I can be undecided and wishy-washy making decisions sometimes, but because I have felt uncertain about blogging for a while, I am going to stop blogging here at Sparrowgrass for a while.
I'll still be posting artwork at my other blog from time to time.
Maybe it will seem silly to tell you since you are all strangers to me, or if I do know you, I have no idea you are reading my blog....but I am tired of having a 'oh, look at what I say, or look at the pictures I take' conversation in my head. I just want to be myself, and at 60 years old I still struggle with that issue.
I guess it is pretty silly to bear my heart here, wide open to strangers.
But I feel very comfortable with my decision to not blog except I will miss visiting the friends I've made during the almost 7 years I've been blogging.
Early this summer I found a HUGE dill plant in my garden. The flower head is about twelve inches across. I put it in my studio on top of my suitcase collection.
This morning I was sitting at my table and I noticed how beautiful it looked with sunshine on it.
I love the photo above. It's not often that I take a picture that is pretty in composition, but at the same time I get a feeling from it. This photograph makes me nostalgic, and I can't even explain why I feel that way. The funny thing is-when I was snapping it-I didn't see it.
I've shown my doll house before; it's quite large and takes up a real presence in my studio. I made it. In my Etsy shop description I write that "I make things." Sometimes I surprise myself, as I did when this thing was done-it was even sturdy enough to move around if I needed to. There are screens in the windows, and the shutters are parts of a real shutter from a house way over 100 years old. Now my doll house doesn't have a first and second floor in it, but it used to. I even made some furniture like little tables and benches to go in it. I love putting a battery operated candle in it around Christmas time-it looks so pretty with light coming out of the windows.
Here is my main sitting table, but I have two more work tables which I can sit at with a stool. I spend a lot of time looking out my windows. I pray here, and read my Bible and study at this table. That is an important part of my life, and I wouldn't trade my relationship with God for ANYTHING. There is nothing on this earth worth giving up my Lord for. Nothing.
There's Norton, our ring-necked dove, in the living room. There are beautiful pocket doors separating my studio from the living room.
This is our computer room-library. There is a small Mission-style bookcase in here also, that isn't in the picture. My sister-in-law Sheila gave it to me, and I love it. The telescope belonged to my first Dad-who is in heaven. The beautiful photo on the wall to the left is from my sister-in-law, Marsha. I love that too...
I have thought about not blogging any more. I love my time away from the computer more and more these days. I think about my motives for blogging, and find I need to distance myself from the online experience - sometimes it can consume. It definitely takes time from me. Is it a waste of time? I would say yes, except for the friends I have made doing this. I treasure them all.
But it can be a false sense of friendship-after all, I don't see my friends, I merely read what they write. It can be a strange thing to think about.
Truly, I have written about all the things that matter to me. It's all here somewhere on this blog.
So I even post this cautiously, wondering what the heck I'm doing here.
It sounds as if I am being negative but I'm not, really.
I don't want life to just be the thing that happens between blog posts. I think for me, this is wearing out.
I like to post about my art because it helps me see my progress. But here at Sparrowgrass, I have posted all the pretty pictures I can post until I just have run out, and the 'want to' isn't there any more.
So if I am silent here, it's because I am having a good time with my husband and geese, and I am praying little snippets through my day, and reading God's Word, or holding a goose, or just looking out a window.
Please be careful what emails you open, even if it seems to be from someone you email a lot. Have your email settings so you can read the first line BEFORE you click on the email to open it up. You never know what is lurking if you open an email-a nasty virus, or worse, a portal to your account...Anything is possible.
I do not email anyone unless I ask them first in a comment at their blog. So if you have gotten a weird email that looks like it's from me-it isn't. Don't open it!
"Remembering our own depravity is the root of perpetual tenderness." ~John Newton
In heaven...with Simon, Hickory, Yoyo, Siegfried, Paris, Duck-Duck, Piglet, Roo,Penny, and Riley
Mrs. B. Oriole
Miss Rose breasted Grossbeak
Baby Mourning doves...
Cpl. Smith, for the South
General Smith, The Union Army
I held a bird...
My First Business...
Selling water at 1 cent per glass. Only taker...Grandma, who also took the picture. That's me holding the glass, in the middle is my brother, with our friend Brenda to help haul in the moola.
God creates out of nothing. Therefore until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him. ~Martin Luther
It is a wonder what God can do with a broken heart, if He gets all the pieces.~Samuel Chadwick
"It is tolerably safe to say that those who wear loose, easy-fitting shoes and boots will never be troubled with corns. Some people are more liable to corns than others, and some will persist in the use of tightly-fitting shoes in spite of corns." ~Our Deportment~Or-The Manners, Conduct & Dress of the Most Refined Society, 1880
Mother robins sing softly to the babies in their eggs. I know this for a fact. We watched a nest on the ledge of our eye-lash windows one year. We heard the mother singing to her eggs as she looked down at them...
"Begin to know Him now, and finish never." ~Oswald Chambers
Things I have learned from animals...
Ring-necked doves hoot in their sleep
Geese like lullabyes
Dogs like to smell lilacs and lily of the valley
A dog can say "I love you"
A goose can snore
An abused animal can learn to trust again-be patient
I'm in love with the beauty God made, and His Word.
I have to make things and paint pictures, and paint mostly on old barn boards. I love vintage textiles, old lace and antique roses. I like looking at the sky in all kinds of weather.
I am blessed by God to have some creative gifts. I am inspired by so many artists on the Web. I do hope you will like my art work and photography, but please don't copy it. All photos, unless otherwise stated-