Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Noelle, A Christmas Angel

Just home from Jekyll Island...lovely long weekend. Weather in the mid 70s...sand, beach, sun, shopping and lots of photos!  Will share soon. In the meantime, here is my latest in my series of angel paintings.

Meet Noelle, a Christmas Angel. Noelle's face ALWAYS reflects the wonder of Christmas! 


11x14 Giclee art print available at V Elish Art Studio 

About Noelle: You might meet her in the check out line while Christmas shopping. She's the one in line behind you who reminds you of the real meaning of Christmas...at the very instant that you are seriously thinking of  punching that dreadful woman in the line in front of you. The one who snatched that Christmas red, cashmere, sweater from the sales rack, just as you reached for it!  Ever so casually and with no apparent intrusion at all, the delightful woman behind you strikes up a conversation and somehow gently reminds you, without even saying it at all, that Christmas is about Jesus. It's not about things you buy or the best gift to give. The best gift has already been given and it was free. You are already feeling better as you begin checking out.  Finished, you turn to thank your delightful new friend and find that she is gone! She has disappeared---it is as if she had never been there at all! You shake your head in bewilderment and then with a smile on your face and real Christmas joy in your heart,  you go along on your merry Christmas way!

Need a Christmas Angel to save you from yourself as you shop this Christmas?  Hope not! Have a Merry!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Finally! I'm Back...Hopefully to Stay!

Life often takes unexpected turns and I feel as though I've been on one of those roller coasters that are small but lethal with their abrupt twists and turns. Things have calmed down a bit at the moment and hopefully will remain that way.  I have recently started painting in earnest and have revamped my Etsy shop and have listed several new items with many more on the way.  I am still working full time so I have to squeeze my painting into the evenings and weekends. John works late every other week, so I have some time then to paint to my heart's desire without feeling that I am stealing time from my spouse. I do miss the late nights writing blogs and chatting with friends on Facebook and Etsy. Six o'clock a.m. comes too early for this night owl, so I have to get to bed at a reasonable hour...by 11p.m at least. But I love my job and there's much to be said for that.  

Okay enough about that. I need to bring you up to date on my paintings.


I have been working on a series of  paintings depicting angels in various forms. None of us know what angels look like. Well, perhaps you do but I don't.  Not for certain anyway. I only know what the Bible tells us.  My personal belief is that they are spiritual beings who normally have no physical body, but who might take human form when necessary in order to guide, inform, protect, rescue us from time to time. Perhaps they are even sent to test us from time to time.

Some may not believe in angels

Scripture tells us to entertain (welcome, be kind to, offer hospitality to) strangers, because by doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2.) With that verse of scripture in mind, I have painted various angels: some who look like humans and some that don't. I normally give them wings and halos to indicate that they are angels, otherwise many of them could be representations of almost anyone. Many are glamorous and beautiful by our earthly standards, many are plain and ordinary and some represent those we often pass by and ignore. 

I find them worthy of my interest and imaginings

Some may not believe in angels, but I do. I do not worship them in any way. However, as God's higher creations,  I find them worthy of my interest and imaginings.  I am also fairly certain that I have encountered these creatures in the guise of humans, numerous times in my life. I wonder..have you?  



Meet Kezia.  Kezia (pronounced ke Zye ah.)  Kezia (in Hebrew) means Cassia tree,  a variety of which produces cinnamon.  Cinnamon is a favorite spice to use in the Autumn months and into the Christmas season. Also, one of Job's very beautiful daughters was named Kezia (Keziah)  Job  42:13-15.  


Kezia, has a bit of a Mona Lisa smile. You will NEVER guess what she is thinking. However, she will tell you, if you ask her nicely. Often found helping out when Autumn leaves bring those pesky, nostalgic thoughts of autumns long past. She might be that lovely person who stepped in and led your mind to more current matters.

My painting is available as a lovely giclee print (12x12) from my shop on Etsy.  Other sizes are available upon request.



















