Monday, October 16, 2017

Falling Into Fall

 Finally the weather is turning and it truly feels like fall. The trees are beginning to get bare, the air is crisp today-AND we may get our first frost overnight! Looks like I'll finally be putting my summer annuals to rest, but I love that they lasted for so long.

 I have a tag meant for  The Simon Monday Challenge ( It's a Dog's Life), Tag Tuesday ( Autumn and/or Halloween), and Try It On Tuesday (Halloween) :

 This is a shot of the background:

 I thought it came out pretty cool and almost didn't want to cover it up:)

 A larger pic of the finished tag:

 Products: manila tag (Ranger); Tim Holtz Paper Dolls, Mosaic Layering stencil; modeling paste (Liquitex); Distress inks- Soot, Vintage Photo; Distress Spray Stain- Fossilized Amber; Dylusions Ink Sprays- Lemon Zest, Black Marble; foam skeleton head (Creatology); witch hat sticker (Nicole); Tim Holtz Seasonal Chit Chat stickers; bat sticker (Recollections); spider ribbon (Michaels).

 My beverage and food of choice this week for T  Stands For Tuesday:

 This is outside our motel room in Cape May. One morning we decided to make our coffee there and walk around the corner to pick up a few goodies at a newly opened bakery. Unfortunately I didn't take my camera with me-but it looked like a fancy bakery in Europe-and the pastries were just as good! We both had a pain au chocolat and Bill also had a currant scone. 

 Our view from our room:

 I have an autumn inspired journal page:

 A coat of gesso was applied to the page. I put dots of Golden High Flow inks (Nickel Azo Gold, Quinacridone Red, and Green Gold) randomly around the page then used a wad of deli paper to smoosh the inks around. Black spatters were added with watered down black acrylic paint. Leaves (Darkroom Door) were stencilled on. Glued on a patterned paper scrap and Tim Holtz Ideaology Quote Chip. Wrote sentiment with a black Molotow pen.

 Joining with Art Journal Journey (theme is Landscapes Of The Soul); Mix It Monthly (theme is Autumn) and Paint Party Friday. 

 I got some new cookbooks to read (and hopefully find some new good recipes!). I love reading cookbooks and these three really appealed to me as they have a wealth of good information. Best of all I got them from a bookseller (via a catalogue) for only a few dollars a piece compared to what they wanted for them on Amazon!

Do you like to read cookbooks? What are you currently reading?

 Lastly- I am still cleaning out/purging and took 2 bags of clothes, 1 bag of shoes and purses away-yay! and that inspired me to get my 2018 planner ready to go! You can see the original one in this post along with links and the YouTube video that I used.

 For the front and back covers I simply resized and printed out two of my pieces of art and slipped them into the plastic to change them from last years. Oops- should have changed the color cartridge before printing the back side one! Then I printed out the monthly calendar pages and weekly pages for each month from Scattered Squirrel (free!). I kept the same pockets and dividers I had made last year. Done!

  That's it for now.  Coming soon- some abstract art and photoshop play, a winery tour, and who knows what else:) XO

" Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day."
                                                                                                         Shira Tamir

                                               don't you just LOVE this quote?

Monday, October 9, 2017

When It's Raining...

make art and edit photos! The very warm muggy weather (yes, it STILL feels like summer here despite all the falling leaves; upper 70's to 80's F -yes!) has brought us a few dreary, rainy days (remnants of tropical storm Nate). Perfect for going through our many Cape May photos. So before getting to the art part here are a few more pics of places we visited for the first time. After 25 years of going we can still find new adventures:)

St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Cape May Point. Built in  1885 in the "carpenter gothic style" architecture. I love visiting churches and cathedrals. A few photos of the inside:


 There is a poem along with this beautiful mosaic on the wall when you first walk in.

Above and below: walking toward the front of the church. And on the right is one of the stained glass windows along the sides.

 Services are still held there during the summer.

Besides all the stained glass, the ceiling is amazing! There is an old general store across the street from this church:

The only little "convenience" store in Cape May Point.  The monarch butterflies were everywhere-so many of them migrating, and they especially loved these bushes in front of both the church and the store:

Don't know what kind of bushes these are- anyone? I'd love to find one to plant in my backyard.
At the back of the store is a small restaurant and we went there the next morning for brunch:

  Coffee for us both. A vegetable quiche for me and pancakes for hubby. Delicious! Sharing my cuppa with T Stands For Tuesday.

  For Tag Tuesday (All Creatures Great and Small) , the Simon Monday Challenge (Anything but a Card) and Try It On Tuesday (Halloween) I have this:

Large manila tag painted white, then  Deco Art One Step Crackle was applied around the edges. After cured, the edges were sponged with black Archival ink. Added materials: bat stickers, spider, boo tag, brad, washi tape twine (Recollections). Felt owl (JoAnne stores). Assorted fibers and ribbons.

