#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Archive for January, 2008

Stop Me Before I Craft Again!

Painter Bob Ross used to talk about ‘happy accidents’ in art, and I’ve just had one. During my good friend Vicki Webster’s recent visit, we stopped at Michael’s, which, as you know, is one of my favorite places. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been experimenting a lot with resin lately–10 failures for every success, but hey. I’m getting better at it.

Anyway, I found those little silver favor trays in the wedding section, and a light went on! I bought a packet, brought them home, coated them with metal primer, and painted away. Using clip art, I made a little collage,

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OK, I’ve got a great life. I’m the first one to say so. But I have challenges, too. Nobody escapes that–I think it’s the whole point of the exercise, in fact. It’s one thing to be on the other side, where everything is peachy, look into this troubled world, and say, “I could do that. No problem.” Of course, actually being here, in the thick of things, is another matter, isn’t it?

Here’s what I’ve learned. No matter what is going on, I can decide on my attitude. I can give in to frustration, throw my hands up, and say,

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From the end of the Civil War until 1890, some 10 million head of cattle were driven from Texas to Kansas.