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Peace And Quiet!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 19, 2010 by dianaswonderworks

What a great day! It is quiet, my day off, haven’t done much. Some laundry and a movie, updated a few more paintings in my shops. Once I am done blogging, it will be time for me to do some art for the rest of the day. Maybe a nice bubble bath, and some quiet meditation! It has been a wonderful week, feeling so uplifted every day. The world is at peace for me, with all the work I have been doing in my mind and spirit, it is just amazing what a short time of some good mental talk can do for the soul. The holidays are almost here, I was counting on winning Oprah’s favorite things to make Christmas presents possible, no work on that yet! If not the lottery would be nice, would really dress up the empty floor under my tree, all things said, the tree looks like a show stopper. Every day or evening, I turn it on, just to feel that glow from the lights fill me with thoughts of Santa and all good things that are Christmas. Whatever happens, I am looking forward to a great Christmas, and enjoying it in what ever fashion it shows itself this year!

I do hope for you and yours, that you are able to see family and friends, nothing warms the heart more than being with the ones you love. So far, no news that I will see mine, no matter what I hope we all have a holiday to remember. Hoping you get all the things you dream of, when your head hits the pillow at night. Hope all those wishes you made on your favorite star come true, and mostly I hope Santa (who ever he is to you), treats you abundantly, I am sure you deserve it!

Still trying to decide whether I want to paint or draw today, kind of in the mood for both. However, unless I get a clone of me or some extra arms, I will have to choose something. The weather today is quite nice, so I am enjoying the sun while it lasts. Apparently there is some more rain and snow on the way in the next couple of days, and being winter, the daytime is so much shorter. Seeing the sun in those brief moments is so refreshing. Definitely looking forward to some extra time off, and being able to do some art in a concentrated level. Slowly things seem to be coming into balance. Funny thing how that happened too. All I needed to do was slow down a little and I seen to be getting more done or at least appreciating all that I do get done. The pressure is off, and like seems so much happier again! No big lottery news, and the year is almost over, still waiting for the big win. The Baobao bags contest is almost over. I want to thank all of you who took the time to vote, but alas it does not look like enough votes to win. I have not given up, at the same time I am very happy for the ones in the lead. Their artwork is really nice, and all I can say is “Great Job!”  I am sure I will be on more often the next couple of weeks. Who knows weather permitting, maybe all winter. If all turns out as I dream, maybe forever! Ultimately, if I could work at home, and sell outside the home in a gallery and online, I would be blissfully happy for the rest of my life! Sending you all my love and happy thoughts for the day, love, diana!/profile.php?id=100000810145663*

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Adventures In The Smokies!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2010 by dianaswonderworks

Off we go on another adventure in The Smokies. Going back just about a week, the adventure begins on Saturday. I was leaving the Gallery and when I went to warm up my car, it would not start. It would click, not a series of clicks, just one click and then nothing. Over and over I tried to get her to start, but she was not having it. Two different people tried to jump start her for me, but no go. I called a friend of mine, and she was amazingly on her way that direction anyway, which was not ordinary at all. I called my boyfriend and after no answer for several tries, I finally got a call back from him. He was unable to answer, because his boss called to let him know, his shift at work had been canceled ( good thing too, because calling in to work is next to criminal, could lead to firing, very severe policies)! I texted another girlfriend as well to let her know my dilemma.

So the first girl friend shows up like two hours later, and it is cold temperatures are dropping and the snow is beginning to fall. We try to jump start her again, no avail. SO, off to my home to pick up my boyfriend, and off to the auto parts store for help. The man in the store seems to think it is a short, and my boss thought it was the solenoid. Back to work we go to find the short, one bare wire was found near the starter, we taped it up and still she would not start. The time is after nine pm, and we are all cold and tired and hungry, so we decide to call it a night. So, we go and spend the night at a hotel, my girlfriend works there and was forced to stay the night due to severe weather approaching, and her boss not wanting anyone to call in the next morning.

The nest morning we got up and went back to the auto parts store and purchased the solenoid for the car. We drove back to my stranded baby, and jumped the solenoid, and low and behold she started right up. After dropping off my friends car we returned home and he replaced the solenoid. She ran great!

