Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Before I get on with this T-Day post, I want to apologize to anybody that got malware from visiting my blog.  Both the lap top and the main PC have been into the shop, cleaned and new spy ware put on both.  My lap top had NO malware, but had it gone through and updated anyway.   Sine DH likes to shop on line, with the main PC I will no longer be posting from it, but from my lap top, where I have some control over.  Now on to T-day!!
I just love this photo, it just says so much about blogging and about the great group of people that always refer to as the "T-gang" over at Altered Book Lover and for all the other blogs I follow, groups I'm in and for all the people that follow my blog.

So what a week it has been since last we met.  I do want to once again apologize, but for NOT getting back to all of you who left me a comment last week.  We didn't get home from San Diego until late Monday night, Tuesday I had multiple errands to run, including taking in the PCs, not getting home until very late in the afternoon, Wednesday was back adjustment day, and grocery shopping, Thursday was a dr. appointment (had to find out blood work results) get prescription, then Friday was a meet up with DIL to get shirts ordered for the BBQ team, that starts up again in just a few weeks. then I took her and her sister and my GD out for lunch.  PHEW!!!

So now I'm off to link up with the T-gang, a little on the late side, but it's still Tuesday here.

Inky Hugs

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

T Stands for Walking on the WILD side

Tuesday means it's again time to join Elizabeth, the Altered Book Lover and the Tea Gang
DH and I took a really quick trip to San Diego this last weekend.  We pulled out the Playhouse late Friday evening, since the decision to make the trip happened just hours before........I threw in a few changes of clothes, the camera and the belated birthday gifts for our GS and his Daddy and we were up and on our way early Saturday morning.  Since it is a 250 mile....ish trip, and pulling the Playhouse, it takes 5-6 hours to make it down there.  Of course there are a few places we like to stop at, so it stretched the trip to 6-7 hours.....LOL.
We pulled into the campground around 3 PM and got everything set up. DS was still working and the GKs were still napping so we just set up our chairs, made an adult beverage, sat out, under this wonderful oak tree and enjoyed the breeze. 
We have been to this campground before and it has some of the most interesting OLD oak trees.  This one looks like it had melted, leaving big gaping holes.  It may have been in the disastrous fire they had in that area about 10 years ago. 

 Whilest having my coffee, early the next morning, I did grab my camera and take this photo of my clear coffee mug. It also gives you an idea of how big the tree is and how big the holes are.
By now your wondering how all this ties into the title of this post, this doesn't look so wild!!  Well, it isn't the pictures or the trip.  It is, indeed, what I am  doing right now.........and that is being on the internet without any anti-virus protection.  When I logged on this morning there were all kinds of pop-ups telling me my subscription had laps. BOOOGERS!!! that means I have to get this PC and my laptop in for an annual checkup. But I just HAD to get a T-day post done this week.......LOL!!! I found it is much easier to do an annual thing and pay minimal cost than to download off the "net", not get the right thing and then have a real expensive mess on my hands later.
Sooooooo it might take me a while to get around to visiting all my T-day friends this week, but as soon as it isn't so dangerous I will be out and about visiting.  I also have tons of things to post.......wouldn't ya know it???

Inky Huga

Monday, April 13, 2015

T Stands for: Two weeks is Too long!

It's been two weeks since I last visited Elizabeth and T-gang ......  This weeks drink is that bottle of water there on not the one with the brush in it.......the tall one, with clean water!  I know, I know this looks like it should be a Wednesday photo for WOYWW, but in reality it was taken this morning ( Monday) for Tuesday.  (there will be questions on this later....LOL)
I woke up this morning with a burning itch to put some paint on a canvas I had prepped with paper, modeling paste and gesso over the weekend...........but there was this pile of ironing to be done (yep, I still iron) Then there was the incident last night.........I opened a drawer, in the bathroom, and found a roach!!!  I DON'T DO ROACHES!!!!!  While having my coffee out on the patio this morning......oh, it was a lovely I was saying,........oh yes, ......I was having my coffee and trying very hard to weasel out of the house work and ironing.  Well, I just shook myself by the shoulders and said "You know how to do both"! 

