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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Where the Buffalo Roam . . .

    Every Inchie Monday's word was buffalo.  I enjoyed looking at some google pictures of these majestic creatures before starting to draw.  They are so beautiful out on the plains grazing. 
    I haven't been very creative otherwise this week.  A little coloring, some tangling.  My lab work came back, by the way, okay.  Nothing irregular or otherwise.  My A1c is up a bit so my doctor monkeyed with my meds, upping them some.  I have been getting better fasting sugars, but I also am so nauseated I could scream.  It has left me a bit drained.  The pharmacist said back off and gradually up the meds.  Made more sense to me.  I just wish this aggravated stomach would go away.  Not fun.
     I also have been having some cooking (well, that is creative) fun with my new Instant Pot pressure cooker.  I don't think we have had the oven on since our purchase.  It does everything but the dishes - and I really wish it did those!  It makes the best sugar free cheese cake ever!  Not to mention a wonderful roast. 
     See you later - I may have to work on some other challenges.  Thank you for dropping by!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Bit Warm

     It is a bit hot outside today, this week.  Temps up to 100 degrees1  I really don't do heat.  I like mild - not too hot, not too cold - weather.  So inside tangling I shall be!
     Every Inchie Monday's word is "fly".  The word "fly" instills instant action and fear at our house!  My beautiful big, BIG lab mix, Lakota, goes into a panic attack whenever he hears a bug buzzing.  Why?  I haven't a clue.  The moment we see or hear one, we run and grab the gate to keep him out of the bedrooms.  If we move too slow or don't see it first, Lakota runs toward one of the bedrooms as fast as he can and either gets wedged between the wall and bed, where he does not fit and gets stuck, or jumps onto one of the beds and stands around up there making a disaster of covers.  He also when outside if a bug bothers him will go dashing into the house.  I do not know where this zoned out fear comes from.  I have seen this dog growl and stare down a pit, and put himself between a "suspicious" person and my brother when they were walking.  He is 110 pounds of muscle . . . and he totally panics when there is a bug near him.  Go figure!
     Made by Joey's guest blogger, Michele Wynne, asked us to use a string by Margaret Bremner.  I really like this string and may play around with it some more beyond this challenge.  I also had some lovely zen time just tangling.  With the exception of one tangle, chaist, I just went with what was in my head and didn't look anything up. 
Tangles: verve, cadent, n'zeppel, chaist, shattuck, paradox, with chard as a background.
 
     Diva's guest blogger, Jessica, wanted us to focus on the heart.  Her samples on Diva's site are totally awesome.  I decided to go round this challenge.  I looked up tangles with heart shapes and played with some of those. 

     For my daily Facebook challenge, I made a huge bobble on the center piece.  So I worked on a brown tile and glued it into my calendar!  I don't usually like to do that but hey, I problem solved!
   I also worked a day ahead because I have to be out tomorrow and knew I would not have time.  I get to go and find out about my lab work - wish me luck.  I seem to have shaken the overpowering anxiety, but still . . . It is routine so I really should not stress so.  Let go and let God!
    I hope you are having a great week and it is not too hot where you are!  Thank you for dropping by and saying hello.  I love your comments and encouraging words.  They truly brighten my day.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Long post alert!!

    I had all this art work completed and ready to post and we decide to get a much needed new printer/scanner.  I have been after my brother to agree to one that is wifi compatible.  Finally.  Now we had to figure out how to get things to work with my laptop.  So the art work sort of piled up again!
     The word over at Every Inchie Monday was hippo.  I just recently saw an adorable picture of a baby hippo on-line.  She weighed a bit over 300 lbs!  Some baby!  Mine is sort of a goofy looking gal.  She normally wears a pink tutu and dances for the movie (Disney) Fantasia.  Check out her performance here - Hippo dance. 

     The guest blogger over at Made by Joey's idea was to use a star.  I made a few cross ups with my lines but over all it is not too bad.

      The rainy weather and my general laziness of the moment allowed lots of coloring time.  I finished two pages.  As I may have mentioned, I work very slow on one of those.  Lots of layering and shading.  The pumpkin is done with my new Faber Castell watercolor pencils.  I so love those.  They are so much fun to play with! 
Prismacolors, Color It pencils  FC Watercolor pencils

FC Watercolor pencils

      And lastly a few daily challenges for my Facebook group.  I like them all but I had a blast playing with the "alphabet day" challenge.


      Just returned from the doctor today.  Lab work.  Please say a prayer that my "numbers" are good.  I always get a bit anxious - that is just me.
      Have a wonderful day and thank you for dropping by!
 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Good afternoon!


