Tuesday, May 31, 2016

T-Day and the Winery

Last week DH and I finally took advantage of a 2 night stay I had won way back in December.  It was at the Croad Inn and Winery, not all that far from here.  We couldn't have asked for nicer weather, and such a unique and pretty place.
The day we checked in we met the owners in the wine tasting room, he and his wife are there every weekend to help run the Inn and winery.  Really wonderful and gracious people.  Since it was late in the afternoon, he offered us a tour of the winery....just DH and myself.  He took us into the cellars, which was so very interesting......and we even got to taste wine straight from the I just fell in love with.....but sadly it won't even be bottled for two more years!!  We were given a glass of wine and a plate of assorted cheese and crackers, when we finally headed for our room.
Since I am an early riser, the next morning I grabbed my coffee and my camera and went outside, there were so many things I wanted to get pictures of.  You can see my coffee cup there on the edge of the fountain (above photo for the T-day gang).  I LOVE taking pictures in the early mornings........I know.....lots of shadows...but I think that is why.  I love to see the fresh sun light highlight the new day.

The top vineyard is over 80 years old, not old by comparison to other areas or countries, but I was surprised that THIS area had been growing wine grapes for that long.  Years ago, this winery(not Croad) sold their wine to a Basque restaurant over here in the valley, for their table wine........and I'm sure I have had some...*grin*.  Now this winery sells their wine for $100 plus per bottle!!! YIKES!  I don't think I'll ever be drinking anymore of their wine! 
The bottom photo is of one of the Croad vineyards.  They grow their grapes irrigation, and they don't tie up the vines, but leave them in more of a bush state.......I found that very interesting.

Wayne and Patty took a lot of care in designing their Inn and winery with pathways leading to vista areas, with these metal musicians all over the grounds and pagodas for shade over comfy chairs .  It does get hot in this area too, which is why I was surprised they dry grow the grapes.  But the soil is perfect and they get the coastal breezes, and moisture in the late afternoons and evenings.  This area is about 45 minutes from the beach.

I fell in love with the fountains, there were two very large ones.  It was early enough that they had not turned the water on and I could get close up photos.

A couple more musicians and a random photo of a arched walkway.  This is actually looking across the walkway to the tasting room......but the wooden door, at the back caught my eye.
So this is where I will stop, I took over 100 photos of this place, but only got the above ones edited and ready to post.  Hopefully I can share more of this trip later, but right now I'm headed over to Altered Book Lover-----Elizabeth's blog and link my drink related post, then hop around and see what everybody else is drinking this fine Tuesday morning.
I'm not too sure how often I'll get to post after this week.  Next week I start having my granddaughters four days a week.  With one being 6 and the other 9 (almost 10) I'm not sure if I can pull off a "Camp Grandma" this year with their age difference ......but I'm gonna give it a good try.  So my post might be late and a little on the crazy side......just thought I'd throw out the warning now...LOL!!
Inky Hugs

Friday, May 27, 2016

Without words..a Journey of Layers

A double page layout, finished and ready for words......But what to use??  I have many sentiments and sayings that come to me when I look at these pages.  I just can't land on one that I REALLY want to put, for now, it is without words.
Here is the journey of layers, with unedited photos......and no you can see what I've been using as mediums.  Click the images for a closer look.





The final layer is a thin coat of white acrylic paint, applied with my fingers and then using an almost dry wipe to pull the stripes and mute other areas. Sometimes it takes many layers to get it where you want it to be.......just like life....but without words.

What do these pages suggest to you?
Inky Hugs

A tip:  When wanting to use a baby wipe, and it is too wet......squeeze it in a paper towel .

Thursday, May 26, 2016

To the Moon and Back

Before heading off on our "mini vacay" I had made this journal page on evening, while thinking of our oldest Granddaughter.  Of course the saying in NOT new, but it is something I've been saying to her since the day she was born.
It started with a page of "left over paint".  I traced my shapes with the masks I was going to use....just to get the layout in my mind.

Then a script stamp was used over the masks with Stazon ink.

I painted around the shapes, added music napkins and white....I'll call them motion stripe with a credit card.
A closer look, before adding the Gelatos, which I had to redo after the Gelatos...LOL!

After the Gelatos were added and more motion stripes!

Because the Gelatos have a milky, or chalky look, over other colors, I had to reline the shapes.
I added the stamped sentiment, swirls, the word Dream and some stars.  The stars were stamped with white paint, that I also highlighted the other words and swirls with.  I did draw the dangling heart on the moon too.
Of course this saying was expanded on many times with "and past the sun, twice around the world, and past the stars"  LOL!   The journey of our love always grew and she's almost ten.  We still say "to the moon and back", but I sometimes wonder how much longer????
How far does your LOVE travel??
Since JOURNEYS are the challenge over at Art Journal Journey , until the end of the month I'll link this page up. Hope you will at least stop by the challenge and see some of the other journey links, so much eye candy.......there is SOMETHING for EVERYBODY to enjoy.
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

