Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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!
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!
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! :) :)
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. ;)
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.
That's enough gabbing for now.
Happy Tuesday!! :):)
Whether a hot or cold or perfect day.
"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."