal life for the last 36 years because of it. Now the past comes back to haunt me physically; I have been walking, rather painfully, with a cane for some time and I am bending over to relieve it : ( Yesterday I sewed a black, red and pink tulle net tutu for my youngest grand daughter Lil Malaika. I have made tutu's before and I want her to grow up knowing she is special and that magical times can be anywhere, any place and any time. My oldest daughter asked me why black? I have no answer : ) I wanted it to be different and not just pink. It seems most of her clothing is pink or has pink in it : )

This is the tutu...the black tulle is the bottom layer, then red and the pink is on top.

I took the photos on Shana's antique rose velvet settee.

It is so layered and gathered you barely see the black tulle. There are 3 layers, 6 yards gathered tulle in each color and the waistband is a 2 inch wide black Victoria's Secret elastic.
So, it is very full and sticks straight out like a ballerina's short tutu : )
I wanted to show you what I ahve been up too as Shana, will take it to Lil Malaika on Sunday Novemeber 15th and I am sure they will take photos of her with it on then.
There is a lady, Karla Nathan {Karla's Cottage} who has chronicled her Grand daughter Sugar Wings and I want to give Lil Malaika a sparkly life too : )
I suppose I am like all Grandma's and want my grand children to have a charmed life. It is so cool having this little girl so close as my other 3 live in Cleveland Ohio and I am in Southern California.

This is Lil Malaika the other day in her Halloween green velvet with white velvet wings fairy costume : ) She is close to 3 months old in this photograph. The hands are my youngest daughter, Malaika, proudly holding Lil Malaika up for auntie Shana to take the picture : )
I am living a wonderful life and wanted to share with you : )

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Blog Award from Maggie

My sweet friend Maggie (aka Lucy) sent me this Kreativ Blogger Award.
The rules for acceptance are:
~thank this person who nominated you for the award~
~copy the logo and place it on your blog~
~link to the person who nominated you~
~name 7 things about yourself that people may not know~
~nominate creative bloggers~
~post their links~
~leave a comment on each~

 Thank you so much Maggie!!! 
1. I am totally shy : )

2. I have sewn and drawn since I was about 6; my Dad would stop at the Butcher's store and bring me sheets of white paper to draw on while laying on the hardwood floor. I could look at anything and draw it; remember the match books with the pirate or clown on it?

3. I would rather be bare foot.
4. I drink black coffee and unsweetened tea.
5. It takes a lot for me talk to a person the first time on a telephone.
6. I love Armenian food; dolmas, pita bread, shish kabob (I grew up eating lamb) and Armenian Easter Bread Choreg. As kids we got to pick the grape leaves and the Mom's would cook and prepare them : ) Uummm, good!!!

7. I wish I did NOT need a cell phone.

I nominate:
Sharon (A Fanciful Life)
this is a lady with a big heart, soft words and super creative abilities!!!
Plus she has the sweetest cats : ) 

Mary is one of the dearest people I am privileged to know : ) 
I can ask her anything and not wonder if she will answer : )
She is open & honest; one of the most creative women I know!!!
Maggie is so cool and I enjoy her candid style!!!
I have known Phyllis since I started blogging and thought she was stuck up; 
she let me know what a kind & caring Christian woman she is. 
I totally agree.
Tia is a edgy female that has enthralled me for years; then I lost her : (
I am so Happy to once again have her in my life. She makes me laugh and she is a creative force!!!
 Carol Anne (Carol Anne's Boutique)
This wonderful lady is the definition of gentle and kind; plus we have the same name only spelled differently : ) She shares her vintage photos with us.
 Mary (Crash and Smash)
Mary is a lovely lady in Texas that has a birthday close to mine : ) 
She is very lovely too!!!
June (laughing With Angels)
Wow, this is a lady who lives like she talks/writes. 
A strong velvet Angel; with gossamer wings and Peonies scattered about. 
I met Sharon through a give away and through her Christian work I have found a life's friend!!! Plus she is a master beader!!!
Betty (Shes Sew Pretty) A California lady whose husband makes a perfect pot of coffee, her daughter-in-law bakes the best cookies and Betty, the nicest/sweetest/crafty/artsy lady!!!

