Sunday, November 16, 2008

I Love My Guy!

After having such a terrible week (or should I say so far a terrible month) I woke this morning to my love giving the kids breakfast and two beautiful bouquets of flowers! Noah is just the sweetest guy in the whole world and he always knows how to brighten my day. I was totally not expecting anything like this but he surprised me once again. It's funny how well he knows me too! he knew just what flowers to buy to make me a squishy inside! Lol. The first bouquet was a dozen beautiful roses. My favorite! The second bouquet was a dozen gorgeous and sweet smelling stargazer lilies! They smell like Heaven! The entire kitchen smells like these beauties! I decided I'd just mix the two together in a vase to fill it out and take up less space and it just looks soooo amazing. So very amazing that I decided to post pictures! I smile every time I walk into the kitchen. He knows how to keep me in the ups, that's for sure.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Apparently I Bother Some

So I got an e-mail this morning from a "group" member who said this about my post on Bush and all that stuff:

"I went to your blog hoping to see something inspiring and was greeted with a diatribe about Bush being the AntiChrist. Funny...we've been saying the same thing all along about Obama.
I won't be visiting again."

Well, the situation with this is merely personal opinion. If you're so bothered by my opinion on George Bush, then just don't read those posts. If all you care about is the artistic side of me, then only read those posts. And another thing, if you're mad at me about saying Bush is the anti-Christ, and you're offended by it, then shouldn't I be offended that you consider the man I trust, Obama, as the anti-Christ? Aren't you just contradicting yourself? Regardless of what anyone says, this is my blog. This is where I say what I want. This is where I post my thoughts and art and whatever else it is that I feel like posting. Right? Okay, if I'm not calling you up and nagging in your ear about my beliefs, then what are you so worried about? I'm going to quote myself here okay? :

"I know there are people who believe he is a good man with good intentions and I am not trying to take anyone's faith away, as I would hope you would try not to rob me of mine."

Am I being horribly harsh here? I'm telling you to take no offense to what I am saying. I'm stating my opinion on MY blog and that's the jest of it. I'm not coming to your site and ranting about it am I? And I could, but that would just be disrespectful. I like to hear anyone's opinion, even if it doesn't relate to mine. And I'm not the type who would tell you that you are wrong. It's YOUR thoughts and they belong to you. I respect that. So if you're going to come here and get upset about MY thoughts, then just don't come. I don't know what else to say. My art is completely separate from my opinions and if I'm offering you to come look at my art, then just look at my art. Nobody said you have to read through my other posts. Especially if they're not to your liking. So if there has been anybody to take offense to my political and spiritual opinions, then all I can say is, sorry you feel that way. I'm not chastising you for yours. Have a great day everyone.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Artistic Cheer

I've been feeling a bit strange lately and thought that I needed some artistic therapy to cheer me up so I made this Christmas tag along with this pendant. The pendant square is from 7gypsies and all I did was glue my paper to the backside of the square, as well as gluing the butterfly onto the paper. I put some glue on the inner rim of the square and then sprinkled micro beads all around. After that I filled it with Glossy Accents and let it dry overnight. The weird thing is, is that the Glossy Accents crackled. And no, I did not accidentally use Crackle Accents. Either way, it came out nice I think. As much as I'd like to have Tim Holtz's Christmas stamps, my LSS doesn't carry them and I'm not about to pay shipping so I deal with what I have. The dangling beads were originally clear but I wanted them to have Christmasy colors so I covered them with alcohol inks. And that's it. Gonna get ready to run to the store so I'll check in later. Bye!

It's Never Wrong to Have Faith

By now, all of you should know about my great hatred toward Bush right? And also my avid belief in Nostradamus. The predictions I've made about Bush being the anti-Christ and so on.....

