Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween is Coming!

Hello All, Here is the Friday Freebie for you! In honor of halloween coming...


Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Friday!

Hello all...I am at Rose's house and we are having a grand time. I am currently typing one handed because her cat, Tasha- who is 17- insists on sitting on me constantly. If I don't hold her, she yowls at me as loud as possible. It is funny because all her life she wanted nothing to do with anyone but Rose and now that she is old and cranky, she wants to be held by anyone who will accommodate her. Poor old lady...lol.

I have a brand new digi for you guys today, hope you like it!



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stencil Winner

Howdy all! I had a great response to the stencil giveaway...thank you all who participated. Also, thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes...

The winner is ARLY HELM. I have sent an email notification and am waiting to hear back from her.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Birthday Giveaway!

I am happy to announce the release of new stencils ! In honor of my Birthday, I have teamed up with Kelly Donovan from KnittingandThings.com to give away one of the new releases!...

The winner will get to choose one of these. To enter go to the rafflecopter....
Broken Squares

Chevrons
FrontWords and Backwords
Jacob's Ladder

Scattered Stars

Which Way Did He Go










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Happy Birthday!

Well, here we are- another year older..and hopefully a little wiserThis year I have created some cool geometric digis to give you for my birthday!...











Sunday, September 28, 2014

Some new videos

Hello all! I have a few new videos up- you can find the link to them on the side bar under you tube. Also, I have just released several new stencils at my etsy store- come see what is new!


Friday, September 26, 2014

wow!

It just struck me that I haven't posted in a couple of weeks! My Bad... thank you all for the remarks and best wishes...
Nothing new to report in that area, I am still waiting to see the surgeon. The knee walker helps.

Let's see- today is free digi day. It is also the seven year anniversary of the day I met my extraordinary husband. so let's see what we have in the folder eh?







Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September already?

Wow, I can't believe it is already this late in the year! Where in the world was it written that time fast forwards as we get older? I will be 47 in less than a month. My Sister turned 50 last month... my older brother will be 52 a couple weeks after my birthday and my little baby brother would have been 43 had he lived, It is amazing to me- I have an 88 year old grandmother and my parents are entering their 70's! It is unbelievable to me. I am going to have a grandson early next year- my daughter lives across the country from me- so it is difficult for me to not get to be there. I am so blessed to have a closeness with my baby girl...She has chosen the name Riley Axel Moon for her son.
This last couple of years has brought many changes to my life, and to my art work. I am so happy that you all have stuck with me through it all. I was feeling kind of pressured about posting and such, but my hubby and I talked and he said that my blog started as something just for me to express myself, share my art and enjoy. He said that he wants me to continue to enjoy my blog and to not feel pressured on posting the stuff we have for sale. This was such a huge relief to me...now I can relax and just be here... I don't know how many or how often I will do digis for you because I am not focused on that so much these days, but if you keep coming back, I will keep trying.

Sweetpea- I am sorry to hear your hubby is ill. My prayers will include him. Suze- glad to hear from you as well. How is your son?

Recent happenings- I am currently on a knee walker, as I have a complete tear to one of the tendons in my ankle, arthritis and bone spurs. I am trying to avoid surgery- but am thinking it is inevitable.

I have been working on my art journal projects and on new videos,  I will keep working on developing new techniques and sharing them with you- I hope you all have a wonderful day!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Stength

It is through adversity that we find strength, growth, and perserverance
It is through struggle that we begin to define what we believe and feel
It is through injustice that we finally see what our idea of Justice really is,
and it is through love and compassion that we learn who we are to ourselves and to others.


have a great day

Friday, August 22, 2014

friday 8 22 freebies

Hi everyone, Got a bit of a late start this morning... But today i am giving digital backgrounds.. here they are!





Tuesday, August 19, 2014

another day another dollar


Here is on of my stamp sentiments. It is not in .jpg or .png. If you want to use it, simply copy and paste to a word doc and save it.


Cancer cannot...
Exterminate love.
Eradicate friendship.
Eliminate faith.
Steal peace.
Shatter hope.
Demolish memories.
Diminish courage.
Destroy character.

Cancer cannot defeat the spirit.



Thank you all for your comments. I am so glad to see you here too!

and a poem I wrote

Decision
Yesterday I went for a walk,
Meandering along a wily wood.
Reaching branches met overhead,
Sheltering the wood from the sun.
Breezes chattered among the leaves
Sounding like tinkling fairy bells.
I walked on, deeper into the wood
Looking for peace, solitude
Time to think, to consider, to decide
Farther I walked, until the light of the sun faded
Dimmed, and darkness crept toward me in the deep and wily wood.
I stepped through the trees to a clearing
A small meadow in the middle of the wood
Light shone down on a small deer
Feeding in the center of the hidden meadow.
I sat, dropped to the ground to watch
To think, to consider, to ponder
A doe stood at the edge of the clearing,
Watching over her fawn
While I watched her, watching
What will I do? What should I do?
How can I choose?

