Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A T stands for Tuesday Post..........


GoodMorning 'Tea' People! I say 'Tea' because there's coffee in that thar cup. I braved a smoke shop in Mendocino for that gorgeous coffee cup....yes i have lived a sheltered life....lol..... We hadn't been in CA long when we visited Mendocino and i saw this cup in the window. I peeked in and could tell this was a place that sold those funky pipes and things for marijuana and Lord knows what else.....I initially walked away but then we passed it again and i said to myself...Lord woman its not like your walking in there to buy marijuana or the paraphernalia.....you just want the damn coffee cup! So i marched in there and had to stand for 10 minutes while the guy behind the counter talked about different pipes and the best way to use them with a customer......now i can say i'm educated on the subject........ooohhh boy....

 I thought i'd show you the new craft i've been playing with while drinking my coffee in the mornings.....If you've been around for a while i'm sure you remember the Witchy Cats i sketched a little while ago........i thought they would make an awesome stamp. So i gave it a go.....




Honestly.........it was  a little more difficult than i thought it would be........Trying to keep the lines but clean out the middle was not easy...... I don't think i care to work this small...... Now a larger carving ........ maybe the size to put on a tshirt or totebag now that i might give a try..... but carving blocks that size can get expensive...... So we'll see...... By the way ...I tried carving on those plumbing rubber gaskets...Suppose to be a cheaper alternative to carving blocks.......They didn't work for me......

I did a quick stamp on some scrap paper and colored it in with a marker...... I think he came out pretty good for a first time...... Have you ever carved anything? Any tips or tricks for me???........ Don't forget i'm linking to Bleubeard and Elizabeth for Tea Tuesday... Check it out! A whole bunch of fun 'tea' drinking people to meet over there. Hugs! deb

Monday, July 28, 2014

Flew the Coop!


Hubby has enjoyed keeping an eye on these swallows this summer... Every few days he'll snap a pic with his phone. The nest is right outside the door to where he works. He tells me there are 4 in there. Its a wonder they all fit! 


This one was taken Thurs last week and by Friday they were gone. Poof!  I just love swallows don't you? And Purple Martins too, they remind me of swallows...... i love to watch them dip and dive catching bugs... what acrobats they are! 

Jinx wanted you to know he had his summer bath yesterday. He was such a good boy.... I turned the water on in the tub and he came a runnin'! You would think i opened a can of tuna. Never seen a cat fascinated with water like him.  He came in the bathroom ...sat down and meowed...like to say 'Okay i'm ready!'  I turn the water off, pick him up and set him gently down in the water and i can feel his whole body relax and he's like a ragdoll and i can do what i want with him....crazy right?! I talk all kind of nonsense to him so he can hear the sound of my voice...'Your such a GOOD boy.....What a big boy you are.....Look at my little man he's such a big brave boy...."  Yeah any one hearing me would think i had a screw loose.....

So i use a cup and get him all wet then add the kitty shampoo and he raises his tail and arches his back while i rub it all in..... He begins to lose his patience while i'm rinsing him though so i go as quickly as i can.......wrap him up in a big towel like a baby and carry him downstairs to Hubby  who dries him and sympathizes with him while Jinx meows the whole time telling him what that mean old lady did to him...... yeah he milks it for all its worth....For some reason he thinks he's entitled to more treats that day too... lolHugs! deb 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Drum Roll Please........





Wowza!!! This is the largest turnout for a GiveAway i've ever had!!! Look at all those slips of paper i had to fill out and fold...!!






I'm so glad you all liked my idea of Boxes. I'm working on another box idea but thats a story for another time... Without further ado ......the winners aaaarrrrreee........




Congratulations Claudine and Violet!!! Woohoo! Thank you so much for taking part in my little GiveAway... If you didn't win .... not to worry......there will be more GiveAways in the not too distant future...... :) Claudine ... Violet you have until Monday morning over coffee to get me your snail mail address. You can email me at nuleaf@comcast.net  I will make a run to the post office sometime next week! 




..........And because i'm taking part in Friday Sketches over there at DionDior's blog ......... here's the latest sketch in my sketch /journal book........ This was just something quick and fun while watching TV......... I thought it might lend itself to a nice postcard someday.... Be good! Have a great weekend......... we are in the triple digits all weekend and most of next week.....uuughhh.... I'm SO ready for fall!! Hugs! deb

Friday, July 18, 2014

From Sketchbook to a Giveaway!.......


