Monday, September 15, 2014

Mandala Monday and T stands for no Tea today

HAPPY MANDALA MONDAY
this was made with flowers from my neighbor, so thoughtful she is to share
I'm joining our wonderful very busy painting hostess Elizabeth for T stands for Tuesday. Notice the fall in my picture and in my mug. Remember I bought this orange mug last fall, it was time to pull it out again. We've had very cold temps here, needed jeans and jackets several days. To warm me up I bought my first jug of cider and a donut to go along with it. Love donuts and warm cider together! Also, sharing my cute tiny mini pumpkin, I keep it by me on the table beside me and smile when I see it. I'm sure there will be more cider photos to share these next few months, YAY!! Thank you Elizabeth for hosting us and making us always feel welcome.
I'm so excited about these zentangle ATCs from a swap!! Love them! Hoping to do more of these, it was hard and took a long time but so neat to see them afterwards. It was a small swap which helped too. I'll be working on a Halloween theme one next and my Fall ones should get here later this week.
More fall fun to share with you
 
Thank you so much for the visits and  comments last week. I'm glad some of you liked Summer's doll, Tiffany. She has just given her a perm this week and is looking totally different.
I have shared some Project Life pages below if you'd like to take a look. So glad to be catching up and hoping to do better at that now that summer is over. The sun is out and feels warmer already today. Have a great week, will be around today to see what's in your cup!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

SHARING PROJECT LIFE TODAY, FIANLLY!!

Hello and welcome to my Project Life catch up post, YAY! I haven't shared PL in over 2 months, that is so crazy. I know the computer not working is part of that and the other part is my not being on the computer much anymore. I have been stuffing pictures in the pockets when I can all summer and that's it, just didn't feel like journaling again, not sure why this keeps happening this year. Anyhow, this is what my table has looked like for a few days now, PL on one side and all my other creative outlets on the other side. I have snuck fall goodies in here but want to clean up the table so you can see only fall on it. I've been lucky to get some PL goodies from my dear friend Nancy who spoils me and my secret pal at church and a friend on IG who saw some on sale at Hobby Lobby and sent me several new theme packs. So blessed and inspired by all these new goodies to play with.
So here goes some pages for you, click on the images to see better. It wasn't very light out when I took these so hoping they aren't to bad for you. I have more done that I will share later, didn't want to do too many in one post. Thanks Nancy for nudging me to get these done and posted!
Here is the start of June, sorry for the glare. We had last day of school fun and out oor DQ treats.
I meant to show you this one first, it's my into page for June. My plan was to use summer colors and fun but for some reason kept being pulled into these tans and blues.
more June fun
More June, make sure to read these if you can. Good stuff here, sigh.
here is my intro for July on the left side and the 4th of July on the right. I hope it shows these cards as white on your screen because on mine they are cream. Everyone knows I love red/white/blue !
 
I have most of July done, just journaling on one page and not sure how to fit it in. August needs journaling a bit and September is coming along well for the first couple weeks. These pages will show my new goodies, YAY!!
 
Thank you for visiting and hope you enjoyed them. My heart is with those from 9-11-01 today, hugs and prayers go out to all the families affected by this first hand and even for those like me who didn't have someone there but still feel a big loss in their hearts for those that passed. So sad.
 
I will see you Monday/Tuesday for my mandala and T post. Have a good weekend.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Monday Mandala, T Day and back to school

Hello and Happy T Day! I am sharing our first day of school pictures from 3 weeks ago, time is flying already. I was waiting to get a good one of Summer before I could share though, she started school later then these guys. Notice my nieces in the middle, nice to have them here in the mornings again. They all look so tall to me, Sam has now passed me and Ryan is the only other one left to pass me. I have to admit these are the worst first day pictures ever, no one wanted them and the sun was bothering them and they were not happy about it. So far it's been a good 3 weeks.
Here she is, look at her cute uniform for cosmetology class and a name badge too. Her first project was French braiding, she got it after about 50 tries, YAY SUMMER!! She has started on hand/arm massages and scalp ones too. Next up this week is shampoo washing, think I will go in as a volunteer, love having my hair washed. They also had to pass a 100 point safety test before starting and label every little/tiny/micro size item in their beauty kits. Lots of work before they got to play.
I LOVE THIS ONE! Here is Summer's new friend, a head piece to practice on, named Tiffany. They have to give them names and talk to them like you would with a client. Every week they have to change their names since you have so many names you hear all day and don't want to get to attached to just one, lol.  Anyhow I had helped hold "tiffany" several times and had chores to do so Sam said he would take over. Everyone but me is freaked out by Tiffany but I like her.
I made a quick red/white/blue Mandala for Labor Day, some are plastic and some are real
Here is the birthday card my mom made for me last month. I couldn't wait to share it since it goes with the reason why we share on Tuesday's. But first, see all those little hearts, my mom made them and tucked them into the pocket on the front of the card. These are little ideas we can go do together when we have time. Isn't that the sweetest and she knows I love these colors together too. The envelope was homemade also, she's a woman of many crafty talents. Next is the back of the card..
A pretty little teapot!! Perfect for my mug/cup/ teapot choice for today with Elizabeth and gang this week. Can't wait to catch up with everyone, missed you last week.
 
