Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ice, Ice Baby!

  Oh yeah... so for those of you who didn't see my  post on Tuesday- we ended up with 8.5 inches of snow by Monday afternoon. And it wasn't done. Tuesday night into Wed. we got hammered with freezing rain and ice! The secondary roads are still really bad and with it being so cold very little is melting. So yet again I have had to reschedule appts. As it is I don't even know how tom. (Fri) will work out as far as a dr. appt. and grocery shopping.  However, we were so lucky in that we didn't lose power like the many thousands of those in surrounding counties. And I did manage to bundle up and take a few pics :)


      My poor yews, arborvitae and forsythia bushes took a beating but thankfully weren't damaged.

 
                                                                 Know what this is?

 Here's a hint:


  And the end result:


  Poor Annie lost so much hair that as soon as I finished she ran upstairs to the spare bed, pulled down the cover and curled up to get warm. I hated to do it but she was getting a bit knotted, especially since she has an undercoat of fine hair. If only she'd wear a doggie sweater...instead she chooses to run to one of the heating vents when the heat kicks on and -if we don't see her she curls up on it,  but if we're watching she just stands over it. Quite honestly I sometimes feel like doing the same :)

The  Simon  Wed. challenge blog theme for this week is "Have a Heart" so I created a tag and an ATC for it:


  The backgrounds on both are from gelli print papers. I used scraps of aqua tissue paper, remnants of a pink doily painted with glitter glue with tiny heart sequins in it, along with a digital print sentiment. The sparkly heart is from a $ store, the owl  is from JoAnne's.

 The final project I have to share today is my completed January calendar grid. For the last 2 years I have participated in Kate Crane's Calendar project . I did want to continue but wanted to do something different. JoAnne Sharpe's Draw Your Awesome Year was the perfect answer because she has us creating a completely different layout for each calendar month this year. January's grid style and drawing only(no ephemera, collage, stamps or stickers) definitely took a lot of time and thought but I'm very happy with it! Wait 'til you see February-much easier, and so pretty :) I'll show that one next week.


  In closing I want to thank you all for your positive thoughts and concerns regarding my issues with my health recently. The blogging community truly is the most caring and uplifting group anywhere. Because I haven't seen my doc yet nor have I gotten all the tests done I don't have much news-except that my BP is under control now with the med and the rhinitis is gone!

 How about joining in the fun with me at Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day, Creative Every Day, The Kathryn Wheel, and the Simon Wednesday Challenge ?

       "In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and  they’re still beautiful."     Alice Walker

48 comments:

  1. So glad you didn't lose power. Your pages are lovely and I love the story of Annie.

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  2. Hope it starts warming up for you soon.

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  3. What a lot of wonderful art! Sorry it's still so cold for you, poor dog without the fur coat! Valerie

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  4. Lovely post Linda. Ahh your dog looks so sweet.

    Great calendar pages..... I love the sketches and bright colours.

    Karen x

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  5. I thought of you when I heard about the power outages in PA., Linda! So glad you weren't affected.

    Lovely card, tag and calendar pages. You are making the most of JoAnne's class!

    Stay warm - hope you are able to get to the doctor today!

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  6. ice, ice and hair and hair :) I think that I became a fan of your watercolour pages. They are fab, colourful and so nice! Thank you for sharing. So glad your health situation is getting better. Big, big hugs for you!

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  7. Oh, that is such a fun and colourful way to document your month. Love it!

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  8. Brrrrr! Looks cold! Love your calendar page all colorful and bright and the pretty pink tag is so cute!

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  9. What a great idea for a record of your year in your journal! I love your pretty tag and ATC too.

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  10. I am enjoying JoAnne's classes as well (at my own pace). Your calendar is colorful and I like the variation in your day shapes.

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  11. Aah poor little mite, but definitely has the right idea about snuggling down. All beautiful projects Linda. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. Great minds think alike...I LOVE your pink art too!! LOL HPPF!

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  13. Poor trees! At least they were strong enough not to break. Poor Annie. I think she may have been trying to hide her nudity! Love your January calendar grid. Lots of interesting art there.

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  14. Beautiful creation, great artwork!

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  15. Very lovely projects. What a work of heart on that calendar, luv it!
    Your poor Annie, at least she is free of tangles.
    Keep warm,
    Annabelle : )

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  16. Linda, I love your bright art, with all that cold you've been having your art is very warm, rich and so bright!

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  17. Love your January pages--I'm right there with you, have all those category pages yet to do, too :) So much fun tho'! Your little owl tag is adorable and kisses for sweet Annie!!

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  18. Great photos - but I'm glad I live in South Carolina (almost to Georgia) and along the coast now. My old home town - boroughs of NY - got hammered this winter. I love that calendar you made -the colors and different size shapes makes it so interesting to look at. I will have to try something like that. Cute doggie by the way - I did guess it was dog hair.

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  19. your art journal page is wonderful and i can see how it might have taken a lot of time to do.
    i'm interested in seeing what you are working on next.

