Saturday, July 30, 2011

Two for the price of one

this journal page just came together, you know you sit down and look thru your stash
and see what you have and you have no idea what your going to do.  I make copies
of all my art, and this lady I had drawn her head and put her in a bird cage.  So she now has a new life out
of the cage and on a new page. These old women reminded me of gossipy old ladies and how they would talk about people, hence the line who decided you were fat.

Now you all know what this is, I used to have a BBQ like this years ago with the coals, but of course we all now have the gas ones.  But sometimes I remember the days of starting the bbq and the trouble we always had.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Birthday Greetings

Today is Devil Dogs 4 birthday (aka Sofie)
this is my index card for Friday
beautiful day in the neighbourhood
ready to start today's adventures
talk to you tomorrow

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

who doesnt like french onion soup and index cards and review of a new product

I bought these watercolour paints awhile ago, they were quite expense but of course i had a coupon, but I really don't like them.  I like how they cover, but you have to squeeze them to get the paint out, and sometimes you have to squeeze really hard.
I luckily bought the small pack, as you see below they are quite dark but once you use all the paint in them they no more use to you.

Now the last picture here is I put the watercolour down and immediately used some water to see what would happen, and it does not look to nice.  All and all I would not buy these again.

Now here is my index card with my favourite onion soup in the crock pot recipe

I use this recipe all the time, I love french onion soup, I have some Caesar salad with it and maybe a glass of wine, and your dinner is ready.  Just in case you cant read it I am going to type it in, with my comments.\

French Onion Soup In Crock pot
3 medium onions
2 tbsp of flour
5 cup;s of beef broth
1.4 cup of butter or margarine (I use margarine)
1 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of sugar
1/2 cup dry white wine (cheap old wine, if I don't have any I use apple juice, almost tastes the sane

OK, slice the onions very thin
Saute onion in the butter or margarine, cover the pan, keep checking, cook on low, still like there limp and sweating
Uncover and add salt, sugar and cook uncovered 15 more minutes on low, don't burn them, Stir in flour,  combine the onion mixture the stock, wine in the slow cooker and cover cook on low 6-8 ours.

When it done I add the cheese and a piece of french loaf on top in the soup bowl and broil it

Then eat it, stays cook in the fridge a few days

Bonn Appetite

Whats on my desk Wednesday (a mess)

Double click on pictures to make them bigger
Been working in the studio cant you tell
working on my art journal
making collages
working on painting paint brochures
testing new pens
working on urban journal (cant see the other side)

3 girls in my family
I fashioned after a card I saw at IKEA
the three girls were all in white
I made my girls in Red because red is my favourite colour
we dont actually look like this (lol)

that is my index card for today

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I had a blast making this collage, my hand drawn bird
and just pieces I had laying around.  I will be
making more of these cards when the challenge is over
I find them easy and fun to do, and its a mini piece of art
that I can put in my Rolodex and leave in the family room
for all to see

Monday, July 25, 2011

Solitude Street

Hello fellow bloggers, here it is 8:13am and I am up, showered, walked devil dog, and blogging.  I had a horrible sleep have you ever had one of those.  Where you wake up every hour on the hour, and then decide you better just get up.
Well this weekend was OK, I went to my favourite art store.  They have every July this blowout sale, and bbq.  I did not buy much because I don't need much, I bought some molding paste, 2 charcoal pencils, and 1 grey pan pastel.  I restrained myself.
Well today is beautiful, I am off to sit on the deck, read the paper and just enjoy this beautiful morning, and who knows what the rest of the day holds.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Are you a Foodie

When I was younger and living at home, I would not eat anything new or different.  Now truthfully we never had red peppers at our house, maybe you couldnt get them back in the dark ages.  Anyway
I totally will try anything now, I love red peppers, all kinds of peppers, nothing is off limits to try .  I love all different kinds of veggies and fruit, I could be a vegetarian if I did love meat so much.
What veggie have you tried lately that you think I should try, I need some new veggies in my life.

Friday, July 22, 2011

building an ark

need to borrow the ark that the guy in the Netherlands built
need to go and buy some mosquito netting to cover my body
after all this rain
hubby and I going out for lunch today
and thats all the news there is

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Making time for Me

Can you believe it today is July 19......summer is flying by and i haven't done all the things I want to do.  I don't want summer to rush by and not for me to enjoy the beauty of an early morning, or a late night on the deck just being.  God do I sound like a nut or what?  I am going to make a conscious effort from now to the end of August, to enjoy every sunny moment, every sunset.  The other day my friend and I were discussing our ages and really how much good time we have left So I want to savour every day I have left on this planet.  I don't want to be 85 and say I wish I had sat on the deck and just enjoyed the moment.  So this is my plan, I am going to be on the computer less, still posting on my blog and still checking my blogs, but not just picking up the computer because I don't know what else to do.  I am going to ensure that I sit on my deck every morning that it is sunny, read the paper at leisure in my jammies, and savour a diet coke, get dressed when I want to.  I am going to have lighter meals for dinner, (last night we had cold chicken, 4bean salad (from the deli) french bread, corn on the cob, fresh green salad.  Not a lot of work, and not alot of clean up, and eat on the deck. Tonight I am going out with my friend Gail or I met on the blog, and we are going to have dinner and do some window shopping.  Its time to make time for your friends.  So that is the start of me making time for me.  Any other suggestions?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hot Dog Monday

