Monday, August 21, 2006

This is nutz!!

Ugh! Still can't upload pics! My blog sista Lia is moving to typepad....think I might check it out too! Monkey see monkey do lol ....I would love to share pics with you all but blogger wont allow me to! :P Off I go to take a look see!

Happy Creating!

Nance

*Update!! This blog will stay up for reference...but I've moved on to Typepad... you can see my new blog at : http://www.somethingtwocrowabout.typepad.com Sorry for any incovienence!! :)

Moi

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

%^*)(&$$$ Blogger!!! Still won't let me post any pic's!!!! Dag nammit!!!

Anywho!

I have some of my latest art on eBay!! Since I can't show you whats in store take a peek here:
http://stores.ebay.com/Nancys-Art-and-Supplies

I have marked down a few selected items on buy it now prices! Also, on other selected items I have reduced the starting auction bid to just .99 cents! Call me crazy! Hey the shoe fits LOL ..Oh wait I don't wear shoes! hehe

Oh how I wish I could show you some pics....I got the goodie swap back just the other day..and OMG lots of fun stuff and I can't even show you :(((

Mom and Dad have a bunch of my stuff in storage and went through and repacked everything in rubbermaid tubs! They are so sweet!! They found alot of my craft supplies and sent me my tin of Grandmas buttons she had left to me...and lacey trims! They also sent, feathers and all the fabrics I had....Yay!! Now I just have to find places to put all this stuff lol.

Hubby brought home for me a small desk lamp, so I can see what the heck I am doing hehe....and a storage box with plastic drawers for me to put all my unmounted rubber stamps in! It's perfect! Now we are contemplating shelving of some sort to put all my stuff in....I was thinking about some sort of wall mounted cubbies...so I can see all my fabrics, papers, and collage supplies and maybe adding a small table by my desk to put my paints, crayons and such on to give me more work space....ahem...to make bigger messes on LOL

At the moment I am thinking of a new technique for you all to try! It looks like fun! I gotta try it out first and take pictures as I go so that I can share it with you!!!

Happy Creating!

Nance

Monday, August 14, 2006

Someone needs our help!

I was just informed of some news that is not easy for me to take.....My dear friend in Tennessee...her daughter woke up one morning blind in both eyes....they rushed her to the hospital for testing.....This lovely little girl of 6 yrs old was diagnosed with the early stages of MS.
They are running more tests and will know more on the 18th of August...as she may possibly also have Blood Cancer.....as of a few days ago her left eye has cleared up and doctors have told her that her eyes should clear up in 6 to 8 months...God willing....Her daughters name is Ariel Boswell....her mother is finding me a photo of her to post....What I want to do is gather a community of artists to pull together and create art to sell to help fund the hospital bills for little Ariel....Her mother has stated that the insurance they have will not cover everything. If any of you could help with this...please say so! I hate it when children get sick...I would gladly take their place if God would allow.

I know I have had my trials this year but nothing in comparison to what this little girl is going through. So, please if you are able to help in any way please contact me here or you may email me at mrmrsfritz@comporium.net

Thank You!

Nance

IMT~Open Challenge ~To Just Paint

For IMT Open Challenge....I challenged myself to just paint....Never done this sort of painting in my life....I call this piece...."A Day At The Lake"....It is done in watercolors on a 5 x 7 gesso'd canvas. I had quite a good time with this! I think I will keep this up....It is very much enjoyable and calming to paint with watercolors.

NancyB

Sunday, August 13, 2006

IMT ~ Open challenge

Open challenge eh? Well alright! IMT is taking a short break and gave us an open challenge!

For myself the challenge would be to attempt to paint on canvas...just paint nothing more...no paper, no collage pieces, no glue! Just paint! It has been a long put off thing for me....I am intimidated by just painting...so I am going to give it a whirl!

These are the questions asked of us on IMT.

Favorite source of inspiration? Well, for me inspiration comes from many places, but if I would have to choose a fav.....boy thats a tough one! I guess I would have to choose my artsy pals...when they get excited about art !! Just gets me revved up to create!

Do I feel the need to shake things up in my art?

I plan on rockin' the world with art! LOL

Am I in the mood to try a new technique?

