I’m a few days late but I made it with the first week of March so I’m calling that just fine after the past couple weeks of craziness our house has endured. I’m pretty sure our challenge hostess, Kate, won’t rap me on the fingers with her ruler.
Here we have my February calendar all filled out and very simply decorated.
For March I was thinking Shamrocks and Leprechauns even though I don’t have an ounce of Irish in me. Although given I’m 100% Norwegian with strawberry blonde hair and green eyes…they was likely a bit mixing of the blood way back in the Viking times.
I wanted to use alcohol ink for this one. I thought sure it would stay on top of the glossy paper and give a much different effect. I was wrong. It bled into the paper. I then hit it with some straight up alcohol trying to thin things out since the color was so dark. It certainly helped but I did not achieve the desired look. Oh well…live and learn. I have exactly 12 of these pages so I’m determined to use them and not scrap it if it turns out odd.
My paint was pooling up so nicely in spots that I thought it could use a wee bit o’gold…ok now I’m trying to hard. Anyway…the paint got a sprinkle of gold which really added a nice touch of bling.
T stands for Tuesday on Wednesday? What?
Elizabeth isn’t a big stickler for rules, so I know she won’t mind.
I have so many things to share but am lacking the energy. I’m recovering from yet another round of sickness. A wicked stomach bug this time. This coffee drink was purchased this morning in effort to get some protein and fill my coffee need. I haven’t been able to drink coffee since this mess started. Halle sad. :( I’ve only managed to drink about half…I think the rest will have to wait. I’m still not eating normally. Nothing sounds good and my sense of smell is overly keen. Example: Last evening I was at Big J’s choir concert and was sitting on the gym bleachers. A man was sitting just behind me to my right and I could smell his feet every time he moved them… Blech!!! At least the concert was good.
Next week I’ll be sure to share some exciting gifts from Japan, a some news and if all goes as planned…some new art.
What are you doing today?
Okay, this has absolutely nothing to do with art so if you don’t aren’t interested…you may go now…I won’t feel bad at all.
So today I was heading over to my moms after dropping Little J early at school for choir. The windchill was -30 something °F…really, does it even matter at that point. My mini van displayed this for a temp….
Yikes! I can assure you…it was cold!!!
Anyway…the reason for my photo and my rant was this….
There was someone on a bicycle…in rush hour traffic…on icy roads…crazy…just crazy.
Seriously…my version of exercise doesn’t involve risking my life on icy roads in sub zero temps. Ok..I’m stepping down off my soapbox now and going back to creating art.
Welcome to T stands for Tuesday, hosted by Elizabeth @ alteredbooklover. This is a day that we share a cup, a glass or a mug of cheer and chat about our week.
I got a little playful with my tea this morning. Photoshop is fun!
Well…what about the wreath? That was the title of the post. What kind of show are you running here anyway? (don’t you love it when I put words in your mouth)
I’m getting there…just need another sip of tea.
So, last Fall, a good friend of mine sent me a picture via FB of a wreath that she loved. She was convinced that I could make one as well. I wasn’t as sure. After collecting the needed supplies I gave it a whirl… Within a few frustrating minutes, I knew I was on the wrong track. I set it aside and really didn’t give it another thought until yesterday.
I was laying on the couch…I finally caught the crud the kids had….and it came to me how to properly wrap the wire. Within 10 minutes I had the wires in a complete wreath form….no thanks to Gracie who kept batting at the wires and tried to steal the floral tape. What a pest!!I had the leaves all prepped and ready to go so the wreath went together really quick! It’s not exactly like the original photo…which I can’t seem to find anymore…but it my version.
Today I’m going to catch up on some laundry and rest some more. I’m definitely better than yesterday but not 100% by a long shot.
What are you doing today?
