Monday, September 1, 2014


I have to say... I'm just not ready for summer to end, and technically it's still "summer" until September 23rd, but, as my previous post said - I'm just not ready. (sigh)

Nevertheless, my calendar is full of activities and events that include art, theater, family and friends and other adventures. It's going to be a new season...

This past month has been a heavy, heavy, heavy one. We lost a precious, precious lady - my sweet mother-in-law in early August. She is buried about 10 feet away from our grandson,who we lost nine months previous. I'm thankful for my faith, and I have no doubt that she and he are having a wonderfully sweet time in heaven along with others that have welcomed them. August was also our grandson's birth month. We spent his one year birthday releasing balloons into heaven. It may seem silly because we know they won't reach heaven, but it's therapeutic for the family, and I believe that there is a tiny window in heaven and that his grandmother was holding him up so he could get a peek......

So... just maybe it is, afterall, the right time to turn the calendar page.

Which brings something FUN! The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog has been met with a huge amount of participation! Thanks to everyone who has created for it. If you haven't heard of it, or haven't joined in - check it out! We have a fun challenge for September and a fun sponsor. Our challenge is for you to create something using mixed media techniques, using this photo for your inspiration.

The design team has had so much fun with this inspiration. I was inspired by the colors as well as the flower.

I used various patterned papers, die cuts, stickers, fabric, stamps, ink, paint and tape on wood for this fun creation.

Link your project inspired by the photo before the end of September at the MMMC website. A random winner from all entries will receive a $25 gift certificate from Ellen Hutson !

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!!!


  1. Love your project Melanie! The variety of elements look great together!!

  2. Loss is always hard to deal with it, it is amazing to have God in our lives to walk with us. Your paintings are entirely too much fun!!!!

  3. Such a fun canvas! I love how you were inspired by the photo and that sentiment is something we all need to do more often!