Thursday, May 25, 2017

We Love You Manchester

One of my British friends found this on Facebook and sent it to me.  I am sharing it with all of you today, because this is how I feel.

I hope you stand with them, too.  This senseless act has hurt so many people.  I keep seeing more and more people who have lost someone, or have someone missing.  I have internet friends who live there (or near there), and I am just mortified by this senseless act.  Leave it to ISIS to have their way.

Thanks to all who visit today.  I appreciate it.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WOYWW 416: The one where she returns to party

Before anything else, I personally want to express my deepest sympathies for the people in Manchester who suffered from this horrible tragedy terrorist attack.  We in America have you in our hearts and prayers.

It's been over eight months since I joined the gang at WOYWW.  For the longest time, my computer was in such bad shape, I simply couldn't get it to stop buffering.  And I feel I need to reciprocate if I'm going to play.  But today I simply couldn't miss the fun of the annual 8th anniversary party.

So here is WOYWWendy photobombing the envelopes I have ready.

The top envelope goes to our desker Queen, Julia our gracious and ever giving host, and the lower envelope goes to my PIF (pay it forward) partner.   I'll finish adding the addresses after I publish this.  I know that many of you always come to see the rocking horses, so here they are in stamp form today.

Speaking of stamping, now you know why I don't!  That ink is NOT fun to get off my fingers and finger nails.  And this is my clean hand!

If you are coming from Julia's, please leave your number so I can get back to you quickly.  And have an absolutely marvelous 8th WOYWW anniversary.  Who would have thought this phenomenon would have lasted this long?  Well, I for one.

Monday, May 22, 2017

T Stands For My Birthday Buffet

I have wanted to go to this restaurant for awhile now.  They have one of the largest oriental buffets I have ever been to.

I had already finished one spring roll and was starting on an egg roll when I thought to take photos of our drinks, which was water (with lemon for me).   My foodie friend Sally was paying for this meal, so I was already chowing down while she was filling her plates.

I have never been a fan of tofu, but when I saw tofu soup, I decided to give it a chance.  I fell in love with it and really would have gone back for more if I'd had room.  Unfortunately, between the pot stickers, mac and cheese, and plate of fried rice with seafood, veggie with peanuts, and lo mein (my meal was on the left as I took the photo standing at the edge of the table), I was too full for a second bowl of soup.  Needless to say, it was all delicious and I enjoyed it more than Sally did, I suspect.

This is the largest buffet I have ever seen

and it goes on for miles, or so it seems.

Desserts, including ice cream, are along the far right.

While Sally paid the bill (you will fall over at the price, which was slightly less than $8.00 (USD)/person: I think she said it was $7.59 USD),

I took a few photos of the fish and turtles in this open pond (ignore the fact I caught my purse in the photo)

then headed for the other other side and got a few photos of these ugly fish.

Yes, unlike other places these are real and were moving around.

Now you know how I spent my bEARTHday meal the Thursday before my birthday.

It's time for you to share your drink related post this week.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or 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.   Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken at any time, and don't even have to be taken this year!

Is it elegance or grunge? Homage to Erika (and more)

It's great to be back and I'm so glad I can participate in Gill's Elegance and/or Grunge at Art Journal Journey.  I've been so remiss in joining in this month, and I hope Gill can understand my not participating more than I have so far.

A few days ago, my friend Erika showed a photo of her bird feeder that a bear had knocked onto the ground.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I found

this picture in a 2007 Birds and Blooms magazine my friend Sally gave me.    If that sweet face isn't elegant, I don't know what is.  As an aside, the two patterned papers I used to create the bear's background mat were gifted me by Erika, too.

The grunge comes from the wild and crazy background I created.

Materials used included three patterned papers, two washi tapes, a black Micron pen, and a page from a small dictionary.  All were backed on a used file folder I sprayed with some of my handmade shimmering mists (which sadly don't show on the scan).

On Saturday, after helping my friend's sister and her children pack to move to California (the San Diego area), I treated myself to visiting the Art and Book Fair.