Sunday, August 14, 2011

Design Gives Back- Miracle Makeover Reveal!

How would you like to help make a miracle happen for someone by raising $'s for Friends of Kids with Cancer and Miracle Makeovers without spending a single dollar of your own?  Sound too good to be true? Well, it's not. Here's how you can make it happen:


Visit and comment at one or all of the 5 blogs listed below to earn up to a $5.00 donation each day from now through August 18, 2011, to support Kids for Cancer and the next MiracleMakeover.  
For each comment made each day on each of these blogs, Design Gives Back* will contribute $1.00 to the next Miracle Makeover. Plus, by visiting these blogs, you will meet Charlie and his family, this year's Miracle Makeover recipient and you can see the amazing video of this year's Miracle Makeover Reveal! It will warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye!

Sponsoring Blogs:
Design Gives Back
Between Naps on the Porch
How Sweet the Sound
Spiritual Sundays
Country Wings in Phoenix


Additionally, on Facebook:   
Comments and "Likes" on the Facebook spots listed below will earn $2.00 from Design Gives Back 

Facebook/Guideposts Magazine - mention the Miracle Makeover Video and Story that in the current edition.
Facebook/Design Gives Back - Press the "like" button on the center or left side bar. See more makeover photos there. 

*Design Gives Back™ provides rooms for hope, health and happiness for those in-need. Since 1992, they have facilitated life-changing workshops, community  programs and inspirational makeovers. 


Be sure to tell your friends and ask them to tell their friends...we have until August 18th!  Help give someone a miracle today!
  


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Teeny's Mystery Club Giveaway

I'm so excited to tell you about this fabulous giveaway! So simple to enter and the prize is the very latest edition of the Kindle. All you have to do is sign up to follow the blog, The World According to Teeny. Teeny is a real character and there is always something fun and exciting going on in her world.  Follow her blog and you will automatically be enrolled in Teeny's Mystery Club and the giveaway for the Kindle.  As a Teeny Mystery Club member you will automatically be enrolled in all of the great summer giveaways plus receive a host of other great benefits...like keeping up with Teeny's crazy adventures!
To enter head over to  Between Naps on the Porch where Susan will give you all the details on how you can qualify for additional entries. Why the whole thing is as easy as Teeny's recipes for dressing up a store-bought dessert!  So, go on now, get yourself over there and enter!
Publish Post

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!  Thank you to all of those who have served and are serving to keep our country free!  God bless the United States of America!  


Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Long Time Gone

Well, I've been absent from my blog for awhile now. So much going on and truthfully, I just haven't felt like writing about it.  I have been visiting all the blogs that I follow though...usually between 11pm and 1am when my insomnia keeps me from getting enough sleep!

I do have some news that I wanted to share though. I will soon be selling my original art directly on my blog. I am excited about that! I have also set up a new shop at Zibbet called Graceful Moments and will be adding prints of my artwork and my photographs for sale there as well.  I will continue to sell vintage items on Etsy and ArtFire.

My blog will also be undergoing a change and will have a new look soon.  In the meantime, please know that I am visiting and reading and generally keeping up with what is going on in your lives and leaving comments when I have time. Hope each of you is doing well and I hope to be blogging again very soon.

 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

The wild storms that ripped through Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee on Wednesday night came a bit too close for comfort here in NW Georgia. My husband, my dog, Ellie, and I spent most of that night in our basement, wondering if our house would be blown away. We were told by our local news stations and various internet weather maps that we were in the direct path of the possibly two mile wide tornado that already had a deadly history in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. They were pretty close to being right since it passed less than two miles south of us, leaving a wake of destruction in its path and taking down a string of power poles, shearing roofs and toppling trees.  It continued its destruction in an area of beautiful farms and country estates southeast of us, where it completely leveled many houses and barns. Shortly, after that one came through, another was headed toward us but hit about 4 miles south of us, leaving another path of destruction. 

