Monday, October 16, 2017

This Week T Stands for a Margarita

Happy T Day ladies and any gentleman who happens to stop by also. It is another Tuesday already, which means it time to  link up a drink post over at    Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog. Tuesday is T Day after all.

Last Friday night the hubby and I needed to go to the grocery store, and we decided to go get some dinner before we shopped.
I'd been wanting a taco salad all week, so you can guess what we went for.
Mexican of course.
And it was Friday, the end of a busy workweek, so I thought a nice big drink would taste good.
 I'm always game for a margarita. The hubby liked that idea too. At La Carona, the restaurant we visited, they make really nice margaritas. But I can only drink one. That's my limit.

And my salad really hit the spot too, even if I did eat more of the high calorie shell than I should have. The hubby doesn't eat  guacamole so I got double because he gave me his. :)
Good thing I had just a small tub of yogurt for lunch.

And I wonder if you might remember this journal page I made back in July when Elizabeth hosted Art Journal Journey. Her theme was Summer Loving.
Here's the original link: Fresh Fruits and Veggies.
Anyhow, at the time I said I though this design would make a great fabric, and many of you agreed. Then CJ mentioned it would make a great pattern for kitchen curtains.
So one of my summer projects was recreating the design on fabric.

I decided to hand paint fruits and veggies on 2 pieces of white cotton fabric that was in my  stash and were just the right size for making a valence.
I stamped the words with some waterproof ink.
And this past weekend I had Saturday afternoon all to myself, so I finally sat down at the sewing machine and did a bit of stitching. The sun streamed in the windows, the only noise was the sound of the machine in its regular rhythmic pattern, straight line stitching was easy and relaxing. 
Not sure which photo give you the best view, so here's my new kitchen valence.

I even added a bit of lace I had in my stash. Total curtain cost was $0.00.
I am happy with the results.
Thanks CJ for the kitchen curtain idea.
That's all for me today.
And thanks to all of you for stopping by and visiting my blog today.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It Was a Beautiful Saturday

Hi everyone. Yesterday was a gorgeous day. Warm enough for shorts and T shirts but no humidity. After a morning walk I did some fall yard work. And I enjoyed every  minute of being out in the sunshine too.
So I wanted to share one more tag with the latest Tag Tuesday challenge which is All Creatures Great and Small. I had a tag almost finished and figured I better do it yesterday or it wouldn't get done in time.
The printed background is some clear sticker paper that I ran through my printer and printed out a photo of a Gelli print I had made at one time. I love how I could create a background with it and how the uncolored areas let you peek at the tagstock.
The bird is a stamped image that I then outlined with with Sharpie and painted. The quote isn't very clear in the photo, but I love how it came out since I stamped it twice-once in white and once in black.
I hope everyone is having or will have a fantastic rest of their weekend. 
Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Spooky House

Happy Saturday. I've got no big plans for the weekend but I love that. It means the time is open to lots of interpretations. 
So I am showing you another Halloween page  today.
I started with a piece of watercolor paper  that I was trying to do a picture transfer onto. The transfer didn't much work, but it did leave a slightly more yellow orange spot. I thought that would work like an abstract moon spot on the page and I lightly sprayed the background with blue inks.
I used a sepia colored photo of  New York City to die cut my spooky house. I think it is my favorite part of the page.  I stamped the bats except for the big one on the top which was a piece from my stash.. 
And I decided to outline the page with some brown paint, a darker brown crayon and some little yellow sticker dots.
Oh yes and the big spooky scary ghost.
I am linking up to Try It On Tuesday which is having a Halloween challenge right now.
And last post I showed you some fall colors, and here's a few more photos I took at the same time.

Hope you're having a great Saturday.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Too Much Going on in My Head

Hi everyone.  
Here's a journal page for Elke's theme over at Art Journal Journey. This month we are creating pages all about Landscapes of the Soul. I saw this head in the back of a magazine at work. It was in an ad for financial planning, but when I saw it I immediately thought of this challenge, so I snagged the magazine and brought it home.  Hopefully no one is looking for this issue. :)
I added the creativity takes courage quote piece because it easy for life to take over and eat up creative play time.  I'll speak for myself at least. But I do like the big idea lightbulb in the center of his head. 
Today (Thursday) is my Mom's 88th birthday. She told me the other day she doesn't celebrate anymore. At 88,  I think she has even more reasons to celebrate, but there's no telling her that. :) I am hoping to go visit her this weekend since she's a couple of hours away from where I live.
And as the temperatures cool  off and it feels more like fall, our leaves are really peaking with their colors right now. It's so pretty. I took these photos of this little river I go by every day when I leave my house. 

