"Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness. " ~ Rumi

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Oh YUMMY!!!!! A FREE Give Away


Susan Tuttle, whose work I ADORE, is offering a FREE COPY of her new book Digital Expressions: Creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Book Description:

"Susan Tuttle guides the mixed-media artist through 25 stepped-out digital projects created with Adobe Photoshop Elements. Projects like manipulating single photos, collage on a digital canvas, and digital illustration will inspire you to tackle all kinds of digital mixed-media projects using stock photography, custom brushes, textured backgrounds and your own digital photos. A team of talented contributing artists further illustrates the techniques in action. Plus, a bonus CD includes more than 20 digital design elements for you to use in your own projects!"

Visit Susan's blog "Ilka's Attic" for details about how to win this FABULOUS publication!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Plant Kindness

"A tree is known by it's fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."
~ Saint Basil ~

It is easy to be kind and it makes such a deep and lasting impression on people. Usually when you do a kindness, that person responds by being kind to some one else...and so on...and so on. When I do "random acts of kindness", I try not to get caught! The deed is so much sweeter if no one knows it was me who did it!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Be Happy Every Day


For some reason I am having an exceptionally happy day! I woke up to a BEAUTIFUL Spring day. I promptly opened my windows wide to benefit from the fresh air. I only wish I had a clothesline...LOVE LOVE LOVE the sight & smell of freshly laundered clothes blowing in the breeze.

 I spent the morning with my friend Kile at his shop(s) "Driftless Fair Traders" &  "Rhubarb" where I am a vendor. We had a FABULOUSLY INSPIRING chat with Rick Segel who in my opinion is a retail marketing GENIUS!!!  WOW ~ just WOW!!!

When I left "Rhubarb", I drove to Westby to the Bethel Butikk, a local food pantry & thrift store. I LOVE to shop there because they tell me that for each $1.00 I spend, they can buy $10.00 worth of food to provide for needy families. I usually take a donation & try to purchase something every time I stop by. Today I found a beautiful antique bed, painted white (my favorite color) for $20!!!!! It will go in my (now empty) bedroom downstairs where I am decorating in anticipation of my granddaughters' visit this summer. I would love to have a room decorated just for them! I have already hung a sign that says "What happens at Grandma's STAYS at Grandma's".....that's right! 

While I was at Bethel Butikk, I ran into my friend Karla  who owns "Donna's Daughters" antique/gift shop in Coon Valley ~ lovely shop! You MUST go there! ~ who told me that the Eastside Flea Market had reopened in town for the season! OH JOY!!! So guess where I headed next? I just love rummaging for treasures..... I only found 3 things.....but I sure had fun!

Now I am blogging/working on an Etsy order and preparing for a meeting of our local Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club that meets at 5:30pm tonight. So indeed ~ a full day ~ doing what I LOVE!

Life is good!