Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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?
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!
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. ;)
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! :)
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! ;)
Anyways, it's a gorgeous day up here with windows wide open and birds singing. Happy, happy Tuesday!!! Life is good!! :) :)
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."