Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I just joined Twitter today, and I will be adding that to my blog just as soon as I figure out how! I hope you are all staying warm. It has been really cold here in Arlington today. I am working on a small canvas for an art club swap. Doesn't that sound like fun! I hope to get it finished very soon since I will be swapping it on Saturday. So, I have an art club meeting on Saturday from 3 to 6, some friends are having a gallery show from 6 to 9, and I am co-hosting a Christmas party dance at a local club from 8 to 2AM. I am not sure how I am going to do all of this, but I am going to give it my best shot! I am also working on some art to give as gifts, but I'm not going to say anymore about that!
Well, it really feels good to be posting again, and I hope that you are all well, and enjoying this wonderful Christmas Season. More to come very soon!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Hello Friends and Family. I didn't mean to go so long without posting. I have just been tied up starting a new Yahoo group, and preparing for our first meetup. It was last Saturday, and everyone had a wonderful time. We all did a sort of directed collage and they came out so well. I forgot to get photos of all of them, but I have a few and I have mine.
I am not quite happy with this one yet. I plan to do a little more to it, and to the one that I finished before. I just need some time to sit down and do that. I am having car problems, and I am looking into getting a new or used car. I will see what comes my way.
Well, let me know what you think of the photos,and I will do a little more work on them and rescan. Thank you for checking out my blog and for being a follower. I think it is important for all of us artists to visit and appreciate the work of others!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Hello Friends and Family. I had an opportunity to work on a collage this week at a creative nights meetups. We have a really good time there, and each month the project is different. I have met some new friends there, and am looking forward to the meetup next month. I am sharing this collage with you even though I am not crazy about it. I had limited paints and supplies, and being in a rush just took its toll on this. I think I could work on it again and possibly make it work. Let me know what you think I should do to it. I call this piece Angela, after my daughter.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Hello Friends and Family. This is a scan of my own collage that I received from our latest canvas/collage board RR. My theme was Shabby Chic, and if you scroll down aways, you will see what work I did on it before I sent it out.
I am very happy with it, and I will probably add just a little more to it before I call it finished! I really appreciate my group and the great work that they do.
Here is another collage board that I worked on today. This one was great fun, and I really enjoyed it. It belongs to my friend Wanda. I added the five images across the top area, the spider and web, the boy with the pumpkin and the skulls. It wouldn’t be Halloween without skulls! I hope you enjoy seeing this one. It is finished in this RR, and is going home tomorrow.
Here are a couple of the Torsos I have made for a swap. I scanned in another one, but I have no idea where it is now. If I come across it then I will post that one. I am going to make a few more for myself, and make a little garland out of the ones that I received and the ones that I will make. If you haven’t tried altering a torso then give it a try. It is fun and quick. These are about five inches tall and three inches wide. I hope you like.
Well, I am ready to move on to something else now, but first I have to clean up my art room! It looks like a tornado went through here. TTYL
Hello Friends and Family. I have mailed off my Christmas book to be worked in by the first person, Stacy. I am excited to be doing another RR, and I hope that all of my group will have fun with it. I had been planning to do the book on Vintage Christmases, but I only got past the first spread, and then my muse took over, and I went glitter crazy on my signin spreads. That is OK though because at least I have had my fill of it. Now to get on with the themes that each of us chose. I think I will receive a book tomorrow to start on.
Do you remember back in June when I started on my altered canvas/collage board. Well, it is home and it looks great. I will upload a photo tomorrow. I just hadn't written in a few days, and I wanted to say "Hi all of you art lovers!". TTYL
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Hello Friends and Family. I had to get some beads for the Chotski pins I made and I had some left over so I thought I would try to make something for myself. I can't believe that I made this necklace and these earrings for me! Yes, it took me a little bit of time, but I am so happy with the results. I thought I wouldn't be able to see well enough to actually make something, but what a happy surprise. Now, I can't wait to go back to the store and buy some more beads and to try something different. Let me know what you think. I know they are not all that fancy, but I like them and they were great fun to do!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
So go find your book, and choose a theme, and we will get started soon. Email if you are thinking of doing this so we can talk.
Hello Friends and Family. Here are two Chotski pins that I made for a swap. The blue and green one is for my friend Jo Ann, and the one with the vintage and a couple of new beads is for my friend Deb. Now Deb knows a lot about Ireland, and she says that a Chotski pin that looks like a big safety pin, sort of, is what hold the kilt of an Irishman closed. Neat huh? Well, I think that this is not a real Chotski, but this is what I could find at Jo Ann Fabrics so I was desperatate enough to use these. They are really easy to do, and you can hang any number of things from the loops.
