Friday, August 31, 2012

GiveAway Winners!!!...........

I just LOVE morning glories! Don't you?........I never seem to live in a place that has just the 'perfect' spot for them........you see they are VERY prolific........i'll bet if you stood still for 5 minutes they would start wrapping their vine around you! So you see they need room to grow and spread and spread they will their little seeds all over the place and you will have morning glory vines growing where you didn't think morning glory vines could grow! But that doesn't stop me from loving them. These particular ones especially because.....well ....they are somebody elses problem to keep under control. :) Hubby and i were taking an evening walk along the bike trail........the sun was kinda low and these morning glories literally glowed in the shade and i had hubby take some photos with his phone........and honestly hubby's photography skills not withstanding the photos do not do them justice. Some day i will have the perfect back fence or corner to just let them grow.......... .............Anyway i just had to share but i know what YOUR waiting for.............the Winners!!! Well i told Jinx i was going to put him to work and i don't even think he twitched his tail the sunbeams already had him in their power so nothing fancy here...........i put the names on slips of paper, crumbled them up and picked three..........are you ready?......
1. Violet
2. Anne
3. Penny
Congratulations Ladies!!!! I'm so happy to share this Mushroom with you! Just send me an email to nuleaf at comcast dot net and give me your snail mail address. We are headed to Monterey Aquarium this weekend (Woohoo!) But i'll get them out to you first thing next week! Thanks so much for helping me celebrate busting 50 Followers!!! Hugs! deb

Monday, August 27, 2012

Nifty Fifty Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!

..............actually 51 but that doesn't rhyme very nicely does it? :) Thank you so much Heather and Melody for pushing my Follower count up AND over the 50 threshold! And as promised here's the Giveaway! What i'm giving is a little trading card size ...just about 3"x 3"......print of my Mushroom House. Its printed on photo paper. What do you have to do to win? Easy Peasy!
1. Be a Follower...........after this push to get 50 Followers that should be a no-brainer...
2. Leave me a comment on this post........maybe telling me which of my drawings you like best!
3. Check back here Friday for the winners!
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~Thats it! Friday morning the last day of August after i've had at least one cup of coffee I will devise a way to pick not one but THREE winners! Maybe Jinx will help me . He's pretty active in the mornings zipping around this small apartment like a maniac. Yeah ...i'll put him to work! Hugs! deb

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Will You LOOK at That!!!

.............no not the Magic Mushroom here that seems to be multiplying......but over there on my sidebar . See all my Followers?! 49!!! I'am so close to 50! This blog has not attracted the followers that my weightloss blog did. Maybe because its not focused on any one thing...... a little art.....a little exercise.....a little traveling......day to day life........ah well......But BUT i'am finally sooo close to 50. When and 'IF' i reach 50 i want to have a Giveaway! What i want to giveaway is some copies of my mushroom! They are little.....maybe wallet size.....just about
3"x3".......just a little something........but i have to reach 50.......So.........if you've been lurking and just not taken the time to sign up as a follower please PLEASE do! I'd love to have you!!
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~Everyone else keep your eye on my Follower count! If it hits 50 I'll make a Giveaway Post! I can't tell you how much i appreciate everyone who stops by to say hi! All your kind comments mean the world to me. Hugs! deb

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Riding...........

...........my bike quite a bit lately.......not as often as i should.......but we won't go there.....This past Friday i had a wild hair and decided to try to ride my bike to my husband's work. Its only 8 miles and i've been up to 9 this summer but ....and this is a huge BUT there is alot of uphill on the way to his work......you know Tx is flat right?......so i found the hills daunting to say the least......plus the traffic......anyway lets just say i could find lots of 'excuses' not to do this......but then one morning you wake up with a 'Wild Hair' and throw caution to the wind and Just Do It! Helmet? Check!....gel-padded fingerless gloves? Check!.....Keys?Check!.....Gum?Check!.....Phone to call hubby in case i get lost?Check!...........and off we go!
.........the first half was on the now familiar bike path but then i went up and over a bridge telling me that equestrians have the right of way and off i went into unknown territory.......I still managed to stay on a bike path most of the way.....passing vineyards now heavy with grapes......i noticed the vineyards were twinkling....almost like christmas lights ....if you have an imagination like mine:)...they had strips of reflective tape tied to the vines to scare off the birds and with the sun hitting them it was magical! Kinda took my mind off the headwind.....then i came to an intersection......turned the corner right into a serious uphill.........but i made it huffing and puffing at the top and enjoyed a glorious downhill.......the uphill and downhill was along the side of the road in a bike lane then i was able to veer off onto another bike path.
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~.........more twinkling vineyards.........more wonderfully fit bikers blowing past me.......more uphill.......uuughh.......a tricky, busy ,no light intersection and another glorious downhill........watching rich people play golf in the vineyards.....$150 green fee...yikes!.......and finally i see the VA hospital looking like a white castle on the hill ........yes on TOP of the hill.......well at this point my legs feel like jello and i decide to commit the ultimate disgrace and WALK my bike up the last hill to his work.......its so steep theres no way i was gonna make it.....but its definitely something i want to tackle in the future........tried calling hubby to tell him i'm COMING!.......but terrible reception there.......I get there just when people are leaving work...sitting in their air-cond cars.....one slows down .....its a lady.....rolls down her window....leans out and YELLS.......'Your Crazy! Its 95 degrees out there!'.......then rolls up her window probably cranks up the air and drives on.........really?.........You couldn't just say 'Great Job!' 'Way to go!'........Okay didn't know it was 95 but really the heat here just doesn't feel the same......the breeze from the bike kept me cool......i felt good! and really proud of myself for making it that far! and up all those hills........good thing she didn't notice i didn't have any water......in my defense it was only 8 miles!
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PS.....the metal flowers are from a San Francisco trip.......

