Thursday, October 23, 2014

Early Friday Sketches.............



I'll be out of pocket tomorrow (Friday) and i wanted to be sure to show you what i've been working on in that sketchbook that Jinx wouldn't let me show last week..lol...... Above is the inspiration photo for the sketch...
Before you get excited...no i didn't take this photo And worse i cannot tell you who did.  I like to browse thru the photos at Wunderground weather website and when i went back to get the name of the artist this photo was no where to be found.... So if anyone knows i will gladly give credit........ 
Click on the photo above so you can get a good look at the face on that dragonfly....isn't it amazing?! 


I just kept seeing it as a big toothy grin..... Here it is coming to life in my sketchbook......writing myself little notes for changes and ideas...trying out color schemes....still not sure about a color scheme...any thoughts??

I liked it well enough that i copied it to some better sketchbook paper and started fleshing out some details....  The picture on the header above is the finished sketch....... Now the fun part begins....
                                  COLOR!!!
I'll be linking to Friday sketches and Paint Party Friday when they get their posts up......I hope you enjoyed seeing the progress.... You should be able to click on each photo to enlarge.  So glad you stopped by!!! Hugs! deb

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My First Ever Apple Pie............



This past weekend was our annual trip to Apple Hill in the foothills of the Sierra Mtns......... My advice to you is to never NEVER attempt to go there on a weekend and NEVER in the middle of the day....madness, sheer and utter madness........ the people, the lines , the cars.......The loveliness of the place just cannot quite make up for all the madness.... But the smell of the pine when i stepped out of the truck and the taste of fresh cider on my tongue was almost ...almost ...worth it... Needless to say we didn't stay long...... Made a quick trip around the craft stalls , grabbed a few free cups of cider and i made a beeline for the apples. I was on a mission! 
I wanted to make my first EVER apple pie. I always make apple crisp but i found this recipe at Estelle's. Which is a lovely blog to visit....wonderful recipes and gorgeous photography... I tried to find the post with the Apple Pie recipe but i couldn't find it. But if you'd like the recipe let me know and i'll give it to you. 




The apples i chose were Gravenstein. Yea i never heard of them either but they were pretty....great criteria for picking apples no? :) And the sign said they were tart which the recipe said i needed...  After a Google search at home i found that they are originally from Norway and have been grown there for a couple hundred years.....



My first attempt at a two crust pie!  Pretty! 




Not so pretty after the baking.... but pie doesn't have to be pretty does it?? Especially if its going to be consumed at home. :) Hubs thinks i put too many apples in the pie...All i know was that i was ever so happy i had the foresight to put a tray under the pie while it baked! Whew...usually its my hindsight that it 20/20... :)


                                Apple Pie A La Mode!!!Yum!!! It really turned out GOOD!! even if its not pretty.   Have you tried anything new lately on the cooking front?Hope your having a great week! Big Hugs! deb

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Recycler's Dream Postcard................

Helllooooo .... to my Tea People(and non Tea People) . So glad you popped in for a visit from Elizabeth's T Stands for Tuesday group.... Like the title suggests this postcard is nearly entirely recycled material....  I WISH i could say the idea was entirely my own but the concept i borrowed from Vicky Papaloannou. If you have a few minutes put your feet up with a cup of coffee or TEA and sit back and watch this video........Although i warn you her videos are addicting and you may need to go get a second cuppa whatever your drinking.... and put the rest of the day's plans on hold while you watch video after video...... I have to say her art journal pages are my favorite and i have learned alot thru my addiction.......lol 

Back to the MailArt PostCard.........I didn't have the same supplies that Vicky had but  I achieved the textured background by using return address labels! You know how companies will send them to you so you'll make a donation or some such thing..... well i had a bunch so i used them thinking it would be a quick project because they already had adhesive on them well........no...... the adhesive didn't stick well so i had to go back and glue them down.....Maybe they didn't like the cereal box board base i used??......

So anyway i had to cover up my addresses so i used some gesso and then acrylic paint .I was worried about the paint and such building up so much i would lose the texture so i used very thin layers.... I used Anita's all purpose extender to get the blending and shading with the acrylic paint...

