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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I'm Just So Normal!!!

My second post for today!!!

Several days ago I was tagged to do "6 Weird Things About Me" and I must apologize to that person because I don't remember who tagged me! I didn't even remember I had been tagged until Kim tagged me for the same one!! So this is for both of you....because it's very difficult to think of 6 weird things about myself 'cause I'm such a normal person!!!! Yeah, and if you believe that I've got a bridge we can talk about!

1. I'm going to steal one of Kim's because I do the same thing. When it comes to food if I like something I can eat it every day for weeks, months even and not get tired of it. But finally after a period of time I will usually switch over to something else. I have been eating oatmeal for my breakfast for a looooong time and only occasionally have a waffle or something else. Same with peanut butter sandwiches for my lunch.

2. I am not a phone person! I have a cell phone and most of the time I forget to turn it on. Or I'll turn it on and forget it's on and the battery will run down. Only when I hear that faint, annoying beeping noise coming from my purse do I remember that I left it on. And when I have to make any kind of important phone call I have to write down what I want to ask or say or whatever because once I get someone on the line my brain goes into LaLa Land and I can't think!

3. Many people think my fear of snakes is weird. I, however, think it's perfectly normal to be reading a magazine, turn a page only to be face to face with some coiled, ready to strike-me-dead snake, scream, throw the magazine across the room and refuse to pick it up until HB (or someone) cuts out the offending picture. Doesn't everyone do that???

4. I was just talking about this one with Dee....I hate to cut into certain fabrics or papers I have. I buy beautiful papers fully intending to use them in art but once I get them home I don't want to cut them. I do the same thing with fabrics. I don't know what I'm saving them for but save them I do. Since I've been doing collage and ATCs I have actually cut into a couple of papers but I still have tons of the stuff that I've kept forever!!

5. I am a very methodical person. I like routines. I like to know the guidelines for things. Except when I create!! Then I like to free-wheel it. I see so many people doing art in "themes" and that just doesn't work for me. I can't create when I have to do something or if I'm required to do something a certain way. I'm very spontaneous when I create and somehow themes just don't seem very spontaneous.

6. Once I set my mind to something I can be very dedicated but if I haven't actually flipped that switch in my head then I'm not. For instance, with my new goals for this year regarding my health....I've known for a long time that I needed to get serious about eating better and exercising but until I was able to flip that switch in my head nothing worked. Now I can be around people eating just about anything and it doesn't bother me....doesn't tempt me at all. HB can sit right beside me and eat a bowl of ice cream and I don't even want any because my mind knows it won't be good for me! Instead I will go to the kitchen and get a piece of fruit or something like that.

Now those are the only six weird things about me! Nope, there are no more! Of course, I wouldn't advise asking HB or Molly or anyone else who knows me....they might have a different story to tell!

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I'm still coming back later with some art and the mail from yesterday!!

Can You Help??

I don't know how many of you read Crazy Aunt Purl but I'm going to pass on something I read there.

Apparently she just met Allison at a friend's house, and Allison has an adorable three month old baby boy named Evan....and Evan has just been diagnosed with a brain tumor. You can read about it here. Allison is a stay-at-home mom who has a small business selling knitting and craft supplies so Laurie (Crazy Aunt Purl) was asking everyone who reads her blog to go to Allison's shop and buy something to help out with Evan's medical expenses.

Since I know a lot of the people who read my blog are also knitters and crafty people I thought I would also provide a link to Allison's shop. Hey, we all buy craft supplies at one time or another so if we can help out a mom and her baby, why not?! And if you just want to make a donation you can do that on the main page of Allison's blog.

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I will be back a little later today with some art and some yummy things I got in the mail yesterday.

My Mail Day

As promised, here I am again!! Yesterday was a good mail day. First (and these are not in the any kind of order) I received some pens I ordered and I've been having fun with them. You'll be seeing some of the experiments in the upcoming days.

Then I received an envelope stuffed with papers from Maryellen and a beautiful postcard.....



We have been sharing some of our supplies. As she said, when you buy something you usually get much more than you will ever use so why not share with someone else and then everyone gets to have lots of different things to work with. Thanks, Maryellen!

Then I received my first ever art doll from Dotee!! I was so excited when I got the package and here she is....



