Saturday, December 19, 2009
So, I know y'all are giggling and asking yourselves, "hmmmm, I don't think I've ever seen any of Jan's jewelry in her etsy shop. It must sell REALLY fast....".
So, okay, y'all know I'm basically a paper artist but, hey, I've made jewelry in my day....it's just been a lot of days since I made any. HeeHee
My secret Santa that I 'designed' *making myself smile* for was Crystal Neubauer. So, I check out her site and was simply blown away and started praying immediately that there would be a mail strike, a huge blizzard in this part of Texas, she was blind, SOMETHING. But, oh, no, God said go forth and make thee a piece of jewelry fit for a jewelry artist.
Well, normally God gets what he wants, but in this case I made a piece of jewelry only a paper artist could create. I did my best!!
And, then today I received my piece of jewelry from none other than Carolyn Mallin.
Now, here's where you would see a picture of the jewelry but, my camera isn't working and I can't figure out why. New battery, not too old of a camera, changed batteries just in case, so you're going to have to visit Molly's blog (trust me, you want to anyway:) to see the beautiful earrings she made for me *which I will wear to church tomorrow*.
You will be totally blown away by Carolyn's gift, Molly's, all of the artists that participated in this exchange! And, I'm so glad that Molly invited me because now I've got my jewelry stuff out where I can see it and maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to throw a couple of pieces and some one will take pity on me and buy them for their blind mother-in-law.
Okay.............break's back on.
You'll not hear from me again until I have this exciting announcement to make.....(and, no, it's not that I'll not make jewelry:)
Love you all, peace over all of the lands, praise our Lord, and Happy Birthday to dear, sweet, wonderful Jesus!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I simply could not let you continue to wonder how it went so I am writing this on the Tank's and my trip to the coast before my surgery this Wednesday. How about that - a working vacation. We're here for four days and will be leaving tomorrow after we visit an elderly couple that moved here to be closer to their daughter - they were members of our church and we just love Rena and Ray.
Then we'll take our "daughter", Skyler, out to lunch before we head home.
So, okay, let's get to the reason for this post!
I do tend to give entirely too much information! . . .
Below is a picture of my baby - my convertible, the trunk ready to be loaded with all I was taking to Wichita Falls to see Tina and her husband, Will.
The plan was for me to make the 6 1/2 hour drive last Monday, present the gate, get hugs, talk until we could talk no more, eat supper and then I would stay the night in a local hotel as they don't have a guest room (the second bedroom is her studio - I can't think of a better use for a second bedroom, can you??) And then Tina and I would meet for breakfast the next morning before I headed home. I had planned on the trip being a short one as I didn't want to wear her out and my plans worked out perfectly!
The trunk is packed with the tag "gate", my overnight bags and special little gifts from some of the precious tag makers. Oh, and cookies. Before I left the area, I stopped in Kerrville at the Cookie Chick's to pick up a special order I had placed for a half dozen HUGE oatmeal pecan raisin cookies and monster cookies as a special treat for Tina and Will. The Cookie Chick makes the most amazing cookies, they're honkin', AND she ships if you don't live in the area. They are the most delicious cookies and make such a special gift, don't you think? Check out the size of these cookies! They are 1/4# apiece! WOW!!
I made it to Wichita Falls about 3:30 p.m., stopped on the side of the road as I entered town and had a nice chat with a police officer about how fast my car can go *yeah* and after a delightful talk with Officer Piper I drove up at Tina's where she was waiting for me in the driveway!
This is a picture of Rat Dog and Tina with the gate after she had studied every tag on it! She was in awe and completely overwhelmed by every one's generosity that made a tag for the "gate". You made her smile! REALLY big!!
She was blown away - no kidding. I want all of you to know that the time and effort you put into making a tag for her meant the world - and those of you that don't even know Tina, that might not even know me, those of you that made a tag because you do know me and those that made one because you know Tina - what a wonderful group of ladies.
The mixed media art community is an amazing group of women and you touched this woman (and Tina;) deeply by your kindness.