😊    Warning Long Post! 

     Oh I am so enjoying my total lack of schedule!  I always do during the summer, but to think this is not going to crash to an end in August - oh yeah!  I have a bunch of challenges to post today but don't worry I didn't do them all today.  I spent the day drawing and creating, but this is several days work.
     My lion for Every Inchie Monday looks a bit - well, weird???  I saw what I wanted but unfortunately he wasn't what I saw.  Oh well, here he is even so.

     The alphabet challenge is over from Made by Joey.  Hate to see it end, but I am curious as to how we shall be challenged next.  I only used one tangle (the one suggested) for this challenge - zonked.  I love that tangle.  So I just focused on it.

      Had time to really splurge on the Diva challenge today.  I usually don't get so involved but this one just kept growing and growing.  I am honestly more fond of this piece than I have been with some in a long time.  Proves to me I need to put more into the development of a tile more often.

      There is a daily challenge over at one of my Facebook groups.  Here are my last three days from my journal.  I really wish I could draw the dewdrops like every one else and make them look like actual water.  Mine are okay, but they don't look . . . wet.  Need more practice.
 
      The first of my retirement splurge came in this week.  The way the school system works, I will have three months with double pay checks (and social security also).  So I took the first of this bounty and paid several bills so they will not follow me into the "regular" months.  Gone!  I felt like happy dancing all over the place yesterday when we took care of 4 different places!  In addition to my being very reasonable with the extra, I got my brother a few things he wanted and then off to Amazon for pencils! I got the largest set of prismas I could buy (yahoo, they were on sale)  and the large set of polychromos - which I was told never go on sale.  I also plan to order a large set of Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils.  Horribly frivolous, I know.  But I also know that in the near future splurging like this will not really be an option.  So Merry Christmas to me in June!  Here are my first pages playing with my new "toys".
Done with prismas
Done with polychromos

     Hate to make this sooo long, but you have to hear the story about one of these dogs.  A friend of mine was teaching kindergarten and was working with a student when he looked up from their book and shouted - "Teacher, there is a damnation dog on this page!"  She lost it.  And I can't see one of those dogs without hearing her tell that story!
     Okay I have talked your ears off.  Sorry.  I will try not to always be so wordy!  Have a wonderful week and lots of blessings to you!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Grrrrr!

    The growl is not the tiger I drew for the inchie.  It is me.  I have not yet received my tax refund from Georgia.  Several months later, I might add.  It has never been this late and all you can get on the phone when you call, is a robot voice!  Does anyone else think we have been taken over by androids???
     Oh well, on to the tiger inchie.  I am not sure if I like him or not.  The more I look at him the closer I think he is okay.  Haven't fallen in love with him yet.
     When I had some spare time last week, I used one of my journal pages and filled it with tangles that started with Y that I liked.  Sort of preparing for the challenge at Made by Joey's site.  I left out some I knew I would not use because they were not my favorites.  I deliberately left out Yuma.  I really don't like that tangle so I don't use it.  Guess which tangle was the one we were supposed to use?  You don't need to.  You figured it out already.  Here is the Y tile starring Yuma, yew-dee, and y-chain.  This is my week no doubt!
     I also had some coloring time over the week-end.  That is so relaxing to me.  A lot like how I view tangling. 
Unfortunately it is a bit hard to get under the scanner the way they put it into the book.  Why do that?  It is going to nearly impossible to color the facing page.  I told Ray I should just dis-assemble the book and put the pages into a three ring binder.  I may decide on doing that yet.
    Guess what???  We had tomatoes this past week.  Okay if you force me into honesty, they were the size of a malted milk ball.  They are cherry tomatoes anyway. . . . .  and there were only 3.  The vines continue to hang very full with green ones, but these were good!  My grandpa would be proud.  (well, really I think he would tease and give me a very hard time about my "crop").
     Thanks for dropping by.  I am gong to go work on my coloring book for awhile.  I really would love to see this thing finished and printed soon.  But I am very slow.  See you later!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

     We are having a typical summer hot day.  I really do not like heat.  I like mid range.  Not too hot, not too cold.  However I think my tomatoes are enjoying it.  The one plant that is cherry tomatoes is hanging absolutely full of green balls! Now the plant that has slicing tomatoes has only one small green tomato so far.  But on the positive note, I haven't killed them yet.
     This week's inchie was zebra.  I don't have any zebra stories or cartoons.  How could that be? 

