Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Just popping in to say Happy Thanksgiving...

 I was thinking about all my blogger friends and feeling especially thankful for each one.
 I thank God for you all....

Monday, November 10, 2014

 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.
Well, that's about all I have to say.
Take care of yourselves until we meet again.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

my studio and the computer room....

 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...
Be seeing you soon!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Just to let you know....

 I don't think I can totally stop blogging-so I wanted to let my pals know I am lagging a little on it...but I am still going to blog.
these pictures are from a few years ago

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Doing life.

 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.
I think that's enough for now.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Feather Soup

 Feather Soup
1 quart of water in a dog dish
as many loose feathers as you can find on your feathery body
a little cracked corn for seasoning
stir with your beak

Serves two geese.