Saturday, June 12, 2021

Index Card A Day: Days 6 through 12


It's Saturday, which means for the next two months, it's time for the latest Index Cards. 

Day 6: Skewered and Dipped.  Watercolors, magazine image, sewing.
Day 7: Rome.  Magazine image, watercolor splatters, stencil.

Day 8: Profile in technology.  Dictionary page, magazine image.

Day 9: Spring.  Magazine images, fabric tape.

Day 10: Brave Muckles! Watercolor background, magazine word, image from junk mail, dye ink.

Day 11: Sing along with Bleubeard and me. Magazine image, computer generated text, sewing.

Day 12: Strawberries.  Magazine images, watercolor frame.

Bleubeard and I thank you very much for stopping by to check out these ICADs.  As you may know, this is the only place you will find them on the internet.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday Smiles 425: Planting time


It's Friday and you will find me watering my newly planted herbs.  Of course, I'm also joining 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.

 However, yesterday I was out after first light planting herbs.  This is my chocolate mint I purchased at the garden center.

Next came Thai basil, a favorite of mine.

Suddenly it got so hot, I couldn't stay outside any longer.  I had to plant this later yesterday evening.  I did manage to mow part of my front yard, but that was all.

Now for a few Indian Hills Community Center signs we all seem to love.

Now let's join Annie (at A Stitch in Time) and the lovely ladies who join her for Friday Smiles.  Thanks again for visiting and spending a bit of time with Bleubeard and me this Friday.  Today I'll be planting more seeds in pots and catching up with my internet friends.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

For love of nature


Today I'm joining Art Journal Journey and our host Mia, who many of you know as Craftartista.  As you may know, her theme this month is Butterflies.  

I started this spread with a sheet of my shaving cream watercolor paper to which I sewed the focal image.

I fell in love with this image I thought went so well with the background.

Speaking of background, I took this photo to show the various colors I used in the shaving cream paper and in the variegated thread I used.

Next, I added the flowers along one side of the focal image.  The flower color was supposed to match because I thought I had grabbed the same pink I used in the shaving cream, but obviously, I used an orange pink.  The centers were blue buttons

that actually did match the blue in the background.

For this page, I started with my shaving cream background of neon yellow,  blue, pink, and brown.  I added the focal image using variegated thread.  I then added the flowers and buttons on the side of the focal image.

Thanks for dropping by today.  I am really grateful for your visit and also hope to see you on your blog or at Art Journal Journey

Wednesday, June 9, 2021



It's time to join Julia, Queen of Deskers, on her blog at Stamping Ground.  Before we get to my desk, here are the only two ATCs I made this year for WOYWW12.

I'm not terribly original, so once I get a design, I stick with it.  Both ATCs used a background of W words from a German to English dictionary.  Both incorporated a clock with hands pointing to 12.

I used a stencil to create the letters that I sewed to the page.  The letters were created on a strip cut from the dictionary page.  Julia's paper doll stood on the words Desker Queen,

while my P.I.F. Helen (H)'s paper dolls were standing on words on the page.

These are the backs that Bleubeard "helped" me create.  Both ATCs have been received.

Speaking of having received an ATC, this is the one I received.

I've gotten in the habit of showing the postage stamp, too.  I took at least a dozen photos and this was the best I could get.  It's a beautiful stamp and I know it will show up in my art one of these days.

Inside is this gorgeous ATC 
and stunning postcard sent by Sarah Brennan.
How absolutely amazing that Sarah can visit these gardens whenever she wishes.  But WAIT!!!

I know many of you dropped by to see the rocking horse of the week.  This was sent to me years ago by my dear friend Annette,

who some of you might remember as Voodoo Vixen.  It's been in my craft room forever in a bag, and, for some unknown reason, I've never shown it before.

Please join me at Julia's and share your own desk, no matter how clean or messy it might be.  I suspect everyone knows by now to please leave your number if you are coming from Julia's. BTW, if you are visiting from a social media site (i.e. Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.) other than a blog, I will not be able to leave you a comment, even though I will visit. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

T Stands For Uncomfortable Out and About


This is the first time my friend Sally and I have been out and about since February, 2020.  We got take-out a couple of times, but Sally wanted to get back to a "normal" life.

Due to her insistence, we went to Merle's, a place we have been in the past.

I felt uncomfortable from the very beginning, especially when the waitress came by without wearing a mask.

The menu shows the sandwiches.  Sally got the #5, Loco's Motive and I got the #9, Ava-cada Deal For You.  You can barely see our glasses of water with lemon in the distance.

I spent a lot of time photographing the menu

while trying to ignore how uncomfortable I felt.

Sally's justification for choosing Merle's was

the booths are high, as you can see.

Sally's sandwich looked decent, but that salad is what was perfect, even though she didn't care for hers.

Mine was wonderful with guacamole, two cheeses, cucumber slices, hot peppers, sprouts, black olives, green olives, and bell pepper.  I only wish I could have chosen something besides wheat bread.
While I was still trying to determine how I was going to eat my sandwich without it falling apart, Sally was already finished and had ordered chips, queso, and a draft beer.   I ended up eating my salad there and taking the sandwich, less a small amount I tried to hold together, home with me.  I put my mask on as soon as I finished my salad.  Sally is SO much braver than I.  I'll probably be wearing a mask until the entire world has been vaccinated, especially since I have several beautiful new ones to wear.
I'd now love for you to feel comfortable and share your own drink inspired post this week.  It can be gifts you received, photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, mail art, junk mail, catalogs, 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.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and most assuredly not just this year. 

Nature in motion


Today I'm joining Art Journal Journey and our host Mia, who many of you know as Craftartista.  As you may know, her theme this month is Butterflies.  I'm also getting in just under the wire at Try it on Tuesday who is also featuring Butterflies this fortnight. 

This is my journal entry today.




I found this really great poster and cut it down to 8.5 X 11 inches (21,59 X 27,94 centimeters).  Even though it is a poster, it was not cardstock weight, so I attached it to a sheet of 110 lb cardstock using a glue stick.  I computer generated the words and sewed them to the page using variegated thread.

Thanks for dropping by today.  I am really grateful for your visit and also hope to see you on your blog or at Try it on Tuesday and Art Journal Journey