Monday, September 28, 2020

I'm Back!


 Well hello peeps! Hope everyone is doing well. Hubby and I finally made it to our last scheduled trip to Cape May (the earlier 2 had to be cancelled -you know why 😔). We weren't sure at all what to expect or how things would go as far as dining, etc. but we needed to get away no matter - and it was really wonderful, and we felt quite comfortable too! I will say we found it the most crowded we had ever seen  the center pedestrian square (which is like any town's Main Street) this time of year! People were on top of each other- in the outdoor dining places, in the stores, and in the surrounding streets. SO, we got away from it as quickly as we could, and then stayed away! After over 25 years of going to CM we didn't need to be in the center touristy area of shops and dining😉

 We also celebrated our anniversary there and were pleasantly surprised that evening we went out to a newer(to us) favorite place. More on that in another post.


 The water came up higher than we'd ever seen but it wasn't that cold. It was the high winds though and the cold air that was a bit challenging at times. To the left of the yellow house is the motel we stay at. They did such a super job regarding cleanliness and all the Covid rules!

 After some beach time we walked to have an early dinner at Ocean View Restaurant where we typically go for breakfast. But we have found their lunch and dinner food to be fantastic as well. And so here is my ticket back in to T Stands For Tuesday:

 Yes, we did eat indoors even though there was plenty of space outdoors. But it was windy- and I'm always cold so thankfully restaurants got approval to again allow indoor dining at 25% capacity. I had a chicken Caesar wrap which came with fries, a dill pickle and coleslaw. My drink choice- water. Hubby had coffee and a turkey club sandwich(look at all the fries on his plate- and he ate every bit!!) Of course I had to take half of my wrap with me and ate it that evening. Cheers to the gang-can't wait to catch up with everyone!
 And now for the art part.

 This journal page in the Dina Wakley Blue Edition Media Journal was made for the last Instagram "Year Of Gratitude" Challenge hosted by Dina and Ranger Ink. The prompt was "I am grateful for reflection". I USED to be quite a perfectionist regarding pretty much everything. I am so glad I grew out of that-because man, that was a lot of work I imposed upon myself! 


 Another page in the Blue Journal- this time on a burlap page. I used Dina Wakley stencils and gloss sprays on the page. I made three tags similar to this one to add to my pages. These textured tags were inspired by tags I saw on another artist's Instagram feed. I used dictionary text on the tag before adding the modeling paste, gloss sprays, and stamping. That bit of black mesh was lying on my art table so I just plopped it behind the tag. Joining in at Art Journal Journey (theme is "texture" hosted this month by Jo), Tag Tuesday(theme is "book pages"), and Try It On Tuesday (Use Your Scraps).

 I'm also getting back to Paint Party Friday later in the week.  Looking forward to seeing all you've been up to lately!

I thought this quote to be so appropriate since we are enjoying very warm, summer-like weather right now (as in 82 F as I'm typing this)- and I for one couldn't be happier about it😁

" Happily we bask in this warm September sun, which illuminates all creatures..."
                                                          Henry David Thoreau

Monday, September 14, 2020

Last Post For This Summer


 It is hard for me to believe that Autumn arrives next Tuesday-but I am determined to get one last bit of summer fun in before it ends😏

 Things wedding related have been taking up much of my time so not a lot of art has been getting done but that's OK by me as wedding stuff is fun too!

 Recently my future DIL's mother hosted a gathering of the bridal party girls at a local winery. We had a great time and the winery was completely on top of the Covid rules so we were very comfortable. And, it was outdoors. So here's my ticket to T Stands For Tuesday with a few pics:

                                                      me and my soon to be daughter💗

                                             me, friend Lynn(matron of honor),Laura, (mother of the bride), Kyra (the bride to be), and her sister Paige(maid of honor). Two of the girls are not pictured.

 A really wonderful cheese plate was ordered along with the wine and Laura made a large gift bag for each of us filled with a picnic lunch, game sheets , personalized drinking glasses and snacks. We had such a fun time!


  Two pages I did in one of my two junk journals - French on the left, German on the right using images and bits from my ephemera and vintage button stash. I believe the German word means "wishing". I'm going to join in at Try It on Tuesday as they have a new theme of "use your scraps".

 Not long ago my pkg. of new Dina Wakley products arrived from Joggles- in two days!! They were having an anniversary special so along with my order came 4 free rolls of Ranger washi tape 😄

 The only disappointment was that the new black and white text collage tissue was sold out so I got the plain tissue and...

 stamped my own collage tissues using the new stamp set and black ink!

and here the complete page of which I shared a crop of it at the top of this post:

  Dark denim page in the Dina Wakley Media Journal Blue Edition. Products: Dina Wakley- Collage Collective, Curly Fronds mask and stencil set, Be Willing stamp set. Other- white gesso, white Posca pen, Jet Black Archival ink.  
Happy to be joining in at Art Journal Journey (theme is "texture"), and Paint Party Friday.

 And that's all I got folks!

                    "Wine is the divine juice of September"     Voltaire

Monday, September 7, 2020

Time Flies!


 It's been two weeks since I last posted-yikes- and it's now September! Time certainly is flying by quickly now that more appointments are being made for my Mom. I'm pretty well caught up with mine thank goodness. Wedding plans for our son are moving along nicely but now I am busy making appts. for a dress alteration (now that I got my dress and shoes-yay!), hair and makeup trial, bridal shower happenings, and trying to see what we can arrange for a rehearsal dinner.  

 In between I am making a bit of time for art whenever I can, AND watching the Tour De France!! 

And as I have had France on my mind so much I got inspired to make a special French pastry so grab a cuppa your favorite beverage and have one of these won't you?

Chocolate Croissants- YUM 😋

 Cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday gang!

 Journal page:

 I created this page for the August Dina Wakley/Ranger Year of Gratitude Challenge.The prompt was "I am grateful for the kindness of strangers". Black acrylic paint; Numbers stamp from Darkroom Door; white Posca pen. Dina Wakley- media Journal, Collage Collective, Collage Tissue, washi tape, stencil, Ocean Scribble stick, Magenta paint; Archival Jet Black ink; alphabet stamp set - Inkadinkado.

 Another journal page- this one meant for the Sept. Art Journal Journey challenge "texture" chosen by guest host Jo :

 I love the texture of this heavy watercolor paper in the Dina Wakley Media Journal- Blue edition! Background was done using her new Curly Frond stencil along with a coffee stain stencil(unknown) and Aloe Gloss Spray. The photo is from a magazine. I distressed it by using sandpaper over it and a Signo white uni-ball pen to age it a bit and get rid of the gloss sheen. 

 Detail of the photo:

 I also added some stamping to the background using Heliotrope pigment ink, a text stamp(unknown), and a stamp of numbers from Darkroom Door. I had come across this beautiful quote recently and knew I had to create a page around it.

 The theme over at Try It On Tuesday is "neat and tidy" so I'll share this birthday card with that theme in mind, and also for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "stamp it":

 A shame you can't see the glitter on the frame on the card and on the butterflies on the card and the stamped envie😞. Patterned card stock- DCWV; ivory card stock and envelope-Canvas Corp; butterfly stamp - Magenta; sentiment stamp-unknown; Archival Jet Black ink; alcohol markers; Stickles Diamond Glitter Glue- Ranger

 Joining in at Paint Party Friday as well. Hope your September is off to a great start!

PS: my first time using the new blogger interface and I really do like it- especially that now I can add emojis using my desktop PC to post😉

" September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn."     Rowland E Robinson