Monday, October 19, 2020

T Stands For Timing


 Hi Peeps, hope everyone is doing well.

 I'm going to begin by explaining the title of this post. Last Sunday evening I took a terrible fall down our basement steps and found myself on the cement floor. I have no idea or recollection how it happened. Thankfully hubby, son and almost DIL were nearby as we had just finished dinner. Although a bit shocked, I was able to get up and didn't feel like I broke anything. So I just took it easy the remaining night. Pain started in during the night and I could hardly move by morning. Two swollen and bruised knees, pain on my right side from front to back with large bruising and a contusion. Took some hot showers, Aleve and tried to rest. By Wed. I needed to see the doctor. She had me take a muscle relaxer and ant inflammatory and Thurs. AM I had a bunch of xrays for possible fractures  in ribs, back, or a small puncture to my right lung. The knees were getting better so no xrays for them. I continued with the meds, ice, hot showers and rest (as much as I could-getting a comfortable position hasn't been easy). Thankfully nothing was fractured. And I can tell you that as of yesterday I have begun to feel a little better each day. 

 As for timing- it depends on how one looks at it. Our son's wedding is just over a week away. If it had to happen I'd say the timing was good because I have time to heal. I cannot imagine if it would have occurred the week OF the wedding! Here's another thing- my hubby fell while running only the week before and got some nasty brush burns and open areas on his right arm and leg, and then the other day my neighbor fell and is bruised up. I asked what is the universe trying to tell us and she said - "we're getting old and we need to slow down". Message received.

 Enough of all that, let's get to some fun! Above is a junk journal page I did after our Cape May trip. Here is the facing page and then both pages together:

and keeping with this theme I have a few more pics from Cape May which will be my ticket in to link at T Stands For Tuesday:

The waters were quite high as the result of a hurricane that hit the southeast off Florida. Each morning we walked along Beach Drive to and from our favorite restaurant for breakfast- Ocean View. They had both outdoor and indoor dining and since most ate outdoors we chose to sit at a booth indoors. There were very few people indoors each morning so we were quite comfortable. 

On this morning I had my breakfast veggie wrap which comes with home fries(yes, half of this went back with me for a later time;). Hubby had French toast. And of course we both had coffee! Cheers to the T gang!

 There is a new theme at the Simon Says Monday Challenge (Anything But a Card); the theme at Try It On Tuesday is "Halloween", and the new theme at Tag Tuesday is "All Hallows Eve" so I made this tag:


 Products: prepainted manila tag (Ranger Ink); Tim Holtz Paper Dolls, Small Talk Occasions Stickers; washi tape - Recollections; black eyelash yarn; orange Posca pen; Antique Linen Distress ink; pumpkin stickers, candy corn and cat moon papers from my stash.

 This journal page is meant for Art Journal Journey (theme is Hold The Line) and Paint Party Friday:

 I used strips of Dina Wakley Collage Collective paper, washi tape, collage tissue, and paints(Sky Blue, Tangerine, Fuschia) in a vertical pattern down the page for the background. I added a bit of white gesso, did some scribbling with a black Fude Ball pen, and some doodles with Posca pens. The sentiment is from the Dina Wakley stamp set 'Be Willing', and the flower is from her set 'Always Flowers'.

That's all I have for now. getting in bits of art time as I am able. Enjoy what's left of October 🌳🍁🍂

  " The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go."    Unknown

Monday, October 12, 2020

Back To Cape May, and ART too!


 Happy new week all, and a happy Thanksgiving Monday to all our Canadian friends! 

This week I'll share a few more photos from our beach trip late September. The above photo was taken at the Cape May State Park. The trails and lakes are beautiful and many birders come here especially during specific bird migrations.

 Here we are heading down one of the paths to the Cape May Point beach.

A view of the lighthouse from the beach. It was cold and windy but beautiful nonetheless .Notice the 37 in the sand? Hubby grabbed a twig and wrote that and  a note for our anniversary:)

 And for T Stands For Tuesday I will share a meal I have been dying for all summer:

 We had gone to nearby Townbank to visit friends one day and on our drive back along the bay we decided to stop at Harpoons On The Bay, a place we had been to before. We had a perfect view of the sun setting over the bay from our table. I decided to try their lobster roll because I was not going to leave Cape May without getting one somewhere. This was the 4th one I've had in 4 different restaurants the last few years and this was by far the best I have had- filled to the gills with lobster!! To drink I had lemon water and a glass of Merlot- but really, this roll deserved a glass of bubbly😉🥂! Cheers!

