IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE - with a twist of "relaxation"

PEGGY'S COVE

To all the Canadian's, this will mean something sacred, something unique and a place that has had its share of tragedy.

Yet, it still remains unscathed, unchanged, and oh so warm and hospitable.  The people in Peggy's Cove are like no other in Canada. Anything you know about Canada being safe, well, it is far exceeded in this Area.  Neighbourhood Watch has nothing on the way the people live there.

Fishing is a mainstay, fishing towns, hamlets and most impressive is the color!  The color of the houses, of the water, of the main town buildings and to be noticed...the color of the boats.

It seems that every Canadian (or anyone from anywhere) know there are a handful of places not to be missed in Canada...and Peggy's Cove - standing out on the rocks by the Lighthouse - is absolutely one top list place of serenity.

Ike, who lives on an island in Greece, captured this image to a T. Interesting - I wonder if the Island she lives on has some of the flair, the peace, the color,the community and the history of Peggy's Cove.

I am completely amazed, quite honestly, that she has been able to draw (from the other side of my World) something that says "Yup - that is it!"  Check out Ike's Store to see more of the same...spectaculara shtuffs!

For me, it speaks to just the type of artist Ike is...gosh...insert every positive adjective here!

So - hop on over to Ike's World Challenge and see what's up.  Go on over for a tad of relaxation; see what the girls on the Design Team are up to with their version of "relaxation."

And you?  I'd love to see what it means to you...that one word that seems to say it all...RELAX! So nab one of Ike's freebie's on the Challenge blog or pay a visit to Ike's New Store (links above)

Best to all, always.
Samara



p.s. I call this image "Peggy's Cove" but Universally, and as it should be, Ike named it THE LIGHTHOUSE.

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)