Monday, November 12, 2018

T Stands For My Autumn Dining Room Table

Welcome to autumn at my dining room table.  Not much in the way of decorating, I'm afraid.  After I got rid of the Halloween decorations, the room felt very bare.  But I think I'm ready for a bit of minimal before the Christmas decorations come out the day after Thanksgiving.

Recently, Eileen and I had a bit of internet conversation about cutting books in various shapes.

I suggested using a band saw to cut the books to the shape and size of your choice.  Yes, that is my arm and camera you see in shadow.  The deli paper you see in two of the books is there because I use the books to press flowers and leaves.

This is what the house book looks like opened.

One heart book closed, 

and one heart book opened and prepped.

So get out those band saws, plug them in, and go to town creating a shaped book to alter.  Then share a favorite drink with someone to celebrate your accomplishment.

As an aside, I brought my lavender in, hoping it will make it through the winter.

I did the same with my rosemary and whatever this plant is, too.  I left all my mint, cilantro, fennel, and dill outside to overwinter.  I'm hoping they make it through the winter again this year.

It's now time for you to share your own drink related post.  Feel free to discuss anything. Your post may include photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, fiber art, 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.  Then, please link your story below.  The photos don't have to be taken on Tuesday, and can relate to anything with a drink.  Please use the direct link to your T post, not your blog in general, so we can find you easily.

For Day 13, I created a drink related link up party and shared it with Art Every Day Month (AEDM).

365 Day Art Challenge: week 45

Here are my collages for Week 45.  This 365 something project was created in part and hosted by Hanna at i Hanna.

In case you missed them, here are Week 44'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).


It's written between the lines

Literacy through education

Independence Day

That old time religion

Circles of confusion

Stage fright
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.

Thank you so very much for spending time with me today. 

 This is Day 12, where I created seven "365 something" collages, and am also sharing this with Art Every Day Month (AEDM)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Honoring Veterans Day 2018

This is a very special Veterans Day.    According to
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Again, according to
Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.
Although there was a great deal of confusion after the Uniform Holiday bill was passed, which gave all Federal Employees a three day weekend, many believed this undermined the true spirit of Veterans Day.  The original date was changed again to reflect the true Veterans Day.  Per  
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Be sure to share a story or two with a vet today.  There have been all kinds of documentaries on tv this past week highlighting facts about WWI and our (U.S.) involvement.  I knew so little about this war, it is fascinating to see what led up to it and how we stayed out of the war so long.

I learned that most women didn't support weren't in favor of a war, but knew they would be called into service if war was declared.  I learned that blacks saw this as an opportunity to gain recognition by fighting in the trenches.  I learned that women who enlisted were not given benefits once they returned home from war,

and I learned Wilson, our 28th president who advocated for peace, was opposed to declaring war until it was almost too late.  In March, 1917, Teddy Roosevelt threatened to go to the White House and force Wilson to declare war.

Clearly, the U.S. is not the only country with armed forces or the desire to celebrate them.  Even the origins of Veterans Day involved the largest worldwide conflict anyone had ever seen.  Since I like to think on a global scale, here are a few other countries that observe this day.

The United Kingdom (U.K.) has some of the more elaborate celebrations to honor those who have fought for their country.  From late October up to Armistice Day on November 11, the Royal British Legion distributes 40 million poppies that people wear to commemorate those who have served in the armed forces. The celebrations are split into two days. The first is Remembrance Day, which takes place on the second Sunday of November each year. It is a day to recognize those who have lost their lives protecting the U.K. It's basically the U.K. version of Memorial Day. The U.K. also celebrates Armistice Day on Nov. 11 with a two-minute moment of silence observed at the 11th hour throughout the country.

Accordingly, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, as it is called in some places, is observed throughout many of the 52 other member countries of the Commonwealth, a political association of mostly former territories of the British Empire. These include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka, just to name a few.  Like the U.K., these countries also incorporate the poppy into their celebrations.  Some of you may have followed Prince Harry's and Meghan's journey to Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand to help observe this event.

France also celebrates Armistice Day on Nov. 11.  In 2014 President Francois Hollande opened the new international memorial of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Ablain Saint Nazaire northwest of Arras called the "Ring of Remembrance," which is a huge, bronzed stainless steel, elliptical monument that includes the names of the nearly 580,000 men who died in northern France during World War I.

The Belgians also host one of the biggest Armistice Day ceremonies. Every year since 1928, the country has put on the Last Post Ceremony. The Last Post is the name of a bugle call played in the British Army and other armies to mark the end of the day. Now it is used to remember fallen soldiers. The Last Post Ceremony takes place at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, and it also includes a release of red poppies from the roof of Menin Gate.

