Thursday, February 22, 2018

African Elephant

I'm once again joining Rike at Rike's Art this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Animals A to Z.

Today we are

honoring the African Elephant.

I've seen first hand (when our zoo rescued five African elephants) how sweet and gentle they are and how they all live in such peaceful harmony. 

For this page, I began in my large art journal.  I laid down a ledger sheet I colored to emulate the colors found in the focal image.  I cut the focal image using my deckle scissors and added it to the page once the water soluble crayons were dry.  I included the facts I found as well as four small images of elephants I took from a book.

Thanks for joining me today at Art Journal Journey.  I am very grateful for your continued support of my art, too.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday wonders: Orchids

My friend Helen at Stamping by H and Photos by H has shown some incredible photos of the Thailand themed Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens in London.  Her photos are always over the top, and I suspect the ones I found on Pexels won't begin to compare to hers.  But here are orchids as inspired by Helen and her latest trips to Kew Gardens.

I hope you enjoyed this look at orchids today.  Please remember, YOU and YOUR BLOG might inspire my next Wednesday wonders.  Thanks for visiting today.  I'm really grateful for your visit.

Monday, February 19, 2018

T Stands For a Day With Kathy

My shopaholic friend Kathy came to visit on Saturday.   Before I knew she was coming,

I made potato soup, thanks to our T participant Kathy at Hummingbird Woodland Studio.   I had just cooked the potatoes and onions, then added dill from my indoor herb garden, along with milk and butter which seems to have disappeared already.  She made me SO hungry for potato soup last week, I simply had to make some for myself.
Of course, Kathy came bearing gifts.  My gifts to her were in a bag just to the left of the photo.    I gave her three bars of my handmade soap, and a small snippet bar to place in her unmentionables drawer.  I also gave her some earrings and a set of beads and bangles I found for her to make her own necklace or bracelet.  The peppermint is strong as ever.  Note the cup of coffee in front of Kathy.  That's my drink reference today.  My Wichita State mug was out of sight, along with my gift to her.

I told her she had to smile to be invited to T!  When I pushed back the tissue paper, I jumped and shouted with glee.

Isn't this adorable?  I'd never seen wind chimes like that before.  I was over the moon with happiness.  Now I just have to find a place for them, because they don't really fit in my white, copper, and cobalt blue kitchen.

Even the rocking horse, with its enclosed area for a rider was unique.

But that wasn't all.  Here is a lovely pin cushion she has made for me and she filled it with Valentine things, too.

She cut my hair, then we headed out to eat.  Finally it was off to shop at JoAnn's, a big box craft store that sells in the U.S. and Canada. 

Even though I took my camera to both the Chinese restaurant and into JoAnn's, I didn't take a single photo.  We were too busy talking and catching up on our lives, news, and gossip.   We both talked about how Planners had taken over everywhere and everything.

I may have saved $16.15, but I spent a LOT more than that.

Part of the reason I spent so much was because Kathy insisted the TH paper dolls we both bought the last time we were there, were different from these.  She got so insistent they were different, I bought a set for her and a set for me.  I also bought her a set of those TH ephemera packs, as well as a set for myself.  Additionally, I paid for some really expensive ribbon for one of Kathy's newest projects, which is a fabric book on Elephants.

Kathy also wanted some washi tape so we each bought a different set and traded for the ones we each liked.   I bought a fat quarter of fabric and some variegated thread in hopes of jump starting my desire (or lack of it) to get back to making sewn art.

The hearts were on deep clearance and the lobster clips were so I can make some fobs like Kathy has on her purse. I realized I needed a fine liner brush, so bit the bullet and got it.    

I was actually shocked at how expensive these two rubber stamps were.  But I'm just not comfortable stamping without the wood backing.   My yearly craft allowance has not changed.  It is still $60.00 (USD) and I spent $21.66 not counting what I paid for Kathy's goodies.  I won't be spending time in craft stores again any time soon, that's for sure.

Now it's your turn to share a drink related post.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, teabags, teapots, cups and saucers, mugs, scrapbooking, or any other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink. Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time.   

365 Art Challenge: Week 7

Before we begin, I wanted to mention that several people told me they hoped my basketball team won on Saturday night.  Let me explain.  It's an entire weekend of basketball greats and not-so-greats coming together and supporting each other.

👉 Friday began with a game that featured movie, tv, and music stars, as well as other celebrities.  Because the game was played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, where both the the LA Lakers and the LA Clippers call home, the teams were called the Lakers and Clippers. One of the players on the Lakers team was the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves team, which I thought was interesting.

👉 Also on Friday, there was a game between rookies designated Rising Stars from all the teams in the league.  They were classified USA or World, with the World being those NBA players who were born outside the U.S., but now played on one of the teams in the league.  They were all rookies and this was their first All Star Weekend, at least as a player.

👉Saturday night was all about challenges.  First was the skills challenge, then the 3-point play challenge, then the slam/dunk challenge.

👉Sunday night was the All Star Game, which was an exhibition game played by IN THE PAST the star players from the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.   Since the Lakers are the only team I will ever root for, whether they are in the bottom of the barrel or sitting on top, I always root for the West.   But this year, there was NO East or West, just two team captains who picked their team from players around the league.  It was not as much fun for me, because I had no one to truly root for.  SO sad!

Here are my collages for Week 7.  This 365 something project is hosted in part by Hanna at i Hanna.

In case you missed them, here are the cards I made for Week 6. I post every Monday morning for the previous week.  All of my collages are 4" X 4" (10,16 cm X 10,16 cm).

This week I did something a bit different in that I found a ton of stickers and decided to use them.  This wasn't as easy as I thought it would be because I got (more than) a few of them a bit crooked.  Of course, it didn't help that I was watching the All Star Game while I was making them.


Words of encouragement


Floral love

Butterflies and flowers
Save our oceans!
Thank you for joining me today for week 7 of this 365 day project.   I'm so grateful you dropped by.  Please let me know if you have joined this project and I'll drop by to visit. And feel free to let me know if you like any of these this week.  Personally, i think this is a throw away week!

Sunday, February 18, 2018


I'm once again joining Rike at Rike's Art who is this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Animals A to Z.

Something a bit different today.

I am going psychedelic.

Spot is a psychedelic dog

who loves his name.

This page was created in my Challenges altered book.   Everything came from a very old flyer (from 2002) for the annual fund raiser for the Humane Society.   I used letters and the peace sign, as well as the darling dog for this entry.  Every piece came from the flyer and I pieced it together in collage form.

Thank you so much for joining me today and thank you for your visit.  I also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey, too.