Working hard on the inside of the house.

I thought I would share the house progress with everyone.  This is the living room.  Cherrie bought an entertainment center from IKEA and put it together.  Here she is setting everything out to start on the first box.  There was a total of 5 boxes to put together.

Cherrie working hard

Cherrie working hard

Cherrie and Patrick finishing up on the 4th box.

Cherrie and Patrick finishing up on the 4th box.

I know I jumped ahead and skipped boxes 2 and 3.

Attaching the fifth box (the bridge) to the book cases.

Attaching the fifth box (the bridge) to the book cases.

And now for the finish!!

I just love it!!

I just love it!!

But of course we then have to put some bling on it and hang pictures, etc. around the room.

Our living room.

Our living room.

We all love the way everything turned out. Worry that I am boring some of you, but am so excited about it.  Had to share 🙂

Hope you all have a great day…and keep smiling!

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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!  🙂

Making this house ours

Wanted to share with you the new colors of our house.  When we purchased the house it was white with black trim.  It just didn’t suit our personalities.  Cherrie wanted to make the house hers and this is what it looks like now.

Shades of orange and brown.

Shades of orange and brown.

One of the neighbors, Katheryn, said to me: “Jack told me you were going to paint the house orange.  I said, Who paints there house orange!  But now that I see it, I really like it!”

Closer view of front.

Closer view of front.

Not sure we are keeping the bushes, but that will be a decision for another day, week, month….maybe even year  LOL

Corner on the front.

Corner on the front.

I didn’t like the shutters, but now that they are painted, I have changed my mind.   I like them.

Back of house

Back of house

Inside the patio.

Inside the patio.

This was taken prior to the trim being painted.  Hmmm  well just pretend the trim around the door is brown.  The window at the right is the kitchen and the washer and dryer are hooked up below that window.  The other window is to what I call the great room.  The living, dinning and kitchen all open as one room.

OK  So there is the house with it’s new coat :-).  We love it!!  Tomorrow the house gets new gutters and then the outside is done for now.  Next Cherrie starts on the inside.  More about that later.

New Years Morning

I know I have been gone for quit a while, but moving seems to take a lot of my time and major amounts of my energy.  Just thought I would stop in this morning to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to you.  Hope everyone has a happy, productive new 2014.

This is how mine started this morning.

From our new back yard

From our new back yard

Keep smiling!  It is actually good for you 🙂

Some art and A Quiet Way To Help

Had something I really wanted to share with you.  This is a blog post by Katherine at PILLOWS A-LA-MODE telling us a way she tries to help others in need.  This is a wonderful idea, so I wanted to share it with you.

A quiet way to help by PILLOWS A-LA-MODE

http://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/a-quiet-way-to-help/

I think I will make some tote bags for my daughters and my car. There are so many things that could be put in them.  Now I have to start looking for cloth to make them out of.  I admit I probably won’t tackle this till after we move, but will start planning it at least.

Also wanted to share my latest Art Journal spread.

Make the best of it.  Referring to whatever happens with our house purchase

Make the best of it. Referring to whatever happens with our house purchase

Collage and doodles

Collage and doodles

Spread needed a face.

Spread needed a face.

Hope you enjoyed the spread and please go visit Katherine’s blog.  Sending smiles and hugs.

Playing in my Art Journals

Collage earlier this week

Collage earlier this week

I haven’t posted here since the first of the month.  So thought I would share a few pages I created in my art journals since then.  As you know collage helps me relax.  We are busy trying to buy a house, which seems to be a take a step forward and wait situation.  I don’t seem to handle the “wait” part very well.  I turned to collage to relax me.

Time just seems to be an issue with this purchase.

Time just seems to be an issue with this purchase.

Trying to relax

Trying to relax

We have put an offer in on a house…then waited for them to accept the offer.  They did.  Then we had the house appraised…it appraised for enough to cover the loan.  We had the house inspected and it needs some rather expensive work to be done.  We have sent them a “Request for repairs”, and we now wait to hear if they will make the repairs.  If not, we are backing out of the purchase.  We only have till midnight Friday (tomorrow) for them to say they will make the repairs.  Waiting, waiting, waiting.

So I took out another one of my new home made journals and completed another page.

The potted plants are clipped from a magazine and the fairy is an Amy Brown sticker.  I love Amy Brown.

The potted plants are clipped from a magazine and the fairy is an Amy Brown sticker. I love Amy Brown.

Trying to keep my mind off things I sketched some faces.  This is one of them…the one I like the best.

Face sketched November 10, 2013

Face sketched November 10, 2013

Today has been a very unproductive day.  No house work done.  No art done.  That is why I made myself come on here so I could say I did something.  LOL

Hope you guys have a wonderful day full of smiles and laughter.  🙂

Yesterdays Art Journal Pages

Morning spread

Morning spread

This is a page in one of my art journals.  I feel like I need to name the journals so I can say which one and you will go “Ahh, that one.”  LOL

Practicing faces on a small yellow note padPracticing faces on a small yellow note pad

I was practicing a face while I was watching someones video on u tube.  I used a little yellow note pad that was sitting on the computer desk and some colored pencils.  I was just practicing my pencil skills and wasn’t really going to use it in a journal because the paper isn’t very suitable for gluing, but I liked her too much to throw her away.  You can’t tell in this photo how much she is wrinkled.

