Tuesday, July 8, 2014


"When he was a small boy, he had loved butterflies. 
Oh, not to net and mount them, 
but to wonder at them and their habits."


I am an avid collector of inspirational stories and quotes. Some of these treasures date back as far as high school. The really special ones have been read many times and I think of them often. A few of these pieces have even inspired my art and writing. Many of these scenarios, like the one posted below, are "Author Unknown".


An Inspiring Story About How Struggle Strengthen Us

When he was a small boy, he had loved butterflies. Oh, not to net and mount them, but to wonder at them and their habits.
Now a grown man with his first son to be born in a few weeks, he found himself once again fascinated with a cocoon. He had found it at the side of the park path. Somehow the twig had been knocked from the tree and the cocoon had survived undamaged and still woven to the branch.

As he had seen his mother do, he gently protected it by wrapping it in his handkerchief and carried it home. The cocoon found a temporary home in a wide-top mason jar with holes in the lid. The jar was placed on the mantle for easy viewing and protection from their curious cat who would delight in volleying the sticky silk between her paws.

The man watched. His wife's interest lasted only a moment, but he studied the silky envelope. Almost imperceptibly at first, the cocoon moved. He watched more closely and soon the cocoon was trembling with activity. Nothing else happened. The cocoon remained tightly glued to the twig and there was no sign of wings.

Finally the shaking became so intense that the man thought the butterfly would die from the struggle. He removed the lid on the jar, took a sharp pen knife from his desk drawer, and carefully made a tiny slit in the side of the cocoon. Almost immediately, one wing appeared and then outstretched the other. The butterfly was free!

It seemed to enjoy its freedom and walked along the edge of the mason jar and along the edge of the mantle. But it didn't fly. At first the man thought the wings needed time to dry, but time passed and still the butterfly did not take off.

The man was worried and called up his neighbor who taught science. He told the neighbor how he had found the cocoon, placed it in the mason jar, and the terrible trembling as the butterfly struggled to get out. When he described how he had carefully made a small slit in the cocoon, the teacher stopped him. "Oh, that is the reason. You see, the struggle is what gives the butterfly the strength to fly."
And so it is with us. Sometimes it's the struggles in life that strengthen us the most. ~ Author Unknown
Did you enjoy this story? Have you read it before?

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Have a really great day!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Color Of Love

"A life without love
is like a year without summer."
~ Swedish Proverb

The Color Of Love

 What color says love and happiness to you?

"Today we need color more than at any other time in history. 
Blacks and grays, both depressing, should be replaced 
in clothes, offices and homes with new colors 
that give inspiration, tranquility and happiness."
~ Linda Clark

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Have a really great day!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shine On To The Stars

"Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes 
your hopes shine to the stars. 
Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, 
and the swing in your gait. 
It's the grip of your hand, 
the irresistible surge of will and 
energy to execute your ideas."
~ Henry Ford

The Enchanted Garden

"Art is the only way to run away 
without leaving home." 
~ Twyla Tharp

A Magical Garden

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“Live your truth. Express your love.

Share your enthusiasm.

Take action towards your dreams.

Walk your talk.

Dance and sing to your music.

Embrace your blessings.

Make today worth remembering.”

~ Steve Maraboli

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Wishing you a really great day!

X ♥  O

Monday, June 23, 2014

Final Free Feather Friday Giveaway ~ Friendship Feather #4

"When I sing, I close my eyes. 
If I see a feather, everything is fine." 
~ Sarah Brightman

W i n this original painting!

 ~~~ "Friendship Feather IV" ~ 7.5 x 6" / 10" x 8" Matted ~~~ 
Original Watercolor Painting on Yupo Paper

All you have to do to win this original Rainbow Feather Watercolor on Yupo paper, is LIKE my facebook art page or already be a fan, then comment under the original post on my facebook art page.  Please include the words, "FREE FEATHER" or "I'm In"! You will get an extra entry this week when you sign up for my newsletter or SHARE my post on facebook! Please LMK on your comment if you signed up and/or Shared. The winner will be announced this Friday, 6/27/14, after 10:00 am EST on my facebook art page. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check back to see if you have won! If I don't hear from the winner within 24 hours of Friday's posting, a new name will be drawn. Open to everyone worldwide! See Sandy Sandy Art on facebook for more details and to sign up. Congratulations to the winner of last week's painting, Willow Wand! Your painting is on its way.


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