Thursday, July 30, 2009

Blog Love and Journal Goodness!!!

This award is just the sweetest, as so is the person who gave it to me! Alberta from Amusingmuses2!!!! You are the bestest! I love you my friend! Thank you!
If you have not met and visited Alberta! A must is in order! She has the most beautiful personality, gorgeous art and so very inspiring!! She is amazing!
Now I will pass this on to 5 people who's blog makes me smile!!
That is another toughie...but to make it fair...I think this time I will pass it on to blogs that I have been shamefully lurking about on... So here goes!
  • Rian at Frebel-Art For all her delish eye candy on her blog and helpful tutorials in digital goodness! Anddddddddd OMG you have to check out her new website!! OMG!! Click on everything!! I am serious!! Oh so gorgeous!! You did an overwhelming (in a good way-a REALLY good way) fantabulishous (new word hee hee) job girl!!! YUM!

  • Hope at Besottment also of Paper-Relics I swear, this gal gives art journaling a really good name!! Her art journals are so very inspiring and so fun to look at! I could look at her journals allllllllllll dayyyyyyyyyy loooooongg and never bore!!

  • Joei at Joeiintokyo I just found this blog today and my my my!!! Such beautiful art and art journals! LOVE!!!

  • Gaby at gaby-cajubrasil Such yumminess..and oodles of sharing going on!!!

  • Winna at Winna's World...More yummy art journal goodness! Her pages are good enough to eat!!!

Thank you all, for such inspiring art, art journal goodness, lovely souls and sharing your world with us!!!

Now on to some art journaling I did this morning!!

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(do not copy or download)

Materials used: Acrylic paints, rubberstamping/ink, vintage/image/painting from a vintage encyclopedia that I had picked up awhile back at an antique/junk shop in South Carolina and colored pencils.

I don't know about you, but I could get lost in those colors or eat the page! LOL

Today has flown by and I must go...make dinner before everyone here starves to death! heeee Think I will just throw together a nice casserole dish! It has been a very rainy day and it just sounds good! Maybe soup!

Much Love and Hugs!



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Live Laugh Love

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(Do not copy or download)
Art Journal Entry
"If you have spent the day being yourself, then you have truly lived today to it's fullest potential." ~ Nancy Baumiller
HA! I knew it! I knew I spelled truly wrong in my journal! AHAHHA! Going to have to fix that booboo! hee hee
I do want to apologize for my previous... very very VERY confusing post! heh! My mind is not in the right place right now....CHALK IT UP to P....M....S! That's my story and I am sticking to it! :Op~~~~~
Eh well! Life goes on!
Back to the art journal!
Materials used: Acrylic paints also, I actually ...accidently used some yellow paint made for glass projects...heeee ( I do so love the effect it gave the background it's all good, rubberstamping/ink, magazine tid bits, decorative papers, images from and a vintage valentine that I had in my stash! Paint pens and other various pens(ones that made my fingers terribly stained cuz I was purposely smudging it) ***sports an innocent look*** LOL
Anywho, I did enjoy this journal entry it was so much fun! I worked in my journal to get myself out of a mood I was worked! :O)
I will get back to my art pieces soon! ***pssst*** Think I will wait till PMS is over! Ha!
Much Love and Hugs,

Monday, July 27, 2009

Soar High!!!

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(Do not copy or download)
"Soar High"
"No bird soars too high if she soars with her own wings." ~unknown
I changed the wording of this quote, instead of "he" and "his", I changed it to "she" and "her". Just sounded better to me, since I am not a he nor a his! LOL
Background: Neo II's
Border: Images from , (bird-in lower right corner), magazine tid bits, decorative paper, handmade paper and personal images from my own art.
Main Image: Hat-made from decorative paper and paint pens.
Body: magazine tidbits and handmade arm/hand.
Legs: Magazine tid bit.
Words: Magazine letters, vintage labels.
Details: added with colored pencils, paint pens and other various pens.
I had another art piece that I finished previous to this one but I had added a image of a bird that overlaps one of the top corners and having a hard time scanning it in...scan bed too small....I may have to photograph it....and y'all know how bad I take photos LOL
The weekend was nice and two art pieces done amongst doing laundry and baking homemade cinny rolls! **grin** Hubby was home for the weekend and spent most of his time sleeping or lounging around, so not much to talk about here! lol I was kind of a crabby bum and pretty much stayed to myself as to not make everyone else a crab! lol
Tomorrow my oldest daughter has another ob/gyn appt. The appts are now two weeks apart and she now has to take medication to stop labor contractions. I guess that little granddaughter of mine just can't wait to get out into the world! Be good little one and wait awhile, your birthday will come soon enough. Your poor grandma is getting grayer by the minute! LOL Amira's due date is October 6th....hang in their baby girl! xoxo We are all hoping to have our daughter induced approx. 2 weeks earlier than her due date....being that Amira doesn't want to wait lol and plus my Hubby can be home for this blessed event! He wasn't able to be at the birth of our first grandchild.
Plus, we will have a pleasant visitor during the birthing of our second grandchild...Just recently we received some interesting news...My Hubby has another child...a daughter!!! Ya I know! What! His first marriage fell apart and they parted ways and his ex wife for some reason didn't tell my Hub that she was pregnant again! He had moved to California at that time. But his ex had hid all this from him and her daughter for 30 years and telling them both she had a different daddy!! She finally came clean and told her daughter and got to talk to her daddy for the first time and hit it off right off the bat! I am so happy for the both of them and Missy will be here for a week in September!! How cool is that!!?? And she had two children herself ...a boy and a girl! More grandkids! :O)
And more great news!! My hub got to talk to both of his half-sisters! Gosh our family sounds a mess! LOL But it is family and we love like nothing else! How exciting!!! I hope we get to see them soon also! I think I am going to need a huge dining table for the holidays! LMAO Well at least I won't have to worry about cooking more than I do...I already cook for an army!!! hee hee
Ok enough gabbing for while! I think I will go work on some more backgrounds and borders!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
Love and hugs,

