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Monday, January 16, 2017

T Stands for Brooklyns BBQ

Sunday the Mr. and I were out and about gathering office supplies to change over all the files for the company, since it's a new year and things go from one file cabinet to an other, the old out into storage and new files are once again started.  It was a rather gray and chilly day, but we managed to get the things we needed, then it was time for a late lunch/ early dinner.  He said he had been over to the Brooklyns BBQ for lunch with our son (I must have missed my invite *grin*), and wanted to take me there......okay!  It sits in the back of a little strip mall.

It isn't a very large place, notice the gray sky....brrrr! it was cold by now.

Redneck pallet sign???? really???? I wasn't impressed!

This cute little sign was in the front window. "best in town"........they don't know the Ogle Boys!

Well, it was game day after all!

You get a sneak peek at the menu before being seated, then they bring one to your table.  I guess they were expecting a long line......there wasn't one Sunday.
More like a sports bar than a BBQ place (to me)  There were 8 televisions in this place, one had a hockey game, one was a local channel and all the rest were football.......all the same game!!
Don't get me wrong, I do like football, but this crowd was really into the game, the noise was more than sitting AT the game itself!

I hope these people didn't mind me taking their picture......but I don't think they even noticed.  I found the place to be a little on the dark side as well as noisy.

They did have a patio area with free standing heaters.  A few adults went out with their kids during the game's half time........too cold for me!

There really wasn't much art on the walls, but I did find this scale sitting on the wall between booths.  I thought it was really the coolest thing in the whole place!

Our meal arrived before the appetizer, the Mr. ordered, along with his salad.  This is my plate, baked potato, tri-tip and coleslaw and a good cold beer!  Now all who frequent my blog, know MY boys can cook some mean BBQ (smoked meat). This was an okay meal........I know, I know......I'm spoiled by MY men!! LOL!! The best thing on the plate was the baked potato, I didn't care for the slaw at all, not sure what seasoning they used, left a very bitter taste in my mouth.  Now the Mr. ordered a Bourbon BBQ wing plate.  The wings were a tad over done, but that BBQ sauce was the bomb!  The Hush puppies, our appetizer, were WELL done and a little dry by the time we finally got them. Somebody dropped the ball on our order, and I think the appetizer was forgotten all about until we said something. 
Will I go back here?? I always give a place at least two tries, maybe next time not on the weekend.

So now I'm heading over to the Altered Book Lover blog to link up to the T-gang, grab a cup, glass, or bottle and join me.






Saturday, January 14, 2017

Let's Be Friends and Happy MAIL!!

I'm between loads of laundry at the moment, one in the dryer (almost dry) one load in the washer (fabric softener cycle) and the last load on the bedroom floor........Saturday chores UGH!! I figure I have about 12 minutes before I have to jump up and switch everything.  So start the timer!!!


I'll start first with my HAPPY MAIL!!!  
Oh just look what landed in my mailbox yesterday!  It is a post card from DEB Learning to Just Breath.  It is so cute, I just LOVE it DEB!  She draws the cutest whimsical houses, and what luck......the flash also caught the glitter....LOVE IT!!


I don't work much with digital images, but I was rummaging through files of photos, on my PC, and came across this one.  I had won a gift certificate a looooong time ago and I had chosen this image.  I do adore their images, but always had problems printing them and not having the printer ink smear. UGH! I gave it an other try......since I bought a new computer a couple years ago, and I have some really smooth card stock from Spectrum Noir.  I then colored it with SN alcohol markers, while watching some TV.  I used a Gina Marie: DOUBLE PIERCED ROUND RECTANGLE IN AND OUT CUT DIES for the image, mounted it on the card base and added a pretty little bow at the top.

Well, I missed that 12 minute buzzer, but the load are all now swapped and a new timer begins....LOL!  

Hope your Saturday is going great, and that you are safe and warm if your in the northern hemisphere and cool and comfy is your down under!!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy Little Post Card


Deb of Learning to Just Breath and I have been exchanging post cards for well over a year now.  It has been so much fun to receive her's as she is such a diverse artist......all our post cards are hand made and we try to recycle as much materiel as possible.

This one is winging it's way east already.  I chose to use a piece of watercolor paper I had "played" with at last weeks paint party, to show the young-ungs stencils. I thought it a good choice as it is mostly acrylic paint, and with the weather has been erratic in all parts of the nation, is waterproof.  I did add some swirls and whirls with StazOn ink (waterproof too) and the Happy New Year is stamped with paint.  This is adhered to a scrap of white cardboard form my stash. I wrote the year with a paint pen.

There are quite a few Mixed Media challenges running this month.......such yummy stuff to behold at these sites.
Here are the ones I want to enter this post card in:


Grab our Badge
challenge: Anything Goes


January challenge


challenge-32

Stamps and Stencils
challenge:swirls-whirls-and-flourishes

Now I'm sure there are many more, but these are the ones I chose for now, and maybe I'll get more entries made.  I do hope you will take a moment and visit them to see wonderful DT work and some fantastic entries.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Playing in Journals

Well, here we are in the middle of the second week of the new year.  How is everybody doing?  So many people are down with the flu, or like me, with a head full of congestion and a horrendous cough.........ya know the kind that makes you cross your legs....LOL!  My head is starting to clear and my hearing isn't so muffled.....but this cough...YUCK!  To much info??
Today I wanted to share a page from my granddaughter, Hannah's art journal, I even chose it for a new header I like it so much.  She did this last week during our paint party.

Everyone is working, or has finished preparing art journals, planners and such for the new year.  Yesterday, after journaling, I decided I had best get more weeks prepared.  So far this is what I have finished, there are a pages that will get more added as I go along, they are a bit boring at the moment.  All but week three.........I went just a little overboard on it....LOL!





I use mostly craft acrylic paint, it is easier to write on with an ink pen. There is tissue paper added here and there and sometimes designer paper. I use the Cricut for cutting most of the numbers.......sometimes my number dies......and a LOT of stickers!  I have so many stickers from the days I did mostly scrapbooks.......and that's been a while back. Some are so old I have to use a little glue to get them to stay down, *grin*

Today I am contemplating actually pulling the cover on it.  I have one made, but I'm considering making a change and using the finished cover for a different journal. Decisions, decisions! 

Thanks for stopping by.......................

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Flower Challenge

Have you joined The Flower Challenge? there is still a wee bit of time for the Blue and yellow flower challenge.

After all the holiday bustle I was ready to dig out some flower stamps and have a "play".  


Here is the card I ended up with, and am quite pleased with it.  It took me a time to figure out the arrangement after stamping and die cutting the pieces.  I prefer to use 110 lb. card stock because it is a heavy weight, and I can use watercolor techniques on it without too much trouble.

I inked the stamps, then spritzed with water, then stamped the images.....and before they were dry I die cut the pieces.  Amazing thing happened, the damp die cuts looked more like they were much thicker, as the edges seemed more bent than a very sharp cut edge......if that makes any sense???  It really doesn't show in the photo though....bummer!  Of course the cs did want to curl a little when it dried........all the more I liked it.........that doesn't show either........double bummer!!! LOL!

I used the yellow ink pad on an acrylic block, spritzed it with water and smashed onto the card base for the background.  I swiped the stitched frame with the blue ink and added it. Once I had the arrangement, a few pearls placed here and there finished it off.



Thanks for dropping by, hope you take a moment to check out this challenge.....lots of eye candy over there.