Yes, my life is in transition. I am now getting used to life as a widow. What will this bring? Time will tell.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

In Print


Since my retirement, I seem to have trouble keeping track of what day
it is.   I'm so happy and contented that my days just fly by.   This will be my
last day to enjoy 2011.   I am more than ready to tackle what 2012 will bring.

From my house to yours
Happy New Year


Friday, December 30, 2011



This is a picture taken during my first visit to see mom after she
moved to Troy, Mt.   I visited during late November, brrrrrrrr!

To get the full effect of brrrrrrrr....take a look at these icicles.

Mom's home is a 1920s Sears Kit Home.  I think it is the most
charming house that mom has ever owned.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

In my Dreams

I have battled with my weight all of my life.
I have an hourglass figure.   Just a little on the large side.
If I had my druthers, I'd look like this.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Life's a Beach

I created this for 
Art Journal Page

My page is titled Life's a Beach

I live at the beach and love it.   My life is quite like a
beach......stormy at times.  Other times bright and sunny.
Whatever mood the beach is in I find that whenever I
stroll along the shore I'm renewed.
Yes, Life's a Beach.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas to me

What a pleasant surprise to have one of my pieces
featured at Gingersnap Creations as a 
Ginger Gem.    

My original post with this piece is here.

Thanks to Gingersnap for the recognition.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Beauty

This is my piece for Soartful Challenge
Ceil Chapman and/or to use the colors Silver, Pink and Black 

Dress by Ceil Chapman

Ceil Chapman is a new name in fashion design to me.
She was really quite famous and designed for some very famous
names.   She was a favorite of Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn's Ceil Chapman dress
This MM dress was put up for auction in Las Vegas in 2010.
Unfortunately, after 40 years in storage there is some staining.

To see more of Ceil Chapman's beautiful designs click here.

To read a fun and interesting post about Marilyn Monroe's 
body measurements click here.

Well, it's time for coffee and the Sunday Paper for me.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Surreal Digital Art in the Albulena Panduri Style

Creating in the surreal style is really difficult for me.
I have a hard time not copying an original image.
Here are a couple of my best efforts for
inspiration from the softly surreal artwork of Albulena Panduri

Abulena Panduri Style

Abulena Panduri Style

If you can't take part in the fun challenges at Digitalmania
at least stop by and look at all of the fun artwork that is entered.
You won't be sorry.   

Christmas is almost here.   Are you ready?

Friday, December 16, 2011

In the Misty Moonlight

This is for 4x4 Friday
Theme - Moon

Played around learning what I can do in Picnik.


Talk Talk Talk

My contribution to the Collage Obsession challenge this week Trio.

I had a very pleasant call last night.   I found out that an apt
is now available for my mom in an assisted living place.
I've been so anxious to get her in a place where she will be
looked after and have a social life again.   Mom is 91 and living
alone since the recent death of my brother.   Needless to say
this is worrisome for me and mom is so isolated now.
All is about to change for the better.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wild Mustangs

My home for over 20 years was a small community along the
beautiful Truckee River near Reno, Nv.  We had the lush beauty of the 
Truckee and the stark beauty of the high desert surrounding our property.

This is one of the streets in the subdivision where I lived.

One of the things we had in abundance was wildlife.
We had coyote, raccoon, deer and often wild Mustangs as visitors.   

The Mustangs roamed the foothills right behind our house.
These Mustangs were my inspiration for this piece.

I created this by combining two digital images and layering onto a torn
piece of black cardstock.   The embellishment is a combination of
an old purse clasp, charms, tangled burlap threads and just a bit of
gold thread.   

A bit of trivia about a friend and the Mustangs.
He worked at the BLM in Reno where Mustangs and burros
were corralled and put up for adoption.  What always
tickled me is that he rode his horse to work.

Thanks for visiting a bit of the past with me.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Poinsettias Say Christmas

The theme for Sunday Postcard Art is


Playing around with the surrealist style, I came up
with the following


Poinsettia's come in all different colors these days.

Mitchell's Nursery

While poking around on the internet I found these adorable
Cat Nesting Dolls at Golden Cockerel

Oh my gosh, I think these are so cute.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Little Bit Odd

Challenge Theme - Land of Odd

I started with this image cropped from one of Dezinaworld's.
A Winter Sale is going on there right now.

This is how she looked before I started chopping her to bits.

I hope June of Dezinaworld doesn't mind the changes.

These might also fit well in the Land of Odd.

Artastic Miss Oetken's Artists  has the cutest 2nd grade student artwork inspired
by William Wegmand.  

In my immediate land of odd, the leaves are falling with abandon.
I'm on my second of what will probably be plenty of porch and patio clean ups.
Soon the the trees should be bare and I can call the yard man to
come rake the complete yard.

