Sunday, December 26, 2010


~Merry Christmas !~
~We are having a sweet Christmas here in Virginia.~It was a white Christmas~snow~so, beautiful !~
~I want very much to show you the doll that was made by Cathy @ ~Snugglebug Blessings~ for me for our doll swap, hosted by Zan @ Vagabond Creations~~~
Isn't she beautiful?~I love her so much !~Thank you Cathy~
~Here is the doll that I made for Cathy~ I love doll swaps !~
Merry Christmas to you all !~

Monday, November 1, 2010


~Halloween at my house.~
We had Rowan as "Alice" & Hannah as the "Cheshire Cat"~ & the Rowan's sweet, little bunny as the "sweet little bunny".~ :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

~Where'd it Go?~

~Something happened to my "background color & design" here on my bloggy.~ It used to be a very pretty blue, kinda linen look.~ And, it just disappeared one day.~I have cautiously tried to get it back, by messing w/ the design elements.~But, I'm afraid I will mess up the whole thing.~Guess, I'm going to message Annette @ Huckleberry Arts, she did such a great job, making my bloggy look pretty.~
~Does anyone know of a "quick fix"?~


Monday, October 4, 2010


~Love this time of year~ Time to decorate~ Open windows~ You don't need the AC on or the heat, it is just perfect, better than perfect, refreshing.~
~This little ghosty was made last Halloween for the Monster Swap~ Can't believe I never posted a picture of him.~Oh wait, yes I can~ :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

~the Ocean !~

~We are here !~ Surf City, N.C. !~ We arrived yesterday, we will be here all week in our oceanfront cottage.~ It is so beautiful here.~ We are going to relax & enjoy this beautiful beach.~
~It has been so long since we have had a family vacation.~We are so happy.~
~Wish, Gabriel could come, he had to stay home~work~ bummer~ but, I am going to try & put together a "mini vacation" when we get back.~

Thursday, July 22, 2010

~Ms. Aaloka~

~This beautiful flower was given to me by Ms. Aaloka.~ It is a "Tube Rose" & it smells so wonderful!~ Aaloka is her first name & she is from Bangladesh. We worked together for about a year in the "after school day-care, at Our Lady of Lourdes School".~It was a perfect part-time job for me at the time.~We were took care of the pre-K & kindergartners. She was Ms. Aaloke & I was Ms. Amy, to the little peoples.~
~So, I call her Ms. Aaloka, Aaloka, means "lustrous".~ And, Ms. Aaloka really is, she lights up when you see her.~She is more than likely in her mid, maybe late 60's, but it is hard to tell, by the way she looks & acts.~Her manner is kind,loving & very happy.~The two of us, just loved each other & would talk & talk.~
~Anyway, our job was to love & care for those "little, tiny bits" when they were done with school.~From 3 till 5:30.~
~At the end of the school year, Ms. Aaloka started bringing these flowers in, from her garden~ some for Ms. Kathy ~who was our wonderful "boss-lady"& some for me.~What a gift !~She told me, "put them on your table & when you wake up in the morning your house is going to smell so wonderful!"~I fell in love!~Amazing smell!~
~I had to quit working there this past Dec., I was painting a lot of sets~& that was a good thing, but, bad, because I had to leave the after care program & my sweet friends & "little stinkers".
~So, this Spring~who do you think I got a call from?~ Ms. Aaloka~Funny because, I answered the phone:"hello"~ the very sweet Indian voice on the end said,: "Amy!~Who do you think this is?"~in my mind I was (smiling) & saying, "ummm this is hard, lol!"~ Out loud, I said: "Ms. Aaloka!"~(she doesn't use the phone very often, I know this, because, she told me so. :)
~Her answer was the sweetest :"YES!"~ you ever herd.~
~We talked a little, then she said:" Remember I told you, I would give those flowers?"~
~me~"Yes"~ Her: "I have some for you!"~
You have to know how happy she sounded, my heart felt so happy too.~
We planted them in the front yard, near our porch.~
~So, I now have my own Tube Roses~ & they are blooming right now.~ I'm not sure, but, I guess they bloom all summer.~Because, Ms. Aaloka's bloomed in the Spring.~We had no blosomes when we planted them & I didn't think they would bloom till next year.~
~I was just sitting outside & their beautiful smell was just now, relaxing me & making me feel so happy.~
~Thank You Ms. Aaloka~<3~

