Monday, August 19, 2019

You Can Find the Cutest Things on

Etsy.  Thanks to a post I saw from my Jingle Belle buddy Lauren, I had to have some of these cute paper clips.  Even the mailing bag was cute!

Monday, August 12, 2019

More July ICAD's

Day 45 - Wabi-Sabi

This first one is for the prompt Wabi-Sabi - a concept I was not totally familiar with.  I think it was a prompt a couple of years ago, but I didn't remember what the definition was so I had to do some investigating.  Essentially, from what I gather, it means embracing the imperfect.  So I chose to draw one of my lemon trees that I had grown from the seeds of some lemons a couple of years ago.  This particular one had started to branch out then promptly began losing leaves.  Since I drew this, we put all three of them outside and they seem to be doing much better.  Of course, they cannot stay out year-round, so we'll see if I can keep them alive inside for the winter.

Day 46 - Amethyst
Someone had recently posted a picture of their eggplant plants and I loved those amethyst flowers and decided to use them for this prompt.

Day 47 - Turnpike

There is a meme about NJ where the question asked is "What Exit are You?" referring to the turnpike and Garden State Parkway that run north and south through just about the entire length of the state.  The trouble with that meme is that there is are generous portions of the state where either of these roads is not easily accessed.  And the other negative connotation is that along these roads, there is nothing but industry.  Well, we are called the Garden State for a reason.  There is much diversity here and a lot of natural beauty.  So my turnpike had lots of colorful exits where you could find lots of wonderful things to see and do.  

Day 48 - Topographic

A topographic map of some fictional islands.

Day 49 - Billboard

Bill Board has a brother that people call Surf.

Day 50 - Escape

Day 51 - Number

Seven and two are our kids favorite numbers.

Day 52 - Friendship

This is a drawing I made of a logo/tattoo for our Table 7 group.  The nine fish are all connected at the center with 7's.  The red bands show marriages.  The blue and pink bands are children from those marriages.  And the hash marks are the number of grandchildren.  There will be another grandchild for one of the couples this fall so it will continue to grow.  (Now if I could just talk someone into actually getting this as a tattoo..... it'll never happen.)

Day 53 - Note to Self

The pineapple is cut from another index card I was experimenting with.

Day 54 - Shadow (Off prompt)

Instead I went with a gouache background and some windows cut from audition cards.

Day 55 - Pendulum

This idea created a lot of work and I decided in the end to scrap most of it.  This is a Life Color Pendulum chart.  I typed up all those "tabs" and since I couldn't get them to fit on the card, I went another direction....

Day 56 - Spin

It was fun using my gouache watercolors to make those spirals.  And then I added a little spinner

Day 57 - Kite

Drawn from a picture taken at the LBI Kite Festival with

Day 58 - Lime Green

Featuring woven washi tape.

Day 59 - Skeeball - Off Prompt

Some finger painted flowers with watercolor gouache.

Day 60 - Accordion

A one-staple collage of accordion pleated cupcake liners.

Day 61 - Symphony

Can you hear the Supremes?

Round up to come.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Green Thumbing

I found the perfect pot for my new string of pearls plant don't you think?

Treasures amongst the weeds.  On the cooler days we've had this summer (no so much last week, but there have been a few good ones) I've gotten to do some much needed weedingt all around the yard.  Little treasures are sometimes found, like this forget-me-not blooming so late, a shell which someone must have put there because we're not near the beach here, and a, shall I guess, bluejay feather.

And the decision as to what is a weed and what is a wildflower.  Here you see the tiny Scarlet Pimpernel and the not-so-much bigger wild Pinks.  I tend not to yank these out when I come upon them much to HWNSNBP's dismay.  Had he been doing the job, everything is fair game.

The birds are responsible for a lot of the little seedlings that we have, especially the poison ivy.  But they also surprise me now and then with something worth cultivating, like this little holly plant.  You can also see some cedar starts in this picture, but they do get yanked out as there are so many.

