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My Lifetime Dream/Goal Reached! (Sunday Grateful) 7-4-13

I’ve had to pinch myself a few times!

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Ask myself, “Did I really get that phone call?”…

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Talk about it… so that I know it’s for real..

Keep thinking about it and smilingk6688524

Saying “Thank You” hundreds of times to my Lordk9513818

You see… I finally got the job I’ve wanted ever since I was a little girl

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My dream…

My hope…

My talent put to use…

and just perfectly fits my life at this time…

God is good!… and when the time is rightprayers are indeed answered

I have to give praise for this wonderful happening that has been given mek0266791

I had taken a painting class about two months ago… and while there… I happened to ask the owners, “Do you need someone to teach the painting classes?”…

and they said, “As a matter of fact we will need someone!… in a month or two when we move to a larger location”…

What was so surprising… they were quite impressed with my “natural” talent… and took my phone numbercha0005

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Painting class I took with daughter-in-law…

The new location was only a store over from their immediate shop… so the location was ideal for me… less than 15 minutes away from my home…

I was elated!…k6437384 that they seemed interested

and this past week the owner called and wanted to now if I was still interested…

YES!… I wanted to shout!… Yes, indeed!

I bet I was grinning from ear to ear!…k7098880

She wanted me to come in for a class and just paint again along with the customers that had signed up… taking some mental notes as to how they did things…

I had been one other time for a class with a friend of mine… so I was learning their ways already… and liked what I saw…

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We painted a Lake Scene… and I talked to all of the customers just to get a feel of what that would be like…

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I love that part of course!… I love people… listening to them… and connecting…

I do think I have a natural teaching ability too…

I’ve never had the opportunity for college… but, the jobs that I have had… have prepared me well…

This company will also be opening a new shop in Elizabethtown, KY… not too far from Louisville… So, I feel I am getting in on the ground floor as to speak…

( There was a movie calledElizabethtown out a few years back… filmed in this small town)

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The company called KOCH and CO. … have become busier since I first painted with my daughter-in-law over two months ago…

That’s a good thing for sure!

So it will be part-time… Money is good k9179637… will have a helper and all I have to do is teach the class…

How awesome is that! … BLD067144

I will have a couple of practice class sessions to begin with… being critiqued as to where I might need some help…

but, then will be on my own

My goal / dream k8377680being reached in my lifetime…

How blessed I feel!  k1589151

Vase of Flowers

Another painting class… This time with a friend I made at the YMCA… She picked a picture of a vase with flowers to paint… The store… KOCH’S Painting… lists several different choices to pick from… on a monthly calendar

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I always like the choices but, usually end up making it my own… in some way… The flowers in the picture were all pink

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This was the one we were to copy…

I made them the colors I have in my bathroom… I had the same picture up for so long… I decided I needed a change

I’ve painted a long time… so I’ve learned from trial and error as I go… but, can always learn a new technique… a new way of doing things…

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130522_006 My finished painting…

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My friend painted hers pretty much like the picture offered… It was really nice… It takes about 3 hours to complete… By using acrylic paint … the paintings dry pretty quick with the aid of a hair dryeru10800296 …

130522_004My friend Janice…

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130522_007 Finished painting…

The girl who owns the store and her partner have said they would like me to teach some of the classesI would jump at the chanceyta0013 It would be ideal!… A few days a week… teaching what I love… doing what I love… Talking to people and seeing the joy on their faces as they make something with their own hands… So when their new store opens… I hope to be working again… Retirement is good… but, having a job like this would be right up my alley!

130522_008 Showing off our artwork…

No WINE!… I’ll paint anyway!

I posted on a painting I did with others at

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I went to another class with “Wine and Canvas” last night…

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Doesn’t compare… sorry to say…

The people were very nice no problem there..