The picture does not do her justice! She's so perfectly purple! With all those cute little flowers on her tummy and that little bird that is just so sweet she is adorable....and that bigger bottom bead is actually a little bell that tinkles when she moves! I am naming her Miss Petunia. That name has special meaning for me so that's what she will be called. Thank you, Dotee. I will treasure her always and she will hang in my studio to inspire me.

And if that isn't enough!!....Dotee also enclosed two ATCs!



I had admired the one with the quote ("it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are") when I saw it on her blog so she sent it to me along with the birdie one. The birds each have a word on them.... art, soul, vision, and create and then "thoughts" is at the bottom. Love them both! Thank you, again Dotee.

Whew! Three posts in one day! Ok, I think that's it for today!!

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morning pages - check
the 5 rites - check
treadmill - not today
weights - check

Monday, January 29, 2007

Just Playing Around

Well, I didn't do any new techniques today! I cleaned up some of the messes in my studio and decided to finish a couple of ATCs. I had drawn these out a couple of weeks ago but didn't paint them. I found them buried under a pile of stuff on the work table so decided to finish them up.

Here is the first one....



And here is another one....



For some reason her face color doesn't show on this one and the background is actually a bluish-green color and it doesn't show either. My scanner must not like color!

Some of This and a Little of That

There are so many things going on in blogland recently that I don't have enough time to get to all of them before they're off to something else! Create a Connection always has interesting ideas and I fully intend to participate and then something else pops up and I forget all about it. I think I might need to make lists and keep them beside the computer. With the way my desk area is right now I'm sure I would have something piled on top of the list and then have to make a list of where all the other lists are buried! Do you have this problem, too?

So after saying all that I really don't have anything exciting to write about today! Where did I put that list of interesting topics?!!

The past couple of days have been hard on my exercise routine but I have done my morning pages and the 5 rites each day with that one exception when my "needle" foot was acting up. By the way, my foot is back to normal again and not bothering me. And I have done a little creating.

I made this fabric ATC yesterday....



It's a bit plain and the little beads around the heart don't show up pink like they really look in person but it's an ok ATC.

This one is paper again and HB thought it reminded him of the labels on fruit crates. (I'm happy to report that HB is feeling much better! He even enjoyed some coffee this morning.)



Today I might just play around with some techniques. So there may not be many photos to show tomorrow. We'll see....

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morning pages - check
the five rites - check
treadmill -
weights -
I'm leaving those blank because I'm still going to try to work one of them in today if possible.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Fabric ATCs

I did some more felt and cloth ATCs Saturday afternoon. Here is the first one....



It's actually a pretty shade of sage green. I put some of that eyelash yarn around the edges. The beads don't show up too good. I used pink, green and turquoise.

And here's the other one I did....



I think the second one is too plain and HB says the first one is too busy! What do you think??

Speaking of HB, we got out Saturday afternoon to buy groceries, came home and within a very short period of time he was not feeling good. Upset tummy, cold and shivering, and just generally sick! I warmed up some soup, made him some hot tea but nothing was helping. He went to bed at 7:30 PM!! I guess he got some flu bug that's going around. Today he isn't doing much better.

Simple Abundance Sunday #2

This week as I read "Simple Abundance" a couple of things jumped out at me. The first one was that "accepting and blessing our circumstances is a powerful tool for transformation." I am learning to accept things as they really are and not as I would like them to be, or even how I imagine they are. For instance I would like to say my home is well-organized and spotless but the reality of it is....it's NOT!! I don't always acknowledge that because it's so much easier to pretend in my mind that everything is perfect. I absolutely hate doing housework....except for laundry....and it always seems such a waste of time! There's always art to create or a book to read or something that is more important to me.



So this week I've tried to accept that part of myself and bless it. I do so many other things much better than I take care of a house. And don't misunderstand me .... it isn't dirty, it's just cluttered. I have too many things around me and I've tried to eliminate many of them. Sometimes I've been successful, sometimes not.

The other message that I got was along the same lines....it was working with what you've got. Too often we all say something like "I'll do that when things calm down" or "I'll do that when the kids are grown" or "I'll do that when I get enough money"....you know the routine. But does that time ever come?? Does "tomorrow" ever get here?? Sarah writes "This I can report from the front lines: life never calms down long enough for us to wait until tomorrow to start living the lives we deserve." That one really strikes a note with me!! I have spent a lifetime waiting for the perfect time for whatever it is I'm thinking about doing. I used to say it would be when my kids were out of the house, then it was when I got a better job, or lived in a different place, or made new friends, or.....

