Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March Madness?

 How is everyone? For those of us here in the northeast part of the US we are going to have a beautiful warm week and I am SO excited! This is also looking to be a crazy busy month as my calendar just keeps filling up-lots of good things involving music, food, drink and friends - I just hope I can keep up with it all! I'm definitely not used to such a social calendar:)

 Speaking of food and music last week we went to an Italian restaurant for dinner and took along a friend. Stefano's has been around MANY years and they still do not disappoint. And of course I will now make you all hungry:

 The menu is extensive and it all sounded so good but I finally decided on the Tortellini Rustica with their homemade tomato sauce.SOOO good!

 Our friend Lynn chose the Lobster Ravioli which she loved. I would have chosen that too but I was concerned about the cream sauce being too heavy for my stomach.

  Hubby had the Capellini Lucia which had jumbo lump crab in it. Two thumbs up!

 And for my T Stands For Tuesday group you can see the choice of drinks with our dinners:) Our entrées also came with a salad and basket of warm fresh bread with a dipping sauce. Thank goodness I didn't have lunch that day! We stayed and came especially to see Lorenzo (whom I've mentioned many times before) play in a Caribbean band. It was so much fun hearing the steel drums and summer songs! You could almost feel the island breezes:):)

 I did manage to squeeze in a journal page:

  The background is gesso, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress inks, a foam stamp (fern leaf), and UM stamp (branch). The girl is an image I did with oil pastels in a small book. I  resized and lightened her a bit before printing her out because I wanted her to appear a bit fragile in the woods. The words were added digitally.

 I'll be linking this to Art Journal Journey (theme is "if you go down into the woods" this month); the Simon Monday Challenge (theme this week is "make your own backgrounds");
 and Paint Party Friday celebrating its 5th birthday. Happy birthday and thank you EVA and Kristin!!!

 Have a super week !

" The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."      John Muir


  1. What great meal ! I would like to taste this all!
    Enjoy all the pleasing events in March - have fun! And PLEASE
    send some of that more gently temperatures and some sun in my direction please!
    Just snowing again here.. I am not very happy with the weather just now.
    Your lovely page makes my heart sing --- great that you used your beautiful painted face a second time and created such a wonderful page with it!
    Thank you for linking to Art Journal Journey Linda !
    Happy T-Day!
    Happy PPF!
    Take care!
    Much love

  2. Hello Linda, I am sitting here drinking my morning coffee and drooling over the Italian dishes you shared. yum yum yum! I actually found a recipe for Zuppa Toscana soup that I am going to try and make at home. I hope you enjoy your March...I am going to try my best to make it a better month then February/January were. Soon spring will be here, and I can hear the birds tweeting already!

  3. Lovely visit with you Linda.
    Your dinner looks scrumptious to me. I also shy away from cream sauces because they seem heavy to me. I am also admiring the pretty dishes. I always enjoy different china.
    Beautiful page and words.
    Happy T Day oxo

  4. Well you did make me hungry..lol Here i sit with my coffee and no breakfast yet.... :) I find i tend to stay away from tomato sauce dishes because i'm very picky about my sauce.. I have yet to go to an Italian restaurant and like their sauce... crazy i know.. Hubs definitely would have went for the crab meat.. :) LOVE your journal page...I think i have that fern stencil..:) I've been trying to find a large LARGE fern stencil to use on my wall in the guest room... so far no luck.. Happy happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  5. Yummy, the food looks very good and I become hungry.
    Your Lady between the fern also looks good.

  6. Your tortellini looked scrumptious, but I'm a sauce freak. That cream sauce didn't look very creamy on my monitor, but I would take any of those dishes. They all sound wonderful. I like all the drinks, including the water with lemon, my favorite drink when I go out.

    I was delighted to read you have a friend who plays steel drums. My friend Joseph plays steel drums and has since college. He now owns every size Ellie Mannette, the inventor of the steel drum, makes. He has a fortune tied up in these signature series steel pans, and I can almost hear them now. Of course, my friend plays everything from classical, to rock, to mood, to traditional Caribbean music. He teaches steel drums in schools in the LA area.

    Your lady in the ferns is a wonderful addition to the AJJ entries this month. Sadly, I haven't found time to participate yet.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful food, your music choices, your art, and all those drinks with us for T this Tuesday. I always enjoy visiting, because it seems I always find something I can relate to in your posts.

    BTW, I told Sally about Il Volo and she was green with envy. She said they have never played in the midwest, but it was not unusual that they would play back east. She hopes to see them one of these days.

  7. Oh, that food! Now I'm craving Italian. It looks delicious! Happy T Tuesday :)

  8. Yummy food, and great art, thanks for joining us again at AJJ.Happy T Day, sorry I'm late today, I was at Rehab/Boot camp all day! Hugs, Valerie

  9. oh my goodness...all that pasta looks so fantastic! sounds like a fab dinner with friends...lovely journal page too! happy T day!

