Monday, March 11, 2019

Spring Is Getting Closer!

  How is everyone? We turned our clocks this past weekend for Daylight Savings Time which of course means longer days of sunlight-yay! The temperature is slowly creeping up too so my color/theme choices in my art projects are definitely reflecting Spring!

This is abstract #3 of a series I am creating. I did just finish a 4th but I'll post it another time.

I have more Palm Beach photos to share and then I'll get back to more art.

 More window views from our friends' condo:

 We visited the area across the way with all the tall buildings. It's Singer Island. Very busy area with condo buildings and hotels galore:

 It looks SO beautiful from the condo window when we look across all the twinking lights on these buildings at night! Grateful to view it from our quiet space:)

 Our very favorite place to wander was the marinas and we walked it every day- sometimes more than once:

 Bill was in love with the palm trees and took MANY pics of them but I'll just share this one:

 and we also enjoyed some special Florida animal life while on our walks:

                                                    blue heron
                      these geckos were everywhere but quite harmless:)

 This seabird is called an Anhinga. We identified her (it is a female) after watching quite awhile and taking notes about her behaviors. She stood airing her feathers a long time after coming up from under the water because if she didn't completely dry the feathers she'd just flop into the water again. So cool to watch her!

 We also visited MacArthur State Park which had a lovely walkway across the water to the beach and a museum learning center and shop along with kayak rentals. We learned about various sea life including the turtles :

This loggerhead sea turtle was going to be released into the sea the following week which made me happy. One creature we did NOT see anywhere:

 and I am quite OK with that!

 On our final day before going for dinner we had cocktail hour:

and  this was the wonderful champagne we toasted with:

 Cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday gang and everyone!

 I made this tag for the Simon Monday Challenge (feminine/girly), and Try It On Tuesday (inspired by a word):

   I started with a tag that had been swiped onto a craft mat with a variety of water spritzed Distress inks. Other products: background stamped with DOX- Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio; black Archival ink. Stamps used were - Ellen Hutson Bokeh Dots set; Dylusions Basic Backgrounds set; Dina Wakley word stamp from a set; Wow! Wall art stamp set; and that darling girl is from Inky Antics Long Hair Flair set! Polka dot washi tape (her dress)-Recollections; pink paint marker; Peerless watercolors.

A journal page in my Dina Wakley Media Journal:

  Joining Paint Party Friday, and Art Journal Journey (theme is Hello Springtime") hosted this month by Jo.

 Thanks for popping in! I have a secret but don't tell anyone-shhh... on March 15th I am turning the big 6 0hhhh! No special plans but on Saturday the 16th hubby and I will spend the day downtown enjoying all the Irish festivities celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Of course I'll have a Guinness for you;)
Wishing you all a super week and weekend ahead!

" The winds of grace are always blowing; all we need to do is raise our sails."  Anonymous


  1. Hi, I really enjoyed all the Florida photos, beautiful water views and loved the wildlife especially-looks like a perfect vacation.
    Great art too-loved the tag
    the champagne sounds really nice Happy T Hugs Kathy

  2. I have a love affair with Palm trees, so that one was not enough (grin). Those views from the condo were fabulous. Loved the tag and especially the abstract. Of course, the journal page honoring Jo's theme is really inspiring. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    Wow, you know how to party on vacation. That champagne was a great afternoon starter. I'm having trouble keeping my internet going tonight, so sorry if I am brief. Thanks for making this a very South Beach T this Tuesday.

  3. Lots of wonderful art, love the tag and the abstract, and fantastic photos from your vacation, what great views you had. The champagne looks great, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  4. awesome artwork, as always here:) and i like the animal photos and the palm - gorgeous. thanks for sharing. happy t-day:)

  5. I love the abstract - wow and the beautiful tag - so happy you linked to Try It On Tuesday dear Linda! I am thrilled about this amazing springtime page for Jo's theme - you made my day with this wonderful cheery purple - we had snow this night - my gosh - this winter has a very strong hand on us this time -lol!!! Thank you so much for joining AJJ again! I would love to be in FLorida for a few days .. all looks so relaxing and like paradise in your photos! Thank you for sharing these great photos of your fabulous vacation and not to forget to wish a HAPPY T-DAY!
    Oh Linda! I want to
    Sen you special smiles for every moment of your special round!
    May you be gifted with life’s biggest joys and never-ending bliss. After all, you yourself are a gift to earth, so you deserve the best. Happy birthday my friend!
    Big hugs


  6. Wonderful arty makes and such great ideas on them.

    The photographs are fantastic and always good to see places I know I will never visit. The food and drink looks very special.

    Have a great T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. Wonderful art and photos Linda! I absolutely love that first page, it's a great little series you've been creating!
    Alison xx

  8. Wow Linda, looks like you had a fantastic trip also. Your friends condo has quite the view. We also sw a lot of birds which was fantastic, wasn't it? ANd wow, the trip sure inspired you to make some gorgeous art. I love your abstract collection and your spirited tag. She is cute. Thanks for sharing her with us at Try It on Tuesday. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  9. Great artwork and photos. Happy T-Day!

  10. Linda your photos are lovely, gorgeous views from the condo. We sometimes spot a Gecko in our garden. Great artwork, I love the purple one, my favourite colour.
    Happy T Day, Jan x

  11. The Florida pictures are so wonderful to look at. Mmmm. warm weather. Looks like a very beautiful area. I loved the pic with the palm trees and hibiscus. I think it's a hibiscus. If not, that flower is now. =^,.^= Fabulous art with Spring colors. And enjoy your 6-OH St. Patrick's Day celebration!

