Wednesday, April 23, 2014

the beach


Yesterday, Julie and I went to the lake with a friend.  Windy and chilly, but so so beautiful.  Of course, I had to walk the beach and collect some rocks...
 

 
The sky was so blue...
 


and the waves so white.
 

 
So good to see birds and sun.
 

 
Here's my day's treasures.
 


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday's class

 
Yesterday, in class, we made serendipity papers.  First putting down a layer of colored tissue on top of the text wove and then adding the scraps of papers, so if there are any open spaces or translucent scraps, the colored tissue will show through.  After that, we applied a acrylic wash to unite it all.
 
 
Then the fun part will eventually come; choosing the "sweet spots" to put into your collage.
 





 
Here is Cynthia's progression...

 
"don't fall in love with your paper...it'll be going into your collage in pieces."
 

 
Cynthia's "squares" collage is coming out beautifully.  Now she will add some other little hints of interest between the squares.
 
 

 I love how she has placed the owl!  Isn't he wonderful?


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter...

 
Happy Easter Sunday

 
Yesterday was the Easter Egg Roundup at The Center...

 
Lois, Mark and I work in the barn, filling the little baskets with hay for the children to put their egg in, after they have gathered it from the chicken coop.
 

We have a lovely view all morning, looking out at the beautiful horses.
 

 
Then, on the way out, I always have to stop...
 

 
to say "hello" to the beautiful bunnies...
 

 
they feel just like velvet.
 
happy Spring!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wednesday's class

 
Beginning a new project and so we made some serendipity paper on Wednesday.  Using Arches Text Wove, because it's a nice light weight, we began by putting a layer of colored tissue on first, then many little scraps of different papers, and then a wash of acrylic or some more tissue on top.  Later, we did some white acrylic stamping on colored tissue and that also was an effective top layer for the serendipity paper.
 














Sandy finished her sheep collage and so there were lots of oooohs and aaaahs going on...
 


 
Teri did two small sweet collages on small canvases, where she had applied backgrounds like we did on the ATC cards last time.  Very nice...
 



And on to the tissue stamping...
 

 
and catching up with ATC backgrounds...
 



 
A good day with lots to do and lots done!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scenes of Easter


Had our Easter dinner on Palm Sunday.  Rainy, but warmer that it is this week!
 

 
Also celebrating two birthdays, Dan's and Rob's; Angel made desserts.  The angel food cake with a chocolate whipped cream filling was heavenly - and look at all those candles!  46!
 

Again...got busy with serving and such, and forgot to take pictures of dinner.  Ham and all the trimmings delicious and my lasagna turned out the best ever!
 
 
One of the birthday boys.  I think the other was reclining in the easy chair.  Missed catching him.
 
 
Julie and Kassidy with Grandpa.
 
 
 Mark and his girls.
 
 
I think Henri was lounging in the same room where Rob was...

Monday, April 14, 2014

and...

 
...here are my little sweethearts with their darling hats that I bought for them at that art fair too. 
Handmade!
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Odeum


On Friday, I went to The Odeum in Villa Park, with Julie and some friends, to their Spring Arts & Crafts Festival.  Wow!  500 artists from all over the country.  Here are a few of the treasures that I brought home.  A very nice man from Tennessee creates these wonderful pieces of furniture, baskets and birdhouses.  This little chair holds my Rosemary very nicely.  I love it's sweet legs.
 


Another young woman paints these wonderful signs.  This little one is 2"x 4".  Love it and I want more!
 

 
Pretty little watercolors.
 

This "wrap" is the softest, prettiest fabric.  You just throw it over your head and voila!  Over a white blouse or shirt...nice and artsy!
 

 
Couldn't resist this darling little mouse.  Right now, she's visiting my mouse house.
 
 
Isn't she cute!