Monday, January 17, 2022

A New Week


   Happy new week everyone! I hope those of you here in the US have gotten your extra day off this Monday as it is a federal holiday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day.  

 This also happens to be my hubby's birthday and thankfully we were able to have a birthday dinner on Sunday with my Mom, Todd and Kyra before the snow started! Again we only got 3 " but it also mixed then with rain and freezing rain overnight so it was a heavy slush to shovel. Anyway, I have two pics for my T Stands For Tuesday ticket:

 I had totally forgotten about taking any photos so luckily Kyra got a few good ones- at the end of the meal:). I made a vegetable lasagne along with salad and garlic bread. His cake request was for chocolate- but a one layer with no icing so I made Chocolate Domingo cake which has sour cream in it so it's very moist. And of course Bill wanted the annual birthday photo of him with his son:) 

So excited that finally one of my goodie packages arrived!:

 I won a GC from Pink Fresh Studios so I chose this stamp and die set, and here is the first card I made using it:

 I love this loose floral bouquet along with the sentiments in this set. I used alcohol inks to color it in and added glitter glue to the small pink flowers. I plan on making more like this using different colors. Joining in at Try It On Tuesday(theme is "In With The New").

 Some journal page art:

 I was just practicing some watercolor leaves on a scrap of cardstock, and when I finished this I didn't think it was too bad so I stamped over it lightly with an Impression Obsession Graph stamp (to hide the flaws😁) and put it on a kraft journal page.


 I've been having fun making art around my word of the year- "intention". A quick and easy page using Dina Wakley stencils, paints, and tissue paper face. Joining in with Art Journal Journey (theme is "Let's Face It"), and Paint Party Friday.

 That's it for me this round. Have a great week!

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”    
      Martin Luther King Jr

Monday, January 10, 2022

Staying Creative and Staying Inside!


 Hi Peeps! Winter has finally arrived with a vengeance in our parts 🥶. We got our first snow- thankfully only 3 inches, and a few days later a bit of freezing rain before it turned to rain- all day long. It's been quite gloomy and dismal, and this week is promising to be our coldest yet- barely making it to the 20's F for the high of the day(not to mention the wind chill factors which make it even colder)!! Yeah, I know, tis the season... so I'll just spend more time in my craft room 😁. 

 I was hoping to have some new supplies by now but that darned mail system is holding things up so I'll have to be patient. Hopefully next week I can share. I had won two gift certificates from two different companies - Simon Says Stamp, and Pink Fresh Studio! And of course I simply had to add a few extra things;) Hence the idea for this new journal spread:

 It's in the Dina Wakley Kraft Journal. I only have a handful of pages to complete before this journal is full. Mostly Dina Wakley products were used  along with a Tim Holtz Snarky Small Talk sticker, and Paper Dolls. On the right page I used a stencil for the black leaf and cut around the outer edge. Joining in at Art Journal Journey for the theme of "Let's Face It". 

That spread was done similarly to this page:

 Let's now hop on over to T Stands For Tuesday where we can share any type of drink related post. I have a new recipe to share:

 Apple Oat Pancakes! My hubby doesn't like oatmeal which happens to be my go to breakfast in the cold months. He knows it's good for you but just doesn't like the consistency (he also doesn't like cream of wheat, or risotto). So I thought I'd incorporate oatmeal into a healthier version of pancakes. He loved them!!  And I think you will too so I'll have the recipe at the bottom of this page, and I will also have it linked (along with all the recipes I've shared on the blog) below my header under the "Recipes" Tab.

 And, as for my new header pic- it's an index card I made around My One Word for 2022 -Intention. I haven't been choosing a WOY for very long- only since 2015. My process is to begin noticing some of the words that present themselves whether I'm reading a book, a Law Of Attraction card, or a daily quote during the month of December. I'll write them down and just think over them to get a feeling about which one is right for me to focus on for the new year. Then when I read an email from a newsletter I subscribe to and it was all about "intention" that just sealed the deal 😀. Here's a bit of what I read about "intention" from the newsletter by Jodi Cohen:

 The intention is the end result you wish for. There is a difference between intentions, goals, and resolutions. The goals are steps to get there. The resolutions are the disciplines that help you reach your goals. Be clear about your intentions and then act as if you have become the one that lives that life you desire. 
 Finally, I leave you with this abstract art I did in a journal around my word:

