Thursday, May 23, 2019

Light up the night

Today I'm joining Erika, you may know as Bio Art Gal, our host this month at Art Journal Journey

with her themes In the air/In the sky.

"Light up

the night."
Notice the sun setting in the background.

I apologize that this photo isn't in focus.  It was the best I could get.

I've seen night skies that look like this over the flat lands of rural Kansas, too.

For this entry, I began with a page I found in an old calendar.  I sewed the computer generated words to the page, then, thinking it needed something further, added the row of sequins that I hoped followed the coastline.

Thanks beyond belief for joining me today and I also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your interpretation of Erika's theme.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

What's On Your Workdesk this 520th Wednesday? Don't let me forget the *

This is the BIG one, ladies and gentlemen.  It's the day we honor Julia at Stamping Ground, our wonderful host and Queen desker.  It's also the day we celebrate 10 years of WOYWW.  I wasn't here from the beginning, but I was here for the first anniversary and haven't missed one since.  I simply can't forget to add my asterisk.

I want to point out, that I have only found one person I can't reply to and it was a desker on Instagram.  I'm a blogger (PERIOD) and don't "do" any other social media sites.

I have to admit, these "artistic" ATCs look much better on my dining room table than the actual ATCs I created.  It's amazing what several blur transformations in Photoshop can do for some not very creative ATCs.  None of these are for my PIF partner.  All will be revealed after the crop on June 1.

More than a few of you have asked about the dresses hanging on my wall.  I will explain them next week, 

but for now, today is all about Julia and the desks.

What's On Your Workdesk Wendy is a photo hog.  She is hiding the ATC I kept for myself.  It's clear she's also guarding the envelope I've designated for my PIF partner.

She's also pointing to the obligatory rocking horse (which I'm sure is the real reason people visit).  It was sent to me years ago by no other than the queen of deskers, Julia herself.

Wendy has hopped over to my other "desk" that holds my guillotine cutter and my sewing machine.  I made this dust cover from a used pillowcase to celebrate the first anniversary of WOYWW.  It was the first time I ever stamped on fabric.  I was SO scared I would mess it up.  Of course, that's when Wendy was born, too.  She doesn't look too bad for being 10 years old!

I want to thank each of you for joining me today, and in Julia's words:
The number that your name is given on the list is important..leave it when you make a comment on other Desker's posts and they can visit you without too much to-ing and fro-ing.
I am also grateful for any and everyone visiting my desk today.

Thank you Nikki for once again making and supplying the blog button.

Monday, May 20, 2019

T Stands for kitchen cabinets

First, first, thanks for understanding my lateness.  Thanks to Sharon who took my call yesterday evening (we live in the same town) and spread the word that T would be late.  And thanks to Susi for also getting the word out.

First, if you only visit once a week, you will notice how much quicker my right sidebar seems to load.  It's because I've moved my blogger gratitude to the very end.  It is definitely slow loading and I'm glad I finally figured a way to make that sidebar load faster.

Second, I apologize for the photo overload today, but I got a bit carried away.  Our dear T Tuesday friend Kathy in the Ozarks is moving and shared her kitchen cabinets she is getting ready to move.  If you have not seen her post, I suggest you visit here.  In addition to sharing her cabinets, she also provided a link for how to date your cabinet.

I spent HOURS looking at different kitchen cabinets (many called Hoosier), trying to identify mine.

I purchased this one from the estate of my next door neighbor in Webb City, MO. It had like (quoting the Trout Town Tabbies), 984 coats of paint on it when I tried to strip it.  I never got it completely stripped before I moved to Wichita.  I learned that some of the cabinets came painted, but I have no idea if it had been painted before my neighbor took a paint brush to it.  

The metal is what came with the cabinet and I added the glass pulls when I stripped the cabinet.  The cutting board seems to have disappeared before I purchased it, too.

There are two glass inserts and six drawers. 

On the left is where the flour bin sits.  There is also a door in the lower cabinet.  The roll top is missing, so I added the light.

Apparently this is another way you can date your cabinet.  The black metal slide dates it to the 1920s.  Both of my cabinets have this design.  The white metal slides out for more surface space.  Believe it or not, this is the better side, because I switched it when I moved.

These are really bad photos, because of the warm lighting I chose to use in the case.  Some of my favorite rocks and objects are held here.

I think the sugar bowl was here, or maybe a shelf like in my other cabinet.

My friend Joseph gave me this print.   It is possibly Seurat's most well known work, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.

This is my other kitchen cabinet.  They are very different. This one has four doors and three drawers.  All are solid.

In the bottom drawer is a pull back metal insert.  I have no idea what it was for, but I suspect it was for flour.

The roll top on this one works flawlessly.

It was incredibly difficult to get far enough back to take a good photo of these cabinets, since the dining area is rather small.

It may be even harder to see what is inside,

since I have so much junk memorabilia in front.  Yes, I have copper everywhere!  Don't ask me to give it up, either, please.  OR my rocking horses.

It appears there may have been two cutting boards 

originally in this cabinet.  All the metal came with it.  I didn't change a thing.

This cabinet is rare, according to some information.  Instead of a flour bin, the insert is a pie safe.

This cabinet holds my grandmother's crystal, some of the smaller pieces from my Princess House Princess Heritage collection, and a one person tea pot and cup.  That's my T reference this week.

Although it's not the best mosaic, here are the two cabinets side by side.

It's now time for you to share your own drink related post.  It can be gifts you received, photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, mail art, junk mail, 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 your T post and not your blog in general.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and not just this year.


I'm once again joining Erika, Bio Art Gal, our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her themes In the air/In the sky.  Today I've once again chosen In the sky.

SHHH!  Don't tell Bleubeard, but I've called on Toto (the adorable Cairn Terrier from the Wizard of Oz) for help today.

"Toto, I don't think

we're in Kansas


Although the picture is filled with sunflowers, the state flower of Kansas, there are mountains in the background, a dead giveaway this is not the flat lands of Kansas.

There is, however a tornado and a flying house.

There are also our signature sunflowers, since Kansas is known as the Sunflower State.

Look at the veins on that leaf and the tiny spikes on the stem.

The mountains simply look out of place, however.

This page came together quickly after I found a very old calendar page.  I tried to create the tornado in the clouds, but the gloss on the page didn't react well with the colored pencils I was using.  In desperation, I created the tornado on a sheet of card stock.  I did the same with the house.  Instead of going to my computer for the text, I created it by hand and outlined it using a gel pen.

I lamented on Saturday how I had tried to repair my lawn mower.  I said I wasn't sure it was fixed.  I gave it a good workout on Sunday and I was so happy I had fixed it.

Of course, this is the mess I see when I sit in my craft room.

My neighbor to my north is pouring a new driveway.

In my opinion, it was a poor time to do this.

Note how the water has receded and it is now dry.  However, before I could mow the back, the rains came.  So did the hail and tornadoes.  It was a scary night and it isn't over yet. 

The rains returned and left lots of run off, as can be seen from my driveway,

under the neighbor's vehicles,

and in his driveway.  At least he managed to cover the work he had already hired before it rained.

Thanks for joining Bleubeard and me today.  He finally got over being mad because I called on Toto for help.  Your visit is greatly appreciated.  I hope you didn't mind me showing my flower bed and my neighbor's mess I see each time I look outside.  Bleubeard and I also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your own art inspired by In the air/In the sky, too.