Our time together was delightful - she looked great, amazing!, felt pretty stinkin' good, too, considering she's undergoing chemo' and has Stage 4 colon cancer with a spot on her liver. . . .I give you these personal details so that you will know the severity of her cancer and if you are a believer, you will PRAY. That's what she's has asked for, what she longs for - that as many people as possible will be praying for her as she fights this battle. She would love to be added to your church's prayer list, your prayer list, your friend's prayer lists, ask prayer warriors that you know to pray for her. .. She is a strong believer and is counting on the prayer of believers to get her through this!
I thought you would enjoy seeing some pictures of us as we spent that special time together.
So, here we are. . .
Thursday, November 5, 2009
But, it should have been because that's what this post is all about!
I'm going to share with you the pictures that I took that show the making and putting together of the victorian window that I got to put Tina's tags on. Now, you must understand that I am the worst of the worst when it comes to taking pictures of works in progress or events - I'm simply horrible. So, you don't get to see the window as it looked when I bought it, you don't get to see me breaking out all of the glass and not cutting myself, not even once, you don't get to see me trying to use a staple gun (did you know that it takes a strong hand to get those buggers to go into the wood and that your aim has to be really good to get your piece of wire between the two sharp points of the staple? ha!) because I forgot to take pictures, so I did the next best thing....the following pictures are self explanatory so I'll not bore you with sub-titles. What I'll do instead is let you look at the pictures while I work on the pics I took at Tina's this week when I hand delivered the gate. Good plan???
For your viewing enjoyment........................
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This afternoon has been oh. . .so. . .pleasant.
Remember GiGi, the Bichon that we rescued the first of September? The dog that cost us $1,000.00 (emergency surgery) the first week we had her because we were "taken" by the previous owners?
The dog that has gone on to cost us a bundle because of vet visits, a steroid shot, followed a month later by prednisone pills, all because of a skin condition that she came to us with, oh, and let's not forget the when said dog, G., is on the pred pills that she can't control her bladder......I'll spare you the details.
But it's all good. She is getting, and has gotten, the medical attention that she needed and continues to need and we adore her.
Well, "we" adored her until this afternoon. . . . .
Picture, if you will......go with me in your mind's eye to my studio......
It all started with me walking through my studio to the garage to snag a diet cherry Dr. P. from the fridge out there. As I approached the studio I could see that someone, excuse me, some DOG, said dog being G., had completely destroyed a really sturdy sack that was full of gifts that I received at the Paper Whimsy retreat I went to last month. She had gone through each item in the sack to get to the bottom where there were two 3.5 oz. specialty bars of milk chocolate that I had bought as gifts.
Now, I realize that at this point I should be showing you pictures of the mess in the studio, the chewed up chocolate bar cardboard sleeves, a picture of me on the computer looking up, "small dog eats chocolate", me calling the vet's, so many photo ops. But, I couldn't/can't be bothered right now - I'm too busy pounding the keys on my laptop getting my frustrations out!
In an effort to remove myself from the situation I am going to tell the entire story in bullet form and in third person. . . . .
- small 15# dog eats 7 ounces of specialty milk chocolate
- upon discovery and being anal retentive, owner cleans up mess first, after scolding said small dog
- owner researches symptoms of "a small dog eating lots of chocolate" on the Internet
- calls vet immediately after finding out that it can be oh, so dangerous
- vet tech tells owner to get said small dog to drink Hydrogen Peroxide and then bring her to the clinic
- owner asks vet tech, "What??! Put it in a bowl and say, 'Here, G., drink this! It's good!'?"
- owner gets H.P. down said dog with a turkey baster that will make some garbage man's wife a nice stocking stuffer
- vet tech did not advise owner that it could take several minutes for the H.P. to work
- "work" meaning "make said dog throw up the chocolate"
- in a rush to get to the clinic, owner covers the bucket seat on the passenger side of owner's most loved convertible to protect the leather seat if said dog needs to spit up
- owner puts said dog on the towel on the seat in the beloved car and tells her not to spit up
- just before owner is able to start beloved car, owner's cell rings
- the vet is on the phone and starts asking questions about the incident
- at that moment, said dog has turned into the exorcist and is spewing chocolate vomit all over said beloved convertible as the vet yaps on
- not meaning to be rude but fearing that said dog's head may start turning a 360, owner yells at vet that owner will call back as owner throws down the phone
- there is vomit everywhere it could possibly be in a small, enclosed area.