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Replenish The Soul

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"Replenish The Soul"
"The sacredness of working in solitude is a large part of creativity to restore repair and replenish the soul." ~Kathy Malishiddi
This was another fun piece to create! The letters took some time to collect but totally fun!
Background: Created with Neo II's
Border: Handmade papers, decorative papers and a magazine tid bit.
Main Image: Hat-Decorative paper and paint pen. Face- Body-Handmade papers. Wings-Decorative paper.
Lettering: Created with altered magazine letters and copies of vintage labels.
Mmmmmm! I smell Piiiizzaaaa! heh!
Ohh before I forget...which is normal for me LOL The latest four pieces I have created are now listed in my shop !!! About dang time isn't shop was gathering cobwebs! hee hee
Hope you'll come take a peek!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!
Love and Hugs!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


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"It is better to fail at originality than to succeed in imagination." ~Herman Melville
Created on 8.5" x 11" cardstock...
Background was created with Neo II watersoluable crayons
Border is made up of handmade papers, decorative papers, tid bits from a magazine scanned in and printed out and cut/trimmed and added color using 4 different colored pencils.
The body is cut from a magazine as so the face image and added different set of eyes from
Words were cut from a variety of places mostly magazines and copies of vintage labels that were printed out and cut/trimmed and added color here and there using colored pencils and Faber Castell pitt brush pens.
Added detail in shading done with colored pencils and doodle dots done with poster paint pens.
This was a really fun piece to do. It was actually done in two sessions...background and image placement was done last night and the glueing, shading and doodling were done today.
Hmmm...what should I cook tonight....maybe that chicken I have marinating in the fridge, some scalloped potato's and steamed fresh asparagus...ya...that sounds good.
Till next time!
Love and hugs,

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More Art...

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"Beautiful Things"
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor touched but are felt in the heart." ~Helen Keller
Created on 8.5" x 11" cardstock...Watersoluable crayons (Neo II's) were used for the background in this piece and then lightly washed over with a baby wipe. I then added the border elements and the main image. I then spent alot of time shading with colored pencils and adding details and also with poster paint pens and other various pens. The quote was added...and more paper collage elements and more detail. I also did more shading to add depth and creating light in the piece. Those last two things(shading and adding light) are what I have been putting the most time and effort into and might I say tremendously fun!
I didn't really have much of anything today to get done as far as chores and the kids were out playing at a friends house, so I took time to myself and finished up this piece. Hopefully tonight when all is quiet I can start a third piece.
No other news to share at the moment. But I will tell you there is alot on my mind! LOL
Time for me to head to the kitchen and make some Chicken Fajita's! Who's hungry!? hee hee
Much love and hugs!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

New Art...

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"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain." ~unknown~
Spent all day yesterday creating this piece! The base is 8.5" x 11" cardstock. Collage pieces came from Teesha-Moore , a small bit from Kawaii note paper, magazine clips, some from my own stash and then lots of doodling, shading with poster paint pens, colored pencils, oil pastels and other various pens. And some rubber stamped words.
The background started out with a bit of scribbling with Neo II watersoluable crayons and washed over with a baby wipe. The border was then added, along with the main image and the rest is explained above!
Working on another piece...nothing is ever planned when it comes to Zettiness for me...I just go with the flow and piece it together as it comes to me! I do enjoy many types of my previous pieces that were more vintagey, which is a very fun and fast paced process! I am sure I will do more of those in the future...I like to jump back and forth and also try new ways to create collages! I don't get bored that way! hee hee Or should I say I get bored easily! hmmmm LOL
Gotta run! A few errands to do! I would prefer to stay at home and do art, but got to keep a roof over our heads! LOL Not thrilled about going out and is unusually cool outside for July! What's up with that?!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Organizing paper....well somewhat for now