Maybe that's also why my house isn't spotless now! I've finally started doing things when I want to do them. If I feel like making art then that's what I do. And if the toilet doesn't get cleaned until later then that's ok. I'm living the way I want to live....doing art when I want to....and I'm much happier.


****Note: this photo is NOT me!!

In the book it also suggests keeping a discovery journal where you snip pictures of things you like and paste them into a journal. And also to keep another journal for thoughts but I think I'm going to do as Robyn suggested and just make one journal for thoughts and pictures. It might turn out to be more of an art journal-type of thing and that could be quite interesting.

So this week I learned a bit more about myself. I guess I could sum it up by saying I'm a lousy housekeeper but I'm happy!!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

My Dream for CAC

Over at Create a Connection today's message is this: "I'd like to ask you to make a wish (as many as you'd like) and to support each other's wishes. It's very simple. Just post on your blog something you really, truly, deeply (and maybe even secretly) wish for and leave a comment here to let us all know that you've done so. Then everyone who is participating .... and anyone who sees this post, please go to each and every one of our wishes and in the comments write, 'As _____ wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.' Encourage people to go over and do the same."

I think this is a wonderful process and I will be adding my own dream to the list. I have many dreams....world peace....that's a biggie, and an end to hunger....another biggie. And many things about myself I'd like to change but right now my biggest personal dream would be for a spacious studio with plenty of room to spread out and create. I think that would be heaven. On a more global level I would love to see global warming taken seriously and something done about it instead of just a lot of talk!

I hope everyone who reads this will jump over to CAC and join in. This is a fantastic, creative bunch of women with interesting ideas. Hope to see you there.

I'm Being Lazy Today!

See, I said I would be back today....again and again!! This will be a short post. I just wanted to share a couple of things I created yesterday. The first one is a collage done on a 5" X 7" (I think that's the size) heavy cardboard. I am fairly happy with how it turned out although there are things I would change! Molly if you're reading this, this is done on one of those heavy cards you gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago!



Then I took a departure from paper and got out my box of fabric and felt. I made this little ATC card. The colors look a bit washed out in the scan but it's actually a very pretty soft pink background, and I used a little snippet of the fabric from Dee. I haven't cut into that gorgeous art deco piece yet!! Have to have a really good idea for that!



I may add a few more little bits to this but not sure.

On an entirely different subject, I did not do my five rites today!! I thought I would give myself a little break this morning. My "needle foot" is acting up a little bit. I haven't had any problems with it since the early 90's but the past few days it has been very tender and touchy. So I'm being lazy today!

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morning pages - check
the 5 rites - not today
treadmill - not today
weights - not today

Peacock Feathers and a Berry Zinger!!

Today I may be posting more than once! I have things kind of stock-piled that I want to do here and not enough time to do them. First today I want to show you some goodies that came in yesterday's mail.

I recently did a swap with Judie and I got the ATCs....



Aren't they pretty?? I love all the vibrant colors and the peacock feather in the background on the one. Thanks, Judie!

Then I also got my mug from the mug swap at Creat a Connection. Kate and I were paired up since there was a mix-up when the swaps were assigned. She sent me a gorgeous mug....take a look....



I just love the handle and the edge around the top....very swirly! And she included some yummy herbal teas. In fact I'm sitting here this morning with my mug of Berry Zinger and it's delicious....Thank you, Kate!!



Just so no one thinks this is a bad placement for my mug....it's only here for photographing purposes and has been returned to the little table beside my desk area.



Isn't that little table a mess?? I have so much stuff crammed on there!

Friday, January 26, 2007

"A Gift of Vision" and Some ATCs

Many of you have asked about a website for Molly's store. She has one now but there are no products listed as yet....this is a WIP but she is working on it!! If you want to take a peek just click here. On the left side is a link to "schedule of events" where she posts information about upcoming events that will be happening at the store. Molly's friend just returned from a trip to India and one of her photos is featured on the main page.

Here is the business card Molly designed for the store....



On another subject, I've been busy recently but I haven't been posting my ATCs so here are a few new ones....









I have more but that's all I'm gonna bore you with today! Most of these were made from an old Flavia calendar I had from 2003! I cut it up to use as the backgrounds for these. I love being able to use something that would normally be considered trash and turn it into something pretty.

