Friday, June 30, 2006

New work on eBay!






If you like my little critters, check them out at my ebay store!

I also have a very sweet kitty doll up...handmade by my mom!

The Good, The Bad and the darn pretty day...


First things first, Daisy our pet rat is going to be fine! We went to the vet and Daisy definitely has allergies. I've put her into private confinement (thanks, Island girl) and I think she'll be all right. She got a steroid shot (we could really hear her scream in the hall, poor baby) and we have to call in on Monday if she's still got open sores and is itchy. Otherwise, she's fine. Phew!

In other news, I submitted some work to an art group only to be tossed aside like yesterdays news. They even wrote to my husband (instead of me...shows how much attention they gave my stuff...hmph). Anyway, I'll submitt again next month and in the mean time, submit to at least 50 other companies. I am determined, folks. And yes, it hurts your pride but what is pride, anyway? It's better to keep that Frank Sinatra song in your head...the one my mom first told me about...

Thats life, thats what people say.
Youre riding high in april,
Shot down in may.
But I know Im gonna change that tune,
When Im back on top in june.
Thats life, funny as it seems.
Some people get their kicks,
Steppin on dreams;
But I dont let it get me down,
cause this ol word keeps getting around.

Ive been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king.
Ive been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself flat on my face,
I pick myself up and get back in the race.

Thats life, I cant deny it,
I thought of quitting,
But my heart just wont buy it.
If I didnt think it was worth a try,
Id roll myself up in a big ball and die

I esp. like the line "Each time I find myself flat on my face,
I pick myself up and get back in the race" I can just hear Sinatra singing that...ah, so true.

Oddly, I found the original song while looking up this classic...I think I like it just as much:



Lyrics by: Dorothy Fields
Music by: Jerome Kern

From the Film: Swing Time (1936)



Don't lose your confidence if you slip,
Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
And pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
Start all over again.

Work like a soul inspired,
Till the battle of the day is won.
You may be sick and tired,
But you'll be a man, my son!

Will you remember the famous men,
Who had to fall to rise again?
So take a deep breath,
Pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
Start all over again.

I like that the original uses some of Rupard Kiplings poem "If".

Started reading "If" and must say, I'm very glad for writers like these. I have several books of quotes. One I can't recall the name of but was a found book...apparently, someone in the 60's was in a hospital and they would give these beautiful gold puffy books to their patients. It's rather large too and has some odd/interesting illustrations from the 50's/60's. I also have a little book of quotes from 1924 called "The Book of Courage: A little book of brave thoughts". This gets me through tough spots too.

Here's a good one from the "Book of Courage" Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength. -Anon

And my all time favorite:

"I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything; "I will try"
has performed wonders. - George P. Burnham


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Oh, and it's a beautiful day! :)

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Isn't he a cutie?!


Isn't he a cutie?!, originally uploaded by emily999.

I feel spoiled...

I just got my newest trade from the ATC trade group on flickr. Boy, this stuff is beautiful! I also felt guilty for never posting my previous swapping from Spring so, I'm including those pics here to. Boy, it was nice seeing them again...like little treasures, really. I love Amy's ATC swaps!










And the Easter Swaps:







This last one looks like it's a letter to a fairy or elf! So very delicate and sweet!

New Abstract Art Website~

I have a new website that showcases my abstract work. Take a look, leave some feedback, show and tell all! :)

Thanks!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Quote of the day:

"We better be nice to Mother Nature or else she's going to kick our butts."

~Rocko's Modern Life
Heard about Self Portrait Marathon from artgirls and thought I'd give it a try:




Actually fun and reminds me of my days in college when we had to do self portraits for a class assignment. I always felt a bit awkward at first...It's interesting because I've kept doing this, drawing my face/expressions over the years. I'm going to pull out some old sketch books and see what I can find. I remember Rembrant would do many, many self portraits exploring color, depth, dark/light, shadow and expression. Of course, this is no where near his work, but it's a fun attempt via photoshop.

Upsetting.

Last night I got really scared and upset. I have four pet rats and they are really sweet, gentle and beautiful. As I was feeding them apple slices I noticed that the oldest one, Daisy, had scratches all over her. I was shocked. I took her out and to my horror she is covered with scratches, bloody and scabs only slightly forming. I'm like what they heck?? I immediately take her upstairs and clean her with hydrogen peroxide.

