Monday, February 16, 2015

Keeping Warm

Or at least trying to keep warm. What a winter this has been! We had more snow Saturday with whipping gusty winds and record cold come through. And, more snow is expected tonight into tomorrow... I could cry. But I won't. Instead I'll focus on the fact that Spring will come eventually. And so , my art reflects that.

 This is a journal page inspired by another of the techniques in the book Art Journal Courage by Dina Wakley (pg 32). I love using the techniques as a jump start and then just taking off on my own. I've shared other pages inspired by this book in previous posts.

 I also made a card around my favorite season of the year, and my place of paradise-by the ocean:

 Stamps used: sentiment (unmounted)- Stamping Sensations; Post Card stamp- Rubber Tree Stamps; pen- Limited Edition; woman writing (Acey Deucy).

 Linking to Art Journal Journey, Inspiration Avenue, and the Simon Monday Challenge Blog.

 On Sunday we celebrated our son's birthday (which was Saturday, Valentine's Day. You can see the two "younger pics" of him in this post. ) Dinner was baked ziti, garlic bread, and salad. Dessert was his favorite cake-dark chocolate with a cup of Starbuck's coffee in the batter, and a homemade chocolate icing. We also had water, Bordeaux wine and coffee:

 Although these are not great pics it was the best hubby could do because Todd constantly moved about , covering his face every blessed time. What is it about this 27 yr. old who will take pics when out with his friends and post them on FB and yet we can't get a one????

 And lest anyone thinks I have given up on Indian cuisine, I have not. It's just that I am the only one eating it so I will try a new recipe periodically and when I know it won't be too much. This was the  latest new recipe I tried from my cook book Healthy South Indian Cooking by Alamelu Vairavan:

 This is called  Paruppu Masiyal. It is a favorite from the Chettinad area of south India and is made of toor dal (yellow lentils), turmeric, garlic and cumin. I happen to love lentils so I thought this was delicious!

 Linking to T Stands For Tuesday with Bleubeard and Elizabeth and friends. I hope that wherever you are the weather isn't treating you too badly. And if it is, put on some fun music or a good movie, bundle up, have something hot to drink, and stay in!

                         "Time flies. It's up to you to be the navigator."  Robert Orben


  1. Wonderful post and love your journal pages ! Gorgeous!

    I know it has been a long and rough winter ~ Spring soon! xo

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  2. What a fun post. Love the idea that spring is on the way. Your page is gorgeous. So is your postcard. It's gotten very cold here, too. Frigid temps and high winds, but at least, only a little snow over the weekend. Nothing like you have had to put up with.

    Loved the idea of sharing old photos of your son's birthday. Hope he had a great one. Sounds like a perfect meal, too. The cake sounds like it would be a favorite of mine, too!

    Thanks for sharing your art, your son's birthday, and your Paruppu Masiyal recipe with us for T this Tuesday.

    BTW, had to laugh at your comment about Mardi Gras. For some reason, I don't associate it with Catholics, although I suppose it is. I think of the time I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and the masks, parades, beads, and energy I felt in the city over those few days leading up to Fat Tuesday..

  3. Happy T-Day Linda-- fantsatic journal page ... you made it your own with Dina's technique..great! Fab card as well! It's the same to me, I don't want this winter any longer.. ice, snow, coldness... brrr.
    Great indian food and fun photos of your son in younger years !

    xxx Susi

  4. My youngest son is older than that and still does the same silly things!! BOYS!!!
    The birthday meal sounds really good.
    Happy T-day

  5. Lots of wonderful work again, and good food, too. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey! Valerie

  6. Lovely post Linda..... Spring is almost here :)

    You are doing such a good job using that book..... I've just looked at it a lot so far ;)

    Karen x

  7. Very beautiful, delicious flower! Exquisite pictures! What beauty !!

  8. Great journal page, Linda! This winter is really cold, for sure. I keep thinking that each day is one day closer to spring. (As I type this, it is -7 degrees outside!)

