Monday, July 18, 2016

A Twinkling Tuesday

 Oh where is summer going? It's already near the end of July! Good news is that we are beginning to make plans for meals and such with our usual group of friends for our beach vacation the beginning of August-yay! Are you doing anything special in the coming weeks?

 There is a big celebration happening over at Altered Book Lover today...


   Elizabeth is celebrating three years of hosting T Stands For Tuesday on her blog!! Please do come celebrate with Elizabeth and friends and take a few moments to visit everyone as it is always such an interesting and diverse blog hop! Thank you dear Elizabeth (and helpers Bleubeard and Squiggles) for giving us a great spot to sit with a cuppa and enjoy.

 If the page above looks familiar it is because I made a VERY similar one for last year's anniversary. Only thing was-I made this one first because I misread the post and thought it was three years last year! So I was way ahead of the game this time around:):)

 I've been watching some You Tube videos on painting watercolor flowers and it inspired me to get out my Peerless watercolors and  twinkling H2O's and paint in my watercolor journal.


 The sentiment is a stamp. This one was done with the Peerless colors.


  And this page was done using my "twinks". Here is a better shot which shows the lovely shimmers:

 I created the frame of flowers using a technique shared by Tammy Northrup some years ago on her blog. I fell in love with this style but haven't used it in awhile so it was time. Sentiment is a stamp and butterfly is a sticker. I hope you will visit Tammy where there is lots of beautiful watercolor art and techniques to be found!

 Joining in at Art Journal Journey for the lovely theme of "In My Garden There Is...", Moo Mania and More- "anything goes",  and Paint Party Friday.

 Have a wonderful day and week. See you soon!

"Make something every day. Make a song, make a move, make a friend, make a difference." 
                                                                                               Pat Collelo


Monday, July 11, 2016

Muddling Through






 First of all I want to thank all of you who have sent love, prayers and hugs regarding our recent loss. It's hard to put in words the gratitude for your kindness and understanding.

 I finally decided to go back into my art room and create a bit. I chose to do another lesson in the Radiant Faces class. This one was taught by Dina Wakley and actually turned out to be a very appropriate lesson for me at this time.

 This is a page of quick simple sketches done with Stabilo pencils to get started on "The Stranger".


And this is my finished journal page:


 It ended up being a self portrait exposing my heart.

  Still in "Dina" mode I created this journal page:


 Paris is on my mind especially since I've been following the Tour de France, and of course Patty's magnificent posts of her trip around France have me wandering. I used a French napkin and the colors of the French flag along with white and black gesso. The Eiffel tower is a rubber stamp I stamped and fussy cut. A recycled French stamp at the top. Silhouette was cut from Gelli Plate printed paper. This is also to celebrate the French Independence day  (Bastille Day) on Thursday.

 Linking the above to Art It Friday- Show Your Face; Moo Mania (theme is Paris); Try It On Tuesday (theme is Happy Holidays); and Paint Party Friday.

 For T Stands for Tuesday:


  A light petit dejeuner (breakfast) outdoors on a warm summer morning. Just perfect.

 We celebrated my Mom's birthday over the weekend with French food, wine and music of course:) This is the card I made for her:




 Linking to the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is flora and fauna).

 Looking forward to catching up with everyone this week!

   "The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love."      Hubert Humphrey



Saturday, July 2, 2016

In Loving Memory

 of our beloved Annie (BooBoo) whom we have had to send to eternal rest.

Annie 2001 - 2016






        with her best and only doggie friend Isabel who is now watching over her




the last photo I took of her a few days ago sleeping peacefully in her favorite bed which used to belong to Isabel, our friends'  lab.

 I will leave you with this poem Bill (dh) had come upon very recently in an autobiography he is reading about Jackie Stewart. Jackie was so devastated by the loss of his beloved pet that a friend wrote this for him.




If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand
Don't let your grief then stay your hand
For this day more than all the rest
Your love for me must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears 
You'd not want me to suffer so
The time has come, please let me go.

Take me where my need they'll tend
And please stay with me till the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved
From pain and suffering, I've been saved.

Please do not grieve, it must be you
Who has the painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we these years,
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.








Monday, June 27, 2016

Travels and Dreams

 It's that time of year again and beginning July 2nd thru the 24th I will be doing lots of armchair traveling (and telly watching) with the Tour de France!

