Look what I got for my birthday!

Hi everyone!  I know, I haven’t been posting on my blog for almost a month!  Guess I have some catching up to do.  Today is my birthday.  For those of you who are interested, I am 69 today.  Thought I would share with you my wonderful present from my daughter, Cherrie.

Dressing table.

Dressing table.

Isn’t it gorgeous!  Love it 🙂  OK now to sharing my art with you.

Book of Days 2014

Week 3

What lies beneath

What lies beneath

I watched a video on u-tube by my friend Dawn Howell.  It is a two part video on painting a scene with a tree.  The first part is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuLCdMUe9x4  and you can find the second part from there.

Week 3

This was dedicated to my Mother.  I didn’t use Effy’s prompt, but made my own very personal page.

Thoughts of my Mom

Thoughts of my Mom

My Mother is in a nursing home and not doing well.  Struggling with Dementia and not eating the way she should be.

Week 4

Be aware of OPS (Other peoples stuff), but don’t let them take you over.  Be in the world, but not bombarded by it.

I am here

I am here

See the dot in the middle of my forehead.  When I was working on Week 5 on the other side of this page, I got paint on my face.

Week  5

What feeds your soul.  I completed this page using the same items that Effy used, because I related to those items so much.

What feeds your soul.

What feeds your soul.

I am thinking of doing another page about “What feeds your soul” before going on to week 6.  We will see.  This is how far I have gotten in my BOD.  On Monday, Effy will post week 8, so I really should start week 6.  🙂 ….However, it is my birthday, so I get to do whatever I want.  Right?

Journal52

Week 3

You always make me smile

You always make me smile

Our new house always makes me smile.  I am enjoying watching Cherrie fix it up and helping her decorate it.

Week 4

Create your own character

Create your own character

I know, I know, it just looks like another of my faces.  I am still working on painting a face with character.  It will come some day.

Patchouli, sage, pine needles and cheese cloth to make a hat.

Patchouli, sage, pine needles and cheese cloth to make a hat.

Week 5

Create an abstract art piece.

Create an abstract art piece.

I enjoyed this and will do it again.

From one of my Journals

This is just a little something extra from one of my journals.

February 12 face

February 12th face

Hope you all have a fabulous day!  Sending out a lot of hugs and smiles.

Working with my Muse in my new space

I have been trying to work in my new space.  It is strange…having to get my Muse to work with me in a place she isn’t used to and that isn’t totally organized yet.  But I think we are starting to get our rhythm back.

Journal52

I am a little behind in my Journal52 prompts.  Not bad…but a little.  This is my week 2 page.  The prompt was:  My Happy Place.

My Happy Place

My Happy Place

Not a place I actually know, but a place I would like to be.

A cabin in the woods

A cabin in the woods

With a comfy chair where I could read a book or write in my journal.

With a comfy chair where I could read a book or write in my journal.

Somewhere near a lake.

Somewhere near a lake.

That would be my happy place  🙂

Book of Days Week 2 2014

This week for BOD we where supposed to complete a face on another surface and glue it onto our BOD page.  I completed this face…I believe it was December 7, 2013….and thought I would use it here.  I know, I wrote 2014 on the page, but that is obviously wrong and I have fixed it now.

She is done in colored pencils, pens and a little Carand'ache Neocolor II.

She is done in colored pencils, pens and a little Carand’ache Neocolor II.

We were to us similes in our composition.  The one Effy used was:  Color is to winter what music is to silence.  I love this it is great!  However,  I’m not very poetic and had a hard time coming up with something.  So what I ended up with was:  A smile is like the song from a bird.  May be it should have been:  A smile is to a face as a song is to a bird.  Or something like that.  But oh well…it is what it is  🙂

This is my completed page.

This is my completed page.

Then I thought:  what makes me smile?

Freedom to go where you want.

Freedom to go where you want.

This need for freedom may have come on me because my car was being repaired, and I had no way to get around.  LOL

Travel - even in your mind - can set you free.

Travel – even in your mind – can set you free.

I remember traveling around California with my friend and enjoy the wonderful memories.

