Monday, January 28, 2013

Dress Up

Today I'm posting in participation with Art-Journal-Journey

The theme for January 2013 is crowns.  There's a saying that goes, "Always act like you're wearing an invisible crown." (author unknown)...  And I'm sure I don't wear mine nearly enough!  But the question is, is a crown really my style?  

Well, I've always said I'm a girl of many moods, interests, and styles.  I could never commit to one favorite color if you asked me!  I'm pretty down to earth, I think, most often feeling more like a country girl stuck in the suburbs...  But as far as fashion goes, I like everything from blue jeans and sneakers to pearls and silk.  Even at my age, despite the havoc menopause (that dirty m-word!) is wreaking on me physically, these days, I still love to play dress up; whether it's for church, a wedding, going out for coffee or shopping, or even just for hanging around the house all day.

One thing's for sure, though...  "You can dress her up", but I'm still just plain little ol' me...

I did the following art spread in acrylic paints...


The little girl is a sketched character/personality I've done ever since I was a kid.   I even embroidered/appliqued one once on a memory quilt I made! 


The words seem to fit me perfectly, coming from a song, HERE, by Robinella.  Below are both pages, bringing together the entire journal spread.


Recently I bought a wild-looking pair of denim pants...  Red with black tiger stripe.  Yup, you heard that right!  And as I first went to try them on, I wondered if it was too much...  or if others would approve.  But bottom line (no pun intended!), those pants brought me right back to my younger days, when style was FUN, and I was more fun!...   So, I went on, this particular night, to art journal;  red and black tiger stripe being a strong inspiration for creativity!
 
 (The quote on the left is from Marilyn Monroe.)

Dear Daughter gave me the book Stash and Smash, by Cindy Shepard. , for Christmas, this past year.  One idea I found in this art-journaling book, page 51, was to make a zebra page with a pocket, but I found my Crafter's Workshop zebra template to work double as a tiger stripe too!...  Red tiger, in this case!
 

Well darnit, anyway!..  The next day, I kicked all doubts and uncertainties right to the curb, and wore those pants for the day!..  And I LOVE them!  I'm thinking I should have bought more pairs in different colors!!  No matter, though.  I only hope there will be a good many days ahead when the mood to wear them will suit me just perfectly!   Oh sure, I'm the same girl...   but with a just little more bounce in her step...   AND in her spirit!

Thanks for stopping by today!


     

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sketch And Fall Fearless

Just a quick post today, 
to share some scrapping and art journaling I've done...

To any new visitors here, by way of the Grow Your Blog event: Hi!  And Welcome!  My name is Tina, but many Blogland friends know me as "Beansie"...  a nickname which my mother has always called me; but also the name I chose to go with when I didn't know how private to be when I first started my blog!  I love arts, crocheting, and crafts of all kinds..  Baking too!  You can read more about me in the "About Me" section above; or simply scroll down my right side bar.  It's all there too!

First thing I want to share today is a sketch challenge
hosted by Unscripted Sketches
Here was the posted sketch, #193, for the week.


And here's how I interpreted it and put it together.


I decoupaged pieces of torn newspaper for background, then shaded the border of the page in black.  I had fun making houses in black, and then in bright-contrasting colors. I used acrylic paints, scrap papers, Stickles glitter glue, and a white gel pen for this page; and I thought the quote, by Henry Van Dyke, was not just appropriate, but very sweet.

The next challenge I'm posting for is the last challenge for the Fall Fearless and Fly event at Artists In Blogland.


The themes I chose to participate with were as follows:
Color:  black and neons  -bold contrasts
  Quote:  "Creativity is piercing the mundane to find
the mavelous."  ~Bill Moyers

For this challenge, I felt like playing with something different than just store-bought art supplies.  Inspired by Martha Stewart, HERE, I got out my mashed potato masher and made a waffle-type pattern with it, in green on two corners.  


Martha also suggested slicing an apple the wrong way, so that you can see the star inside; so with the idea of piercing the mundane to find marvelous, I thought that apple stamping would be perfect!  Then I knew that a new stencil I just received from Jessica Sporn would be perfect too!  You can find the stencil HERE, at Stencil Girl Products.  I used it on the opposite corners, in white. 


I did a double set of pockets, made from a business envelope, for tags that I'll be using for journaling.  I used a Crafter's Workshop, 12x12 stencil, Punchinella, for the smaller-front pocket.  Below is a view of both pages together.


All my flowers from both pages are made from scrap papers of all kinds: newspaper, gift wrap, magazine pages or book pages, etc., etc...


