Monday, January 18, 2021

This And That


 Happy new week! Almost forgot to create this post cuz of hubby being off today (Monday eve as I'm typing) for our Martin Luther King Jr holiday 😜

 Yesterday was hubby's birthday so I made him this card (which I am sharing with the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Layer It Up):

 A CAS (clean and simple) masculine card. Products; black, silver cardstocks; patterned glitter cardstock (DCWV); birthday sentiment die (Our daily Bread Designs); glitter sequin dot (Recollections).

 It was a quiet occasion yet we still celebrated:

 And now we celebrate his age by saying "it's another year closer to retirement"! I made him his dinner choice of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and carrots and for dessert- no surprise-  a dark chocolate cake with chocolate icing😁 Later in the evening we watched a movie and with it we had champagne and some snacks:

                                  Cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday peeps!

 For the new Simon Monday Challenge (We're on a Roll) and the Tag Tuesday Challenge (Faery Garden) I made this tag:

 I began by using a damp sea sponge and Dina Wakley paints in Ocean and Lime for the background. It was then stamped with images from the Ellen Hutson set Bokeh Dots and Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then a strip of fabric tape (Recollections) was added before gluing down the fairy (Collage Stuff).I finished it with a butterfly sticker (Paper House), holograph stars stickers (Mrs. Grossmans), Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions sticker, and black ribbon.

 This journal page along with the next one is meant for Art Journal Journey ( Favorite Things), and Paint Party Friday:

 Favorite things? Of course Dina Wakley supplies!! And lots of them on these two pages 😍
I'm not going to list everything but if you have a ? about anything just ask in a comment and I will respond there as well.

 Have a wonderful week everyone!

" Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness"     Martin Luther King Jr

Monday, January 11, 2021

This Week's Musings


  Well, we are into the second week in January, so, have you gotten all the holiday decor put away? Finally I got everything done and put away over the weekend! And not just that, but we also did some cleaning out and then some deep house cleaning such as shampooing all the carpeting.  By the evenings we were beat and just sat on the couch watching  movies. 

 Believe it or not we still have some Christmas cards trickling in and they had been postmarked with mid December dates! We were told that mail delivery (at least in parts of our city) hasn't been done on a daily basis and the mailing departments are overwhelmed and short of help. We've never experienced anything like this before. The main concern is bills coming in late:(. Oh well, not much we can do. 

My latest happy mail... I wish to thank Erika for this beautiful New Years Card!:

  I have this to share with the T Stands For Tuesday peeps:

 Our daughter in law gave hubby a special 6 pack of beer for Christmas, and here is a close up of what she did to the bottles:

ha ha- isn't this cute? Yuengling Black and Tan reindeer beers🤣 I'm not so much a beer drinker so we still have a few reindeer beers looking at us when we open the fridge! Cheers!

 I've been having so much fun playing with my favorite mediums and supplies (kind of an obsession lately especially)...

  Dina Wakley products! I created this page  in one of her journals, and I used her paints, stamps, stencils, gloss sprays, Collage Collective papers, tissue papers, washi tape. Of course I am joining Art Journal Journey with the theme of "Favorite Things".

 I could also add this page as well but I will link this  to Try It On Tuesday for the theme of "Use an uplifting quote" :

 All Dina Wakley supplies again😁 

 During the holidays I played with her stamps, stencils, scribble sticks, paints and gloss sprays to make a new stash of collage fodder:

I would spend some evenings fussy cutting it all. And then I decided to have a bit of play with the pile and did this:

  I created  temporary botanical mandalas using my cut outs! Fun!

  And that's all for now folks. Joining Paint Party Friday with this post as usual- such a fun way to see a nice variety of art each week!

 A bientôt (French for "see you soon")!

" Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself."    Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, January 4, 2021

Happy New Year!