Next i found some tea related images in my STASH... :)  I had bought this huge box of cards at an estate sale a while ago for $5.  I have been using many in my snail mail  but some of them had religious overtones and not being a religious person i had to re-purpose them . Wherever you see yellow overtones on them it was originally white so i had to shade it in so it would go with the rest of the card.... 

The hearts where paperpunched out of some scrapbook paper and colored in with prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  I think it came out great and i'am one step closer to making a canvas along this theme for my wall in the kitchen...... I hope everyone is having a great week! I'm so glad you stopped by! Happy T day everyone!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Well.................



Well........... I had a new sketch in progress to show you........but Jinx had other ideas..... I don't know if this means he likes it or he's trying to tell me  'No NO! woman don't show them, not yet...NOOoooooo.....' He can be very dramatic...... 

I guess we'll just have to take his word for it and i'll show you next week.........lol Hugs! deb

I'm not sure why .... but i'm linking to DionDior's Friday Sketches.... 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Shenanigans and a Winner!






I say 'weekend' but really i mean Sunday....... Because of gas prices and the distances and traffic we have to deal with here in CA we like to 'bundle' our activities.  You know while we're out we might as well do this, that and the other thing......... Well we have been planning for weeks to go to the Antique Faire in Pleasanton on Sunday......... So we bundled a stop over at Hubby's work to put his plant in the now finished macrame plant hanger!!!And ofcourse take pictures of it for you! Thats hubby up there attaching the vine to the wall using cup hooks. I KNOW I should have wrapped him in bubble wrap first before Mr. Accident Prone got up there.......but all went well and no plant or human got damaged.. :) 




While waiting for him to finish i stepped outside and just look at the treat waiting for me....... Isn't she beautiful? Sorry for the not so great photo.......i took several and this was the best one..... Like all the deer and turkey up there she was not overly concerned about me.........They won't come to you but they don't run away either...... The VA center there does not allow any feeding of the animals do you know why?  Its not about any ideas of conservation for the animals........ Instead its because the turkey would hang around the VA center itself and their poo would get on the sidewalks and the veterans in wheelchairs would then get it on their wheels and consequently on their hands.........eeeewwwwww..... 




Here is a picture of the spoils of the day......... We got to the Antique Faire early....... the sun was shining but it was still a cool....gorgeous morning..... they're were people milling about but not crowded......yet...... Gosh you know we hardly ever buy anything at this Faire but we love to go...walk around , look.... reminisce about things we remember from our childhood that somehow they are now considered antiques......  But you know we never know what we are going to run into there...... The rule is everything sold there is suppose to be 20 years old or older...... Most vendors do just that but some sneak in other stuff.....  Like the rubber stamps up there in picture......could they be 20 years old?? I guess so......doesn't really matter to me i found a couple i liked CHEAP. :) Then i came across a lady selling blocks from a printing press and fell in love with that long cityscape scene......


Then among the treasures at another booth i unearthed this glass egg....... i collect eggs...... this one looks like the green coke bottle glass and its HEAVY ......it was love at first sight.....$5.... i didn't even try to haggle......i wanted it....lol....... After the faire on the way home we stopped at Winco......a grocery store.... i was on a quest to find my absolute favorite leave in hair conditioner by VO5.  I couldn't find it anywhere......i've been looking for months.... Don't you hate it when you can't remember where you bought something..... Well i finally found it and yes i bought 3!!! :) And while in the check out lane i saw these coffee cups with a tree on it and fell in love AGAIN.....It was a day for falling in love.....what can i say......... Cup $2.98.... I tell my hubby.......at least i'm a cheap date.........he smirked...... :)


And finally my twice a year visit to the Half Price Book Store...  :)Like i said i'm a cheap date....... Hubby said...'Yes, but all your nit picking adds up!' LOL! 

Well my oatmeal is gone and my coffee has gone cold while i type this so without further adieu  the winner of my coasters is Kathy over there in the Ozarks!! Thank you all for the wonderful comments on the fish and the coasters. Congratulations Kathy and if you'll get your snail mail addy to me i'll get these in the mail to you!  Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Hugs! deb