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Reviving Frosty!

What an amazing way to kick off 2011!  SNOW!  Yes, it really snowed in Los Angeles!  It wasn’t just a little dusting, it was a solid 8 hours of snow!  The kids were out in force and the snowballs were flying.  It was a fantastic day, but what ended up being the very best part for me was the snowman my sons and the neighborhood kids built.  It wasn’t huge, but what it lacked for in height it more than made up for in personality.  Every kid had a part in its construction.  It was great!  We were hoping there would be more snow to wake up to in the morning, but instead we woke up to sunshine and wet/muddy lawns.  Fortunately “Mr. Frosty” survived, and it became the quest of the neighborhood kids to rebuild him, which meant cruising around the streets with a wagon and boot-legging parts from other falling apart snowmen.  While they hunted, Mr. Frosty was shielded by umbrellas.  Surprisingly he didn’t melt and by the time the kids came back to the house with more ‘body parts’ he was still in pretty good shape, sans the eyes that had fallen off.  After his bionic rebuild he looks even better, and far more fashionable with added accessories!  I’m sure he’ll be gone in the morning.  Such is life, but I will forever remember this incredible day!  Happy New Year everyone!

Now I think I need to start working on some new Snowmen designs!  :0)

Peace on Earth

Merry Christmas,

Happy Holidays,


“Cheers” to you and yours

for a great 2011!

Have a little fun today!

HAVE SOME FUN TODAY!  There is no denying it, this time of year is wonderful but very stressful! So, the other day I decided that I would have some fun (and be a little silly) while getting a pedicure, and had my toes painted to look like candy canes!  I’m getting a kick out of the fun comments I am receiving.  It also has reminded me that artists are all around us.  The talented and wonderful women at my nail salon do the most fantastic art pieces on the toes and nails of their clients.  From snowmen to snow flakes, and Christmas trees to Menorahs, I am always dumbfounded at how they create such great art in such a small size!  It just goes to show that there are artists all around us, and today I want to celebrate them all!

I hope that you, too, will take the time to have a little fun today.  Life is too short not to!  :0)


What an amazing year it has been!  I have a lot of wonderful memories to reflect upon, and recently I had the chance to relive a few of them as I placed some ornaments on my Christmas tree that I purchased while on my summer trip to England and Ireland with my sister!

I LOVE our Christmas tree, with all the memories hanging from its branches.  This year I added the ornaments I purchased at the Tower of London, a hand carved wooden Claddagh from Ireland, and a little mini red double-decker bus and a mini taxi from London (definitely one of my most favorite cities in the world).  Sidebar ~ my next car is going to be one of those ultra fun London taxis!   Also new to my tree this year is a cute little “Mele Kalikimaka” ornament  (not pictured – sorry) that I bought while on our family trip to Hawaii.  This summer was definitely a great one for adventure and the ornaments that are now adorning my tree are terrific memories of them all.

To all of you who celebrate Christmas ~ I wish you a moment away from the busyness of this time of year to stand back and marvel at all the love and joy you have accumulated over the years on your own tree.

Merry Christmas!


Wishing you PEACE today!

12 Days of Christmas!

Happy December 1st everyone! It’s the first day you can legitimately start opening up those advent calendars.  For me it’s the chocolate filled one I’ve had staring at me from across my drawing table for the past week.  It’s also the first day when I typically start to feel the panic countdown set in of all the things I need to do over the next few weeks.  In general I just plain hate countdowns, BUT~ here is a countdown I plan to follow and I encourage you to do the same, if not just to have a little fun and a break from the other countdowns you have going on. Follow each day here: CNN’s “12 Days of Christmas” :0)

Oh, the colors of Fall!

Fall comes late in the year for us Southern Californians, but when it does it is a much welcome time.  This afternoon I took my dog, Shamus, for a walk (poor thing has been somewhat neglected lately).  The sun was just beginning to set and the colors reflecting around me were AMAZING!  It’s never hard to find inspiration in the Fall.  I brought along my camera and started snapping.  The colors and textures came alive and I even noticed that my dog fits in this time of year with his  brown and orange fur.  This past week I began a lesson with my 4th grade students on sketching leaves.  I talked a lot with my students on the intricacies and detail in every leaf.  For homework I assigned them the job of finding a tree that is changing color, to stand under it, and look up and marvel.  I hope they do it because I certainly enjoyed it today while on my walk.

So, there you have it – that is your homework too. Enjoy the color!  It’s going fast.

(The leaf field design above is  available for license KATE PITNER DESIGNS:/BD-ABL3)