 Happy New Year everyone!! It's been awhile since my last post mid December. It was a nice break for me but I'm so ready to get back and catch up with all of you. I hope you enjoyed your holidays. And I imagine that just like me, you are all ready for a new year😜

 To begin, I'm sharing my word of the year for 2021 - awareness. You can see the full page as my new header along with - for the first time- I chose two supporting words alignment and connection.

 Last year my word was manifest. How these new words came to me: AWARENESS was the strongest word that just kept coming to me yet the other two were beckoning me also. When I pulled out one of my Law Of Attraction inspiration decks I got goosebumps when opening the box and the card on top was- yup- AWARENESS! I won't go into it here but if you want to read more about it it's on my Instagram feed.

 One more thing though. I wanted to know what spirit animal represents my word so I looked it up and it's the hawk. Only the day before the largest hawk I have ever seen in our yard was in our backyard tree on a branch and facing me as I looked out the window! 

 So tell me- do you choose a word for the year? What is it? Is there a story behind it?

 Here's my first journal page for the new year:

 And I am so happy to reconnect with Try It On Tuesday (use an uplifting quote) and the T gang over at T Stands For Tuesday!:

 I had done this journal page during my blogging break for a Darkroom Door Moodboard Challenge on Instagram using the colors of sand, a bright yellow and a deeper ochre yellow. I used Darkroom Door Coffee Time and Fine Flowers Vol1 stamp sets; Darkroom Door stencil-Circles(small). Done in my Dina Wakley Blue Edition Media Journal. Other- Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays; Peerless watercolors; Tim Holtz sticker; paper scrap; rust heart. Cheers!

 Speaking of T Day- I received this wonderful holiday mail from our lovely hosts at Altered Book Lover  Bleubeard, Elizabeth, and Squiggles:

 A lovely note along with a tip in page and beautiful handmade paper. Thank you so much for thinking of me! I love your tree print. I did send holiday mail out to some of the T gang but not everyone- only because I do not have everyone's snail mail addresses😞 If anyone is willing to share an address with me just email it to me- I'd love to send out more happy mail:)

 Next up another journal page meant for Tag Tuesday(numbers) and the Simon Says Monday Challenge (use a new/unused product):

 For the SSS Monday theme- I used some newly gifted to me handmade paper in the background, and some new (reordered) DW Gloss Sprays. My son and DIL gifted me with a generous Joggles GC for Christmas so I got a nice lot of mostly Dina products😉
 Again, a page in the Dina Wakley Blue Media Journal. Other: manila tag(Ranger); Dina Wakley Gloss sprays- Gilt, Sand, Collage Collective scraps, Be Willing stamp set; Tim Holtz Quote Chip; Darkroom Door stamp set- Numbers Medley set; Archival Jet Black ink.

 I am also going to reconnect with Paint Party Friday and  Art Journal Journey (theme this month at AJJ is "Favorite Things" and if you don't know by now and I must tell you- Dina Wakley supplies are my favorite things along with art journaling! And all four of my art projects - including the header journal page - have Dina Wakley supplies all over them)

 Can't wait to reconnect with everyone and see what you all have been up to!

" I hope you realize that every day is a fresh start for you. That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written."      Juansen Dizon

Monday, December 14, 2020

Christmas-and Snow are Coming!!!


 Hi Everyone! I am trying to get my holiday cards all done and in the mail. But in the end, if they don't all get out  that's OK because I know I'm not the only one, right? And now we've gotten snow today and a Nor'easter is expected to dump up to 12" of snow Wednesday into Thursday 😠!!! That means not only bad roads, but hubby will need to take my car all week and shopping and errands need to be rearranged. Guess I'll be spending time in my art room 😉

 The above photo is a crop of this page:

 And I actually did this page next to it:

and here they are side by side:

  I used lots of Dina Wakley products including paints, stencils, stamps, collage tissues, Collage Collective papers! Mark making was done with a white Posca pen, a scrap of corrugated cardboard with the ridges painted with black paint, and then of course, some spattering as well.

