Thursday, April 17, 2014

In Sickness and In Health

This guy had to have a new photo made for his work bio.  I think it turned out pretty darn good.  

Tomorrow is his parent's 60th wedding anniversary.  Here they are on their wedding day. 

They are still loving each other through thick and thin.  
Lately it's getting hard.  Not the loving part, just the care part.  

Happy Anniversary Jack and Wilma!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On Track

I can't say I'm on track with many of my goals these days, but one I have continued to be consistent on is my new art journal venture.  I've told you about this project before but wanted to give you an update.  Here's the progress I've made since my last "show and tell".

 Challenge 8 - Add a flap
I used an old seed packet I found and a favorite picture of my girls.
 Challenge 9 - collage something recycled
I used pieces from download instructions from Claudine Hellmuth's little houses, 
a fruit label, part of a flour label, and magazine letters. 
 Challenge 10 - What Makes Me, Me.  Just doodled.
Challenge 11 - Put a bird on it. 
I used vintage wallpaper and book page, a deli paper birdie and scrapbook paper.
 Challenge 12 - cut up a magazine.
I cut up several fashion girls from a In-Style magazine, glued them onto a painted background.  
It prompted a scripture verse about not going along with the crowd, Romans 12:2
 Challenge 13 - Have someone else draw in your journal and make something out of it. 
My husband draws pretty well, so I asked him to draw something.  Not surprising that it was a picture of the hills and his new bicycle. 
 I wasn't sure what to do with it, so first I painted it with watercolors.
 I decided to add a deli paper overlay and thought it needed a lady watching over him.
Challenge 14- Write your name and embellish it. 
I basically copied someone else's very cool doodles of her name.
Challenge 15 - Monotone
I decided to use pink. 
 I'm not so good at this stuff, but I had fun using a stencil, punchinella, shape stamps and doodling.  
I added the scripture from Philippians 4:19 in white.  

Do you consistently keep an art journal, a prayer journal, or gratitude journal?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Oh the Possibilities

The cutting garden possibilities are laid out before me.  In order to not get in over my head, I'm trying to start small.  I'm also trying to think ahead, "what would I want to use in the house"? Zinnia's of course.  I planted some from seed, then I gave in and bought some from the nursery. How could I resist these happy colors?
Here is a great article about picking plants for a cutting garden from the Gardenista.

I would love to be able to make pretty arrangements like these.
I did plant a dahlia and am planning on some Nasturtiums.  
This picture makes me want to plant bleeding heart.  I don't think I could plant Lily of the Valley out here, but, the bleeding heart is one of my favorite perennials. Kelley has a beautiful garden and writes interesting gardening posts on The Polished Pebble.  Sharon Lovejoy also has a gardening blog.  She is a well known gardening author. Does anyone know of wonderful gardening blogs?  I'd love any suggestions.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Signs of Spring

I enjoyed our monthly antiquing fun last weekend. 

 Last year they used baby chicks, this year, baby bunnies.
 I wish this photo was clearer, because the detail on this bed was stunning.

Yard Work
 Spring means cutting back grasses and pulling weeds. 
It's easy to get distracted by pretty blooms, though. Yes, I keep my phone close by.
 Afterglow Echeveria and Santa Barbara Daisies (Erigeron).
 Margarita Bop Penstemon
 I added a little Ranunculus to the mantle.
I wish they looked like this forever.


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