Monday, October 12, 2015


A new week and I think I'm ready to join the living again. It seems I've been missing in action forever but it's actually only been a week. I lost the battle with the cold I was fighting off last week and went down for the count. Not over it completely but at least I'm somewhat functional today. 
Even in the mood to do a bit of art :) 
Since several of my journals are almost full I decided to get a couple of new ones recently. A buy one one free sale  made it convenient and affordable to get several sizes. So now I have a larger size than I've ever had before :)  9" X 12"  which just happens to be my favorite size to work with ♥
So I picked out magazine pictures and started a collage. Of course I forgot to take the first stage photo. But here's the next step.
The deer where in a conservation magazine and the awesome door was in  a Home Depot Associate Magazine... the earth photo came out of a National Geographic . The bird was free hand drawn . 

Then filling in the background and adding some details...
Painting the bird and painting over the deer to make them look more like a fantasy creature. Also adding more details to the sky again for the fantasy feel I was striving for. The door was so pretty that I decided not to paint over it :) 
I'm not sure if it's done but I'm done for today ..but one more photo with the required drink... which is coffee for me today ♥♥
The garden is pretty much done for the year. I've picked the last tomatoes and pulled the plants out of the straw bales. I'm mulching down some flower beds and the spot where I'm going to plant garlic this week with the straw that's left. It's really not much like straw at all now. It has totally decomposed in the center is a rich black compost with straw around the edges. 

 The butterflies are all gone now. Out of 14 caterpillars we got 12 butterflies ... one that was hatched deformed and died right away and then two that just never developed in the cocoons. It was a great project and I'm looking forward to doing it again next year. We have already started preparing another Milkweed bed out back..
When I cleaned up the butterfly tote I would dump the caterpillar waste into my miniature yellow rose plant. It was struggling from so much rain this summer. Well it definitely liked the caterpillar "POOP" :) It just keeps on blooming. 
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  1. I'm glad you are on the mend, dear. It's always good when you start feeling better, right?

    This is a wonderful journal spread, Carol. I'm like you and like BIG better than small books and journals to work in. This first spread is a perfect example of how lovely this journal is going to be when it's finished.

    So glad the butterflies made it, for the most part, at least. And being a big recycler, I love the way you recycled their poop.

    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous new journal spread, your butterfly update, AND your coffee with us for T this week! That's definitely a lovely mug.

  2. well , I think your butterfly record is great! Glad you are really on the mend now. Fab journal pages! That's the largest I've ever worked in and I did like it (even though I'm back to working smaller).

    Our garden is diminishing also-mostly kale, some peppers and a few tomato plants left. However, so far my summer flowers are still thriving:):)

    Happy T day!

  3. So glad to hear your feeling better....good enough to do some art.....YEAH!

    Love the journal pages, especially the door......glad you didn't paint over it!

    12 butterflies! that's great, thanks for sharing the whole project with us.

    Happy T-day

  4. Great post. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Love your new journals, and the lovely pages with the deer. Glad so many butterflies hatched, that was a mammoth project, such fun. Stay well, take care, and happy T Day, Hugs, Valerie

  5. Good that you are coming round from that cold. They can be nasty. Love your quotes - I had to put the wildflower one on my desktop, it precisely expresses how I feel right now. Thank you! And Happy T Day! :-D

  6. I'm glad you are over the cold and feeling better.
    I love your journal page and I too love that door! I also like the butterfly 'saga'. And look forward to read about it next year.
    The icing on the cake were the quotes. I have written down the first two to use. Do you know who E.V. is ? (So if ever i use that quote I can acknowledge who it's from).
    Have a great Tuesday,

  7. Good that the cold is on its way out. Isn't it fun to choose a new journal? I like the spread you did in this one.

  8. Glad you are feeling better! I love pictures/paintings/drawings of doors! So cool about the butterflies, you did great with them. We need rain here!

  9. Glad to hear you are on the mend.
    Colds are never fun and a busy lady like you certainly doesn't have time for that.
    Your journal pages are beautiful and really draw me in.
    Nice seeing your progress pics (I know that takes extra effort in the throws of creating!)
    Lovely hearing about your butterfly adventures from beginning to end ♥
    Wonderful quotes... I may borrow a couple :-)
    Happy T Day Carol.
    p.s. Thank you also for your really nice comment on my stormy t post

  10. it´s good to have different sizes of journals, my mood concerning this often changes... great result with the butterflies and a wonderful Experiment! and my quotes book always lies here to be added to and you are a great inpiration...

  11. I'm having trouble with a privacy add-on in Chrome that seems to be keeping my comments from posting, but I'm hoping I have fixed it now. We will see lol

    I continue to be impressed by your butterfly success. Congratulations!

    Happy T Tuesday :)

  12. Wonderful pages with the cute deer Carol! Thank you for linking to Art Journal Journey♥♥♥ !
    Super that you feel better!
    Happy T-DAY!

  13. The deer and his babies look terrific and I love the green bird. It's a superb piece for the theme.
    I like your white minimalist squares, especially the one with the yellow flower.

  14. Hi there, great journal page! The way you have used the door image reminds me of the beautiful doorway on the hillside in the fantasy book The Dark is Rising. Did you ever read that book?

    Happy T Day! :)

  15. I love your journal page -such fabulous colours and I love your lovely green bird! I don't use bigger journals very often - A5 size is my favourite, but I must say when I do 'go large' I feel just as comfortable! Love how the caterpillar poop did the flowers so much good! I love the quotes you found and would love to use them if I may? Take care and Happy T day! Chrisx

  16. Glad that you are starting to feel better!I really like your collage and it seems the size really suits your style with plenty of room to add your own touches. The monarchs are gorgeous, aren't they!

    Those quotes are really resonating with me today!

  17. Glad you are back in the land of the living, so to speak. Pretty collage. (Maybe it need a monarch? LOL!) So glad you are planting more milkweed. Looks like you need more caterpillar poop! Great quotes. Happy T-Day! :)

  18. Great collage. Kind of like a little troll or fairy door in the forest! :)

  19. Hello and Happy T Day! Happy you are feeling better, not fun to be sick is it. YAY for doing some art in a new journal, your pages are beautiful and peaceful!! I love the large journals too, more room to play and fit more goodies. Sounds like a success with your butterflies, glad you will do them again. Take care and keep feeling better.

  20. Beautiful butterflies Carol, and congrats on hatching so many from your brood :D I didn't know I could compost the caterpillar frass! Thanks for the tip ;)
    I'm delighted to hear you are on the mend; we are entering flu season here, so steer clear if you can ;) Happy T Day! :D

  21. Very nice project and a great step out of your work. I love the bird! Thanks for sharing on T-day! :-)

  22. I am glad you are on the mend!Love your pages.They are inspiring!Happy T day!