    Annie is lovely with her new cut. poor thing, right down to the skin has got to be a little chilly. i think the heater vent would be my favorite spot too~! some dogs can be pretty stubborn about wearing a sweater even when they need one.

    i hope that all of your ice melts soon and that things don't get any worse. maybe it's time for some spring ~!~

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  20. Omigosh I love those calendar pages so much! I'm off to check out those links!

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  21. Goodness poor Annie! I'm sure she looks less tangled, I hope she stays warm by the fire.

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  22. lovely colourful happy work this week! An ice storm is NO fun!

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  23. your dog is so precious! I love the calendar, great job! also love the tag! xo

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  24. I have often thought about journalling my month like that - only to think about it half way through the month!!
    Gorgeous work this week x

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  25. Great post! Poor Annie. I remember standing over the heating vents when I was growing up :) Lovely ATC and tag and your January pages are GREAT!!!! I need to do something like that. Time is passing by so quickly and I am forgetting last week, IKES!!!! Have a great weekend and I hope all comes out well with your health. You sound like you might be on the mend? Healing hugs to you :>)

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  26. The calendar pages look fabulous! Glad to know your health is improving. Aww...poor Annie to have to bear the cold weather...but she is looking nice and trim.
    My!!! Living in sweating, hot, humid, tropical weather, as I do, all that snow and ice makes me shiver! :-)
    Thank you so much for being such an encouraging voice on my blog!
    xo xo
    Zafaran

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  27. Absolutely love that bright and cheery calendar page!

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  28. Glad to hear there are some thing alleviated for you.... poor Annie...she looks cold. Much like Bella when she is clipped...even though we only babysit her we have several sweaters to keep her warm and she quite fine with them!! Otherwise she is in a little ball under a blanket!! lol Love them so much!

    Hugs Giggles

    Hugs Giggles

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  29. Annie..........she looks so thin and cold!!! Lovely pages, Linda. Your art is always inspirational. You MAKE time to do it, which is a plus!

    Ice. Ech........so scary is SO many ways. But happy you are ok!
    Come on Spring!

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  30. You really are having a proper Winter. I hope it didn't stop you from getting to your appointments. Your dog is gorgeous. Funny I just clipped both of mine last week too. It's a job I hate doing but I love the end result as white dogs and muddy Winter weather aren't a good combination! ! I must've missed your pasta about your health. I hope all is Ok and it isn't anything serious. Sending you positive thoughts. X

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  31. Hello Sweet Linda
    I hope you are not as frozen as we are here...it is horrid...and that is coming from a woman that loves winter! LOL my skin has developed ezcema because of the temps...anyhow...lets thaw out soon please?
    I love your darling tag and journal spread...and of course your sweet poochie! :) what a haircut!
    Have a wonderful weekend m'dear!
    Nancy

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  32. Hope you are feeling better now. Your January calendar grid looks awesome with all the bright colors that you have used. Have a wonderful week. Take Care
    Susan

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  33. 8.5 inches of snow - that sounds a lot for just one day. Those ice photos are beautiful - I love when that happens even though it means severe cold. We sometimes had winters like that back in Germany, and like you, I bundled up and went outside to take pictures. The temptation and hope for good pictures was just too big!

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  34. Great shots of the wintry mix ~ love your 'curly doggie' and beautiful creations ~ thanks for visiting ~ happy weekend ~ carol and artmusedog,xxx

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  35. What a beautiful tag and ATC. I love the owl especially, so cute! Your dog looks adorable, I'm sorry it is so cold!

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  36. Adorable dog! That's so funny, we talk about how many dogs we could make with the hair ours leaves around the house, let alone when he gets clipped! I love the calendar page - so bright and pretty!

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  37. Gorgeous calendar page. It was definitely worth the time and effort.

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  38. Ha ha, I cut hubby's hair today, the post reminded me I should have taken before and after shots LOL love the artwork and stay warm!

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  39. Aww so sweet your doggie with new cut! Love the cute tags you´ve made! The owl is sooooo darling!! ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

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  40. Hi Linda, I'm glad to hear that you BP is where it should be now. Hope that you can get to the Dr's soon to get the tests you need.
    Your work is great. I just love the colorful calendar page. What a wonderful way to be able to look back and see what all you did each month of the year.
    I am not sure why you got a no reply but if you ever want to chat about our similar health issues (or anything for that matter) you can always reach me at ginny.lennox@comcast.net. It would be good to compare how different doctors are approaching similar problems. It would be great to connect.

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  41. Wow, I fell in love with your January calendar! It's so inspiring! And your little red tags are so cute too. And your photographs of the ice rain are impressing!

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  42. Your art is so beautiful. The ice photos are pretty good too. Glad I just have rain. LOL
    Stay warm
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  43. Love that adorable owl! Very nice tag! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

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  44. Love the gorgeous tags and calender pages!
    Sweet Annie... :)
    It's ice ice there and it's oven hot here, already!!!!
    You could feel your skin burn even at 9 or 10 in the morning!
    HPPF!
    Deepa
    http://deepazworld.blogspot.in/

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  45. Love your work and your Annie. She knows how to keep warm! Sweet….

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