Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Light :: Journaling

Collage: vintage ledger, library card, napkin.

Thank goodness for miracles and for choice.
Darkness or light?
I choose light.

Peace to you,

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Letting Go:: Journaling

Sometimes getting past Stuff
is hard.

Sometimes Difficult,
means On the Path to Good
or Better.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Luau Time!

Every July I throw a Triple-Birthday-Party Luau.

We had pineapples, coconuts, limes,
Hawaiian meatballs over rice,
skewered chicken with red peppers and pineapple,
sweet potatoes with bananas,
and more...and of course,

three birthday desserts:

homemade ice cream cake,
chocolate raspberry cake,
and key lime pie.
Thought I'd share a little bit of the fun!



My son Drew, my mom, my daughter Michelle, brother Mike, nephew Jimmy

Birthday Girl Mom-in-Law & my  husband Michael

Happy Birthday Ma!

Oh, and here's me...aloha!

Thank you for visiting,

Monday, July 22, 2013

Art Journal Page

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I had my annual Triple Birthday Party Luau yesterday...
I'll post pictures hopefully tomorrow!

The heat & humidity finally broke,
so the luau weather was perfect
instead of stifling. yea!

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Summer of Color: Final Week Already...#6

It's safe to say that we all love Kristin's Summer of Color...and 
this one went really fast!
The color combination in this final week is Sage & Sepia:

Vintage comes to mind right away... and then botanical...
which made me want to use my poppy pod photo
and newly carved botanical leaf pattern stamp.

~Delight in Summer!~

 "Hot fun in the summertime!"

Remembering that nothing's perfect,
I seek to embrace my itchy bug bites with glorious sunshine,
muggy humidity with the ice cream evenings...
 L.O.V.E  summertime.


Thank you, Kristin! Your summer party was INCREDIBLE
and so are YOU!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stamp Carving :: a mini tutorial

I was really in the mood
 to carve some botanical stamps the other day, 
ones to use to make repeat patterns in my journals...

 or for cards, bookmarks, etc.

There are lots more great tutorials out there
but feel free to ask me any questions.
You know I love to hear from you!


Friday, July 12, 2013

Me and my Journal...in Progress

Above, the completed journal page.

 But below is how it began,
 in my Strathmore Hardcover mixed Media Journal,
 size 9" X 12".

~a vintage
Fairy tale book's table of contents, top left corner,
vintage ledger book, top right corner,
vintage sheet music,
with 3 tickets glued on the bottom.

I then scraped gesso about...

Next, craft paints in aquas, and
white acrylic paint-dipped & recycled 
scotch tape roll (love them!) for the circles/bubbles:

The silhouettes you see collaged at the bottom
 of my completed page,
are handmade, too. I traced a few
magazine model bodies
onto various papers
and cut them out with scissors.
(I sometimes use them for masks, to spray around).

Some stamping "Be You",
and my journaling with just a ball point black pen.

Here is a close-up of the bottom.
Thank you for looking!

Thank you for sharing art journaling with me,
and for sharing your comments,
which keep me inspired,
and make me really happy.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer of Color :: Week #5!

This week's colors:
Candy Apple Red and Yellow!

My head is filled with poppies blooming in the sunshine.

Here, they look a bit off-color...hmmmm...
what's up with looking chartreuse and orange??
But, on the bright side, I managed to fix our computer !

Technology may not be my middle name,
but the other night, I rocked it.


Monday, July 8, 2013

Faith & Trust :: Art Journaling

I had this sketch looking at me for days, uninspired.
Today I felt it.
Unfortunately, technology is not working for me.
So, here is my attempt to photograph on my ipad, 
which never cooperates,and edit & post from a broken down PC.
Clearly, I need help. (Does anyone know what iOS5, for ipad, is?)

I may have a techno-meltdown,
but then again,
if I have faith and trust...
and endless patience, maybe not...!

Thank you,

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Texture Walk...and Journal

Yesterday evening, I took a "Texture Walk"
around my yard

 It then turned into a "Color Walk" 
because I have surprise orange poppies this year

Then, it led to this journal page.

Here are some details.
Thank you for looking and
for sharing in my texture walk of color!

 What inspires you most in nature?


Monday, July 1, 2013

A Sketch...and Summer of Color3 Week #4!

Kristin's Summer of Color SOC3 is already into week #4!

This week's color combination is
Charcoal Gray and Pink.

 I have been wanting to practice drawing, drawing, drawing
and sketching faces.
Here, I wanted to try my hand at sketching a face at an angle,
for interest and a change.

I took a piece of pretty pink background paper, and my pencils...
and here is what's going on so far.

I say "so far" because I may do more with it,
such as glue it in my art journal... write on it,
add to itYou know...

Have a creative day!