Monday, May 8, 2017

Catching Up

Well hello lovelies! I feel like it's been so long-and actually it has as my last post was on April 17th!

I spent two beach vacays practically back to back.

 The first was to Fenwick Island, DE specifically to help friends do a thorough Spring cleaning of their home. The least I can do for all the times we stay there. It worked out quite well. We were clean machines, but also enjoyed a nice dinner out and meals that we shared cooking. The weather was mostly cold, windy and raining which was good because then we weren't looking out and lamenting being inside:) I was only home a few days and then geared up for 4 days in Cape May, NJ with hubby. I'll share pics of that in my next few posts.

 OK, don't hate me because I'm beautiful , er, because I won yet another giveaway...Edit- just realized-the "beautiful" sentence is from what was a VERY popular American commercial for -well, makeup or hair product and it just popped into my head when typing this.

 This awesome stamp set along with an extra gift of photo cards from Darkroom Door owner Rachel (how DID she know this would be the perfect photochip set for me??)! I won it thru this blog that I had only recently started following because I love Autumn's style of card making. I am dying to create with these but just haven't had the time yet. 

 Did get my Mother's Day card done for this coming Sunday:

 Products: large white notecard; Peony Bouquet stamp set (Altenew); sentiment (Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites #2); inks for the large flowers- Distress Worn Lipstick and Archival Pink Peony; for the smaller flowers- Distress Salty Ocean and Archival Turquoise, for the leaves- Distress Mowed Lawn and Archival Leaf green; Versafine Onyx Black ink; pearls (Queen and Co.).
Linking to the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Hint of Pink).

Another reason I have not gotten much art done since coming home is because-our son got a new job!!! It is definitely a step up career wise, position wise and income wise. And because he will be working from home which is our home until his new apartment is ready (this has been dragging on since March!) I have had to clear off my art desk/table so he can set up the top of the line computer equipment they sent him. Talk about scrambling to put things in other places! Most all my paints, etc. etc. are in the drawers below this desk and as this will be his temporary office I'm not sure how I'll be able to manage. We celebrated over the weekend with dinner, cake and yes, champagne!

  hubby, me in top photo and my mom in bottom one, Todd and gf Kyra.
Joining my friends over at Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday. So looking forward to catching up with you all.

 One final bit of art. Another journal page from the online Quirky Birds class I've taken by Tamara LaPorte. It began like this:

 I did the art on 140lb. watercolor paper then glued it into the journal.


 Linking to Art Journal Journey for the theme of elegance and grunge hosted by Gill, and to Paint Party Friday. Also linking to Moo Mania with the theme of "head gears". Thank you dear Susi! Excited to be catching up with everyone again!

" Celebrate your life. You are not progressing when you keep looking into the past. Let everything go...drop the baggage. Enjoy the weekend and celebrate your future."  Unknown


  1. Lovely post Linda, glad you were able to enjoy two vacations, you lucky girl! Your art is gorgeous, and congrats on your win, those stamps are making me envious! Good news about your son, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. Loving this gorgeous bird piece. and congrats on the win :) x

  3. Wow very great background texture and a nice page with the sweet birdy. The words on it are cool!

  4. Congrats on winning this beautiful Candy, your mother days card is just beautiful - congrats on this fabulous news of your son- thank you for the photos- that is a very good reason to celebrate and I think you love to lend him your artspace for a while ! Great that the cleaning and the vacation went all well and you enjoyed and I am just thrilled about your fantastic Mixed Media page- so cool with this quote! AMAZING! Thanks a lot for joining Art Journal Journey again dear Linda - you can link to Moo Mania & More as well, as the current theme there is headgears!Would be nice to see you there as well!
    oxo Susi
    And I am really thrilled about your amazing

  5. Wow, it looks like you had the most wonderful time on your vacations! Thanks for showing how you craeted your page, that background is beautiful! Wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

  6. Oh so glad to 'see you' again ~ and lovely family ~ (handsome son) ~ and beautiful creations ~ love the Mother's Day card ~ you are blessed with love and creativity ~ thanks,
    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  7. It was a great post to read, it looks like you had a lovely family get together as well.
    Super art work, a loved the quote to added to the last one it and the bird really made me smile.
    Yvonne xx

  8. Each trips and great art. What a great post Linda. I think you've been having TOO much fun 😀 Congrats on another win. You have lucky charms I guess. Happy t day. Hugs erika

  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the beaches. Must have been great to get away, even if the weather wasn't as good as you might wish. At least, you got the cleaning out of the way and didn't worry about not getting a tan.

