Tuesday, August 31, 2010

chicken mushroom...

chicken mushroom...
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie
Jon's find

Altoona Sunrise

Altoona Sunrise
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie

1st day of School and Mama Stress

Apparently, my pre-school anxiety is still with me...even though, it's not me going to school (yet)! I was so anxious about everyone and having everything go well for the first day, that I didn't go to sleep till midnight. And of course, I was grumpy and bad tempered the next day. I really, really need to calm down a bit...but it's hard to do this when you want the kids to feel safe (and BE safe)as well as have new shoes to wear, be strong and feel confident. It's so difficult because you are worried (after hearing all the horror stories on the news or from your friends school years). You pray, you have them pray, you go over how to approach the teacher, how to be friendly and how to do the right thing. And then, the day happens and you're holding your breath that all goes well...that all the other parents have talked to their kids and do something similar as you do and get into that routine. It's hard to let go, but you have to. You pray the kids won't be bullied or be bullies and that everyone tries to be kind. And with a monster mama, this can be be the ultimate test for kids (to make it out the door before mama freaks out)! My kids seem to be all right and we talk about everything. Deep breath.

Yesterday, I had all of this going through my mind. Plus, when the bus was 15 minutes late, I was freaking and thankfully, Mr. H fell asleep (after being woken up at 7 in the morning). I was really glad I had charged my phone and had it with me (called Jon and he double checked what was happening). I'm one of those parents that imagine the worse...did you ever see that movie with John Candy? The one called "Only the Lonely". I'm the son who imagines the worse happening...that is me. Sigh... I'm working on it and trying to calm down...but it's hard to do. Walking helps and I've been doing this more often.

Anyway, about 7:30pm I tried to stay awake and ended up passing out while having a little alone time to read (a mystery novel from my mom, Agatha Christie). I woke up at 11:30pm and then, went right back to sleep. I was exhausted. Maybe it's the heat.

Today, would have been good however, someone forgot to give me a stack of papers to sign for school, another someone had an explosion in their diaper just before we left for school and the toilet clogged. Life can be so stinky sometimes...literally. Plus, I found out that Lydia told her entire class we have stink bugs in our house. Sigh...lol This isn't so bad, but still...every one's going to blame us for any epidemic in stink bugs. Great.

One of the interesting things is there is now a big yellow bus to take the kids to school. More and more kids, in our area, are going to Baker. I feel bad for Wright Elementary but the neighborhood is so rough. They did tear down the abandoned and creepy house and there is a pleasant open lot...hopefully, it will remain open and become a place to play for kids. So, it does look better.

I need to get off of here and start doing some productive things...kitchen clean up and so on. I did a lot this morning and feel slightly tired (gardening, market, child care). I don't want to clean and just want to nap. Okay, I gotta go!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Feeling great!

I'm surprised at how well things are moving along! Sold several more paintings and plan to sell on eBay as well. I'm just so tickled that things are selling and doing so well.

I'm working on 2 bigger pieces...and am thinking of having another Art Yard Sale next Saturday. Seems like we're on a roll! :)

It's actually getting easier doing these things. I guess if you keep doing something you get better at it.

I'm so glad I tired to do this as I was really afraid to show my work. It's like your having your heart on display.

Yesterday, I over did it with some yard work. I pulled some muscles and backed into some metal (stabbing my shoulder). Fortunately, it didn't break the skin...just really bruised me up. I was also wandering around without my glasses (hence, the extreme clumsiness). I've certainly learned my lesson!

I felt really tired this morning but got up and Jon helped a whole lot. So, all in all very glad with today. Even my sis-in-law and kids came by took a look at my work. :)

Art Yard Sale!

Happen right now on the 900 block of 25th Ave in Altoona! If you like to buy art or just like to look, come on by! :)

I wrote about this at my Art Cafe Blog:

This is the second Art Yard Sale I'm having and it's today (August 28th). It's from 8 to 11:30am on the 900 block of 25th Ave in Altoona. Most of the artwork will be going on eBay or if you are interested in purchasing a piece, email me.

About me:

I'm a multi-media artist and have shown my work at various venues such as local galleries, hospitals and cafes. I also have a blog, www.edgegal.com where I talk about different work I'm creating and various commissions. I have been creating work for over 15 yrs and love trying out different mediums.

I get a lot of inspiration from different abstract works as well as artists working in completely different mediums such as film and music. I try to use poetry as a basis for my creations...usually a few words will give me a sense for color and movement in my abstracts. I love the work of Marc Chagall and Hayao Miyazaki. I have a huge list of inspirations and probably could go on about different artists and writers that I feel strongly about.

