Monday, October 5, 2015

Ghost Town

 It's been a BUSY, crazy last week and so again my creative time went on the back burner. Hopefully that's changed especially since my Mom has returned home from her month long stay in France.

 The journal page above is meant for Art Journal Journey -the new theme for this month being "architecture". I used a photo of an area I visited often in France. The page began with a coat of black acrylic because I have a fear of the black page-unlike most who have a fear of a blank or white page. And you know what? It wasn't so bad and I quite like the atmosphere of the dry brushed paint over the black. Couldn't get that song "Ghost Town " by Adam Lambert out of my head thus the words from the song which actually seem appropriate for this piece.

 A few pics from the eve my Mom came home:

 My dear hubby came with me to her place and we cleaned the house from top to bottom, even getting her newly remodeled bathroom ready to use. Got home to grab a bite, shower and then back to the house where we set up the kitchen table. One of her dear friends had stopped by earlier to bring the bouquet on the left in addition to the flowers from us and my younger brother and sister.


 We had not only French wine, but...

French inspired t shirts! My brother on left and hubby on the right. These shirts were bought here in the US recently:)

 and my Mom-happy to be home but quite tired after such a long day and flights. She loved that shirt I got for hubby. In case you can't quite read it says " I'm a proud husband of a freaking awesome French wife (and yes she bought me this shirt)".

 And along with the wine I'm sharing with my T Stands For Tuesday peeps I have this:

 Yes, this is the cake recipe Patty shared in this Tuesday post and I knew I had to try it. I kept hubby away from it til the next morning (only by having some other goodies handy) and it was YUMMY!Thanks for a wonderful , easy, and not too sweet breakfast cake Patty:)

 Lastly, here is a special card I made for a dear friend celebrating her birthday-today.

 Trina celebrated her 60th birthday by participating in a Susan G Komen 3 day 60 mile Walk for the Cure in Philadelphia this past weekend along with her daughter and a friend. It was 20 miles for each of 3 days and they all made it!! Haven't heard yet but I do believe that although the first day was not good because of so much rain and cool windy weather I think they lucked out as we did with not as much bad weather the remainder of the weekend as anticipated. Linking this to the Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog this week for the theme of "anything goes".

 Will be around to visit after I get home from an appt. at the vet for Annie for her wellness check.

       "The mystical journey drives us into ourselves, to a sacred flame at our center."
                                                                                                        Marianne Williamson


  1. That is a great card, love the cupcake paper, Linda! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. What a beautiful and uplifting post. I am thrilled to see that your mother has made it home, and how happy she looks. Love the shirt you bought your hubby, and how sweet of him to wear it on this special occasion, too.

    Wow, that breakfast cake looks wonderful, and it seems like you did a fantastic job with Patty's recipe. Speaking of recipes, that cupcake card is adorable.

    Thanks for sharing your mother's return, your beautiful art, and your wine with us for T this week. Still loving that shirt you got for your hubby!!

  3. How wonderful to celebrate your mom's return that way. She must have felt very special indeed! Love LOVE that ArtJournal page! What a mysterious , spooky atmosphere you created! Happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  4. Your journal page is very lovely, great photos that you used, and thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey. And my fave today has to be that cake, my it looks soooooooo good! As does the bottle of wine, but perhaps not for breakfast. Great post Linda! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  5. Wonderful Art Journal page Linda! Thank you for linking to Art Journam Journey!
    Wow... what a fab little Party for your young - looking mom! The shirts are awesome!
    You made a pretty card for your active friend as well!

    HAPP T- DAY... gosh this cake looks delicious!

    oxo Susi

  6. How spooky is your piece. I love the foggy look it has. And what a fun party for your mom! How nice to come home for that! :)

  7. Such a wonderful welcome for your mum, and a beautiful piece of art too. I love that ghostliness.

  8. You really must have made your mum feel welcomed home - it must have been wonderful not to have to start cleaning the house - in my experience, just doing the suitcase laundry is pretty exhausting! Happy T-Day!

  9. I really like your Ghost Town. I had to go back and look at it several times. Looks like your Mom received a wonderful welcome home.


  10. You've created a mood, like in a impressionistic painting! Great.

  11. Love your husband tee shirt!!! Great journal page also ♥ Glad you mom has returned and that she had a good trip. You all did great with her welcoming home party!!!

  12. wonderful "ghost town" and mouthwatering cake. now i Need some Sweets;)

  13. LOVE the ghost town fitting for October....LOL

    Glad to hear your Mom made it back home safely. Love hubby's shirt too....*grin*

    Happy T-day

  14. Looks like a wonderful party, and I too love your hubby's tee shirt! Wonderful art work and card too! Happy T Day

  15. I enjoy your posts full of art, friends and family.
    Your AJJ piece looks very ghostly and I'm listening to the song now, so that is double goodness.
    And I always like your cards, this one is great and the pink flower at the bottom is the perfect finishing touch.

  16. Lots going on in your world right now. Great family fun :)

  17. Love your journal page and your card! Looks like a good celebration for your Mom's return home! Now I'm off to find that recipe!! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  18. Beautiful card creation and love your hubby's t-shirt and great job with Mom's return celebration ~ She looks very young ~ must be that 'French' blood ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  19. Wow, your cake came out beautiful. Nice of Patty to share that recipe. Love all the photos and tshirts. Too cute. Great journal page.

  20. Hello Linda! Happy T Day! How nice your welcoming for your mom was. The flowers are beautiful and love the shirts. WOW, that is so awesome of your friend, I could never walk that much, wish I could though. Great birthday card!! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week. We have just right temps right now and I hope it lasts the month.

  21. Wow,loved your canvas,wonderful ghost mood,love it.

    oxo jeannette

  22. A really happy post and a stunning joirnal page

    Love Chrissie xx

  23. Hello dear Linda ~ Fun to be back and catching up a bit on all I've missed (as much as possible at least). I see you've been busy creating and more.
    Seems like yesterday that your mother left on her trip...where does the time go!!!
    Such a sweet and warm welcome for her (perfect shirt too!!!)
    AND very happy you tried the plum cake and enjoyed it...we took a few slices to the beach with us...YUM!
    At first glance at your fab ghost town creation I thought "wax" with the great layers.


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