Monday, September 26, 2011

Monthly Private ATC Swap - Yahoo Group


(from top left:)
Alice Hyde, Julia Ziemann, Connie Camp;
Laura Carson, Wendy Robinson, Gina Peake

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kris' Gothic Arch Challenge - Autumn

I would like to thank everyone who took the challenge last week.  I'm am going to continue to post new weekly (on Sunday) Gothic Arch challenges on this blog until November.  At that time, I'll see if interest is enough to start a new blog with a permanent Gothic Arch challenge.

This week the theme is "Autumn" 
Please post your links in the comments section.  You have all week to play.

Have fun and Happy Fall!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Kris' Gothic Arch Challenge - Vintage Photo Image

This is my own challenge.  I miss using the Gothic Arch.  If you'd like to create an arch using at least 1 vintage photo image and link it in the comments...we'll see how many want to play.

Thanks and have fun! - Kris

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Very Sad Day

Today I lost my father, James Maurice Stockham, to Alzheimer's disease.  He was 76 years old.  Dad has suffered from this terrible disease for over 13 years.  Although I've had a long time to say goodbye, today was very difficult.  I take comfort knowing that he is in a better place and that he is no longer in pain.

I would like to share a quote which I believe lifts the spirit:

"The soul takes flight to the world that is invisible but there arriving he is sure of bliss and forever dwells in paradise."
— Plato

A friend sent me this short story and hoped I'd find it comforting, and I do: 

The Little Ship

I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea. The setting sun tinted his white sails with a golden light, and as he disappeared from sight, a voice at my side whispered, “He is gone.”

But the sea was a narrow one. On the farther shore a little band of friends had gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation. Suddenly they caught sight of the tiny sail and, at the very moment when my companion had whispered, “He is gone”, a glad shout went up in joyous welcome, “Here he comes!”
(from Henry Van Dyke's essay "A Parable of Immortality")

He leaves a wife of 25 years, 2 children, 1 step son, 3 grandchildren, 1 brother and 4 sisters. 
I know he is in heaven tonight with his Father and Mother, keeping watch over us all.  Rest in peace Daddy.
Love, Kris

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Art Nouveau - Free Images

2 Art Nouveau Posters, Circa 1900s.  Please feel free to save and use.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Visit My Halloween Blog for Halloween Blog Candy!

I am having a huge, Halloween blog candy giveaway on my "A Nostalgic Halloween" blog (see link above).  This is just a sample of what will be sent to FOUR(4) lucky winners. 

Sign-ups now through September 6th.  The winners will be drawn on September 7th and notified by email.

Don't Miss Out!

Please, only 1 entry per person.  You are welcome to link my post on your blogs to spread the word.  Do not post comments here, please post them on the Halloween Blog Post.

Trick or Treat and Good Luck!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Faerieluna ATC Swap - VPI Yahoo Group

From top left:  Kris Dickinson, Kim Smith, Teri Chinen;
Emma Sims, Jan Larson, Alice Hyde.