Two Christmas' ago I ordered my Christmas cards through Shutterfly. Ever since then they occasionally send out a coupon code for a "free project". Today I got a code for a free 8 x 8 photo book. I decided to take the opportuntiy and begin documenting our New England trip last year. 1st stop, Williamsburg. I just tried to limit it to pictures that reminded us of our favorite memories. If you haven't tried Shutterfly yet, I've always been happy with the quality of their work. And everyone likes freebees, right.
They even gave me a embed code to publish it here.
On my recent to visit the Illinois grandkids we tried to squeeze in all the fun we could for the two weeks I was there. Leaving 90 degrees plus weather I landed in St. Louis to 55 degrees. It was a great respite to have 50 to 70 degrees the first few days. One of the top things on my list to do was to visit
the local park in town for a little picnic lunch then play. I didn't think I'd be seeing temperatures that low for awhile and I wanted to take every avantage of it.
warning!!! picture heavy post............
Brody is a climber. He will climb anything he can reach.
a little reminder about park rules.... :-)
tall swirling slides are the best
so I thought I'd have a try at it
it's been quite a while since I tried to get myself down one of those slides
the smile is relief I didn't get stuck. ha
this little peanut of mine somehow manages to play in the dirt without getting dirty
this picture was taken about a week before his second birthday
just love his baby curls
they really love each other so much
they were so excited to see this baby bird on the ground
a new pet maybe.....
when mommy explained that the baby bird was wild and couldn't come home
I guess you can see how that went over.
Makenzie wanted her Daddy to come climb the 75 foot tree to put it back
in it's nest, Mommy told her that she'd call the park ranger to take care of it.
They both worried about that baby bird for days.
Kelly lives in a small town in the lower part of Illinois.
The town sets in the middle of farmland and their
city park was just beautiful. Of course my first choice would
be to have them around me all the time. But since that isn't possible,
they have choosen a lovely place to raise their babies.
Remembering to be greatful for:
703. curly blonde hair 704. small towns 705. city parks 706. children wanting to rescue animals 707. a few days of 60 degree weather for this Florida girl 708. answered prayers 709. texts with best friends 710. a movie night/sleepover with our first grandchild, Taylor
711. blog/facebook friends who go out of their way to send urgent prayer requests (Thank you Darlene) 712. lessons I learned from the book "Bloom"
I've mentioned recently that I have taken two online art courses by the talented and precious teacher, Jeanne Oliver. I know you've heard of her. Isn't she the best. Her sweet and encouraging manner made for rewarding, funny and informative courses and I feel very blessed to have been a part of her first class. Thanks Jeanne. I don't think I can do justice to the gratitude I want to express about they way I have been transformed by your words.
Check out the two links below to find out more about the classes. A summer Creatively Made course begins next week. I would encourage anyone who loves to create to take this class.
One of the best things about the classes is the support group you're connected to with the other artists who want to use the gifts that God gave them. They are such an encouragement and wealth of information to those (like me) who are just starting out. And that brings me to the reason for this post.
Stacey Curry (one of the members in our class) had a great idea to set up an Art Swap for members who wanted to participate. Most of the people participating already sell their art. I haven't begun selling my "art" yet (and I still struggle to call it art) but my hope is to begin soon so I decided to join in on the fun. Thanks Stacey for all the hard work in coming up with the idea and organizing it. You rock!
The artist that got my name was Renee Ortiz. I feel very blessed. She is such a talented artist and I absolutely love the piece I received. It's an oil pastel on plastic setting on a easel. An ORIGINAL!!! It was inspired by a series of photographs from a trip she took there with her family seven years ago.
Her pieces will soon be available in prints, notecards and originals. She paints teeny tiny to gigantic in most mediums.
She attended Otis/Parson in Los Angeles and Loyola Marymont. Her plan is to get a Master's in Art Therapy one day and hopes her work glorifies God with what she paints, using the gifts he gave her.
It is beautiful and feel very fortunate that I was the one who received her art.
One of the "gifts" that I am exploring (and working hard to learn) is photography.
And since I'm still in the learning process, I wanted to do justice
to her art so I took a picture in natural lighting and indoor flash.
I've never been to Venice and have always dreamed of going someday.
It was perfect for me.
Below is a list of all of the artists who participated in the Art Swap Blog Hop: