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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

T Stands for Tuesday

I'm Late! VERY LATE :( 
 I'm moving extremely slow today and it is totally my fault. We had a long holiday weekend in the USA and the weather was mild and comfortable. Absolutely beautiful!!!
SO I DID TOO MUCH!  
On Friday evening my husband and I decided that since the weather was to be so mild for Saturday that we would get up early and get some long neglected yard work done. It's just been too blasted hot or wet to do it. 
Well the morning chores turned into an all day event as we just kept going from one chore to the next.  
Then on Sunday morning I was up early again..... because the puppy doesn't know you can sleep in on weekends :(  So I decided to get some tomatoes canned and more cucumbers picked  and pickled.  Which took way longer than I thought it would. I must be moving slower and slower :-/ 
Then the youngest son came over and he and the husband did some target shooting while I stayed inside and comforted the scared puppy and older dog. 
Friends were supposed to come over for pizza but canceled at the last minute which was actually fine by me .. I had used up my energy for the weekend. 
Come Monday  the heat was back and we were wiped out from the other two days. 
We laid around and read, watched some old movies and took naps. Today I am still dragging but not as sore as yesterday. 
Here's my drink for today... iced herbal tea again and a small piece of wood I worked on over the weekend. 
The two boys are my dad and his twin brother when they were around 11 years old.  They just turned  86 in August. 
The pictures of the boy was taken from this old family photo of them with most of their parents and brothers and sisters....missing one who had moved to Detroit with his family by then. 
This is one of those old small 2 inch by 3 inch photos that when you try to enlarge them it gets all fuzzy and out of focus. So I lightened it up and then tried painting the details back in...cutting the two boys out of the photo. 
Here is a photo of the 2 of them in July 
The one on the right in both pictures is my dad. 
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Paint Party Friday and 29 Faces in September 2016

Week 26 of Year 6 already, many thanks to Eva & Kristin for keeping us going strong ♥ 
 It's also September so it's time for 29 Faces in September 2016 :-) So today I have my first 2 faces for the month to share. 
The first one is in my Faces journal ....
... and then for Face 2 I decided to add a face to one of the home made tea boxes I am painting.

I make a lot of my own herbal tea blends and often give them as gifts so I've started painting boxes I make out of water color paper. This one isn't done yet but will end up looking sort of like this when finished. 

That's the art for today. For the 29 Faces Challenge I will probably only post a couple of days a week with multiple faces per post.  I just can't seem to find the time to write a blog post every day any longer :( 
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and 
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Paint Party Friday

WOW! What a great and crazy week it has been here!!! Lots of good things going on but we'll start with my HAPPY NEWS!!
Some of you know that a few weeks ago I rescued a Yorkie puppy off the highway . The owners didn't show up until after 9 days and I was totally attached to the little guy. Plus it was obvious that the owner was not a responsible pet owner and it broke my heart to leave him there. 
Well this week my husband surprised me with this little princess...
She's 6 months...completely house trained and came full loaded with accessories. 
Her precious owner did not know she was pregnant when she bought her and with two other very small children she didn't think she would be able to give the puppy the attention she needed. So she made the decision to re-home her while she was still young. 
Her name is Mini Me and she has completely stolen my heart. She and our other dog get along fantastically and he is so happy to have a playmate....even if she is only weights 7.5 pounds and he weighs 50. :) 
 This is my husband getting lots of attention from the two dogs ♥
Now to the art. ♥♥♥♥
I'm still working on lessons from the 
CHILDREN OF THE WILD 
WORKSHOP 
Here is the one I finished this week ...
  He is painted on a vintage napkin that I adhered to a 12 X 12 in gallery wrapped canvas....
.... then I applied gesso, papers, and texture before painting. 
The background has about 6 layers of paints and glazes. I'm very happy with the way this one turned out. :) 
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Paint Party Friday

Sliding in at the last minute here. 
It's been a roller coaster week for me and I'm having trouble getting back into the swing of it. It's happening slowly though. 
The rescue puppy that I had fallen in love with was claimed by the owner which broke my heart. After 8 days he had wormed his way into our lives. The saddest part is that I know in my gut the the owner is not a responsible pet owner and the little guy will be running loose again soon. 
My Mother also had another small stroke and spent a  3 days in the hospital. She has no permanent damage and they feel she will make a full recovery. It just frazzles us to pieces when she has one of these. 
So now I'm trying to catch up with the garden, my sleep ,my peace of mind and squeeze in a bit of art too. 
So this is what I started tonight ...
...She's not done but she's presentable at this point. This a piece from the 
Children of the Wild 
class I am taking here...

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Paint Party Friday

TGIF!!!!
It's time to party and what better place than Paint Party Friday !!!
Thanks again for all the work you do Eva and Kristin ♥♥♥♥♥
Still not a whole lot of art going on here... it's still summer and then to even have less time I manage to rescue this adorable Pup from the highway and no one wants to claim him :( 
So guess who is trying to teach him how to be a respectable dog in a multi animal home. 

Amazingly he and the other dog get along great.
I worried about that :-/ 

Now the cats are another story all together. 
They think he's an alien and he thinks he needs to catch them. It may be a while before a truce is settle there. 
For art I finished painting a tea box to reuse as a gift box.




and started on a jewelry gift box...

It's been to hot to really do much outside other than pick what I have to in the vegetable garden. Weeds need pulled in the flowerbeds but maybe next week won't be so hot. 
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Paint Party Friday

It's Time to PARTY!!! 
Thanks again to Eva and Kristin for hosting our little get together every Friday ♥ 
Not a whole lot of art done here this week. 
The garden is finally bearing food and things had to be processed ♥ ♥ ♥ 
This is what I did manage to get finished. 
At least I think it's finished... I'm not really  happy with it though so it may get reworked a bit. 
I liked the face better in the sketch so maybe that is what I'll rework. 
IT'S HOT HERE!  
With 80% humidity it's steamy hot but still not as hot as last week was. So I was able  to get some things done outside. 
I do have a bit of Garden Art I can share though if not much of my art...


These little glass bugs are solar lights :)  

 Old brake shoes with rebar and vintage glass conductors . I did assemble this one. 

The grave site of the best dog ever... He was a rescued Australian Shepard that had been abused and he captured our hearts and then broke 12 years later when he left us. ♥ 
I like to pick up brass bird statues at the flea market  and tag sales...
The wire ball is made from and old bundle of barbed wire I picked out of someones trash  :-/  
The mosaic piece I made over a 5 year time while I was caring for my MIL who had dementia. I'd so a little bit here and there as she napped. Then completed it when she passed.    
The  tree in it is a Stag Horn/Elk Horn Sumac . Which is invasive so that's why it's in a pot. The limbs of the tree are fuzzy like the horns of the Elk/Stag in early spring. It had bright red cone like flower clusters.  
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