     Made by Joey's letter is x.  Almost finished with the alphabet.  I used x's and orbs, xyp, and x-tee.  None of these are tangles I use very frequently.

     Diva's challenge was to use the tangle dansk by Margaret Bremner.  I like this tangle.  I really have to try to keep those lines an even distance apart and as you can tell I am not always successful.

     I also did a bit of coloring.  I made a Hobby Lobby trip last week and had to have some new coloring books.  This one came from a book called "Free Spirit".  I went with a monochromatic palette of blues.  Blue pencils, markers and gel pens.

     Now I suppose I need to go put some creative energy into dinner.  Any body want stir-fry?  Come on over!
     Have a wonderful week!  Hugs!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rainy days

    I know we need the rain.  But must it come so often and so hard when it does??  Does my area know nothing of a gentle spring shower?  Apparently not.
    The inchie word was gorilla.  There used to be a cartoon when I was growing up called "Magilla Gorilla".  I barely remember it, but the name stuck in my brain and the whole time I was drawing this gorilla, I was calling it Magilla. 
     Joey's letter is W.  We are almost through.  I need to figure out what to do with the tiles.  I might make a poster with them all.  I used W2, wud, and wacho.  I love the woven look of some tangles like W2, but they are totally a mind consuming exercise for me.  I usually end up saying "over and under" aloud while I do it like some sort of mantra.  Keeps me focused.
     I really wanted a garden this year.  I just never got around to putting one together.  Maybe next year when I have lots more time.  I love plants.  However, they are doomed in my hands.  I can kill a plastic plant!  Seriously!  But even so, I keep trying and hoping.  This week we planted a lovely hydrangea my friends at school gave me.  I really would love to see it flourish.  It is this wonderful magenta color and so pretty.  I also "splurged" and bought two huge potted tomato plants.  One even had some cherry tomatoes already on it.  I would love for them to do well.  They are on the back deck and right now have succumbed to my anti-green thumb!
     Thank you for dropping by and saying hello.  I hope you have a wonderful week!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ahhh . . . Bedroom Shoes!

     Growing up, I rarely had on a pair of shoes.  They were the first thing I pulled off when I got home from school.  I loved to walk in mud puddles, cool green grass, and sand piles.  As I grew up that changed of course.  I still love those feelings, but I have to endure shoes sometimes.  However to spend all day in my comfy shoes is so nice - and a Monday to boot!  Oh my! 
      Speaking of shoes (well, I was at least) they are my least favorite article of clothing.  I don't understand people who have closets of shoes.  If you are one of those, please bear with me for a moment.  I view shopping for shoes (which I am going to have to do to have a good pair of walking shoes) as pretty close to enduring the dentist.   Don't understand?  Consider my "feet".  I wear a size 4D shoe.  Nearly as wide as it is long.  Finding pretty and comfortable shoes in that size is impossible.  For example, my graduation shoes for high school had to be white.  Mom and I drove all over Greensboro, NC trying to find a pair of shoes I could wear.  Our final choice - a pair of Winnie the Pooh little girl shoes from Sears.  I told my parents under NO circumstances were they to tell anyone.  High school, baby shoes, oh dear!
     But I digress.  On to the challenges for this week (and it isn't even Saturday).  The inchie word was kangaroo.  I am not too happy with this kangaroo, but it was the best I could do.

     Joey's letter was V.  We had to use the tangle vano.  After that only one tangle would do - verve.  I love that tangle.  It is so relaxing to me.  Just flows along and is so easy to chill to.

     I had another watercolor background to play on.  So I just played around on it along with some pencils and a gel pen.  I need to make some more painted backgrounds.

     The last piece is a zendala.  I like trying my hand at gems.  I have one tiny goof, but I won't tell you where.

      Guess I will head off to another pursuit.  I need to work on my coloring book.  I really want it finished, I just can't seem to find motivation for that.  Have a wonderful week and take care!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

This is it!

    This past week I walked out of a building that I had been in for a very long time.  Even if I sub or go back to just visit, it won't be the same.  There are so many new people coming on board next year, I won't know anyone.  We have had about 9 people leave for one reason or another.  That is a big turnaround.  It will feel changed and very strange.
     I got through most of this week without being too emotional.  Monday the staff had a luncheon for me - my "Endless Summer" party.  It was so nice and I got lots of gift cards (art supplies here I come!). 
This cake was almost too pretty to cut!  But it was sooo good!
One of my several lovely gifts

     Then on Tuesday the county where I work had a brunch for all the people retiring.  That was nice, but less emotional because I knew less people personally. 
The superintendent, me and my principal

      Now on to some art work!  I had to get my inchie done.  The word was panda.  Isn't she a cutie?  I love pandas.  They are so cuddly looking. 