Jump forward to this weekend, last night she started giving me grief, I went to start her up, and at first crank, just a click again. My heart dropped, I cranked her again, and she started right up. Well, that got me going, so I wondered, if the starter was also bad. Back to the auto parts store we go. The guy at the counter affirms my fears and says, normally they recommend you change both, well better late than never, right? So, I buy the starter and off we go. She is starting fine, and we decide it can wait till my day off, which is Sunday! She ran great last night and even this morning. At lunch my other friend, whom I had texted the week before, shows up at work and says she got my text that the car was not starting, too funny, I explained that was last Saturday, not today! So, she stayed and hung out for the afternoon, and when I am getting ready to go, I went out to start my car, take a guess what. you got it, she would not start, over and over I tried and she was not cranking. So, this girl friend offers to take me to the house to retrieve my boyfriend so he can fix the starter. On the way back to my car, my boss calls and he has found some one to fix the starter. We get back to the shop, and like 20 minutes later, she starts up like a charm! It was an adventurous day, and I laughed through it all, I had more fun today, than I have had in ages. Good news, my boss paid for the labor and I got to hang out with my girl. Plus I met two really nice people! The man who fixed the car came with his wife, and it turns out she is a landscape painter. I told her to bring some of her stuff to the gallery, if it is good, we could finally have another new artist to showcase. All and all, a great day, anyway, no news on the lottery just yet. Hoping you are having a wonderful weekend, where ever you are. Sending out my love as always, hoping your holidays are safe and beyond your wildest dreams, diana!/profile.php?id=100000810145663*

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Exciting News!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2010 by dianaswonderworks

Come one, come all, hear ye, hear ye! My day has finally arrived. I got an official e-mail from Baobao bags, my geometric sun is on display and ready to be voted on! I am sending out a cry for votes. Please help me by dropping by, click on the vote button and it will take you to the list of contestants. Find Geometric Sun, by dianasweederworks ( not quite the right spelling, lol) and vote for me. I know I have been telling you all about this for a while now, and the day has come. So, please, please, please vote for me! Thank you so much for your help, it is quick and simple and I would be so pleased to win this contest.

Also, for those of you waiting to hear about the bulldogs book. It also, has been completed! It is called Full Of Bull , the title I actually suggested, kind of cute, at least I think so. Anyway, it is all for the BCA Rescue Network, so go on and check it out. If you can, please buy one for the charity, and you get a great table topper book for you to enjoy with family and friends! So, great news all around and a great day for me. I am happy to share this news with you. The link is Thanks for checking it out!

Now, as for the lottery, no big win just yet, but I am on the edge of my seat. Any minute now, I can feel it. The big numbers will show up and I will be 36 million richer. Oh and I signed up for the Oprah gift give away too! I can’t wait to see that truck pull up with my gifts! I am bound and determined to have a Christmas this year!

Okay, now that we have all that out of the way. Just wanted to say, hoping you are having a wonderful day as well. Just keep the smiles coming and the faith at mach speed, all will be well. All the research I have been doing is really paying off, and I am feeling great and ready for all good things to come to pass.

Christmas is only 16 days away, hope the spirit is touching you and all that is good in your life is greater at this time of the year. Today has been such a great day, can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings, really! I know you all have things to do, please just take a moment out of your day to vote for my design and also to check out the bull dog book. Let me know what you think. Sending out my love as always, diana!/profile.php?id=100000810145663*

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The Shining Light!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2010 by dianaswonderworks

Happy days and peaceful nights. I am happy to report that my journey into enlightenment, or higher spiritual thought or whatever you want to call it, is off to a good start. I really believe it started with the original blog to win the lottery, and it has already progressed so much farther than I expected. I feel so much lighter, so many burdens dissolving in the mists of my mind. I feel so up lifted, or brighter, if that makes any sense at all. It seems like every day another door or window opens to me. Everything from physical doors to spiritual doors, mental doors or windows, whatever the case may be. Slowly the past is disappearing in a real sense anyway. I am continuing to acknowledge its existence and pertinence in my life now, but in such a different light! The past is very relevant to my life right now, and not all of it is good. The more I read, and look into myself, I am beginning to realize that the only thing I am a victim of is myself. Bad things happen to everyone, but it does not have to be a snowball effect, unless that is, you decide it should be. I am working on taking those snowballs that come my way, and instead of creating an avalanche, making hot chocolate instead. I like that much better on a cold day. It seems that I have known it all along, but was unwilling to accept responsibility for my own actions. It was way to easy to blame some one else.

