Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Sunny Saturday

The cold temperatures are back, but not too cold. The sun is shining although they say tonight we could get a small amount of snow. Next week we are suppose to get pretty warm by middle of the week- all the way to 60 (15 degrees C). I hope that doesn't mean the following week gets snowy and cold. I am hoping for a low snow February (and March). 
 I need to use this sunny moment sun to snap some  photos of some art I have made. 
Lucky you who get a 3 day holiday President's Weekend here in the US. We don't get Monday off at school, but only 1 more week until our winter break. I am SOOOO ready for that.
So today I do have a journal page I photographed at night, so it's got a bit of a shadow.  I am linking up to Art Journal Journey and Rike's fun challenge of Animals A-Z.
Red-orange is a hard color to get right in artificial light. 
Sotoday I went for an Indian feel to my page. Or least I was attempting to get that. My background is made with my pastels washed with water and scrapped with a credit card. Then I stamped and colored the elephant. I added some bits of printed tissue paper on the edges of the page.  I painted and Stabilo pencil outlined the leaves, stamped some flowers which I then colored in and added the TH phrases.
I added some small green German scrap flowers and put some sparkle in their centers.

Finally I needed to do something for a border to finish the look I was going for, so I edged the page with a black Sharpie and fringed the edges with some scissors.

The hubby and I are also off to my Mom's to be sure she is stocked up on items she needs, which means we'll be gone all day between driving and visiting. But it will be nice to go out and enjoy a little sunshine from the road.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Year of the Dog

Today the Chinese New Year begins. It is the year of the dog.
Being a dog lover, I had to make a dog page for Art Journal Journey and Rike's challenge Animals A-Z.
You can see my page really has nothing else to do with the Chinese New Year.
You can see the spiral on the right because this is next week's page in my calendar journal.
I began by coloring the background page-as my calendar is a coloring calendar. Then I added the tissue over part of the page, as well as the 3 pups. I finally stamped the circles with yellow paint and then outlined them with a Stabilo pencil. Then I added my tag and the 3 gradually increasing sizedd dogs.
And here's a close up of the tag.
It may not be the fanciest tag I've ever made, but it is a tag with a quote, so I am also linking up to Tag Tuesday.
And as you all know, it is Friday. I could stay in bed this rainy morning and sleep. This is the second long work week in a row for me. But it is Friday and it is raining and fairly warm so I guess I can't complain too much. :)
And it is almost the weekend!
Hope yours is happy.



Thursday, February 15, 2018

Flitting About

Hi everyone. We're having yet another warm up here today, which is another tease before the next storm arrives in our direction this weekend. What a winter- as I am sure many of you will agree.
Typical of me, I am good with winter until February and then I can't take it anymore. Unfortunately I must, but I can dream about summer and so that's the theme of my page today.
I am linking up to Art Journal Journey where Rike is hosting  this really fun challenge: Animals A-Z. The hardest part of this challenge is picking an animal to make a page about. 
I started my page with a Gelli printed background (made on some printed paper-you can see some of that peeking through). I saw the flowers and that made me think of hummingbirds. I don't know what bird is my favorite as there are so many fascinating ones, but hummingbirds are definity one of the most interesting.  
That's all for me today.
Hope everyone is well, and I appreciate your visit to my blog. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

T Stands for a Quick Lunch

Hello ladies. Time for a little tea, T for Tuesday that is. I'm linking up to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog and sharing a drink related post.
So outside of work, life has been fairly quiet lately, especially quiet since a tire went on my car at the end of last week.  I can't do a lot of driving (other than going to work on my spare) until I get the new ordered tire put on (which should be today). The good news is my old tire was still under warranty so the new tire is only costing me $5.00.
This past weekend was also grey and rainy, which was a good excuse to relax after a not so quiet work week.  Other than running some errands for a couple of hours on Saturday, I basically stayed home.
But first there was a few errands that needed to be run. It was nice that we had to take my husband's car, no discussion required.
After we went to the grocery store and made a couple of other quick stops, we decided to get a little lunch.  Since the hubby had some chores we wanted to do at home before it got too late, we decided we needed something quick.
And here's a fast food burger place that I actually like.
 I had a diet coke in my cup. And you get to pick your burger toppings, so mine has lettuce, grilled onions, grilled green peppers, and a pickle with mayo.
 And the fries are pretty good too. The hubby and I split a regular order.
I haven't had a burger for quite awhile and it tasted a little bit like summer to me. :)
I love anything that reminds me of spring or summer right now.
Hope everyone's T Day is great!


