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

Friday, June 29, 2012

Art Journal Page

Whew, it is warm already, 5 a.m., 74 with 84% humidity.
Today they are forecasting temps of 91 and tomorrow 99.
My a/c is running merrily along.  I'm making the electric company
very very happy.
All of my new plantings are going to need a nice soaking today.
And, I think I will be able to pick my first fig of the season.

Art Journal

I should have made my page about the critter that I saw on my porch
yesterday.   But, he is still giving me chills.   Have you ever
seen a Broadhead Skink?  Me neither and I'm pretty sure
I don't want to ever again.   He's fine out in the yard but NOT
up on my front porch.

Male Broadhead Skink

If it hadn't been for the reddish head I wouldn't have been able
to identify him.   And, according to website info my skink is a him.
They aren't small or, as far as I'm concerned, very pretty.   
Not at all like my sweet little green lizards that I dearly love.

These little guys like to hang out on my patio plants.

I must get to the store early this morning before it
gets too hot.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Framed Tulips


I don't use a lot of frames in my pieces so this was something different
for me.  The images used are all from my various collections.  

A few days ago I mentioned buying some new plants for my
flower bed.  Yesterday morning was the perfect (cool) time to
poke them in the ground.   My garden bed has lots of
purples, pinks, and yellow to orange to red and one large
white Gardenia that fills the air with fragrance.
When it is in bloom it is magnificent.

They should grow up and look like this.....

New dimension Rose Salvia
I wasn't quite sure what this one was but I think I'm going
to be very happy with it.  I had a quite large empty spot and this
beautiful arch plant will fill in nicely.

It doesn't look like much now......but just you wait. 

Full Grown Broom Hollandia

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


I take that to mean a card done in scrapbooking style.
That's where I went with it anyway.
One of the places I would dearly like to visit again is NYC.
Especially at Christmas.  I watch all of those shows about
decorating the store windows for Christmas each year.
I know, it would be very cold and very crowded, but......

My card isn't about Christmas but it is about NYC.

I used images from Creative Chaos from her 
New York State of Mind kit.  As an added bonus
this fun kit was a freebie.  Don't you just love the
bright colors.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012



This family of colors is one of my very favorites.   I really was stymied on how
to use it for this challenge.  I really didn't want to do a flower.    What I did
was use a beautiful picture (taken by my daughter) on her recent tour
of San Juan Capistrano and layer another with it.

Original Photo by Susan

The legend of the Swallows returning to Capistrano, here.

I'd like to share a couple of photos of my dad.

Daddy died Feb, 2004 and I miss him still.

More San Juan Capistrano photos or more
photos thru the years of my dad are at my
daughter's Flikr.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer in Bloom

Summer is officially here, as of June 20th.   Our weather has been telling me that
for days and days before that.   If this is any indication of what's to come....
it is going to be a hot one.

I seem to equate summer with flowers.


Collage Theme Challenge #3 ~Summer

Bloomin' Summer
I think this sweet garden lady pot holder is so darn cute.  You can
get your own, free, right here from Touched By A Butterfly.
I've added a hat and a few blooms to the original.  The rest
of the elements used are from my collection.

Since summer has me thinking of blooms, I made a trip
to my local Lowes and picked up a few plants in the
garden center.  I always check out what I call their 'Dead Pile'.
They aren't dead plants just a little worn around the edges.
These are available with deep discounts.   I picked out 4 perennials.
I will be putting them in the flower border this morning... if I get
out there before it gets hot.  I'd better get a move on it's
already 75 degrees out.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


What came to my mind for 
Sunday Postcard Art's Nature theme was
Mother Nature.

Mother Nature

The image used as Mother Nature is by Lady Mizra.
I used many images from designers at Deviant Scrap.
I apologize for not keeping track.

I remember those old Chiffon Margarine commercials from the 70s...
It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature.   See the 30 second video, here.
I liked the commercial but it couldn't entice me to buy
Chiffon.  Yuk, we use real butter. 

Friday, June 22, 2012


is a new to me challenge.  

I had made this for their last week's challenge, Buttons.
I missed the deadline but here it is anyway.

My digital creation uses elements from
Crystal Rain
Create Wings

Now for the current challenge, Time.

For this piece I used elements from my personal collection.

I'm trying to learn to my own clusters by mixing my own layers.
I'm making progress.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Peggy at Friday Foto Collage has supplied us with several
ocean scenes to use for the 'waves' challenge.

