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It’s been such a long time….. Exciting things happening!!

I have been so busy lately with my life, I haven’t had time to post. I worked on my book for a while, but have put it down for a bit to work on other things…

I had to take a leave of absence from school because I herniated a disk in my back. I have taken that opportunity to enjoy playing with paint, collage and all kinds of other art mediums. I even got three of my pieces accepted in a local gallery exhibit called “Santa Through The Years”.

My photography started really taking off this July and I had two of my photos featured in an exhibit with many other amazing artists. Currently I have photographs in four exhibits throughout Indiana and also in a local gallery.

The best news of all is I was accepted for TWO solo exhibits at South Shore Arts in Hammond and Crown Point, Indiana in 2012! So exciting!

Here is a link to my website if you want to see some of the photos I have taken:
http://loramercadophotography.com

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My 2009 Christmas Cards – “Wandering Words” by Stampin’ Up!

Rubber stamped and heat embossed Christmas cards using Stampin’ Up! stamps, inks and cardstock.

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Photos Featured in the Etsy Treasury!

I am so excited and grateful that 2 different people featured a photo from my Veteran’s Collection in the Etsy Treasury this week! This makes me so happy!

Here are the photos that were featured:

http://studiolprints.etsy.com

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Helicopter of War

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Guns of War

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It’s been a while…

I must apologize for my lack of posting lately! I have been so darn busy with working and running around and taking care of every day life, that I have neglected my dear blog…

Things here are so crazy. My husband’s hours were cut in half and I had to get a part time job as well. I also have been doing everything I can to try to make a buck… Times are so tough all over, I am very grateful that my husband is working at least half time!

Today is a sad day. My friend had to put her beautiful dog Angel to sleep today. I have been helping her out by taking Angel out for potty breaks while my friend was working long hours. The poor dog had cancer and her organs were failing. My friend held onto her as long as she could, but it was time to let her go. I will miss sweet Angel so much… Here is a photo of her with my daughter. We took pics the other day, because we knew she wasn’t going to be around much longer…

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Pastel Portrait of my Kids

I have seen this incredible artist at several craft shows and I finally broke down and had her do a portrait of my son and daughter. I will never actually have a photo of both my kids together, so I am so happy to have this beautiful work of art!! To see more of her work, go here: www.annejonesportraits.com

Pastel Portrait by Anne Jones

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Missing my son on his birthday today…

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Happy 6th Birthday my sweet Alex!

Today you would be six years old! So hard to imagine what you would look like. I bet you would be adorable and so much fun to play with. I hope you got the balloons we sent up to heaven to you today. Dad, Samantha and I all wish you were here with us. Life is not the same without you, Buddy….

Although you are gone, I am still so very grateful I am your mommy and you are my son.

My heart and my empty arms still ache for you, and probably always will.

I love you ALEX!

Always & Forever,
Mom

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This video shows Palin’s IGNORANCE

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