Monday, February 12, 2018

A Quiet Weekend

Happy New Week everyone. I had a quiet relaxing weekend. Anyone else watching the winter Olympics?  I spent some TV time watching both the Olympics and catching up on this latest season of Victoria. The hubby and I planned a summer get away for a week in July which is exciting since we haven't been able to do this since 2014 as he was tied to kidney dialysis, but no more! And lastly I  spent a few hours Sunday afternoon in the studio. I decided to put aside the projects that were not working for me and putting me into a slump. So no Valentine Day cards for anyone and a few journal pages that weren't working for me got put aside until I get inspired to get back to them.
I did make this romantic page in my calendar journal for this week. It's a lousy photo though. I tried to snap it under a light since it was a dark and wet day  but that created dark spots and I didn't get the whole page in the photo. 
Oh well, I think you can get how it looks.
So I am linking up to Moo Mania and their latest theme of Love.
I am also linking up to Try It on Tuesday and their theme of Love Is In The Air.
Another busy week for me. Not sure I am ready for it to begin, but ready or not, here I come. :)
Thank you for visiting, and I always appreciate your comments. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Butterflies

Happy weekend everyone. Hope everyone is enjoying theirs. I am glad to have a couple of down days since this past week was a  long one for me.
Last Sunday I had some arty time in the morning, before all my art inspiration went astray. When I get a good art groove going I always try to leave a few unfinished pages so when I sit down the next time I have something to get me started. This past week I looked at at these partially done pieces and drew a blank. But then the other night I tried again and even though I had no ideas, I just grabbed a couple of stamp sets and did some stamping and then a little coloring. My mojo started to get rolling, and I created this. But then when I went to the next page, my mojo rolled out the door and when I tried the same technique I just made a mess. That will be a paint over page for sure.
But I will share this page with you and a link up over at Art Journal Journey.  Rike's fun theme is Animals A-Z.
I am hoping to get some mojo this weekend. I guess my brain is fiddle-footed right now.  (I am getting a word of the day from Dictionary.com sent to my email this year in an attempt to learn some new words and to refresh my long forgotten vocabulary. Today's word is fiddle-footed.  I think it is a cool sounding and means to restlessly wander. It certainly applies to my muse right now.)
Hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

My Muse is on Vacation so I Might as Well Read a Good Book

Happy Thursday everyone.  Yesterday there was snow and then freezing rain. The skies were grey and gloomy. My afternoon meetings were cancelled (luckily) as it was a bit of a dicey drive home at that hour and I assume it would have been worse later on. But it was nice to get home early in the afternoon and not have another day to make up at school in June.
I was excited to have some extra me time with plans to make some art, but boy a nap sure sounded good.  This week has been busy  and I think my muse is taking a little vacation. I've got the February blahs I think. 
But I do have this page I made last week in my calendar journal. It's a coloring calendar, so I colored my page, but didn't want a page quite so bold, so I rubbed some brown ink over the page, Then I added the paper ephemera and stamped  a quote, using the coloring page as my background.

But I have been reading and listening to some audiobooks. Not just mysteries, but quite a few mysteries. Trying out some new authors.
Here's 3  I thought worth mentioning. You might be familiar with these titles. None of them are new publications.
 Did Marie Antoinette and the King of France's son die while being held prisoner in the Black Tower? Since no one knows exactly what happened to him-did he die from tuberculosis, was he murdered or was he switched with another child and taken out of the prison. This book is a fictional story about this mystery, and also an interesting look at that time. I will say I listened to this book and after 2 hours I almost gave up because nothing much seemed to be going on. Then I read the reviews on Amazon that said to keep at it, and I am glad I did because at that point I suddenly  had a hard time putting the book down
 And what is the creature killing people in the Museum of Natural History in New York City? It's a little sci fi and a little science and a little police story. A little different for me, but it is good to shake it up a bit. I enjoyed this book and  plan on reading the next one by these 2 authors.
And finally my latest read. This is a cool story (part 1 of 3 books) because it goes from modern times back to the Anasazi people (Ancient Ones). If you aren't familiar with the Anasazi, these were ancient Pueblo People who lived in the southwestern US . They lived in homes built into the sides of canyon walls that were reached by climbing ladders down into their  villages from the canyon tops. 
Like this. I got this photo from Wikipedia and it is a view from Mesa Verde National Park, which is a very cool place.
Anyhow in this book there is murder in the ancient Pueblo and there are modern archaeologists finding the bones and artifacts from these people. I haven't yet finished it but I'm curious who's the ancient murderer and how that connects up to modern times.
And I'm on my 14th book so far this year. Man, maybe I need more of an exciting life.

Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Stamps

Hello everyone. Another big snow is blowing in to my world later today. I hope the worst of it holds off until I get home from school. The kids had a half day scheduled anyhow, and we are suppose to have meetings all afternoon, but I am thinking they will let us out with the kids. Or at least I hope. I know I wouldn't be able to focus at meetings all afternoon as I would be too worried about the roads. 

I have a page out of my drawing journal for Art Journal Journey today. Rike is our hostess this month and she has a great theme- Animals A-Z.  I think you can see a few on my page.:)
Last week I stopped at Hobby Lobby (again) and much to my surprise found yellow discount stickers all over the place.  This included their rubber stamps. I was naughty and bought 11 new stamps, but only spent $21. I realized mostly what I picked out were animal stamps. You can see some of them here.
I do think I need to stay away from Hobby Lobby though. The deals might be great, and I will certainly use what I bought, but how many art supplies do I need to buy in such a short amount of time?  Notice I used the word need and not the word want. I certainly could want to buy a lot! Especially if they are marked way down. :)
Hope your day is sunny and snow free. I am getting sick of shoveling taking up so much of my time.
Thanks for visiting.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

T Stands for Going Out to Lunch

Happy T Day ladies. Time to share our drink posts over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog once again.
So today I am going to share my Saturday outing from this past weekend as I mentioned in Saturday post..
My husband, my daughter and myself went off to visit my mother-in-law who is spending the winter in Maine at my husband's sister's house.  When we arrived we found my sister-in-law's daughter was visiting too, so we all decided to go out for lunch together.
We went to this old railroad station which has been converted into this nice little restaurant of the Sebago Brewery (in Gorham, Maine).
And here's gang except for me since I am snapping the photo.
(from left clockwise -my niece Sarah, my daughter Katie, my sister-in-law Debbie, my MIL Barbara and my hubby David.)
And since I was at a brewery I had to have a beer.
And since this is a drink related post, I have to show you.  :)
The water on the right is
 mine also.  The orange juice looking drink to the left was my niece's hard cider.

I ordered a turkey panini with cheddar cheese and sliced apples which was very good. And I substituted onion rings for my French fries. They were good too. And since we ended up having a late lunch, it was also my dinner. That was good since it wasn't exactly a low calorie lunch. :)
We had lots of laughs and a fun time together. It was a nice way to spend a Saturday. And good since we hadn't sen any of them since Christmas.
So be sure to stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog  and link up your drink related post for T day. :) I have a busy day ahead so I might be a little late responding to your blog.I hoped to get more done this morning before work but my computer decided to update and took forever. But I haven't forgotten and should be able to stop by tonight
Thanks for visiting my blog. :)



Sunday, February 4, 2018

I've Got Hearts

Another weekend is about over, BUT the Superbowl is still to be played, so I will be glued to the TV shortly. I spent my day having some art time and watching the Puppybowl. (For those who may not know what the Pupprbowl is:The Puppybowl is a tv show where there are some adorable puppies playing with each other and toys on a studio football field.  When one of the puppies runs with a toy over the touchdown line, it's a score. There's lots of silly puns and it's just a good time to oo and ah of the cuties.)
It's been a relaxing grey day, and I hope our team tonight doesn't drive my husband to bake cookies, which he only does when the superbowl doesn't go so well.
So one of the art pieces I made today was a tag for the latest Tag Tuesday theme: Have a Heart.
I found these foamy conversation heart stickers in the dollar aisle at Target a few weeks back and thought they were a lot of fun.  I decided to go for a pink and tradition look, so I covered my tag with tape and ribbon.  I don't know if you can read my token, so here's a close up.

