Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday-10:45am

Good Morning!
Well, it's still morning...even if I am usually one of the last people in Elizabeth's T-Day group to post every week.  ;) 
Been a whole week again.  Just seems that this summer has been very busy...even though I have not even made it back to visit the McFamily this past week.  They were busy, had company, and then were gone all weekend.  I was going to go over yesterday but it was in the mid-90s, a storm was predicted, and the Paseo has no AC.  I also figured Leah would be tired from their first weekend away with a bridal shower and all...(Dagan's half-brother Bryan is getting married)...and she was.  Today Caroline comes here to clean, so I don't know if I'll make it over today or not...but soon!
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It's been in the 80s and 90s...with that heavy, sticky air that makes it feel hard to breathe.  Apparently around 75 is the best this wall AC can manage...and when it hits the high 80s and 90s it gets sweaty in here, too.  You know how I hate this weather.  The humidity makes every bone in my body creak and complain...so I don't sleep well and I don't get a lot done.  Too uncomfortable to move much so I couch-potatoed my way through the week.   I watched the first season of The Bridge and am now watching the first season of Ray Donovan--both of those are Netflix snailmail.  On Netflix streaming I watched the six episodes of Annika Bengtzon (Swedish with subtitles) and two seasons of old Miss Marples with Joan Hickson.  I guess I've been in a murder mystery kind of mood, eh?  LOL!  They were all good!
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Karma kept me company...    
...while I journaled and worked on letters. 
 I did play at the art table a little, though.  Remember my sample paper towels I used as I filled the little spray bottles?  Well, I had two of them and they were dry.  I ripped them into pieces and kind of collage-glued them on to another paper towel--both sides. 
Going for more crinkling and texture.
The next day I peeled it off the cutting mat.  Here's the crinkly front... 
...and the slick backside. 
Didn't leave much mess.  Just a little glue residue that was easy to clean off. 
So I wanted to see how wet acrylic paint would work.  (Note my loyal thermal coffee mug.)  I sprayed and glued...
...and made a real mess!  Took me longer to wipe off all this splattered paint than it did to spray paint and glue the three sheets together--LOL!  I guess I need to get my cardboard spraying box out, eh?  Then I let it dry overnight. 
Meanwhile--a package came yesterday!!  From Susan who's a member of the T-Stands For Tuesday group.  Two of us won a package of goodies!  Susan had a giveaway contest for her own birthday!  How sweet.  The ribbon was wrapped around the handmade paper envelope on the left and handmade paper journal on the right.
Here you can see the backside of the handmade paper journal (right) and from inside the big envelope--the folded deli-paper, two pens, handmade tag, and handmade card.  Lovely!
Here's a close-up of the card.  Very pretty! 
Thanks so much Susan!!  What a sweet thing to do on your birthday and I was one of the lucky winners!  :) :)
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This morning I peeled the paper off the cutting mat.  Here's the front... 
...and the slick back. 
Wet acrylic paint does leave some staining mess, but cleaned off okay with a bit of scrubbing. 
You know what a neat-freak I am.  I will never be a truly messy artist.  I clean everything after I use it...palettes, stencils, brushes, bottles.  I even washed the outsides of my water spray bottle and the watered-down-glue bottle because I had picked them up with gluey, painty hands.  I'm the same way in the kitchen...clean as I go.  By the time I am done putting a recipe together (whether baking or cooking) the counters are already wiped down and things are in the dishwasher and ingredients are all put away.  Very annoying to some people, I know.  I can't help myself.  Even if I am having a serious pain day and am forced to leave things overnight--then it's the first thing I do the next day.  Compulsive, eh?  It's easy to tell if I've been in really bad shape for a while...if you came over and my kitchen or my art table was a big old sloppy mess--LOL!  And that does happen on occasion, believe me.  ;)
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    But today--the cutting mat is scrubbed clean and the kitchen is clean.  I may have things piled and stacked about all over around here, but to me it's clean and sorted.  Thank goodness Caroline comes to deal with the floors and the bathroom for me.  Which means I need to go pick up the cat toys and gather the trash together.  It's only supposed to get to right around 80 degrees the next few days, so maybe it will genuinely cool off in here by tomorrow.  Even Karma has been lying on the kitchen tile and the new hard bench in the entryway to be cooler the last two days of 90s.  She loves to go outside when it's hot if she can come in and it's cooler in here, I guess.  It even got too hot for Miss Karma in the 90s--LOL!  She wasn't asking to go out.  But low 80s...
...and out she goes. 
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That's enough gabbing for now.  
Happy Tuesday!!  :):)
Whether a hot or cold or perfect day.
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"I try to remind myself that we are never promised anything, and that what control we can exert is not over the events that befall us but how we address ourselves to them."
Jeanne DuPrau