Oh, most definately!! The more I try and learn the more I grow as an artist and gives me more options when I create a piece! Bring it on!!!

A new color palette! Hmmm what color haven't I used is the question! I suppose that would fall in the pinks category! Not fond of pink!

A new medium? I am kind of limited over here for new mediums...I am what you call the poor starving artist...who uses what is on hand! But I would have to say if it is affordable, I am more than willing!!!!

What is my passion? Cheesecake! Ok, kidding! My passion is to be as versitile as possible when it comes to art.....My passion for art started in my early childhood and has always been a part of me! My passion is to learn as much as possible and teach art when and where possible...and to encourage those who wish to become an artist!

What are my fears? That my arthritis will take over my ability to create! But I am not about to let that get in my way!

What are my favorite things about creating? The process! You can find out so much about yourself in the creative process! Then of course there is glue hehe Nothing more satisfying about a hard days work and peeling the glue from your fingertips LOL

What is my least favorite thing about creating? Oh I am sure everyone will agree on this one is the cleanup from the aftermath!

Why do I create? I create because .....I can! I create because it is in me to do so! I create because it helps me get through some of the toughest times life throws at you! If I went a day without creating something...I would feel I was not living up to my potential!

Why are you an artist? Why? Because of all the influential people that have come into my life...and as so the non-influential people in my life. My mother taught me how to color and encouraged me! I think artists are born with some sort of art gene lol...it is a part of who we are and take that gift and do wonderous things with it! It is a gift from God and I am so thankful that I received such a special gift from him!

How would you describe your art? Oh my! here we go! I have so many different ways for creating art...but to best describe it.....Colorful, whimsy, odd, sometimes serious, but mostly odd with a touch of humor! Best described as "Quirky". That is just my sense of humor showing through and why not use art to show who I am!!! :P I am not to crazy about giving a title to things....like "Outsider artist". I suppose that "Quirky" "Outsider art" and I suppose if I must add "Abstract" to the list!

What are my goals? If we are talking art here, well....To put away my fears and just create without hesitation, to be more free with my art. To leave behind my mark in this world to say, "I am Nancy Baumiller and I created this". My main goal is to teach art to others and excite them with art and help them get through tough times with art! Art heals! To help as many people as I can, to encourage as many people as I can, and make as many people as I can smile and laugh at life! I want my art to teach others and see my art as me...to understand who I really am!!!!

What are my dreams? Hmmm well I think this comes before goals...dreams were given to us to make them come true....good ones ahem! Dreams are something to give life to! Without them we wouldn't be able to make goals. I dream of many things...mostly daydreaming...I don't remember my dreams...I kinda tend to sleep like a rock lol....I would pretty much have to say that my dreams are set into my goals that I stated above^. "We are never given dreams without the power to make them happen". I dream of so many things...but it is up to me to decipher which of those dreams can actually be a reality! My dreams are to be the best that I can be without regrets! To take this gift that God has given me and give it back to the world! :)

So, with this, I challenge myself to just paint! No planning, no thinking, no hesitations....JUST PAINT.

NancyB

Last of the tutorial for Altered book covers


I believe we left off at cutting out your text and adhering it to your book cover...if I left something out, please don't hesitate to ask, I will be more than happy to help you out! :)

Here is my image and text adhered to my book cover!

Let's move on to some texture!






Step 12(i think lol): Adding texture.

Here I have one of those infamous starbucks coffee sleeves that my hubby brings me...minus the coffee ahem! lol ....tear into smaller pieces and arrange them on your background...once your happy with the arrangement go ahead and glue them down.





Step 13: With the same paints we used earlier for the background....brush on a dab of turquoise and let dry...then use your antiquing gel medium over top and wipe off excess.












"Sometimes I sits and thinks...and sometimes I just sits"

And here it is....finished!!! You can add other bits and pieces to your altered book cover...the possibilities are endless!!

Ok! I want to see those Altered book covers...hehehe


Wooohooo! Blogger let me finish the tutorial! Yay!!!

Tomorrows blog will be low key...but I will need for all of you to read it....it will mean alot to me!!

Happy Creating!