Making this tag reminds me I need to get some of these candies for my hubby who just loves them. Now me, I'd rather have chocolate. :)
Hope everyone had a great weekend and are ready for the new week.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

I am Dreaming of Spring

Hi everyone.  We are having a couple of cold days here. Winter has returned, at least until tomorrow. when it is suppose to warm up a bit.
Today I was out all day with my husband and daughter visiting my husband's mom and one of his sisters over in Maine. We had a fun lunch out (will show you on T Day) and had a nice visit. My niece just got a job with a candle company and has gotten 22 jar candles in her first week of working, so she sent home 6 with us. The company  has burned all these candles once to photograph them so they can't sell them, but they are large jars with lots of burns left so the one burn really doesn't make any difference. Tonight I am burning a lilac scented one, which really smells like lilacs. It has me thinking of spring and warmer weather.
So here's a page with a little spring inspiration which I am linking up to Try It On Tuesday and their latest challenge, Fire and Ice.
The snowman certainly doesn't like those rays of the sun warming up the day. All I can think of is the wicked witch on the Wizard of Oz saying "I'm melting.". I don't think this snowman is an evil witch but he's definitely starting to slide on his right hand side. :)
Hoping for a little art time tomorrow. My daughter is home for the weekend though so that may not happen.  I'm feeling more inspired now that I've had a couple of art free days.
Hope everyone is have a fantastic weekend.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Second on the Second

It's February 2 and time for another round of  Second on the Secondover at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog.
And Happy Groundhog Dog everyone. Today marks the halfway point of winter. :)
I don't know if Groundhog Day is just a silly US day or not, but we will know if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and hence, how long the rest of winter will last. Of course I think whether he sees his shadow or not the prediction is really the same.
And for this month's second on the second, I want to share some owl photos with you. Not sure if I have shown you these before on Second on the Second, but since I had an unsuccessful snowy owl hunt this past weekend, I thought you might like to see the owls I saw back in 2014, the last time I went on a snowy owl search.



  Here's a link to the original post:  Snowy Owls-Feb. 2, 2014.
And although I haven't done a lot of art this past week, I have been keeping up with my drawing journal. Here's a page with an animal theme that I drew last weekend after my owl search.

Since the newest theme at Art Journal Journey is Animals A-Z, I am going to link my drawing journal page up. This month the hostess is Rike.
There are actually 2 types of animals on my page-the snowy owl and and the mussels (blue shells) that I drew. And I drew some dog prints too.
The weekend is  almost here and I am ready!
Hope you are too.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wishing You a Year of Adventures

Hi everyone.
So January is just about  history. Only a few hours  to go and February will be here.
And I am excited to say I did it. I had a goal to link up a page every day during my month long term as hostess for Art Journal Journey.
Thirty-one pages. Thirty one adventures.
And before I get too wrapped up in my own success, I want to once again thank Susi and Elizabeth for having me as hostess.
And I also want to send out a HUGE thank you to all of you who linked up and joined in the fun. Your adventures were amazing and inspiring. I enjoyed visiting all your pages and all the adventures you shared. :) And to those of you who were new to AJJ, it was wonderful to meet you!
Thanks for being part of the fun.

And so my final journal page is my wish for you in 2018.
I hope you have a year with all kinds of good adventures.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

T Stands for Dining Adventures

Happy T Day ladies. Tuesday has arrived so it is time to share a drink related post over at    Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog .       
So for T Day today I have a delicious meal to share with you.
Last Saturday was a beautiful day so the hubby and I took a road trip to the beach.. You can read about it here;Here We Go ON a Weekend Adventure.
When we finally left the beach, it was 2:30 in the afternoon and we hadn't had any lunch.We were starving. So instead of getting on the highway and heading home we drove through the coastal business district until we passed a place that looked good to us.
One of the places we came upon was an Italian restaurant. Now a friend of mine had just told me a few days earlier that it was her favorite Italian restaurant. They had a lunch menu (even though it was past lunch time) and we were feeling adventurous, so we decided to try it.
It's Ronaldo's in North Hampton, New Hampshire.
 The place was open but other than one other couple, the place was empty. Of course it was 3:15 in the afternoon, past lunch time and not quite dinner time. It had a cute decor though.

 We decided we might as well have an early dinner since even if we had lunch, we wouldn't want dinner until midnight anyhow.
So I ordered the Italian meatloaf. It came with bread, a side salad and of course, pasta.
I also had water and a Diet Coke.
 Oh my goodness. It was huge.
 But it was delicious. I think that marinara sauce was one of the best I had ever had. And the meatloaf wasn't too shabby either.
Here's the doggy bag with my left overs. It  feels like it weighs about 5 pounds. My hubby and I had some of them for dinner one night and there's still enough for me to fill 3 containers for my lunch at work. :)
And I have a new page for Art Journal Journey. For one more day the theme is New Year: New Adventures.  Then it will be February and time for a new theme.
My page today not only celebrates adventure but since I was thinking about Valentine's Day and all the hearts I have seen on various blogs lately, it celebrates the adventures of love and relationships.

