Just peeking in to say Hi!

November 5, 2015

It has been a busy month, I had intended to write more but birthdays, Halloween, and  art shows got in the way. I have also been reading a lot. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp has been a real treat to read. Her book resonates with eucharisteo, giving thanks to God for all things and putting a name to it on her list. It is simply beautiful, and inspires me to do the same. It may seem insignificant to someone else, but gratitude for the large and small things in our lives are like incense rising to our Almighty Father. Love it!!!

I have been sketching a lot, it is something I have enjoyed doing, especially when I was a young girl. But lately I have had creative bursts, and instead of painting or writing, I get out a Number 2 pencil and a kneaded eraser and let my mind just go! It is a little like flying, a few shaky tries and then all of a sudden…. I am sailing. Good for the soul. I encourage anyone to do something that makes you feel young again, especially in the creative pool.

I have several more shows going on this Fall and Winter. This month, the 14th and 15th, Saturday and Sunday, I will be at Tallahassee Nurseries for the Artisians In The Garden. I am making new Christmas ornaments, a few new paintings and lots of new cards and prints. I also will have my Art Journaling class at Miss Mandy’s later this month, Tuesday November 17th. One class is at 9 am, the other is at 6.30 pm. Our theme will be A Thankful Heart, counting our blessings even in the ordinary things. On November 12th, I will be teaching a Christmas Ornament class at The Brush and Palette… intuitive painting I might add! I like different looks for Christmas ornaments and we always have fun there at Tyler’s shop!

I hope you have a blessed month, I am looking forward to all the good things that come with the month of November. xoxo  Suz

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‘Tis The Season

December 22, 2014

Well, it’s is almost that time. The presents are almost all wrapped, there is a pot of Lady Grey tea brewing everyday in the kitchen, cookies have been baked and given away, the house cleaned….. it’s time to relax a little, review my lists and snug in for a nice quiet Christmas. The older I get, the more I want to slow down and take in the sights, smells and sounds of the season.deer

When I want to experience the colors and lights of the season I tend to go to Pinterest for inspiration. but if I take a hike to a local nursery here in town, I find the visual is equally stunning and inspiring.lonny christmaThe bulbs are blooming, narcissus, amaryllis, hyacinth are all bursting forth with wonderful color and smells. The freshness of the outdoors that is brought inside helps the long cold months ahead and make me, for a short while, content with the greenery.

I finally slowed down with my painting commissions and classes so I can enjoy the season a bit more. I wander over to Au Peche Mignon, a little french patisserie topatesierpick out something delectable to go with my cafe au lait..then pick up a box to go for Christmas festivities. The smells of baking goodies and the aroma of strong, perking coffee are like catnip for me. Very satisfying.

Then the sounds take me away to a different place. The amazing sounds of Pentatonix a cappella rival any cathedral I have ever visited. There is the sound of the winter birds feeding on our seed and the happy chirping that goes with it. I love the crackle of leaves as I walk to the mailbox to check for cards and letters. I look forward to our Christmas Eve service at church, the beautiful old music welcoming the Christ child into the world…. pure bliss.

I pray this season is a wonderful one for you, it is a contemplative time for all of us. To wonder and ponder on the joy that sets before us in the new year. God’s blessings to you all, Suzanne

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