  10. Yes, you've definitely made me hungry! And you have satisfied my desire for beauty,

  11. Wonderful header with your lovely creations and love your journal page too ~ Love Italian food and that one looks great! Delish!

    Wishing you a happy week ~ ^_^

  12. The girl looks wonderfully from this background of ferns!
    Yes, this quote is exactly right! Ulrike

  13. Yes Linda those meal pictures are definitely making me hungry:-) Your journal page looks great. Love the fern stamp image and the girl. Her features are beautiful.
    Have a lovely week

  14. Yes, what great meals. I haven't had lunch...think I need a computer break--LOL!
    Lovely, sad girl in the ferns. Happy T-Day! :)

  15. Yum yum, my juices are flowing! Italian food is the best. I lived in Italy for 15 years and those pasta dishes look absolutely scrumptious. Interesting though that outside Italy people eat pasta as a main dish (in the UK they do too) where in Italy pasta is the first course before the main course.
    Elizabeth's computer freezes every time she visits my blog and gets a message 'Mozilla Firefox not responding'.I have never heard of Mozilla Firefox and am not conscious of using it... Do you get the same problem?

  16. What a fabulous looking Italian meal! I loVe your journal page and the great quote! Happy T day! Chrisx

  17. After reading this it makes me wish I had had pasta for dinner. YUM! Great journal page today too. Happy T day, even though it is almost over, and enjoy this warm weather. I am loving it. Spring!!!!

  18. OH MY! Those meals look heavenly!!! I love a good Italian restaurant ♥♥♥♥
    Love your journal page too :) The background is awesome and her face is so thoughtful looking.

  19. LoVELY journal page & quote, Linda! xo

  20. beautiful art journaling, linda! the meal Looks so yummy, i wish i could grab it out of the Computer to avoid cooking myself today:)
    your week sounds great and i wish you a lot of joy!

  21. Oh yum that pasta looks sooooo good!I WANT pasta now!! I love steel drums too...and your journal page is amazing...I love it...those words speak to me... probably how my creative journey started!! Thanks for sharing...

    Hugs Giggles

  22. If you keep this up I shall have to only visit after I've eaten!!!!

    Lovely journal page... great quote :)

    Don't forget to take a few deep breaths during your busy March!

    Karen x

  23. Yummy food and wonderful journal page!

  24. Lovely journal page, and all that food look yummy. Good for me it's almost dinnertime here.

  25. Hi Linda, Yummy! The sun is not even up and you have me thinking of dinner. It doesn't take much. LOL Lovely journal page! Have a fun week!
    xo Irene

  26. Sometimes, I too have these suddent burst of social life. Enjoy yours. It is exciting that the warm weather is coming upon us. Lovely journal page.

  27. beautiful piece! I think I need to visit a good Italian restaurant soon, your photos look so yummy.

  28. Linda, this is so beautiful, the girl in the woods. I also have a foam fern stamp but mine is becoming ragged I have used it so much! The food looks wonderful. I think I'll go have lunch now.

  29. Yep you have made me hungry. It's a good job that it's coming up to dinner time, although unfortunately we're not having Italian. Maybe I should rethink the plan.
    I love that quote and you've created a great journal page.
    Happy PPF to you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  30. Beaiutiful AJ page. Sweet girl and the quote suits so well her.Happy weekend 😆

  31. Hello Linda, sounds like you are having a fabulous March. I'm glad I have just eaten as your delicious looking meals would have made me feel very hungry!
    Your girl in the woods is lovely and I like your idea of printing out your original painting, resizing it and including it with your other art.
    Good food, music and art, what could be better!

  32. Awesome meal. Love the dishes. Great quote and journal page. I'm hungry now.:)

  33. Ohhh so glad to hear you had a nice time with family, friends and some really good looking food. Your art is always so beautiful. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. It means a lot to me.

  34. Wonderful!!! omg the food looks delicious!! Love the portrait and the words are truly powerful. Lovely and have a happy weekend! Happy PPF!

  35. a wonderful piece of art. Love the face and the ferns. A nice design all over :)

  36. What a gorgeous journal page and I love the quote, it's so true! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  37. The restaurant sounds amazing and the food oh WOW!
    I'm licking my lips & it's early morning here!
    Love the sound of the music too!
    A great T piece of art - you clever girl, my artist friend!

  38. I LOVE your journal page...I think it needs a frame and to be showed off. The message is so true and I love the way you gave it a "jungle" feel with all the fern. Beautiful! Have a great Sunday and see you next weekend at PPF!!! Hugs, Rasz

  39. We're looking and looking but we're too close to see...
    Have a sunny week!

  40. I totally want pasta now... rethinking dinner completely... plus it is your birthday week so huge happy birthday wishes... so sorry I am so late getting to visit this week!!!

  41. I'm definitely feeling hungry now! And it's only 4 o'clock in the afternoon! I'd love a bit of each, they all look wonderful. Great journal page too!


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