Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Look what i found in the mailbox this morning! Getting a letter from ChildFund is always a treat for me. This means i have a letter from one of my sponsored children! This letter came from Sri Lanka, and was sent to me from my sweet girl, Nisansala
She is an amazing artist. She drew this picture of Santa for me, with little stars and snowflakes falling all around him
I have been worried about this sweet girl. Her country was recently deluged with floods, and before that, war. Her brother had written to me to tell me that Nisan was having trouble sleeping at night because of the sounds of gunfire at night in the jungle behind her house. And yet, she thrives...The longer i am Blessed to live, the more i realize that ALL children are My Children and i am their Mother, Father, Grandmother...And that tho i live a world away, i am a part of her true Family...
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The first time i saw this painting was like this - in a photograph online, from The Marketplace Gallery. Now, i had been to this show where the painting was exhibited, but for some strange reason, i never saw it! It could be that i was paying so much attention to Miss Lola who went to the show with me, that i missed quite a lot...When i asked Samson Contompasis, my friend and the owner of The Marketplace Gallery if this painting was still for sale, he not only said yes, but it was his Mother, Jackie Brickman, who was the artist! Now, i have a history for loving paintings by Jackie. I first fell in love with a painting she did of a flock of canaries, and before i got a chance to buy it from her, it perished in the fire at The Marketplace Gallery. That taught me a BIG lesson. Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today! So after contacting Jackie, the painting now resides in my bedroom
When i learned a little more about this painting, it added new meaning to my love for it. Jackie's painting is of a local apple orchard in the Spring. When she told me it was Indian Ladder Farm, i nearly cried. Bill and i had been taking Lola to visit Indian Ladder Farm several times last year so that she could experience a working farm for herself. It has become a place that we all have come to love, with orchards, and walking trails, and farm animals you can pet and feed, and lots of love all around. (There will be another post about our adventures at Indian Ladder Farm to come) Thank you Jackie. As you can see we ALL enjoy this painting every day here....
I do own another painting that Jackie Brickman painted. During the fund raisers for the rebuilding of the Marketplace Gallery, i came across this portrait of Mary and Jesus, and immediately fell in love. Again, i had no idea Jackie had painted this . It was hung up on a fence for sale and i was attracted to it like metal to a magnet.
Here is a close up of the detail. The border frame that Jackie put around the painting is made of halved pistachio shells painted in metallic gold. So now we lovingly refer to the painting as "Pistachio Mary". Up until this week she resided in the sun room, but by chance i moved her into our bedroom and hung her above the table lamp on the dresser and she took on a whole new energy....
Jackie used a lot of metallic paint and glitter in her work, and the light from the lamp brings it all to life and makes it look quite mystical...
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Little Stella is doing just fine here at the Robinson house. Every day she seems more and more comfortable with us all. She has had a bit of trouble with a partially collapsed trachea, but hopefully we are on the right track with that. The pace here is pretty fast tho, and she gets really tuckered out
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I finally finished the Jelly Bean Bunny and Jelly Bean Piggy i've been working on. I have no problem knitting them up, but it seems to take me forever to sew the seams and put them together! These little guys need buttons or bows for embellishments...
Here's a backside view...And they are standing on Lola's new Dolly blanket. She has since asked for another one in red.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Gipetto has been wearing an old sweater constantly now. This cold Winter weather is pretty rough on an old man of 18 years. He's been sleeping a lot more lately too. I'm sure he is dreaming of his younger days...
Sunday, January 16, 2011
What an imagination...Lola dressed herself as Mary (with my kitchen towel over her head) and she has a little baby Jesus doll clasped in her hand. She asked Poppy to be Joseph, and asked if i would take their picture. When i asked her who i was going to be, she said i was the picture taker....
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Ever since i put up my Manger and Nativity set for Christmas, Lola has been fascinated with the figures and the story of Jesus birth. So, right after Christmas i saw this little Nativity set on sale and bought it for her to play with. Right away she was concerned that there was no "Manger" for the baby Jesus to be born in, so, we made one out of a cardboard box.
We needed to decorate the roof with the sun and the moon and stars and snowflakes and big clouds for the Angel to stand on
and since the set came without some of the animals she is used to seeing in my set, we drew a donkey and a camel and a cow
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
and to the left. We got about a foot of snow and still counting. I love it!
Read about our snow totals here!
Read about our snow totals here!