Coptic Stitch Journal

Collage page

Collage page

This collage page was done in my hand made coptic stitch  journal.  It has craft paper, acrylic paint, die cuts and a beautiful art work done by Victoria David Danann.

Collage, acrylic paint and metallic markers

Collage, acrylic paint and metallic markers

I put down some acrylic paint.  Then collaged craft paper .  I accented some of the flowers already on the paper using a purple metallic pen.  I love circles, so had to add circles and other accents with the silver metallic pen.

Used art work called Ruffling Feathers from 2008 planner

Used art work called Ruffling Feathers from 2008 planner

Victoria David Danann’s art work clipped from the 2008 Weekly Planner.  Just love it!  Added some die cuts from a K&C Company collection.

My Life Update

My daughter put an offer on a house and the waiting for it to be accepted was awful!  Now it has been accepted!!  Yahhh!  And we wait some more.  We have to wait for the inspection and the appraisal to be done.  The house was built in 1955 so we are having a complete inspection done to be sure there isn’t anything major wrong with it that we can’t see.  That could be as soon as tomorrow, but we aren’t sure yet.   I will go out to the house when the inspection is being done and measure the rooms and take photos.

Then the lender is scheduling an appraisal before they will make the loan.  This is the big one, because if it doesn’t appraise for enough, we won’t be able to get the loan.  The realtor seems to think it will be fine, but I’m a worrier,  so I won’t feel better till it is done.  When I know everything is going OK, I will post pictures of the house.

Send us lots of good thoughts, and light, and luck.

Art That Makes Me Calm

CHANGE IN WEATHER

Fall is here and that is always a bonus.  🙂   The temperatures have dropped.  No longer in the high 80’s to 90’s.  The colors are my favorite!  Love the way the leaves turn many shades of gold, red, and orange.

Fall collar

Fall collar

CHANGE IN MOOD

Lessons done...Need is to create.  Follow your muse.

Lessons done…Need is to create. Follow your muse.

My mood has changed, but I don’t think it is the weather.  Fall weather doesn’t usually bother my mood.  If anything it brings it up and puts a smile on my face.  I think I just have so much going on right now with my mom being ill and having to be put in a nursing home; my hip hurting and stopping me from getting the exorcize I want and need; and looking for a house to buy can also but you in an anxious mood.

I have turned to my art journals to ease my mood.  Shift it to make me calm.  I am using a small calendar book journal to work collages in.  I am the most relaxed when I am collaging.

Craft papers and washi tape make me happy.

Craft papers and washi tape make me happy.

I still have 5 lessons to do in my BOD/BOM.  But just not in the right place to do them.

I still have 5 lessons to do in my BOD/BOM. But just not in the right place to do them.

I had been practicing doing a different style of eyes on a plain sheet of sketching paper.  So I decided to complete the face and add it to this spread.

Practicing eyes turned in to a face.

Practicing eyes turned in to a face.

FITW III

I am participating in an art exchange with the 29 Faces group.  I received the beginning sketch of a face from Jacqueline Ramirez and added to it and sent it on to Rachel Biddllecome to finish it.  I know, I know, I should have taken a photo prior to adding my part, but I didn’t.  Still here it is after I worked on it.

FITW III  2013

FITW III 2013

I don’t intend to participate in any exchanges or classes for a bit while things settle down.  I need to be able to just go to my craft room and do whatever I want to do.  When you agree to participate in an exchange, or class, or challenge;  you have certain things you are “supposed” to do.  Usually I like the challenge in that.  But I need a vacation from it for now.

Hope you are having fun with your art.  To me that is what art is about.  Sending you hugs and smiles!

Art As A Way To Relax

Spent my time this week working in my new journals.  It helps set aside the worry that life brings on us all.  For those of you who have been so wonderful sending good thoughts to my mom, I want to thank you for doing so.  She is starting to adjust to the nursing home.  She is in a wonderful nursing home that takes very good care of her.  We are hoping and praying she gets to stay there and doesn’t get transferred to one of the less wonderful nursing homes.

Art is a wonderful way to ease the stress in life.  I tried to decide what to do in my new journals and decided collage makes me relax more than anything else.  So I started with that.

COMPOSITION BOOK JOURNAL

Layered spread

Layered spread

Layering

Layering

I also used some Spackle and a stencil to create some texture.

Brayered with Gesso

Brayered with Gesso

Then decided this needed a face and some little things here and there to finish it.  This was all done slowly over several days and while going back and forth between this journal and some of my other journals.

Added a face

Added a face

I know we aren’t supposed to criticize our own work, but I am not comfortable with the colors in this one.  Just saying…..

2008 Calendar Journal

I had a 2008 book calendar and decided to use it as an art journal.  This is the first page.

First page in calendar journal

First page in calendar journal

Collage and some journaling

Collage and some journaling

Doing this page on a very bad day worrying about my mom.  It helped a lot.

Doing this page on a very bad day worrying about my mom. It helped a lot.

I worked on a second page for this journal.

2nd page Calendar Art Journal.

2nd page Calendar Art Journal.

Love the simple textures.

Love the simple textures.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these first pages.  Again, I want to thank all of you for your kindness.  It helps immensely!  Sending you light and love.

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).

Crescent Rolls and Mom page 006

What I saw on my morning walk.

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

Cressant Rolls and Mom page 003

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.

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