Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scribble Picnic - WATCH OUT

What do you think of when you hear the words WATCH OUT?  I've been asking family members that for a few days trying to come up with my idea for this week.  There were some good suggestions, but since the news has been full of hurricanes, at least here on the east coast, I decided to do another wind map.  This is about the only pretty thing that comes along with a hurricane.  And something we definitely want to WATCH OUT for if we're planning a picnic.

It took about an hour to do this in my 3.5 x 5 sketchbook with a variety of fine tip markers.  It's actually kind of relaxing.  (Especially when listening to a baseball game in the background.) I loosely follow what has been posted on the Weather NJ site as you can see below.

You can see some others of these that I've done by clicking here.

I just read that Maria has left Puerto Rico totally without electricity and it will take a very long time to get the grid up again.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them all, as well as those still recovering from Harvey and Irma.  New Jersey got a glancing from Jose, but he's still hanging around and may hook up with Maria spawning who knows what!  So we definitely will WATCH OUT.

Now to join the Picnickers and find out what else we all should be WATCHing OUT for!  Click here to join me.  

OOOOOh, I had to come back to add the prompt for next week is RADIO if you would like to join in!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bird Hijinx

Friday night as the sun was setting.

Also seen admiring the sunset - a lone blue heron.

Even he was surprised by the plop in the water.   

Next morning.  Standing guard - five soldiers in white.

But wait.  Look closer.  (Really - click to make bigger.)  Do you see him?

The soldier on the right did.  

Me thinks he might have been responsible for the plop the night before and decided to high tail it out of there!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Scribble Picnic - BLACK & WHITE

The theme of BLACK & WHITE this week gave me the opportunity to use my new tangle TIE IT UP on a Zentangle tile.  I used the string 094 from and added three other tangles - Twile, Hibred, and Faux Weave giving those ties some suit textures to keep company with.  

I find that is a good resource for tangles.  There is an alphabetic listing of tangles there to choose from.  The step-outs for the tangles are easily found and make for good practice. There are also strings featured (strings are the line that is drawn on the tile to give you the spaces to add the tangles to).  I find tangling very relaxing...... when I'm not in a hurry.

I'm going to find out what else is BLACK & WHITE about this picnic.  You can join me by clicking here.  And should you wish to join in next week, the theme is WATCH OUT!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Jingle Belles - A Caroling We Will Go

I love Christmas carols.  Some more than others.  And I do have a couple of few sentiments and stamp sets that would fit perfectly with this theme.  However, this is what jumped off the shelf tonight for the Jingle Belles caroling theme - the Fa-la-la-la-llama.  

I had to do some, uh hum, straightening up before I could get started, and whilst I was doing so, I found two notecards from IKEA that I thought I could use.  This one pictured with the stripes, and another one with polka dots.  So I set out to create two cards.  You're only seeing one though.

The notecards have a bit of a glossy finish to them and when I stamped the sentiment onto them I found the ink wasn't drying so I sprinkled some clear EP on them and took out the heat gun.  The black ink promptly turned gray and looked okay on this one, but the other one was half gray and half black.  I'm not sure why that happened, but I couldn't use the second one (at least not tonight - I probably can cover over it for another project in the future).  

And then, since I hadn't really learned the lesson about the finish of this card, I decided that I would use a gel pen to add a line of sparkle down the left side of the stripes.  I should've realized that it wouldn't dry and it smeared a bit but I was able to cover over that mess with some silver ribbon.

The trees weren't even in my plan until this point.  I couldn't see that llama just standing there wrapped up in Christmas tree lights without a tree, or two, or three.  

Now I realize that he doesn't have enough lights for all those trees!  Maybe that's why he looks that way.  It will be fun to see who gets this one.  

Time to check out what all the other carolers have added to the play list.  You can join me by clicking here.  

Two September Weekends

Last Saturday (Sept. 2nd) it was very fallishly cool, and before the rain (from Harvey) came along in the afternoon, we were able to observe, from the balcony, the annual 5K race in Barnegat.  They hang the flag from the firetruck at the starting point.  On warmer days, they have set up the hose to spray the runners as they return, but that wasn't going to happen this day.  Over on the dock they had a DJ set up and it was nice just bopping to the music and people watching.  

We heard them mention that the entries had grown over the years to over 300 runners.  God bless them!

We got a last minute invitation to stop by and visit with the "kids".  The little guy is looking just a tad bit goofy here as he was finished with his lunch and fading fast as it was naptime, but he did manage a little smile or two more before we left which melted our hearts.  

