Monday, January 28, 2013

Mermaid Musings for a snowy day


"Peace" in the Inuktitut language,
spoken in Canada

seed bead woven amulet necklace
found on etsy

It is snowing outside right now, and the sky is dark.
Dark early, for late January.
It is a wet snow, which is good as we need moisture for the summer.
That's how the Rocky Mountain foothills get their water -
from melting snow high up in the mountains.

But today I want to talk about mermaid mountains!

"Oceanidi sirens", painter unknown

Really, anything mermaid!!
Just sharing one of my favorite subjects with you...

"Don't grow up too quickly,
Lest you forget 
how much you love the beach."

- Michelle Held

I believe this might be a Disney design..but I don't know.

'Tatiana', a Cancun 'mermaid'

Mermaids can be so whimsical:

'Little mermaid' brooch, mixed media from

(I have ordered a custom mermaid from this shop,
and she does excellent work!)

mermaids can be elegant:

'sea faerie',

and mermaids can be adorable! -

a mermaid birthday card,

'Who would be a mermaid fair,
Singing alone, combing her hair,
Under the sea, in a golden curl,
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?...'

- Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson


'I would be a mermaid fair.
I would sing to myself the whole day;
With a comb of pearl I would comb my hair;
And still as I comb'd I would sing and say,
'"Who is it loves me? who loves me not?..."

vintage art

vintage song sheet cover, from the 1800's

'I would comb my hair till my ringlets would fall
Low adown, and around;
And I should look like a fountain of gold
Springing alone
With a shrill inner sound,
Over the throne
In the midst of the hall;...'

painting by Isa Marie "In Queen's Bath"

'Till that great sea-snake under the sea
From his coiled sleeps in the central deeps
Would slowly trail himself sevenfold
Round the hall where I sate, and look in at the gate
With his large calm eyes for the love of me.'

vintage Hair tonic ad, with  mermaids

'Ocean Treasures jewelry' original Collage Art Doll by inkspired
using all recycled junk mail

'And all the mermen under the sea
Would feel their immortality
Die in their hearts for the love of me.'

- Alfred Lord Tennyson

'mermaid by AdoC ' - that's all the info I have.
If you know more, please let me know.

I trust you have enjoyed my mermaids today,
and even had some fun reading poetry!
'Til next time....

I'm on pinterest too! - K.Kloberdans

vintage mermaid, courtesy of Dover

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Peace and the Hunt for Happiness


"Peace" in the Zulu language,
spoken in South Africa

also found:
"ukuthula" as the word for 'peace',
couldn't really find verification at a reliable source.
Do YOU know how to say 'Peace' in the ZULU language?
Tell us!

'Zulu Girl' found at
there was also a note that it had won 2nd place in a 2008 photo contest
I think she is just lovely!

"Those who are free
of resentful thoughts
surely find peace."

 - Buddha

found at

How has your Week of Hunt for Happiness going?

I had grand plans, but then I've been sick for 2 days.
Still, I managed to find a little happiness in each day!

One of my 'happy' spots is the video and story
of the deep sea divers that were able to set a wild dolphin free
from its' entanglement in a fishing hook and line.
Big smile here!

a sheet of artistamps put together by Lisa Vollrath
You can join her 'group' and she gives lovely images away for personal use.

"When the power of love
the love of power
the world will know peace."

 - Jimi Hendrix

found at

Take a second look at that peace dove.
Do you see what it is protecting the world from?

Another 'Happy Moment' found?

I was feeling bad, and my husband offered to come home and fix me dinner,
even though he had another meeting to go to first 
and dinner was part of the meeting.
That just struck me as soooo kind and thoughtful.

(I told him no, I could always find something to eat).

"Peace begins with a smile."

- Mother Teresa

by Mary Engelbreit
found on

What are a few of your "Happy Moments"?

Do share!
I know I am not the only one that tires of hearing only
and reading of only
The news organizations say that only sensational news (i.e. BAD NEWS)
brings in readers and watchers.

Is that true for you?

Perhaps we don't need an hour by hour update of a tragedy occurring?
That is just encouraging the news agencies to keep the BAD NEWS coming.
I frequently find that if I read a headline, that is more than enough for me.

Do I need to know that the teen boy that (allegedly) murdered his parents and 3 siblings
was also a talented musician, good student, and not a monster?
I don't need to read about what a horrible person he is either.

When I read of the tragedy, my first thought was prayers for the teen boy and his family.
How very tragic that he thought this was the only solution for his situation.
How devastating for the rest of the family.
How lonely he must feel right now.
I have no desire to follow the sensationalizing of this tragedy.
I certainly am not going to read about it every day;
or try to make sense of it.

There is no sense or comfort from evil.
There is only chaos.
And we are each capable of evil.
That's what the Bible means when it says

'There is no one righteous*,  no not one.'
Psalm 14:1-3, Old Testament

*can be translated as 'pure' (I John 3:3), 'without blemish' (Ephesians 1:4),
or 'grounded in love' (Ephesians 3:17)

a tomb detail of an angel

"The most valuable possession
you can own
is an open heart.
The most powerful weapon
you can be
is an instrument of peace."

- Carlos Santana

I don't need to read about how awful other people are
to make me feel good about myself!


Well, it's time to step off my soapbox, I suppose.

I do challenge you today to search out some
for the next 7 days!

Let us know what you find out...
because there's always room for more....


Kuwait children, Kuwait City


"Peachy Keen" original Collage Art Doll by inkspired
using all recycled junk mail!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Secret Society of Happy People


Donna, a young elephant at the Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, England,
is playing football with her keeper.
photo cred: Steve Parsons, 1/2012

Today's blog is all about HAPPY!!