Currently, I'm working on wood carvings. I find it relaxing to create on wood and I like how the texture comes through. Plus, each piece is truly unique and individual. One client was deeply impressed by my work and said "Thank you! I absolutely adore it! Of course I love all the artwork I've purchased from you but this is really unique."

As for my Art Yard Sale, I may do another one at the end of September (depending on the weather). We shall see. We'll be at the Art Yard Sale on the 900 block of 25th Ave from 8 to 11:30am. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Give away at Melissa and Doug!

I just entered their Give Away (ends Sept 3, 2010)! It looks like fun and of course, you get to see all the new Melissa and Doug goodies. We have the magnetic dress-up girl and my gals (and son) love her! I hope they come out with a boy verison (would be so cute!). :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cuts and feeling upset

I cut my finger on a knife while doing dishes. The problem wasn't that the knife was in the sink...it was in the drainer. My hubby left it pointing up (I've told him to put them in point down, just because of the possiblity of getting cut) and guess who got nabbed. Me. For some reason, this made me feel really upset. Betrayed and upset, actually. I told him already and he apologized, but I still angry about it.

I feel tired. I actually slept for 12 hours last night. I'm surprised I slept so much and so long. I dropped off at 7:30 pm and got up at 7:30am. I did do more activities (exercised, cleaning, etc), so I guess that was why.

My Mr. H woke up early as well and actually fell asleep for a morning nap! We went for a walk and and by the time we came home, he was down. I still can't believe it. I usually take them for walks around 11 am so, this is probably why.

On our walk, there is a sweet black cat (still a bit kitten) that the girls are saying needs a home. I think it belongs to someone, so I'm not going to pester it (besides, I'd have to get it fixed/shots/make sure it's not someone's cat/etc). Anyway, it's in the same place and seems friendly (even with Penny barking like mad).

We don't have room for more cats at the moment, however. My oldest cat needs too much attention (she has a litter problem) and this makes life a bit chaotic. She's 21 yrs old and it might be time to say good bye. I feel awful about this, but it's very hard when she acts like this (senile). Still, she looks really good and eats well (obviously). So, I may just wait and endure.

The mailman must have just come by as the dogs are going crazy. We need to get more pet food (cat/dog and guinea pig), now that I think about it.

I finished more artwork and will have to take more pics of it. I really love how the sunflower came out and will put that up on eBay tonight (with 2 other pieces, I think). I love the way they look and they make me happy!

Well, I think I'll do some more stuff while the Mr. H is sleeping and the kids are playing. I'm so glad I mopped the floors; the house smells so good!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Art Yard Sale

Art Yard Sale
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie
Some of my work at the Art Sale.

A Fool Such As I - Hank Snow

Keep a green tree alive in your heart and a songbird may come to sing there.

- Chinese Proverb

Monday, August 23, 2010


I haven't done yoga in a very long time and thought, we'll let's do some right now. I was taking a class before Mr. H came along (19 months ago!) and stopped because of pain. My instructor, Linda F., had suggested chair yoga. I've been looking into this now and am really excited. It's much easier doing modified chair poses (or all together newe poses). It makes you feel like you can do yoga! So, I did the office chair poses and am looking for more on youtube. Plus, I feel better and more awake/alive.

I want to see if my local YMCA has a program like this. I think a lot of people would be more inclined to try yoga or start it up again if they've had some situation where they are wheelchair bound. I hope you give it a try, listen to your body and go from there.

Lock of Love!

Lock of Love!
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie
I think I shared this, but if not here it is again (for my mom)

Yoga Poses & Equipment : Chair Yoga Poses

Sunday, August 22, 2010

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love.
If a child lives with recognition, he learns it is good to have a goal.
If a child lives with honesty he learns what truth is.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and those about him.
If a child lives with friendliness, he learns the world is a nice place in which to live to love and be loved.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Waking up

from a nap...finally, got a wonderful nap on a cozy afternoon and with no air conditioner too! It's the first nap I've had in several weeks and looks like I really needed it. What a refreshing feeling. Plus, the house feels perfect to me. the doors are open letting in fresh air and it's not too hot but just right weather wise.

I started to stress out about tomorrow, I confess. I'm having an Art Yard Sale and was starting to feel like, oh my gosh, what do I need to do? But I realized it's supposed to be fun and not too stressful...which is hard to do when you want to make a nice impression. However, I'll take a deep breath and just relax. My work is fine and it will be nice to show people what I've been doing. I'll take pics too.

I have to do a major post office mailing. Some orders for art; always a nice things to mail out.

