Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
And I busied myself with all kinds of things, including my Owl Owl piece, my two OWOH pieces and one of *e*'s tags, now I'm just two tags behind. At least I'm consistent. This was a particularly great question for me. Here's a shot, front:
My first stab at using the distress ink (Broken China color). And hopefully I'll have more to show tomorrow since it will be my first full studio day in a long time (and my last until a week from next Monday).
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I read Lisa Gabriele's, "Tempting Faith DiNapoli" about a month ago. I saw another of her books in a friend's pile of "to read"s and this was what my library had by her. I had even picked the book of the shelf a number of months ago, but was put off by the cover. I thought it was too coming-of-age or too chick-lit. But I enjoyed it thoroughly. It made me think my life is pretty tame, in comparison to the main character's life and that's always good because after a bad spell of something I am always grateful for those quiet, more mundane parts of my life. The characters are off the wall, but realistic in a crazy way. I recommend it, will even look for other titles by her.
And after three long weeks, I finished Pascal Mercier's "Night Train to Lisbon". The one thing I didn't like about this book was the ending. I like my endings, if not sewn up, at least with a clue as to where they are going. This left me wondering what the whole point of the protagonist's quest was if we aren't offered a hint as to whether he finds his grail. It is beautifully written, definitely literature and not fiction. And a whopping 400+ pages. It is not the type of book I can devour, even though I might put a lot of time into it but I was glad to have read it. Now I've started Jennifer Haigh's, "The Condition" and am loving it. The kind of book where I look forward to the next few moments I can steal to read a few pages here and there. In fact I found it started off poorly and I almost put it down for good. The beginning is stereotypical, trite and what I considered to be predictable but it has proved me wrong. I'm completely sucked in now.
This past week, while we were sweating and aching and sneezing and coughing, the mailman brought me some rubber stamps and distress ink I ordered online and these little treasures have been sitting idle in my studio. I haven't had the energy or the inclination to even open the packaging but it is going to be so much fun once these things return. Some sayings really are true, like, "if you have your health, you have everything". I never take our health for granted and I guess we have done pretty well so far this school year. Up until last week, Riley hadn't had one day off sick. Now he's had six in a row! And up until yesterday he had those sick eyes we all get when we are, well, sick. Today for the first time they are looking clear(er). Here's a shot of him making faces for me.
And my apologies to my OWOH winners, I had to suspend all work on your pieces for the last week and now until Friday. But they are progressing, if slowly.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Coughing, crying - SOS
Waving the white flag
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
And another shot from today, once he got up and running and eating a little we did some science experiments in the kitchen.
And here's one of *e*'s tags that I was behind on, you can see how dark my mood has been. This one was very simple, it was more about the journaling than about the imagery. I'm loving these questions and now I'm only behind by two. I also started working on my OWOH giveaways, one piece of collage deteriorated horribly so I'm rethinking that whole piece. These last few days have been a learning experience in so many ways. I feel like I'm coming out of a dark whole.
And one last shot, my boiled eggs from lunch. I loved all the white and the clear plastic. Not art by any twist of the imagination, but I loved how they looked.
Pole question: Is there a time limit on how long you can/should hold your child's birthday party after the actual birthday?
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
And the hole, because I have a bit of a morbid fascination with it....
And now for something completely different. I tried, lord knows I tried, to get some work in my studio done today. Especially since I have two new projects to make (OWOH winners) as well as all the other pieces I have on the go. All I managed to do was finish up my journal page. But I quite like it. I added some words, not too keen on those instructions from my course, I found myself kind of stilted there. But it was an interesting experiment. Here it is full page and two details. I do like some of the imagery, would like to take it further outside my journal pages onto a canvas or some sturdy paper.
Isn't this grand?!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Eating some Nerds tonight, after bath and with yesterday's "crown". God, I love him.
P.S. I was holding out on one big present, waiting for his father to arrive back in town and have a proper celebration with cake. And maybe that was why I over-reacted, part of me was ticked off that he really knew there was more.
Monday, February 9, 2009
And speaking of cake, here is what it looks like to be in your last 24 hours of five-years old.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
First. Morning face, morning hair:
Cereal art. Even Riley is getting into creating food art. Made from my Kashi Go Lean cereal (the 21st century's equivalent of Euell Gibbon's Grape Nuts):
Now that I've put the chickens to rest, I've started on Owl Owl. I have much more to do with this. On 10 x 14 acrylic paper. I'm not so happy with the paper, it has a different finish than my last one but it's buckling already. Yikes. I've employed some of Pam Carricker's techniques to start. We'll see how much I can hide.
A shot from my art journal. Darn that flash reflection. Just need to get the words down and I'll be done but I'm really liking it at the moment.
And what I've done so far for *e*'s 52 questions. I still have this week's question but I particularly like how last week's tag turned out.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Now, to catch up with my 365 day photo project, here's one with the toaster effect. A close-up too close up and a bath shot.
It appears that after about seven weeks we are finally about to get a break in the weather. The forecast is for above zero temperatures both Saturday and Sunday. I think our spirits need the lift, even if it does rain. I've been so cold for so long I've almost gotten used to it (not!).
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
February 3, 2009
Dear Madame Johanne,
Thank you for including me on the field trip to the planetarium. I had a great time and it was special for me to observe Riley in a different situation. I must tell you that my hat is off to all kindergarten teachers as this is a job I would never be capable of doing. It must be a special calling, like the priesthood or Public Defenders. So thank you for doing your job so well and for taking care and helping us raise our children. I really appreciate all you do.
And now, the object of my affection, doing his ninja moves with spy glasses on, the star of my show:
Monday, February 2, 2009
Real Person, A Real Award
I love the idea that I'm a real person as I frequently have doubts.
Here are the rules for the award (which I have stolen word for word, or copy and paste, as we say in blog land from the aforementioned Brenda):
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.
I'm not sure I know seven bloggers worthy of this award, which is not to say they don't exist, only that I don't follow that many. But I'll start and see how many I can ferret out. So, in no order of importance, but in the order that they appear in my bookmarks:
Kal - [i] love life
Karen - karenika.com
Snap - tales from twisty lane
Oreneta - orenata aground
Beth - books etc.
Garden hoe - eat my yard
Mama tulip - where am I going and why am I in this hand basket
These ladies inspire me, make me laugh, make me feel - well, human. So what better way to honor than to give them this Real Person Award.
(Brenda, I would have put you up there too, but didn't know if it was within the guidelines to re-gift it!)
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows) a few days ago. I can't remember where I first heard about it, it was a little obscure source, it certainly wasn't as if it was an Oprah pick, and then I kept hearing about it from very different people. At my last trip to the library I checked the shelves just in case, and there it was. It is a beautiful novel, the worse I can say is that perhaps it is a little predictable. It's a mix of romance, humor and war. The authors describe some of the atrocities brought by the occupation of the Second World War without wallowing it. We forget how much we have, in the times we live in. Living without flour seems so far from where we are, having your basic rights suspended seems impossible, turning over your possessions to soldiers seems like fiction. Unfortunately it wasn't and it isn't in some parts of the world right now. And I do like a good ending. In this case it was not just the details of the ending, it was the style it was written in, pure pleasure to read.