Friday, February 27, 2015

Journal 52 week 8

Well, after three days of internet failure, due to something at the main building, and multiple people calling them, they finally seem to have it fixed.  I must say though, my house is all de-cluttered (well almost all the rooms), my laundry is all done, folded and put away, and I even managed a trip to the gym......LOL

Week-8-aromatherapy.  Holy cow! we are just finishing week 8.  My "go-to" aromatherapy is the scent of Lilacs.  It is a scent that takes me back to my childhood and the neighbor's front yard, where two HUGE lilac bushed stood.  When they were in full bloom I would stand into the bushes, as far as I could, and just take deep breaths.

Now, years and years later, I have candles that are lilac, one in the hall bathroom and one in the spare bedroom.  The one in the bathroom makes the whole room smell good without lighting it.  That room is on the west side of the house and the warmth of the afternoon sun makes the oils in the candle wake up.  The one in the spare bedroom gets the same effect, since it is also on the west side of the house, but that candle I actually pick up and smell.  It has a soothing and calming effect on me, and always makes me that's therapy.........aromatherapy!!!

So just how did I do my journal page?  With Gelatos and baby wipes, using the wipes as a blending agent.  The letters were done with Faber-Castell pens

What is your "aromatherapy"???

I'm off now to go give my candle a whiff..........................grin

Inky Hugs

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dangles, Dangles and Dangles

Graffiti meets patterns and dangles.............a little overboard but fun to create.  I see SO much WRONG with this I almost didn't post it, but a friend of ours fell in love with it and convinced me to go forward with it.  Now it is the only record of it, 'cause I sent it home with him.......LOL!!
This was a "sofa-dangle, created on evening with an acrylic square as a straight edge and some pens.
I do like geometric designs too, so with the same acrylic squares, and my spot on the sofa, this was least the lines are somewhat straighter.......LOL
For Valentine's Day I had made a Dangle and posted it HERE and also posted it to the 4 journal groups that I belong to on Face Book.  I was SHOCKED at how many comments and how many likes I got on it, but the real surprise was when I was on Pinterest the other morning and Joanne Fink Pinned my dangle!!!!  What an honor......................well, for me it was....grin!
Do you like geometric designs?  Or do you prefer something looser and freehanded?
Love to read your comments.
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Deep in the dark Dungeons, in the dilapidated house on Weyand Way, sits a desk named Betsy.  A spooky sight for all that drop by to nose around on this WOYWW!  An eerier sight can't be found, a plate of dried paint and a drawer of Gelatos left to their own devices, while journal and painting wait patiently for somebody to return and make a decision.  Discarded bottles of paint lay here and there, and rags that have wiped the paint brush bare.  Tools of the craft stand at attention along the back and me extra eyes lay there with a blank stare....................LOL  OKAY, it's not Halloween!!!  Although that is what this photo reminds me of. It was taken tonight ( Tuesday here) and the only thing that will change is the HAPPY MAIL that came today.  A really cute card AND an ATC, standing behind my glasses.
Here is a closer look at them

They are from Mo AKA Twinkle Toes  Thank you MO I love them and the ATC is really great!

So, now I've exposed Betsy in a spooky setting so tell me WOYWW????

Inky Hugs

Monday, February 23, 2015

T Stands for The Whole World is a Single CUP

Here it is time once again to join Elizabeth, and the "Tea" gang.  I found this picture on Pinterest and thought it was just perfect for T-Day, does this say it all?? I do think I might modify it to say "T-day.....The Whole World in a Single Cup"............good idea??

Shafter is having a celebration of the arts, yes this small community is really supportive of all the arts.  Being so small, it means you tend to know almost everybody attending or participating....grin.