Thanks for stopping in today

Friday, December 9, 2011


The following is for 
Challenge Theme - Asia

I chose the Panda for my Asian tag because I remember seeing 
live Pandas when they were on loan to the Columbus Zoo in 1992

Columbus Zoo Panda Booklet

Be sure when you follow the link to click on the pages in the sidebar
to see more Panda photos.

We visited the Columbus Zoo just to see the Pandas.   Our primary 
destination was a Landscape and Garden Exhibition that was being held in Columbus.
The name escapes me but I do remember that I was disappointed in
the exhibition.   The Pandas more than made up for that disappointment.

Jack Hanna has been the zoo Director since 1978.   My mom
would turn on his TV show Into the Wild  each day for her 
dog Millie to watch.   Millie loved to watch TV.
I think Millie is watching the news in this photo.

Millie and her favorite pastime

Another memorable time while touring Ohio was a horse drawn
canal boat tour of the Erie Canal.   It was so quite and beautiful.   
 All that could be heard were the tow horses clopping down the 
dirt trail.   
I think that was the beginning of my love affair with
the beauty of the lush green that humidity brings.
We were then living in the high desert of Reno, NV.
It took about 15 years but I was able to retire
to a lush green beautiful place, South Carolina. 

Thanks for stopping in today.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Steampunk on the Darkside

Creating something on the dark side suited my mood perfectly yesterday.

Smudgy Antics - Steampunk on the Darkside
Not a lot of Steampunk here just sadness.

I do a lot of reading.   Right now I'm reading Beach Music by
Pat Conroy.   I can hardly get to sleep at night
without reading at least one chapter before I nod off.  
I have been noticing that novelists use several terms quite often.
It doesn't seem to make a difference as to the book genre.
One that I notice the most is



wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill-disposed; malicious: His failures made him malevolent towardthose who were successful.

evil; harmful; injurious: a malevolent inclination to destroy the happiness of others.

Astrology evil or malign in influence.

Isn't this the cutest Steampunk Ornament.  I found this
here.  Plenty more Steampunk Christmas ideas can
be found on Google Images

Oh, by the way, a brisk walk went a long way to brightening up my
dark mood yesterday.   The air out was fabulous.  The morning
was balmy and the ocean air was soft. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Having some Fun With Numbers

I made this for the Take a Word challenge Numbers.

                Sew Vintage

Soon the number we will be most interested in is........ 

How is your Christmas to do list coming?

This is just how my list looks.....empty.

Countdown to Christmas

Monday, December 5, 2011

Joan Miro Style

This is my entry for the 

My inspiration came from his artwork from Google Images, here.  
This was a lot harder than I expected it to be.   How hard can it be
to create something in this style.
Like this.....

Incisiva by Joan Miro
or this.......


Believe me, it was pretty darn difficult for me.
This was my 3rd or fourth try.   
Part of my problem is my limited image program.
I'm just going to have to master Photoshop.  I think I've been
saying that for quite some time now.   But, now that I have cut back
on some of my commitments, I'm going to give it a go.

I borrowed several different elements from his artwork.
The fields, splats and how colorful his art can be.

Just a note.....his artwork has been sold at auction for up to 13 million dollars.
Be sure to stop by Digitalmania to see more wonderful
Joan Miro style artwork and Google Images for his artwork.

Thanks for stopping by


Friday, December 2, 2011


I haven't participated in a
challenge in just ages.   But I love patterns, challenge theme,
and thought I'd give it a try.

This is what I came up with

Don't you just love the couple?  They are from one of my
clip art programs.    I like the soft curves of this couple
mixed with the hard shape of the cubes.  

It is bright and sunny here today.   I am surprised at how 
chilly our Coastal Carolina winters can be.   We woke up to
temps in the low 30s this morning.   Burrrrrrr!
We had real, stick on the ground snow 3 times last winter.
Oh, I hope that doesn't happen again soon.  

I'm in Murrells Inlet

Thanks for joining me today.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'm in Stitches

I've been wanting to do a Soartful challenge.   It sure brings back
happy memories of the time that I hosted that challenge.
It is now in Carla's wonderful hands.  

Soartful - Sew Pretty

I started with the cute girl and the tag background provided by
Soartful.   I can't take credit for much here.   All that I added was the cute
cat and the sentiment.   

Short and sweet today


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Steampunk Roundup

I have a lot of fun creating in the Steampunk style.
This is my latest effort and it is for 
the Steampunk challenge at Three Muses.
They have a gorgeous sample up.  Be sure to stop
in and take a look.  Better yet, join in this fun challenge.

I haven't done many using a masculine theme.   The image of the car
is an actual steam powered race car. 

The 1906 Stanley Steam Car - The Fastest Car In The World

Louis S. Ross, with the Stanley Brothers assistance, built a Stanley steam engine equipped steam racer in 1905. The automobile was nicknamed the "Wogglebug" and was entered in the January 1905 Ormond Beach tournament. Louis S. Ross won the Dewar Trophy and nearly every other race on the Beach. 