The weather has been so hot, had the a/c on most of the week and then Saturday we woke up and needed jeans and a jacket for Sam's first soccer game. CRAZY!! This week looks like normal temps, just right for more soccer days and my walks at the track.
 
For those of you who read the bible and want a way to combine reading it and doing art with it please read my post below. If you've never read the bible feel free to read it also, might interest you.
 
Thank you for your visits and comments, love them all. Happy T Day!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Some gardening and bible art

Hello and Happy September! Sorry I'm a little late in posting this week, totally missed T Time Tuesday. We had a long great holiday weekend, couldn't ask for better weather or time together. It was hard on all of us to get back on track again and can't wait for Friday to come.
 
Was lucky to catch this sunrise last week. I had the blinds closed all day to keep the hot sun out and thankfully opened them that night to see this beautiful sky. Love ending the day like this. We've actually had the a/c on a few times over this past week and probably will again today and tomorrow. Seems the summer weather we wanted before school started is here now, a little too late.
The garden is doing great, lots of tomatoes this year. Can't even keep up on them and tired of picking them too. Rich is sad we didn't get much corn this year, the wind and rain were too hard for it. Hoping next year will be better as it's his favorite. Each year it's a surprise as to what will do well.
The sunflowers took over the garden and got crazy again this summer. On the right is the tallest one and one of the last to finally open. We haven't measured it yet but looks taller then the one from last year. The sunflowers are just now slowing wilting and falling apart, sad when this happens.
 
I have something new to share with you. I will share more on Tuesday but here is a peek for now.
This is a new journaling bible I got as a gift from my dear friend Bonita for my birthday. We both just discovered others using them the week before my birthday and loved this idea. I was so surprised and HAPPY to receive this wonderful gift.
The bibles are made with wide margins for more writing or as a way for us artists to combine art and reading scriptures. This group has taken off so fast and amazing me with their talents and thoughts and more. The lady who started this is Shanna Noel and she has more info on her blog if you'd like to visit and see. The bibles are found at Amazon and some Christian book stores.
I found out about this through Instagram on my phone and Shanna invites everyone interested to her private FB group for more fun. She didn't think many people would take to this new way of learning scriptures/verses/quiet time and couldn't believe when she had 500 followers in the first week and I'm thrilled to say it's over a thousand now and going strong. Some of these followers haven't touched a bible in years or weren't sure how to make time for their bibles due to being busy and having other art interests. So this is the best of both worlds for them and they are loving it and sharing pages almost daily. This was my first page and it's my favorite verse, no big surprise it's about being thankful and thanking God in all we do. I truly believe in this and live this way each day, waking up thankful and ending each night thanking him for all I was blessed with that day, good or bad I'm still thankful.
Click on the image if you need to see better. I'm going through and doing some of my most favorite and ones I've learned from verses to do and will go from there.
here is the second page I did, it's Kristin and many others in my family favorite verse. I am trying to let loose and have fun and not stress about the pages. It's about what's in my heart and what do I want to remember from the verse and how does it effect me. Again, click on it to see better. Some of the others have been painting on theirs and really go all out on the whole page, it's beautiful. I am always the simple kind of girl I guess and as long as the words/thoughts are there I'm good.
Check out Shanna Noel's blog though if you are interested in learning more and you can ask me questions here if you'd like too. Will share more of my pages next week.
 
On other news, I got the fall decorations out last night and will start on that today, YAY! I have been walking almost daily and using a exercise tape too, feels good to move again after the summer. My dad is doing well, slowly getting his energy back. Sienna and Colt doing good in their new grades and only here for short days now, I'm more sad about that then them. I am ready to dive into old classes to redo and relearn some things and I just won two classes this past week at Big Picture Classes, YIPPPEE!! love when that happens.
So glad to be here and sharing with you, will be back for T time next week. Have a great week and thanks so much for your visits and comments that make my day.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

HELLO SEPTEMBER

Hello, look at the little monitor we are using now, lol. Ignore the junk all around, it was neat before we moved things around trying to fix it  and tipping it upside down every 10mts gets it all a mess again. But, it works and I'm here and that's all that counts. Let's say Hello to September now...
 