I am also working on my Torsos for a swap on my group, and they will be going out soon. When I get some scans or photos made I will upload them for you to take a look. I am thinking I may connect mine together to make a banner, but I could change my mind by the time I receive mine. If you want a pattern to make some of your own, just email me and I will send it to you. Pleae put Torso Pattern in the subject line. Well, I hope you are having a good crafting and arting week, and that you will continue to make beautiful things coming up.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Hello Friends and Family. I hope wherever you are that you are staying cool. I’m sure trying to, but this Texas weather is not wanting to cooperate.
If you have been in altered objects, books, etc., then I know you have heard of the huge Altered Book Group on Yahoo. They are celebrating their 10th birthday! So many of us have come from that group, forming new groups, new projects, new friends. You can clink on the right if you would like to check them our.
The piece of art that I have up today is a 4”X6” heavily collaged page for the group’s birthday. Corinne, who is in that group, is a real doll and she is collecting all of the pages from everyone that wanted to participate. She is doing lazar color copies of all the pages, and sending them back out to all of us fir FREE! I told you she is a doll! She will accept postage to mail you all of the page copies, and when you get them you can bind them and have a wonderful memory piece of this event.
You know I am not shy about showing you my boo-boos, and this next one is a dozy:
Yes, the first time I made this I made it in the wrong direction! So from now on I am double checking the instructions. I know it had to be flat and I did pretty good with that, but the orientation got me.
Well, that’s it for today. I will be adding some Torsos for a swap this weekend, and preparing a book for a Christmas Book RR so I will write more later.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Here I am trying various papers and images on the board.
In this photo, I have glued down the red paper in the left top corner, and done some rubber stamping in the background, including a crackle stamp, and the cowgirls on the left.
Here is the finished project. I am pretty happy with it. I saved room on the left for one more person to work on this, and then it is going home. I hope you are inspired to try a canvas board collage for yourself!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Hello Friends and Family. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday, and that you had good food, good family and friends, and good fun! I had a great time right here at my new apartments. We had a catered lunch for the 4th, and I didn't even have to leave my place to see a wonderful fireworks show at the Rangers Ballpark. A great show and it was free!
I am preparing to work on another round robin collage board that I received this past week. This board belongs to my friend Deb, and she likes cowgirls and she isn't even from Texas! This collage is done on a piece of masonite board, and it is very flat. The first think I want to do is to add some texture and the appearance of texture. I have a lot of Western images, and embellishments so I am looking forward to working on this one. I have a Western book started, but not finished so I think I will get it out and work on it this week too.
In my online Yahoo group, I am fishing for some new ideas to inspire my friends there. I have lots of new polls and suggestions out there right now. Beeswax collage, microscope slide jewelry, Christmas in July, Christmas RR book, and several more ideas. I am hosting a Torso swap right now, and I am creating Chotski pins for another swap so I will be adding some photos from these things soon.
You know how things slow down this time of year, with the kids home from school, and the weather so hot, well at least here in Texas, that all we want to do is stay indoors, or in the pool, and drinking ice cold tea....with lime. That's the way I love it!
Here is how I make my tea: I start with cold water in a glass measuring cup. I add two family sized decaf tea bags, and pop it in the microwave for about 4 minutes. I take it out and let it stand for a bit, and then pour it in a gallon jug. You can add one cup of sugar now while the tea is hot, or fill the gallon with water and then add a sugar subsitute. Then squeeze in a couple of limes, removing any seeds, and then pour over lots of ice. Ahh....wonderful!
I have been visiting some of my favorite blogs, and I love to visit blogs, and see what everyone is working on, and I will be making my rounds this week doing just that. I hope to add some new art photos this week, what with this newest RR collage board, and I hope you will come by soon and let me know what you think.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
I wanted to tell you about a new friend, Lynn, who has a blog. Just click on the title above, or here, and check her out. She is celebrating at the moment because of receiving her 200th post! That's great! Also, in these difficult economical times, you know I have been doing more thrift store shopping for objects to alter, books, general junk, old frames and canvases to repaint, and it is so much fun!
Well, Lynn at Trash to Treasure Art and I must be on the same wave link! The big news is the wonderful art give aways that she has right now, and if you don't go check out this great blog you will be sorry. I call dubs on the earrings though. They are just too cute!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
This whole week has been nothing but stones. I have been really down the last few days, but I hope things will be looking up soon.
I am looking into a couple of local groups to join, since I left my last group, because I just love the meetups.
Also, I lost my brother Charles a year ago today to cancer, and so I have been dreading this day, and I’m still missing him so much. Why do the good ones always have to go first? Charles would have been 60 on August 9th.
Well I have a lot of projects that I need to be working on, so I am going to get started tomorrow on some of them, and you know I will post some photos.I am starting on the curtains, finally, for my living roon, and some other things.
