Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Late to the Party!!!!!!!!!


Flyby late T party post i'm afraid.... Christmas company has arrived... and things are a little hectic but i wanted this last chance to wish everyone a Merry Christmas  and show you my latest PostCard....  Above you can see the materials i used... Chipboard from a frozen pizza box... a little cardboard snowman i found at the Habitat for Humanity for 50 cents each.....And some music scrapbook paper


I even used part of the packaging to add a tree... :)

Glued everything down .... added some glitter and some glossy accents to some areas ... dotted on snow with white acrylic paint and put glossy accents over each dot so when you run your hand across it , its raised... I had some white glittered washi tape i used for snow... A really fun, easy postcard to make... I think maybe it needed some words on there too but i decided to just let the snow coming down be the star of the show....  AND theres my bottle of water for the T party!!!  Thank you Ms Elizabeth and Bleubeard for hosting this wonderful get together... Hugs! deb

Monday, December 5, 2016

Progress on the House......

Hello my T people!!! Not much art going on but in the header is a PostCard i made a little while ago that i don't think i've shown you. Its one of my first attempt with texture paste thru a stencil... Such fun!! I will definitely be trying this again! The background is recycled security envelopes cut into squares and glued down...



 More house pictures!!  I hope i haven't bored you to death with them... 


But you can see some real progress now... And i have so much to show you.... there's so much going on!  


Not much art ... unless you count the artful placing of items on the wall..... I hope to ad more suns as time goes on but for now i hope this placement will do... Its a rather large wall..... 


And this is at the top of the stairs....That painting is by my Mother in Law back in the 80's....Its my favorite piece of hers.....The curio cabinet is waiting to be filled...Lots more going on then even i've showed here... but no pictures of it yet...stay tuned.....


I say no time for art but i have had time to read... its how i like to relax in the evenings.....This is one of my favorite authors at the moment but i was not thrilled with this book... too religious for me and i was worried about that from the title and description but i gave it a go and i finished it but didn't love it... The fiction story is built around the world's largest supercollider and the clash of science and religion.... Love the author just the subject matter is not my cup of tea....



Now here is the same author .. Douglas Preston .. writing with Lincoln Child in a series i have come to love... revolving around Special Agent Aloysious Pendergast .... who reminds me very much of Sherlock Holmes.... This is one of the more recent books in the series although i believe there is one more i need to get my hands on... This was a very good mystery that started with a stolen wine collection and ended with Salem witches..!!! 

........And finally with my cup of coffee I'll leave off with Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King... This is an older book and i have to say i like Stephen Kings older books more than his recent offerings ... I love this book for the WAY it was written.... Delores is talking and she is telling the police her story... she readily admits she murdered her husband years before and tells why but no way did she just murder her employer... an older rich lady she looks after... Now this is all done in Delores's obvious but not unreadable Maine accent...And the whole thing is quite well done...

But as usual Stephen King can not put a decent ending on a story if it killed him... I wish i could go and rewrite all the endings of all his books...lol He likes to leave it to the reader to draw their own conclusions and i like things tied up in a neat little bow.....so there's that but its still a good read...  So Happy T day to everyone... Thank you to Ms. Elizabeth and Bleubeard for hosting another wonderful T party ... I hope the weeks leading up to Christmas are kind to you and full of magick!  Hugs! deb

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Late to the Party..........


Late to the party over there at Ms. Elizabeth's and Bleubeards... I almost didn't come.... but then i thought ... well maybe i'm only fashionably late... lol I thought we'd take a break from the house and show you the artwork thats been going on....  In the header is the finished piece, signed and dated  ... above is the Prismacolor ..colored pencil before Gamsol.....


 ........And here it is after Gamsol... I think it just brings the colors to life... I titled it 'Thistle's Key' ... I have a new friend who has 'Thistle' in her last name and it inspired me to draw some... but i wanted to make them an abstract version of it... Can you still tell they are meant to be thistles??  This piece really took a long time but now its put to bed and another piece is beginning to emerge....


Filling out my Christmas cards.... I just love to send Christmas cards....The Christmas card section at Walmart just keeps getting smaller and smaller... I used to have alot more to chose from... they are even hidden in a far off corner... I had to ask an employee where they were..lol I'm curious .. do you send Christmas cards?? I know its becoming an old fashioned sentiment but  I love to put them on display for the Holidays... Happy happy Tday to my T people... I hope everyone's had a fabulous week... I'll be around to visit but i might be a little late. Hugs! deb

PS... I have the black and white line sketch of this week's artwork if you'd like to color it yourself just let me know and i'll post it.  :)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Another House Update.....