Last night, I tried my new set up for sanding/working with wood. Basically, I'm wearing my face mask, a bandanna and have a vacuum hose aimed at the dust kicked up by the dremal. It seems to have worked. I didn't have a migraine but I did find a light dusting of wood chips on my face when I woke up this morning. Sort of funny, I suppose. Also, I really need to get a better attachment base for my dremel as I am limited by the size of adaptors. I lost the other one, apparently.

Anyway, it's fun work now that I'm protected and not sneezing my head off. I just wish I could shake this sleepy feeling. I need caffeine.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

did more work

but I didn't wear my face mask. So, I've got a headache from dust blowing in my face. I'm so neglectful of my self. The problem was I wanted to work but forgot where the face mask was. I had placed it in the kitchen (to take back downstairs) and I think one of the kids moved it somewhere. Annoying.

Now, I have a headache and stuffy nose. I'll not do any more sanding till I find the mask. How annoying.

I took some pictures of the sunrise this morning. Very pretty. I'll have to download them soon. I feel sort of tired from all the stuff I did yesterday...mostly just carving wood, really. It exhausts me, however. Physically much more challenging then doing my watercolors. I didn't realize this till I was done. I love it but boy, it's actual physical labor to do this.

I've been looking at some artists work out there...contemporary artists. I want to try larger works for my watercolors and not just abstracts. I usually do large abstracts...but I think I'd like to do larger paintings with subject matter. Anyway, things that are on my mind.

I know this is strange. But I think our old stroller is missing. I can't find it anywhere. It makes me upset and annoyed. Unless, it's stuck somewhere in the yard...I don't know. It seems like we're always doing something odd at our house.

The kids are restless for school to start. They got these backpacks from some friends and they are constantly going over them and saying what they need to fill them. So sweet.

I'm going to pull out some art supplies and let them have some fun. Clay, play dough, paints, glitter...have a ball.

I really wish I didn't have a sinus headache. Oh, well...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Working on some new projects...

I'm loving my new wood projects. I did some sketches last night as well as put them on the wood. Excited to do this, finally. Seems like I went a week without doing any artwork...which isn't really true, but I do want to build up to where I do 7 hours a day. Seems like, I'm mostly doing house chores. Part of life, I suppose.

I need to mail some auctions that people won from eBay. :) I'm glad to see some more artwork. I hope to have more listed this Wednesday. It seems to work for me...doing this on a Wednesday. I'll still list on Friday but it's hard to do when everyone wants to relax.

This Saturday, I'm planning an "Art Yard Sale", again. I hope it works well. I just want people to see my work. If I sell anything, that would be good too. :) People have Fall on their minds so, I'm going to try and show mostly a Fall theme as well as my Abstracts. We shall see how it goes. We're aiming to do this till about 11am. Nothing too long...

I feel sort of tired from our morning walk. It certainly calmed the dogs down! I'll do this more often, I think.

The physical therapy is going well. I can hardly believe that stretching makes such a difference but it does. Plus, all the other stuff at the P/T. Plus, I'm actually getting used to these shoe inserts (boy, where they painful the first few days). I actually enjoy them now.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all... Emily Dickenson

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thank you, God, for the rain

I'm so happy it finally did rain last night. I was starting to feel worried as it's been nearly 2 weeks or longer, since it rained. The grass was starting to get dry and everything felt sort of dirty and dusty. I'm really glad we got the storm coming in and thunder...even if it's makes me jump (and woke up the poor kiddos).

I feel really sluggish after yesterday's running around at this kid place we went to. It was great talking to my friends, but one little kiddos really keeps me on my toes. And I can't believe this, but he got a girlfriend when he was there! This 4.5 yr old fell in love with him and was following him everywhere...as well, as having him follow her! Good grief! She was pretty cute with her big brown eyes and she was wearing overalls like Mr. H's. So, I could see why there was a mutual effection. She even patted his head. So darling! Yes, I think Mr. H was fine with her attention's and if he could speak more, he would have said more than, "Dah!"

Oh, and Mr. H was totally amazed to find a real baby that looks like his doll he pushes in a little stroller. He stood dumbfounded, staring at this sweet little sleeping 3 month old. Just so excited to see the real thing. lol

The gals had so much fun running around, I couldn't find them several times. They made up some strange capture game...I recall doing this in preschool and were having a good time. Hopefully, when we go again, there won't be so many kids (nearly 200) and get/bring more snacks. They were famished and exhausted by the time we drove home.

Well, that was our day yesterday. Then, I did 15 minutes of housework...in other words, 15 minutes to clean the bathroom, 15 minutes to clean the dining/living room. Jon hit the kitchen. It worked well!

