"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is.
Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!"--Tasha Tudor

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Puppy Pics

It has been a while since we took a few stacking poses of the girls. Mary Elizabeth and I took a few Corgis to a local OFA hip/Cerf Eye clinic early this morning (yawn!) that was sponsored by a Golden Retriever Club. We were the only Corgis there. By the time we got back to my house, the morning snow had melted and the sun was mostly out so what do 2 Corgi maniacs do? Go inside and get warm? Of course not, we take pictures! Out came the table, the camera and some chicken. Well, the girls were somewhat cooperative but they really wanted to play instead. The clouds made some shadows, but we were too cold to move to another spot! Have a lovely Sunday!
-CS ^..^

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Let's Have Tea!

I have friends who are coffee drinkers, and friends who are tea drinkers. We enjoy both here in the Santarsiero household. For some reason every day around mid-afternoon we always reach for the tea. Sure, there are some great teabags out there; but for some reason it justs tastes better when we brew the loose-leaf tea. Now before you go ahead and think that we are sitting here with our pinkies up; I will tell you that tea time around here every day is pretty informal. Most of the time I have to make sure I am dipping my juicy paintbrush into my water glass rather than into my tea/coffee cup (come on, I know you other artists out there have dunked into your drink a time or two!) I picked up this little box of 'scone mix' from Williams-Sonoma at Christmas time. They were pretty good, actually. Of course the strawberry preserves and clotted cream didn't hurt either. My daughter and I are very fond of these personal sized 'bee house' teapots. They have a mesh insert where you put your tea and then you simply pour in boiling water from the kettle, brew for 3 minutes or so and voila! Aren't those little tea cozies darling? They are made by Susan at one of my very favorite haunts in Connecticut. http://www.tpartyantiques.com/ She uses vintage fabrics and antique buttons and they are just the perfect size for these little pots. Actually, it was Susan who gave me the idea for my 100th post blog giveaway...I was the winner on her blog! Oh, you'll find me on their blog somewhere, they wouldn't let me leave without a photo! (We bloggers are obsessive about photos!) I am becoming addicted to 'Susan's Blend' tea. Completely delicious. Well, better head off before a Corgi eats the scones! -CS ^..^

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Corgi Kisses...

My items on eBay
New Original Art now on Ebay! Click the eBay icon here! Have a happy day. -CS ^..^

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Let's get physical...

What does physical therapy for a Corgi look like? Here is Miss Betony, owned and loved by our friends Cindy Read and Nancy Boyd. Betony's physical therapist is Linda McMahon. Cindy says, "Betony loves swim therapy and it’s helping to build her muscles and strength without stressing her joints. Almost better than the swimming, though, is getting to “bite water” with the spray hose afterwards, when Linda rinses the pool water off her. Photo #1 shows her on a kind of inflatable flying saucer—balancing on it and being moved around also helps build coordination and strength. Pretty amazing!" It is amazing! Go Betony Go! -CS ^..^

Monday, January 14, 2008

Snow Above, Corgis Below....

We woke up to a bit of snow this morning...

hmmm...the snow smells good...let's taste it!

Happy Monday! -CS ^..^

Friday, January 11, 2008

The good, the bad, and the ugly...

About 3 days ago I noticed one of our Corgis, Amy was having a little trouble walking. Her rear seemed a bit weak to me. As the day progressed, I noticed that she was coming up lame on her left front paw. In true Corgi style, however, she did not lose her appetite. Amy is a regular jumping bean, so I wondered if she had perhaps hurt herself flying (not a misprint, she believes she can fly) over something outside. Actually, I was hoping it was something like that rather than a tick-borne disease. In spite of using tick prevention, we still have wicked ticks here and we do obsessive tick checks. I brought her to the vet. Her blood test came back positive for Lyme Disease. Sigh. Sigh again. I really despise ticks. Just one day on the medication and I see an improvement and I am thankful that we caught it early. We are researching getting some guinea fowl. I understand they really eat up the ticks and mosquitoes. Anyone out there have any luck with these birds? They look like miniature buzzards to me. Cute in a weird sort of way...

Be right back, I'm brewing a pot of tea....

OK, I'm back.

My daughter just turned on the shower. After a minute or two in the steamy room, she called me in, "uh...Mom...?" "Yes?" "did you write this?" "Write what?" My husband left me a 'secret' message on the bathroom mirror this morning. J.S. + C.S. in a heart. Believe me, after almost 25 years of marriage, we've been through it all. The good, the bad and the ugly. I guess what keeps it going is more good than bad and ugly :) I love you, Johnny.

Wishing you all a weekend filled with happy surprises and all good things! -CS ^..^

Saturday, January 5, 2008

More Sunshine!

Here are a few more items that I did for the Sunshine Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club Specialty. The small beach painting was for the Best of Breed winner, the painted dog brushes were for other special winners. The large painting in the back was for their raffle. Their theme was 'The Fruit of Friendship is a Warm Welcome," hence the pineapple motif. The pineapple is a lovely symbol of hospitality. -CS ^..^

Friday, January 4, 2008