Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

This year we end with a blue moon. Since I am not going to rush out early in the morning, this is the picture I am starting out the new year with. It was a tough year for many but things are beginning to look up a bit. I think ending with something special like a blue moon is a good sign of things to come. At least I am taking it that way. Hope everyone has a wonderful new year with good things to come.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Hi everyone. Hope you had lots of fun and will have some great
memories from Christmas. I had fun with my grandkids. I made a
page in my journal before heading out for the visit to show some crafts we could make. They looked at them and wanted to make the glittered stars. We had fun and it was a great way to show them the idea rather than just telling them about the crafts. I used Pitt pens and watercolor pencils to make the page. The second picture is a photo of what we all came up with.
The third photo was a way to procrastinate in my knitting. I thought I'd stop and draw the process before I finished the socks. I am not good at drawing from memory so needed them in front of me while I drew. This page was done on MiTientes paper with colored pencils.
My new year is starting off with lots of new classes. Hopefully I'll remember to share some of what I do in them here on my blog. I tend to get overwhelmed and forget to post things when I take on too much and I've gone and signed up for classes that overlap and
add up to about 9 of them at once for a little while! They just sound like so much fun I can't help but sign up and join in!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all have a great new year!
I took this picture in December last year. Yes, ALL that snow was one of our biggest snowstorms since we moved to Arizona eight years ago.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Inchy again

This is the last inchy for the year. The theme for this week at inchybyinch is "your favorite Christmas carol". I first heard Silver Bells when I was in my grade school glee club. I loved it. So this is my inchy with my favorite song of grade school.
They didn't have try-outs when I joined but they did when my sister tried to join two years later. I have always wondered if they heard me sing and decided to not let someone with a voice like mine join again! Yes, I am that bad. That's why I sing with my art and crafts instead.

Friday, December 4, 2009


The theme at Inchybyinch this week is Yule. Not Christmas but a holiday celebrated by pre-Christian peoples. It conveniently transferred over as Christianity took hold. So I have a background of evergreens with a pine cone on top.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Two Inchies

The theme for this week was presents over at

I ended up making two inchies for a change.
Mainly because the first one with the embossing
powder seemed too simple. With the static electricity we have right now I couldn't keep the particles from flying all over the piece either which I could see once it was enlarged.

So I made a second one. This one is a little bit
3-D with the tissue paper sticking out of the box. It was hard finding something small enough to put in this tiny package!

As an aside, I just signed up for the 2010 Bead Journal Project. If anyone loves to do bead embroidery and would like to join us in doing one piece (or page) a month for a year go to Bead Journal Project and check it out. The deadline to sign up is rapidly approaching - December 14th is the last day so hurry!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

May BJP Page

Helloooo? Anyone still out here besides me? I got another
page done! May is finally finished. I'm not so far behind because I don't like my beads or the BJP anymore. I just can't see where the needle tip is when it's going into the fabric. It's driving me crazy. I think I have to not use dark fabrics anymore for one thing. I even have trouble under the magnifying lamp.

Well I have this one done at any rate and only three more to finish off this past year. I know, it's well past by now. Ok, I'll quit whining. If you read my blog you know I haven't been sitting doing nothing but worrying over my beading.

May is the month for the Mother's Day holiday so that is my theme. I took a broken earring of my mother's and glued her picture to it. I coated it with a good layer of Delta's Air-Dry PermEnamel Clear Gloss Glaze. It's wonderful stuff, more like a resin to give a nice shiny hard coat over something. Then I glued that to my fabric.

I took a heart bead (remember I am using gifted beads somewhere in my page) my sister gave me to symbolize me and added a banana for my son and a rabbit for my daughter. The banana was given to me by my grandchildren. I would have loved to have used a surfboard but didn't have one and did have the banana. My son eats a case of them a week so it fits. My daughter loves rabbits so that's why I picked it. If I'd had a baby bead I could have used it as she loves babies more than rabbits.

