Monday, February 13, 2017

True Love


 Well what a CRAZY weather week we had last week in the northeast US!! One day I was sitting outside in the sun reading, wearing flip flops and thoroughly enjoying the record 63 F. The next morning we woke up to this:



  I just had to be dreaming....but, nope. It was coming down and looking like a blizzard! What????
We ended up with 6 inches on the ground and it got bitterly cold and windy... thus the second part of my February calendar pages:


    The theme at Moo Mania and More is "music" and the new theme this week at the Simon Monday Challenge Blog is "use your favorite tool". So I created this postcard for both challenges:

 Patterned music paper was glued to a watercolor card. I then used printed deli paper from my stash of Gel Printing Plate prints (my favorite tool-love the plate!!) and glued a piece on the left. I then added the vintage image(Retro Café Art) and sentiment (Paper Whimsy) after sponging the edges with another favorite tool- Tim Holtz Blending Tool. Another bit of printed deli paper was added at the bottom of the image along with some fabric lace. Edges were sponged using the blending tool and Distress Vintage Photo ink.  I embellished the lace and flowers on the image with Stickles glitter glue - you have to take my word for it as it doesn't show at all:(

 For T Stands For Tuesday - and Valentine's Day, I am sharing not only a beverage, but a celebration, as it happens to be our son's birthday too! We just had some family over for dinner on Sunday.

 As usual I made a meatloaf dinner along with a dark chocolate cake (with coffee in it) and a dark chocolate icing, the same request pretty much every year:)  Here he is with his girlfriend Kyra whom we also adore. 29 years old-where DOES the time go...

here he was at 9 months old:

 I know how much he loves when I share baby photos:):) Happy birthday Todd!



 For Art Journal Journey (Fifty Shades of Red theme all month!) and for Paint Party Friday I made this page in my watercolor journal. I used a wet on wet technique along with Peerless watercolors for the background.  Vintage image from my stash along with patterned paper scraps. Felt heart is Martha Stewart. I added a heart button, then completed the page with a rub on.

 Wishing those of you who celebrate it- a Happy Valentine's Day!

" What you love to do the most is the shortest distance between where you are now and your dreams."
                                      Emmanuel ( Pat Rodegast)




48 comments:

  1. You have a good looking son and I can really see your husband in his eyes. Isn't it great how we each always have our favorite birthday meals? And I'm with you and this CRAZY weather. I can't wait until April and we are more or less safe from this winter weather. Eeks. I also want to tell you how much I am loving all your beautiful Valentine art. And your calendar. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day tomorrow. Hugs-Erika

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh gosh - so much snow Linda! Hope no more snow will appear here as they promised warmer temperatures now after such a long freezing period - still snow here and ice.
    Happy belated Birthday to your lovely son Todd!
    Time really flies - my girl gets 16 next week.
    Adorable pieces of art Linda - The little cherubs are so charming - thank you for linking to Moo Mania & More -
    much appreciated dear Linda!
    The TRUE LOVE page is wonderful! The watercolor background is mesmerizing!
    Your theme rocks Linda!
    Thank you for being such a lovely hostess for us this month!
    oxo
    Susi

    ReplyDelete
  3. I wanted to get here sooner, but time got in the way. I love the photos you shared of the birthday boy and his favorite cake.

    I've been so worried about Corrine and Erika I completely overlooked the fact that you were right in the thick of that mess, too. It was 74 F on Sunday and Monday it was in the 40s F. No snow, but the sudden change in temps and wind speed made it feel colder than it was. No wonder everyone is sick.

    Your lovely Valentine inspired journal page, your beautiful music inspired art, and your February calendar are stunning to look at. I'm totally impressed.

    Once again, thank you beyond belief for the beautiful art pieces you sent me, including the lovely postcard and the transparencies. They are incredible. And thanks for sharing your art and your son's birthday cake with coffee in it for T this Tuesday.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your son is a handsome chap, and was a lovely baby, too. You have made lots of beautiful art again, too. Our weather was crazy here - cold, windy, snowy, and now it is starting to move up again. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

    ReplyDelete
  5. You have really a crazy weather, I am glad, we have no blizzards here in Austria. Your calender looks beautiful and your music-page too. Yes, time goes by, children become adults, faster than we can think. Your red watercolor page warms up the heart!
    Happy Valentine's Day and Happy T Day!

    ReplyDelete
  6. wow, this Change of weather is incredible! i love your ajj page and wishing a belated b-day to your son (yes, where does the time go?? our son#1 will be 28 this year...).
    happy t-day!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Fantastic art projects in this wonderful post and super snowy photos. We are lucky so far in the UK, a few light coverings but nothing like you are getting.
    My sons also have favoutite birthday meals, nothing can beat home cooking.
    Happy T Day
    Yvonne xx

    ReplyDelete
  8. Lovely photos of the snow and we haven't had any so they were even morer welcome.

    The cake looks terrific and I sure you all had a great time

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a lovely post! I love the postcard with the cherubs and of course the Valentine's card is so cute.
    Say 'Happy Birthday' to Todd from me. I hope you all have a lovely time. I wish I could come over for a slice of that yummy cake. I love chocolate/coffee combination of flavours.
    Happy Valentine's T-Day,
    Lisca

    ReplyDelete
  10. It was such weird, but mostly wintery weather last week, wasn't it? And the snow or more accurately ice still lingers around.
    I love the looks of your dark chocolate cake (recipe?) and am sure I'd actually prefer a bite to the look :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Happy Valentine's Day to you ~ What an array of wonderful creations and Happy Birthday to your son ~ and love the baby photo too ~ Time is 'a fleeting' ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ahead ~ ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  12. Happy Birthday wishes to your son! He looks so adorable in his baby photo, maybe you best not mention that to him ... lol :-). Great you got to celebrate with him despite the snow, which looks so beautiful in your photos. I can see why this inspired your lovely blue planner pages for the second half of February. Happy Valentine's Day and wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great post Linda!!!Love the art you shared and the photos of the birthday boy ♥ Happy T day!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Beautiful art pages! and truly amazing weather photos...unfortunately, I understand! crazy where i live too...go figure. Hope your Valentine's Day is sweet! ♥

    ReplyDelete
  15. Linda i've been thinking about all my friends and family in the NorthEast with that snowstorm.... Wow! Stay warm and safe... My grandma used to make me a chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting every year for my birthday.. lol! :) Haven't had one in a very long time.. Best wishes to your son.. My husband was 29 when i met him and i remember baking him a cake...lol Gosh! that was 30 years ago... Happy happy T day and Valentine's Day! Hugs! deb

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a great post! I loved seeing your snow pics even though it wasn't so pleasant for you! Your calendar page and card are brilliant! Your wonderfully romantic journal page made me smile! Oh! and that cake…mmmmthat would make a birthday special ! Happy T Day! Chrisx

    ReplyDelete
  17. Gosh what a contrast... flip flops to snow!

    Happy birthday to Todd... sweet now and then :)

    Great art.... hope you enjoyed Valentines Day I know how much you love it.

    Karen x

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow, your weather is even more temperamental than ours! But you have put your snow days to such good use. Love seeing all that gorgeous art.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love those beautiful photos and your fabulous creation, Linda. Thank you for sharing this great post. :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wow - what crazy weather. You got some nice photos out of it though.

    Thanks for sharing the birthday celebration photos. Tempus fugit. So carpe diem ;-)

    Lovely challenges pieces. I especially like the red watercolor background.

    Happy Valentine's and Happy T Day, Linda. HUgs, Eileen

    ReplyDelete
  21. Happy Birthday to your son! I really like your vintage collage. Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
  22. A beautiful post Linda! Your son looks adorable!!!
    Another lovely page! You've chosen a great theme this month.
    Mar :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. We had a touch of your storm. Enough that we stayed in and I managed a sketch, again this week. I'm so proud of myself! You real artists inspire me!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Hi Linda! WOW! Happy birthday to your handsome son! What a wonderful celebration!!! And I absolutely LOVE your gorgeous creation for this month's theme! Yes, our weather was so funky - one day it's unseasonably warm, the next we are in the midst of a blizzard. And this weekend we are supposed to have 60 degree weather again. (and I hope you and your husband get to visit Peddler's Village!!)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Well, your February calendar pages really fit in with the weather :-) Wow, it looks beautiful but I guess it takes some getting used to after sitting in the sun the day before ... I can't wait for spring to come! That chocolate cake looks yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Perfect calendar pages for a snowy day:-)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie - and have a great weekend, have fun!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Your 50 shades of red piece is so beautiful, Linda. This weekend is supposed to be much better here in middle Atlantic area so I hope you get some of the relief from the cold too.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Lovely work for the challenges Linda and happy birthday to your son, how the years fly by!