First i want to wish everyone who celebrates... Happy Thanksgiving this week.... I hope you get to spend it with all your loved ones... We will have a very quiet Thanksgiving this year... just hubs and i.... Hubs will make the turkey and stuffing like he does every year and i will do all the sides... We have alot of the traditional stuff... deviled eggs... i like cranberry sauce from the can.. instead of mashed potatoes i have a great recipe for those little red potatoes and broccoli made in the microwave... pumpkin pie for me... pecan for hubby... Do you have a big day planned??  


Let me apologize for the poor quality of the photos...  The sun just did not want to cooperate.... LOTS of staining going on....This above photo is the shelf in the SpareRoom closet... Hubs made the holder for the pole too... the poll is stained too , just no photo of it...


Here it is stained....... Red Mahogany if your wondering... and three coats of clear coat sanded between each coat....


Spare room window sill... stained..installed, caulked and window trim painted... whew! And look at that! A new blind at the window... sometimes we're cooking with Crisco... lol 



Closet doors in spare room painted and installed... I just put the old doors back on... I know alot of white... BUT... I have plans for these doors... New knobs one day...They are nice and flat so i see some Mixed Media fun happening here some day... So they won't stay white... I have a forest theme for this room running around in my brain...  Do you decorate in themes??? I've always wanted to do the bedrooms in themes.... 


Ofcourse you recognize this room... this is the Master Bath....Windows all caulked , painted... windowsills stained and installed ... And would you look at THAT ! Blinds up at the windows... I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have blinds and not tarps at the windows.......That wire hanging down is for the vent...yet to be installed....


This has been a fun project..... This is for the Master Walk In closet...Thinking nautical here remember... I really liked how these brackets looked like pipes...

But they were the wrong color .. gold.... so again i used the Rustoleum... oil rubbed bronze to paint them....


I think they came out great...Hubs is in the middle of installing them... Oooops forgot i had to paint the screws too.....  :)


Are you tired yet??? There's been painting going on... I had to touch up the edges of the ceiling around the front entrance...thats done... HATE that ladder at that height... Now i'm working up the courage to paint the blue accent wall... that WILL happen this week! Once that happens i'm going to start unpacking some boxes... Not alot but i think some can be unpacked... Find my curtains that i love and figure out how to make them work with this ceiling height.. Woohoo!!!So excited to see some of my 'stuff'!! 

I've been painting in the pantry too... See the boards going across in there??? Those will hold shelves that i'am staining at the moment... 

I'm so looking forward to seeing how my decor items will bring everything together... it will won't it??  I hope so... I know everything looks very white right now... but i'm hoping my decorations for the house will change that... Different paint colors may happen down the road... or not... but right now we just want to get things done... We'll have to wait and see what the future holds... Making progress right???!!  Happy T day to all my Tea People over there at Ms. Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's....  If you've been visiting for awhile you might remember the photo... Its one of my favorite ....taken in CA.....The mug , the pumpkin, the pinecones, the bowl... till packed...uuggghh... Hugs! deb 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Welcome to My Chaos...............


Hello there everyone!!! Finally! A house update... I've been reluctant to share because what we've done really doesn't show that much in photos..  For example i could show you a pic of the bedroom and it would look the same as the last time i showed you a photo  but all the baseboards and window trim have been caulked and painted...Its just hard to SEE those things... 
There's my WolfCup for all my Tea People over there at Ms. Elizabeth's and Bleubeards... same coffee , different day... lol ! And a couple more of my finds... the key door stops i found at Hobby Lobby at one of their 60 or 80% off sales... aren't they PERFECT!?  :)  Hubby thought i was crazy when i bought the wood snake at an Estate Sale for $4... I told him wait until i paint him black and make him over in the steampunk style....oohhh yeah baby ! 




So..... I had nothing to really show you on the house... then just the other day we decided it was time to tackle another big chunk... We painted the DiningRoom... What a job... moving and shifting everything... covering everything with tarps...painting and moving stuff back... wore us out!  Can you see we lugged in the second bookcase too! What a job that was!!! And can you see the light...?
That light was lugged from TX to CA where it never came out of the box... then to Arkansas......


The light i found on sale at Lowe's upteen years ago when i worked there....I fell in love with it... i have a soft spot for Tiffany or Tiffany-like lights... can't help it.. :)  well after we dug it out of the box i wasn't sure i was STILL in love with it.. i mean tastes change... I KNEW i did not like the antique gold thing it had going on... that had to change if there was even a chance i could still like it... so out came the spray can...


