Saturday, November 29, 2008

Zentangles Galore!

A few months ago I was invited to participate in a zentangle project....I think I mentioned it on my blog at the time. I couldn't show you any of the things I was doing because I didn't want to spoil the project. I received my zentangle book today so now I can share some of it with you.

Here is the finished book....the front cover....



The book is about 3" x 3.5"....small but jam-packed with art!

These are some of the pages I did....



Here are more pages....



This was a fun project because I love doing zentangles! I was invited to join this group through flickr and I feel very privileged to be in the company of the other artists who participated. I'll scan some of those pages to show you when I have a bit more time.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm So Lucky....

I consider myself one of the luckiest people in Blogland!! So many wonderful, creative people visit my blog, leave comments and encourage me in my art. It makes me feel so good....but then when I receive an award it's just extra special.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to receive two awards from the fantastic Alberta and Ava over at Amusing Muses. Their art is so impressive, so creative, and so unique that to be recognized by them is really a treat for me. Thank you for the awards!!



I love the colors of this award! It's so girly!! Pink and green always look great together. You should stop over to see the pink and green art at Amusing Muses right now. It's gorgeous!





Don't you love the little butterflies?

You know I'm extra busy right now with my son so I'm going to take the easy way out and hope no one is offended....I'm passing these awards on to everyone who visits here. Feel free to put the awards on your blog and enjoy them. I think you all deserve recognition for your creativeness....and for hanging in there with me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'm Still Here!



Hi everyone....I've missed you all over the past days but I've been having lots of fun visiting with my son. I know many of you have wanted to see photos of him but I'm sorry to say he isn't thrilled about having his picture on the internet. He's a very private person (remember he lives in a small town in Alaska!) and just doesn't feel comfortable with the thought of being on my blog....so I'll not be posting any photos of him.

I can tell you that we have talked almost non-stop since he arrived! He has tons of interesting stories about his town and some of the things that happen there. He's a great storyteller and I keep telling him he should write a book about his experiences.

We're getting ready for Thanksgiving....I think there will be about 15 people at the house. It will be fun....especially since HB does most of the cooking!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Eat, enjoy your friends and families and I'll have more in a few days. My son is going home with my daughter for a few days so I'll be able to catch up on the blogs. See you then....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Finally....

My son arrived this past Monday and ever since then we've been busy talking and laughing.

He is enjoying the beautiful California weather we've been having....it's almost perfect right now. Every afternoon he spends a couple of hours out in the backyard just soaking up the sun. Right now in the town where he lives in Alaska the highs and lows for the day are only a couple of degrees different and they're in the mid 30's with a combination of rain and snow!! So to say things are a little better here is quite an understatement!

We haven't done anything special yet....just visiting and catching up. But I'm sure this next week we'll get out and start doing some fun things. It's just nice to have him here.

Still no new camera but I haven't been out looking for one. That's on my list for next week, too.

Actually nothing much is going on. I did a little drawing in my moleskine the other day but that's the first art I've done in a long time....



I'm trying to use any spare time I get to visit your blogs so you'll see me sooner or later.

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I just learned about a fabulous giveaway on Debra's blog. It's a blog I learned about from Kate. Debra is giving away a beautiful journal that she made. If you like journals go check it out.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What I've Done.....

Since I don't have much time to write a post I decided to do something I saw on Lynda's blog. If you want to play along just copy this and then bold the things you've done.

I HAVE….

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

And…

100. Ridden an elephant



Yikes! That's pretty pathetic! Only 33 out of 100. I guess I'm not very adventuresome!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Still Wainting!!!

We're all still waiting on that jet plane to arrive. When my son got to Juneau they told him his flight had been delayed by three hours!! So he missed his connecting flight out of Seattle. The airline put him up in a very nice hotel so he spent the night in Seattle and will get here today at 2 PM. We're all anxiously awaiting his arrival....



That's LuLu on the top of the chair and Harley in the seat. They're waiting, too. (Thank goodness for photos I filed away! Still no camera!)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Waitin' on a Jet Plane....