My life

We are in the middle of week 3 for both of the groups and I need to get busy and finish the pages before Monday so I won’t be behind again.

For those of you who are curious, my car is back and working great.  It was not my transmission (thank goodness since that would have cost well over $2,000).  I needed a new Input Speed Sensor, had the tranny fluid replaced and replaced my battery.  The old battery had a crack in it and was leaking battery acid everywhere.  It all came to $425.  Much better than a new tranny.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by.  I truly appreciate it.  Put a smile on your face and have a beautiful day!  🙂

Something I want to share

Something To Share

I found this very informative.  Something I needed to read.  I thought some of you might also enjoy this information.  I don’t like the way this is stated (what I just wrote).  Very dry.  All I can say is take a minute to read Lori-Lyn’s post.  It is well worth the read.

Lori-Lyn Hurley

http://lorilynhurley.com/seven-things-stop-right-now-want-let-light/#comment-12623

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BOD 2014

This is the first week for Book of Days 2014 with Effy Wilde.  This week we are doing a page representing our word for the year (mine is a phrase…not a word).  This is my page.  I finished it yesterday while Cherrie and Edison worked on a wall in the living room.  I had to just stay out of the way and what better way to do that than create!

BOD 2014  Week 1

BOD 2014 Week 1

My phrase for the year is Relax and Enjoy.  This is made with acrylic paints for the background, and colored pencils to color the face I drew.  The butterflies are Main Street Wall Creations  jumbo stickers.  I get them at the Dollar Tree.  28 butterflies in beautiful colors for a dollar!!  🙂

I am still unable to find my favorite pens and pencils, but found some of my daughters pencils…just not the colors I usually use, but having fun with them anyway.  I am very limited on my pens, but have a regular black Sharpy and used a white pencil for the white marks I wanted to make.

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Art Journal

This is a page in one of my Art Journals I completed yesterday while staying out of the way.

Creating art

Creating art

I really enjoy making these faces, so I will probably continue to include them in a lot of my pages.

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My Life

So while Cherrie and Edison were working on the living room wall, they sent me to pick up the pizza.  On my way home my transmission decided to stop shifting into 2nd gear.  So it starts out from a stop just fine, then picks up speed till it gets fast enough to go into 3rd … and suddenly BANGS into 3rd!  Not good!

That leaves me without transportation until it can be fixed.  I of course have no money to fix it since it will be very expensive.  However, I do have a wonderful daughter who will put it on her charge card and let me make payments.  Sooo very grateful to my daughter….but still not happy about it, or the fact that I have to owe her soo much money :-(.

Trying to look at all of the good sides to this, but just not happy.  I know,  I must keep smiling!  🙂

Life Has Ups And Downs

Nummies For Breakfast

First I will address breakfast.  🙂  My daughter made crescent rolls with chocolate chips in them to take to the office this morning.  That means I have a reason to have one for my breakfast (OK not a good reason, but an excuse).

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What I saw on my morning walk.

Then I went for a walk and spotted this beautiful mushroom.  It was about 6 inches across.

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I also gathered some leaves, little cones and sticks.  I am going to use them in a journal page soon.  Will share that when it is done.

Book of Days Week 13

As you guys know my Mom is in a nursing home and I am very worried about her.  My sister said she seemed really weak yesterday.  Didn’t want to go for dinner and too weak to walk to the cafeteria.  They had to get a wheel chair for her and push her there.  So of course I had to journal all my anxieties about her.  Here is the page I made.  It is for my BOD Week 13.

Cressant Rolls and Mom page 002BOD spread sending good thoughts to my mom.

May she smile.

May she smile.

Another shot of May She Smile

Another shot of May She Smile

May she feel loved.

May she feel loved.

I tried hard while I made this to send her my love and wishes for happy days.