This page looks better in real life than in my photo. I made my heart from left over Christmas ribbon, as well as a bit of stitching, some paper tape and some stickers. My background is a collage of various papers.
Thanks for visiting my blog and wishing you all a Happy T Day.



Monday, January 29, 2018

It's My Life

Hi everyone.
Monday is here again.  Another new week. Hopefully for me this week won't have much snow or ice and lots of sunshine. Winter weather is getting old by late January. :)
So today my entry  for Art Journal Journey is this mixed media piece. It was quite an adventure to make it, and that works with this month's theme New Year: New Adventures.
I began using a red pastel and coloring a piece of watercolor paper. I sprayed the page with water and then used an old credit cards to scrap the page and give it more of a sprayed effect. (Thanks for that suggestion too Susi.) Then a added a few strips of red origami paper. 
I used some darker red paint and a stencil to add some texture details. I also used the end of  a tape roll and red paint to add some circles.
Once dry, I added lots of paper bits including that beautiful bird which came out of a magazine.  Then when those were dry I added some final touches- little felt hearts, a cardboard star, paper triangles to make a bunting, some fabric daisies, a little gemstone heart and finally some sticker letters.
And I also have a few more photos from my trip to Salisbury Beach Saturday to share with you. CJ you might even recognize some of these views!



 Look at all the ducks slipped around on the ice. Not sure what yummy morsels were there that they eating.




It was a good weekend for me.  Hope yours was too. Thanks for visiting, and happy start of your week.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Here We Go On an a Weekend Adventure

Hi everyone. Sunday has arrived and as usual the weekend flies right by.  But it is the last weekend of January. Even though New Years seems a long time ago, it still doesn't feel like it is possible the month is close to winding down.
We are having a 2 day warm up and I am happy it falls during the weekend for once. I really need to vacuum dog hair out of my car. It looks I have fur seats.:) That is the first thing on my agenda today.
So yesterday the hubby and I went out for a little road trip on a snowy owl hunt. Snowy owls live on the tundra in the Arctic, but when winters are bad they fly south and find similar environments to visit for a bit. The seacoast area is perfect for them because when you get near the water there aren't many trees and it's flat. 
Some years not many owls fly so far south, but this year is suppose to be a good owl year. 
So we went to see if we could find one.
The sad news is we didn't see a single owl.
But the good news is we had a great walk on the beach.
The dogs were very excited to get to go for a walk too. That's my hubby with the dogs but I don't know who that woman is who stepped into the photo.
We saw 4 horses walking on the beach too. Here are 2 of them.
In fact it was quite crowded on the beach. Lots of people and lots of dogs.
But not so crowded it was hard to walk.
 In one area the sand had this cool bumpy texture.

 And up along the dunes there was still some snow.

This photo of a wet area almost looks like it was taken from a plane window.
 And can you guess what this above photo is about?
When we got back near the parking lot 2 of the horses were there. One of them was giving off pure horse joy and rolling around in the sand.
 It was such a joyful thing to watch. He kept rolling several times . There was a photography class on the beach and they all were also snapping  photos. And lucky for them they didn't have to hold a dog leash while they snapped away.
 And finally he got up, and then he and his rider walked away.

So that was one adventure. And I have an art adventure to share also. I am linking up to Art Journal Journey and this month's theme of New Year: New Adventures.


So today I have one of my favorite pages that I made this month. I began as me cleaning of a stencil, and then using a wet baby wipe I spread a little bit of the wet paint around, leaving (for me) lots of white space. 
I added some printed tissue paper, a little paper tape and a couple of quote stamps-which all seem to feel like they belong in the background.
The TH couple look like they are ready to go out for a Sunday drive. I don't know if people do that any more, or at least I don't. I still go off for road trips though, but I'll go any day of the week that I'm able. :) But I do remember my parents talking about taking Sunday drives when they were kids, going off to visit relatives or going someplace for picnics. Is that something only my parents spoke of or was the Sunday drive a general phenomenon? That I don't know.
I have a few more beach photos I will share with you another day. And
you still have a few days left to join the adventures over at AJJ. Hope to see you there.