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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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29 January 2012

Rest in Peace.....Angel

This is a particularly hard post for me to write, I have waited a couple weeks to do it. Trying to keep things lighthearted on my blog, but I need to pay tribute to our sweet kitty of eleven years.



Angel came to us as a sweet little kitten about eight weeks old. She was a rescue kitty. She was found on the doorstep with her mommy and baby brother kitty at a local senior center. The three of them were in a little white fleece bed. It was early December and cold. The baby brother died and mommy was in poor health. My husband brought her home on that little fleece bed so she would have something familiar with her. We named her Angel because it must have been an Angel who watched over her to bring her safely to us.


It became clear in her first year that she must have been quite frightened at that tender age as she would so often hunker down under our bed. In fact that became her "house". We never could get her to sleep in a cat bed, she preferred a soft blanket under the bed. That little white fleece bed she came home in became the liner in her cat carrier to go to the vet once a year.
She was quite the hunter and like most cats brought her catch to proudly show us even tho we weren't too thrilled. As she matured, we discovered that she was a munchkin cat. She was a full size cat in every way, but her legs were very short. This limited her jumping ability and in later years she did not jump at all as arthritis set in her back legs. But she was a happy loving cat. We called her our "special needs" cat. It reinforced our belief that she came to us for a reason. We had grown children and our home was quiet for her. Then the grand kids came along, Angel simply headed for her house under our bed and to safety until they we gone and all was clear.


It was the last few months that we noticed she had slowed down even more. Then one day she quit eating. You could tell in her eyes she was not well. The vet gave us the news that she was suffering from renal failure. We could try to rehydrate her, but we would really be doing it for our benefit not hers. I consulted with an Animal communicator as I had done a few times before and it was Angel's wish to be left alone and she would let us know when she needed assistance in passing.

We had 3 more days with Angel. And yes she did let us know when she was ready. We put her in that little white fleece bed. She came to us in that little bed and she left us in that little bed. We miss her terribly, but we know she will be waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge where all animals run and play until their owners come to meet them one day





The Rainbow Bridge


By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together

23 January 2012

Cottage Craft Room party JANUARY

Another new blog party over at Etsy Cottage Style



Since I am a little pressed for time today I am simply going to share a pic I posted on facebook during the holidays....I titled it 

"Look quick, because it won't look this way long"

 it was  right after I cleaned my studio, and I can truthfully say it does not look this way now!


16 January 2012

Cottage Garden Party~January


As an avid cottage gardener I am not used to even thinking about or posting about it in January, but this fun new blog party at Etsy Cottage Style Blog challenges the best of we passionate gardeners.


S0...with that note, I got into my pic files and thought I would share a few Hawaiian or tropical flowers because to tell you the truth I would rather be there in January than sittin here in this cold rainy snowy weather....
I hope you enjoy the flowers as much as I did posting them:)








09 January 2012

What's cookin in the cottage kitchen blog party January



Fun new blog party! I have lots of old advertising images, I thought I would share this one today that is from the mid-1950's. It was in Life magazine. Brings back some old memories.....



06 January 2012

a New Years break...part 1

 Going to break this mini vacation into 2 posts....lots of pics to share!

I needed a break and the opportunity was right. We arranged to join our good friends Georgienne and Ted for a New Year weekend get away to Leavenworth Washington. A good six hour drive from our home, we decided to break up the drive and stay the first night in the historic Hood River Hotel located on the beautiful Columbia river gorge. Certainly a step back in time....we loved the charm and character of this well preserved 100+ yr old Hotel. It was the same accomodations my grandparents would have experienced other than now the bathrooms are inside each room rather than shared in the hallway.

although this brass gate elevator was a bit of a pain, it was pretty cool
original Craftman's woodwork and radiators

My room pic didn't turn out so I borrowed one from the website.

For dinner we walked up the street to a Brew Pub, and we climbed  a LOT of stairs to get into the pub, but is was worth it. The brews were awesome and so was the food.
After dinner we snagged a bartender to snap a pic of all of us.


It poured rain that night so we got pretty soaked walking back down to the Hotel.
Stay tuned....
My next post later this week will be sharing our trip to the Barvarian theme town Leavenworth, Washington
If you would like to see more (and better) pics of this hotel here is the direct link
http://hoodriverhotel.com/index.html

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