T Tuesday: Earth Day edition

Today we have a special edition of T stands for Tuesday. Not only is it Earth Day, it is our hostesses birthday….or bEARTHday as she is fond of saying.

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

Since it’s Earth Day, I thought I’d give you a little overview of my day and what I do to leave a little smaller footprint.reuseI make my grocery lists on junk mail envelopes if I’m bringing coupons to the store. I’ve lost enough using just a paperclip in the past. Originally when I started using envelopes I used new ones…one day while throwing out junk mail about 17 years ago it dawned on me…I should just use those. Duh!

I’ll be combining my errands today to save on gas. I have 4 places to go all around our bustling little town.

One of those stops will be Goodwill. We were fortunate enough to get a couple bags of hand-me-downs from a friend again. Just in time too since the weather is changing and both kids out grew most of their summer items. donationsAnything that is too worn, stained or holey gets torn up for rags around the house. I wash the standard cleaning job rags but the ones used for the nasty jobs…I just throw away. I figure I got one more use out of that sock with a hole so it’s all good.

In our continuing effort to shop local we signed up for a 1/2 share CSA (community supported agriculture) for the summer. We’ll also be getting an egg share from the same farmer. Soon our freezer will once again be filled with butcher wrapped cuts of meat from the  1/4 of beef for the year. Our neighbors go in on buying a whole cow so it keeps the price lower…the processor is only 20 min from here.

I’ve written several other posts over the years with tips and tricks to help leave a smaller footprint. We can all do our part…no matter how small…it all helps.

Happy Earth Day everyone!!

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Love is in the air

love canvasWe celebrated our 20th Anniversary this weekend. It was wonderful to reminisce while spending a quiet day together. With it being Easter weekend, a get-away will have to wait for a later date. That’s ok..then we get to celebrate twice!

I was totally inspired to create this canvas on Saturday morning. It all just sort of came together all at once.


  • 6×6 canvas
  • tissue paper
  • rubber stamps (mostly Stampin’ Up!)
  • Staz-on ink
  • Liquitex matte medium
  • Liquitex Basics–bright aqua green
  • India ink
  • scrapbook paper
  • canvas letter stickers


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T Tuesday: canvas edition

I’m a little late for T stands for Tuesday again. I went to set mom’s hair this morning then stopped by knitting for a bit. Those ladies are so funny sometimes! The stories they have to tell…wowsers…had me blushing this morning. HA!caribouYesterday I had mentioned that I’d been painting a lot. In fact I was almost late for my study group because I lost track of time.

heartstringsThis one I call Heartstrings. It didn’t come out exactly like I had in my head but I still really like it.  It’s on a 12×12 canvas. There are many layers and lots of texture.

ocean abstractThis is the one that had me almost running late yesterday. I hadn’t intended on an abstract landscape but that’s how it ended up. This is a 6×6 deep edge canvas. I picked up a 4 pack at Micheal’s last week. It’s a perfect size for me.

bold intentionsThis is my favorite. I call it Bold Intentions. I used a palette knife to create the red drag marks down the left.

I’m heading to lunch now with a friend so I’ll be back to catch up with my blog friends later this afternoon.

What are you doing today?

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Painty fingers

Always a great way to start out the day…paint handI’ve been very inspired lately by paint and canvas.  I have 3 canvases drying. Wow! That has never happened.  Can’t wait to show them…

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T Tuesday: mixed media edition

I’m slow at getting my post up today for T stands for Tuesday. I decided that I really needed to get to the gym…for the first time in longer than I’d like to admit. I certainly knew it when I got there…yikes. Out of breath and out of shape.

I also stopped by for a visit with my knitting group…it’s been a while since I’ve been there as well. In fact, they had a new member. It’s always fun to meet someone new with like interests.

So yesterday I was compelled to create something for a friend. I haven’t given it to her yet but she has so much on her plate at the moment that I know she’ll never stop by here before I get it to her. 20140407_4574Here’s the finished piece…20140408_4575Thanks for stopping by today.

Just an FYI…I generally don’t answer T Tuesday comments with a personal email back but I do visit and leave comments on the blogs listed if I am able.

What are you doing today?

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T Tuesday: April Fool’s edition

Holy smokes…its April already! We’re a quarter of the way through 2014.  I better get myself in gear with my get healthy initiative. monster smoothieGreen monster smoothie…check. I already finished my coffee for the day and what would T stands for Tuesday be without a beverage.

Mother Nature decided to play a trick on us.

Here we have yesterday…yesterdayAnd today…todaySnow…wind…sub zero “real feel” temps. Booooo!!

Another trick I noticed after being up for 2 hrs was this…no foolingAn ugly bruise at the base of my thumb joint. I think maybe it was partially dislocated…I adjusted the joint. It still doesn’t hurt,  just feels weird. No clue…I guess I’ll wait it out for a day or so and see what comes of it.

An last but not least…I have to share this photo Little J took the other day.magic pawWhat’s even more amazing to me is that she took it with an iPad mini. No foolin’!

I also thought I’d direct you to our flubber results if you hadn’t already seen them.

I’m going to go ice my thumb a bit before visiting the link list over at Elizabeth’s blog.

What are you doing today?

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Calendar challenge

I’m keeping up!! I’m so excited that I dove in and took this art calendar challenge hosted by Kate over at thekathrynwheel.blogspot.com.

First I’ll show my completed March calendar. See… something every day. March completeAnd I’m on time with my April calendar too! April calendarReally pastel and spring like. You can’t see it but the page is very rough from a new gesso brand I bought so we’ll see how that works out for writing on all month.

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