Friday, January 19, 2018


Hi everyone.  
Here's a background I made that I like, but I don't know what to do with this page. Maybe it's a finished page. Maybe I should cut it up and use bits of it for something else. That's the adventure that sometimes happens in this art making fun. You just get stuck.
I used the orange paint and a stencil to make the basic background, and then after that, I just set to work coloring and doodling. Sometime after work doodling and coloring is all my brain is able to do.
I'd love to have a tile wall or a rug that looks like this. I don't know if it would work in my house, but I would still love it.
I am linking up my pattern background to Art Journal Journey and this month's challenge of New Year: New Adventures.
So yesterday my husband had to be out of his office on business, and he called me on his way home. I was actually 15 minutes ahead of him, still driving home from work. So we decided to meet at a new restaurant for an early dinner. It was just a burger place, nothing fancy, and it is in the same strip mall where Hobby Lobby is. Since I had 15 minutes to kill until he arrived, I decided I might as walk through Hobby Lobby. Not to shop, but to get some exercise.  (Really, for exercise).
So when I went into the store I headed for the back left corner.  Yes it is where all the paper crafts and mixed media supplies are. But it is also the clearance wall. And as I browsed the clearance wall I saw all kind of bargains!
 I don't know if you can read the yellow price tags on these items, but there are Liquitex paint pens for $3.49, stickers between 29 cents and up to $1.44. Those $1.44 stickers are those huge letters on the left of the photo. I even got a Sizzix card die for $2.50.
Anyhow I spend $16.00 for this whole stash. It was a pretty exciting find. :)

So it is Friday!
Hope everyone is ready for the weekend!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snow Day

Yesterday we had some snow, and school was cancelled. We didn't have a lot of snow, but enough. The day was grey and the ground went back to being white.

 When I went out to shovel the dogs came with me. They were so excited about going out and the snow they had to have some play right where I wanted to shovel.

Silly dogs.
I had a very productive artsy morning first. Sometime you sit down and page after page just happen. I guess my muse didn't want to be out in the snow (unlike the dogs) and was happy inside with me.. :)
The lack of colors outside yesterday inspired me to use some bold bright colors.
I made this colorful and funky background using paint and stamps. There was no pre-thought in mind when I started, and I loved what happened. I need to do this more often.
Once I had all the color I put some white paint in the middle and stamped this phrase I had. Then I added a few sequins just to give it a little sparkle.
This is my colorful adventure for the day, so I am linking up to Art Journal Journey. This month's challenge is New Year: New Adventure.There's still time to join in, so have an arty adventure and link up. :) And thanks to those of you who have joined the fun already.
So school is back in session today, and since I had Monday off for a holiday, this is going to be one short and fast week.
Hope your week so far has been  full of color!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Stir It Up

Adventure:an exciting or remarkable experience 

January is usually a quiet month for me, and that has been mostly true so far this year. I go to work, I come home, I run a few errands. I miss being outside on a sunny day. I put biobricks on the woodstove. I shovel a little bit.(I will be doing some of that later today.)  My adventures have been with color and media and images and also vicariously as I watch TV and read.
If I went by this dictionary definition I could say I haven't had any adventures at all.
But I like the word adventure and I like to think that I have a little adventures every day. My adventures may not excite anyone but me, but I am not looking to excite the world.
But I ask myself, could I do something more?
Part of me thinks we all need a little winter to recharge and regroup. A little hibernation time to not do anything except sit on the couch and let  plans and dreams form. Life is busy, even in this quiet month. With all the darkness and the cold it feel good just to sit inside and enjoy being a homebody. But part of me thinks I should just shake off my hibernation mode and go for IT. I'm not sure what IT is, but I'm sure I could find something. 
So is it time to stir things up a bit? Find a winter adventure? Something that makes life a little less routine?
That's the idea behind my page today. I used a Gelli printed page and  added torn up bits of a printed recipe and some printed tissue paper. Then I painted wooden spoons.I finished off the page with some foamy letters and also some stapled twine along the edges.
I hope you are having lots of  adventures this month, (little or big) and join us over at Art Journal Journey. I am linking up to the current theme New Year-New Adventures.
And today  the adventure is more snow.  Augh!
I guess that's the type of adventure that should be expected in January. :)
Thanks for dropping by. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