I believe in my last post I mentioned that I had organized my paper it is all in bags in one of my drawers from a cart I have for everything. Then in the below picture I have them all layed out to show you!
From Top left corner one bag with tissue paper and tissue patterns for clothing (ah naw I don't sew clothing) Then going right...a bag of teesha moore imagery...magazine tear sheets for art and then printed row starting on the left going 3 bags across of vintage paper stuff for art...front row is a small box of vintage labels of all kinds and other small things...kawaii (sp) stickers and fun little note papers and last but not least a bag of decorative paper...that's not all my paper....I do have an unused pizza box stuffed full of 12 x12 decorative papers!

This will work for now! I had paper here there and everywhere and wanted it all in basically one spot and one drawer I could pull out to make it easier when I do want to play with paper!!

No art today...sowwy! No time...I did however get almost all the grass mowed...two more little spots and one large one...and then I will be done with that for a week...and ya got to weed wack...hmmm might save that for the ol man when he gets home! LOL hee hee

Off to go relax and watch a movie!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!!

Much love and hugs!



Monday, July 13, 2009

Weekend Art Journaling....

I created this art journal last year not sure if you remember my "Second Childhood" journal created with altered manilla folders? Maybe this will help! I really can't help when inspiration changes and how we all like to try new things in our art journals! Isn't that what their for after all?! That's what I thought! hee hee
For awhile now I have been saving all my favorite decorating magazine pages and not really knowing what to do with them and in hopes to some day utilize them in home I thought...why not paste them in my art journal so I know where they are and I can carry it when it comes time to shopping for items simular...and who's to say I can't add a little funky art to it?!
Why not!!! So I did! ;o)

On this page I added a dining room that I adored...I even added an old library pocket and altered a tag that I received in a swap awhile back, that has a handmade wire photo and letter holder and inserted the tag into the pocket! I like that! Up on the right top, that little reddish/orange rectangular piece is not very clear to view but I can tell you it has a kitty cat that I drew on it! lol Also added, decorative papers, a few paper collage pieces from Teesha !!
Which I don't know why, reminds me I need to show you soon a photo of how I organized all my least for the time being...since I am limited to storage space! One day I tell ya...I will have a studio again!! I do miss have the space to spread out and iffn I wanna leave the mess as is I will do as so! :OP hee hee Even if it only takes me 5 minutes to put it all away now! lol
The weekend was long and drawn out which is okay by me because my hub was home, I sure miss him here! And of course it rained once again this weekend! So we were all stuck in doors...everyone being lazy except for Mr. Get Into Everything Grandson Gabriel! LOL I swear he can tear up housekeeping in no time flat! lol Most everyone else was either watching a movie in their room, sleeping or like me creating in my art journal for a change! It was nice!
That is pretty much it for now!
Much love and hugs!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Blog awards! New Art and a late disintegration project

Hello! When I finally got home at 4PM EST after running myself crazy all over town, I opened my email to find that the lovely Shelly a very good friend of mine with an ornery sense of humor said she had an award on her blog for me! Thank you Shelly! Thank you for always being yourself and picking on me! Love you!
Now I need to give this award to 7 people...and you all must know just how hard it is to just pick 7! And of course I have to list 7 things or facts about myself!
7 awards for 7 lovely people!
Oh gosh! 7 things or facts about myself....ummmm welll
1. I don't like mixed drinks so much but I do like my beer and with green olives in it! I know yuck! I like the salt taste!
2. I would rather eat vegies raw or cooked for a late snack vs. sweet snacks. I wonder who stole my sweet tooth!
3. My morning ritual consists of a fresh cup of coffee and sitting at the computer to wake up. Bugs me when someone beats me to it and have to wait! LOL ***Pout***
4. I forgot what my pin number was today and had to drive for an hour to get to the nearest bank to reset it! Hell fire!! LOL This isn't the first time! :oP (shut up shelly I hear you laughing)
5. I don't eat breakfast.
6. It takes me forever and a day to get comfortable enough to get to sleep at night! I am such a fidget butt! I am sure it drives my husband mad! Oh wait! To late for that! Mwahhhhahahaha!
7. I am sure you don't want to know this but I can say, "Burp, Belch, B***h and Ribet" when I.... you guessed it....Burp! ***blushes***giggles***
Ok enough of this boohookie! LOL Onto some art!

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As to say...You can always find a little light in each day!

And then there is something hanging from my porch!