 Now I will go leave a comment on each of these wonderful ladies blogs so they can claim their award. I also know about real life and if you are busy like I think you are; just claim your Kreativ Blogger Award and keep going : )
Thank you

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Wednesday Winkles : )

Little Malaika saying hi to everyone : )
Her Auntie Shana, bought her this little blue sweat suit with a hoodie jacket. 
I gave her the pink heart shaped sunglasses : )
I have a "thing" about the use of pacifiers : (
I did not use them with my 3 daughters; 
yet everyone, within my daughter's friends, says it is okay to use them. 
What do you think?
My daughter's say I am old fashion : )
I am in the San Fernando Valley working on the dolls I learned to sculpt
out of paper clay. I am having a blast and can't wait to show them : )
Take care and enjoy this beautiful autumn season we are in!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wonderful daughter and even more wonderful Granddaughter

This is the most current photograph of my eldest daughter, Shana
and my newest Grand daughter, Little Malaika
who will be 3 months old in about 3 days.
Little Malaika's wonderful Mommie, Malaika, took the beautiful photograph.
It is embellished by my friend Mary because I am
clueless when it come to using any photo type editing program : (
It is a beautiful sunny, with a slight breeze here in Southern California.
The birds are chirping, wind chimes are melodic as the leaves of the fully grown Ficus trees sway in the wind. 
I was trying to catch up with blogging and it is difficult. I have Internet access only on the weekends because my daughter does not have Internet access as she is totally engrossed in Mothering her first born baby : ) That is a good thing!!!
So many great blogs and the photographs and the wondrous words have me captivated.
So, dear ones, enjoy this wonderful day and keep your loved one's close to your heart!!!
Be happy, all!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009


This morning I read the most beautiful posting from this blog:
Why "Laughing With Angels"
Please read this ladies heart rendering post
the tears flowed from me even on the 2nd reading.
I had to go and look up 'Angelman Syndrome'
There is a wealth of information on the Internet.
  It is NOT that unknown.
I wrote the lady who's blog I am referring you to and asked her
permission to post it here. She was kind enough to tell me yes : )
Sometimes, I complain about all of my maladies and then I read about
a wonderful woman and her family. I am pulled up short and know how lucky
and fortunate to meet people of this caliber on our blogs : )

This brown curly haired bow Angel makes me think of her son!!!
He has his Angel with him!!!
When I read passages about women of this caliber it makes my heart swell!!!
So, this beautiful day I dedicate to June. She is wonderful!!!
How nice Bloglandia is!!!
Thank you for sharing with us, June!!!
Love and Peace to everyone

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sweet Marie Zine October 19th Give Away

This charm and necklace is the lovely prize!!!
So please click on the above photo and enter her 
My Artful Adventures Zine Celebration Give Away

Is this zine just too beautiful or what? 
It is free. 
Please click on the above links to go to her blog 
to enter her Give Away.

On October 19th 
You will be able to click on her link
and download your own free copy : ) 
I am going to enter right now!!!! 

Much Love

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Away for awhile

Well, if I do not have a tumultuous life, no one does : )
An emergency, non life threatening, no health issues and not serious
yet I will be gone and am not sure when I will have Internet access 
at my disposal. 
I will not be in Canoga Park, where all of my belongings are, including my storage, so I will not be able to list anything for sale on Etsy : (
Please keep me in your thoughts, hearts and prayers.
Peace & Love

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe finally getting proper funeral

Edgar Allen Poe is one of my most favorite authors.
I still can get tingles down my spine reading his books.
I am posting the entire article I found on Yahoo news because I think it is a nice honor and long overdue!!!

