Monday, May 14, 2018

T is For Lots of Things

 Letting you all know in advance this post is photo heavy - with a big mix of things so I'm going to get right to it!

 First up: There is a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and the theme is "Destinations". I am Guest Designer and for the next two weeks I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Here's my inspiration to get you started:


 First stop - Paris! Products for my postcard: 140# watercolor paper; music and text papers; white gesso; Paris label ( Cavallini); Paper Dolls Quote Chip (Tim Holtz); French postage stamp; various washi tapes; Archival Jet Black ink.

 More photos from Cape May:


 I love visiting the alpaca farm and feeding them baby carrots! They are just the sweetest- and no one got spit at this round:) Do you think Bill looks like one of them? lol!

 Speaking of cuteness:


We are dog sitting Riley for the whole week and he is a love! First night was rough though - he just couldn't settle anywhere and whined a bit off and on- so we didn't get much sleep. It was like getting up every other hour for a baby-and I am too old for this anymore! Thankfully he's been fine since.

 Back to Cape May and I have a special place to share with the T Stands For Tuesday gang- the Tea By The Sea Shop:

     I cannot believe that it was established in 2002 and this was my first visit!


 This store was huge and at every turn there was something else to see! This is going to be another regular stop when in town:) I did get a small amount of loose health tea (relaxation) and two scone mix packages. I made the raspberry white chocolate one so far. So easy and delicious-just slightly sweet. I'd definitely buy this brand again!

 For the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is Stencil It) I made a simple tag:


 Products: manila tag; spray inks (Inkadinkado); Distress Oxide ink-Faded Jeans; white, black paint; Tim Holtz Layering Stencils- Mosaic, Linen; Silhouette of Flowers stencil, bee stamp (Magenta); Archival Jet Black ink; Stickles glitter glue; washi tape (Recollections); Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker.

 And finally I got back to doing another lesson in Tam Laporte's Lifebook 2015 series. This one is 'Seeds Of Love'. It was so good to get all painty and messy again! I worked on it off and on throughout the weekend adding the doodles and such after the base layer and drawing was done.

                                                      First layer

                                                     after many layers

                                                        Finished!

 Some detail shots:







  Joining in at Art Journal Journey (theme is Flora and Fauna), and Paint Party Friday. Many thanks for stopping in!

" Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all."                         Robert Louis Stevenson


40 comments:

  1. That is a COOL tea shop. I think I would find a few things I MUST have in a store like that. :) Great challenge over at TIOT. I love the Paris piece and it is really a you piece Linda, knowing how much you love Paris. Your trip looks like it was a wonderful time. I have never been to the Jersey shore but it does look a good place to visit. Hope you have a great T day. Hugs-Erika

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  2. What an amazing art filled post. Most impressive. I'm in awe of the Paris inspired Destination. I think lots of us would love to visit there. I envy that you have in the past, although envy may be too strong a word with negative context. I certainly admire the art that came as a result.

    Your lovely flowers are fantasy filled and joyful. They are so exciting to see as the piece came together. And I thought I was slow when it came to finishing a project. It's good you have access to the lesson because some sites limit the time you have to view the lessons. This is fabulous and I'm thrilled you are sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    As I followed you around and enlarged every photo from that tea shop, I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. No wonder you scooped up those scone mixes.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful art, including the flora for AJJ, and the tea shop with us for T this soon to be Tuesday.

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  3. Seeds of love is a beautiful painting. Love the Robert Louis Stevenson quote, partly because I am Scottish. And I loved the visits to places in your photos. Love those alpacas.

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  4. Fabulous art and the store you visited looks great. The alpacas are so pretty, and Riley looks a real cutie. Nice to have you with us at TIOT this fortnight. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  5. your mailart postcard and the tag are so beautiful, but the lesson "seeds of love" beats it all! this is so joyful!!
    riley is the cutest:) but i´m with you... "Baby"/dog sitting at night is quite a challenge...
    happy t-day and have a great week:)

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  6. Wow, what a fabulous post! Where do I begin ...lol 😉. Firstly thanks you for Guest Designing at Try it on Tuesday with your beautiful postcard destination piece! I enjoyed visiting with the alpacas and oh my, the tea shop is amazing, I think I could happily spend all day in there looking around 😁. Riley is such a cutie too, I'm glad he settled in ok. Then there is your pretty tag and stunning page for AJJ, thanks so much for joining in the fun! The technique that you used and the design is wonderful - I love it! Happy T Day! J 😊 x

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  7. Oh wow, what a great Paris card, I love Alpakas too and your Riley is absolutely lovely. Wonderful pictures also
    So glad that you design for TIOT

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  8. Wow am loving all of your art pieces this week.
    Loving seeing those alpacas they always just look so sweet, and I love spinning their very soft fibers.
    and oh Wow what a find this tea shop is. I could spend hours in their browsing around. thanks for sharing.
    Happy T Day Hugs Kathy

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  9. First of all thank you for being our Guest Designer over at TioT's for the new theme. I love your fantastic postcard.
    The Tea shop looks an awesome place to visit I would have loved looking around in there, your photos looked great.
    Your art projects all look fabulous, the silhouette page is stunning.
    A great post to read today Linda
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  10. Thoroughly enjoyed this post this morning Linda... That artwork you made with the LifeBook class is gorgeous! Well done! Your tag is beautiful too.. I love the shadow technique and the tea shop wow! Such pretty things to see . Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  11. I love your art so much - amazing pieces - you are such a talented artist Linda and those tea shop and the alpacas and the lovely Riley! What a post! Great to have you as a guest at TioT with this amazing piece and thank you very much for joining AJJ again - so much appreciated! Hugs,and happy T-Day and happy PPF and happy rest of the week for you!
    Hugs, Susi

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  12. So much beautiful art Linda! I'm inspired!!
    Happy T-Day,
    Alison xx

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  13. Love your Paris postcard and the photos of the cute Alpacas. Great to have you as Guest Designer at TIOT

    Joan

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  14. Thank you for this great post. Everything is wonderful and your page for AJJ is so inspiring!

