Monday, October 9, 2017

When It's Raining...

make art and edit photos! The very warm muggy weather (yes, it STILL feels like summer here despite all the falling leaves; upper 70's to 80's F -yes!) has brought us a few dreary, rainy days (remnants of tropical storm Nate). Perfect for going through our many Cape May photos. So before getting to the art part here are a few more pics of places we visited for the first time. After 25 years of going we can still find new adventures:)

St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Cape May Point. Built in  1885 in the "carpenter gothic style" architecture. I love visiting churches and cathedrals. A few photos of the inside:


 There is a poem along with this beautiful mosaic on the wall when you first walk in.

Above and below: walking toward the front of the church. And on the right is one of the stained glass windows along the sides.

 Services are still held there during the summer.

Besides all the stained glass, the ceiling is amazing! There is an old general store across the street from this church:

The only little "convenience" store in Cape May Point.  The monarch butterflies were everywhere-so many of them migrating, and they especially loved these bushes in front of both the church and the store:

Don't know what kind of bushes these are- anyone? I'd love to find one to plant in my backyard.
At the back of the store is a small restaurant and we went there the next morning for brunch:

  Coffee for us both. A vegetable quiche for me and pancakes for hubby. Delicious! Sharing my cuppa with T Stands For Tuesday.

  For Tag Tuesday (All Creatures Great and Small) , the Simon Monday Challenge (Anything but a Card) and Try It On Tuesday (Halloween) I have this:

Large manila tag painted white, then  Deco Art One Step Crackle was applied around the edges. After cured, the edges were sponged with black Archival ink. Added materials: bat stickers, spider, boo tag, brad, washi tape twine (Recollections). Felt owl (JoAnne stores). Assorted fibers and ribbons.

 My first Christmas card this year made for "World Card Making Day" for the Simon Says Stamp Blog, and the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Christmas):

 Products: snow bear rubber stamp (OLD! PSX ); sentiment (Stampa Rosa (another oldie); Neena 110 lb. solar white paper (Simon Says Stamp); navy cardstock; Jet Black Archival ink; alcohol markers; Spellbinders die cut machine; Spellbinders Standard Circles Lg dies; Our Daily Bread Designs Stitched Circles dies; glitter glues (Ranger); Moonshine Assorted Sequins (Simon Says Stamp).

 And for Art Journal Journey ( Landscapes of the Soul); and Paint Party Friday  I have a journal page:

 It began like this:

Art script (Wow! stamps) was stamped repeatedly over the page with Jet Black Archival ink. Dots of baby blue, ochre,  and white acrylic paints were added and then brayered over the page with a sponge brayer. A baby wipe was used to remove paint through Darkroom Door Ferns stencil.

 Fossilized Amber Distress spray ink was sprayed thru Tim Holtz Mosaic layering stencil then Distress Fired Brick was sponged on thru the Studio 490 Basically Bricks stencil. To complete the page: black paint was sponged thru Home Decor wheat stencil. Circle collage (Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous) stamped on with Jet Black Archival ink. Bird stencil (Stencil Girl) added with black paint. Stitches (Whimsy Stamps) stamped across bottom of circle. Black and white watered down paint was spattered over the page. Computer generated quote by Henry Ward Beecher was glued on and edged with charcoal.

  Thanks for bearing with this photo heavy post if you made it to the end here:). Will be around visiting you throughout the week! XO

       " To play is to yield oneself to a kind of magic."        Hugo Rahner


  1. Wonderful photography and beautiful creations ~ my favorite is the last one ~ ^_^

    A ShutterBug Explores ~ aka (A Creative Harbor)

  2. Wonderful art Linda and that breakfast sure looks delicious. I have never been to Cape May but have heard it is really beautiful. That church is a real beauty. I love its vintage architecture and style. I hope you have some more photos to share. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  3. Linda, the name of the flower is, drum roll, Butterfly BUsh! theresa mARTin

  4. wonderful journal page, linda !!! The background is really so beautiful and the saying so great by Hugo Rahner
    I am happy that you have linked to the topic of Art Journey / Landscapes of the Soul, thank you!
    Your other works are also so beautiful!
    the photos are interesting from the church and the delicious food.
    Happy week

  5. St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church looks like it is off the beaten path and worthy of a visit. The painting is beautiful, the stained glass windows are lovely, and the church has a certain country look to it.

    The landscaping outside the convenience store was gorgeous. I agree that the flower is a butterfly bush. I almost bought one last year in pink. Most nurseries carry them.

