Some flowers & a quote

This is a light I started a few years ago and was not sure if I liked it or not this week I decided to finish things I had abandoned so I can have room to start new things.

Lights are made out of WWII howitzer missile container cases. 2015 sale price only $850 normal price from $1400

Today’s Quote
“Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead to sovereign power.”
– Alfred Tennyson
About Alfred Tennyson
Alfred Tennyson, one of the most admired English poets of his time, was best known for his romantic poem, “The Lady of Shalott,” and for “In Memoriam A.H.H.,” a requiem for a close friend. He was born in Lincolnshire in 1809. When he was 17, he joined forces with two of his brothers to publish a book of poetry. His first solo work followed three years later. He became the first English writer raised to the peerage when Queen Victoria, an ardent admirer, made him a baron. He died in 1892.

Fire starter & a quote

In cleaning up my work shop I decided to finish a few things that have been lying around for awhile.
Apparently I forgot to put my apron on. Shame on me! I have asked my helpful assistant to turn the power off if I try that again as I don’t want to ever go back to the ER for a burn! 20151220_114459

Today’s quote

“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
– Sigmund Freud
About Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud, the Austrian psychiatrist famous as the father of psychoanalysis, used the techniques of free association and dream analysis to develop what has been called the talking cure, or talk therapy. He was born in 1856 in Moravia. Many concepts he developed have become part of the culture: the Oedipus complex, defense mechanisms, and the unconscious mind. He fled the Nazi regime in Austria in 1938, settling in London, where he died of cancer just one year later.

Quest for blue skies & a quote

I am super happy to have sold a few of my horse paintings this week. On more than one occasion on a trip through the desert I have been lucky to come across a band of wild horses. When in Vantage I always take time to visit the 200-foot line of life-size charging horses, the creation of David Govedare, is titled “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies”. The iron ponies can be seen on the hillside above the Columbia River just off I-90 in eastern WA



Today’s Quote

“You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.”
– Joseph Joubert
About Joseph Joubert
French essayist Joseph Joubert became famous after his death when his friend, the renowned author Chateaubriand, gathered a selection of essays into the book Collected Thoughts of Mr. Joubert. Joubert was born in 1754 in Périgord. He attended and then taught at a religious college in Toulouse but left in 1778 for Paris, where he became friends with a number of great thinkers of the time. He wrote copiously on such subjects as ethics, politics, theology, and literature. He died in 1824.

Conquering the Winter Blah’s & a Quote

For me one way to tackle the winter blahs involves a short 2 hour drive East from our home in Issaquah Washington. The drive over the pass is well worth the opportunities to bask under the blue skies, to see the oranges of the desert surrounded by the snow capped mountains and of course the giant wind mills of Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center are breath taking. The center is located near Ellensburg, Washington and is home to over 200 plant species. Some say April and May are the best times to visit because you can see the brilliant wildflower displays but I love this place no matter what time of year!
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Take a snack and your camera!

Today’s Quote

“Pain is a part of being alive, and we need to learn that. Pain does not last forever, nor is it necessarily unbeatable, and we need to be taught that.”

– Harold Kushner
About Harold Kushner
American rabbi Harold Kushner has written several inspirational tomes, including the international best seller, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, selected by the Book of the Month Club as one of the ten most influential books of recent years. He was born in Brooklyn but moved to the Boston area, where he is Rabbi Laureate of a local congregation. He writes about the importance of personal acceptance and what it means to be human.

a hook and a quote and feeling successful.

Creating things is something I have an inner need to do. Knowing that what I have created is appreciated or admired gives me a warm fuzzy happy feeling! I just received this lovely note and some photos from Lake Oswego Oregon.

Hi Cynthia, Shawn is just finishing up our new basement bathroom and I wanted to let you know we tailored everything around your lovely hook. Thanks so much!12387770_930538330315125_1994069960_n



Today’s Quote
“Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it.…Success is shy — it won’t come out while you’re watching.”
– Tennessee Williams
About Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams was the pen name of Thomas Lanier Williams, the multiple-award-winning Southern Gothic playwright best known for his plays A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie. He was born in 1911 in Mississippi, where he had a difficult childhood with an abusive father, a smothering mother, and a schizophrenic sister. His emotionally honest plays often feature sensitive souls who don’t fit into a confining culture. He spent most of his adult life in New York City. He died in 1983.

Painted Horse & a Quote

A few days ago I painted a horse, took a photo of it and posted the photo online. Seconds later I decided I was not liking the way it turned out so I created a new painting on top of the horse. For some strange reason the painted horse got more likes than any other paintings I have done. I feel a bit sad that I only let it live for a minute.

Tonight I decided to try again so here are three new painted horses.

12 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas $30 each.

Today’s Quote
“Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny.”
– Don Sutton
About Don Sutton
American Major League baseball player Don Sutton, never a flashy player, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame after an amazingly consistent winning career as a pitcher. He was born in Alabama in 1945, and broke into the big leagues at age 21. By the time he retired in 1988, he had won 324 games, recorded more than 3,500 strikeouts, racked up a record 21 consecutive 100-plus strikeout seasons, and never missed his turn in the pitching rotation. He is now a TV announcer for the Washington Nationals.