Let me remind you that my predictions or should I say interpretations of this awful world right now are none other than my own and they are derived only from what the Higher Power is telling me. This hell is to be over with. Soon. The man is going to disappear much quicker than his undoing of this nation, but my stand is planted firmly on his role as the living devil. I know there are people who believe he is a good man with good intentions and I am not trying to take anyone's faith away, as I would hope you would try not to rob me of mine. My Savior has spoken and I hear Him so clearly. We WILL conquer this land bound hell we live in. We WILL have peace and serenity here on Earth. We have many, many more lifetimes to heal. It's not going to be easy or quick, but it will come. Famish will subside. The economy will rise. We WILL be in this Heaven on earth. I beg you all to just listen and open your eyes. those of you who are tired of the depression. Those of you who are tired of the lies. It will subside. I PROMISE. I'm sure you're thinking, "how can she PROMISE something like this?" and to be perfectly honest, I don't know. I don't know how I can promise this. But I can. And I will. I've done plenty of research and I find things that just enable me to share more of this confidence with you all. Society today has it's uptight opinions about all this stuff I'm talking about. That it's crazy. That it's absurd. That it's all a mirage that we carry with us. I'm just saying, for once, put down your biased-focals and see it my way. Even for just a minute. Breathe a little peace. I'm having a really hard time right now. My mind is constantly stirring and I feel like somebody is in my head, churning my mind with a spoon. But honestly, I think I know who it is. My faith has subsided over the years because of confusion and anger. I couldn't understand why things were spiraling so out of control for all of us. I began to think it was punishment. But what did I do? What did all these innocent people do? Well, I started thinking about life, and lessons. I started thinking about all the innocent, hurt individuals in this world who don't deserve to be put through this mess. The majority of the world is losing it's faith. There is anarchy and we have become so spiritually negligent. Then it came to me. I thought about how it was when we were in school. When one kid would do something bad, there would be a warning given. He would do it again, and he would receive a second warning. Still unruly, he would continue to misbehave until punishment was given. Majority of the time the punishment was upon the whole class. That's not fair, we all thought. We didn't do anything wrong! Why should we be punished?! BUT, did you follow in the boy's footsteps and misbehave the way he did? No, you didn't. You learned a lesson. You now know better than to disobey. This is what He is teaching us. He is showing us what can happen when we all disobey His word. He is telling us that we had better shape up or else. This is just a glimpse of what could come. The world is faithless. People are behaving like tyrants. But once we open our eyes and hearts to reality true reality, not the false reality we have given ourselves, we can begin to make anew. Nobody can hold you back from seeing what you want to see. It is time to see the truth. It's gonna take time but it can be undone, and it will be undone. To move on with this post, I want to redirect you here to read about Nostradamus' words on "The King of Terror" none other than.....well, you know. I wish I could let you all into my mind and the things that stir in there but I think if I went on about all those things, you'd be a bit frazzled. No matter what anyone says, I know, in my heart, that there is a divine force pushing me to think and imagine. As I said in a previous post, I was being guided by my faith and my trust and I still strongly feel that way. According to Nostradamus, the second coming of Christ is upon us. It's not in the future my friends, it's NOW. Don't expect to see Him in the flesh. He isn't here as Himself. He's here through another. Another who is going to bring the peace to us. I am so excited about the future and I really hope you all are too.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My White Christmas

So living in Bullhead City, Arizona most of life means no snow. If I want snow I don't have to travel very far though, although I'd rather do without. I'm not one for the cold. But I do think that snow is beautiful and oh so festive. It's the ultimate Christmas scenery. I've had this little wooden fence thingy for a while and have been waiting to get an idea for it. Today was the day. Since Christmas decor is scattered through my house, the idea popped into my head for this little project. I am quite pleased with it and so is Breana. She's so proud of herself that she helped out. She definitely loves crafting and cooking. So here it is. My little snowy scene. BTW, the pictures do it no justice (hee hee).

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Disturbance in the Slumber

So here's an interesting little story I have to share with you tonight. It's 11:45 pm. Almost midnight. I am sitting here in front of my laptop trying to stay awake. I know I should be sleeping considering that I am forcing myself to sit here. However, I am just not looking forward to actually falling asleep. Okay, let me take you back to the beginning...


