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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Throwback Thursday

Turning back the Time Machine 50 years....

Setting...1963 Roswell, New Mexico


My brothers, Roger and Robert, me and my sister Barbara.








Thursday, August 15, 2013

Day 15 - Throwback Thursday

Blogalong 30 Posts - 30 Days

For Throwback Thursday we are going to 1969-1970.

My brothers, sister and I raised chickens and showed them in the local County Fair.
Cochins, Silkies, Silver Sebrights and Golden Sebrights to name a few.  

We carried those chickens around like babies
 and washed them in tubs of soapy water just like the family dogs.

Here we are are bathing a few of them and getting them ready to go to the Fair. 
These were the only pictures I could find in my scanned files.  
I'm going to have to go through Mom's photo albums to see what else I can find. 

First one up was taken in 1970 .


This picture is actually from 1969...

I can tell because I had a super short hair cut that year.
That was the last time I ever had short hair.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blogalong Day 14

Not Giving UP!  I'll be back yet!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day 13

Blogalong 30 Posts - 30 Days

Blah, Blah, Blah...
I'll be back to add content later.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Day 12

Blogalong 30 Posts - 30 Days

Okay...it's been a long and full day.  
A full day of work, followed by a two and a half hour Boy Scout Committee meeting, 
which was then followed by a 45 minute round trip drive to pick up 
my poor sick daughter from a friends house.

So tonight I'm just going to share one of my digital art pieces from many years ago and call it a night.





Sunday, August 11, 2013

Day 11

Blogalong 30 Posts - 30 Day

Sunday Trip Down Memory Lane

These days I do all my scrapping digitally...and have been since I got my first digital camera in 2004.
I was looking through my files today and ran across a couple that really made my heart happy.
My first car!  Oh how I loved that little car!  

I think I'm going to posting fun images from the past every Sunday.
It was fun to take a trip down Memory Lane!



Saturday, August 10, 2013

Day 10

Blogalong 30 Posts - 30 Days

Art Washes Away

Decided to play in my art journal today.  
There was a page that I created a few months ago that didn't quite feel finished 
and when I was mounting and playing with my Zettiology Stamps the other day, 
I knew one of them would be perfect for that page.

I sat down with my supplies and just played.  
I didn't think about what I was doing, or how it was going to look,
I just dabbed, rubbed, painted and scribbled.  

I'm thinking I like it.  Love the big dust balls being washed away!






Friday, August 09, 2013

Day 9

Blogalong 30 Posts - 30 Days


Just a little playing with my Copics tonight.  
It's been so long since I dug them out and they were getting lonely.

The stamp is from Zettiology  number 22-114E.
I've had this stamp for a least 10 years and it is still offered in their Catalog.
Zettiology Rubber Stamps are so fun!!



Thursday, August 08, 2013

Day 8

Blogalong 30 Days - 30 Posts

Short and Sweet tonight as I just got home from an enjoyable evening listening to William Lishman speak about his life, his art and his work with Operation Migration
helping to save endangered birds.



Each morning before I go to work I tune in to the current
and watch as they teach the birds to fly together and prepare them for migration in the fall.  
It was a joy to listen to the one of the originators of the project this evening.

Now I'm going to enjoy a bowl of ice cream, catch up with a few blogs and call it a night.
I'll be back tomorrow...

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Day 7, WOYWW and Creative Dare All Rolled into One!

Blogalong 30 Posts - 30 Days

Tracy Weinzapfel has issued the Mixed Media Monday Creative Dare for the month of August.

She is daring us to Let It Go!
To pick a favorite Quote and set the timer!
 Pick out your favorite supplies to have them on hand, 
your art journal or a canvas 
and see what you create in 1.5 hours. 
 She is reminding us not to stress and to give ourselves to permission to just play!

So tonight I took advantage of the fact that is was a fend for yourself night at home and did just that!

Just a little playtime with my Gelatos, and Pitt Pens.


While it's not a masterpiece by any means, I like the colors and enjoyed the process without worrying about the results!

Oh and I can't forget What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday #218.  It's been a busy summer and it's been ages since I actually had something on my Workdesk on a Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Day 6

Blogalong 30 Posts - 30 Days

Work in Progress...

