No Wine Before Its Time

I’ve been working on this larger (Hahnemuhle Cezanne watercolor block of cold pressed paper, 9″ x 12″) watercolor all summer in my weekly art class, and, finally, the grapes are ready to be matted, framed, and hung in the dining room.

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The reference photo was taken by my husband a number of years ago in Napa Valley, California.  Cheers!

Cards for the Kiddos

I finally have another full box of cards to send to Send A Smile 4 Kids, an organization dedicated to collecting and distributing handmade cards to children who are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals. They accept handmade kids’ cards for holidays, birthdays, and everyday cheer.  You might have seen the Sesame Street cards previously on my blog, but they go over so well with the little kids that I made more.

I try to find card patterns that are gender neutral, thereby being more useful to the organization, and this time I made some for older kids too.

I hope they fulfill the goal of making a child smile even while sick in the hospital.  Have a great weekend!

Sheltering Tree Cards

These are some of the cards I made at last month’s weekend craft retreat.  My friend Ronda added Stampin’ Up’s Sheltering Tree set to our stash, and it is great for making cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids. This organization collects and distributes handmade cards for children who are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals around the country and in Canada.

Sheltering Tree with bicycle

Sheltering Tree with bicycle

Sheltering Tree window pane

Sheltering Tree window pane

Sheltering Tree Bicycle

Sheltering Tree Bicycle

The stamp images are gender neutral, which makes the cards that much more versatile, and I enjoy the painterly effect of the leaves, grass, and clouds.  Also, even though I did not watercolor paint these, I’m counting them as half a point for today’s World Watercolor Group prompt of bicycle.  😛

 

 

Bunny, #WorldWatercolorGroup

How appropriate that today’s prompt is bunny, which of course is one of the nonreligious symbols for Easter.  This bunny was drawn and painted by loosely following a tutorial from a library book, but unfortunately I forgot to write down the name of the book or the author. What a dumb bunny I am 🙂

Bunny

Bunny

Happy Easter – Happy Sunday!!  Enjoy your outings to church, egg hunts, family dinners, relaxing, or whatever is on your agenda.

I’m Looking Over . . .

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  In case you didn’t know, Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and back in his day he used a young sprig of clover, or shamrock, to explain the mystery of the Christian Holy Trinity.  While evangelizing he would use the three leaves as a metaphor to explain The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

So what about the lucky four-leaf clover? It is said that the first leaf represents faith; the second, hope; the third, love; and the fourth, luck.  A four-leaf clover is simply a variant of the common three-leaf clover and supposedly rare, although I know a lucky lady who has found many of them over her lifetime. Have you ever found one?

Four-Leaf Clover

Four-Leaf Clover

Because I am certified 26% Irish, I somehow feel qualified to leave you with this lovely Irish blessing:

May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near;
May God fill your heart with gladness and cheer.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – and stay away from that nasty green beer!