March 26, 2009

Life and Art

It has been a busy, busy week. I have had to put the mommy hat on a bit more then usual, and I have a lot of projects that I am working on. And to top it all off, when I finally DO get to log on to my Internet, my Internet high speed provider seems to be slacking on the job. I have to unplug and replug too much and one day I didn't even have my Internet service. It was a cruel day and I am way too addicted to my online communities.

On a good note, I have finished building my Eiffel tower "statue". After looking at it for a short time, I was able to get it all together quite easily. I then put each section together separately and next I glued it all together. I am really pleased with it. My next step will be to spray paint it silver and then I will add silver glass glitter. I am really excited to see the finished product. But don't worry. I will post lots of before and after pics. It will be a bit though because I am finishing up other swap projects first that have a dead line.

I have been doing a lot with the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group. I am finishing up my paper theatre for a swap and will be posting pictures of the shoe I altered soon. I am really proud of how it turned out and I think all of you will like it as well. Let's just hope my Internet provider doesn't infuriate me in the process. Come April, I am going elsewhere for my service.

I just ordered some extra copies of the April/May Stamper's Sampler. I am thrilled to have my Marie piece published and I can't wait to see how it looks in print. I am also counting down the days until the release of the Marie issue. I should have pre-ordered because I am super jealous of all the people out there that already have it. I feel like Santa has visited everyone else and not me. I bet cha it will be the first of many Marie publications. I hope so anyway.

Have to say, my art is my therapy. I am so thankful to God that I have many creative outlets. It really gets you through some tough times. I have a lot going on with both my husband's health and my oldest schooling. She has apraxia of speech and we are now learning that she probably has some other disabilities (if you want to call it that) as well. We were told that she is very smart, above average in many areas, but her apraxia makes it hard for her to communicate her thoughts. They said it is like she is trying to run a race but her feet are tied together. I am heart broken, but not surprised. I am blessed with parent's who take very active roles and are super supportive. The thing that bugs me though is that the public schools suck. There are so many problems with the system, that I won't even get into it. I am considering, and I never thought I would say this, but I am considering home schooling her for a little bit. The public schools just can't give her what she needs and there is no consistency in what they do in the classroom. It's all about scores and learning what is on the standardized tests. Ug, didn't mean to go there... as a former teacher it is hard not to be frustrated.

Okay, off for more coffee and to start my busy day. Hope all of you are doing fabulously and I will chat with you soon!


Vanilla Lavender said...

Your blog is looking amazing! Very pretty!

Magic Moonlight said...

I just love your Blog.... everything, keep the good work !!!! very pretty! Blanca.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Looking forward to the pics of your 'toinette goodies!

lisa said...

Oh my gosh, I really like your blog, and I also am waiting for the issue, just because of your blog, I read you often so I thought I would let you know your work is beautiful, all is well in the world today.

Paula said...

Great site Rhonda. I love your Antoinette art, I've had some inspiration myself. My name won't divert to my blog but you can see an acrylic album I worked on for her at I'd like to know what you think ... if it's ok to ask?

Summer Gypsy said...

Hi Rhonda!
Your art is amazing! Your blog is beautiful!!! I so agree about the school systems. We need change there. I tutor public, private, and homeschool students. So, I see it all, and a lot is totally unbelievable!!! OH, I get so steamed!!! Have a super weekend!
Hugs always,

Jennie said...

Hey Rhonda!
What fun changes you've made to your blog! Hang in there - your daughter will have a great life and be a success because of you, your patience and creativity. My best wishes to you, your hubby and your lovely girls.

Best wishes and high hopes to you!

Anonymous said...


I am very sad to hear of your daughter's afraxia condition. I've never heard of that before but can only imagine how difficult it must be not only for you but your daughter as well. I can't imagine what that must be like for her. You definately sound like a "great" mom and I know you will "step up to the plate" to handle this with love and grace.

I believe God gives challenges to those of us who are strong in character and courage with open and loving hearts. You appear to be one such person. My thoughts are with you.

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