Wednesday, November 20, 2019

This Week's Snippets

Hello my lovely blog readers. 
Ir is already day 20 of  Art Everyday Month, and I have to tell you that I still haven't finished my big art project. If you don't know what I am talking about, I have been posting snippets of a project I have been working on since the start of the month. I am having a lot of fun, but some things just can't be rushed.
But today I have a few more snippets. I'm not trying to tease, because I am sure when I finish the project you will all be underwhelmed. 
It's just what I have been working on.

Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

T Stands for Ice Hockey

Happy Tuesday everyone. 
It is time for T again, and today we are going north on a road trip to chilly Orono, Maine.
But first I need to pack my hockey jersey.
It's time for the Border War to continue. The University of Maine hockey team is playing the University of New Hampshire in men's ice hockey.
A quick background story: Back in 1999 these 2 teams were playing for the National Championship in Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey. At the end of playing time the teams were tied, but since they can only give out one  national championship, the game went into overtime. The first team to score would win. And Maine was the first to score, making them the National Champions, and denying New Hampshire their first ever trophy.
And for those of you not familiar with US geography, Maine and New Hampshire are 2 states next to each other.
Well that game has yet to be forgotten, and hence, the Border War began.
Since then, each year,they alternate where the game is being played, and this year it was being played in Maine, my university alma mater.
And my daughter and her beau both graduated from the University of New Hampshire.
We started having some fun family rivalry and going to these games together a few years ago.
But, before the game starts at 7 PM, let's go have some dinner.
I know not all of you drink beer, but we split a pitcher of red ale. The restaurant was crowded and loud before the game, so I couldn't hear the name of the brewery when the waitress told us and I was seated where I couldn't read the menu board. (sad face)
 But this is my drink for T day. And it was tasty.
And while we waited for dinner, we had a bowl of popcorn. Don't you love how they recycle some type of plastic tub as popcorn bowls?  
This pizza place opened in the late 1950's, and I bet they haven't changed much except for adding the TVs. But for those of us who graduated decades ago, being back at a place that has stayed the same feels good in  nostalgic way.
And dinner was pizza. I ate quite a few of these during my 4 years at school. 
While writing this post, I want another slice or 2 of this. But it is dinner time for me.
Then it was off to the game.
 This game always fills the arena.

 It was an exciting game. At the end the second period (there are 3, 20 minute periods in these hockey games), the University of New Hampshire scored.  Most of the third period this 1-0 score  held, and when they announced the last minute of play, it looked like New Hampshire would win.
But then, with 50 seconds left in the game, Maine scored. Now there was a tie.
 In non-championship games, there is a 5 minute overtime. The first team to score wins. If no one scores, the game ends as a tie.
Now everyone was sitting on the edge of their seats, as the cliche goes.
When Maine scored in the last 50 seconds, the crowd went wild. The arena got loud.
That energy kept the team going and hurrah- a little over 2 minutes into overtime Maine scored again.
That meant Maine won!
I think the newspaper quote from Maine's coach sums it all up nicely.
"The Alfond (arena name) was absolutely electric when we scored the the game-tying and the game-winning goal. It was deafening. In fact, it was so loud I couldn't hear the band. I couldn't distinguish music from the rest of the noise. That's not easy to do. It was loud."
And should you feel bad for my daughter and her beau as they rooted for the other side and were surrounded by a lot of crazy Maine fans, last year in New Hampshire their team won, and it is all just good fun. And beyond the end results, it is always good hockey in these games.
Stop by   Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog  to join us for T Day and to see what everyone has been up to.
Also, I am linking up to Art Everyday Month, day 18.

