January 22, 2009


owoh_badgeHellooooo  visitors!! 

I want to thank Lisa  Swifka from A Whimsical Bohemian and  ONE WORLD-ONE HEART  for putting together this fun event.   Lisa says “The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way.”  

I think it’s a wonderful idea and even though I’m a  little late getting started I want  to participate. 

The first giveaway is:  It a 6” X 9” handmade journal with 8 pages of watercolor paper for you to paint or draw in.   

Sacred Heart Jrnl


The second item for this giveaway is a bookmark that was hand painted, then rubberstamped and images outlines with black ink.



To enter the giveaway you must leave a message in the comment section of this post.

You must have an active blog or you must leave your email address in your message.  Comments without a blog address/link  or an email address will be removed before the drawing.  

Last time to comment and be considered for the drawing will be 3:00pm, Pacific time,  February 12th.

All winners will be announced on sometime after  Thursday 3:00pm, Pacific time,  February 12th, 2009.


Thank you for visiting and good luck.


Commenting is now closed. I will be contacting the winners very soon.

January 20, 2009

The Marie Antoinette, Real Person, A Real Award

Anne from Gaal Creative has presented me with this award. Thank you Anne.



The Marie Antoinette,
Real Person, A Real Award

Here are the rules for the award:

  1. Put the picture of Marie Antoinette on your blog.
  2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
  3. Nominate at least 7 or more blogs.
  4. Link to those blogs from your blog.
  5. Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know you've shared the award with them.


Here are 7 bloggers whom I haven't nominated before for other blog awards, whose blogs I love because they are so real and down to earth, in no particular order:

Brenda at  http://thecraftychook.blogspot.com/

Teri at http://quinceberry.blogspot.com/

Lee at http://leekre.blogspot.com/

Maryellen at  http://cattycatsmusic.blogspot.com/

Connie at http://alteredroute.blogspot.com/

Susan at http://srhosken.blogspot.com/

Tracy at  http://tracykaufman.blogspot.com/


I hope you'll take a moment or two to stop by these blogs (including Anne's!) and leave a nice comment. It takes just a moment and I know they will appreciate it!

Thanks for reading!

January 10, 2009

Why so many Art challenges in January?

And why do I want to try them all?  I feel compelled to try every one and then get so overwhelmed with choices I don't get much done at all.  My real art goal for January was to finish the portrait I started months ago. And yet it still sits on the easel looking back at me expectantly while I surf all the wonderful blog sites that are offering these wonderful journaling prompts or art classes.  Too many temptations  for a girl with art ADD. 

Here is my newest journal page prompted by the Art Journal January, Day 4, Spirals and Flowers by Milliande at:


Flowers & Butterflys

Used water soluble oil pastels in the background, with a layer of white paint mixed with acrylic glaze over the top .  Added rubber stamp images and black ink pen drawings.  One comment, don't use your nice Pitt pens to draw with.  It ruined my favorite pen.  What ended up working really well was a Calligraphy  ink pen nib that you dip into an inkwell.  This type of pen works because it doesn’t get clogged with the oil pastels. 

It’s still feels unfinished so I’ll probably come back to it.

Also having Art Journal prompts this January are

Misty Mawn  at http://www.mistymawn.typepad.com/

and Kelly Kilmer: http://kellykilmer.blogspot.com/ 

Suzi Blu - http://www.youtube.com/user/suziblutube

Not specifically dealling with art journals but in being creative in many ways is:

Creative Every Day challenge at:


I signed up for this challenge, not specifically for prompts but to remind myself to do something creative everyday.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be art but something creative daily.   So toward that effort I have worked on another journal page not shown here and have also worked on creating 10 double sided background pages for a new art journal book(let) I want to make for myself.  (Why do I always feel the desire to start a new journal even when the last one still has empty pages in it? I suppose that question is best left for another post.)

More than once I’d read that having premade backgrounds ready for adding images and journaling makes it easier to create art pages on the fly.  So before Christmas I painted a few pages very simply using some left over paint and found that it worked for me while I was away on vacation.  These were pages that I would have otherwise put off until another time and then never would have gotten around to because the inspiration passed.    Having the pages ready (and remembering to take along a glue stick) allowed me to let my inspiration bloom.  I think I will do this much more often.

I’m also contemplating joining One World One Heart event to make some new blogging friends and I’m wondering what would make a nice giveaway. Would anyone want what I have to give? Hummmm  I’ll think on that.

Oh and about that portrait I talked about earlier, even though it’s saying ‘finish me’, there is something comforting about it sitting there staring at me unblinkingly (is that a word?).  Someday I‘ll tell you why.

So what challenges are you taking part in this year?

January 7, 2009

Just before I heard the shattering crunch of the van folding around the truck bed, something hit me, hard, but not from the direction I was expecting.

* Pick up the nearest book. Right now.
* Go to page 56.
* Find the 5th sentence.
* Write that sentence in your Title.
* Copy these instructions as a comment on your Title.
* Don't get your favorite book or the best one, but the closest to you right now.

Sentence from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

January 4, 2009

It pays to blog

I want to thank my very, very sweet daughter for making some Biscochitos for me for Christmas. She read my Christmas Questions blog post and decided to make them for me Christmas morning.  I thought I’d died and gone to heaven, they were sooo good.  Thank you my precious girl. (By the way I hope you are feeling better.)

I haven’t posted in a while but not all was lost, art wise, while I was gone from blogland. I managed to get two journal pages done while traveling to New Mexico for Christmas and another was created last week.  Those are below.

Today, I finally completed the Texture prompt that Kathryn posted weeks ago at the Soul Journal site.  I actually started it a few weeks before Christmas but Christmas projects took precedence and this one was put aside for a while. However, I knew I’d be back to it sooner or later because I liked the idea of it.  Instead of adding it to my journal I used a canvas board and created a freeform piece.  I really like how it turned out.  The size is 5 X 7.  I used fabric flowers, foam leaves, lace, buttons, watch parts and beads.  All were covered in gesso.  The gesso was also used as the adhesive.

Textured Flowers

The following journal page was created due to the flight we took from home to New Mexico for Christmas.  We are very discouraged with the airline industry.


This was a fun page created on Christmas Eve and Christmas day:

Merry Christmas

This last page was the most recent and based on our New Years Eve activities:

New Years Eve

How was your holiday?


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