December 30, 2008

Fairy wings and Elfin things

I decided to post some of these photos of my collection. This started out as a couple of pixies that I bought at a garage sale about 25 years ago and the collection has grown to two cabinets full and overflowing. I bougt a LLadro Prince of the Elves and decided that I was finished collecting these wee little ones but who knows there might just be a pixie, elf, or fairy out there without a home and mine are such friendly little folk that they always welcome newcomers to their domain.

December 27, 2008

Peppermint Fairy

My husband gave me this fairy. Isn't she sweet? shes called The Peppermint Fairy and Even though she's a Christmas fairy I might have to just let her hang out , at least till Easter.

December 25, 2008

Winter Wonderland

This and the next few photo show the various changes I see as time goes by. My life is like a circle seasons come and seasons go and there is beauty everwhere! Which reminds me of one of my favorite poems.

For you who dare to wait in quietness
I have a stengthening music that shall bless
Your ears when skilled by listening; some hear
But noise; be patient till the song comes clear
In fall of flower petals you shall catch
Enchanting syllables. But lift the latch;
You are removed from witless hurry's curse,
You have free entrance to my universe.*

Excerpt from " Invitation to Beauty" Catherine Baker, Be thou a splendor, p. 11.

Sumptuous Summer

December 22, 2008

My Wonderful Journey

Clouds are mountains of the sky, they become the plain on which I walk.
As I step forward and look back, where mountains were, clouds were naught.
So forward and onward did I go, high and upward and descending low in my country of light and snow.
I stopped to rest on a rosy glow and gazed upon a great orange globe that was encompassed with a ring of solid gold suspended in a smelting pot of swirling hues, steams of turquoise and azure blues and lapis lazuli stairways too.
A dark grey cave emitting something like a violet ray tinged with gold like the wings of a giant butterfly.
All this and more did I find, on my journey in the sky,
My eyes such splendor did behold, but from my heart is where the story's told.
So I'll go down and tell some more, through the gates of heavens door.
I soon came upon the birds of wing, they came across in steady stream and disappeared through a deep blue tunnel and beyond.
I waved goodbye and journeyed on, to skate upon a silvery pond and gaze upon an ocean deeply green, to rest again upon a deep grey puff and wrap myself in pure white fluff.
As I did float in comfort sleepily, I saw such wonders, my eyes delight, from fairy creatures to ones of the height, mythical creatures made of pure light.
Soon I was woken by a swirl of wind, that threw me right from my floating plafond, and spun me around my face to the ground, and once more again I was earth bound!

December 21, 2008

Wecome Home

I hope you all are as warm and cozy inside as I am tonight. Guess we will have a white Christmas and possibly be in a deep freeze for the rest of the year. Happy winter solstice to you all!

December 19, 2008

Winter Mushroom

These are three paintings recently finished and now hang in the Dutch Pet Motel in Crete Il. I had promised my son in law to do some dog paintings for him and delivered six of them to him on Thanksgiving. I have started a painting of my sister Jonis' dog Iggy but haven't gotten beyond the sketching stage yet. I'll be glad when this temp job ends as it cuts into my creativity. I made a New Years Resolution list today, actually for my church newsletter and used scripture as a point of reference. The first on the list goes like this. Exercise a little....For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 . I think my fellow church members will enjoy this one.

December 7, 2008

A few winters ago this was the veiw on my way to work one mornimg and this was only a glimspe of what lay ahead. I hope this winter is a little mildersince I have to drive those awfull roads at night.
The trip to Chicago was uneventful and we missed the bad weather by a day. I did get that Chrysler Pacifica and enjoyed a very smooth ride all the way there and back.
Went out last night to celebrate my friend Arlenes birthday and have spent the day decorating the house for the Holidays and just kicking back. good day to nap!