T Stands for Drinks

Happy T Day ladies. It's another Tuesday and in my world we have snow moving in at some point today. And like many of you, the cold is back. I hope everyone is managing to stay warm if you are in the arctic cold zone.
So first of all, for Art Journal Journey, I have some tea bag philosophy. This month I am hosting and the challenge is New Year: New Adventures.  I know a cup of tea might not be so adventurous, but sometimes the tea bags have little sayings printed on their paper tag ends and wondering what your tea bag might tell you is always a fun little adventure.

My art adventure was to use crayons and doodle these flowers, and then I painted over them with some watered down out black paint. It created an interesting background. Then I cut the tea cup and tea bag out of a magazine, and then after painting the cup white, I added the tea bag philosophies as well as the triangular banners along the tea bag string.
And now for my T Day drinks since today I have 2 to share with you.
Last Friday night my daughter came home  for part of the long weekend and we went out for some Mexican food for dinner.  Life's been pretty quiet lately so going out to dinner with my husband and my daughter was fun, and tasty too! :)
Well it was Friday, and I had just worked my first 5 day week in a long time. So while I munched down on some chips, salsa and guacamole, I had a little drink.
A margarita hit the spot and reminded me of summer.
Then I had my taco salad and a glass of water, both of which you can see here.
I hadn't had a taco salad in quite a long time also and boy did it taste good.
Stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to see what the T Gang is up to this week. And we'd love for you to join in also. All you need to do is link up a post showing a drink related post.
Thanks for visiting my blog also. 
Hope you have or are having a great Tuesday.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Adventure in Blue (Well Mostly)

Happy Monday from chilly New Hampshire. Our temperatures are back down into the VERY cold mode once again.
 And Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to all of those in the US.
My journal page today is another winter inspired page. Today's adventure is about going outside in the cold. Since it is a holiday and I don't have to go to work, and since it it also cold again, I probably won't go outside today. OK, I don't mind a little cold but I don't like it much below 20 degrees F (-6 degrees C). And since it is below 20 degrees, I will just stay inside and stoke the woodstove and make a little art.
My art adventure today was making a page that feels cold. I used this blue and white gelli printed background. Then I drew and painted the cold winter wind swirls. I also used some spray sparkle (Glitter Dust) on my background at this point. You can see the effect on the top of the page better than on the bottom, but I wanted the page to look like there was snow blowing around, which often happens on these windy winter days.
Plus my page is an adventure in blue. I have decided to try making some pages that are a little more monochromatic.
Then I added the rest of the ephemera, including a cardboard cut out star, some TH found relatives, some old postage stamps, some letter stickers and 3 felt snowflakes.
So I am linking up to the Frosty Winter theme at Moo Mania and also to the New Year: New Adventure theme at Art Journal Journey.
I hope you have some arty adventures to share with us also, even if they aren't based on cold winter days.
And thanks for visiting my blog too.
I appreciate you stopping by.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Daily Drawing Adventures

Hi everyone.  Today I have a few views from my new 2018  drawing journal to share. I decided since I  got  some confidence last year keeping a drawing journal, I needed to do another one this year. BUT, I have a new tool to use this year. The tool isn't particularly exciting, but to me the results are.
It's my new fine line Uniball Vision Micro black pen which you can see in the first drawing.
A fine line pen is something I have never really chose to use.
Until now. 
Making thin lines rather than fat lines how changed the whole feel of my pages.
Or at least I think so. :)
So here's a few pages I've recently done.

Since my drawing journal is part of my art adventure for 2018, I am linking up to Art Journal Journey and this month's theme of New Year:New Adventure. 

