Sunday, May 31, 2009
They shot photos of people they loved. Often times this involved standing in front of a car or truck as that is most often the "back-drop" for many shots. They also took pictures of their animals and I see that I got my love of animals, most especially dogs, from both of them. There is also landscape photos, which surprises me since both families were poor but still indulged when they were struck by the AWESOMEness of this world.
This picture of my uncle Carl when he was a small boy didn't really strike me as very artistic when I first saw it. Not until I flipped it over and read what my Grandma wrote on the back (see inscription above photo). The more I looked at the photo the more it really grabbed me. I can imagine being her and seeing my child in that calmness of the natural light and feeling that love that only a mother can know. Then I noticed the ART of it.
Make ART, even if it's just a picture. Take pictures, be in pictures and record your lives so that after you are gone other's will still see & feel the ART of your life.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
- I started a little 3x5 canvas painting of Valentine.
- I embossed velvet and cut out some pillows, pinned the fabric together to sew later.
- I cut & filed some brass and copper to make a pendant or pin but that is as far as I got.
- I made 3 Bingo charms but they still need to be soldered.
- I printed several charm size photos and cut them out & they lay in a pile.
- I took a little pig I got at my last auction and made some plaster wings for him that I painted and a twirly wire tail, I glued everything on but still want to fashion a big cone type birthday hat for him so he is unfinished....
- I fired some PMC that I had previously made only to watch it flop! I think I'm making my stuff to thin and my bezels are breaking off when I burnish them.
- I took photos that I'm going to eventually make note cards out of. First I want to distress them a bit in Photoshop. Here is a couple of samples.....
Maybe when I blog again I will have something finished!! At this rate I'll never get an Etsy site going! But I don't feel stressed like Jim~ my stuff is not things I have to get done so I'm pretty content just creating little bits here and there. One day, I'm sure it will all come together....
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Goofy, I know but someday I will be so happy I have these little phone videos! (Can you hear all the Missouri frogs??)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Valentine was the first to don the hat! I think she looks amazing considering she was 16 in January!!! Oh man, I truly love this little dog! I have been really, really blessed to have her for so long. Speaking of being blessed, I have such a wonderful family and I'm really lucky that we have all been so healthy and alive. I would post a picture of my mom and Jerry but my mom might suddenly die if she knew so I better not!~ That is one woman that thinks she always looks terrible in photos and I think she is so beautiful.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
- My first paid job was babysitting. I was only a kid myself....4th grade, so I don't think I was very good at it. Let's change that to I know I wasn't good! I remember talking on the phone, watching TV and eating the peoples food. I don't really remember much about the kids, in fact, I don't think I could even tell you their names now. I babysat for extra cash until I was 15 years old.
- In 5th grade a friend of mine and me decided to go next door and ask her creepy neighbor, (whose grass was up to our knees)if he would pay us $10 each to mow his yard. He agreed. It took the both of us the whole dang day to do it~He spied on us out the window the whole time. That was our first and last lawn job.
- When I was 15 I got a job at the amusement park World's of Fun. I worked in the African section in a toy store. My job, kid you not, was to play with the toys in the store. I would walk a puppet around, bounce a ball or have a fake snake around my shoulders and just talk to the customers. I think my boss was only 16 or 17. It was a really fun place to work. Very, very low pay $2.65/hour- that was less than minimum wage at the time. Missouri didn't have to pay min. wage if you were under 16 years old. I got to sale t-shirts for some of their concerts. In fact I watch Eddie Rabbit preform 4 times in one day. Some of my friends worked there too and their jobs were operating the rides. After hours they would let us on the roller coaster and run it without stopping several times. The park would also have parties for the employees and show movies and have free food. It was a really fun place to work! Those were the days.
- I worked at McDonald's for about 2 months. I HATED it! My older sister had already worked there for 2 years and when I came along everyone was so mean to me. I call those my Stevie Nicks days. I would have to go clean the parking lot often and guys would cruise through and holler "Stevie!". Of course I took that as a compliment but it was the perm- very in style in those days....
- I worked for a telephone soliciting company. That was a hoot! Hang up! Hang up! Hang up! We had a script we had to follow or get fired. They would listen in~ No matter what the person said, we had to keep on going with our script. The hang ups were ALWAYS a blessing!!!!! My friend Kendra always drove and we were always late. They didn't seem to care too much about that. ha.
- I worked at a clothing store called 579 shop. I don't remember how long I worked there- several months, maybe a year. I learned 2 things there. I learned to count back change ( a dying art), and I learned that one day when I grew up, I would have a magical steamer that got all the wrinkles out of clothes in one fail swoop.
- Sometime after that I worked at Sears. I stayed there for many years. I worked in men's clothing and shoes. I would put together whole outfits for men of all ages and now my husband won't even let me pick out a shirt for him and he hates all the ties I buy him. Go figure! There must of been some horribly dressed men walking around in the 80's. I worked with some good people and made some friends. It was fun but didn't pay the bills when my son came along.
- My 1st "big" job (one that paid MORE than minimum wage) was for a corrugated box plant. I was hired in as the billing clerk. I could write so many blogs about stories in that place. It was fun at times, torture at times, tiring at times and down right ridiculous at times! I wore many hats and had many titles while I was there. I met life long friends & a couple of boyfriends too. I lied to get the job and told them I knew how to 10-key. I had to learn fast! Guess no one knew or they just let me get by- I was the youngest person working there until I quit 8 years later to become a technician. The day I got the job is a special story that I will have to share sometime.
- "What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?" I also waited tables in a bar for a couple of months to earn extra money to pay off a hospital bill. That taught me to tip well. Did you know that at the end of the night the waitresses have to tip out the bartenders, no matter how crappy their tips are for the night AND if you did not tip out your bartender they would make your drinks really bad so people would complain & not tip you well. I knew this going into it because my brother's girlfriend got me the job but there were some nights I only worked 2 tables and made about $6 in tips and was expected to put money into their bowl too. Plus the "veteran" waitresses would steal your tables and your tips any chance they got. I absolutely hated that job. Mostly because it was a bar- I bet restaurants are not so cut-throat....
I think that about sums it up. I hope I'm not forgetting anything. Nothing real exciting but maybe a few surprises here or there. I can say~to date at least, that I've never been fired so I've been lucky and I've never had to go without work.
Work: it can be a blessing or a curse.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
my time as Grandma Stacey. He's not due till October but I'm looking forward to having a little one around once in a while. I'm sure I'll end up babysitting often and I'm also sure he will be photographed so much he will grow up knowing all about posing!! ;)