  They say there's a good chance for a frost tonight. It seems to weird to write that (even though we had a little bit one night already) because we've gone in and out of these hot spells all fall. But today was really crisp. Maybe fall has arrived for real.
And it's almost Friday. This week has flown by for me, but I'm always ready for it to be the weekend. I felt all day like I am fighting a cold (ugh) so I am ready for some down time to try to fight this virus (although I still have to work tomorrow) and hopefully this weekend I can do some more of my clothes switch over. Last weekend I brought everything out, and now I need to finish washing and putting everything away. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?
Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Halloween on My Mind

Hi everyone. Short post today since I only have a little time before I need to get ready and out the door for work.
I like to play around with Halloween images in my Giant Halloween Journal that I have been working on for several years now. One of these days I will fill it up, but it is fun to see year to year where my style is.
So Try It On Tuesdays new theme is Halloween, and I recently made this collage page in my journal. I figured I might as well link up.
I started by stenciling the spider webs. The blue streaks are actually pieces of  a skin I recently was playing around with. In this photo they look pretty flat but on the page they are shiny and really stand out.  Then I added this foam spider web that came from a little package I picked up at a local crafts store. I drew, painted and decorated the big spider. The vulture is a die cut that I had in my stash; they eyes are stamped on white tissue and then finally I added the spider and the poison word stickers.
We're starting to cool down today and feel more like October is suppose to be. I'm excited. Yesterday it was hot and humid and it was a touch day at work. No one wanted to do anything. Hopefully the kids will have a little more ambition today. Me too!
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, October 9, 2017

T Stands for the Weekend Wrap Up

It has been a  grey and  rainy weekend here in my world, but still, it was a good long weekend. Here in the US it was the long Columbus weekend, although lots of people did not have the Monday holiday off. I also want to wish a slightly belated Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends.
 The one chore I  managed to get done was to pull most of my winter things out of the attic. It's still  a bit warm for them,but I'm guessing it is going to suddenly get cold. It is October after all.  That was the one job on my weekend to do list so I am glad to have it started. :)
Sunday we had a wedding 2 hours away in Maine. I was hesitant about going, but glad we did as it was one of the nicest weddings I have attended.  We drove through lots of little towns and lots of miles of leaves which were starting to turn.

 And although it was raining when we left the house, the sun managed to peak out for ceremony. 
The couple got married under a covered bridge.
 The river ran underneath the bridge and you could hear it during the ceremony.

 And on our way to the big event, we passed this Maine roadside landmark. I've always wanted to see it, don't ask me why, but I think it's a cool sign. These are all Maine towns but it sure is a global smorgasbord.
And I managed to have lots of good art time.
I made a tag for Tag Tuesday's latest challenge "All Creatures Great and Small".
No, you're not seeing double either.  I stamped the quote twice in two colors.

And lastly, I can't forget it is time for T. After all that I need a good cuppa to relax and get ready for another work week.

A cup of tea and my knitting. Finally the season to knit some more colorful Christmas stockings. 
Stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to see what the T Gang has been up to.
And hope its a happy T day.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Those Who Discover

Yahoo-it is the weekend. I think I am a little too excited since I have a long weekend.  :) It's suppose to be rainy but I really don't mind because it makes great time to be inside playing with some craft supplies. :)
So today I have another page in my Night Journal for you. It was inspired by thinking about all the people who make discoveries about the universe. ( I just finished listening to the book The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. It was about Albert Einstein's first wife, who was a physicist and mathematician in her own right. I didn't mean my clock face to look so much like Einstein, but it does a little bit. I guess I learned a lot about Einstein from this book, and they aren't all good things which did surprise me.)
I am linking up to Try It On Tuesday. They have a few more days left to their Clocks/Time challenge. I had some various die cuts left on my work table and decided to use them here to make the clock face. Here's a close up.
I also had an old poster from school which was headed for the trash can that I used to cut out a lot of the other images on the pages.
I am also linking up to Art Journal Journey and Elke's challenge of  Landscapes of the Soul.

So if you read yesterday's post you might have noticed I was joining the group going to dinner last night with the Japanese visitors to our school. We had a wonderful meal (sorry, no photos) along with some formal speeches and gift exchanging. We also practiced counting to in 10 to Japanese and learned a few other assorted words. Can  I remember much of them this morning?  Nope. Being Friday night and having a couple of glasses of wine meant my brain wasn't in top wide awake state but we had lots of smiles and laughs. It was definitely a different kind of event than usual for me. :)
I did learn that the trip to Japan in April depends upon us getting students to go. We should know more next week when the first trip meeting happens at school.  I also learned that the woman who coordinates the trip is not going to lead the group this year. That means the 3 of us women who signed up to be travellers and chaperones  will be leading the group.  That was a little bit of surprising info as we didn't expect to be put in charge of the trip. (I think we can handle it but means we are now in a different position than just joining the group).
Luckily the woman who coordinates it will do all the bookings and the English teacher at the school in Japan will also help lead us. That is, if we get kids to go. It's all up to the powers who pay to make those decisions.
So there will be more news in the future about this adventure.