Even the gold wire had to go.......




And the gold chain....................


So  tell me did i ressurect it or ruin it??? I'm still on the fence... but i like it better painted... by the way thats an 'oil rubbed bronze ' color Rustoleum.....I think it helps that the lines... the 'leading' on the lamp was dark already.......



Did i ever show you the ceiling fans we installed up there?? I love them! 

Now will someone PLEASE help me clean up the mess......uuughhh...  i have more to show you.... so i'm sure the next few posts will be about the house..... stay tuned...Hugs! deb

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Peek A Boo.............

LOL! This little guy was super shy and did NOT want his picture taken.... He was along side the road but not IN the road so i guess i did not technically SAVE him... :)  i brought him up in the yard and left him be for a bit and he did come out of his shell a little..  I was hoping to get you a good shot of the bright orange he had under his chin and on his front legs... You can see it a little... Turtles are not frequent visitors to our yard but we do see them once in a while.. 

Another unseasonably warm day around here... All that's supposed to change starting tomorrow.. Cooler days and nights... at least closer to what its suppose to be... The wasps are everywhere hunting holes for winter... Never seen so many at one time..  

Besides house updates i have so many animal photos to show you...  so i'll be posting more this week....stay tuned... I hope your having a glorious Fall! Hugs! deb

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Last Chance at Halloween....

One day Halloween seemed a month away and i was toying with ideas for  a Halloween PostCard.... plenty of time... then all of a sudden it was 3 days away and my PostCards would be Belated Halloween wishes.... ah well... the Muse works in mysterious ways... I do apologize for the blurry header photo... my camera does not handle low light well....grrr...Found the spider while cleaning up debris outside... !!To put him in perspective ... He could fit in the palm of your hand legs and all comfortably..not that i picked him up!! No no! 

 Hubby wisely suggested perhaps i shouldn't show you the condition of my desk.... But I thought if you saw the conditions now you could truly celebrate with me when i cut the ribbon on the new craft room... :)  



As always this is cereal box chipboard we are working with.. the skull is from a paper napkin found at Wally World.. I glued it to a piece of white chipboard...so the green wouldn't show thru the napkin... (A mistake you'll see soon)



The raven die cuts came from Wally World too ... but see how you can see the edge of the skull thru the raven..... grrrr... perhaps i should have glued the skull to white cardstock or something... that would have been thinner and the edge of the skull not so obvious... The drips on the background are Tattered Angel glimmer mist sprays...The above pic is the skull without the eyeball.....


And this one i cut out a circle of paper and colored an eyeball... In the finished piece i used a pitt pen to put veins in the eyes...I like the eye ball... I think it gives it a little somethin' somethin'....If you look close i also gave him a shiny gold tooth.... 



And here we go... Three finished Halloween PostCards... I added a spider sticker then carefully painted over it with black because i didn't care for the original color... Used a Pitt pen and drew a line to the spider .....



Here i was trying to show you the shine on the eyeball and spider AND teeth as i added Glossy Accents to them... makes them shiny and raised up a bit...You may be able to tell if you enlarge the photo by clicking on it.... Hope that goes thru the mail well... I also used Archival Ink to go around the edge of the skull to age him a bit... Used the Pitt Pen again to quote a bit of Edgar Allan Poe's... The Raven... around the edges... My Pitt Pen did NOT like the glimmer mist.... Infact i think i ruined a pen...  :(  

I had a family member mention i should have done the background in Orange... It would have been more Halloweeny... but to me the green is ... well.... creepier..... and thats what i was going for... I hope my swap partners don't mind a belated Halloween card....Just when they thought Halloween was over... bbwwwaahhhaaahhaaa... lol 

And for my lovely T people over there at Ms Elizabeth's and Bleubeards .... I understand Bleubeard just celebrated a birthday!!!! Happy Belated Birthday my dear boy!!  See i'm always behind i tell you... belated this belated that.... sigh... To comment on a comment from last week.... Elizabeth... My family were hunters  as was my husband and his family and i asked a few friends that hunt around here... and they all say that you count all the points on a deer ... not just one side... One asked the question... well if the deer had 4 on one side and 3 on the other what would it be?? To us that's a 7 point... Perhaps the states differ.... I can only speak for TX, AR, PA,NJ.........I'm so glad everyone enjoyed the deer photos.. Next week House Update... such as it is... Promise! Hugs! deb

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Boys are Back in Town!!!!


Not one buck.................


Not two bucks...............