T stands for One Cup at a Time

Happy Tuesday! Today is an other journal page.......I think it is becoming an obsession.....*grin*
More Gesso, paint, ink, stamps, Gelatos and Pitt Pens, along with some die cuts and paper doilies.
I didn't even notice how crooked the bottom looked, until I had it uploaded....LOL!
My coffee cup is sitting there, (maybe I SHOULD have added glitter to the cooked table top) as I had just finished the page, to fit right in with the T-gang over at Elizabeth's blog.  I also want to join the Art Journal Journey with this post too.........their challenge is "Journeys" (which I will have to link up too once we are back home) This how I start my daily cup at a time. *grin* 

A few of the details...Stazon ink tends to stay shinny when it has acrylic paint under it (?)
Die cuts over doilies in the upper corners.
I had this post started EARLY, as in Saturday afternoon, when DH said he wasn't working Monday and we should go in out of town for a couple of days.  I still have my "free" two night stay,  nailed the refrigerator, that I had won last I gave them a call and they had room at the Inn for tonight (Sunday) and we booked it!! 
Since our destination is only a few hours away I am up EARLY to scheduled this post ( sorry E, I hope you will be kind enough to link me up to your post) so I am away.....over on the coast.....staying at the Croad Vineyards and Inn.  Should be great weather to visit some wine country, it is only getting into the low 70s (F) for a couple of days.....nice!!!!! Especially since it was in the high 90s' last week.
We won't be coming straight home Tuesday, instead we will detour to go see an architect with my floor plan drawings, for the new house......time to have them professionally drawn up and engineered! WOOT! WOOT!
So visiting everybody will take me some time, as I am going to be in and out ALL week!  Geesh! Nobody told me how busy retirement was going to be.....LOL!
Now I'm off to throw a few more things in my suitcase and get ready to hit the road!!
Thanks for stopping by.
Inky hugs,

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Do You See the Green Face??

Well, do you see the face in this journal background ? No?..........

How about now??
I had made this background months ago and then promptly forgot about it!  I was wanting to finish this journal and put it away, when I came back across this page.  No, I didn't see a face I drew one her some weird hair by outlining some of the areas.  Pitt pens were used to highlight the background, face and color the facial features.
I sometimes wonder "WHY"? it takes so long for inspiration to strike.  What inspires you?
Inky Hugs

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Laugh, Love and Live it Up!!

A page from one of my art journals, that had been doodled then colored with Pitt pens. 
This page represents many evenings of "sofa time" with DH.....while he watches all his prerecorded TV programs.......but wants me to watch too........only I'm not really interested in them.....sssshhhh! Don't let on about that!
Happy weekend!
In memory of my brother, who would have been 62 today.

Laugh, love and live it up....because this is the oldest you have been and the youngest you'll ever be again!

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Denim Pocket for Storage

I know many people have one of these Lazy Susan storage thingies, most craft stores sell them.  I've had mine for a number of years, and for most part I LOVE the darn thing.  This side had an elastic band stapled onto it, and was perfect for holding bone folders and stylists......things that are just too short to put in the other deep wells.  Now, over time the elastic has stretched out and doesn't want to hold ANYTHING....grrrrr!  Has anybody else had this problem???
Then the lights came on (so to speak...*grin*)  What I needed was a divided"pocket" on that side........welllllllll............I do have some old denim pockets I had cut off DH's old work pants..................hmmmmmm!
Yep!  I drug one out and quickly stitched some divided areas, using the pocket and the piece of denim that the pocket was sewn the pants! ( notice the staples still in the LS?  They would NOT come out!!) Now the pocket was a tad too long, so I flipped up the pointed bottom and glued it together.  I have found that the glue in this photo is just will glue a ton of things and I have been using it for YEARS!! 
Once the flipped up point was dry I added glue to all the edges and down the stitched spots.

I added the pocket and let it get somewhat dry, then I did tack all four corners with very tiny nails...just for reinforcement.  I did this last month and it is still going strong....nothing has loosened!  YEAH!!
It holds my little tools wonderfully.......kind of wished I'd put a little decoration on the plain pocket....maybe later......LOL!
Thanks for stopping by, hope this idea has helped, if you have had the same problem.
Inky Hugs

Large Daisies in My Journal

Last Friday Helen Allen had posted at video, on her blog, using many Faber Castell products.  Her video was the inspiration for this journal page.
There are layers of Gesso, Gelatos, napkins, doilies, ink and paint. I'm not crazy about the top doily covering the top daisy, but it is what it is....*grin*  It was still a very fun page to do, and she did inspire me to use more than just one or two mediums........Thanks Helen! 
Thanks for stopping by....
Inky Hugs

Thursday, May 19, 2016

More Mixed Media Journaling

Butterflies and Blooms is this month's challenge at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.
This journal page has many, many layers of napkins, mulberry paper, paint, and ink.....stamped images and hand painted images....OH MY!!  What fun I had getting it all on this page, especially applying layers of paint with my fingers......oh yes, that child still resides somewhere inside me *grin*
 I had watched a couple of art journaling videos on You Tube and just took techniques from here and I'm not going to give out the links.....way to many to go and search for again.....BUT there are some really wonderful videos on art journaling out there......and I do follow many of the artist that also have blogs.
So here is the challenge info:
Of course there is great eye candy to be held.....if all you want to do is LOOK.....BUT be warned....the inspiration you find there will kick your MOJO into high gear.........which is a great thing to happen because this challenge runs all month!!
Thanks for stopping by,
Inky Hugs