Nance

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Part 3 Altered book cover


As I said yesterday Blogger would not let me add anymore photos to my blog for this tutorial..so here we go again...hopefully I can finish this up for you and quit teasing y'all lol...

Continued from Step 8:

After using the antiquing gel medium...this is how your book cover should look...or close to it!

Step 9: Choosing your image(s) and font...

Here I choose an older woman and her dog(you can use any image out there available..there are many collage sheets available or find you an image in a magazine that suits your interest) and for my font I went into Microsoft word (or you can use Microsoft paint) or whatever other text program you have....choose what type of font you would like to use for this project. The font type I used for this project was, "Poor Richard"...one of my favs!

Step 10: I put this step in for those of you who are beginners....Here is where you cut out your image and then set aside.

*Tip ...when cutting out images and you will find some images have some pretty tight spots to use regular scissors...for those little spots..cuticle scissors (you know the tiny scissors you use to remove unwanted cuticles from your nails) these work wonders and can get into those small places your other scissors will not!

Step 11: A lesson I learned from an artsy friend ArtbyChrysti....Add interest to your text...don't just leave it a plain white...especially if you have an art piece with an antique background...never leave your text unfinished....you can do many things to your text to add color...here I used antiquing gel medium...I applied it directly with my fingers and just rub it across ...or you can use a dry brush technique with water colors or colored pencils.....most of the time I use a ball point pen to outline the words before cutting them out.

Ok! Here we go with blogger again....this is all they will let me add for today...so sorry to tease y'all like this! We will get thru this sooner or later lol....So go ahead and cut out your text and arrange them on your book cover to suit you! We will go on tomorrow about adding more texture and interest to your altered book cover! :)

Oh! if anyone is interested I am trying to get other artsy folks who would like to do a challenge of Zetti dolls in Flickr's Zettiology group ...if you are in this group and interested go

  • Here AH HA I finally figured out how to link LMAO writing html code is easy once you get the hang of it...anywho....
  • and post your interest in this challenge! :) In this Zetti doll challenge you can use anything to create your doll...paper, clay, hmmm paperclay hehe, cloth and other fibers, beads...you name it, it is game as long as it has the Zetti feel to it!! Pssst I thought of something last night on this topic...If you choose to use paper for this doll.....it is a great way to learn how to make your own Zetti characters for your art!!! I don't know why I didn't think of this before!!! I started one doll last night to get the group started on this challenge and will have it posted later in the day on that sight and possibly here too!

    I gots to go for now! Happy Creating! Oh and when we are done with this Altered book cover I would love to see your finished art!

    Nance

    Friday, August 11, 2006

    Part 2 of the Altered book cover collage



    Oh yay! It let me post a pic hehehehe....Now lets see how far blogger will let me get with the tutorial today! LOL

    Step 6: For this project I used a turquoise color (it is actually a Caribbean Green..close enough lol) and antiquing gel medium....if you don't have this you can use a bit of brown paint....keep in mind brown paint does not wipe off as well as the antiquing gel med. For the turquoise part...Get your brush wet and then dab off as much water on a towel then dip brush into the turquoise paint and dab off again on a towel.....we are doing a dry brush technique as to not get the paper background too wet...to avoid bubbling your paper... see step 7

    Step 7: Here is a photo of where I am randomly dry brushing the turquoise paint on....just do this in spot where you think you might like to see the color peek thru...

    Step 8: Now we are going to antique our background....Using the antiquing gel medium or brownish paint we are going to do about the same thing as we did with our paint color...you might want your brush just a tad bit more wet than in the last step....now brush on small sections of antiquing gel med. to your background and grab a rag or paper towel and wipe the excess off....you can rub this around a bit to get more coverage (the gel does spread around pretty well) continue this step till your piece is all antiqued...just play with it till you are satisfied with the look.

    Grrrrrrrrrr blogger will not let me post no more pics at this time! What a pain! This will keep y'all on your toes lol....I suppose I will have to try later with the rest of the steps! Again! Sorry all...you will get the whole tutorial eventually lol.... :P*rasberries* to blogger!

    I guess I will get some art done while we are all waiting lol....and get some of it listed on eBay...

