Monday, January 15, 2018

T Stands For Back to China Inn

Sometime in late summer, my foodie friend Sally and I went back to

China Inn.  This is not a place I'm particularly fond of, probably because if I'm going to eat Chinese, I want a buffet.  Buffets are also usually cheaper, too. 

But this was Sally's day to pick, so I brought extra money and my camera.  I admit this place is always immaculate and  I am always impressed by how clean the huge windows are.

Let's begin by checking out the drink menu, even though I have already decided on water with lemon.

And even though I knew what I wanted, which is the Number 2, I wanted to show how large this menu truly is.

I may try that Wonderful Shrimp if I am there for lunch again.

After I took my last photo of the menu,

I decided to turn my camera on the restaurant because for once, we were the only people there who weren't part of the wait staff.

It was also the first time I had seen the bar area.

That mirror was beautiful and the plants were real.

The first time we were here, we sat in one of the booths, and the restaurant was crowded.

But now it was time to eat.  I decided to take photos before Sally could eat half hers while I was taking a photo.

Now it's your turn to share a drink related post.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, teabags, scrapbooking, or any 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 and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time.

365 Day Art Challenge: Week 2

Here are my collages for Week 2.  This 365 something project was created by Hanna at i Hanna.    I post every Monday morning for the previous week.  All of my collages are 4" X 4" (10,16 cm X 10,16 cm).

Holly Jolly Snowman
Shadow of doubt
Clean underwear
Dueling pianos
On the fence
One lonely tree in the forest
The high cost of olives
Thank you for joining me today for week 2 of this 365 day project.  In case you missed it, here are the cards I created for week 1.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Discarded Lovers

Once again I'm joining Erika at Bio Art Gal this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme New Year, New Adventures. 

I'm not sure this is what Erika had in mind when she decided on this theme, but this is how I interpreted the new adventure today.  I colored the background in my large art journal using water soluble crayons.  I used a red bingo dabber to color the hearts I cut freehand.  I used washi tape for the heart flower stems.

When I saw this quote by Mae West, I simply HAD to use it.  You have to admit, this would truly be a new adventure when discarded lovers take a second chance at love.

The red dye ink I used with my new stencil turned out to be pink.  It was too late to change the colors, since I had already printed the quote. 

Thanks for joining me today at Art Journal Journey.   I am very grateful to each of you for your visit and your continued support of my art. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018


It's time once again to join Erika at Bio Art Gal this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme New Year, New Adventures. 

You have lots of choices in how you travel.

It could be a ship, bus, train, plane, or automobile.

Then decide where you want to go.  It could be far away, or just down the road.

Finally, allow the adventure to unfold.  In the end, the story will tell itself.

For this spread, I began by scraping various paints in my large art journal.  I colored the sky of the image I found in a magazine.  I wasn't bold enough to color the rest of the image.  I wrote the words using my blue metallic Gelly Roll pen on Staz-on and alcohol painted paper left over from a previous project. 

Thanks for joining me today at Art Journal Journey.  And thanks for your visit and continued support of my art.  I am very grateful to each of you. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Smiles 254

Once again, I am sharing a few more of these photos from the History Museum each Friday, along with some funny stories, quotes, verse, or jokes I found when I was cleaning my office. 

I'll share the funny stuff first, then you can see and enjoy the photos of the museum. By now you know I'm here for Annie's Friday Smiles.

Fun is like insurance: the older you get the more it costs.
                  ~Kim Hubbard

We are all here for a spell.  Get all the good laughs you can.
                  ~Will Rogers

An old golfer whose eyesight was failing him feared he would have to give up golf.  He couldn't see where his ball landed.  Nonsense, says his friend.  Just get an old partner with 20/20 vision.  He can tell you where your ball lands.
The golfer with poor eyesight is delighted with the suggestion.  The next time his friend sees him, he asks how the scheme worked.  "Well, I found an old friend with excellent eyesight; he had no trouble following the flight of the ball, but by the time we got up the fairway, he's forgotten where it lands."

I read in the newspaper that a couple of California raisins died, and they suspect a cereal killer.

There are three periods in life: youth, middle age, and "how well you look."
                                    ~Nelson Rockefeller

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
                                           ~Frank Lloyd Wright

Now for more photos from the museum, this time in the South Hall on the 2nd Floor and the final room on the 2nd Floor.

The beautiful wooden table in the center of the room caught my eye.

The marble and inlay of this piece were beautiful, but not really my style.

The Grandfather Clock was impressive, but the color of the wood was all wrong.  I'd prefer the oak that beautiful door is made from.

Now I know some people really like this stuff, so I photographed it.  I even own some silver plate, but I don't like to clean it, which takes the fun out of owning it.

I understand it's important to have this under glass for security reasons, but it makes it difficult to photograph.

I'm always lamenting how my furniture looks like it is dusty when I photograph it in the winter.  Well, I know that furniture had been dusted that day, but it certainly looked dusty to me.  At least now I don't feel so bad.

Next time we will visit the third floor, or at least part of it.

Thanks for joining me today as I visited Annie and her lovely smiles.  A smile to start the weekend is always a good thing.