New days are dawning and a new horizon is fast approaching and I am really liking what I see so far. I feel so much lighter and brighter. Like a heavy burden has disappeared, and it has been replaced by a beacon. The light is so strong it is blinding, and the loss of weight is invigorating! I feel truly blessed and know in my heart that financial, mental, spiritual and physical freedom are just a blink away! Strange, how a simple thought or smile can really turn a world around! everything I read and educate myself with, also seems to be duplicated in my angel cards and tarot cards as well. It is really quite mind blowing!

On to other things, I have not received that big win just yet in the lottery, just waiting for the right number. I am thinking 36 mil is a good number! Have not painted in a few days, giving myself a break for a minute and doing some jewelry. It is something new to me, and it includes a passion of mine, which is recycling. As soon as I get some done I will share. Do not be discouraged however, more paintings are on the way. I just need to mix things up sometimes, it keeps me from getting stagnant. I have many more paintings in my mind, it seems that I must divide my other priorities and interests as well. All in the name of balance and self development. My physical self and spiritual self must also grow with me. My wish is to grow in all ways possible and to keep myself on track! Sending out my love to you all and those whom you love as well, as always, diana!/profile.php?id=100000810145663*

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More New Art!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2010 by dianaswonderworks

Well, let’s try this again. Was almost finished with this post when the internet went bust! Not even sure if I can really replicate it, but I will do my best, lost everything I was writing. Anyway, as promised I am posting some of the new art I have been working on lately. I hope you love it. It has been hectic at times, but it is so energizing and exciting to be able to work on some thing I love l=so much. In the pictures of art, I am also enclosing some pictures of the wall I am trying to fill at the gallery. It has been a challenge, putting it up and selling it as I go along. I haven’t had tons of sales, but it has been promising. There have been four small sales of tiny canvases, plus one bigger canvas, a couple of prints. It has been a lot of fun, and very uplifting and exhilarating to see them go out the door. It has also made my schedule really busy trying to fill the empty spaces in the gallery, and in double because as I fill them, they seem to to be leaving too! It has been such a precious opportunity to be in a gallery and to see my artwork appreciated. For those of you interested in purchasing anything from the items I post, please fell free to contact me here or through and of my stores. As yet, there has not been time to post these items yet or update my shops. With any luck today or tomorrow, I will try to make time to do so. If not do not be disappointed, I will be happy to give you any information on these items, such as size, media, prices and shipping availability and costs.

Now, also, I was contacted yesterday from Baobao bags about the new artist contest. It is finally my turn to have my art posted on their site. If you could it would be great to have you go to the link and vote for me. It would be an honor and a wonderful opportunity to have the exposure. As soon as I find out it is up, I will post the link here for you. It is a simple process, and will only take maybe a minute or two of your time, literally. They have a wonderful, quick and efficient process. Hoping you are having a wonderful weekend, mine has just begun, since we are open on Saturday. So much to do today.

Another small win on the lottery yesterday, hoping for the big deal soon. I am ready to explode, so many good things around me now. Money is starting to flow. Hope is surrounding me, prospects of a wonderful future and new beginnings! Well, time to get busy working, still have to go to the store, and finish laundry, dishes, and finally work on some art to take to work on Tuesday! Wishing you the best for the weekend, and as always sending out my love to you and the ones you love, be blessed, diana!/profile.php?id=100000810145663*

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New Day, New Perspective!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 22, 2010 by dianaswonderworks

Getting tired already, another week begins. This week also starts the holiday season for many people in this country as well. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out in the gallery. My boss, the owner of the gallery is of the firm opinion that the Christmas shopping spree seen so dramatically in the retail business, is not so exciting in the gallery business. I am hoping he is wrong this time! Anyway, been busy catching up with my shops this weekend, deleting things I have sold in the gallery and updating some things in others as well. I have some new items I posted in my Zazzle store, excited to see if that helps sales. I have done a few more paintings this weekend and made some prints to take to the gallery with me this week. Excited about that too!

