Saturday, October 31, 2009


I tried to find out some info on peacocks and their characteristics to see why I was fascinated by them. I found a lot on how to raise them, etc. but not much on behavior. LOL....all God's creatures have some behavioral qualities. We know these birds love to strut their stuff and show off their beauty. I did find one comment that stated that peacocks were "quarrelsome and does not mix well with other domestic animals." Uh-Oh...I didn't want to discover that, though I do admit to not needing a great amount of social contact among the human species.

Peacocks are members of the pheasant family, and pretty independent, from what I gathered in info collecting. I identified with them when I was in a college course and had to identify what animal I thought I was...we had to charade it! How can I say that I feel beautiful on the inside, when on the OUTSIDE I'm not so beautiful? But, I've always loved the idea of being beautiful; I think this came from the need to be desired, since all beautiful people are desirable, Right?

So, I create bling, art dolls, art bears, and "artist" handbags. I hope these express the "peacock look" that I'm after. Of course, I am always reminded that "man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart." So, since I believe that I want to spend my eternity with The Lord, I am trying to find out more about having a heart like Jesus'. It ain't easy to be sure, since I'm just the human and do not have His supernatural qualities. But, I am a work in progress. At 65, I may not have much time left to work on this!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"It Don't Mean A Thing.....If It Ain't Got That Swing!"

The newest art bear creation using Duke Ellington's tune for the theme. This is my latest bear creation, that is. Duke Ellington's tune has always summed it up for me music wise. I always loved the "devil's" music....blues, rock, torch songs, Big Band stuff, Michael Buble'...Queen with Freddie Mercury was my last rock band favorite. I felt that after his death, modern music was incomprehensible mostly, and does not deserve a "music" term. I'm sure "age" (Oh! There that is again!) may have something to do with it. I just feel sorry for this generation that has no melody, that's all. Anyway, we all were brought up on the classics, which AT THE TIME, I could not appreciate those either. But AGE changed that. Our mother was our culture expert, giving us a love for music and books. We were to experience all kinds and not just wallow in one type.

My brother wrote me today mentioning how his views of aging had changed. Our age legacy goes up into the nineties, and we both decided we felt pretty young for being in the sixties. So we're gonna get all the gusto we can from the "few remaining years left." HAH! If you know Jesus, you know that age is forever! Think of all that great music in heaven!! The Buttons (our family) will be singing "Jerusalem!" and "Hallelujah!" up there in whatever part harmony is given us.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

October 17...Mom's Birthday!

Today Mom would have been 92. Sister & I are going to Friendly's to celebrate. Mom's favorite ice creams were Maple walnut-butter pecan. Well, I probably won't have either of these, since I am not a lover of any kind of nuts in my ice cream! The last year of Mom's life was hard for us; harder for my sister since she chose to care for her. Dementia is not a pretty thing to witness...think child-like only it's more than that. Roles are reversed and the mother becomes the child. We were reared to "honor thy father & thy mother" and so that meant we were to take care of her to the end. She was a music person, graduating from Syracuse University in piano and voice. She told me one time that she had wanted to be any opera singer; something that takes much practice, I'm sure. However, I cannot identify with the opera too much...but Mother sang in the church and hard stuff that one doesn't hear any more in church. I can only hope that she is singing these praises to our Lord Jesus in Heaven right now.

Mother was a willful person, ecpecting that her children would do the challenges that SHE desired for them. It has held me in good stead....standing in public singing with her as a child, memorizing church "pieces" and learning to enunciate and PROJECT so that she could hear me in the back row (that was the test), and not quitting on anything that I attempted to do. Figure out how to overcome the obstacles and complete the ideas. Now that ˆI call myself and art bear and art doll artist, I find myself laying awake at 2:30 am. trying to figure out the ways around the project so that it comes out looking "good" even if the piece takes on it's own personality. All of Mom's five kids had their own personalities; we all fooled her in that respect. And now I find my creations do the same thing to me. So as Risha & I go about our plans for today, we shall think of Mom and her many influences on us. Risha beads; she sings, too--all encouraged by Eleanor Elizabeth DeWaters Button!

Friday, October 9, 2009

October 9, 2009
This is "Whiskas" a nice little bear guy that is found on

Apparently there are scam "artists" everywhere trying to get something for nothing, as is in an uproar over someone "ordering" all these unique and creative bears. I have learned that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Of course, I'd love to have a sale for this little guy, but have had some hands-on education with fraud in this business. Here how it works to buy product from me: pay the $$ and I'll send you the item. Period. While "Whiskas" is looking for a new home, he is still safe with me for now.

On another note: all you doll or bear artists who wish to get your work seen online, you can list your bear items inexpensively on Dolls can be listed for FREE on I have two dolls listed there, and I have two more that I am going to list. Both sites are run by the same webmaster.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wednesday, October 7,2009

Well, we're going to try this blogging for a bit; I had a blog page on my last website ( But, I think this website is lost in outer space, since is now something else. Isn't it amazing that one just gets used to creating things a certain way, and then POOF! something "new" comes along that is supposed to be bigger and better. LOL....anyway, I'm kind of a repressed writer....doesn't everyone have the desire to contribute something for posterity? The title of this blog was going to be the title of my first novel, but since I am now experiencing time restraints, (AGE!), we'll try this out. It's not really an ego thing....what wisdom do I have to offer?.....But more a journaling thing and another way to present my creative endeavors. Maggie