One of our friends, and used to be neighbors, coned talked me into helping set up the Art Gallery, last Friday, at the Vet's Hall.  I was pleasantly surprised to see some new artists in the area, one lives just a few doors down....who knew???  All I can say is "generation gap"!  No, I did not show at the gallery, maybe next year.
program of events

The DH and I did attend the Art Gallery and the Wine tasting (grin) and Meet the Artists event Sunday afternoon.  These events always turn into "seeing old friends" for most of us, so much fun  catching up, since most of us have children that all went to school together.  Now it's how many grandkids??????.........LOL  They did have a memorial for two of the local artist that have passed away recently.  I knew both rather well, and it was sad to see their art and not them, but thought it was a really nice memorial.  I didn't take pictures at this event cause I couldn't hold my wine glass, my Hors d'oeuvres and camera........I do have my priorities!!
The best news is that we had rain Sunday, not enough to dent the drought, but nice all the same.
Over Valentine's weekend we did drive up to the mountains, where our cabin used to be.  The new owners tore it down and built a brand new house there, rather sad for us.  We LOVED that old cabin with wood burning stoves to heat and to cook with.............but time marches on.  As we drove by the cabin I had the truck window down and I am sure I could hear the echo's of my boys, on the their bikes, racing down the hills.  Such good memories.
Coming down the south side of the mountain brings us to Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella (also called Isabella Lake )[1][2] is a reservoir in Kern County, California created by the earthen Isabella Dam. It was formed in 1953 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Kern River at the junction of its two forks at Whiskey Flat. At 11,000 acres (4,500 ha), it is one of the larger reservoirs in California. The area is in the southern end of the Sierra Nevada range and the lake itself is located in low mountains at an elevation of approximately 2,500 ft (760 m) where summer temperatures reach over 100 degrees (°F) but low enough to avoid winter snows on the surrounding ridges. Lake Isabella is located about 40 mi. northeast of Bakersfield, and is the main water supply for that city. Lake Isabella can be reached by car from Bakersfield via state Highway 178 and from Delano via Highway 155. The former towns of Isabella and Kernville were flooded by the newly created reservoir.

Yes, it does get HOT here, but I have also seen snow on the lake shores, and the snow in the higher elevations feed this rive and lake.  Our cabin was about 20 minutes, up the mountain, and we always had snow in the wet I digress.........
It is normally a LARGE lake. This is further up the river  from the dam

You can see the river that feeds the lake., even it is running low.

This is much closer to the dam, but you can still see the tops of the trees poking out of the water.  The water line has been as high as the line above the arrow.

I took this just for the scale of things
Well, that warps up this T-day post, hope you weren't too bored with the lake pictures.  I know there are some people that think CA wouldn't be in a drought if we ALL didn't own swimming
pools ....LOL.........I should be so lucky!!

Inky Hugs

Four Fast Fun Cards

 Merry Monday gentle readers!  Today I am sharing four really fun and fast cards that I made over the weekend. I've been doing a lot of art journaling lately and I think I went into card with drawls......LOL!  This was also an opportunity to use up some scraps and die cuts that have been laying about on Betsy.

 First up is a green on green with that wonderful pop of black. A scrap of the background paper run through an embossing folder, mounted on black cs and a black die cut sentiment........can it get much easier???
I've also been missing the feel of a stamp in my hand and one evening I stamped a few images that I haven't really used much, then colored them with markers.  Quick matching of background papers, a couple die cut circles, including the image and 3 pre-cut hellos.  Easy Peasy!!

Having GDs that like to use the embossing plates does come in handy.  They pretty well keep me supplied with embossed paper.  Die cut the image in an oval, rounded all the corners on background papers and card base.  Die cut pink Thanks and WaaaLa!
Last, but not least is a card that I used a piece of master board that I created a few weeks ago, but really hadn't done anything know how that goes??? There was a die cut circle from an other frame, for an other card.....just sitting there.......well, the blue hello just fit and a sample die cut of some leaves.........well, it just all came together.....what can I say???
So what do ya think? Let me know with a comment.
Inky Hugs
There are a few challenges out there in Blogland, that any or all of these cards would fit into, but this being Monday I've just rolled them all into one post and the challenges all like to have just one entry per post........................too much time to  do 4 posts all in a row......are you glad eh??

Monday, February 16, 2015

T Stands for Valentine's weekend

Hello gentle bloggers and welcome to the Tuesday madness called T stands for Tuesday ,one of  the many names, that is put on by Elizabeth, the Altered Book Lover.
Since Saturday was Valentine's Day DH and I decided to go pick up the spring wine shipment from the winery.  It was a super gorgeous day and very warm for the coastal area.
 Standing just outside the door looking down into the patio area, many people take their wine down here to sip on it.................mine doesn't last that long......LOL
This winery is the one that sits on top of a small mountain, and the view is wonderful.  You can see some that are sipping their sample out here on the wine barrel chairs that are provided for just that.
It was into the afternoon before we made it to the winery, so we didn't tarry around.  We did sample all the wines that are in the wine club case we were picking up.  They also pair all their wine sample with a tasty hors d'oeuvres, that are made right there in their kitchen by local chefs. 

