Archive for January, 2009

WIP for February

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

It is so cold here in Virginia!  Who knew we would be having some of the Arctic blasts in the South, but it is here.  Of course, tomorrow, it will be near 60 degrees, but fear not all of you winter weather dwellers!  We drop back at the beginning of the work week, and maybe we will have snow!  I have decided to lighten up in my artwork and think spring, warmer weather, sights and sounds of a new season.  Along this thought pattern, my pieces are going to reflect the return of my little feathered friends, although I have many who stay around through the harshest of temperatures.  Here are three pieces I am working on for the pfatt release on the 10th!  You’ll have to come back for a sneak peek at the finished products!

And, because of the weather, my little sculpts must sit on the air vent.  OOOHHH!  You get to see the real backdoor ickies where I haven’t cleaned!  Well, you cannot be creative AND a neat freak, in my opinion!

Would you let a dolphin prepare your meal?

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Sure!  Why not?!  It turns out that dolphins are quite adept at meal preparation.  This is yet another interesting story which I seem to find on my homepage!  I love passing on these gems to everyone!  Take a look at this article about the precise movements dolphins go through to give themselves a grand meal!  Makes you wonder if they will arrive on the tv show – Hell’s Kitchen anytime soon!

This is FASCINATING!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Have you ever wondered about what you might have been aware of in utero, what might have carried over into your early childhood and beyond?  When I was pregnant with my wonderful son, Matthew, I used to talk to him every day, and of course, i didn’t know whether I was having a girl or a boy.  He is 37, and in those days of 1971, we didn’t have the ultrasounds to give us clues!  Regardless of that missing information, which really WAS neat, I talked to the baby, sang to the baby, even read to the baby.  This evening, I stumbled across this article online, and it is well worth the read!  It seems that the human infant can distinguish far more than perhaps most of us give credit for.  Enjoy this article about the infant’s ability to go with a music flow!  And…. sing, read, and talk to your children every day.  My mother did.  I did with my son.  Even when babies don’t understand the vocabulary, they understand the warmth of your voice, the beauty in your smile, the feelings of your love.  I have fond memories of my mother talking with Matthew when he was barely one month old.  There was always something gently musical about Mom’s voice, and Matthew sensed it and squealed every single time she talked to him.  It was a wonderful sight to behold, and one which I cherish, particularly now that Mom is no longer with us.  A parent’s involvement in the life of a child, or a grandparent’s involvement for that matter – there’s nothing more significant in my opinion!

Where were you?

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

How many major world events can you recall?  Did a family member tell you about World War 1, or the civil rights movement?  Here’s an interesting retrospective of world-changing events.  Take a look!  I imagine we all have our own lists, depending upon our age and personal experiences, or those circumstances lived through the eyes of others.  Follow this link to see what some believe to be the major events of the last 100 years.

How much can YOU remember?

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

If you are anything like me, this past week has been monumental, earthshaking, and just plain long terrific!  What can you remember about ALL of the news from the last seven days?  Give this little online test your best shot!  It’s not as easy as you might think!  Have fun!

Lie to Me

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Well, no, not really.  But this is a post about this phrase!  As you regular readers know, my son lives in Los Angeles where he is a film editor.  He recently wrapped work on the film adaptation of the novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, which will be released in theaters later this year.  Last August into September, while on hiatus during re-shoots, Matthew, his boss Thom Noble, and Robert the director did the pilot for a new tv show which has its premiere tonight on the Fox network.  Check your local listings, as they say!  In the East and in the West, it airs at 9 pm, and is an interesting twist on solving crimes.  Observation of your body language is the name of this game!  Follow this link to get a little more info, and tune in tonight.  Look for Matt Diezel in the credits, which are at the end of the show and usually so small that only a ten-year-old or Superman can read them.  Anyway, he worked on it, and I saw the piece without commercials when we spent Christmas together!  Pretty cool stuff!  Enjoy!

Do you have the winter blahs?

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Anyone out there have the winter blahs?  When I was in college, I used to call it the February Funk!  Fortunately, February is a short month, so when it rolls around, you know it won’t last that long!  When we get right down to it, we don’t have a huge holiday/day off to celebrate.  Valentine’s Day is fun, so I guess that counts, but winter does stretch through the calendar.  We have finally gotten past the holidays, and for some, it seems as though there is nothing much until things warm up.  Maybe we would all do better without a calendar – just take the days as they come, as people did eons ago.  Sometimes I think we are all so bound up in schedules, and dates, and activities that we miss real life.  Just my philosophy for the morning!

I don’t normally have the winter blahs, because I am busily brainstorming, which I seem to do 24/7 throughout the year.  BUT, if you get the blahs, take a look at this online article.  Perhaps it will give you a boost!  Enjoy!  And take advantage of every single day of your life – blahs or no blahs!

traumatic flashbacks?

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Have you ever experienced something which was so devastating that it left you with recurring thoughts – flashbacks, to the event, or events?  I have.  That’s why I was interested in this piece I read online today about the link between playing the game Tetris and coping with trauma.  if you are interested, here’s the link.  It certainly is worth the read………..

STJ update at midnight tonight! Take a look!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Just as I promised!  Another couple of peeks at what will be available on the SpookyTime Jingles update.

Take a look here………………                              And, then, there is this…

See you at midnight!

Spooky Time Jingles update ahead!

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Yes, it is nearly time for the Spooky Time Jingles update, and for this month, look for our artists to show some Valentine LLLUUUVV!  We will be listing on the Christmas page, so take a look on the 13th!

So, what might I have on hand you ask?  Well, here’s a tiny peek for Valentine’s pieces!

There will be more to see!  I’ll post some other little teasers tomorrow!  Enjoy!