You Must Keep Going!

>> Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sometimes you must keep going.

Life punches you in the stomach. It knocks your breath out and leaves you bowed and gasping.

You lose a job. . . you must keep going.

You find out you have a serious illness. . . you must keep going.

You have a headache. . . you must keep going.

Sometimes the things in life are not serious but they affect you nevertheless. . . you must keep going.

You have a big argument with your spouse. Neither of you feels like talking and maybe not even looking at each other. . . you must keep going.

Your son rebels and you have a blowout with him. . . you must keep going.

The bills seem to never end and the money seems to never start.

You must keep going.

There are times that make us just want to curl up, stick our heads in a hole, and make the world go away.

We can't, because we must keep going.

Life is full of those circumstances.

Many of you when you woke up this morning, for a variety of reasons, didn't feel like getting out of bed, but you had to.

You must keep going.

In times like those, and we all have them, remember the blessing.

The blessing is not in that we must keep going.

The blessing is that we can.



~A MountainWings Original ~

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Two more cards :)

>> Saturday, August 29, 2009


I love these two cards! I wanted to add a bit of sparkle to the dragonfly's wings, so I mixed some Liquid Pearls and Diamond Stickles, both from Ranger Ink, and applied it to its wings. Then I added a Crystal gemstone for its eye. For the sun, I mixed Diamond Stickles and Distress Antique Linen and applied it to the sun and its rays. It's hard to see how nicely they sparkle in these static photos, though...

I hope you've enjoyed your visit to Faraway Designs on Etsy; hope to see you soon!

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New Cards added!


Not quite sure why, I have been in a "maritime" kind of mood lately - fish, boats, ocean - you get the idea... Come visit my shop and check out the other additions to my cross-stitch cards! LOL

I've been sort of avoiding working on my Illustrator homework; we are supposed to draw a comic book-type character, name it, give it supernatural qualities... Well, what do I know about comic books or superheroes? NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING! I wasn't born nor raised here; my children were never interested in comic books or supernatural qualities... Therefore, this assignment completely stumped me. I have no idea where to start or how... LOL... Guess I will figure something out in the next two days :)

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$250 Shopping Spree Contest at The Scrapping Cottage!

>> Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fantastic opportunity to win a $250 shopping spree at The Scrapping Cottage! Check it out and see how!

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Kissy Face Fish - photos :)


Finally! I'm not sure why I have been having so much trouble uploading photos to Blogger today... But here they are, my "Kissy Face Fish".

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Kissy Face Fish

>> Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Apparently, I cannot upload any images at this time, but you can check out the newest cards here and here. I'll try posting the photos later, when everything cooperates with me :)

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The Neighbors!

Sometimes I really wonder about the three young men that live in the duplex next to mine. No older than 25, all three driving loud sport-type cars that they love revving up at 3:30am, with a predilection for living a nocturnal life... Up until a month ago, they were practicing their skateboarding "tricks" at 11:30pm; I had to ask them repeatedly to stop skating under my office window at such a late hour... Their short term memory is quite possibly shot, because they would do the same thing the following night, at the same late hour! LOL

Well, early yesterday morning I finished working on some school stuff about 2am. I still had to process some photos for a couple new cross-stitch card listings, but I was going to do it after I had a nap. I woke up around 4am, and I had no Internet connection! I checked the phone and the cable TV - they worked fine. When the Internet problems were still present at 10am, I called for service - and they schedule me for FRIDAY, August 28th! I think not! After stating my opinion to a supervisor about such delayed service, I get re-scheduled for same afternoon between 3:30pm and 4:30pm. That's more like it, I said to myself :)

After the two guys checked my modem and my inside wiring, they went outside only to discover that my cable had been spliced, to provide cable access to the apartment next door! I was shocked, to say the least: I have heard of things like these happen, but I always thought that the people around me (even my very young neighbors) would have more integrity. Apparently not! The cable guys fixed the problem, cut off the next door spliced connection - then went next door to let the boys know that the law takes matters like these seriously and they might end up in jail, if this happens again. They boys denied doing it, of course - but the cable guys had no doubt that they were the "criminals"... LOL... And for what...? All I have is Basic cable "no frills, no thrills". That really amused me, but it aggravated me, too. So, now I am debating if I should inform my landlady about this; I have never told her about the nocturnal skateboarding incidents, after all... Oh well, I'll give it some thought...

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Ignorance

>> Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.

© Horace Mann

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New cards :)


These plus four additional cards have been added to my Etsy Cards section. They were fun to do and far less time intensive than my cross-stitch cards :)

Well, Week 3 of this term is almost over: Adobe Illustrator is not as complicated as I feared (not so far, at least), College Writing II is requiring a 10 page/2000 words essay by the end of the term (Domestic Violence or Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease are my choices). And then, there is my Psychology class. Psychology is not my major, but so far it's my most demanding class. Very interesting material, don't get me wrong but a lot of "homework"... LOL

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Write It Down

>> Thursday, August 20, 2009

I write down everything I want to remember.