I came into the house, plugged in the iron, and set up the canvas, which meant I had to dig the easel out of the garage and make space for it, while the iron heated. I went back ironed 9 shirts for DH, unplugged the iron and put it and the board I get to start to paint.................
I get the first layer of acrylic on in a messy washed way, dry time needed so I was then onto  our bathroom..........Dressed in a Hazmat suit and looking like something from war of the worlds, I took EVERYTHING out of the cabinet.  Sprayed the heck out of the inside with Raid ant and roach killer. I don't like using chemicals until it comes to ants and roaches!!!!  BAM!! NO PROBLEM!!
Back to the painting and getting an other layer of paint on it.  Left it to dry while cleaning the guest to bottom.
Once it was dry there were still a few coats of paint to go, by coats and layers I mean mostly done with a dry brushed effect............. then off to clean the out side of my stove while it dried.

There were a couple more layers of paint and gold leafing added, but I got very engrossed and for got to take pictures, then DH came in from delivering his load of cement powder, and we decided to have a Subway sandwich for lunch. 

This is just to give you an idea of the sized of the canvas
Here is the finished piece, the sealer wasn't quite dry so it looks a little milky is spots.

A close up of the details, yes that is a shadow of  the fleur de lies.  They were stenciled twice
 This was the most FUN I've had with paint in quite awhile and I love the way it turned out.  It was a canvas I picked up at the 2nd hand store for $5.00, and it is gallery wrapped, so there is no frame needed.
Five new designs  I make 4 to 6 of each.
I am still making bottle tags, or wine tags.  Bakersfield has an artist event the first Friday of every a street fair.  From what I am told it is a lot of fun and a lot of people go to it to buy unique things.  My friend, Ronda and an other friend want to go together and get a booth for it this summer and maybe we can sell a few things. They want me to sell my art canvases............hmmmmm I'm thinking about adding a few to the pot to see what happens.
I have been really enjoying my little garden I created earlier.  Things are really breaking out in bloom.

Begonias and Marigolds and three Iris buds

I dug these out of the front yard two months ago and put them into a pot.  I didn't
break the soil apart, just planted the whole clump.  I was surmised to see that
they are going to bloom after being disturbed.

Last but not least are the Geraniums that I dug up from my Mom's backyard after she passed away.  This is the first spring they have really bloomed.  There are two different colors of pink.  One is a hot pink and one is more of a salmon pink
So now it is late Monday afternoon, I know E has gone live with her post, so I'm a thinkin' I should link up about now.  I still have to go put everything away in the bathroom I sprayed with Raid.  Might have to open a few windows in the is still pretty strong smelling and we do want to sleep in there tonight.  THEN it is time for me to have something besides water, maybe an adult beverage.......put my feet up and relax.
What's in your cup today?
Inky Hugs


Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Second Time on April 2nd

Taking a look back
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Since it is the 2nd day of a new month it is time to look back in time for a second look.
This month I have chosen to share the first three pages of my very first art journal........way before I started  really getting into mixed media journaling.  They were done early in 2009.

This poor book had been in my lunch bag and a bottle of water had leaked and gotten the bottom of all the pages wet, I didn't notice it and a little mildew set in.  I had torn off all the ruined paper and some on the pages got an overlay, and some I just incorporated the torn pages into the design......then I bought a brand new journal.....................

I still have this journal, and I really did do more pages, but never finished got rather thick with all the added papers to make the pages square again....LOL  Every once in a while I take it off the shelf and look through it.

Thanks for stopping by, let me know you were here.
Inky Hugs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Good Bye Dyna Blu

just a puppy in our old trailer
Her face was just starting to turn white
Today I had to say good bye to my best friend for 10 years, Miss Dyna Blu, she was a Vizsla and one of the best "people" dogs I have ever known.

A couple months ago she was diagnosed with a tumor in her lung, and I had a valley fever test ran on it, but it turned out to be worse.  She had been doing okay, heavier breathing and a slight cough when exerted.  She had lost weight (which she need to do, but not like this) and I had started giving her more wet food mixed with the dry, and none of the cheap stuff full of all kinds of fillers.  Last week she started having a  harder time breathing, but was still eating and drinking water.  Then yesterday she stopped and refused both and her breathing became painful to watch.  The vet had told me what to watch for and as I saw it all happening I knew I had to make a decision, but my loving DH made it for me and said it was time to let go of her.  He took her to the vet this afternoon and had her put down.  We will be getting her ashes and bringing them home next week, and I will dispose of them myself, most likely out in the back yard. Dam! I gonna miss that dog!