Monday, December 4, 2023

T Stands For Spice Merchant pt. 9: Puzzles

I've returned to the Spice Merchant so I can get my "free" monthly pound of coffee.  Of course, while there, I had a destination in mind.

Both Lisca and Erika wanted a closer look at the puzzles that were peeking through the shelves during a prior visit.  These are all animals.  One of Henry's cousins is also a puzzle.

These are mostly round puzzles.  Note The Starry Night that Valerie loves to draw.

A closer look at the round puzzles.  Oh look, Lisca, Wines of Spain.

Puzzles in containers of various sizes and shapes.

Puzzles from 100 to 1000 pieces allow you to take your pick.

I hope a few of these would interest the puzzle lover.  I want the pop art coffee.

I couldn't take it in all at once.

Here's what I missed before.

As I was heading for the register, I stumbled upon Santa and Mrs. Clause.

There was also Frosty the snowman, Christmas gnomes, poinsettias, and cardinals.

It's definitely a sign of the times.

It's now time to share your own drink related post.  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.


Sunday, December 3, 2023

Nonday Murals: Brick Mob's latest


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 10:01 a.m. my time today. 

This will be my final Monday Murals through the end of the year.  I need to find more murals, since I have no more to share.

This is the latest mural painted by Brick Mob, the artists I showed two weeks ago at the Art Fair.

This mural is found on the side of a Salvation Army building located at 1739 Elpyco 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.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Second on the 2nd: In the nighttime


As many of you who frequent my blog know, whenever possible, I like my Second Look to somehow reflect what our current host at Art Journal Journey is featuring.  That means I had to look for something that reflected the sky which was chosen by Wendy K from Wendy's Craft Journal.

Below are two different entries I found that meet that requirement.

  This is my first entry.  You can see I started with water soluble crayons and a day/night rubber stamp. I completed the page, but forgot any step-out photos.  That's when I decided to  show the materials I used to make this page.  I love my water soluble crayons, a gift one Christmas from my friend Cindy that just keeps on giving.  I've also used this wood mounted red rubber stamp before, too.  It was also a gift, but the giver no longer has a blog.

When I think of the passage of time, one of the ideas that came to mind was how time changes from day to night, then from night to day.

I colored the yellow side first after masking the other side using a sheet of card stock and washi tape.  I wondered if I shouldn't have colored the yellow side on the right where the numbers were more conducive to daytime.

Then I decided the way my life is, I'm up when others in my country are asleep, and I sleep when others are out and about. 

For the dark side, the mask slipped a bit and some of the blue bled into the yellow, which turned to a lovely shade of green.

For this page, I started by printing a clock from The Graphic Fairy (see my right sidebar for link).  Before I cut it out, I colored a background in light blue and orange.  I wasn't sure how much of this background would show, so I colored the entire cardstock using my water soluble crayons.  The hard part for me was cutting out the clock, then hoping against hope I didn't mess up when I stamped the sun and moon stamp.  For my second entry, it's fairly obvious  I named this "Night on the town."  

Believe it or not, this is a photo of a stunning quilt.  Isn't it lovely?

For this page, I began by creating one of my favorite backgrounds: 91% isopropyl alcohol and a green Staz-on reinker.   For the words, I started with paint chip samples from the hardware store that I sewed in place using green variegated thread.  The buttons were some I had been gifted.  I wanted the threads long and dangling to honor the quilt. 

I've shown you my second look, please show me yours.  




This post will only be good until 4 p.m. on Monday, December 4, so it's best to share your second look today. 


Thursday, November 30, 2023



Before we begin, I want to thank Jo for hosting in November,  She gave us wonderful examples of nature and was a super host, visiting everyone at AJJ, which is far more than I can say for myself.

Today we welcome a new host as we always do each month to Art Journal Journey.  This month our guest host is the talented Wendy K from Wendy's Craft Journal.

Wendy's theme is Above us only sky.  I decided to focus on Stars.  I have detail shots, too.

Of course, the first time I remembered the date in many months, you can't tell it's Dec 1, 2023.

For this journal page, I started by cutting squares from a deconstructed book and alternated them on a sheet of 110 lb cardstock.  I then colored the page using Golden blue (green shade) fluid acrylic.  I made sure the top was pure acrylic to which I added a bit of water as I reached the bottom of the page.  Once the acrylic was completely dry, I added stars randomly using a stencil and my white Posca pen.  I made a few spots using the same pen.  Next, I added the words I tried to turn into a poem.  Finally, I added the date.

Wendy, Chris, Erika, Valerie, Bleubeard, and I are delighted you joined us and hope to see you this month at Art Journal Journey as you share your own interpretation of Above us only sky.
We welcome art journal pages that meet the theme requirements, altered book pages, canvases, loose, or stand alone pages including fabric and digital art.  We cannot leave comments on Facebook or Instagram entries.  We do not allow cards, tags, index cards, ATCs, or ATCoins, unless they are part of a journal page, and as much as we don't want to, will be forced to delete your entry.  Please remember if your blog is not in English, we ask that you either provide a translation tool or translate it for us.  Hope to see you soon at Art Journal Journey


Treasurer Trovember complete


I've had this finished since 2 a.m., but wanted to share my final AJJ entry.  Here is my Treasure Trovember in its entirety.

Documented prompts 1 through 10. I never got around to changing the word Create until the second set of prompts.  One thing I found difficult was the difference in the thickness of the scrapbook paper and the book pages.

Here is the next set of prompts and the corresponding numbers.

These are the last of the prompts and their respective numbers.  Not sure why # 3 got deleted and ended up on the same line as #4.  For me, any cat makes me happy.
Thanks go to Kelly, owner of Collage Lab.  This is a fun November event every year.  Maybe  you will join me (and thousands others) next November.

Inspired by Nature


This will be my final entry this month at Art Journal JourneyI'm joining Jo from Let’s Art Journal whose theme is Nature.

It's obvious this journal page is inspired by nature.  It's a hodge podge of disparate pieces I have gathered to complete this page.  I've included some detail shots.

I started with a piece of a gift bag I received several years ago during a shopping spree.  To it I added a bit of stamping with a stamp that has no real direction my friend Sharon gave me.  I added some ribbon at the top, but cut it wrong (too short) on one end.  To the left side of the bag, I added various bits that were on my table.  Next, I added the empty tea bag that had been stamped with feathers and the word Wild.  Finally, I added the three gifted birds.

Bleubeard and I are delighted you joined us today at Art Journal Journey.  See you next month.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023



This will be my penultimate entry for Jo's theme, which is Nature at Art Journal Journey.

I named this spread Robins for obvious reasons.  And because these robins have faces, I will be joining Nicole's Friday Face Off later tonight. 
Now for a few detail images.

I started with a sheet of blue scrapbook paper and added painted bubble wrap to the background.  I had these two  postage stamps from Hong Kong and finally found a use for them.  Technically, they are not robins, but they look close to it.  I layered various papers to the background and laid them over more scrap paper.  I was trying to get rid of the extra disparate pieces I had accumulated over the past few months.  

Bleubeard and I are so very pleased you joined us and hope to see you at Art Journal Journey as you share your own interpretation of Nature.   Please also join Bleubeard and me at Friday Face Off.