In the meantime, I'm like is she getting into fights? Is she scratching her self on some exposed wire? What's happening? All the rats are female and we even thought there was some dominance roles being played out or something. However, I was not satisfied with this as none of the other rats have any marks, etc. So, I looked up on the net about rat care, etc. Of course, they had all the worse case scenarios and something called rat bite fever (don't look it up...it's terrible). I knew it couldn't be this. I kept reading and reading until I found out that ammonia can cause allergic reactions in rats. That's when I remembered I had used this inferior cage bedding. Basically, it's wood shavings and is not absorbent or good smelling after two days. I was horrified. It was my fault, really. Usually, I use this paper like bedding that is gray in color and much better. Apparently, Daisy is very allergic and is scratching to an obsessive level. I'm going to have to take her to the vet. If there is any antibiotic to ease her itching, I'll try to get that for her.

I feel badly because I have always used the good stuff but the store I buy it from hadn't restocked and had the cheap shavings instead. I should have gone to the pet store but I was feeling lazy and used the yellow stuff. I feel terrible.

Right now, I'm trying this supposedly cleaner litter made from little pill balls of some pulp stuff. I hope it's similar to the other gray litter. I was supposed to use clean white paper towels but I didn't read that until after I cleaned the cage in a panic at midnight. I think Daisy looks all right but I'm going to call our vet and see if they handle "pocket" pets. All the other rats are concerned and huddle around her. They also help lick her scratch marks, poor dear. I think she'll be okay but better to be safe than sorry. And I know it's not mites as none of my other rats/pets have scratching.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Half an hour...

Wow. This was the fastest I've ever been to the dentist! Two fillings and out the door. Amazing. I was a bit nervous but apparently a lot has advanced since I've been to a dentist...thankfully. I like my dentist! :)

And all this in the rain, rain, rain. Funny, my dentist was talking about Colorado and it being dry...well, I've been through real droughts and when the air is so dry the wind blows dust. No, I'd rather have the rain and humidity...it washes the streets clean, makes the air smell rich and pure with plantlife and makes you feel like there is potential the baptism of a rain shower. Yes, I prefer a good monsoon...well, maybe not a monsoon.


Photo taken at stop light in Altoona...patch of wild flowers with a no walking sign. Such is the city planners idea of commuting by car...there aren't even any sidewalks incase your car stalls! Scary.

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Now, I need to get some art things ready for "Show and Sell" (this is my new mantra). I've a few new things I'm working on...just need to find the time to do it. The girls are at grandma/pa's and I snuck over to the house right now to change shirts (my sunroof in the car is leaking quite a bit).

Pancake Art Group

I decided to start a new group...Pancake Art on flickr. If you've ever made a kitty face, flower or design with a pancake...this is the place to put it. :)

Good radio on-line...

Started listening to Catskill Community Radio via realplayer and by gosh, it's pretty darn good. Has the flavor of one of my all time favorite TV shows (yes, I said fave & TV show), Northern Exposure. Love that it's quirky and just plain interesting. Wish our local radio stations had some gumption as to play things like Sam Phillips, Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate or even IZ...sad. Ah, now Rufus Wainwright is crooning...good radio.

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Another humid day....but now that I've had my allergy medicine I feel better. I get really irritated from the pollen and humidity apparently. Also, being woken up at 6:30am by a 2 and 3/4's kid is not what I want to do right then. I did stay up way too late well past 1 am cleaning up the house because it was cooler and I didn't feel like a slug. IT didn't help very much, at least I don't think so.

All this rain and damp weather is a pain as I have outdoor repairs I would like to make but can't because of the weather. I want to encase the side of the house, use a dehumidifier and paint the steps, add a covering over the steps and then work on the side patio/fence. Alas, not yet. I should have done this in early Spring when we had the drought...or thought we were going to have one. Really, I shouldn't be so cynical as I'm glad we have rain, lush plants and things are going all right. I must be nervous about the dentist this afternoon.


This is how I feel most of the time...

