Monday, January 16, 2017

Just Chillin'

 Oh yeah-it has been very cold again so of course I mostly stayed in and decided to "chill out" by getting a head start on some simple Valentine cards. "Chill out" is the theme this week at the Simon Says Monday Challenge blog. Open for interpretation. Just go and see what the DT made! You have a week to link up-and there is a $50 GC up for grabs every week too! Won't you join in?

 The first card was made with a vintage image from Retro Café Art and the patterned paper is a  Gelli Plate print. For the second card I used a vintage image from ARTchix Studio and the patterned card stock is American Crafts.

 I have a few more cards in the works but haven't completed. And the proof is in the pudding- just look at this:
 and that was only on the spare bed-you should have seen my art table LOL!

   I did manage to also finish this postcard:

 Materials: watercolor paper, gesso , French dictionary page, torn pieces of Gelli Plate printed deli paper, vintage image (Retro Café Art) Versafine Onyx Black ink, Distress Vintage Photo ink, rubber stamp (Hero Arts), tiny heart brad, vintage clip art (unknown). I finished it by sewing the edges.

 I am also linking this post to T Stands For Tuesday and Moo Mania and More for the theme of "love".

 Some super exciting news has me pretty busy right now (which I can't mention yet but there are some hints in this post:) that has me arting up a storm but I shall continue to get in as many of the online challenges as I can . And on a final note- WE JUST GOT OUR TICKETS TO SEE IL VOLO!! AND, in the 5TH ROW CENTER this time!!! Woohoooo! So many good things happening to wile away the winter. I think I'll make it through:)

Stay warm, or stay cool depending on where you are. Thank you so much for popping in. I'll be around to visit during the week:) And of course I'll join in at Paint Party Friday too!

     " Do it now. Because sometimes 'later' becomes 'never'. "  Unknown

Monday, January 9, 2017

Taking On Some Challenges

the art kind of course! It has been bitter cold and windy with some bouts of snow so it's a perfect time to stay in, continue on my "cleansing" path, and make more art too. Oh, and make some get away plans. I already have 3 beach trips lined up and a visit to the Adirondacks in NY to spend time with my dear friend LuAnn in her new home! Always good to have something to look forward to.
 What do you ( in the Northern hemisphere) do to wile away the winter?

 I decided I wanted to make a new journal dedicated to calendar pages so I began with a 7" x 10" Strathmore watercolor journal. I covered the front with Victorian tissue paper and edged it with washi tape:

 Linking to Try It On Tuesday for the theme to use tissue.

 Here are my spreads for January:

 They will all be done in a similar format. Similar to the DLP Project I had seen people doing the last few years. Watercolors to separate the days on the left and art to coordinate on the right. The new year piece is a napkin to which I added glitter(doesn't show), cardboard numbers painted black and doodles all about.

On the right- printed deli paper background, collage elements from Oprah magazine. A reminder to self:):)

 I decided I needed to do some type of calendar/documentation as I missed not doing any the last two years. It's such a great way to tell the story of one's year by writing daily snippets. And this segs into linking to Art Journal Journey hosted by Erika this month with the theme of  " every journal page tells a story".

 Speaking of calendars I was gifted a Paris/ French themed calendar for Christmas and today I am sharing the January art with my friends at T Stands For Tuesday:

Lastly I have a journal page that celebrates the Chinese New Year (January 28) along with the theme of "Asia" over at Moo Mania and More.

The good luck image and rooster are rubber stamps and a combination of Asian themed papers and tissue were used for the collage.

 Also linking up later this week to Paint Party Friday. Have a super week everyone-see you soon!

" Act as if you are worthy of what you want, and the universe will demonstrate that your faith is justified."    Alan Cohen

Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome 2017!!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you were able to enjoy some quiet time during the holidays. I had a nice break but did miss posting and visiting while taking the time off. And I am READY for a new year!

 Time to say goodbye to Christmas decorations...

Time to play with new art supplies:
                  some stencils, masks and stamps from Magenta
                  new pens (some to replace completely used ones) from Jetpens

    and a few more stencils from Collage Stuff-each of which only cost me $2 !!

So, who else got some new art supplies-and what are they?? Do tell:)

Anyone choose a new word/phrase for the year??? You can see mine in the detail pic at the top.


 I recently read the book 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up' and enjoyed it very much. Have any of you read it? Now, I have NO plans to be so drastic with some of the techniques however I knew this and my chosen word comes at a perfect time. Especially after having renovations done and needing to look for places to store more stuff until everything was completed.Yikes! I'm going to cleanse that which doesn't serve me or my well being any longer-no matter what it is. Clothes. Books. Mementos. Art supplies. Etc.

 I created my affirmation page from a bonus lesson in Tam Laporte's LifeBook 2015 online class. Another great new lesson and technique.

And look what I spotted only after I finished it (text on the left side):

wow! I'm always awed when this happens.

 I also made a dream board/ mood board page :

 Cut and paste collage using calendar pics, Oprah magazine and a few stickers.

 So looking forward to connecting with you again. Joining with T Stands For Tuesday; The Simon Monday Challenge (Start Afresh); Art Journal Journey (new monthly theme is "Every Journal Page Tells A Story" hosted by Erika) and Paint Party Friday. See you soon!