 Art time...

 Each month Darkroom Door has a challenge on Instagram. We are given an inspiration/color board. We can make anything at all but do need to use some Darkroom Door products. A winner is chosen at the end of the month and receives a Darkroom Door stamp set and stencil of choice. I missed last month's so I was determined to get to the October one. I am also joining in at Art Journal Journey for the theme of Hold The Line:

 the inspiration board:

My journal page:

 and most of the supplies I used:

 Darkroom Door products I used are the ferns and circle stencils and the Fine Flowers stamp set.

 I also made a bit of time to watch and create from some of the Willowing Lifebook 2021 free Taster Lessons. This lesson was from Susan Nethercote using watercolors titled Watercolour Winddown. This was relaxing and it was so much fun to bring out my watercolors again and play with them in an abstract form. And yes, I was inspired by my beach trip😁:

 Playing over at Paint Party Friday later in the week as well. And that's it for me. Only 2 weeks and 3 days til our son's wedding and we are all getting ever more excited! Happy week all!

" Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance."      Bruce Barton

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Bridal Shower and Art Too!

 Hi Peeps! What a busy weekend I had. Saturday I picked up my dress for the wedding and then we had to look for a new microwave. Thankfully we found what we needed and there was one in stock😀. Although I don't use the microwave to cook I use it all the time to reheat things- especially coffee, or to make hot water. Also to defrost things, and soften butter. Then I had to empty a small china /tea cup cabinet so hubby could raise it a bit to fit in the microwave.
 And Sunday was Kyra's bridal shower which was a brunch held at the Easton Wine Project. I had never been there but what a great rustic place! We had a private room of course and it was the perfect size for the 20 some that attended. Here are some photos (if you want to go right to the art just scroll down;). I'll start with tables and displays:

 Each of the four seating tables had photos of both Todd and Kyra as babies.

  This was my plate. The food was buffet style and included 3 different quiches, a fruit platter, small bagels with a variety of toppings/spreads to choose from, a walnut and cranberry salad with Spring greens, and a sinfully delightful pastry filled with chocolate mousse. Our beverage choices were coffee, water, mimosas. Cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday gang- you will see several drink related photos 😉

 She got so many wonderful gifts from her registry, and we were able to get  everything but that huge box in front of her (it was a special sitting bench she wanted that her mother gifted her with) into the car!

 Kyra wanted new earrings for her wedding day and I wanted to gift them to her so she picked  out these sweet Kate Spade flower ones and I gave them to her at the shower, along with another special gift.

                             Me with Kyra and her sister Paige. 

 Maid of honor Paige, Kyra, and matron of honor Lynn. Not sharing any other people photos as I didn't get permission to share.

Still with me? On to the art then:

 This is the card I made for Kyra when I presented her with the earrings and I will share it with the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes) and the Try It On Tuesday Challenge ((Autumn Colors):

 Products: large Ivory note card, patterned papers from my stash, sentiment- Inkadinkado, Archival Maroon ink, Fiskars border punch, silk flower, sheer ribbon, velvet leaves, large black brad, Moonshine Sequins(Simon Says Stamp). 

 Two Journal Pages and Tags:



 Joining Paint Party Friday with these pages and tags. Thanks for stopping in! I will be around to visit you as well-UNLESS you have Wordpress because I cannot leave comments on some of those blogs😕

 Stay well everyone!

"The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace."
                                                       Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, September 28, 2020

I'm Back!


 Well hello peeps! Hope everyone is doing well. Hubby and I finally made it to our last scheduled trip to Cape May (the earlier 2 had to be cancelled -you know why 😔). We weren't sure at all what to expect or how things would go as far as dining, etc. but we needed to get away no matter - and it was really wonderful, and we felt quite comfortable too! I will say we found it the most crowded we had ever seen  the center pedestrian square (which is like any town's Main Street) this time of year! People were on top of each other- in the outdoor dining places, in the stores, and in the surrounding streets. SO, we got away from it as quickly as we could, and then stayed away! After over 25 years of going to CM we didn't need to be in the center touristy area of shops and dining😉

 We also celebrated our anniversary there and were pleasantly surprised that evening we went out to a newer(to us) favorite place. More on that in another post.