Friday, August 17, 2012

Time for.............

.............another recycling post! :) Do you guys just turn away when you see i'm prattling on about recycling again? I don't blame you........its hard to make recycling exciting or glamorous.........but i've been bitten by the bug...what can i say......and i want to encourage others to at least try......at least make some small changes...........change is HARD........i know it is! I've been doing this for a couple years now and i still forget my grocery totes now and then. The important thing is that you try.
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~I really wanted to talk about recycling in California...........its honestly been a blessing and much easier than recycling in my small town in TX. I was under the impression that recycling was mandatory in CA so i had myself all ready for that when i got here.....but......well maybe in some communities it is that way but not in mine. But they sure do make it easy to recycle. The apartment complex has trash bins set up just for recycling. I don't have to separate the items. So i have a sturdy(stand up on its own) tote bag next to the trash can and anything that is recyclable goes in there and when i take out the trash i take it out and dump it in the bin.....easy peasy......no different containers for glass, plastic, tin etc.........sooooo much nicer!
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~Now the plastic drinking bottles and aluminum cans are worth $$$. Here in CA they charge a CRV tax at the register.......for those items. I think its .05 cents a bottle or can but there are recycling centers you can take these items to and get your money back........sometimes we do that .......sometimes we pass the cans onto someone down on their luck.......homeless etc......
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~They also accept so much more here than in TX........TX they only took plastic #1 and #2 here they take #1 thru#7! and AND they take chipboard.......which they did not in TX. Chipboard is like your cereal boxes. Some i keep to paint postcards on ... thats recycling right?!...........I end up being able to recycle soooo much.....very little actually ends up in the trash can.
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~You know you don't have to do it all at once..........you don't have to be a Recycling Maven, just start somewhere.........maybe just poke around in your community and see whats available. Then take a baby step.......Every little bit you save out of the city dump matters..... in my book anyway.......say you only remember your grocery totes once a month.......don't beat yourself up...pat yourself on the back...........just try.............Hugs! deb

Monday, August 13, 2012

He Thinks He's So Entitled........

..........the Cat not the Human..... :).......the Humans are the Enablers........Whatever we are eating....he has to at least have a taste......even if you KNOW he won't like it......you can't tell him anything......he has to figure it out for himself....he's very polite...tap here...tap there...HELLO i'm down here.........come to find out he likes a lot of things you wouldn't think a cat would like.........cheetos.....wheat thins......cheese of ANY kind....from the can that you put on crackers......colby, cheddar, american......yogurt.....if he doesn't get to lick out the container he's highly offended.......how could i possibly forget HIM! ........whipped cream.......milk ...no he just wants to smell your milk.........icecream......melted only please.........cream cheese......trust me the list goes on......... 5am...........its when i'm fed people........i don't care if it is Sat/Sun morning and you want to sleep in 5am......i will walk all over you until you get up.......you are so cruel your STARVING me!.....Oh and those turkey feathers you brought home to craft with their MINE i tell you MINE.....it doesn't matter if you put them on top of the frig or the highest shelf in the cabinet knotted in a grocery bag......their MINE! (if you look in the bottom left first picture...he won)Theres only one time i make Jinx work on his powers of patience........5am..........i make hubby breakfast and Jinx must wait.........I pack hubby's lunch and Jinx must wait.........don't fool yourself that he waits quietly no no no.......he complains and paces the whole time........Hubby tells me i should feed him just to shut him up..........Me? Its my one little rule for Jinx.......humans come before cats.......i tell him it builds character.......and you know what? I put his food down there and he nonchalantly walks over and takes one bite and walks away......he wasn't hungry anyway.....sigh...... This is a postcard i made from a piece of cereal box.....i sealed it with mod podge and then
painted with acrylic, the roof you can tell is partly corrugated cardboard and the princess is off a Starbucks sleeve that i painted over...i think she turned out pretty good! The star and flowers are just doodled....... The back is some dvd stickers......i have alot of those lying around so you'll probably see them again....I used water color paint and that worked really well . It was easy to get the colors to blend, much easier than acrylic. I used a pit pen to write some quotes i liked on it. And i have word it arrived safe and sound! I'll tell you the post office does not like to see me coming......I really had hoped for a different outcome.....i thought i might make some of them smile.........but in truth i think i just frustrate them........I may need to revamp the way i've been doing the MailArt........tone it down a little.......stop gluing stuff on there so much and mostly deal with just paint.........I had one piece returned to me and i 'm assuming its because i had went overboard on the modpodge.......lol.......I'm kind of liking the idea of postcards like the one above instead of envelopes........hmmm... we'll see..........Hugs! deb

