Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

Frank L. “Buddy” Thornhill, Jr. 1938 – 2016 (my beloved father)

Obituary for Mr. Frank L. Thornhill, Jr. Frank L. Thornhill, Jr., 77, of Pine Bluff, passed away Monday, Febraury 29, 2016, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Mr. Thornhill was born August 16, 1938, in Pine Bluff, son of the late Frank L. Thornhill Sr. and Ruth Dunigan Thornhill. He was reared and received his education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School. He served in the National Guard and the Army Reserve. Mr. Thornhill worked for Cotton Belt Railroad (now Union Pacific) for 38 years. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and the Randolph Hunting…
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Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

Janessa Lawyer Moore 1974 – 2016

Janessa Lawyer Moore, 41, of Searcy, died Wednesday, February 24. She was born April 18, 1974, the daughter of Linda Earles and Michael Lawyer.   Janessa is survived by her parents, Linda Earles of Searcy and Michael Lawyer and wife Martha of Wynne; three sons, Michael Moore and future daughter-in-law, Erinn Tozer and Ian Moore of Searcy and Samuel Moore of Somerville, Tennessee; one daughter Julia Moore of Searcy; one brother, Robert Lawyer and wife Lynnette of Cypress, Texas; one step-brother, Paul David Earles and wife Patricia of Clarksville, Tennessee; two step-sisters, Rachel Earles Cates of Clarksville, Tennessee and Lesley Paddock…
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Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

Naomi Harkins 1944 – 2016

Naomi Lee Harkins, 71, of Monticello, AR passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016 in Pine Bluff, AR. She was born in Pine Bluff, AR on November 27, 1944 to the late Harvey and Ethel Parker Kendrick. Naomi was a graduate of Star City High School. She worked as a Billing Clerk for the City of Dermott for over 10 years and was an Avon Representative for over 30 years. She loved flowers and enjoyed dancing. Naomi was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Dermott, AR. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Ed…
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Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

Ronald Lee Bergman 1942 – 2016

Obituary for Ronald Lee Bergman BERGMAN, Ronald Lee 73, formerly of Vandalia, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Born on February 23, 1942 in Dayton, OH, he was the son of the late Henry and Frances (Winner) Bergman. A 1960 graduate of Chaminade High School, he attended The University of Dayton before embarking on a 23-year career with The Rouse Company where he served as Group Vice President, managing the Salem Mall, in addition to five other malls in the US and Canada. He served for nine years on the Board of Trustees for the Maria Joseph Living Care Center and…
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Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

Valerie Michelle Harkins 1968 – 2015

Valerie Michelle Harkins, 46, of Pine Bluff, died Friday, December 4, 2015. She was born December 8, 1968 in Pine Bluff, daughter of Billy and Janine Boinville Harkins. She graduated from White Hall High School in 1987. She was preceded in death by her father; grandparents, Bill and Margaret Harkins, Constant and Lea Boinville; uncles, Johnny, Gary and Tom Harkins, John Heuston, Don Scifres and Claude Boinville; aunt, Phyllis Harkins. Survivors include her mother, Janine; aunts, Margaret Heuston, Essie Irwin (Bruce), Betty Scifres, Naomi Harkins, Mireille Boinville (France); and several cousins and friends. Graveside services are Monday, December 7th at…
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Christmas Angel Craft

Supplies: 3 coffee filters 3-1/2-inch Styrofoam cone 1  toothpick 1-inch foam Styrofoam ball 12 inches of 1/4-inch-wide gold ribbon White thread; hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks 1 gold plastic ring Directions: Center one coffee filter on the top of the cone. Push the toothpick three quarters of the way into the cone and filter. Push the 1-inch ball onto the toothpick to add the head. Center the second filter over the head. Tie a ribbon bow around the neck. Fold the third filter in half and pleat at the center to form wings. Tie in the center with thread. Hot-glue…
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DIYs and Crafts

