Monday, July 28, 2008

More From West Texas

First things first, I would like to say thank you to all of you who left such sweet comments about my soon to arrive Granddaughter! I'm sure she will be rotten to the core! I have already started buying pink little things for her. And of course pink is my favorite color!

I feel like I haven't blogged in forever! I have been so busy though! I have several things to write about...some interesting...some maybe not. I love West Texas, it has a beauty all its own. (which I have mentioned before) I have written recently about West Texas, but I have more photos to share with you all! The photo below is of a local complimentary magazine. The front page is of the vast West Texas area, and the title is miles & miles of West Texas.
I love the wide open spaces, just like that song by the Dixie Chicks, wide open spaces are the heart of West Texas. I took several photos the other day while I was making a visit to the nursing home. This nursing home happens to be out in the country. And I came across a sweet little bunny that didn't seem to mind if I took his picture. He just sat & posed for the photo.
Another beautiful site was a crepe murtle bush. It was so pretty, the blooms were a deep fushia pink color. It too was @ the nursing home. I love the blooms on these bushes because they remind me of lace so graceful & elegant.
Now that I have explained the beauty of wide open spaces I wanted to share the next few photos. Has anyone heard about the West Texas Windmill Farms? The windmill farms produce electricity for huge cities & other states like Florida. One farm is owned by Florida Power & Light Company. These windmills are 200 feet tall & the blades are 80 feet long. Just check out the photos below.

PS--(revision added) Okay I now realize that Texas is not the only state to have these windmill farms. I guess this is progression. But I am glad for all the jobs that these windmill farms have produced! I know that we all need our jobs! I apologize for putting my feet in my mouth!
Finally I have one new piece of art work to share. I have made a perpetual block calendar. I will be putting it on etsy soon. Let me know what you think? I am currently working on a little journal that will be full of birds, nests, flowers & all kinds of good things. I have so many things I want to do, but so little time to do them! Tell me where do you find the time?

Now one last little tid bit....we were at the lake this weekend & started painting the cabin. Here is Hubby hard @ work. Just a sneak peek @ the progress there.....also look @ the peach tree in the right distant back ground. Yes that is a peach tree loaded with peaches. We made homemade peach ice cream & it was wonderful! Yummo! We picked the peaches & brought them home with us.
The colors in the photos are a little strange. Not sure why but the last photo is more true to color, the house is mocha in color & the trim is rustic red. Hope you all enjoy the photos! Hope you all have a great week! Hugs to you all***Renea

Monday, July 21, 2008

Yippee, Yippee, Yippee!

Today my daughter-in-law, Griffin, went to the doctor for a sonogram. We learned the sex of the baby today. And I remind you that I have 3 wonderful Grandson's. So when Griffin called me awhile ago I was so excited! I was in Michael's (believe it or not), and when she told me that we are having a GIRL! I just started jumping up & down and yelling Yippee! It's been 9 years since our last Grandchild and we really wanted a GIRL this time. God has really blessed us! Of course a boy would have been great too, but a GIRL this time is a prayer come true. This precious baby is due December 10th! Oh what a wonderful Christmas gift! They have already decided on a name, her name will be Kennedy. Love that her name will be so original! I have always told my son, Corey, that since his sister had 3 boys, that he will probably have 3 girls. Hee Hee! Okay, Okay just one at a time! Can't hardly wait!
Just thought I would throw in some photos of little girls! My heart is smiling! Hope you all have a great week. Hugs***Renea

Thursday, July 17, 2008

West Texas Desert

West Texas does have a beauty all of its own, I took these photos this week & thought I would share with all my blog friends. I usually always carry my camara with me & take photos whenever I see something eye catching. The photos below are of the West Texas beauty. The bush is called a purple sage, & that just happens to be the name of the street I live on. But purple sage is a Texas native plant, when they are blooming they have a sweet lilac smell. Oh so pretty!

I also took a photo of a gorgeous stainglass window that is in a sanctuary of a church. This stainglass is approx. 14 feet high. It was just breath taking!

I have also added several new items to my etsy shop. I have added several new block sets, and some vintage wooden spools that I have made into a birthday greeting.
Wooden Blocks are of faces.

Wooden Spool decorated for a birthday gift.
I hope you all have a great weekend. We are going to the lake tomorrow. And besides tomorrow is my birthday! Another year better! Ha! Hugs***Renea

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tried Something New

Well I had decided to try something new again. I wanted to paint a canvas with soft colors & words. So I worked on this canvas & finished it today. What do you think? I like it, I think it turned out well. It also has some yellow mixed in but it is hard to see. The sides are staple free & painted pale blue with yellow mixed in @ various places. I also really like the dangling cross. The cross also has copper colored wire wrapped around it.

I have more blocks that I finished while on vacation. I just have not had the time to post them. I hope I can get these listed on etsy tonight. The blocks below are of a bird house, birds, eggs & a man's face that has a white wash over it.

These angel blocks are already listed on my etsy site.
These are Sold! (yippee!)

These are women of the 20's, I love these blocks, they are so fun!
Well I hope you have enjoyed the photos of my art work. I had fun creating each piece. I hope you all have a great week! Hugs***Renea

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Just because friends can, doesn't mean that I can!

I don't know what makes me think I can do everything that my friends can do. I have learned a costly lesson. I must admit that I did't want my great friends to out do me so...I decided that I too could make jewelry. Lisa & Les make the most beautiful jewelry, love their work. So I got busy and oh my gosh...what a mistake that was! I went to the local Hobby Lobby & bought many beads, tools etc. that cost a small fortune! I came home & thought ok, I will make a necklace. Well I started one & it looked awful. So next I decided ok, I will make a bracelet. Well...the glass beads were way too big for the small chain bracelet & looked like huge rocks connected to a chain! So I went back to Hobby Lobby and spent more $$$ to buy more beads & another chain bracelet. I finally got this one to look good, but what a pain in the behind! I most likely will not make any more jewelry! I am way to anal for this! It just about drove me crazy! This is very detailed & too time consuming for me. But I do have a greater respect for those that do make beautiful jewelry. I did list this bracelet on my etsy site if anyone is interested. I think from now on I will stick to my altered art, collage, blocks, etc.....This project really wore me out! Ha! Hope everyone is having a great week. Hugs to you all ***Renea

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Home From Vacation

Hi there everyone, I finally got back from vacation! We had so much fun. I have been internet deprived for 9 days. There is no internet @ the lake. So I have not been in touch with any of my blogland friends. Thanks to all of you who left such sweet comments on my site while I was gone. You mean so much to me. And thanks to those of you who made purchases on my esty site, I will try & mail out tomorrow.

As you know we went to the lake...with lots of family. Thursday, friday & saturday we had about 17 people there. There was lots of fun, food, family & fellowship. I usually do not get in the water (as I am a big chicken) but I did go swimming off of the dock with our Grandsons. They loved it & so did we! I added the photo & here we are!
This is Montgomery, he is 11yrs. old, he is our middle Grandson, he was jumping off of the dock.

Again this is Montgomery.

This is Curtis, he is 9yrs. old, he is the youngest Grandson. He was doing a back flip off of the dock.This is Tyler, he is 12yrs. old (almost 13yrs), he is very proud of himself and was really posing for this photo. Ha!
This is Griffin, our daughter-in-law, we all decided we would take a before vacation photo of her tummy & an after vacation photo of her tummy. We all swore that she grew in only 4 days. What do you think? She said that the baby loved cookies & ice cream. Ha! She had the cutiest maternity shirts, one said "I love pickles" & the other said "we're hungry" Ha!
Curtis with silly goggles on that Papa bought for him.
Here we are out on the dock.

Getting ready to go out on the lake. The 2 younger boys could ski great!
My daughter's family. What a great looking bunch!
My favorite photo I have saved for last! It is of myself with my girls, my daughter Dusty on the left & my new daughter (daughter-in-law) Griffin on the right. Aren't they beautiful. God has really blessed us.

I hope you all have a great week. Hope you enjoyed the photos. Hugs***Renea