Friday, September 22, 2017

It's the Weekend-Hurrah!

I am very excited it is the weekend! I NEED some art release (more than squeezing in an hour in the evening) and a little fun. The one thing I promise myself every year when school starts up is that I am NOT going to let school become overwhelming, and yet, once again, it has happened.  I don't think there is any way around it, and it's taken me 34 years to finally learn that.
The good news is that the pup's biopsy report came back  and it was good news. Her giant growth end up being a benign skin tumor. Benign is a good word for sure!
 So in this post I have a journal page for 2 challenges.
First of all the latest challenge at Moo Mania is In The Air. The balloons  lifting up into the clouds certainly fits that bill.
And Yvonne's theme over at Art Journal Journey is Colour My World. Mostly red with a little blue is my color for today.
So tomorrow (Saturday) I am off to Vermont for the day. I'll be and out like I'm going to work. BUT, it should be a fun day and I am looking forward to it.
Hope you have a wonderful Saturday too!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Remember the Ocean Journal

Hi everyone!  It's the last full day of summer so let's go to the beach.
You might remember the ocean journal I was working on this past summer. Today I thought I would take you through the whole book from start to finish. I recently completed it and now it sits on my journal shelf. 
So here it is. You may remember some of the pages, but I know  some of the others I haven't shown you.

One slightly blurry page and some shots that aren't quite magazine quality, but I think you get the finished project.
Its the second project I have recently finished. Hurrah!
That's all for me. Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Read me a story

It's already the middle of the week. This week is just flying! More rain is due today, so it will be another dark and dreary day. Hurricane Jose (now tropical storm Jose) is making its closest path to us, but it shouldn't be more than a little  wind. But hopefully the humidity will blow on out with this weather when Jose moves further east into the Atlantic.
The news on the doggie front is that she is home. The vet said her surgery went well and the edges seemed pretty clear and the tumor didn't show any signs of growing inward. Now we just need to wait for the pathologist report which should be in later this week. She is a little lethargic and has a big incision with lots of stitches but she's up and about. 
So today I have a page from my calendar journal. 
The black and yellow is part of the calendar and I added the plaid, the polka dot tape and the white paper ribbon trim at the top. The little girl is a TH found relative and I drew in a chair for her to sit on. Otherwise standing in a sitting position can't be too comfortable.
Once again the colors of my page are those you see in the fall, so I am linking up to Yvonne's excellent challenge over at Art Journal Journey.
And here's a few more photos from my Saturday afternoon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Who doesn't love sunflowers?

Hope you're having a great day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

T Stands for A Gorgeous Garden

Happy T Day everyone. Once again it is Tuesday and time to share a drink related post.  Stop over at                            Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to join in the fun or to see what the T Gang has been up to.
So I mentioned in my last post that I got together with some college friends this past weekend. There was suppose to be 10 of us meeting for lunch, but we ended up with only 5 of us.
I really don't like this photo of me wit the double chin and it looks like I weigh 20 pounds more than I do.  Remind me not to pose in that angle next time please. :)
We met for lunch at the Portsmouth (New Hampshire) Brewery and you can see my beer in front of me. It was a very good red beer made with local sugar kelp seaweed as part of a sustainable industry.
 After lunch we went for a little walk around downtown Portsmouth. We wandered down to the water and out to one area full of very old homes.I think this was one of the first areas of the city to be developed. The city was incorporated in 1653 and I think many of the homes in this area are from the 1700's.
(I looked up the history of Portsmouth and found out it was named after the city the founder was from. He was from Portsmouth England. Since Portsmouth was originally the capital of my state, and since the original Portsmouth is in Hampshire, England, our state took on its name of New Hampshire.)
You can see this old home is really right on the  narrow street and right up against its neighbors on the side. Yet still the owners planted this fantastic garden.
 It attracted so many butterflies. I was trying to get a good photo but they flittered so quickly. Can you find the one in the photo below?