    I so enjoyed your boo tag. It was very clever and really depicts Halloween, too. Of course, I was mesmerized by the lovely AJJ entry. You had me fooled with that Stitches stamp. I thought surely you had gotten out your sewing machine.

    Several people I visit were doing the world card making day. I can't believe you (and others) are working on Christmas cards already.

    I always love a good brunch, and yours looks wonderful. I would love to join you for a good vegetable quiche and the salad and fruit looked like perfect additions. I'm sure both meals went well with your coffee, too.

    Thanks for sharing St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, your lovely tag, Christmas card, journal entry, and brunch with coffee with us for T this Tuesday.

  6. Wonderful post, so much to see. Love the photos of the church and the general shop, so pretty. Great place for a holiday. Your food looks fantastic, too. Love the tag, and thanks so much for linking to Tag Tuesday. Those flowers could be white lilac, but they bloom in the spring here. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  7. just love your art of the week, esp the ajj-page (The Quote is bookmarked now) and the Halloween tag. right, best These days is getting an overview of the photos on the pc, they accumulate so fast! on rainy sunday i decided to make a photo book about the exhibitions i visited the last years.
    happy t-day! xo, johanna

  8. This church is gorgeous and your breakfast looks delicious! Happy T-Day my friend! Your art is so beautiful as always and Ireally are in awe of this fantastic page with the fabulous quote - wonderful created! I am so happy you linked it to Art Journal Journey!
    (Sent you a mail just now).
    Happy rest of your week my friend and thank you for all the lovely visits and comments on my blog!
    oxo Susi

    1. Oh I forgot to mention : Thank you very much for joining Try It On Tuesday as well Linda!

  9. I always create art if it's raining too 😁. Cape May looks like a beautiful place to visit, so peaceful and charming. Your brunch looks delicious and I bet it your vegetarian quiche was yummy with that fruit salad. Your owl tag made me smile, I love the design and spooky orange owl 😉. Your journal page is so pretty and the sentiment is perfect! Such a lovely Christmas card too, I've just decided on the design of my cards for this year. I always create three or four designs which are a variation on a theme so it's easier to mass produce 😁 .... I'm planning to make them this weekend. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

  10. A lovely post Linda. The photo inside the church and out look beautiful, I love to see inside old buildings.
    Your brunch looked delicious, I think I would have chosen the quiche as well.
    Fabulous art projects. I am so pleased you will be adding the Halloween tag to the new TioT's theme, the owl looks great.
    The journal page is wonderful and it is a lovely quote you used.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  11. A wonderful post, Linda.

    Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

  12. Love your snowman card you made for our challenges and enjoyed your photos of the church, too! Thanks for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  13. What a very beautiful building. And you have reminded me that Halloween is coming.
    Love the quotation you used.

  14. Well, as others have mentioned that is a butterfly bush... they come in many different colors....

    You my dear must be the 'layering Queen'... such pretty layers in your artwork.... I wish i could do that.. Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  15. All that stained glass and dark wood, a perfect atmosphere for worship :) We don't hardly ever see monarchs here any more :( I remember them being here when I was young, though. I've tried growing butterfly bush on my patio, but I think it's just not sunny enough. Your quiche plate looks perfect for me! Happy T Tuesday

  16. What a fascinating post, it's got everything.
    We love to visit churches on holiday; this church is really beautiful from the outside, and quite unlike our stone churches here. The inside is more like ours. I love the convenience store too, how pretty.
    Marvellous to see the Monarch butterflies, we have had very few here, I think I have seen three red admirals, that's all.
    I could easily eat the quiche and pancakes, and all the rest too, looks yummy (it's nearly tea-time here!).
    And then your art - the tag is fun and I do like your Christmas card, great to get a start so early.
    Finally I like your AJJ piece very much. The background is fantastic, even more so when I read how you made it and the whole design has a clarity which is so hard to achieve.

  17. Love the photos and the art today Linda!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's always a joy for you to visit.

  18. Delightful Xmas card ~ so elegant yet whimsical ~ thanks for your comments about Zoe and our Autumn decoration ^_^

    A ShutterBug Explores aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. A very nice simple church with wonderful colored windows. I love the mosaik madonna. Your breakfast looks very yummy and healthy too.
    Your Tag is so cute with the funny owl. The page for AJJ looks also very good and I like the words on it much.
    Dear Greetings

  20. love your photos of the church and food looks like a peaceful day out

  21. Good afternoon-Loved your post-the church was beautiful, and I have not seen a monarch here since we moved to this area. I will read through comments to see if anyone knew the name of the flower. The garden quiche looks delicious-I would love that Happy T Day Kathy

  22. Love your artworks, Linda, always with great ideas! Your breakfast looks delicious! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, the tag is so fun. Mar :)

  23. Pretty church.I think that plant might be called a butterfly bush. Very pretty, but they sometimes take over and choke out other plants. Your Halloween tag made me smile. It's a great decoration. Love the quote on your journal page. Happy T Day

  24. Many monarchs, how wonderful! I can hardly wait for them to arrive home to propagate, Linda. Lovely nostalgic photos from Cape May.

    Beautiful journal page. Thank you for detailing how you created the many layers.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  25. Love all the photos you shared, I am especially fond of old churches.lovely art work, and delicious looking food! Really beautiful journal page...happy TDay.

  26. Goodness, so much to look at. I really like the mosaic in the church, looks very old. Your cards are just fabulous. Hard for me to think of Christmas already but then I'll be one of those folks staying up until midnight in Dec. trying to get things done. Perhaps I should follow your example and start now.

  27. What a fabulous post…your lovely art work is joy to see and Thank you so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday! I loved the visit to the church too! Not many places serve brunch here so even though I shouldn't, I would have a little of each of your choices! Belated Happy T day!Chrisx

  28. Happy PPF! Have a nice weekend, hugs, Valerie

  29. Such a wonderful post. I love your darling Christmas card. You should print those up and use them for your card this year. Happy PPF

  30. Isn't it great when you find out there are still some places new to go visit. I enjoyed the photos very much and that brunch looks delicious. Your art work, as usual, is gorgeous. Love that Halloween tag. Can't hardly believe Christmas is just around the corner. Yeeha. I get to not make dinner, for once. I make it every day, except for Christmas.

  31. Beautiful art.
    Happy PPF and upcoming week 💕

  32. Beautiful piece of artwork! I love how the bricks peek out. The church photos are awesome. Stained glass is alwsys so lovely when the light shines through. I have heard that Monarch butterflies only eat milkweed.

  33. A wonderful art post! I love the tag and your journal page too. I really like the brick stamp you used. That's fabulous. I love churches too, just to visit and see the history. Some of them are so beautiful.

  34. Hi Linda, such super-beautiful art, love that sweet bird, very elegant and enchanting.. and I love the quote, so meaningful! Wonderful photos of the gothic-style church. Beautiful butterflies too!
    Happy PPF , thanks for visiting me too!

  35. Happy PPF, luv the quote about the artist's soul. Thanks for dropping by my blog today

    much love.

  36. Always lovely art ~ Boo to you too! ~ Happy Weekend to you ^_^

    A ShutterBug Explores ~ aka ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  37. Love your journal page. Great photos too.

  38. That journal page is so beautiful. I love how you layered the background, and how those bricks are shining through. And that sure is a lovely church ... Happy PPF!

  39. Oh what a wonderful little place with great sites!! All your art is beautiful and fun!! So glad I'm full because that food looks so yummy too!! Great post Linda!

  40. Hi Linda! I loved seeing the beautiful photos from Cape May. It is so cool that you visit new places when you vacation there. The church photos are absolutely gorgeous. And your lunch looked delicious. WOW! Your tag, your Christmas card (I haven't started mine yet!!!) and your art journal page are spectacular. I especially like your AJ page and the lovely quote! WOW!

  41. that sure is one super cute spooky owl Linda,thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  42. WONDERFUL ART! Sorry to be so late for T-day, things just kept happening.
    Thank your for the lovely comments you left on my blog

  43. love your journal page. Very beautiful and so true :)

  44. Wonderful works! I am wishing you a creative Sunday and happy PPF - Irma

  45. This is a wonderful post. Your art is amazing as always and thank you for sharing the photos.

  46. Wow, so many beautiful layers! I enjoyed your trip and the Church and country store. For some reason cooler weather makes me want to have pancakes!

  47. Cape May looks beautiful...putting it on my bucket list. I love the architecture and art in churches. Love all your creations.

  48. The church is beautiful. Your tag and card both have such charm! I love the other piece as well.

  49. Looks like a lovely place and delicious food! Beautiful art work too, such sweet cards! Enjoy the beautiful autumn, hope it stays warm for you!

  50. Wonderful story Linda...such a beautiful Gothic church (lovely architecture there!) and the mosaic is so Beautiful!!! Loved all your art too esp the Owl tag! SO cute!!

  51. Hi Linda, Just catching up after holidays, Great post, your pictures of Cape May look so delightful. Love the fun tag for TioT and it's a lovely journal page too.
    Avril xx


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