The buttons, used for flower centers, were made from chipboard, tissue papers, acrylic paint, and glittery nail polish!  Oftentimes, I like to crochet my own flowers too! 

A couple of nights ago, Dear Daughter and I finally got out to see the last movie of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn Part Two!  We both LOVED it; and actually we were sad, much like the Harry Potter movies, to see it all come to an end. It was such a nice "girls' night out" though, and I can't wait to eventually own the whole saga, all on dvd, so we can both watch them again and again, whenever we want!!   

Today, it's just plain ol' nasty cold out there, and I plan to stay in for the rest of the day!  I'll be crocheting tonight, while watching some t.v. I guess.  I'm making some hats for my niece's two kids, so I'll show you those once they're done.

Please don't forget to stop and visit the Grow Your Blog Event, hosted by Vicki, at 2 Bags Full!

I hope you all are staying warm and cozy on these cold and wintery days, and thanks to all old friends and new for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

List It Tuesday

There's a Blogland event out there that's new to me and catches my eye, so I've decided to play along this week.  It's called List It Tuesday, and it's hosted each week at Artsyville.  There were several prompts this week to choose from, but all were based on favorite foods.  So here goes:

1.  homemade macaroni and cheese
2.  white cake and chocolate frosting
3.  homemade baked custard
4.  cookies
5.  homemade split-pea soup
6.  cheese (just about all kinds)
7.  hot meatball sandwiches
8.  reuben sandwiches
9.  new england clam chowder
10.  pies; lemon meringue, pumpkin, and chocolate creme 
11.  pizza, with pepperoni
12.  cheesecake
13.  ice cream
14.  tuna melts
15.  Oreo cookies
16.  Spaghetti
17.  banana bread/muffins
18.  homemade burrito casserole
19.  hot dogs with chili sauce/sauerkraut 

And drumroll please....  The food
I can't run through the store without 
grabbing on my way out...


20.  Little Debbie Nutty Bars!

So there you have it!...  I was hoping to post in time for another Blogland event, at City Crafter Challenge Blog.   Unfortunately I didn't post in time, but here it is anyways...
  

This week's challenge was to submit any type of project...  art, craft, scrapbook, or whatever, based on the given theme:  book pages.  I was in the mood for circles at the time, for some artistic mood/reason I'm not sure of; so I cut out a good many circles from an old paperback book and decoupaged them to an art-journal page, as a back ground.  I cut out more circles out of posterboard to make journaling notes.  I added an envelope, made by a friend out of a magazine page, to hold tags.


Then I cut out a facial shape, then a neck and a hat, all from book pages again, for the opposite page. I added a quote that, to me, focused not just on style, but about being yourself.  It was said by Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the Harry Potter series of movies.


And here's the whole journal layout, finished and ready for all the written memories I hope to preserve.
 

Thanks for stopping by today!


 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Last Year To New Year

I once read a quote that said...

"Time is what prevents everything from happening at once."
(John Archibald Wheeler)

~But by my interpretation?...  Hmmm...  I beg to differ!  I seem to find that everything always DOES happen at once!...  You know the saying, "when it rains, it pours."  But I don't mean to come across as if I'm complaining, because over the holidays, it's been "pouring" in a GOOD way!  And I really hope that all God's blessings have been doing the same for my friends in Blogland as well.  I hope you all your holidays were the best!

So, I guess I'll just briefly (as I possibly can.. ha! ha!) summarize a little about our Christmas for 2012.  First I made my own Christmas cards, for a second consecutive year.  It's a lot of work, as you might guess here...


...but I love doing it.  I really do put my he(art) into them, and have since received many good comments and reactions about them, so I think I will be making my own cards again next year!
  
(stamped image is Simply Gorjuss, Rose)

It would probably be a good idea to start them earlier next year, I think!!  (wink, wink)  Yes, this would be a very good idea!...  And I'll make extras, because I always seem to get new cards from new friends that I didn't expect to!  (Again, I'm not complaining.  I do recognize, and thank God, for what a blessing this is!) 

Typically, the holidays can be the biggest wedge between a very good friend and myself.  Because of her religion, she does not celebrate/recognize them in the way that I do.  There was one key moment where it really bothered me this year, when typically I can just accept it, and honestly just respect her for what she believes in.  So I art-journaled about it, to help sort it out, and settle my mind about the issue...


I was glad in the end, despite our differences, we've risen above them, and have remained  good friends for a good many years now!
 
(recent girls day out for coffee and shopping!)