Makeup Brush DIY

T This is a cute little DIY I made to help keep my makeup brushes organized and handy. Just choose an appropriate glass piece that is suitable for holding the brushes.  Add some aquarium gravel or home decor marbles into the glass and then add your brushes…it’s that simple!  You could even add some decorative trim (ribbon, etc.) around the top of the vase if you wanted to for added flair. I purchased this glass vase and decorative gravel from the Dollar Tree. Makeup brushes purchased here:  ;ie=UTF8&qid=1447875544&sr=1-11&keywords=makeup+brushes Happy DIY-ing!
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Mixed Media Art and Journaling

Journal Prompt: What Are Your 5 Dominant Personality Traits Based On Your Visual Preferences?

While I was browsing Facebook this afternoon, I ran across this really interesting test and thought that it was worth sharing with our readers.  This test was found on Steven Aitchison's website titled, "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life." To take this test, you simply choose one photo which ignites you to feel certain emotions, and based upon your choices, the test will determine your top five dominant personality traits.  Easy peasy, right? Here is the outcome of my own personal test: Your 5 dominant traits are: Spiritual, Emotionally Intelligent, Charismatic, Analytical and Grounded. You are very in touch with…
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Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

John Charles Heuston 1936 – 2015

John Charles Heuston, 79, died on the 23rd day of September 2015, in Little Rock, Arkansas. John was born on April 30, 1936 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Charles Herbert Heuston and Essie Wright Heuston. Though he grew up in Little Rock, his fondest memories were of hunting and fishing around his grandparents’ farm in Scottsville, Arkansas. This experience engendered a lifelong love of the outdoors and the state of Arkansas. John Heuston graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1954 and continued his education at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO where he received a degree…
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Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

Shelley Ann (Heard) McClanahan 1953 – 2015

Shelley Anne Heard McClanahan, 63, of New Orleans, passed away on Monday, February 9,2015 at The Crossing in Baton Rouge, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Shelley was born on February 19, 1953 to Jules Bernard Heard and Margaret Beryl Cuccia Heard. She was a devoted wife and mother. She was a graduate of St. Anthony of Padua, Mount Carmel Academy, and LSU School of Nursing. She is survived by her husband, Ray Ardell McClanahan, and her daughter, Meghan Ardell McClanahan, brother, Daniel B. Heard. She is preceded in death by her father, Jules Bernard Heard, mother, Margaret Beryl Heard…
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Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

Christopher Keith Stone 1980 – 2011 (my baby brother)

Birth: Jan. 23, 1980 Death: Apr. 10, 2011 CHRISTOPHER STONE Obituary Christopher Keith Stone, 31, of Texarkana, TX, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, in a local hospital. He was born January 23, 1980, in Hope, AR. He was preceded in death by his mother, Shelia Stone. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Stone; two sons, Joshua Keith Biddle and William Stout; his father, Rickey Stone; one brother and sister-in-law, Rickey Jr. and Leigh Ann Stone; one sister, Elizabeth Thornhill; a special friend, Mandi Riggs; and a number of other relatives. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 Wednesday, April…
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Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

Shelia Gay Lamb Stone 1957-2009

Birth: Jun. 18, 1957 Prescott Nevada County Arkansas, USA Death: Apr. 28, 2009 Texarkana Bowie County Texas, USA SHELIA LAMB STONE Shelia Lamb Stone, 51, of Texarkana, Ark., died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, in Texarkana. Mrs. Stone was born June 18, 1957, in Prescott, Ark. She was a Baptist. Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Thornhill of North Little Rock; two sons, Rickey Stone Jr. and Keith Stone of Texarkana; three brothers, Charles Lamb of Brazoria, Texas, Doss Lamb of DeKalb, Texas, and Kevin Smith of Texarkana; four sisters, Fran Sikes of Breckenridge, Texas, Libby Sevier and Betty Welsh of Texarkana…
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Artwork by Elizabeth Duke

Zoe the Zombie Series.