  12. Wow, you stayed in such an amazing place, the views are breathtaking! Florida is such a beautiful place to stay and your cocktail party looked such fun 😁. Your art is fabulous too, the spring colours are perfect and your journal page of flowers is beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey and Happy T Day! Happy big birthday wishes too, enjoy your celebrations! J 😊 x

  13. Love your journal page - I've been playing with similar - and the abstract piece you did is fabulous - absolutely gorgeous. Palm Beach looks wonderful. I went to Florida a long time ago and enjoyed it there - I hope the weather soothed you :-) I found the humidity actually MADE me relax and slow down, which was really good.
    Great tag for Tag Tuesday and Try it on Tuesday - great word, too. I love those girls and the wall art stamps are fab. Love that graffiti. Great post.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Cath x

  14. I love the color and arrangement in your abstract piece. I'm really getting a strong urge to look into Florida condos for retirement. Your photos are quite motivational! Happy T Tuesday

  15. Mexico doesn't go on DST until April 7, Linda. It always feels odd to me to be out of sync like this.

    I love your minimalist pages. Try as I might, I haven't come anywhere close yet.

    Beautiful water views. There's something very calming about looking out over the ocean. Good for you to identify that unusual bird.

    Wonderful tag and journal art. Have a terrific birthday. At some age, I realized that it's not the number that matters; it what you do with it ;-)

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

  16. Awesome photos from your trip away, the views look wonderful.
    Your abstract art and projects look fantastic and I am thrilled that you linked the great tag with us over at Try it on Tuesdays.
    Happy Birthday wishes for your special day
    Tea day wishes Linda.
    Yvonne xx

  17. Your artwork is wonderful. I am really loving the abstract art that you have been sharing.
    Your trip looks like it was so much fun. Those palm trees are beautiful and add quite a tropical elegance to your pictures.
    Happy Tea Day,

  18. I love your Spring art and your tag is a delight too! Thanks for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Love the photos, what a great view and loved seeing the wildlife! Hoping Spring comes soon! Happy T day, Chrisx

  19. Wow, lots of art in this post. I like them all, especially the abstract at the beginning.
    Your Florida stay looks really lovely. I love turtles so I am also very happy that they are being released (I assume regularly). I don't mind geckos either. We have loads of those but I wouldn't like to meet a crocodile.
    Yes, palm trees are associated with sunny climes, but they are really not that pretty. But I love the date palms when they have all those orange fronds hanging down.
    Happy (belated) T-Day,

  20. Loving your abstract Linda - the colours are gorgeous.
    Reading more about your holiday, it sounded so relaxing, the enjoyable and peaceful walks beside the water plus seeing all the wildlife!
    Palm trees always add that extra special holiday feel!
    A cute tag and that gorgeous journal page are a lovely way to end your post. Cheers and keep enjoying your holiday memories :D) xx

  21. Your purple spring Page looks very fresh and friendly. I also like your Tag with that cute girl. Both wonderful designed.
    Dear Greetings

  22. I love how you used Andrea's stamp on your tag - that B&W polka dot dress is awesome! Thanks for sharing your awesome make with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. hugs, Maura

  23. Oh such beautiful photos of your Fl trip ~ and your illumination creations are divine! Perfect for Spring ~ Xox

    Thanks for your well wishes too ~ I am gradually 'on the mend' ~
    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  24. Lovely work on the challenges and Palm Beach looks fantastic!

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

  26. Thank you for showing your fabulous art and interesting photos.
    Happy PPF xx

  27. Wonderful artwork as always. I really enjoy seeing your colourful designs. Those photographs are super. I especially like the Anhinga. Not too sure about the weather, though. We're due more snow this weekend.

  28. Your abstract is gorgeous! I really like your use of the musical notes. Lots of wonderful creations today. We refer to the anhingas as the chorus ladies. They sort of wobble their necks as they sit on the edge of our back lake. They look like a choir. Happy PPF

  29. Spirited tag is awsome ~ delightful! YOu are soooo creative! ~ thanks for all your well wishes ~ went to Drs. ~ tests and appt next week ~ keep me in your prayers, please.

    Happy moments to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  30. Your Illuminate piece is very inspiring just as that extra hour of sunlight will be, we have to wait until the end of the month to take advantage of ours this year. I love your tag Linda, she's such a delightful image and your chosen word fits hand in hand with her character.
    Happy PPF Tracey

  31. I'm so glad you had a nice time, thanks for sharing your window views. Love today's tag. And your abstract is stunning.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog Linda

    much love...

  32. Happy Belated Birthday Linda, hope you had a wonderful day.
    Love the photos from your vacation and I'm glad you didn't see any crocs.
    Love your tag, she's so sweet and spirited is a good word to use with her.
    Love the abstract page, colours look stunning.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Avril xx
    p.s. Thanks for sharing with us at TioT

  33. Linda what a wonderful post. Of course I love your art. The photos are fabulous and thanks for sharing all the info. I am with you, more light and sunny days.

  34. Lovely wildlife you share today. Love all of them. Love your art. Illuminate sill suite our day. Sun is visible today. :)


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