Have a great week and thanks for visiting.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Drawing Journal

Hi everyone.The new week begins.
And I shall start my week by showing you my daily drawing journal. I've been keeping this all year, but since my drawing skills are not going to impress anyone, I haven't bother to show you any of my amateur pages.
So today I will. But first quickly  tell you about my journal.
My "rules":
I do pages when I have time, and it is OK to do back pages if I don't get to them for a couple of days.
It is also OK to leave pages blank.
I don't have to draw on every page.
I can talk about my day or I can try to draw something I want to draw.
I can also tape in tickets or other paraphernalia.
And some pages are just for me to keep track of my life, like when a bill is due or other events I need to keep straight.
But the biggest rule,
I don't spend a lot of time on these.  The point is to make this easy so I will actually use it.
Here's a few pages from the last few weeks.

I am linking up to Day 18 of Art Everyday Month.
Thanks for visiting. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Back in the Summer

Hi everyone. 
Now that garden season is over (well at least in New Hampshire but I know many other places too), it's nice to have those frozen and pickled garden favorites. That is if you had a garden and if you canned anything. I often do that but this year my garden wasn't successful enough for that.
But back in the summer I was inspired to start this page by stamping the background and then coloring it. But I didn't like how anything worked with it, so I moved on and left the page unfinished.
Then Rike's Fruit and Veggie challenge at Art Journal Journey came along and I decided to finish it off.
I first used some gesso to tone down the colored veggies, and then I used some printed paper I had as well as some washi tape. All the canned veggies were on a piece of paper and I fussy cut them. Then I used a few stash supplies to finish off the page.
I am also linking up to day 17 at Art Every Day Month.
Hope everyone had a great weekend.
And I always appreciate you stopping by! 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Warm Days in the Jungle

Hi everyone. I know I said I wouldn't be posting today but Elizabeth very kindly said she would post this, so as long as her schedule allows it, this will be up for day 16 of Art Every Day Month.
The hubby and I are heading into the northwoods of Maine today where we will meet up with my daughter and her beau for a hockey game tonight. I can't say the usual Go Blue since both teams are blue so I will say Go Maine!
And since today there is a second blast of arctic air coming in,I thought I would share something a little tropical with you. If I can't be warm I might as well dream that it is.
Thanks for visiting and enjoy the start of your weekend.


Friday, November 15, 2019

A Little More Autumn.

Hi there everyone.
Happy Friday. And happy  midway through the month. (Already. Holy cow.) That means I'm sharing for day 15 of  Art Every Day Month
Today my journal page has an autumn theme.
It's a bit of paint, paper, some stickers, a couple of found relatives and some hand made dimensional bits. 
I won't be around at AEDM tomorrow and possibly Sunday. We're doing another hockey weekend; this time heading north to my actual alma mater. This  is one of our newest family traditions. It's  the battle of the border war schools, Maine and New Hampshire, these 2 rival schools playing, and the rival  school is where my daughter and her beau went to school, so we're having a little family get away.
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Thursday, November 14, 2019


Hi everyone. 
Today is day 14 of Art Every Day Month.  And today for Art Every Day Month I just have some snippets of a big project I am working on. Between drying paint and matte medium this project is taking me quite awhile to get through.
And I am not finished yet.

I promise once finished I will share!
Stay warm if it cold where you are and if it's warm, stay cool.

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

More Pears

Hi everyone. The same arctic cold that has hit much of the United States has hit New Hampshire today. With wind chills it is going to feel like 0 degrees F (-17 degrees C). Did I miss a couple of months because right now I think it is January. 
 Today I have another piece for  Rike's  Fruit and Veggie challenge at Art Journal Journey. I had fun with this one; so much fun I couldn't even keep the bottom tape straight. Smile.

When I was looking for my pear stamp for another page I made, I came across this cute one. 
So I grabbed a Gelli printed page out of my stash. I used a circle plate to make some colorful circles, but I toned them down a bit with some coffee colored ink. Then I used a word stamp to add a bit to the page.
Some doodled and colored hearts and some sequins  finished off the background, and of course that crooked tape!
I am also linking up to Art Every Day Month. It is already day 13!
And how about the colors of last night's sunset.

