Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Joy in the Morning

      Many years ago I read a book by the title of Joy in the Morning.  I don't remember much about it now except the title.  Of course that title has lots of meanings beyond this book.  For me this morning it means the wind, and most of the rain, have gone.  We have no limbs down and we never lost power.  Considering the slightest wind can scare me, I feel very blessed it never got very harsh last night.  My heart goes out to all of those who dealt with so much more - losses and relocations.  My prayers have been with them (and perhaps you if you were in the storms or fires).  But to me this morning looking out at the wet, there is a bit of joy in this morning.
      A starfish for Every Inchie Monday!  My favorite color and a few glittery gel pen dots and he is happy to wave at you!
      Diva's challenge was to use squares.  Since I lean toward grid based tangles this wasn't difficult!  I think I must like their order and control.  Mmmmmm . . . what does that say about me?  Not too sure.

      Joey's challenge is so much fun!!  The hard part for me is waiting for the next tangle assignment.  I want to keep going and finish this piece! I try to make sure the current piece links well to the surrounding tiles - not always easy.  Four more weeks and I can see this product in completion.
      The last piece is one I take no credit for at all.  In fact it is totally a copy of one brilliant piece done by Lynn Shelton Mead over at A Tangler's Mind.  She gives step by step directions for her awesome piece and explains her thinking for connecting the 3 tangles.  I was mesmerized so I had to try it.  But understand, if you want to see a much better example check out her site!
      Now on to something else!  Have a wonderful week and I hope you and all your loved ones and belongings are safe - God bless!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hermit Crabs and other Challenges!

      I love hermit crabs.  They are one of my favorite animals.  I have always been fascinated by their behavior.  Okay, now I don't want to start any heated discussions, but I know that it is advised (strongly) against keeping them as pets - cruel, bad for the environment, etc.  I get that.  Honestly.  Over the years I have had many, many of these adorable pets.  At one time I had a huge 20 gallon tank set up with sand, water, and climbing items.  I fed them crab food plus fruits and veggies.  I took them out once a week and misted them to prevent their drying out.   All of that is said in my defense of being a good crab owner.  One of my crabs was as big as a man's fist!  He was quite a thing to watch lumbering about.  Just taking the time to draw one made me think how nice it would be to have some more - you need more than one because they are quite social!  Also did you know that late at night they make these delightful "chittering" sounds?  Yep.  I do think ANY animal kept wrong is cruel.  But I did my research and hopefully gave them a good home for the years I kept them.  Anyway, here is my inchie.
      Loving this 9 tile Joey challenge!!  I am trying to pull a little from the tiles they connect to each week.  It is a challenge for me not to add even a little on the next week's tile. 
      A zendala for the FB journal challenge.  I love coloring or drawing mandalas.  They are so peaceful to do.
      And last a page from my newest coloring book.  I tried to stay with the warm color palette.  This one was nice because I did not have to worry about realism!  Just color!
       And now, off to . . . I am not sure what!  Whatever I want I guess.  I bought a vegetable spiralizer this week and I need to figure out how it works.  My plan is to spiralize (is that not a word?) zucchini to use as a replacement for pasta - an effort to help with the carbs.  We shall see.  My brother is looking at me somewhat skeptically.  He could be right1
      Thanks for dropping by!  By the way, if you left me a message about a swap, I need more info to contact you!  Hope you read this!  See you all!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thank you, really.

     Several years ago when I jokingly said I had a blog and I liked to write on it, I had no idea what it would come to mean to me.  The artistic support is wonderful.  I feel like I am part of such a talented community and sometimes that is overwhelming.  But beyond the creative support is the friendship and caring I have been a part of.  Thank you for all the comments about my cataract.  I am in the process of figuring out which doctor to see and honestly can say I do not feel as anxious.  Every one I talked to and read comments from said this is no big deal and guess what??  I am finally starting to believe it!!   I will keep you updated!
    I have a lot of art work to post this week.  I let it sort of stack up and then go "blog-crazy".  So sit back and relax, here we go!
    Love my inchies!  This week's word is jellyfish and just so happens a new tangle appeared called zenjellies.  I used the tangle and embellished it with some color.
      Joey's nine tile challenge is so much fun!  I am having a hard time waiting each week for the new tangle.  Can't wait to see it finished.  You know I have it pretty bad if my first thought Monday morning was "guess what, it is time for Joey's challenge"!!  (Well, it certainly beats my Monday morning pre-retirement thoughts, lol!)

     Here is a page from a sketchbook challenge over at FB.  Zendalas are so much fun to do!
     Diva's challenge was about Petrosky stones.  I had never hear of them, and if you want to hear more about them and see some really nice photos of real petrosky stones go here.
     And last but not least the summer challenge over at FB has ended.   Here are my last two pages.
      Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are having a lovely week.   I also hope everyone and all your loved ones are safe from the storm in Texas.  Take care.  Hugs.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Eclipse Week