But THREE bucks in our yard a few evenings ago! The bucks have been pretty scarce around here all summer...  All the construction going on at the neighbors could have something to do with it... With all the does and fawns all summer we've been like a nursery around here... Often times the does will leave the fawns in our yard and wonder off to eat on their own... Like we're built in babysitters or something...lol 


But the boys are back and they were in a rough and tumble mood... I apologize for the poor lighting but they come by close to dusk and the blurriness is because i was EXCITED !! lol 


These were all three 8 pointers....One was definitely bigger and heavier than the other two.. He's the one standing off to the side in the three buck photo... 


So thankful that i live in a place where i can see this right outside my window...  But you know people keep moving in... buying up the land... even just since we've been here.... Even if they don't plan to build they feel like they have to 'improve' the land by clearing out some trees.... etc... Why do people always feel like they have to control nature... they have to bring order to it... I love it in all its beautiful chaos......

And this ofcourse is for all my T people over there at Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's ...  I know you must be tired of seeing my wolf coffee mug... but all others are packed away... I'll try to make it interesting by staging it with some interesting flea market finds...lol    Found a set of 4 of these legs a couple weekends ago... $8..... Not sure just what i'll do with them but it will be fun to figure it out... suggestions welcome.. :)I think they are quite old but you know how easy it is for them to make something new look old these days so i don't know.... the glass marble is flat on the bottom....

This was going to be a house update post but i HAD to show you my boys!!! I hope you have a beautiful rest of the week!!! Hugs! deb

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Microwave Generation......

Now the picture is for my Tea People over there at Elizabeth's and Bleubeards for T Stands for Tuesday.... and i'll tell you all about it in a moment....The picture has nothing to do with our topic of conversation this lovely morning/afternoon/evening...... :)  

My microwave went out on us this past week....... dead.... acted like it was working but not heating up of anything....( It was the microwave left by the previous owners) so i had the chance to get to thinking about generations... Now  there's obviously the Baby Boomers.... Huge generation of people born in the years just after WWII  .... then there's Generations XY and Z.... the Millennials and i don't know who all else... do you?   Technically being born in the late 60's i think i'am Gerneration X but after the microwave went out i decided i was definitely of the Microwave Generation if there was such a thing.... I'am completely lost without my microwave.... 

I don't realize that until i no longer HAVE a microwave....Kind a like how you don't realize how dependant you are on water until a pipe bursts or something...  But seriously... i defrost my meat in the microwave .... i heat up leftovers in there.... I heat up water for the occassional cup of tea in there... i stick the icecream in there for a few seconds so i can scoop it out easier... I make peanut brittle in there....I make my morning oatmeal in there.... I'am LOST without one... and am afraid i would have to relearn everything without one.... I'm curious..... whats your relationship with YOUR microwave.... ? and what generation do you consider yourself?

Now for the picture...... I went to ANOTHER estate sale the other day.... i know ... i know.... I almost made it out of there without spending anything but then i stumbled across this little metal bookmark i think it is.... isn't it adorable ? And very appropriate for tea i think.... :)  It looks handmade but i'm not sure ... I was so tickled to find it for 25 cents!!!   Happy happy Tday everyone!! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Good Morning All............

 .........And how are you this bEaUtiful Fall morning???! I'm on my FIRST cup of coffee so honestly i only have one eye open so any typos are directly attributed to the lack of java in my bloodstream at at the moment... :) Do you remember the picture above i showed you awhile back??   


Well this is what became of it!  The wings are gorgeous butterfly stickers that i cut in half.....Again found at the Dollar Store... lol 


The rest is colored with PrismaColor pencils and smoothed with Gamsol and i used a Pitt Pen for the all the black lines... This kept me entertained for many hours while hubby was recovering...I also think this would make a great painting............

He's doing pretty darn good by the way.... still some stiffness... but he's still doing his exercises with it and its still on the weak side but he's lifting some weight with it and i think it will recover well in the end... Next week he has his final appt with the surgeon and should be released... 

Yesterday we finished stripping the wire from the house... now that may not mean much to you right now but i'am ecstatic.... I took some photos a little while ago and if i can find them i will show you next week... Our Great Recycling Project!! lol   Hopefully it will bring me a little $$ tomorrow when we turn it in...  But for now i want to wish all my T People and friends that come to visit a wonderful day and a wonderful rest of the week... I have a Fall craft show to visit this week... in between the rain drops apparently ..... but thats okay nothing can dampen my excitement for a craft show!!  I'll be around to visit!!! Hugs! deb