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  15. Beautiful art work and tag! love the colorful painty-ness of your layers ;) that looks like a marvelous tea shop too...I don't need any more tea cups but those would be hard to resist! happy T day!

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  16. A fabulous Paris Postcard Linda, has a wonderful vintage feel to it.
    Wonderful photos - the tea shop looks amazing and Riley is so sweet.
    Lovely to have you as our Guest Designer for this challenge.
    Avril xx

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  17. Love your Paris "Destinations" card, Linda. Congrats on being selected as Guest Designer.

    "Speaking of cuteness," Riley reminds me of my hubby's favorite fur baby of all time - a shi tzu with the same coloring. We both miss our Sabsi. I'm glad Riley settled in well after just one sleepless night.

    The Tea By The Sea Shop looks like heaven for tea lovers. Even I could browse for hours. I enjoy shops that have fascinating display after display.

    Lovely tag for the SSS challenge. Hubby gave me an SSS gift card for Mother's Day. I had a ball shopping there!

    Thank you for sharing your 2015 Life Book page. It's beautiful and it gives me hope. I haven't bound my pages from LB 2017 because I only got through half the lessons. Then in a moment of madness, I signed up for LB 2018!

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  18. I want to visit that tea shop. The teacups! The kitty teapot. Your postcard and tags are wonderful. I enjoyed watching your process in your bright and cheerful Seeds of Love. Happy T Day

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  19. What lovely artworks and photographs. Your art is so full of cheer.

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  20. Beautiful art this week. The postcard is so lovely. That tea shop is so amazing. If I ever visit Cape May I will certainly visit.
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  21. Breathtaking artwork, and I love how hints of words show through the paints.

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  22. Well ~ where to start is right ~ I will be back again with more comments ~ Your photos of Cape May show how you enjoy the place and are delightful!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  23. Love the travel card ~ See the world! very creative and lovely!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  24. What a fab tea shop! It has everything! I spotted 'bath tub tea' Would that be tea to drink in the bath or an infusion to put in the bath water? Yes, I can see you coming back to this shop.
    The alpacas are cute (including the one in the yellow jacket, lol)
    Your postcard is wonderful. Well done you.
    I also like your art work. You are learning so many things, aren't you.
    A very belated happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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  25. Your first piece is a wonderful hommage to the lovely place Paris.
    The Alpakas look so cute also you sweet dog. A sleepless night is not good, hope it was only one night. Your Tag looks very good with all the stencil textures and the single flower. But your page for AJJ is amazing, so colorful and well balanced. I like it much.
    Dear Greetings
    Sabine

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  26. Drinking tea in a turquoise building is the stuff dreams are made of, as far as I am concerned. Love all the happy art!

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  27. Your artwork is lovely with such varied tones. That tea shop looks dangerous, I may never come out. Riley is so adorable!!

    -Soma

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  28. Lovely work for the challenges and what a fun post! The alpacas are so cute and what a charming tea Shop!

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  29. Happy PPF and a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  30. Gorgeous art and tags Linda!!!
    I love, love, love that tea shop...fantastic!
    Beautiful photos,too.
    A great post with lots to share...thank you!

    Happy PPF 🎨

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  31. Great post! I love your last painting on collage. The colors and detail are wonderful. Happy PPF

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  32. lol, I actually have a date with the alpackas. Maybe I should go there soon. Love your pages.

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  33. Hello Linda, such a gorgeous post, chock-full of lovelies!
    Your paris postcard is wonderful (and very professional), love the tea shop - wow! what a place.
    Loved seeing the Alpacas too.. lol, yes, Bill blends in ;D)
    Your Live with Joy painting is so very beautiful and colourful, it definitely gives out so much joy... well done :D) xx

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  34. Thanks for today's share. That tea shop is fabulous

    Much♥️love

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  35. My goodness what a packed post. Goregeous artwork, cuteness galore and wow the tea shop treat. I would be missing for hours in there, if I every were lucky enough to visit! Thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend :D

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  36. Wow, you've been incredibly busy, Linda!! So much to see and take in here. Riley looks a little bit like my Chewy, and the tea shop is so quaint. Lovely new flower painting, too!! :)

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  37. Oh the llamas and Riley are soooo cute ~ doggies can be very demanding too!

    Happy Day to you,
    C & Z

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  38. Love collage effect of your journal page ~ so colorful and creative ~ xxx

    Happy Day to you,
    C & Z

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  39. Lovely art work as always Linda! Your Paris card is fabulous, and your mixed media flowers are so pretty and bright!

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