........Well from where we left off two weeks ago you can see i added a few things.......mainly Mr. Owl. And i finished coloring the top two blocks.... If you don't remember where we left off go here.


Then i thought wouldn't it look incredible with a back ground... but what to do??? I just couldn't see myself fussy cutting out the image to paste on a back ground...... Well i had this cool scrapbook paper with all the writing on it. So i copied both into Paint and placed my image on top of the scrapbook paper image and then this non techno savy person (ME!) used the background eraser tool and erased all the white so the scrapbook paper would show... How cool is that...... ?? It was a little time consuming and there is probably a better way i could have accomplished the same thing . But let me tell you i'm pretty tickled pink with the result.....

I'm soooo tickled in fact that i tried to print some out and lo and behold i got a decent print....... The color is deeper than what this photo above shows. Crappy lighting what can i say...... They are 4x6. And i'd like to give them to two lovely followers....... So the rules are simple..... i like simple.......

1. Be a Follower.......easy peasy
2. Leave me a comment......easy peasy
3.Check back here next Friday to see if you've won
4. Make sure.....make SURE i can get a hold of you... leave your
email in the comment...whatever you need to do... I will announce the winners on the blog on Friday July 25th. 
5. You will have 48 hours to email me your snail mail addy at 
Nuleaf@comcast.net After that i will pull another name from the hat.......Good Luck!!!!! Hugs!!! deb

**Linking with DionDior's Friday Sketches!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A 'T' stands for Tuesday Post........


I think this week is suppose to be a **special** archival 'T' stands for Tuesday post ,to celebrate its one year Anniversary, but since i've only just recently joined i hope you will allow a new post as i've not any archives to dig thru. lol!




Well ..........If i'm not writing a snail mail letter over coffee in the morning you can sometimes find me here in my craft room working on  a piece of MailArt......I have simply fallen in love with this form of art...... I LOVE the idea of just how many people along the way may have stopped for a moment to look at it, smiled and sent it on its way...... As you can see though i have to be VERY careful not to mistake my coffee cup for paint water....... been there done that...



Here are some recent ones i've sent off in the wild blue yonder...I often use them to work out ideas for a project or canvas painting i may be planning to do..... Above i was figuring out how it would be to paint over tissue paper for texture and then how to shade the blue areas...... turned into a pretty postcard i think......


This one ...... I came across some gorgeous nail polish on sale and if you know me ... you would know i would NEVER buy nail polish to paint my nails....but i thought it might be pretty used as paint... And it did turn out pretty just a little thick and difficult to work with....This postcard went off to a new T stands for Tuesday friend Krisha at Krisha's Keepsakes. I'm so glad you liked it Krisha!


Here is another one along the same idea....I was working on another project where i had to do some crackling so i practiced first on these postcards and i thought it looked like the dry cracked earth of summer..........





This one i wanted to play with alcohol and acrylic paint.....It made for some wonderful designs. The butterfly is a sticker that i embellished a little....then a little quote from Edgar Allen Poe......


Perhaps the BEST part of sending out MailArt Postcards is that i get some in return!! This beauty is from Corrine.You can find her at SparkleDaysStudio. I LOVE her abstract view of the world. I have such trouble doing abstract and i think she does it beautifully..

This postcard found its way to my mailbox from June the Creative Dreamer. June hosts a wonderful MailArt Postcard Swap that first introduced me to the idea......I think she knows i love moons...lol... If your quick you can hop over there and sign up for the next swap... You don't have to mail it out until August 9th! So you have plenty of time to create BUT you have to sign up by TODAY! I hope you'll give it a try. 

My latest swap partner, Pam from Australia sent me this postcard. Isn't it lovely. She doesn't have a website or i'd give you the link. 

I make my postcards out of cereal box chip board. I think its a great way to recycle and reuse..........It gives me a great place to practice painting and try out new ideas. I don't have to worry about messing up an expensive piece of canvas..... I can just play...... When is the last time you just played?? 

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit me over coffee this morning! I hope i added a little color to your day! Hopefully next year i will have an archive of T stands for Tuesday posts to dig thru. Hugs! deb