Thursday, August 25, 2016

It's All About The Birds


 Hi all! Finally getting back into the groove of everyday routines and blogging after a fabulous beach vacation ( photos in my last post if you care to look). It was nice to take a break from the PC but I have missed you all.

 Before we left I checked in on a nest a Carolina Wren was building  in one of my hanging baskets on the front porch:

 One day I found one egg, the next day two eggs, and the day we left there were three eggs! i didn't get a pic of the three eggs because this time I disturbed momma much too her distress so I refrained from taking down the basket to peek in and water it. As of today she is still sitting and there are no sounds yet...

 We are lucky to have several pairs of hummingbirds which are constantly visiting the two feeders out back. They are definitely a totem of mine.

  One of our friends gave "the girls" coloring books with pencils and crayons. My book is titled "Calm" and the above is one of 4 cards I made for our beach friends after coloring it in the book , copying, resizing and printing it on photo paper. I added glitter and the thank you. On the left is the envelope I stamped.

And this is a journal page I created while thinking about nature and the beauty of birds:

 Background done with stencils, spray inks and acrylic paints. The bird is a Dina Wakley stamp (as is the sentiment). I fussy cut and added the bird to the card stock square after painting the background, bird, and branch. The leaves are fabric.

 Joining in with Art Journal Journey (theme is Nature's Wonders); Moo Mania and More (theme is Nature's Beauty); and of course - Paint Party Friday!

 Will be around to catch up with everyone the next few days. Enjoy!

" A bird sitting in a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking because its trust is not in the branch, but in its wings."          Anon

Monday, August 22, 2016

Back from The Beach and Back To Blogging!

 A big hello to everyone-I have missed you! Spent a fabulous time with friends at the beach in Fenwick Island, Delaware. It was HOT (feel like temps up to 105 F some days!) and sunny but actually very nice by the water so long as you wore sandals or something on your feet walking over that unbearably hot sand! Some pics of our time together; art to follow:)

                               We ate healthy, and not so healthy a bit...

  We took turns cooking a variety of dinners each night and this is just a sampling-lemon almond chicken, guacamole salad and orzo rice on the left; shrimp stir fry on the right along with a cabbage salad and rice.
 And of course it wouldn't be beach week without our lobster dinner and champagne:

 Such a blessing to have this special time and so much fun with our beautiful friends!

 Just before we left for vacation this fantastic envelope arrived from Lisca in Spain:

                                   I love the stamps she used on her envelope!

 and inside was a beautiful postcard, a bit of ephemera and a tribal looking woman ATC which I love (her dress is fabric). Thanks so much Lisca!

 I did create SOME art while on vacation. I took a new art journal with me along with markers to start a doodle journal.  Here is one:

and all colored in using markers and white gel pen. The splattered background is watercolor. I'll share more of my pages in future posts. I'm using a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Canson Bristol Board spiral journal because the heavy, smooth pages are great for all the markers and hardly bleed thru the other side.

 Joining in with Elizabeth and friends for T Stands For Tuesday and Art Journal Journey for the theme this month-Nature's Wonders hosted by Gill (Gibby Frogett) .

 So looking forward to catching up with everyone again!

         "Contemplation is the root of awareness and creativity."   Sandra Chantry

Monday, August 1, 2016

This Week's Mélange

 Hey peeps! Hope all is well with everyone. This post is a true mélange (mix) of things as it is my last until I return from our beach vacation. ( I don't like to schedule posts in advance).

 First up is a card I made to help the Simon Monday Challenge Blog celebrate their 6th anniversary this week:

 Happy anniversary and thanks for all the wonderful challenges and prizes each week along with all the fabulous DT inspiration!!

 For my T Stands For Tuesday gals: LuAnn and I recently had lunch again at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub!

 LuAnn had her usual turkey melt and I had the dish in the foreground- Chicken Leitrim Boxty-so yummy!
 Of course we went thru the shoppe afterwards and look what we found new:

 Aren't these fabulous tea towels?? LuAnn bought the two along with the hanging frames to put in her kitchen in their new home in the Adirondacks.

 And for Try It On Tuesday (new theme is use your leftovers) along with  Paint Party Friday later this week:

 A  9" x 12" journal page reflecting my thoughts of Annie. The background was a page in which I mopped up leftover paint and stencils. The blue stenciled areas and the black wheat stencil was added over it along with the words.

 Not sure whether or not I'll take art supplies on our beach trip but I do have this to keep me occupied:

 lots of varied things to read!

 I will have computer and email access but don't plan on using it much so I'll be around the remainder of this week to see what you've been up to and will catch up on the rest once I'm back. Be well!

"Sustainability is an inside job, a learning journey to live lightly, joyfully, peacefully, meaningfully."
                                                                                            Kathia Laszlo

Thursday, July 28, 2016


and our yearly gathering with friends at the beach is ever so near. With lots of planning, packing, grocery shopping (for home and the beach) I will be pretty busy so my next two posts will be short and sweet.

Poppies Landscape 

 This is a 9" x 12" page in my mixed media journal. It was inspired by a simple technique as described by Chris Cozen in the book Acrylic Color Explorations. I used only one flat brush , the same stroke, and various mixing of a few paint colors to vary the hues and tones. I've been seeing lots of beautiful poppy art on the blogs lately so I had to make one of my own. This is definitely something different for me. A fairly quick and fun lesson definitely worth trying again:) Because it's always fun to learn something new don't you think?

 4" x 4" canvas boards using napkins, gesso, vintage images from Retro Café Art, words from ARTchix Studio, bits of recycled dryer sheet, paper flowers, pearls, Baker's twine, shells found on the beach, and glitter glue.

 Joining Art Journal Journey ( one last time for the theme this month of "in my garden there is";  Moo Mania and More (theme is summer); Paint Party Friday; the Simon Monday Challenge blog (add some texture); and the Simon Wednesday Challenge blog (anything goes).

 Hopefully my link works correctly this week:) if you wish to see my watercolor art just scroll down to my previous posts:)

    "It's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of's summertime!"       Kenny Chesney

Monday, July 25, 2016

Doodling About

 Are you northern hemisphere peeps staying cool? Wow! Another heat wave hit us and it reached a feel-like temperature of 110 degrees F!! Until some thunderstorms rolled in-several times :)

 Thought I'd start by sharing a photo of the Bastille Day celebration we had at my Mom's (this was early in the day long before we were to hear of the tragedy in Nice).

 There was all kinds of French food from a cherry clafoutis, French cheeses, paté de campagne, baguette, croissants, Napoleons and of course Bordeaux wine all accompanied by French music!

 I was thinking of that day as the Tour De France has just ended and what a fabulous 3 week tour it was!!!! I prayed that all would go well and there would be no further incidents or tragedies especially when you think about the huge numbers of people that attended the various segments along the tour, not to mention the end in Paris.

 With this heat the garden is growing beautifully, and oh joy I have finally gotten a few pics of our frequent visiting hummingbirds:

 Not the best pics and I only have a dinky basic camera but nonetheless I get such a kick when I can get something of these speedy birds!

 Playing around in the watercolor journal:

                                                      wet on wet technique

and in my mixed media journal:

                                         acrylic paints, stencils, paint pens

 Joining in with T Stands For Tuesday and Art Journal Journey for the theme of "In my garden there is..." hosted by Yvonne (Meggy May),   Moo Mania for "anything goes", and Try It On Tuesday for "make us smile" - well don't flowers make you smile?

 "Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and turn to your creativity. There's a light inside of you."         Judith Jamison