Life or life alone?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Diana and Me

So, I guess I really pissed her off. She sent me a personal email to tell me about it, and since I deleted her comments (out of hurt ) I will post here what she said- and my response. If any of the rest of you feel the way she does, I do apologize for offending- in advance. ( i just checked my email for the week, which is why I am just now responding)

Diana
Aug 10 (5 days ago)
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Well I guess my making a comment on YOUR blog has made a few think they should pat u on the back. Just so we are clear, it was never about a freebie.
I won't return to blog or buy from u again in your shops. I guess when a blog asks for comments they really don't mean anything they don't want to hear.
When you choose to share ALL the drama in your life on a blog, u must know that some times there will be those who will add their 2 cents. Positive or negative. If u don't want both, don't request comments! Keep a dairy. We all have drama in life. But we all do not chose to place on the internet.
When we make a choice in our life, we must live with the fall out. Not make excuses for the road we chose or later chance our mind and want to make it all better.. There are no take backs,no what ifs, no nothing. You did what u did, after all this time it doesn't change that decision.
If u have any true friends.. They must be telling u all I have on this matter of giving up a child.
But, I guess not, or your rant would not have been all about U.
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Wow, I guess I must have struck a nerve with you. My blog is not just about my store, or freebies. It is a place where I can share my life. I don't regret the decisions I made and  I don't just want pats on the back...reassurance, etc from the people I am blessed to have interact with me on the blog. I do, however feel that comments should be respectful in nature, and not hurtful. I was on a rant- which is exactly why I labeled the post as such. It does not mean that I am feeling, thinking or acting totally rationally- It means I just need to get stuff off of my chest. In that case, It IS all about ME, I know all about her feelings, and do not hold them against her. 
I am usually a very patient and understanding birth mom- taking what I can get as she is willing to give. That does not mean I don't have feelings of my own to deal with.

As far as sharing ALL the drama in my life- I don't. I am sorry you feel slighted and that your anger with me came through so very clearly in your comments. The  whole thing was really rather blown out of proportion. But you must do as you see fit. I wish you well.

By the way- this communication WILL be posted on the blog , maybe someone can learn from whatever mistake I made with you .

Happy Birthday Sis!

Today is my sister Khris' 50th  Birthday. Happy  Wishes for all who share her day!\

Dad went home from the hospital, finally, on His birthday the 13th. They have inserted a permanent feeding tube in his stomach and closed one of the holes in his throat. He still has the breathing hole and is pracising with the voice box thingy.

My Grandmother turned 88 on the 11th, Happy Birthday to them all...

We found out my daughter is having a boy.She is due at the end of January. We are hoping to send me out to Florida for the birth, but finances may hinder the plan.  We will see what happens in the next couple of months.

Today's freebie is another butterfly..I just love drawing them and they make me happy...hope this one makes you happy too...



Friday, August 8, 2014

It Is Friday Again

Howdy. Today i went back to my favorite subject- Butterlies! Here is a bit of a whimsical flight of fancy for you...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Gabriella

Thank you so much for your comments. I SO appreciate them. Glad you are here too!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Another Hump Day

Hi everyone. We have had a few changes around here and I wanted to let you know about them. I have reopened my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnjisAntics.
 There is a link to the right to see what is available. My digitals and stencils are there as well as the deli paper , doilies, and hand dyed doilies.

I am currently working on a video series to teach Mixed Media art Journaling. It is so much fun to incorporate all of the different supplies I have, including digital stamps into making the art journal. I hope that if you have not yet delved into the world of Mixed Media, you will take a few moments to discover how cool it is!.

I found out that I have degenerative arthritis, bone spurs and damaged tendons in my left ankle. I am currently on crutches and supposed to put no weight on the foot. Boy is that hard! And talk about sore! My whole body is sore from favoring that ankle. But on the good side of that- I get a lot more time in the craft room...lol.

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Friday freebie EARLY

Hi all. I am going to spend a few days with Rose so I thought I would post the freebie for this Friday here now. Hope you like it...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hey!

Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I update the gallery page. Hope you are having a great one!

