Monday, February 5, 2018

Remco - Silver Star Award Winner

Some years back, my nephew served in the Navy.   As a dog handler, he was in many dangerous situations.  His dog, Remco, gave his life on one of these missions, saving the life of my nephew and several of his fellow warriors.

Both Mike and Remco received Silver Stars for their valiant service. 

This portrait will be given to my nephew the next time I see him. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Christmas 2017

This was my best Christmas in a long time.   My daughter really aimed high and hit it!   Relatives came from Arizona, north and central Texas, and Louisiana.

I put Christmas quilts on the wall, one of them serving as my tree. 

My favorite Santa, a gift from my former in-laws, was up.   He even spent a few days at a local historic museum.

My nativity from Spain was also displayed at the local museum for the holidays, and then came home to remind me of the story behind the holiday.

All three of the Christmas paintings that I've done were up on the walls.

My favorite grandson spent several nights with me.   He's almost 18 and very responsible and sweet.   But the Mom in me really comes out whenever someone spends the night here.   He went to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.   I had gone to bed at my usual time (all those visitors makes me tired!) but woke up at 1 am and noted that he wasn't home.   Thankfully, he answered my text and was safe and just a little delayed in coming back.

We had a White Elephant exchange.   We did family pictures.  We did a full sit-down meal with 15 family members, including my daughter's father and his wife.   We did presents. 

We played games.  Different combos of relatives spent time together and got to know each other better - e.g. the 22yo uncle from Ft. Worth and the 8yo nephew from Louisiana went to see Star Wars.  I spent time with my precious 3yo greatgranddaughter who had a bit of a cold and needed some quiet time.   I actually fixed breakfast for my grandkids! 

What a wonderful way for all of us to be together.

  I give special thanks to my co-greatgrandmother who hosted the Louisiana family by providing hotel space and hosting several meals.

Obviously, we can't do this every year.  It took a lot of coordination of schedules, foregoing of being together with other arms of the family, and some sacrifice.  (e.g. My grandson skipped playing in the band at the state football finals in Arlington.)   But I am really glad it happened.

Thank you, sweet daughter.

Another dog portrait - Gypsy

(Note:   I found this in my drafts.  It was written some time last November.   Whoopsie!)

Yesterday I painted my great-niece Rachel's dog, Gypsy.   I don't believe I've ever seen this little one, but she looks very lively and sweet.

Rachel sent me a picture which I enlarged and turned into black-and-white.  Then, using a mini-projector checked out from the nearby public library, I sketched her outlines onto canvas.
Using acrylic paints, I colored the outline in and then added some touches that seemed to capture more of her spirit.

I'll deliver this painting to Rachel's mom, Debbi, at Thanksgiving.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happy Birthday PBS

Well, actually, it was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act.  But close enough for me. 

The LBJ Library had a special exhibit of PBS artifacts and my daughter and I visited and had a lot of fun.

Oscar was there.  He hid for a while but then came out and looked around.

He seemed happy enough to see me.

Big Bird is really very, very tall!
He photobombed our selfie.

The Count was there, but he was kind of in the dark and it was hard to take a picture.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Concrete planter

 The Pflugerville library sponsors craft days monthly.   I've done several in the past.

This project was the one for July 2017.  The library provided instructions and supplies.     It was fun and very easy.

Basically, you take two containers which coordinate in sizes.  Spray cooking spray on the outside of the inner container and the inside of the outer container.   Pour in mixed QuikCrete.   Weigh down the center.   Let dry overnight  Twist off the plastic containers, add a foam piece, a faux plant, and some rocks.  Ta da!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Another Phaebys Painting

My daughter and I went to Painting With a Twist for her birthday.   Such a delightful experience.
The topic was Paint Your Pet.   She worked on a portrait of her latest rescue, Chai'na, while I did a portrait of Phaebys as a puppy.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Fairy Furniture

There was this book at the library and it looked interesting.   So I checked it out and was intrigued.  

Went out into the yard and pruned some bushes.    Let them cure a few days.   Then made this fun little chair.

One thing led to another and I made a bench.

I don't know whether the fairies will find the furniture or not, but I'm enjoying seeing these little treasures