Just a little playtime with Gesso, Dylusion Sprays, Gelatos, Distress Inks and FW Acrylic Inks
With a little inspiration from France Papillion.


Monday, August 05, 2013

Day 5

Blogalong 30 Days- 30 Posts

It's a No Pictures Day!  

Just a few snippets from my day.

My morning cup of coffee....Hazelnut creamer please!!

Wagging Tales and Purring Kitties

Happy Mail that I can't share yet!!! 
Going to be FUN, FUN!!

Santa Claus on his bicycle in full cycling gear with helmet going down Main Street.
(This made my smile all the way home!)
...of course he spends his summers in Florida.

Date night with my sweet husband at a local restaurant 
where we watched the evening rain storm come in across the lake.

(Blackened Steak Sandwich with Blue Cheese Crumbles - YUM!!) 

....and to end my day, an on-line weekly get-together with arty friends.

Couldn't ask for a better day!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Day 4 - Short and Sweet

Blogalong - 30 Posts - 30 Days

Making it short and sweet tonight.  
Still have chores to get done and a messy art desk to clean up before I call it a night.

Just a little playing around with Inka Gold Metallic Rub by Viva Decor. 
I used a palette knife to spread some blue, green and gold on my craft sheet...spritzed with water and ran my cardstock through the wet Inka Gold.  
Yummy! Metallic swirls! 
Dried with heat gun and buffed with a soft rag..then stamped with Archival Ink.

 Finally gave up on trying to get a good picture as the light kept reflecting off of the shimmery background.  


Stamp is from Lost Coast Designs.  

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Day 3

Blogalong 30 Posts - 30 Days

I have several boxes of unmounted stamps, some old and some new, so today I decided to spend some time mounting the new ones on EZ Mount and cutting them out with a hot knife.

It was the first time I've used the hot knife and I'll never go back to scissors and the sticky, gummy mess it makes.



Once I got started, I decided to pull out the boxes of older ones (some of them are at least 15 years old) and start remounting some of my favorite ones.  I had to pull off the old mount that just wasn't sticking anymore and then mount them on the EZ Mount.
LOL!  I did get a bit sticky before it was all over, but now they are ready to go.


 I still need to get a new notebook to store them in as I forgot to plan ahead for this part.
I stuck them to available plastic packaging for now.
I will deal with the notebook situation tomorrow.

 ...this is only a of the ones I got mounted today.
OH...and I still have boxes and boxes to go. 

Friday, August 02, 2013

Day 2

Blog Along 30 Posts - 30 Days

Okay...here's one of those journal pages where I tried to work past the mess
...only to end up with a worse mess.  

My stencil slipped when I was applying my texture paste so there is a bit of a shadow effect, 
which I like...
but I can't tell you how many layers of paint I've applied and taken off
because I can't get the next step to look the way I want it.
You can see remnants of of some of them. 

Any suggestions?


Well, I think I'll see what I can do to get inky tonight!  
See you again tomorrow!


Thursday, August 01, 2013

Day 1


BlogAlong - 30 Posts - 30 Days

Ok...Effy has thrown out a challenge to do 30 days of blogging and I'm going to jump in and do my best to swim upstream.  LOL at least that is what it feels like some days when I am just trying to get the things done that I have to do.

I've neglected my blog terribly and hopefully this challenge will help me get back on track.

Just because I've neglected my blog doesn't mean I've neglected my art...well, not completely anyway.  I've managed to make some beautiful backgrounds like the one below.  I love each and every one of them...and I have gotten each of them to the stage where I'm afraid I'll mess them up if I do anything else.  

I know some artists advocate working through that until you come out on the other side, but somehow I just can't do that with this one.  So now I am on the hunt for the perfect quote and embellishments to it to tell its story.

I have always been drawn to shades of jade, teal and green and I love how this page came together. Gesso, Art Cement, acrylics paints and inks are just a few of the things I threw into the mix.

Well, I'm off to get my daily chores done and hopefully I'll have time to come back later and check out some of the blog links.  Otherwise I'll have a lot of catching up to do tomorrow.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to!