A Little Sprinkling


Today, with so many men and women working outside the home,

it is rare to find time to indulge your passions...like art!

A favorite quote on a Mary Engelbreit drawing gives me encouragement:

"You're never too old to be what you might have been."

Make time to enjoy what you truly love. I'm just beginning the journey.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Little Princess

Oh, my. How much fun I've been having. I can't wait for the little one to see her princess dress on Christmas morning. She just loves "PINK" and princesses and capes and dress-up shoes and dancing around the house. She's just three years old since November, and you couldn't find a "girlie-er" little girl!

"...while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads..."

A purchased  t-shirt dyed pink, decorated with satin ribbons, pink rhinestone straps, pink beads, pink stretchy sequins by the yard, bridal tulle', glitter. It has a shimmery pink skirt and attached bridal tulle'. Then came the headband, which replaces the crown, covered with glitter around a strand of pink rhinestones. Oh, aren't little girls fun to create things for!

Well, off to dreamland. Pleasant dreams of princesses, castles, fairies, Christmas, dancing, sugarplums...

Pink Princess

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Give Thanks

Wow! Christmas music is being played already. I'm having Thanksgiving at my house next week and I just put out the rust-colored candles that smell like pumpkin and the fall leaves decorating the mantle and table. What in the world!

It's too bad that, in today's fast-paced society, we don't even have time to celebrate each individual holiday. How in the world can I savor the flavor of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, etc., if I'm looking at Christmas lights and listening to Christmas music?

Thanksgiving is all about "THANKS". It's about thanking the Lord for the bountiful blessings He's given to us. Even though many of us are unemployed, we are among the top 2% of the world in wealth. And, yes, unemployment has touched one of our very own. Nevertheless, thanks is in order. We are having a turkey and all the trimmings. I wish you all the same simple "luxury".

Pilgrims, you started something and we aim to pass it on. Teach your children and grandchildren what Thanksgiving is really about. "Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go..."

Pleasant dreams of riding in a horse-drawn sleigh through the fields of snow; of cornstalks in brown fields; of turkey and a big holiday feast; of little ones running around the house; of pumpkin pie that'll knock your socks off...

Happy Thanksgiving, albeit a little early. That's how things go these days!

Turkey Therese
(and don't make fun of me for that one!)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Trojan Horses Prevail

Have you ever messed up so badly as I have today? Lately weird "things" have been happening, involving my computer; I mean happenings that resemble viruses or "Trojan Horses", which our anti-virus program has been supposedly intercepting.

Because of it, I meant to back up my 800 or so photos of family and Etsy things, but, being the procrastinator I am, did not. I couldn't find my flash drive, so I put it off.

Today I had to reinstall everything on my computer, taking it back to "factory condition". I LOST ALL OF IT! Be warned. Never put off backing up your files and don't take it lightly.

Good luck. I'll be trying to have pleasant dreams, but it'll be hard tonight--more light NIGHTMARES!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My Granddaughter's Christmas Eve, Following Halloween!

Oh, don't get me wrong. I know Halloween is just over, but, my goodness. You'd think that Christmas anxiety would leave us alone until at least after Thanksgiving!

There are 45 days left to shop. I plan to make some glass candle holders for my grandchildren. They will hold battery-operated candles that change colors, and come in glass cylinders covered with colored glass pebbles or amber glass stars and moons. I can't wait! The little ones always enjoy what I make them for Christmas.

You should have seen her eyes on Christmas Eve, five years ago, when my oldest granddaughter walked into our family room and spied a little girl--just about the same size as she was--sitting in front of the Christmas tree. I had made her a 4-year-old stuffed doll just her size and placed her in a small chair. Even the grown-ups thought some unknown child was joining our annual celebration as they did a "double take".

As soon as she got her dolly home, she named her, "Hailey Doll". Do you know that she has taken Hailey Doll to bed with her every night for five years? It's true! She said, "Mimi, sometimes I wake up in the morning and I'm laying on the floor on top of Hailey Doll, but I don't remember how I got there." How could you tell she was a heavy sleeper?! 

I love creating, especially for my own kids, but those of us who have businesses to run--full-time or part-time--barely have enough time to keep up our orders and mailing packages, let alone adding to it by making things for our very close family and friends. Nevertheless, I've slowed down those swirling thoughts in my head to try to focus on the important people who are so very dear to me.

I wish you all luck in finding the time to be creative as well as to find the time to shop on Etsy for the rest of your Christmas needs. I'll be there. Will you?

Pleasant dreams of little ones, sugar plums, toys, stockings, knitting, painting, sewing, woodworking and all the other lovely, creative thoughts that are part of your imagination... Good night to all and to all a good night!

Christmas Carol

Friday, November 5, 2010

Halloween Goblins and Ghosts

Ghosts and goblins! Our annual Halloween Party with family and one of my "best-ist" friends ever. Wish there were more photos after dark. It looked w-a-a-y spookier. Lots and lots of candles--even flickering in the doll heads--and scary music. We had so much fun, especially when we drank my sister's potion!

Pleasant dreams of anything but scary faces... Don't worry, be happy!

Halloween Queen

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Art is my passion. My shop at mydreamgarden.etsy.com is just a little jaunt. Please stop by my shop anytime and also follow this blog. Feel free to leave comments, especially positive ones! I invite constructive criticism as well; it makes for continued growth. Write me: mydreamgarden@wideopenwest.com. "itsmydreamgarden" on Yahoo. Google "mydreamgarden" and link to my Etsy website from there. You can also get to my Etsy page from this blog. Go to my Profile and click on the link. Thanks for stopping by. Have a day that's filled with wonder! Therese