We came off the mountain and went to an antique store on the main street.  It was quite large and had some rather interesting things in it.
I thought a picture of these cups and saucers would be appropriate, since it was Valentine's day.  They had many unusual shaped and painted pitcher, and I took a lot of photos of them, but I'll hold off until a later date to share them....that is how many they had!!
Back in a little tiny hallway, there were some shelves and as I walked by I noticed something........
For Elizabeth and Bluebeard
From the antique shop we headed over the specialty cheese shop a couple of blocks away. They carry a lot of different cheeses that are imported and locally made.  Of course they let you sample before you buy.....grin.  They had a Merlot and Balsamic cheese that is out of this world, and I ALWAYS buy some.  DH chose a cheese with truffle in it.......very tasty too.  Then there was the standard fresh parmesan that couldn't be forgotten.

Then we headed south to Pismo Beach, about 40 minutes south, thinking we would get some clam chowder then head for home.  It was so BUSY in the Pismo area that it was like a big legal holiday.  I don't think we saw that many people over the 4th of July weekend!!!  Now this is, of course right along the beach and the weather there was just perfect beach weather.  So much for clam chowder.......LOL

We did remember a wonderful pizza place, the kids introduced us to in July, a wondered how busy it would be.  It is way OFF the beach area, but in an older part of town that is all specialty shops and can be wicked to find a parking place in.  As we lucked out, we found a parking place right away and there was hardly anybody in the pizza parlor.  Maybe because it was only 3:30PM????

I did take a lot of pictures at the Klondike Pizza Parlor, those will have to wait for an other time too, as this is getting rather lengthy.

So what's in your cuppa today??

Inky Hugs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Journal 52 Valentines on Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day gentle blogers.  Our Journal 52 prompt for this week is Valentines, who would have guessed.........right??   I thought "What a perfect prompt to practice Dangle Designs" and I do mean PRACTICE!

 My last WOYWW post I had shared the Faber-Catell pens I had bought and a book called Zenspitations Dangle Designs by Joanne Fink.  She is a  demonstrator for Sakura products and as I was internet "window" shopping I came across one of her videos.  Well, needless to say I have hit You Tube and checked out almost all her videos!!!  Now, she does work for Sakura and she only uses their products, so by-pass that and watch her work!!

If you follow my blog you know that I have a fascination with graffiti and zentagles and doodling.  Well, Joanne rolled them all into one in this book:
I normally do not buy art or any kind of craft books, but I had just seen her video and really wanted a reference that I could study.  You Tube videos are great, but I have to keep stopping to do each step.....grin!
 You can type in her name, Joanne Fink, or Sakura and the videos will all pop up......................but be ready to spend some time, make sure you have something to drink and a snack would be advisable......LOL

Hope you are all having a wonderful day
after all it's Saturday
(and you thought I was going to say Valentine's Day)

Inky Hugs

Friday, February 13, 2015

February for 12 in 12 Journal

The prompt for 12 Pages in 12 Months is boats, and /or broken with the extra challenge of water color.  I always try to use ALL the prompts for a harder challenge.......sometimes it works........and sometimes it FLOPS!  LOL  This month I use all three, but in a technique I haven't done in many YEARS!  I kid you not, I can't even remember the last time I did a painting with nothing but a pallet knife.  Water color and a pallet knife??  Well, if you use tube style water colors it can be done.  What is so cool about using water color is, that if it isn't quite the way you want it you can wash it off.......IF you gesso the page first.....grin!  The lettering was done with a white gel pen.  So how did I get it to be so opaque?  Wonder through the steps and all will be revealed!
Okay, ignore the pencil, I changed directions.......LOL!  The page was gesso'd first, that's why the pencil wouldn't erase  :(   Being rather brave, or foolish (?) I just squished the paint right onto the page...................................

