Wednesday, June 29, 2022

My little book of fishes


I'm once again joining Mia from Craftartista, our host this month at Art Journal Journey. Her theme is Fish.  This will be my penultimate entry for Art Journal Journey.

 Call me crazy, but I created another teeny tiny art journal.

I'm actually blaming it on my friend Chris who sent me the tiny stencils I used on both the front and back covers.

I thought they went well together.
This two page spread reads "I'd rather be."  The words were colored using two watercolors.

This spread reads "under the sea."  I fussy cut all the fish and semi-cut the sea horses, except for the first one I laid down which is how they all started out originally.

This spread reads "with the fishes."  Put together, it is "I'd rather be under the sea with the fishes."

And of course, this leads to the back cover.  To decorate the covers, I mixed molding/modeling paste with gold fluid acrylic.  I then spread the mixture through a stencil using a faux credit card.  
I didn't back the squares like I did before.  These are single squares that are colored on one side and white on the other.  The squares are all cardstock weight.
Bleubeard and I are thrilled you stopped by today.  You still have a couple of days before we announce a new host, so we hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your own take on Fish.  

Monday, June 27, 2022

T Stands For a Visit, part 2


 You may have seen this photo last Tuesday, or one similar to it.

Here is proof Joseph had coffee with half and half.  Seems I got a bit too much half and half in the cup, but he enjoyed it, anyway.  He added his own creamer to his second cup of French roast coffee.

After he put his phone down, we talked for awhile and caught up on our lives. 

Then my friend Scott showed up.  I asked Joseph if he knew Scott was coming (Scott now lives in a town about an hour from Wichita) and he said he knew, but they kept me in the dark.  By the time I got over the shock, they had started talking about the ceiling.

I will take photos of the ceiling on a day when I get good lighting.

Of course you saw I drank the only Guinness I had.  I think this is at least six years old when I purchased a six pack.  Stout is the only type beer I will drink.  And I consider Guinness the best that I have had.
This is when we decided to go to the patio and start the chiminea.

It's also when photos got really bad.  Joseph is in very poor lighting.

I was also more than a little tipsy by this time.  I kept trying to light the citronella candles I brought to the table, while also trying to stabilize my camera.  I am such a lightweight when it comes to alcohol.  Everyone tells me they will gladly pay for my drinks because they know one is all I need to nearly put me under the table.  Not sure what Scott was drinking, but it was very shaky (grin).

Ah, looks like his beer stabilized!

Scott was showing us a music video on his phone, which is where the light came from.

That's when I decided it was time to put my camera away and finish my beer.

Scott had to leave the next morning before Joseph came back.  They talked on the phone, though and I started the chiminea and poured us both coffee.  It was so good to spend time with my friend who now lives so very far away.

I've shown you our drinks. Now show us yours, please.  Please link below.  Be sure your link goes directly to your blog post and not your blog in general.  And PLEASE, please, please, visit your fellow T Tuesday participants.

If you are from the states and want to exchange ATCs for our ninth anniversary, I will go over the Pay it Forward rules next week.



I'm once again joining Mia from Craftartista, our host at Art Journal Journey. Her theme is Fish.

Today we have seahorses and starfish.

"Seahorses are

kings of the salty sea,

while starfish are

kings of the sandy beach."

"Adapt to your environment."

I started this page by using a stencil to create my background using a shimmering mist.  The design was very subtle and can barely be seen under the napkin I glued in place.  I created the words in my software program and, after printing, I colored them using blue watercolor.

Bleubeard and I are delighted you dropped by today.  We hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your own take on Fish.  


Sunday, June 26, 2022

Monday Murals: a repeat


It's Sunday, which means 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. 

  Some of you will remember this mural I showed back on May 22.

  No matter where I stood, there was a shadow.  Needless to say, I was checking for an image on the Avenue Art Days site when I found this.  I thought everyone might enjoy seeing all that I missed when I took my photos.  There is still a shadow from the sign, but it is not as pronounced as mine was.  This shows the entire mural in a single photo, too.  According to the Avenue Art Days site, this mural is located at Uhlick Music, in the 1100 block of East Douglas in Wichita, Kansas (USA).  Not sure if there was a diving school at this location in the past or why that sign is there.  I'm just so glad I ran across this image of the entire mural, which was created in 2017 by Mike Fallier for Avenue Art Days.

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 to visit Bleubeard and me today, too. 


