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Monday, February 20, 2017

T-Stands for a Four Day Weekend


Well, I'm running a little late for the T-Party over at Altered Book Lover......I just checked and the party started without me!
I'm starting off with the ONLY photo I have of a drink from the weekend that was all about wine and wineries.  A glass of water at a Pub style restaurant...and now I can't think of the name of the place....LOL! 


We pulled our 5th wheel trailer over to Paso Robles, about 1 1/2 hours from here,   It was raining like crazy by the Mr. (a big rig driver) had no problems.  Just before getting to highway 101 the rain stopped......it was headed for our house by then.  We stayed at a place called The Paso Robles RV Ranch, a very nice RV park.  By the time we got parked and set up the sun was setting.  I took these with my phone because I hadn't unpacked my camera yet.


These two, above, are actually looking east and the reflections of the sunset in the storm clouds.

These last two are looking west at the setting sun.  It was just gorgeous and made me think of Valerie's beautiful sun rises.......so these are for you Valerie.
Later that evening our friends joined us for the weekend.  They had been our neighbors for years, we raised our kids together, then they moved into Bakersfield.  Our boys are like brothers, so it was great to get to spend a weekend with them.  They stayed in our trailer with us....since it will sleep 6 with no problem.

Saturday we spent at a wine "pick-up" party at the winery I've shared numerous photos of, so none this post....*grin* We did contact an other couple that were staying at their place, at the beach and had them join us to go winery hopping.......and that made 6 of us!  We went to an area none of us had been before and found some great places.  
The following photos are from the Villa San-Juliette winery. It was the BEST time of day to take pictures and I had left my camera on the table at the trailer......so I was doing pouting as I used my cell phone....again!  I didn't take any inside photos, of any of the wineries due to the fact they were packed with people.....this is a very big weekend for this area.






Here we all are...such a fun group to be with.


This was the pub we had lunch in on Sunday, it looks empty but it really was busy.  The bar was the only place nobody was sitting.  It was also rather small inside, so it was hard to get a photo without somebody I didn't know in it.  They did have sidewalk tables......but they were packed with people.
The food was ok, I had french onion soup and a piece of DH's battered fish.....the fish was good.


Judy didn't realize I was taking a picture of the signs behind her.....she's so goofy!


Two doors down was an art studio, showroom, classroom type place.  I finished my lunch fastest, so I could get over there.  This was from across the street so I could get the sign better.......again with my cell.....and not the best.

They had a class schedule outside, I was surprised to see a Mixed Media workshop at 4 that afternoon.  If we hadn't had other plans I would have gone back.  I didn't get any photos of the all the art, but I did talk to a lot of the artists......again NO CAMERA!


This is where we were headed, a winery that is very well known for it's Sculptures! Even the name is based around the....Sculpterra! I didn't get a photo of the gate.....DH had the pedal to the medal, so I got a snap of this as we parked with my CAMERA!!!!  It is just a wooden cut out.

Now for the real stuff.......LARGER than life!!



 One of my favorites....the human arrow.
This cat is on their wine labels... I was loosing the light so this isn't the best photo.



  This was a wall and not as 3-D or metal like the rest of them.





This guy was my other favorite.....I just love this!


The door to go inside

The metal work on the canopy


Two large light fixtures on each side of the door.  Once again no inside photos.....this place was packed!!  They even had live music set up in one area, but I didn't go out there......Judy had just discovered she had lost her cell phone!  So back we went retracing our steps.....and then found it on the counter IN our trailer!!!

So that is the short version....gasp!  It was a great weekend.  Monday we packed up the trailer and headed home.  
Last Tuesday was spent cleaning the trailer ( and not joining T-day) to get it back into storage, as we were warned of a bad storm headed our way.  We ended up taking it to storage the morning storm the storm started.  Our area didn't get hit as bad as LA and some of the northern part of the state.  We did get some pretty strong wind, a lot of the almond trees are down.  They don't have a very deep root system, so when the ground is soaked (like this year) and the wind blows...they don't stand a chance.  And they were just braking out into bloom, so the farmers have lost a lot of trees, and blossoms and the bees aren't coming out in this weather to pollinate ......so we will see how things are going to be effected later.

I had the GDs today, a super fun day...more about that in an other post, in an other time.  I'm pooped and my pillow is calling me.  Tomorrow is all set for my pain pals to come and paint again, so I'll be around much later to see what's going on with the T-gang.
Thanks for stopping by........yawn, yawn!!


Friday, February 17, 2017

More Red

Well, the weekend seems to be blowing in, and I do mean blowing.  It is a very blustery day along with down poring rain.....brrr!  A week break in the weather brought us beautiful sun shine and temps nearing 80' (F) and now????........not a good time to pack away the winter jackets.  And everyone wonders why there are so many people sniffing, coughing and just feeling down right rotten.

Last week I finally got this week's journal pages finished.....before dashing off to the coast, but more about that later.

