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.

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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!  🙂

Pencils and Pens

BOD2014

When we were moving I packed away all of my favorite pencils and pens together with some other of my favorite craft tools in one box.  Do you think I can now find that box?  Of course not.  I have unpacked many a craft room box and have yet to find that box.  So now my class BOD 2014 with Effy Wilde has started and I don’t have what I am used to working with.  It is totally driving me crazy.  However, I figure it is a good challenge for me to learn to use some of my other craft tools.  At least that is what I am telling myself.

I haven’t made a journal for BOD 2014.  I am going to work on my pages loose and then bind them later.  I am using Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper.  It is 11  x 15.  I started working on my first page today.  Very nervous about trying to do my face without my pencils and pens.  Maybe I can find them tomorrow.  We are going to look at some of the unpacked boxes that are in the garage and see if it is there.  Think good finding thoughts.

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JOURNAL52

I have also joined a group called Journal52 with Chelle Stein.  We will be making one page per week using a prompt Chelle will be giving us.  I made a journal out of a flexible 3 ring binder for this class and added papers that I had already.  Some watercolor, some sketch, and some mixed media.  This is the front of the flex binder I decorated.

Front of Journal52 binder.

Front of Journal52 binder.

The prompt for the first week was “Up, up and away“.  Here is my page.

Week 1 page for Journal52

Week 1 page for Journal52

I know most people are putting the UP on top, but for some reason I had to start with the UP on the bottom…going up.  It may not make any sense to anyone except me…but that is the way my muse said it had to be.

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MY WORD FOR 2014

OK, here’s the thing.  I tried to come up with a word for 2014 like everyone else does, but I couldn’t.  I came up with a phrase.  Relax and enjoy.  This seems to make me happy, so I am going with it.  🙂

Everyone take care of themselves and remember to smile!

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