  Linking  to Paint Party Friday this week too!
Thanks for stopping in. Let me know if any of you try the recipe below:) Stay warm and safe! XO

"We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives."    Gary Zukhav


                                                     Apple Oat Pancakes

 2 cups warm milk (or almond milk)     2 cups Quick oats     2 eggs, lightly beaten

 1 apple, grated      1/3 c. flour       2 Tbsp. sugar       2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

 1 tsp. salt          3/4 tsp. cinnamon      

Heat the milk, add the oats and let cool. Add remaining ingredients, stir until combined. Ladle 1/3 cup of the batter for each pancake in a heated skillet that has some oil or butter in it. When lightly brown on bottoms, flip and brown the other side. Serve with syrup. Makes about 15.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Happy New Year!



 Happy 2022 everyone! Hope you all enjoyed a lovely holiday season. It was a mostly quiet time for hubby and I and we enjoyed his having time off by watching lots of movies. I did have our traditional New Year's Day meal of pork and sauerkraut with my Mom, Todd, and Kyra. And the dessert was a cake I made with a wrapped, hidden quarter in it. Whoever gets it in their piece has good luck through the year. I let each person one at a time choose where they would like me to cut out their slice ( I should have taken pictures of my butchered cake 😂) Todd was the winner!

I'm going to begin with the last three journal pages I did for the December Creative 6 Day Challenge on Instagram:

                                                                   Day 4 (Sparkle/Shine)
                Hard to see the shine but over the fiber paste areas I sprinkled champagne glitter dust.

                                                                   Day 5 (Wonder)
 The image is a digital piece I created using various components from Paper Whimsy. I made a print of it to glue to my collaged and painted background page. I will link this to Art Journal Journey with this month's theme of "Let's Face It" hosted by Erika.

 And the last one- Day 6 (Spirit) All my pages were done in the Dina Wakley Kraft Journal::

 For T Stands For Tuesday I'll share the soup I made the other day for dinner:

 A nice big pot of Italian Wedding Soup. All we needed with it were some warm rolls and a glass of wine. Cheers!

 The first pic I added at the beginning of this post is a tag I made for Tag Tuesday (theme is Time and Clocks):

 And lastly I want to share a few of the lovely cards I received for Christmas. Believe it or not, there are cards still trickling in, and some of what I sent (weeks ago!!) are just being delivered. Glad to hear from people so I know.

  On the top left is a fab tip in page and darling tree ornament made by Elizabeth. I love that embossed tree so cleverly done on a paint chip card, and that ornament is now on my small tree which is filled with handmade ornaments only. Thank you dear Elizabeth!! The Paris card with the piled packages came from Erika- and though it wasn't handmade I absolutely loved it because of the Paris scene- and Erika knows how I love France. Thank you Erika for your thoughtfulness! The two lovely cards on the right were from friends who don't blog now but have been exchanging handmade cards with me for some years now 💓.  

 So... do you have or choose a word of the year?  I do and have done for some years now. I go through a little routine to find a few words that speak to me. And then I wait for one of them to show up in different ways within a few days. It never fails me that the word finds me. If you saw my new header I created that postcard around my word 😉. In my next post I'll talk more about it and share more art around my word, along with some special surprises I received over the holidays. 

 Linking my art to Paint Party Friday later in the week. Looking forward to catching up in blogland again!

" What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year."     Vern McLellan

Monday, December 20, 2021

Last Post For 2021


  Hi Peeps! As this will be my last post for this year I'm going to make it short and festive🎄 In my next post in the New Year I will share some of the lovely handmade cards I received over the holidays. 

 Getting right to T Stands For Tuesday:

 Happy to share these wonderful German spice cookies. A small tin of these were given to the employees in the shop where my hubby works. I'd really prefer NOT to have the sweet glaze on them (although the ones covered in dark chocolate are just fine 😉). But there is a nice balance to the sweetness with the spice and orange in the cookies. Yes, there is something in my mug but barely a few more sips of coffee. I should have gotten my refill before taking the photo 😁
Here is the bottom label of the tin:

 Cheers to the T gang, and many thanks to dear Bleubeard and Elizabeth for another fine year of hosting our gatherings 🍵😻!