This is my normal style of Steampunk

Over the weekend I did some cyber shopping for some items to use in
assemblage, collage and altered art.   I found 2 new places to shop.
You might want to give them a try.

I can't wait for my order to arrive.    So many things of mine
come from thrift shops and garage sales but it is nice to find some
good online shopping sites.  

Nothing steampunk about my new bedspread.

This is pretty feminine for me but I really like it.

You should have seen hubby and me wrestle the top mattress to get
the bed skirt on.    Whew!!!   It was worth the struggle.  It looks pretty nice all
put together on the bed.   

Until another day.....


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wednesday's Child

Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

This child is certainly a Wednesday's Child.
Just look at that face.

This is for Think Monday Think ATC - Child

I'm certainly not pouting.   I started my day with
fresh brewed coffee and the Sunday paper.
Later, I'm going to the $1 store.  
I want to get some Barbie style dolls.
I'm going to try my hand at making art dolls.  
Being new to this craft, I thought I would give myself
a head start with a ready made doll body.  
I will most likely dismember her and just use the torso.
 Poor dolly.

I hope your Thanksgiving was just perfect.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.   This is the time
that my family all gathered at my mom's for a wonderful day.   As we all grew older
and our lives took us in all different directions our Thanksgiving get together
now lives in our memories.   But, what a wonderful memory.  

Cornucopia - 
from Latin cornu copiae horn of plenty

My Cornucopia is filled with many thanks and good wishes for all.

Many of the challenges that I found have a Thanks, Thankful or Thanksgiving
theme.   Here are a few that I found.

Have you ever wondered where the name "Black Friday" came about.

Black Friday falls on the day after Thanksgiving and has earned the reputation of being the busiest shopping day of the year. The name was adopted from an accounting term - red ink denotes a negative profit margin, where as "in the black" denotes a positive profit margin. Many retailers make or break their sales goals between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the season kicking off on the Friday after Thanksgiving, hence the name "Black Friday."

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday.
Don't forget Cyber Monday for all of those sales on the internet.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011


   Our large Hickory tree is finally turning color.
The leaves will be dropping soon.    This is a shot of how many leaves we
have to rake each year.

There are several trees in our yard and in the neighbor's yards
that blow in.  As if ours aren't enough.   Good news......
we have a yard man this year.  He'll be doing leaf duty from now on.
This pic was taken shortly after we moved in.   Since then we have
painted the house a creamy white with dark green shutters and light 
green trim.   It looks so much nicer than this horrible blue.

  When I bought this at a craft fair it was called 
a Christmas cactus.   I think it is a Thanksgiving cactus because
it blooms every year at Thanksgiving.
It will be in full bloom soon.

It also does another small bloom in February.

Mom had a cactus that bloomed each Christmas.
She had quit putting up Christmas trees by then but her
gorgeous Christmas cactus was always in bloom when we'd 
come to visit for the Holiday.

This is a work in progress.  I've been working on this for quite sometime.
I'm thinking of making it the focal piece for a Fall collage.

The stamp is from Rubberstamp Ave.   I stamped it on card stock
that I distressed with two colors of gold Distress Ink.   I used a new
to me hybrid ink Palette by Stewart Superior.  I used the black from the
Escher Cube Set
I really like this ink and I can see more of these gorgeous sets in my future.
The sets are based on colors used by famous artists.
I buy mine at OWSE at a very good price.
The image is colored using an assortment of oranges, yellows and purple

Another element of my collage will be these leaves that I've altered
with Twinkling H20s in purple and green/gold.

Uhm, doesn't show up well here.  But they do have a lovely
shimmer of purple and gold.    I'm sure that I will be sharing the
completed collage.

Here is a tip that I got from an old Altered Arts Magazine.

If you find yourself with some free time, snip out lettering from
junk mail, mags, newspapers, etc., and store in baggies.   They will be ready
for the next time you need random letters for a piece.   Go one step
further and store by letter.

My leaves post is for 4 x 4 Friday - Leaves.
Be sure to follow the link to be in the draw for this
book The Art of Personal Imagery.

Thanks for stopping by.  It is good to be back posting again.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Zetti Style Woman

Well, it's been ages since I posted.   So much has been going on in my life
recently.   My husband diagnosed with not one kind of cancer but two, the recent
death of my younger brother and my 91 year old mom needing special care now.
They say things happen in 3s.   I'm a believer now.

This morning the creative bug bit me when I saw this challenge
for Zetti Art at Digitalmania.

The stamp is 'Spirit Woman' by Paula Best.    I love her stamps.   

Give Zetti Style a try.  There is no right or wrong.  Just fun.  There are some wonderful examples
at Digitalmania.   

Thanks for joining me.  I hope to be getting back into the swing of things now.