And a little bit of what is blooming now.


Vinca (aka Periwinkle)







I have a tendency to go for the pink/blue family of flowers.  You may notice fencing around some of these - we have a terrible deer problem.  When they find something they like, they devour it.  We've learned what some of the plants are that they won't touch, but even then, if they're in a munching mood, nothing is totally safe.  Of course, there are groundhogs and now rabbits again in the yard and they sometimes venture up near the back of the house for a little plant candy now and then.  One can never be sure who the culprit is!

Monday, July 22, 2019


It's almost the end of the cherry season.  I do love Ranier cherries the best.  They bring back good childhood memories.  They are a splurge as far as pricing goes but they are only available for a limited time so I splurge without guilt!

Just recently I found out that there were wild raspberry bushes growing along the property line at the school where I work.  I couldn't believe that I've been here just about 15 years and never noticed.  So, before it got so beastly hot here, I ventured out and picked some.  They were good - a little tart but there's nothing like fresh fruit from the source.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

And Another Week of ICAD

Day 37 - Clue
I know this prompt was meant for the game Clue but to be honest, I've never played so I went another route.  Letting you know that red fingerprints in my house are seldom blood.  And if they were in paint or ink, I would cop to it.  However, you might want to follow the trail of pizza crumbs next to the red fingerprint to see who the culprit is.

Day 38 - Color Chart
Just some spiral rainbow flowers because I think I was thinking more Color Wheel than Chart.

Day 39 - Blueprint

Day 40 - Card Catalog - Where the Train Went Off the Prompt Track
I wracked my brain to come up with something for Card Catalog and failing to do so, opted for a one staple collage using mostly scraps of stationery bits from the notes that come through my desk at school.  

Day 41 - Key Chain or Charm
We had all the locks in school rekeyed this past week and I asked for all the old keys to do something with.  I have a couple of ideas.

Day 42 - Direction
This is kind of off prompt.  I was going to put directional words in the outlined shapes but decided against it.  I had done this on a slightly larger scale in one of my art journals (in the background). But here is a quote I came up with...

"If you keep making right turns you'll end up right where you started.  But if you keep making left turns you'll end up where you  left off."

Day 43 - Pool
Or in this case, Tide Pool.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Eyes on the Sky

I do have a few more sunset shots to go through, but I thought I'd get these posted before too long.

On a recent early Saturday morning visit to Old Barney and a walk along the jetty.  I didn't make it the entire 1 mile to the ocean - so I camped out on the rocks about half way whilst HWNSNBP continued on.  I found a spot where I could get to the rock that wasn't we yet but the tide was starting to come in at that point and I soon had to move.  He gathered his shells and I gathered my birds though this time.

Then when we got back to the condo, the storm started rolling in.  We packed for a quick getaway and just barely made it out before the downpour.  Found out later that there was a lot of flash flooding in that area so we were very lucky not to have been caught in it.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Catching Up on ICAD

Just continuing on with the prompts.  I have been keeping up day-to-day, just fell behind on the posting.  Here we go......

Day 31 - Mismatched

Day 32 - Caramel
I found a recipe for 1 pt. caramel cookies and made them.  They were delicious.  (Actually still have some.)  The recipe can be found here.  

Day 33 - Ogee
I took the ogee pattern and made my own flag in preparation for the 4th of July.

Day 34 - Constellation
The Crab (Cancer) Constellation seemed appropriate for this day as it was the first day of HWNSNBP's unofficial crabbing season.  (That is catching blue claw crabs, unlike that pictured.)

Day 35 - Pine Tree
Well, I think I combined the prompt of the day with something else entirely.  Though you will see that there are pine cones on the pineapple.

Day 36 - Thesaurus
Completely for fun!

Day 37 - Botanical
This was a little bit of a cheat as I had been playing with this card whilst doing the ribbon in June and set it aside thinking it might come in handy in July.