 I have everything ready...

 to "ride" along very closely so as not to miss any of the beautiful towns along the route! Any of my followers here would know this is an obsession  something I have been following for many years now:)

 I even made a simple cut and paste collage page about it:


This is my last entry at Art Journal Journey for the "maps" challenge hosted this month by Mary Nasser.

 For my wonderful peeps at T Stands For Tuesday at AlteredBookLover I have -yes-more food to share-along with a beverage of course:)



 I took a friend for lunch at the cute cafĂ© I had gone to with my Mom a few weeks ago. My friend had the Cobb Salad special with Boarshead jerk chicken and I had the roasted beet salad with goat's cheese walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette ( a fave of mine). We split a savory scone (I was dying to try cuz I never heard of savory scones before-have you?). It's at the top left in the second photo. Rosemary, garlic and parmesan-OMG! I could be in lots of trouble with these-SOOOO good!!

 My latest installment for the Radiant Faces online class is "The Dreamer". Taught by Jamie Dougherty. Here is Jamie's inspiration piece-colored pencils on a wood substrate:

  Isn't she just stunning?? The colors are off because my ink was running low when I printed it for my workbook.

 I'm doing all my faces in a large mixed media journal but I thought I'd give the colored pencils a go (even tho it's not my thing). It began like this:
  I wasn't liking the look or feel of the pencils one bit so I covered it up and went with acrylics. And this is my finished version:



 I wanted her to have her eyes open and have red hair. I LOVE Golden Transparent Iron Oxide for hair and am quite pleased with how she turned out-because-it was  a big HUGE challenge to get the profile proportions right!! The background was done with Pan Pastels. And of course I had to have a bunch of brightly colored feathers in the mix! Linking to Art It Friday- Show Your Face and Paint Party Friday at the end of the week.

 Thanks so much for popping in. Take care and have a fabulous week and weekend! It will be a long weekend for many in the US as we celebrate our Independence Day on Monday July 4th - so bring on the fireworks, and the picnic food!

" You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination."              Roman Payne










Monday, June 20, 2016

A Little Of This and That

 Summer Solstice has arrived here in the northern hemisphere in true form. Record high heat, brilliant sun and high humidity-worth celebrating to me!

 Speaking of celebrations it's the time of year for graduations of all sorts. Here is a card made for our good friend Andrew who got his MBA while working full time and we couldn't be more proud of him!


 I thought glitter was hard to capture but metallic card stock is even worse!

 Last week we went to a Mexican restaurant with our friend and his wife. It was a bet they made with hubby because hubby says he hates Mexican food and they said they could change his mind. It's called La Morena and it's about an hour's drive away in Hatboro, PA.

                  ceiling decor in this very small restaurant - love it!

    We started out with a huge plate of nachos along with free margaritas-yum!

     I had the vegetarian chimichanga which provided me with another meal the next day:) $8.50

Lynn is showing her chicken chimichanga and that hot plate of chicken and veggies is just for hubby's order of fajitas! More second meals:) $8 and $14

 Andrew had  Churrasco, a Guatamala dish of grilled steak, scallions served with rice sour cream, refried beans, vegetable salad and fried plantains. $14.75

 And if that wasn't enough they insisted we split a dessert to try:

 Sopapillas - fried triangle pastry drizzled with honey and chocolate and topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar and cherries-OMG- and only $4! I ate one triangle and they all finished the rest.

 SO, did finicky Bill like it???

                                            A big "SI SENOR"!

 SO worth the drive -all homemade authentic Mexican food made by the Mexican family that owns this place!! Can't wait to go again!

 Sharing with all of you (sorry if I made you drool) and T Stands For Tuesday!

 Here is another installment in my large art  journal for the Radiant Faces class:

My marker drawing of my "Doodle Face"- another great lesson-this one by Joanne Sharpe!

The completed page:


 Done with alcohol markers and a black and white gel pen. This is what came about after having all the recent tragedies in my mind. The Beatles song wouldn't go away so I made my page full of love.

 The next lesson I plan on tackling will be of a more refined nature-The Dreamer. Hope to have it done for next posting.

 Until then, be well and enjoy!  Linking to Art It Friday - Show Your Face and Paint Party Friday.

" Art is like singing. Some do it better than others, but everyone can and should be doing it for their soul."        Barbara Mason