Friday, August 15, 2014

CB 16 Family and Thing

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."  -Audrey Hepburn

As soon as I saw this quote, I knew it was the one for my next ATC for the Craft Barn Quotes & Lyrics Challenge.
I decided to just have fun experimenting with the background.  In fact, I grabbed whatever was in from of me and just glued it down.  Those hand-holding figures were a different story! This was about my third attempt (and believe me, the best) to make them small and relatively recognizable. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a happy creative weekend!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

T Tuesday-Garden Colors

Hi Everyone! Today is overcast and threatening rain here in upstate New York.  Nothing really interesting has been happening this past week, so I thought I would share some of the last flowers in my garden.  Sharing on T Stands For Tuesday with Elizabeth and the gang!
Marigolds are one of my favorites! I collect the seeds every year to plant next year's crop.
This yellow daisy was a little shy!
Really not sure what these are, but they are the most delicate shade of blue.
Of course, there would have to be something purple (my favorite color for anyone who doesn't know) in my garden!
I was disappointed that I did not catch the iridescent bodies of these two beetles--but cute nonetheless!
Lastly, a look at my little cacti that I grew from seeds.  They do take some care and patience to grow from seeds.

And here is what I was drinking yesterday:
Caramel vanilla black tea with a splash of vanilla soy milk on ice since yesterday was a hot and humid day.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

T Tuesday-A Walk Around The Lake

Hi everyone! Time to link up with Elizabeth aka Altered Book Lover to chat about what is new in our world.  Here is this week's link if you'd like to catch up with everyone or join us.

This week I am taking everyone on a little outing.  I actually went yesterday and walked for 1 1/2 hours around the lake, and even though this post is photo heavy, I promise to keep the commentary light so it does not take you 1 1/2 hours to read it! So lets get started!
I can't believe I was up before the ducks!  Everybody! Into the water!
Ah, that's better! I'll be right in!
This tree has a lot of character--I wonder if it was hit by lightening or disease?
I love the reflection on the water--it is even more beautiful in Autumn when the trees are wearing their colorful leaves!
There is a walking path a good way around on our side of the lake. You can see the road on the left. Residents are allowed to keep their registered rowboats, sailboats and canoes near the waterside. Since our water flows into the New York City (we are 60 miles away)water system, no power boats, jet skis or other powered craft are allowed.  Makes for a more quiet environment, too.
I found this turtle enjoying the morning sun.  He looks like he is in a yoga pose!
I love this weeping willow.  I see a face looking into the water as he gently tests the temperature with his branchy fingertips!
This is the end of the lake nearest us. It is hard to tell, but way behind that point of rocks is the other short side of the lake which borders the "major" 2 lane, 1 traffic light road through town.
I tried to get a photo of our resident crane, but he was in stealth mode and I only caught this photo by luck. And now, as I am sure you are is what I came home to:

A nice cool glass of fresh brewed Hibiscus Watermelon iced tea! Happy T Day, and thanks for stopping by! Hope I didn't tire you with all the photos!

Monday, August 4, 2014

CB 15 Mind & Ignorance

Hi Everyone!  The prompts for challenge #15 of The Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics Challenge are mind and/or ignorance.  Once again, I found the quote I wanted to use right away for my ATC, but the illustration idea didn't come until yesterday.  The quote I chose is one from St. Jerome: "The face is the mirror of the mind and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart."
I don't know if you can tell, but I cut out some of the face and replaced it with a piece of mirror paper.  The image was of course high-jacked borrowed from Michelangelo's David. I added an eye and the "raspberry" heart.

Thanks for visiting and for all the lovely comments you have been leaving.  They encourage me to keep going, and I truly appreciate each and every one!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

T Tuesday-Kitchen Light

Hi Everyone! Tuesday means it is time to link up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth for a T stands for Tuesday post.

