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Oh give me just one day to free my mind,to create to listen, to walk, to quiet my soul,to cool down,to carry on~ My photographs and other artworks are inspired by the wonder, simplicity and quietude of every day life. In every photograph,sketch, painting or textile piece, I hope to capture the spirit, the mood, the song of my subjects. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My creative spirit awakened when I moved to Northwest Montana where there was plenty of room to roam with my camera and places to be alone with nature and its inhabitants. All my photographs are professionally printed by acclaimed Bozeman, MT artist/ photographer Rob Outlaw on archival quality fine art paper. My frames are custom built by artist Richard Moore of Wind and Snow Art Gallery in Polson, MT.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

.~ New Half-Year's Resolutions ~ .

“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.”
                                                                                                               ― Marcus Aurelius

Marilu Henner's Total Health Makeover desk calendar reminds me that - July 1st, 2014 - marks the official second half of the year. Marilu suggests that on this day you do the following:

  "Make a list of everything that's been working in your life these past six months, and a second lost of everything that hasn't. These two lists will tell you at a glance what you want to keep and what you need to change for the rest of the year." ~ Marilu Henner

 Today I am going to dig within and identify 6 things that have been working and 6 things that I need to change. There is still time to make 2014 the B.E.S.T year of my life.

How about you?
What does your list look like?

List #1. What's been Working (Keep)

List#2. What's Not Been Working (Change)

Those who share their list on my blog will get their name entered to win  my giclee' print ...
 " Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.
 Give your dreams all you got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."
                                                                            ~Willam James 

Are you ready to pull out all the stops and make the second half of this year better than the first?
Are you ready to fuel your 2014 dreams?

Looking forward to reading your comments.
Winning name will be chosen randomly July 31st 2014 at Happy Hour (5:00 p.m. MT) 

Ready? Set? Comment!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's Day Give~A~Way

~ .My Dad. ~

My dad LOVED it when I would tell him stories that included me saying..."My dad."He would say, "do you know how much that means to me to know that I am your dad?"
I just want you to know how very much it meant to me that I was your daughter.

Gerald Vincent Fender 

September 21st, 1929 - February 29th, 2000

 My dad passed away February 29th, 2000.
It was leap day.
Goes to show you what a great sense of humor my dad had.

My dad was a pretty cool cat.
Born to hang out with the likes of 
Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis JR.

My dad was my biggest fan and he told me that I was the
 "apple of his eye."
I think it showed.

My dad constantly told me how much he loved me.
I remember when I first told him I was moving to Montana to live in a tee-pee,
he said, "how are we going to communicate, through smoke signals?"

Nope, no smoke signals, but my dad sent me lots and lots of letters that I still have and treasure.

My dad was a good listener.
And my dad could take any problem I had
and put a positive twist on it.

My dad was a painter, a poet, a song writer, a photographer, a philosopher
The world's GREATEST salesman.

Even though they did not have a fairy tale life together
one thing was for sure,
My dad loved my mom very much.

If there were visiting hours in heaven, my dad would be the first person I would ask to see.
I would tell my dad all the things that have happened here on earth in the last 14 years.
And tell my dad about how wonderful his grand children are turning out to be.
If only, I could have the opportunity to talk with my dad about my life today.
If only I could share with my dad my art, my hopes, my dreams.
To let him know that things are good.
To let him know how blessed I feel that he was my dad.

My dad wasn't perfect, but he was MY dad.
I loved my dad very much and miss my dad even more.

Dad, thank you for all your love and all your encouragement.
Thank you for sharing your passion for nature, horses, music, art, books, movies especially -westerns, good conversation, and most important family.
I carry you, I carry, you I carry you in my heart.
I will love you forever with all my heart and all my soul.

Your Adoring Daughter,

~ Traci Suzanne"Sunshine" Fender ~

In honor of my dad, I am giving away one of my giclee' prints.
It is called More than Meets the Eye.
I think my dad would have really liked this one.
Please note that the copyright won't be on the print you receive.

To be eligible to win this print,
Simply leave a comment about your dad.
It can be as long or as short as you like.