Happy weekend. Hope your weather is brighter mine is.
Enjoy your day. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

It's Friday!

Happy Friday everyone. It's almost the weekend, and in a way for me it is like the weekend already. Today the kids don't have classes,  and we have a teacher work day. We should have lots of time to do our work too rather than just meetings (ugh) all day.  Plus it's a long holiday weekend  as Monday is Columbus Day here in the US. I am a little excited for a day off  because the hubby does not have the day off.  Don't get me wrong, I feel bad for him having to go to work, but I am also excited for a quiet day to myself. I don't have any plans but I can think of lots of fun things to do. :)
Here's another page from calendar journal. I love the cool postcard on the bottom of the piece. It was a freebie I found a few weeks ago when we went to Vermont. There was a little stack in the train station advertising a local hostel. I wish I had taken a couple more because it is a really perfect addition to art.
I linking up to Art Journal Journey and Elke's thought provoking challenge "Landscapes of the Soul".
Somedays I feel like this and would like to disappear. But not really not permanently. 
Do you have any weekend plans?  We have a wedding to go to on Sunday which I have mixed feelings about attending (its over 2 hours away and isn't until Sunday evening), and tonight I am going out to dinner with the Japanese group that is visiting our school. The city I work in has a sister city in Japan that comes to visit every fall. In the spring, members from our school go to Japan to visit them. Unless something comes up, I am part of the group going to Japan in April. It is very exciting as I have never been Asia and finally I have a year that I should be able to go.
That's all for me. Happy Friday (or weekend if you should read this later), and thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nothing Special, Just Some Doodles

Hi everyone. I'm home from work. It was a beautiful day and too bad I had to spend it inside a classroom. But oh well. Work was uneventful and that  always makes it  a good day.
Thought I would share a few of my calendar journal pages from September with you.  I feel like I share these a lot but when I looked back I haven't shown you any since early September.

 I've been trying to draw some things around me , especially  days where I really don't have a whole lot going on.
Pushing myself to try to improve my doodling skills. I won't go so far as saying my drawing skills.
Try being the word. I guess it would help if I went back to using a drawing pencil and a stump, but I like to work quickly and not use up all my limited art time in my drawing journal. I like to start with my drawing journal as a warm up before I move onto other projects.
 Sometimes I get better results than other times. But that's OK. I decided this journal is the place to practice and learn, not just record and try to make pages look good.
I will admit it has taken me a bit to get to this point.
 The left side of my journal is getting too thick and it bulges up which make drawing on that side a little difficult at times. But it's fun to look back and fun to try out ideas. Whether they work or not is another story.
I guess that is the opinion of the viewer.
Or of me, the journaler. 
Thanks for stopping by to visit. I always appreciate your comments.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

T Stands for Baking

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Tuesday means it is T Day once again. 
This past weekend I had a quiet Sunday and since I've been wanting to do some baking, it was a good day to do it. One thing I wanted to make was some mini-muffins.
I have an autumn mini muffin pan that makes some little pumpkins, turkeys, leaves and apples. And since its autumn it's time to use the pan. I had no sour cream which my recipe called for so I added lemon yogurt along with some chocolate chips and some orange flavored gummies. Gummies are little baking bits made of a jam like material that melt into jammy spots. 
And then I wanted to try a new recipe. A few weeks ago Elizabeth shared with us that she had some flan for dessert. I'd never had flan, and I am always up for a baking adventure. Elizabeth was kind enough to share her recipe with me, and I gave it a try.
So my flan baked up quite perfectly but I had a little trouble when I went to flip it out of the pan. The top of the flan is a caramelized sugar, and if you let the flan cool completely in the pan then the sugar makes it get stuck in the pan. I did not let it cool to that point, but when I went to flip it out of the pan, my pan slide a bit off the plate, so part of the flan was hanging off the edge of the plate. Not a lot of it was hanging off the edge, so it didn't ruin it or cause the flan to break. It just wasn't as pretty as it could be.
But no matter, it was still Sunday dinner dessert.

It was so delicious I had 2 pieces. The hubby did too.  I usually drink either milk or water with my meal, and Sunday it was milk as you can see here.
Thanks Elizabeth for sharing your recipe with me. I will definitely be making another flan.  
So what have you been drinking late?  Stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog  to not only see what the T gang has been up to, but also to join in and share your drink (and food if you want to include it) post.

I also thought I would share some pretty photos from my Sunday morning walk with you. It's a good thing I took a long walk that morning since I had 2 pieces of flan. :)

Happy T day everyone. Thanks for visiting my blog.