This Tuesday finds me doing touch ups in my completed kitchen and getting back to a little art.  As I hinted last week, the next "big" job to tackle was this old, crummy, recessed light fixture that has a mind of its own....
This house was built in the late 1960s by a friend of my husband, and while I am sure this was the style back then, I have hated  disliked this fixture for some time now.  Especially since every time the weather is a little humid you can flip the switch as much as you want, and nothing but a little glow at each end of the two fluorescent tubes happens. I'll spare you the photo of the empty hole, but will tell you it is 2 feet (60 cm) long by 8 inches (20 cm) wide with just the electrical wires hanging down.
The first step was to install an electrical box to hold up the new fixture and enclose the rest of the hole with a new piece of sheet rock.  It was a little challenging because of the small working space, but I was satisfied that the end result was as perfect smooth as I could get it. The blue painter's tape is on the window frame because my "last" task (is there ever a last task?) was to stain the window frame to perk it up. After painting the ceiling, we installed the new track lighting fixture:
Even changed out the switch because this fixture could be used with a dimmer switch:
I'd say I deserve this cool drink of strawberry basil iced tea with a sprig of my homegrown basil.
I happened to get this as a free sample-it is probably not a flavor I would have bought. Fortunately, it had more of an aroma of basil than a taste and just an undercurrent of strawberry.

That ends my major home improvement jobs for this summer, and now I can get back to the more important or at least pleasurable "job" of crafting.  Starting small and slowly with beading since I have been having some issues with my hands and elbows (unrelated to all the work I've been doing), but all is slowly improving.
So what are you up to this Tuesday?  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

T Tuesday-Kitchen Reveal!

Hi Everyone! Tuesday has rolled around once again, and that means it is time to check in with Bleubeard and Elizabeth and see what everyone is doing this Tea Tuesday! I'm here early today so I will share my breakfast with you...

a sesame seed bagel and a cup of English Breakfast tea with Vanilla Soy Milk-a new favorite of mine.
In case you may have forgotten....above you will see the "before" start of the project.  See the grungy cabinets.  Not for lack of cleaning by the way.  See the stain color worn away under the old, outdated handles.  See all the scuffs and scraps, dings and just places that would not clean up any better. See how carefully I labeled everything? That is because there are 22 cabinets equaling 40 doors, 9 drawers, and 2 insert pieces. I took my time with this process of deglossing (a fancy word for scrubbing with a very concentrated soap solution), painting each side of the doors, drawer fronts and cabinet frames with two coats of color, followed by staining and a top coat.

After all was dry and cured for a few days we were ready to re-attach the hinges-all 80 of them with all 800 screws-which my DH did most of because I have a torn tendon and a pinched nerve in my elbow-but that is another post. Our house was built in the 1960s if I remember correctly, so all the measurements were standard then but not know.  Which means we had to use the same hinges that I was fortunately able to clean up, and the selection of new handles was limited.  I chose a satin nickel finish which I am happy with. Here are a couple of "after" photos:
The floor is actually red oak (we put this down ourselves also) and looks much lighter in this photo. The contrast is not that severe.
The top photo I used a flash & they look a little washed out, but the second photo is truer.  Of course, the first thing you will notice is the color is not all that different.  I love this darker color which is complimented by the tiled backsplash that has a maroon stripe. Here is one more close up, but the cabinets are not this red in person.
Now that phase 2 is complete (phase 1 was painting the walls & ceiling), I am on to phase 3 which is to replace the light over the sink.  Stay tuned and Happy T Day!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Craft Barn Challenge 14 Imagination and Logic

Hi Everyone! Well, here we are on the 14th week of the Craft Barn Quotes and Lyric Challenge.  The words this fortnight are Imagination and/or Logic.   Go here to visit the beautiful samples by the DT and participants.

As soon as I came across this quote from George Bernard Shaw, I knew it was the one I was going to use.  The quote touched me so deeply that I did not want anything to compete with the words.  I did a very quick watercolor wash and used some rub on designs that jumped out of a drawer.
Thanks for stopping by!  I'm off to visit as many people as I can this week!