easter greetings

thankful for…

my dh

my large extended family, including our kitty tribe

my health

my art

my life

my circle of friends

my education

my work & being able to make a decent living for us

my students

my passions (like art, welding and gardening, to name a few)

my yoga practice

my appreciation for nature & the world around us

the little things in life

all the basic necessities in life

my love & belief of a good and just God

all things that i hold sacred & dear

my little universe and everything in it.

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wishing you and yours a very happy and blessed thanksgiving!

xoxo mary ann

counting mine

 that is. 

i know that i’ve been grumbling a bit about all the end-of-the-(school) year meetings & paperwork lately & also not having enough time in the day to get to my many studio wips.  constant hectic activity will do that to you…but when i finally do get a chance to take a break, i really have to remind myself of all the loving kindness that really does come my way. 

 i’ve been working or have been working on some marie-themed arty wips, some of which were for swaps…

 & others for non-swaps, like the book collaborative i’m still working on for my lovely & uber talented bloggy pal, lisa,  who plans on publishing our collective work (lisa, myself & a few other artists).  i am quite honored to have been asked to be part of this collaborative & i really want to do my best work…but that takes a bit of time & a whole lotta concentration, you know?  i have been conceptualizing my plans for my contribution & am slowing getting things together.  not quite ready to share yet… 

 in the meanwhile, i have been receiving a few really generous & fantatstic prezzies from folks who were my assigned swap partners.  with my schedule the way it is, it’s taken me this long to give proper recognition & appreciation.  i really am grateful to have been partnered with some very thoughtful, creative pals!

 this lot came from lisa m.  (she just had a baby, so she says she has neither the time nor the energy to blog).  it was for this marie + tea-themed swap on flickr.  i sent her goodies, but i sadly forgot to take pix of what i sent her…but i assure you, she has emailed me, thanking me for all the goodies i sent her way!  i love everything lisa, especially the handmade necklace & matching earrings of your very own creation!  merci beaucoup!  🙂

 the next marie-themed swap (hosted by jaime) had to do with making a medium-large box & altering it to look like a cake a la marie-style, of course.  i posted a while back about what i made for my partner, tiffani.  & this is what she created & sent me in return>>> merci beaucoup aussi tiffani!   

 tres jolie!   & how clever of tiffani to use the “m” & “a” initials as they convienently could also be mine! 🙂

finally, the last swap that i’m going to share is actually a non-marie-themed one, hehehe!  it actually was a “mother goose” one.  it was hosted by karen who paired me up with cindy (she doesn’t have a blog, but you can find her on flickr as “thimbleprims12”).  cindy, the poor dear, has been under the weather (along with her dh) & was a little bit behind…but i assured her via emails that i had no worries!

yesterday, was such a long day at school.  & to top it off, it rained buckets…just a messy, nasty day.  i had two packages waiting for me when i finally trekked in from out of the rain…one from tiffani (above) & the other from cindy (below)>>>

 this little sweetie is named “little mary” (from mary, mary quite contrary OMG, it is so incredibly detailed & thoughfully put together.  cindy, as it turns out, is a doll artist & wowza, am i impressed!  scared of you cindy!!! xoxo

the other day, lisa emailed me to come visit her bloggy.  i was amazed, tho honored, when she awarded me with this>>>

The “Arte y Pico” award was created/made to be given out to bloggers who inspire others with there creative energy and their works, whether it be writing, artwork or more. When one receives this award it is considered a “special honor”. Once you receive this award, you are to pass it on to at least 5 others. For more info on this wonderful award pleases visit: http://www.arteypico.blogspot.com/.  (wow, thanks so much lisa!!!  & also for translating to english, hehehe!!!) 🙂

while it is such a great honor to be awarded something here in bloggyland, i’m always at a bit of a loss when it is my turn to nominate others & pass the award on, particularly if there is some sort of numbers constraint. there are simply SO many amazingly talented & inspiring folk out there in the creative blogging community…i struggle so with my choices because, well, it’s hard to choose. hmmm, lemme see here.   i think i will follow suit with what lisa had done & pass this award onto 7 blogging artists, whom i respect & admire (& are friends with too!). 

~ liai’ve said this before, but it is worth repeating.  she is like a long-lost sister.  she was one of my very 1st bloggy pals-turned-blog sista when i 1st started blogging.  her art journaling & inchies are all incredibly inspiring & so genuine.  she creates from the heart & that really shines through in all her artwork.  love you girl!  xoxo

~ corey.  she, too, was one of my 1st pals from those early blogging days.  she blogs with such grace, style, insight, beauty & authenticity. she has & continues to inspire legions of readers! seriously, i am not exxagerating.   i don’t know how she does it, especially at present.  she is going through a very difficult time right now with her father being ill, but yet, she still finds the strength to impart some pearl of wisdom every day!  she is truly one of a kind, remarkable & inspirational. & bloggyland is the better for it! xoxo 

~ jes.  oh yes, another dear friend since the early days of blogging.  she is my “maine” sista, who creates such fabulously unique jewelry & altered art using found objects.  she also loves gardening as much as i do!  a total kindred soul! i am fortunate enough to have met her (& another dear pal, susan) IRL a couple of years ago when i had gone to maine for a visit.   i miss her hearty laugh & just hanging out in her quaint ol’ farmhouse over a cuppa tea & chatting the hours away!  her collaged jewelry (which i am a proud owner of a few!) is so unique & divine, just like her! xoxo 