      Made by Joey's letter is U.  I used the tangles unme and up and away.  We are almost through the alphabet.  I wonder what will be next???

      The last piece is for no reason, I just needed to tangle awhile.  I used my water colors to do a random background and then drew my tangles.  I used colored pencils to shade the tangles. 

      I guess I need to decide what I want to do with the rest of my afternoon.  I can't decide between painting, tangling or designing some things to cut on the cricut.  Ah, such tough decisions!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!  Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope to get around to more of the blogs myself . . .  now. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Well . . . What next?

     Yesterday was my final day in the classroom (we won't count if I decide to sub).  It has been a tumultuous week.  The awards day Wednesday with my kids was probably the hardest.  Yes, I cried through the end.  Friday, our last day, was too hectic to cry until the very last few minutes and then the kids and I cried together.  Some of them hugged and didn't want to let go.  I didn't either. 
     My first "project" is to finish this adult coloring book I have started and get it to the publisher.  I would like to see that happen.  I may not sell one of them, but that is okay.  It will be the fulfillment of a dream.  Then I really want an online or Facebook store to sell my art work.  I don't know where to begin there (suggestions welcome).  But that is at least a plan.
     The inchie word is koala.  I have never seen one in real life, but would love to.  They look so adorable.  Australia is one of the places I would love to see.  I doubt I would ever get to, but who knows? 
     Joey's letter was T this week.  I should have made it stand for tired!  One of the things we have to do the last day is to move all - yes ALL - furniture into the hall.  I am somewhat sore this morning.  It is however done!  For the final time!  I used the tangles tipple, tamisol and t &e. 
     I have to work 2 or 3 inservice days this coming week.  Mostly paperwork.  Oh fun!  Monday they are going to have a retirement luncheon for me - that is going to be even harder than saying good bye to my kiddos.  These people are like my family.  Then on Tuesday I go to a county wide retirement breakfast - that doesn't bother me.  I am not as close to those guys.
     Our weather is beautiful but oh so hot!  If this is our May weather what will July be like??? Yikes!  Thank you for dropping by and saying hello! 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Five more days!

     Five more days - at least with children.  Then 3 or 4 inservice days.  I can't wait.  I dread it.  How can I be filled with 2 very different emotions at the same time.  Very conflicting feelings.  Thank goodness for art time and the relaxation and get away it brings.
     Our inchie word was "flamingo".  I am reminded of those pink plastic ones that can sometimes grace yards.  Can't say I like those.  Once when we were in Florida and went to Cypress Gardens we saw a field full of the real kind - absolutely gorgeous!
    Joey's letter was S this week.   I used sandswirl, side-eye, and sxc-rolls.  I was new to a few of them, but hey, I needed s tangles!
    One of the coloring groups I belong to on facebook posted a challenge to use one color only to do a picture.  You could use pencils, paint, markers - whatever, just one color.  I went to my Color It dog coloring book and chose a patterned French Bull dog.  Then I used my pencils, markers and gel pens to color with.  This was actually a lot of fun!  I may have to try something else this way.
    Okay - that's it for this week.  Take care and have a wonderful weekend.  The weather here is lovely and for once no rain - yahoo!!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

To bee or not to bee

     Okay, the title is corny.  But I could not come up with a catchy title and that was the first thing that popped in my head.  This time of the year with all that is going on I am surprised that anything popped in my overloaded brain!!
      As you may have surmised Every Inchie's word is "bee".  While I don't care for the little beasts I do recognize their usefulness.  I have had some nasty experiences with things that sting - wasps, hornets and the like.  Once my brother and I were mowing our grandparents' yard.  He was in the front and I was doing the back.  We were separated by a hedge so we couldn't see each other.  I finished and still heard his mower running, so I stepped around to see how much longer he had.  There sat the mower - still running - and he was no where to be seen.  So being the potentially bossy big sister, I went over and grabbed the mower to "take over and do his job correctly".  I took hold and started to move when I was surrounded by a swarm of bees or wasps or something stingy!  He had mowed over an underground nest greatly disturbing the occupants and then took off running.  I had no idea and quickly gave the bees another target!  Not a pleasant experience!  My stings had stings!!!
Oh well, here is my bee and he is so sweet he would not sting a soul!
       Made by Joey's letter was R.  We are almost through the alphabet!  I used the tangles rysa, r2, and ringeli. 
      Well, it is off to . . .  hmm, I am not sure.  I think I shall do some watercolor painting today.  Or draw.  Or color.  Either way it shall be creative.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  See you soon!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Inchie Butterfly and the Letter Q