I confess I was disappointed that Christmas 2012 was the least productive year I've had in ages, in reference to the amount of Christmas cookies I had time to bake.  I made TWO BATCHES.  That's right..  Just TWO!!   (shaking my head in shame)...


I take pride in making assortments, and then sharing them with others...  (sigh)  Well, all I can hope for is to find the time next year, I guess....  I was glad to at least make some GINGERBREAD MEN!  They definitely take some time to make, but were so-ooooo GOOD!..  Totally worth the effort!  (Yes, and the dog thought so TOO, but that's another story!)

Christmas Day was wonderful!  Dear Daughter and Dear Son-In-Law came over for the day.  Here's a picture of me and the kids...


I cooked up a big breakfast, then later a big dinner!  Kobe was there too, so poor Tuffy (our cat)  hid under the tree all day...  Oh, but wait a minute!..  You haven't met Kobe!!  I can't forget to announce that not long before Christmas, Dear Daughter made me a grandmother!  Oh, not in the way I still hope for, maybe, someday...  But well...   I introduce to you, my new grand(fur)baby, Kobe!


Isn't he the CUTEST?!! (Oh my gosh, can you HEAR me shrieking with delight?!  CAN YOU?!)...  He's a Shih Tzu, and guessed to be approximately 2 years old or so.  Dear Daughter and her husband adopted him from a rescue program.

 (Dear Daughter and her baby boy!)

While I hear he has a few minor stubborn little habits, for which they are lovingly and patiently training him, he's still just the sweetest little furbaby-boy you ever met!  He's been a most wonderful addition to all our family!

I don't know if you remember how after "The Big Bad Move", I lost all my childhood Christmas tree ornaments?   Oh, my heart was crushed about it...   But this year, my father came by, and gave me the angel that sat atop our family Christmas tree from the time my parents were first married, and all throughout my childhood!  I honestly am in tears just posting this.  Christmas was always my greatest childhood memory, and I am so happy and blessed to have this sweet angel watching over my own tree today.  Isn't she beautiful?!!...  (This year I have silver garland, but I think next year I'll have to get gold garland to better match this sweet family heirloom atop my tree!)


So, no... my tree is NOT down yet, and I have no immediate intentions to do so.  I can only, at this point, commit to doing so sometime before Valentines Day!

Now let me see.  What else can I catch up on?..  Oh yes..  The "Big 5-0" came and went, and it wasn't so bad.  I got through, and perhaps could say I even enjoyed it!  Cake and alcohol made for a very good combination this year!  (Oh, all in moderation of course..  I behaved!)  Here's what my parents got me for the big event!...   "LOVE!!!"

(Les Miserables: two dvd sets and the book!)

I'm just starting the book now, but boy, I don't know how long it's gonna take me to FINISH it!  The book is a good two inches thick and over 486 pages!  (I still can't WAIT to see the play when it gets here! I am really so excited about it!!!)

I'd say this winter has been a faily mild one so far..  At least for some of us in "The Great Northeast".  But as the temperatures seem to go up and down these days, so calls forth the need for all the winter gear we must layer upon layer upon ourselves, just to so much as take the dog out for a moment or two.  Dear Daughter asked if I would make a couple of winter headbands with flowers on them for her; and as I got making them, I liked them so much, I had to make myself one too!


I think we look kinda cute in them, if I may say so myself! 


You can find the pattern (by Edie Eckman, for Red Heart Yarn) right HERE, if you'd like to try making some too!  I thought they were very quick, easy, and fun to make!    

So, here we are, just into the New Year now...  
fresh pages, so to speak...


...with renewed optimism, wishes, and goals...  


and a new art journal I made for 2013, just waiting for all the words, photos, art, and memories I can possibly pack into it!  I based my cover on a favorite peaceful pastime, Tea Time...  And then I just added a few flowers, buttons and beads, a paper doily, and a stickpin to "pretti-fy" it up a bit!...  Next is one of my first pages done, with my new word for 2013, "serenity"....
 
(heart inspired by Jennibellie)

Last year my word for the year was "peace".  But looking back now, and now facing the new year ahead, I don't feel like I necessarily reached that level of inner peace, or of presence/being... (as Eckhart Tolle would speak of, in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose.)  I guess I thought focusing and art-journaling about it all would be enough, but no...  Reflecting on the past year, I had to think deeper; and then the answers I came up with all seem to have already been written, in what is already very well known as "The Serenity Prayer"....


I think, if I can remember, and live by, what the words say, then I look forward to all the good things I can reflect upon as 2014 rolls around!..   At least that's what I hope!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Wishing you and yours a blessed and very Happy New Year!