Sunday, July 24, 2016

arT Explosion..............


Art has been seriously lacking here on the blog .... and for the next few weeks i aim to rectify that!  What better place to start than with MailArt.....................


Here's one i just finished and it SCREAMS recycling but hopefully its nice enough we can say upcycle. :)  The base is  the cereal box chipboard i like to use.... then i cut up security envelopes with their doodled insides and glued them on ...The green is a mixture of acrylic paint and Gelatos (most fabulous creation ever!) The owl was a magazine advertisement for a crystal owl... I outlined all his facets using a Pitt Pen that will write over anything... Finally using acrylic paint i painted the stump he was on... Love how i managed to get the light and dark browns to mix... 



This one was a lesson in making lemonade out of lemons... Abstract roses have been all the rage of late on YouTube if you've been watching... Everybody makes it look so easy!  All my roses looked horrible... I didn't like any of them... So i painted over them and ended up with  this blob on my PostCard...  The roses had those drips dripping down... and truly the whole thing was just too abstract for me.. I think that was my problem from the beginning... So how can i save it?   I decided to play to my strengths which is doodling and penwork... I hope you'll blow it up so you can see the detail. Its not what i started out with but in the end i like it. The tiny butterflies were punched out and the shiny tails are glitter glue . I hope the recipient likes it... 

I just want to take a moment to thank my PostCard swappers....You ladies have helped me keep my sanity over this last crazy year... of moving and remodeling and not having my crafty space... These 5x7 PostCards are just the right size for me to work with in my cramped space....Its so nice to send them out to someone i know will enjoy them and then receive your beautiful art in return... Speaking of which.........


Here is a lovely PostCard from Krisha. I KNOW all the Tea People know Krisha and her lovely work!  

 Here is another one from Krisha. Isn't that just so clever?! She says its not her design but i think she executed it beautifully don't you? 

And last but not least a peek into my morning routine for my Tea People over there at Ms Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's... I'm a little early posting this week , but i need to sneak in a post when i can..  Hubs is doing well.... well, as well as can be expected.. He has good days and bad. He's been doing physical therapy... twice a week 100 mile round trip each time... Tomorrow Mon. he has his two week doc appt....  The shoulder causes him the most pain in the evening , so he hasn't been sleeping well... Shoot we're just all tired around here..lol 

And this photo is for Carol of Beads and Birds...... I never knew ground hogs climbed trees but here's proof!! lol  It should enlarge for you!  A big crash of thunder scared him so bad he ran right up a tree!  Hugs! deb

Monday, July 18, 2016

Babysitting Twins.....................






Mom has decided she really likes our yard.....I think she just wants to make sure she has first dibs at the corn i put out once in awhile...

 ......Or maybe she just feels safe there..... and thats a happy thought..  Its been fun watching them grow and play with each other...........I wonder if they think its so much nicer to have a brother or sister to play with or is it a frustration competing for the food???



I couldn't believe how lucky i was to get this shot. Even though its a little dark.... You can't tell but the little one's tail was just wagging a mile a minute..lol 



I LOVE this shot ... looks like he/she is just smelling the flowers... I have no idea what flowers those are... If anyone knows i'd love to know. I think they are just a weed. I'm fixing to pull them out so the seed doesn't spread all over the yard... I left them as long as i did because the deer don't eat them..and they're pretty lol  Pssst... all the photos will enlarge if you click on them.............


Hello to my Tea People!!! There's been alot of plain boring water drinking going on around here... Thats a PostCard i made. Not totally thrilled with it .... i don't care for just how dark that one feather came out... But for the most part this is me playing with Distressed Inks... not as easy as they make it look...lol But it was fun playing with something new... 


And for anyone following the raccoon saga... the score is Raccoon 2 , Humans 0......grrrr...... My idea of putting grease on the pole did not even slow him down ! I thought at the very least he wouldn't like the grease on his paw... but nope he didn't care... My next idea was sliding a larger diameter piece of PVC pipe around that smaller pipe so when he grabs it , it will spin....  See the small pipe is small enough in diameter that his paw can encircle the whole thing and he can get a good grip even with the grease.... My thinking is the bigger diameter pipe and the fact it spins will not allow him to get a good grip... He hasn't been back in a little while to test my theory....I'll keep you posted..........lol I'm so glad everyone popped over for a visit. I just love it when you do.  Next week..........I think we are over due for some art overload!!! I have so much to show you!  Big Big Hugs!  I have some appointments to attend to tomorrow (Tues) so i may be a little late visiting... Hubby had shoulder surgery this past week and between followup visits and therapy....and ... and... i'm about run ragged.......  deb

Monday, July 4, 2016

Crook! Bandito!! Thief!!!...........


                                                   Who Me???  Yes YOU!!!


Everything was going along fine.... We finally managed to defeat the squirrels and keep them out of the feeder...


 Then this little guy shows up.... and proves that where there's a will there's a way................................



He is just too cute!  And i really cannot get upset at him... He's doing what raccoon's do... but then he brought his 5 brothers and sisters!!! No!!!!!!!!!!!!