Something kicked my creativity back into gear over the past few days. I’m really excited about that! Maybe it was the exercise….hey, that should motivate me to keep going on that as well But I digress…
I was in the art journal mood so I grabbed my kira-kira journal and slapped down a light coat of gesso. While digging out some washi tapes and other supplies…I dumped over my cup of wash water. UGH!! I had quite a bit of cleanup to do including changing my jeans…yep, dirty paint water all the way off the table on onto my leg.
Shockingly, I was still ready to create after cleaning up. Usually that would have soured me for the day.
The colors and patterns on this page remind of college. Likely because of the clothes I wore at the time. Leggings, black ankle boots, flannels in those colors. That look is back in its own modern way but I’m not sure that I could pull it off now being 20-something years older. Or that I should even try. ;)
After completing a few pesky household chores I was still feeling creative.
Wow…two journal entries in one day! This time I use my white journal. No particular reason…it just felt right. While mopping up the earlier spill I happened upon this fashion plate cut from a newspaper. I wanted to use on of the girls but after an exhaustive search I couldn’t find my “fussy cutting” scissors. I had to change my thoughts on where this was going.
Peeking out from a stack of stuff on my work desk I spotted a Basic Grey paper pad. I was drawn to some paper with small circles. Small circles you say? There are no small circles on this page. Yeah I know…but the cityscape paper was in the pad too. As soon as I saw it my mind went to the old Sci-Fi movie genre such as Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.
So there you have it…two very different pages created the same day by the same girl whose mind apparently took a sharp left part way through the day.
I know it doesn’t look very “snowy”. The reason I say I was inspired by the snow was that this canvas had a painting that used very dark colors. I’d been leaving it for a few days trying to decide if I was done. Turns out…I wasn’t. It needed to light and bright like snow. I thought I was going to save a bit of the original inside the circle but in the end I covered the whole works. I really like it now. So glad I let myself sit and stew on the original.
So where does the snow come in??
Well, where do I start? We got over 9 inches on Thursday night into Friday. Another snow day for the kiddos. They’ll never get out of school at this rate. This storm followed one that dumped around 6 inches on Monday.
See this pile…I used it to stand on to pull snow off the roof. Little J got a real nice shot of the avalanche.
You may recall my garden box along the deck…This is the current view from the garage…. This storm created the most treacherous driving conditions that the state patrol has seen in 25 years according to news reports. I was worried about Mr. G driving but he made it safe and sound….just late.
The snow is pretty and the kids enjoy playing in it…and it makes a pretty good canvas for snow doodles curtsey Little J.
Me…I’m ready to hang up the Sorrels and Carhartts for the season.
Thanks for stopping by today for T stands for Tuesday hosted by Elizabeth, Dr. E (yep she’s got a Ph.D), Queen of Free, caretaker of Bleubeard, teacher extraordinaire and all around nice gal. How’s that for an intro!?!
I’m getting a bit stir crazy again…I’ve had at least one sick kid since last Wednesday. I’ve been disinfecting everything they touch or at least trying. I’m scheduled to work later this week and it would be just like it for me to get deathly ill for that day.
Once again I’m not showing my mug of tea…yes, I’m drinking a cup of Twinings Lady Grey but its in my ugliest mug. I just can’t post that…yuck. I might even throw this one out today…stained and ugly.
But I will show you the mug candle I made last week.
I picked up the mug at Goodwill a while back. I recycled my candle bits and made a new candle with a touch of fragrance oil and colorant. The mug seems very Scandinavian in design although I think it’s just a cheapy from HomeGoods.
Miss Gracie keeps thinking now that there is no ice on the inside of the windows that she should be able to go outside. She sits…waiting and watching…ever hopeful I’ll take her out. Nope…not going to happen honey. She’d get lost in the deep snow…another 4-8 inches are coming on Thursday…oh joy.
I thought this article about Lake Superior being 95% frozen over this year and for the first time since 2009 people can walk over the ice to the Apostle Islands was really interesting and the photos are fantastic.
Photo credit to Paul Johnson…he’s amazing!!!!!
Maybe this post should have been named T Tuesday: random thoughts edition, since I was really all over the place today. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
What are you doing today??