Friday, December 13, 2013

So Many Changes!

We have moved from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho back to Bend, Oregon.  We feel like we have come home!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Life After Open Heart Surgery






It has now been five weeks since Jim had his aortic valve replaced and he is doing fantastic.  It was a much larger surgery than he anticipated!  I knew that, but ya just can't tell these men!  His valve was almost closed from calcification and now his "bovine" valve is giving him lots of good blood supply.  In six months time his surgeon says he will feel great, maybe be able to ski, and at one year he will be a new man!  I can't wait for him to feel great.  He has that kayak sitting in the garage waiting for him.  It has been a busy time caring for him and making sure all of his needs were met.  It is a great relief to have it over with!

I wanted to share some of our Vow Renewal photos from July 14, 2012.  Four of our five children were able to make it and it was a very special and emotional day for all of us.  I will share some of the photos of the decor as I had a great time preparing it all.

I guess I am going to "toot" my own horn a little!  I have GOTTEN RID of 85 lbs since June of 2011, and maintained the loss for four months now.  I decided to get healthy and it has been the best decision for me.  I eat no processed foods, no sugar, and no flour.  It is hard to imagine anyone can do that, and anyone who knows me would say impossible!  The cravings go away after one to two weeks and Jim has his candy and goodies around and I am fine with it.  I eat more food now than I ever have, it is just all healthy food and lots of it.  Life is good! 

I head to Art and Soul in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday.  I am taking two classes making metal jewelry.  Stay tuned................  Thanks for following me.

Saturday, March 31, 2012


Ona & I created embellished bottles and then when her sister, Jane Salley came for a visit we played with beeswax  collage.  What a great day we had.  I will miss those sisters!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

BEESWAX COLLAGE FOR ONA d

This is a beeswax collage I made for my friend Ona d for her birthday.  She is very special and we celebrated her birthday with a group of ladies and lunch.  She liked her gift, but I still owe her a frame.

I enjoyed getting back to my natural art form of collage.  I love working with beeswax; I find it so relaxing and soothing.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Creating Ice Resin jewelry







I have been having fun working with Ice Resin and making gifts and jewelry for myself.  I finally finished a necklace out of the metal pieces I worked with at Art and Soul several years ago.  I have admired Diane Cook's thimble necklace and had a great time making mine.