Another new video

Hi all, I completed a two page spread last night and have the new vieo here:

Art Journal pages Rose

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

apologies

I am sorry if my "rant" offended anyone. Of course the situation is not all about ME, but this is how I have been feeling. The adopted child is not the only person in the situation who may have been hurt. As the birth mother, I have feelings too and they are not always acceptable for the adopted people of this world to face. Of course I have considered that my daughter is using her husband as an excuse and just does not want to see me.
This is my place to share my life and feelings as well as the work I do, the digital stamps, videos and other creative experiments...I may not always say something that is pleasing to everyone, and I may have opinions that not everyone shares. I have been vwey blessed over the last couple of years to have the support of my followers. They have been through life and death with me, traumatic brain injury and the joys of my life as well.

I never thought that life was all about ME, but to be honest- don't we all come from a place of "me" when dealing with emotions?

Diana=- I am sorry that what I had to say upset you- my intentions were simply to share my feelings and confusion on the situation. Please have a blessed day and forgive my insensitivity

Freebie Friday...2

Hello there! I finally got all my craft room put back together, yay. Here is today's free image...enjoy



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Change of plans

After telling you all the things I planned to get accomplished yesterday, I got a phone call that the carpet in all three bedrooms was going to be installed and the guys would be there in an hour. YIKES! I only had one room packed and thought I had until this Sunday to do the rest. Needless to say I worked like a madwoman  to get the craft room and the master bed/office done. Of course I was in so much pain I could barely walk, but I got almost all of it done before they got here and hour and a half later.

They moved all the heavy stuff and put most of it back into the rooms afterwards. Then I was able to get all the stuff back into the rooms and today will have to put it all away....ick. The carpet they laid down is the kind you put into an office, but it is the thinnest cheapest stuff the owner could find. Hopefully it will be ok, but frankly- anything is better than the filth they took out of here.

SO, two days lost to the carpet thing...I will have an image for you tomorrow....Off to work now

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Better Day

Hi Guys! I feel much better today and am ready to acomplish some good work. I am getting ready to list some burlap and fabric die cuts on our etsy store, am going to make another video, and plan to make at least one image today...busy busy busy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Can I just Rant?

Hi guys,
I am having a tough day and just need to tell you about it...Some of you may remember when, a few years ago, I was so excited to have been contacted by the daughter I gave up for adoption at birth. She is now 26 and married. At one point I bought an airplane ticket to go see her, non refundable (never make that mistake again) but she decided at the last minute that she wasn't ready to meet me yet. I graciously understood and continued talking with her. I allowed her to set the pace of any relationship we might have. She eventually met my other daughter and had her come to Pennsylvania to stay. They had a falling out and her husband decided that she was not to have anything to do with ME...I never figured that one out, but have been patiently waiting for the time that it would change. Recently, my daughter contacted me and we spoke on the phone for over an hour. I was hopeful of finally getting to meet her.
My father had to have his voice box removed due to a recurrance of cancer and has been very ill. My daughter decided that she wanted to meet her grandfather and made plans to fly out to Oregon to meet him. She said she would like it if my mom and I could make the trip up there to meet her also.

Then that next day I get a message from her saying that her husband told her that if I went to Oregon, she could not go.

She asked if my mom would still come up and I said I thought so. However, she went to Oregon to stay with my father and never told me or my mom she was going.
I found out through my other daughter that there was a post on facebook about how glad she was to meet her grandpa. Today I see a post that tagged my aunt of pictures this daughter took of her, my aunt, and my father.

I know I am being comletely irrational, but I am angry! I waited for over twenty years in the hopes that I would one day get to know this child. Yet, she wants to meet and know my family, but not me. I am the one who carried her for nine months and loved her enough to try to give her a better life. I understand that she may have adoption issues, and I have attempted to help her with those feelings. How in the world can she and I ever resolve the issues between us if her husband does not allow her to talk to me for fear she will get hurt?

I admit that I am angry that my family members get to have a relationship with her when I do not, and I somehow feel like they are being disloyal to me for allowing her to set conditions on that relationship- such as, you can't talk to Anji about me. I don't know for sure that this is the case, but so far none of my family has even mentioned that they are friends on facebook, talk to her, or anything...so I am assuming here.

I know that my anger is mixed with a deep hurt. My other daughter and my mother have stood by me, understood how I feel, and support me. I thank God for them, but that does not really help me divest myself of these awful feelings.

Telling you guys about it at least took some of the impotent feeling away and I am calmer. I am reminded of the Serenity prayer....
God grant me the serentity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.


I guess this will be my mantra right now....and thanks to all of you who read through my rant...I miss hearing from you.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Freebie Friday!

Hello all! I have really been enjoying my week with Rose. Here are some pictures of some of our art journal pages...

These are Rose's

 



These are mine















and now for your freebie!