I will be collecting all the names, putting them in a hat
and drawing the winning name Monday June16th, 2014
at 1:00 pm.

Looking forward to your comments.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

.~ Mother's Day Give~A~Way ~.


No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star. 

~Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Traci Suzanne Marvel
8 x 10 Giclee' Print

Although my mom passed away a few years ago,
She remains my ultimate hero. 
I overheard my brother telling my mom
that when God made her,
he made the perfect person.
I believe that to be true.

In honor of my mom and your mom, I am hosting a Give~ A~ Way a 8 x 10 giclee' print.
It's called Venturer Highway and represents the
 strength, power and beauty
 of a mother's love.

To be eligible to win, simply answer the following questions by posting a comment on this thread.  I will put all names in a hat and draw a lucky winner on
 Sunday May 11th at 9:00 am MT

Here are the questions.  Answer as briefly or in detail as you would like.

Share a fond memory you have about your mom.
What is your mom's super power?

Looking forward to reading all your comments.
Cheers to Mother's Around the Globe!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

.~ Spring 2014 Update.~

It's been awhile now since I have posted on my blog.
I have been transitioning into a new job.
Life has settled a bit.
I am reuniting with my authentic self and I am back creating in my art shack.
Balancing a day job and a life passion is challenging,
but one's true colors shine through right?
At least that is what I learned from Cyndi Lauper.


I Dig You
Original Design by Traci Suzanne Marvel

On the creative side of things, I have three paintings in the works.
I Dig You is one of them.
Just put in an order to have this image made into post cards.
The original painting does not have the words on it and I think I will sell it that way.

I also have a horse painting I am working on.
And a sailboat too.
Will share those here when I get a little further along.

As far as Woolin Rouge Designs company, Sylvia and I are so close to having our Coffee, Tea or Bee? Mug Rugs Series patterns available to sell.
 There are five flowers: Daisies, Poppies, Sunflower, Dogwood and Coneflowers.

Stay tuned to our Woolin Rouge Website for details when the patterns will be ready.
There are some other exciting things happening behind the scenes at Woolin Rouge Designs 
but I can't say just yet. Again please sign up to receive our newsletter and also keep your eye on our blog.

New to my Etsy store are my hand designed lavender sachets.
You can find them here: Traci Suzanne Marvel Etsy
There are lots of other fun paintings, cards, photographs in my etsy store too.
All of which are looking for a good home.

Oh, I almost forgot!
an amazing designer purchased my After the Fall Photograph!
His name is Kerry Joyce.
Take a look at his website.

Life in General
I like my new job very much.
Glacier Peak Holistics mission is to help dogs and horses live
 a happy and healthy life without compromising their longevity.
My daughter has been helping create some videos.
Here is one of them: It talks about Inflapotion, Herbal Aspirin and Mountain Salve.
My dog Cowboy is a featured player.
If your dog (or horse) has any mobility issues than you might want to take a closer look at these products.
You can find them all here Glacier Peak Holistics.

Marilu Henner

In April, I was asked to coach at class at marilu.com
It was the third time I have coached a class and I just LOVE doing so.
Marilu Henner is a huge mentor in my life.
If you feel you are not living your B.E.S.T life,
you might want to take a look into joining the marilu.com community.
By the way, B.E.S.T stands for Balanced, Energy, Stamina, Toxin-Free.
Marilu has a wonderful radio show that airs Monday through Friday 10-1 MT
Visit the marilu.com home page and click on "listen now" and it will take you directly to the website.
If you can't catch the live show, no worries as it is recorded so you can listen at your convenience.
What is really great is you can call in and talk to Marilu in person!

~ My Family ~
My husband is doing well.
He just had a check up and received a clean bill of health.
I am so thankful that he found his way into my life.
What a lucky girl I am.
August 2nd marks our 17th Wedding Anniversary.

Skylar Lareen
Here is her website: Sky Boggs  
I need to get an updated photo of Sky and her beau John.