Monday, June 26, 2006

Rain drops


raindrops, originally uploaded by emily999.

I'm not complaining but...

it's raining a whole lot over here. So much so, all my peonies have fallen to the ground, my snowball hydrangeas look flat(!) and it's just so humid there are mushrooms popping up all over! This is a lot of rain. Plus, there is thunder and did I mention the humidity? It wouldn't be too bad if my sun roof on the car didn't leak. I had to take Autumn (our eldest cat) in for shots and found out she has allergies. Of course. Poor girl, takes after me. Otherwise, she's doing well...also, I found out the scab on her paw is not a scab but drippings from her ear allergies. Who would have known! Anyway, she's on some allergy medicine now.

I'm going to take the cats in one per month and get everything up to code. I feel better about that, now. It's been awhile since I've gotten their shots but I felt I didn't have to worry too much as they are all house cats. But now that Nelson is going out more he might bring in fleas or something and I want them all protected.

Anyway, the rain is falling, falling and it's making me feel a bit grumpy as it aggravates my joints in my hands. Part of life, I guess.

I have a dentist appointment tomorrow...not looking forward to that. Then more stuff and looks like the dryer is busted...or at least the belt is. We just got a replacement part of the vacuum which is better than a new sweeper! So, that was good.

I started a whole other post about the weekends activities...volunteered to help this organization help raise money to repair a local community building. These are times I wish I was a millionaire. I don't say this often but I sometimes wish I had a couple extra thousand, million and could help out a bunch of places like the Juniata Gap Pavilion. I'll have to post more about this later.

Art wise, I want to remodel the basement a bit and make a studio space for me in this one corner. I can totally see it in my mind and will have to sketch it out. Maybe I'll have a yard/porch sale to get rid of some stuff. Then I'll free cycle the rest of it.

The basement is looking better and better as it's A. the coolest place in the house, B. has potential C. the driest place in the house (except for minor leaking from all this rain and poorly planned drainage from our neighbors...their rain gutters run off along side our property and drain into our basement. Lovely.). Oh, and it's relatively quiet. I'm thinking if we can redo part of it and put a couch down there and some stuff for the kids, it could serve as a rec room as well. Ideally, I would love to move the washer/dryer to the second floor like some friends of ours have. Boy, I love that idea! I hate dragging three+ loads of laundry up two flights of stairs. Anyway, projects, ideas and dreams...

Cockatiel pancake


Cockatiel pancake, originally uploaded by emily999.

Fish pancake


Fish pancake, originally uploaded by emily999.

I.F. Rain


Jumping in puddles, originally uploaded by emily999.

Titled "Jumping in puddles"

And I used 300lb weight paper again...

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Rabbit wood carving...


Rabbit wood carving..., originally uploaded by emily999.

New work on Ebay!

I just put up some new work on ebay! Things like this very sweet Cat doll by my mom:



Her name is Ashley.

And I've got some new paintings like this:



and this:



More to come! :)

When they were babies


when they were babies, originally uploaded by emily999.

These are my little fellows when I first got them. They were so cute and sweet. When they got older they were quite handsome too. : )

Teen roosters...


Teen roosters..., originally uploaded by emily999.

My roosters


My roosters, originally uploaded by emily999.

This is me when I was about 17 or so. I'm holding my beloved roosters which I raised from little chicks.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Two cats, one ball of yarn


Two cats, one ball of yarn, originally uploaded by emily999.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Working on collages part 2


100_4098, originally uploaded by emily999.

Working on collages...


100_4095, originally uploaded by emily999.

Early morning sunrise


100_4093, originally uploaded by emily999.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Owl


Owl, originally uploaded by emily999.

whoo, whoo

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

squirrel with tree


squirrel with tree, originally uploaded by emily999.

Illustration Friday: Dance

I was going to sell this dancing Guinea pig but I'm going to keep it instead! It turned out better than I thought. I really think it's because I used 300lb watercolor. I am beginning to really love this weight as it doesn't buckle, doesn't need to be stapled down and is very absorbant. If you let a little paint "sit" on your paper with water you can get all sorts of interesting effects. Plus, it's more forgiving when you need to scrub out a color, etc.