A fine line pen doesn't always make my drawings any more than cartoons. :)

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekends. My daughter was home yesterday so I had a good day doing nothing productive except for hanging out with her. The hubby fixed some plumbing in our bathroom, so there is some picking up I need to do. And today the cold temperatures are back! Guess it will be a good day for some more arty adventures, once I clean up the repair work mess that is. :)
And with that I will close.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I always appreciate it.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Oh It's the Weekend

Happy Saturday! Here is my latest page for Art Journal Journey   theme of New Year: New Adventures.
It's the weekend again and even better for some people in the US (OK like me), it is the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Three days off. :)

I am not going out dancing (though that might be fun), but the 3 day weekend is
exciting enough  I am doing the happy dance.
And the adventures I might have this weekend-the possibilities are endless. :)
Hope your weekend adventures are all good ones!

Friday, January 12, 2018

January Weather

Happy Friday everyone. This week has gone by fairly quickly, and it's almost the weekend again.
And no big Bomb Cyclone storms this week in my world. :)
For those you who don't live in my general area of the world,  the weather has warmed up from the frigid arctic temperatures and wind we had been having. In fact today it is going to be over 50 degrees (10 degrees C).  But we are suppose to get a lot of rain and it will be feel pretty raw, so even though it will be warmer it is not going to be a beautiful day. But I do hope the rain might wash away some of the snow still on my back deck and in my driveway. 
But then tomorrow the cold will return (but not as cold as last week), so we could get some ice.
This January weather is quite the adventure.
And so that is the inspiration for my page for Art Journal Journey's latest theme, New Year: New Adventures.
First I drew and colored with some crayons my giant raindrops. My background is made from spraying various blue, silver and gold inks. Then I used white paint to stamp some snowflakes, and I added 3 plastic white snowflakes too. The number stickers show some of our recent temperatures, and I used some new pastels I bought to makes the blues squiggly lines. Finally I added some blue sequins, this little phrase I pulled out of a magazine and a small paper backed thermometer I had in my stash.
And I was very pleased with new pastels  I bought.
The other day I stopped at the grocery store which is right next door to Hobby Lobby. Temptation got the better of me. But it was a good stop since I got this set of pastels on their markdown rack. The box was a bit beat up and 1 of the pastels was broken in half, but I got these pastels at 75% off.  They were even cheaper than Amazon had them.
Now I can have some arty weekend adventures with those pastels. :)
Thanks for visiting and happy Friday!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Favorite Things

Hi everyone. One way for me to escape this winter weather  was to make a mixed media journal page with flowers. Flowers are definitely one of my favorite things. And getting inspired when the temperatures were well below zero and the wind and snow were blowing was an adventure in itself. 
So I am linking up my page to Try It On Tuesday which just started their new theme of my favorite things. And I am also linking up to Art Journal Journey where the latest theme is New Year: New Adventures.
To make my page is started with this bright Gelli print from my stash. Then I draw some daises with a Sharpie.I added the white paint, and then made their centers from bits of paper tape. I outlined the flowers with a black Stabilo pencil before using a slightly wet paintbrush over that outline. Then I added some little sticky gemstones in the centers and made stems and leaves from some thin paper tape. After stamping the quote a few times, I used a piece of printed paper to make the border on the edge, I finished off the border with a black Sharpie and also some white pen makes to make the little dots in each scallop.
Here's a close up of the flowers so you can see their centers better, as well as their paper tape and stapled stems.
We are having a little warm up here so stepping outside feels good! I don't mind a little cold I just don't like deep freeze cold.
And tomorrow they say rain, not snow!
Happy day everyone.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Adventures Don't Have to Be Big

Hi everyone. Now that we are already at the 10th of January, I thought I would remind myself of all the 2018 adventures I've shared so far. (Sorry, just organizing my brain. You can skip below the photo if you'd like.)
I hope to drink lots of tea, dream about and wait (maybe impatiently) for spring, avoid the cold weather, read lots of books, enjoy  beautiful winter days, use more white space in my art, have more arty time with friends along with enjoying quiet days at home. And of course I have one big adventure in April upcoming. Wow, that's a lot of excitement for sure.
So to record all those adventures I am once again keeping a calendar journal.  My calendar is a little different this year. I tried a spiral bound version instead of a bound version. This one doesn't have as many blank pages as last year's calendar did, which may or may not work out. This year's calendar is also a coloring book, although many of the pages are just patterns so, like the page above, I can cover over to make a journal page, rather than coloring it if the spirit calls me.

