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So Thankful


So Thankful. Mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

So Thankful. Mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado


The global postcard ‘heART exchange” is on again. I am late to the party, but I made the deadline. Whew! Even managed to make bookmarks from the scraps! Louise Gale hosts, she is amazing! One of my art Super Heroes! I have taken part before, and maybe you have too. If not, check it out! There are several swaps each year.

Very simple. Create three postcards, and get three in return. I created these with stamps, texture sheets, a nail head, a stylus, and a palette knife.

I was under the gun, trying to beat the postwoman. Save myself a trip into town. In my haste I made about 10 mistakes.  Addressed the envelope upside down, then forgot to take photos, and had to cut one open with a xacto. Ha ha! The recipients will have a good laugh. And now I am hoping that I did not switch two of the cards, while I put them into the envelopes! Fingers crossed!

Can you see where I had to squeeze forgotten letters in? LOL In my defense, I was also receiving important news at the time, so a bit distracted. Yes, I can spell thankful. LOL


Happy Messy Desk

Well, I did not want to share earlier, and no worries. All is well. Or will be soon. Our Thanksgiving was a bust. But we will all be together in celebration next weekend.

My folks both came down with the flu. They have not been this ill since 1993. Just heard from the doctors that Pete has pneumonia, and they will be keeping him in the hospital for three days. Scary, but glad to know he is in good hands. They have him on oxygen as his levels were low. He is also diabetic, so we have to be extra careful.

Mom is heading home with antibiotics for treatment. They are both at the tail end of the flu, thank goodness. Contracted from neighbors at Bible study.

I won’t be visiting him in the hospital. I have meant to post about this, but the holidays did not seem the right time.

Good news is, I have FINALLY found a doctor that knows what is causing my chronic cough.


The gerd is one aspect, and the acids from my stomach may have damaged my lungs some, still waiting on test results.  I found paperwork from previous visits in So. Cal., stating that my esophagus is ‘dilated distally’. I showed him the finding, and now we can do something about that too. The doctors never mentioned that to me before, we just moved on to scheduling for the next visit.

And I have asthma. Hallelujah, a definitive diagnosis! And my lungs are down to 25%. Not good, not good at all. But he is confident he can turn things around.

When I left the doctor’s office, I cried. Gave thanks to God over and over and over. Called a friend. Called my Mom. And cried some more. I have had these issues since 2007. The cough is what led me looking for an answer. And led to my Lupus diagnosis. A late December cold. Overworked and not sleeping enough. You know how it is. But three months later, I still had a cough.

I had honestly, just about given up.

So no hospital for me! I can’t afford to add to the list. But I am sorry, I won’t be able to keep Pete company. ( I know he won’t want me there. 😉 )

Prayers most welcome!


Late in posting this, and I shared it on IG. But you can get a closer look here. A slightly different view of Mingus.


Mingus Morning After. 2017 SMD

Mingus Morning After. 2017 SMD


So yes dear friends, so much to be thankful for!

Thanks for you good thoughts and prayers!




Six more days of sales on the way!







L.Y.A. Postcard #1


LYA #1 2017, Deanie Houghtaling, Phoenix AZ

LYA #1 2017, Deanie Houghtaling, Phoenix AZ

Yay! Postcard art in my mailbox! This card traveled to Oregon and made a round trip back to Arizona. Phoenix is an hour and half down the hill. Deanie and have swapped before, and I am so excited to receive her card again this year.

This is a photo of the Love Locks in Paris France taken in 2016. Isn’t that a great thought?

On the back:

” I take in all the colorful locks that line the bridge. Each one told a story. Each lock represented a relationship that was once special, whether it ended or turned into true happiness. The locks represented a past, present and a possible future.”
Ashley Earley, Alone in Paris

Deanie added:

“I always want to know the story behind the lock!

I want to know the story as well.  Don’t you think it would make a great movie? The story behind the stories? Well guess what, Hallmark has one. Learn about the real Love Locks.

You can find more from Deanie on Instagram, @deanie213 and @focusonphoenix. Check them out!

Thanks Deanie! I love this card. It has me thinking of Paris, happy stories, and you!



heART Exchange Global Postcard Art Swap


heArt Exchange November 2016, Postcards received from Carolyn Hanson, Christine Brooks, and Jacki Wright.

heArt Exchange November 2016, Postcards received from Carolyn Hanson, Christine Brooks, and Jacki Wright.

These are the wonderful postcards I received in the heART Exchange Global Postcard Art Swap. “Peace” was the theme of this swap.

Christine Brooks Sent the card on top. A wonderful nature collage. On the back, this wonderful message:

Peace be with you & in you. Take time to listen and LOVE
it’s all we need…

Beautiful! I have been blessed by receiving several cards from Christine since we relocated. She is right up the road in Flagstaff AZ.

The second gorgeous card is from Carolyn Hanson in Ohio. It is a collage with scrap papers, gesso and wonderful soft hues. On the front, ” I held out my hand to her”. On the back:

Peace is not something you wish for, it’s something you make.
Robert Fulgheren

The last card is lovely in its simplicity. From Jacki Wright in New Brighton, Wirral, United Kingdom. Delicate flowers and a reminder that we are all in control of our peace of mind. On the back:

May every sunrise hold more promise, and every sunset hold more peace.

So thankful for these handmade, beautiful, thoughtful postcards! Couldn’t help but share these warm thoughts with you.

Thank you Christine! Thank you Carolyn! Thank you Jacki!


Louise Gale hosts several of these swaps each year. Take a look at her site, and consider participating in one. Or all! Thank you Louise for hosting this fabulous swap! And for the message that “your heART makes a difference”!


As a small token of my gratefulness, I am sending bookmarks to these talented women. Your art made my day!

Joy bookmarks, watercolor on paper. 2016 Sheila Delgado

Joy bookmarks, watercolor on paper. 2016 Sheila Delgado


Happy weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by!


Oh Joy! The postcard from Christine was an “extra”. I was surprised when I received this wonderful card from Ann. It looks like a fine oil painting, and included a very sweet message. Thank you Ann! I love the warm colors. I will be sending you a bookmark as well so keep your eyes on the mail!

From Ann Marchant

From Ann Marchant