I took lots of other photos on our walk. More to share another day.
And please keep your fingers crossed for me. Our 4 year old dog needs a cancerous tumor removed today. Hopefully, the area comes out clean and she cured.
Happy T day everyone.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Best Friends Forever

Happy Sunday everyone. The fog is burning off, but it is rather humid and that is not my favorite type of weather. To make it worse I have a major case of the hives. I've been battling them for the last 2 weeks, but they feel worse in this humid weather when you  get a little sweaty. I think they are becoming chronic (something I've had on and off most of my life) so I guess this week I need to call a doctor. Not sure if I should call my allergist who I haven't seen for years or my my primary care who might just say go see the allergist. Hmmm.  All I know is I am sick of being itchy and just feeling plain old yuk from them.
So yesterday we went out and spent the afternoon with some of our college friends. It was a fun time. My friend Jennie brought some old photos to share and I thought (although it's scary) share one with you.
That's me on the right, my husband on the left and Jennie in the middle. We had gone to Florida during our spring college break. My husband was not my husband at that time, in fact we weren't even dating at that point. We are hanging out at Daytona Beach.
But yesterday before we went to lunch I had some art time and I made a page for both Try It On Tuesday and their My Friend challenge, and also for the Colour My World challenge at Art Journal Journey.
I used a background I had made and added lots of various photos from photostrips. Some of them are from TH and some of them come off of some postcards  in a set of photostrip cards I had.
OK, time to get myself moving. Hope you have a great Sunday or are having a great Sunday or even had a great Sunday, depending where you live. 
Thanks for visiting.

Friday, September 15, 2017

One More Paris Visit

Happy weekend everyone. I am glad this work week is done and I am looking forward to a little down time. 
So I wanted to show you one more Paris tag I have made for the latest Tag Tuesday challenge.
This time there's some more stamping, some stickers and a little bit of coloring.
Paris is such a beautiful and interesting city. I can see why it inspired so many famous artists.
And to wrap up my post, here's a few views of the Tour Eiffel.  No ladies on bicycles though.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

And the Color Is?

Hi everyone. This is the day we teachers in my school are all dreading. It's parent open house. It means we don't finish up until after 8 PM so it's a very long day.
But I can check it off the list once it is done. One step closer to next summer vacation.
Ha ha ha!
And today I have a page for Yvonne's Colour My World challenge at Art Journal Journey. The light washed up the upper right corner a bit when I went to photograph this, but you can see the swirly doodle lightly in the background. I really like the rainbow colors in the background.
My sparkle glue I used to attach the little stars doesn't look very sparkly in this photo. Once again, it was that evening light and the artificial light I needed to photograph.

I don't think I ever showed you these photos from my trip to New York State last August. On our way home we stopped at Saratoga Battlefield. Saratoga was a Revolutionary War Battle when the original 13 British colonies here in what became the US were fighting for their Independence from Great Britain. It was the turning point of the war when things started going in the way for colonists.
The battlefield was actually a very pretty place.
 This little house was the American army's headquarters. I believe it is the actual building. Before the war it was a family's farm house.

 That body of water down in the valley is actually the upper end of the Hudson River.
 And I love the corn flowers.
That's all for me. Hope everyone is having a great day.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lots of Paris

Hi everyone. I'm back to Paris again today. I have another tag for Tag Tuesday and the fun theme of Paris. I had so much fun playing with some stamps I had the other day. On this tag I wanted to have the colors of the French flag plus show the activity of the city. 
I stamped lots of assorted images and words and added metal looking the fleur de lys.  
And I want to show you some roses. My bushes have decided to have one last blast of summer. They are blooming as though it is July again.

 The bees sure love it.

It's feeling more like summer again for a few days. The only thing is the shadows appear so early now that it cools off quickly by dinner time. And the nights are nice for sleeping.  So no complaints here.
Thanks for visiting.