Mostly I don't buy a lot of bits and pieces to make the ATCs....I use what I have on hand. The things I like to buy are paints, pens, markers, etc.....things that create color!


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morning pages - check
the 5 rites - check
treadmill - check (2 miles)
weights - not today

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Some Really Big Dust Bunnies!!

If you have been reading this blog since the beginning then you know that I come from a "cowboy" background on my dad's side of the family. My grandpa, the one who came from Flamborough, Yorkshire, England grew up to be a cattle rancher in southwestern Kansas. And you already know that my mom met my dad while she was living with her uncle in Kansas.

My parents started their married life in Dodge City, Kansas. I was looking for some early photos to share with you. I wasn't too successful....but I did find a few more old postcards that I thought were interesting.

I remember my mom telling about the dust storms back in the 30's. She told how the sky would just be like nighttime in the middle of the day. She told of stuffing wet rags around all the doors and windows to try and keep the dust out of the house but it didn't help much. She told about actually finding dust inside the refrigerator!

These postcards show that she wasn't exaggerating about the sky....



The photo isn't very good but I think you can tell what it is. The caption says "Dust Cloud Rolling Over Western Kansas Prairie '35"



This one is similar and says "Rolling Dust Clouds Stovall Studio Dodge City, Kansas"



This is the one I find mind-boggling! It reads "3:00 P.M. The Black Blizzard of Sunday April 14, '35" Can you imagine how much dust was in the air to make it that dark at 3:00 in the afternoon?! I found the following information online:

On Sunday, April 14, 1935, from large sections of Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, an estimated 300,000 tons of Great Plains topsoil rose to a height of several thousand feet and began its journey eastward, "a ragged-topped formation covering the horizon as it rolled across the land like moving mountains" Traveling at speeds of up to 60 mph, this huge "black blizzard" dumped 6,000 tons of dirt on Chicago; fell like snow over Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.; and moved on into the Atlantic, where it covered ships as far offshore as 300 miles. This was Black Sunday, the worst in a series of dusters during the "dirty thirties" Meteorologists have rated the storms the number-one weather event of the 20th century, and historians have termed them the nation's worst prolonged environmental disaster in history--truly The Worst Hard Time.

We don't hear a lot about this anymore. Other environmental disasters have happened since then but I'm sure the people who lived through it never forgot. This article tells a bit more about the dust storms and what kind of impact they had on the country. It tells that some people thought it was the end of the world....and for some it was.

My mom never forgot. I don't know if my dad did or not. Maybe I'll read "The Grapes of Wrath" again. My family wasn't devastated by the dust bowl and the Great Depression but I'm sure they experienced problems related to both those events.

Then on a lighter note I found this postcard....



It reads "A Winters Supply 1937" and completely exaggerates the size of jack rabbits in Kansas....or does it??

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today:
morning pages - check
the 5 rites - check
treadmill - not today
weights - check

yesterday:
morning pages - check
the 5 rites - check
treadmill - check
weights - not today

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A Little more For Today....

I decided to make up for no post yesterday and do two today!! Actually I forgot to put some things in my first one that I meant to do so you get double duty today.

First off, I received a beautiful postcard from Karla. It's just the most gorgeous piece of art....she said it's all done with stamps. They're very artsy stamps!!



The scan just doesn't do it justice! Thank you so much, Karla!!

Last year I mentioned about the project to knit scarves for veterans and that I was knitting one to send. I forgot to photograph it when I finished but I just got a certificate in the mail to thank me and to acknowledge it had been received. Here it is....



I thought that was very nice of them to take the time to do that. HB thinks I should frame it and put it on the wall in my studio!

And last, I saw this on someone's blog....forgive me because I forgot to make a note of whose blog it was! But I took the test and here's my results....

What city do you belong in??

You Belong in Rome

You're a big city girl with a small town heart
Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome
Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand
And gorgeous Italian men - could life get any better?


Who'da thunk!! Me in Rome. Now that's all for today. I'm off to find me some of those handsome Italian men!!! Oops....HB said I can't do that!

M.I.B.

Yes, I was "Missing in Blogland" yesterday! No post. Nothing. Nada. I had one of those "Mondays" where I just didn't feel like doing much. I puttered around the house and spent quite a bit of time in the studio. I think I'm just having a few days of "what the heck can I write about??" When I'm not sitting at the computer I think of all kinds of topics I want to write about but let me sit down here (in front of the blank page) and I'm off to La-La Land!

