Sunday, February 18, 2018


I'm once again joining Rike at Rike's Art who is this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Animals A to Z.

Something a bit different today.

I am going psychedelic.

Spot is a psychedelic dog

who loves his name.

This page was created in my Challenges altered book.   Everything came from a very old flyer (from 2002) for the annual fund raiser for the Humane Society.   I used letters and the peace sign, as well as the darling dog for this entry.  Every piece came from the flyer and I pieced it together in collage form.

Thank you so much for joining me today and thank you for your visit.  I also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey, too.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Beautiful Butterfly

Today I'm joining Rike at Rike's Art who is this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Animals A to Z.

I call this one Beautiful Butterfly for obvious reasons.

I began by printing the B and words, which I then colored using water soluble crayons.  Yes, these are my very favorite coloring instrument at the moment.

This was actually from a cut out I created earlier in the month, and I used what remained as a stencil.

This started life as a birthday card, but in order to recycle it, I had to find a way to cover the wording.

Can you see the little gems that I added to the butterfly?

It really is a beautiful butterfly.

This was created in my challenges altered book.  As I explained, it was a birthday card that I cut to turn into an entry for Art Journal Journey.   I used three water soluble colors to color the words and letter.  I used a sponge through the home made stencil to make the small butterfly.

I will be out all day, but will visit between commercials during NBA All Star Saturday Night (the B stands for basketball, my favorite the only sport I watch and follow).    I greatly appreciate your visit today.  I hope to see you at Art Journal Journey, too.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Smiles 259

I'd like to begin by saying I can't understand why "they" had to schedule the Olympics during the NBA (National Basketball Association) All Star Weekend.  Now before I get kicked out of the airplane or off the island, I hope you know that was intended to be a joke.

Once again, I am sharing a few more of these photos from the History Museum each Friday, along with some funny stories, quotes, verse, or jokes I found when I was cleaning my office. 

I'll share the funny stuff first, then you can see and enjoy the photos of the museum. By now you know I'm here for Annie's Friday Smiles.

My fitness coach told me to bend down and touch my toes. I said, “I don’t have that kind of relationship with my feet. Can I just wave?”

I keep trying to lose weight but it keeps finding me.

A mother took her little boy to church.
While in church the little boy said, “Mommy, I have to pee."

The mother said to the little boy, “It’s not appropriate to say the word ‘pee’ in church. So, from now on whenever you have to ‘pee’ just tell me that you have to ‘whisper’."

The following Sunday, the little boy went to church with his father and during the service said to his father, “Daddy, I have to whisper.“

The father looked at him and said, “Okay, just whisper in my ear."

When I went to Starbucks for coffee they lied. It wasn't Starbucks, it was four bucks!  

A truck hits this lady and the husband calls 911.

The operator asks, "Where are you?"

The husband replies, "I'm on Eucolipstic Road."

The operator asks, "Can you spell that for me?"

"Well... I'll just drag her over to Oak so you can pick her up there?" 

This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.

He immediately phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" and George said no and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.

George said, "Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I've just shot them all."

Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the policemen said to George: "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"

George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!" 

Now let's visit the History Museum again, this time continuing with the third floor.

This is the next room in the 3rd floor.  This is how it looked the day I was there in September of this past year and

this is what it looked like the first time I went.  Apparently this room has traveling exhibits, but I was unaware of it when I visited the room.

The fireplace hadn't changed, at least.

These dresses were typical of Victorian dress since we were headed to the Wichita Cottage, a home of the middle class.

We began in the bath.  Other than what looked like an embellished copper and silver claw foot bathtub, which was to-die-for, I can relate to many, many of the pieces I saw in these rooms.  My entire house holds similar pieces.

A true Crapper!

Next was the kitchen.

Although I keep both of mine in the dining room, these are known as free standing "kitchen cabinets."

Some people call them "Hoosier cabinets," but that is a trade name (like Kleenex for tissues).    A true Hoosier has a brass plate across the top above the doors.  The cutlery board is normally housed in that empty spot under the metal shelf.

Ice was delivered to the back door, where an ice box held it cold most of the day.  The ice tongs were used to place the block of ice in the ice box, and the ice pick, seen sitting on top of the cabinet, was used to chip ice away from the block.   I have two ice tongs.

Now it's time to visit the mayor's office!

Somehow I got off the beaten path, and instead of seeing the rest of the Wichita cottage, I landed in the Mayor's office.

The clock on the shelf looks a bit like mine.

Here is where all the city records were kept in the late 1800s.  To the left, mostly out of view is a typical ballot box.

Next time we will visit the main part of the Wichita cottage.  According to the History Museum's web site:
This exhibit authentically recreates a typical middle-class Wichita home of the late 19th century complete with Victorian adornment and the emerging technology which would soon change domestic life and society in general. Seven individual rooms compose this environmental exhibit. Visit and pay a social call on the residents of a Wichita cottage, this 1890 Victorian house is authentically decorated throughout, from the wooden icebox on the back porch to the combination gas-and–electric ceiling light fixture hanging in the parlor.
Thanks for joining me today and thanks for your continued visits.  Now let's visit Annie's Friday Smiles, where it never hurts to begin the weekend with a big smile, just like sweet Annie's.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Born in the Wild

I'm once again joining Rike at Rike's Art this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Animals A to Z.

Today we are visiting

all these lovely creatures.

What they all have in common is

although quite beautiful,

as long as they are far enough away,

they were all born in the wild!

Some are also dangerous to be near, while others are harmless to humans.  These were created in my Challenges altered book.  The background is one I created when I wrote a tutorial on various Twinkling H2O techniques.  The images were cut from a magazine on wildlife.

Thank you for joining me today, and thank you for your support of my art.  Please join Susi, Rike, Bleubeard, and me at Art Journal Journey with your favorite animal, too.