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday-10am

Happy Tuesday Morning!
It's been cooler here again the last couple days.  I believe we missed the record for the lowest high temp since 1908 yesterday by one degree (68).  I'm loving it, of course.   
Karma's been keeping me company.
Glad I was home all week--LOL! 
(How can that be comfortable?)
My packages finally arrived.  I now have some beautiful thinner red leather that I am going to try to turn into journal covers... 
...and a gallon of Elmer's glue.  [Was cheaper online with no delivery charge than going over to Office Max in town.  I do worry about local businesses.] 
I'm still using up the rest of my watered down ModPodge first, though.  I wanted to test out gluing the paper towels together on one of the cutting mats I bought to use as liners for the drying rack.  I wanted to see if they stained...cleaned easily...would the glued down paper peel off?  Dried it overnight. 
Peeled it off (no problem) in the morning.  This is the other side.  Notice anything? 
LOL! 
It absorbed the black logo right off the cutting mat! 
So I will just have to be careful which side I use--LOL! 
Since I have only been using water reactive color (Dylusion sprays and watercolors) I decided to make up some acrylic sprays to test.  Karma kept me company. 
You may recall I purchased some little spray bottles quite a while ago.  Well, this was what I had in mine.  I used the Dick Blick tube artist's acrylics, distilled water, and some steel ball bearings to mix up a dozen colors.  I was testing them out on one of the paper towels...while drinking my Sumatra (favorite of mine) black for all the gang over at T Stands For Tuesday.  ;)
I lined them up with their tubes as I went so I could come back and make the labels for the spray bottles... 
...with the new erasable labels I got on Amazon.
Was trial and error.  I got a couple of them too thick, I think, but at least I will have some acrylic paints to test out on the cutting mats, too.  That stack of paper towels I found gives me all kinds of play time.  I want to try crinkling, collaging torn pieces, varying the number of towels I glue together, different mediums for adding color, using different amounts of glue (I am too heavy handed, I think), and find out whether I can draw or doodle on the paper after it is dry.  Lots of experiments to come!
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Meanwhile...I made an envelope for the really odd-sized bookcard I made from the first paper towels I glued together.  (That We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board is great, BTW!) 
 And then yesterday... 
...I spent the afternoon... 
...visiting Ian and Mama...and got in some personal gramma-time, too, of course.   
He is three weeks old today! 
I will have to learn how to take pictures of moving objects.  (No offense, Karma.) 
Ian did sleep soundly with Mama for some time while we visited.
Well, as soundly as Ian sleeps--LOL!  He is constantly making sounds and wiggling--even if it is very softly and just twitches.  Ian is seldom silent or still for long.  ;)
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I stayed long enough to spend some time with Dagan after work, too.  :)  Ian's up a couple times at night.  Mom and Dad are tired, but very happy.  Ian has already been out and about to a restaurant and shopping.  They want babies back up to their birth weight in two weeks and Ian was 11 lbs 1 oz at his doctor visit last week.  He's doing great!  :)
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I always check with Leah before making arrangements for a visit.  They are still quite busy.  That hasn't changed much--LOL!  They've had out of town company staying for nine days (he comes and goes, though) and Leah's sister, Ariel, is coming up from Minneapolis for an overnight this week.  They have two weddings coming up, I believe, and various plans and appointments here and there.  Are hoping the patio might be poured this week if all goes well.  Busy.  Busy.  I'm not really up to visiting two days in a row, either.  So once or twice a week seems to be working well for me right now.  I could certainly go more often if I wanted to, but I want to be able to still be functional at home and able do things here, too.  Kind of playing it by ear, you know?  Makes me wish I was younger and healthier sometimes, but it's all good.  We're all adjusting to life with Ian--LOL!  ;)
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Anyways, it's a gorgeous day up here with windows wide open and birds singing.  Happy, happy Tuesday!!!  Life is good!!  :) :)  
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"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
Marcel Proust     