Then I took a mexican bead gifted to me by my daughter to symbolize her and added four little hearts for her children. Three generations represented here.

I started beading around my mother with blue since this is the month for blue on my color wheel - my other theme going through the year. All in all, I'm happy with how this turned out even though it took so long.

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Inchy

The theme for this week's inchy over at Inchybyinch is texture. The guest designer who suggested this and made samples for it is Jaine who has the blog Confessions of a Craftaholic here. This is my textured inchy. I figure burlap is a very textured material. (When I was little my mother made all five of us girls gathered skirts in colored panels of burlap. They were fun to wear).
Go ahead make a wish!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Looking in the Mirror

I thought I'd share a new page I've made in my journal with you. This one shows my grandson as he made faces for the camera this summer while swimming in his new pool. This page is from a class I am taking from Kelly Kilmer. The prompt was about looking in the mirror and this is my take on it. Hope you enjoy it.

Turkey Meme

I saw this meme on Janet's blog Just Me and My Art and realized the holidays are really approaching! So I've decided to do this meme also. So here goes:

  1. Which do you like better: Cooking at your house, or going elsewhere? I like going to my daughter's house but we wait till Christmas usually. Some years they and our son come here but not this year. Our son is working overtime at San Onofre Nuke Plant and our daughter is with the in-laws. Boo hoo!
  2. Do you buy a fresh or frozen bird? We buy the frozen birds that are on sale for $5-$7 at the grocery store. We usually buy three and keep two for later in the year.
  3. What kind of stuffing? I would love to make stuffing with onions, celery and sliced almonds like when I grew up but my husband only likes the seasoned bread cubes. I use lots of jellied cranberry sauce with it.
  4. Sweet potato or pumpkin pie? Pumpkin pie with lots of real home-whipped heavy cream! Yes it's overload on fat and cholesterol but once a year I enjoy it. If my son-in-law comes, I make apple pie also since he doesn't like pumpkin pie. I will make two pies even if it is just my husband and I as I'll eat it for breakfast, snacks and dessert. It's my favorite pie.
  5. Do you believe that turkey leftovers are a curse, or the point of the whole thing? Leftovers are part of the whole scene. Pot pies, soup, hot turkey sandwiches, cold turkey sandwiches and even tacos for myself.
  6. Which side dish would provoke a riot if you left it off the menu? Mashed potatoes and gravy for most of the family. My husband likes southern style candied sweet potatoes (sliced taters simmered in butter and sugar with a TBS. of water - very rich).
  7. Do you save the carcass to make soup or stock? Absolutely! Actually I save the wings, drumsticks and leftover parts of the thighs. I freeze them for later and the back takes up too much room. With all the meat on the drumsticks we get plenty of flavor.
  8. What do you wish you had that would make preparing Thanksgiving dinner easier? A maid!!
  9. Do you get up at the crack of dawn to have dinner ready in the early afternoon, or do you eat at your normal dinner hour? We get up at the normal time. Dinner is usually around 4-5 p.m. on Thanksgiving which is very early for my husband and just right for me. I make the pies the day before so I can start with pie for breakfast.
  10. If you go to somebody else's house, what's your favorite dish to bring? I make rolls. They are easy to carry and easy to warm up. No one else wants to make them anyhow.
  11. What do you wish one of your guests wouldn't bring to your house? Crabbiness! This is a happy time or should be, so everyone is expected to be joyful. Sometimes the men in the family get a bit crabby. I don't know why except we have a small house and when you fill it with too many people it can be loud with nowhere to go for a private moment. I think they get overwhelmed.
  12. Does your usual mix of guests result in drama, or is it a group you're happy to see? Oh, see this fits last question! Usually it all works out. I stress over it but try to keep that to myself.
  13. What's your absolute favorite thing on the menu? Pumpkin pie! Hands down!
  14. What are you thankful for this year? My son has a new job he's doing pretty well in. My daughter is finally homeschooling which she's wanted to do for a long time. My grandson has won a medal in his cross country running which he is enjoying this year after having to sit out most of last year with injurys, our Sarah dog survived her rattlesnake bite and everyone is doing well at the moment. I am thankful for all my internet friends. You make a rural woman happy!

