Monday, October 16, 2017

Falling Into Fall

 Finally the weather is turning and it truly feels like fall. The trees are beginning to get bare, the air is crisp today-AND we may get our first frost overnight! Looks like I'll finally be putting my summer annuals to rest, but I love that they lasted for so long.

 I have a tag meant for  The Simon Monday Challenge ( It's a Dog's Life), Tag Tuesday ( Autumn and/or Halloween), and Try It On Tuesday (Halloween) :

 This is a shot of the background:

 I thought it came out pretty cool and almost didn't want to cover it up:)

 A larger pic of the finished tag:

 Products: manila tag (Ranger); Tim Holtz Paper Dolls, Mosaic Layering stencil; modeling paste (Liquitex); Distress inks- Soot, Vintage Photo; Distress Spray Stain- Fossilized Amber; Dylusions Ink Sprays- Lemon Zest, Black Marble; foam skeleton head (Creatology); witch hat sticker (Nicole); Tim Holtz Seasonal Chit Chat stickers; bat sticker (Recollections); spider ribbon (Michaels).

 My beverage and food of choice this week for T  Stands For Tuesday:

 This is outside our motel room in Cape May. One morning we decided to make our coffee there and walk around the corner to pick up a few goodies at a newly opened bakery. Unfortunately I didn't take my camera with me-but it looked like a fancy bakery in Europe-and the pastries were just as good! We both had a pain au chocolat and Bill also had a currant scone. 

 Our view from our room:

 I have an autumn inspired journal page:

 A coat of gesso was applied to the page. I put dots of Golden High Flow inks (Nickel Azo Gold, Quinacridone Red, and Green Gold) randomly around the page then used a wad of deli paper to smoosh the inks around. Black spatters were added with watered down black acrylic paint. Leaves (Darkroom Door) were stencilled on. Glued on a patterned paper scrap and Tim Holtz Ideaology Quote Chip. Wrote sentiment with a black Molotow pen.

 Joining with Art Journal Journey (theme is Landscapes Of The Soul); Mix It Monthly (theme is Autumn) and Paint Party Friday

 I got some new cookbooks to read (and hopefully find some new good recipes!). I love reading cookbooks and these three really appealed to me as they have a wealth of good information. Best of all I got them from a bookseller (via a catalogue) for only a few dollars a piece compared to what they wanted for them on Amazon!

Do you like to read cookbooks? What are you currently reading?

 Lastly- I am still cleaning out/purging and took 2 bags of clothes, 1 bag of shoes and purses away-yay! and that inspired me to get my 2018 planner ready to go! You can see the original one in this post along with links and the YouTube video that I used.

 For the front and back covers I simply resized and printed out two of my pieces of art and slipped them into the plastic to change them from last years. Oops- should have changed the color cartridge before printing the back side one! Then I printed out the monthly calendar pages and weekly pages for each month from Scattered Squirrel (free!). I kept the same pockets and dividers I had made last year. Done!

  That's it for now.  Coming soon- some abstract art and photoshop play, a winery tour, and who knows what else:) XO

" Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day."
                                                                                                         Shira Tamir

                                               don't you just LOVE this quote?


  1. Firstly, well done on clearing out and purging - I have sacks ready and haven't done anything yet! Wonderful art as always, love that cute little dog, and thanks so much for joining us at Tag Tuesday, much appreciated. Great autumn page, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. Autumn has yet to arrive here, but it did get cold Sunday night. So chilly in fact, I actually pulled a blanket onto my bed. No frost or freeze yet, at least, so my herb garden is still going strong.

    I adore your Halloween inspired tag. It is gorgeous. I also like the background and sometimes have trouble covering mine, too.

    Those recipe books look interesting. I would like to know more about the soup cleansing and the anti-inflammatory recipes. I have so many recipe books now, I need to get rid of a few of the ones I never use anymore.

    I was really impressed with your decluttering efforts and your new 2018 planner. Good for you.

    Of course, I really enjoyed the coffee and pastries you two had. It looked like a great place to sit and enjoy the beach, too.

    Thanks for sharing your great art, your beautiful tag, your new 2018 planner, and your coffee and pastries with us for T this Tuesday. Pain au chocolat even sounds French!

  3. each week i wonder how much time you find for art... the ajj is perfectly corresponding to nature just now, and i totally understand you almost couln´t use this wonderful background of the tag... (and thus the Backgrounds amassed here over time...LOL)
    happy t-day, linda!

  4. This is a great, beautiful journal with the words !!! it is so appropriate to my topic soul landscapes at AJJ! Thanks for linking!
    Your other works are beautifully designed
    Happy Day

  5. Thanks bunches for sharing your tag with us at TioT this time! It's a perfect take on our theme and I just love your spooky friends!