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Booms and Butterflies

I have been MIA, from my blog, for a couple of weeks.....sometimes LIFE just gets out of hand.....and I won't tell you an untruth, there have been days of just LAZINESS!! LOL!
I have been working in some of my journals (during the lazy days.....just too lazy to scan, edit and post)   This page was made for a couple of challenges (listed below) It was a fun page to make because I  used different techniques and mediums.
The first layer was Gesso with ink added to tin the background.  I used a daisy stencil and embossing ink for the background daisies, then pink and white embossing powder.  The other flowers were embossed with white EP, then the color was inked in and fussy cut.  The butterflies followed the same process.  Once everything was glued down I used a couple of leaf stems and added the greenery.  Around the edges of the page with some distressed ink for some aging and I was finished.
Pastel colors can sometimes be harder to work with, especially when trying NOT to add any black to the that wasn't part of the "challenges".....just my own challenge.
Both of these challenges run for the month of May, so there is still time to join the fun.

Now I'm off to link up and take on the challenge of getting ALL my errands finished TODAY!

Inky Hugs

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

T stands for the First Tuedsay in May

Well we have rounded an other corner, in 2016, and have landed in MAY!! Holy Moly.....or should that be Mole'?....since Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner....LOL! Never the less it is time to meet up with the T-Gang over at the Altered Book Lover Blog and see what everybody is drinking.
As usual I am drinking you.  I came into my craft room to ponder this canvas, that is propped up on Betsy. Of course I had sat my coffee cup( didn't see the drips till now)  and glasses right in front....then remembered that it is Tuesday, grabbed the camera and here I am!
I've had this idea, in my head, for sometime and finally acted on it yesterday.  I had bought 2 of these denim canvases last summer for Camp Grandma and we never got around to using them.  I did attempt a painting on one.......might share that later.....but found denim REALLY hard to paint on....even with Gesso going down first.  So that left this one still wrapped in cellophane.

Here is the first step of getting everything glued down.  The whole idea started with a pocket I'd cut off a pair of old jeans.  I really enjoyed just messing about with found objects and modeling paste, and yes, all the items in the pocket are glued in there really well and are old or no longer used.
Then I took it outside and sprayed it with Primer......hoping that will help seal it a little so I can add some paint and color. I had to let it sit outside all afternoon because of the smell!  I am going to give it a good coat of Gesso before I add the paint......hoping that all the paint won't soak INTO the denim.......AGAIN!
Friday is our monthly luncheon for the Bakersfield Bucket List Bunnies, and this month we are asked to dawn a Derby style hat in honor of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday.  Since I have ALWAYS wanted a "Derby" hat, and I tend to be a "hat" fanatic, I didn't need to be asked more than once.  I did do a little research on them before making mine.....Pinterest led me to You Tube and I was amazed at how much information there was on both these sites.
So this is my Derby hat. 
Hat from Target, flowers form $$ store feathers and tulle from Michael's Craft store.

From the side.
I have never been to the Kentucky Derby, but always thought it would be a lot of fun.  There was a time I kept up on the horses (no, no betting here).  We did go to the Del Mar track, here in California, YEARS ago and I loved the whole atmosphere......such magnificent animals! 
"What sets the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks apart from other sports and entertainment events? It's the hats!
Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat parade is much of what makes "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" one of the greatest people-watching events in the world!
The long-established fashion was started with Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.'s vision for the Derby as an event that the high-class would attend, similar to European-style racing events, which mandated full morning dress for men and women. For the first running of the Kentucky Derby, he used high-class women to recruit his target clientele to attend the race. The event quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. Going to a horse racing event became an opportunity to show off the latest in spring fashion and women were known to coordinate their hats, dresses, bags, shoes, and even parasols.
The extravagant hats that have become associated with the Kentucky Derby did not really come around until the 1960s, when social fashion norms loosened up and the presence of television gave women a reason to stand out. The hats became larger, brighter, and more extravagant.
Hats at the Kentucky Derby have become even more popular after the royal wedding in 2011, an event that showcased many elaborate hats and fascinators."

Here, or at least at Del Mar, the hats are worn only on Opening Day.

What else is happening this week?  I am starting my first golf lesson on Thursday morning!! WOOT! WOOT!  The last name drawn, from the Bucket List Bunnies...bucket list, was Mary and she wanted golf lessons, but didn't want to do it alone.  So there were a couple of us that volunteered to join her, only we have to pay for our lessons.  My hubby and both my sons play I thought I'd learn it is really good exercise!

Well, my coffee cup is sitting here's your cup, empty too?  I know it, was a long post, so long it is now time for me to go make my protein drink for breakfast.....then off to check out the other T-gang and see what's going on for this T stand for Tuesday!

Inky Hugs