Sunday, February 28, 2010

Full Snow Moon Dreamboard

Fulfilling Dreams...Making Adventure a Priority

I am so excited to be joining you this month. when I read about this I knew it was just what I needed. I've come to realize that I'm a visual person and need to see things in front of me...otherwise....well I could say out of sight out of mind.

I made this collage right after I started a 21day challenge online...and it seems to be the spurt I needed. It just came out of the blue, I was reading Garden & Gun and the images on every page were speaking to me. I picked up my camera and photographed them, and made this digital collage. I haven't stopped. I can't tell you how long it's been since I've done something for myself in the past 16 years with marriage, 7 children, Church every Sunday. Seriously about the only me time I ever had was about 1 hr a month reading a magazine. Well I gave up smoking...a lifelong habit and put some things that I love in place. Mainly, my computer...I'd just started blogging, my kids, and my husband. I vowed to make more time with them.

Then I started doing a few small projects that came to mind, and before I knew it they were growing. Knitting, exercising, photography, digital art, the last 2 I'd never considering taking before now. And the funny thing was that doing so gave me a new zest for live, and my chores were done more quickly and efficiently because I had something to look forward to. With spring right around the corner, it will bring new things, and I just can't wait...can't wait to do another dreamboard too!

How to Use an Art Journal

Things You'll Need:

art journal (this can be any blank book that inspires you)
adhesive (I prefer glue sticks most often)
decorative paper
rubber stamps
old book pages

Starting an art journal is a powerful way to move beyond words in your daily writing practice. Not only does working with images access a different part of our brains than words, making art is a source of playfulness and creative joy.

When we make pictures in our journals, we often come to deeper insights about ourselves and the world around us than we can when we carefully shape our thoughts and write them on paper. By adding color and form to the pages of our journals we illuminate them and in the process we illuminate ourselves.

Try working with a symbol for an abstract idea that is a significant part of your life. Some interesting concepts to work with could be creativity, grace, competition, prayer, forgiveness or gratitude. Make a drawing that symbolizes what you’ve chosen to work with. When you finish making your symbol, write about it.

Begin collecting interesting images from old magazines and keep them in a large envelope or a flat box. When you’ve gathered a good collection, every once in a while randomly select an image. Paste it in your journal and write about it. Why do you think you drew the image to yourself at this particular time? What message does the image have for you? What other images does this one call to mind? What memories does it evoke?

Decorate a blank artist’s sketchbook by making borders on the edges of pages and small pictures in their corners, leaving plenty of room for writing later. Don’t plan how you will embellish the blank pages. Just pick up paints or colored pens or pencils and let yourself go. After you finish decorating the journal, flip through the pages and pick one that fits your mood each day rather than making sequential entries from start to finish.

Use your journal entries as triggers to inspire art. Review what you’ve written over the past week or month and find word images you can translate into drawings or paintings.

If you stop yourself from keeping a visual journal because you think you’ll make a mess in your journal, try drawing or painting on separate pieces of paper. Cut and paste the work that best expresses what you felt into the pages of your regular journal.

Cover inexpensive spiral notebooks with your own drawings, an image from a magazine or a paper or fabric collage. Protect your work by covering it with a self-adhesive sheet of laminating plastic.

How to start a mixed media art journal
Step 1 - Pages from my art journal before I get started in my studio.Open your book to the first two-page spread. (The very first page, often used as a title page, can be left blank and returned to on another occasion.) Rip apart your magazine pages, old book pages and decorative papers. Place these elements on both sides of the page spread to act as your first layer. Reserve one or two areas where you have either a blank space on the page or a blank area on the decorative paper.

Step 2 - A page spread from my art journal.This layer is where the stickers and rubber stamping comes in. You may see smudges if you stamp over glossy areas, so keep the stamping to the sections of the spread where there are decorative papers and old book pages. Continue layering on the stamped images and stickers until the pages look balanced and you're happy with the lay-out.

