Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving . My girls were off school for 9 days and my youngest is going to try to return to school today as she has had a fever for the last few days.

I decided to share a little of what I have been up to . Last saturday we visited the castle in Berkley Springs Wv. as a possible location for my daughters July Wedding. It really is a beautiful place , rich in history and it was perfect for my daughters outside wedding . So we booked it. They were happy to have found a location . You can see more pictures here .
We spent Thanksgiving with some wonderful friends of ours from Delaware who have a vacation home near us . It was really cozy . They are both wonderful cooks . I really enjoyed their company and we chatted after dinner and "Jackie "( we share a name ) happily sat and crocheted as we talked . It brought back memories of me teaching myself to knit the year before . I had learned the basic stitches from a dvd about a year ago and I had found it so meditating. I have always found the idea of knitting a throw or blanket so appealing .

When I came home I decided to try and knit again and I am currently happily knitting some washcloths ,LOL
You got to start somewhere right? I hope to improve my knitting skills .I have tons of books on knitting and crochet and had been meaning to get to it . So I am happy Jackie provided the inspiration..
I am also taking different art workshops. I am taking a winter goddess class here with Monica. I haven't had time to watch the full class but I did a winter sketch .We are to practice making sketches for our painting . this is the first one I did. Keep in mind, that I have never drawn anything beyond stick figures and as a child I don't even remember playing with crayons . So this is hard for me to share .

I am also taking three classes with Pam Carriker , who I love. One of the classes I am involved in is called Pursuing portraits and I did a few sketches for that class as well.Pam , is a wonderful teacher .

I am really taking so many classes and really trying to find my niche or where I am supposed to be . I thought maybe I could be vulnerable enough to start to put myself out here a little . I love seeing other people share so I thought maybe I should too . Sometimes I am involved in so many things it's overwhelming for me but thats ME. I hope with practice that I will be able to eventually do something that I am proud of and happy with .


  1. Your sketches are awesome, Jackie! Truly! It's really amazing that it's your first try!!!! Awesome job! And good for you for putting yourself out there and sharing it!

  2. OMG, Your sketches are fantastic! I love them!! Beautiful job, Jackie. I was so excited to see your artwork. Thank you for sharing it!

  3. Oh my God Jackie the sketches are fantastic. I cannot believe you haven't drawn before, you are a total natural. I especially love the first face.

    Dearest Jackie, I am so sorry and don't be offended. I have about 300 comments I haven't even seen yet and am working my way through them. So I am glad you recommented because I was trying to do the top ones today.

    I will now go and look at the rest of yours.

    Love you dear Jackie and I know that whatever you have to say to me will come from a wonderful place, your heart.

    Love Renee xoxo

  4. Dear Jackie, thank you for your love.


  5. Hi Jackie, loving the sketches you have created with your classes. You have joined such great artist, so jealous, lol!
    Have a great weekend!