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

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.