A week or so ago, I was having awful sleep and I think it was because of my pillow. It had become very flat and didn't have much support to it. After a few nights of painful sleep I decided it was time to go out and buy a new pillow. I went and searched and decided on a memory foam pillow. I had heard great things about them and figured I'd try it out. So I take it home and the first thing I do is air it out and put a little white musk oil on it to rid it of that "factory" smell it had. That was done, now to actually sleep on it. The first night was little different and it was a bit awkward since I've never really been used to anything like that (you'll really have to try for yourself to understand) but I pushed on with it. By the third night I was thinking, hey this isn't so bad. THEN...I started having these dreams...and let me say, I haven't had a dream in a very long time. Not too sure why, but I haven't. So anyway, I started having these dreams that involved my children. Not your happy go lucky dreams either. The first on was about my son Jimmy. He was with me at home with some other family members when all of a sudden, my aunt brings out a baby. It was HIM! Jimmy! As a baby. Yet he was still sitting next to me, as the six year old that he is right now. She handed him to me and I became very sad. Sad that my little boy wasn't a baby anymore. I held him and he just stared at me lovingly the way he had when he was a baby. I could actually feel his hair in my fingertips. It felt the way it did when he was a baby. And I could smell. I smelled him crazily. He smelled so sweet the way he always had after a bath. I started to cry and I guess unknowingly, I was REALLY crying. I woke up bawling. It wasn't a bad dream...but it wasn't the happiest either. It was just strange. The next night, I went to bed on my new pillow and fell asleep quickly. Good I say. NO...it was not good. I started dreaming. This time, it was about my little girl, Breana. For some reason she magically had a twin sister. All I can really remember was her, and her "sister" playing outside and then one of them was gone. All of a sudden people were screaming. There was a HUGE (and I mean HUGE) coyote or wolf or something running around the town. So HUGE that I could see it CLEARLY from about a mile away. I frantically took Breana inside but realized that Breana #2 was missing. My stomach turned (and I could really feel it) and I automatically thought she was eaten by that huge dog thing. I ran inside the house freaking out only to find her asleep in her grandpa's bed. I hugged her tightly and then...I woke up. What the hell kind of dream is THAT?!?! So that morning wasn't all that pleasant either. Going on with my day until nightfall....I was a bit apprehensive on going to sleep being that these last two nights bothered me so much....I lied down anyway. It's not like I can really stay awake forever right? So to sleep I go. On this damn pillow. Dream time please just leave me alone. No....no, why would you leave me alone? You apparently like to torture my fragile mind don't you?! Again with the wretchedness of it all. This dream was bit more disturbing. I for some reason, was in a house that I had never seen before. I think I remember a cruise ship but I can't seem to be able to piece it together all that well so I'll just leave that out. I was in this house with some other people...we were wandering around until we met this woman who showed us to our rooms. We settled in our rooms when all of a sudden I heard screaming (again with the damn screaming) and I rushed out of the room into what looked like a main foyer. Nothing. Okay...I'll head back to my room. Screaming again! What the hell is going on?!?! Back to the foyer. Nothing. I'm getting a little annoyed with this now. On my way back to my room there was the woman. She looked at me with an evil stare. Then all I remember was running around crazily and climbing on top of rafters and beams trying to get away from this scary lady who I'm assuming was trying to kill me. I met a boy, who seemed to be running from her too. We frantically fled from the maniacal woman and ended up outside. We ran through stalks of whatever the hell it was and reached a lone payphone. He called the police and then.....I woke up. What IS all this bullshit?! I'm really not enjoying this. Not one freaking bit. Then of course...last but not least. Yesterday night. I'm actually laying there in my bed, staring at the ceiling, praying to God that I DON'T dream of anything. I would like to have one peaceful night where I just don't dream. And I thought insomnia was bad. I fall asleep inevitably and head off into this hell I call dreamland. This dream was once again about Breana. I remember her playing outside with someone...don't remember who...and she was being happy and joyful until something made her mad. Noah (my honey and her daddy) came out to find out what was wrong. She was MAD! Really mad. Then the dream moved into a weird basement thing that was outside our house (we don't have a basement) and Breana was being so horrible to her dad that he took her down to this basement. She had something strange attached to her finger (pinky finger to be exact). It looked like a little metal claw. I told Noah about it and he asked her what it was. She turned and looked at him with this horrid, demonic look and just screamed. Then she tried to stab him with it. I'm thinking she was trying to actually kill him. I yelled and grabbed her begging her to stop. She was not gonna stop, that's for sure. I heard this horrible beeping noise and for some reason it made her calm down. It was so loud and she apparently didn't like it. She stopped fighting and went in the corner of the room. The beeping was still going strong when I realized it was my alarm clock and it was time to wake the hell up! Thank God for that alarm otherwise she might have gone even crazier and my awful dream would have continued. So here I sit tonight. Pondering on sleep. I want to so badly but I really am afraid to go to bed. Is it the new pillow? Can a pillow even do that to you? I'd like to think not, but then again I'd like to think so. If tonight turns into what these other night have been then maybe I will re-think this memory foam and possibly even go back to my flat friend. At least he never gave me nightmares.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hi everyone! So I definitely had a productive weekend. I spent a good majority of the day snuggled up in my craft room. Inking and painting and sanding and all that other yummy stuff we love to do. I bought this little shelf thing (not really sure what it is) at the Salvation Army a while back ago, knowing I could do something with it. It has sat in my craft room for quite some time until I got a spark of creativity and went to town on it. I decided I wanted to turn it into something similar to a shrine. Not actually a shrine, but something similar. You get it. Right? Anyway, I got an idea so I went with it. I used some pictures out of a vintage Vatican painting book and made that my main focus. All the rest emerged from there. So in my opinion, it's a faith derived piece. Something meaningful. I plan to hang it in my livingroom and put a candle and some other little knick-knack on it. Maybe a Virgin Mary statue or something. Anyway, here it is. Plenty of mixed-media here.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Manila Tags For Sale

Just to let everyone know, along the sidebar on the right, I have for sale #8 Manila Shipping Tags. I will be selling them in bundles of 10 for $3.50. This includes shipping as well. I know many of you out there do not want to buy the tags in bulk. Especially since they are so expensive! I have many so I am offering to sell them in this allotment. You can purchase as many as you'd like as long as it is in multiples of 10. All you need to do is e-mail me from the link on the right and tell me how many you'd like as well as your name, address, and telephone number (just in case there is a problem). I will then send you an invoice through Google Checkout (secured site) and we can finish the process. If by chance you cannot send your payment through Google Checkout, I will take a check or money order and your items will be shipped once monies are received. Easy right?