I chose this huge wave and added a touch of fantasy with
a mermaid tail.  

Mermaid - Midnight Cinderella 
Splash - Innervoice
Both artists can be found at DeviantScrap.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Colors of Summer

My entry for Crazy Amigo's Summer Colors challenge.

I've been wanting to use my new watercolor blooms.  They are
from Studio Rosey Posey Freebies.

Some that I love even more because they were painted by
my lovely daughter, Susan.  This is what she sent me for
Mother's Day.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012



This pretty stitched background is part of a freebie set from Dawn Inskip.  
I added the beads and the pink feather.  

Monday, June 18, 2012


This challenge at 


Baptised 26 April 1564 (birth date unknown) 
Died 23 April 1616 (aged 52) 

Really brought back memories for me. I was introduced to 
Shakespeare at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park, San Diego.
The first performance that I saw was The Tempest in 1965. Ariel
was performed by a very young Jon Voight. We went to many many
wonderful performances there.
Later, after moving to Northern CA, we attended the annual
Shakespeare Festival in the beautiful town of Ashland, OR.
I saw the most riveting performance of King Henry V there.
I don't think I'll ever forget one very powerful scene when all of
the men pounded the floor with their lances...all in unison.
I was enthralled.

Oh dear, I'm just rambling on with my memories and
almost forgot to post my entry.

with a hey nonny nonny

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happiness is the Beach

This LO is for Soartful Challenge
Theme:  Ocean

These are beach pictures that I've taken in the past.  The sea oats are
from DigiDesignResort and their Natural Breeze Collection.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Flower Power

Flower Power or
Red Yellow Green

Flower Power is a wonderful theme for this time of the year.
Red Poppies are one of my favorites so I chose them to
work with. 
 When I was out cleaning up around
 my Crepe Myrtle I noticed a volunteer cactus.
 I suppose a little bird dropped it just for
me.   There are several plants in my neighborhood.  Some have
yellow blooms and others are red.  I wonder what color this one
will be.   So far it only has one small round leaf about the size of a 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Out of Bounds

Wow, am I ever impressed with some of the entries for

Mine can't compare but here they are.

Getting out of the car yesterday in the driveway a rabbit ran out.
  He went shooting across the driveway lickety split coming 
so close he almost tripped me.
He must have been visiting my garden.  Wonder if he pulled any weeds?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fun with Pattern

Crazy Amigo - Pinwheels
I really had fun making this one.  I love patterns and 
bright colors.  I hope you stop in at Crazy Amigo and
take a peek at all of the fun pinwheel creations.  Better yet,
add your own.

This is a digital piece that I made for 
This challenge offers 2 images and we are to use
at least one in our piece.
I happened to use both the grassy mound and the castle.
I did crop the castle from the original before using.
Other elements are from Innervoice  amd A Touch of Fantasy from 

Yesterday, when I went out to get the morning paper,  I heard....
tap tap tap.  I was just tickled pink to see my first ever
woodpecker in South Carolina.   Darn, I didn't get a photo but
he looked like this one

And, a tap tap tap to you.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Folk Art and Flowers

This is a folk art piece for Digitalmania.

This is Flower for Take a Word.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Trees


I love this stylized tree by FanFan Rue.  My problem is
just how to use it.  I tried several ideas but nothing was
really working for me.  Still not quite happy with this
but I decided to go with this study in dots.  

I call this Summer and it is for the challenge at
Create in the style of Michelle Caplan

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


What do you think of when you think of a spiral?
I think of the beautiful Nautilus shell.

I was amazed when I did a little research on this shell that is 
used so much in art.

With a perfect snail like shell and most octopus characteristics, this curious creature is considered the lost link between cephalopods (squids, octopus) and the rest of the mollusks. A living fossile which has survived without many changes for hundreds of millions of years.

Nautilus are predators. They dig in sand near coral reefs, looking for shrimps, crabs and small fish to feed. Their tentacles are tiny and without suckers, and they don’t ave good eyes. But in compensation, they have up to 90 tentacles with a powerful grip and a very sharp sense of smell.

The most amazing of this animal is how it swims. It doesn’t use its tentacles at all. Its shell is divided into several cameras. This animal is able to pump water and gases inside these cameras to control its floating and also to propel itself pumping jets of water. This method is so economic in energy, that the Nautilus just needs to feed once a month!

Just a few species of this animal are still living. But each one of them is a testimony of survival and the amazing designs of nature.

Collage Obsession - Spiral