Friday, August 10, 2012

Frankenstein.............

..................I know we are far from Halloween.................and that this genre may not appeal to many but i have my nose in this book written by Mary Shelley. Do you know how many versions of this book turned movie i have watched? Tons......starting in childhood peeking out from behind the couch while my much older brothers watched them on TV. I love a good scare even to this day.
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~The other day at Barnes and Noble i found this hardcover book in the $2 bin and i realized with all the movies i've watched i've never read Frankenstein the book....i try to read at least one classic a year...........and to tell you the truth i haven't liked many........i don't know what that says about me probably nothing good but there you have it.........but, BUT i'm loving this Frankenstein book! Its very descriptive but not overly so , where your like okay shut up already........and, AND its nothing like the movies i've seen........not an Igor in sight........well not yet anyway.......I think the movie that portrayed the monster the most like the book was 'Vanhelsing' . Have you seen that one?
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~The monster in the book has intelligence and feelings and a sense of right and wrong......i'm at the point in the book now where he realizes he will never be accepted in human society and he craves that......he hates being alone....so he threatens Dr. Frankenstein into making him a woman just like him. Now this may sound like it contradicts what i said about his sense of right and wrong but he definitely feels like he has been wronged by Dr. Frankenstein and i find myself sympathizing with the creature more than the good Doctor.......
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~PS. I took the above picture in San Francisco. It is metal embedded in the sidewalk.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Welcome!!!

Come on in the Mushroom House! LOL! I think hubby had the contrast set a little high when he scanned it in for me, its a little on the dark side but OH! what a difference messing with the contrast has made....this looks much more true to life colors than what i was getting on previous scans.....the scanned images always looked so washed out or shiny spots would appear.....so who knew? contrast, contrast , contrast!
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~Hubby tells me with no background it just looks unfinished.......but i can't help it.....this is how i 'see' it and thats my story and i'm sticking to it! I have some more mushrooms in mind...i think a tall skinny one next and i can think of oh so many ways to color this one so you may see this image again and again. Especially intriguing is the idea of painting it on canvas or board and crackling the top.......doesn't that just sound delicious??
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~Getting ready for a heatwave the rest of this week......this past weekend we were in the high 70's , unusual even for here but oh did we lap it up! We hiked most of the day Saturday on the hills of Livermore.......hubby took some pics that i have to get from his phone....deer ,turkey they are always nearby and a beautiful 6 point buck with felt on his horns.....the rest of the day kind of fell flat..........we have terrible luck when it comes to picking new restaurants......just terrible....unless we stay with the big national chains we just end up not happy with the food...sigh....we were a little early for the movie (Total Recall) so we stopped in Sauced......the smell coming from the restaurant was wonderful! Not wanting a huge meal we both ordered the chili..........uughhhh.........it was basically sweet barbecue........not our idea of chili.......i did like the fact it was made from pulled pork instead of the usual but the sweet was just overpowering ...so sad.......Oh and by the way Total Recall??? A Total Bust......save your money........ Schwarzenegger did it best and just leave it at that....some things are just better left alone..........Stay cool! Thanks so much for stopping by!Hugs! deb

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fear of................

...........Failure..........I face it every time i begin a sketch until its conclusion...........it has morphed from failure in other's eyes to failure in my own eyes............and i suppose that is an improvement but still................. ..............i let it paralyze me in so many ways............i hesitate to even begin some things.......this drawing has been lying on the proverbial 'drawing board' for quite some time now.........i was very VERY happy with how the sketch turned out and only after i had it safely scanned in did i even attempt to 'color' it............i agonized over my many options.........water color......colored pencil and OMG maybe on a canvas even................ ...........instead i played it safe..............and used my familiar colored pencils.......daydreamed of color choices......fell asleep at night thinking about color placement....all this before i even started........ ........I'am now working on the details........hubby walked up yesterday and said he LOVED it SCORE!!.....and said he cannot wait to see what i do with the background.....background? omg......i never even thought of the background.........now what?..........I'll show you the finished piece next time.....i'm thinking of just letting the sketch stand alone on a white background..........?? Hugs! deb