I'm not Leavin' on a Jet Plane but I am waiting on one to get here. I'm so excited! Tonight my son arrives! I can't wait. Every other time he has visited us here it's been in the summer....and you all know how much I "love" summer! It's always been so hot and miserable that I haven't really wanted to get out and do much so this time when he said he was coming for the holidays I was thrilled.

Finally he may get so see more than our back patio! We can get out and drive wherever we want and we won't be in sweltering heat. Plus my son can actually get something to eat that isn't cold and popped into the microwave!

I still haven't bought a new camera but I'm sure that will happen soon but in the meantime HB can always take lots of photos with our "fancy" camera! Three days after my son arrives we'll celebrate his 45th birthday and there WILL be photos! This is an old photo of me and my son when he was only a little guy....now he's about 6' 3"!!



What a hairdo, huh! Sorry about the quality of this photo but so many of my older ones were taken with a Polaroid and are not holding up.

So for now, I may be a little distracted for a few days but it won't be like when I took my big blog break. I promise to still visit in between hugging my son!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

SSSS....It's Only a Letter!

This blogging without camera (BWOC) stuff is tough. A couple of days ago Janet had an interesting meme on her blog. I thought it would be fun to try it so here's mine....

If you want to play, you just leave a comment on this post and ask for a letter. Then you list 10 things you love that start with that letter.

I emailed Janet (the other one....not myself!) and asked for a letter. Mine is "S"....

1. Sand at the beach....or anywhere else. I've always liked playing in sand. My dad made me a sandbox when I was a kid and I spent many hours playing there.

2. Sunshine. We have a lot of that here and if it weren't for the heat in the summer it would be perfect. I like lots of sunshine and blue skies.

3. Salmon. Yum!! I think I could eat salmon every day....and it's good for you.

4. Sketchbooks....I have several.

5. Being Silly!! I can still act silly and crazy at times....it's fun!!

6. Sumptuous....I just like the sound of that word.

7. Sweaters and sweatshirts....it's what I wear when it's chilly. I much prefer winter clothes to summer ones. There's just something so nice about a soft, snuggly sweater.

8. Stories, as in reading them, not telling them. I'm no good at telling stories but I love to read, and a good story is always what I'm looking for in a book.

9. Stars....the kind in the sky at night, not the kind in Hollywood!

10. Synchronicity....when it happens it seems magical.

And just for good measure, I decided to include one thing I don't like that begins with the letter"S"....can you guess what it might be?? You're right! My all-time least favorite thing....snakes.

Monday, November 03, 2008

I'm Just Rambling!

Trying to blog without a camera is just no fun! And I haven't had much time to shop for one. My son was supposed to be here yesterday but he had to postpone his trip by one week....so he will arrive on the 9th instead. He wasn't able to get all his work finished by the 2nd and he didn't want to leave it for someone else. You'd think I'd be all ready for him since I had originally planned for the 2nd but nooooo!

I'm still cleaning out closets and making room for his clothes and things. I bought some of those Space Bags and I'm giving them a try. I have so many clothes that are kept for sentimental reasons only, so maybe that will be a good way to store them. I really don't know why I keep them but I do!

Art has taken a back seat for the past couple of weeks. I fell down on the October challenge of drawing something every day. I think I made it through the 28th although some of them haven't been posted yet.

I'm going in six different directions once again....that seems to be my normal way of doing things! So forgive me if I'm rambling!

For lack of any photos I'll give you this quiz thingie I saw on Kathy's blog. I don't think this one sounds very much like me but it's about chocolate so I couldn't resist!!





What Your Taste in Chocolate Says About You



You are sophisticated, modern, and high class.

Your taste is refined, but you are not picky.

You are often the first to try something new.



You are emotionally expressive and sensitive.

You're effected by everything around you.

Your friends appreciate your open heart, but they are afraid of hurting your feelings.



You love the feeling of accomplishment. You enjoy doing what's important.

You feel lost when you have to do frivolous tasks or hang out with shallow people.



That's it for today. I hope everyone had a fun weekend.