  6. Its a fantastic Halloween tag Linda. The background has great textures and I loved your 'spooky friends'. thank you for joining the Halloween fun at TioT's as well.
    Your autumn page has gorgeous colours and a lovely quote.
    Next years planner is looking good as well.
    Happy T day wishes, the pastries you showed us looked very tempting.
    Yvonne xx

  7. I love reading cookbooks too. I have too many though so when I go to make something I don't know where to look. :) I love your Halloween tag Linda. I did a similar thing recently and put a new head on a TH figure. Yours is better than mine though. I love the silly skull. You've been busy making art (I am jealous- I want to stay home and make art today) and I wish it was summer and I was at that beach too. It looks pretty. Have a great T day. Hugs-Erika

  8. OMG - you never cease to amaze me with your art and posts - this is no exception Linda!
    Thank you for this wonderful art linked to Art Journal Journey and Try It On Tuesday! Happy T-Day my friend!
    Happy rest of the week for you!
    oxo Susi

  9. OmGosh i DO love that last quote... i might have to steal that one from you Linda...

    I have that problem too... i work so hard to get a background i like then i have to cover it up... sigh...

    Cape May.. i think my family used to go there when i was little.... faint memories....That bakery sounds wonderful! Happy happy T day Linda! Hugs! deb

  10. Lots happening here-I love love the halloween tag and I have never been real big on the holiday although I love fall most of all. Love those textures for the background. Your autumn page is super nice too.
    we had a very light freeze monday morning but still have most of the annuals and now it has warmed up to the 40s at nite now. the bakery you found sounds like something my husband would just love to visit.
    I love love to read cookbooks. I have a huge collection-so large that several years ago I went through many of them and sold some on my blog my shelving for them was over loaded lol. Right now I am mostly reading 1700s and 1800s hearth cooking for tips on how they used their cast iron pieces.
    Happy T Day Kathy

  11. What a great post! Your tag is wonderful and I love that amazing background you created - perfect 😁. It must have been a lovely holiday being so close to the sea and I'd be happy with those sweet treats from the new bakery too 😉. Your autumn inspired page is beautiful and those silhouettes look so striking against those autumnal colours. Yes I like cookbooks and have just been recently reading a Ken Holm Chinese Cookbook and also one called Classic Italian - I'm trying to source a nice red pepper pasta sauce as my hubby can't eat tomatoes anymore 😁. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

  12. Yes, your Halloween inspired tag is great.
    What a bargain to get those cook books for a good Price! I love to read cook books too. I love to read Jamie Oliver, an English cook who does great, Italian inspired food and writes about his experiences. I just sit down and read and look at the pictures. If there is a récipe that I can get the ingredients for, I will cook it.
    I loved to see the pictures of Cape May. What a lovely place. That bakery sounds delish!
    Happy T-Day

  13. Your tag has me grinning from ear to ear, Linda. The background was gorgeous. On a bigger scale it would make a great abstract canvas by itself!

    I used to love cookbooks and have a good library that I don't use much anymore. I still love to clip recipes from magazines and print ones to try that I find online. I probably actually try less than 10% of those - lol. But we just got an electric pressure cooker, so the pressure to cook is back on ;-)

    I'm really impressed that you have your 2018 planner all set to go!!!

    Love the closing quote.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  14. Oh My!Your art today is truly DROLL WORTHY and in the best of ways :) I love cookbooks too and have way too many even though I thinned them out a couple of years ago. The Anti-inflammatory Diet one really interested me ! Thanks for stopping by my blog and yes the bottle is why I purchased the cider to begin with. Liking it also is just a bonus. For $2 you can't buy a nice bottle.

  15. Wonderful Halloween Tag. I love the little doggy. Your new planner looks also very good with the nice flowers and the cute owl. Your soul page with the autumn colors and true words is also perfect.
    Dear Greetings

  16. Love the dog in your creations and the Autumn journal has awesome colors ~ and hubby is rather cute in his shorts ^_^ ~ Creative and wonderful work, Linda ~ all very different yet similar ~ thanks ~ Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

    A Shutter Bug Explores ~ aka ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  17. A very creative Halloween tag, Linda! Your page is fabulous too.
    Great post!
    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesdays!
    Mar :)

  18. Ohhhh what a wonderful and uplifting post! Looove the lil dog on the tag so much and of course your sweet autumn piece for MIM! In the end the beautiful quote makes me happy, because I imagine those redleaves dancing in the wind, haha ♥ Conny

  19. Your autumn journal page is lovely! I am loving all the colors in the background. The contrast between the background and the black is very nice.
    I love reading cookbooks.Right now I am reading through a cookbook for people with Auto Immune Thyroid Disease. But some of my favorite cookbooks are dessert books!
    Happy Tea Day,

  20. Fabulous background on the tag. The skelly in his trenchcoat reminds me of the TV detective, Columbone! :-D I really love the view from your hotel room. Perfect to be able to walk across the street to the beach. We had our first frost last night, so no beach until next Summer. Is it July, yet? Happy T Day

  21. Oh I just organized socks - long, short, thick, sport etc. Plus I marked same color pairs to keep them together :) Now it's easy and quick to find whatever is the need :)
    I've cooked 'smooth pork sausage soup' and cabbage casserole this week - both yummy yummy!
    Have a great day!

