Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Yesterday, I spent most of the day at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Every year during a specified time during March and April, the Arboretum hosts "Dallas Blooms".
I had been previously during the summer but never during Dallas Blooms. The grassy areas were green and sprawling. People were lounging around on blankets reading, eating from their baskets, soaking up the warm sun and breathing in the sweet air.
I am so thankful for my time there even in the midst of my somewhat cranky little ones who after awhile didn't find it near as wonderful as I. But that is okay. Because at their age I probably wouldn't have been to thrilled with rows and rows of flowers and not much in the way of entertainment. But for me it was magical with the serenity that each area held -the distant grand piano being played while walking through A Woman's Garden, the French music that was piped into one of the outside eating areas, and the Magnolia trees that I walked through many years before with my nine month old little boy in tow. He is now eleven.
Anyway, it was a sweet trip and it has made me realize how much I need flowers and more of nature in my surroundings.
Monday, March 4, 2013
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Sunday, March 3, 2013
Congratulations to Susan! You were chosen as the winner of the goodies from Lori at LeissnerArt. More details are headed your way, Susan! Thank you to each of you who entered. Hope you have a fabulous week! XO!
Monday, February 25, 2013
Another Monday is upon us. Which normally I would be a little filled with slight dread because, although I like a schedule and being in the daily grind, I must confess I rather love weekends because it usually means nothing but family time for my crew. However, this month has taken away the semi-dread of Mondays because each Monday I get to feature a new business, artist, etc. So, as it is Monday today, and February, that means another inspiring story! (I simply can't get enough of hearing other peoples sweet stories).
I met Lori Leissner through Facebook. As much as I want to criticize Facebook lately for its security breaches and shameless effort to squeeze money out of small businesses, I must admit I have met a lot of wonderful, talented, kind hearted ladies there and Lori proves to be just that and more. Plus she's a local gal (long live Abilene!) so that makes her journey even more familiar to me. Lori is the talent and driving force behind LeissnerArt. Here in her own words is a little bit of her story:
"In 2008, I had a series of events that caused me to think about how I was spending my days. My dad died very suddenly in August of that year only five months after his 62nd birthday and long-awaited early retirement. Then in September, I had my first mammogram, which also turned out to be a bad one. After a lot of doctor visits, too many medical procedures and three surgeries in six weeks, the cancer was gone, my mammograms would now be half price, and I was contemplating the rest of my life.
I’ve always had arty dreams, but grew up in a tiny town and went to a tiny school without an art program. I thought I couldn’t do it without training, but I bought a little acrylic set and an easel and started painting anyway. Then I read an article about Kelly Rae Roberts who also didn’t have any art training when she started her art business. I looked up her website, bought her book and saw that she had an online class starting soon called “Flying Lessons”. Without thinking too much about any of it, I opened an Etsy shop, started a blog, made a Facebook page and kept on painting, faithful that God would provide in His time both the skills and the audience.
The mission of LeissnerArt is “to use art to share the Gospel, humor to lighten the mood and love to build a caring community of kindred spirits to cooperatively inspire”. I hope that’s what you find when you visit my online spaces where I share my art and poetry."
As I mentioned before, I follow Lori and her beautiful art on Facebook. Her art is bright and whimsical and I love seeing her new pieces. To see more of Lori's work please visit the following links:
Website: http://www.leissnerart.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeissnerArt
LeissnerArt is also on Instagram and Twitter
One winner will be the fortunate recipient of some LeissnerArt! Lori is giving away an 8 x 10 print (not framed) of "Lots of My Mind" and a 1 x 1 gunmetal pendant of my canary from "Love Birds" on an 18 inch organza ribbon necklace. (Combined value of $32).
To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post. Please leave your name and email address. If you prefer not to leave your email address, that is perfectly fine. Just be sure to check back on Sunday, March 4, where a winner will be chosen at random. The winner will also be announced on Pink Lemonade Company's Facebook page. (Comments signed under "anonymous" or duplicate entries will be counted as void). Thank you!!!
Thank you Miss Lori for sharing a bit of your story and your beautiful work! You are a true inspiration and a shining example of how the unknown ,and sometimes scary, things in life can evolve into amazing new adventures. We wish LeissnerArt continued success and hope you will stop back by sometime and let us know how you are doing! XO!