Monday, July 24, 2006

Fabric Postcard

Click on the title above to go to Red Shoe Ramblings' How to Make a Fabric Postcard by DebR. This is my first. It was lots of fun, and I learned a lot about my machine, as well. I think I will make some fabric ATC's, too. I am sending this first postcard to a friend.

Friday, July 21, 2006

My Art in Artitude Zine--Summer 2006

Artitude Zine's Theme for Summer 2006 is Library. I am so excited that Suz chose two of my small pieces to publish. Thanks, Suz...BTW, this is the greatest mixed media magazine out none!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Gus today

Gus today
Originally uploaded by siouxsue42.
Gus had his ears back because I had been rubbing them, and I think they itched.

This was done with Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore drawing medium, 80 lb.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Stephenville, Texas, High School - Class of '61

The Stephenville, Texas, High School, Class of 1961, held its 45th class reunion at City Limits in Stephenville last night. We had a great turnout. We had fun, caught up with each other, even recognized each other (every 5 years is better for that!), ate a good meal, and talked, talked, talked. It was so good to see all those people I grew up with...and have known, as Mother used to say, "since before we were born".

However, we missed those who weren't there, and we hope to see them in 5 years, if not before!!

I hope we will begin plans soon for a 50th reunion. Wouldn't it be great if all of us were able to attend. I highly recommend City Limits as a good venue for such an activity.

Hugs and love to all the Class of '61! God bless us, everyone.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

With Baggage - Sunday Scribblings

We all come to where we are, at this very minute, with a terrible amount of baggage…not suitcases, but stuff that clogs up our minds, molds our lives, helps or hinders us along the road to where we are going.

Some of the baggage that we carry can be so stifling that we cannot take a deep breath without gagging. Some baggage is so heavy that at times we can’t walk, can’t talk, can’t see the road.

What do we do about that baggage?

We can let it consume us, hold us down, keep us from achieving the balance we need in order to live happy, productive lives. But…we don’t have to let that happen.

We are in charge of our lives. We have free will. We can accept or reject the burden of that baggage. That is solely us to us.

What is my baggage? Well, that’s my business, and I have dealt with it and come out the other side about as mentally healthy as I can be.

What is your baggage? No, I don’t want to know; I want you to delve deeply into your soul and find it. If it’s good baggage, put it on and wear it proudly. Carry it everywhere. If it bad baggage, throw it out; it’s over, there’s nothing you can do about it.

Don’t “what if” yourself. That leads to lunacy.

Take the now, and make present and future baggage something that will lighten your load and make you strong, happy, loving, and giving.

We all come “with baggage”, but it’s what we do with it that counts.

Another Siouxie Quitie

I made this Siouxie Quitie to wear to my 45th Stephenville, Texas, High School Reunion. Then I am giving it to Di as a belated birthday present.

Time Wastin' Meme - from Michelle

Time Wastin' Meme

If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged.

1. What is your guaranteed weeping movie? Canterville Ghost (1941 version)

2. If you could have plastic surgery, what would you have done? Breast reduction.

3. Do you have a fear of something physical? My fears are more mental than physical.

4.Are you a pyromaniac? Yep, I love, love, love fire.

5. Do you know anyone famous? I've met the president, Richard Harris, and a few other people...not to know them, though.

6. Who would play you in a movie? Debbie Reynolds

7. Do you know how to play poker? Nope...never interested.

8. What do you carry with you at all times? a moleskine

9. Are you happy with your given name? Yes, but I wanted to be called Johnnie and not Sue when I was a kid...given name is Johnette Sue.

