Saturday, August 25, 2012

Take A Word Challenge - Aug. 27 th. - Clockwork

My dear friends, I will be without the Internet for a week and possibly a few days more.

I was so happy to be asked to host this week's challenge, but unfortunately, I won't be able to visit your blogs until I get back home. Thank  you so much for leaving any comments, though!

As soon as I saw the topic "clockwork," I thought of the movie "Clockwork Orange." I never saw the movie, because it was suppose to be rather raunchy, and we don't do raunchy here. I've always been intrigued by the pictures I've seen on the Net, though, as well as the name alone. I named this digital collage "Clockwork Orange." It only vaguely reflects elements from the movie. I hope you like it!

(Contains elements from digital kits by Holliewood, EMS, Chili Designs, and Laurie Ann.)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Paris Dreams

Yep, I'm dreaming about Paris again. The elements are from Tangie Baxter's kit "Midnight Dream." I created the background. I don't remember what font I used, but it's one of Tangie's great handwritten fonts.

To anyone who cares, I will be gone all next week, and won't have an Internet connection. Egads! I won't be able to read email or make posts to my blog or anything else. Egads again! How does one live without an  Internet connection? They don't even have TV! How can I watch "So You Think You Can Dance?" It's going to be a very long week. Except, I will be able to play with pygmy goats and see acres of corn fields, so maybe it will be worth it after all.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Three Muses Challenge - Black and White with a Dash of . . .

Elements from Paula Kesselring's kit "Fresh From The Farm" and Holliewood's "Stark" and "Void."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Take A Word Challenge - Tattered

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

"M" Gets A New Do!

Our favorite lemon tart maker, the Queen of Tarts, has gotten herself a new do!

Oh wait. I bet you don't recognize her without her crown and glittery gown. She's the one who always makes an appearance at our tea parties, and brings the most delicious tarts. You might know her as Marguerite Bryant. Her friends call her "M." M writes a monthly article for Artella's monthly digital magazine, "The Art Journal Journey." She goes on an "artist date" every month, and then tells us all about her adventure. (The idea of an artist date was presented in Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way.) She always takes pictures to let us in on more of her fun.

It sure is fun having such an glamorous and talented friend as Marguerite! If you would like to visit M's blog, you'll find it at

AJC 2012 - Week 33 Wordography - Insatiable

Elements from Tangie's kits "Love the Doctor" and "Parcel #33."

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dream Something New

Elements from Studio Tangie's "Midnight Dreams" and Holliewood's "Void." Font is Tangie's "Impossible Things Bold."

We finally finished moving everything out of my parent's former apartment yesterday. We realized then that it has only been two months since our mother died, but it seems like much longer due to everything else that had to be done. My father is adjusting to being in a nursing home.  My sister and I both feel guilty about not being able to take him into our homes, but due to his lifetime stubborn nature, his alzheimers, his other medical needs, and the layout of our houses, we didn't have any other choice. We'll see now if some kind of normalcy can come back into our lives. Hopefully I'll be able to participate in more of the digital challenges now.  :O)

Monday, August 13, 2012


I took a little side journey from the normal art journal caravan route. I love anything Victorian, and bought Rebecca McMeen's (Tangie Baxter's mother) new kit "Felicity." It has some crazy elements that seem to suit me very well. The little poem is some of my own craziness.

Friday, August 10, 2012

AJC 2012 - Wordography Week 32 - Juxtaposition

Elements from Tangie's "Parcel #32" and new kit "Victorian Treasury." Font "Tea Cup Full" by Tangie.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

AJC 2012 - Wordography - Metanoia

Background paper from Tangie Foil Paper 2, Parcel #31, and Tangie's font Tea Cup Full. Little man stamp by Teesha or Tracy Moore.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Midnight Butterfly

A former coworker keeps sending me emails of weird pictures he finds on the net. The latest is the one below.

The scary part is, it pretty much looks like him. Wait a minute! Maybe it is him, and that's why he sent it. Hmm. Anyway, I decided to play around with it, and this is what I ended up with.

I think I need to stop watching all those "Dr. Who" reruns!

Old Photos :O)

My father never took photos while we were growing up. He took "slides." They were much cheaper to have developed than photographs, and we spent many evenings having friends over to watch slides. My father would pull out the slide projector and put up the white screen to show them on. Does anyone even do that anymore? I imagine digital photos could be made into slides for slide presentations. The slides were put into round, plastic carousals and then put into the projector.

My parents moved from Michigan to Kentucky after my sister and I left home. They lived there for about seven years. A huge flood hit in the spring of 1977 (it could have been 1978), and they lost everything they owned. That included all of the slides. The physical memories of our childhood were totally destroyed.

Since my mother died in June, and my father is in a nursing home, I was at their former apartment yesterday trying to get things packed up for moving. I found 3 CD's of pictures where someone had tried to preserve a few of my father's slides. Most of the pictures on the CD's are so destroyed they are barely recognizable, but a few are good enough to bring back some fun memories.  I thought I'd share two so you can see what I looked like way back then. Man. I sure don't look like that now!

The tall, dark-haired, skinny guy on the left is me. My father is the man on the far right, and my mother is crouching down. That slide must have been taken around 1967.

This picture was taken around 1976 at one of my cousin's wedding. Yep, I was sporting a mustache at the time.

I actually have one more I can show you. It sure made me laugh. I don't have any idea what year it was taken. Probably around 1964. None of the families we knew had much money, but everyone did buy an up-ground swimming pool. That's how we spent our summers. This is a picture of my best friend at the time, Dennis, my sister and only sibling Renee, and me.

 What a difference 40 + years make. I wouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit now!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

AJC 2012 - Week 30 Wordography - Loquacious

Elements from Studio Rebecca's kit "MMFM," Studio Tangie's Cartography #31, and Parcel #30.