- working quickly and throwing up in the back of owner's throat during the entire ordeal, owner gets beloved car cleaned up and kills said dog
- oh, alright, owner didn't kill said dog, owner called the vet back
- "She threw up that much, huh? Well, I really don't think you need to bring her in. Sounds like she's gotten most of it out. Watch for more vomiting, and, oh, she may have some diarrhea tonight."
- "Thank you. Thank you so much."
Friday, October 16, 2009
that's right, one half the cost of an already splendidly priced workshop!
But, it doesn't stop there....when the next and final 5 sign up, another drawing will be held and one of those lucky artists will receive the same 50% off discount off of this class!!
Consider yourself in the know!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my call out for tags for a "tag gate" for Tina would produce such an outpouring of love. I have been humbled by the generosity and time that I know went into each and every tag that has been received.
I got home from my trip to Michigan and when I saw the pile of TEAM TINA mail I was filled with joy! I couldn't believe it! So many envelopes! I couldn't wait to open them all!!
Well, let me tell ya - I just don't have the time to email EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU to tell you how wonderful your tags are - I'll just have to tell you here.
Honestly, and please excuse me if I sound like a broken record, y'all have touched me by the outpouring of love and support you are showing Tina through your creations. This project is going to knock her socks off!
And, I must tell you that my heart was pierced each time I would open a tag made by an artist that doesn't know Tina, but wanted to bless her. Wow.
I'm going to break out all of the glass and attach a sheet of (pale pink) wire on which to hang the tags. It's going to be so amazing when I put your tags on it.............Now, give me a week or two to get this done and when it's all put together and pretty, I'll blog about it! Aren't you excited???
This project is just so cool and whether you know it or not, you're a vessel of God and that is the coolest thing to me! P.S. TEAM TINA ISN'T FINISHED YET!
.I'VE GOT ANOTHER PROJECT UP MY GLITTERED SLEEVE AND
.I'LL BE TELLING YOU ABOUT IT IN A WHILE.....
.STAY TUNED, YOU SWEET, SWEET ARTISTS!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
That post was about driving through on the interstate.
This post is about driving through Missouri yesterday, but on the back roads.
The fact that I'm writing this post while amazingly tired is the same as last time, only the roads have changed.....
Missouri - now, don't get me wrong, I know that other states have the same type of towns and just because I happened to be driving through Missouri both times that I post about the oddness of a state and it happens to be Missouri, well, it's just coincidence.....
I saw three towns while driving the beautiful, very curvy, very dangerous backroads of Missouri yesterday..............
What is going on?
Who are these people that name these towns???
Not my relatives.
Oh, please, not my relatives.
As I drove I kept my eyes peeled for even better town names...............
I kept looking for Panties.
Can'a Whoop Ass
and Bite Me.
Never have I been so disappointed.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I will continue to keep you posted whenever I have new information (about Tina and our secret Team Tina project *prior post for those not in the know that want to join in the fun*!:).
I hope you each have a fabulous day! Kudos to my faithful readers, lurkers AND COMMENTERS!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
She wanted me to tell you that I talked to Tina today and have an update for you!Tina sounded good. She did. She sounded good. She's had her first chemo session and has anti-nausea meds so that's not been a problem - praise God! I just hate to throw up, don't you?
I found a "gate" for the tags that are waiting for me at home (prior post if you're wanting to be in the know and you're not yet:) and I'm so excited! I found it at this salvage resale place here in Kalamazoo that I love only it's not a gate. I really had hoped to do a gate, but instead, since I couldn't find one anywhere and the only one I have access to is keeping our goats in the pasture behind our house, I bought this old, chippy white victorian window. Oh, my gosh, it's fabulous!!
I'm going to break out all of the glass and staple on wire that I'll buy and spray pale pink. Then I'm going to attach the tags with the ribbon or fibers, if they have them, by tying them on or attaching them with wee bitty clothespins that i'll stamp to make pretty. IT'S GOING TO BE SO STINKIN' CUTE!!!