If you would like to do this meme feel free to take it. Let me know if you do it so I can come read your answers!

And now it's time to start thinking about what I am going to do for Christmas cards! What about you? Do you make them or buy them? Design one and print out a bunch or make every single one totally by hand?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Teesha Moore Style

I've made a new page in my journal to fit a prompt over
at Blissfully Art Journaling a yahoo group I am in. I'd started a page to emulate Teesha Moore's style which I saw just recently. She has videos on her blog to show how she makes her pages and it sounded like so much fun I just had to try one! You can find her videos here and here. Look around as there are lots of videos taking you through the whole page.

My page follows a prompt as to whether we like to wear hats or not. I've had a few but the wind takes them away from me. I had one taken by the wind when I was in a gondola at the San Diego City Zoo. There was no way I was going to jump out in midair to try and catch it! Another time, I wore one to Sea World and away it went again! Now if I need a hat to block our extreme Arizona sun I wear a baseball style hat which doesn't look nice but I can make it small enough to stay on!

The "hat" on this page is a sculpture by Jennifer Maestre that I cut from a magazine. It looked perfect for a hat. I added a little make-up with Pan Pastels and some jewelry with a Sharpie Poster Paint Pen. This was lots of fun and I'll have to try Teesha's techniques again. Maybe in a different journal where the spiral binding won't interfere!

Photo Thursday

The theme for this week at Photo Thursday is "YOUTH" (Young, Energetic, Optimistic, Children, Baby, Education,...). I couldn't just upload one. Energetic describes both of these grandkids. These photos were taken a few years ago. My grandson is now on his high school cross country team where running 6 miles a day up hills and down is his norm. My granddaughter still sparkles as you could tell in her recent picture of a few weeks ago here. Why don't you join us and tell a story in a picture?

Thursday, November 5, 2009


The theme for Photo Thursday is ""FOOD" (Fruit, Vegetables, Cookies, Candy, Meals, Food for Animals, Feast, Hungry,...)". I am posting a picture of bread I made with my granddaughter. This is just before we removed it from the oven. Yum!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Photo Thursday a Day Late Again

Photo Thursday's theme for this week is: "CLOTHS" (Colorful, Unusually, Fashionable, Komonos, Sari, Suits,...). I thought I would share a photo of my grandmother's handsewn quilt.

You can always join in by going here.

Have a good day and notice some nice fabrics around you.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Journal Page

In a workshop I am in over at A.R.T., a yahoo group our lesson this week was to make a page using a page out of the book we are using Artist's Journal's and Sketchbooks by Lynn Perrella. I chose page number 26 that had a hand on it. Mine came out quite differently I think but I am glad of that really.

This has acrylic paints for the background with white butterflies embossed with clear powder. I don't know why they turned color. Anyone have an idea? Did it suck up color from the paint with the heat of the gun? I don't know. Anyhow, the rest of the page was done with Pitt pens and watercolor pencils except for a few cutouts from my own photos.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Three Inchies

The theme for inchies this week at Inchybyinch is babies.
The pictures I made these from are from my own photos.
The two pictures of the goat are from when our Mary Muffin was a baby. She's almost 8 years old now. The woman in the picture has a new baby now so it's fitting that she is in the photo. The calf is a picture I took outside our gate last week. This little guy will probably be sold off but if he is a she perhaps she'll be around with her own calf in a year or two. She'll be sporting long horns as she's one of those long-horn breeds and I mean looonng horns. I would not want to upset her when she's grown. (She/he is not ours - she's just in a free range area.

