Monday, September 17, 2018

T Stands for Washi tape challenge and a trip to Riverside Cafe

I apologize that this is such a long post today.  I will try to be as brief as possible.  Last week Eileen and Halle challenged us to show our washi tape.  I really didn't realize how many rolls I had until I laid them out on my craft room table.

But first, to make a long post even longer, I know some of you who live in the U.S. have already seen this, but since a few of you only visit on T day,

it's time to get your free Museum Day ticket for two people.  This annual event is sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine.  I've gone the past four years and intend to take advantage of this year, too.  You only have a few days to decide what museum in your area you want to visit free of charge, so I suggest you follow the link to see what is available in your area.

I am color driven, as I've often said in the past.  I subscribe to the ROY G BIV system.  In case you've never heard of it, it's color coding and stands for Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.  There are similar areas on the color wheel.

Of course there will always be a few I can't place in line, mainly because of their sizes or shapes.  In the far back are masking tapes I've made, along with tapes others have sent me, including the ones Eileen sent with my lovely teacup stencil.

Most of the tapes you see were gifts.  Many came from either Cindy or Chris.  I even won a few on different web sites.  Most of these I've already used at least a few times.   These are red, pink, orange, and green (or ROY G).

When I laid them out, I was surprised I had no violet or indigo, but lots of multicolored tapes that didn't really fit with the ROY G BIV scheme.

I had several browns and golds,

but black and white definitely dominated my tapes.  If you visit me regularly, you have surely seen most of these tapes.  I use them often.

The musical notes on the far right were sent to my by both Chris and Cindy.  I've already gone through one roll and am working on the second one.

Chris sent me these at Christmas last year and I'm sure you've seen the ones I've used. 

I house my tapes in one of the drawers in my roll around cart that lives behind my desk.  However, I got the bright idea to buy a small holder that would sit on my cutter/sewing table.

In addition to two drawers, there were two small units and a lift up area, too.  Unfortunately, when I checked out WalMart, where I got this one last year, they no longer sell them.   Just as well, I suspect.  I'm not sure all the tapes would fit inside this container.  I hope you share your washi tapes so I can ohh and ahh over yours.

Looking back to July, my foodie friend Sally and I went to lunch at Riverside Cafe.  I've shown you photos of the restaurant here, here, and a couple of photos of Kathy and me in the back room (where these photos were also taken) of Riverside Cafe here.  Water with lemon for me, was the drink of choice that day.

Sally had given me a birthday card for my birthday, but I stuck it unopened in her car and promptly forgot about it.  Months later, she suggested I open it, which I did in the restaurant.

I was still admiring it when Sally's salad arrived.  Of course, I completely forgot to take photos of my breakfast or Sally's meal.

However, when the meal was over and we had boxed up our leftovers, the waitress walked over with a big stand-up sign of pies that were available.  When I told her no thanks, she told me I got a free piece of pie for my birthday.  Sally even encouraged me, so I insisted I buy her a piece, too.  That's what the money on the table is for, since the waitress still had not brought the bill and I had already given Sally my share of the bill because she only had a large bill she needed to use.

I got chocolate peanut butter meringue pie and Sally got lemon meringue  It was a great, albeit very late birthday gift, that's for sure.

Now it's time to show your washi tape and your drink related post you are sharing this week.  It can be photos, a place you visited, 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 and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Please link only to your T post, not your entire blog. Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken at any time.

365 Day Art Challenge: Week 37

Here are my collages for Week 37.  This 365 something project was created in part and hosted by Hanna at i Hanna.   This week is a bit different because everything I created reminded me of 9/11.  That's why my titles are probably more difficult to understand unless this tragedy affected you in some way.

In case you missed them, here are Week 36's collages.  As I'm sure you know by now, I post every Monday morning for the previous week.  All my collages are 4" X 4" (10,16 cm X 10,16 cm).

One minute before (aka: Never Forget)


Love amid confusion


Hope for the future

Come together


Thank you beyond belief for spending time with me today.  If you are playing in Hanna's 365 Something project, please let me know and I will be by to see what you are making.  Please let me know if you like any of these.  As always, I am extremely grateful for your continued support of this project and my art.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Squiggles' Dream

Today I'm here with another Art Journal Journey spread meant for Yvonne from Meggy's Way's theme which is A World of Fantasy.
Last month was all about Bleubeard when he helped host Art Journal Journey.  June and July were all about Bleubeard and me making ICADs.  Although Squiggles is not jealous, per se, he IS needy.  That's why today we focus on Squiggles and his delusional dream.

"Squiggles delusional

dream after

sniffing catnip."

Squiggles in action.

This is what happened after sniffing catnip.

This 8.5 X 11 inch page was created using 110 lb card stock.   I first laid down a stencil and colored it using three ink pads.  Once those were in place, I grabbed several stamps and began stamping in the areas I left plain.  Some of you will note, I added washi tape that covered the stencil Eileen sent me to celebrate our Anniversary T.  More stamping ensued, then I took a photo of Squiggles and printed it to add to the page.  Finally, I colored the sentiment first with the stencil, then used my shimmering mists and watercolor crayons, and finally I added the words to the page.  Most of those stamps had never been used before, so I was happy that I had a chance to use them.