That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.

~Beryl Pfizer~

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New Card

I've learned of this technique recently and, as I needed a sympathy card for a dear friend, I thought I would give it a try.

I have used white and pearlized cardstock, some Hero Arts gemstones and a cream sheer ribbon. The oval label was designed by me and printed out on my printer - my collection of stamps is just NOT big enough yet!

Drop me a note and let me know what you think :)

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New Listings: Palm Trees

>> Tuesday, August 18, 2009



Still working on completing my "Palms & Pineapples" collection of cross-stitched cards, but I wanted to update y'all on what I have so far :)
As always, these cards and many others can be found in my Etsy shop.



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3 Things You Need To Do

>> Monday, August 17, 2009

There are three things you need to do.

1. Repent

2. Forgive yourself

3. And this is important: Move on with your life.

Repent, forgive yourself and move on with your life.

We have to realize that we can't change our past, but we can
certainly do something about our present and our future.

Yesterday ended last night!

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The "Palm Tree" series - cross-stitch cards and framed art

>> Saturday, August 15, 2009



Symbol of heaven, of peace and plenty, as well as rest and hospitality, palm leaves found their way into many cultures and decorate many homes. Stitched with soft shades of olive greens and browns, this are must-have cards - to keep or give away! To check out the detailed stitches, go to my Etsy shop and check the close-up.

The back of the stitching does not show. The inside of the card is white and has been left blank for a personal message. The card measures 4.5 by 6 in.

Palm trees and palm leaves have always fascinated me; maybe it is their deeply spiritual meaning, as they seemed to have found their way into many cultures and religions. Or maybe it was the sense of total peace I got when looking at their beautiful and intricate shapes. I am not really sure what was the real reason , but after I've moved into my place, I have decorated my master bedroom with a palm tree "theme" - and always found it very calming.
I have a few more pieces in the "Palm Tree" series; they will be posted here as I list them in my shop.

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What's your favorite?

>> Wednesday, August 12, 2009




I don't know if I am ready for Halloween, but I thought I should add a couple cute cards to my Etsy shop - it cannot hurt, can it...?
I'm on week 2 of my fifth term; so far things are going smoothly. Psychology is interesting: we are discussing the ethics of animal research, and we are supposed to take part in some studies. I've got to do that tomorrow, after Jim leaves.
Illustrator is something else; not hard but challenging, Trying to draw with a mouse - NOT easy! But I got about 50% of this week's work done, so I should be OK.
Well, I think I'll go try to get some sleep!

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New listing in my shop!

>> Tuesday, August 11, 2009



These colorful tags can be found here. The can be used as small gift tags, for your scrapbooking projects, or can simply be added to a package as "Thank You". Upon request, they can be heat embossed with either "Thank You" or "To: From: ".

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>> Thursday, August 6, 2009


The newest listings in my Etsy shop - I called them "Cream & Black". I was fortunate enough to have sold two already, less than a day after posting them. I like them all, but I especially love the one with the black velvet flower :)
Otherwise, I started my fifth term yesterday: College Writing II, Adobe Illustrator & Psychology. I am looking forward to what is ahead!

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Quote

>> Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Two lovers born into this life,
Each born alone half of a whole.

I absolutely LOVE this quote!

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Mooney's Musings Giveaway!

>> Monday, August 3, 2009

If you have not tried it yet - and I don't know what stops you - visit my friend Janell's blog and Etsy shop, and discover her delightfully scented soaps!

Make sure to drop her a note and enter her GiveAway for Himalayan Pink Sugar Scrub Cubes!

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Two new listings!



Here are two of my newest listings in my Etsy shop. It was a very productive weekend, though I was starting to wonder if I should get hold of a little boat for myself! LOL... It rained hard here in East Tennessee; ground is still water-logged and that really messed up my tomato plants. It doesn't really matter though - I have not had tomatoes as delicious as these since childhood when I could not wait for dinner and would sneak in my grandma's garden and steal a tomato or two. Oh, sweet childhood memories...

I made good use of my newly set work area yesterday; I've made a set of eight black & cream cards which I will post a bit later.

I don't have much planned for today but some Photoshop work, cross-stitching, and finishing some more cards. It will be a fun day and I hope you will enjoy yours as well!

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My new work area

>> Sunday, August 2, 2009



Good morning everyone!
Just wanted to show you how my new work/craft area is shaping up. There are still details to figure out, but mainly you see my crafting table Jim made for me and the computer used to watch Stamp TV and play games if I ever get bored (my school computer is in my office, away from the TV... LOL)
So, what do you think...? Was it worth messing up my back to move furniture around to get myself better organized...? Leave a message and tell me what you think and how I should improve :)

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