BTW did you notice my new short hairstyle? Let’s just say it is a little shorter than I wanted, (but Sis says it will grow back Ha), and I dyed it sort of a light reddish blond. I really needed a change.Hugs to all of you out there, and hey send some back my way!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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Monday, March 16, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
The rest of the place is pretty much finished. I still have pictures and stuff to hang, but for now, I am in and very happy and comfortable here. I haven't been out much this week to mingle too much with others here as I have had a really bad cold. I am feeling better though so I am back at getting things done around here. I don't have any drapes up, but I do have mini blinds so I am not in a big hurry to get that done because I have to go shop for them.
I had the saddest call from my dear grandson Alan this evening. Jamie's grandmother came home from the hospital yesterday, and today she passed away. She was to start chemo treatments for an inoperable brain tumor, but she didn't make it into treatment yet. She was recovering from a broken hip caused when she had passed out, and then one thing lead to another and the doctors found the tumor. I was just talking to Sis about her today, and saying that I hoped that she would go peacefully and without pain, and thank God she did. Jamie was very close to her grandmother, and Alan loved her very much too. He was crying on the phone and he told me he felt awful that he couldn't get his emotions under control to help Jamie. She is of course there at grandma's and grandpa's house with all of her family. I told Alan not to worry about controlling his emotions that they are one of the reasons that he is so special and that is why Jamie loves him so much, just as I do. He said he just had to call to hear my voice, and to talk to his family. What a dear young man, and we are very close also so I know that in one way he was thinking about when he lost his grandpa (my husband), and maybe he is worried about me as well. I will be there for him anyway I can for as long as I live. I'm not sure what the next few days will bring for them both, but I pray for them to find strength in each other and in our heavenly Father.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I am wanting to do my new place with more shabby chic stuff and less traditional, and I am going to make some canvases for the walls, and some new art pillows too. You will get to see all this and more, and I will even tell you how I make them. I will move next Friday, the 27th, and then I have to get set up, but then I will get to work decorating my new place. Photos of that will be here too. I haven't even been inside of it yet so I am so excited! If you don't remember, I am a retired art teacher, a widow, and I am moving to a retirement community.
I will try to add the auction photos tomorrow, but I am going to go see my Sis and take her to lunch at La Madeline's and maybe do a little shopping. TTYL
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
I hope you are all taking advantage of Lisa Vollrath's free images for Valentines. I sure am. I am going to make a decorated envelope and send it on to her too, and maybe some chocolate too! I really appreciate it whenever I find some awesome free images. Be sure to visit
Go Make Something.com for your free downloads.
Next weekend on the 14th I will meet up with my local group. That will be a fun day! Food, fun and friends! Can't beat that. We usually do a make and take also, and we bring in anything we are working on to share with the group. We sound like a flock of magpies, all talking at the same time! I have not been to a meet up in months because of my back surgery, and I am really looking forward to this one. Valentine is perhaps my most favorite holiday because it is all about loooovvvveeee, and I am so sappy about that subject!
Well, I hope you all had a great Friday, and I will be posting some more art tomorrow. Bye for now.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
This will sound strange, but I have no memory of any of this happening! I remember speaking with my doctors before my surgery, and I don't remember another day until Thanksgiving. Well, actually I thought I went home for a few hours for Thanksgiving, but then later I found out that I didn't, and then I remembered that I didn't. That is as far back as I can remember! My doctors said it was because of the toxins in my body.
I remember at the rehab that I worked on cognitive work sheets every day to bring back my skills. I couldn't add or spell or any thing when I first started to work with the Speech therapist.
I worked really hard there with my Physical therapist, and my Occupational therapist also, and learning to walk on a walker with my Physical therapist. I am still on the walker, and I am so happy about that! Some of you may not know that I was in a wheel chair before this due to the muscle atrophy and scar tissue, and compressed nerves in my spine. My back surgeon released the compressed nerves, added some metal rods to stabilize my spine and replaced some broken bone fusions in my spine with metal spacers. I had what the medical profession refers to as the 360, meaning that I had one surgeon who did surgery on my tummy to put in the spacers, and then I had my spinal doctor who did surgery on my back to repair the other problems.
I have been home about a week or 10 days, and I am slowing returning to normal here. I have some art to do, and I wanted to get this update out to you. I hope to upload some new art in a day or two.
When I was in the rehab, I met many other seniors there, and we all became friends, encouraging each other and laughing together, and even doing activities together. I miss that enviroment so much that I have decided to move to a senior community. I am very happy about this decision, and I have been online looking at various places this past week. I may have found a place nearby, and I am going to go over there tomorrow. I hope we are a match! I will let you know when I know.
Well, I am going to post and go off to bed. Not that I will fall asleep yet ( I am such a night owl, trying to reform some), I will dim the lights, and turn on the TV and see if I can drift off before 4 in the morning! Goodnight, sleep tight!