Sunday, July 14, 2024



I'm back today with another spread for Halle from Halle’s Hobbies who is our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  Her theme, as you may know by now is I've got a notion.   

I call this Fleurs for obvious reasons.  I have detail shots below.

I originally planned to do a bit more with the background, but decided I would detract from the beauty of the flowers if I did.  Instead, I first sewed the colored paper to the background, then cut the image I found on the internet.  I glued it to a piece of red cardstock, then sewed the assembly to the background using variegated thread.  I have a Fleur de lis punch and used it to add three fleurs I colored red using a water soluble crayon.

Bleubeard and I are quite pleased you joined us today. We hope to also see you at Art Journal Journey and possibly share your own interpretation of I've got a notion.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

July's calendar


I hadn't expected to show my calendar this month because I originally had no way to show my photos on the blog.  Now that I have found a work around, I decided to actually use my calendar this month.

This is my entry for Halle from Halle’s Hobbies our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  Her theme is I've got a notion.  I found this dress form gifted die cut that I had been looking for, so I knew I had to use my calendar this month.  At the first of the month, I wrote in dates I intended to keep.  I decided to smudge them out, although I'm not sure why I did.  Regardless, I outlined the dress form die on both sides of the calendar.

Bleubeard and I are thrilled you joined us and hope to see you this month at Art Journal Journey as you share your own interpretation of I've got a notion.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Friday Smiles 382: Silver does not go with copper and cobalt blue


It's Friday, which means it's time to join Friday Smiles, hosted by Annie (at A Stitch in Time).  Let's visit Annie and the other wonderful ladies who also share their smiles each Friday.    

As I've told you for the past three weeks, I have been unable to upload photos to my blog due to the "Cloud." If you were here for T Stands For Tuesday, you read I finally figured out a work around.  I simply copy my photos to a "recently used" file and am able to place them on my blog.  Extra work, but at least all these photos I have on my computer can now go on my blog.  Once I have published or scheduled my blog post, I go in and delete the copied files.

Some of you know my old refrigerator/freezer died recently.  It didn't actually die, it wouldn't quit running.  Not much fun when I'm trying to keep my electric bills low.  At least the food stayed cold and frozen, so I didn't lose too much there.

It was Memorial weekend and I needed something that was in stock.

This is the style I wanted, but not the color.  Many have read in the past that I am driven by color.

After a series of mishaps and missteps I won't go into here, you see where I got the title for today's post.  The step stool is there because I can't reach the top two shelves without it.

I needed a ladder to get the frufrus on the top of the fridge.

I obviously didn't think it through because I was so focused on getting a fridge with a freezer on the bottom.  Yes, I am that short!

This baby is HUGE compared to my old one.

My internet friend, Mae showed her magnets that she rotates as she gets new ones.

These are mine.  It's no secret I love anything Route 66, one of the original highways in the U. S. Numbered Highway System.  My house in Webb City, Missouri (MO) was on the direct route between Joplin and Carthage, MO.  I can only imagine what the road was like back then, especially when people went on vacation and traveled by my house.  Of course, I was not even born when Route 66 was in its heyday.  The two lane road, that ran through the town, garnered a lot of business for the local economy.  When the road changed to a four lane highway, many of those businesses died.  One of the businesses about three blocks from my home still called itself the Route 66 Meat and Deli.  The owners were willing to tell anyone who would listen about the old route and its significance.

Under the Route 66 magnets are a koala thermometer, our Wichita flag, and a hand-blown gift from a friend.
Look closely at the magnet below the turkey and you will see the presidents on Mount Rushmore.

Look at it from another angle, and the presidents disappear, leaving the mountain before it was carved.

The other magnets two of which are from Strataca, the salt mine museum I visited in the past, one from the Cosmosphere, and one from Australia sent to me by Sue, aka Elephant's Child.  
The turkey?  A magnet I failed to pack with my Thanksgiving decorations from last autumn.  I think I'll leave it on that note!!

I hope a few of these made you smile and I won't ask how you feel about my new fridge.  I want some white spray paint!  Thanks for spending part of your Friday here.  Bleubeard and I would love to see you at Friday Smiles, too. 

Thursday, July 11, 2024

The Dress Form


I'm back today with another spread for Halle who is hosting this month at Art Journal Journey.  Her theme as you may know by now is I've got a notion. 

I call this latest entry The Dress Form.  I have detail images below.

I started by adhering a portion of dressmaker's tissue to my substrate using The Ultimate adhesive.  While the adhesive was drying, I dyed a piece of cheesecloth using some of my dark Sumatra coffee.  I then fussy cut the image which I found on the internet.  I allowed everything to dry overnight, then stretched and cut the cheesecloth to fit over the dress form.  In the end, I found this adorable bow with a pearl in the center and just had to add it to the form.

Bleubeard and I are really happy you joined us today and hope to see you at Art Journal Journey where we hope you will share your own interpretation of I've got a notion.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Index Card A Day : Days 34 through 40


It's Wednesday, which means it's time for Index Card A Day or ICADs.

Day 34: Let Freedom Ring.  Three postage stamps on water soluble crayon background, dye ink, computer generated sentiment and name.
Day 35: A family affair.  Background collage from stash, TH paper dolls, computer generated sentiment, dye ink, black Posca pen.

Day 36: Colorful.  Image from a travel magazine, computer generated sentiment colored using water color pencils, blue ink pen.  Tip: Use a laser printer with the water color pencils, otherwise you will have a smeared, muddy mess. Alternately, use a fixative on the sentiment prior to adding the water color pencils.
Day 37: On the rocks.  Image from a travel magazine, computer generated sentiment, water soluble crayons for background, Sharpie ink pen.
Day 38: Abstract Cherry Blossoms.  Watercolor crayons, punch cut flowers, Posca pen, dye ink.
Day 39: Giggles.  Scrapbook paper, TH paper dolls, dye ink, ticket to a Wichita Thunder (professional hockey team) game, computer generated text and name.

Day 40: Abundance of Life.  Oil paints from nearly dry paint pots, found sentiment, computer generated name, dye ink.

Thanks for joining Bleubeard and me today.  We are thrilled you took time to drop by.


Monday, July 8, 2024

T Stands For Spice Merchant Again


I finally found a way to load my photos to the blog.  If I have a previously used image (like a scan), I can copy my photos to that file, then delete the scanned image after I place it on the blog post.  After I load the photos to my blog, I will go in and delete them from the scanned file.  Lots of extra work, but at least the photos can now go on my blog.  It's sort of a piggyback solution, but for now it is working.

Let's go back to the Spice Merchant.

I think these are coasters.  I didn't stop to feel them, so your guess is as good as mine.

I believe these are on clearance, or are mugs that are not selling well. 

I say that because this is the back of the store where there is very limited traffic.

I stumbled onto these Frida mugs as I was working my way back to the coffee. 

The guy in the back of the photo with the orange apron is filling my order.
Of course, I couldn't forget the birds, books, and kitties!

Now it's time to share your own drink related post.  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 will gladly visit, as will other T participants.  Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and not just this year.

I'll ask one final time if anyone would like to trade an ATC with me for our 11th anniversary, please let me know.