    We have a new blog sista! Terri Stegmiller! Also goes by Stegart! She is new to this type of art! So please welcome Terri to the our little altered world! You can find her on my list along with other artsy folks I visit regularly! Who knows maybe she will end up addicted to junk art along with the rest of us hehehe!

    Happy Creating!

    Nance

    Thursday, August 10, 2006

    Altered book cover tutorial Part 2

    Well for heavens sakes....it wont let me post pic's ...I will try again tomorrow for part 2 of the tutorial....blogger has been saying scheduled outage at 4 pm for the last 2 days...so I have no clue what is going on...

    Altered book cover collage tutorial...for Lia and my Blog Sista's Part 1


    Lia asked for an altered book cover collage tutorial...so here you go sweetie!

    Step 1: Choose the book cover size you would like to use for this project. You can leave the cover on the book for an altered book project or you can go on as follows in the tutorial.







    Step 2: If you would like to use just the cover for this project (works as a canvas board of sorts) then you will need to remove the cover from the book using a craft knife as shown in photo.











    We are going to use this inside cover for the base of your collage. Lets move onto step 3.














    Step 3: Choosing your papers for your background. I used painted magazine papers and old scrap book pages...Use up those scraps girls!!!









    Step 4: Tear up your papers into smaller pieces. Use a good variety of papers to give your art piece more interest.



















    Step 5: Arrange your torn papers in a pleasing matter. Arrange them till you are happy with it, then adhere to the your base using glue stick or gel medium.




    Ok I gotta stop here....and do another post....blogger isn't letting me put any more pic's on this one for some darn reason! ugh! See the rest of the steps in the next blog post.... :P

    I did a Lia too ....again!


    Hmmmm another bad pic LOL....eh well! Goodmorning to all my blog sista's!!! I spent a few hours last night just de-stressing by painting backgrounds...I did this while everyone else in the house was sleeping....helps me relax so I can sleep better....I manged to get four backgrounds done and I like the bottom left greenish one...it is so cool in person and I like the top right redish one.....they are all done on mag paper of course...a cheap resourceful art supply for me!

    Yesterday Lia had mentioned on my Flickr that, she would like to see my process on bookcover collages.....I am thinking of a step by step with pictures...I will work on this, this afternoon.

    Hub brought home some envies and some bubble wrap for my packaging situation...this is all he could get ahold of at the time....there is a Fed Ex/kinkos (sp) downtown in Charlotte where he works...walks by the place everyday...but always too busy with work to stop in and get the scoop on what I need....since they do prints I have a couple of questions to ask of them....cost on per prints...so I can get my new collage sheets listed in eBay and also my colored collage sheets....the new collage sheets are black and white and are mostly old photos I have found or family vintage photos and also has some useful words to cut out and use in collages. I also made a word collage sheet that I would like to have printed too!

    Finding faces for collages is not easy...I have always wondered where on earth Teesha Moore comes up with her face images....they are so cool....I search and search for cool and interesting faces to not only use in my collages but also for making collage sheets for others to use....Legs and feet and arms are another difficult one to come up with....I have put off buying TM's limbs rubber stamp sheet for quite some time now...trying to come up with my own images....I will continue to work on this....my prob is when I do find something I get too excited and incorporate them into a collage and often forget to scan the separate images to my computer.. lol

    I am off now to get a cup of coffee and get busy on the book cover collages to show Lia and the rest of my blog sista's....and get something for the IF challenge~capture done...I am thinking an ACEO.

    Much love and hugs and Happy Creating!

    Nance

    Wednesday, August 09, 2006

    Foods that should come with warning labels!!!


    As the title says, "Foods That Should Come With Warning Labels"!!!!....This is one of those TMI moments, but none the less funny as heck!
    This cheese dip I bought at WalMart...it's a spicy cheese dip...I love spicey! yummy! But potentially could be toxic to yourself or other household members. Anywho....I had some of this spicey cheese dip w/ crackers for lunch with my sandwich yesterday.....later that afternoon.....weeeeeeeeeeedoggie!!!!!!!! I am telling you what!!!!!!!! I chased myself out of my studio!!!!!!!! YIkes! I know that is too much information! But my lawdy this stuff is toxic LOL....my hubby said its, "Nauxic( Nausiated + Toxic = Nauxic) LOL ...hes so funny....a brat too I might add....I told him last night in bed...I should post this....as it would get quiet in the bedroom...I would start giggling...and then say, Naw thats just nassy lol......this happened a few times till I finally went to sleep....got up this morning got the kids and hub off to school and work....and sat down at the computer and once again....I got the case of the giggles and just couldn't resist!! hehehe....sorry ...hope I didn't offend anyone! :D

    Have a very Happy Creative day!!!

