Thursday, January 23, 2014

Nothing to do today but smile


(Lyric by Paul Simon)

Not quite true of course,

but anyway it's the mousie speaking and what else does a mouse have to do?

It will be a job getting this cat to smile,

 and he's hoping it won't be a smile full of sharp teeth.



Not smiling about: this winter. 
The low temps are hovering around 0 degrees 
for the foreseeable future.

Smiling about: the Christmas cactus is still blooming 
and it's warm and cozy inside.

Smiling about: it's Mice this week at Inspiration Avenue.
 The prompt at Journal52 is You make me Smile 
so I've managed to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
(HATE that expression...why are all the old expressions so violent?)


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Where in the World. . .?

This week at Inspiration Avenue, the prompt was the inspiration of Niina:

Around the World

There are so many places I'd like to visit that I was stumped for an idea.

Luckily, Niina told us she was playing a game on her blog where she
would give us three words, and the challenge was to create something
using those words. I couldn't resist!

Here are my 3 words, supplied by Niina:

Egypt  •  Bird  •  Stripes

Okay! I especially had to do some research on Egypt,
a place I sadly don't know much about.
I didn't get much farther than Edward Poynter's paintings. 
Poynter painted scenes of Egypt and places nearby.
His classical paintings are breathtaking. But I was struck by 
this etching of two slave girls carrying water.
I wondered what they are thinking, especially the
girl on the right.


Here is my painting based on the inspiration of the etching:


I don't know what these girls are thinking either.
The one on the right may be wondering if her friend 
knows there is an ibis on her head.
I wouldn't mind giving this another go, 
since I'm not entirely happy with it.

Last day for "Around the World" though...so it is what it is!

Hop over to Inspiration Avenue to see the 
other interpretations of Around the World.

http://inspiration-avenue-team.blogspot.com/


Another prompt this week 
had to do with places also so I'll include it here.

At Journal52, the theme was 

Somewhere, a Simple Place

Any place with warm sunshine filtering through the trees is my Happy Place!

I hope you are enjoying your happy place today,
whether in reality, or in your imagination...

Happy Sunday!
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Friday, January 10, 2014

Magical Journal Journeys
2013





The Magical Journals have come full circle and returned home!
I'm happy to say we are gearing up to start our third journal collaboration.

But for now, here are the fabulous pages in my
yellow, orange, and gray journal.
Thanks to all my sisters for working in my colors even though
they may not have been your first choice.
As you will see, the orange, yellow and gray pages
are fabulous all together. And I love the way the warm colors along
with the gray create a pushing-and-pulling effect.
Many pages have equated the colors with opposites like
sunshine and rain, joy and pain.
But the overall feeling of the pages is pure happiness I think!

I didn't include my own pages in the slideshow.
I'd like to say it's because I've shown them already 
in another post (I have) but actually, I forgot!
This is my first-ever video, and to say I was tense and had 
tunnel vision all day would be, well, pretty accurate.
I didn't photograph my own pages because I already had them done
and then I just forgot to include them.  And, I tried,
but I couldn't get Cat Stevens to make his song longer either. lol.

Here are the artists in order of appearance
(sort of in the order the books traveled 
but the middle is mixed up):










Click the links to visit each artist where you'll see all of the pages 
that were created from March to October.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

This and That

Altered Ancestors at Inspiration Avenue

Credit for the original photo

Family photos ~ what a lot they can tell us.

We were a happy family for many years.

But CATherine was never the same after Father took in that owlish boy. 

I knew he was trouble from the beginning.

One day, they both disappeared and not only that, 
we never saw our beautiful pea green boat again. 

Mother's heart was broken, since she and Cat were inseparable. 

Tommy went off to look for them and we don't know how he fared ~
he hasn't returned.

That left Sadie and me after Father, blaming himself,
went off to the Sanitarium for his “fragile health”. 

Sadie and I spend our days knitting and doing crewelwork
and talking about happier days.
We can't bear to leave the house in case there is some news
about our missing sister and the owl-boy. 

If you have any news to impart, would you please let us know?

They talked about becoming famous someday, so who knows?

Perhaps someone has heard of them . . .


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Altered Ancestors at Inspiration Avenue this week! 
Hop over there and check them out!


 
. . . In other news . . .
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Feels like . . .  - 29° ??? 


I don't even know what that feels like, and don't want to find out.



Last night ice started to form on the INSIDE of the windows.


and by morning the sidelight windows looked like this:

Yes, the ice is inside the house.

Ninety years ago, when our house was built, 
I guess they hadn't heard of double-paned glass.
I can't even imagine the expense and trouble 
it would be to replace these windows.
Besides, I like the old wavy glass (when it's visible :-).

I took some cool icy photos to use as digital backgrounds.
All without leaving the [relative] warmth of my house!




If anyone would like to use these, let me know and 
I'll send you the hi-resolution versions.


It's a perfect day to stay inside and make art.
I joined a facebook art journaling workshop


The workshop just started this week...
I'm hoping I'll be inspired weekly to do more art.
Check it out, it's FREE and is filled with enthusiasm!

The first prompt is Up, Up, and Away.

Began my background yesterday which was meant to be SKY

and now looks like an UNDERWATER scene, oh well.


I hope wherever you are, you are keeping warm!
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