Sunday, November 5, 2017

Dark, Dark and Even Darker

Hi everyone. Hope every had a great weekend.
So last night we changed to clocks back an hour.  With the time change and the all the clouds and light rain today, it has been so dark!  But the good thing about the dark is that it has been a good day to be lazy. :)
Well not really lazy, but it was a great studio day. 
I'll start with a journal page for Art Journal Journey and Chris's fun new challenge of 101 Ways to Keep Warm.
The first idea for this challenge that popped into my head was to jet off to a warm tropical beach some place.  I don't know why I thought of this because I'm not one to fly off to a tropical island.  But lots of people from my neck of the woods do go to Florida once winter sets in  to escape the cold. And it is certainly warmer there than here in New Hampshire.
And then I made a tag for Sandi's challenge at Tag Tuesday. The theme is Book Print.

I used a book page to cover my tag and sprayed it. I stamped some circles. Then I added this silly sticker, the lace as well as some yellow paint dots.
And with just a few days left, I am linking up to Try It On Tuesday and the circle challenge.
So this weekend I did manage to pick up my screen porch . It's always sad when the porch season is over.  But by now my reading time has moved inside. I joined Audible awhile back and have been going through so many audio books. I  will say though that today I picked up their daily deal, a Neil Degrasse Tyson book on the universe which I was interested in reading anyhow, and man, I guess I went over my head. It's only a 3 hour book but I think I need to listen to it again. Or read it in book format so I can absorb it better. Or maybe I just need to stick with different types of books. But I have a couple of recommendations.
First of all, I did listen to Vincent and Theo but Deborah Helligman which was a great story about Vincent Van Gogh and his relationship with his brother Theo. And I also really enjoyed Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf which is about some of the men who founded the United States from the perspective of gardening and their interest in native plants. That was a really unique story and I really enjoyed it. 
That's all for me. Have a great start to the new week.

20 comments:

pearshapedcrafting said...

Ha! Ha! You made me laugh as I mentioned escaping to the sun in my original reply to Susi! In my books it's an excellent idea - although there is something about closing the curtains early and snuggling on the sofa! I love your sunny beach and the shady palm tree! A brilliant entry - Thank you! I love your tag and sorry to hear you didn't get on with the book about the universe! The other two books might interest me more! Hugs,Chrisx

Sandra Wright said...

I love the background of your tag...great colour palette too...
Thank you for joining in with the challenge at Tag Tuesday..x

Joan said...

No tropical beach for me, as I love winter and snow and cold too!! However, I do love your journal page!!
And what a great book print tag; the sticker is perfect for this theme!!!

CJ Kennedy said...

Like you, I'll only be able to dream about jetting off to warmer climes. I haven't closed up the sunroom. Not yet. Trying to hang on just like the few flowers in the garden. Your tag is fabulous! You should take that to your local library or school library. Warm weather for tomorrow. I'm ready! Sound like I might have to give up the sunroom by next weekend.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

OK, I'm laughing at you "picked up your porch." I hope you didn't hurt your back (tee hee).

I think you have been looking at the art I worked on for awhile today. For some reason, even with an extra hour, I got next to nothing accomplished. I certainly LOVE how you flew off to a sunny beach, though. It's a fabulous AJJ entry. And of course, the tag is great, too. I especially like the embellishments.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wonderful artwork! Your page is a lovely winter getaway and I love postcard/mail stamps that you used in the background - perfect 😁. Hope you had a lovely weekend and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds like you made the best of a dismal day. I hate it when the clocks go back. Your journal page is gorgeous, as is the book print tag - thanks for joining us at TIOT and especially at TT, much appreciated.Have a good start in the new week. Hugs, Valerie

craftytrog said...

Great page Erika, and a super idea! My daughter is jetting off to Australasia and SE Asia, starting next week, to reply to your comment on my blog, lucky girl! An 8 month trip!
I love your tag too btw!
Alison x

Barbara Fisher said...


The clocks changed in the UK last weekend, and we had several horrible grey days as well as very dark evenings. I’m happy to say the sun is shining today so hopefully, it will stay lighter a little longer.
I loved your journal page and tag and rather wish I was more artistic, not to worry more time to snuggle down with a good book or audio book – thank you for the recommendations.

nanskidrewski said...

Love the tags you made on your studio day. Great book recommendations. I think I will stay away from the DeGrasse one. I really enjoy his interviews, but too many books on my shelf to read something that would be over my head. Wishing you a happy Monday. Warm today, before the chill tomorrow. Thank you too for all your comments on my blog, much appreciated. Hugs.

Dortesjs said...

so so lovely art as always. do have a great week.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Really a brilliant entry - and to be honest I didn't mind a few lovely days on a sunny beach now -- I hadn't thought in this direction yet for the theme -that's a brainwave to this "Keep warm" theme.
Thank you for such a beautiful entry!
I did hear an audiobook (Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret Life of Bees ) in German language yesterday as I painted - I always do hear music or listen to audiobooks whilst cleaning the house or making art.
I wish you a happy new week - yes it gets dark so early - we have had the change of an hour back already and I am not really accustomed to it again yet.

oxo Susi

froebelsternchen Susi said...

And I forgot to tell you that I love this super fun bookmark tag with the bookprint and say THANK YOU Erika for joining us at Try It On Tuesday♥♥♥♥

Marjut said...

This is so beautiful. Thank you for joining us at TioT

Divers and Sundry said...

I think I'd enjoy flying south for the winter :)

My mind wanders when I listen to audiobooks. I'm not sure why that is, but I may just be more visually focused. Van Gogh is such a fascinating subject!

sheila 77 said...

Oh that's really funny, I never thought of flying to a warm country to get warm. Your tropical page is great and I love the little aeroplane.
I really like your tag too with the page in the background. I also always like to hear what you are reading, I wish more people would include that in their blog.

Meggymay said...

I love your keeping warm choice today, a trip to somewhere warmer sounds good to me. Its a fabulous page.
Its a wonderful tag as well, thank you for joining us all at TioT's.
Sorry you didn't enjoy the book, it happens to us all, we often laugh about this in the Reading Group I go to. Its good we have different tastes and it makes for good conversations.
Yvonne xx

geistige_Schritte said...

that tag is wonderful, a fun!!!
The journalpage is beautiful, dreaming of such a place would always be nice!!!
have a beautiful week, Elke

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Thanks bunches for sharing your beautiful, fun tag with us at TioT this time. Hugs!

Jeanie said...

Keeping warm -- a great theme. Our temps are supposed to drop big time today and keeping warm is exactly what I'll be doing!

I really want to read Vincent and Theo. Too many books on my pile!