Thursday, May 24, 2007

Pic-me-ups!

I've had an interesting day. We had a really bad storm here yesterday, we lost our power and a bunch of trees in the area went down- luckily none in our yard. Normally that wouldn't be a big deal, but I have an Autistic son that has to have things "how they're supposed to be". So when we had no power he totally freaked out. Couldn't turn on his ceiling fan, the lights, or the tv. Not good. So we spent the night at my parents. So glad they had power! The kids did great, but I didn't get much sleep. Came home today to power restored (yay!) and then the garage door broke. Ugh! Needless to say, it's been a bit of a stressful 24 hours. I was more than giddy when the mailman showed up with some *major* pick-me-ups from some of my blogger friends. As you will see, there's no way this wouldn't put a smile on my face! This book is a collaboration I did with Lilia and Marilyn. Lilia was kind enough to start another book for me when we thought mine was lost. Then it showed up, so now I have two books with her gorgeous work. Marilyn also participated in it and her work is always stellar and so awe-inspiring. Could I be any luckier?! First is my work, then Lilia's, then Marilyn's. They each have two books as well. Now my two are home and I'm estatic to show this to you. Enjoy!
But just wait...THEN I got a package from my new blogger friend Donna. I discovered her blog Under the Red Roof when she left a comment here. I love it when people leave a comment and I link to their blog and find a whole new world of inspiration! This was the case with Donna. Her work with vintage elements is absolutely stunning! Check out this collage she sent me below. She is such a sweetie. Thank you, Donna!
I would love to shop with her. She has the best stuff. But now we can all get in on it too. She just opened up her etsy shop. Yay!! Check it out here. She sent me some of her vintage wallpaper and tons of other goodies and the prints and colors are amazing. She even has a bunch of flocked wallpaper. Yum! Run over over and get some for yourself!!

Well, blogger friends...you always manage to turn my frown upside down! hehe. I hope you're all doing well.

23 comments:

Lisette said...

I have to say that reading your blog has really brought a great deal of joy and excitement in my life. Things have been a bit difficult but, then I read about the things that you are doing and how much joy there is in your work. This makes me realize that life goes on and that there still is joy in creating. Thank you so much for sharing. Lisette

*Heidi* said...

I'm so sorry about that storm disrupting your life...I know how that goes! We often loose power here (rural area) in the winter and it brings me to a stop!

I love all your pictures today! So much creativity!

Lilli said...

Storms will happen, won't they. And then the next day will be full of beauty, like your post today :)

Merci-Notes said...

I am glad that your son's night went better at your Mom and Dad's! Swaps ...etc. do add great fun to a ______(fill in the blank good/bad) Day. All of the pages are great! Better than great, I love the colors of every single one and the way they came together!
Sweet Dreams!
mary

BonnieRose said...

you are one artistic soul Kari... how I admire all you are.

Jennifer and Kim said...

Love your blog! I have been reading it for quite awhile now and didn't know that we had something in common...Lilia! She is teaching in our store now and we are so excited to have her. Isn't she the sweetest most creative girl? We are all so lucky to call her friend!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

OH I love your book! Such beautiful art. Funny you just posted about your friend's etsy shop...I just ordered a wallpaper pack from her the other day!

I was so sad to miss out on your little peat pots!

Have a great day, Heather

Donna said...

I hope tonight will be a calmer more restful night. Glad you got some pick-me-ups to day. That book IS CERTAINLY a pick-me-up! The first page, with what looks like a strip of geometric vintage red wallpaper. I'm completely in love. Hard for a vintage wallpaper addict to take such a sight. Makes me covet! You girls do the most fantastic work. Pure eye candy. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, also, for your generous support of me. You are a rare gem and I know why you have so many admirers.

Lori said...

this book is so very lovely...and i love your new friends work also, very pretty...

Trudi M said...

Very pretty. Yesterday we did not have the pledge and moment of silence in our school until 9:30. Doesn't seem like a big deal... well I teach special ed. and the trigger for a student with autism is the pledge. He won't go in the classroom until he hears it. I didn't notice it was skipped. I was out and about in the building. Well 35 minutes later we figured it out and he finally came in the room, I emphathize with you.

katydiddy said...

Love the blog & how supportive you are of other bloggers. What an inspiration you are! I'd love to get in on swap with you sometime!

Amy said...

I LOVE your blog!! I am interested when you write about your autistic son because I have a friend that has one also. He is 7 and a great kid!! She does have some days of feeling "down and stressed" though.

My oldest daughter has Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder. It is a real challenge for our whole family.
I have been reading your blog for a LONG time and today decided to come out from hiding. I love your art!!!!
Stop by at Abundant Curiosities and visit me.
Amy

Babsarella said...

uhLove the art journal pages...most lovely indeed. What a FANTASTIC collage and love all the wallpaper and goodies you received. I don't think there is anything Donna can't make BEAUTIFUL!!! Looking forward to getting my stash too!!!

Melissa said...

oh.. so much prettiness! it's too much to take in at once.. I'll have to come back!

sorry about your power loss. we lost power too last week after a big storm.. some in our town didn't have power for 4 days!

paige said...

oh thanks for the scoop...i ran over & grabbed a pack of the flocked set....looks simply gorgeous!
love your blog kari, always full of amaziing inspiration.
best wishes!

Gypsy Purple said...

I`m glad you had such lovely pick-me-ups...you totally desrve them...(:)

Miss*Laurence said...

Sorry to hear about the storm- some people even got a snow storm in Canada where they are going through Spring too!
But at least it did not delay the post!! What a lot of work into those journals.. never ending inspiration! And lots of love to the kids!

Jeanne said...

It arrived and it's beautiful! Check out my post:
http://jeanneszewczyk.blogspot.com/2007/05/something-for-me.html
Thank you so much Kari!

MarilynH said...

Oooo, you posted it!! Did you finish the cover? It was such fun---and I liked our Spring Cleaning Club! LOL

Kaarin (creativechaos) said...

So incredibly beautiful.....

Allison said...

I can see why you would have been very excited by the goodies in the mail. They are amazing - filled such amazing creativity and beauty. I'm always so inspired by the things you make as well as receive in the mail. That was a bad storm we had the other wasn't it. We kept our power though. I know you guys really got it on your side of town. I'm glad you're alright and newly filled with inspiration! :o)

allie
www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

Stevie K said...

Lots of eye candy!! Beautiful pages! tfs

LaurieStar said...

Wow - simply beautiful stuff on your blog! I enjoyed looking at it! :)