IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGES - Anything Goes with an optional twist EASTER and/or SPRING FLOWERS



TO CHALLENGES I'VE ENTERED

Hello designers from blogs ive entered... i am sorry this wasnt put on your challenge in time. didn't come before. I am with my mom and at her house with her emergency. Because it was about her and really meaningfuli, I still posted it once i came to her house from a break at the hospital. It was more am honour and dedication  to her to follow up and post it late than to win anything.  It felt like a prayer to still post it even though i had no time to post. Thank you... the message is more important to me to be read... and thank you for doing that!
Love and hugs

Samara




Devas!
My favourite thing.
I love how the Garden speaks to me; how the flowers tell me what they need, when they need it.
But more than that - I love the dancing and prancing and frolicking of the Devas.

I have a Garden that needs no watering.
It is prime for the freedom of Devas.
I have written a book on My Garden, which I will post perhaps next week - needing to photocopy the pages.
Suffice to say (trailer) it is about Sunflowers and My Dogs...and everything in between
G-d DOES speak to us through our Garden - if we allow G-d to do that!

For today's (two weeks) challenge over at Ike's (World Challenges) the DT have created some beautiful pieces of art.
They speak to Easter, they speak to Awakening and Aliveness and they speak to the wonders of Springtime and the fact that G-d creates all this 'lovely' around us.
It is very hard not to be Grateful in Springtime.
It is very hard for me not to acknowledge the Presence of G-d in my life.

Without further adieu, I have used Ike's gorgeous GARDEN FAIRY.

It is the first time I have created ANYTHING using my mouse.

I uploaded Ike's Image (Garden Fairy).
Went to PAINT.
And just started.
Click color, re pick a new color click, pick a pen click, and over to the image.
This is completely addictive!

So what you see is my first.
Laptop on my lap and at my Mom's.

Garden Fairy and Spring and Easter...Gorgeous, Renewed, New Beginnings.
And then there is Heartache, Excruciating Pain, and what feels like Closings, Endings and sitting in the Nevermore.

My mom had some discomfort in her tummy 2 weeks ago.
She called an Ambulance (she is such a stong woman to do this on her own in the middle of the night.)
They did a Cat Scan and made an appointment for her to see a Specialist 2 days later.

My mom has Colon Cancer, Bowel Cancer and has just had a Lung Cat Scan 2 days ago.
We don't have the results of this yet.
Apparently 'Cancer Doctors' take Easter holidays too.

We are expecting news this week.

In the meantime she is getting 3 Iron Infusions a last week and this week and set for surgery (with hope that it will go ahead due to the Lung results being positive) in 3 days.

I think I am in shock; my emotions are 'over there' and not attached to me.
I feel like my inners were vacuumed out the moment I heard and some Power took me over to be able to be with her and look after her.
G-d is Present.
I know this.

I don't know what G-d has in store for the end of the week - but I feel faithful.
I have not been able to be anywhere but in the exact millisecond that I am in - not a second behind and not a second in the future.
This is a learning for me.
Ive always been an 'In the Present' type of gal, but this - this is something else completely.
Nothing else exists but truly this exact, precise, immediate second.

And I trust this is G-d's plan.

And my mom - oh, this is the hilarious part!
She has NEVER put herself first, in front of ANYTHING!

Now - oh my G-d - she is learning QUICKLY how to put herself first.
It is (if you can entertain me and imagine) hilarious to listen to her.

Yesterday she said to me "I want you to know the fridge and stove stay with the apartment"... so are you going to do the Laundry tonight or tomorrow?"
You can NOT imagine how remote, how absurd, how just totally weird this is!
MY MOTHER PUTTING HERSELF AND HER NEEDS FIRST - no way.
But yes...even at 89 and in perfect health thus far - only a vitamin - she is LEARNING!

G-d is also with her.
She has the 'death talk' with me in between "what are you making for lunch" and "I need to tidy up my closet in case anyone thinks I am messy" and off she goes...using every bit of energy she can muster up to take every possible thing out of her closet!
Then, she poops out and asks me to organize it.
Honestly Hilarious...truly bizarre...exhausting and...
My mom is allowing me to stay sane!

You have to understand...this is from a woman who could bounce a quarter on ANY bed she makes, any couch that has a bazillion cushions and throws.
My entire life is filled with me turning around after I've made my bed, as I am walking out of my room, to make sure there is not a crinkle, wrinkle, bump or turn.
And now - I LOVE ALL THAT!

I love that I am obsessive like her...
I love that I tell a story 10 times (to the same person) like her.
I like that 5 pounds over weight makes me crazy! (notice like not love lol)
I like that I have to wash every cup and spoon as I use it.
I love that I am passionate about other people's needs.
I love that I am artistic, creative and VERY critical of my work.

Because these are the things in me where I can see my mom.

They all USED to suck!
But now I cherish them, thank them, bless them.
My neurosis is akin to my Mom's neurosis...about everything!
And I will never change it.

I am finished trying to "self improve" all this stuff.
I am done with diets.
I do not regret looking in a mirror 10 times before I leave the bathroom.

Because all of this - every single thing about me I hated - is now the me who is my Mom.

Thanks G-d!


















Challenges Entered


EVERYTHING GOES WITH A TWISE - THE GARDEN

Yummy!
My fav colors.
Gorgeous textures.
Fantabulous birdies compliments of IKE'S ART STORE (here.)

IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE BLOG (here) has a good for the season (well not in Australia etc.) set of images.

There are many spring/summer/around the World images in Ike's Store (here.)

These feathers are SOOO cool eh?  I got a huge bag of them from the dollar tree.  Doesn't get any better than that!  The tape on the envelope, and all the papers are also from the dollar tree - oh! as is the card stock.