~ melba.  her blog was one of the 1st ones that i read when i 1st entered the blogosphere in 2006.  she wrote (& continues to write) with such honesty & passion.  i just knew that i had found another kindred soul!  yes, she, too, as the others above, is in my “sister” circle of friends.  we met last fall IRL, but already “knew” each other from our respective blogs.  she is definitely someone i can count on when the need arises & that goes both ways with me too.  i cannot say enough wonderful things about her.  she has become such a dear good friend! xoxo 

~ danielle.  it was really from her that i was inspired to challenge myself & join (& then later, host) swaps where you really had to flex your creative muscles.  she, like the others before, has been a dear pal since the early days. she was one of the “firsts” to host and organize awesome art swaps in bloggyland back in those early years (at least it seemed that way to me!).  now, there are countless creative-type swaps out there. i think bloggyland owes some credit to her for starting the ball on this type of swap.  i would happily  join any swap (that is, if i make it in on time before sign-up ends, hehehe) that she dreams up!  xoxo  

~ alice.  she is someone whom i “met” last summer.  actually it was on myspace.com.  long story, but the gist of it is is that we had a lot of things in common>>>loved all things old, romantic & beautiful, antiquing,  gardening, creating mixed media & altered art, etc.  she is yet another kindred spirit.  i think the thing that struck me the most with her is her fantastic graphic web designs.  i have such tremendous respect & awe for those who are digitally savvy.  that alice, she has a gift!  xoxo   

~ catherine i was fortunate enough to take her classes recently & spent quite a bit of time getting acquainted with her.  i loved her work & then meeting her IRL was just icing on the proverbial cake!  🙂 she is such a dear, genuine & uber accomplished artist, who is so generous & gracious with sharing her knowledge & experience.  what a pleasure it was to get to know, spend time with & befriend her! xoxo

there are so many more that i could nominate, but i’m getting sleepy-eyed & the hubby is asking me when am i going to go to bed?  it’s time to get some shut-eye…so until next time, bonne nuit! xoxo mary ann 

i want candy

thank you catherine & teresa for a weekend insanely full of FABULOSITY!!!  you both are truly inspirational!  xoxo mary ann

too much excitement

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& wicked long hours getting ready for yesterday’s big day that i caught the nasty flu bug. AGAIN!  man, wouldn’t you know it?

i was feeling restless in bed, so i snuck off onto the computer because i really wanted to thank you all for your kind words of support & well-wishes. i wanted you to know that they did not go unnoticed.  & they really meant a lot to me, you have no idea.

it also occurred to me that i usually do my wysiwyg wednesday giveaways on the last wednesday of the month (which is today).   but under the present circumstances, i will have to forgo it this month.  & besides i am doing a giveaway as part of the launch of my new site.  🙂

this sicky gal is really pushing it…so i’m going to hafta sign off for now.  thank you thank you thank you all for all your sweet comments!  they really added to the joy of the day! 🙂

i need to get more rest or the hubby will likely cut me off from the ‘puter for good, hehehe!

 have a great rest of the week & be well! xoxo 

votes are in & just a reminder

it feels pretty nice knowing that my weds & thurs are FREE for at least the next couple of months.  i don’t have to get up before the crack of dawn & do the commute to the school…yipee!  what a relief, you know?   since we had those few days of rainfall, our lawn is in desperate need of mowing!  i have never mowed or cut a lawn in my life.  & now that the dh is in his busy season (as a carpenter), he’s pretty much left the lawn maintenance up to MOI (oh no!). he gave me a crash course on using the gas-powered mower (i told him, pls, don’t make me get on the tractor mower! that would be too nerve-wracking, especially if he won’t be around to supervise me). me + mechanical machinery + gas = not a good combo. a recipe for disaster, really.  but i will suck it up & get to the lawn today. i will repeat the mantra over & over,  I CAN DO IT.

though the yard is big-time calling me, i wanted to be sure i properly thanked everyone who voted & helped narrow down my seashore choice (for danielle’s swap mentioned previously).  you have helped me TREMENDOUSLY , more than you’ll ever know.  from both here on my blog & in my flickr,  {drumroll, please}  the mermaid collage was THE ONE that people said was their “fave.”   many thanks for all your generous comments & assistance!  it was really very much appreciated.  i will get that out shortly to my lucky swap partner (plus send a little somethin-somethin to danielle, the swap hostess)…i am in the works on making more collages that i intend on putting in my etsy & lov.li shops (see sidebar on left for the links).  i have a bunch of artsy-craftsy wips waiting for me in the studio.  but i won’t get to them until i get the darn lawn cut!

speaking of cutting, i was growing tired of my hair & decided to give myself a trim (i have been doing this for years, i’m afraid to admit)…i think i cut my bangs too short than usual…but they were getting too long & always in my eyes…it drove me nuts!   shortcut.jpg oh well, i know that i’m no professional, but luckily my hair tends to grow fast.  once a diy-er, always a diy-er, right?

also, i wanted to tell you that there is still time to sign-up for our midsummer’s vintage tea cup swap until june 15th.  we have a nice bunch already forming & it would be groovy to have more join us in this tea cup LOVE swap, hehehe!

another thing i wanted to mention before i don my gardening gear, is there is still plenty of time to sign up for justBe, a wicked cool creative bloggers event (the inaugural year) which will be held on cape cod, massachusetts the weekend of oct 12th.  check it out…i’ll be doing a rubberstamp workshop (along with my kewl pal, angie wangie).  & there’s a bunch of other amazing workshops too…it’s gonna be a blast! 

okay.  that’s enough stalling on my part.  i gotta get crack-a-lacking with the yard work.  until next time, have a great rest of the week!

xoxo mary ann