The other day with the shopper we went and had a Nathans
Hot dog, I of course had never heard of them, but
the shopper had,  They were okay I don't know about
the claim world famous.  Anyway I didn't get the
paper they came in dirty.  Always picking up
scraps, I tucked away in my purse and a card is born.

Here are some pictures of a canvas in progress, click
on pictures to make them bigger.  I was painting
on the deck

Sunday, July 17, 2011

born this way

This is not an ICAD, this is an art journal page.  All vegetarians
look away.  Well yesterday was hot, sunny, hubby went to
the football game with friends, and I went to the Red
Lobster with friends.  I happen to love seafood and they have
the best at Red Lobster.  
Well all things back to normal tommorow, hubby is back to work.  And I am back
to working on my courses.  Cant do to much with hubby around, were always
doing something around here that needs doing.
I found a really neat idea on making a cake tier thingy
from the dollar store, that I might try out today
here is the link, try it and let me know what you think

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hip Hip Horray 45 days of ICAD and counting

I didn't believe I could do it, but its 45 days and counting.
I have been doifng these small Index Cards and
having a blast doing them.  I like working small,
its like small works of art.  After posting them
I have been putting them in a Rolidex, and displaying them
for all to see, in my family room.  What are you going
to do with your cards?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Home Home on The Range

For those of you who do not know where I live in Canada, I live in Alberta.
It is called a prairie province, because its flat, there are many farms
in this province, and lots of Cattle, we are known to have the best
beef in Canada

Well yesterday the dentist, was good, I got Thur it and its over and today I feel great.  I also won the item that I was bidding on at EBAY that to Julie at Lost Luggage as she told this great site that you go to and they bid for you.  Its called if you want to check it out.

Well today since I feel so good, I am off in a trail of dust, places to shop at
places to spend hubby's hard earned dollars, lunch with friends to be eaten,
so until the big celebration of 45 days of ICAD cards I will talk to you tommorw

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dental Madness

just a short message today as I am off for the root canal
and I don't think I will feel like blogging or doing anything after that

Do you remember the song We are family - by I think Pointer Sisters, don't
quote me on that, anyway when I created this I thought of that song
immediately.  I used wrapping paper with the birds on it,
added my own blue bird, and put the words on it in
Photoshop , and sharpened it up a little.

So I better sign off, and talk to you tommorow

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Up Up and Away

I know, I know, there already up there, I forgot I made this one, so a few days late.

OK here is my question for you.  I am bidding on something on EBAY,
I am anEBAY virgin, never bid, is there a trick to winning the item,
there is me and another person so far
1 day 12 hours left
If you have done this before and know won, let me know how you did it
I want to win

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


working on celebration ICAD fr July 16
45 days on that day of doing ICADS
I never thought I would make it this far
Cant stop making them so easy to do watching TV
home from taking hubby's car for service
muffins and fruit salad for breakfast
cloudy, rainy
feels like an art day

Monday, July 11, 2011

Weekend Update

just got in from walking devil dog
no IKEA this weekend tooth acting up
waiting for rug guy, they were one step short on rug
not raining but cloudy
last week of hubby vacation
girl trip off my sister could not get time off re
shedule required
shopper and partner off to Vegas at end of month
left overs tonight
no progress on book must make time today to keep on my schedule
sketching in my sketch book last night while watching TV
what did you do this weekend?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

My Moleskine Sketch book

Just thought I would give you a little peek into my
(one of) sketchbooks, I have been practising my
faces here, the original on the left some famous
nobleman I got off the flickr free domain.  I
don't like to copy exactly as you can tell (lol).
There is alot of things that need work,.  As you can also see, I don't like to waste the page so I do other things. 

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Saturday Update

Update on Dental:  root canal needed,Thursday is the day, on antibiotics for infection
love creating these mini collages, helping improve my big collages
pouring rain, and windy, where did summer go
IKEA today with shopper, money burning a hole in my pocket
50% off coupon for Michael must be used today
lunch out with the shopper
helping shopper pick up new laptop with money she was left
from my mother
love the look of the new rug
blinds come on Wednesday
Pictures on Thursday
What are you doing today?

Friday, July 08, 2011


off to the dentist
something achy in my mouth

just to let you know I hate going to the dentist

talk to you tommorow

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The Royal Visit

Kate and William as I call them are visiting Calgary on the Roya Visit that about 300 miles from me as the crow flies, and no I will not be seeing them

clean up the mess upstairs after getting the rugs in
have a bbq
do some art on the deck and enjoy the weather
and thats the day

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Are you a techie (not a trekie)

We have a small zoo where i live, and I have decided since i have not been there in decade (ok maybe not that long) that I need to go and sketch stay tuned for that.