I don't mind feeding one little hoodlum but not 5 ... So we are pitting our wits against his...so far... he's winning... We took carpet tack board and attached it around the edges thinking he would prick his little paw when he tried to get up but nope he still managed to get up...
My next idea is to put grease on the pole... see that little section between the squirrel guard and the top of the feeder? Well he HAS to grab that to pull himself up so maybe if i oil it or grease it....I don't want to hurt him just deter him... outsmart him... is that possible? We shall see......

So far the little rascal is winning.......... :)



And this is for my Tea People over there at Ms Elizabeth's and Bleubeards.... We are starting to unpack more and more...the bookcase is fastened in place and i started unpacking my books... so cool to open my boxes after more than a year...See the cup up on the mantle?? That's Cherry Coke Zero my fav this summer....


This is a painting my brother in law did and gave to us years ago... I just love it... We still need to work on that fireplace but for now the painting is out of the box . So good to know it made the trip from CA in one piece....We can just move it out of the way when i'm ready to tackle the fireplace... :)  I hope you are having a good summer wherever you are.... If your in the US i hope you had a good 4th! We've been wet, rainy and humid , muggy...uuughh.. this Fall Girl is gonna try to hang on....lol Big Hugs! deb

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Its My Birthday!!!!!



7"x14"
    What better time to show you that i actually finished a canvas!!! 



Yep..... LOOK! I even signed it! Now you know its done. I have something to hang on the wall!!...lol             


Speaking of walls... there's been painting going on....


A bookcase has found its way in the house.... There was some minor damage in the move from CA ... a little paint touch up needed so thats why all the books are not on there yet ... but i had to stick some on there just to see what it would look like lol ! 

 AND....drumroll please.....  we have been putting sheetrock on the ceiling in my CRAFTROOM!!!  OMGosh you would not believe the difference it makes.... It actually feels like a room now. It makes it feel like the craftroom is really gonna happen... which believe me after a year of waiting i was beginning to wonder..........  Still have a long way to go.... Money is getting tighter.... work on the house is slowing down but we still hope to move forward and i'll be sure to show you any improvements..........


So yep my Tea People its my Birthday! My 49th birthday to be exact.... uuughhh... ( 50 is awfully close )But really i have nothing to complain about. I had a beautiful day.... got to spend some money at Hobby Lobby, dinner and a movie... This is my favorite drink of choice lately... that and water... Its been awful hot and humid here... You would think it would kick up some storms but nothing yet... we could use the rain...........We've recently had a thief prowling around here lately and i caught him red-handed! I'll share photos next week... Meanwhile be sure to visit Ms Elizabeth and Bleubeard and all my Tea People......This post is early but i'll be sure to link up come Tuesday.  Big Hugs! deb

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Serendipity.............


..........some luck and good fortune went into the making of these postcards.... I'm hoping the recipients have received them by now...



...... it all started when i found these cat silhouettes at the craft store. I fell in love with them... didn't know what i was going to do with them but i HAD to have them...lol


.........then we stopped at an Estate Sale... and i only found one thing... a package of fancy tissue paper for $1... I'm always torn when i go to Estate Sales.... I like them because i tend to find some of the best, most interesting things at reasonable prices. But then i find them sad... sad that someone's life is laid out with price tags and people picking thru it...  These were all things that meant something to someone at some time . Meant enough for them to hang onto....


Well you all know i create my PostCards on cereal chipboard . I sand the glossy side... add gesso if needed then i painted it turquoise, let that dry and glued the tissue paper on top with matte medium... placed my kitties... and used a 'smile' stamp with archival ink and stamped here and there... Then i pulled out the Gellatos... which are little lipstick tubes of color if you haven't heard of them and using my fingers moistened with a baby wipe to enhance the colors already on the tissue paper... Then i used my Pitt Pen (which goes over anything) to outline some of the flowers better...

The finishing touches were splattered paint... thats always quite the experience.. no control over splatters...fun but nerve wracking for a control freak like me... I cut the butterflies out of a pamphlet for a Butterfly House... glued them down and topped them off with glossy accents... gives them a nice raised feel... Last but not least i put gold paint in some of the flower centers.........


All that inspired me to do a canvas!  I have no idea where i'm going to hang it but i wanted to give it a go... Its 7" x 14"... Its not quite done yet as we speak.. I'm doing the splattering and yes i'm procrastinating...lol 


Look what i found at Hobby Lobby!! Whale tails!!! They are painted cast iron...I found them in their wonderful , perpetual clearance section.. They were on individual little boards but i want them all on one long board. I have a place in my walk in closet for hooks and i thought they would be great to hang our pajamas on etc... Stay tuned......

And last but not least my cup of java for My Tea People... I've had a story on my brain for a while now.... Hubby dreams alot... either i don't dream much or i just don't remember my dreams........ but his dreams are a virtual bottomless well of ideas for storylines... and i've decided to take one and run with it... I've always wanted to write a book... Who knows if anything will come of it but right now its been fun entertainment over coffee in the morning...  

A busy day planned today... cutting hubby's hair... mowing the grass...etc...lol but i will be around to visit everyone but perhaps a bit late... So good to see you!!! Hugs! deb