" A simple celebration, a gathering of friends; here is wishing you great happiness, a joy that never ends."        Zahid  Abas

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas in Cape May, NJ Part 2 and More

 Well lovelies, this is my last post until the New Year. Warning it is photo heavy so if you're looking for the art part scroll down to the end. Oh , and internet /Windows 10 are improving but we still may have to resort to buying more internet speed.

                               it was very cold so the beach was pretty empty

  This is the last group of photos from our trip to Cape May recently. In my last post I showed the photos of the suite we stayed in. Now here are photos of Leith Hall's community rooms:

                                                        in the parlor

 Fresh breakfast is served on a table in the entryway and each morning it is something different.  It is all prepared from scratch by owner Elan-delicious!! There are tables set in the two parlors for the guests.

Tea (or sherry) is served along with home baked goodies at 4 PM each day.

 We also had the most wonderful food everywhere we went to eat-some places we frequent, and a few new ones which we intend to go to again:)
lunch at Delaney's- crab cake sandwich and turkey panini. A place we enjoy every time.

another lunch at a small restaurant (Georges Place) that's been around a long time but this was our first visit and it was fabulous!!

 appetizers (OMG to die for!!) and drinks at Oyster Bay which was recommended to us by a local we got to know well. Looks like a new hang out for us:)

 and a special dinner at The Merion Inn- a restaurant we get to every time we're in Cape May:

hubby's arm in the top pic. The room we dined in was gorgeously decorated, and the whole experience - top notch-from food to service to the live piano music!

And now- Christmas time in Cape May at night:

there was a tree lighting ceremony.We truly felt like we were in a Hallmark Christmas movie. Some dressed in costume including some of the four legged kind:

Scenes on the pedestrian mall:

horse and carriage rides about town (love hearing the clippity clop of those horses!):

Decorated homes and inns:

Fun with Suzanne and Arielle(mother and daughter) on the porch at Leith Hall (whom we just met there and had a great time all together during our stay). The parade passed right by so we enjoyed wine with a front seat:)

 It was such a wonderful trip all around and we can't wait to return next year again-hopefully in early Spring!

 The art part: my second quirky bird inspired by Tam Laporte's online class. My wish for all of you:

 and a happy, healthy , creative New Year! XO

Linking to T Stands For Tuesday and Paint Party Friday later this week. I'll be around to visit:)

"Celebrate your life with love and gratitude by giving thanks for this very precious moment, as well as all the wonderful blessings that surround you every day."

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas in Cape May, NJ Part 1

 How are you all??? It's been awhile-busy, yes, but more so are the internet issues we are experiencing again-UGH! This time our son is trying to help because it looks as though the new Windows 10 update is causing lots of weird errors and loss of connection and it is completely frustrating.  But enough of that.

 Recently hubby and I spent 4 wonderful days in Cape May to see the Victorian homes all decked out for the holidays. We also enjoyed the parade and cold but decent weather. In this post I will share the photos I took of our suite at Leith Hall Bed and Breakfast. It was like having our own little apartment and I LOVED the decor in our Turkish Suite!(We stayed at this B & B 3 years ago in another themed room called The Highland Room).

 Walking in the door there is a kitchenette to our left which takes us to the sitting room:

 This TV is in the lower left corner of the photo of the sitting room above it. The partition is blocking the kitchenette.

 A closer view of the end table . On the left is a vintage instrument used for saying Tibetan prayers.
Walking through the door on the left is a settee

 along with a huge elaborately decorated half canopy bed. (See the green door? It's a closet-the only one in the whole house!! Every other room has armoires for clothing.) The ceiling is decorated with gold and silver stars. The bed faces the ocean view window where there is a table:

 To the right of the table is an antique dresser:
On the dresser is an antique samovar (Turkish tea urn). Here's a close up:
The door to the right of the dresser above leads to the bathroom with a hot tub and shower. There is also a mantle and large antique trunk for blanket storage:

 And here are a few photos of the decor on the walls:

I felt like I was in a dream. It was so comfy and beautiful. If we could move to Cape May we both said we'd be able to downsize and live in this space. And now I want stars on my ceiling at home too:) In my next post I'll share photos of the Christmas lights etc.

 Finally decorated at home but I only put out half of what I usually do. This is just a little table display showing some vintage ware- the square dish, and a glass bowl in which I placed a collection of vintage ornaments given to us by our great Aunt Betty. I decided that they were of no use wrapped and stored in a box in the attic and never out to enjoy:

 Now for the art part-which is very limited because there just hasn't been time. In November I took advantage of a huge sale for Tamara LaPorte's online classes and signed up for the "Quirky Birds" class. Oh what fun-and I can't wait to have the time to create more!

 The first layer. I used two watercolor panels side by side to have an extra panel for another bird. Washi tape, stencils and spray inks.

 The next layers:

and my finished bird:

 Joining in at T Stands For Tuesday this week, and Paint Party Friday. Looking forward to catching up with everyone (fingers crossed internet will be my friend).

" Happiness is a spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." 
                                                                                Denis Waitley