Monday, March 30, 2009

Easter Eggs Everywhere!

Hello Friends and Family. I am working on my Easter eggs for a swap in one of my groups. We are swapping 6 inch tall eggs and they will be punched and tied together to make a book. They could also be connected one beside the other to make a really cute egg garland. I hope you will enjoy seeing the other 11 that I have to get done Pronto! We are decorating the front and back of the egg shape because it will be a "page" in our book.

I have had a nice weekend, and I hope that you did too. My grandson Alan and his girl Jamie were here today. Alan cut and installed some shelves in the closet in my art room. I have way too much stuff, and I am hoping to clear some of it out as the year progresses. I will be making some things to give away here on my blog as soon as I am caught up with my swaps, hopefully in a week or two.

Sis came over yesterday, and we just hung out and visited with each other. We piled up in my bed and watched TV together for awhile. This is always fun because I have one of those electric beds where you can raise the head and feet. So comfy!

We have decided to go to the auction next Friday, and she will come back here and spend the night. Oh, I have to show you a couple of photos of some of my treasures from the auction that I got last time. This is just a little country auction but it is so fun, and you make friends there, and I meet my cousins there, and if they know I am bidding on something, they won't bid against me! Isn't that cool!

Well it is late and I am going to turn in and get an early start (around 10 which is early for me!) in the morning on these eggs. I am also making a new spring banner, and a tag garland so come back soon and see the new photos, and the how tos. Have a great week whatever you are doing, and happy arting!

Monday, March 23, 2009

New spreads in an AB and preparing for a journaling class

Hello Friends and Family. Here are some scans of an AB that I recently worked in. The book was called Recycled Relatives, and we were to use a real (or not) relative and tell some history and in a way write a story about your relative. I chose my Aunt Avis who worked for the FBI. I had so much fun with this theme, and I loved tying in my story with real facts during WWII. I am sorry the scans came out so awful. I was the last one to work in the book, and it was fat and hard to scan. I should have done photos, but I was in a hurry, so I did get some poor results. This book belongs to my friend Livia who lives near me. We are getting together for a "play day" of eating and arting. These days are so fun! I am hoping some others will be joining us as well. I am making a pork stir-fry for lunch with some brownies with fruit on top, and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk. Um! Delicious!
I have been working on some Easter and Spring things. I have also been preparing a couple of books for art journals. One is for a soul journey, and the other is for a class that I am starting tomorrow night. Journals have never really been my thing, and I wasn't sure I wanted or could do one with any continuity, but I am not doing a daily journal, so I don't think it matters. In some ways I think of an art journal as a simplified altered art book least that is the approach I have decided to use.
I am still deciding what the subject of my second journal will be. I know it will involve quotes or saying though, and maybe some words of wisdom that I have discovered along the way in my life. Since I am a big advocate of women supporting women, I thought the journal would be all about women, but I am not sure yet. I will decide tomorrow, and I will show you some of the background pages that I am preparing in advance of the images and writing. I am more than a little nervous about this because I have seen so many beautiful journals that I don't want to fall flat on my face with this, which I might.
If you would like, send me an email or post a comment about any experience you have had with journaling, or a web site that you recommend to learn about art journaling. I am looking for information and support on this one.
When I can later this week, I will scan in the Easter art that I am doing, and maybe the Spring banner that I will be working on as well. This project is a joint project with some group members in one of my groups, and the Easter project is pages for an Easter egg shaped swap book. I know I am going to enjoy that one for sure.
Well, I will close and say that the weather here in Texas is just beautiful right now. We are expecting some rain, but that is a good thing! I could so enjoy weather like this all year, but alas it won't last. Have a great arting week, and send me your link.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Post Script

Don't forget that tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day so wear your green, and also remember that Lisa Vollrath's countdown to St. Patrick's Day will be ending soon, and then you will miss out on all of those free images.

I have spring fever!

Hello Friends and Family. I am just about having to force myself to sit here today. I was so pretty outside that I really wanted to play outside somewhere. Of course we just had freezing weather here last week. You know what they say about Texas, if you don't like the weather, just wait a minute and it will change! I have been doing some work in a RR book and I will post those photos tomorrow. They are actually scans, and they didn't come out very well. I should have done photos, but I was in a hurry to get this off to its owner.
I know you are wondering why I have this Valentine related art on my blog. Well, actually this was mail art for my friend Lisa, and she just isn't into Valentines....I know I go overboard....but I made this for her, and then someone packed it and it didn't get mailed to her on time, but I have given it to her now, so here it is! I hope you like this quirky side of me. I am thinking of an AB for myself called "The Anatomy of Love" with all these body parts and pieces in it! What do you think? Should I go for it?
Yesterday I spent the day with Sis (that's Jeannie for you who don't know my sister), and we had a great time together. I love to laugh and talk and share my time with my family, and my sister is very dear to me. We got on the computer, and I helped her to set up her new blog here on blogspot. Her blog is Jeannie's Expressions. She doesn't do any of the art that I do, but she loves what I do. She is into fabric....big time! She sews home decor items that are to die for, and quilts, oh my goodness. She can make anything out of a piece of cloth, and it looks like a million dollars. She had her own sewing business "Jeannie Marie's", and was the seamstress for a famous designer for years, and her work is flawless! If you get a chance go by her blog and say hello some times. You know how it is when you first open a blog, and no one knows you are there. What am I talking about! I still feel that way. I just talk (write) to hear myself doing it! I hope you had a good Monday, and a whole week of great days. Happy Spring Break to all of you that are off the next couple of weeks. Being a retired art teacher, I know how much you need some time off!

Monday, March 9, 2009

New Art Room

Hello Friends and Family. I have worked all day in my new art room putting things away. I still have a few more boxes to go, but I am hoping to get some art made this week. I am ready to make a mess and have some fun! I have seen some new techniques that I want to try out, and I will write how I do anything new, well new to me anyway.

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.