Monday, May 3, 2021

T Stands For Lehigh Valley TRASH Pact



 I'm going to begin today's post with a few photos from the other Saturday when we not only cleaned up trash from a local park but we helped our daughter in love Kyra celebrate the first year since the inception of Lehigh Valley Trash Pact, a volunteer organization formed and created by Kyra. I have a bit about it along with links here in this post.

 These photos are courtesy of our friend Lynn. Her photography business website: Lynn Ashley Photo LLC 

                                       Bill and I doing our part

                              Kyra's sister Paige with her dog Doug helping out

                                Kyra made sure there were plenty of gloves, trash bags and more available to anyone that came to help:

 I took this shot of Kyra with Todd on the left and her grandmother on the right. Kyra provided snacks as well as water and coffee (on the right side of the table - my ticket for T Stands For Tuesday 😁!) Our friend Lynn designed the logo for the organization and  merchandise being sold. Oh, and besides everything else, Kyra supplied every volunteer with a printed T shirt! She truly has her heart and soul in this 💚 There were a large number of volunteers of all ages that came to support the organization and park clean up. It was a great time had by all! One more photo (courtesy of Todd):

 And now on to the art!
First up is a junk journal page for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (theme is "Feminine"):

 The postage stamps are recycled from an envelope. Botanical collage tissue and sentiment sticker are Tim Holtz. The bee is from a napkin.

 For Art Journal Journey (theme this month is "Language" with guest host Elle) and for Try It On Tuesday (theme is "Inspired By a Song"):

aaah, the language of love!  The song 'Love Hurts' by Nazareth was the inspiration for my page. You can have a listen here:

 For the page I used a Dina Wakley Faces Collage Paper, Scribble Sticks, and her  Block Alphas stamp set. I added some extra scribbles with a black Fude Ball pen, and for the dimensional teardrop I used Paper Glaze.

 This page was done on one of the dark denim pages in the Dina Wakley Blue Edition Media Journal:

Dina Wakley stencils, stamps, and Collage paper - Words. Joining Paint Party Friday!

Have a wonderful week- and a beautiful and happy Mother's Day Sunday here in the US 💐

  •  “By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.”                  Edwin Elliot


  1. Trash clean up is so much better when you are with a group. That Helen Keller quote is so true. It goes faster, and you all get to feel good together. Looks like you had a nice day to be out doing some public service too. And I love your art for Try It on Tuesday and also for AJJ this week. That's a good old song. Thanks for sharing with us Linda. I hope you have a great first week of May and a happy T day too. Hugs-Erika

  2. Figuring out ways to improve the community is really admirable. The park near our house seems to stay very clean: I think people respect it.

    best... mae at

  3. Kyra is a person after my heart. I'm so glad she has taken on this park project. Looks like she got a good sponsor in Lynn, too. I am so glad she took on this project and has truly taken it to heart.

    Your art this week is wonderful. I love the stamps you sewed to the page. At first, I thought it was an index card.

    I absolutely LOVE the way you characterized language. It was beautiful that you also used a song that spoke of the language of love. Thanks for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey using Elle's theme.

    And thanks for sharing all your art this week and Kyra's trash day where she had drinks set up. That's a different, but nice way to share T this Tuesday, dear Linda.

  4. Helen Keller sure was an amazing woman. I mean... she even could talk!

    I´ll never understand people leaving trash behind, dumb and sad. Dumb, those people, I mean.

    Beautiful pages, especially the first one speaks to me.
    Happy T-Day!

  5. That's a great way to help the environment, kudos to Kyra and to all who helped, well done. Beautiful art as always, your art is really brilliant. Thanks, too for linking to AJJ and to TIOT, much appreciated. Great music, too. Happy T Day, and have a good week! Hugs, Valerie

  6. Great the garbage campaign and how important it is that you support your daughter with it. .Great photos!!!
    Your pages are beautifully designed and with the great video
    Have a good day, hugs Elke

  7. That quote and the page you made really do emphasise the community spirit that occurs when doing a clean up. We used to have them regularly when we were at our old house.
    It looks as though you had a good time.
    I love the feminine page in your junk journal.
    The 'Love Hurts' page says so much in that face - love how your added the teardrop.
    Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday and at AJJ. Happy T Day Hugs, Chrisx

  8. Fabulous post! I loved seeing your volunteering photos and it looks like everyone had fun helping out 😁. Your art is wonderful, I'll be singing that song all day know too 😉 ...thanks for joining us at Try it on Tuesday! Take care and Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  9. What a great idea to get together to clean up the area, we have people here who do it, they collect money to buy plants etc to brighten up the place too.
    Lovely artwork and I remember that song although I wouldn’t have known who sang it.
    Happy T day
    Jan x

  10. That's great to have a trash clean-up, really ell done.
    I'm listening to Nazareth as I comment - how marvellous to see a live concert. They are trying out mass clubbing events here.
    I just love all your art. The stamps with the bee one is so colourful and fresh and your piece of the song title is dramatic. I saw your last one on Instagram and enjoyed seeing it again.

  11. So admirable to join in the clean up efforts - I did a beach clean up one year and it felt so good so I know you felt you accomplished something. Love the pictures too.

    Your art is fabulous. Great song to be inspired by (love the focus on the language of love - inspires me) and love the jeans background on your together page (which works so welal with your clean up efforts) plus your great images. All super well done!!!

    Happy T day!

  12. An inspirational quote, and it's also an inspiration to see it put into action. I'm not familiar with that cover, but I know the Roy Orbison one ;) Happy T Tuesday!

  13. I loved seeing and hearing about your DIL's community service. Sounds like she is doing a great job and loving it. So sad though that we need services such as trash pick-up. If only people could carry their trash to a trash can.
    Lovely art this week. I love the postage stamp theme but that fern on your denim page is my favorite!
    Happy Tea Day,

  14. If we don't stick together and bring change then we are doomed. Lovely photos of a worthy day.

  15. What a great event you all had ~ wonderful photos and I love the 'stamps' artwork you created ~ Happy Week to you ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. What a nice thing to do, cleaning up the environment. Thank you for your service. Great artwork. Happy T Day1


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