David Christopher
with his little one Ayanna
I need to get a photo with his beautiful girlfriend Lindsey.
She is an amazing mom and very talented artist.
I will update this soon with a family photo.
David is a graphic artist and works here:
Great Northern Printing
My children continue to amaze me with their kinds hearts, talent and wisdom.
I LOVE them so.
My best friend Cowboy is holding his own.
He is 14 now and I treasure every day I have left with him.

My brothers and sisters in California are all doing what they do best.
acting, singing, writing, teaching oh and making babies.
A new niece is due very soon!

Here is a video of my niece Kelley.  She is a guest on Complexion Kitchen With Jaqueline
My mom would be so proud of her.  I know I am.

~ My Friends ~
I am forever filled with gratitude for the friends I have.
You all know who you are and I appreciate your unconditional love.

I do have a prayer request for one of my friends whose husband passed away
just this morning.  He had been in Hospice care and today May 4th, was the day God called him home.
His name was Mark and her name is Mary Lou.
Mary Lou is an amazing artist, writer and teacher.
Most of all she is an extraordinary person.
You can read more about her here:

Here is her Go Fund Me page if you care to help her in this challenging time:
That about brings everyone up to speed with what is going on in my life.
Hope all is well with all of you.
Love to hear from you.

Cheers to Creativity ~ 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

.~Glacier Peak Holistics To The Rescue.~

This past summer was a bit "ruff" for Cowboy.
Day after day I noticed new symptom's manifesting
Weepy left eye
Rash under his back legs
Dry nose
Back leg tremors
Swollen knee joints
He looked miserable and I could tell he was in great discomfort.

Next step?
A trip to the vet's office.

My vet - who I value and highly respect - wanted to address his back leg tremors and swelling first. 
Cowboy's sister, Cowgirl, passed two years ago from bone cancer and the vet wanted to get that ruled out first.
To my relief the X-Ray showed no signs of bone cancer.
But what it did show was chronic arthritis.
(Cowgirl is the beautiful dog in the upper left hand corner.
I miss her so ~)
So what to do now?
My vet said that there was three things that she could suggest to help Cowboy

An operation was out of the question.  He was far to old to put him through that.
I did purchase the Glucosamine she recommended.
Reluctantly, I also purchased the Rimadyl.

Why reluctantly?
Have you ever read the possible side effects of Rimadyl?
This is straight from the Rimadyl Side Effects Website
Potential Side Effects Of Rimadyl Include:
  • A loss of appetite and unwillingness to drink
  • Changes in urination patterns: sweet smelling urine,
  •  blood in the urine, and/or urinating far more than usual
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Vomit or stools containing blood
  • Changes in skin, including scabs, redness, itching
  • Change in normal temperament: lethargy, drowsiness, restlessness, aggressiveness, hyperactivity
  • Stumbling, staggering, partial or full paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Jaundice: yellow whites of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes
  • Death
Fortunately for me, on the very same day,  I went to Heaven's Peak Organics,
 my local health food store, and asked about any known herbal remedies for dogs and arthritis.

Heather, the owner of the store got a BIG SMILE on her face and said," YES! Inflapotion!
 Inflapotion is the answer!"

I thought to myself, "what do I have to lose?"
 I purchased it and began mixing it in Cowboy's food right away.
 I saw a difference in just 24 hours.
 And within 48 hours he was acting like a puppy again.
He loves the taste of the Inflapotion.
So much so, he dances around his food bowl when I give it to him.

If you go on Glacier Peak Holisitc's website
 they call Inflapotion Senior Magic!
And it is indeed.

The story gets better... .

So now that I had Cowboys arthritis in check, I needed to get to the bottom of his
 scratching, licking, weepy eyes and rash.

I purchased Glacier Peak Holistics  Healthy Dog Nutritional Assessment.
 This Assessment was going to tell me what Cowboy's
food and environmental sensitivities and triggers are.
It was also going to suggest holistic remedies that may be beneficial to get his body back in balance.

The Healthy Dog Assessment results showed that Cowboy
 has sensitivities and triggers to the  following:
  Beef and Salmon.
Also to all grains.
Sweet Potato's
Canola oil
Wood Smoke

A probable concern was his immune system was low.

Interestingly, I was feeding him a diet that had those exact food ingredients.
We do heat our house with wood.
We did recently have a spider outbreak in our house.
My husband had just sprayed for weeds around our property
which has fescue all around which Cowboy eats often.

I immediately switched his food to  Zygnature Duck Formula
and his itching and scratching decreased right away and within 3 weeks time stopped all together.

The rash?  That went away almost immediately.

As for addressing the environmental issues, some of them were out of my control like the wood smoke for example.  I found out that if I could at least boost his immune system that his body would tolerate the environmental issues better.

I  started giving him Glacier Peak Holistics's Daily Defense
 which is a anti-parasitic and immune booster.

Later on, I will give him a cycle of  Peak Immune which
has been formulated to "Super Charge" the performance of the immune system.

GPH also suggested I give Cowboy enzyme and a pro-biotic because I feed him kibble.
 Cowboy now gets  Enzymedica Digest Basics and Pro-Bio mixed in his food too.

I bet you think I am making this all up.
I'm not.
This is a true story.

In fact, Cowboy was recently featured in this product video for Glacier Peak Holistics
which is all about Inflapotion, Herbal Aspirin and Mountain Salve.

My dog Cowboy is not scratching and not itching.
He does not have a rash any longer.

What he does have is energy and he can go on walks again!

Want to know the happiest ending of all?
Not only is my best friend Cowboy feeling 100% better,
but Glacier Peak Holistics was looking for a Sales Representative.
I applied for the job and got it!

Now I spend Monday through Friday helping pets across the globe find their way back into balance.
Not a day goes by that I do not hear praises from our customers about how
 Glacier Peak Holistics
helped their dog or their horse be happier and healthier.

Thank you Glacier Peak Holistics for all you do for the canine and equines of the world.
I am especially grateful for the help you have given Cowboy.

I can clearly see why your tag line is...
"Glacier Peak Holistics making miracles happen...naturally."

You've helped him and so many other dogs and horses
 get their "quality of life back with out compromising their longevity."

Cowboy and I are eternally grateful!
.~ox ~.

To learn more about Glacier Peak Holistics please visit their website:

Sunday, November 3, 2013

.~Closer To Heaven.~

Cowboy Cooper Marvel
(January 31st, 2000 - Present) 
It was at the end of February 2000 that Cowboy came into my life. 
I'd been away on a business trip.
The hours were long and arduous.
To add insult to injury,
 I got stuck in a snow storm
 which delayed me from coming straight home.
The roads were completely shut down.
When the weather finally cleared up,
the roads were still snow packed and icy.
I was driving 25 miles an hour.
The only highlight of the drive was hearing
 the Dixie Chick's song
Cowboy Take Me Away
for the first time.
I remember crying through the entire song
as it so represented the core of who I am and how I want to live my life.
"I said I wanna touch the earth I wanna break it in my hands
I wanna grow something wild and unruly
I wanna sleep on the hard ground in the comfort of your arms
On a pillow of blue bonnets in a blanket made of stars

Oh it sounds good to me
I said

Cowboy take me away fly this girl as high as you can into the wild blue
Set me free oh I pray closer to heaven above and closer to you
Closer to you

I wanna walk and not run, I wanna skip and not fall
I wanna look at the horizon, and not see a building standing tall
I wanna be the only one, for miles and miles
Except for maybe you, and your simple smile

Oh it sounds good to me, yes it sounds so good to me,

Cowboy take me away, fly this girl as high as you can into the wild blue
Set me free, oh, I pray, closer to heaven above, and closer to you
Closer to you  ... .

I finally got home safe but utterly exhausted.
Little did I know that my life was about to change forever. 

I opened the door and to my surprise there was
a little bitty puppy
with a red bandana wrapped around his neck
waiting for me.
My husband informed me that he named him Cowboy.
Why yes, I think so.

It was at that moment that Cowboy stole my heart.
I cannot imagine my life with out him.
His unconditional love fills my soul
and just like the song says
he has a way of flying my spirit as high as it can
into the wild blue.

Oh and that" simple smile" of his does indeed take me away.