Oddly, I'm listening to Flashdance "What a feeling". It's fitting.



This collage is based on the Frank Sinatra song "Noah's Ark"...The lyrics are:

The world's a tiny blue-green ark
Afloat in darkest space.
And every creature lives his time
And knows his special place
And each of us is Noah
With a life all in our care
To keep against the darkness
That's flooding everywhere

We've got to walk with the lion,
Soar with the eagle,
Sing with the nightingale
And live in love and peace.

The times have made us fearful
And our fears have brought the tears
The loneliness and darkness
Have grown bitter with the years
But a light is just beyond us
and the children almost see
A world that we've forgotten
And the world they want to be

When we walk with the lion,
Soar with the eagle,
Sing with the nightingale
And live in love and peace.

The ark is getting crowded now
And each of us must know
When everything is finished here
There's no where else to go.
The beasts are here to bless us
And the faith is in their eyes
That we can find the garden
And see that sweet dawn rise

And we can walk with the lion,
Soar with the eagle,
Sing with the nightingale
and live in love and peace.

We've got to walk with the lion,
Soar with the eagle,
Sing with the nightingale
And live in love and peace.

Thunder and lighting very very frightening me!

Oh, I nearly always think of that line from Queen when we have lightening and thunder. I love Queen! What a beautiful voice and the flexibility! Queen always gets me up and running to match my caffine highs! Ah, Freddie Mercury...what a brillant singer. He was a true great...

Haven't posted much because I've been effected by the weather...it was hot, muggy, humid yesterday but I still managed to go to the post, get wet from a 15 minute downpour and finally "flipped out" and let Jon do the daddy thing while I did my art thing. I felt better after an hour of painting and even better after two hours. My wrist is in pain, but I'm glad I did my paintings. My little ACEO's and some slightly bigger pieces are my sanity that make a day of child rearing/house cleaning bearable.

I also am thrilled because I sold my first mini-quilt! I felt like this justified my ability as a craftswoman. I also learned how to list my quilt in the right spot too...which helps.


I'm working on more of my quilts, as well. It's good to have work you like doing to do. :)

My mom has been sewing up a storm and I have some beautiful things she's made to list...I'm so excited about this. I'll probably do this tonight or on the weekend (still debating). Let's just say, it's cat themed...:)

Some summer things I've been doing...gardening, painting the inside cupboard with chalkboard paint to have a chalkboard in the kitchen, planning on doing some minor/major repairs and organizing my art stuff. Not much but for me it's a lot. Plus, I finished my painting for the Bedford fair...REALLY early. I'm a bit surprised at this as I thought it was due this week...but it was due the mid of July. So, there is the framed piece ready to go. Wow.


Also, my art agent Jon, has been finding places to display my work and I sold one painting! Very happy about that.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Que Sera, Sera
Doris Day

[Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans]


When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother
What will I be
Will I be pretty
Will I be rich
Here's what she said to me

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be

When I grew up and fell in love
I asked my sweetheart
What lies ahead
Will we have rainbows
Day after day
Here's what my sweetheart said

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be

Now I have Children of my own
They ask their mother
What will I be
Will I be handsome
Will I be rich
I tell them tenderly

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be
Que Sera, Sera

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Blog exchange

I am looking to get more exposure for my blog/artwork/etc. If you would like to do a blog exchange (I list you in my blog roll and vice versa), give me a ring at emily at gottshall.com

Oh, and I have some new things on ebay for sale! This time a one-of-a-kind (ooak) Guinea Pig Quilt as shown here previously.



Thanks for looking and sharing our blogs!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Being called Martha Stewart...

So, yesterday I was out with my gals gardening in the front yard. To most, this is a normal activity. For me, it's been quite nerve wrecking and rather stressful. We live on a high activity road and I have a constant fear of the kids or Mr. Nelson running out into the street. Actually, Nelson did run away on Sunday but ran right home in about twenty minutes or less. I was frantic but Jon was able to grab him once he was in ball playing range...also, the streets were pretty bear at that time.

