"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

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A New Horse For Mary Elizabeth

Say Hello to "Toby." Toby is an 8 year old QH/Draft/paint cross. Height 15 hands approximately. A premarin foal rescued by Frank Weller eight years ago in Canada. He arrived USA soil moments before the World Trade Center was hit. As a result of this rescue Frank went on to rescue more foals over the years thus starting up an organization called Equine Angels Rescue Sanctuary (E.A.R.S).
Here is a photo of Toby when Mary Elizabeth first saw him.

I think it was love at first sight.

Here he is meeting his new friends, Deejay and Willie.

I wonder what they are telling him? Probably about all the treats

Santa was going to bring for Christmas.

What a happy life Toby is going to have!

Have a happy day, my lovelies! xo xo CS ^..^

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Movies

There are so many Christmas movies and specials out there. I can never resist watching them when they are on TV. There are some that I just seem to turn to again and again. They are as familiar as the special ornaments that get unwrapped each year to place on the tree.
Here are a few of my favorites. Some are new, some not so new. While my list could go on and on, I'm posting those that I've watched in the past couple of weeks.

Christmas in Connecticut. The classic starring the stunning Barbara Stanwyck. It makes me smile every time I watch it. I love her outfits in this movie. What a movie star she was.

Take Peace, A Corgi Cottage Christmas with Tasha Tudor. OK, OK, yes, I do watch this one all year round. I admit it.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. I love that Linus recites the real Christmas story from the Bible in this and tells Charlie Brown what Christmas is really all about. And Snoopy. When he decorates his house? Come on...that is awesome.

Prancer. So sweet. I just want to hug Jessica and take her home with me.

All the Rankin Bass movies from the 60's...especially Rudolph and Santa Claus is Coming to town...as a little girl I was always enchanted by Kris and Jessica's wedding scene in the woods with the Winter Warlock. I still am.

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Mmm....maybe not so mean after all, eh? Just a little misunderstood. Plus, my fellow artists and crafters, we must accept him as one of our own. After all, he did make his own Santa suit and reindeer, did he not? Crafting genius at the top of Mt. Crumpit.

While not technically a Christmas movie, "Little Women" with Winona Ryder is one of my favorites. Its got enough Christmas scenes to qualify for a spot on my Christmas movie shelf. Who wouldn't want to 'go a-wasailling' with the March girls?

"A Christmas They Never Forgot" Little House on the Prairie movie. It is a compilation of 'rememberings' by the characters as they are snowed in at the Ingalls one Christmas. It includes the part of the Little House pilot movie where Mr. Edwards crosses the creek to bring Mary and Laura their red mittens just like he got when he was 'just a sprig in Tennessee' and they each got a 'cookie made like a heart and sprinkled with white sugar.' (Insert blissful sigh here...)

The Muppets Christmas Carol. Michael Caine as Scrooge. Classically narrated by Gonzo. Fun musical numbers. Kermit and Miss Piggy. What more do you want?

Love "The Holiday" with Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. I especially love the relationship between Kate Winslet and Eli Wallach's characters in this film. Oh, yes, and Iris's cottage. I believe it was built for the film. Love love love....

Of course, Its A Wonderful Life. My Corgi, "Bailey" was named after George Bailey in this film. Does that tell you how much my husband and I love this one? He still cries at the end every time he sees it. (Which is one of the reasons I love him so...)

What are some of your favorites? Whether you can steal away a few minutes from your Christmas preparations or settle in after the big day with a big bowl of popcorn I hope you get the chance to enjoy a few of these or your own special favorite holiday movies. Let me know if you see a good one! xo xo CS ^..^

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Long Winter's Nap....

I know, I know! Can you stand the cuteness?
xo xo -CS ^..^

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

OK, NOW I can deck the halls...

It has been a bit of a whirlwind of worry around here since Thanksgiving. Even if Jacob Marley came to my door clanking every chain he's got, it couldn't have scared me more than what we've been through these past few days. My dear Daughter-In-Law to be, Renee, (Liam's mom) was rushed to the hospital with blood clots in her lung and leg. She is not completely out of the woods yet but doing well, so your good thoughts and prayers are most appreciated! My son John was just beside himself with worry about his true love. The house is a bit of a train wreck and I'm a little behind in my Christmas decorating which I normally start the day after Thanksgiving. Oh well, who cares. Renee is going to be OK and that is the most important thing, right? Right.

These past days I've lit some holiday scented candles (I like to light candles all the time, but especially when I have lots of praying to do...12 years of Catholic school, what can I tell you?) and have had Christmas music playing constantly. It is amazing how you can decorate your heart with Christmas even without a single decoration up. Having said that, I am SO ready to decorate now. I do rotate which ornaments I hang up each year because our place is rather tiny and I love to collect Christmas decorations and things and I'm always making or finding something new to add to my boxes of treasures. Well, they are treasures to me :) It is kind of fun to do that because it never looks the same.

Oh! And "How are the puppies?" you ask? They are two weeks old and doing great. Here's a few photos. I promise to take more. Their eyes are opening and they are really crawling more and more, exploring their whelping box. Most of the time they look like they are in a little Corgi mosh pit. Stella is doing great and is a brilliant mom.

Have a happy Saturday my dear Corgettes! xo xo -CS ^..^

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Meet "Minnie"

Made entirely by hand from my original pattern, "Minnie" is an original Christmas Corgi Art Doll Ornament. Incorporating stitching, embroidering and needle felting, she is made from wool felt, wool and wool roving from a friend's sheep, and other little embelishments. She would love to come and be a Corgi-cuteness part of your holiday traditions for years to come.

She has even been kissed for luck by a baby Corgi puppy, fresh from heaven....

On Ebay now. 3 day listing ends Sunday evening. xo xo -CS ^..^

p.s. do check out the CorgiAid Original Watching Art auction as well. Link in previous post below.

My items on eBay

Friday, December 4, 2009

Original Art To Benefit Corgi Aid On Ebay Now!!!

OK, I want them all. All of them I tell you. Please click over to eBay and bid with all your heart on the lovely Original illustrations from The Watching. All of the artists donated the Original artworks to CorgiAid and 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will benefit Corgis in dire need of love and care. Here is Bailey watching over my illustration from Chapter 7. Please note the seller ID is not mine it is CorgiAid (one word) if you need to do a search. There are many charities that we just don't know how the money is spent or where it goes. All of the money that is raised and donated to CorgiAid (all grassroots efforts by kind hearted Corgi lovers which includes fairs and picnics, donations and raffles, auctions etc.) helps Corgis in need of medical care and attention that otherwise they would not receive. THANK YOU so much for your generosity! xo xo -Cathy ^..^ p.s. **you will find Barbie Sonnett's lovely sculpture from The Watching at this link rather than the one above.