Friday, October 30, 2009

45 Lessons Life Has Taught Me

My friend Beth sent me an email with this in it. I think it's wonderful - should read at least once a week!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written."
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

I put #37 in bold because it is I often forget that.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I Want to Make this an ETSY Christmas.

I just love everything about etsy, and I want to do quite a bit of handmade shopping for the holidays. While I'm sure I won't find certain things on etsy, such as a DVD player I'm planning on getting or legos for my two year old, there are many things that I absolutely can and will buy on etsy, such as t-shirts, or fairy dolls and toys for my little girl. I could my dog a new bed and some treats and my dad a terrarium.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

OOAK Hand Painted Necklaces

Just for fun I painted on some wooden beads and tiles the other night. It's not the first time I've done this, tried something like this. It's just fun to do something a little different sometimes. The one on top sold on Sunday. I still have the bottom one, although my daughter modeled it for me for the last picture and right after told me that she REALLY liked it and wanted to keep it. I would give in, but she says that about about everything I make, especially the jewelery.
I am going to attempt these again but with different scenes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Dog is Going Through Some Changes

Remember the days of youth, when you tried new things and weren't afraid to look different. I guess we all need to go through this. Recently, my dog has decided to grow an afro. My husband and I are not happy with his decision, but we know we need to allow him some space to express himself as an individual, otherwise he might resent us and we love him, so we just try to let him be until he outgrows this experimental phase.

So, how do you express yourself? I love the Creative Everyday Challenge. I think that it is a great way to express yourself in a new and creative way every single day. Maybe it's time for you to try something different, loosen up. Speaking for myself I love to paint in oils and acrylics, but I've never tried watercolor. Maybe it's time to do that. You only live once (that you're aware of) and now is the time to do that thing that you've always wanted to try but for whatever reason haven't yet. Take a lesson from Kipper (the dog) and let your freak flag fly. Who cares? I'd be willing to bet that just about everyone you know wants to try something new and totally different that you'd be surprised to hear about. Be the first in your circle, start a trend of adventure and experimentation. Have fun with it.
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Cute Halloween Pendants - on SALE!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!This pendant below is on clearance because it has a few bubbles. My daughter helped me make it and it came out fine, except the little bubbles. They really aren't noticable when it is being worn.

The following three don't have imperfections, they are on clearance simply because Halloween is so close and I'd like to get them all into new homes before then. Maybe they'd love to come and live with you ...
They are each $3 and each order comes with a chain (if you order 3 pendants it comes with one chain.). If you'd like more chains - they are $1 each. The bottom three will be listed later on this afternoon.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Favorite Men

My life seems to be full of boys. They are five out of seven of my favorite people people in the world, the other two being my mom and my daughter.

Wesley was preparing for his future as a male super model in the above picture. He is funny and sweet and filled with wisdom like, 'I love Spongebob,' and 'That kitty will scratch you.' He NEVER stops moving, unless he is asleep. If he thinks that he hurt your feelings, he cries and says 'But I lub you."
From the left my husband is a sweet, no nonsense kind of guy (funny he married me - who is nothing but nonsense). He likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. My dad is one of the kindest, most genuine people you'd ever want to meet. My son Clayton - all the way to the right, is wickedly funny and so incredibly smart.
Last but not least is Kipper, he is a blanket stealer at night, and the things that he enjoys most are long walks on the beach (no really - he does) rolling around in dead things, and protecting our house from the masses of squirrels that torture him with their twitchy little tails.
I LOVE my boys, and I know they love me.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Organizing and Redecorating my Studio

Ummm..... I have a tendency to mess things up a little as I'm getting organized. My studio is pretty tiny and I was getting to the point where I couldn't find anything that I needed so I decided that it needed to be completely reorganized.
I didn't think this would be a big deal - I mean how messy could such a teeny room get. Well apparently, pretty messy. So, I did what I usually do while reorganizing - I got about half way done and then I started looking at old pictures and reminiscing for two hours and then I went to bed.

