Friday, July 29, 2011

Teaser

Just wanted to make my usual Friday post wishing all my blog friends a happy creative weekend!

Thank for all the comments on my last post...I once was "attacked" by a pack of hungry animals. I'll try to post about it next week...Gulp!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lake Monster! Beware!

On my last solo walk around the lake, I was almost attacked by a loose German Shepard. It came running out of nowhere, snarling and I had that adrenaline rush you get when you know you can't do anything about what is about to happen. I screamed & luckily the owner called the dog & he immediately went towards the owner. I was quite shaken up to say the least. Oh yeah, the owner did yell, "Sorry!" Humph.

My walks are usually beautiful, but not that eventful. This is a typical scene:
One of the resident herons that live around the lake sunning himself on a rock. Isn't he gorgeous?

I'm sure you are all familiar with the Loch Ness Monster, right? We visited Loch Ness back in 2007; no matter how hard we searched or for how long, Nessie did not make an appearance on that trip. But on another recent walk around our lake...what is that ripple in the water?
I watched it moving away from me and saw it "dive". There was a bit of big fin tail, and it was gone. So I continued on my way...and saw it again on the way back.
It was heading towards the beach which was deserted at the early hour...
So I walked out on the dock. Can you see it in the water...right there! Wait, I'll get closer....
OMG! It's the biggest water rat I have ever seen! Obviously collecting cut grass to build a nest.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water after JAWS!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Seahorses...the perfect fish?

I think seahorses are about the most perfect creature there is. They mate for life and the male bears their young--how could it get any better than that! They come in many colors--I've taken the liberty of designing my own here in pink and green as a tribute of sorts to the male/female role they play. They are cute but not overly strong swimmers. The little fin on their back propels them by swaying back and forth many times per second. The cute fin on the back of the head steers them where they want to go. There are over 30 species of seahorses.

This unique seahorse sun catcher will be available in my Etsy Shop tonight!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Splish, Splash!

I made myself two promises: 1)That I would stay off the computer until the bathroom was done and 2)That the bathroom would be done by the end of the week. Well, except for a few finishing touching--curtains, etc. I am happy to report that we are finished, finito, terminado, fini! Yay! The walls are painted with 2 coats of gray mildew resistant paint, the floor is regrouted with gray grout, the tub is caulked & as a matter of fact has one shower under its belt! I couldn't be happier. Now if only my hands and fingers and knee would stop hurting so I can get back to crafting! Here are a couple of photos--sorry they are not better, but it is a tiny bath and these were the best shots I could get.

In other news...those of you who are long time readers of my blog know that I have been attending oil painting classes taught by a Dutch man of 87. Albert & his wife, Mariante (she's 89) are incredible for their ages and have become friends over the last 5 or so years. Albert recently suffered a mild stroke and is now in rehab. I hope he improves enough to go home--this couple is more like one person.

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Any Day Now...

Yes, the flowers I planted are starting to bloom...
My Garden is growing fast....
We will be harvesting cucumbers before long....
AND, AND, AND...Yes, the tub is almost finished! Over the weekend we got 3 of the 5 shower walls up and today should take care of the corner pieces! We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel here, but there is still a ways to go. Let's see--the tile on the walls, the tile on the floor, regrouting the floor tiles & painting. Kid's play after all the cutting, measuring, gluing, etc!

So, are you a DIYer? What big projects have you taken on?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

ACEO Giveaway

Do you know what an ACEO is? Well, it is about time you learn about these wonderful pieces of collectible art! I know you have seen some displayed here on my blog, but read on, it will be worth it.

ACEO stands for artist cards, editions and originals. They are small works of art in any media, the only criteria being they measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"--the size of a standard baseball card. ACEOs started as ATCs or Artist Trading Cards and were, as their name suggests, traded between artists. ACEOs were created to sell so that they others could also enjoy this artform.

So why am I telling you this? My friend, Martha, of Ayala Art is having an awesome, generous giveaway of 14, yes fourteen ACEOs. One created by her (and when you see her artwork, you will understand that that one alone makes winning necessary!)and the rest created by other artists she has traded with or collected. Hop on over to Ayala Art and enter for your chance to win!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday...Already?!!!

I cannot believe a whole week has gone by since I last posted. As all my US readers know Monday, July 4th, was a holiday. I started the day out by putting what I hope is the last coat of drywall mud on the bath sheet rock walls. Mid-morning we got a call from some friends inviting us over for a barbeque so that took care of the rest of that day.

Tuesday we spent much of the day food shopping with our daughter who was scheduled to have all four of her wisdom teeth out the next day, Wednesday. All went well with the surgery except that one of her teeth was a "double" so she actually had 5 wisdom teeth extracted. Since then, I have been taking care of my baby who is being very stoic about the whole thing, despite looking like a chipmunk and not being able to open her mouth much. Bring on the banana milkshakes, mashed potatoes, pudding & jello! She has to know how much I love her because I despise Jello--can't stand to eat or look at it. I don't like the wiggle!

Yesterday was spent trying to install the new Dining Room AC unit that we bought several weeks ago. We are having a run of very hot, humid weather and really need it!

Today is still up for grabs. It's hot, humid and hard to get started on anything. The cucumbers are doing great--I'll have some photos next week. In the meantime, hope you all have a happy, creative weekend!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Just have time for a quick post and run today. Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends and to the rest of us in the USA, have a happy 4th of July!

Still working on the sheet rock--a few little spaces to fill then I can start on the taping & joint compound spreading. Off to research how to do it!

In the meantime, here is a little something I just finished that was inspired by Stacy from MagicCrowLove's blog post about some of her flowers. You can see her post here, and this is my version of fuchsia: