Wednesday, December 31, 2008

More Days Like This for 2009

beach toes
Originally uploaded by Funky Art Queen
Resolving to Make My Resolutions:
I'm really struggling wtih coming up with a plan for the new year. I know I want all the usual things ie; healthier living, being kinder, taking more time with family, being a better housekeeper, employee,sister,daughter,mother,wife, fellow blogger, and friend (taking a moment for a breath) and not to mention.....ARTIST! It can be overwhelming at times can't it? How can I improve in all areas at once? That is where I mess up.....thinking such thoughts.

So, some how, I will have to get my mind in a relaxed state and be quiet for a while until clarity comes. Maybe I should take up meditation? Hee-hee, people that know me well will think that is funny.

Seriously though, I do think that more times like the beach scene here are important. So that is my number one resolution.

I also want to expand my horizons. I have begun the process of developing a creative instructional book. I'm keeping the subject matter private for now. Any help on that topic of getting such a book published (not self publishing)is appreciated.

I also want to take some classes in the art/creative world.

I want to help my daughter more with her art too. She has turned out to be quite the little artist. I don't like her subject matter so much as it is darker and scary stuff....but she understands that. I love her talent though. It is kind of a yin/yang thing at our house. Ha!

Oh, and I really, really, really want to go somewhere with a beautiful beach with my husband in the summer. This September will be our 25th anniversary and that will be our celebration.

Then, I want my husband and I to focus more on our retirement plans ie; saving, planning, and dreaming.

Happy New Year to all of my friends and family in blogger world. 2009!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Shout Out

I don't have much to say today. My brain feels a bit like the bobidiboo song that is on my playlist here. (Oh come on, turn up the volume and enjoy the music-the playlist is at the bottom of the blog...i updated it to reflect my mood today) I'm back from the trip to see Cody in Biloxi ( I can spell it correctly now). I spent the entire day yesterday trying to get things back in order at our house.

I got a new camera for Christmas. I think it will take close ups better....much better.

I've been thinking a lot about the New Year and where I really want to be going with my art. Do I want to continue with Etsy? Do I want to pursue other means for selling which would be what? Just what do I hope to achieve with all this? Anyway, I'm certainly not down about all this. I'm just always excited by the New Year and all the possibilities. It is funny to go back and look at my new years posts from the last years.

2006 in anticipation of 2007


Anyway, I would like to take a moment to shout out to two of my dear friends who seem to have gone underground or into hiding of some sort. (joking)

D Baker-Got your very creative little Christmas card and I enjoyed reading about updates on you and your beautiful family. I added one particular song on my playlist for you and me today. You will know which one it is!
M-Got the ornament-So appropriate for a Texas girl with a flavor for color and glitter!!!
Love you both.

Well, gotta go shower and get to work! Back to work.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

christmas on the beach?

Happy Holidays!

From Bilouxi Mississippi

This is Craig and I on the beach in Bilouxi, Mississippi. Who would have ever thought we would spend over 13 hours driving to come here for the holidays? Oh the things we do for our children and to be with our children. At least this way, we know where everyone is! We spent some time on the beach yesterday and took lots of pics. We don't have much experience on beachs being from West Texas!

We spent some time drawing pictures in the sand. Some of us wrote love messages..hmmm wonder who that was?

Today, we plan to do some sight seeing, shopping, and yes, some geocaching. So, more later. Have a lovely day.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Memories

click on the article above to enlarge. I wrote this several years ago for our local paper. Forgive all the typos- hey, this is Big Spring, TX! It made the front page! I know it was a while back because there is an add for the Jurasic Park movie-the first one. I'm adding it here as an entry in Ambers Great Christmas Giveaway.
I also hope my sisters enjoy this memory. Merry Christmas sisters! I love you Ronetta and Rhea. We are blessed to have each other and these good memories. Hugs.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Seven More Days Until Christmas

OM gosh, only 7 days. The panic is setting in. I think I must work better under pressure because I'm suddenly making lists...checking them twice....etc. Anyhoo, just a few things to share this morning.....