Using just a pallet knife I scraped the paint across the page.  You can see the paint set in the background, they are an inexpensive set, 'cause they belong to the GDs........grin!

After adding a few more colors and scraping, I dried it with a heat gun, then scraped Collage Pauge over it all with an old credit card.  This is what seals the paint, and allows you to use other water based materials over the top and not blend them.  Collage Pauge is just a cheaper version of Modge Pauge, but works just as well.

I really didn't want to paint a whole I didn't!  I did paint the front of the boat before painting the heart, then went back in and did a little shadowing, then sealed it again!

The scraping of the Collage Pauge over the pallet scrapes leaves a nice texture to the page.  I left it to dry OVER NIGHT so the gel pens would be opaque.
Easy, peasy, quick and easy!!!  OK! So I still need a lot of practice.......LOL!

Thanks for stopping by, let me know you did with a comment and I'll try to return the visit.
Inky Hugs
Some Interesting facts about Vincent Van Gogh:
Vincent had an older brother who died at birth. His name was also Vincent van Gogh.

Van Gogh was close friends with Paul Gauguin, another famous artist.

Van Gogh suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy as well as other mental and physical conditions.

Vincent shot himself in a wheatfield in Auvers, France but did not die until 2 days later at the age of 37.

Vincent’s brother Theo died six months after Vincent and is buried next to him in Auvers, France.

Vincent’s brother’s wife collected Vincent’s paintings and letters after his death and dedicated herself to getting his work the recognition it deserved.

In a short period of ten years Van Gogh made approximately 900 paintings.

Vincent only sold one painting during his lifetime and only became famous after his death.

Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his ear. He only cut off a small portion of his ear lobe.

Van Gogh created his most famous work The Starry Night while staying in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France.

Vincent’s earliest career aspiration was to be a pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church like his father.

Van Gogh wrote over 800 letters in his lifetime. The majority of them written to his brother and closest friend Theo.
  I found these here:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Journal 52

So here we are on week 6 in the Journal 52 adventure.  This week's prompt is windows.  It took me a minute ok a day or so, to think about what to do for this prompt.  The GDs were here and playing with the doll house and Megan was looking at me through the window......BINGO!!!  We have a winner!
I drew in the window and eye, masked it then added Gesso.  Next was inkiness fun with Dylussions, but the really fun part is dropping alcohol inks onto the wet water base inks..................oh yea!!

After a night of drying time it looked a little duller, but I still like the effect.  Using Jofey stamps I stamped and embossed with white powder, then again with black Staz-On.  Very disappointed in this new EP, didn't stick very well and I even turned one spot brown (as in well-done) getting it to set.

A few bricks were created with a stencil and modeling paste.  I took a water brush and washed off spots in the stamped images, then colored the eye and window frame.  Somewhat satisfied it was time to write what was on my mind (well, not really but some things I just won't put into print.....grin)

As I was getting this page ready to post I realized I hadn't share week 5, which was television.
This only brought one thing to mind.......
Yep! the old test patterns (I'm talking OLD here) They had these when the networks went off the air at night.........................really!!  Way back then they didn't run 24/7 and sometimes you got a "Please Stand By during the day or during a storm.  Who remembers rabbit ears?????
Thanks for stopping by, let me know you came by with a comment.
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WOYWW 297 Happy Valentines to Me (and Betsy)

Time I joined in the WOYWW weekly event this week.  I've been MIA for the last couple of weeks, due to having a bad sinus cold and the G-ma duties. 

Betsy is showing off our valentines to ourselves this week.  After a 3 hour visit to the dentist, which just so happens to be across the street from the local Beverly's Fabrics...............well, my mouth was still numb as numb can be, so thought I'd just "look around" to see what was new.  Oh WOW! they had Faber-Castell Mix and Match Stampers Big Brush Pens!!!!! Bakersfield is finally getting with the program on quality markers.  As you can see We got a set of each and a white marker!!  PLUS a new book (something I rarely buy, unless it is a good story, not art books of any kind) I had watched Joanne Fink on You Tube and when I saw her book I just had to have it........after all I had just been to the dentist!!!

There is also the beginning of a J52 page, water pot, gesso pot (the black one) second pair of eyes, an old fingernail file I use to sand down modeling paste.................most everything else you have seen dozens of times....................I thought I just cleaned that cutting mat....hummmm!