 Once again on Instagram Leaca Young is hosting another Creative Six Day Challenge and has free video inspirations with a different guest artist for each prompt. You don't however need to be on IG. If you click on her link there should be a tab somewhere on her site that you can click on to find and sign up for her free challenges and videos. I watch them on my desktop, then post my projects on Instagram. I have chosen to do all my projects in the Dina Wakley Kraft Journal. 
 These are the prompts:

 Here is my page for day 1 "Song":

 The wreath is the Wonderful Leaf Stencil by Altenew. I used one green ink to stencil it on the page. I shifted the stencil a bit and stenciled again using a second color ink. I shifted the stencil one more time adding yet another color ink. I made my Christmas cards using this stencil this year too. Unfortunately I did not get cards out to Europe this year as I ran out of the required postage stamps after sending to my French family. (I'm going to replenish my overseas postage stamp supply after the holidays are over so I have them on hand). Music paper was glued to card stock. I drew and fussy cut the trees, inked the edges with Distress Vintage Photo ink. 

 Day 2 "Gifts":

 For this page I painted a variety of Dina Wakley paints on the page then stenciled over it using her Lattice stencil and Artists Loft Parchment paint. The girl is an image I painted and collaged on another journal page. I rendered it B & W in Photoshop, printed and fussy cut her out to use on this page.

 Day 3 "Grow":

 I loved the tutorial for making a cut pop up tree so I made one for my page:

I used a two sided patterned cardstock for this using one side for the background and the other side for the pop up tree. Here are a few different angles so you get a better idea:


 you use the gold thread to pop up the tree, and underneath it I added a gold heart sticker:

 I'll share the last 3 days pages in my next post once this challenge is over. Joining in at Paint Party Friday later this week.

 Thank you all, for all the kind comments and visits throughout this year. They are so appreciated🙏. Wishing you all a blessed holiday season however and whatever you celebrate, may the New Year 2022  bring our world to a better place, may you all be healthy and keep well, and may peace and love fill your hearts. XO, Linda

“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” 
            D.M. Dellinger

Monday, December 13, 2021

A Mix of This And That


 How's it going? Ready or not Christmas is next week! I am learning  more each year to be more relaxed about it all. Nothing gets accomplished when stressed, right? I'm taking a very light online class "December Pause" in which I get an email each day this month with various inspirations via links to poems, songs, art, etc. Liz Lamoreux's class is about taking some time each day to pause, to breathe, and to make a list each day in a journal. The list prompts vary and do give you time to reflect, and to focus . I love this. What are you doing to keep any stress levels down?

 First up, and for T Stands For Tuesday is this new salad recipe I made. I find such relaxation in cooking and baking!

 This farro salad is from chef JoAnne Weir . As soon as I saw it on IG I knew I had to make it. Both hubby and I absolutely loved this hearty, vegetarian salad!! Nutty, crunchy, sweet, and savory- what's not to love😋 The simple vinaigrette was made with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and sherry vinegar.
I chose to pair it with Kendall Jackson chardonnay. This pretty glass dish was my great grandmother's. Cheers!

 On to the art:

  Inspiration for this page came from a Nicole Watson 30 Minute Exercise You Tube video. I love her fun, messy art journal pages!

 And here's a page in the Dina Wakley kraft journal that was quick and easy :

 Dina Wakley paints, stencils, collage tissue sentiment.

 And now for a tag:

 I used an old decorative paper from my stash and cut a tag shape from it. I stamped the snowflake (old PSX rubber stamp) using white acrylic paint. The vintage photo was glued down and I added white spatters before finishing with masking tape bits, washi tape and large brad (Recollections), and Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers. 
 This tag fits several blog challenges this week: the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Cold as Ice theme); Try  It On Tuesday Challenge (Snowflakes); and Tag Tuesday (Anything Christmas).Okay, for Tag Tuesday I may have pushed the envelope a bit but hey, what child doesn't want snow and a new sled for Christmas😉

Also happy to be back to Paint Party Friday this week! Have a wonderful week everyone. 🙋
   "Imagine that life is working in your favor even when it appears to be working against you."    Alan Cohen