Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!


"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Look Back at 2014

It's the end of the year, and it just occurred to me that this was my first full year to blog consistently. I remember when I started, hubby asking me if I thought I would "run out of things to talk about"...Lol. Really?  Now, we've been married 28 years...he should know better by now.  I never run out of things to talk about.  The question I asked myself was more along the lines of, "Will anyone actually want to read what I write about?"...As I look back over the stats for the year, my reader numbers have grown slowly, but consistently- we're moving in the right direction!  I've learned so much and this has become a part of my life now...As we head into the next year, I thought I would look back and share my top posts and some of my favorite photographs.  Here goes!

My most viewed post was:


which actually makes a lot of sense when I think about it...It has become a very special and most anticipated annual event.

Number two in the most viewed category was:


also, not surprising...They have a very loyal following, which tends to happen when you serve up GREAT Southern cooking with equally wonderful customer service...I'm so happy they now call Bay Minette their second home!

...and the third most popular post was:


I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this one!  I can't believe so many people tuned in to check out my great little home library space!  In this day and age of electronic books, maybe there is still some interest in a real home library.  I've been very worried that books with actual paper pages will become a thing of the past very soon...this tells me there's still hope.

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And now, I want to share my favorite photographs from the year.  I'm not real good with the technical part of a camera.  I can "see" the pic in my minds eye and I'm good with the composition part of it all, but that technical stuff is just not interesting to me...and, so, I guess I have a problem!  Once in a great while, I get some pics that I can be proud of...Here are a few (maybe more than a few!) from 2014.











































































Thanks for hanging with me during 2014!  I'm looking forward to what 2015 has to offer...

Judy

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

An Unexpected Surprise

Don't you just love an unexpected surprise?  I do, and I was on the receiving end of one today when I checked up on my Etsy shop, JujuQueen.  I noticed lots more traffic than usual, so I checked a little more.  It seems that I was featured today on another blog, Craftbizblog.com!  You can see the post here: http://www.craftbizblog.com/uncategorized/featured-artist-judy-pimperl/

Go check out Terri at Craftbiz by following this link:  http://www.craftbizblog.com/

Thank you, Terri!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas & Some Time Off

Hello friends!  I hope you're enjoying the Christmas season and have your cookies all baked and ready for the big guy in the red suit.  I think I'm as ready as I'm gonna be for the festivities at this point, so I'm going to give myself a gift of a few days off now.  


I was supposed to go to Mobile today to do some silversmithing, but the weather is frightful and I'm sure holiday traffic is horrific (hail was falling in Mobile this morning!) and since I don't want car damage or worse, I decided I would stay home and paint...Instead of painting in the studio, I thought it would be fun to paint in the dining area near the holiday cookies and candy!  I've got a hot cup of coffee, candles lit for Christmasy scents and ambiance, and inspiration to paint something that I've been eager to paint...I'll share it in January.

I had planned to share the new antiques store that I told you about last week...That will come in a few days as well, after I take a couple of days for myself to recharge my batteries. 

I hope you all have the best Christmas ever and as you enjoy your festivities, remember the reason for the season.  


Source:  Paperpanache


I'll see you in January!

Judy

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Pretty Bows and a Sneak Peek

I finally got to the fabric store for some pretty ribbons.  I posted a few weeks back on the proper way to wrap a gift, and then that post sort of fell all apart when I didn't have pretty ribbons!  I have never loved the look of designated Christmas ribbon from the wrapping section of the stores; have always preferred the more lavish look of fabric bows on packages.  Here are a couple of samples...

These boxes were wrapped with Kraft paper.  The first one has a band of pretty, patterned scrapbooking paper (colors go with my theme.. link to my 2014 Christmas Pinterest board, click here) taped around it, and then I wrapped the blue satin ribbon* around the opposite way.  

*It helps you in making pretty bows if you use wired ribbon.


I kept this one simple and just tied a one-loop "bow" in teal moire' ribbon.  I also like to cut the ends on an angle or ...


...notched, like a bird's tail.




Well, my ribbons are all tied up now, so I guess I'm ready to do some baking...Are you all finished with your gift-wrapping yet?  I did, at least, get mine wrapped this year as they were purchased, even though I had to wait for good ribbons until the last minute!

I'm working on a post about a really special new business that just opened nearby.  Here's a sneak peak, because the pic is pretty in this post (smile), it matches my Christmas decor color scheme (hmmm, maybe I should have bought it!) and it's GORGEOUS!


Well, that baking is not going to bake itself, so I'm going to go try to get it started...See you in a couple of days!
Judy

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Christmas Gift to Myself

I bought myself a Christmas gift yesterday.  I've always liked them, but never really thought about having one.  I don't play the piano, so why would I need or want a piano stool? Because they're just neat...and those glass ball feet are so cool.  I'm glad I bought it.  I think it will be great at my easel.


I'm sure the grandchildren are going to LOVE the fact that it spins...


I need to decide if I want to paint it or not...I think I'll leave it as is for a bit until I'm sure.

                                         

Aren't the feet pretty?




I can't wait to sit on it and paint at the easel...

I hope you are enjoying your holiday season..I'm going to try not to overdo the Christmas posts.  Maybe just one or two more!  

Judy

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