The Southeastern U.S. has been devastated by these powerful storms in the last couple of weeks. The last count I heard was that there were over 300 people killed in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee from the storms that hit . Thirty-five people were killed in a single parking lot in a very small town in Alabama. They were gathered there because the power was off and they stood in the mall parking lot with no warning of the approaching storm.  I don't think they have any idea yet of how many homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

In the county where I live, over 200 homes were badly damaged or completely leveled. Many houses were reduced to matchsticks. Tin from barns has been found wrapped around power poles and trees.  Many people's lives have been turned upside down for a time, some perhaps forever, but there was no loss of life in our county and for that we are grateful.  It will take many months to get things back to some semblance of order but there is an outpouring of love from our churches (people) and organizations that will be there to lift up, clean up, provide shelter, food, water, clothing, household items and whatever else is needed until the job is done.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday - This is Love!!!




He took our sin upon the cross. He carried it to the grave with Him. He left it there. Our sin covered by his blood for our salvation. What a wonderful King we have...to suffer and die for us...to cover our sin, so that we might enter the very throne room of God, so that we might have a relationship with God, our Father, so that we could become the children of God. I see my sin on that cross. Do you see yours? Yes, the big ones are there but those that we think of as small are there too. There is no sin greater than any other. They all put Him on the cross. He took them all...too many to list...for you...for me...for all those who repent and believe.
  It is Friday and sadness fills my heart for what my King endured for me. It is Friday
but we know the grave could not hold Him, death could not couquer Him.
It is Friday, but Sunday is coming.




Tetelestai!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fingerprint Friday - Peaceful Visit

Sunday afternoon, we arrived home from church to find a breathtaking surprise---we had six white doves on our garage roof and one on our porch roof!
Isn't she/he beautiful?  The feathers look like silk!

We were a little concerned when they extended their visit to a little over an hour because the roof had to be hot...it was about 85 on Sunday here and they appeared to us to be thirsty.  I made sure there was water in the birdbath and even put some extra out in the shrubbery in case they were shy.  Through Facebook and a posting on the Facebook page of a local group, we were able to find the owners. By the time the owner returned our call, the birds had left us, flying south.  Their home is located about a mile south of us as the crow dove flies.  The owner said that they are not supposed to land on buildings. I suggested they simply wanted to do a little sightseeing and she laughed and said that was okay but they were supposed to be trained to not land on buildings. These particular seven were part of a group of nine that were released about two miles north of us a few hours earlier.  Two arrived at home on time but the others were late because of their little visit to our farm.  While I was speaking with the owner, they all arrived home safely. What a relief for all of us and I'm sure the birds were glad to be home too.  They are part of a group that are still in training to be released at weddings and funerals.  I didn't tell the owner but I'm kind of hoping for another visit one day.

Seven white doves...seven is thought to be God's number...he created the world in seven days, on the seventh he rested. Seven white doves on the seventh day!  Doves are a symbol of God's love and a universal symbol of peace. What a blessing to have them visit us...almost like a message straight from God remind us that all is well.  What a beautiful fingerprint of God are these lovely creatures!!
I love the look that the one on the left is giving me...sort of like she's posing for the photo.
They were completely at ease with us, completely peaceful. They stayed with us about an hour.


There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. 

Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki at The Rusted ChainTo participate and/or visit all of the blogs that do, go to the Fingerprint Friday Post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Fingerprint Friday - Spring!


 See! The winter is past;
   the rains are over and gone.
 Flowers appear on the earth;
   the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
   is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
   the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
   my beautiful one, come with me."
          Song of Solomon 2:11-13

          







Today I see the fingerprint of God in my thoughtful and caring husband and these lovely tulips that he surprised me with this week.  Tulips and daisies are my favorites. They added a lovely touch of spring to the home!  I love spring! Birds singing, daffodils, tulips, fruit tree blossoms popping out everywhere... A time of renewal, reawakening, beginning again and a good time to reflect on the sacrifice made for us so that we may have eternal life. 


Hope you have a lovely spring!




