Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gifts from my dear friend Valerie

A few days ago Bleubeard and I found this awesome package in my mailbox.  I immediately knew it was from my friend Valerie, because she had warned me something was coming.  I actually worried because days and days passed, and my fears grew greater that it somehow went missing.

Fortunately, that was not the case.   Don't you just love the bread container she put everything in?

She wrapped the goodies in this paper, which included a darling tree.  If you know me, you know I love trees.

What a wonderful haul.

I fell in love with this Asian inspired art that was on the outside of the card Valerie made.

Then there was this incredible tag in which she pulled out all the stops.  Isn't it simply over the top?  Yes, I love it, too.

Then there are the incredible napkins, many of which included at least two of the same design.  How thoughtful. 

As for the tag that is hidden?  You'll just have to wait to see it.

But wait!  That wasn't all.

Look at this handmade book.  So much detail

on both sides.

Isn't it simply delightful?   Even the paper inside is high end.

But the best part was this wonderful personal note left on the inside by Valerie.

I can't thank Valerie enough for this thoughtful gift, as well as the tags and napkins she sent.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Valerie!  I suggest if you are NOT familiar with her art, please stop by her blog, called Bastelmania.

And I want to thank each and everyone for stopping by today.  I am so grateful for your visit, and your support of what I show on my blog.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Christmas photos

I found these photos Monday, and since I'm struggling to find something to share on my blog, I thought I would share these I took right after Christmas.

I was at my friend and neighbor Sally's when I took these photos.  I was waiting for her to get dressed, and did a quick dusting of her kaleidescope with my hand.  I'm more careful at my place.

I was actually inspired by Johanna at Mixed Media Fun, who took photos of a homemade kaleidescope with her camera.

Mine, unfortunately,

didn't fare as well.

Then I was off to WalMart, where I took a photo of these Lindor chocolates.  I think Chris at Pear Shaped Crafting was the one who talked about them, but I can't remember now why I took the photo, other than to respond to someone (CHRIS?) who talked about them at Christmas.

Next, I left Sally behind and went into this high end nursery.  Wish I had taken more shots, but all I was interested in were the trees.

Although I don't show the ones I purchased in any of the photos,

be assured I purchased three new ones on deep discount at this incredible place.  You will have to wait till next Christmas to view them, because they have been put away since shortly after Christmas.

Thanks for joining me for the look back in time, as I share photos I found from Christmas.  And of course, thanks for joining me today.  Your visits mean the world to me.

Monday, February 20, 2017

T Stands For Haircut Day

Mere days before Christmas, my foodie friend Sally and I had our hair cut.

Sally had called in for both of us, but even though she said we were together, there was someone ahead of me.  I got a horrible stylist who I don't think had cut anyone's hair before, and another stylist had to come finish for him.  I ended up having to tip both of them, which was only fair, but costly.

I had to laugh at the sign because I cut my own bangs, so they should have paid me the $6.00 and only charged me the remaining $6.00.

After we had our hair cut (cut only), we headed downtown to Old Town.

As we walked by the shops,

I was struck by the various Christmas and winter items on display.

I tried to get a picture of the sparkly tree, but the pot outside seemed to overtake the shot.

While Sally forged ahead, I stopped here to take photos of a shop I thought

Darla might find inspiring.

At first I thought Sally might want to stop

at the Japanese restaurant.

We went there once for dinner, but never lunch.

We walked on and contemplated Mexican food, but neither of us was really in the mood for it.

Then we found a familiar spot we both like: Todd Brian's Brick Street Cafe and Tavern.

We always have fun here.

I found their menu online here.

Sally and I started talking and laughing, and I nearly forgot to take a photo of our drinks, let alone the meals we had.  She had a Yo Burger with regular fries, and I had Shrimp Pasta.  As you can see from the menu, they don't exactly cater to vegetarians.

Now it's your turn.  You may share a place you visited, an empty cup, a full cup, teapot, or mug, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below (direct links only, please), then Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that your photos may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday.

EDIT: There seems to be something wrong with Mr Linky.  He may have gone a bit bonky.  Please just add your latest link.  This week's links begin with Valerie at 20.  I greatly apologize, but have no way of knowing how to change it. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

NBA All-Star Weekend goes RED

I like to create art during the NBA All-Star Weekend,

so I'm off to New Orleans to join the All Stars for a look back at this weekend thus far, and a look ahead at tonight's big game between the East and West (eastern and western conferences).
If you are a football fan, and watched Super Bowl 51, you might want to rethink your sport.  Unlike the NFL (National Football League) who knew about Houston's Proposition 1, which was struck down (Prop 1 would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity) yet still held the game in Houston, my beloved NBA (National Basketball Association) moved the All-Star weekend from Charlotte, North Carolina to New Orleans, Louisiana (or NOLA).

After the surprising events of the 2016 election, the NBA has remained much more outspoken about current events and the political climate in America than other major leagues. The league pulled the All-Star Game from Charlotte after an anti-LBGTQ law was passed in the state. Several coaches and many players have expressed distaste for Donald Trump. Teams have refused to stay at Trump hotels.  The league continues pushing a global initiative as Trump’s presidency ran on nationalism, and there’s a chance the NBA could even expand to Mexico in the coming years. So rethink your sport and enjoy the rest of the NBA All-Star weekend with me in NOLA.

I was definitely on a red kick for this one.

I started with this glitter crayon, but the only glitter seems to be on the crayon cover.

I decided to try using the crayons on a stencil.  This one was gifted me at Christmas by my friend Chris.

This wasn't turning out as I had hoped,

so I grabbed the dabber used to mark bingo numbers.  I have said this before, that this is a really, really inexpensive alternative to those expensive daubers used by a well known artist.  Yes, this entire container cost less than $1.00 (USD).

I got a bit carried away and added the dabber ink to the vintage sheet music, too.

Next it was time to get messy.

When it was wet, I couldn't see much difference in the metallic from the regular craft paint I used.

I missed a step, because after I added the paint, I dripped it down the page.   Here I'm trying to remove paint using a wet baby wipe.

Goodness, nothing is turning out as I anticipated it!  Even the stencil created a problem by allowing paint to pool under it.  I now believe I should have removed the paint BEFORE I dripped the paint down the used file folder.

Since removing the paint was a bust, I decided to add red using a colored marker.  You can barely see a few letters I tried to remove, but the stencil worked fine with the colored marker. 

Next, it was time to put it all together.  Here is what it looks like after it was all together.  It's intended for Art Journal Journey, and Linda's 50 Shades of Red theme, along with Moo-Mania and More's music theme, as well as Try it on Tuesday's messy theme.

A few close ups show I added an "R" stencil and placed a photo slide behind it that was lying around on my table. 

I was really surprised how glittery and metallic the red paint looked under my full spectrum light once it dried.

I added a red and gold circle to one side of the tag,

and a red circle to the other side.

You can tell my black paint I added for effect was still wet, but I was out of time and didn't want to wait for the specks to dry.  I already made a mess when I tried to wipe off a big blob of black paint, so what you see is what you get.

For this piece I began with a used file folder (I believe they multiply while I sleep), added sheet music I colored in red dabber and glitter crayon, a used stencil, a gifted photo slide, a tag, and red and black craft acrylic paint.

I hope you will join me at Art Journal Journey, Moo-Mania and More, as well as Try it on Tuesday.  Each require something a bit different, but each have some of the greatest mixed media you will find anywhere.  And of course, thanks for joining me here today, too.