Monday, August 22, 2016

Back from The Beach and Back To Blogging!

 A big hello to everyone-I have missed you! Spent a fabulous time with friends at the beach in Fenwick Island, Delaware. It was HOT (feel like temps up to 105 F some days!) and sunny but actually very nice by the water so long as you wore sandals or something on your feet walking over that unbearably hot sand! Some pics of our time together; art to follow:)

                               We ate healthy, and not so healthy a bit...

  We took turns cooking a variety of dinners each night and this is just a sampling-lemon almond chicken, guacamole salad and orzo rice on the left; shrimp stir fry on the right along with a cabbage salad and rice.
 And of course it wouldn't be beach week without our lobster dinner and champagne:

 Such a blessing to have this special time and so much fun with our beautiful friends!

 Just before we left for vacation this fantastic envelope arrived from Lisca in Spain:

                                   I love the stamps she used on her envelope!

 and inside was a beautiful postcard, a bit of ephemera and a tribal looking woman ATC which I love (her dress is fabric). Thanks so much Lisca!

 I did create SOME art while on vacation. I took a new art journal with me along with markers to start a doodle journal.  Here is one:

and all colored in using markers and white gel pen. The splattered background is watercolor. I'll share more of my pages in future posts. I'm using a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Canson Bristol Board spiral journal because the heavy, smooth pages are great for all the markers and hardly bleed thru the other side.

 Joining in with Elizabeth and friends for T Stands For Tuesday and Art Journal Journey for the theme this month-Nature's Wonders hosted by Gill (Gibby Frogett) .

 So looking forward to catching up with everyone again!

         "Contemplation is the root of awareness and creativity."   Sandra Chantry


  1. So glad you had a great time!!! Now that you are home I'll get your package off in the mail...will probably be Wednesday before that happens as tomorrow is a crazy busy day for me.

  2. It looks like a wonderful time. How nice to have friends to vacation with. I bet you had a blast, and the food looks soooo yummy. I like the silly lobster (we say lobstah) photos. Glad you're back and Happy T day Linda. Hugs-Erika

  3. I was delighted to see you were back from the beach. I missed you, dear Linda. It looks like you had a fantastic time, and built up lots of fond memories, as well as wonderful meals. I don't envy you the heat, though, because I was suffering through the same temps and heat indexes, too.

    Your art is gorgeous. I'm glad you like doodling, because you do it so well. I was thrilled to see this first entry and look forward to many more.

    Looks like Lisca has a fun sense of humor, and the envelope she sent was a hoot. I'm sure everything was absolutely gorgeous, too.

    Thanks for sharing your beach photos and wonderful meals and wine with us for T this Tuesday. I had intended to visit sooner, but was surprised with an out of town visitor who arrived around T time and just left a few minutes ago. I'm just glad you are back.

  4. Welcome back dear Linda - oh that must have been wonderful! Great photos and such a beautiful doodled page!Perfect! Thank you for sharing Art Journal Joureny with it! ♥♥♥
    Happy T-Day!
    oxo Susi

  5. Fantastic art and and photos, so glad you had a fun time at the beach. Good to see you back with us. Your new journal is off to a great start, and thanks for joining us at AJJ! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  6. Great happy photos and the food looks very yummy - especially the lemon-almond chicken :)
    Not sure about the high temperature though, but that's probably as I'm not used to those here in the UK.
    I adore your pretty doodle journey AJJ piece - thanks for sharing that - and also for sharing what journal you used, I always find things like interesting and useful.
    Hope you have a lovely fay.. Gill x

  7. Looks and sounds like you had a gorgeous break!

  8. It looks like you had a fantastic holiday. Your meals really do look delicious. Loved you art pages and doodles.
    Happy Tuesday.
    Yvonne xx

  9. Happy to see you blogging again. I missed you.
    Looks like such a special and yummy time at the beach.
    I thought about you and the blazing hot sand!
    The pic of you and your sweetie is so cute and the lobster pic made me giggle with him waving his claw.
    Gorgeous doodle you shared with us.
    It would make a pretty card front.
    AND happy art mail from Lisca is so nice too!
    Happy T to you oxo

  10. Fun photos! Looks a a great time even though it was hot.

  11. What a fun trip! I love beach vacations :) Happy T Tuesday!

  12. Wow! Those meals look absolutely divine! You must all be fabulous cooks. Lobster and champagne! (I've never had lobster, but would love to try).
    Looks like you had a great time with your friends. What a blessing.
    I'm glad you liked my mail.(and stamps)
    Happy T-Day and a good week ahead,

  13. Looks like you had such a wonderful time with your friends, great photos and memories! Love the waving lobsters, I bet they were yummy too :-). Lovely art mail from Lisca, the postcard and using fabric for the ATC dress is wonderful. Your doodle is gorgeous too! Happy T day! J :-)

  14. It looks like you had lots of fun! Happy Summer memories for sure! Your art piece is sweet and beautifully made, such a pretty butterfly!

  15. Hi Linda

    It looks you had a brilliant time on your holiday.... I especially love the photo of you an your OH... seems like you had a very happy time and that you ate very well :)

    What lovely mail you received - the opening instructions made me smile!

    Love your doodle :)

    Thanks for visiting :)

    Karen x

  16. Linda ~ what a wonderful time and photos of friends on your vacation ~ Love your doodle work ~ so creative and looks more like art than just 'doodling' ~ Glad you had some time for yourself to create as well as time with hubby and friends ~

    Happy week to you ~ ^_^

  17. You are so darn good but I am determined to learn!!
    Oh what I would give for a real whole Maine Lobster dinner. You lucky lady!!!!

  18. Your beach break looks fantastic - though I don't think I would have liked the heat! Your doodle page looks great! Hugs, Chrisx

  19. Looks like you had a wonderful time at the beach with good company. What a lovely surprise from Spain and what a cute doodle butterfly! Welcome back.

  20. fantastic doodleing page,and thanks for the nice photos,welcome back.
    have a great weekend.

    hugs jenny

  21. Looks like a super good time was had by all of many wonderful smiles........and the food!!!! Oh my that lobster looks fantastic!
    I really like your doodle and the way you colored it.
    Thanks for the T-day visit, sorry I'm so late in getting back around. This is one of those crazy weeks that takes my attention in other directions.

  22. Beautiful holiday, beautiful place and beautiful people! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos!! So much love in those photos!! Yum on the lobster... haven't had it in a long time..Love it and your art too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  23. Looks like you had lots of fun at the beach. Nice journal page.


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