bracelet, Collage, earrings, Photography


What makes you cheerful ? Is it the big things in life that make you cheerful and happy? Like when you get something you have always wanted (material things)? Or is it the little things in life that make you happy? Like taking a walk and seeing a new kind of bird? Sometimes,  I think what makes us cheerful is a combination of the big things and the small things.  If you give respect to everyone for what makes them cheerful and happy the world would be a better place. Let people be who they are and enjoy what makes them happy.

Here are some of things that have made me CHEERFUL THIS WEEK:

Stamped nails done by me

New flower on one of my daylilies

Snowman Sam made in his art class

Painting Sam did in his art class

Going to the fair with my boys and good friends

Cheesecake from PhatPenguins Cheesecakes


Making some earrings!

Cheerful things are all around you if you take the time to look for them! Appreciate all the small things, they make life so much more meaningful.  If you believe it…it is possible.

Thanks for stopping in to visit with me! Enjoy your Sunday 🙂




Today,  the oldest ink spot and Mr. Ink go off to archery lessons! So, the youngest ink spot and do art lessons while they are away! I found this really cool background tutorial that Katie at joyously becoming did. Yesterday, I got the never dull (at the auto store). So, after the guys left for archery…Benner and I set up to watch the video and make the background! Ben watched and asked a couple of questions then we headed down to the studio!

Here he is putting the finally touches on his piece

Here is the background all complete by Ben

Here he is with his finished piece! Ben is loves his piece very much!

After helping Benner, I really can’t wait to try this myself! Thank again Katie for the great tutorial!

Hope you are all having a wonderful day! Your visits mean the world to me 🙂


Charm, Photography

Schools OUT!

Today is Sam’s last day of school for the SUMMER! I think I am just as excited as he is! SMILE!

Last night we were going to camp out but it was raining! So, we set the tent up in the front room!

Ben got to sleep in it last night! Tonight,  Bug boys turn!

I am so proud of Sam he has worked really hard this year!

Sam take on Vincent Van Gogh- Sunflowers! I love this piece and will be framing it and putting it up in my family room!

I have been working on some more charms out of clay!  A rose and star pendant!

This charm is for my next theme in my Chamster’s group!

Thanks for stopping in! Have a wonderful day!


Photography, Uncategorized

End of the line…

Yesterday was Ben’s last day of PJ4 (Like Pre-K paid for by the school board). This school year has had lots of ups and downs.

I thought I would share with you some of the interesting thing Ben did at school this year.

– Two weeks into school they have a class meet and greet for the Parents and kids. We go and everyone is like Hi Ben- Hi Ben… Seems everyone knows Ben’s name! I am like OH NO…everyone always knows the naughty kid in class! Then Taylor’s Mom comes up to me and says Hi I am _____… and I know all about Ben! I am like ummm is that a good or bad thing! Bracing myself…..she tells me how Taylor has a crush on Ben and how all the girls in the class think he is a “hottie”!

– Ben vomited in Taylor’s hair ( She no longer has a crush on him). They both got sent home from school!

– He cut his Halloween Costume off after the parade they did. His teacher told them all to get their costumes off. If they could not do it  she would be around to help them. I guess he got sick of waiting and the one piece GI Joe costume he cut the arms and crotch out of. As you can image I had many questions for the teacher when picking him up.

– At Ben’s school they have a closet with a window on one side and a mirror on the other side. They use this so the parents can see how their child acts/learns.  So on my day, I am in this closet watching. They play a song at clean up time. Ben had cut paper up to make confetti. So his teacher sends him to the closet to get the broom. Not remembering I am in the closet. Ben opens the door and I jump out and yell surprise..since I am unsure what to do. Ben was like MAMA what you doing in there! So, the next day at school he goes to the closet… and tells me no one was in the closet today…next day he does to the closet….He says  guess who was in the closet…Mia’s Mom and Dad! LOL! Then Ben was not allowed to check in the closet anymore!

– Conference time: Ben scores at Kindergarten level on most areas and  1st-2nd grade level on a couple of areas.

– I am at the Post Office and this little girl comes up to me and said “You look like Ben’s Mom” I tell her that I was and her Mom tells me how much her daughter loves Ben.

– Ben’s first day back after missing a week of school for  his sinus surgery. Illeana and Willow run up and hold his hands as he heads on to the playground!A girl on each arm

-Ben’s end of year report card- comment from his teacher “Ben is a bright boy full of potential”

Now for the teacher gifts. He had one teacher and two helpers.