I did hear that yesterday was supposed to be the most depressing day of the year!! Whew! I'm glad we got it out of the way early on and can now be assured of happiness for the rest of the year. I don't need no stinkin' depression holding me back!

My creativity has returned once again and I have been making more....what else....ATCs!! I'll share a couple of them with you and see what you think. I decided to try some doodles the other evening. I like this one in person but don't think it translates very well with the scanned image....



I just did it with Sharpies. I did some others but haven't put any color on them yet. I also drew some ladies faces but I screwed up the first one on her eyes....



I just ended up filling them in with black and leaving it. I'll have to do better on the others. I think I have four or five more faces to color. Also this one has a pale green background that doesn't show.....and some of the lines on her nose are very light in the scan.

I've been playing with fabric, too but don't have anything to show you as yet. I have several things I'm working on and hope to have at least one of them ready for tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who commented on my Simple Abundance Sunday. I'm glad so many of you are deciding to read this book, either for the first time or for another time. I appreciate all your comments and thoughts about it and look forward to exchanging more as the year goes along.

I'm trying to find more old photos to put on here but just haven't located the ones I'm looking for....I have photos in all kinds of places. Gail keeps telling me to make scrapbooks for them but I'm just not a scrapbook kinda gal! I am buying boxes and trying to sort them out somehow. I'm putting very old photos in one box, my kids in another, me in another (there are soooo many baby photos of me you wouldn't believe!) I'm just making an attempt to organize them into some kind of useable way.

So that's about all I have for today. Pretty boring stuff. But I am keeping up with all my routines even yesterday!

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morning pages - check
the five rites - check
treadmill -
weights - check

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Simple Abundance Sunday

As you may know I've started re-reading "Simple Abundance" this year. I have read it a couple of times and enjoyed it each time. I usually skip a year or two between readings because by that time I need to be reminded of the message again.

This week there were several things that made me stop and think. One was to explore ways to see your world differently. That one is tough for me at times. I tend to get into ruts and I don't always stop and notice what is going on around me. I caught myself doing that at Molly's opening the other night. But I noticed and changed my behavior.

Another message was to "declare out loud to the Universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy." Another tough one for me but I'm working on it. I am doing affirmations each morning and then I repeat them at random times throughout my day. I know they have worked in the past and have brought wonderful changes to my life. I don't believe we were put here to suffer. That makes no sense to me. So I'm going to try to learn my lessons through joy.

Then there was "The Acre of Diamonds" message. If you want to know more about this famous speech you can find information here. What Sarah Ban Breathnach asks is "if you could do anything in the world what would it be?" We all have that thing that we think is just impossible but we also have a place to begin. We can achieve all that we want if we just believe in ourselves. We have everything we need....it's inside each one of us. We only have to discover our own "acre of diamonds." My acre of diamonds is to be thought of as an artist. That is what I'm working towards.



The last one was about letting go of preconceived ideas. When we always expect the worse to happen then that's exactly what does happen! The Universe gives us what we expect. So I'm going to expect great things....happy things, wonderful things. I will not dwell on the sad, or the ugly, or the negative because I don't want to draw those things into my life. No matter how bad things get I can always put a smile on my face and change the way I look at things. I can't change anyone else but I can change my own reaction to them. I can make choices....they can either be good or they can be bad....I choose to make good ones.

So that is what I thought about for this week. I hope if anyone else is reading this book that they might also post their thoughts about it. I have stated before that I am not a religious person in any way but I do consider myself a spiritual person. And I think this book addresses that in a very understandable manner.

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morning pages - check
the five rites - check
treadmill - not today
weights - check

Saturday, January 20, 2007

It Was Fun....

You're all going to be mad at me!! The Grand Opening was a big success and there were many people who stayed for the movie....but I have no photos to show you! I got caught up with talking to people and helping Molly get things set up and the camera was forgotten. I did manage to take a couple of photos of the food but that's it!! Here's Molly getting things ready....



We were still putting things in dishes and platters and pitchers at this point but it gives you an idea of what she had....brie, goat cheese, cream cheese, pita crisps, arugula, tomatoes, huge olives, several kinds of bread, hummus, fresh fruit and much more. There were two kinds of tea and small bottles of water and the store owner from next door (a coffee and pastry shop) brought two huge trays of pastries and muffins.