Here's the view from last week which I kept the coloring page but spruced it up a little  bit.

As I was searching through some old magazines I found all these "calendar" tags in an old FLOW issue. I used one and added this quote tag to my left hand page because it just fit perfectly!
And I added all the side tabs so I can flip through the book and find months a little easier.
Keeping my calendar journal is an arty adventure I hope I can complete again this year.
Hoping to see more of everyone's 2018 adventures as I am really enjoying them!
And Susie asked if I took any photos of my mom when I went down there recently. Here she is.
She was showing me a new nightgown she had gotten for Christmas.
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 8, 2018

T Stands for My Messy Art Table

Happy T Day ladies! Another Tuesday has arrived. I can't say it's been a very exciting week for me (since last T Day) as the weather has kept me mostly inside.  And even though I had a lot of art time, you can see I didn't spend any time cleaning up the mess on my work table. :)
I managed to drink a Diet Coke or 2 over the past week while I played  which you can see on my work table.
I am also linking another journal page to Art Journal Journey.  My hosting goal this month is to try to post a page every day. That's a big adventure and would be a nice accomplishment to start the year. Here you can see the page I was working on  while I enjoyed that Diet Coke.
My page is all about the adventures of being home.   
I added some gloss media over the window on my page and that was a big mistake. I couldn't get a decent photo without any glare.

And I know I need an apostrophe on the word winters in my quote too. But there was no sticker that worked.
I  digitally cropped down the unfinished page from my first photo so you can see the art outside of the window a little better. The tree was outlined using a mask and then painted. The snow was also painted on, and I added a little die cut snowman. 
Stop by    Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog   to see what the T Gang has been up to, and please feel free to join us with your drink related post.
Wishing you all a fantastic T day.

Art Day

Hi everyone. Monday has arrived and maybe this week I will actually get a full week of work. :) Hopefully, although I must admit I do like staying him when the weather is nasty. And they are saying we are going to warm up by mid-week, all the way into the 40's (about 4-5 degrees C). Now that is enough to put a smile on my face.
It was fun to have an art day with a friend back just before the New Years.
Some of you may know Corrine. She and I  had some collage play at her house. 
Look at all the tape and paper pieces we had to play with. :)
I haven't played with tape and cut out images for awhile and it was fun to have someone to chat with as we worked. And we had a nice lunch too.
Corrine and I both made some very beautiful collages.
Mine is on the left and Corrine's is on the right.
I think having an art day more frequently is a good adventure to plan for 2018.
When I got home I finished off my collage page with this mosaic looking background.

I am linking up to Art Journal Journey. This month's theme is New Year: New Adventures. 
Thanks Corrine for a fun art day (we need to do it again soon!) and I hope all of you who stop by my blog all have an arty adventurous week. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Winter Sun

What better January adventure than to have a beautiful winter day? It's a  still cold  today, but not as bad yesterday. We are suppose to get over zero degrees Fahrenheit today, and even into the double digits. I think the hubby and I are off to check in on my mom and bring her the bathroom supplies she needs at her assisted living. But since I've been home the last couple of days I think the change of scenery might be nice. And it should be toasty warm in the car. :)
So my art piece today is a study in white space. I am not very good at leaving white space, and today I have a simple page. The background was made when I wiped off a stencil, and then I painted the sun and stamped both the crow and the quote. The crow's branch was a little short but it was an easy fix with a black Sharpie.
I am linking up to the New Year:New Adventure theme over at Art Journal Journey. Thanks to all of you who have joined the fun, and if you haven't had any adventures yet, maybe it will soon be time for you join us? We'd love to have you!
Enjoy what's left of your weekend.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

