Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring Flowers

It's time to once again join Rosie at Rosie's Kleine Bastelwelt who is this month's host at Art Journal Journey.   Her theme this month is Spring.

What better to signify spring than flowers.

I dug into my canceled postage stamps and found these beautiful spring flowers.

I save everything, including the stamps my dear friend Valerie has sent me at various times that included spring flowers.

I created this in my Challenges altered book.  The background is one I made using Twinkling H20s during a Second Thursday tutorial a few months back.  Since the card stock didn't cover the entire page, I added a bit of shaving cream paper to the top and bottom.  In retrospect, I wish I had placed the shaving cream paper on top, so it would blend better.  Live and learn, though.

I really appreciate your visit and your taking time to check out my art today.  I also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey, too.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Beannachtam na Femle Padraig (Happy St. Patrick's Day!)

Happy St. Patrick's Day.  You don't have to be Irish to celebrate this holiday.  I'm not Irish, but I still like to spread a little blarney on this day.

I'm once again joining Rosie at Rosie's Kleine Bastelwelt (Rosie's Small Craft World) this month's host at Art Journal Journey whose theme is Spring.

May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.
And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you this St. Patrick's Day.

A few step out photos show I circled all things Ireland and Irish on this dictionary page.

I'm not quite sure why, but ladybugs (called ladybirds in other countries)

seem to be associated with luck.


especially the elusive four leaf clover, are also signs of good luck.

For this page, I started with my large art journal (8.5 X 11 inch; 21,6 X 27,94 centimeter) then laid down a predominantly green background that started life as a calendar page.  Next, I colored an entire page of card stock using my two green watercolor crayons (the best Christmas gift ever).  Then I added some of my handmade mica-infused shimmering mists to the top to give it a bit of sparkle that doesn't really show in the photos.  I outlined and cut four hearts from the card stock, along with a stem, then added them to the dictionary page.  Next, I added computer generated text I also colored with the watercolor crayons.  I found some ladybug stickers and cut around them, then added them to the page. Finally, I used my green gel pen to outline the words and their definitions.

Thank you beyond belief for your continued support of my art.  Your visit means the world to me.  Today you will find me at Art Journal JourneyHope to see you there, too.  I apologize that I'm having keyboard problems, so my comments will be far more brief than ones you normally expect from me.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Smiles 263: Visiting a new museum and a bit of blarney

Since tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, here are a few jokes, riddles and one-liners that will make you groan.  I know they did me!

What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? 
A rash of good luck.
Why don't you iron 4-Leaf clovers? 
Because you don't want to press your luck.
Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun? 
Because they're always a little short.

What's Irish and stays out all night? 
Paddy O'furniture!

What do ghosts drink on St Patrick's Day? 

How is a best friend like a 4-leaf clover? 
Because they are hard to find and lucky to have.

What's the main difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish funeral? 
One less drunk at the party.

Why don't women want to get engaged on St Patricks Day? 
'Cause they don't want to get a "sham rock."
What do you call an Irishman who knows how to control his wife? 
A bachelor.

What would you get if you crossed Christmas with St. Patrick's Day? 
St. O'Claus!

I think that's enough offensive Irish jokes.  I hope these didn't offend anyone who is Irish.  By now I'm sure you know I'm here for Annie's Friday Smiles.

Today we head to a very different museum.

I have shown part of this museum in the past, and now it's time to show the rest of it.  I suspect the part we visit for the next few weeks won't be as interesting as the previous museum.  Today we start visiting the Kansas Oil Museum.

I'll let the photos tell the story.

This may not mean much if you don't live in Kansas, but these are the types of shale and rock found at different layers and locations in Kansas towns.

Of course I had to watch mesmerized as the "oil" slowly flowed to the bottom.

I think this is enough for this week.  Not sure how interested you will be in this museum, because it is pretty specific to the history of oil and gas.

Thanks for joining me today and thanks for your continued visits.  Now let's visit Annie's Friday Smiles, where it never hurts to begin the weekend with a big smile, just like Annie's.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Butterfly Emerges in Spring

I'm once again joining Rosie at Rosie's Kleine Bastelwelt (Rosie's Small Craft World) this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Spring.

And nothing speaks of spring better than butterflies flitting through the early spring flowers.

I colored the quote, but when I did, I tore it.  It reads "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

l was once again able to get into my craft room for a couple of hours and sewed this collage together.   I haven't sewn anything for so long, it felt really good.

For this page I created in my large art journal, I began by sewing the three collage elements together, then I sewed them to the pink backing page.  The focal image was from a calendar that I cut to size, and the quote was computer generated.  I left the strings long on the variegated thread to denote movement.

I am simply thrilled you joined me today.    Thank you beyond belief for your continued support of my art.  Today, you will find me at Art Journal JourneyHope to see you there, too.