Look at those tree covered hills would you! Now look up! Not the sky silly...pretty yes...but there hanging with lots of paper and string! Ahh there ya go! Old papers new papers oh how delish it is! Oh yes and a tea bag...thought if those papers were going to get wet time to time it might like a spot of tea once in awhile! **Grin** Thanks to Seths past post of the "Disintegration Project" as I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to take a photo of it before the weather gets to it...and then later on ...I am thinking a month...we get quite a bit of rain, wind, humidy, and doesn't hurt on those hot sunny days to let the kids run amuck with squirt guns! HAHA I know that is cheating...But Hey! I didn't do it! lol

Off to make dinner....hmmm steak or porkchops???

Much love and hugs!



Monday, July 6, 2009

She Catches Only Good Dreams and Holds Them Tight...

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"Dream Catcher"
As well all know dreamcatchers are made to catch bad dreams...This dream catcher happens to grab hold of the good dreams and keep them safe! I guess maybe she could be me in a sense...of holding on to my dreams and not letting go or giving up on them! :O)
Materials used: The base is a vintage childrens encycopedia cover then gessoed over and let dry. Then a layer of journaling, layers of vintage papers, vintage tissue dress pattern, tissue paper and then the image of the baby girl, ink, stenciling and oil pastels were used for the aged effect and if you look to the lower half of the piece behind the baby girl...I attempted (keyword lol) a gel medium transfer...let's just say it didn't turn out the way it was intended to. But it did however create a wonderful effect! When all this was finished I sat staring at it for a little while and thought how wonderful it would look with beeswax over all! So I am sure you can guess what I did! hee hee The feel of it is so yummy! The texture is awesome! Oh! and by the way no one in my family likes the smell of beeswax but me! LOL I told with it! **grin** I know what I am doing with this will see later on what it will be! ;O)
I have a few other pieces to show this week that I am pretty excited about! I think you will like them too! Maybe not...are you missing the Zettiness yet? lol Things are changing so quickly and evoloving into other things, ideas, dreams and showing themselves little by little! I am sure I will do more Zetti eventually....Right now I got to grasp this adventure by the horns and see where it takes me! You ever get that feeling that something is changing and just don't know what it is or what it will become? Well, this is one of those times! I must flow with it right?!
So how was everyone's 4th of July celebrations? I hope it was a happy and fun time for all of you! We were (except for I) pretty lazy! lol While preparing the feast I was also out you guessed er chester ...mowing the lawn...LOL I am actually starting to enjoy it and not such a big chicken anymore...although I did get one of the tires stuck in a hole ...and guess who just happened to be hubby! LOL I could just make out the grin on his face...just knowing he was here I was rocking back and forth trying to get loose...ended up having to throw the thing in reverse to get out and start again! Sheesh!
I have this feeling I am supposed to get something done today and just can't put my finger on it...hate when that happens...I guess I better call my hub who once again is headed out of town and see if Mister Remembers Everything knows what it is! If it isn't anything I will mostly likely just shrug it off and do some more art! :O) Works for me!
And just how did I miss This post on Seth Apter's blog! So guess what I am doing?! I thought I would try it out for myself! I gathered paper from all over the house, newspaper, used envelopes, newsprint, vintage papers...and so much more...tied it up with twine! I love the way the papers look all gathered and tied with twine! Yum! Later today I am headed down to the shed to see what rusty treasures I can find to add to it! I am sure there are lots of goodies to be found in there! I will get a photo of it all later and show you how yummy these bundles are!
Off to call my hub and see what my lack of memory is forgetting! Nothing new! lol
Much Love and Hugs!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The door to your imagination....

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"Open The Door"
When that door of your imagination shows itself...take it! Open the door and see all the possiblities! They are there for your taking! For me when that door is staring me right in the face I open that door right away....sometimes if I wait too disappears....Open the door...go for it!!!
Materials used: Vintage book cover, vintage paper, tissue dress pattern, paper collage imagery, rubberstamps, ink, stencils, various pens, vintage cigar labels, rub ons, oil pastels and gesso. Layers of journaling!!!!
I am here...Yup! Not really sure where I have been but I am here LOL Gearing up for the 4th of July with family here at home! We are off tomorrow to go purchase some fun fireworks to celebrate and stuff for a BBQ!!!
I haven't done any art other than this piece above. I have ideas just no time...bill payin', errand running, laundry, know the drill! With the hub gone all the time it is up to me to get everything done. Fun fun fun....Not so much LOL
Do any of you have Adobe Photoshop Element 6.0?? I am having a hell of a time...but playing
with all the buttons and gadgets but I still don't get it LOL...I want to learn but don't have the first clue where to go look...if any of you know please please please give me a shout...I could really use it LOL
I think it would be fun to learn it and start experimenting the digital world! :O)
Group news....If I have missed sending out anyones invite or you would like to join Collage Play with Crowabout group on Flickr...send me an email addy is up top on the right of this page!!! There is always room! The more the merrier!!! Be sure to include your email!
Now I am off to finish making dinner for tonight...Chicken and Dumplins ...mmmmm good!
Much love and hugs!