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Playing with My Art Journal

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Hello out there in blog-land. How was your weekend? Mine was full of playing in my art journal with my water color pencils, and new Canson multi-media paper and water brushes. I made the cute little picture of the bear trying to get the honey. I was thinking I might put it on a card but the paper warped a lot so I have to try to flatten it first.img_3466

I also did a little sketching. I have not sketched anything in over 20 years and it isn’t very good but I had fun playing around. I sketched what I saw looking out my window while sitting at my desk. I exaggerated the big tree as the one I was looking at is just a sapling. This is what I came up with.

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It’s basic and elementary but like I said I had fun playing with my water color pencils and trying to figure out how they work.  I also played around with this one…img_3463

In this one I wanted to try to practice making a scene and playing with shadows which I am not very good at, as you can see since the shadows are all over the place. It came out kind of terrible but  I had fun stamping everywhere and coloring. It’s fun to play! Sometimes you just gotta mess around and have fun!img_3464

I even made the first card I have made in months! Yay me! Sorry, but I was so proud of myself for coming up with a card and actually putting it together. I have been so discouraged about card making lately I have not made any other than the Father’s Day wallet card. So I was happy that I finally followed through and sucked it up and made a card.

Anyway, that is enough rambling for now. That’s all I have come up with so far but I am looking forward to seeing what I come up with next.

Have a great week and enjoy life’s sweet moments!

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Recognition Award Time!

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Recently, I was recognized by the wonderful Julia from Julia’s Creative Year for the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you very much Julia! I love reading Julia’s blog, not only because she is my pen pal, but because she inspires me to get off my butt and create something, or at least think about creating something. Julia’s blog is about her year to be creative and expand her creativity. I love to see what she comes up and be inspired to try new things. So thank you very much Julia!

I have never been nominated for anything before so it felt good to be mentioned in her post. So part of the rules for this award is to explain how my blog started and give 2 pieces of advice. So here it goes…

I started this blog as a way to express myself and to vent. It was just something I wanted to do as a way of self expression that was different from just journaling. It wasn’t something that I went into thinking I’m going to have tons of followers and make lots of money or anything like that. I just wanted to share and started it more as a therapeutic tool than anything.

As for advice for other bloggers or future bloggers, well, I’m not sure I’m one to give it, especially since I don’t have tons of followers (which is totally okay), but here it is. First, I’d say, blog for yourself and not with the intention of fame and millions of followers. Blog because it is something that you want to do for you.

Second, just have fun with it! I found that the more pressure I put on myself to have a certain amount of blog posts or something like that the more stressed out I become and the less I want to do it. I do not have a regular schedule for posts. I post when inspired and find I have more fun that way and in turn get more inspired to find things to post about. I just have fun with it.

Okay, so now it’s time to explain the rules and move on to my nominees…

The Rules are:

Thank the blogger who nominated you

Write a post to show your award

Give a brief summary of how your blog started and give 2 pieces of blogging advice

Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award

Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to your post announcing their award nomination

I follow several blogs and enjoy all of them. They are uplifting and inspirational and I would love to share all of them but many do not want nominations. With that being said, if any of the people I nominated do not want to be recognized I apologize.

My nominations are for…

The stitchingranny at the Stitchery Nook. I love Helen’s work and her blog and see what she comes up with.

Shazza is a fun blog to read because I love seeing her adventures and her beautiful photos. Check Sharon’s blog out at Sunshine and Celandines .

Jo-Jo’s Spot is another blog I love to read and get artistic inspiration from. I love to see her artistic endeavors and her challenges.

Loucke from The Year of Letters is fun because I share her love of snail mail and letter writing and receiving. I love seeing her push herself to achieve her goal of writing the entire year.

Gwendolyn from Desperate Housewife Craft is another one I like to follow because she is another homemaker adjusting to homemaking and I love seeing her crafts and her creativity and her adventures.

Tammy from Crafty Boutique by Tam is another blog I love to follow because I like to see her journey as she grows her Etsy business which is something that I am trying to do as well. She inspires me to keep trying and not give up.

Okay, this is a plenty long post and I apologize. There are so many other fabulous bloggers out there and I wish I can mention them all. Thank you again Julia for the nomination and thank you to those that read my blog. I feel so thankful that you do.

Have a great week and enjoy life’s sweet moments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friend Mail Friday…with a Squirrel!

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This was a quiet week for friend mail. I was beginning to thing I wouldn’t get any at all but low and behold, yesterday I received some. In it was this amazing and wonderful and adorable Squirrel from my friend Julia from Julia’s Creative Year . Isn’t he just too cute?! Thank you so much Julia. He has a special place on my desk. I LOVE IT! I  also received this wonderful reminder to “Notice the blessings” which is something I have been neglecting to do. I’ve been rather down lately, or something. It’s not necessarily down, I’ve just been feeling blank. I don’t know. But this beautiful little card was what I needed, so another big THANK YOU JULIA!img_3449.jpg

Okay, back to the mail. I also received a couple of post cards and other letters. I love the fairy post card from my friend in Michigan and the Cars one full of Mater quotes. My favorite is, “Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I been.”

