Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fall Arrives... Wednesday!!!

 .... i know .. i know.. technically Fall has already arrived.... but its pushing 90 degreesF out there ... and in my little World ... Fall can never be 90 degreesF... lol  So... Wednesday is suppose to be 73 degrees F ... YEAH baby!!  Its a recycled coffee cup this week my T people........


Remember the girl from last week???  i hadn't used Gamsol on her yet......


Same girl.... I must remember to go easier on the makeup next time ..Wow!  Gamsol really brightened it up.... then... i couldn't stop doodling little flowers... um yeah... But i just love the color of her hair and eyes.. 

I want to take a minute and thank you all for the lovely comments you've given me on my arts and crafts that i've been posting like crazy lately.... I have so many pans in the fire... and actually i could show you even more that i have started or are in progress...I'm like a kid in a candy store in that new craft room...... but i thought i'd give you a break and show you what else happened this week.......................................................



Infact! This happened last night!   We have a habit of shining our flashlight out the front big window after dark and checking the feeders and birdbath out there... We have a raccoon thats been visiting and i just love to see his little bandit face... And sure enough he was there... But then in the distance i saw this 'little' ghostly shadow running back and forth across the yard and told hubby and he went out to inspect... and came back with THIS!  
Now something has been digging up our yard.. making quite a mess of it really ... But we never did see anything... Well here it is ... one BIG armadillo !!   I was so glad hubby was able to catch him... Our neighbor wanted to come over and shoot him for us... seriously... what is it about people around here and killing animals.. Ofcourse most people see armadillos as a nuisance ... and they can be... he was a pain in the butt digging up my yard but he was just doing what armadillos do ... how can i kill him for that?  So we thru him in a container and took a drive and found a secluded wooded spot and let him go... I just hope he doesn't find his way home... 


Wanna hear a short sweet fish story??  Hubs and i went fishing down off the dock a couple weeks ago...  Mostly you just catch perch there but i find it entertaining... I'm not a huge fisherperson but i do enjoy going for a little while... I'm just not someone to go sit for 8-10hrs in a boat.... no, no, no..  So we drop our lines in ...using nightcrawlers (aka worms)  We each catch a couple perch  then some big fish bends hubby's pole and breaks his line.. darn!  Then another big one bends his pole and he gets it up to the surface... its a catfish! and it breaks his line.... Then i get a hit and it bends my pole nearly in half... Now let me tell you its been a long time since i've had anything on the line other than a perch...  He was a good fighter! I'm grinning ear to ear and hubby scoops him up in the net..... I was Queen of that fishing trip!!!  Oh and we always practice catch and release.. Maybe he'll jump on my line next time!!!  Happy happy T Tuesday everybody!  I hope you've had an exciting week!!! Hugs! deb

Monday, September 18, 2017

GoodMorning.........

 ... Afternoon... Evening.... whichever applies my Tea People.... How are you???? I'm pooped... been running all over creation today and its 2pm and i'm finally home and plopped down to pull a T party post together... Above is that first attempt at woodburning... I almost wish it wasn't a scrap of cracked wood.. I still might trim it off and keep it.. its kinda pretty... But now i need to see how it shows up when i stain it... stay tuned... 



Here's a lady i've been working on... This is without Gamsol ... I'm working on that now in the evenings while watching TV.... (pssst... showed her to hubby.... first thing he said ... 'she looks tired'..She does look tired... sigh figuring out eyes will be the death of me).lol  


This is a macrame plant hanger i made in California... The paint got banged up a little in the move so i'm doing a little triage ... 


Above is a stamp for a printing press... I found it at a flea mrkt in California.........Love the city scape.... 


The wood was rough looking like above...


So i stained it and painted the background black and i want to shine up the brass colored city and just set it on a shelf...


Started a Halloween canvas .... here nothing is glued down yet...figuring out placement... just the painted background is done... 


I've dug out this old canvas to work on again... some long time followers might remember it.... I'm attempting to do a canvas like the drawing...All that detail is proving a little difficult... 