As an aside, now that everything is packed and ready to move, except for a few essentials needed for the trip to CA, movers will come in Wednesday to take the items to the children's new home.  I will be there to help them leave this city that has been their home since birth.  And for those of you who I always visit, just be aware, I am working my way to you as quickly as possible.  I have the SLOWEST internet on the planet, just one step up from dial-up.

Now for the books I purchased.   I didn't get the huge bargains my friend Pamela of Cappuccino and Art Journal gets when she attends one of these book fairs,  

but I was still happy with my purchases.   I purchased from the lowest prices they had.  The orange dots were $4.00 (USD) each

and the green dots were $2.00 (USD) each.  I couldn't believe I had gotten three Sue Grafton novels in a single book for $2.00.

I purchased all most of the other books for the art that is inside them.

The two large, thin books I bought for their covers.  Most of the covers I kept from Sally's old books were in pristine condition, and I wanted something with a bit of grunge showing.

I left the price tags on them, but will probably remove them after I publish this post.   In case you are wondering, I spent $34.00 (USD) on these books.  I was really surprised I had spent so much money, but once they added it up, I couldn't very well put anything back.  I would have been too embarrassed.  The good thing was, I learned that the money raised goes to purchase new art for the Wichita Art Museum.

Here is where they will be kept until I want to make art.

They should feel right at home with the other books, rocking horses, and DUST!!!

Now let's forget about dust (while I grab my dust rag and wash cloth) and join everyone at Gill's wildly popular Elegance and/or Grunge at Art Journal Journey.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Seeds for my garden and the clean up

I have to admit I'm really glad to be back online.  I've missed visiting my friends.  

A few days ago I headed to the south part of town for some seeds.

I always purchase my seeds here whenever possible.

They often have a large selection

of all things for the garden.

They sell honey, jam, jelly, and lots of homemade goodies.

But I overlooked the bird feeders, the seed potatoes, and the watering cans.

I was on a mission for seeds.  And as it turned out, I got what I wanted.

After I paid for my purchases, I took a few more photos of the goodies inside this tiny place.

They have a little of everything the gardener would ever possibly need

or want.   Not sure I like that the honey and jelly were next to the insect repellent, though.

I have no idea what most of these products are for, 

because I am a simple gardener, preferring natural over chemical gardening.

In case you were wondering, I bought cilantro/coriander, Genovese basil (the best sweet basil for pesto), and Thai basil.   I already have sweet basil which has a tendency to bolt (flower during hot weather), so I now have three basils to tend this year.

Then it was back home to clean up my craft room and yard.

I fear this is as good as my craft room is going to get.   After all, it IS a working craft space. 

Although I've used my cutter a few times in the past few days, the sewing machine has set idle.

The first thing I did in the yard was find my bricks.   Note the tree that is encroaching on my pine in the  far left.

Next I trimmed back around my pavers.

I didn't think to pick up the stick until after I had taken the shot.

As you can see, the bricks have sunken and it's harder to edge around them.

I have a lot to clean up in this area.

I took this and the next photo

so you could see how overgrown the Rose of Sharon was.  It was over the gutter and heading to the roof of my porch.  There is also part of the errant tree in the photo.

But no more.  The tree is now on the ground, or at least most of it.

The other trees are not in my yard.  My yard ends at the pine tree, which has been covered for so long, it was hard to find.

The Rose of Sharon has been cut back and the branches will be gone as soon as they dry a bit.  I was able to borrow a chain saw and it took me several hours to get the tree this far.

Finally, I fixed my front door.  The hinge at the bottom didn't work, so I bought a new one and finally installed it while I had the power tools out.  Tomorrow I will begin planting my herbs and seeds I bought.  The storms and tornadoes are gone, at least for the time being, so I feel safe enough to plant my garden, now.

Thanks for going with me to buy seeds and stay for my clean-up.   It was fun taking you with me, and I enjoyed your company, whether you are a gardener, a DIYer, or just one of my fellow bloggers!  I've really missed all of you!