Faces and BOD

A few of weeks ago I was playing with my homemade spray paints and some new stencils I had purchased.  Just wanted to see if the spray paint worked OK and what the little stencils looked like when I used them.  Hmmm  should have taken a photo of that so you could see.  Oh well  🙂 

Then one day I decided to try out sketching faces with just an ordinary pen I had around the house (a Papermate pen).  So I grabbed the piece of paper I had experimented with my paints on, turned it over and drew a couple of faces on it.  Liked the way the pen worked and have been using it here and there ever since.  It will write on most surfaces.  I will have to get more of them before this one runs out of ink.

So today at about 4:30 am I was unable to sleep and got up.  Thought I would work on another face.  Saw the two faces I had already drawn and decided to use those.  Thus catching myself up with faces!   Yahhh!  I added a little color with paint pens, colored pencils.  Tore the picture out of the page.  Flipped the bits that were left over so the spray paints and stencils showed.  Used Gell Medium to glue both the faces and the background down, and this is what I got.

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Face 17 and 18 for 29 Faces.  I had such fun doing this (even if it was 4:30 am)

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Face 17.  Was trying to do a childs face.  Going to try this some more. 

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Face 18.  I like the way the face looks when you just put a minimal amount of color on it.  May do this more often.

Also thought I would share my Book of Days Lesson 11 with you in case you haven’t already seen it.

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This is the complete spread.  I used watered down acrylic paints for the background.  Then stencils and stamps for more texture.  I made a stencil out of cardboard for the feather.  Then used black acrylic paint to put down the basic feather and beige acrylic paint for the accent.  Highlighted it with black charcoal pencil.

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The face was sketched in colored pencil, painted with acrylics and highlighted in the colored pencils.  This was my first attempt at making a braid.  I like the way it turned out.  Will be doing it again.

OK That’s it for now.  Have to go see the doctor this morning.  I have been in pain (my hips) since Thursday and have procrastinated talking to the Dr about it long enough.  It is some better then it was at first, but I think that is just because I have been doing very little.  If I get up and stand for to long, or try to walk very far (like to the mail box) the pain comes back with a vengeance.  I haven’t got a clue why, so thought I should tell my Dr about it.  Hopefully he will look at me and it will be all better and that will be the end of that (not too likely though).   Don’t want something else wrong with me!!  So please send good thoughts.  Have a happy, smiley day! 

Making a list for September

Making plans for September.  What new things to I want to participate in?  Want to be careful to not over commit.  I seem to want to try everything.  But that will mean I will not succeed at any thing and will end up feeling bad about myself.  Not a good place to put myself in.

1.  I of course will continue to participate in the activities of the Glitterhood.  The Book of  Days and the Book of Mirrors.  We are only in our 9th week of our 18 week program.

2.  I will continue with my blog.  I have enjoyed the experience of writing my blog and posting my art and photos.  So will continue this.

3.  I am starting a plan to have a me date one day a month.  To go somewhere, anywhere, even if I have to go alone.  This is something I read about with one of blog along friends.  I just am having trouble finding it so I can give credit to her blog.  (If you are her or know who she is, please let me know.)  To get out, take photos and see something.  I realized yesterday that I was feeling sorry for myself for never going anywhere.  So…No feeling sorry for myself allowed!  Go see and do!  I told my daughter about this.  Told her I wanted to go downtown Sacrament for a day trip this month and she wants to go too.  Company is not necessary, but always welcome.  So we are going on the Friday the 13th!!

4.  I am going to be practicing drawing faces.  So I decided to join the 29 Faces in 30 Days group.  Raine Phoenix and Sweatred Clover are also participating in.  Are you doing this?  Would love to know!  🙂

5.  I am probably going to join the Right Brain Planner that Cynthia Lee shared on her blog post

http://spirituncaged.com/2013/08/31/%E2%96%B6-august-right-brain-planner-and-art-journal/

Hope I did that right.  hehehe

6.  To make some new journal to work in as two of mine are complete.  Will share this with you in a future blog.

 

 

Blogalong 24 Post In 28 Days

The Blogalong with Effy Wild has been fantastic!  First of I created a blog on Aug. 3rd!  Then I did my first u tube video on Aug. 12th!  And I have done 24 blogs in 28 days!  I was so afraid I would create this blog and only give it a try a couple of times and quit.  I thank Effy Wild sooo much for creating this experience for me, and all of you for keeping me going.  Reading your blogs have kept me inspired to do this myself.  Thank you.