10. What color is your bedroom? Brown

11. What was the last song you were listening to? Songs Raf was rehearsing.

12. Do you talk a lot? Yep, I can talk anytime, anywhere, to anyone!

13. What is your ideal marriage location? Nashville, Tennessee, where Raf and I were married.

14. What is your favorite fabric? cotton

15. Something you love and also hate? all put POKE...hate POKE

16. What's one language you want to learn? Irish

17. How do you eat an apple? Hate apples

18. Do you drive stick? I can but don't like to

19. Do you have any tattoos? Nope, Raf has one...that's enough in this family

20. What's one trait you dislike in a person? Lying!!!

21. Do you consider yourself to be materialistic? Somewhat...I like nice things, but not over God and family

22. What do you cook the best? just about everything

23. Do you prefer to standout or blend-in? Stand-out

24. What's the one car you will never buy? Cadillac

25. One thing you would do if you won the lottery? Save a lot

26. What's one thing you suck at? cleaning

27. If you don't like a person, how do you show it? Not always, but sometimes

28. What's one thing you like to do alone? not much without Raf

29. Are you a giver or a taker? Giver

30. When's the last time you cried? Watching As the World Turns with Jennifer died

31. Do you play chess? No

32. Do you like the rain? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT...and lightening and thunder!

33. Do you like thunderstorms? See # 32

34. What was your weight when you were born? 2 lb.

35. What time you were born? where? at night in Stephenville TX...and today I am going to my 45th High School Reunion there!!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Poke, the cat

Poke, the cat
Originally uploaded by siouxsue42.
Poke, the cat from Hell, is always asleep in the blue room. Today I decided to draw him rather quickly before we went to H2Jo for a coffee/Chi Tea break. Poke is about 15 years old now...a ratty looking old fellow who is still mean as a snake.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Heart for Violette

Just a quick post. Violette has been drawing hearts, so last night I doodled one for her.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Prismacolor Colored Pencil
Sharpie with Prismacolor Colored Pencil
I did the one with just colored pencil, and it had no definition, so I decided to "try" using a Sharpie since I had heard from several sources that they were good. NOOOO. On the Moleskine the Sharpie bled through to the first sketch. So, back to Micron and Techliner!! NO SHARPIE. As to the sketches, I like the second much better with a clear definition. I do much better, I think, drawing and then painting or coloring. What do you think??

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

EDM Challenge #74 - clouds

Well, I did it, and I'm certainly NOT happy with it. I don't think I'll ever get the hang of sky...landscape. This was done in Prismacolor Pencils.

Church Women & Unconscious Mutterings

Today we celebrated Barb's was June 28. Had a great time!!


Unconsscious Mutterings

1. Face it :: shape up
2. Healthy :: heart
3. Cartoon :: roadrunner
4. Device :: iud
5. Raider :: indians
6. Closer :: farther
7. Admission :: ticket
8. Culture :: fest
9. Stakes :: in the ground
10. Heartbroken :: cry

Monday, July 10, 2006

Haiku - Ritual

Raf took this today, see his Flickr:

Sanctuary Light
Transubstantiate worship
Christ in his temple

God bless Texas in July!


The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.

The trees are whistling for the dogs.

The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

Hot water now comes out of both taps.

You can make sun tea instantly.

You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron!

The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.

You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.

You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.

You actually burn your hand opening the car door.

You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m.

Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up
lying on the pavement and cook to death?"

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add
butter, salt and pepper.

Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying
boiled eggs. The cows are giving evaporated milk. Ah, what a place to call

God Bless Our State of TEXAS !!!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Skyline for IF -- My Kind of Town, Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee, is my kind of town. The skyline is dominated by the Bell South building which wasn't built until 1991...10 years after we left. But Nashville is a great town, a fun town, full of excitement, arts, crafts, music, kind of town.

This was a fun way to celebrate memories and meet the skyline challenge of Illustration Friday.

Friday, July 07, 2006

A Hotel in Atlanta - Sunday Scribbling Hotel Stories

In 1976 I began a new career as a media specialist for the Methodist Church, traveling throughout the southern part of the United States, assisting churches and church leaders in the use of various audio/visual equipment.

One trip led me to Atlanta, Georgia, to a convention of church communicators from all over the United States.

My office secretary scheduled the trip, booked my plane reservations, and found me a hotel. When I reached Atlanta, we deparked the plane, walked across the tarmac, and entered the airport. This was, of course, before many of the new, modern airports. I had left the newly built Dallas/Fort Worth airport and arrived at what looked like a cow pasture!

I hailed a taxi for my ride into Atlanta, and saw, for the first time, hookers on corners handing out menus! This was explained to me by the cab driver. Being somewhat unworldly at the time, that was a true eye opener.

