Sunday, February 19, 2017

In Through The Out Door

G'day All!
Hope everyone has been doing well since our last chat....

Yes, I know, it's been an eternity since my voice was heard.
Sorry.

Life kinda got turned upside down and it took a bit to get myself pointed in the right direction again.



Curious?
Let me see if I can summarize without writing a small novel.

You may recall that in mid 2015 I  went through a divorce. At the time it wasn't a major disaster. Well, low and behold, it took more out of me then I thought. Sally didn't move out right away, it was later in 2015. I guess it was her absence that finally made it official. It wasn't a great big BOOM. It was more like a pinhole in your tire.
Well, my boat finally surfaced right side up.
We keep in touch, once a week or so. She seems to be happy and that was all I ever wanted for her.

That took up the better part of a year...
Yep, I'm slow.

I was still creating during that period. Just not as much as normal. Nothing to speak of really. Just minor things when the urge was too much to ignore. Don't ask what...as I am writing this, I can't bring anything to mind. Wow, how sad is that? Hhhhmmm.

Ok, fast forward to mid 2016...
July/August my thoughts turned to Halloween - hard to believe, right?
Well, even that fizzled out. I did not decorate for Halloween.
However, I did attend an outing for Samhain at Dragon Hills Retreat. Made some new friends. It was my first time going to a gathering. To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive. But ultimately I enjoyed myself and was glad for the chance to meet people with a similar bent.
I have always had an 'outside' view of things. My parents had their beliefs but they were never drilled into my head. If I had questions they were always there to answer them or suggest things I may not have thought about. But I was always encouraged to make up my own mind.
I also realized at a fairly early age that things happened for a reason. It may not always be the outcome I wanted but it was almost always for the best. I've also been drawn to nature, to the Earth. To see past 'life' and examine the underlying flow of things. I also realized many (many, many) years ago that people are connected to one another whether it's noticed or not. The incident that made this crystal clear was when I had a friend attacked and robbed in downtown Denver. I was at home at suddenly got this feeling of dread that literally made me vomit. Five minutes later the phone rang for me to come a pick them up. I've also had 'feelings' of not wanting to take a certain way home to find out later that something happened at that very spot. So during my late teens, early 20's I learned to listen to that little voice whispering in my ear. Then the inevitable happened....I grew up and let the voice fade. Stupid? Yes sir.
Well, fortunately, that little voice never gave up on me. Early in 2016 I started hearing it again. "Take this road today". Finding out afterwards there was an accident.
What has this got to do with anything, you ask?
It made me start questioning things again. Which is something we should never stop doing.

Long story short (I'm really trying not to write a book)...
I've always had paganistic views of the world. I've always been 'different', always. Well, mid 2016 I finally put a name to it. WITCH.
Yes, I am a witch. There, I said it. No turning back now.
I am a solitary. Due to several reasons. One, as I was taught when I was young - I will make up my own mind. Two, there aren't many groups in the area I live in.
Shocked yet? I hope not. And I'm certain that any of you that have read my posts with any regularity, this comes as no surprise.

Skip forward to 2017 - New Years day...I made the decision that 2017 would be my year. Period. No more doubts (easier said than done), no more procrastinating.
I worked out a plan for my artwork - I was going to relaunch myself. With a focus on what I was truly interested in. So, Phase One was launched  - my T-shirts and Talismans/Window Charms are now in my Etsy shop. Phase Two will consist of more goodies (don't want to spoil the surprise). It will launch on March 5 - my Dad's Birthday. And Phase Three will launch on April 13 - my Mom's Birthday. So mark your calendars! Now that I've said that, it's doesn't seem possible that my parents have been gone for so long. I miss them both an awful lot.

With Phase One I sponsored at Mid West Witches Ball. You can check them out and see my ad here. You can check out my Etsy shop here or use the link on the right hand side of this blog.

I know I had posted a couple of weeks ago that I was going to post soon...
Sorry for the delay - but my Grandmother passed away on February 6. So everything that was in my head to write kinda got pushed to the back.

I'm going to leave things at this for now...
I am going to do my very best to write once a week. So I hope you will all tune in for the ramblings of an old man (relatively speaking).


Until next time...Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!
And yes, the totally un-photogenic model in my Etsy shop is me. :)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

NEW BEGINNINGS!

Hello All! 


New Chapter in Life!


Post Coming Soon, I Promise!


NEW LISTINGS IN MY ETSY SHOP TOO!!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Hairy Greetings From The Park!

Good morning All!
Hope you have been well since our last chat!
I've been working and trying to stay focused. Have had some success with the latter. :)

I've continued with 'Fallen' - adding little bits here and there. Nothing major. He does have hair now though. The more I look at it the less I like the blue sky. May have to change it. Not sure just yet...
gots a Ceasar 'do

Last weekend I got to spend time with my Children and my Grand 'Berries'! It was really nice to have everyone together. We met up at Tallapoosa Park. We had lunch and then the kids played at the park for a bit. It was a really nice day too. Sunny without being overly hot. 
five of the six Grand Berries!
Madison isn't quite big enough yet...
though we did take a stroll along
the paths

And don't forget! Halloween is coming! When the Great Pumpkin will rise from the Pumpkin Patch...oh wait, that's another story! Times-a-wasting! Hope you'll join me in sending out some Holiday Greetings!
Available in my ETSY SHOP!