The surroundings were OK

It was held at Mimi’s Cafe here in Louisville

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This group holds classes at different restaurants in the area… on different dates

Faults I found…

Crowded

No wine or snacks as their name indicates…BUMMER!… you could order and pay for your own…

They didn’t provide all colors of paint… Only the colors of the painting that the instructor had chosen…

I came to paint an Eiffel Tower for my bathroom…pinks…gray…black…

No red…or pink to be had… Only black, blue, green, white and yellow…

See why I was disappointed??? …Both my friend and I needed the pink or at least some red/white to make our own pink… to finish our painting…

So… I finished it at home this morning… and she is doing the same…

As I said …It’s a great idea… and holding it at restaurants is OK too… but, not what I expected!…

I love to paint and being with my friend I used to work with was great!…

I also had gotten a coupon off of the internet for 1/2 off … So instead of $70 for the two of us… it was $35 for us… and sharing that… made it $17.50 each…

That should have nothing to do with the wrongs I found… They had done the advertising and deal…

So… it helps to check out these things…

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Just starting to paint black paint all over canvas…”night scene”…

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Starting to get design of “Eiffel Tower” on canvas…

My friend in black and me in stripe shirt…

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Andrea starting to put in lights of city in background…

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Finished work… If I had some pink I could have been finished too…

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Young girl named Beverly sat next to me… I thought she did a great job!

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Andrea with her painting… She needs to finish as me…

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We had a great time anyway… Nothing can keep us from that!

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We had to turn our paintings upside-down to paint bottom edge…

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I left with just black…gray…white…

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It now sparkles with bright pink lights… Much better!

“Lil’ Biscuits” for Everyone!

The Loveless Cafe‘ used to have an adjoining motel After years of being in business they turned the motel part into mini stores and craft shops… So as we waited for our buzzer to go off… telling us our table was ready… we wandered around the shops…

“Lil’ Biscuits” was the name of the first shop…

They had cute baby outfits… toys… and items for your favorite pet… The young cashier girl was so sweet and asked if I would like her picture… I had told her I wrote a blog and would like to take a few photos if it was alright… They had an area for kids to color pictures with crayons… and a few were loving it!

Our next stop was…

A small shop packed with unique artPaintings, jewelery, sculptures, pottery, etc… Quite whimsical!

Wood birds with paint brush tails and maps applied to their bodies… because they were “migrating!”…

The heads of clay were of people the artist actually knew her sister, herself and a second grade teacher were a few… All had a bird friend attached in some way…

Painted pottery sat on the shelves and origami bluebirds flew from a wind chime

A mixture of Religious artifacts, small keepsakes and wall hangings…

The “Loveless Hams and Jams Country Market” was packed with homemade jellies, jams, country hams, soft drinks, candy, honey, cheeses, pickles and souvenir gifts… They have a mail order service for all of their products…

A picture to finalize our day seemed very appropriate

What do you think?

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“My Passions”

To decide what to write about in my New Blog for 2012 … it was suggested that I draw a picture representing “ME”... Around “ME” are the things I’m passionate about… So my first drawing looked like this..

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It consisted of 8 personal ideas about myself … Art, Writing, Home, Friends, Family, Feelings, Success, Thrift Store Discoveries… I was to then expand on that… So as you see it was getting busier!… Consisting of me writing something about each topic

Art– Love painting on old items that need a new life… chairs, small tables, really anything unusual… walls…

Writing-Learning… improvement… connect with all kinds of people… Try to get book idea together…

Home- Happiness came to mind…

Friends– Staying connected…

Family- Togetherness…

Feelings- Wanting to feel better inside and out… be healthier…

Success- Knowing I make a difference…

Thrift Store Discoveries– My relaxation time…the hunt for the unique … but, has to be a bargain!…

Then… How can I connect these???

I would combine the Writing, Art, Thrift Store Finds

I would combine the Friends, Home, Family, Feelings+ Writing

and Success would be combined with all …

The only thing I didn’t actually write down was “God“…(belief)… This is because that’s a “given”… He’s with me in all my ideas, thoughts and actions!…

What a neat concept!… and I do believe it will help me in my endeavors… Now, to start on January 1, 2012… I can’t wait to see what my First Blog will be!