I have a long day of throwing things away, moving things and hanging art on the walls. For such a small space, this studio has A LOT in it. Somehow I managed to pack it all in very tightly.
By tomorrow I will be posting pictures of a clean and beautiful studio - hopefully.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Feeling the Need fof Change

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Right now, in my life there is a need for a huge overhaul of change. I feel that my shop needs change, my house needs change and my to-do list needs a change. I believe that unless you change what you are doing, nothing else will change either, and I need a change in my life.

Don't get me wrong - I am not unhappy. That is not the case at all. I just want more out of my life.

There is so much potential for improvement, and I am determined to make it happen. I do not want my children to settle for less than they want, and less than they are capable of achieving, so I have to set an example.

My shop needs as many changes as my house, and my house needs LOTS of changes. I will be changing the photos, descriptions and even the prices. I think that I will be going by a formula for each piece so that it is completely objective.

I will take photos of the house as the work progresses. I just need to beautify.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


It's so cliche but life truly is so short and it just flies by with incredible speed. There are so many wonderful things to see, amazing new things to try and interesting and kind people to meet. There is something to be said about a simple life, appreciating your family, doing what you love to do to earn money and enjoying the time that you are given. Why waste the precious moments of your life unhappy?
Allow the everyday things in your life to bring you joy - and they will. Being happy is a choice. It is true - there are times that are challenging when it is difficult to smile, we all have those. For the majority of the time though, there are things that you can find wonder and joy in and there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.
What is you joy? Where does it lead you? A walk with my children in the neighborhood caused me to meet a great friend, a trip to a yard sale just yesterday brought me to sisters who wanted an artist to paint portraits of their family for Christmas, a casual conversation with someone at the post office turned into some great advice, and on and on.

It's everywhere, sometimes we just don't see it, but joy is in all places. I love the way that little children find joy in simple things. My littlest one thinks that the dogs tail is the funniest thing he's ever seen. He puts his hand out so the dog's tail will hit it and he laughs hysterically.

What if we all thought like silly children sometimes?

What if we made the absolute best out of what we had and appreciated the things that others did for us instead of trying to always get just a little more from them?

There are so many reasons to be grateful, joyful and happy. It so far outweighs the bad - if we allow it to. Remember the people in your life that you love and tell them, recognize the wonder of the things around you. There is beauty in simple things, take the time to notice. I don't know if we are reincarnated or really what happes to us when we are no longer here, but I am going to live like this is my one shot.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Now Offering Custom Portraits

About eight years ago I started Giggle Goddess (then called Rhiannon's Daydreams) by doing custom pencil portraits. It was fun, I did pretty well for a while and then I decided that I wanted to do fantasy portraits and different kind of artwork. I haven't done custom portraits in quite a few years.

The above was a portrait of my neighbors done in pencil and the painting beneath is my daughter and although it isn't done yet, I wanted to put it on my blog to announce that I will be offering custom portraits again.

The above is a 'Touch of Color' portrait which is basically a black and white painting with a little bit of color just where you want it. This is a 5"x5" and is on sale in my shop for only $35.00. The canvas is gallery wrapped (meaning it's thick) so it doesn't require framing. It can be hung on your wall as is. If you have more than one child I think this size is nice because it can be hung anywhere. That is the nice thing about the black and white, you don't have to worry about matching it to your furniture.
I will be offering colored custom paintings as well in many different sizes, right now I only have two sizes in my store but the other sizes will be up there soon. If there is a size you'd like, don';t hesitate to ask.
I will be offering the following:
Black and white portraits in pencil.
'Touch of Color' portraits.
Color pencil portraits.
Painted portraits.
They will come in any standard size.
If you'd like to order a custom portrait, be aware that with my current workload I need about three weeks in order to complete a painting, but this time may increase as my workload increases, so please plan accordingly.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

An Objective View

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I thought that I really liked the way my booth looks when I have it all set up with all of my work on it. There are so many colors and different things to look at. I decided when I went to the show this past weekend that I would take photos and then wait a few days to look at them to see what I really thought about my booth.