     I have a terrible time coming up with title for my posts.  They are not inspiring.  I mean, yes, this was eclipse week, but aside from stating that fact I don't have a lot of things to say about it.  I stayed inside that day.  I know, boring.  But I just didn't trust the glasses and all.  Also sunlight bothers my eyes.  Oh well.  If you were able to get out and see it - I hope you had a lot of fun.  I am glad that I was not responsible for a classroom of children.  Our school elected to go that day and all sat outside and watched it with glasses provided for them.  I would have been very nervous worrying about them removing the glasses and such.  But the pictures posted showed they had a good time.
     My FB journal challenge this week was fun!  I like the one I did for the color black best.  Inside the Love challenge I wrote things that mean a lot to me. 
     The inchie word was seagull.  We live hours from the ocean, but - strangely - we often see seagulls in the grocery store parking lot.  Why?  I haven't a clue.  Maybe they are not really seagulls, but just look like them.  Whatever.
      The guest blogger over at Diva's wanted us to do a plate type tile.  She suggested doing one, but I had to have the whole plate.  I also chose to do it in blue to remind me of a plate my grandma used to have.
     Made by Joey has a 9 week challenge going on.  That is fine, but I am having to force myself to not work ahead.  I love how it has started out.  Of course red, black and white are awesome color combos.
     I actually called the insurance company and got info about cataract surgery.  I have to do this.  My eyes are not doing very well and it goes without saying I would be lost if I could not draw or create to some degree.  I am so afraid of the surgery.  Laying there awake while someone "fiddles" around in my eye grosses me out!  If any of you have ANY experience or have talked with someone who has, please share some encouraging words with me.  Please don't tell me anything negative - I have no trouble at all coming up with those thoughts, lol! 
    Thank you for dropping by - if you are not following my blog already, I would love for you too!  Have a wonderful rest of the week.  Hugs!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Few Challenges

     Good afternoon!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!  We just got in from the grocery store - glad that chore is over for a bit. 
      My inchie was fun to do this week (well, they all are).  I love Kermit and so he had to be my frog for this week.   And of course, I hummed and sang "The Rainbow Connection" the entire time I drew!
     Diva's challenge was to use the tangle fragment D6.  Mine sort of got lost in the tile, but it is there!
      I am super excited about the Made by Joey challenge!  It is going to go for 9 weeks and we get a tangle to use (or possibly some other challenge).  The string for the tangles is drawn and connects over all 9 tiles.  Here is week one of the challenge!  I have a frame waiting for the completed piece.
    And last the daily Facebook challenge -

     Have a good rest of the week and here's hopefully something to make you smile!  Hugs!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

    Lots of challenge fun this week.  I always start with the inchie - I love that one so much!  This week's word was alligator. 
     Made By Joey has a guest blogger, Susan Theron.  We were to use tangles that started with the letters j/v/o.  The string is a J for Joey!  My tile looks sort of mish mosh, but here goes anyway.  I used jazz-e-flower, jubel, vitrail too, verve, and on-two-three.
     Diva has a guest blogger also, Suzanne Fluhr.  She has a lovely tangle called aloha.  I really enjoyed playing with this one and will probably use it in the future.

     Last of the challenges this week was the Facebook daily one.  This has been a lot of fun and gives me a quick daily tangle to work on. 
     Here are a few other things I have been working on the last few days - loving time to cut with my cricut!
Perpetual calendar made from paper

Exploding box - outside

Inside of exploding box

My favorite!  These are going to be filled with spices and go into a kitchen drawer.  I have 2 more boxes to go!
     Hope your week is filled with blessings and fun!  Thanks for dropping by! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

First day of . . . well, school

    Hard to believe school starts today for my county.  It is so early.  I really liked the year we started after Labor Day.  That was so nice.  Of course, this year it is not my concern but I do feel for those with such a short vacation period.  And to have to return in the heat!  Yuck!  And while I haven't missed the first day of school at all, I did find myself trying to get my brother and Lakota walk on the second tile and in single file.  I did what I could then simply took their recess for not listening!  Old habits die hard, I guess.
     Every Inchie Monday's challenge word was rhino.  I found this cute baby rhino on google so I decided I would draw him.  He looks quite harmless!
      Here is my challenge for Made by Joey - we were supposed to place tangles over top tangles.  I think this works.

      For the Diva challenge we had to combine diva dancing and Lisbon.  Don't tell but this is my second start - I got a bit "confused" with the over under thingie! 

      The daily tangle challenge over at Facebook continues to be a lot of fun.  These are my last three pages. 

      Now I am off to work on my spice drawer.  I am painting jar lids and going to put vinyl on them for the names of the spices.  Then they are going to go into a spare drawer.  I will show pics when done.
      Thank you for dropping by and I hope you are having a blessed day!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Having Some Challenges Fun!

    This week . . . or next . . .  school starts.  I don't know when exactly and don't really care at the moment.  Seriously I do wish my friends a great school year and have thought more than once of my last year's kiddos and hope they would be fine.  But I am not stressing over my room, plans, a new group of kids, meetings, and the list goes on.  I spent some time getting to some of my favorite things - the challenges.  I would love a few more artsy type challenges.  Any suggestion?  Leave me a link to some good ones.
     Every Inchie Monday's challenge word was camel.  I am always reminded of the scene with Conan (the barbarian) and the camel.  It always cracks me up!  I have heard they can be quite contrary creatures. 

      Made by Joey's challenge was to use the tangle naida.  I combined it with betweed and some swirly things that just seemed to fit! 

      I have missed a few Diva challenges lately.  For no real reason, just have.  But when I saw that the challenge was to use nzeppel, I could not resist.  That is a tangle I love to use.  I also enjoyed reading the guest bloggers post about feeling as though you don't fit in.  I have struggled with that frequently.  I much prefer very small groups or even better being alone.  I can identify with her daughter's struggles in beginning middle school.  So much happening at that time of one's life.  But as I was working to make nzeppel fit into this shape, I saw a beautiful flower emerge.  I hope as this young girl (and all the others starting this stage) struggles to fit in, there is a beautiful flower emerge for her. 

     I finished up my coloring page I was working on - Lucerne Switzerland.  I loved giving my new pencils some more time.  I also am playing with ways to blend the polychromos - like using gamsol.  It went on amazingly smooth.  It also bled right through and I had to quick grab a blotter!  Uh-oh!

     Thanks for dropping by - I hope you are having a blessed day!  It is time to go get some dinner going.  Want to come by for an enchilada burger?  I will throw on an extra one!

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!