Saturday, June 25, 2022

ICADs: Days 19 through 25


Please note: I've had trouble for the past two days trying to leave comments on blogs with embedded comments.  If you've posted and haven't heard from me, this is why.  I get "failed to publish," or no comment box, even after I refresh.  Please be aware, I am doing all I can possibly think of.  The help aspect at Blogger isn't much help.  I am NOT ignoring you, or your blog posts.  I assure you, it's a Blogger problem, but I'm the one suffering for and stressing over it.

These are my ICADs for this week. ICAD stands for Index Card A Day. 

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Deb asked (in comments) why I chose to sew everything this year.  The answer is simple.  I have tons and tons and tons and tons and tons of thread, but am nearly out of every adhesive I own, including glue sticks and PVA glue.

Day 19: Paying homage to Juneteenth with blue scraps, a butterfly sticker, and two butterfly stamped images.  Juneteenth is all about freedom and called Freedom Day.  Yesterday, however, women's right to choose (the choice should be THEIRS, not some judges) was basically taken away from them.  They no longer have the right to choose, but must live by the antiquated laws that were in effect before many of us were born.

Day 20: Various blue papers from my stash, stamped flower, image of a gift, and I outlined the index card in blue dye ink.
Day 21: Stickers, endangered species stamps, turtle doves stamped on twill left over from a Christmas project, and papers from my stash.

Day 22: Endangered species stamp, paper from my stash, vintage lady from my stash.

Day 23: Background is a security envelope, words written using a Sharpie, "Gas" from my gas bill security envelope, two postage stamps.

Day 24: Background and splatters are handmade shimmering mists, metal disc, books from a business card, large image from a brochure on paint, and a smiley face sticker.

Day 25: Background is a security envelope, blue images from my stash, arcade gift from Cracker Jacks.

Thanks so very much for visiting today.  Bleubeard and I are very grateful for your visit.  He really enjoys days when the collage fodder made sense and seem to go together.  Not any this week!  Bleubeard thinks I must be in a blue period.  I'm not sure if it's the color or my mood.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Friday Smiles 478: Party Day


In looking over the comments from yesterday concerning PBS, I want to reiterate answers to a few comments I received.  

Mae wrote:

I'm very intrigued, and tried to find more info. Could you give the source of your dollar amounts for public broadcasting support? The source I read said Kansas has state funding at the level of $500,000.


Here was my reply:

Mae brought up a good point when she read we get $250 K a year from the state of Kansas (down from 500 K in 2021).  Here's what I learned:
The Kansas Public Broadcasting Council, which divides the amount among four public TV stations and five public radio stations following a formula similar to CPB’s. “It is also weighted to ensure that most goes to stations serving rural communities in Kansas,” said Debra Fraser, GM at KMUW in Wichita and chair of the Council.

The $250 K is spread over 4 TV and 5 radio stations.  The money must be divided among 9 entities.  I know my PBS station gets 50 K a year after everything has been divided because they tell us that every time they have a pledge drive which is four times a year.  They couldn't say it on camera if it wasn't correct! 

Kathy and Deb commented on local news.  My PBS station doesn't have local news.  They DO have BBC News Hour late at night, which is early the next morning in the UK.  But the only "local" stuff we get is when the President of the local PBS station interviews someone in the community.  That is NOT news, but an interview.  And, it is pre-recorded, I suspect. If we want "local news," we have to go to one of our local stations, which, in my area are ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC.  

PBS got a new President in 2017.  The first thing he did was start a campaign to raise funds for a new building.  He thought the old building was appalling.  It had been a service station 40 years ago when KPTS purchased it.  He got a lot of heavy lifters from what I could tell when I went.  Some I know personally, too.  

Jeanie brought up a good point.  Their children's programs are above reproach.  In fact, they are so well loved, they are shown every morning on the main channel, but have their own 24 hour channel, too.  Although I didn't, I know some of you grew up watching Sesame Street.

Erika thought I was trying to compare PBS Passport to Prime.  I was NOT.  I DID, however compare it to Acorn, which, as I understand, you must be a member in good standing before you are offered a yearly rate.  At $6.99 (USD), that comes to $83.88/year as opposed to $75.00 (USD) a year for Passport.  And PBS has British dramas and mysteries too, including Doc Martin, Father Brown, Midsomer Murders, and my favorite, Death in Paradise.  However, since the rights to these British shows must be purchased separately, they are more expensive and are not included in Passport.  Fortunately, Vienna Blood, Endeavour (as I mentioned yesterday), Broadchurch, and other British shows are available through PBS Passport.  

You can tell I'm a mystery lover, so I mention  primarily mysteries.  However, there are ghost stories, scary stuff, and lots of romance, which I would never watch.  OK, I DO watch All Creatures Great and Small, but that is as mushy as I'll allow myself!