That's all for now...Have A Fantastic Week!

Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!!


TTFN




Tuesday, September 01, 2015

GIGANTIMONGUS ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Hello Boils And Ghouls!!


It doesn't seem possible but it's almost that time again!


Halloween! 

Yes, I said it...Halloween!

As anyone who knows me will attest that this is my favorite time of the year.
The colors, the smells, the chill in the air.
I am also a Creative (Artist)...
and this year I have a new offering for your enjoyment.

I have created two unique Halloween Greeting Cards.
Halloween is only second to that other holiday.
It's time to take Our Beloved Day to the next level!

In this time of digital everything, it's refreshing to receive a
physical, hold in your hands greeting from a friend or relative.
There is nothing better than going to the mailbox and finding a
greeting from someone that isn't a bill or advertisement.

That being said, I am offering two unique, complete wrap around
Halloween Cards to send a special greeting to those important to you,
I am also including Halloween stickers to seal the envelope 
with even more holiday cheer.




The package includes Six (6) Halloween cards
(Three (3) of each design)
Six (6) BriteHue Orange Envelopes (ORANGE!)
Six (6) stickers to seal the envelopes (or whatever you wish to adhere them to)
AND Six (6) postage stamps (you don't even have to go to the post office)
Everything you need to make someone's day!

Halloween Sticker (without the watermark of course)


I hope you will join me in making this Halloween Season
the best it can be!

My goal is to spread Halloween Cheer to as many as possible.
I have 83 card sets to be sent out.
Only YOU can help me reach my goal!

Help Me To Make This The Best Halloween Season Ever!
Please pass this offer on!

Available in my Etsy Shop!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Bit Of The Old And A Lot Of The New

Good Day To You All!

I hope that everyone has been doing well since last we visited...
Things have been progressing. Slowly but steadily forward. So far hurdles have not been totally insurmountable. Just going to take some getting used to and making necessary changes. No pity parties...can't won't do it. Thanks for all the support from everyone! It is greatly appreciated!

Now...
as promised, pictures of what has been going on and what I've been working on.

Amy gave me a birdhouse, when she was making them. It was a prototype. I painted, stenciled, added a perch and a metal roof (scrap from work). I am very pleased with the results and it looks great hanging outside.

I also managed to get some vegetables from my small garden. That was until I had unexpected guests who seemed to like my tomatoes. The little buggers destroyed my tomato plants. It took me forever to realize that it wasn't a large critter (like the rabbit I thought it was). Turns out it was hornworms. Who knew that they left poop a quarter of the size of themselves? Not me! Unfortunately they ate 98% of the leaves and half of the tomatoes that were growing. And no, I don't mean 2 of 4 tomatoes, I mean half of every tomato that was there. BLAH!!

these are some of what I got...
couple of cukes and a few peppers

 
this is one of the little bastards that ate like a king...

I have been working on my oil painting, slowly, but working none the less. I have also gotten some interest from another potential buyer. She has fallen in love with the in-process photos and wants me to sell it to her directly. I may have to start another to make up for it. We shall see how it progresses.

so far...so good!

AND...
I have a new grandchild! Her name is Madison Paige. She was born August 13. 8lbs 6oz and 21 inches long. Almost identical to her big sister. And the two of them look so much alike. Baby pictures of the two of them when side by side look like the same child. Momma is doing fine and very proud.
This brings my total to six! Am I really that old? Hhhhmmmmm. Could be! :)

sleeping like a baby!

And lastly....
Watch for a BIG announcement. Coming soon! I can hardly wait to show it to you all!!
In the next couple of days -

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON...

That's all for now. 
Until next time...
Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!!


TTFN






Sunday, August 09, 2015

On Your Mark, Get Ready...Start Over

Good Morning World.

Well, it seems like forever since I've been here again....and I guess it has.
Not for the typical being lazy reasons this time.

The Mother of my children and the closest friend I have ever had declared she wanted to be free.
Back on June 11 life changed. For the better? For the worse? Can't really say just yet.
No big fight or argument. No accusations.
Just different roads. Seems at the fork in the road, I went left and she went right.
We managed 24 years together (just shy by a month). We had good times and our share of rough spots. We are trying to remain friends and I'm sure we can. We were friends long before we got married. I have, however, begun to notice little changes since it became official. Nothing glaring or outward noticeable. Just minor changes in attitude and the lack of conversations.

At any rate, that is the reason I have not been active on blogger. That and the fact that I had no internet connection - she took care of that and it was disconnected. I have it turned on again and will be posting regularly (as much as I normally do).

I have been working on my art. Not nearly as much as I would have liked to. But it's truly been hard to concentrate on much of anything. Due to that fact, I will not be posting any pictures today. I promise they are forthcoming though.

I am currently neck deep in my Halloween contribution for this year. I am very pleased with the progress so far. I have set a deadline for this coming week to have it finished and then I will share it with you all.

I hope that you all have been well and I look forward to chatting with everyone again.

until then...
Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!!


TTFN

Monday, July 13, 2015

Out Of Sight, Out Of MInd

Good Day All.

Once again I have gotten behind on writing....

However, I do have a reason.
The past few weeks have really been screwed up.
Major issues, decisions.

At any rate - I currently have no internet access at home. Once that is corrected I will do
a post and explain. I am still working on projects - at least that hasn't changed.


talk to you soon



TTFN