Monday, December 18, 2017

Let's wrap it up!


Today I'm celebrating Christmas with Moo-Mania & More.  I'm also celebrating with Sheila at Orange Esmeralda, our wonderful host this month at Art Journal Journey with her theme Let's Celebrate.

Everything went pretty well until I decided to add a heart to the top of the "i."  I should leave well enough alone.







Aren't these soaps wrapped beautifully?  I wish I had the stamps that were used on these.  And each has such a special embellishment, too.

Thanks for joining me today at both Moo-Mania & More and Art Journal Journey.  I am so grateful you dropped by and I also appreciate that you take the time to support my art.  I hope to also see you at both challenge blogs today.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Celebrating the changing seasons


Before I share my art today, I wanted to take you back to Tuesday when I had no electricity or internet.

Although these photos were taken early Wednesday morning,

you can see I finally put my front flower bed to bed (pun not intended, but it fit) for the year.

I placed the pumpkins in the yard, hoping they would break down over the winter and the seeds would grow in the spring.  I also dug up all the rocks I had "planted" one year.  They had sunk so deep, they were no longer visible until you ran over one with the lawn mower.  I'll build a rock garden in the spring.

You can see I have two more of these large rocks that will be added to the mix in the spring, too.  Now it's time to fast forward to today's art.

I'm once again joining Sheila at Orange Esmeralda, our wonderful host this month at Art Journal Journey with her theme Let's Celebrate.  I'm really lucky enough to live in a part of the world where there are definitely four distinct seasons.

Each of these pictures shows

a very distinct season based on where I live.






Don't you just love watching the birds as they also celebrate each season of the year?

For this page I created in my Challenges altered book, I began with a card stock background I made by scraping two colors across the page using a faux credit card.  The images were actually the tiny photos on the back of a calendar that represented each month of the year.  I only chose seven because I didn't think I could get all 12 on the page.  I cut them to look like photographs using my deckle edge scissors. My only embellishment was washi tape.    I used my black Zig pen to write the sentiment.

Thank you beyond words for visiting me today as I join Sheila and Susi at Art Journal Journey.  Hope to see you there, too!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Starry Tree Filled Night


For today's entry, I'm sharing a page I created for Try it on Tuesday.  Their theme this fortnight is Twinkle, Twinkle and they explain it can be anything with:
Stars / Sparkles / Glitter/ Shiny things
Some of you may remember the washi tape I purchased at JoAnn's on Small Business Saturday.  What I didn't tell you was I knew what I would use these glittery tapes for when I purchased them.  I had a plan all along to make some shiny trees with these gold stars sent to me last year by my friend Valerie.

I got out my Stickles pearl paint and my Stickles ice, which is very sparkly, too.  Neither wanted to come out of their little bottles with the tiny holes, so I had to remove them using a bamboo skewer.  Not the best choice, but the only one I had.  I tried using a toothpick and that took far too long, so I quickly looked for something a bit larger.

What I didn't realize at the time was how much the Twinkling H2Os were going to bleed into the Stickles.

I used both a white Gelly pen and the Stickles pearl on the star in the sky.

I used my gold Sakura metallic Gelly Roll pen to create the tree trunks.  Since the trees were definitely intended to be Christmas trees, I also sharing them with Moo-Mania & More.

And because I feel like this is cause for celebration, I'm also joining Sheila at Orange Esmeralda, our wonderful host this month at Art Journal Journey with her theme Let's Celebrate.   This spread was created in my Challenges altered book.

I'm simply thrilled you have joined me today as I created art for Art Journal Journey, Moo-Mania & More, and especially Try it on Tuesday.   Maybe I'll see you at each of these places, too.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Smiles 250


By now, many of you know I have a ton of photos from the History Museum I visited for Smithsonian Day.  I thought I would share a few more of these photos each Friday for awhile.  However, this will be my last Friday Smiles until after the new year.  My calendar has gotten so full, I must spend more time completing my Christmas gifts, some of which I still haven't started.  However, I will be back after the first of the year with more funnies, quotes, etc.

Since it's nearly Christmas, I'll share a few Christmas jokes, then you can see and enjoy the photos of the museum. By now you know I'm here for Annie's Friday Smiles.  Don't boo me out of the building, please.  I'm just typing what I found when I cleaned my office.

What do sheep say at Christmas?
Wool-tide Bleatings! or A Merry Christmas to Ewe!

What's the name of the one horse in "Jingle Bells"?
Bob. (Bells on Bob's tail ring!)



Children: This turkey tastes like an old sofa!
Mom: Well, you asked for something with plenty of stuffing!

What happened to the man who stole an Advent Calendar?
He got 25 days!

What did the beaver say to the Christmas Tree?
Nice gnawing you!

Why are Christmas Trees like bad knitters?  
They keep loosing their needles!

What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?
It's Christmas, Eve!

How does Christmas Day end?
With the letter 'Y'!

How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas?
One that's deep pan, crisp, and even!

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
A mince spy!

and FINALLY:

What's worse than Rudolph with a runny nose?
Frosty the snowman with a hot flash!


I'll now share the last of the photos from one of my favorite rooms in the museum.  Even though it is indicative of times gone by in Wichita, KS, I suspect this will bring back memories of days gone by for many of you today.

You may remember

this is where we left off last time.

Continuing in this room, I'll let you read the minutia at your speed and convenience.



This room really loves Robert Louis Stevenson.


The closer I got, the worse the lighting.

OK, I admit I got a little carried away here.  I had a hard time getting this beauty because of the three mirrors surrounding the carousel horse that reflected everywhere I stood.



I just LOVE some of those old and vintage items, like the radio and lamp.


Little boys and their toys!

Baby carriages and chests were next.


I'm amazed.  i have one of these carriages, but mine has isinglass windows on both sides.

These are the famous Beachy dolls given to the museum by Mrs. Cyrus Beachy.  She had quite a collection.



It's now time to say good-bye to the children's room and head to

my next favorite room in this museum.  I'll start in this room once I've joined you again in January.

Let's now head to Annie's Friday Smiles at A Stitch in Time because it never hurts to start the weekend with a smile.  And thanks beyond belief for joining me today.