Friday, December 31, 2010

Wishing You a .....













Wishing each and every one of you a healthy and happy new year. May 2011 be everything you want it to be.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays

This will be my last post until after Christmas. I hope each and every one of you and your families have a glorious Christmas and a safe holiday.

Here are a few pics for your enjoyment.




































Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanks

I want to start out this post by saying a big THANK YOU to all of you loyal visitors (you know who you are) and WELCOME to any new visitors/followers here. Your visits are much appreciated as well as any comments you care to leave.

When I started this blog over 5 years ago (has it really been that long), it was intended to be a place to share my textile creations both big and small. Over the years I have slowly ventured into many other areas of artistic medias as many of you have done as well. With so many options, techniques and supplies out there it can be so tempting to want to give some of them a try. You might have noticed that I have been working with paper, images, books and journals along with paints, inks and stamps. These are the things that have been holding my interest lately.

These pages were created quite a while back. Not sure why I didn’t show them before now.




















































I’m not sure if I will add any more to these paint-wise, but I will be doing some thing more in the future.

Just to show that I haven’t given up creating with fabric, here is a peek at something I am working on.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Untitled

Well, I’m still having some intermittent problems with the computer but I have been able to work around them.

As promised I have a couple of pics to share with you. These were done a little while back. I find that when I am having trouble deciding exactly which project I want to tackle next that working in my “gluebook” gives me the feeling that I at least was able to accomplish a little bit of art.


















Thursday, October 28, 2010

Computer Problems-Long Post

I did not mean for it to be so long in between postings. I have been having intermittent computer problems for several months now and last week I was not able to run my computer other than in Safe Mode, which meant I could not connect to the internet, email etc.

Everyone kept saying I probably had a virus, but because the computer kept restarting after about 5 minutes (in normal mode) I was unable to run my virus software or really do any thing else. I have had one kind or another computer since the late ‘80’s and believe it or not I have never had a computer virus or had a crash that caused a need to re-install. I replaced computers only because they were old. I was told I probably was going to have to scrub my hard drive and re-install everything. That was something I did not want to do because I haven’t been able to backup anything for about the past two months. I even took my computer to the Geek Squad and had them run their freebie counter check. The “kid” wasn’t really able to say for sure but thought that it probably was a “deep seated” virus of some kind and for what it would cost for them to fix it (well over $200) he said I was better off getting a new computer (mine is 7 years old). Well as much as I would love to get a new one I held off (partly because they didn’t have any in stock at the time).

Well, I was bound and determined to check out every possible cause before giving in and doing the dreaded scrub and re-install. By chance I discovered I could restart and go into Safe Mode with Networking and have some access to the internet for assistance. Reading one support article after another I did what was suggested. At some point the system crashed and I had a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error message. It suggested I run a diagnostic utility, particularly on the memory. I had never seen this particular error before.

Working in Safe Mode, I started running the diagnostics tests on the provided CD. The tests came up with three different errors each pointing to one of the memory modules. I decided it was time to call Dell free support again. Two hours later and a number of tests and what have you, my computer seems to be cured. The technician said the memory was fine but stated I could upgrade for better computer performance. He also suggested I could upgrade to a larger hard drive, which I don’t really need at the moment. These technicians know their stuff but they are encouraged to sell, sell, sell Dell products also. I upgraded the memory three years ago and I was told then that I would be fine with it.

What was causing the problem? It turns out the driver of a software program I had recently installed was the culprit. The tech had me uninstall it and he did some other things including adding a software program that lets me check out what these BSOD errors mean and then in the future I can possibly deal with these type of things myself. After all the hours and days I put into trying to resolve this problem I can appreciate a little better the prices these guys want to charge.

What did it cost to get my problem resolved? Nothing but my time. I am so happy I persisted in digging around more and did not give in to everyone’s “scrub and re-install” advice. There were a number of things I definitely knew were not backed up and I am sure there were other files I could not remember but knew I would lose if had I listened to them. As of this moment, everything but a copy of this post and a couple of images are backed up. And these items will get backed up this evening (barring no other problems).

I am sorry for this long post and for it not having anything to do with this blog, but I thought if my experience could help just one person it is worth posting about. I will post again very soon, with some pics I promise.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Collage Challenge, Extras

Mary over at Green Paper posted her October collage challenge a few days ago and since I had come to a screeching halt on a couple of other projects I decided to have a go at the challenge.

We were to use all or a portion of the three images she provided. Here is my collage I created.


















And since I had my vintage gluebook out, I created a few more pages.

This single page.


















And these two spreads.












Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thanks and Some Pics

I want to thank each and everyone one of you who took the time to leave a comment on my last post. It seems that “Google Reader” was the unanimous choice. I did switch over (after two attempts). Now, I don’t know if it is just me and there is something I haven’t discovered there yet, but I wish Google was more like Bloglines in the way the “marked unread” posts are maintained. Google makes me scroll through a number of posts to look up the one I wanted to “refer” back to, whereas Bloglines kept only the posts that where actually “checkmarked” to keep. Other than that I guess I can live with it.

I’ve just been having little spurts here and there of doing something “arty”. Soooooo, I thought I would post pics of a couple of pages I had painted way back and recently added some stenciling to.





















































The top and bottom pages I sprayed with inks. The middle page I used watered down acrylic white paint. These pages will have more layers added to them (eventually).

Monday, September 13, 2010

Blog Reader Help

I have a question for you. I have been using Bloglines for several years as my way of reading/following all of the blogs. Bloglines has announced that as of October 1st they will no longer be “in business”. I tried doing what they “suggested” as a way of keeping my blog links and came up zip.

What/how do you follow/read your blogs? I have gone through my bloglines list and bookmarked all the blogs, but I don’t want to spend all my time going to each blog to see if there is a new posting or not. I like being able to just go to only the ones with new posts (as I spend way too much time on the computer as it is).

Any and all help/advice is appreciated.


**Okay, after posting this I just realized I could update my blog list in the sidebar and follow that way, but I have nearly 200 blogs I follow and it would make my sidebar listing reeealy long. So I still am wondering if there is a better way!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Still Around

I apologize to any one still stopping by here for being away so long. I never intended to go this long in between postings, but you know how life can get in the way of things from time to time.

I haven’t been totally without working on any art; just not anything much I can show right now.

What I can share with you right now is this art book that I made a short while ago.



























I covered chipboard with scrapbook papers both inside and out. I love these papers. The pages are 140lb cold press watercolor papers. I used my Bind-It-All to put everything together. It measures roughly 9 ¼ inches tall x 9 ½ inches wide.

I have the first 5 pages covered with gesso. That’s as far as I have gotten in it.

I will try not to be so long in posting again.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Quick Post

First off I would like to thank each and every one of you who take the time to visit my blog. It really means a lot to me and I love receiving your comments.

Now just a quick little posting. As you may know (or not) I recently participated in an ATC swap held by Mary Green within the “Your Vintage Gluebook” group.

These are the ATC’s I made to swap.



















And these are the ones I received.

















L-R: Karen J Davis, Linda Freeman, Beth Leintz
L-R: Dawn Nation, Frieda Oxenham, Jo Urbani

Aren’t they just fabulous? Thanks all for the great cards. It was fun doing this.



Friday, July 02, 2010

What I've Recently Been Doing

It has been really hot here the past couple of weeks with temps in the 90’s and heat indexes over 100 at times. I have been staying in mostly and working on two ROD journals. (Mary Ann Moss) created monsters when she started this class.

Anyway, here are a few pics from the one that is completed. Front and back covers. I’ve had these floral fabrics for years and decided to finally put them to use.

Click on image for a larger view.




































This journal contains both my pages and the ones I received from a swap done within the group. Not everyone put their name on their pages so I don’t know who created them.

Swap page is on left, mine is on right.


























Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Cut and Paste

For the past three weeks I have been participating in a fun little class that was taught by Mary Green over at GreenPaper.

“Your Vintage Gluebook” is just exactly that. Although I don’t have much in the way of vintage ephemera, I did use some of what I have and the rest is photo copies.

Here are the pages I have completed so far in my book.


























































I am also participating in an ATC swap with the group. I will show photos after the swap has been made.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

ATC Swap and ...

Judith over at Quilt or Dye asked to do an ATC swap. This is the one she sent me. Love it.


















And this the one I made for her.


















I also finished up the online class. This is the last page. This was my first attempt at doing an image transfer using matte gel medium and images from a flower catalog.


















This is the book cover. I peeled away some of the paper from the cardboard cover and then glued on a torn page from an old encyclopedia.


















Here is a side view of the bound book. As you can see, it is very fat.


















Now it is off to new adventures.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

More "AFT" Pages

Here are three more pages from the "Artsy Fartsy Techniques" online class taught by Donna Salazar.

Click on pic for larger image.



















This one had Adirondack Color Wash Ink for the background (watercolor paper). I used Diamond Glaze over the flower and the words.


















I used watercolor crayons to color the background on this one. I really love those roses.


















I used Distress Ink to color the background on this last one. It is a little darker than I would have liked but still it is okay. There are 3 cards in the pocket. I used the frame stamp on the top and bottom edges of the cards.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Some of What I Have Been Doing

A while back I signed up to take an online class with Donna Salazar using different techniques to create interesting scrapbook pages.

These are the first 6 of 12. They measure 4 x 6 inches.



















When all twelve pages are made we will be putting the pages together into a little book.