My sidekick Bleubeard and I are delighted you chose to join us today to honor Squiggles, and hope to also see you at Art Journal Journey.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Today I'm once again sharing an Art Journal Journey spread honoring Yvonne from Meggy's Way whose theme is A World of Fantasy.

Fishy is the name of this spread, which started with a large security envelope.

Next came this beautiful piece of parchment paper gifted me by Kathy in Ozarks at Hummingbird Woodland Studio.  I doubt she ever imagined I would use this lovely paper she sent to create an underwater scene.

But that is exactly what I did with this magical underwater fantasy.

I think my favorite is the butterfly fish.

Some fish were extremely happy, while others looked sad or glum.

The seahorse chose to watch from the sidelines.

The colorful fish were certainly enjoying the undersea fantasy.

Another favorite were the Green Backs.

I started this spread using a security envelope I glued to the parchment paper Kathy sent me.  I then found some funky fish on the internet and fussy cut them, then colored them using both watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils.  I had a hard time getting the glue to stick to the parchment paper, but in the end, I was extremely happy with this Fishy Fantasy.

Thank you for visiting.  I am delighted you chose to spend some time here today and hope to also see you at Art Journal Journey.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Smiles 289: a trip to the art museum , part 1

Until further notice, every Friday I will share a trip to a museum, or some place out and about.  HOWEVER, until I can get my Mr. Linky problem corrected, this will have to be my last Friday Smiles.  I can't ask people to link me, and it isn't fair to others, either.

I don't have many funnies today, so I will share them first.

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity.

To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300° C.

The Russians use a pencil.

One day President Obama fell off a bridge and was saved by three young boys.

Obama thanked them and said he'd give them all one thing they wanted.

The first boy asked for a trip to Disney Land and that summer he was in Disney Land.

The second boy asked for a pair of Nike Shocks and sure enough, the next day he was wearing a pair of Nike Shocks.

The third boy asked for a wheel chair with a plasma TV, cup holders and hydraulics.

Obama, looking puzzled at the boy, asked why he wanted a tricked out wheel chair because he didn't look disabled.

The young boy replied, "I will be after my father finds out that I saved you."

 We've got what it takes to take what you've got

(Edit: The U.S, has the Internal Revenue Service or IRS, while Europe has FATCA.  The U.S. has social security numbers for every person.  They are now issued shortly after birth, but that has not always been the case.  The EU has TINs or Taxpayer Identification Numbers.  From what I can tell, these are similar.)


1. Open a new file in your computer.

2. Name it 'Donald Trump.'

3. Send it to the Recycle Bin.

4. Empty the Recycle Bin.

5. Your PC will ask you: 'Do you really want to get rid
of 'Donald Trump?'

6. Firmly Click 'Yes.'

7. Feel better?

GOOD - Tomorrow we'll do Vladimir Putin.

Now let's head to the Art Museum with two teens and a tween.

Little did I realize when we set out on this day

that these children would get so involved in the Art Museum.

For some reason, I envisioned a quick visit, then off to lunch at a local fast food place.

Little did I realize these children were so enamored with art and sculpture.

Apparently, their parents had never encouraged their love of art.

Their aunt, who they now live with, is heavy into art and encourages the children to learn everything they can about it.

As we walked toward the building, I was so absorbed with making sure the children's images were not reflecting in the glass surfaces, I totally missed seeing the man sitting in the garden area.

Seems I caught the man again, but not the children.

Not long after we entered, we saw this display of what was at the art museum and what could be found around the city and state.

You certainly don't live here and not know about the "Keeper of the Plains," which, if you have read my blog for any length of time, are all familiar with now.

Of course, we had to take a photo of the Chihuly sculpture,

and the children had to walk on the Chihuly bridge.  Then it was off to see the art.

I enjoyed this and so did a couple of the children.

We all liked this one.

One of the children really liked this one because it was reminiscent of their mother when she was taking chemotherapy.

I'm not sure why, but I really liked this one and it was my favorite I had seen up to then.

We stopped to "admire" this metal sculpture, where the tween thought it looked like King Kong.  AHH, to be young and still have an active imagination.

At this point we had barely made it into the museum and I was already being overwhelmed with questions and comments.  The quick "in and out" I expected turned into nearly SIX hours there.  I can assure you, all four of us had a day to remember.  You'll probably be tired of this museum before we see it all.

Thanks for joining the children and me today and thanks for your continued visits and support.  Now let's visit Annie's Friday Smiles, where it never hurts to begin the weekend with a big smile, just like Annie's. Feel free to join in with a post of your own, too.  And thanks for those of you who offered ways I could fix my Mr. Linky problem, which unfortunately has nothing to do with my internet woes.  The Linky problem was there BEFORE my internet decided to throw a menopausal fit.