Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, November 25, 2011


Emilie is one of the two newest dogs to arrive in rescue, and she was only fostered at my house for a few days before she found her forever home. What a great feeling to know that she went from a breeder surrender to a loving home, thanks to Hands, Hearts & Paws!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Happy Thanksgiving to my family and friends --- I hope all of you are richly blessed today and always!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, November 21, 2011

More of Her Royal Cuteness!

Emilie is such a good pup! She explores her surroundings and comes to everyone to give kisses on their hand --- plus she has gone potty on the paper every time! That alone is most impressive. She also got a bath, blow dry and brushing today, so now she smells much better!

We already have applications to adopt her, so I doubt I will have her for more than a few days at the most. Before she leaves, I had to take more photos. She is just so darned cute!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Introducing Emilie

Emilie is the newest arrival at Hands, Hearts & Paws! She is a tiny 2 year old, 4 pound, female Yorkshire terrier. Three months ago she gave birth to SEVEN puppies! She is lucky to be alive, and I'm thankful the breeder surrendered her to rescue. Isn't she precious?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Another Morning Collage

This morning's collage started as one of my reject leaf photos, then got several layers added to it. I keep my reject photos, offcuts from other projects, etc. on a corner of my work table, and they often get incorporated into my collages. Right now, I am in love with the Autumn colors!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Morning Collage

Here is this morning's collage. It started out a little boring and bland, but once I added the horizontal paint stripes, it all came together for me. These are fun exercises, and I'm glad they are small. I allow about 15 minutes max for each one, and that includes drying time in-between layers.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Autumn Oaks

Normally I am enamored with the red maple leaves at this time of year. This year the oak leaves are clamoring for my attention. They usually turn from green to brown, with no real in-between color. But this year, they are glorious oranges and yellows! These photos were taken at the lake by my house, and I have made several trips there to photograph the leaves and trees, and to gather leaves for art making.

Saturday, November 05, 2011


Evan is our current foster dog, and he is such a little sweetheart! He loves to cuddle and snuggle, and he gets so excited when he sees me and thinks that I am going to pick him up. When I remember the scared little guy that I got from the puppy miller, it is very rewarding to see how much he has blossomed. He is housebroken now; he sleeps in his kennel at night without crying; he plays with toys; and he is starting to play with other dogs. All huge steps for a little dog that spent the first 3.5 years of his life in a puppy mill!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Thankful for the Dogs

I am thankful for the dogs that have come into my life. They have taught me many lessons, and I think that I am a better person for having known them. Some of them are purebreds from a breeder, some of them are mixed breeds, and some of them are puppy mill survivors. All of their temperaments and personalities have been different, but they have all given me as much, if not more, than I have given them.

Lessons I have learned from the dogs:
1. Be patient.
2. Love unconditionally.
3. Always forgive.
4. Don't be afraid to show unbridled enthusiasm.
5. Be persistent if you really want something.
6. Live in the moment.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so I celebrate it all month long. For me, today is the first day of Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for all of my wonderful friends. Time and time again, they amaze me with their thoughtfulness, their generosity and their loyalty. I am truly blessed, and I am grateful for each and every one of them!