There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:


I can see the fingerprints of God

When I look at you

I can see the fingerprints of God

And I know its true

You're a masterpiece

That all creation quietly applauds

And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. 

Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki at The Rusted Chain. To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that do, go to the Fingerprint Friday Post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions.




P.S. I've been away for awhile. We had a death in my family and I will explain later when I can talk about it and when I have more time. Just wanted to say that I appreciate all the prayers and special thoughts from those of you who knew about it. Friends are such a treasure! 


Thursday, March 3, 2011

I'm a Winner!!

Wow!  I was so surprised to hear that I won last week's giveaway at Christie Cottage!  "What is my prize?," you might ask.  A $15.00 gift certificate to PuraBella, an Etsy shop that sells handmade soaps, candles and other lovely fragrance items!  Excited!  Can't wait to get my hands on the Cedarwood and Sage soap that I ordered!
Check out PuraBella and be sure to visit Christie Cottage to see what this week's giveaway is going to be. I'm sure it will be great!!!

I am fighting  what might be the beginning of the flu and this made me feel so much better!  A great big Thank You!!!  to PuraBella and Christie Cottage!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Giveaway at Christie Cottage

Christie Cottage has a Giveaway every Wednesday. This week the prize is a $15.00 gift certificate to PuraBella's Etsy shop.  Simple to enter with option for two additional entries.  Winner will be announced next Wednesday and a new Giveaway will be offered. 




My favorite from PuraBella's is this Cedarwood Sage hot process soap:


Cedarwood and Sage Hot Process Handmade Soap Made in Maine 


So, get yourself over to Christie Cottage and enter now...someone has to win and it could be you!!!


Have a blessed day!


Vicki




Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chocolate...Not Always a Good Thing!

Chocolate...I love it...too much!  If it is in the house, it calls my name. So, I don't buy it. But my dear husband does and he did last Friday. He went to Publix for me to pick up some BOGOs that were too good to pass up and decided to purchase another special...24 full sized candy bars for $9.85 (I think.)  They were also some of my favorites...Snickers, Milky Way, Three Musketeers and my all time favorite, Twix!  Okay, I had one that night and it was so good!

Fast forward to Sunday and an after service pot luck dinner (luncheon for those who don't have dinner at lunchtime) with some of our friends who make up the JOY (Just Older Youth) group at church. Enter Ms. Betty's chocolate cake (to die for) and Kay's cherry topped devils food cake both in the shape of a heart! And the dark chocolate brownies. Enter two cups of strong coffee (which I never touch after 10a.m.)

Fast forward again to Sunday evening when I could no longer resist the temptation of a Snickers bar and ate one with no regard whatsoever to the caffeine that was in it and all the other yummy things I had earlier.

Fast forward to 9:45p.m. when I began having an attack of Supra-ventricular Tachycardia.  No big deal, I think and begin the maneuvers that usually stop it.  The flipping and flopping of my heart had subsided but  I was still in SVT with a heart rate ranging between 145 and 152.  Blood pressure way, way up.  So, my husband says, "get dressed, we're going to the E.R."  I say, "no, I'm sure I'll be okay in just a few minutes."  So he says, "I'm calling the nurse hotline (of our insurance company) and we'll see what they have to say."  So he does.

Fast forward 15 minutes and we are on our way to our local hospital known for its excellent treatment of heart related emergencies. We enter the E.R. and go to the desk and within minutes I am in a room, with EKG pads all over me and three nurses and a great doctor.  My heart rate is about 145 and my blood pressure is still up.  The doctor talks to me and asks me if I have tried the maneuvers that usually work to get the heart rate back to normal and I told him that I had. He says that there are two ways to shock my heart back into normal sinus rhythm. One is with electrical shock (think "clear" and "bam") and the other is with a chemical medication given intravenously called adenisine.  He chooses adenisine. One of the young nurses says, "Cool!"