 My first Christmas card this year made for "World Card Making Day" for the Simon Says Stamp Blog, and the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Christmas):

 Products: snow bear rubber stamp (OLD! PSX ); sentiment (Stampa Rosa (another oldie); Neena 110 lb. solar white paper (Simon Says Stamp); navy cardstock; Jet Black Archival ink; alcohol markers; Spellbinders die cut machine; Spellbinders Standard Circles Lg dies; Our Daily Bread Designs Stitched Circles dies; glitter glues (Ranger); Moonshine Assorted Sequins (Simon Says Stamp).

 And for Art Journal Journey ( Landscapes of the Soul); and Paint Party Friday  I have a journal page:

 It began like this:

Art script (Wow! stamps) was stamped repeatedly over the page with Jet Black Archival ink. Dots of baby blue, ochre,  and white acrylic paints were added and then brayered over the page with a sponge brayer. A baby wipe was used to remove paint through Darkroom Door Ferns stencil.

 Fossilized Amber Distress spray ink was sprayed thru Tim Holtz Mosaic layering stencil then Distress Fired Brick was sponged on thru the Studio 490 Basically Bricks stencil. To complete the page: black paint was sponged thru Home Decor wheat stencil. Circle collage (Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous) stamped on with Jet Black Archival ink. Bird stencil (Stencil Girl) added with black paint. Stitches (Whimsy Stamps) stamped across bottom of circle. Black and white watered down paint was spattered over the page. Computer generated quote by Henry Ward Beecher was glued on and edged with charcoal.

  Thanks for bearing with this photo heavy post if you made it to the end here:). Will be around visiting you throughout the week! XO

       " To play is to yield oneself to a kind of magic."        Hugo Rahner

Monday, October 2, 2017

Back From The Beach Again

 Hi there! Sorry to have missed the wonderful things you all have been up to the last almost two weeks now-yikes- but hubby and I were able to get another trip in to Cape May, NJ for 5 days to celebrate our 34th anniversary. The weather was perfect-like mid summer rather than the beginning of autumn. And of course I just soaked it all up:) Just a few pics (I'll share more another time) then on to the art.

 The gulls were everywhere and totally unafraid of humans. They were just about on my towel-and I didn't have any food on me!

                   One of several sunsets we enjoyed sitting on the beach near our motel.

 For T Stands For Tuesday (hi guys!) I'm sharing lunch at Delaney's Irish Pub, our first stop after settling in:

      Hubby's choice- a turkey club, fries and a beer.

 and I had a CA grilled chicken wrap and a glass of sauvignon blanc along with lemon water. The food here never disappoints!

 I made this card for our anniversary:

Here's a detail shot so you can better see the gold leaf I used on the feathers:

white cardstock, feather stamp (Magenta), black detail embossing powder, Versamark inkpad, Versafine Onyx Black inkpad, stitched rectangles dies (Our Daily Bread Designs), Spellbinders die cut machine, Duo embossing adhesive (US Artquest), patterned gold leaf gilding paper, blue and yellow markers, sentiment stamp (DeNami Design).

 Linking to the Simon Wednesday Blog Challenge (anything goes).

 I may have just missed the cut off but I made this steampunk inspired tag for Tag Tuesday. Also joining Moo Mania and More with the theme of "Up in the air".

     The hot air balloon is from a purchased acetate sheet. I used colored glitter glue behind  the image before adhering it to the tag.

For the Simon Monday challenge  (theme this week is A Walk on the Dark Side) I have this ATC:

Patterned paper, assorted ribbons and fibers, collage sheet image, sentiment clear stamp - studio g, orange marker, yellow glitter glue, Versafine Onyx Black ink.

My September calendar spread (the second part ) was finally completed:

and I have also done the first half of my October spreads:

 Watercolors on the left and an acrylic painting on the right.  I was inspired to create this page watching Angela Anderson's  You Tube video. Edited In: So sorry, this was not from Angela's channel but from Painting With Jane.  I had been watching a variety of videos and got the artists mixed up. My bad. It's the first time I followed and painted along and I loved it! I learned some great tips along the way and love how it turned out. I am planning on doing a few more:) Here are a few  close ups:

 Joining in at Art Journal Journey (Landscapes of the Soul), Mix It Monthly ( theme is "Autumn"), and of course Paint Party Friday!

 It's going to be so much fun catching up with everyone again. Be well, and see you soon.

      " Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."           William Cullent Bryant

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Changing Season

  Well hello peeps! Here in my parts summer is ending and autumn begins on the 22nd. In the southern hemisphere you're going from winter to spring. Any special plans for the new seasons?
I plan on squeezing in one last bit of summer by the sea.