I was excited with the thought of writing the address around the frame on the envi, with Ike's Blue Tit1 Birdie and Blue Tit Cat King, and my return on the other top left chipboard.

Sidebar:  I am not a bird watcher and therefore colored these birdies in the same fashion that people color their poodles pink, in real life...a bit bizarre to me...but perhaps as bizarre as a purple, blue and lime green bird set!!!

Anything different at this point!  I seem to have lost my mojo for the last month, so this card makes me think it is possible to create something I like once again...

Blessings Always,
Samara


















ANYTHING GOES WITH A SENTIMENT TWIST

"HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!"

Yummalicious
think latte
think cappuccino
think espresso

"FIRE AWAY."

What a great set of images by Ike.  You can see them all at Ike's Store (here.)
The designer's on Ike's Team did a fabbo job, as always.
I love getting inspiration from the women -
the women who love Ike's images in the same way I do.

Endlessly!

Pop over to Ike's World Challenge Blog (here) and snap up a freebie and let's see whatchagot.

Looking forward to being inspired by you!

Blessings Always
Samara











SHOW US YOUR PUSSIES BLOG - KITTY LOVE





Who doesn't love an adorable kitty?
My Louis is just dreamy...
a playmate
a sleeping mate
a "brush me always" mate!

I'm not sure what I would do without my Louis...
my Dog who was born into the body of a Cat.

Yes, I have a Trans. Meow.
You think I am kidding?
Truly, I am not.

This cadog thinks, acts, feels JUST like a woof!

I questioned it at first - was it just that I was a "dog-god" person?

But nay.

Best friends, cat loathers and those who would scoop up every kitty they saw, if they could, say:

"WOW!  Louis is exactly like a Dog!"
awwww my poor little Louis born into the wrong body.
So serious I am!

So, having bragged talked about my cadog, it is a pleasure to enter Ike's blog
yup
you heard it right!

I spent eons in love with coloring this image.
I am not such an animal colorer, just in terms of the shading that is required.
But somehow, my inner Lion (Leo here) was purring and I had the best time going with this colorama.

So enjoy!

Pop over to Ike's kitty blog...enter YOUR kitty or snag one of Ike's freebies or hop over to Ike's Store.

They are dreamy and in love you will fall!

So, with huge love in my heart for my Louis...here we go.



LUVS YA
It's a Samara Thing!


IKE"S WORLD CHALLENGE - S.C.R.E.A.M.S. "ME!" - or Anything Goes

WOWZER!

What a Challenge Theme over at Ike's World Challenge (here)

My Goodness...How does one choose what to create?
Well...
I didn't. I couldn't.  

I chose my absolute favs from what I have contributed to Ike's World Challenge throughout the years -
Using Ike's wonderful and zippy and funky images.
(I continue on with Ike as a Guest Designer)

Please take a gander at Ike's Art Store (here)
You will LOVE what you see!

There we have it.

So, please scroll down to see what
S.C.R.E.A.M.S
"moi!"

and

you can pop over to Ike's Art Store (here)
 to purchase the images I used in my Art below.

I am SO looking forward to see what
S.C.R.E.A.M.S
"you!"

Be sure to enter a "you" creation
at Ike's World Challenge (here)
and
check out the other "screamers"


Bless You!
Samara































 and

the one that probably describes me the best

Ta Da!

MEDUSA and her sketchy body parts!!!

(and cadavorie stuffs from Ike's Art Store
upon which I did limb by limb digital surgery)



ANYTHING GOES WITH AN OPTIONAL TWIST TO USE A BOW - JANUARY 17-31

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT!
woof woofwoof woof

Ike did - that's who!


Take a look at Ike's World Challenge (here) to see the cutest BOWS creations, both from the Designers and in the Entries.
You can find Ike's Doggies at Ike's Store (here).

For my bulldog, I decided to try my hand at an art style my good friend creates with - pebbles, rocks and boulders.

Well!  Let's say this is not my medium.  Oh my goodness - you should have heard me cursing each and every little pebble I picked up.  First, using my thingidoodle that you make holes for brads, then my tweezers (of every sort) then subserving to what my friend uses - toothpicks.

I tried putting a collar bow of glue on my doggie.  UGH GRRR !&*$(#!

Then I put a blob of glue on my table and dabbed, picked up the pebble and placed (or NOT!)  They stick to the tweezers, toothpick, and not the paper!

My friend Michelle, on the other desk in my Craft Room was mildly sympathetic to my ("@^*&%!") every 2 seconds.

The art piece took me an hour, this little (bleep bleep) bow took 3 hours. Mind you, Netflix was going on right in front of me, but still - FR-UST-ER-A-TING - to no end!

So, what is this to say?

I like the outcome somewhat but what I really learned is this.  You can love what another person does, watch them do it with ease - but massive concentration in my friend's case - but that does NOT mean it is your medium, meant for you to create with, akin to your creative soul.

Oh, I know - you might be thinking "patience, time to learn it, start at the beginning or give yourself a break!"

But - NOPE!

I know when a size 9 shoe is WAY TO BIG for my size 7 foot.

And sometimes, acceptance is the best route. GRRR.

Or, in my case last night, stand up proudly, look those little fricken pebbles right in the eyes and say "@!$%^# - and there it shall be."

In the end though, Praise G-d I am done, I do hope you like my itsy bitsy pebbles and glue and pearl BOW!

My saving Grace here is that the FOCUS is Ike's Digital Doggie that I thoroughly enjoyed coloring!!!

Bless You!












And...it all ends up in Sunshine!
Thanks G-d.



Samara
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