    ReplyDelete
  30. It is every mom's right to post baby pics! What a cutie. Sorry you have had so much snow, we only got a sprinkling. Lovely snow art...
    Happy PPF
    Emma
    x

    ReplyDelete
  31. Oh I totally get the "holy cow" snow situation. Here in Nanaimo, BC, Canada almost never gets inundated with snow but for some reason (cough, cough GLOBAL WARMING) we got a bushel of snow that is just now melting. It's taken weeks of sun to finally get the piles to melt! I love your calendar page, it looks fabulous. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog and the compliments on my painting, I sure enjoyed painting the eggs. Have a lovely upcoming weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hello dear Linda - oh my goodness, and here was I complaining about a bit of rain! 6 inches is incredible!! At least there are some pleasant breaks in between the snow. Got to say, that dear red building is a wonderful sight amongst all the white :D)
    Love your family pics - isn't it great to be able to put a homemade meal on the table and still have it heartily tucked into. The meatloaf sounds so beaut (note to self... about time for another one ;D))... and, wow, that chocolate cake.
    Your gorgeous journal pages Linda! I love them, those branches against the sky... and the words.
    Luxurious red - bursting with true love... I can feel it!
    Cheerio for now, Happy PPF :D) 💗

    ReplyDelete
  33. What a beautiful and loving post!!! Your journal page is full of love too! Cupid hit you hard? I just believe you have a lot of love in your family. Now that is something to really treasure! Happy PPF and have a Great week! Hugz, Rasz

    ReplyDelete
  34. fab-u-lous!

    Thank for dropping by my blog this week

    Much love...

    ReplyDelete
  35. Great snow photos Linda. Happy Birthday to Todd! Wonderful shades of red card..that is such a great theme you picked!! We love our homemade meals too!!Great journal pages!! Music another theme I can see being right up your alley!! Happy Friday stay warm!

    Hugs Giggles

    ReplyDelete
  36. love your Feb calendar page :) It is gorgeous :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. What beautiful art, I especially love the February page. Happy birthday to your son too!

    ReplyDelete
  38. happy birthday to your son :)

    the snow is pretty, but don't miss that at all lol

    your red page is really nice :)

    ReplyDelete
  39. I say what everyone else said already! Awesome post and amazing photo!!!
    Love your creation, thank you for sharing this all with us!

    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!
    x Zoey

    ReplyDelete
  40. Great post, Linda — I love those snow pictures! Happy Birthday to your son! Nice that you had some family time to celebrate his special day. Very nice art also! :)

    ReplyDelete
  41. Love your card and you calendar page!Sweet and you are right: time flies my friend. My girl will be 20 in april. You have a beautiful boy too. Happy belated T Day!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Hello Linda, You really did have a lot of snow!! We are having our share of rain here in California. Finally. Hopefully it relieves some of the drought situation. Your True Love and music pieces are lovely. I always like hearing your process in creating art. Have a lovely week.
    ~~ Irene

    ReplyDelete
  43. It was my birthday too! I don't celebrate birthdays anymore. It was different when waiting for license for this or that...now I have them all! :)
    We had sunny and dry yesterday and this morning it was snowing, now almost melted. Spring is coming!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Looks very cold I like your vintage piece too

    ReplyDelete
  45. What gorgeous journal pages! Awesome inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

    ReplyDelete
  46. Hi Linda. A wonderful array of art work. I am always fascinated to hear how many pieces went into making your cards. The birthday dinner sounds wonderful! We missed those storms here in Chicago area and this last few days have been in the 60's with sun. Thank you so much for the stamping info you left on my blog. I will check to see what kind of ink pads I have. Most of my stamps are very fine lined.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Lovely journal pages! We never lost our snow. The banks are ove my head n our driveway... though finally starting t melt a bit!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for your comments; it's a pleasure to connect with you!