Friday, April 30, 2010

Flashback Friday

The one and only Casey Stengel of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Such attitude with the shades!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

WITL Mosaic

WITL Mosaic
Originally uploaded by redazadi

Not the brightest one but still fun to make. WITL= Week in the Life, in this case Ali Edwards' WITL 2010.
Have a look cause you can do it any time!

Scraplift time

My son sent me this photo as a text attachment so it wasn't the best quality. However, I don't get too many from him so I decided to scrap it as is. It was a scraplift for a Designer Digital friend. I hope the picture of my grandchicks lightens her day.

The middle one, my first granddaughter, is now my height! "My how they've grown!"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How 'bout this?

I just read about this on a blog today, and thought wow...etching without the acid business. I am told that it is considerably cheaper at the big box home and garden stores rather than the craft stores. $6. or less seems to be the going price.

Wordless Wednseday

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

WITL 2010

I'm doing Ali Edwards' a Week in the Life 2010 and fun it is. Document one week of your life with photos and stories. I'm going with a bit more photo emphasis this time and making it as easy as I can for myself. Yesterday was...

The a.m. hours...

and then the p.m. hours.

If you're interested in joining in, now or later, all the info is here on Ali Edwards' blog. You can do this as elaborately or as simply as you like. It's really a fun way to see what you paid attention to when you look at it down the road a bit. A nice gift to leave your grandchildren too.

Monday, April 19, 2010

will it be a black eye?

will it be a black eye?
Originally uploaded by redazadi

No I am not the victim of domestic abuse.

I am 5'7 and my dh is 6'. When he gives me a bear hug, my glasses often get crushed into his chest. Today they twisted a bit and I got a red mark under my eye. Tomorrow will tell if it turns into a black eye.

Everyone who knows him knows how kind and gentle he is but maybe I should go back to contact lenses to be safe!

Hope you had a Happy Monday!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Artsy Fartsy

Another great studio day chez nous with my Artist Way peeps. I had such a good time I didn't take any photos....sigh.

I tried to get more done on the little art journal for the most recent trip to Italy and Malta but it sure takes time to get paint on and then be patient enough to let it dry! In between I did some punch outs of flower catalogs and some cutting of text from The Economist. I swear their headlines are the best for collage with many clever twists of the English language. After spending enough time with the art journal, and finding that baby wipes DO work on the cheap acrylics, work well enough to see the depth of the gesso, I said...Digital Time.

For me, the digital is so much faster and I CAN get it done in an hour or so. So here's today's piece for my dil. I know this would make her life so much easier, if she were back in her own home and not in the hospital 2 hrs away with Bekah. I wish home time so much for them.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Flashback Friday

Well this one isn't mine, but I haven't been in the mood to do scanninng lately. I once used to have a specific time of day to do it, but that habit has fallen by the wayside. I seriously dislike scanning but not enough to pay someone to do it for me. Typical.

(photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Evelyn Thaw might be happy at the piano, but thank you I'll have my music via Brite Revolution. Trust me, you'll enjoy the music which you can freely download.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Oh what a lunch

Have I said how much I like rice? I really really heart rice.

I did have more grilled chicken kebabs and leftover green beans and tomatoes but oh just plain rice with some butter. It doesn't get much better than that. Well it did yesterday.

It was lunch while scanning a copy of Ali Edwards' Sharing Your Story: Recording Life's Details with Mini Books . Oh so many things that look like such fun to do.

It really was a good mail day. The same person who had Ali's book for sale, had this wooden set of alpha stamps, HeroArt ones, which were JUST what I'd wanted, and then there was a J. Jill catalog. A plethora of riches!! and all for lunch.

Monday, April 12, 2010

A step at a time, A room at a time

Now into the studio...where every scrap of paper tells a story

(Yes, that should be April 10 - 12 )

This certainly qualifies as ALL ABOUT ME because there is no one else responsible for this room but me!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Clutter begone!

After seeing the Simplify 101 online courses for a couple of years (?), I finally decided to take one as I knew I would procrastinate on clearing clutter post recent vacation. I really wanted to get to a state where I feel comfortable in most rooms of my house most of the time. I'm in the Quick and Simple Clutter Control. Most of the information I knew, but somehow paying some money and being accountable, at least on line, helps me really do what I know how to do. It's also the electronic kick in the pants to Do It NOW.

So far I've concentrated on my mess in the bedroom.

Now this sure makes me happy and I look forward to walking into the bedroom tonight, knowing that the clutter is just not hiding somewhere else. Tomorrow, maybe some time doing some of the same in the studio.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A new idea for a bracelet

A new idea for a bracelet
Originally uploaded by woolly fabulous

Is this not fun looking? and soft feeling I bet.

Home again, Home again...jiggitey jig

Ah home...

and home is where

  • I can sleep as long as I like with no bus to catch or sight to see
  • there is a hot pot of tea waiting for me when I wake up
  • my daily rhythms fall back into place
  • I have my dear iMac with its big screen and all my art things about
  • I can hang laundry in the breeze
  • my meals are on my hunger time frame not when a restaurant is open
  • there are clothes for each vagary of weather
  • and finally home is where the cat and his barfing still feel comforting for a while
Home is a good place to come back to every time.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Did you know?

Dried chickpeas can be cooked in a slow cooker? aka a crockpot?

Well, I didn't but SmittenKitchen says she does it and I certainly trust her recipes. She says...

"* I make all of my dried beans in the slow-cooker these days. They are perfect every time, and the flavor of fresh beans — even the sad-looking ones from grocery store bins I used — is incomparable. No presoaking, just cover them 2 to 3 inches of water and cook them 3 hours on high. (I have learned that cooking time can vary widely in slow-cookers so allot more time than you might need. I often make mine in the day or days before and let them cool in their cooking water, which is then by then very flavorful.)"

I am going to try this as soon as I get home, in the delicious recipe she has on her blog. It's right up there at that link...Spinach and Chickpeas. I think that will balance out the Maltese Easter egg I ate, won't it???

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April FOOD Day

Feeding America

It's that time of year again. A good time. The sun is out, the gardens are starting to look like they have halfway forgotten the snows of the February from Hell. And how about you? Are you hungry today, do you wonder where your next meal is coming from or do you just have to decide which grocery store you'll frequent today?

For so many of us bloggers, food is such a part and parcel of our lives that we cannot imagine what it is to be hungry. No, not hungry because we're cutting back on the 'white stuff' but hungry because we don't have enough food, or any food. Hungry because what food there is has to go to the children, not us.

I have never been hungry a day in my life. Never.

How many people you pass on the street can say that? How many ordinary looking people hide the hunger because how can you tell someone you don't have food in this land of plenty? They're there and they need your help. Today.

So no April Fools, just April FOOD. Let this month be the month you share your abundance by letting another person eat. Do it by clicking this link
Feeding America and finding out where you can make a difference for someone. Do it today.

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