Sunday, April 30, 2017

T Stands for Coloring, Origami, and a WIP.......


Hello all my T people!!! and everyone who comes to visit me! Its been a crazy week around here...RAIN ..OMGoodness rain.... and we didn't even catch the brunt of it.... I have no idea how many inches....But our Beaver Lake that was just last week a sad mud puddle is now over flowing its banks...only a few feet from topping the bridge that we cross to go into town....Wow! so ... yes rain ..glorious rain... I found some time to color my fawn in the above photo.... AND i finished a book ' Tick Tock ' by Dean Koontz... sometimes reading by flashlight when the power went out... and yes it was a spooky story......lol 
 When the power wasn't out one evening i tried my hand at this origami crane ...its a puff body crane..following instructions on YouTube... i've only ever made the flat body so that was fun... i get in an origami mood once in awhile... Its hard to find good instructions though but Jenny is wonderful...she goes slow and pauses and has good camera angles... I'll leave you the link.....and no Ms . Elizabeth... our wonderful host... that is not a new coffee cup... I've had it a few months now or longer and showed it a time or two... :)  Pssst... I almost forgot to tell you... i left the crane on the table at a restaurant ... i hope it made someone smile.... 

And here is a PostCard in progress.......  A family member saves me things...recycled things she thinks i might be able to use to make something..... Love it when friends and family think of me that way.. The little flower/leaf pattern came off a cardboard box that her drinks came in and she thought of me..  The butterfly and circles and dots are from magazine cutouts... Just having fun painting and trying to shade my colors...  Well thats about it for T this week... been mudding in the craftroom alot... Hubby is putting sheetrock up in the downstairs laundry room/ bathroom... progress.... OH! And we ordered the cabinets for the kitchen.... They will be in , in about 4-6 weeks...  Things are still moving in the right direction... Woohoo.... Happy happy T day!!! Hugs! deb

Pssst.... for anyone keeping track of such things... the first hummingbirds showed up at my house a couple days ago..... :)

Monday, April 24, 2017

T Stands for posTcards, skeTches, and a Crash and Burn........



GoodMorning all my T people!!! And everyone who comes to visit!  I'm still whittling away at all the bits and bobs i've collected.. cutting and clippings that i somehow thought would be great in a PostCard.   I have all these in a big pile on my desk... taking up room and i somehow never get to them.... no more!!! This is the year of using them up! So the above lizzard had been lurking on the desk for awhile..... I wish my handwriting had been better...darn... 


Still on fawn watch around here.... I have yet to see one although our neighbors tell us they have seen one.... a strangely light colored one... almost white they say...  The dynamics around the house have changed somewhat from the previous two years...  The deer may no longer feel as safe coming here.... Our closest neighbors tore down all those trees to build their house and they are closer to us now and have 5 noisey dogs..um..yea.... and they have their property lit up like Ft. Knox...... plus another neighbor has bought up alot of property around us and has commenced cutting down alot of trees and clearing land...lots of bulldozing going on all day and saws... so... things have changed around here...but i've always heard said that change is the one thing you can count on...nothing ever stays the same...........I still see alot of pregnant does around so we'll see...


Above was just me fiddling in the sketch book.... i had an idea for a tree.... but afterwards i thought those leaves hanging down just looked out of place...but what to do about it..?  Those two peacocks are just me trying to salvage the drawing.... i added them and their blue tails hanging down and the decoration across the top to tie it all together ...and i kinda like it..... :)


And now for the crash and burn...........sigh... Did you ever have a thought or plan and it looks great in your head but in reality its just 'ugly'..... ?


I tried many different colors and worked it and worked it until i finally ended up with this black and gold... the quote on front was going to be 'The eyes are the window to the soul'.... 


Do any of you remember the above photo of the Afghan Girl published in National Geographic in 1985? It was taken by Steve McCurry.... I was a senior in high school when this first came out but i remember it.. I remember the way those eyes just reached out and grabbed you......My shot of it here doesn't do it justice . Well i recently inherited a HUGE stack of National Geographics from the recycle center and there she was... 


They had gone back and found her 17 years later and photographed her again.. And i'm not convinced... they were not totally convinced they had found the right girl...  To me the eyes are vastly different... She's had a hard life... but can that change the swirls of color in her eyes?? So these magazine images were in with my bits and bobs for making PostCards but i didn't like the results..

But if you want to see a pretty PostCard... look no further than the one i received from Ms. Krisha!!! She had fun blowing paint around with a straw...!! Thank you Krisha.. I love it!!! The crash and burn PostCard was for you.... back to the drawing board... lol Thank you to everyone who stopped by to party.... I hope you had a fun time!  I'll be around to visit... Big Hugs! deb 

Monday, April 17, 2017

T Stands for EarTh Day.........


Hello all my T partiers!!! AND everyone else who stops by to say hello............  Do you remember this postcard i showed you a little while ago??? Well.... its not the same postcard!! Since i had more of the same brochure i thought i'd have another go at it... This time i painted the 4 bottles i didn't paint the first time.... and if you look i changed the color of the flowers... 