OK now I am going to share my BOM/BOD spread with you.

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This is my BOM spread for Week 9.  I loved everything about doing this!  It brought back happy memories of a day festival I went to in 2009. 

 

 

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We danced with drums.  I should have put a little drum in her hand like the one I purchased at the time.  Oh well.  She is happy dancing the way she is.  🙂

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I really liked the idea of music notes being on the page, so I added my music note washi tape.  Different then Effy’s, but music notes just the same.

Here is my BOD spread

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Yes I know.  I spelled Wednesday wrong.  Decided to just leave it that way.

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The flowers are I die-cut from K&C Company that I purchased.  Just love them. 🙂  Then I used a stamp for my swirls and colored them in.

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The butterfly is from the same set of die-cuts.  Love butterflies!

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Loved the way this spread turned out.  Am very happy with it.  Haven’t done the writing in this, but will try to finish that part today.

Thank you all for going on this blogalong journey with me.  I will continue to read your blogs and to blog myself. 

Sending hugs and smiles! 

P.S.  I competed this blog this morning, only to have it to refuse to post.  So I had to redo the whole thing all over again.  I think I know what I did wrong.  So this should post.  Wish me luck  🙂

Book of Mirrors Lesson 8

I know, this is my second post today and I might do a third (need to catch up).  This is my Book of Mirrors (BOM) Lesson 8.  I really enjoyed doing this one!  Hope you like it.

ImageThis is the complete spread.  For the background I collaged on text pages from a book and pages from a Dell Crossword Puzzle book from the 60’s.  Then used some home sprays and craft paints to add the color.

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I then sketched a queen on the page and finished her up with craft paint and colored pencils.  Added some netting on her dress (I think this was given to me by Melody Hahn. If I am wrong, let me know so I can correct this) to add texture and glued on some crystals for her bling.  I don’t know why, but I found her great fun to create! 

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Hope you can see the texture and bling here.

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I made a crown for her out of craft paper, gold pen and more bling. 

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Cut some butterflies out of craft paper and glued them in place.  Used some of my alphabet stickers to spell out my words “i’m the boss of me!”.   Some shading and black around the edges of the page.  And that is pretty much it.

Hope you enjoy creating yours as much as I did mine. 

Remember to smile!  🙂

Another face

This is the face for Effy Wild’s Book of Days, Session 2, Lesson 7.  We were to try for a face that is not as perfect looking as we are usually striving to make.  Not that mine are perfect anyway, but that was the lesson.  The idea is that less perfect faces have more attitude and expression in them.

This face was very hard for me, not because I can’t make an imperfect face, but I just had soo much trouble painting her.  She has coat after coat of acrylic paint on her.  She developed a glossy texture and what I needed to do was to cover her with clear gesso before adding another coat, but I had no clear gesso.

My daughter says if I was supposed to make an ugly face, I failed.  She isn’t ugly, she is quirky.  She has personality.  OK  Here is my quirky face…

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Here is a close up…

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Here is the background for the left hand side.  I thought it turned out great so thought I would share it with you…

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Hope you guys enjoyed!  Keep smiling  🙂

Book of Mirrors Lesson 7

After staring at blank paper for a couple of days, I was finally able to start my BOM for Lesson 7.  Once I got started, I just kept going  🙂  I sketched and erased, and sketched and erased.  Then when her face was sort of what I wanted I started painting.  I used inexpensive craft acrylic paints, and just as inexpensive colored pencils.  Her hair is acrylic paints and a gold Sharpie pen.  I hope you like her!

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The background is Caran d’Ache neoncolor II crayons applied with Liquitex Glazing Medium, stencils, acrylic paints, and stamps.

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This is the completed spread.

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I didn’t accomplish much else today.  Took the day and just enjoyed creating!  🙂  Tomorrow I will tackle  what Effy called “the ugly face”. 

Did you smile today? 

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