I hope to help anyone out that needs some tags but cannot afford them in bulk.

Enjoy your night!

Natalie

Getting Back In The Groove

Hey there. I've been MIA for a couple days. Sure you didn't notice, lol. I plan to get back into the groove of blogging and crafting. Putting a little more effort in the post I make. I've been a bit busy lately. Cleaning up the house, taking down Halloween decor and pulling out Christmas decor. I can't believe it's so close. But if I decorate now, I will have it all up as long as possible and for me that's important. Christmastime brings me such joy and happiness. I get this perkiness and float about all giddily. But isn't that what Christmas is all about? Happiness? Yes indeed. I have some projects planned out. Although I hate to "plan" anything because it never seems to work out the way it was planned. So, let's just say I have some creative thoughts. Since I don't have anything interesting to show you or talk about tonight, I thought I'd post a picture to possible give some inspiration. This might be something I do with every post....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


November 4th, 2008. A day that will be recorded in American history. The stories my great-grandchildren will learn about in their history class. The day that broke the mold for America and her citizens. A God send he is. The impact this election will make on us is immense and I will cherish this moment for the rest of my life. Our time is just beginning. This is a good thing.

Obama/Biden '08

Vintage Snowman

Good Morning everyone! I had quite the busy little night. I got my newest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and on the front cover was the most beautiful snowmen I had ever seen. I was instantly inspired. I went into my, as the pros say, "studio" and rummaged through some tid-bits until I found the perfect items to use for my Vintage Snowman. I was so overjoyed once it was done that I ran around the room trying to decide who to show first. Lol. Ahh, the joys that Christmastime will bring us. I had a great time and now have a gorgeous decorative piece to show for it. I definitely HAVE to make more. I just have to find some different sized glass bottles. So to express how wondeful I think it came out, I have some pictures for you. I do hope you enjoy him as much as I do. Until next time.....


Monday, November 3, 2008

Layout Time

I was a bit bored this morning and decided to make my friend Shannon a digi layout. I used everything from Christina Renee Designs although the "Ultimate Art Collection" is no longer available. So if you liked the stuff that much, maybe you could contact her and see if she could help you out. Anyway, this post is gonna be short. Just wanted to show you what I've made.

Late Night


Good morning guys! I woke this morning about 6:30am a bit groggy from the night before. Well, it wasn't really the night before, more like a few hours prior. Can't you tell by the horrid mess on my work table? Lol. I was up making some Christmas tags. Can you believe it's already that time???!! I still vividly remember last Christmas. I had a lot of fun making these.

OH! Before I forget to tell you.....go listen to the song "Where I Stood" by Missy Higgins. It's wonderful and I'm loving it right now. I'm sure I'll play it out like I do with every other song. But isn't that the joy of music?

Anyway, back to the main subject. The tags were sooooo fun!! Other than the fact I wish I had #8 tags instead of #5. The #8 is bigger but they don't sell them in stores. None here anyway. I'm gonna have to order them in bulk. Do I really need 1,000 tags? I guess so. I also wish I had some company while making them. Noah loves what I make but he doesn't really enjoy the process of actually making them. Lol. I don't blame him. I don't enjoy walking around Home Depot for 2 hours so I don't expect him to like to sit and watch me make my stuff. It's kinda nice sometimes to be alone though. Nobody can see your secrets or your creative process. That's something I like to keep cherished in me. I like to hear people ask, "how'd you do that??". It's very rewarding. So I decided to post some pictures of the tags. I will also post pictures of some of my creations, but that will be for later. I still haven't made that tutorial either. Thanks for reminding me Shella. Lol. I will. I promise. But for now, my photos.

Titled: Attic Santa


Titled: Rockefeller Christmas


Well, there it is. Hope you enjoy :)


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Young Crafters Society

I have created a Yahoo! group called "Young Crafters Society" where young art lovers can come and chit chat about whatever it is they enjoy. Whether it be mixed media, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, whatever! The sky's the limit. If you're interested in joining, you can go to www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/youngcrafterssociety or you can go the the sidebar on this site and enter your e-mail address to join. Once you send your request, I will receive an e-mail and I will accept your request. Easy peasy.

So, moving on...
I'm curious to know how everyone's Halloween went. Ours was good. There didn't seem to be very many people handing out goodies though. Not like in the past. And who can blame them? the economy is sickening right now. Either way, the kids had an awesome time and wanted to do it again today. Breana keeps asking me when the next Halloween is coming, and I have to explain that it's a whole year away. She's not too happy about that. Lol. Anyway, I'm headed off to the movies with my love. hope to hear from you soon!