Monday, August 29, 2011

Sun Sun Sun

Woke up to the light of the beautiful sun..... what joy that brings after dreary skies and rainy days. Enjoy the day... and be grateful for life.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rain, rain, rain, rain

It's been raining since noon yesterday...woke up to more rain this morning. It is very dark and bleak and a bit scary, mostly due to anticipation of when Irene finally debuts! Losing power is a bit daunting.... hurry and pass on by Irene.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Waiting for Irene

It wasn't supposed to begin raining until noon tomorrow, but here comes the rain. Everyone is in a state of apprehension with Irene making her way up the East Coast.... I am hoping she doesn't linger like bad company. Lots to do while the weather is balmy.... and thinking about clear, sun shining days ahead.

Monday, August 22, 2011

early birthday celebration 8 years old

Jazzy and Gram Barb

Nearly 8 years old.

Birthday Glasses

Opening her treasures in her treasure chest.

Give-a-way at Collected Treasures for the Home, Heart, and Soul

Take a peek and follow: Jane's lovely items that please the eye and soul. A really nice stop to take things in. Follow her and make yourself happy! Enter her give-a-way.... maybe you will be the lucky winner!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Treasure Chest Completed

I finished it just a few hours before bringing it to Jasmine. I figure it isn't too shabby for a first try. Actually, 20 coats of varnish is way too much for me, so 8 would have to suffice. She did like it, and I am very very happy for that.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Here and there and everywhere!

First thing this morning I brushed on another coat of poly on Jasmine's treasure chest, then went to a tag sale down the street. I picked up a few items and that made me happy. Then I traveled a half hour to get cat food at the vet, but they did not have any and were expecting a shipment later in the back home. While at home, I checked out my e-mail, paid some bills, made a light lunch, brushed another coat of poly on Jasmine's treasure chest before leaving to go back to the vet's office to get the cat food, then traveled the opposite direction to pick up a few things at the store for future artworks. Back home, installed an update to my astrology program, found a movie to go to tonight with Bob, and am currently waiting for him to join me for dinner. Before going out to the movie, I will put another coat of poly on the chest.... and another when I return from the movies. Having never done any decoupage before, I am hoping that this will suffice, as I will bring Jasmine her birthday treasure chest tomorrow at noon. I am liking the way it looks so far.... I hope she likes it too. Will post a picture when it is all done. I hadn't realized the time that goes into making a decoupaged item!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


It's great to wake up to the light of the sun.... a very busy day ahead. Workin on the treasure box for Jasmine... and it has to be finished by Friday. That is my first priority.... this is where I am so far.... it was raw wood when I began. I varnished the inside and it is tipped for "non'dripping" till dry.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

first time in a long time

I haven't paid much attention to my blog for some time. I can't say if I have been scattered, or just overwhelmed with too many distractions, but I am thinking that now is a good time to get back to my blog. I am nearly finished with one of the projects that I had joined last September, and will be adding one or two more publications to complete the journey. I am behind in the art illustrations; however, I will catch up with them at one time or another, and add them, if I can when they are complete. I have not painted in a while but I have been making ATC's and playing around with collage. I am currently painting and decorating a small treasure chest for my Godchild, Jasmine, for her 8th birthday. I attended the Mineral and Gem Show a few days ago, and bought several strands of gemstone beads to place inside the treasure box, along with some smaller gemstones. I gave her my small collection of gemstones some time ago, and hope to continue her interest. I will also add a small bag of old buttons to her treasure chest booty. I am preparing some cards to play in a Round Robin, which will begin in September. "Spirit Cards" -- 3 x 5" with all of the backs the same design. Eleven players, three cards for each player to create original art.... using any type of medium. I am also looking for small wooden chairs or tables to clean, primer, and paint in a decorative manner. We'll see how that turns out. Our 3 vehicles got damaged by giant balls of hail along with our home. Our neighbors all have the same damage. It will take some time to get all repaired. On a lighter note, this is what our front yard looked like before the "microburst" (which I think was really another tornado).... a friend of ours had the flamingos placed in our yard for fun! We woke up to looking out on them one morning and laughed and laughed. We were "flocked".... they were there for several days before they were removed. Life is full of surprises!