A positive decision can change your life.

Hello you marvelous mind-blowing mondo cool go go dancing angels!  I hope you have had a splendid weekend.  I’ve been doing some redesigning and some painting this weekend.  I have decided to revamp Peachbutter’s logo.  One would think that my being an artist and all that I would have such an easy time with this task.  Not so I’m afraid.  I’m vacillating back and forth between three different designs.  I’ve been getting feedback from some friends and, par for the course, their feedback is all over the board.  LOL  I’m almost at the point of putting all three designs on the blog and Facebook and asking for feedback. 

Tonight I want to share a couple of things with you.  The first thing I would like to talk about is the feeling of hopelessness and general malaise that so many people are dealing with right now.  While, it’s true that the US economy is struggling right now, it is not true that the end of the world has come.  I know people are hurting and many people are struggling right now.  I just want to reach out to all of you and tell you that it’s going to get better.  We are not a nation of quitters.  We are a nation of overcomers and champions!  Sometimes we get so caught up in focusing on what is wrong around us that we forget to step back and focus on what is fabulous. 

I had dinner with a friend the other night and we were discussing things that we can do to make life better for those people we come into contact with.  There were the usual ideas of sharing food, clothes etc.  I made the comment that sometimes it’s the little things in life that people remember the most.  My friend looked at me and said, “Yeah it is.  It’s amazing what a touch can convey.  A warm hug or a sincere smile and compliment.  What it really boils down to is love.  It’s all about giving love.”  And you know what?  He’s exactly right. 

I was doing a bit of reading today and I ran across this quote from Alistair Cooke……I think it’s something worth sharing and something I definitely want to remind myself of. 

“In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway.  So it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly, that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place: the opportunity to do good works, to enjoy friends, to fall in love, to hit a ball and to bounce a baby.” 

With these things in mind I wanted to show you some cool stuff.  Remember my joy at finding that little box of pastels the other day?  Well I have more funky groovy kinda news.  I cleaned out the rest of that trolly and not only did I find another box of the oil pastels but I found a box of chalk pastels as well as a small box of water based oil paints!  I think I need to reorganize and clean more often.  Just sayin.  Here is a pic of the newly found booty.

New found pastels

Aqua Oils

 What is really funny about me finding all of these things is that I discovered them after I made a trip to the art supply store to purchase some new oil pastels.  I tried my sweet babies.  I tried with all my might to resist them.  I did!  I did!  I lusted after them online and closed the window and did some sketching.  I went back and lusted some more, closed the window and did some more sketching.  But, it was too late.  It was like some sort of art porn had possessed me and I had to have these oil pastels.  As I entered the doors the air conditioner hit my face, wafting me in with a gentle caress.  Yes, this was going to happen, there was no use fighting it anymore.  After a few minutes of letting my fingers dance over several different boxes, my choice was made.  I eagerly walked up to the register and purchased this box of deeply colored beauties.  They were mine.  I loved them and they loved me back.  And here they are in all of their colorful glory….

New Oil Pastels

 I used oil pastels to complete J122.  Do you remember it?  This was the initial sketch…..

Initial Cactus J Sketch

 And here is the finished painting.  I decided to go whimsical with this piece.  I know I know….what a surprise. Heh.  I titled this J122 Hot Snack.

J122 Hot Snack

 Here is a close up of the Lizard.  I had to put some pink cowgirl boots on her.  I mean seriously, a girl needs to be stylish when she’s munchin on hot chili peppers! 

Hot Snack Close Up

 So there you have it my angels.  I hope you found a smile or two here tonight.  You make me smile every time you visit, leave comments or email me.  I cherish it when you share with me and allow me to share in your joys.  I’m making the decision to look for the positive in my life and in those around me.  Won’t you join me in this?  Perhaps we will be a part of the solution instead of part of the problem.  I love you.  You’re spectacular and brilliant.  I’m blessed to know you!

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  1. You are truly amazing. It is nice to see that someone else shares the same passion for such new art products. I feel the same exact way. I luv how u articulate the reasoning behind the luv. Faith, Hope and Love. The bible says the greatest of these is Love. I so enjoy reading ur pieces. They are all inspiring. Xoxo

    • Hi Stephanie,

      I’m so glad you enjoy visiting here. That is my goal to be an encourager and remind people how much they are loved and valued. As I’ve heard in the past…I’ve never locked eyes with one person that wasn’t valuable to God. 🙂 SOOOOOOO TRUE!! Have a great week girly!

  2. As always, Jacqueline, you had the perfect timing… I lost my first RN job (there’s a reason they told us during nursing school nurses eat their young, lol!) and I’ve been getting very discouraged about my job hunt.
    But in the meantime, I’m taking advantage of the free time I have to catch up on my projects of home-making & decorating, and my quilts. I’ve even been seriously trying to think if I could make an actual business of my quilts.
    I needed your encouragement, so many things just “aren’t going my way” right now and the bills are piling up… but you are right, there is fabulousness and job to be found. I know, I know, I know this, I just needed an extra reminder today!

    Hugs,
    Andrea

    • Hi Andrea,

      *HUGS* I’m sorry to hear you lost your job. I am standing in belief with you however that it is because something more wonderful is coming your way. I absolutely believe you could make a business of your quilts. Perhaps even span out into quilted handbags, baby bags etc. I would be glad to help you get the word out any way I can. Your work is so beautiful! Begin to visualize yourself happy, successful and in bliss making your quilted creations. Visualize them selling so fast you have a hard time keeping up with your orders! 🙂
      Have a great week!

  3. I love new art supplies! 🙂

    • Me tooooooooo! hehe I’ll be posting some new pics soon. *Hugs* It’s good to see you hon. 🙂

  4. Ah new art supplies. Better than jewelry.

    • Hi Elena,

      So very true! LOL Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will come visit often. 🙂


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