Step 3 - A page spread from my art journal.On the blank area where you reserved either directly on the page or on the decorative paper, add journaling using the sharpies. You may also wish to add drawings and other doodles throughout the page. Adding a doodled border also finishes off the page spread well.

Tips & Warnings

Don't be afraid to add too many layers.When selecting magazine images, don't forget to find interesting text to include.If you'd like a more finished or polished look, opt to use scissors rather than ripping apart your papers.When choosing your adhesive, be sure not to select something that is too wet or it'll cause the pages to wave or curl.You may want to let each layer dry completely before manipulating the next.

Sundays in my City

My husband took a ride with a friend to make a delivery here and took a few shots
during one of last week's snow storms as you can see on the car.

Not having grown up here in America, I'm not very family with the wealth that seems to
be a large part of Long Island. If you have followed my food blog you would know that'
my husband's Mom catered for over 20 years in houses like this. She would sometimes do
up to 4 parties in a week.

My husband was very impressed for some reason of the fence that surrounds the property.
(probably of the price in the tune of $10 mil.)

Go thru the gate and past the lake that was built.

This is a very new house...built in the past 2 years. This is the side of the house, with 3 wings, probably
a guest house, servants quarters, and garages.

Here's the main part of the house.

....and a peek in thru the arches from the parking lot.

And that's about all I can share with you.

There are many houses like this, most of which you won't see from the road,
especially in summer with the abundant maples in the area.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tame their locks!!!

Wonderful post at How Does She for Mums like me who are not hairdressers!

Tame their locks!!!

Wonderful post at How Does She for Mums like me who are not hairdressers!

Classy Jewelry

Classy Jewelry

Crocheted Cushions

Crocheted Cushions

Vintage Coasters

Vintage Coasters

Patchwork Shams

I loved the patchwork quilt in this photo, and plan on making shams for my daughters rooms with their pretty dresses which I have not handed on because of a slight stain that's made them less than perfect.

Patchwork Shams

I loved the patchwork quilt in this photo, and plan on making shams for my daughters rooms with their pretty dresses which I have not handed on because of a slight stain that's made them less than perfect.

Friday, February 26, 2010


It's time for this to.....

and I just read that we are only going to get a few more inches and not the next storm
that was forecast and I'm happy (over 4 ft is this month)!

because this....

is enough, and besides, you don't see anything else on my blog now!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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more than just your day.
It can determine your life!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Reflections - Blog This Photography Challenge

Yep, that's a parking ticket...right outside our house in suburbia! Not only can we not park there during the day but it's alternate parking which means it changes sideseach day of the week, just to add one more thing to the list of things to remember.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Seeds - Macro Monday

I've just started learning about macro....this is one of my first shots.

I'm adding more scarves to my scarf blog and don't forget the giveaway,
I'll probaby post it at the end of the week!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Soartful Challenge

I confess the first thing I thought of when I saw this lady was cherry earrings.
I used to love them when I was a kid!!

cherries wiki commons
lady & vintage stampers
frame graphics fairy
frame border gaby cajubrasil

Sundays in my City

The kids had this week off...and as usual we didn't do much. It snowed about 1 ft more on
Wednesday and we were supposed to go sledding but my hubby ended up working til Friday afternoon.
Off we went very late as you can see.

I'm afraid these days there's not much to photograph...everything is snowed over...and there's just the spindly trees left...and us of course. It was so peaceful here and the wind just seemed to quietly echo up and over the hills. The sunset was spectacular and the moon was shining. My photos really don't do it justice and apart for the first 10 minutes or so it I couldn't get enough light into my little camera.

I was glad it was so late because we stopped by at Rosa's Pizza in Port Washington for dinner
and I didn't have to cook.

Oh yes it was as good as it looks, nearly every review gives it 5 stars! and up til Wednesday
you get 2 slices for $3.50!

Unknown Mami

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