Above is the original brochure....... 


Now i realized i was fast running out of time to celebrate Earth Day with Ms. Elizabeth and Bleubeard so i wanted to take this T day to do just that.... Above is a sampling of all the electrical wire that was pulled out of our house when we had it rewired.... It could have all gone to the dump just like that.... but..... 



We decided to salvage it.... 1. to keep it out of the dump and 2. you can get $$$ for the copper that is inside!!  So as you see in the above pic you cut open the wire you see in the previous pic of the barrel.....And you have smaller wires inside....AND after many , many hours you have..............


A big barrel of the little wires..........


Each one of those little wires you cut open and peel off the outer covering... and after MANY hours you have.......



......lots and lots of copper.........

Then you take that to the metal scrap yard and they give you $$$$ and on top of that you feel good that you kept something out of the dump.....win WIN!!   If your wondering..... Its been several months but if i remember right... by the time we were done i think we had about $150 worth.... not alot... but not bad either..... Earth Day is April 22..... If you can...... stop and give the Earth a hug........ Happy T day everybody stopping by from Ms. Elizabeth's and Bleubeards ... please note the water bottle by my hubby in the pic above... Hugs! deb

Sunday, April 9, 2017

T Stands for.........


...............I goT bored.......       
The header picture WAS a black and white line drawing of the web with the colored spider..... then i got bored watching TV.. grabbed the markers that i seldom use.. and thats what happened.....
 

I thought the spider got lost in all that mess so i painted him black and you probably can't tell but i made him glossy too...It was such a beautiful morning i took it out on the back deck with me and my coffee and had a photo shoot..... i tried to catch the shine but i don't think it worked... 


.... And this is what happens when SOMEBODY.... stays up all night running from open window to open window checking things out.... i think he has a hangover and yes he totally expects me to hold his butt up while he watches videos... he thinks its a privilege... oh and please don't look at the dust on that keyboard.. 
oy vey..... 


Quick craft room update...... the second piece of counter top went in.... 


Then we moved everything that was over the other side to this side.. they say things always look worse before they look better... lol


And started taping and floating over this side....Its going pretty quick..knock on wood... 


Since you will see the bottom of the sink in there i decided to paint it my go to color in this house... 'oil rubbed bronze'... I'll show you again once its installed... 

And last but not least i wanted to share this picture i took of hubby yesterday....This hunk of concrete has been his nemesis for a while now... When the previous people built the deck on the back of the house they didn't take out the old concrete steps that had probably been there since the house was built.... Me? I probably would have left it... out of sight out of mind kind a thing... but hubby....it bothered him and honestly it stopped us from smoothing the dirt nicely under there and sloping the dirt away from the house like it should be...So after much effort our neighbor used his tractor and finally managed to drag it out from under there... (lets not dwell on the fact that he snapped our satellite cable in two and broke the deck in two places.... nope lets just move on... at least it got out from under there.....)
            Then hubby got to go at it with his new toy and break it into manageable pieces..(you may ask... why not break it up first then move it.... that was hubby's call... when you are married to a wonderful but polar opposite of yourself.. you pick your battles...lol )  That picture looks a little David and Goliath to me... lol you?   Big thanks to Ms. Elizabeth and Bleubeard for hosting the T party this week and each and every week.... Its a wonderful place to share our lives with wonderful people... I really look forward to our time together every week... See you on Tuesday!! Hugs! deb

Sunday, April 2, 2017

T stands for arT, easTer, and crock poT........

.......but not necessarily in that order....


Found this little guy when we took that trip to TX last year... yep i've been hanging on to him for just the right moment...


He gets to make some little girl very happy i hope... 


..there's nothing i hate worse than being tied to a stove... My crock pot is my very best friend in the kitchen...  slice two onions and cover the bottom....


lay boneless , country style pork ribs in one layer on top the onions


Pour a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce on top.....


Cover and forget about it for 3 1/2 - 4 hours.......


About an hour before its ready start thinking about your potatoes... peel them and cut them in wedges coat them with oil ... spray it or however you want to get the oil on there... I used olive oil but you use whatever you like... salt ,pepper, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, basil... the kitchen sink...  :)   but don't forget the parmesan cheese... i think it really makes it.. 


400 degree oven for about 20 min. or until fork tender...

And now the art!!!  PostCard art that is.... Above is a brochure for a paint color... I thought it was so pretty... but how could i turn it into a PostCard other than just sending it as is??? That wouldn't be very crafty or artsy of me now would it...? lol 


I hope you'll click the above image large so you can see how i chose a few things to paint.... Can you tell i painted some bottles and the flowers, the table, and bricks and the light bulbs .. This was so much fun!!! The paint went on and stayed on surprisingly well... Love that quote by Hemingway...

And last but not least for my T ladies some leftover pizza and some diet mt. dew... (an oxymoron i know) I meant to take the photo at the restaurant...brought my camera and everything and then forgot so... this is after we got home............ I hope you all have had a fabulous week...  Big Hugs! deb