 The water came up higher than we'd ever seen but it wasn't that cold. It was the high winds though and the cold air that was a bit challenging at times. To the left of the yellow house is the motel we stay at. They did such a super job regarding cleanliness and all the Covid rules!

 After some beach time we walked to have an early dinner at Ocean View Restaurant where we typically go for breakfast. But we have found their lunch and dinner food to be fantastic as well. And so here is my ticket back in to T Stands For Tuesday:

 Yes, we did eat indoors even though there was plenty of space outdoors. But it was windy- and I'm always cold so thankfully restaurants got approval to again allow indoor dining at 25% capacity. I had a chicken Caesar wrap which came with fries, a dill pickle and coleslaw. My drink choice- water. Hubby had coffee and a turkey club sandwich(look at all the fries on his plate- and he ate every bit!!) Of course I had to take half of my wrap with me and ate it that evening. Cheers to the gang-can't wait to catch up with everyone!
 And now for the art part.

 This journal page in the Dina Wakley Blue Edition Media Journal was made for the last Instagram "Year Of Gratitude" Challenge hosted by Dina and Ranger Ink. The prompt was "I am grateful for reflection". I USED to be quite a perfectionist regarding pretty much everything. I am so glad I grew out of that-because man, that was a lot of work I imposed upon myself! 


 Another page in the Blue Journal- this time on a burlap page. I used Dina Wakley stencils and gloss sprays on the page. I made three tags similar to this one to add to my pages. These textured tags were inspired by tags I saw on another artist's Instagram feed. I used dictionary text on the tag before adding the modeling paste, gloss sprays, and stamping. That bit of black mesh was lying on my art table so I just plopped it behind the tag. Joining in at Art Journal Journey (theme is "texture" hosted this month by Jo), Tag Tuesday(theme is "book pages"), and Try It On Tuesday (Use Your Scraps).

 I'm also getting back to Paint Party Friday later in the week.  Looking forward to seeing all you've been up to lately!

I thought this quote to be so appropriate since we are enjoying very warm, summer-like weather right now (as in 82 F as I'm typing this)- and I for one couldn't be happier about it😁

" Happily we bask in this warm September sun, which illuminates all creatures..."
                                                          Henry David Thoreau

Monday, September 14, 2020

Last Post For This Summer


 It is hard for me to believe that Autumn arrives next Tuesday-but I am determined to get one last bit of summer fun in before it ends😏

 Things wedding related have been taking up much of my time so not a lot of art has been getting done but that's OK by me as wedding stuff is fun too!

 Recently my future DIL's mother hosted a gathering of the bridal party girls at a local winery. We had a great time and the winery was completely on top of the Covid rules so we were very comfortable. And, it was outdoors. So here's my ticket to T Stands For Tuesday with a few pics:

                                                      me and my soon to be daughter💗

                                             me, friend Lynn(matron of honor),Laura, (mother of the bride), Kyra (the bride to be), and her sister Paige(maid of honor). Two of the girls are not pictured.

 A really wonderful cheese plate was ordered along with the wine and Laura made a large gift bag for each of us filled with a picnic lunch, game sheets , personalized drinking glasses and snacks. We had such a fun time!


  Two pages I did in one of my two junk journals - French on the left, German on the right using images and bits from my ephemera and vintage button stash. I believe the German word means "wishing". I'm going to join in at Try It on Tuesday as they have a new theme of "use your scraps".

 Not long ago my pkg. of new Dina Wakley products arrived from Joggles- in two days!! They were having an anniversary special so along with my order came 4 free rolls of Ranger washi tape 😄

 The only disappointment was that the new black and white text collage tissue was sold out so I got the plain tissue and...

 stamped my own collage tissues using the new stamp set and black ink!

and here the complete page of which I shared a crop of it at the top of this post:

  Dark denim page in the Dina Wakley Media Journal Blue Edition. Products: Dina Wakley- Collage Collective, Curly Fronds mask and stencil set, Be Willing stamp set. Other- white gesso, white Posca pen, Jet Black Archival ink.  
Happy to be joining in at Art Journal Journey (theme is "texture"), and Paint Party Friday.

 And that's all I got folks!

                    "Wine is the divine juice of September"     Voltaire