Monday, December 20, 2021
Last Post For 2021
Monday, December 13, 2021
A Mix of This And That
How's it going? Ready or not Christmas is next week! I am learning more each year to be more relaxed about it all. Nothing gets accomplished when stressed, right? I'm taking a very light online class "December Pause" in which I get an email each day this month with various inspirations via links to poems, songs, art, etc. Liz Lamoreux's class is about taking some time each day to pause, to breathe, and to make a list each day in a journal. The list prompts vary and do give you time to reflect, and to focus . I love this. What are you doing to keep any stress levels down?
First up, and for T Stands For Tuesday is this new salad recipe I made. I find such relaxation in cooking and baking!
Monday, November 29, 2021
Sharing, Caring, and Fa La La La La!
Well, it certainly has become winter in our parts-brrrr! Thankfully no snow though. For those of you that celebrated- how was your Thanksgiving?
We had a really wonderful day/dinner with lots of conversation and chatter, and all shared in the best news- that our son and DIL finally won a bid on a home!!! It's been quite frustrating as the housing market is not only so overpriced, but the competition is really unbelievable😫. When they showed us the place they were hoping for we had a feeling it would be theirs because it is so them and their style. Yes, they did have to make some amends to get the owners to agree to sell to them and not any of the others in queue for it, but it was within what they were willing to do. And they will only be about 15 min. or so from us 💓. Move in won't be until early summer though because the current owners are in the process of having a new home built, and Todd and Kyra are perfectly fine with that.
I didn't take any photos over our Thanksgiving dinner, nor of the after Thanksgiving dinner we went to on Saturday hosted by Kyra's grandmother. So instead, for T Stands For Tuesday I will share this art journal page:
This page was for Day 5 of the November Creative 6 Day Challenge on Instagram with the word prompt of "Grateful". Tim Holtz collage paper background, Alpha Tiles. The cup is a stamp from Darkroom Door Coffeetime Set.
This page is from Day 4 - word prompt "Chrysanthemum":
I used two different napkins for this page. The flowers and part of the leaves were fussy cut before adhering to the page ( yes it was a bit tricky 😜).
And this page was for day 6 "Share":
This one went quite quickly for me and I love how these collage clusters came out! I started with mini playing cards for the bases and just grabbed bits of papers, fabric, threads, etc. from my ephemera containers. The words are computer generated. I'll definitely make more clusters like this to use on tags and journal pages- a great way to use up those smaller bits floating around 😉.
And I made this tag for Try It On Tuesday (winter wonderland), and the new theme at Tag Tuesday ( use the first letter of your name):
Monday, November 22, 2021
Journal Pages For Challenges
Hi peeps, how are things? For those of us celebrating Thanksgiving Day this Thursday will you be busy cooking and baking? I know I will but just for a small gathering including my Mom, our son and daughter in law, and her grandmother. Of course hubby's a given but he'll be helping me by staying out of the kitchen the next few days😄. Fortunately there is no lockdown around us and we are able to enjoy the day with some family. Wishing you all a happy Turkey Day🦃!
For T Stands For Tuesday I have one last beverage related photo from our last visit to Cape May to share:
And I created this abstract page for Art Journal Journey (theme is All Kinds Of Weather), (edited in> along with the new theme at Try It On Tuesday (which I just saw is the theme of "winter wonderland"):
I started by gluing a few torn pieces of colored tissue paper to the page then random scribbling with a Stabilo All pencil. Lastly I painted with a burgundy, dark blue and turquoise and then dry brushed some white over it before spattering and adding the words.
The next 3 pages are also in the kraft journal. There is another Creative Six Day Challenge happening on Instagram and I again wanted to join in. Here are the word prompts:
Day 2 - Harvest
Day 3 - Abundance
I'll share the last three in my next post after I complete them.
Joining in with Paint Party Friday later in the week. Have a super week everyone!
"When you cultivate love from the inside out, the universe will deliver it from the outside in."
Monday, November 15, 2021
T Stands For Tea Art
Recently I came across a tea art print that a sadly departed fellow artist had sent me. Above is a detail photo and here is the whole print:
This gorgeous art is by Tracey Fletcher King and you can read/see more in this post. I am fortunate to have lots of art in a variety of sizes, mediums and formats from artist friends, most of whom I never met in person. But my space isn't large enough to keep it all out all of the time so I rotate the art pieces throughout the year in order to display each of them at one time or another. Sharing this special piece of art with the T Stands For Tuesday gang. I raise my cup to you all ⛾!
Here is a new journal page for this month's theme (All Kinds Of Weather) over at Art Journal Journey:
I kept a lot of white space to capture the essence of cool and crisp and chose this Dina Wakley leaf stencil sprayed with Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays in fall colors then fussy cut it. The brick stencil is by Wendy Vecchi and I used modeling paste through it for texture.
One more journal spread- this one in the Dina Wakley Kraft Journal:
Here are a few close ups:
Dina Wakley stamp sets, Collage Collective papers, printed tissue paper sets. Posca pens for doodling. The face image was about to be tossed because I had accidently put a piece of paper with something wet on it over top of my image. When I tried pulling it off it tore and left black marks on the face. Then something made me want to use it as my thoughts went to "perfectly imperfect". Aren't we all...
Joining in with Paint Party Friday later this week. Have a wonderful, safe, warm, and creative week everyone!
“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life."
Monday, November 8, 2021
This Week's Musings
Happy new week everyone! This week I have a mix of things to share, but then, don't I usually😉?
First, I want to address some questions and comments in my last post about the Van Gogh watercolors. Though I have loved Daniel Smith watercolors the best for the quality and heavy pigment, since trying the Van Goghs I have found them to be just as lush and pigmented. You couldn't go wrong with either brand!
Today I'll begin with the last two art projects I did for the October 6 Day Creative Challenge on Instagram. You can see the first of them in my last post. I did get behind but really wanted to complete them after seeing the inspiration videos by guest artists.
I had some messy fun with this one:) The kraft page was sprayed with Night Gloss Spray. I then stenciled with white paint. the vintage image is from ARTchix Studio. On two of the corners I added a scrap of recycled dryer sheet. the sentiment is Tim Holtz. I sure hope not to see any real snow for a long time!
Looking forward to your creative adventures as I visit this week. Stay well everyone.
"You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world." Oprah Winfrey
Monday, November 1, 2021
Halloween is over and now it's on to thoughts about Thanksgiving and yes, Christmas too. I'm just pondering holiday card ideas right now, what about you?
Our son Todd and his wife Kyra just celebrated their 1st anniversary on Oct. 30th. Hard to believe it's already been a year since the wedding! Here's a selfie they took on their way to a nice dinner to celebrate: