Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Last two hints....

ok, here are the last two photographic hints about the books I am reading.....

Any and all guesses welcome!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Another hint....

For those of you who stopped by for Sunday Citar....here's another hint about what series I am reading......

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Blog Your Blessing Sunday

For more info on Blog Your Blessings Sunday, click on the button above or check out the blog roll in the sidebar.

Have a wonderful Sunday!
♥, allie

Sunday Citar

Welcome back to Sunday Citar! A blog feature, started by Tabitha author of Fresh Mommy, in which bloggers post a quote they find inspirational, interesting, funny - a quote that somehow strikes their fancy, and pair the quote with photographs that seem to fit. So, any of you quote-lovers out there (I am right there), follow the link to Tabitha's blog (click the box above) for more links to participating blogs, and enjoy interesting quotes and fabulous photographs!

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Reading has always been a passion of mine. Walking into a library or bookstore feels like coming home to me. The possibilities........

At first glance, my quote may not seem to go with the photo collages I have chosen for today, but if you look closely, and particularly if you put the pictures together in your mind, they give some clues as to what book series I am currently reading. Guesses are welcome!

Thank you for stopping by!
Happy Sunday!
♥, allie

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Take me Back Tuesday

For some reason, I have been thinking of my mother quite a bit for the last few days. Maybe because we went to a u-pick farm and picked blueberries the other day, and I know she would have loved being there.

The picture above was taken in about 1967. :)

I know that she is with us, smiling down and loving us still. Miss you Mamma. Love you so much.

For more information on Take Me Back Tuesday, click the button above.

Take care, and have a great Tuesday!
♥, allie

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Blog Your Blessings Sunday

Nothing like going for a twirl around the block in your princess dress, holding hands with your best buddy....

For more information on Blog Your Blessings Sunday, click on the button above, or in my sidebar. Be sure to visit some of the other participating blogs for more start-your-day-with-a-smile goodness!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

:), allie

New Weekly Feature! Sunday Citar

"Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition of the ironies and absurdities. Sometime, though, it's just pure, unthinkable delight." Barbara Schapiro

Even on the rough days, my children bring me so much joy. I find myself feeling totally amazed to have been given the gift of being their mommy. They help keep me focused on what really matters, and bring me laughter each and every day.

A big thank you to Melanie of Whimsical Creations for introducing me to Sunday Citar and Tabitha, author of the blog Fresh Mommy, who started this fun, uplifting blog feature. I am a quote-lover, so I am really looking forward to participating every Sunday. If you are interested in participating, just click on the Sunday Citar box above or visit Tabitha's blog for instructions.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

And just for fun....

Here we are now - still laughing!

Take Me Back Tuesday

A picture of my sweetheart (now husband) and me in our salad days......so thankful for where we are now, but, man was that fun!

Monday, July 13, 2009

And the winner is..........

Thank you so much to all of you who stopped by and commented on our Wonderful Water Treasure Hunt! We had fun and hope that you did too!

The following people made the entire loop and qualified for the ACEO drawing:
Brenda Thour
Amanda Fall
Judi Fitzpatrick

And now....drum roll please............the winner of her choice of an ACEO from my blog.....is....

Brenda Thour

You may visit Brenda's lovely blog here,
and her incredible Etsy shop here.

Be sure to check out the other four blogs to see who won there!

Always Artistic
Art Plus
Marlene's Musings

Please tune in for our next treasure hunt to begin on August 3rd!!!!!!
Thank you, again to all of you who participated!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Welcome to Our Blog-to-Blog Wonderful Water Treasure Hunt!

This Treasure Hunt ends on Friday, July 10th at midnight EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 13th. I will include a list of all the people who qualified for the drawing. Be sure to come back to check to see if you are the winner! The rules are a bit different this time, so please read carefully!

Please note that some of the photos are listed and others are not listed at my Etsy Shop, allieart4children. However, if you see a photo you would love to own, just let me know, and I will list it for you. I love custom orders and am very happy to work with you!

Rules: (To win a free ACEO which measures 2.5 by 3.5 inches)

1. You must complete the loop of all participating artists to qualify for the drawing. Find the link to the next artist's blog under my Image No. 5. This means to leave a comment under a photo at each blog. And be sure to read the rules, as each of us has done things a bit differently!

2. Leave a comment
under a photo at each blog so that we know you have completed the loop.

3. Each comment made on the different photos at the different blogs will give you another chance to win. Yes, it is possible to win on more than one blog! One person won on three of the blogs in our last treasure hunt!

4. If you sign up to follow my blog, and comment on a photo you will receive 3 additional entries. Those of you who follow my blog already will receive three additional entries as a thank you for checking in!

5. If you have time, please stop in our shops and have a look around. If you go
to my Etsy shop, look around, and let me know your favorite print or product, you will receive one additional entry. Click here or on the Etsy mini within the sidebar to the right to visit my shop. I posted all my photos separately, so that you can comment on the ones you like.

Here are links to the other four participating artists' blogs:

Always Artistic
Art Plus
Marlene's Musings
Tapestry 316

Be sure to visit all 5 blogs and leave at least one comment, so you may be registered to win an ACEO!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have fun!

Wonderful Water Treasure Hunt - Image No. 1

Wonderful Water Treasure hunt - Image No. 2

"love note"

Can anyone see the heart in this photo?

Wonderful Water Treasure Hunt - Image No. 3


Wonderful Water Treasure Hunt - Image No. 4


Wonderful Water Treasure Hunt Image No. 5

Be sure to visit the next blog in the loop!
It is Always Artistic: The Blog!
Her incredible Etsy shop, always artistic is here!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Blog Your Blessings Sunday

Today I wanted to post a special thank you to all the men and women who have served and are serving our country. Because of the sacrifices you have made, we all enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and so many other freedoms others only long for. Thank you, and God bless you. I feel so fortunate to live in this country.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Playing catch up........

Quite a while back, my friend Kenna, a very talented lady - incredible photographer, environmentalist, whitewater rafting guide and good friend - awarded me the lemonade award. Although I am very late in saying so, I feel deeply touched to have been chosen by Kenna for this award. Please visit Kenna's inspiring blog, Beholden to Nature, and her amazing Etsy shop. It will make your day brighter!

A Lemonade Award is awarded for a great attitude, and on some days, my attitude is pretty good, I suppose. Despite my incredible sarcasm (it's genetic), and cynicism on some days, I really and truly am a "glass-half-full" kind of girl. So thank you very much, Kenna, for seeing this in me. I am glad that it shows through.

Here are the rules....

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 5 - 10 blogs that show great Gratitude and/or Attitude.
3. Be sure to list and link your nominees within your post.
4. Tell them they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Nominate your favorites and link to your post.

My nominees, who inspire me every day with their examples of living joyfully:

Marlene's Musings
Always Artistic
Art Plus
Urban Junkies Artist Lounge
Giggleberry Creations
Photography, Art and Motherhood
Personal Treasures
Winsome Hollow
little love blue
mkc photography by Michelle Ciarlo Hayes
What I made today

ok, so I chose a few more than 10, but trust me, these ladies deserve it!