    Nance

    Tuesday, August 08, 2006

    I need your imput! Please!

    One of my customers bought an ACEO...and in the mail it got bent! As you know eBay has raised their listing fees.....and I try to keep shipping costs down...I usually send the small bit of art in a protective sleeve and wrapped inside the shipping invoice....and then put into a regular envie....Do any of you have any ideas for as to protect the art piece even more for mailing? And keep my costs down at the same time???? I really need your help! This is the first time this has happened....I didnt receive bad feedback but stated I need to basically rethink my packaging! Also...I wonder how I should handle this as far as if I should give her an in store credit? or send her something else? or what? Please help! Thanks!

    Monday, August 07, 2006

    Child At HeART


    Changed the name of my blog finally...and yup! this is the second blog for today....the previous one was for IMT....

    Decided to do a Journal Art Page today..."Child At HeART". The left side of it got cut off in the scan there is about another 1/2 inch to this page. Did it all on a mag paper w/ mag acrylic mag papers! hehe....Not sure if I am done with it...I have a few more hours to play till the kids come home...today was their first day back to school! I'm telling ya...they were so excited!...as we approached the door to their classrooms, they got a bit of the shyness bug...so cute! I am enjoying my quiet time but at the same time, missing them and wondering how their day is going..I was looking forward to this day all summer...of getting some piece and quiet...but it is so hard not having them around....I am very protective of my girls...and hate when they are out of my sight! ugh!

    I wanted to let the gals that are playing the collage supply swap...which is down to 3 people...Suzanne, Mary Ann and myself...so I think we all have each others address...anywho back to what I was saying...wanted to let the Mary Ann and Suzanne know that the box has been shipped and on it's way to Suzanne!!! Yay! Hope she enjoys what I stuffed in that little box and finds something she wants to use in her art! Have fun!! :)

    Back to arting!!!

    Happy Creating!

    Nance

    IMT Challenge~ Black and White

    Finally got the IMT B&W challenge done! It took me awhile to come up with an idea and this is what I did...I have created a black and white collage on 8x10 wrapped canvas....I gesso'd the canvas and let it dry...I then scanned into my computer a vintage dictionary page and then printed it out 3 times on my black laser printer...then tore the 3 copies up and adhered them to the canvas....then I painted around them with black acrylic paint...I then found the image of these ladies at Flickr Collage Images....and adhered them to the piece....I went into the microsoft paint program and did the lettering w/black background. It reads, "It's not trash, it's ephemera!" hehe....I kinda like it. I then added a black and white checker'd bow to the top left corner.....Hmmmm I wonder if someone I know will recognize where that pretty little ribbon came from hehehehe.

    Happy Creating!

    NancyB

    Saturday, August 05, 2006

    The goodie swap box is ready to go on an adventure!

    Ok ladies! I have put together a box of supplies for our swap! It weighed in less than a pound so shipping costs should cost less than 5 bucks! Depending on what all you put in it hehe!
    So far on the swap goodies list of interested folksy peeps( I put everyone in order as I received there comment on interest on this swap) We have:

    Suzanne
    Mary Ann
    Ikkinlala
    Me

    What I need from all of you is to email me with your home addresses....so as the box works it's way around to each
    person, I can then provide that person with the address of who the box of goodies goes to next.
    Here is my email mrmrsfritz@comporium.net


    If there is anyone else who would like to join in this goodie swap please say so now.
    Lets say, by Monday! Any interests after that will have to wait till the next go round!
    Hope that sounds fair! ???
    And I will need all those addresses in by Monday also please.
    I already have Suzanne's address which is good because she is first on the list!
    And Mary Ann I still have yours too!
    I just need Ikkinlala's address and we are good to go!!

