Today's Friday Feature is someone that has crossed my path several times in my online history. Melody Lea Lamb first crossed my path on Ebay. We were both ACEO artists there. Of course I think of her as a "big brush" and me a "little brush"! :) Then I ran into her on Etsy. Later on Twitter. She's always tweeting away there! I can always find her generously promoting others on Follow Fridays! And more recently I found her on Facebook.
I have always admired her work. Her animal art is incredible. They look as if they will jump off the page! Sp recently when she tweeted a blog give away, I was there! Much to my surprise I won the give away and was able to choose a beautiful porcelain ornament from her CafePress shop (see she IS everywhere!). It was so hard but I ended up choosing a cute chipmunk. I received it the other day and it is sooo beautiful. I cannot wait to put it on my tree!
So a little about Melody. Besides her beautiful animals, she also paints fairies & mermaids. Poking around her website I found out she also illustrates children's books! (who knew!). She works primarily in mixed media of colored pencil, indian ink, watercolor and acrylic.
She also is a co-leader & supports an animal charity called Art For Critters, a percentage of her sales go towards animals in need. Her art is very affordable in the form of small art & (ACEOs)
My family: husband Glenn of 34 years, children Joe and Jackie, Mom and Dad, my brother Joe & all my extended family like my awesome cousins. I am also so fortunate to have an adorable little 4 year old grandson, Mason, who is the light of my life.
My friends. Some are long time friends back to my school days. Others I've met through work, church or hatting or painting. Then there are the virtual friends that I've met online through Etsy teams, Ebay, Facebook, or Twitter and never met face to face but I feel as if I've know them for years and have become an important part of my life.
For retirement and the ability to enjoy life and to be available to help my elderly parents.
My health. I'm so grateful that I have been for the most part had a healthy life.
Laughter. Thanks go up also for the fact that most of my life has been filled with lots of laughter. You know what they say about a spoonful of sugar!
Creation & Nature. I'm always in awe of God whether it's a landscape view, a bug on a flower or a beautiful sunset.
But my biggest thanks would be for LIFE. Thank you God for putting me on this Earth so that I am able to enjoy all these things and those who are important to me.
And so today I pray:
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the love we have for one another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessings throughout the coming year.
This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.
...I'm consolidating by wares! Working on getting rid of the zibbet and bonanzle shop. I'm putting all the porcelain and ACEO's on the jywheeler shop on Etsy and the upcycled jewelry on my EclecticSpirit Etsy shop. EclecticSpirit was previously for vintage stuff and it may still have vintage from time to time.
It's easier for me just to have the 2 Etsy shops. This is my hobby not livelihood so I am going to make things easier for myself. Heaven forbid, I should make this like a job....I AM retired you know!
Also speaking of changes! Etsy now has COUPON CODES! How cool is that! So on CyberMonday which is the Monday after Thanksgiving I will be having a 20% sale in my Etsy shop. On Monday drop by and when you make a purchase enter coupon code - cybermonday
Oh and if you like the little china painted snowman ornament, you can follow this link to my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/54407152/hand-painted-porcelain-snowman-whcofg
Today's Friday Feature is not from any of my Etsy teams but someone who is a former co-worker. Someone that I had no idea was an artist. So what a wonderful surprise it was for me to find her art. Today's feature is for Edith Thompson....Edie to me! We both worked for the Md Department of Natural Resources together in now what seems to be many moons ago. She was a wildlife biologist there. Edie has a very long history of working and volunteering for the benefit of preserving our natural resources. Now listen to me...you would think she's an old woman but she's not! LOL
As you go through Edie's work you can feel her love for nature in her illustrations and watercolors of wildlife. In fact, wildlife, nature and landscapes are her specialty! She does portraits as well. There's an awesome pen and ink of Hendrix on her website. She works primarily in pen and ink and watercolor and has had her technical illustrations of wildlife published in a number of technical publications and educational materials.
According to her bio she went to studied illustration and design in college...who knew? It paid off because her work is beautiful. She had a creative way for funding her college. She used her art to pay her way , painting & designing wall murals on tile.
Her website is: http://www.whitearrowgraphics.com/ She is a member of Artists for a Cure and a portion of her proceeds go to the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation (http://accrf.org/). What a wonderful thing to do! I read a little about Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma on her website. It's a very rare cancer that involves the head and neck.
So Saturday, my daughter, me and a friend spent a lot of money to go to see Cirque du Soleil in Madison Square Garden. We were really excited about our trip!