Now let me take you to the Party at PBS.  BTW, I took over 400 photos, so culling them down took awhile.

I forgot I had taken this personal invitation from my local PBS station. 

Sadly, it never closed properly again after I opened it.

As you can see, Wednesday was by invitation only.  As a member, which was yesterday, I could have gone again, but didn't need to RSVP my intentions.  It was a come and go type day, where the ribbon cutting and ceremony was a planned event for certain invited members only.

I was asked to take this photo.

Then it was time to go outside.  I chose to stay in where it was cool.  I wasn't comfortable going out in 100 F (~38 C ) heat.  The gentleman holding the door open was the President,,no-scale-up  Victor Hogstrom, who is on the left in this photo I found on the KPTS website.

I shot this through the window

and this of Hogstrom starting the ceremonies.

This is the Executive Director of "PBS Kansas."  Hard to write, since I've known it as KPTS since I've lived in Wichita.
The man whose photo I took earlier, gave the invocation.

Out of over a dozen photos, I never got a good photo of the Wall of Giving.  Bleubeard and I will be on that wall soon.  I'll be notified when the plaque and others have been added to the wall.  Our names will stay on the wall for 25 years.  By that time, I'm sure Bleubeard will be in cat heaven.  Those who know me, know I never ever, ever want my last name anywhere in public.  Therefore, I will always be known as Bleubeard and Elizabeth.  Note my friend Emily Bonavia is on the wall.  More on her later.

Lots and lots of speeches later, it was finally time for the main event.  Please note that is my deformed hand showing in the glass as I took one final photo of the speeches.

Finally what everyone was waiting for.

I kept snapping away until I saw the ribbon break.  I even caught it mid air on my camera.

Next it was time to take a tour of the new facility

starting with the A & H Electric Inc. Staff Lounge.  I would have loved to have their refrigerator/freezer.  I'm always on the lookout for an affordable fridge with the freezer on the bottom.
This is my friend Richard Hess's office.  He is in charge of printed media.  Note his hat he has worn since I've known him.  Sorry this is so blurry.  I took several photos of his hat and something kept me from getting a good focus.

We had time to talk at the event, which was nice.  He used to be in charge of the North Riverside Newsletter, but he stepped down about the time I became less involved, too.  Management changes and cliques were why I became less active and involved.  Richard has worked for PBS for 41 years.

He is retiring in July.
I enjoyed peeking into the offices and how each person had decorated theirs.

These cubicles 

were left by the previous owners, Meritrust.  They are not in use at this time at PBS Kansas. 

More offices and how they were decorated. 

Imagine my surprise when I walked into the next room where I saw my friend Emily Bonavia's college photo on the wall.
I'm not surprised they gave her an office, since she gives so much.  For example, she is a Garvey, a very big name in Wichita. 
Of course, she is also responsible for the PBS Kansas Museum, which we will visit soon.

The photo above is the Garvey family when Emily's mother and father were still alive.  The Cochener-Garvey Children's Education and Discovery Center will be shown in a few photos from now.  Emily is second from the right behind her father.

This was the big conference room, where zoom meetings can be held.

The man who acted as our tour guide told us Meritrust donated (left behind) all the furniture because they didn't want to move it and so they could get new.
Some of the awards they have won.

 This is a smaller conference room.

This is the Bonavia Family Museum which holds more than 75 artifacts from 52 years of PBS Kansas history.

Included were three vintage studio cameras.

The final room before we went into the studio for a buffet, was the Cochener-Garvey Children's Education and Discovery Center which teaches STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) to children 2 to 10.  I'd love to hang out in this room myself!

Now I'm kicking myself for not taking photos in the green screen studio, where the buffet was held.  The food was incredible and each food donor tried to out do the next.  They had the biggest prawns I have ever seen (no less than 5 inches long) served in a spicy sauce, roast beef (I passed), salmon on some wonderful bed of greens and grapes, several slider sandwiches including a veggie slider, spring rolls, wontons, and the most incredible dessert that was shaped like a mouse on a homemade cookie.  Someone had some incredible piping skills. Trust me, I was impressed.  These restaurants really outdid themselves and I failed to get a single photo.  Besides champagne, which I declined, they had other drinks, but I had iced tea.  I was ready for some needed caffeine.

Thanks for sticking with me.  I was pretty impressed that I culled over 400 photos down to less than 50.  Those are my smiles this weekThanks for spending a bit of time with Bleubeard and me this Friday.  Now PLEASE visit Annie and don't forget to start your weekend with a smile.