Fast forward a few minutes and the I.V. port is in my arm and a young nurse comes in and says, "I need to see this, I've never seen this before!"  The head nurse tells her she can stay and that she can hold my arm steady.  They put the meds in the I.V. port and then I found out what they mean when they say "I.V. push" on TV.  Literally, there is one guy pushing with all his might to get the meds into my vein. So, I have three people working on my right arm: one is holding it up, one is holding  the IV port steady and the other is pushing the medication into the port.  They tell me, "you're going to feel a weird sensation."  About two seconds later, I feel as if I am falling into a hole...not a pleasant feeling. Then it was gone and my heart rate was at 75 and I was out of SVT.  My husband was watching the monitor as they pushed the meds into me and he said my heart rate was 143 and instantly dropped to 75.

I had been confused about all the excitement about watching what seemed to me to be a rather unpleasant but otherwise, somewhat ordinary event.

Fast forward a few seconds later and the intern who was pushing the meds into my arm said, "That's the first time I've used adenisine where the patient did not flatline for a second before their heart rate came back up to normal."  Ah ha!  They all thought I was going to flatline and wanted to see it!  I felt so bad that I did not give them the learning experience they were looking for. Uh, NOT!  One of the young nurses said. "It's okay...it was still cool to see the heart rate drop like that!"  So, the learning experience was not wasted after all.

It was refreshing to be in a hospital with a group of people who are excited about the profession they have chosen and are eager to learn new things.  I have been to too many hospitals where the nurses and interns appear to be bored and more interested in themselves than their patients.  I am so glad to see that there are young professionals who have a calling to be the best nursing and medical professionals that they can be.  It is encouraging. I hope they don't lose the drive to keep excelling!

As for me, flatline or not, adenisine rocks!!! I would gladly take it over the paddles any day!!!

Oh, and one more thing...no more chocolate for me...no more coffee after 10 a.m. and only two cups max before...well, maybe one bite of chocolate here and there...and of course I could never give up Ms. Betty's killer (pun intended) chocolate cake forever...just a small slice from now on though...I just won't over indulge...I PROMISE...really, I do promise.

I am also considering having an ablation so I can get off the heart meds. I'll have to consider that for a little longer though and do more research into it but like that it is an option.

Now I need to get off this computer and get back to cleaning house.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sunshine!

Winter is still here but we are finally having a few sunny days here in Georgia and even though it is still brrrr cold, I am a happy girl!  I can handle cold and sun but I do not function well in dreary!  Maybe the crazy groundhog was right (only a 39% success rate) and winter will be done with very soon. We can only hope. In the meantime, I think I will indulge in some very early...........




























Hope the sun is shining on you, wherever you are!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fingerprint Friday - Friendship

I am sitting here at 4 a.m. unable to sleep. I haven't participated in Fingerprint Friday in a while because I usually work on Fridays and never seem to have time to get one done in advance. So I took this insomniac moment to prepare a Fingerprint Friday post. As I was going through pictures taken over the last month or so, I stumbled across this one:


A photo of a gift basket that was sent to me by friends that I have never met face to face but feel I have known all of my life.  I met Catherine and her wonderful husband through a Christian Team on Etsy.com.  They are a delightful couple who share my love for the Lord.  In early January, when we were awaiting a snow storm here in the not so sunny South, they thought of me and sent a basket of goodies. The card said they did this for two reasons: 1) They love me and my hubby and 2) wanted us to have some snacks while watching football (BTW, my favorite team is the Steelers! Have loved them since the 70s...Go Steelers!)  How thoughtful and kind and generous!  They often do things like this. They reach out in love with the perfect words to comfort, cheer and encourage and they know how to brighten a day with their wit!

Today Catherine and Hank are my  Fingerprints of God.  They are often God's hands and feet and I love them so much. Thanks for the caring, uplifting and wonderful surprises that make knowing you such a blessing!  We will meet one day, here or on the other side of the river!

Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it. -- Cicero

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. -- Japanese Proverb

...but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. -- Proverbs 18:23-24 NIV (and/or sister -- Me)

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.-- Walt Whitman



Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki, at The Rusted Chain. It was inspired by the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that contains the line..."when I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of God." To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that do, go to the Fingerprint Friday Post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions.