  9. Great journal pages and I got a chuckle out of your son hiding when you pointed the camera at him. Your dal looks delicious. I'm a big fan of Indian food although I usually get my fix in a restaurant. Somewhere I have a delicious recipe for green beans Indian style. Thanks for reminding me.


  10. I'd cry right along with you about the snow. It seems like every weekend is a bust and now we have much colder temps to contend with, too. Sigh. You have the right idea to create art that reminds you of Spring.

    One of our favorite dishes uses brown lentils--have never tried yellow ones. I still have those breakfast bars that you made recently on my list to try.

  11. Wonderful journal pages! We're trying to stay warm as well! This winter has been one of extremes around here.
    Happy T day!

  12. I like lentils, so, so that photo is making me want to get a bag out of the pantry and cook them. Your bowl reminds me that Spring must be coming but the ice covering the ground here makes me wonder how soon lol

  13. Lovely journal page of spring and the card is pretty... first of all i though it was an altered envelope. You did make me laugh with the photos of your son, mine is 27 too and he always looks at the camera with some death defying look.... it must be a guy thing!! LOL Happy T Tuesday to you, Annette

  14. Happy Birthday to your special Valentine!!!
    Too funny about snapping a photo...Boys!
    Your artwork is full of hope and warmth!
    I made a big pot of Red Lentil Soup yesterday...
    your lentil dish looks really yummy.
    Keep navigating winter with your beautiful summer spirit dear Linda!

  15. Ahh, I hope your valentine 'baby' had a fab birthday. His cake sounds delicious!
    Your art page and card are awesome, I love the colours. Thank you for your comment about my journal. It was fun to colour. Happy T Day :o))

  16. Love your journal page and card! I have a 28 yr old who doesn't like her picture taken either. But i do manage to sneak one now and then :) Happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  17. happy birthday the lentils look good

  18. Lovely art...I too am wishing for Spring! the pics of your son just made me smile...that's the way sons are, I think! too funny...happy T day!

  19. LOL! Figures, doesn't it? But he'll post selfies I bet on Facebook--ROFL!
    I love lentils, but the spices don't love me. I might have to adapt some recipes. ;)
    Happy T-Day! :)

  20. Love the journal page and the postcard... I Am thinking a lot about Spring and warm sunshine too. My son who's name is also Todd used to be the same way about photos of him. Once he had kids of his own he finally had a change of heart ans lets us take his picture now :) So there is hope :)

  21. Lovely page Linda ... I can see Dina Wakley techniques... :) as I am practicing the same ones from her book.
    I saw your interest in India Cuisine... I am from India :) here is the good youtube link for good Indian recipes... I guess it will be easy for you ..

  22. What a lovely post Linda!Wonderful quote too!Love your journal page!

  23. Hello and Happy T Day Linda! Happy Birthday to your son, what a nice dinner and cake you made, YAY! I had to laugh about getting his picture, mine are the same way so I guess they will be that way later on too, lol.
    It was soooo cold here too, hoping spring will come soon. We are getting a little bit of snow, hope that will be all, we already have too much for me. Stay warm and safe friend.

    Your art is wonderful and just what we need right now. Come on spring and sunshine!
    Thanks for sharing, have a good week.

  24. Your word art is lovely...I hope it warms up for you soon.

  25. your journal pages are lovely. Happy birthday to your son - I laughed at the photos of him covering his face! That dark chocolate coffee cake sounds lovely. The indian dish looks nice but I detest cumin which is unfortunately in most Indian food (Like coriander!) so unless I'd have to leave that out which would probably totally change the taste!

  26. Hi Linda. I love your journal page. Even in Atlanta we have had bitter cold days and a little snow and ice. I too am looking forward to spring and all of its warmth and beautiful colors. Happy birthday to your son. That cake sounded delicious!

  27. Such a lovely journal page and postcard! Looks like your son was enjoying his birthday!

  28. Cool journalling and fun postcard! Looks like a fun family celebration for your son! Love the beautiful flower and I am definitely looking forward towards spring. Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!


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