This is really not my style of artwork, but I have had many mixed media artists bring up to me that I never do anything "zombie-ish" or "creepy"...so I broke out of my shell today and this is what I have come up with.  While this is not my usual style of artwork, it was certainly fun to play with.  I may find that I want to make more of these for a Halloween series.  Stay tuned!  
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Blog - Daily Life in the Rabbit Hole

Experiences With Death – February 28, 2015

Death and loss is something that I have grown to be experienced with over my 41 years in life.  I have lost numerous relatives to terminal illnesses.  I was expecting these deaths to occur and I had plenty of time to prepare myself for the loss and to speak any words that I wanted/needed these people to know before they passed.  There have only been a few deaths that were really surprising to me. First and foremost, one of the first and most traumatic experiences I've had with death occurred when I was in high school.  I believe it was…
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Recipes

Twice Baked Potatoes with Bacon and Cheddar

Ingredients 2 cups Vanilla Chex® cereal 2 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal 2 cups Cinnamon Chex® cereal 1/4 cup butter or margarine 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup flaked coconut 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows Instructions In large microwaveable bowl, measure cereal. Set aside. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, heat butter and chocolate chips on High 1 minute or until almost melted; stir and microwave another 30 seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth; stir in condensed milk, heat 30 seconds or until boiling; stir in cinnamon. Pour over cereal…
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Recipes

Chocolate Chex Mix

Ingredients 2 cups Vanilla Chex® cereal 2 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal 2 cups Cinnamon Chex® cereal 1/4 cup butter or margarine 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup flaked coconut 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows Instructions In large microwaveable bowl, measure cereal. Set aside. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, heat butter and chocolate chips on High 1 minute or until almost melted; stir and microwave another 30 seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth; stir in condensed milk, heat 30 seconds or until boiling; stir in cinnamon. Pour over cereal…
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Appetizers

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients 2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup Ranch dressing 3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®) 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces 1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers Instructions Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the…
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Mixed Media Art and Journaling

Inexpensive Art Supplies

While many art supplies are found to be quite costly, there are a few ways to cut back on costs and save money for the more important supplies on your list, such as your favorite Copic Markers or Golden Brand Fluid Acrylic paints.  When browsing the dollar store the other day I was quite amazed at some of the basic things I could buy for mixed media art. Here is a list of items that you can pick up at your local Dollar Tree store: Gel pens. Mechanical pencils. Rulers. Hole punch (standard). Erasers  - all sizes and assortments.  Some…
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Artwork by Elizabeth Duke

Kids – Mixed Media Collage

I absolutely love to do collage!  The collage you see below is one of the first that I made when taking up Art Journaling in 2011.  I simply used craft materials that I already had on hand. To make this collage, I printed a picture of the kids riding my son's four-wheeler. To make the background, I took strips of excess (I rarely throw anything away) blue scrapbooking paper and tore them into small pieces and then glued them onto the page.  I then covered these pieces of paper with torn pieces of white tissue paper and lightly gessoed (white)…
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Artwork by Elizabeth Duke

Journal Prompt – Creating a Memory

JOURNAL PROMPT:  Create something in memory of someone that you love. My grandmother passed away when I was 10-years-old.  I still have many fond memories of her even though we only had a very short time together.  One of my grandmother's passions in life was birds. She taught me everything she knew about them, would often times read books to me about them, and when we would see a bird that we did not recognize, she would take out her bird-watching guide and we would look and see if we could then identify it together.  My grandmother had a collection…
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Mixed Media Art and Journaling

Life Journaling

Over the past few years I have been working exclusively on Art Journaling and it wasn't until recently (within the past year) that I really discovered the therapy in writing (journaling) as well.  I found myself doing quite a bit of thinking about the type of books that I would like to create with my work, and what I came up with was very therapeutic for me.  I had decided that I wanted to put all of my work into one book rather than having a collection of 20 different books for 20 different subjects. In the end, what I've…
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