"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

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A little question

Hello my dear readers! I have a little poll to the left of this blog. Would you take a minute and let me know your thoughts? I appreciate it, and I appreciate you all so much. Warmly, Cathy ^..^

Friday, March 20, 2009

Extreme Shepherding

Yes, I'm once again writing a post in the wee hours of the morning. Almost 1:00 AM EST. Just back home from the Herding Group Association dog show in New Jersey. We are still not quite sure why this show is on a Thursday night, but it is always a fun show to attend because it draws so many Corgi people and we get to catch up with our friends.

Speaking of herding, you must watch this video, done by a group of fellows in Wales. It is amazing. It is like the Disney Electric Light Parade but instead of people wearing the lights....oh, you have to see for yourself. I just, well, have no words.
Believe it or not, Cathy is actually speechless. -CS ^..^
(p.s. you may want to scroll to the bottom left column of this blog to pause the music to hear the video!"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Stella would love to join you for some serious St. Patrick's Day partying.
Fair warning:
She can't hold her licker.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Blessings to you all.
With love from everyone here at home and
Cathy, Mary Elizabeth, and all of the Reinwood Corgis.
xo xo xo
-CS ^..^

Monday, March 16, 2009

New Original Corgi Art

This piece is entitled "Blowing Coat." (I know my Corgi owner kindred spirits can relate!)
*This is a three day listing on Ebay* Pop on over to check it out!

My items on eBay

Have a happy day! -CS ^..^

**Sold! New paintings in the works :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Spiffy-ing up the studio

My little studio is in desperate and long over-due need of a fresh paint job.

Looking out the studio back door, there is a new blanket of snow.

Even the furniture outside the studio is begging for some fresh paint.
That will have to wait until the Spring, however.

While the outside will have to wait, at least I am able to work on the inside. I've been completely in love with Alicia's blue, but since my house is surrounded by trees and light is precious, I decided to go with a lighter color, a lovely yellow, and use the blue as an accent color rather than do up the whole room with it.

I am using that blue along with quite a few others for accent colors instead. This, however, is why I think the people in the Home Depot's paint department run when they see me coming.

I can't even begin to tell you how many gallons of paint I have purchased, painted entire walls (or sometimes entire rooms) only to decide I didn't like the color and had to go back to the store. Then I discovered that you can buy small jars of paint which are intended to be samples for you to try out a swatch of color to see if you like it. For about $4 per color, they will go to their spiffy little computer and then mix up any color you like. Oh joy! Oh happy day! Well, for me anyway. The folks in the Home Depot paint department?....mmmm....not so much.

I have two identical sets of built in drawers with a long desk-top going across a radiator which is in the center of the two. The drawers are old and rather, well, crappy. They really should be replaced, but that will have to be on the 'some day' list. For now, I replaced and painted a couple of broken knobs and loosely hand-painted some cheery designs on the drawer fronts, trying not to get too 'perfect,' which is not easy for someone who usually paints tiny illustrative detail. It is hard to tell from the photo, but there is a bit of the pink shmooshed into the yellow and vice versa. The checkerboards are a bit wonky, you get the idea. There is an identical dresser to the right of this one. The Mister painted the bottom drawers (missing from the photo) blue for me so now I've got to decorate them up a bit. I will try and find a couple of old skeleton keys for the keyholes in the stripey drawers and hang a big fat colorful tassel from each one.

So I've got my lovely-favorite-blue drawers but now I need to paint something on them. I'm thinking a red rick-rack border? And I will need to do some sort of design on the knobs. What do you think?

I've still got quite a bit to do in the studio. I will show you when it is done. Oh, I do hope I will have enough paint to do my chair. If not, back to the Home Depot.....CS ^..^

Monday, March 2, 2009

Taking Chance

We've been giving my little studio a much needed paint job these past few days. Late yesterday afternoon the Mister, myself and our daughter stopped to have dinner. We watched some of the Lord of the Rings marathon and had really yummy salads and ice cream sundaes. After cleaning up a bit, I flipped through the channels to see if I could find out how much snow we might actually be getting. Did I mention it is snowing? Well, it is. We've got at least 6 or 7 inches out there so far. Anyway, while flipping the channels I was compelled to stop on HBO to watch the most wonderful movie starring Kevin Bacon. I didn't plan to, I was planning to go to bed 'early.' I'm so glad I watched this film.

It is the true story of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, USMC who had requested that he be assigned for military escort duty to accompany to his family the remains of 19 year old fallen Marine Lance Corporal Chance Phelps. From HBO's website: "His first-person account, which began as an official trip report, gives an insight into the military's policy of providing a uniformed escort for all casualties. The story became an Internet phenomenon when it was widely circulated throughout the military community and eventually reached the mainstream media. 'Taking Chance' chronicles one of the silent, virtually unseen journeys that takes place every day across the country, bearing witness to the fallen and all those who, literally and figuratively, carry them home. A uniquely non-political film about the war in Iraq, the film pays tribute to all of the men and women who have given their lives in military service as well as their families."

You can find the HBO trailer here, along with the airing schedule. If you are snowed in today as I am I highly recommend making a pot of tea and watching this film on HBO on demand.
Keep a box of Puffs handy.
Well done, Mr. Bacon. Well done. -CS ^..^