I was the first to arrive at Gunther Charters in Harmans, Maryland. It was strange...no bus...so I walked up to the office and the man says, "where you going?" I told him New York. He said "Oh that trip was moved to next Saturday. Everyone's been called. But you are the third one who showed up." So I said, "Well then I guess not everyone was called."
I grabbed my phone called my daughter & friend who were on their way. Neither one had any call and obviously the two other ladies who were not with me didn't get called. So I call Gunther Charters today and told them what happened and asked for a credit or refund. Nora kept saying....everyone was called. I told her she wasn't listening, I didn't get a call and neither did four other people! But she insisted and said no refund no credit so I cancelled all my trips for 2011.
I'm madder than a hornet. I've posted every where, Facebook and Twitter and now on my wait to Yelp.com
I can't believe they wouldn't at least credit me. I've planned many many trips with lots of people with their company.....so lesson learned. NEVER USE GUNTHER CHARTERS of Harmans, Maryland for your bustrips!
for my Christmas shopping!!! I saw this on one of those morning shows on TV and I started using it for my online purchases recently. Have you heard of Ebates? I just got back a $10.98 check. I wasn't sure if it was for real or not but I figured what the heck I have to shop anyway . Here's the link if you want to check it out. http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=MZMJOhUYthk%3D
There are sites like Penney's & Home Depot and some smaller companies. When you shop online you get a certain percentage back. The bigger stores give you less back. Some of the smaller stores have huge savings! They have coupons and free shipping, sales, etc.
Anyway check it out. I'm also trying the groupon.com site the morning show also recommended. I'll let you know how that one goes too!
Today I'm doing 2 features from two of my Etsy teams. The first is
Becky of WVLuckyGirl on Etsy. She's one of the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team members. I love her primitive snowmen pictured. They are so cute.
Becky's profile on Etsy says "I have been crafting for several years now. I started making things to match my home. I enjoy the primtive stitchery the most. Recently I have expanded into making primitive dolls, grungy candles, wooden signs, and ragballs. I love decorating with mixing the old antiques with the new primitives." She has some adorable things in her shop. So if you are working on your Christmas shopping, check it out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/wvluckygirl?ref=pr_profile
Next is Kathleen Golter Roeth of Paulden, AZ who is a member of the DAWG Team. Her work features watercolor paintings, pen and ink, drawings, mixed media, and prints.
I absolutely love the pictured print of her watercolor horse. What movement and feeling it has!
In Kathleen's profile she says, "When I grow up I want to be a cowgirl. I wrote that when I was in grade school and some things never do change! I live in the country now and I have two lovely horses as well as a fun assortment of other critters who keep me company. I have loved art as long as I have loved horses. Now I love to share paintings of my horses and paintings of some of the other critters that have wandered through my life. My artwork has always been inspired by the beauty of God’s creation and by memories from my past."
Please take a minute to read the obituaries from each American war and remember them in prayer. They gave their lives to preserve the American way of life and to give you the right to vote. God bless them. American Revolution: ALLEN, JOHN. Was born in Farmington, Connecticut, March 20, 1758, and died October 5, 1830, in Louisiana, Missouri. He enlisted in 1776 under Captain Scott (Col. Wylle's Regiment of Infantry, Huntington's Brigade), Connecticut State Line, as a private. At the expiration of his one year's enlistment, he entered the Continental Army for the period of the war. Early in the spring of 1777, he was attached to the New Jersey Line (Captain William Mills' Company of Artificers), and was promoted to sergeant. Near the conclusion of the war he was transferred to Captain Thomas Patten's Company of Artillery Artificers. After the war he married and removed to Lexington, Kentucky. Previous to the transfer of the Louisiana Purchase he removed to St. Louis County, and later settled in Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri. Missouri Republican (St. Louis), October 19, 1830.
Civil War:MUNSON, BUELL - Died January 2nd, 1863, in Lincoln Hospital, Washington, D. C., of wounds received at the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Buell MUNSON, of Company C., 126th Regt. N. Y. S. V., aged 21 years, third son of Frederick MUNSON, of East Bloomfield, NY.
Spanish American War: LOWE, IRWIN S. - Mr. A. Lowe of Glen Easton has received a telegram stating that the body of his son, Irwin S. Lowe left San Francisco last Saturday evening. It will arrive probably Thursday. Interment will occur at Beelers Station about noon Sunday, leaving the home at 10 o'clock. The young man died at San Isidro, Phillipine Islands, August 15, 1900, aged 21 years 3 months and 10 days, and was a member of Co C 22d U. S. Inf. He enlisted at Wheeling in June 1898.