It's a Good Weekend for Reading

I don't know how people live in the Arctic. We have a week of extreme weather and I have been whining like a baby every day. :) But I will say it's certainly gives you lots of reading time.
And reading takes you on so many adventures, doesn't it?
I have a pile of books like this next to my nightstand.
I first typed my little blurb on the page, then I sprayed a little ink. The stack of books was doodled, cut out and after being glued, I painted the bindings. The 2 owls are stamped, colored and then cut out and added. I doodled the lamp and the glasses.
I am linking up to the latest challenge at Art Journal Journey, New Year, New Adventure.
This year I hope to read 60 books. I might be reaching a bit.
Last year, in 2017,  I hoped to read 40 books because in 2016 I only read 36. 2016 just wasn't a big reading year for me. 
So I thought 40 was a respectable goal.
But I well surpassed that. I read or listened to 72 books.
I actually began 74 books, but 2 of them I didn't like at all, and they went into the book recycle bin before I finished them. I joined Audible this past fall because I now have a car that has bluetooth so I can listen to books during my drive to and from work. That fact brought my number up also.
So what were some of my 2017 favorites?
In the fiction category: 
 This is a clever story that read like Dickens and really gave a picturesque view of Victorian London.
 I read a few these Tony Hillerman mysteries last year. I really like them. They are set in the 4 Corners Region of the US, and have some Navajo police protagonists. 

 And thank you Divers and Sundry blog for this recommendation. I still need to wrap up this series but it's on my 2018 list.
I'd read at least one book by Ann Patchett before, but this one had me thinking and and quite surprised a few times.
 And how could you not like the character Ove in Frederick Backman's book A Man Called Ove?
 And the People of the Songtrail was a random find but a very different story for me. It's part of a whole series of books (but I don't think they are connected) written about pre-Columbian Americans. This one deal with the Coastal people in Eastern Canada when they encounter the Vikings.   I really enjoyed it and plan to read some more of these books.

And a couple of books about Plants:
A slightly different history of the US's founding fathers. It inspired me to read Botany of  Desire too, which is an interesting book about the history of apples, tulips, marijuana, and potato.
 And Hope Jahren , author of Lab Girl, is one amazing woman. This book tells the story of this botanist's life as a scientist. It was enjoyable, a fast read and made me laugh too.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography
New York Times 2016 Notable Book
National Best Seller
Named one of TIME magazine’s "100 Most Influential People"
An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016
Washington Post Best Memoir of 2016
TIME and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016 
 If you haven't checked her out, you should. This book was really an enjoyable read (and not stuffy science at all). We even read it in my book club at my suggestion and my English teacher friends actually liked it too.

And Arty Books:
 The movie was fantastic, the book is even better. 
 And 2 books about Van Gogh. One a biography about the 2 Van Gogh brothers and the other about the famous ear incident.
Deborah Helligman (above) also wrote another great biography about Charles Darwin and his life with his wife Emma Wedgewood Darwin, which was also a wonderful relationship book.
And Ms Gilbert really has some inspiring ideas about creativity. 
And thanks to Valerie for mentioning this book.
 And I liked it so much I picked up this book by the same author.

And finally, some NonFiction:
Some Central American archeology with armed insurgents, a deep jungle full of snakes and wild animals, and some fantastic finds. And I discovered this author.
I liked Douglas Preston so much I read a few other books by him, and I particular liked this one also.
In this one he and his family ride through the 4 Corners Region of the US  following the Navajo creation story. 
 And this next book is not as good as My Life in France, but anything regarding Julia Child works for me.

 And the book Hidden Figures was even better than the movie.  
 I had lots of laughs and smiles with this book by Gerald Durrell. Now I need to read the next 2 in the sries.
 This was one of my book club choices. It was sad, but a good story. It opened my eyes to the Khmer Rouge and their horrible regime.
And probably my most memorable book, and one I bought as an Audible daily deal because it had so many 5 star reviews on Amazon is this story. I've managed to find some and unusual reads for me in the Audible Daily Deal. This one was hard to turn off.
It was an amazing novel of a true story. It had me yelling out comments in response to events in the story. It's a war story, which is not usually my thing, but I highly recommend this as a read.

So this is just a sampling (obviously) of the 72 books I read. I also read a little Michael Crichton, all 4 books of the Neapolitan books by Elena Ferrante, a book about a hermit in Maine, a couple of books about Matisse, a few other science theme books, a little fantasy about painters in Paris, some books about the Cosmos, a Russian count, some Victorian mysteries and some cozy mysteries too, just to mention a little more. I hope this upcoming year can be even half as adventurous.
Stay warm my friends.