I reduced these in size and added script to them in PSElements. Then I added chalk ink to the edges.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Photo Theme for Thursday

This wasn't the photo I was planning to put here
but the theme for this week is: "SIMPLE" (Minimalist, Simple Things, Simple Composition, Pure,...). What could be simpler than enjoying life as it is. I think my dog shows life is simple - just enjoy it.

(She thought a lizard had gone under this log but the lizard was long gone)!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Photo Theme for Thursday

This week's theme for Photo Thursday (don't remind me it's already Friday - it's just been that kind of week) is "BEAUTY" (Sunset, Nature, People, Houses, Eyes,...). I had lots of choices but decided on a pic of one of my granddaughters. She just naturally takes great pictures - I guess she is just a natural beauty.
It's too bad I am not a great photographer but I am taking lessons and getting much better. I am taking lessons through Jessica at . The classes are online. Check them out.

Quotation Journal Page

I liked this quote I saw on the yahoo group Blissfully Art Journaling and decided to put it in my journal. I had already prepared the page with paint in a class I took over at the yahoo group A.R.T. so I just had to add the writing. Can you tell I like yahoo groups?

Monday, October 12, 2009


I am determined not to be the last to post an inchy this time! The theme is time. It was chosen by our guest designer Ali Manning whom you can find here.

I didn't realize how messy my handwriting was nor how smeary the stamping was until I saw the enlarged picture. I guess I'd better stick to typing something if I want it to look nice. I don't understand the stamp being so blurry though. I promise I'll try to do better next week.

New Journal

I made a new journal for a workshop I am taking over at a yahoo group called A.R.T. I made it with a bisquick box for the cover. Why a bisquick box? Because I like to bake and more, I liked the colors! I used grosgrain ribbon for the spine so it'd be firm enough for sewing the signatures into but that created a small problem in that the book doesn't stay firmly closed. It works fine; it just doesn't stay shut on it's own but stays open about 1/2 inch. Maybe time will help.

I made four signatures using heavy weight drawing paper as the guide for the size of the book and other pages. The paper was 9x12" so I just folded it in half. I added some MiTientes pages, watercolor and a floral petal paper. I encased each signature in a smaller paper that matched the cover colors and then sewed them into the spine with red pearl cotton. I am happy with it and can't wait to start using it.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Under the Wire

I'm getting this in the last day before a new inchy theme is announced. I've been so bad about getting these little things done lately but here it is for this week. The theme is rain. I live in the desert where we don't get a lot of it so I used that for my inchy. Remember you can always join in by going here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Photo Thursday

The theme for this week is: "GOLDEN" (Gold-colored, Gold Plated, Yellow, Sun Flowers, Jewellery, Blonde, First-rate, Special. Here is my choice. This is a wild flower blooming after the one and only rain we had all summer. I love yellow with blue.
If you'd like to join in go here to Photo Thursday.
Have a good day.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Journal Page

I made a new page in my journal celebrating sea glass. Have you ever found any? One beach by my sister's seems to get quite a bit. (The beach is in Oxnard, CA). Several years ago I would walk the beach with her as she walked off the hurt of her husband of 18 years leaving her. I found mostly brown (guess there are lots of brown bottle beer drinkers), some green and on a rare occasion a bit of blue. I also found some white but that wasn't very exciting. So I made an ocean page with some sea glass on it. I really intended to make the sea glass more dominant but it works this way as you have to look for the sea glass just as in real life! Hint: if you click on the page it will enlarge and you can see it easier.