Hello to routine and school again
Hello to Jennifer my cousin coming for a visit, YAY!!
Hello to fall starting, the colors and the leaves, YAY!
Hello to Kristin's 3rd country, Moldova
Hello to Summer working on her first hair project, braids
Hello Renee cooking fun things in cooking class
Hello to pumpkin pie in the store
Hello to cool walks in the morning
Hello to soccer 6 days a week
Hello to the only 2 tv shows I watch coming back on
Hello to Friday night High School football, YAY
Hello to only 9 more months of Kristin being gone
Hello to Annie's first fall in her new house
Hello to wishing for flowers in our ditch, NOTHING IS THERE
Hello to being creative for making mandalas
Hello to catching up and staying caught up in PL
Hello to thinking of my new OLW for 2015
Hello to decorating the house for fall, YAY!
Hello to all the new adventures and fun and love and laughs this month will bring.
 
Good bye August, you will be missed very much, you went by way to quick for me.
 
Happy almost September everyone, can you believe it!!
 
See you on Tuesday for T Time

Monday, August 25, 2014

T stands for back To school Time

Hello and Happy T Day!  We are headed into our second week of school, not sure any of us is ready again this week either. The temps are finally warm and sunny, perfect for the pool/beach but instead the kids are stuck inside at school all day. Wish they could have started in September like we used too. Anyhow, despite our still wanting summer break we went out for the traditional back to school treat at DQ. Now that Renee works there we've had it a few times over the summer but today they had their new fall special in. PUMPKIN PIE BLIZZARDS!!! I love them and so does Summer, so even thought it was warm out it was fall in our treats. Elizabeth, notice that Rich is having a root beer float, first one all summer long and it was good he said.
here is the first day of school picture. They were really not feeling it this year, I usually get a few and some cute/fun ones. This must be what happens when they get too big, sad face here. Summer is missing because she wasn't ready and didn't have to start till lunch time. I'm hoping to get some of her this week, her first full day and full week of school. She's excited and nervous about this new adventure. Is it me or do they look TALL in this picture, Sam just passed me finally in height.
Don't want to forget these cuties! I took them for the last day of summer treat too. Big year ahead for both of them, first grade and pre-k,  big sad face here from me. It is already weird not having Sienna here all day and not having Colt in the morning. Thankful they are both doing so well in their first days of school. Sam was going into first grade when I started watching Sienna, then we blinked.
I did 4 zentangels for a private swap, these are my first zentangles. Click on image to see better if you need. Was glad to only have 4 to make, I wanted each one to be different. Working on fall ones now then we have a Halloween one after that. Excited about these ones.
 
That's about it for our week, hope you enjoyed and had a good week too. Thanks so much for your visits and comments, they make my day.
 
Thank you Elizabeth for hosting us again this week. Happy T Day !

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I think fall is sneaking up, YAY!!

Hello from my computer, YAY!! I am happy to be writing this from my desk/keyboard again, although it still isn't quite perfect yet it's still good. We have to tip the monitor upside down every 15mts. or so to keep it working, lol. The things we do to communicate with others around the world, right. Today is the first official day all my kids went to school and the house is quiet and mine again. I'm ready for the routine and for doing new things and seeing the kids new journey's this year. Many changes and fun times ahead I hope for all of us.
 
The clouds were amazing last week, this picture barely shows how gorgeous the sky was. I was outside all day and night just watching them and enjoying some cooler fall like temps too. My heart is ready for fall since it's my favorite season but my body isn't ready to be cold again like last winter.
All I need to do is walk outside and I see fall already, 5 perfect awesome pumpkins from our garden. I love pumpkins and want tons of them each year, we have two more slowly growing to add to this group. Looks like one white one will be joining in too, YAY!! I especially love that growing pumpkins means not having to spend money buying them too. The little mini ones are still turning orange and will soon be picked and sitting on my kitchen table for me to look at each day. YAY!
I also like walking around the yard and garden picking nature goodies to enjoy playing with. I've been sketching them a bit and taking pictures and just slowing down to really see the changes in my backyard. I want to keep doing this till it gets too cold out, slowing down is good for me and my heart and thoughts. Looking forward to these quiet afternoons to do just that. Do you see fall in this basket too, YAY!! Not ready for the cold but I do love fall colors and having warm cider again.
 
Hope you have a good rest of week of weekend! Thanks so much for keeping with me during all the techie issues my computer is having. Wish we could all just live closer and gather around weekly to chat and drink tea and create fun things together. I have a mandala and T time post ready for next week. Hope to see you there, fingers crossed all techie things work.
 
 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Posting from phone: Happy Tuesday!

Hello and happy Tuesday!! The new/old monitor isn't working. Using my phone to post, hope it works. Rich and I had a great birthday! My dear sweet friend, Nancy got me PL goodies, yay!! I made a mandala yesterday, love!! Look at this beautiful sunflower burst, naming her Sunshine. 
Hope you are doing good. Elizabeth if you see this and want to link me go ahead please. I will use library computer to make my visits. Take care and have a good week.