Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pre-Thanksgiving Advice

Today I have some pre-Thanksgiving advice for those of you who plan to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Who in the world would want to kill this majestic Tom?  Certainly not me.

So I suggest you eat your veggies and the lovely Tom can live another year.

I started this spread by laying down the dregs of my orange acrylic craft paint I've watered down to the consistency of watercolors.  The beautiful bird was found in my stash.  For the left side, I sewed two paint chip samples together, along with the bowl of food.  I used my white Gelly Roll pen to write the sentiment.

For Day 22 of AEDM, I created a pre-Thanksgiving spread in my Challenges altered book.  I want to thank each of you for joining me today, because you make me thankful to know you, even if it's in cyberspace.

Monday, November 20, 2017

T Stands For Thankful

Today I am giving thanks for the small, as well as the large blessings in my life.

The small things include these cookies I purchased to serve to my friends on Thanksgiving

and the glass of eggnog I can only get this time of year.   I put out two cookies so I could share them with you.  I have more, so please help yourself.

I think other small things I'm grateful for include the pumpkins I purchased to decorate my dining room table for this thankful day.

The large things I'm grateful for include my friends, both virtual and personal, my health, my two stress reducing cats, and my good fortune of owning a home I really love.

So, as we share a glass or cup or mug of happiness and thankfulness today, 

I want to say how grateful I am that you are joining me in this festive time.  I know many of you are my international friends and don't celebrate this strictly U.S. holiday.  But that doesn't make me any less grateful for you and the constant support you give me each day, whether you are an avid responder or a silent visitor.

It's now time to raise my glass of eggnog, appreciate my friends, followers, and visitors, and wish you the happiest T Day and Thanksgiving on Thursday.  

After seeing all these photos, I really wish I had ironed this before I placed it on the table. 

 Now it's your turn to share a drink related post.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, teabags, scrapbooking, or any other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink. Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Obviously old photos are acceptable because they may be taken and shown any time.

Bleubeard, Squiggles, and I wish you a happy T Stands For Tuesday.  If I don't "see" you before Thanksgiving, we wish you a day filled with joy, gratitude, and happiness.

This is Day 21 of AEDM and I created a link-up party that is drink inspired.  Please feel free to join us any Tuesday.

Baby It's Cold Outside

I wasn't sure this post was going to happen, because my internet has been offline since early this morning.  I finally broke down and contacted my internet provider (AT&T) and they got me back online in time to create this post.

I'm once again joining Chris from PearShapedCrafting, this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme of 101 Ways to Stay Warm.

I decided to scan the background and words before I added anything else to this page, which I'm sure some of you will recognize as one of the used file folders I colored as part of my Second Thursday tutorial.

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

(I really can't stay) But, baby, it's cold outside
(I've got to go away) But, baby, it's cold outside
(This evening has been) Been hoping that you'd drop in
(So very nice) I'll hold your hands they're just like ice

(I simply must go) Baby, it's cold outside
(The answer is no) Baby, it's cold outside
(The welcome has been) How lucky that you dropped in
(So nice and warm) Look out the window at the storm

(I got to get home) But, baby, you'd freeze out there
(Say lend me a coat) It's up to your knees out there
(You've really been grand) I thrill when you touch my hand
(But don't you see) How can you do this thing to me

(There's bound to be talk tomorrow) Think of my life long sorrow
(At least there will be plenty implied) If you caught pneumonia and died
(I really can't stay) Get over that old doubt
[Both] Baby, it's cold
[Both] Baby, it's cold outside

This song is apparently attributed to Dean Martin, but it sounds like the man is more of a leech than someone willing to take his date home before the snow gets too deep.  And I hate to say it, but that type of behavior seems to be systemic today, especially with all the allegations being cast in the direction of both famous (like the U.S. President) and the not quite so famous (like Kevin Spacey).  So, I tried to give it a more baby like and warmer feel.

This is MY take on "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

All decorations,  

with a few exceptions,

began life

as buttons.

In order to remove the backs, I used nail clippers.

The ones obviously not buttons were strung on a piece of dark green fiber.

Before you accuse me of going over to the "cutesy" side of the mixed media spectrum, please be aware, I found these when I was cleaning my basement after the flood I had last year.  I had so many of these buttons but I knew feared I wouldn't use them for anything mixed media.  I decided to save them until just the right spread came along.  And it finally did!  Of course, my substrate was a used file folder colored with dye ink.

This is Day 20 of AEDM, we are 2/3 of the way through this month, and I created a spread for Chris's theme at Art Journal Journey.  Hope to see you both places.   I am most grateful that you visited today and am always thrilled by the lovely comments you leave.  I'm also thankful I'm finally back online!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Prep Day

I only have access to these alphabet dies for three days, so I am working my tale off in my craft room.   I'll be spending all my time with these dies, so I may or may not have time to visit.  This is a huge undertaking for me, and one I greatly appreciate.

In the background on the right are a few tags.  It is the one and only die I owned.  Not much you can do with a single die.

Then my friend Erika sent me a die that cuts the bird, butterfly, and circles.  I was in hog heaven, although I confess I didn't use them until today.

This entire day was rather fraught with peril.  As you can see, I don't have a lot of room on my craft table.  There are some things I always keep there, like my stapler and 3-hole punch.  

In the basket are a bunch of leather circles that had been cut to make badges.  A friend didn't use them, so gave them to me.  I had to remove the yarn from the leather which took seemingly forever.

The envelopes were very old and also given to me.  They were attached to backer paper that was originally used in a dot matrix printer.  They were fan-folded and on sheets that were tractor fed.  Those of you who had a computer and printer in the 80s will know what I'm talking about.  I had to remove each of the envelopes from their backer paper, then I wrote each letter on both the front and back of each envelope. 

You can see I saved a few of the tractor feeds, and I also painted some paper that I hope to use with the dies.  Prep day may will probably turn into prep night and prep tomorrow, too!

This is Day 19 of AEDM, and I am in the process of prepping some painted papers and using some dies loaned to me.  I really appreciate your visit because it is greatly appreciated.  I promise to try to find time to visit each of you today, too.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

How to stay warm

I am offering a bit of advice as I join Chris from PearShapedCrafting, this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme of 101 Ways to Stay Warm.

I'm also providing a bit of nostalgia with this really lovely drawing I found in a calendar.

My advice for staying warm?   Rake leaves and debris into a pile, then start a bonfire in that pile.

Does the colored baby wipe look familiar?

I was so impressed with how the smoke rose above the flames.

For this two page spread, I began by laying down white and lavender acrylic craft paint using a credit card.  On the right, I laid down the baby wipe, then added the focal image I cut from a calendar.  Computer generated text was swiped with lavender pigment ink, then layered over the rest of the baby wipe.

This is Day 18 of AEDM and I created a two page spread in my Challenges altered book.   I'm also linking to Art Journal Journey.  Hope to see you at both places.   I am most grateful that you visited today.