The picture was made with Pan Pastels mostly. I added a bit of sharpie poster pen and white gel pen for the foam, waves and birds (I wish the birds showed up better too). A touch of colored pencil for shading and Pitt Pen for writing.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Photo Thursday

This week's theme is: "ART" (Paintings, Drawings, Murals, Graffiti, Crafts, Brushes, Pens, Pencils,...) so I am posting a mural my daughter painted on her daughter's wall. Three walls were painted with part of it being the ocean. The fourth wall was part of the grass hut my daughter made with a bamboo curtain. The whole room fit the tropical island theme including the cat post!
If you'd like to join in and post a picture here is the place to go:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Photo Thursday

This week's theme is: "BOTTLES" (Containers, Cup, Mug, Vase, Beverage, Cosmetic, Ornamental,...). I am putting up one of my brush jars for my contribution. Hope you have a great creative day!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Saved Stuff

I was working on a page in my journal and needed to put a protective sheet under it to protect from runover. I didn't realize it had something sticky on it which ended up transferring to my journal. Thank goodness it wasn't a finished page but I couldn't shut my journal like that so I ended up sealing the sticky with acrylic paint layers. I added a couple of strips of paper to tie two sketches I wanted to save together and glued the sketches on top. I ended up saving my old sketches and my journal with a page I am quite happy with. I added the hearts and flowers just because I WAS happy about saving the page.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I got my inchie done early this week! The theme from InchybyInch this week is leaves. I looked through my stamps but didn't find anything to fit so I decided to do a leaftangle. It sure looks better when it's just one inch rather than blown up like here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Back to My Inchies

Over at Inchy by Inch this week the theme is "asia" so I took a stamp from Japan and cut it to fit and collaged on the part that was trimmed off. I added a little fuschia color to the edges and voila! I haven't done any for a few weeks; this ended up being almost instant gratification. Hey, if you need a quick project just try one yourself.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Photo Theme for Thursday

Can't get newer than newly hatched doves! "New" is the theme for Photo Thursday this week. I'm a little late - oops, that's not new!

I find that freshly hatched birds are not all that cute. After a week or so yes, but not brand new!

Journal Page

I have made a new journal page in which I added some folk art painting. I haven't done any of that kind of painting in several years so it was quite a stretch for me. I like how it turned out and hope to do some more of it. My journal gives me a place to use this painting now that I don't have furniture or other things I want to paint on.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Photo Theme for Thursday

I thought I'd try a new thing here. It's based on using a photo to fit a theme and you can find the site here. The theme this week is "Tranquil". I am a little late for this week but it was held over for another week so I should be covered. Here is my photo:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Another Inchy?

Yes, another inchy. It seems I am not being too creative lately but really that's not the case. I just finished a spoon rack I've had sitting here since November. The end of November but yes, it's been a long time coming. I think it turned out great though. The pictures show the before and after. What do you think? Originally, this rack was my mother's. After she died and my dad redid the house I painted it for him. Now it's mine and it was time for another update.

Now for my inchy. The theme for this week and last is trees. I was visiting family last week so I am glad it was a two-week time span for this one. This was suggested by Karen known as Missy K and her blog can be seen here . This is for the group you can find here at Inchybyinch. I drew the tree with markers and added some text. Come and join us. We can always use some new inchy artists.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Last Inchy for July

Can you believe we are heading into August already? It's hot and I'd like some cooler autumn weather but I'l be 100 years old by the end of the year if time keeps going by this fast!

The theme on Inchybyinch blog this week is men. I don't have any stamps to use and didn't feel up to drawing one. I guess I could have reduced a photo to fit but what came to me is the man in the moon. And also, why is it we say we see a MAN in the moon? Why not a woman? Is it just easier to say man in the moon versus woman in the moon? Did you know the Japanese see a rabbit pounding sweet rice to a pulp instead of a man? Anyhow here is my offering.

The Birds and the Bees

We have a nest in one of our smallish trees with a dove family occupying it. I noticed it because our big dog Sarah of rattlesnake bite fame was trying to jump up high enough to get to it (and she got very close - I yelled at her and she's left it alone since). In the nest were two eggs and they have now hatched. My hatched pic isn't too great but I didn't want to bother them too much. You can still see the very new birds in it.

The bees, well I just wanted to have fun with the title but you can see them in the flower pic I've added.

Have a good day everyone.