Of course this week is all done up in reds in honor of Valentine's Day and Art Journal Journey's 50 shades of red.  This journal is treated more like a diary.....and the difference is????
I scraped the paint onto the pages with an old credit card, stamped the days and dates, and added some glittery washi tape.  The shinny papers are from Hershey Kisses.......oh ya...chocolate!!

There is something about these individual wrapped candies, beside just being delicious.  It is the shinny wrappers, and the challenge to get them off without tearing them....LOL!  Ever since I can remember I have tried to unwrap them without tearing the paper.......am I the only one??? 


Hershey's started making the wrappers in colors to match the seasons, and even adding some designs. Remember when they were ONLY in silver wrappers??

The pink heart was a gift, but I fail to remember who sent it......my apologies if you reading this and it was you.  I like the way it holds the two flaps shut, only being glued to the left side. 

So this is what it looks like with the two flaps open.... a little boring, but lots of room to write.

Here are some definitions I found on the "net"....if your intersted....
If not, then thanks for stopping by.

So what is this? Diary? Journal? Art Journal?
(Oh, by the way my word for this year is LEARN)


It is a record of personal experiences which we face in our daily routine life.
Diary-writing is followed strictly by the writers. While writing a diary the things to be considered are date, time, and place. It is a focused booklet. It is more often always a personal booklet which includes some specific records which are to be considered as confidential. Diaries are considered as quick ways of putting our thoughts and views into the text format.
The meaning of journal means an account of day-to-day events.Journals consist of focused topics. Journals can be of any type comprising of academic journal, daily journals like magazines, public journals, and business journals. It is a report which consists of facts. Nowadays, journals are used at many levels, such as in schools, colleges, business forums, and many others.
Art Journaling  by Debbie Hodge
Simply put, an art journal is a journal in which you combine art and words to express yourself. That’s it. It’s not complex, and there really aren’t any rules for art journaling. It’s all about self-expression.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Painting the Town Red


Sunday my inner muse came out to play in my art journal.......I sometimes think she a bit childish, and this page proves it....LOL!  Little die cut and stamped houses all in red for the Art Journal Journey challenge this month of 50 shades of red.  The paint can and paint brush were cut with my Cricut and little flower stickers just to make me happy!

I was curious to find out just what "Painting the Town Red" meant.  I found a lot of discussion about it on the internet, but this one kept popping up over and over........and I think it might be closer to the truth.

The expression is American slang meaning to go on a reckless debauch, to be wildly extravagant. Originally, the metaphor applied to bonfires painting the sky or scenery red. An old Irish ballad contains the lines: The beacon hills were painted red/ With many a fire that night. The immediate source of the phrase may be traced to the times when a Mississippi steamboat captain would want to defeat his rival. `Paint her, boys!' he would command his men as they heaped fuel upon the fires at night, casting a red glare upon the surrounding scenery. The phrase was helped into popularity by the fact that `to paint' (ie to paint the nose red) was an old slang term for drinking. [Source: Handybook of Literary Curiosities, by William S Walsh (Lippincott 1892).]
Peter Whitehead, Shaw Heath



So, what do you think?

Monday, February 6, 2017

T Stands for Paint Pals

Welcome back T-Gang, friends and followers, thanks for stopping by today.  It is Monday here, and raining again......I do love the rain.  If it weren't quite so chilly, I'd throw open the windows and let all the fresh air ( yes, California has pockets of fresh air...LOL) in and be able to listen to the rain come down.  Oh well, I have my cup of coffee right here to keep my hands warm as it is.  If I open the windows I'd have to find a pair of gloves.

Last Tuesday I had some painting pals come over and we painted abstract poppies together.......right along with a video on You Tube!!! It was a painting with Jane video that we all agreed we would give it a try, since it was done with a pallet knife. If your interested you can see the video You Tube video Here>
So let me introduce my painting pals:


(notice the TV showing video in the background)
For all the T-Gang......there were bottles of water for all of us.  Patty and I had just switched over to sparkling Ice flavored water.

Here are our masterpieces.

 It is so much fun to see how they are all the same.....but different. When using a pallet knife the paint goes on thick and takes a while to dry.....even acrylic.  Since none of us like to watch paint dry we went out to lunch.  We were laughing and talking so much I completely forgot to take any pictures!!  It was just the local Mexican restaurant that I have shared photos of before.  BUT it always tastes so much better when sharing with good friends. We all decided we would get together once a month and paint......and the next date was set.....February 21.  I have an other friend that wants to join us then, so then there will be five!

So, who painted which one???








Did you guess correctly??

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Red, Red Wine......a journal page

Hello everybody, hope this Saturday is being good to you and providing lots of creative time.  I'm back with a page I actually just finished for the Art Journal Journey.......fifty shades of red challenge.
Lovely layers of paint and ink, using stencils, and bubble wrap.  The wine and the glass I painted with acrylic paint.  A fun way to spend the morning.

Art Journal Journey
join the challenge HERE