Then the kids, Shannon and I went to the Scituate Festival and each booth looked like a mini store, they were all so professional looking. I got a lot of ideas about how I'd like to set up my own booth.

This morning I took a deep breath and peeked at the photos of my booth from last weekend's show. Ugh ...

There are so many things that I need to change before next season. First of all, until you get right into my booth, you can't even tell what I am selling.

I need to find a way to get all of my art to stand up straight and face front. From ten feet away, you can't even see my art.

Now that I've seen some gorgeous booths, I REALLY don't like my booth and the way that it is set up. I have one more out door show this season and then my hubby and I need to get crackin' on building some new way to display the art. My husband is a MASTER at building and designing. There is no excuse for it to look like this.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Scituate Art Festival

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First, let me just say that Scituate is a beautiful little town, especially at this time of year. The fall has changed the leaves on the hundreds of trees near the reservoir and it is so pretty that I had to take photos of it for a possible future painting.
I took my baby sitter/friend with me and away we went. We only got lost once ;) It actually really wasn't that bad of a drive and we knew there would be traffic, this is one of the biggest festivals in the country.
If I had brought $10,000 I could have easily spent it there. The art was beautiful, the jewelry, clothing, glass work, bath and body stuff, stuffed animals, music - it was all beautiful. There was a lot to take in, the crowds were enormous and there were so many vendors.
Next year, I WILL be a vendor there, it is a goal.

This is the entrance to the festival, there were thousands of people, it is almost overwhelming.

I adore this person's glass work. The little pumpkins are just adorable.

Selene tried some killer bee honey and it was definitely different from regular honey. It was super thick and a little bitter.

Driving home we got a little lost - of course. For some reason whenever Shannon is in my car, I get lost.

There was a lot of walking - I guess Beanie's little legs couldn't take it.

Awesome festival - I highly recommend if you are in the RI area for Columbus Day weekend next year that you stop by and see it. I'll be there - as a vendor this time.

Just as a side note - when I dropped off Shannon I went to pick up Clay and this song came on that I'd never heard before and I must say - it's a new favorite for sure. Something about it reminds me of being really little.

Friday, October 9, 2009


Huggermugs is such a cute shop! In her own words:

"I am a stay-at-home mom to a lively toddler, and I love creating things. One of my greatest joys in life is making something with my own two hands, and I also love imagining how much someone else will enjoy my creation. My craftiness knows few bounds: among other things, I crochet, sew, decorate clothing, and make collages on notebooks and journals. And I'm learning to knit! If I didn't have a toddler to tend, I'd probably spend most of my time either crafting or writing, as I'm also a freelance writer. One meaning of the old word huggermugger is "jumble," and this shop is definitely a jumble of different things, so it felt like a fitting name for my shop.All my items are handcrafted in a smoke-free, pet-free home. To learn more about me and my crafting and writing, check out my blog:

I love this one, it is probably my favorite in her shop.

I wish I had a little baby to put this on:

My daughter would like this one:

Thursday, October 8, 2009


I started doing ACEOs just a few weeks ago. Before then I had never even heard of them. I have to say, I LOVE painting them, I love looking at them, I just love them. Below are the ones that I have done so far. They are so much fun.

What is an ACEO? ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. The trend was started by an artist on Ebay about two years ago, and has now become a movement. ACEOs are tiny collectible pieces of art, like a baseball card of the art world. An ACEO is always . That is the size of a standard sports trading card. The only rule about an ACEO is that it must always measure two and one-half inches by three and one-half inches in size. This is the ONLY rule, ACEOs can be made from any material and be any subject. ACEOs can be matted and framed to hang on the wall, or stored in an album just like the kind that a sports card collectors uses. They are very fun to collect and trade.