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

~I want to write my name in the sand with my toes again !~ This "little" family needs to have a vacation.~We all have been working real hard & we need to be refreshed.~ I have taken the kids on little day trips to the river & "here & there's".~But, we need a real get away.~ It has been 3 years since our last family vacation.~
~Well, with any luck after these last projects are complete, the Sullivan's will load up the"Sulevan", (that is what my license plates read) & get away to breath the ocean air.~

Friday, May 7, 2010

~To Pick or Not to Pick~

~"That is the Question !"~
~After driving my son to work very early this morning, I stepped out of my car, to a wonderful smell.~ I followed my nose across my yard to these gorgeous irises, that opened a day ago. They are a beigey , green color, very old fashion in style, very ruffled petals.~The blossoms were so heavy that they were leaning almost to the ground.~I planted them 2 years ago, wish I knew what they were called.~ Then I walked over to my peony's, another wonderful smell.~"Hmmmm, to pick or not to pick?" ~We always pick the magnolia blossoms & put them in a bowl, sweet lemony smell.~Poor Iris broke while I was trying to take her picture.~So, into the bowl.~
~I think the answer is BOTH.~~~~Well, I am painting sets tonight,"Peter Pan"~ so I need to put my "paint clothes" on~ I wouldn't want to get paint on my favorite overalls.~ LOL~
~This weekend is going to be full to the brim.~amy~

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


~Cinderella Set~

~Rowan, all dressed for the "Fairy Tale Ball, last weekend~"Sound of Music" theme.~
~My oldest son Gabriel w/ Vicky~at the ball~"aren't they sweet?~
I haven't been here in forever.~Time just keeps getting away from me.~
And, when I come by & think I need to leave a post~ I just freeze. What will I write?~I can talk about, painting sets or homeschooling Rowan or how hard this past February & March were, with the passing of my sweet Mother-in-law, Delma & how much I miss her.~
But, I say nothing.
~So, I'm going to "Slowly" come back to my bloggy.~ I have just started painting on a new set~"Peter Pan" !~ I have been working in my yard & learning how to teach my little girl, who is dyslexic.~I am also dyslexic, you just learn differently, you are smart, you just see things in ways others do not.~Well, it has been a journey, but I must say, I am glad that I am taking it with Rowan.~
~Here are a few pictures, taken over the past few months.~<3~"SLOWLY"~

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

~Revamp My Heart~

~Oh Goodness !~ For really !~
~We have had some snow here in Richmond Va., yes we have !~ All the snow that we have been wishing for these past, many years.~But, we have gotten it all at once or twice, maybe three times, it's becoming a blur.~ The little snowman tells the story, Rowan made him & with each snow, he just gets better & better looking.~Wish I could say the same for me. ~LOL~Actually, I love snow and everything that comes with it~snowmen , sledding , the thrill of going to the grocery store, with all the other "goof-balls".~
~But, the reality check is painful.~Shows have to go up, so sets need to be painted & we are behind.~ And, oh how hard is it to get into work mode when there are so many gaps in what you neeeed to focus on.~ That's me right now.~
~But, today I took a moment to "Revamp My Heart"~ the wooden Valentine heart that I have been hanging on my door for about 10 years, needed some revamping.~I had Philip cut it out for me & I painted & decorated it.~ I should have taken a before picture, but trust me the gold leaves & berry's were pretty sad looking.It was a kinda Baroque look.~Now, my heart has a new look, pretty !~

Friday, January 1, 2010


~Wow, it is 2o10 !~
~I am eating my black-eyed peas & turnip greens, as I write this.~I am lucky because, I really do enjoy both. I woke this morning & remembered to say "Rabbit, Rabbit", even before I got out of bed.If you say "Rabbit, Rabbit" on the 1st. of every new month, it is supposed to bring you luck for that month.~So, peas, greens & Rabbit~ that should do it ~right ?~
~I come by superstitions honestly, being 1st. generation Scotch*Irish !~But, rest assure that I am not putting the future in the luck of rabbits or peas.~ No, no~ working hard at what I love & praying that our Lord will bless my work.~Much better, yes ?~And, I feel this is going to be a very good year !~

~So, eat your peas & greens, then take some time to ask that the coming year will be "WOnderuSe"!~(i made up that word)