Friday, November 24, 2017

Remains Provide Hope


Yesterday I cooked a spaghetti squash as a side dish for Thanksgiving.  It turned out wonderful and I probably ate more than my share.   When I scooped the seeds out, I decided to save them, thinking I would roast them.  Instead, I decided to plant a few.  When I added the water to the soil, I noticed one of the seeds floated to the top.  So I combined my love of gardening with my love of photography, and decided this would be my contribution to Art Every Day Month (AEDM) today. 

From the remains of a spaghetti squash side dish came a seed of hope.


For Day 24 of AEDM, I potted seeds from my spaghetti squash and photographed the planting.  Even though my keyboard still only works about 1 out every 30ish times I try to strike a letter, I appreciate your visit today for this very short post as I prepare to avoid Black Friday and bring out my Christmas decorations.  Again, I am SO glad you stopped by to visit.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. friends and happy Thursday to everyone else


Today is Thanksgiving if you live in the United States.

Created by me in 2015
I am so grateful you stopped by today, whether you came because you like to see what I've made, or whether it's a habit you have gotten into.  Regardless, I am giving thanks that you stopped by to celebrate with me.

This is a day when families gather to give thanks. Prayer, in the form of grace is often given before the meal.

Originally celebrated as a religious holiday for giving thanks to God for helping the Pilgrims make it through the first year at Plymouth Colony, Thanksgiving now includes such events as the Presidential pardoning of two turkeys (although THIS President may fire both), the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, and a gathering of family for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, making it one of the busiest travel days of the year.  I am also traveling, so won't be around to visit until much later tonight or tomorrow.

Thanksgiving is also a celebration of the harvest and a day to watch a favorite football team.   That's AMERICAN football, not to be confused with what we call soccer.

So enjoy today, eat veggies and pumpkin pie instead of turkeys, maybe even do the turkey trot, then prepare yourself for BLACK FRIDAY!

However and wherever you spend it, have a safe, happy, and thankful holiday or a beautiful and joyous Thursday.


This is Day 23 of AEDM and I have scheduled this post, although I plan to link to AEDM.  Again, I am very thankful for each of you, my friends, followers, and readers, both silent and vocal!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pre-Thanksgiving Advice


Today I have some pre-Thanksgiving advice for those of you who plan to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Who in the world would want to kill this majestic Tom?  Certainly not me.

So I suggest you eat your veggies and the lovely Tom can live another year.

I started this spread by laying down the dregs of my orange acrylic craft paint I've watered down to the consistency of watercolors.  The beautiful bird was found in my stash.  For the left side, I sewed two paint chip samples together, along with the bowl of food.  I used my white Gelly Roll pen to write the sentiment.



For Day 22 of AEDM, I created a pre-Thanksgiving spread in my Challenges altered book.  I want to thank each of you for joining me today, because you make me thankful to know you, even if it's in cyberspace.

Monday, November 20, 2017

T Stands For Thankful


Today I am giving thanks for the small, as well as the large blessings in my life.

The small things include these cookies I purchased to serve to my friends on Thanksgiving

and the glass of eggnog I can only get this time of year.   I put out two cookies so I could share them with you.  I have more, so please help yourself.

I think other small things I'm grateful for include the pumpkins I purchased to decorate my dining room table for this thankful day.

The large things I'm grateful for include my friends, both virtual and personal, my health, my two stress reducing cats, and my good fortune of owning a home I really love.

So, as we share a glass or cup or mug of happiness and thankfulness today, 

I want to say how grateful I am that you are joining me in this festive time.  I know many of you are my international friends and don't celebrate this strictly U.S. holiday.  But that doesn't make me any less grateful for you and the constant support you give me each day, whether you are an avid responder or a silent visitor.

It's now time to raise my glass of eggnog, appreciate my friends, followers, and visitors, and wish you the happiest T Day and Thanksgiving on Thursday.  

After seeing all these photos, I really wish I had ironed this before I placed it on the table. 

 Now it's your turn to share a drink related post.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, teabags, scrapbooking, or any 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.  Obviously old photos are acceptable because they may be taken and shown any time.


Bleubeard, Squiggles, and I wish you a happy T Stands For Tuesday.  If I don't "see" you before Thanksgiving, we wish you a day filled with joy, gratitude, and happiness.


This is Day 21 of AEDM and I created a link-up party that is drink inspired.  Please feel free to join us any Tuesday.

Baby It's Cold Outside


I wasn't sure this post was going to happen, because my internet has been offline since early this morning.  I finally broke down and contacted my internet provider (AT&T) and they got me back online in time to create this post.

I'm once again joining Chris from PearShapedCrafting, this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme of 101 Ways to Stay Warm.

I decided to scan the background and words before I added anything else to this page, which I'm sure some of you will recognize as one of the used file folders I colored as part of my Second Thursday tutorial.

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

(I really can't stay) But, baby, it's cold outside
(I've got to go away) But, baby, it's cold outside
(This evening has been) Been hoping that you'd drop in
(So very nice) I'll hold your hands they're just like ice

(I simply must go) Baby, it's cold outside
(The answer is no) Baby, it's cold outside
(The welcome has been) How lucky that you dropped in
(So nice and warm) Look out the window at the storm

(I got to get home) But, baby, you'd freeze out there
(Say lend me a coat) It's up to your knees out there
(You've really been grand) I thrill when you touch my hand
(But don't you see) How can you do this thing to me

(There's bound to be talk tomorrow) Think of my life long sorrow
(At least there will be plenty implied) If you caught pneumonia and died
(I really can't stay) Get over that old doubt
[Both] Baby, it's cold
[Both] Baby, it's cold outside

This song is apparently attributed to Dean Martin, but it sounds like the man is more of a leech than someone willing to take his date home before the snow gets too deep.  And I hate to say it, but that type of behavior seems to be systemic today, especially with all the allegations being cast in the direction of both famous (like the U.S. President) and the not quite so famous (like Kevin Spacey).  So, I tried to give it a more baby like and warmer feel.

This is MY take on "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

All decorations,  

with a few exceptions,

began life

as buttons.

In order to remove the backs, I used nail clippers.

The ones obviously not buttons were strung on a piece of dark green fiber.






Before you accuse me of going over to the "cutesy" side of the mixed media spectrum, please be aware, I found these when I was cleaning my basement after the flood I had last year.  I had so many of these buttons but I knew feared I wouldn't use them for anything mixed media.  I decided to save them until just the right spread came along.  And it finally did!  Of course, my substrate was a used file folder colored with dye ink.


This is Day 20 of AEDM, we are 2/3 of the way through this month, and I created a spread for Chris's theme at Art Journal Journey.  Hope to see you both places.   I am most grateful that you visited today and am always thrilled by the lovely comments you leave.  I'm also thankful I'm finally back online!