    I will probably send this box off to Suzanne as early as Tuesday....Maybe Monday hmmm.

    As soon as she gets the box I will ask of her to post here to let us all know that she got the box!
    When she is finished with the box of goodies, I will provide her with Mary Ann's addy
    and then do the same for Mary Ann and provide her with Ikkinlala's address....
    when she is done with the goodie box I will provide her with my address! Ohhh I am eager to see what comes back! It will be nice for all of us to have new goodies to play with!!!

    Now as far as rules go....If you find something in the box you would like to have,
    please replace that item with something of equal value...
    You can take as much or as little as you want as long as you replace
    them with equal items of yours!

    Please keep the shipping costs down for all, by filling the box with,
    paper items (tags, ephemera, images etc or other small items like beads for instance)
    In other words keep it light! :)
    I hope this all sounds fair and makes sense???
    Please let me know if I may have forgotten any details.
    As I have already confused myself here lol and hoping I didn't confuse any of you hehe!! :)

    Happy Creating Hugs!

    Nance

    Friday, August 04, 2006

    "All glory comes from daring to begin" ~unknown

    Well so far we only have 3 people including me for a supply swap!

    If anyone wants to join in please say so soon! Ive got my clean desk covered in goodies now for a swap hehe....

    Not sure how we should all do this....I have only done one supply swap which was a flat rate box filled to the gills and then passed on to person to person. They then took out what they wanted and put back equal value of what they took..sad to say I don't think I have enough stuff to stuff a box that big LOL. I am really hoping to get to the antique store (aka junk shop) this weekend and a couple flea markets to see what I can find.

    I am thinking of making goodies packages for each individual that joins the swap....I feel it is more personal that way and fair.....what do you think? Like I have said I have never really done this ....so your help and input is needed here! Pretty please!

    No matter what the decision I would like to keep this simple....paper stuff and small things for easy mailing....Now you have probably seen some of my funky art so part of the stuff I send is fun and funky....and I will throw in some pretties too!

    Let's get this ball rolling girls....:) Can you tell I am a bit excited lol

    Happy Creating!

    Nance

    Thursday, August 03, 2006

    Yay! I am back on!



    This morning was a bit of a booger but I am back at it again! I had woke up to no cable or phone...ugh! Hubby took care of it finally...I had to wait til someone came online in yahoo to pm them to call my hub to tell him about the situation....Yahoo chat was the only option I could get a response from....The cable company must of put a damper on the speed of my computer til the bill was paid....sheesh

    But I did manage to finish a piece of art I had started yesterday while waiting for my puter to speed back up..."The Right Attitude" it reads as follows " With the right attitude you can accomplish anything" ....I was chatting earlier with an artsy friend of mine and we were talking about how we artists get "stuck" ya know the lack of inspiration bug! And I had mulled that over a bit in my head....and said...I really don't think we are stuck...i think it is a growing spurt...if you look at it this way....when you come back from being "stuck" do you notice a difference in your art! Something new you tried or added to your art?....What do you all think?

    I enjoyed doing this piece...I think it is kinda fun with the 3 stooges peeking in from the side and the attitude of the girl in the piece! I found the body image in a mag and the face image is from Teesha Moore... I had run out of canvas's so ....I hit the books...literally! lol I created it on a book cover that i removed from an old book with an exacto knife! Like the one on flickr that I did previously.... Almost like working on canvas board...I like it hehe...I have got to go and get busy with creating some more of those ACEO's :) Hugs and love to you all!

    Happy Creating!

    Nance

    Wednesday, August 02, 2006

    Age is just a number they say...