I fell in love with a painting I did of Lily of the Valley, my favorite flower. It is so cute, I hate to sell it, but money is still a need so, sell it must. My favorites always seem to be everyone else’s favorites as well. Guess I will have to let it go!

Also new for me lately, been very busy working on myself and letting things go. Everything fro the past, to the little things that really affect me day to day. I am learning, that all I need to be worrying about is keeping myself on track spiritually, that is the number one priority. With that will come my art  and also, focusing more on my physical health and wellness. It is time, too many years letting life take over me, now it is time to take over my life! I did my tarot cards today,and other than minor hiccups it looks like a very good week for me. Lots of good cards pointing to wealth from hard work, unexpected money ( maybe the lottery is coming!), and spiritual strength. All good, means I am on track, one warning for the week, not to be casual spending money. So, not much of a Thanksgiving planned, no cash and only one day off. I mean it is retail in a sense at a gallery. I do not want to spend that one day cooking and being for two people. I would rather work on art and enjoy a quiet day with my guy. I am sure he will like it too, working seven days a week can take its toll. I am hoping he gets at least two days off, even though it will be tight financially. I know he needs some rest and down time, he has earned it!

Well, happy that things are slowing moving in the direction, I had hoped. Excited about where things may go, my artwork on Baobao bags is not posted yet, so I guess it will appear next week. I will alert you, in the hopes that you find it in your heart to vote for me. I would be honored and thrilled to have my art on the public market. We shall see how it goes. I do know, that no matter what, if they offer it again, I will apply and hope that one day I can have that honor. I do hope your week has started out happily and that it gets even better towards the end! Sending out my love to you all, as always, diana!/profile.php?id=100000810145663*

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Sunday Break!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2010 by dianaswonderworks

Well, today I am off. Totally ready for a break from work at the gallery and overwhelmed at all the work I face the next two days at home. i have a lot of painting to do, lots of laundry, grocery shopping, bills to pay, prints to be made and a trip to the frame shop to frame everything and to get other things matted and covered for sale at the gallery. So much to do in such a short time. Tuesday is only a breath or two away! I feel like I have to get ahead as much as possible today and tomorrow, because Christmas shopping will peak in a week, if we actually see any of that peak at an art gallery remains to be seen. I am sure it is not like regular retail  sales, most people do not have art on their Christmas lists, but hopefully enough of them do to make a buck or two, before the winter slump in sales arrives!

I forgot, I need to get some blood work done as well, that should have been done weeks ago, time just got away from me. I hope the hospital will still honor the prescription, I am sure it is over a month old now. Been s busy I forgot all about it. One way or another it has to be dealt with, oh well. So, I am hoping you all are getting ready for the Thanksgiving weekend, I am ready for the extra day off. I do not think I can afford to go out to eat, and doubt I will use that extra day off to cook and bake all day, not that I have the cash to buy the food to do it with. It will probably be just a quiet day at home, watching movies and working on more art. Maybe even some time on the computer, been missing blogging and tweeting and updating my shops. Once winter gets here I should be able to balance it all, I wish I had been better prepared for an art gallery opportunity, I feel like it has really cut into all my work online, and the holidays is the time to make the money. I wish I could clone myself, I am working very hard on letting myself feel overwhelmed. I just stay focused on one thing at a time, otherwise, I may feel anxious and not get anything done!

Other updates, no big news on the lottery, a small win on Friday like $40. I did go to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows on Friday night. It was really good, but as always, I walked away wishing I could have seen the whole thing. Not sure when the second half is coming out, but can’t wait to see it or to own the video. I sold one of my small pieces of art this week, have to run now and delete it from my stores online. Love you all, hoping your day is blessed and that you have a warm holiday weekend planned, love always, diana!/profile.php?id=100000810145663*

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