The dentist said I was born to be royalty and has decided to give me not one, but two crowns!!  But I have to wait until next Tuesday to get the real ones, until then they are just temporary......LOL

 Keeping it short as our Queen Desker, Julia, likes it.......grin

Inky Hugs

Monday, February 9, 2015

T Stands for Tea and Trees

 Happy Tuesday! and that means it is time to link up with Elizabeth at The Altered Book Lover and join the "T" Gang for drinks.  I had G-ma duty Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning.  Here is Megan setting up for tea.  Thursday was so warm I had the window open to the patio.
 She takes her "tea Parties" quite seriously.  It was just her and I during Thursday and Friday, since her sister was at school.
The weather has turned unseasonably warm, but we did get a taste of the storm that went through on Friday night and all day Saturday.  The almond trees are just starting to break open with blooms.  So pretty against  the blue sky this morning (Monday)  I was glad I grabbed my camera as I went out the door. When the almonds bloom it is so pretty, but during this season I live on sinus meds.

 They are predicting 80 degree weather by the end of the week!  It is WAY too early for those temperatures..........we need more rain!

Keeping it short this week, I have a very early dentist appointment in the early I mean 7:30 AM.  That means I have to be up by 5:30.  I was flossing my teeth Friday after lunch and flossed half an old filling right out of my tooth!  Tuesday at 7:30 AM is the quickest I could get in.  It isn't painful, just annoying and sharp.  The filling is almost 40 years old and I can see there is some decay that was under it.  So there will be drilling and filling done tomorrow.......yuck!

I want to thank all of you who are dropping by the new friends and follower's blogs.  They are loving it.

I will make the rounds when I get back home tomorrow.................until then................
Inky Hugs
   P.S. check out the ATC I got from Linda Kunsman HERE
and the canvas board I finished HERE

Happy Mail, New Friends and Monday's Ramblings

Who doesn't like getting Happy Mail?? This came to me from Linda Kunsman who lives in PA and is most likely covered in snow.  I adore this playful ATC she made and of course all the "shinny" tad bits ( you know I like me shinny schtuff)  Thank you so much Linda! Can't wait to have a play with them!

   Catie An and her blog is Catiean's Corner  where you find her flare for all things vintage.  Love mixed media and photography.  She loves the thrift shops........a gal after my own heart!!  She is a true "lover of life" and I hope you will take a moment and visit her blog.

Jenni Mills and her blog is Jens Arty Life where you will find some wonderful art journaling.  She is a master at faces and she loves peacock feathers.....grin.  She resides in New South Wales so I hope you will take a little trip around the globe to visit her blog, you will be glad you did.

The GDs were here for a couple of days, Thursday through Saturday morning, so I was kept quite busy.  The oldest, Hannah, is in the third grade so I had to pick her up from school and make sure I got her back in time the next morning.  The youngest, Megan, who is almost 5 was with me all day and we spent time on our bikes.  She loves to ride her bike and rode for 3 miles one day.  Needless to say we were BOTH tired when we got back........LOL!  There will be photos to share for T-Day a little later on.

We finally got a little more rain over the weekend,  just a tad of what the Pineapple Express dropped in the northern part of the state, but we are thankful for all we can get.  It didn't even put a dent in the drought conditions, but it was enough to nock the dust out of the air.

To all my snow bond friends I hope you are staying safe and warm. Have a wonderful week!

Inky Hugs

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dwell in Possibilities VERY PHOTO HEAVY

Monday I started a canvas board and shared the very beginnings of it for T-Day , but since this is a new post I decided to do a top to bottom, or start to finish with photos.....LOL

The wall decal I found at the Dollar Store, I've had it for a couple years

Added some silk flowers
Added a few stamped images
So that's it, minus a few photos, I mean this is already a LOT!  Funny, how moving Betsy OUT of the closet makes it easier for me to remember to take photos.  This was a fun project ( what's not fun about messing around with paint???) and it has been something that has been on my mind for quite a long  now that one has been put to rest.  What's next?????  I really need to get some family photos printed and into a beautiful frame I bought....................but, the weather is very warm this week and the pull to go outside and work is taking apologies to all my friends waist deep in snow................
Inky Hugs