Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Big News

We are moving to Nagoya Japan in a little over a month!

There you go.  I've said it.  It's finally out there for all to hear.  Next week we travel to Japan to find a place to live and get things set up.  My first visit, ever.

Because of this impending news, I have been cleaning.  Why is it I wait for some big event to go through old boxes and files and CRAFT CLOSETS???  Then I get distracted by overwhelming projects like scanning every living single photo I come across.  I do work best under pressure, although there is too much to be done.  

I actually started in my closet.  Have you seen the craze over the book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Japanese author, Marie Kondo?  I knew I needed help in this area, so I gave it a whirl.  It worked really well, even though I've only used it for my clothes.  Sorry, this is an UGLY PICTURE ALERT.
 These are literally all of my clothes pulled out of the closet and drawers and stacked in my room. 

Empty, empty.  I gave away a large amount of clothes that I never wear and I don't miss a thing. Later, going through my photos led to a little panic over a rather large missing segment of our life.  I couldn't find those pictures anywhere.  Finally, victorious, they had been hidden under a larger box and not opened for years.  Here are some treasures from that period.  

Okay, skip a few years. 
 Look at how young I looked, even with gray hair!

Back to the not-so-pretty pictures.  There have been a lot of trips to the thrift store to donate, donate, donate.  I don't have the patience or time for a garage sale.  I'm not sure who would traipse up here anyway for one.  

Well, one last pretty photo for your viewing pleasure. Cuz who doesn't like flowers?
Goodnight all. Hopefully, I'll post more exciting updates next time.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Missing In Action

This blog use to be so much more interesting. I'm so sorry about that. I've lost my blogging mojo I guess. There's a lot going on around here and it's stuff I can't blog about. Yet. In the mean time I will share more art journal pages with you. 
I didn't realize I hadn't shown you any this year! What? 
You can tell that these first two were about setting goals for the year. Can you see that mine were about exercise? Only now in May am I getting back on track. 
This one was my nod to artist Georgia O'Keeffe. 
Words with Friends
We were to use underpaper which is the paper you lay under your artwork to wipe off brushes and try out stamps, etc. I had doodled a face on mine and kinda liked her. 
Layers you will love. It was also Valentine's weekend. 
One of my favorites was to "cover up the good stuff." Essentially, more layers.  
Repeating elements. Obviously, I used rectangles. 
This is the last one for February and was  suppose to be five layers. I probably have more. I think I'll stop for now and show you March and April in a week or so. 

We are traveling to see family tomorrow and so I'll be posting from the road. I'm on Instagram almost daily so join me over there, if you'd like. Talk to you soon! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Last Minute Call for Help

As I was wrapping my present for the wedding shower, my girlfriend (mother of the bride) texted me to ask if I could take pictures of the day.  She's had an enormous amount of things to deal with lately so I happily agreed.  I never feel like my photography skills are all that great, but something is better than nothing for such a special event, don't you agree?

I was a beautiful day in Southern California and the shower was set at her sister's beautiful home which is perfect for entertaining.  It was a day full of family and friends loving this young couple.
 I love this picture of the interaction between the bride and her dad.

 Our friends, the bride's parents.

 The babies and children were the most fun to photograph.

 I also love this picture of my friend and her son. 
 It took me forever to catch this little guy's picture.  There were a lot of people in between us.

 Grandpa writes individual poems for the grandchildren on special occasions.

 It was such a wonderful day of love and laughter.
Congratulations to Jen and Adam.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Out and About

Hello again. I recently was able to tour the gardens of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. What a beautiful place and full of incredible history. You can check them out at 

This was the Japanese Garden. 

This is the Chinese Garden. 

A couple of days later I got to go antiquing with my girlfriends. 

I came home with this very cool ledger and some old post cards. 
What a fun week that was! 


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