 I am also sharing Day 11 with Art Every Day Month (AEDM) and honoring all those who have served our country.

I am delighted you chose to spend a few minutes in remembrance with me today.  Thank you beyond belief.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Inspired by Audubon

I'm once again joining Erika aka BioArtGal who is hosting Art Journal Journey this month with her theme Vintage or Modern.

I call this one Inspired by Audubon.

"Inspired by


For this piece, I began by adhering a sheet of handmade paper (HMP) to a sheet of 110 lb cardstock.  The HMP was a reject because I had added rose petals to the paper pulp and the roses bled into the wet pulp as it dried.  I printed three vintage bird images for which I carefully fussy cut rounded edges.  I added tea stains using a tea bag on each of the bird images.  Finally, against my better judgement, I hand printed the sentiment using a metallic gel pen.

Bleubeard and I are so happy you chose to join us today and hope to also see you at Art Journal Journey

For Day 10 of Art Every Day Month (AEDM), I created a journal page.

I want to reiterate, if you are on Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, or G +, I will visit, but I cannot leave a comment since I'm not a member of any of those platforms. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Smiles 297: a trip to the Art Museum, part 8

I’ve been offline for nearly two days.  I had no internet and no phone.  My friend Scott came by last night and linked me to AEDM using his cell phone, but couldn’t get me online.  Tonight he came by again and managed to get me online, but I still have no telephone.  Very frustrating and it put me behind visiting.  As sad as that is, it’s the only excuse I have.

Annie our host at Friday Smiles agreed to link me each week until I could get Mr. Linky working for me again. Hopefully, Scott has fixed that problem, too.  Time will tell.

As you are probably aware by now, I like to begin with a few funnies I found while cleaning my office late last year.  These things are like bunnies.  They seem to multiply while I sleep!

Here are a few more headlines that got past the editors:

War Dims Hope for Peace
If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Enfields Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
New Vaccine May Contain Rabies
Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge

Now back to the museum where I spent nearly six hours with two teens and a tween one day this past July.    

This was a special collection on display through October 18.  According to the Wichita Art Museum web site:

For ancient people, the night sky was full of stories. Looking up, people did not see balls of gas burning light years away. Instead, they saw shining pinpoints of light that formed shapes when joined together--shapes of hunters and wild beasts, sailors and ships, fair maidens and handsome heroes. Each culture brought their own stories to the various clusters of stars, and often they named them after a character or location in the story.
Around 2,000 years ago, the astronomer Ptolemy mapped and named many constellations, linking them with the Greek and Roman myths popular in his time. Constellations: Stories in the Stars explores many of the myths Ptolemy and other ancients paired with the stars. Featuring objects from the Wichita Art Museum's permanent collection, the exhibition brings the myths of the night sky to life.

Many of these myths I had never heard of.

This mixed media piece maps out the stars in our galaxy.

Unlike the 12 Constellations and 12 signs of the Zodiac in western culture, these bunnies are part of the Chinese Zodiac.

I believe this symbolizes our Leo or lion,

while the tiger is a product of the Chinese zodiac.

Not sure why I was so enamored with this rabbit, but . . . .

I was getting quite tired, so allowed the children to explore and I took a few photos and searched for a place to sit, although there was none.

I got this one,

which is the bull, one of our constellations.

Then it was time to find the last exhibit.

These may be my favorite yet.

I took this for Bleubeard

so he wouldn't feel so left out.

Can you believe this piece

was created out of scraps of wood?  It's at least six feet tall, maybe taller.

Be still my heart!

Sadly, by the time we got here,

I was so tired I couldn't get everything in a single shot.

I couldn't believe I had finally convinced the youngsters

it was time to eat and sit.

As we were about to exit, I took these photos of the underside of the Chihuly Bridge the children walked on when we first arrived

nearly six hours before.

Standing directly underneath and looking straight up, I think I like this side better than the bridge side.

And finally, I saw this on my way out.

 Thanks for joining the children and me for the final time at the art museum and thanks for your continued visits and support.  Now let's visit Annie's Friday Smiles (aka A stitch in time), 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.   Annie would love to welcome your smiling post, too.
I am also joining AEDM for Day 7 with photos from my trip to our local art museum and a bit of humor.

You may be tired of reading this, but I want to reiterate, if you are on Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, or G +, I will visit, but I cannot leave a comment since I'm not a member of any of those platforms.