Friday, September 30, 2022

Friday Smiles 491: still at the art fair


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

I stopped at this booth because I felt it had an African feel.  Unfortunately, the booth was very dark and I didn't get very good photos.
With the help of Photoshop, I lightened and added contrast to this photo.  Not sure I helped it much.

I know several of my readers and followers like pottery.  I was impressed with these bowls.

I got a real laugh at the sign.  In case you can't read it, "Buy art from a living artist. The dead ones don't need the money."

I came upon this booth and was immediately mesmerized.

I love copper and whirligigs, too.

The only problem was, there was no shade and no real tent, so I realized I had to move on.

This goes against everything I said about not showing sunflowers or jewelry.  Some of you may know I am allergic to metal.  I can't wear any jewelry, not even 24 karat.  Any metal against my skin causes me to break out in a rash.

So why, you ask, am I showing a sunflower and earrings?

Actually, the sunflower just happened to be in the way of the real object I was focusing on, 
the Keeper of the Plains, the real focus of my attention.

I will have one final booth to show next week.  No funnies this week, but a few Keepers. 
I know some of you really enjoy seeing the Keeper.  I hope you enjoyed these images I found on the internet.  
Now PLEASE visit Annie  and don't forget to start your weekend with a smile.

Thursday, September 29, 2022



Bleubeard has been ready to join Neet at Hickydorums, our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her Fur and/or Feathers theme since he heard about this month's theme.  He keeps asking when he can join the furry theme.  I told him I was saving the best till last.  Truth be told, I only found these images a couple of days ago.  They were the tiny "preview" type photos of each of the larger calendar pages.  

Although I had trouble lining the images up once they had glue on them, my final journal page represents Cats. Lions, Tigers, and Bleubeard, oh my!

Two tigers, a leopard, and a black leopard are happy to be in this spread.

A tiger and a snow leopard (both on the right side of each row) are shown here.

A cougar and a cousin of Iris's Henry are the next cats to grace this spread.

To the left of the cougar are two Siberian lynx.  The second row shows two tigers.

They are all cats, beautiful cats!

Of course, the most beautiful of all the cats

is my beloved Bleubeard, the face of our blog.

I started this page combining a turquoise Staz-on reinker to 91% isopropyl alcohol that I spread on the 110 lb cardstock.  Once dry, which only took a few minutes, I cut all the images from the back of a calendar.  I left one out so there would be room for my beloved Bleubeard.
As i mentioned, this is my final entry in September.  Bleubeard and I would like to thank Neet for her incredible hosting ability this month, even though she was on holiday and often challenged to find a spot where she could upload her art and leave comments to all the participants.  She did a far better job than I, that's for sure.  Thank you for being such a caring and inspirational host, dear friend.

Bleubeard and I would like to thank you for joining Neet's theme this month.  There's still time to join her great theme, Fur and/or Feathers, at Art Journal Journey. 

Since there are so many faces, I am going to share this with Nicole's Friday Face Off.  The last time I tried to visit participants, the link to FFO was missing. I DID let Nicole know, at least.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022



This will be my penultimate entry for Neet at Hickydorums, our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her Fur and/or Feathers theme.  I love the word "penultimate."  Not because it signals I am almost finished, but because I just love how it sounds when I say it out loud.

It's time to Strut Your Wings.

I've included a few detail shots.

I started this journal page by spritzing several of my handmade shimmering mists on a sheet of 110 lb. cardstock.  After cutting the bird to size (I accidentally cut off the tip of the bird's wings), I glued it in place, then created ransom style words for the sentiment.  As I've mentioned before, my scanner is on its last leg, but if you want to know the true color, it's on the right side of the scan. 

Bleubeard and I are really happy you joined us and hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your own take on Fur and/or Feathers.  We'll be back tomorrow with our final entry at Art Journal Journey this month.

Monday, September 26, 2022

T Stands For Another Pumpkin Roll


 I'm in my dining room celebrating a harvest inspired post. 

And because Ukraine is still not free from Putin's war, I'm still using the sunflower mat.  On Sunday, I went to a harvest party with my "No Names, No Photos Allowed" group.  In case you are new here, these are mostly high power women who don't want their names or faces all over the internet.  I can appreciate that.

Our host asked me to make my pumpkin roll.  I've made it before for this group and it goes over well.  This year there were eight of us, so I only had to make one.  The filling was butter cream with cinnamon and pumpkin spice.  I chilled it and covered it with plastic wrap, which, when I removed the plastic to take the photo, took most of the powdered sugar topping with it.  Glad I did this before I took it to the party.  I'm also drinking lime infused water in my autumn leaf mug.  
After seeing the pumpkin roll on the plate, I decided to use an autumn inspired paper plate for the party.  The evening was a great success.  We started at 3 p.m. and finally left around 11:30 p.m.  And the buffet was perfect and delicious, too.

EDIT: Mae suggested they should have allowed photos of the food.  I take my camera if we are going to a restaurant or plan various things, like looking at Christmas decorations.  However, when I go to an individual's house, like our host, my camera stays at home.

Now it's time to share your own drink related post, please.  It can be gifts you received, photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, mail art, junk mail, catalogs, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, handmade cards, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, a favorite mug, cup and saucer, teapot, coffee pot, or even a wine glass. Regardless, please join us by linking below.  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.  Please remember to visit your fellow T participants.  

Please don't forget to start digging for your Second on the 2nd.  The only requirement is, it must have been published some time in the past.




I'm once again joining Neet at Hickydorums, our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her Fur and/or Feathers theme. 

This journal entry is all about feathers!

Metal feather

hung on blue ribbon

goes nicely with a real feather I found on the ground in my back yard.

I started this page after I found the feather paper in my stash.  I then threaded the ribbon through the metal disk.  Finally, I glued the feather to the page using Ultimate glue.

Bleubeard and I are simply thrilled you joined us and hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your own take on Fur and/or Feathers.  There's still plenty of time to join this fun challenge.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Monday Murals: Founders Bakery and Coffee Roasters


It's time once again to join Sami at Sami's Colourful World and her Monday Murals.  Even though it's still Sunday in my world, please be aware that Sami's mural link goes live at 11:01 a.m. my time today.    

I was warned that there would be cars parked in front of these murals when this coffee shop was open.  

It was true.

The only way to get a clear shot of these two murals

would be if and when

the coffee shop was closed.

This is definitely a sign of the times!

These murals are found on the west exterior wall of Founders Bakery and Coffee Roasters located at 2202 E Douglas in Wichita, Kansas (USA).

If you enjoy murals from around the world, please don't forget to visit Monday Murals at Sami's Colourful World.  Thanks for stopping by this weekend. Bleubeard and I are delighted you could join us.  Sorry it took me so long to visit last week, but I finally made it around to everyone.

Saturday, September 24, 2022



Today I'm once again joining Neet at Hickydorums, our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her Fur and/or Feathers theme. 

This is a really quick entry and not very pretty because I obviously need a new scanner.  This image of snow geese was from a Mensa magazine.  Those who have ever seen a Mensa magazine know how thin the pages are.  The reverse side showed through as it did on a previous photo from another thin magazine that came to me without a cover.  I tore this image from the Mensa magazine, then layered it to a sheet of pink and white scrapbook paper using variegated thread.  I sewed this assembly over a sheet of lavender and grey scrapbook paper using the same variegated thread.  Finally, I added the word, which was made up of HOTP (Hot Off The Press) stickers.

Bleubeard and I are really happy you joined us and hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your own take on Fur and/or Feathers.