It's Thursday. Have Physical therapy later and hopefully, we'll get more rain.I love it when everything smells fresh and new.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

all gone

Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie

cupcake goodness

cupcake goodness
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie


I'm finishing up some newer works of art...my wood carvings. I have about 7 finishing up. It is MUCH slower then working on my miniature paintings (ACEO's). I love the contrast of working bigger and with more detail, but it's SO SLOW! Actually, it's mostly me that is slow because I can only work on these in the studios for obvious reasons (wood carving tools) and I just want to keep all my acrylics together instead of spread around all over. The gals are big enough to do artwork and clean up. But Harry is too small...even with a playpen (which he hates right now but will most likely have to use once it gets cold again).

I'm really excited about my new work and can hardly wait to list it on eBay (and get more wood to make more of my ideas come to life). I have a lot of ideas percolating in my head and on my sketch pad. Time seems to be my main challenge.

In other areas, I need to get a huge amount of things to the post office. I've been dreading this. Mostly, because bringing 3 kids to the post office is a lot of energy. One annoying aspect about having your spouse working an hour away, is you've got to cover all the bases. Even with grandparents nearby, it's always going to be the parent at home who has to do it all.

Anyway, I'll stop complaining. :) I do feel really good about today...have casserole in the oven and did about 4 hours (2 in the am, 2 in the pm) of art and did a walk. A pretty good day all in all.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Stuff that I do


Mr. Nelson feels a little bitter as the love is being spread around...and not to him. Don't worry, Mr. Nelson, you are still #1 Doggie to me! :)

Miss E, my second born, loves Carebears.

My eldest, Miss L, loves, no LOVES, socks monkeys. They are the stitched apples of her eye.

Miss Penny thinks she is #1. She is, but only when Mr. Nelson can't hear.

These guys are my real #1's. And you can tell they know it. :)

Lock of Love!

Lock of Love!
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie
At first, they didn't want to do it...but after they saw the beautiful pictures on Locksoflove.org, they jumped with excitement to do this! :) I love my gals!!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

alice, from Wonderland

watermelon delight

watermelon delight
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie


I need some coffee as it's 2:30 pm and I've been up since 6 am. I feel really sluggish and tired. Mister H is napping and I tried that for about 20 minutes but the gals are not having that (though they are sort of blah too). We were supposed to go to the library but the car needed oil and that meant that Grandpa came over and did that...we were stuck just sitting around. We did have a tea party, so it wasn't hopeless.

I ate too much hummus...it's quite good but does taste store bought. I like fresh hummus, by me. Oh, well.

I need to start listing paintings and again. I feel anxious about my work. I've gotten a lot of feedback lately (where are you? What's happening? Are you going to do more paintings soon?). So, I better start up again. :) Thank you all for your words of encouragement and for buying my paintings. It really keeps me inspired and I know my work is making a huge difference for many people out there.

I did start 4 new wood carvings. I think I'll make some coffee, take my camera (which was at the in-laws!) and snap some pics of my work in progress and some of the finished pieces as well. I really like my work, lately. Well, I'm off of here. Ta ta!


Finally, working some new work. I'm finishing about 20 new miniature paintings (ACEO's) and started 4 new wood carving/paintings. I feel excited about it all. I need to take pics (once I remember/find where I put my camera).

Things are finally feeling a bit normal and calm. I hope we have lots of calm as well as good things happen. I'm also glad to see that the oil spill is getting solved. I admit this was one of the things I prayed would get fixed.

We watched a program on seals last night. It was very interesting how people were taking care of these animals and really have to trust that these critters will survive once they are released. It must be heart breaking at times. I started to think about doing some artwork with seals in it...they are so beautiful with their huge soulful eyes. So, this might be what I do some artwork of next.

I feel like I'm doing a lot of writing and not enough showing...so, I need to go find the camera. I can hardly believe it's August. Today seems like a stormy day, the kids will be restless and excited (they get to play with my dolls when it's rainy or go into the rainy day box...art supplies for upstairs only). So, it will all be good. I treasure these days and am glad to have such mostly sweet company. :)

Sunday, August 01, 2010


Saw the "Simon Boccanegra" opera...really good and quite moving as well. I guess I related with the family up's and down's and confusions. I enjoyed the music and the sets were amazing.

Good day all in all...just wish it was longer or I had gotten up earlier and done more. Ah, well...weekends are like that, I suppose. Pass too quickly and are filled with so much fun and activity.

I want to download some pics but someone keeps pushing the keyboard in. Gotta go!


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