Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Families are Forever

(click for larger view-- I know, I've posted pieces of this before!  Here's the whole A-Z.) 

If I do say so myself, I have a very cool family.  We are an introverted bunch.  Half of us live on the East Coast, and half live on the West Coast.  In addition to my parents, I have two brothers and one sister, with 17 years between the first and the last.  We are terrible about calling, only a little better about e-mailing.  You would think that we wouldn't be that close.  But we are.

Last Christmas, my younger brother and I started a family blog.  It's our own little spot where we can all get together and be "just us".  We post distorted portraits of ourselves, pictures of the kids' school projects, intrepid explorations and crazy hairdos.  We crack each other up.

All that to say, I'm awarding my family, and our blog, Be True to Your Roots, the Renee Award that was so generously awarded to me by my buddy, Susan.  (Back at ya, Babe!)

For the history of the Renee Award, dreamed up by Ces and Bella to honor their friend, click here.    The Renee Award is all about friendship, nurturing and supporting each other.  It's what my family means to me.  (What a lovely legacy, Renee!  I'll see ya when I get there!)


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Illustration Friday-- Rescue

Today I had big plans.  I was going to make great strides on a new series, until I spilled red water (madder carmine!) all over them, and my entire desk, chair, books, carpet, everything.  Befuddled, I gave up and went in a new direction.  (It was either that, or make brownies and eat them all before the kids got home!)

The prompt this week at Illustration Friday is Rescue.  The love-of-my-life has been a public safety diver and Captain of the Phoenixville Dive-Rescue unit for nearly 17 years.  This is Scott, not actually rescuing (or sadly, more often than not, recovering) but running a drill.  He and his team spend countless volunteer hours every month  practicing, taking classes, maintaining equipment and writing grant proposals.  And, while the hope is to never have to answer a call, days can be spent at a moment's notice performing their public duty.

And, while I often complain about the hours he puts in, I'm secretly really, really proud of him.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Illustration Friday-- Expired

Expired--That blissful feeling when the crying finally stops and all's right with the world!

This is for my baby sister, who's got some wailin' going on at her house!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


We have been setting a trap for this little dickens on the eve of St. Patrick's Day ever since my son Grayson, now 11, was in preschool.  Really, I'm not sure why we do it, except that Grayson, way back then, said we needed to.

Now it's a tradition.  We never get very elaborate, it's usually just a laundry basket propped up with a T-square.  No wonder we never catch him.  But he always leaves behind fancy donuts!  I can't wait!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Wait a Minute! Who has time to Draw AND Cook!

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One day a week or so ago, I was oogling Lisa Graves' artwork, and found out about a fabulously clever project called They Draw and Cook.  I knew it was something I had to do, so I put it on the back burner, and it simmered for several days.  Well, then just yesterday I was Ooh la la-ing over Vanessa Brantley Newton's work and the timer went off.  Time to bake!

Here's my submission for They Draw and Cook.  Thanks, Nate and Salli, for cooking this up!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Illustration Friday-- Subterranean

He waters the mountains from His upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of His work.
He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-- bringing forth food from the earth:
wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains the heart.
Psalm 104:13-15

Our garden isn't subterranean just yet, but I'm ready!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Illustration Friday-- Brave

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The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave