Saturday, March 30, 2013

Silent Saturday ~ A little of this.....

A little of that....

Our lives are filled with the little things....and sometimes it just doesn't make sense!  But if you can take a deep breath and stand back...turn around and look and you will see the most marvelous pattern.  It all works together to make up the rich tapestry that is our life!!  Take the time to look and enjoy the master plan.

Have a creative and imaginative day!
Hugging you

Friday, March 29, 2013

Photo Art Friday ~ What you said!

Photo Art Friday

I can't believe it is Friday already!!  And things are already hopping at Pixel Dust Photo Art Blog!  You need to stop over for sure!

The challenge this week is to take or create a photo using graffiti!  Fun!!  Here are my entries..

Have a fabulous, creative and imaginative day!
Hugging you


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Abstract Wednesday ~ Holder of Dreams!

Abstract Wednesday is a Meme offered by Nature Footsteps Blog and is a way to express ourselves every week.  We take our photos and abstract them....take them beyond realism and push the limits.

This week I took one of my collage paintings and pushed  it beyond what it was.  This is a piece I had entitled "Holder of Dreams" and originally looked like this....

And here is where I took it...

Also have this photo which was taken at a class I had attended in Tucson, AZ.  Group photo here....

Then I altered it...

This is a fun meme and you all should join in...stop by Nature Footsteps and see the other answers to this challenge and enter one of your own!

Have a creative and imaginative day!
Hugging you

Also showing at Lori K Art!!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Random Tuesday ~ Glued, Wired and Screwed!


 Last Saturday the large collage was re-installed at RMJ...Bob's office in Albuquerque without any problem whatsoever! It was awesome!

I had wonderful helpers!  My son, Lee Sr., my grandson, Lee Jr., Dr. John and Butch!  And we all worked well together!  No one person tried to be a star!

The difficulty was the shear size of the piece, 15 feet by 8 feet!  And I was in three pieces!  It hangs on the wall, which is 16 feet tall!

I worked on the lower section here at the was placed in my dining room so that I could replace the them, wire them down, and cover wire screws with decorative rondells...flat beads!

 We all meet at the office building around 9 AM and took the repaired lower section inside and stored in the hallway while we got the other pieces down and I could repair them.  All went smoothly!  Lee Sr and Jr helped me glue the beads down and attach the wire over each one.  Then we screwed them down, in effect trapping the beads behind the decorative wire.  Then we let it set for a awhile so glue could set up.

Breakfast burritos all around and lots of entertaining conversation!  Then back to work.

We glued the decorative flat rondells down over the screw heads and let that set up.  Then we all discussed how we were going to hang this puppy on the wall.  Original hooks were in the wall ,well placed and solid.

Everyone decided that Lee Sr would work in the middle and Butch and Dr. John would lift the sides up the wall.  Then Lee Sr climbed under the piece and grabbed the hanging wire and, by really stretching, hang over the hooks.  Wa La!!  It worked liked we planned!  And Lee Jr. spotted the did I.  Whew!

We got the rest of the piece onto the wall and we finally....had completed the task!  High fives all around!!  We cleaned up and put all the conference chairs back.  We went to the middle office and lowered the little collage, four by six feet!!  It's beads had been popping off as well.  I decided to bring it back to my studio and work on it here.  Task accomplished!

Here are some pics...

The second piece now sits in my dining room...I worked on it all day yesterday and it is finished.  Dr. John is going to be my delivery agent and take it and hang it today!  Thank you Dr. John!  Oh shoot...loaded it up and he drove away and I forgot to take pics!!  Sheesh!!

Went out to Pappeaudeux's Friday nite for Dr. John's belated birthday celebration with Cheri,
Butch, Cathy and Mike.  Great time and wonderful food.  I got the mixed seafood grill.  Yum!  And a martini of course.  Unfortunately I kept falling asleep during dinner....sigh!  This happens to me and there is nothing I can do,  It's like someone has thrown a switch and I go out.  Cheri kept laughing about it as I struggled to keep my eyes open!!  Oh well....had fun before that happened.

Going back to oral surgeon today to see what new things he wants to try to alleviate the gum pain I have been having!  Oh joy!!

Today is house cleaning day since I pretty much had my studio in my dining room!!  Ha!!  And also, have been working on Income Tax...yuck!  Got that done, thankfully!!  But I have to pay!!!  Yikes!

That's it for me...pretty much tied up with redoing the art work this past week.  Make sure and stop by Stacy's at Stacy Uncorked and see all the exciting Randomizing going on there!!

Have a magical and blessed week!
Hugging you,

Friday, March 22, 2013

Creative License Friday ~ Islands in the Mist!

She Who Carries a Camera has started a new challenge every week called Creative License Friday.  During this challenge, participants offer a photo from their personal collection, for the rest of us to alter!  What a fun challenge and each week, the offerings have been fantastic.

This weeks photo to alter is....

A beautiful photo taken by Nancy from The Gift at the Moment, offered this photo that she has taken with her Nikon d7000.  Now to alter it...

Here are my takes...

Stop by She Who Carries a Camera and join in the fun!  Offer an image that your not sure what to do with and wish to see others take on it.  Pick up this weeks photo and give it your creative touch!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a creative and imaginative week!
Hugging you


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Photo Art Friday ~ It's only me!

Photo Art Friday

Pixel Dust Photo Art is, again, challenging us to share an altered photo of self! A self portrait!  You should go an visit and check out all the exciting photos being displayed.  Wow!!

Here is my offerings...

Self Portraits are fun and challenging to do.  You ought to give it a go!!

Have a magical and blessed day!
Hugging you


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Abstract Wednesday ~ Up close and personal!

Welcome to another edition of Abstract Wednesday!  This is hosted by Nature Footsteps!  Stop by and check out the other photos being displayed!  Fabulous pieces..!!  Here is my offerings...

These are altered photos of my collage painting!  Enjoy!

Have a creative and imaginative day!
Hugging you


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Random Tuesday ~ Locking it down!!

Yes it's that time again...time to get my Random On!!  So where should I begin?

Went to Bob's office and took the bottom half of the painting and brought it back to my studio.  Well, actually, it would only fit in my dining room.  Took over the entire room!  Ha!

I made 52 wire jigs and glued all the beads down...again!  This time I used Industrial Glue...then I attached the wires to the beads and screwed them down.  Two screws per bead!

Once that was done...I glued the flower rondells on top of the beads and wa la!  Job done!  And it looks really good, if I do say so myself!!

I have scheduled my son, Lee Sr.. and Butch and Cheri and Dr. John and myself, to bring the other part of this painting down (remember it is up 15 feet!) and work on it there in the conference room.  Gluing and wiring, etc.  Then we have to re-hang the entire piece!!  Sheesh!  This is where is gets complicated!  I will post some pics next week, of the operation.  Ha!!

Thanks ahead of time to all that will be helping.  I am buying lunch!!  This week I will be making a bunch of wire jigs so that I will have enough to complete the job.

This week I will also be organizing my 2012 paper work....income tax time!!  Yuck!!  This time, I tried something new.  I used WAVE Accounting which is online.  I posted all my receipts as I received them and, after I categorized them, them organized them into a usable report.  So, in theory, all I have to do is print out the report and plug in the totals on the income tax forms.  Ha!  Sounds to good to be true!  Will let you know.

Got my toes and fingernails done!  I have been going to a new Nail Tech.  Over at Famous Nails...Aaron!  He is really, really good.  A perfectionists and an artist.  I miss my old nail tech, Jessica, but one has to do what one has to do.  This time we went coral in color and Aaron painted a butterfly wing onto my ring finger.  Beautiful!

Been walking again...with Cheri and going 3 miles each morning!  My shins were not happy...stiff?!!!  They sure were!!  But it is working it's way out now..thankfully!  I am also getting some new shoes...I will show you a pic next week.  I hope they offer better support than the ones I have now.  Plus the ones I have now bother by big toe!!  Ha!  Walk scenery....

Butch is coming from Florida today to visit with Cheri this week!  I am getting my hair done Wed., and Cheri is making shrimp cocktail and crab cakes!!  Yummy!!  Then on Friday, we are all taking Dr. John out to Pappadeaux's for a belated birthday dinner!!  His birthday was Feb. 5th!  Just a little late but Dr. John says that when you get his age...birthdays last longer!!  Pics next week!!

Watched the movie Breaking Dawn, Part Two..again!!  Ha!  Love this series!  I hear that her new venture, The Host, is coming out soon.  The movie that is!  I have yet to read the book.  My granddaughter, Emma, loved the book and is looking forward to the movie!  So I guess I have a book to read.  I was one year late in reading The Hunger Games!  And I did watch the movie...beginning of this year on Pay Per View.  Loved the costuming and make up!  Followed the book pretty closely!

Have you been over to Stacy's yet?  Stacy Uncorked?  Lots of Randomizing going on over there!! 
Check it out!

Oh!  By the way!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  Did you get your green on?  Your corned beef and cabbage?  I sure did!  We were going to O'Neils pub but  way layed by an attack of the tired outs!!  Ha!!  So I passed on the Orange Dreams Martinis and the Cloggers and the Bagpipes!!  Sigh!  I know...should have went any way.

I started a diet three weeks ago.  I want to COMPLETE the weight loss I began two years ago.  Fifty pounds to go.  So this new diet consists of high protein like the Atkins and vitamin shots.  After the three weeks have passed I gained four pounds!  Ha!  I think I am going in the wrong direction?  Ya think?  So far, it is not working for me and they have no answers to solve the if I haven't lost this week, I will ditch them and just do Atkins and exercise.  Due to the congestive heart failure, I hold/retain this isn't easy.  The diet place says 128 ozs. of water a day....but my heart doc says no more than 50 ozs.  Sheesh!  So I have been doing 64 ozs. and my knee is really swollen...!  Sigh!!  This is not what I call Fit for Life!!!    I will figure this out!!

Well that is enough Random for this week.  I have a busy weekend coming up!!  Wish me luck on the re-install!!

Have a magical and blessed day!
Hugging you

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Silent Saturday ~ Elementary my dear!!

The more things change, the more it stays the same.

Have a magical and blessed day!
Hugging you