Friday, May 22, 2009


It just doesn't get better than this. Mother holding her newborn baby and dad sharing in the emotional blessing.
Yet another photo from the massive Knies family box of treasured photos. In fact, my husband brought more back from Texas last week.
Please reflect on all the wonderful men and women who gave their lives protecting our country. Happy Memorial Day.
Memorial Day info:It is a federal holiday celebrated the last Monday in May. Also known as Decoration Day. It commemorates United States men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War and went to include any American causalities of war or military action.

Monday, May 18, 2009


My daisies are so happy after the long night of rain. Floating high up, waving in the wind. So simple, so fresh. One day, I will do an album of flowers. Maybe two!
Uplifted petals, praising another beautiful day.

Peony time, brought to you by my stepmother, Kat. She loves peonies, but they don't like living in Texas. So she ordered me three plants, and finally, three years later, they are big bushes of flowering pastel pinks and yellow peonies. Here is the first bloom. With promises of at least 20 more to follow, so far.

Hope you have a blessed day.

Inspirational quote: "Despite the changes that have come into our lives, and with gratitude in our hearts, may we fill our days-as much as we can-with those things which matter most." --T. S. Monson

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Happy Mother's Day
all the wonderful women
who give their
hearts and soul
to the children of the world
and to a very special mother
my mother
I am blessed to have
I love you
Happy Mother's Day

Saturday, May 9, 2009


I created this almost a year ago, for a circle journal swap, theme: favorite quote. Afterwards, several friends requested one, as they loved the quote. Thus begins another journey in my work, to recreate something I previously made. I see this layout and love it, but know that the next one will not be the same. But still, the idea will surface of a man, who spoke such powerful words. A statement that still drives people to obtain their goal. In this day with so much uncertainty, I hold on to my faith, and to many inspirational quotes. This is one of my favorites.

Never ever ever give up.
---Winston Churchill

Keep the faith.
But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period--I am addressing myself to the School--surely from this period of ten months, this is the lesson: Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy
---Winston Churchill
October 1941

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Have you ever noticed how kids love to help in the kitchen when they are young? Well I took this picture of our little dd 7 years ago, making a sandwich for herself. She was so proud and even cleaned up afterwards. Both of our girls are very talented in the culinary world. Always nice on days when you don't want to cook.

Thanks for visiting.
Art history trivia: Rembrandt lived extravagantly with his wife, Saskia. When she died, he received fewer commissions. In 1657-58, his house and goods were auctioned off to pay his debts. His son, Titus, and girlfriend, Hendrijke formed an art dealing company that hired Rembrandt and saved Rembrandt from complete bankruptcy.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


I finished the Mother's Day cards. Whew just in time for the mail. They are all tags, vintage, distressed and ready to inscribe many sincere words on the back.

This one, is a picture of Bill's mom, after the birth of her first daughter, Bill's oldest sister. This will be her Mother's Day card. I love the picture.
I had fun making this one, a bit whimsical for a wonderful step mother in law who loves to garden.

And finally, one for my mom. Yes, that is really me as a newborn. All girlie girl pink lay out and mom will smile looking back at the photo of one of her seven children.

Art history trivia: Vincent Van Gogh had a brother, Theo. Theo suggested that Van Gogh should be a painter. He sent Vincent money for canvases and paints. Theo, the younger brother supported Vincent all his life. Vincent died in Theo's arms and six month later, Theo died.