This Saturday (Sept. 9th) we left from home a little early in the morning, but not too early as we were able to stop by Delicious Orchards and pick up some apples.  They were getting ready for their Apple Fest and I think we were lucky that the crowd hadn't begun to arrive yet.  There was a field of sunflowers as we pulled in that I had to get a picture of.  Funny thing is that when we were pulling out, we realized that it wasn't a field of sunflowers at all, just an border along the driveway.  In any case, it was beautiful.

Inside, as we were checking out, we noticed a display set up of honeybees.  They were enclosed in a glass case, but it was pretty interesting getting a look at them being busy.

From there we dropped off our stuff at the condo and took a ride to get some lunch.  We even managed to get a bike ride in over on LBI and then some fishing back in Barnegat, before the sunset.

The sun is setting farther to the left of us now and soon we won't have such a great view, but until then I will relish every one of them.

Monday, September 11, 2017

We Remember

And an army of angels came and lifted them up into the heart of God.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cards - Yes, I Still Make Cards

I know you wouldn't know it the past month or so.  I've been involved with other things to the point where I haven't spent much time in the stamp cave.  But.........I needed two anniversary cards for this weekend and I will admit that I cheated a bit because I had all the elements already die cut, but tell me who wouldn't love a pair of flamingos and some flowers to celebrate their anniversary!

And, I also needed two thank you cards for two lovely co-workers who brought in a bouquet of flowers for myself and my office mate on Wednesday - just to thank us for all we do during the summer and for the "hot dog" luncheon we had organized for the staff's first day back the day before. 

I quickly stamped and colored these little flower-clad owls from Unity, then used a NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) die that I had to have after seeing this card.  

Sheesh!  Four cards in one night - I must have been motivated.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Scribble Picnic - TIE IT UP

Way past my bedtime and school (with children) starts tomorrow so I will have a short visit to the picnic tonight.  The theme is TIE IT UP and the first thing I thought of was to do a tangle.  I have the step-outs to what I'm calling TIE IT UP.  I see that next week's theme is BLACK and WHITE so I will attempt to use this tangle and possibly a few others on a Zentangle tile.

I'm looking forward to seeing what else was TIEd UP for the Picnic this week.  Join me in checking it out by clicking here.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Scribble Picnic - CURLY

I am a bit "disausted" tonight - the week before school starts is like a whirlwind and I'm still spinning.

My first thought at this prompt CURLY was for hair and who had the most memorable curly hair?  My answer would be Shirley Temple.  She even starred in a movie called "Curly Top".  

I've drawn her in pencil and added a running list of her movies.  I think I've seen a lot of them.  What about you?

Here's a more abstract rendition of CURLY I did first but thought it was a little too abstract.

I'm about to take a quick look at all the curls the Picnickers brought this week.  Click here to get a glimpse.  And, as I always say, should you like to jump in next week the prompt is TIE IT UP.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Whatcha Been Up To (Weekend Wonders)

This is the big project I talked about a while ago.  Rachel asked us to make her a Corn Hole game. HWNSNBP did all the wood work and I did the painting.  Being she's a Jersey Girl now living in Delaware that's what she wanted on them.  I found a free program on line that enabled me to enlarge the patterns for the states and despite what you see, I did use the same length for both states but Delaware definitely looks longer (which it definitely isn't) but there was no going back at that point. The lettering had to be done from scratch.  Painting items this large takes a toll on my back but I was glad to do it for her.  

We had our yearly crabbing expedition with our Table 7.  It was a beautiful day and full of a lot of fun.  This swan seemed to be racing with us at one point.

At one point I looked up and saw this little piece of rainbow cloud.  What do you see?  A unicorn or dragon maybe?  Or could it be a narwhal?

Leaving for home early on a Monday morning is not our usual plan but HWNSNBP wanted to instead of staying for the day so I told him if he was going to wake me up that early he would have to wait for me to take pictures of the sunrise.  And he did.

Not to be confused with the solar eclipse that we had just the other day, this was the moon the same morning of the sunrise pictures.  I think it's the first time I've ever gotten a picture of the moon where you can see the surface and not just a bright circle.  

When we got home, as I was watering our indoor plants I noticed that one of my orchids had attached itself to the plant shelf and window frame.  It was not easy getting off and I almost made it to the end without breaking it, but luckily just the tip came off.  

You can see from below that fall is certainly approaching - there are leaves dropping everywhere already along with other interesting stuff that's been growing on the trees in our yard.  It looks lettuce but I think it's some kind of lichen that grows on tree bark.  Whatever it is, it caught my eye coming into the house after a brief rain storm.  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Scribble Picnic - Fill in the Blank

And............. here is the shape that we have to bring to the picnic this week.

