Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I Made this pretty


Although this side of this door opening which separates the parlor from the middle room was never faced out, I do think there might have been a door on hinges before I rescued this little palace from being used for hay storage.


Last October, I added these old porch post and a shelf across the top for a more finished look. 


Last week when we got a few days reprieve from the Texas heat of August, I was excited to go over and work on a project. 
After first painting the post white, I tried this yellow.
It was just wrong.
 I could not live with it. 


The next day I went over and gave them another coat of white. 
You can't see so much in this picture but I realized the white and gray diamond pattern on the floor cloth is what pulled it all together.

Little by little I am getting there. 
I have another finished project to share later this week.

Friday, August 21, 2015

We had a Happening


Actually, we had a week of happenings. 
Happenings included balloons, presents, surprises, excursions, treats, candles, money, pizza, parties, plants, cakes, books, dinners and cards. 
Lots of little cards like the above with a message and check-off list on the inside.


The first day surprise delivered to her job was a "Where's The Party" balloon...


...anchored with two candles and the first card.
The check-off list was her first clue about what was happening.



The second day surprise delivered to her job was a Happy Birthday cake.

That same day at the appointed time, we picked up Melissa, the birthday girl, Ashley and Tim and went on the excursion. 
I'm telling you this was so much fun because they had no idea where we were going.
They only knew it was an excursion. 
I had a road trip cooler of drinks and treats with cards attached.
The little check-off card on the inside gave them hints but it was so fun to hear them talking about their anticipation thoughts about what in the world Nana could be up to now . Some mystery excursion thoughts were hilarious. Like being kidnapped and never seeing their friends again.

We headed down the road about an hour away where we met up with Kevin and his family. 
Such a fun way to have a family birthday happening. 
I was so in the moment of enjoying my big family together that I didn't even take photos. 
There were presents, another cake and a great pizza party.


The birthday week happening ended with this Magic Moments altered blank book.
I only knew the name after I finished altering the blank pages.



I used my castle tower art to add dividers and pockets to the sections.

The last thing I did after adding at least one found word on each page was write a message on the backside of a castle tower cut out for the first page pocket above. 
The words, "Magic Moments", at the top jumped out and that is when I knew the title of this little blank book.


Some words I glued at the top of the page as if it were the beginning of a sentence.
And some I glued at the top middle as if it were a title.
And some I glued in random spots or at the end of the page.
I was thinking the words would be jump-off places to start a written conversation.

While I glued one word somewhere on each page, I found this and had to glue it down.

Because I knew
something
absolutely
pretty and lovely and exciting
only looked
better

And that is what a Birthday Week Happening is.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Do you see the pineapple


April 2014 just as I was about to head home after a great visit, my friend Susie said, "don't you want this pineapple plant?"
OK
As you can see on my patio by September 2014, it was quiet large.
When our temperature consistently got into the 50 degree range at night, she had to come in the house. 
I only had one spot to accommodate her spiky arms. The light wasn't as good as it should have been and even though I passed her everyday, I confess I neglected her. 

Sometime after Christmas I looked for new growth and lo and behold I thought I could see what might be the birth of a new baby pineapple. 



This is what it looked like in February 2015 still inside.


And here it is in April 2015 after moving outside.


Today I harvested the baby.


It didn't get very big. 
Probably because of my neglect.




Notice the juice.


I served myself homegrown pineapple and homemade yogurt for breakfast. 
And.
I ate the whole thing.
It was the juciest and sweetest pineapple I have ever eaten. 
Sorry Susie, I couldn't wait for you. 

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Let there be light


The Garden Palace is electrified with candle power.
I fretted about how to use the candles in this chandelier ever since my dear son picked it up for me at a resale shop in Austin. 
I've had it so long that I daydreamed up all sorts of ways to power it with candles. 


Not so long ago just after falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole, I became intrigued and inspired by crafting with wire.


I saw and pinned several versions of this wire candle holder. 
I knew immediately. 
This was it. 
I tossed the tuna cans and all other daydreams.


The result thrills me. 


I didn't do anything to the chandelier.


This is the original finish and perfect for the Parlor Rose Garden.





Have a great week.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

What do you think of this nine year old

Art Camp
Day One

We started each day watering the gardens. 
It was great to have help!

This is Avery and she came for a visit this week.
We had a 4 day/night all inclusive Art Camp.

Following is my documentation of our projects. 


On the first morning while I was getting set up, Avery watched my video demonstration of the making of this piece of mixed media art.

This fun video titled, Collage Layers with Napkins, was inclued in most of my online classes.

Since Avery watched the video, I did not make a demonstration piece.
I just watched, answered questions and gave instruction.


first layer of papers


second layer of butterflies


painting edges



adding layers of paper napkins



stamping the word "and" to layer onto her collage


Day one project.

Wish and Dream

Day Two


early morning sunshine


paper layer and transfer of house fragment


we're gonna paint a face


That face!


a self portrait in progress



She Looked and Smiled by Avery Thomas
a self portrait


She Wondered by Sharon Tomlinson
a portrait demonstration


After lunch when I needed to retire to the chair zone, I gave Avery an 8 x 10 canvas board and told her she could paint anything she wanted to while I rested.
She had one question, "What does a dolphin look like?'
Me, "whaaaaaat?"
I quickly thought to suggest she google 'dolphin'. 
And that's all I heard from her until my rest period was over and she ask me to join her.



Neither of us had much of a clue how to paint waves so I taped her brush onto the end of a bamboo stick to force her to get looser with the paint.
She was such a good sport about it and it was kinda fun.


The Dolphin by Avery Thomas


Day Three


we sculpt with Sculpey clay






Avery made a red bird and a blue bird that she gifted her parents with.



I played with Sculpey clay too and this is my bird.
She is a Garden Palace bird.



the beginning of an art journal


Avery's first time to use a needle and thread.


She discovered that she loves sewing and we are planning a sewing camp in the future.


We used a yellow file-folder (cut down) for the cover but then decided to cover it with fabric.
This is the front and she stamped her initials on it.


Day Four


On day four Avery worked in her new art journal.
This is the drawing she did of the dolphin reference she found on her Google search.
She used carbon paper to transfer the drawing to the canvas and saved the drawing for her journal. 


Before stamping the cover, she practiced on a little scrape and then stitched it into her journal.




While Avery worked in her new journal, I made a folder for her to keep the extra papers and things she will use in her journal when she goes home. 

I used an old hanging folder.
After cutting off the hanging bars, I closed the sides and decorated it a bit. 





And sometimes she gave me this look.

I meant to tell you in the beginning that she is a bright, happy, smart, fun, freckled, precious little nine year old with the most brilliant mind I have witnessed in a nine year old. 
But I'm thinking you have figured that out too. 

Ever since Avery went home, I've been at Chair Camp.
Do you know what I mean?