Wednesday, August 29, 2007


I'm thinking this might be the Mini Mosaic Self Portrait I'll send in. The idea was to incorporate an image of yourself with one of your baby pictures.....This was lots of fun, I still have to print it, mount it and decorate, but for the most part....I like it already!

I tried to make it look like I was whispering in my ear......and the butterfly has two meanings....1.) my mom loves Monarchs......2.) My mom has always talked about the "angel on my shoulder" who saved me from a car wreck when I was little, which I'll tell later, kinda long story, lol.


This is a layout that I'm thinking of entering in Somerset's "True Self" layout call. They had another call for Mini-Mosaic Self Portrait Puzzles and when I sat down to make something, this is what I came up with....not suitable for the puzzle, but maybe for something else, lol. I used free brushes in the Photoshop program that I found from various sources on the net. One is

I have fall on the brain, so most of it had to do with fall.....the fact that I am obsessed with the season had nothing to do with it, really....rofl.

Through Mine Eyes

I just received word that my grandpa is in the hospital. This picture was taken after our weekly lunch ritual. I was inspired to take it after hearing him tell my son his stories. And he started it off with ...."Through mine eyes, this is the way I saw it." My grandpa fought in the Koren and Vietnam wars and was wounded in both. He jokes that his Purple Heart awards get him a large cup of coffee at McDonald's for .75 cents.

I find it funny that through all of that, that's his shining humor. He took bullets in both wars and believes that his greatest reward is that cheap cup of coffee, lol. He's the kind of grandpa that doesn't watch his language, either. While talking to my five year old son he was quick to start a sentence with ...."and goddamit...". That's what I love about him. He was always honest, always willing to say what he felt and mean what he said. And that's what I've been trying to do for years now.

I'll treasure this picture always and the memories from the afternoon will live forever in my heart.


My son started kindergarten last week. The bus stop was full of weeping moms and tearful goodbyes. But, as I stood there and realized that this was it.....that my baby was growing up, flying the coop...I looked down at him and he gave me the biggest smile ever. A smile that said, "Don't worry, mom. I can't wait to go. I'm going to have so much fun."

As the bus came around the corner, he jumped up and down and hugged me tight around my hips....."Bye, mom, I love you."

I didn't cry. Still haven't. I don't think I will, either. I thought I would, but as I watched him smile from the bus window and wave, I couldn't help but be proud and happy that my boy was on his way. On his way to himself. What a beautiful journey it is to grow up and get to know who you are, your wants and needs, your likes and dislikes. I'm 27 and I'm still learning about them everyday, and to be quite honest, it's wonderful.

Here I am.......

So, everyone who knows me is surprised at the "cute-siness" of the design I came up with for my blog and my site. This is because, I am obsessed with anything dark. One of my favorite artists is Victoria Frances, whose work is dark, vampiric and really gothic. My favorite holiday is Halloween, the biggest collection in my house, aside from all of my crafting and painting supplies, is my on-going collection of witches and spooky things.

Naturally, everyone expected my personal design to be TOTALLY different, lol. But, I found myself drawn to the contemporary illustrations I've been painting and wanted to convey a sort of "soft" approach. We'll see how it goes, I'm sure I'll end up changing my design at least once a month, lol.