  22. Autumn has such beautiful colours to inspire art and you've made the most of them!

  23. This is a wonderful tag. Than k you for joining in at TIOT
    Love Chrissie xx

  24. Wow! You really are ready for 2018 - I think I am going to get another from Muji as I liked the format this year - I called in last week and they weren't in yet. I love your Halloween tag and so pleased that you linked to TIOT! Your Autumn page for AJJ is such a lovely way to illustrate the theme! I have to sort through my cookbooks - I have a lot that I no longer use…as hubby and I keep buying new ones! I love your vacation photos - good idea to go and get pastries from the bakery! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

  25. Lovely post Linda.... cute Halloween tag.

    I like cookery books but I'm not great at actually trying different things!!!

    Your new diary looks brilliant:)

    Karen x

  26. Wonderful post Linda! SO much going on, thanks for sharing... I would have love to go to that bakery with you - my kinda place ;-)
    Love your tag!
    xo - Michelle

  27. The skeleton and dog are wonderful Halloween themes ~ lovely, Linda ~ ^_^
    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

    A ShutterBug Explores ~ aka ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  28. lots of gorgeous art here! i love the spooky tag (I cam over from tag tuesday) as well as the gorgeous journal and planner pages. xo

  29. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  30. Love your tag! And your journal page, wonderful autumn colours and feel. I hate cooking and never really read cook books, but I would really love to have a look through that Anti-Inflammation Diet one! What a lovely view and delicious breakfast. I always treat myself to a chocolate croissant on Friday mornings :)

  31. The tag is darling and I especially like the background. What a beautiful piece is "Collect Beautiful Moments". The color fairly leap off at you - so gorgeous. I think those Golden products are so good. But it was the way your used them that produced such great results.

  32. Beautiful art this week Linda! I like cookbooks but lately I just google recipes.

  33. Lot of beauty to see in this post. Love the tag with awesome background and nice images. Autumn page is impressive and Shira's quote really great.
    Happy PPF and weekend 💕

  34. Love your creative cards ~ all of them ~ ps. doing a linocut of Zoe is not easy ~ a Winter project perhaps ~ ^_^

    Love and Light,
    A ShutterBug Explores ~ aka ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  35. Awesome tag, and I loved the "fill your soul" piece!

  36. That dog with the hat is so sweet, and I LOVE the background of that tag. I would've had trouble covering it up too! How good of you to get your 2018 planner ready already! It's looking great. Love that sweet little bird ...

  37. Yes, I do love this quote!! Loving your art pages too!

  38. Wow Linda,what a fabulous post! I am smitten with your gorgeous tag, the whimsical dog and gorgeous skeleton steals my heart! Your autumn art and quotes are wonderful! Wishing you a magical wkd, thanks for sharing your creative world.

  39. Oh my Linda! What a great post full of fabulous artwork and photos! Lovin' the spooktacular tag! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy PPF :)

  40. I really like your halloweenie tag. Very nice quote too.

  41. Love the tag and I know what you mean about covering the background! I just love that last quote! have a happy week.

  42. Love your art, especially the tag I know hat you mean about covering backgrounds! Love that last quote.

  43. Love your Halloween tag. That little dog with the hat is so cool.
    Scones sound nice. I'm off to get some at the shop. They are freshly baked every day and are perfect for a mid-morning cup of coffee.

  44. Love the depth that background have to your Halloween tag...fabulous! Love your owl with a crown too! All your art pages are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the close of your summer weather!Nice meaty post!

    Peace Giggles

  45. Love that quote... and your tags, the little dog especially.

  46. I am always purging. We as humans just have too much "stuff" lol. Always nice to find new shops especially bakeries. I love the Halloween tag.

  47. You have captured the Halloween theme perfectly..wonderfully bizarre with the head on a human and I just love that dog...fabulous.
    Thank you for joining us at Tag Tuesday..x

  48. Glad you liked the donkey photo ~ I feel in love with it ~ ^_^

    Love and light,
    A ShutterBug Explores aka (A Creative Harbor)

  49. Linda, I am falling into the fall with you! Beautiful creativity and beautiful moments to share and collect!

  50. Where to start? You've been so busy this!! Love everything I see here, especially the dog wearing a witch's hat. :)

  51. I love the dog in the hat!! Also your autumn theme art is warm and lovely.

  52. Beautiful the cute dog! Love all your works...your planner looks good to go! There's always so much that you are doing!! :)
    I like to go through cookbooks too. And yes, I have to do some de-cluttering as well. Currently I am reading some blogs and I have a trilogy that I bought online that is waiting to be read :)

  53. That's such a great tag Linda, love the alteration to the gent and dog.
    Lovely autumnal page and well done on having a clear out - something I need to do.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
    Avril x

  54. lol, it is very obvious that you ahve fallin to fall :)

    I also think you were falling inte halloween :) Love the birdi at the end :)

  55. Oh what an inspiring post! I love your fall tag and your new calendar is so lovely. Good job on the clearing out, I have to make time for some donation runs myself...

  56. Such an interesting post, so many lovely things to see!

  57. Your tag and autumn journal are both fabulous! Definitely in the spirit!


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