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Lastly, I received some nice little stickers for my planner and some ginger tea…which I am looking forward to trying. img_3450

Anyway, that is my little mail share this week. I sent out a lot of letters this week but did not take photos of them since they were not decorated or anything fancy. All the good stuff was on the inside =D.

Have a good day and enjoy life’s sweet moments!

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Art Journal Randomness

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I have not played in my art journal in over a month! I have no idea what is supposed to go into one and am not very good at art and do not know what most of the stuff is for or how to use it. In the pic above I was playing with some cute napkins I found at Dollar Tree and with mod podge and gesso. Now I have no idea how to use any of these things really. So I just used mod podge to glue the napkin down ans seal it on one page and the other I did the same and put gesso over it. The gesso I haveis thin and liquidy and I recently learned that there are different consistencies for gesso. I tried to lighten the appearance of the image on the second page and reversed the image. It kind of worked. Then I stamped an image that inspired me at that moment and I was done. I also found that gesso does not work well as a glue and that is why I used the mod podge.

Next came the 4th of July and I received some cool foil temporary tattoos from one of my pen pals. After my kids too the ones they wanted, I had no idea what to do with the rest. Then curiosity hit me and I wondered if temporary tattoos would stick to paper. So I brought out my art journal and began experimenting. Low-and- behold…they stuck and transferred better than I thought they would. This is the result!img_3340

I added a bit of glue and glitter and ta-da! (Never mind the writing…I am still waiting for the whole brush lettering to click for me.)

Next up, I found a cool deal on Amazon for some water color pencils. I bought a set of 50 for less than $10. I honestly don’t know if that really is a good deal but it sounded like one and the reviews on them were good so I bought them. I am anxious and nervous to try them. I do not have water color paper so I do not know how I am going to use them yet. I am going to have to use what I have until I can get some watercolor paper, ( it is so expensive!) So I will probably end up using them  on paper covered with gesso since that’s what I have. Here they are…img_3391

has anyone used these before or have any suggestions as to how I can use them? Okay, well, that’s it for today. Still gotta figure out how to finish my craft room organizing. So far I have been shoving everything in my craft room closet while I wait for my hubby to build me shelves in there.  In the meantime, it looks like this…img_3422

A disaster huh? Yes, I cross my fingers I don’t get crushed by an avalanche whenever I open the door. I am saving up to buy the stuff for the shelves. Wish me luck! OH! And I added a new page to my planner…img_3416

I am hoping it will encourage me to get back to reading more. So far I have only read these book this year…rather terrible for me. I love to read and have not been doing so. Hopefully I can keep up on it!

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend! Enjoy life’s sweet moments and have fun!

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Snail Mail Saturday

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I know I usual have Friend Mail Friday  but yesterday was a bit hectic and I just didn’t get to post. I might have to switch to Snail Mail Saturdays because we only have one laptop and it is used during the week to homeschool my 2 kiddos and most of their lessons are on here or require the computer like my son’s coding class. So anyway, that’s that.

Now on to my lovely snail mail. I received quite a few post cards and a couple of letters. img_3297.jpg

Here are some of the post cards I received. (Pardon the stained craft mat. I finally flipped it over.) This week I received a wonderful letter from my friend Victoria who always has a them to her letters. It was another Halloween one, because, you know, Halloween is my favorite holiday next to Christmas, same same as her.

I also received a wonderful letter full of teas from a friend in Ireland who is helping me expand my tea pallet. I am not too familiar with teas and usually only drink them iced or with milk and it is usually cold by the time I get to it, just like my coffee.img_3414

I received a letter from a friend in Florida who is originally from Morocco and she sent me a lovely facial mask and a wonderful tea that her grandmother sends her from Morocco.

Lastly I received a letter from Canada filled with printouts of plants that I may be able to grow. I love plants and gardening but I have a black thumb and have killed every plant that I have attempted to grow. I mean every single one, even cacti and bamboo. It’s terrible and yet, I still try. I try to remain hopeful that I will succeed one of these times. She also put lovely flowers on the envelope and sent cute Paris stickers.

Ok, that pretty much wraps up my friend mail. I also got some happy mail this week. I was was some heat resistant acetate and white gelly roll pens. I have never used acetate before and although they have been around for a long time, I plan on making my very first shaker cards with it and maybe doing some embossing on them. That is, if I ever get around to crafting. I have been rather lazy about it. Well, I don’t know if it’s laziness or what. I get inspired but don’t have the material needed  usually, or I get to my craft room and lose my umph to create. Anyone else have that problem? Hopefully, I get my butt in gear and make some new things. I haven’t made a card since Father’s Day and still it was only that ONE and before then, well, I can’t remember the card I made before then.

Alright, that’s enough rambling for today. Have a great weekend, be safe and enjoy the little things!