The packaging.

Front of card

inside the card

I am so proud of how much Ben has learned and grew this year! I am going to miss him in the fall when he is gone all day!

Thanks for stopping in today!



Make a difference

Stamps TAC, Colored with Copics

1st graders make a difference. Sam is doing a a Penny Challenge at school to help those affected by the Earthquake in Haiti. He is really determined to get lots of pennies to donate. The class room with the pennies wins a “small treat”. They can put silver coins in the other classes pot of money and it subtracts from it! I love how they are having fun while making a difference in other peoples lives!

Happy Tuesday! Hope it is a great day for you all! I have studio time planned today! Woo hoo!

Thanks for taking the time to come visit me! It means a lot to me!


Journal page, Photography


This weekend was a total BLISS fest other than Mr. Ink having to work all weekend! Work is super duper busy for him as they are running food for the food banks.

The ink spots and I  spent the weekend with Friends and Family making ornaments and just having Fun.

We made Crystal snowflakes and candy canes. You must try these they are soooo awesome.

Then we moved on to glitter pine cones

Then the pine cone elf

I even had time to complete another jounral page- BLISS I tell ya BLISS!

Hope your weekend was fun of BLISS! Happy Monday! Thanks for stopping in!




Today is my oldest ink spot Birthday! Sammy turns 7 today! It seems so hard to believe  7 years have passed!  Sam is a wonderful, sweet, caring , smart boy. That makes me laugh and giggle 🙂 I am so proud of you! Love you, Bug!

Birthday waffles

Watch out Spielberg here comes Sam!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! We have lots going on this weekend! Mr. Ink leaves for Deer Hunting and I get an art date with the BFF! I can’t wait! Also Grama and Grandpa leave on their cruise tomorrow morning. I want to wish them a safe and fun trip! That means we will have a visitor (Lycos, the Border Collie) for the next 27 days.

Thanks so much for stopping in!



Kid Art

As the weather is getting cooler we are spending more time inside 😦 Which means less Art time for me and more Art time for the Ink Spots!


Benner’s Fall Tree


Sammy’s cats- The top one is Nala (she is in heaven) and then Lucy and Jinkers

I have been playing around with adding texture to photos. Geesh, it is addicting.





Today is a studio day! WOO HOO! Hoping to get lots done while the ink spots are away!

Thanks for stopping in! Enjoy your day!



Journal page

Show your beauty….

As, I teach my boys that beauty is  something that is way more than your outward appearance! It is how others see your soul and spirit too. I think sometimes we all get caught on working on our outward appearance that we forget that to be beautiful you need to work on the insides too!

A rose has many layers. All have to be beautiful or the whole flower is unattractive.


5 x 7 inch page, watercolors, black pen, and white gel pen

All this thought came from going to Ben’s meet and great at school. It was shocking to me that almost everyone of  Ben’s class mates and parents knew Ben. He knows NO one by name! So finally after a brave moment I asked one of the other Mom’s what her daughter said about Ben. I was assuming that it was he was in trouble all the time! He is very high spirited! LOL! This mom tells me that all the girls in the class have a crush on Ben. Her daughter told her the first day of school that Ben was a HOTTIE! OMG, we are talking about 4 year olds! I guess this explains Ben getting his hair pulled by two girls now! LOL!

Speaking of Hottie’s- this is how Ben drew Mr. Ink!


Have a wonderful day! Come back tomorrow for the Sunflower and Dragonflies Creative Designs weekly challenge! IT IS HOT!!!!



Journal page

OH, the questions I have????

Life sometimes throws you a curve ball or two! As we try to discover what path we should alternative route we should take, some questions need to be asked! I am sort of at a cross roads with my genealogy.  Part of the problem is I have been in a funky since having to put my kitty to sleep.  So, what better why to get over something then to journal it! I went to work in my new journal that I made in Julie’s Super Nova class.  St. Gertrude was the patronage of cats.  My Great Grandma was Gertrude. Not sure if she was a cat lover or not! She passed away when I was very young. The only story I have ever hear about her is she was lived in a nursing and she went out to the store and got what she thought was chocolate and gave it to all her friends in the nursing home. They all got a bad case of diarrhea.  Great Grandma Gertie never got to go out to the store again!


5×7 inch page- Watercolors and markers

Today,  Ben drew a picture of me at school. I think I look lovely! I am a little self  conscious of my ears now though! LOL!


Have a great evening! Thanks for stopping in!