Molly had a tarot card reader who gave free readings for an hour before the movie. Everyone enjoyed that....and the movie was a big success. Everyone liked it and several people bought copies to take home.

I met a young man who does astrology (he's originally from Newcastle in the UK) and we talked for a bit. He has a blog and a website here....his name is Neil Paris. I think Molly might be having different astrologers come to the shop to do readings for customers. She has a lot of interesting ideas for extra entertainment at the shop. Tomorrow night she will have an evening with Kenny Klein, a man who does fairy lore in British folk music. That sounds like fun!

Anyway, the whole opening was wonderful and I think her store is going to do just great. She's a good business woman and knows what she's doing. I'm very proud of her.

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morning pages - check
the 5 rites - check
treadmill - check
weights - not today

Friday, January 19, 2007

It's the Grand Opening....

Today is the Grand Opening of Molly's shop....Darshana Bookstore. I'm going down to help her and then later this evening she will be showing "The Secret"....she has been swamped with people wanting to see this movie so she's most likely going to show it again at a later date.

I have had a couple of unproductive days in the studio so maybe this little outing will get my brain going again. I haven't just been sitting here....I just don't have anything completed! I've made some backgrounds, cut a lot of ATCs and 4" X 4" squares, and just generally puttered in the studio but no great visions of anything! I found some cool vintage pictures a few days ago so I might be using a couple of those. Right now I'm just in that blah stage where nothing seems to work, nothing seems to look good no matter what I do, and everything seems to need just one more thing....that I don't have!

Here's my workspace....this should give you an idea of what's going on....



Enough of my sad tale! I've been doing lots of affirmations in the hope that my brain hears them and sets them in action! And I'm still keeping up with the Simple Abundance book. Every day it seems there's something in that book that just jumps out at me that I hadn't seen before....and this is the third time I'm reading it!

I have to get myself ready for the day so wish us luck on the Grand Opening. And if anyone is reading this from the Burbank area, stop by the store. It's located at 1725 W. Verdugo Avenue.

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Since I never made it back yesterday with my stats here they are along with the ones for today....rather pathetic stats, I might say!

yesterday:
morning pages - check
the five rites - check
treadmill - not today
weights - not today

today:
morning pages - not today (this is the first day I've missed these!)
the five rites - check
treadmill -
weights -
(I'm leaving these blank because if I have time I'll squeeze one of them in, if not I'll 'fess up tomorrow!)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Patsy Cline Weekend....

HB and I used to camp quite a bit back in the 90's. We had all kinds of camping equipment and most weekends we were camping. One thing I can say about camping with HB is, he was prepared for anything. Sometimes people would laugh at us because the first thing HB did when we got to a campsite was to hang a tarp in the trees overhead where the tent would be. I forgot to mention that most of our camping was done in Washington....where it rains a fair amount!

One Memorial Day weekend camping trip is forever know as The Camping Trip From Hell!! HB's work sponsored a huge three-day event with camping, music, deep-fried turkey and all sorts of other entertainment. This was up in Washington, and we arrived very early....in fact we were one of the first ones there so we had our pick of campsites. HB chose one that was up on a little rise and he immediately began to hang the tarp high up in the trees. This time he had a pretty big tarp and a couple of guys helped him string it up. They were wondering why he wanted a tarp overhead and he explained that the weather forecast had said rain was possible.



We set up our tent and HB built a fire and gathered extra wood and put it under cover. Then he fixed a small tarp at an angle to give the fire some protection from the wind. By the time other people started arriving we had a nice, cozy campsite set up and were cooking something to eat.



Most of the people who showed up were not experienced campers as we soon found out. They were setting their tents with the doorway opening facing up the slope! We knew what would happen but no one wanted any help or advice. In the middle of the night we woke up to lots of loud noise, people yelling and running around, and the pitter pat of rain on the tarp. Yep, it was raining. It was raining hard enough that it was running down the slope right into the tents that set up facing the wrong way!



By morning there were several cars loaded up and pulling out because everything was soaked. We had a nice, dry campsite and all at once we became the most popular place to visit! We had a fire going and everyone tried to huddle under our tarp and stay dry and warm. We tried to accomodate as best we could and even loaned a small tarp to one of the couples next to us. Before the day was out our campsite was known as Hotel Casablanca....someone just started calling it that and it stuck.