     I have had a super week!  For this time of year and for the week after testing (which usually means the kiddos think it is o.v.e.r.)  they have been so good and worked so hard.  It is weeks like this past one that makes me realize how much I will miss them.  Of course that fact has nothing to do with retirement.  When I spend two years with a group (we loop), it gets very hard to let them go. 
     The inchie this week was a butterfly.  I had fun with this one.  I decided to let it drift out of bounds rather than confine it.
    The only other challenge I may it to this week was the alphabet challenge for Made by Joey's.  It was the letter Q.  There are not a lot of tangles (that I like) that begin with the letter Q.  I had to use Q-belle for the challenge.  So I just added Queen's Crown.  It is not particularly one of my favorites. 
      I have done a lot of coloring this week.  Nothing complete to share though.  I hope you have a wonderful week-end and thank you for dropping by!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Very Special Lady Bug

     When I think about lady bugs (the inchie word for this week), I think of Susie (not her real name).  Because we "loop" I have had this group of children for almost 2 years.  You get very attached.  Or at least I do.  Susie has some very severe emotional problems.  On a normal day she is one of my best students - smiling and so very loving.  Then there are the other days.  Something or someone stresses her and she changes drastically.  If we are lucky she shuts down and just will not communicate, pulling herself into her hooded coat and totally leaving us behind.  If we are not lucky, well that is a very different story.  She throws chairs.  She fights physically if you touch her.  She destroys whatever she can get her hands on - worksheets, crayons, her own clothes.  Once she threw herself into the floor and began to draw over about 2/3 of my classroom floor with crayons.  It looked somewhat like Jackson Pollack had been my student!  Since Christmas of this year, she has had what I term as "mini-melts".  She is controlling it so much better and recovers quicker.  There have been times I simply went home in tears.  During it all, she and I have had a very special relationship; we love each other.  I took to calling her my "lady bug".  So my inchie this week is for Susie, my very special lady bug and one of those I will really, really miss next year.  Wish I could share her picture - just picture curly black hair and huge brown eyes and a super smile, when she connects with you!
    Made by Joey's letter was P.  I used pea-fea, pea-nuckle, and piza.  I decided not to color the whole tile because I couldn't figure out the best way to color the background and not lose the letter.
     Diva's challenge was to use a stain or spill as part of the string.  I don't drink coffee or tea so I went to the paints to get my liquid.  I used my water pen/paintbrush and splattered some blue paint on the student sized tile.  Then I took some tissue and blotted it to sort of spread it a bit.  I also outlined my splatters.  The rest is just tangling.  I think I got my shading a bit dark, but not terribly I guess.
     I am looking forward to a "normal" week at school.  Last week we did our state testing which - may I on record of saying - is ridiculous.  The stress it puts on all involved is awful.  The fact that I have a group of kiddos who have made tremendous progress but it will not show because we are not on grade level is frustrating.  My classroom is built around a smaller model and meant to teach at their lower level.  However state tests do not appreciate that.  Either way, I am just so glad it is over.  I pray my class does well, but in all honesty I just don't know.
     I hope you are having a great week.  My mantra is "twenty days" - but who's counting?!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Feeling the pain!

    My classroom has nearly 40 years of "stuff" packed into various cupboards and filing cabinets.  In other words lots of things to go through and sort and pack.  My principal gave me the chance to take a few personal days but come in and get started with this chore.  He suggested field trip day and field day - days that the kiddos would be out of the room so I could more easily work.  Very nice suggestion!  So yesterday as my class went on a field trip, I waded through a part of my things - whew!  I emptied my desk, and unloaded two file cabinets.  And torched my back.  I could hardly move last night and this morning wasn't much better.  On the positive side I did accomplish a lot (yep, a lot to go still). 
     The inchie this week was crow.  I can't help thinking mine looks more like a black parakeet, but it is going to have to work.  It is the best I can do.

     The tile for Made by Joey was the letter O.  I used the tangles O2, Ol-birdee, and olin.  I guess I must have been inspired by the wonderful sunshine we have been enjoying.  I love this weather.

     Guess I need to go and do something - like some more drawing . . .  Also time to get my carrot cake cookie bars out of the oven.  If you care to try them, I found them here.  I have never made them so they do not come with a recommendation . . . yet.
     Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.