Anyway, we live on a very busy street and I do get scared of traffic, etc. However, this time I was feeling better because the girls were actually staying close, planting seeds and being rather good. The sun was up and we had our hats on and the weather has just really started to get warm. I was sweating and red faced and very frustrated as I realized all the rain we had did nothing to soften the clay ground we have. Tearing at weeds, over grown grass and some other types of ground cover, Norrie kept tumbling over and getting under foot and Lydia was ready to sprinkle seeds everywhere. Just when I started to feel like we look like crazed people gardening in mid-80 degree weather a few cars go past and I glanced up. Some people were smiling and I guess we looked sort of sweet. Then another car zoomed down and some teen/college aged kids shout, "F---ing Martha Stewart wanna be!" I just blinked and was like how dare they interrupt my space and my "supposed" relaxing, not to mention SWEARING in front of two little ones! After my indignation settled, I had to laugh to myself...Martha Stewart indeed...red faced, annoyed/frustrated, stung on the hand by some spider or sweat bee, trying to keep my little gals from rolling into the street while kneeling for all to see in her mud covered knees...yes, certainly a Martha Stewart want to be, am I. Oh, please...at least it made me laugh. Such is the perils of living on an active street...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Quilt again...


Quilt again..., originally uploaded by emily999.

A better pic...Hey, mom do you recognize the material for the flower stem? It's just like the blue purse you made me but in yellow! : )

The lovely Geranium


The lovely Geranium, originally uploaded by emily999.

Does anyone want a little Bichon?


Mr. Nelson, originally uploaded by emily999.

He doesn't always look like this...

Finished Quilt!


Finished Quilt!, originally uploaded by emily999.

Guinea pig quilt designed/handmade by me. Part of it is machine sewn...but the stitches are all me. I think I'll be putting this on ebay and see what happens...although, I really want to keep it for me. I'll have to do another, I think.

Something I've been working on


Something I've been working on, originally uploaded by emily999.

This is a quilt I started some 10 years ago. I pulled it out to finish...Just an example of some of the things I do.





whipup

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Little Scotties!


Little Scotties!, originally uploaded by emily999.

My mom sent my gals these sweet Scotties made by Jenny B's pattern at all sorts.

Fairytale ATC


fairytaleatc1a, originally uploaded by emily999.

The Iron Stove made exclusively for trade at Amy's ATC swap

Sunday, June 11, 2006

orange kitty


orange kitty, originally uploaded by emily999.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Strange day...

It wasn't meant to be an odd day or anything. Planned to go (and did) to the Relay for Life. Next year, I'm going to do some actual walking (the girls will be older and more manageable) and maybe even donate some artwork for the cause.

We started off leaving the house and then in-between rain pouring down hard we made to the festivities. Had a nice time saying hi and then we went off to the rascals for relay section. It was a nice time with the gals making bead necklaces and playing a few games. I had brought Mr. Nelson and didn't realize this wasn't allowed. Nobody said a word, fortunately. Mr. Nelson actually brought smiles and I wish I could have thought to make him a little tee-shirt with something like .50 cent hugs donations to Ozmosis (our groups name in memory of Todd Sparks). Next year, will be great because I have a ton of ideas! : )

However, the strange thing was when I left a wind started brewing. I'm like, oh dear a bit of wind. People were snatching at their tents, stuff and canopy tents. The wind starts to settle, picks up more and more and suddenly we are in a mini-hurricane! I was really, really scared and I grabbed the kids and Nelson to me and put my back to whatever might come our way. Fortunately, nothing did. However huge canopy tents went flying into the air and landed in the trees outside of the park! I could not believe my eyes. People were fine and a nervous laughter could be heard throughout the park...but I wanted to cry. I grabbed the girls and we trotted back to the car and Lydia said, "we're safe now, aren't we mommy." I agreed but I was worried about the people down in the park. I was going to take out my camera and get some pics of the tents and people helping each other but I did not want to endanger my little ones. I've never been through something like this and though it was relatively mild, thoughts of Katrina and hurricanes in the coming year flew through my mind.

I hope the rest of the relay is all right but it was horrible to see these tents fly up into the air like plastic bags and they weight at least 200 pounds...very scary. Strange times…

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Princess guinea pig


Princess guinea pig, originally uploaded by emily999.

New work at ebay!

Sociable

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