    Your mother's day card is beautiful and your crowned bird is adorable.

    Congrats on your win. LOVE those stamps. Lucky you.

    I believe congratulations are in order for your son, too. Nice promotion and great opportunity. Hope his new place is finished and ready to move into quite soon, though.

    Thanks for sharing your art, your time at the beach (twice) and Todd's champaign celebration with us for T this nearly Tuesday.

    Thanks, too, for your lovely words on my blog post, too!

  10. Thanks for joining Moo Mania as well dear Linda! Have a great T-Day!

  11. congrats on the News about your sun (yes, champagne was apt!) and winning the prize! it is in good Hands:)
    and i had to laugh about this wonderful Card... i think i should make me a crown, too;)
    happy t-day, linda!

  12. Terrific artwork in this happy posts

    Thank you for showing your photographs.

    Have a very happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  13. What a wonderful post Linda - you've certainly been busy having fun and lucky you - well done for your wins!
    Thanks for joining in at AJJ - I'm a bird person so of course I really adore this... thanks for showing the process too - I bet that was a fun class to take.
    Hope you have a lovely day Gill x

  14. I've missed your posts, but am glad for the reason. Two beach vacays, even though one was a working one, sound heavenly. I love the beach!

    No envy here. I get excited when a friend wins a contest. Congrats and enjoy your booty, Linda!

    Lovely Mother's Day card. I was surprised to read that the peonies are stamped, so I looked up the set. How very clever and varsatile!

    Your quirky bird page is FABULOUS!

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  15. You certainly have been a busy little girl ♥ Love the quirky bird card!!!!!!!! Congrats on your sons new job and hopefully they will get his apartment done quickly!!! Happy T DAY!

  16. I don't mind if it rains while on vacation, at least it's away from the same 4 boring walls. Good that you were able to enjoy the company while helping out. Your Mother's Days card is so pretty. Bet that will be a real pleaser. Your new toys look awesome and I love the crowned bird. That sentiment is so true. :-D Congratulations to your son. Have a Happy T Day!

  17. Beach holidays are the best! Glad you got things done and many congratlations to your son. Wonderful news.

  18. Great Beach Vacays... super super jealous!!! lol Congrats to son.. and hope his apartment is ready soon!! lol Happy T day Linda!! Hugs! deb

  19. Well, congratulate Todd on his new job. That is fab news. Lets hope his place doesn't take too much longer. But I'm sure it's nice to have him home for a while.
    Two beach holidays! Okay, the first one was a working holiday, nevertheless, the beach looks lovely.
    Your art journal page is great. I love the green back ground. It's almost too nice to cover. But your owl and quote are very good.
    Lucky you to win that booty. I love the coffee themed stamps.
    Happy T-Day,

  20. Wow! Even though you wren cleaning I bet you had fun and I look forward to seeing your other photos next time! Congratulations on your win of those fabulous stamps! Your art looks fabulous! Congrats to your son too! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  21. Gorgeous, beautiful Mother's card.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  22. Oh Linda, so much to love in your post...I adore the beach, even on cold rainy days. The ocean and waves seem to have a different 'personality' every day. I could watch them all day, and would probably not have been much help cleaning! ;) Such a beautiful Mother's Day card...which reminds me that I need to get my act together and make a card also! And your quirky bird is fabulous! Love that phrase...I may have to steal that! happy T day!

  23. Just one beach vacation sounds like a treat to me. 2? Heaven!

    Happy late T Day :)

  24. Beautiful posting and your work.
    The saying is great

  25. A really great post.

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

  26. Your quirky bird is terrific, and he has such good advice too.

  27. What a happy post. Two holidays! My word you are lucky. Love your Mothers Day card.

  28. Happy PPF Sweetie, hugs, Valerie

  29. Lovely art, Happy Mom's Day! Congrats on your son's job, working from home jobs seem to be a trend these days.

  30. What a fun little quirky bird! How adorable! And lucky you with beach vacations. How fun! The NJ shore beach area is so pretty and fun :)

  31. I just love your green art works! The crown is sometimes needed :) Happy PPF!

  32. The spiderweb and owl collage came out so well! You are looking to have had two vaccays.
    Happy PPF

  33. Love the bird art and the quote! Hope you and your son can work out an arrangement so you can get to your paints. Your Mothers Day card is gorgeous!