Thursday, February 3, 2011

Giveaway from The Funner Life

Aren't these just the sweetest bobby pins you have ever seen?  There are more where they came from at Sweet Heart Studios on Etsy.com!  The best part of all is that they can be yours. That's right! It's a Giveaway over at The Funner Life to celebrate Libbi's 16th birthday!  Entries accepted until February 16, 2011.  So get on over there right now and put your name in the hat...there are many ways to gain extra entries!



Thursday, January 13, 2011

Window Shopping in Pink and Gray

 The snow has finally melted but the dreary days of winter are still upon us. So, I've been doing some window shopping on Etsy and ArtFire.  One of my favorite color combos is pink and gray. Somber,cool gray with warm, happy pink,,,,sort of a yin and yang thing!  So I went on a shopping excursion to find some beautiful items in pink and gray. Of course, I wanted to share them with you!!!  So here we go....

Pink & Gray Hat for Women and Teens
Pink and Gray Hat for Women and Teens
Isn't this the cutest? If it has to be cold, you might as
well be stylish while being warm! 
Pink & Gray Scarf for Women and Teens
Don't miss this beautiful matching Scarf  for Women and Teens...both
From MattsCraftyWife at ArtFire

Colored Pearl in Textured Sterling Silver Ring- Custom Made
Colored Pearl in Textured in Sterling Silver Ring
I guess sterling qualifies as Gray...it does to me! Beautiful ring!
From ElseeTee2 at Etsy.com


vintage 1950 ON THE HOUSE platter. Pink and grey Madoc by Shenango China.
Vintage Shenango China Platter
Luncheonette Vintage at Etsy.com
Titanium Rose Gold Inlay Ring or Wedding Band
A Titanium Rose Gold Inlay Ring
Want something different?...This is it.
 I think it is simply beautiful!
From TitaniumKnights at Etsy.com
PDF Pattern - Hand warmers - Fingerless gloves mittens - Pink e Grey
Pattern for this beautiful Hand Warmer.
Do you crochet? Well, who wouldn't want
to try their hand at this!  I'm thinking how great
it goes with Matt's Crafty Wife's hat and scarf!
From  Yoghi911 at Etsy.com
Handmade Bear - Floral Sock Bear
Handmade Floral Sock Bear
Soft, cuddly, beautiful...what else could you want?
From ClareBears at Etsy.com
Hamptons Wedding Invitation Suite with Belly Band -  pink and silver
Hamptons Wedding Invitation
I am a lover of paper and especially beautiful and unusual paper.
If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, check out
this shop. So many beautiful invitations.
From By Invitation Only at Etsy.com


Pink and Gray Minky Dot Baby Girl Bib
Pink and Gray Minky Dot Baby Girl Bib
From Meg Baby Boutique/Meg Originals at Etsy.com
Small Notebook - Blank Pages - Coptic Stitch
Small Notebook with Blank Paper
From Shana's Shop at Etsy.com 
Hope you enjoyed window shopping with me and hope you will visit the shops here and find your own favorites! Have a great day!







Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day...Maybe Snow Week

We are having snow in NW Georgia and it is so beautiful!  Sub freezing temps may turn this into a snow week! We received about 5 inches of the white stuff! Love, love, love it! 
Just a few photos around the farm:

Last night about midnight.


Another one taken last night. Yes, I did ask for the snow!!

Today...Container Garden, Bird Bath have been turned into cupcakes and mushrooms!

Winter Jasmine my harbinger of spring...blooming in January?
This shrub always blooms the first week in February.
Could this mean an early spring?  

Untouched snow...so beautiful!

Peaceful, Quiet, Lovely Snow!

Snow "pillows" in rocking chairs...courtesy of the wind. The screened
porch was covered with snow.

Nandina with Snow!



Perhaps I'll venture out a bit more tomorrow. 
Where ever you are tonight, hope you are safe and warm!