 But autumn colors are beginning to creep into my art (more on that another post:) For now I have this to share today...

 On the main art table a tag in progress. For T Stands for Tuesday I will share my green tea in the covered mug. I never did get that tag together but instead made this one:

 Products: Neenah Classic 110lb. solar white paper(Simon Says Stamp); Distress Oxide inks; Distress ink- Vintage Photo; In Stitches clear stamp set (Whimsy Stamps); Tim Holtz Ideaology Paper Dolls, Botanical; French ribbon(unknown); Assorted Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp).

 Linking to Tag Tuesday (Paris theme), Try It On Tuesday (My Friend theme), and the Simon Monday Challenge (Shimmer and Shine). I may be pushing the envelope with the Simon theme as I'm not a real shimmer/shine kinda girl but oh how I love just a touch with the sequins:)

 These are sitting in a corner of my art table too:

 While continuing to sort /clean out things I found this bird shaped chipboard book and decided to use it. I simply covered the cardboard with napkins to begin and hope to finish and share them in my next post which will also include a little giveaway ;)

 And on an unrelated subject I want to introduce you to my dear friend LuAnn's new addition to their family. Meet Daisy May!

 I'm an aunt again! Here she is coveting the Lamb Chop toy I brought her. LuAnn had lost her Ginger on Valentine's Day and I shared her memory in this post. Long story short, LuAnn found her on a FB rescue not far from us and when she and her husband went to meet her-they didn't leave without her. Get this- the shelter named her Angel because she didn't have a name. LuAnn used to call Ginger her "angel". Daisy May was born on - Valentine's Day- same day she lost her Ginger. Is this divine intervention or what? It still brings tears to my eyes.

 Daisy is 7 mos. old and the vet thinks a mix of terrier and lab. She's quite shy yet so it took a bit for her to warm up to me and trust me but by the end of the day we were good friends:) .

 Here she is all pooped out lying right behind my chair in the kitchen while LuAnn and I were enjoying some lunch.  She is such a sweetheart and is SO good!

 LuAnn sent me this photo of Daisy May cuddling the next day with the toy I gave her:

 Yes, it truly tugs at my heartstrings and has me yearning for another one too since we lost our Annie last June. But I don't know if I'll ever be ready to go through such heartbreak again. And besides Bill and I do love to be able to pick up and go away whenever we feel like it-and I will never kennel a dog of mine. I'll just have to visit Daisy often:)

 Be well, and happy autumn- or spring - wherever you may be.

  " I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."
                                                                                      Nathaniel Hawthorne

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Hodge-Podge Post

 Hi all! Hope everyone is well and safe.My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by hurricane Irma. I want to mention that my hubby's employer is doing their part to help. Any donations made to the Red Cross coming out of employees paychecks is going to be by the matched by the company to the penny. Every bit is going to help all those affected by the recent hurricanes. We should also pause to remember the horrific terrorist attacks on this day in 2001 and pray for the many lost lives and affected people.

 On to the art:

  This is a palette knife painting I did in my calendar journal using acrylic paints.
A few detail shots:

  I also decided to make a few photo prints and turn it into cards:

 I sent them out as thank yous to my beach friends. Sorry about the bad photo. And speaking of the beach, here's one last photo from our August vacay:

 I could easily live with this view every morning for the rest of my life:) Sharing my coffee with T Stands For Tuesday. Oh and hey T gang look what I recently made:

 I tried canning for the first time! Thanks to one of our beach friends who shared an easy recipe for 24 hr. refrigerator pickles :)

I have a tag for Tag Tuesday (theme is Paris):

 The Simon Says blogs are continuing to celebrate STAMPtember so I have two more cards to share:

 and matching envelopes:

 Products: large white note cards and envelopes; Neenah 110 lb. Solar White cardstock; Simon Says Assorted Moonshine sequins; Altenew Build a Flower Camelia stamp and die set. Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cut machine. Foam adhesive.

Blue camelia card: Inks: Staz-On Azure, Distress Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn; PSX Indigo. Archival Leaf Green, Ranger Seashells- Sandal. Ribbon-Michaels. Sentiment-Hero Arts.

Purple camelia card: Altenew Painted greetings stamp. Patterned paper. Inks: Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, Distress inks- Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn; Versafine Onyx Black; Staz-On Forest Green; Archival Leaf Green. Linking with the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Stamp It).

 I am also joining in at Art Journal Journey for the theme of "Colour in My World" hosted this month by the lovely Yvonne of Meggy's Way, and Paint Party Friday.

 Have a super week everyone!

" I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted, and behold, service was  joy."              Tagore