BALTIMORE – For Edgar Allan Poe, 2009 has been a better year than 1849. After dozens of events in several cities to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, he's about to get the grand funeral that a writer of his stature should have received when he died.
One hundred sixty years ago, the beleaguered, impoverished Poe was found, delirious and in distress outside a Baltimore tavern. He was never coherent enough to explain what had befallen him since leaving Richmond, Va., a week earlier. He spent four days in a hospital before he died at age 40.
Poe's cousin, Neilson Poe, never announced his death publicly. Fewer than 10 people attended the hasty funeral for one of the 19th century's greatest writers. And the injustices piled on. Poe's tombstone was destroyed before it could be installed, when a train derailed and crashed into a stonecutter's yard. Rufus Griswold, a Poe enemy, published a libelous obituary that damaged Poe's reputation for decades.
But on Sunday, Poe's funeral will get an elaborate do-over, with two services expected to draw about 350 people each — the most a former church next to his grave can hold. Actors portraying Poe's contemporaries and other long-dead writers and artists will pay their respects, reading eulogies adapted from their writings about Poe.
"We are following the proper etiquette for funerals. We want to make it as realistic as possible," said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum.
Advance tickets are sold out, although Jerome will make some seats available at the door to ensure packed houses. Fans are traveling from as far away as Vietnam.
The funeral is arguably the splashiest of a year's worth of events honoring the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth. Along with Baltimore — where he spent some of his leanest years in the mid-1830s — Poe lived in or has strong connections to Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Richmond.
With the funeral angle covered, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond staged a re-enactment last weekend of his death. Those with a more academic interest in Poe can attend the Poe Studies Association's annual conference from Thursday through Sunday in Philadelphia.
Visitors in Baltimore for the funeral can enjoy a new exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art, "Edgar Allan Poe: A Baltimore Icon," which includes chilling illustrations to "The Raven" by Edouard Manet.
Baltimore has a decided advantage over the other cities that lay claim to Poe, notes BMA director Doreen Bolger. "We have the body," she said.
This week, that's true in more ways than one. Jerome said he's gotten calls from people who thought he was going to exhume Poe's remains and rebury them.
"When they dug up Poe's body in 1875 to move it, it was mostly skeletal remains," Jerome said. "I've seen remains of people who've been in the ground since that time period, and there's hardly anything left."
Instead, Jerome commissioned local special-effects artist Eric Supensky to create an eerily lifelike — or deathlike — mock-up of Poe's corpse.
"I got chills," Jerome said Monday upon seeing the body for the first time. "This is going to freak people out."
The body will lie in state for 12 hours Wednesday at the Poe House, a tiny rowhome in a gritty section of west Baltimore. Visitors are invited to pay their respects.
Following the viewing will be an all-night vigil at Poe's grave at Westminster Burying Ground. Anyone who attends will have the opportunity to deliver a tribute.
On Sunday morning, a horse-drawn carriage will transport the replica of Poe's body from his former home to the graveyard for the funeral.
Actor John Astin, best known as Gomez Addams on TV's "The Addams Family," will serve as master of ceremonies.
"It's sort of a way of saying, 'Well, Eddie, your first funeral wasn't a very good one, but we're going to try to make it up to you, because we have so much respect for you,'" said Astin, who toured as Poe for years in a one-man show.
The service won't be a total lovefest, however. The first eulogy will come from none other than Griswold.
"People are asking me, 'Jeff, why are you inviting him? He hated Poe!'" Jerome said. "The reason is, most of these people defended Poe in response to what he said about Poe's life, so we can't have this service without having old Rufus sitting in the front row, spewing forth his hatred."
Eulogies will follow from actors portraying, among others, Sarah Helen Whitman, a minor poet whom Poe courted after his wife's death, and Walt Whitman, who attended the dedication of Poe's new gravestone in 1875 but didn't feel well enough to speak. Writers and artists influenced by Poe, including Arthur Conan Doyle and Alfred Hitchcock, will also be represented.
Jerome expects to cry — one reason he won't be speaking. Even his rivals are impressed with the scale of the tribute.
"Annoyed as I am with Baltimore sometimes, I have to give them credit," said Philadelphia-based Poe scholar Edward Pettit, who argues his city was of greater importance to Poe's life and literary career. "Baltimore has done an awful lot to maintain the legacy of Poe over the last 100-some years."

Thursday, October 01, 2009

New Blog & Etsy Banner

Mary at Isabella's Closet blog has made mine for years.
I still do not have a clue how to do it myself : (
First I want to learn how to add frames to my photos.
Here is her link to the Marvelous Banners she creates.

The cute happie child's drawing on the right side of my blog is Tommie; the lady that designed and carved my purple bird stamp. She is on maternity leave as her little girl is due this month and she is so excited!!!
This is the banner for my Etsy shop
I ordered a hand carved bird stamp and all of a sudden I want "birds" in my life : )
When it arrives I will blog about it and give you the Etsy shop in my post.
I am taking photos, writing descriptions and just happily busy getting my shop ready to be open with more than a roll of ribbon : )
Have a wonderful evening!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Teacher's Pet : )

Look at Colleen giving my heart happiness : )