  1. Debbie over at Suburb Sanity featured me in her blog! Well, I say "featured" as it seems a little more special then saying "mentioned". Anyway, if you don't visit her blog, you are missing out on lots of laughs. She is very good at capturing the day in the life of women, mothers, me, she is a lot like Erma Bombeck. I hope she will write a book someday. She has over 99 followers, maybe you can add to her numbers.

  2. Oilcloth: Yesterday, I was listening to Martha Stewart 112 on serius radio and she was talking about making oilcloth placemats. I have been interested in making oilcloth somethings for some time but could never find oilcloth. Here is the link she suggests for purchasing oilcloth But she also gave some tips about sewing oilcloth. She said always start with a new needle as it is "tough" to sew. Make your stiches a little longer (can't remember why). You can't wash oilcloth in the washer. While I was looking for oilcloth info on her web site, I found this pattern/instructions for the lunch bags made from oilcloth. So, FYI if you were interested...

  3. The Christmas Sweater: Great Book! If you get a chance to buy, borrow or check out from the library.....I highly recommend. It is a wonderful and heart warming story. It was a quick read and I don't recommend reading it in public as you might cry a tear or two.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nine Days Until Christmas

Only 9 more days until Christmas. Are you ready? I'm ready. I have not finished all my shopping, I have not done everything I would like to do, I can't figure out what we will do with our dogs while we are gone to see son, but.......I'm very unusually calm about it all. I'm just kinda like .......I will get done what I get done. SO THERE!!!!

Last night I tried out a new recipe I discovered in this month issue of Country Home. Recipe on page 90 for Mexican Chocolate Brownies. It sounded interesting as it called for "Mexican-style chocolate (abuelita). I actually found this chocolate at our Walmart in the "Hispanic" section. It is packaged and marketed for making hot chocolate. Anyway, it is a dark chocolate and has cinnamon in it. Yummy! The brownies were awesome and I don't have much left to give away which was the intention.

You have to try out new recipes before you start handing them out. I learned this the year I gave out cookies in a jar. They looked very nice but that particular recipe was not all that great!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fishing For Blog Love

I just love all my blog buddies! You all just keep me going. Every single one of you....well with the exception of the occasional know who you are! LOL I just think we are so lucky to live in a world where we can form these wonderful and encouraging relationships. I have to say, if I saw most of you at a store or something....just passed by you....I would not know you. But, if I saw your blog without your banner or just your art even, I would know it was you. I have even spotted some of your work in several magazines. I will just be thumbing through and all of sudden I spot you!!!! I get so excited. I know her! I'm pointing and sometimes jumping up and down......people are looking at me funny. I just had to say that. I appreciate you all!

Yesterday was a hard day to start! My husband and I were so worried as we had gone 2 days without hearing from Cody. He would not answer his cell phone, email, texts or anything. My husband was about to have a cow and I was trying to keep him calm and act like he was being silly and overly protective. After all, Cody is a man now. "Let him be....he is probably just having fun with his friends since it is his days off" Then I had to go to Walmart to get away from hubby and have a nervous break-down. Oh, all the things that go through your head. Anyway, long story short, hubby called the AFB that Cody is at, had them go and check on Cody and probably embarrassed him profusely to the point that he will never miss one of our calls again. Cody had been in bed with a little cold and did not hear his phone. Or at least that is what he said. So, hubby calls me and all is well. Well, first I had to have a crying spell (relief). Question-Does it ever get better? Do you ever stop worrying yourself sick about your children. Can we just put one of those little chips in their head like they have for pets now?