World War I:DAWSON, WILLIAM ATKINSON, Died 15 Sep 1916 Killed in Action, Private, Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/6th Battalion (Territorial)., Regiment number - 2335, Theatre of War: Aldershot
World War II:AINSWORTH, ELLEN, a 24-year-old Army nurse from Glenwood City, Wisconsin, was killed during theBattle of Anzio in Italy. She was the only Wisconsin woman to die from enemy fire during World War II. On February 10, 1944, Lieutenant Ainsworth was on duty in a hospital ward near the Anzio beachhead. During an enemy artillery bombardment, a shell hit the hospital. Despite the severe damage to the hospital, the Wisconsin nurse calmly moved her patients to safety. According to an Army report: "by her disregard for her own safety and her calm assurance she instilled confidence in her assistants and her patients, thereby preventing serious panic and injury. Her courage under fire and her selfless devotion to duty were an inspiration to all who witnessed her actions." She was wounded in the attack and died six days later. She was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third highest award for bravery, and the Purple Heart. In her honor, a nursing care building at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King is named Ainsworth Hall. A dispensary at Fort Hamilton, New York, and a conference room in the Pentagon also are named in her honor. Vietnam War:BAKER, SAMUE THOMAS Army Sgt. Samuel Thomas Baker, 20 Naches, was killed in action in Vietnam 14 May (1969). He was born in Yakima and had lived here most of his life. He attended Naches High School and enlisted in the Army in December 1967. Sgt. Baker had been overseas for a year and was due to return home later this month. He was a member of the 5th Air Cavalry Division. Survivors include his parents, Mrs. John (Alma) Wynn, Naches, and George Baker, Selah; two sisters, Mrs. Rita Watson and Mrs. Judeth Stephens, both of Naches; a half sister, Miss Peggy Wynn, Naches; two half brothers, Bobby and Douglas Wynn, both of Naches; and grandparents, Samuel Sims, Marble AR, Tom Baker, Patrick AR, and Mrs. Rosa Baughman, Selah. The body will be brought to Yakima for funeral services
Korean War:BRANDENBURG, CHARLES AUSTIN Killed In Action - Pfc. Charles Austin Brandenburg, of near Ellerton, was killed in the Korean war on September 3. The eighteen-year-old youth is the first from Frederick county to be listed as killed in action in the Korean fighting. Pfc. Brandenburg had enlisted in the Army last February and was with the Eighth Cavalry Division.
Desert Storm: SPEICHER, MICHAEL SCOTT. That one MIA case, that of U.S. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher, became quite well known. He was reported as missing after his FA18 was shot down in northern Iraq on the first night of the war.Over the years his status was changed from missing to killed in action to missing-captured, a move that suggested he was alive and imprisoned in Iraq. In 2002, his possible situation became a more high-profile issue in the build-up to the Iraq War; The Washington Times ran five successive front-page articles about it in March 2002 and in September 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush mentioned Speicher in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly as part of his case for war. However, despite the 2003 invasion of Iraq and U.S. military control of the country, Speicher was not found and his status remained under debate.It was eventually resolved in August 2009 when his remains were found in the Iraq desert, where according to local civilians, he was buried following his crash in 1991.
Iraqi Freedom:STARR, JEFFREY , 22, a Marine corporal who graduated from Snohomish High School, Seattle Washington, was killed last Sunday while on patrol in Ramadi, Iraq.
Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan War) - BOARD, CODY A. Services for Army Pfc. Cody A. Board will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in McKinney.His family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 tonight at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen. Graveside services with military honors will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Okla.
Pfc. Board, 19, was killed Oct. 4 in Mirwais, Afghanistan, by an improvised explosive device while he was returning from a patrol. A 2009 graduate of McKinney North High School, Pfc. Board received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart posthumously.
Pfc. Board is survived by his father, Chris Board of McKinney; his mother, Melissa Board of McKinney; two brothers, Aaron, a senior at McKinney North High School, and Tyler, a freshman at the school; and his grandfathers, retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Al Daley of Grove, Okla., and Robert Board of Coon Rapids, Minn. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, woundedwarriorproject .org, or to the Patriot Guard Riders, patriotguard.org.