Did you ever have a project just become a pain in your..... well butt??? Grrr.... so tedious and taking so long... Theres a story here and when i finish it i'll tell it to you...........    

Now its possible.... that even after our wonderful visit together you might want to stay for a second cup of T ..... if you do... I actually made a few posts this week and i hope you'll visit if one piques your interest... 

See what happened to that 'Bloody Owl'..... 
                                    or
See the deer in their winter coats........
                        or
See what's inspired a new painting......... 

Thank you Ms. Elizabeth for hosting such a lovely gathering.... I'll be around to visit... keep the kettle on! Hugs! deb

Friday, September 15, 2017

Remember the Bloody Owl......


Remember the bloody owl fiasco???I tried using that paint that sticks to plastic on my obviously rubber owl.......Bad idea... don't do it.... 




Well hubby saved the day and got all that nasty paint off... he used a parts cleaner to do it...i think....Then i gave her a couple coats of plain old gesso... It stuck to her like a charm... i could bend it and no cracking that i could see... 


Then a coat of black acrylic paint.....

And i dry brushed it with antique copper....... I have it sitting on my bookshelves and you would never guess it was a rubber owl.... Love it when a plan comes together!   Especially sweet when it didn't start out well.... 

Still no tree trimmers.... Another hot Indian Summer day..... We have a meeting today with someone from the Beaver Lake Watershed Alliance.... he will test our soil for us and give some recommendations for landscaping and even some free trees and shrubs!!! I'm looking at Dogwood and Redbud and some Elderberry.... oh and some maple trees.... fingers crossed!! I hope your having a fabulous week!!! I've been enjoying posting more this week over coffee.... I have all these pics saved and if i only post once a week for tea i will never get to show them..... Thank you to everybody whose been stopping by!! Hugs! deb

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Winter Coats for the Deer........


Can you see it??? The deer are starting to get their winter coats! The ticks have all fallen off to the ground so the females can lay their eggs....But the biting flies still bother them terribly and probably will until a freeze....


I remember my first year here... When i first saw them getting their winter coats i thought OMG the deer had mange! From a little distance it doesn't look like they are getting new darker hair in ... it looks like they are losing hair.. lol 


Below is a buck thats been hanging around... I think he's last years fawn and this is his first set of horns... 



Another view above and below you see them from a little while ago they were still in felt....Above the felt has come off... seems a little early to lose the felt but maybe not... 


And this last picture was earlier in the year when he was first getting them... I wonder what they think about horns growing out of their head for the first time??  Or do they think of it at all?? The pics will enlarge so you can see better....

Well the tree people are just dangling me along... first they warn me they're coming then they don't come... I hope it stays that way but they are still running up and down the road doing their thing...

We are having a bit of Indian Summer this week... both days and nights have warmed up... I must say i have been enjoying the cooler nights... sleep so much better... The neighbor's 5 dogs have been waking me early... barking at 5am...sigh... but i drift back to sleep , too early... then the crows come visiting at break of dawn... and well Jinx... he knows your awake before you know your awake and he wants to be fed... best just to get up! lol  Be good!! Catch ya later! Hugs! deb

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Inspiration........

.............. You never know where inspiration to create will come from.........  This is half of a two page ad for a car in a magazine... lol .i want to make a painting of it... The 'worm' looks like an inspired place to write a quote doesn't it???  Can you think of a good quote for this pic?? 

        The last week was kinda stressful for me..... culminating yesterday... or so i thought ...but more likely today...  The electric company has been going around trimming trees... Now after the two hurricanes your sympathies may lie with the electric company...lol  I do realize they are only trying to keep tree limbs etc... off the lines but in my opinion they can be rather heavy handed with their cutting and often leave a terrible hacking job in their wake...  deformed trees.... 

Hubby and i walked around our property looking to see where they might cut and we don't see anything... the clearance to lines is suppose to be 10 ft... But my 10ft and their 10 ft seem to be two different animals........Hubby and i have to go to town today so we will no doubt see what they have done when we get back...  What can i say.. Its the Tree Hugger in me......... I'am quite ready for them to move on... Thank goodness i think they only come around ever 5 years or so... Hugs! deb