  34. Luv the stylish D and Y in your mothers day card
    happy PPF

    Much love...

  35. Haha! Fun words on your quirky bird! and a lovely painting. I've taken Tamara's workshop too, but it might be another one about quirky birds, sitting on a branch.
    So nice to see you and your family. Congrats to your son, hope you'll find out where to work, or what to work on! My working place is tiny! I'm dreaming of a atelier!

  36. How nice of you to help spring clean!

    Enjoyed seeing your art and congrats on your win.

  37. Hello Linda, What a fun and full post. How kind you are to help your friends. I actually like to help OTHER people declutter but ... need to get to doing it for myself. Congratulations on the wins!! Isn't it fun? I also won something ~~ a free online workshop. Over 700 people entered so I feel grateful. Lovely photo of the family. Thanks for all of the sharing.
    ~~ Irene

  38. What a fabulous post Linda!! Such happy News for your adorable son! I love the family photos those are keepers to look back on for years to come!! Congratulations on his new success!! So sweet of you to help your friend...always fun cleaning with a buddy!! Your card is beautiful and I am in love with your little owl and the quote....PERFECTION in my books... When you said the line, " don't hate me cuz I'm beautiful" I had to laugh cuz I sometime jest that way too!! You deserve to win because you are a WINNER in every way possible!! The world NEEDS more YOU!! Happy Mothers Day my friend!!

    Hugs Giggles

  39. I had been wondering where you went to ... :-) oh, I love that quirky bird of yours! So cute and the quote is perfect. And your mother's day card is elegant and pretty. She'll love it!

  40. Thank you for a lovely post and visit on my site.
    Happy weekend ❤

  41. Fab art, sounds like a good time with holidays and a stash win!

  42. Lovely quirky bird. I like the peony stamp very much! Hope you get your studio space back very must be full of ideas and bursting to get at them!

  43. Such a beautiful Mother's Day card and I do envy you for two beach vacations back to back - wow! But, really, your bird - that is something else, I love it, especially as I also happen to love grunge. Now I definitely have to look at that course, too.

    P.s. In case you are anything like me (and might not hop back to the comment you left on my site, here is my reply to you :): Hi Linda, so glad you popped over and that you like my three girls. Tam's classes are really affordable and at a sale - they're a steal. I got this course and the Magical Mythical Makings when I signed up for Lifebook 2017. I am totally behind on Life Book, but that's o.k. as you can download the content. My first Willowing course was Fabulous Faces and I may also have Ultimate Whimsy and some free content. As you can tell I love to learn and art lots of things. Now I got to check out the Quirky Birds.

  44. Linda, thanks for droopy by my blog. I have the same book on faux encaustic you mention. I have read it and deemed most of the techniques too much work - LOL - so I am mostly just playing around with various recipes of gel mediums. I have another one I've done that I will post in the next few weeks - I think I"m getting there. I am amazed at your gorgeous Mothers' Day card! I thought maybe the flowers were a printed background. Fab! And your quirky little bird really tickled me. I love the saying too! And the rich background you made is fantastic. Good luck to your son and I hope his apartment is ready soon so you can get your art area back to normal. In the meantime, I've always felt that dining room tables are overrated as eating areas and much better suited to art work. :)

  45. What wonderful art, so much fun! I'm glad you were able to help your friend and congrats to your son on his new job.

  46. Hello Linda! First of all I want ot say that your blog header is so pretty! I just love it. Congrats on winning the giveaway - that's always so much fun. I'm glad for your son's new job - and hope you'll find a way to make some art while displaced from your desk. Thanks for sharing you quirky bird. I have wondered if I wanted to try that class. Hope you have a great week!

  47. your Bird class seem fun, wish there was something like that where I live :)

  48. Wow, you have been a busy bee. Congrats on your son's job. Glad you are enjoying those stamps and can't wait to see what you come up with. Love seeing your projects in the works. Hugs, Autumn


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