Thanks for visiting. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Cold, Cold, Cold

Hello there. This morning I have the pleasure of introducing our latest challenge at Try It On Tuesday.
This time we're celebrating the on-coming season, or maybe the season where you live.
The challenge is
Cold, Cold, Cold.
I started my page with some Gelli printed circles on a sheet of water color paper. The circles were blue and green, but then I sprayed the page with dark and light blue inks. When they dried I sprayed some silver ink and let it drip a bit.
When that dired I added some die cut snowflakes, (as well as a bit more spray). Then I  added the TH found relatives, some silver leaf pieces as well as some white flowers. And I added these little plastic silver snowflakes to finish off the flowers.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created too. There is some beautiful inspiration pieces.
And I linking up this art to day 12 of Leah's Art Every Day Month also.
And since it's been busy last couple of days, I am also including my T post here.
Stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to share your drink related photos  and see what the T Gang has been up to.

This week for T I am going to share a pint with you. And maybe you'd like an onion ring also.
Last Saturday my husband and I went to our first hockey game of the season.  And before the game, we needed a little snack.
We like to follow our college team; it's a fun winter pastime for us.  Saturday night the team played down in Lowell, Massachusetts, which isn't too big of a road trip for us. Unfortunately we didn't win, but it was still an enjoyable night out. 
Hope you have a great T day!
And thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Seeds and Plants

Happy Monday everyone. Mine is particulary a good one (even though I have to go get some blood work down) because  of the Veteran's Day holiday there is no school today. I know my day isn't particular focused on the reason for the holiday, but I have been thinking about some of the veterans in my life.
Today my tag is for Michelle's Seeds and Plants challenge at Tag Tuesday. I die cut a time card and then colored it with ink and added several bits and pieces to create the design.  I have no idea what bit of light the camera picked out to create the white speck on the stem of one of the dried plants.  But the white dots should be there. 
And I linking this up for Day 11 at Art Every Day Month.
That's all for me today. Happy new week. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

What To Do With a Cloth Page

Happy Sunday everyone.
Today is day 10 of Art Every Day Challenge.  Hope those of you playing along are having as much fun as I am over at Art Every Day Month.
Those of you who have ever seen or used a Dina Wakely journal know that there are cloth pages in them.  Sometimes the cloth is a little intimidating (for me) to use, so on this page I tried rubbing some ink pads on it to see what would happen. I must say I like the final effect! I'm keeping that one in my repertoire. 
Then I added some cut out photo booth faces that I cut out from a notecard. I also added a bit of ric rac trim, some tissue paper, a vintage slide some who knows what, as well as a sticker and stamped quote.
Hope you like this simple page!
And enjoy what's left to your weekend.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Autumn Owl

Hi there and happy weekend!
It is CHILLY here today, and our highs are only supposed to reach to just above freezing. But with the  wind we had yesterday, it felt even colder.
 And I stopped on my road on my way home from work yesterday to take this photo. After a few afternoon snow squalls, there's even a little white on the ground. 
Wait a minute. Isn't it still November, not January?
And I wanted to answer a question I received yesterday about my flower photos. Those brown leaves are my hydrangea.

  It is day 9  of Art Every Day Month and today I am sharing this little piece with you. It began with a striped napkin and some matte medium attaching it to the page in my nature journal. Then I stenciled the owl and leaves. I added some extra details on the owl so he pop off the page a little more. Then I stamped the branches around the edge of the page and stamped the quote.
Hope you like it.
And thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Photo Day

Happy Friday everyone. It is day 8 of Art Every Day Month and today I have some photos to share with you. When I got home the other evening I stepped outside and took some photos of my gardens.
Some of the plants have been touched by frost.

And my chrysanthemums are starting to look like they've past their prime.
But my roses seem to have more flowers and buds than they've had for awhile.

It's nice to see there's still a bit of color on these bushes. But with the real cold weather that is supposed to settle in for the weekend, I don't think this will be the view by next week.
Thanks for stopping by to visit!