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday-10:45am

Greetings!  
I hope everyone is planning a nice weekend.  :)  The reason I was only over very briefly to visit at Dagan and Leah's on Monday was because of my air conditioner.  We had 90s on Saturday and it was 81 in my apartment.  Let's just say my AC wasn't exactly keeping up.  I thought it may possibly have frozen up, so I turned it off Sunday night (because it was cooler outside anyways and just as sticky).  I had turned it back on Monday morning and was waiting to see if it was going to actually cool my apartment off or not.  Nope.  Sticky and 76 degrees was the best it could do.  
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But, much to Karma and my good fortune, we had two glorious days up here in the 70s while I waited for them to come and fix my AC.  I'm telling you--Tuesday and Wednesday were absolutely perfect!  The humidity dropped and it was cool at night for sleeping...ahhh! 
Karma spent time watching CatTV... 
...or zonked out on the porch chair when I wasn't using it for reading. 
I had cleared off the cabinet beneath the AC on Monday so it would be easier for the maintenance man to remove that heavy air conditioner.  Every time I turned my back Karma was up on the cabinet, of course. 
Perspective is everything.  
Makes those old surroundings look fresh and new. 
 I've been in this mood to finish up the various projects I have lying about.  I made four more bookcards (for letters) using the last of the glued together baby wipes and paper towels experiment for the covers.  The top two are made from paper towels and the bottom two are from baby wipes--used ones from art, of course.  I just add more color with some sprays. 
Thursday he finally came and took the AC away to work on it and clean it up. 
Naturally Miss Karma was up on the cabinet feigning mild interest in the empty mysterious metal box--LOL! 
She was so focused... 
...that when I got up to get some coffee 
and she was about to make her move... 
...she almost didn't catch the fact that I had stopped with the camera. 
Almost.  
But her cat ears registered my lack of movement and she quickly turned with one of those "Who me?  I'm not doing anything.  I'm not even thinking of doing anything.  I'm just gazing out the window.  You can go get your coffee...really." 
But where was Miss Innocent when I came back with my coffee? 
Anyways, I got my AC back and it is working!!!  Perfect timing because it was over 80 degrees by the time he brought the unit back on Thursday.  Happy, happy me!  (Heat and I are not BFFs.)
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Meanwhile...when cleaning in the bedroom a while back I found a box in my closet filled with used paper towels.  Yes, I remember I had used most of a roll of paper towels to lay wet coffee filters on to dry that I had painted with watercolors...for some project I was doing back when I lived in Moorhead.  Yes, these are over 10 years old--LOL!  They weren't messy or used enough to actually throw away so I had smashed them all into a box to save for further art mess use...and forgot all about them.  Well, I was sure excited to see them now because of the new gluing together of paper towels idea!  There was a reason I saved these.  :) 
I took a few of them and glued them together.  Sprayed a little more color on both sides.  A little extra green... 
...and some yellow. 
Already ordered a gallon of Elmer's glue so I can play to my heart's content.  I can cut these down to whatever size I need.  Such fun for bookcard or journal covers--whoohoo!!
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Oh, and I removed the other table leaf.  (I don't think Leah is going to be over for crafts any time soon.)  Caroline helped move the table over when she was here this week.  The table looks so small now, but there's quite a bit more room.  Nice!
Well, that's what's been going on up here.  Right now it's 73 degrees (23 C), clouded over, but not that humid (60%).  I even shut off the newly repaired AC today.  :)  I've been waiting for packages for several days.  (FedEx SmartPost is a pain in the patoot--plus I had another package "out for delivery" again--in Detroit, Michigan--what is with these people lately?)  Hopefully they will both arrive today.  I would kind of like to make a quick trip over to see Ian pretty soon here.  ;) 
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May you have decent weather wherever you are, your appliances all work well, your mail arrive without incident, your cats not lie to you too much, and you have a good book to read.  :):)  Have a fabulous weekend!
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"You cannot give your life more days, but you can give your days more life."
Unknown