I found the coolest thing online, while browsing for something else -
That's what 

A HAPPY vintage song sheet cover, c. 1917
courtesy of Indiana Music Libraries, address to the right of this blog

I discovered

That stands for 
The (Secret) Society of Happy People!

What a wonderful name!

A HAPPY Jester paper cutting pattern
from out of print Backstreet Designs

Hmmmm... a secret society of Happy People?

Pamela Gail started this back in 1997,
to focus on the HAPPY moments,
instead of
the SAD, TRAUMATIC moments.
Great idea!!
(Something that makes people happy - chocolate!)

Today is the start of an entire week of

Hunt for Happiness Week
January 20 - 27, 2013

The focus is on finding moments of happiness every day.

Here's one of mine!

The Flamingo Barbie

You know I had to get in a Barbie somewhere, right?!
AND you know Flamingos are just so cool,
and fun
and make me happy!!

a wonderful paper doll duo by Lonnie M. Bullington
LJ Studios, 2011
found on pinterest

On the SOHP website, there are several activities that you can use to find your daily

There is a great Word Search for

Thirty-one Types of Happiness

there are 'I-Spy' coupons to print out and give -
(to hand to  people that you see doing 'happy' things) 

Happiness Challenges
with ideas for finding happiness moments every day.

She gives ideas for even kids to join in with a 

365 Happiest Moments Journal.

Moroccan 12 year old,

So why not check out these Secretive
Happy People (!)
and celebrate 

Who knows? We might even join a global revolution?

Happy Nigerian children!

Well, I'm off to start my Happiness Journal,

and make a new Pinterest Board of Happy Things,
(you can find me as K. Kloberdans there)

and make an etsy Treasury of
What makes me Happy!!

(You can find me through

original Collage Art Doll by inkspired
made from all recycled junk mail!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Peace Quotes and Angels with commentary


Angle Harp Barbie 1998

"I think that people want peace so much 
that one of these days
government had better get out of their way
and let them have it."

- Dwight D. Eisenhower, former USA president

A really huge hug for my reader DebraAnne who clued me in to
Chrome browsers.

The hassles I have been having for really MONTHS all seem to have disappeared.


I do have to ask the question however...
why didn't anyone tell me before this?
Couldn't blogspot have sent a notice?
Why couldn't I find the solution on the internet?
Oh well, it appears to be fixed now.


circa 1905

thank you to Indiana Music Libraries...
you can find their link to the right of my blog!

Let's start again with my vision of 

Peace quotes!

"If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on 
a real war 
against war,
we shall have to begin 
with the children."
- Mahatma Gandhi

You know, we really don't need new 'summits' and 'conferences'
and 'meetings' and 'rallies'
and movies and documentaries,
new songs and poems

The knowledge has been given us.
It is readily available.

We have excellent speakers from the past,
and examples of people who practiced peace.
We have poems, and stories,
history notes and audio recordings,
movies and 'shorts' and -

We just need to listen,
and change our hearts.

"We are not at peace with others
because we are not at peace
with ourselves,
and we are not at peace
with ourselves
we are not at peace with God."
- Thomas Merton

I mean,
Actively engage your brain.

I know this is possible,
because I raised a teenage son.
And I found out... he really does have a brain!

hand painted and stamped domino magnet by inkspired

"I do not want the peace
that passeth understanding,
I want the understanding
which bringeth

- Helen Keller

an example of using kirigami as a background

I will continue my theme of 
in future blogs.
I am trying to keep my blogs shorter - 
really Michael!

I have lots of plans and dreams for the coming year...
sooooo many wonderful graphics
and clip art
and vintage images
games and puzzles 
quotes and poems
Oh, I'll just have to write another blog!

This is a Fenton glass angel we picked up while visiting my in-laws.
It was Thanksgiving, and they had to mow their lawn!
Marietta, Ohio

act in peace,
as if you were in

- Fenelon

Practice peace,
until next time...


it's really easy to leave a comment now!!
part of a c.1909 'Angels of Night' vintage song sheet cover

Friday, January 11, 2013

Peace with delayed Angels

"Peace does not dwell in outward things,
 but in the soul."

 - Fenelon

Well, here we have another day where blogspot won't let me post any pictures, clip art or photographs.

So, I will continue to explore blogging without all the

My friend in Israel sent me the most amazing video,
and I would like to share it with you.
Yes, it is 15 minutes long, but well worth the time.

I met her through conversations on etsy.
We both have shops there.

This is her shop:

and my shop is:

and also

I have been adding new items to my collage paper painting shop -
check it out!!


Spread some peace today,
and then write and let me know how you did it.
My comments section is super easy to add a comment to.

Here is another YouTube I liked -
it is of Maddy Curtis, singing for the Haiti Benefit of 2010:


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Blogger woes and a frozen blog

Greetings, all.
I have been unable to post to my blog for 4 days now.
It will not allow any pictures to download.
This makes me very
and really quite screaming - neemies.

I wanted to let you know what is going on.
If anyone is able to help me, you can contact me at:

I have been unable to contact blogspot
 or blogger
   or Google+
     or any of the other places I have been 'told' to go to, by computer bunny                   trails.....
I feel like Hansel and Gretel - I've lost my way and the forest is big
and dark
and very scary
and I just want to go home.....

I so hope this is resolved soon.
Until then, know that I think of all my readers often.

"If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner."

 - Nelson Mandela