Well, by that second night some people had been drinking a bit since there wasn't much else going on....most of the activities were cancelled due to the weather. The rain continued all day and into the second evening. There was one tent not too far from us with two older men....part of the drinking crowd. They were really feeling no pain by nightfall!

We went to bed and once again were awakened by something....this time it was a tape player and the tape that was playing was "Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits." Now I like Patsy Cline ok but I sure don't want to listen to her over and over and over again at high volume in the middle of the night! It went on and on. People began yelling at the guys and being drunk as they were, they began cussing at everyone. I never knew there were so many ways to use that "F" word!!

The next morning everyone was in a bad mood because of the weather and the fact no one had gotten any sleep. The drunk guys were sleeping like logs! Finally they got up and started stirring around. Their tent was not too far away and the couple with our borrowed tarp was next to us and between us and the guys. The woman was not amused with all that had gone on and just as the drunk guy came around to the back of his tent....I actually think he was going to pee behind the tent!!....the woman next to us went around back of her tent to let the water out of the tarp where it had bellied. Just as she pushed the tarp up from underneath and the water began to flow out of the tarp, the drunk guy bent over and the entire tarp-full of water went right down his back!!

We were all watching, and the woman was not aware the drunk was outside his tent when she emptied the tarp....it was like watching something in slow motion, knowing what was coming but unable to do anything to stop it. The guy yelled, the woman jumped and turned around and you could see the horror on her face but it quickly turned to something else. Maybe, just maybe a little bit of joy!!

HB and I still laugh about that camping trip and every time we hear Patsy Cline it reminds us of that three-day weekend with almost non-stop songs by her! I think we made believers out of some of the other campers, too. Even after the whole weekend when it rained every day and every night we still had a fairly dry campsite thanks to that huge tarp overhead. And we did continue to camp just about every weekend!

***These photos are from the internet. I wish I had a photo of the guys face when the water hit him but sadly I don't!!

I will return later today with some artwork and my stats for the day. See ya then...

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morning pages -
the 5 rites -
treadmill -
weights - not today

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Art From Others and Some By Me

There are days when I just cannot believe how lucky I was to discover blogging. The people I've met through my blog are some of the nicest people I've ever known (with the exception of my oldest and dearest friend) and they are so generous with their art and their knowledge and just about everything else.

Yesterday my mailbox was stuffed! I'm sure our mailman wonders what the heck has happened around here. Before blogging I seldom got mail of a personal kind unless it was my birthday and then it would only be one or two cards. Now I'm getting packages in the mail quite often.

My first package was from that oldest friend I mentioned earlier, Gail. A couple of weeks ago we had talked on the phone and she wanted info about ATCs. She sent me her first one! Take a look at this....



The words are not clear in the scan due to the buttons but it says "Oh, where Oh where have all the flowers gone?" Isn't that a beautiful ATC?? And it's her first! I love it!! Thanks, Gail!!!

Then I received another first for me! My first ever cloth ATC all the way from Dotee in Australia. She sent me the cloth ATC and a paper ATC. This is the paper one....



and here is the cloth one.....ta....dah!!!!!



The scan of the paper one does not do it justice. It's got lovely bits of silver in the background and the colors are so lovely, delicate and feminine. I love the little bird in its nest that has tiny jewels as eggs! It's truly beautiful. The cloth one is vibrant and colorful and just says "happy" to me. Thank you, Dotee! I love them both.

And last but certainly not least I received a wonderful packet of fabric pieces from Dee. She sent me so many beautiful pieces and this picture doesn't begin to show the colors. I just couldn't seem to get a really good photo this morning. But here they are....



That darker purple in the background is a piece of my stuff I put down as a base for the photo but everything else is from Dee!

Here is a scan of my favorite piece....



I'm not sure what I'll do with this piece but it will have to be something special! I love the fairies scattered about and the art deco look of this fabric. I could just sit and look at it.

So that was my mailbox contents of yesterday! Oh, and a whole bunch of junk mail, too but it doesn't count!

I almost hate to show you what I made because next to all this goodness it sort of pales by comparison. I did do another ATC....



And another 4" X 4".....