I played around with this late last week.  I had a set of colored pencils out and was just kind of trying out color combinations to see which I liked best, not sure where I wanted to go with it.  Before I closed the book on it I decided to add the little acrobats.   

So last night I set about to try expanding on it and got caught up with pencil and ruler in hand while a thunderstorm was quickly approaching.  This is as far as I got before the lights began to flicker and the power went out.  I knew it would be some time before the storm ended and probably even longer before the power came on so I turned in for the night.  (The power came back around 3 a.m.)

And since tonight I was busy making deviled eggs for our work "end of summer picnic" this is all I have to offer this week.

Please take a look at what the other Picnickers brought this week by clicking here.  And should you want to join the picnic next week, the theme is CURLY.

Now I have to write a note for HWNSNBP to pick up paprika in the morning so I can "spice up" those deviled eggs before I leave for work.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Scribble Picnic - FLOWERBED

I love flowers and I would love to have a FLOWERBED that resembles my drawing.  Don't get me wrong, our yard has lots of flowers thanks to HWNSNBP's hard work, but they're mostly in pots and mostly of one variety due to the very hungry deer in our area.  It has taken much trial and error (and $$$) to figure out what they will and won't eat, because you really can't just go by lists in books or on tags.  If they're hungry enough, they'll chomp on things they've never eaten before. 

Back Door Entrance
I drew some flowers that we have had in the past - lupines, clematis, black-eyed Susan's, and the pink ones are vinca/periwinkle which we have found are deer tolerant. 

I used gelatos (for the first time) and Caran d'Ache pencils for this.  Then, after opening a package of some stamps I had recently ordered from Purple Onion Designs I thought this little bunny might be at home reading in the flower bed.  So I stamped him and fussy cut him out.  He's just hanging there for now until I decide to make him a permanent part of the landscape.

And speaking of bunnies, this is a picture my daughter-in-law had recently shared of our grandson watching the bunny under the stairs in their back yard.  Apparently there are two and he seems to be fascinated by them. His highchair is near the window and he gets to see them while he eats his breakfast.  I know you can barely make out the bunny in his reflection, but it's there.  

Okay, so now it's time for a garden tour.  Time to check out the FLOWERBEDs of all the Picnickers. You can tag along by clicking here.  And make sure you pay special attention to Michael's masterpiece.  He has hidden the FILL IN THE ________ object for next week's prompt in his drawing quite cleverly.

Jingle Belles - Peace on Earth

Somehow I missed the last Jingle Belle prompt and I'm just kind of sneaking in at the last minute with this one.  Phew!  The theme is Peace on Earth and I had such high aspirations for this card. Instead of going into a long-winded explanation, I'll just say that I need to investigate how to use masking fluid a little more - and probably investigate one that is not so SMELLY!  Thankfully I had colored a second image so I was able to get this together after work today.  

The dove is from SU's Dove of Peace and colored with Zig Clear Color Markers.  The sentiment is from Stampendous "Glory to God".  It was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with white EP which is looking very vanilla to me in IRL.  Does anyone know if this yellows after a while unused?

I actually do love the colors of this, I just wanted the dove to be in a watercolor cloud.  Oh well, maybe next time.

Won't you join me to see all the other lovely entries in the Jingle Belle challenge this week?  Click here to tag along.   

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Birds of Barnegat

What is that?  Some kind of alien?

Oh, thanks for turning your head!  It is a bird.  Still too far away to tell what you are but I have an idea.

On our way home the next day, passing by the same area but further down, HWNSNBP asks me if I saw the bird in the opening.   Usually we only see white birds here and there wasn't any flash of white so I said no.  He smiles and turns the car around.

I can barely make it out against the reeds, but yes, there it was, the Great Blue Heron.  Most likely the same one that I saw the night before.  I grabbed my camera and jumped out of the truck and approached cautiously.

He saw me, but he tolerated me and even looked like he was posing for me.

From big we go to very small.  Waiting for the sun to set in the hopes of getting some good pictures I glanced over at our neighbors' hummingbird feed and was treated to a charm of hummingbirds. There were at least three and maybe four.  They are so fast and flit around so much it was hard to keep track at times.

I am so glad that I asked HWNSNBP to create screens on the back porch that open for two reasons now.  One - it enables me to take shots of the sunsets without having the screen fabric to deal with, and now two - I can lean over to see the hummingbirds who seem to feed at the same time as the sunsets.  

Periodically they would take a break either in the brush or a nearby tree.  

The next morning I woke up to a bird party - hundreds of them whooping it up!

I took a short bike ride and found a lone swan resting along the waterway.  

Try to find the hummers in the next two pictures.

All these lovelies within a week!