 For T Stands For Tuesday :

 I had gotten a large wall calendar at the $ Store and this 6" x 6" Tea Time calendar came with it! I think this is the third year I've gotten one of these and have reused the pages on journal pages cuz I love these photos. Cheers and happy T day!

 And  here are the last  two  journal pages from a November  6 Day, 6 Prompts Gratitude Challenge on Instagram:

 Day 5 prompt "Family":

and Day 6 "Grateful":

As you can obviously see, I have been highly under the influence of Dina lately😁😂 

Joining in at Art Journal Journey and Paint Party Friday. I'll definitely be around to visit this week and weekend but not sure about the following. I may end up taking a break until the new year.

And so, I will say now that I wish you all a joyous holiday season however and whatever you celebrate! And may the new year bring some normalcy in all our lives with the disappearance of Covid. XO

Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving.” J. C. Penney

Monday, December 7, 2020

It's Looking Like Christmas!


 How is everyone? Are you all decorating and getting cards done? This is the earliest I have ever had the decorating done-it took me three days (it gets dark so early and I can't do it without the daylight) but it's always worth it! 

 I pretty much keep everything the same year after year. Here are a few more pics:

                           This is on the kitchen table. And above it is a shelf:

 I have a very eclectic mix of new, vintage, and handmade sprinkled throughout the house. That Santa hanging on the first knob is a hand painted starfish from an uncle of our BFFS. He's been gone quite a number of years but we treasure all the things he gifted us with over the years.

Moving into the den area:

  One of the two corner cabinets hubby built. And next to it is this very old small table hubby refinished:

      I got the snow globes years ago from Macys. Hubby made the clock, and I made the tree. I made lots of those trees in different themes and colors and gave them as gifts over the years. And this is my handmade ornaments tree that holds ornaments from swaps and exchanges past years. I cherish this tree which sits on a vintage small roll top desk!:

The main tree is in the next (sitting)room:

and then into the front living room:

     My main Santa collection

 And the nutcrackers:

 They sit on a beautiful antique cabinet we bought from a neighbor up the street some years ago when they were having  a yard sale and we got it SO cheap:):) Our front door is to the left, and on the right you can get a glimpse of the way I decorate the windows with garlands. There are other tables and decorations but I won't overload this post with pics of everything else😉

 Time to have dinner and a drink to link with T Stands For Tuesday:

 I had been dying to try this vegan Irish stew for quite awhile and finally made it. It is my "almost vegan" Irish stew because I did not have vegan stout - only a regular dark stout to put in the stew. It was absolutely delicious and a hit with not only my hubby but also our son and DIL! And the warm garlic bread and Cabernet Sauvignon and/or water choices went perfectly with it. I also introduced a new to them vegetable- parsnips😁 Cheers!

 For Tag Tuesday (Christmas or Anything Goes), and Try It On Tuesday (Sparkly Christmas) I made this:

 I used a wood veneer tag (I got a bunch of these freebie sample tags from Home Depot) and decoupaged a napkin onto it. The German scrap is vintage- a small box of a variety of designs I got at a flea market. It has a beautiful gold shimmer which I had a difficult time capturing. The felt die cut angel, dimensional peace sticker are from Michael's, and the hand died ribbon came from an online shop no longer in business.

And for Art Journal Journey(The Meaning Of/Anything Goes) with guest host Tracey this month, the Simon Says Monday Blog Challenge (favorite technique), and Paint Party Friday:

  A mixed media page with lots of layers!! I love using many products to build up layers and get messy! I used Dina Wakley paints in Marine, Turquoise, Evergreen, and Lime. The word stencil and Curly Frond stencil, and image are also Dina Wakley. I added some mark making with a pencil, white Posca pen, black acrylic paint, and a black Fude Ball pen. Now this represents the meaning of... play... don't you think?

 OK, now I have GOT to get going on Christmas cards if they are to arrive on time to their destinations. Have a super week ahead!

" Creativity, which is the expression of our originality, helps us stay mindful that what we bring to  the world is completely original and cannot be compared."   Brené Brown