Now back to the title, as you may or may not notice I am tweaking my blog (not tweeting), just a little here and there, making tabs, doing the colour etc.  I want to make it look like something somebody would want to come and visit.  I have been to other blogs and they are hard to read, even wih my glasses, so I don't go back.  Now to the techie part, so now I think I am going to use my own background that I have painted, so a little code work, but lucky blogger kinda steps you right thru it.  I have a little techie knowledge but not a whole lot.  I am on facebook, but don't use, and I was going to delete but cant figure that out.  I don't need facebook, the only reason I got on was so my old classmates could find me, and I could find them, I used my maiden name.  So to make a long story short, I can't remember any of my old friends names to find them, so If I cant remember they cant remember they are as old as I am, hence nobody has found me, and I have only found 1 person, and it took me 6 months to remember his name.  I don't tweet, do you tweet, what do you tweet about, my life is about going out to buy bread, who want to know that.  Plus I don't have an IPAD4 (which I would like but then what would I do with my camera that I have, it doesnt have the apps true which personally I would love to play with, but I do have photo shop.  So I guess I will stay old and techie deprived for now.  But if hubby decided to buy me an IPAD4 you could know every time I went to the car.  But first I would have to tell hubby what an IPAD is.

PS.  Last thing you will hear from me about Casey Anthony
where did they get those jurors,
are they the jury's GRANDCHILDREN from the OJ case

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Hip Hip HurraY

I know i said i wouldn't be here, but here I am.  Ok I had to go for this big test today at the hospital, and I thought it would be bad news, and I wouldn't be feeling good.  But hip hip hurray as the title says, I am all clear and I am healthy as a horse.  So hence my good mood.  I had fun making this card, there are layers, and some old art of mine, and some new art.....

The girls trip I think is still on, this time it is only girl, I have decided not to take Devil Dog, I do not want to be having to worry about her all the time.  If I want to go off the beaten path and take a photo I want to do that, and not worry.  If I want to stay in fancy hotels,. on the way to my sisters, I dont want to worry if they take dogs.  Now hubby says I should fly, he says my car might give me trouble.  I have a Honda, which has never given me a lick of trouble, I got her brand new , ok it was a few years ago .  So I am going to go to my "guy" and get her oiled up and looked at and he can tell me.  Also I am going to check the prices to rent a car just in case/  I might hit every small time in Saskatchewan looking for garage sales on my way to my sisters.  You never know.  But we started a little home renovation, and tomorrow we are getting the new rugs upstairs and on the stairs, and we are getting new blinds all on the main floor.  I just phoned her to get a date when they will be installed and I have to be around for that.

Other than that, the sewing machine has been set up for work on my Urban Journal, and I think tonight the night for that.  I have gessoed the pages in my paint brochures and now they are waiting for paint for the free class at Ludwigs.  So progress all around. and other than that I waiting for the jury to come back in the Casey Anthony trail (for my USA readers) because I am addicted to that case on TV. What have you been up to?

Monday, July 04, 2011

happy 4th

I hope your all having a happy 4th in the USA.  I wont be posting tommorow, but look for 2 index cards on Wednesday.


Saturday, July 02, 2011

Its a Fascinate Day

In Honor or Prince William and Princess Catherine arrival in Canada I decided it was time to get into my finery. As you will notice I decided to wear my own creation of a Fascinate (hat).   Kinda Mickey Mouse meets royalty. Even decided to put on my own makeup, my motto to much is never enough

Well progress's has been made here at the Cass Lee, I have done the following on my journey to finish some of the courses I have taken, 1 day at a time:

Found an old book to use, and took out all the pages
enforced the spine
cut out all required tabs
measured and cut all pages required for book

pretty good for one day, today I am using the sewing machine for the pages
and starting to paint on the fabric which I have sketched on
I would also like to citrosolve some more pages

Well I better go it looks like I have alot to do and before I forget here is today's index card

Friday, July 01, 2011

Happy Birthday Canada

I took a few liberties with the flag, there should be some white in there,
hope the flag police dont read this blog

Yep we are 144 years old, heres to another 144.

Yes that means its a long weekend starting today, and hubby is officially on holidays starting today.  18 days and counting.  My time will not be my own for 18 days.  I am not really that heartless, I am glad he is on holidays. 

I have added something new on the blog, look to the right you will see
Urban Journal Class
I am documenting to myself what I am doing , go over take a look, have you got projects that you want to finish, this summer, that have been hanging around and bugging.  This is the summer of
Project Complete
I am going to document my progress and be accountable.

So that's my plan what do you think, do you think I can do it.  Stay tuned check in and check out the progress.

Now I am off to go and  celebrate the birthday, and party all day long.

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