Yes the wonderful Colleen Moody holding a sign "Teacher's Pet" with the Pumpkin Doll I was to learn how to create.
Yes, I am the Teacher's Pet!!!
Dreams come true : )
 has more wonderful photos of
Colleen and Iva's classes.
DeDe created this one too:

~~~They are super wonderful~~~

DeDe's Littlest Witch from Colleen's workshop. Isn't she lovely!

This above photo is of DeDe on the left and Iva on the right.
Enlarge the photo so you can check out the witch's shoe
Crafty, artistic and beautiful ladies!!!
How wonderful is the shoe made from a vintage chocolate mold?
Imagine the flow in this class!!! WOW!!!

These two wonderfully creative artist's who had workshops at the Lily would receive
from me lacy, papery confectionery delights were I a modern day magician!!!

 I am ever grateful to meet artist's who share their creativity so willingly!!!
What a ride this is : )

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sad Sunday

Sad Sunday indeed.
One month ago I was ecstatic as I read Coleen Moody was coming to
The Gilded Lily
in Old Towne Fullerton on Saturday and Sunday the 26th & 27th of September.
Yes, I immediately called DeDe Warren
{she is the class manager and a Dearie!!!}
to book a seat for each day : )
It is a dream come true; not just being in the same room with Colleen but to sit, listen and to her teach her wonderful craft!!!
#1: Colleen Moody is NOT uppity and had a couple of years ago answered an e-mail I sent to her asking a art question; not only did she answer my question but also gave me a hint : ) She is a Master of her craft!!!
Yesterday's class was "The Littlest Witch";
I chose to make a Pumpkin Girl : )
I was immediately dreaming of the vignette she would come home too.
I bought a teeny tiny human cameo for her to wear on her oh so slender neck.
Then I booked a seat for the class today:
"A Vintage Cabinet Card Doll"
(swoon with vapors)
I booked these classes one month ago...I like to be ahead of the game.
Wednesday, September 23rd, at approximately 1:30 pm I was driving to get onto the 101 North Freeway to go home and my transmission started slipping. Well, it died on me and I have no car; the transmission would cost more than the car's worth.
So, I cried, called Nancy and e-mailed DeDe about my situation.
They were supportive of me. It will be okay in the future.
I wonder if I will ever be priveleged to meet Colleen? I certainly hope so : )
So, I am home alone : )
My daughter is spending the weekend with a friend so I am going to bake some organic zucchini's and beautiful organic Vindalla onions and a red Bermuda one.

I had to take photographs so you can see the awesome coloring of the organic zucchini; she only shops at Whole Foods Market and is a very healthful female.

I had took this picture of my freshly brewed coffee for Darla : )
since we both drink French pressed coffee.

This is pitcher of freshly brewed Lemongrass Green Tea.
I drink my coffee and tea {cold or hot} black.

Life is good and I will plan to get up to Northern California
when Colleen gives a class up there one day.
I hope all of you are having a Simply Marvelous Sunday!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Bloglandia Ball 2007 September 26

I am re-posting this (2 years later) as it was a fun filled night of frivolity, sharing, delightful silliness and I truly thought there would be another one each year...I was late in participating because I am really shy and did not have much confidence. It was a ball and I am sad that there has not been another one. EB was the hostest with the mostest. Josie no longer resides with me as she moved in with DeDe Warren. I bet they have lots of fun together : )
Bloglandia Ball

These are the girl's twin escorts!!!
(Yes, Scoundrel is on the right & Rogue is on the left)
They are hot!!!They spoke with EB and she said they could wait outside under the grove of trees. They said okay as they wanted to smoke a good cigar and drink their nightly glass of burgundy amongst fellow revelers. I know they have a lot to share with their friends : )
is in full swing and I am unable to attend. You see I am very busy attending matters.
I am permitting a couple of my girls to be seen and they are eager to dance, sing, drink (Josie is a bit of a lush and tends to be risque : )Please say hi to
A Bleu Bow
She is on her way home as Spreckles and she have an early curfew.
Actually she is much older than she appears yet we all know about those secret spa appointments : ) Don't you just love her green wooden wheels on her tricycle?
Presenting Josie!!!
Yes, she is born in America yet her alter ego is Josephine Baker and she thinks she is her double. Corey where are you? Josie is looking for you everywhere!!!
Seriously, she thinks because you are both American born you are related : )
Oh Donna, she is in hysteria because she was unable to have you fashion one of your Queenly crowns. In fact, I am , hearing about it several times a day!!!Josie
loves to be photographed
She wanted you to see her vintage rhinestone bustier with a drop medallion. Josie's skirt is an idea Constance gave to me. Actually she was too dress similar to Miss Kili (A Floralina doll purse hand designed & made by Constance) yet she would NOT hold still long enough so all she got was the 5 layers of beaded dangles.Josie is sending a "shout out" to SugarWings over at Karla's Cottage!!! Josie thinks SugarWings is the most special little person she has ever seen!!!
Okay as you can see Josie has removed her bustier and vintage rhinestones so I think it is time for her to depart EB's Bloglandia Ball before she is entirely nude : )
Well, we will probably never be invited to another Bloglandia Ball : (
Josie has no _____ about herself!!!
Thank you Jamie over at Simply Me Art for the beautiful white satin round bow pin. Josie is complaining still as she wants her ostrich feather fan that she holds while sitting out in Pigalle in Paris, France hoping someone will recognize her as the Josephine Baker : )
She does favor her.
Good night ladies!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday with Little Malaika

Lil Malaika at 50 days old in this photo.
She's trying to figure out who I am : )

She is letting me hold her water bottle : )

Now, I get to burp her, and yes, she spit water up all down my back
: )

She is making her mad get away.

She is a sweetie and yes, I am a typical grandma : )
She sleeps through the night, likes music and is a very joyful and happy little girl.
Her Mommie said it is time to go home.
Big Malaika is rather shy about photos until she looses the baby fat.
Ciao everyone.