    The closer I get to menopause the older I feel....I don't like it one bit...I don't mind getting older or that I have a ton of white in my hair...or the wrinkles that are starting to pop up...I believe wrinkles are a way of telling your lifes story...But I will agree that they look so much sexier on a man LOL...Anywho...it is the way I feel the changes internally that my body is going thru and the state my mind is in....I normally am a happy go lucky kinda gal...and lately I am just a grumpy ol soul...I miss that happy gal....I had a long talk with my girls last night about changes a woman goes thru about my age....they were empathetic and seemed to understand to the best their minds could let them....they gave me hugs and kisses and made me feel so much better and so loved....last night they were the best behaved children a mother could ask for....they let me relax and let me enjoy the evening quietly sitting in the living room as a family watching tv...I normally don't watch much tv...if Dark Angel is on...I am there front and center like a little kid in front of the tv...love that show....something about tv shows or movies with women that kick butt just seem to hit home with me....I am not a violent person thank God...but appreciate a woman who can take care of themselves if need be.

    I am rambling...aren't I ? hehehe The above pic I took of the giveaway from Mary Ann...I was shocked when my name was drawn....I never win anything! LOL....that journal you see is so fantastic....Mary Ann you sure you really wanted to give that away? LOL It is so awesome! It now sits right above my desk where I create....I have looked at it and inside it so many times I cannot count....Thank You again Mary Ann for the Journal and all the little treasures you sent along with it! I don't think I have ever had a book this nice! :) Very happy camper here! On my Flickr
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nancys_vintage_freebies/204082459/
    you can read more in detail with notes attached about the items she sent...Sparklers!! Yay! Obviously someone knew I needed to take time to play! Such a lovely surprise!

    Time for me to go...got a few eBay items to prepare for packaging and shipping....Hopefully I can sneak in some art later today! :)

    Much love and hugs and Happy Creating!

    Nance

    Tuesday, August 01, 2006

    A bit of family history


    Holy lawdy! Look at the cheeks on that baby! lol That is Moi at 5 months old! I was adopted into a German family and this is the day they brought me home!

    I have no german in me at all...My papers say, I am Dutch and Irish!

    At the age of 8(I believe) I still remember the moment my mother told me I was adopted...I remember being upset and confused about it all...wasn't quite sure how to feel. I was given up at birth. The only things I know about my biological parents is that 1) I was the result of an affair. 2) My mother has the same description of how I look today. 3) My father was a tall man of 6' 2". And thats about it...

    My parents adopted 4 children ....2 girls and 2 boys. My sister being the oldest then my brothers and last was me. Yup the baby of the family.


    I had a wonderful childhood...My parents treated all of us as their own. If they would of never told us we were adopted we wouldn't of known any different.

    Now on to two other special people (whom are with God now) are my Grandparents...

    Meet Helen and John! Two of the sweetest people you could ever meet! They are my Mothers parents...They were so funny together. Grandpa was always being silly and trying to get away with something...but as always Grandma would catch him and mumble something to him in German...I believe it was "dumbs***" in german. You had to laugh at them because Grandpa would always have that boyish grin and Grandma would shake her finger at him and say," Just wait til I get you home mister!!!" lol

    Grandma was born in Germany...My Grandpa who is also german, was actually born in Russia.

    One day (this is the time they met) My Grandma was cooling pies in the window...and Grandpa just happen to walk by and smelled the sweet aroma of home baked pies....he just had to find out who made them....so he did and she offered him some pie....and they were together from that moment! :) I am surprised Grandpa didn't try to sneak a pie and hide out under a tree to eat it LOL... My Grandma made the best german desserts....Oh I am telling you what...sugar cookies in german (I am sure i am not spelling it correctly but)...Suga Cooka....YUM! She also made snowballs and rosettes! I miss Grandma! hehe...I will learn how to make these for my children for the holidays. I hope it gives them memories like they did for me. I will however not make them eat Borcht...Blahhhhhhhh Beet soup....that is so nassy! LOL sorry Grandma...I just couldn't stomach it! The thing about German families (at least in my family) they stuff ya to the gills with food...You never go hungry! lol....ask for a piece of pie and you might as well have asked for the whole pie and a fork LOL....ahhhhhhh the memories hehe.

    Well Judy and SuzieQ you have finally got to see my baby picture lol....I have not found any other pics of me yet...I am pretty sure alot of my photos (among alot of other stuff) is still in storage at my parents house...I will get all that stuff one of these days...hopefully sooner than later.

    I have my ideas laid out here on my desk for the IMT challenge~ Music....just hope it goes together as I have pictured it.

    Happy Creating!

    Nance