Tuesday, October 25, 2022


 This month has flown by! I was babysitting the grandkids in another state for the first two weeks, which left little computer time. My blog was sadly neglected. 

For those who may not know, am a Breast Cancer Survivor. I was diagnosed in 1994 as the result of a mammogram. The radiologist took a magnifying glass to the films (yes, this was back in the day). She saw some teeny tiny white dots that she didn't like. Without her utmost scrutiny, the story might have had a different ending.  I had a lumpectomy followed by 6 weeks of radiation. The lymph nodes were clear and I needed no other treatment. I began having twice yearly mammograms. 

Three years later in 1997, in one of those mammograms with the same doctor, she saw something she didn't like. I had a mastectomy but needed no radiation or chemo. 

The reason I am sharing today is to urge you to get a mammogram. Early detection is key! I know all of the excuses - it hurts, I don't have time, I weigh more so don't want to go to the doctor for my physical.....

but you need to make yourself get this test! Seriously, it is that important! 

On a much cheerier note, I have been prepping for several art happenings. A local coffee shop is hosting an artist from our art group each month. I am up for November, so have been getting works ready to hang on Tuesday. I will also be participating in two holiday markets and have been working on cards and ornaments for those. 

Here are a few of the paintings I will be hanging in the coffee shop. 

I will post cards and ornaments next week. 

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

I am Back

 Autumn is flying back and I apologize for my absence! 

But, I am back and with some exciting news. 

I am the Guest Detective for the Color Stories Inspiration Blog. Case file #396 Included this scene. You can use the colors, the patterns, the theme and more for inspiration. 

When I saw it, I immediately thought of my 47 year old Better Homes and Garden cookbook. It also brought to mind the fun times, my daughter and her kids have making pancakes on weekend mornings.  I combined those two into this layout - Homemade with Love. 

I used a pattern background, wood embellishments, ric rak and even a recipe that I distressed. To complete the look, I dripped "pancake batter" all over the layout. 

For Case file #397, I took a totally different direction. 

On our list of fall things to do is pumpkin hunting. Last year, I was able to visit Schnepf Farms with my grandkids. I created a large pumpkin using watercolor paints and paper. I also painted the wood embellishments. I included the map of the farm which provided a fun afternoon of fun. 

I encourage you to stop by CSI and play along with the challenges. 

I appreciate your stopping by my blog and for your kind words. Happy Almost weekend!

I am Back but will be Leaving:):)