Saturday, January 26, 2013

An Eagle Graced My Morning!

I am sitting in my office-craft-laundry-bedroom on my computer and look up to see this big beauty land in the tree outside my window just now at 9:40 a.m. Saturday. He sits and overlooks the Bitterroot River just below him for 10 minutes and then flies off on his daily patrol. I am blessed – so blessed to be here! 

I am reminded daily of God's oversight of my life. I feel so small and insignificant, yet so happy in that state....

watch for Him - He is always watching, never far, sending reminders of His unchanging love for us.

Friday, January 25, 2013

My Warm Montana January - Starring Tooey!

Yep! This is Montana! Absolutely gorgeous on Thursday the 24th and I could hardly focus on work. I went outside running in the morning and walking in the afternoon and kept watching the bald eagle fly over the river and back. By the end of the day, most all the snow was off the road and much of the ground was showing. It was about 52 degrees out! 

...and Tooey was HAPPY! 

After an hour in the greenhouse, he went to sleep.....

Stay warm all you BRRR COLD peeps! 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Do You See What I See?

looking vs Seeing

How much time do you spend looking versus seeing? 

Looking is passive – seeing is active. How many of you after spending several minutes or even several hours with someone can answer this question? 

What color were their eyes?

Unless there is something that creates a striking contrast, most people will never remember eye color.

I wonder how much of life we are missing because we have turned into passive lookers rather than active see-ers? I am taking up a challenge this year to become more of an active see-er rather than a passive looker. I expect it to filter its way into much of my life, but I am making it a monthly artistic challenge and writing about it for the online publication I work for,, where you will find my full article. 

Below is my office-craft-laundry-bedroom. It is about 10' x 15'. 

This is the linoleum floor.

Here is a close up of one of the squares.....what do you see?

Here's what I saw.

I made a pencil rubbing, 

cut them out and added the second pencil rubbing.

I cut out appliques from cotton fabrics and placed them on a cream polka dot background that has fleece lining underneath.

I stitched the cats on, 

and placed the third tiny cat where I wanted him,

then traced around him with my fine point brown marker and used acrylic paint for details.

I added clouds

and a cotton back with another striped cat like the front one,

quilted around the clouds and small cat then added the road for perspective with some random stitching.

After sewing the back and front together, I now have a lovely pillow for my Catcalls shop! Click on the picture if you are interested in purchasing it or any other of the handmade cat-themed items in my shop! 


What do YOU see that others only look at?

Friday, January 4, 2013

What does YOUR kitty love?

Hey Chubbs – don't you mean you love to EAT voles? Yeah – I know. You're CVC around here. 
(Chief Vole Catcher)

Nipper went over the bridge in November and is livin' the good the sun of course. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013!

What a glorious first day of 2013! Good things must be rollin' in from the mountains! 

Here's to a kinder year!