New Adele Collection + Halloween Sale

I just finished a new collection – Adele – and am adding it to all stores {also available as a bundle without the Commercial Use Photoshop Bundle}. Plus a Halloween Sale – 31% off through Halloween – the discount will show up in your cart. Plus look for new things coming soon! Shoppe here. Newsletter subscribers be sure to enter the code for your extra discount.

It’s What You Scatter

I received this in an email today and thought it was worth sharing. Not sure who or where it’s from, but it’s worth a read!

I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes… I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas.I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.

Pondering the peas, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

‘Hello Barry, how are you today?’

‘H’lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus’ admirin’ them peas. They sure look good.’

‘They are good, Barry. How’s your Ma?’?
‘Fine. Gittin’ stronger alla’ time.’?
‘Good. Anything I can help you with?’?
‘No, Sir. Jus’ admirin’ them peas.’?
‘Would you like to take some home?’ asked Mr. Miller.

‘No, Sir. Got nuthin’ to pay for ’em with.’

‘Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?’

‘All I got’s my prize marble here.’

‘Is that right? Let me see it’, said Miller.

‘Here ’tis. She’s a dandy.’

‘I can see that. Hmm mmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?’ the store owner asked.

‘Not zackley but almost.’

‘Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble’. Mr. Miller told the boy.

‘Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.’

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.

With a smile she said, ‘There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.

When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn’t like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.’

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado , but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts…all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband’s casket.

Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband’s bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

‘Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.

They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim ‘traded’ them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size….they came to pay their debt.’

‘We’ve never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,’ she confided, ‘but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho …’

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The Moral:
We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath. 

Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you didn’t make yourself…

An unexpected phone call from an old friend…. Green stop lights on your way to work….

The fastest line at the grocery store….

A good sing-along song on the radio…

Your keys found right where you left them.

Send this to the people you’ll never forget. I just did…

If you don’t send it to anyone, it means you are in way too much of a hurry to even notice the ordinary miracles when they occur.


What will you scatter?

New Paper Pieces: Traffic Signs

I’ve been working on a new set of Paper Piecing Elements and the first 2 sets are now available: Traffic Signs Stop & Yield and Traffic Signs: Speed Regulation. I found the Official Traffic Sign colors and created Cardboard Styles in each color to apply to the signs. Each sign is roughly 5″ wide or 5″ tall {if a vertical orientation} and saved in PNG format. More sets coming soon. The first 2 are now available at my shop and on Etsy and other stores.

My Favorite Make-at-Home Drink: Chai Tea Latté Recipe

Growing up in the Seattle area you can’t help but be a Starbucks girl; my favorite Starbucks drink is the Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latté – which as luck would have it, Pumpkin Spice is back for fall so I can have the ultimate combination of Fall flavor. But I can’t go to Starbucks everyday just for my daily fix. So I was experimenting this morning and this combination is the best I have found yet – minus the Pumpkin Spice – still need to figure out that part.

1/2 cup Fat-Free Half-and-Half (use Half-and-Half to thicken it up)
1/2 cup Milk (we use 2%)
1 cup Oregon Chai Tea concentrate (I have the Original mix but there are other flavors to choose from)
Splash Vanilla
Sprinkle of Sugar (to sweeten it just a little bit)

Mix in saucepan on your cooktop to the temperature desired. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy. If you need it a little spicier, you can try adding some cinnamon or nutmeg – play around with the spices!

New Photoshop Bundles: Sweet & Sour and Adele

I forgot to post last week that I finished a new Photoshop Bundle in the Sweet & Sour color palette, and I really like how it turned out. And just yesterday I was able to finish the Adele Photoshop Bundle – I really like how these colors turned out and I am so anxious to create some paper packs and cardboard styles with these colors! And I will have 3 more CU Bundles coming soon, just as soon as I can finish them! See the Adele and Sweet & Sour Bundles below – images are linked:

Adele CU Bundle:

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