The bad news is that today I really slacked off and didn't do any of my routine so far! I woke up very early in the morning (4:00 AM ish) and could not go back to sleep. Nothing was wrong....I felt fine....but my mind was spinning about a hundred miles an hour with all kinds of thoughts and ideas! So I was a bit groggy when I finally got up at 8:15 AM....an unheard of time for me!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Creating Then and Now....

When I first met HB it was 1990 and he was still working in his trade as an electrician. He has a master's license and usually worked on huge industrial projects. When we were in the Seattle area while he worked at Boeing I was trying to do something creative with all his blue jeans. I'd made purses and things like that in the past so I was looking for something different. Plus most of the jeans had the knees worn out so I wanted to use those somehow.

I finally came up with an idea. I cut the sections from around the holes and used them to decorate a sweatshirt for me! I embroidered it and embellished it as much as I knew how at the time. This is what I came up with....



The picture isn't too clear but the larger circles each have a hole in the middle and I just left them raggedy like they were. I used small pieces of the jeans to cut other circles and added them, too. I only used blues and silver for the embroidery....I don't think the silver shows in the photo but there is just enough to give a little sparkle here and there.

When I wore this shirt people always asked me about it! They usually laughed when I told them what I used to make it....the blown out knees of my hubby's blue jeans! I still keep the shirt even though I haven't worn it in a long time. It's just a nice reminder of something from the past.

While I was blog-visiting last evening I stopped by Tammy's blog. She was doing a free association from this site. I thought it looked like fun so here is mine....

Episode: TV programs; Lost; I need new episodes NOW!!
Source: The source of all life. Connect to source.
Jerk: Jerky! My son makes jerky. I don't eat it.
Introduce: Me to your leader!
Ralph: A grocery store chain here in Southern California
Stare: Into the light.
Cast: Of characters. Castaway.
Scenario: That's a strange scenario (this one was hard to think of anything!)
Flu: Yukky. Don't want it.
Mad: As a hatter. Mad about you.


And since we're having fun I saw this on Deb's blog yesterday and played around with it. I even added my cat's names to see what their titles were! LuLu is now known as Grand Duchess Lulu the Complex of Under Yockenthwaite! And Harley is Marquess Harley the Reticent of Snotting on Wold! Now those sound like some hooty snooty cats!

Here are a few that came up for my name!!
Empress Janet the Extemporaneous of Buzzcock Lepshire
Imperial Majesty Janet the Sage of Pigotts Sty
Milady the Most Honourable Janet the Evanescent of Chipping Sodbury

I decided to try the 4" X 4" squares today. I like them, too. Here are the first two I did....



Second one....



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morning pages - check
the five rites - check
treadmill - not today
weights - check (I'm doing three reps of each exercise using 5 lb. weights)

Monday, January 15, 2007

Busy Day Today....

I have a very busy day today so I have one little ATC for my Simply Create and that's about it. I'll try to post something later but can't promise.



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morning pages - check
the 5 rites - check
treadmill - check
weights - not today

Sunday, January 14, 2007

It's Getting Scary!!

Today HB and I will be gone most of the day. We are attending a memorial service for a relative....not actually a blood relative but a person in our extended family.
So we will be going down to the L.A. area.

I got up early today to do all my morning things and I even have an ATC that I did after my morning pages. I have a bunch of cards cut and sitting on my worktable and I just picked one up and started messing around. I hope this isn't an indication of how my day is going to go....



I just seem to be doing these ATCs every time I sit down at the worktable! I can't stop! Is there a chapter of "ATC Makers Anonymous" - ATCMA anywhere near me?? I think I need to attend a meeting! These little things are totally and completely addictive. Now everytime I look at something in a book or magazine I'm immediately thinking of ways I could use it to make a card. I have an almost endless supply of books to use for this kind of art and I'm looking at each one with new eyes!

I've always been bad about not being able to throw things away, especially books or magazines, so now I'll probably end up being one of those crazy old women who lives in a house surrounded by stacks and stacks of old newspapers and magazines with 50 cats in the house!! You know the ones. I'll begin keeping everything just in case I can use it in a collage or an ATC. Then I'll start raiding people's garbage to get their throw-aways and before you know it I'll be a full-fledged nutcase! Help!! I need a 12-step program to end this addiction before I'm over the edge!

Just kidding....but I am doing these every chance I get. Please tell me the "new" will wear off and I will get back to other things.

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morning pages - check
the 5 rites - check
treadmill - not today
weights - check