I'm very excited to get home and see all y'all's tags and get the "gate" made and delivered. She's going to be so blessed that her socks are just gunna go flyin' off her feet!! Doesn't that just BLESS YOU???
Let's all stop right now and say a prayer for Tina - as you're reading this - lift her up.
I'm going to close this and visit with my sweet sisters and my wonderful mom as I scratch Sophie behind the ears. But, I'll be talkin' to you later. When I get home the end of next week and open all of the tags I want to post them so you will see their wonder.
See you then! And, as always, I simply adore my readers - you're so wonderful!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
If you're reading this and wondering what the heck I'm talking about, then scroll down to the post below this one and catch yourself up!
Okay, all of you precious Team Tina members, I have an update for you on Tina.
I haven't posted an update before now because there was a question as to how much information the family wanted made public...............Tina has colon cancer, has had surgery and one planned in the near future, will start chemo soon, is being taken care by an amazing oncologist in Dallas that she loves, and is determined to fight the fight with the help of God.
You know she has a very strong faith and I know that it is only with God that she will be able to get through the next days and the next days and the next days.
Her cancer is very serious and she needs all of the prayers you can muster up for her. Put her on your church prayer list, tell your friends that are prayer warriors, and you pray for her daily.
I still feel my world rocking every single day since I found out about her cancer. She is an amazing person and an incredible artist; someone I love dearly.
I'm in Michigan and will return home in a little over a week - I know there's going to be a ton of tags waiting for me to attach to the tag gate for Tina! I'm so excited about that - and if you haven't sent a tag yet and want to - please do!! The more tags, the more love shown and I know she is going to be SO SO blessed by your effort and time.
Thank you, y'all. You're wonderful.
(If you are a member of FaceBook, you can get updates on Tina (Tina Wright) there. Her husband, Will, is using FB to keep people updated on Tina's condition. I encourage you to check it out and to leave an encouraging note.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
So, I'm glad to see that you're running to this post *the flamingos - running - get it?* to help one of ours who is in need of our support!
Tina Wright, child of God, wife, mother, grandmommy, artist, co-creator of the Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat, Texan and friend, has this week, been diagnosed with colon cancer.
I don't know how much information the family wants made public so will simply say that Tina needs us! She is in a place where an outpouring of love from her blogger friends, retreat friends, students and fellow artists will help lift her spirits and boost her strength!(If you don't know Tina, but still want to help with Team Tina, you are more than welcome to join in! You are so appreciated!)
Tina is caring, giving, always patient and kind, loves her family and friends and simply adores her grandkids! She is an incredible artist, specializes in soldering and soldered jewelry. She's a wonder, that's for sure, I am so blessed to call her a dear friend.I would like for all of us to make a piece of art, a tag, and I will put all of it together for her.
I want to make her a "tag gate" and I need YOU to do it!
A tag gate is an old metal gate, or facsimile, that I will fill with tags that have been made for her using decorated clothes pins and/or ribbons to attach them - this is something that she can prop on a dresser, hang on her wall, etc. It will be approximately 2 feet square or 2' x 3', so we need lots of tags to fill it!!
If you want to be a part of the Team Tina project, make a tag, any size, any design, with your name and email address on the back and send it to me NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 2ND.
5720 Hwy. 27
Center Point, Texas 78010
Thanks for your support and your willingness to bring joy into the life of Tina, one amazing woman!
Thanks everyone! I'll post all of the tags here after the 2nd and also show you the finished project. You're a blessing and so appreciated!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
"Hi, my name is Jan and I'm a Paper Cowgirl."
Paper Cowgirl is an art retreat in Waxahachie, Texas, that is the brain-child of Tina Wright and Cindy Mayfield. This past summer we held our second retreat. I had the extreme pleasure of teaching a class this summer and at the first retreat. What a blessing!
The classes that are offered and the teachers are amazing! The fellowship, fun, food, classes, shopping, treats, Tina and Cindy, new friendships made and old friendships renewed...I could go on and on! It's such a great retreat - it's affordable (we work really hard to keep it that way) and it's not too big that you get lost in the crowd............oh, and it's in T-E-X-A-S!!!
I hope you'll check out the paper cowgirl blog and see what I'm talking about. Maybe you will decide that it's something you just can't afford to miss!