Here is my latest piece of art-"GONE FISHING". It is now available on my ETSY.
NEWS: Renea (Pocket Full of Prettys) was called out to son and daugther-in-laws yesterday as someone is thinking about making their grand appearance. I can't wait to meet little Kennedy! Keep them in your prayers please.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Idea

I have an inexpensive Christmas gift idea for an interesting and personal piece of art. Here is a picture of the one I just created. The photo probably does not do it justice. Here are the instructions:
1. Go to your word processor-like Word or Works and type in words that are meaningful to the person for whom the gift is being made....I typed in our family names, dogs names, hobbies, etc-and then copy the text to the clipboard
2. Go to Worlde this link here
3. Click in the "paste in a bunch of text" box and paste your text from your clipboard
4. click the "Go" underneath the box
5. Look at what you made! Then, you can change it up using the buttons.....just play around until you get what you like.
6. Print it out on photo paper
7. Use that print out for your art
8. Or, go to copy shop and get a larger copy
9. Buy a frame-I got mine at Michaels and used my 40% off coupon
10. Wrap it up- Wala- Beautiful and thoughtful art gift....Yay for you

Sunday, December 07, 2008

A Christmas Long Ago Contest

Christmas is fast approaching......before you know it, St. Nick will have come and gone....cookies in his pockets...milk to go please.

For some reason I was telling Renea (Pocket Full of Pretty's) about this photo of me and my step brother sitting on Santa's lap. I did not have this photo but I remembered it being in my mother's collection of pictures. I emailed my mom and she did all the hunting and scanning and sent it to me---thanks Mom.
Mom tells me I was "3" and brother was "5". It just really made me happy to see this.....and a little sad. I miss "little" Ronnie. Anyway, I would love to see your favorite "Christmas Long Ago"pictures. Hmmmm......sounds like a good idea for a contest. Let's do it!

Here are the rules! Prize INFO At the Bottom of this post!
1. Blog the photo from your favorite "Christmas Long Ago" and tell the story

2. Put a link to my blog in that entry and tell three others about the contest

3. Let me know you are participating through comment on my blog or email-then I will add you to the Funky Art Queen's Christmas Long Ago Contest Blog entry.
That's It!
I'm going to let the general public pick the winner by posting links to each one of your entries and soliciting votes.
The Winner Will be Announced on December 24th....Christmas Eve.
PRIZE INFORMATION: You can select one item-any item from my
Etsy shop!
OK, now get going! Good Luck!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Another Cool Generator or Digital Tool

Well, THANKS Jennifer over at BUTTUGLEE for pointing me to yet another cool digital tool. Then one is right up my alley. You know how I love typography. YOu go and try it. I have to stop so I can get ready for work. Someone help me stop@!!!!!!
go to THIS SITE and have some fun.
You can't steal the photo so you have to make a link to it at Worlde. However, you can print it out. I want to print it and make shapes for scrapbooking or art. Oh man, this is going to be fun. Well, gotta go. See ya later.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Holiday Decorations

I'm enjoying my holiday decorating this year. Here is a picture of the shelf in my newly redecorated guest room. I loved working on this and I like to think of it as a constant work in progress. That way, I can change the shelf according to the season/holiday. It is just entertaining to me.

On another note, excuse me if I gloat......I WON I WON. I WON THE PRIZE ON THE QUEEN OF ARTS 100TH POST GIVEAWAY. She decided the prize would be whatever the winner chose from her etsy site. I had my eye on those Diva magnets several days before the contest. How lucky am I? I'm excited. Kim, the a lovely person. She is so wise and says the wisest things that both inspire me and cause me to think a little harder about things. She is a gifted encourager and artist. So, it will be an honor to have something that she created.

Now, for those of you that know me well, you can disreguard this next paragraph as you already know this. But, for those of you who are just getting to know me......I want to share with you (WARNING.....SHAMELESS BIRTHDAY ANNOUNCEMENT COMING) that December 11th (next Thursday.......mark your calendar here) is my BIRTHDAY!!!! I will be 44! But, I'm still hot! Heehee