The cab left me in from of an old hotel in downtown Atlanta. It seems to have been modernized, but it was definitely not what I expected. The bellman took me to my floor and upon leaving the elevator, I spied a huge stain in front of what turned out to be my room.

Eyeing it silently, I walked slowly toward my door. The bellman smiled at me and confided that Atlanta had quite a bit of gang trouble in the downtown area. He went on to explain that the stain was indeed blood from the body of a mafia-type who had been killed there several years before.

Whether this was really true or not, the incident has stayed with me, and I have never been particularly comfortable in Atlanta.

Torch Lily or Red Hot Poker - Botanical Art Challenge

Scientific Name: Kniphofia uvaria (L.) Hooker; Synonym: Tritoma uvaria; Family: Liliaceae

This lily can be seen across the United States in the summer. It is a native of South Africa, but it grows, now, in abundance on roadsides in the US in the summer. It is expecially hardy in the southwest.

This lily was the July Challenge for the Botanical Art Yahoo and Flickr groups.

This was drawn on regular moleskine using a Tech liner .03 pen with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

5 on the 5th from Jill's 4 on the 4th

Five jobs I have had:

lay minister
floral assistant

Five movies I would watch over and over:

Arsenic and Old Lace
Canterville Ghost
African Queen

Five places I have lived:

Dallas TX
Hobbs NM
Nashville TN
Stephenville TX
Fort Worth TX

Five TV shows I love to watch:

As the World Turns
Good Neighbors
Last of the Summer Wine

Five places I have been on vacation:


Five sites I vist daily:

Fort Worth Diocese of the Episcopal Church
Violette's Folk Art
Everyday Matters

Five people I will tag:

To play, tag yourself in the comments and answer the questions on your blog.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Family Tradition - Stephenville 4th of July

Each Independence Day we celebrate in my hometown of Stephenville, Texas, where there is music and fireworks in the park...the park that used to be my girlfriend, Helen's, father's pasture which it is now an amphitheatre. The town has a grand celebration, and many of our family and friends join with us and several thousand townspeople for a beautiful celebration of the birthday of our country. It was a beautiful night, as it had rained earlier, and the temperature was much cooler. Gary P. Nunn played in addition to some local bands. A good time was had by all. Happy Birthday, America!

Monday, July 03, 2006

One Deep Breath: Journey - The Poetry

Haiku for the week, complete with haiga camera toss

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Book Meme

From Jan

1) pick up a book which is the closest to you at the moment
2) open page 123
3) find the third sentence
4) post it in your blog (plus the instructions)
5) don't choose the book, just pick up the one closest to you

OK, mine is
1. Colored Pencil for the Serious Beginner by Bet Borgenson
2. "They sold as an unmatted and unframed portfolio suite to one of my gallery's regular clients."

Jan looked this up:

meme ( P ) Pronunciation Key (mm)
A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

Interesting...thanks, Jan.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

MW-1--rmmga mini-gathering in Mineral Wells TX

Sue and Stan
Tom and Sue
Tom, Sue, Earl, Raf
Stan, Beverly, Tom
Raf, Linda, Bill, Robert
Sue R.

We are having a great time at our Mineral Wells TX mini-gathering of rmmga. Song circle in progress right now, and tonight we will have an open mic at H2JO...the local coffee house.

Sunday Scribblings - Two Peas in a Pod

Two little girls grew up very close to each other…so close people would exclaim: “You two are like two peas in a pod.”

Now that wasn’t really so, as one was tall and dark and the other was short with red hair. But they went everywhere together. They played games, went to Brownies, rode horseback, had fun. So much fun.

The redhead’s granny would comment, “You’re just like two peas in a pod.”

And they thought they were…or wanted to be.

They loved each other so much. They yearned to be closer than friends. To be sisters, cousins, something blood-thick.

Then they grew up and moved away. Away from their hometown. Away from each other. They married, had children, divorced, remarried, but they seldom saw each other. They were left as only one pea in each pod.

Then something happened…a pull like a magnet caused them to come together in the same place at the same time, and there they were again. Two peas in a pod. Grandmothers, wives, older, but close again…heartstrings making them as close as two peas in a pod.


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