Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WOYWW #266

UPDATE:This post was created on my iPad and it is a mess. I promise to learn how to use it better or never post this way again!

WOW what a week!  Weather has been really weird and cool for Oklahoma in July.  Normally it is in the upper 90's (30's) but the weather turned off cool running in the mid 70's(upper20's).  My pool is cooled off a bit but the weather turned off hot again Monday so it won' to take it long to heat up again. 
The garden is still going strong but we have picked the last of the corn and had our first cantaloupe yesterday!   I have been fairly busy all week but have taken some time to do my art!   

This week I am going to show you a picture of my creative little spot in my daughter Heather huge crafty area!   One of these days I will have to take some picture and show you her space!   Anyway here is a picture of me working at her house this week.  
I am working on the week 30 project from LifeBook 2014 called Sacred Inner Eye which is an awesome affirmation painting!   The whole painting is curling and I don't know how to make it stop.  Maybe after it dries a few days I can weigh it down.  Any suggestions?
Here are some close ups!  

The eye...I am really happy with it!   It is really sparkling!  
The positive affirmations!  I life LifeBook 2014 because it is a lot more then just a drawing class and I am learning more about myself while doing my art!   
  
Thought I would leave you with a couple garden pictures!   Enjoy!
Watermelons
Okra!
Peppers
Last of the sunflowers!

Okay that's it for me!  Go check out Stamping Ground and Julia will tell you how you can show off your desk and the works you are doing!   Have a great week and stay cool! 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SOC 4 week 6

  I seem to be having troubles with my blog posts that I have scheduled.  This one got lost somewhere so I am having to rewrite it... Thanks Kristin for letting me know!


My Summer of Color 4 week 6 project was a lot of fun to do.  Kristin gave us the color challenge this week of Raspberry, Tangerine, and pop of yellow.  Go check out Twinkle Twinkle Like a Star for deets.
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Hmmm...says I once again not some of my favorite colors and all that kept going through my brain was Raspberry beret and raspberry lemonade...so I painted raspberry lemonade whilst the music of Prince's Raspberry Beret played in my brain...(took me days to get it out and I think I just let it back in...)
Raspberry Lemonade
Not a super good picture but it is the best I can do right now!  It is a little more orangey then I wanted but I am really happy at how well it has turned out.  I love the way the textured leaves pop out at you and I pop dotted a lemon drawing on the top of the picture to give it some more depth!  Unfortunately you can't see the shimmery effect the Silks from Luminarte gives the picture! 

I have had so much fun with the weekly challenges that I think I am going to have to find some challenge blog to keep stimulating me like this has.  Any good ideas? 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WOYWW and SOC 4 Week 5


WOW I totally missed out on WOYWW last week!  Don't ask me how or why cause I really don't have an answer to that question just that it was Tuesday and I was thinking about doing my post and went outside to take some pictures of my garden and got totally sidetracked and when I next realized it was July 4th and so much going on I told myself I was just too late last week to post!!!  So on to this week...I am going to work hard at staying focused and getting this published before I forget again.  Go to Stamping Ground and Julia will fill you in on the deet's about posting your desk each week...

My desks this week....
Main desk...sans cat...Don't know what happened cause Stormy Kitty never misses a photo shoot!
staging desk...I am working on Summer of Color week 5
Finished Summer of Color 4 week 5 project!
The prompt this week was to use these colors:
Red, blue and light blue
I was going to paint something but decided I was really liking paper arts this week so I made a journal page using some of the stash I have.  I made the tags to stuff in the pocket that I can use to journal on or hey even just leave blank.  I may take this idea and made a couple scrapbook pages for the grand daughters to scrap their 4th of July photos!

Paper and card from Close to My Heart, punch from Martha, the stencils etc are from the stash and not in packaging so I have no idea who their makers are!!!

Okay the rest of the post is very picture intensive but everyone has been asking about the garden...
Last week I didn't get the pictures of the garden taken before we harvested the cabbage but I got pictures after the fact...there were a total of 8 cabbages but we have already eaten 2 of the smaller ones. Coleslaw and fried cabbage are staples here in the south!



Lots of tomatoes and green beans last week also! 
A mammoth Sunflower!!!  The head is about the size of a large dinner plate and the leaves could be used as umbrellas!
 We harvested a lot of corn yesterday.  I ended up with 7 bags of 4 ears to put in the freezer for winter nomming and there is probably more then that left to be picked! 
Had Chuck to stop the harvesting long enough to get a picture...
 


The corn harvest... to give you some idea of the size of the ears I stuck my finger in there...

Under the corn plants you can see a lot of vine...that is our two watermelon plants and a free start cantaloupe that I have no idea where it came from.  Good serendipity though cause it has 2 melons on the vine!
The giant sunflower from last week.  I think this plant got at least 14 feet tall before it drooped over.  There are at least a couple pounds of sunflower kernel's to be had here!




Decided to try growing different varieties of tomatoes this year.    The green ones on the left grow huge!   The birds seem to love to peck on these purple ones and they are a heritage tomato so they are subject to wilt and other issues we have in this heat!


Thought I would try some small yellow tomatoes and small red tomatoes that look like Roma's but much sweeter and juicier!



Yesterdays Harvest!!!
 thought I would leave you with this shot of the yard.  We are spending a lot of time around the pool right now.  The water temp is about 88f/32c but the outside heat is over 95f/36c most days...Ugh!  Summer in Oklahoma.





Sunday, July 6, 2014

Week 4 of the Summer of Color 4 challenge is pink, lime green and a pop of dark green.   Nope not exactly my favorite colors but I did the best I could!!

I used Dylusions Bubblegum Pink as my base then used a Dylusions leaf stencil for the small border leaves, a Studio 490 for the big leaves and it just started to roll on from there.  
 I guess you could say I went on a Dylusions binge because all the stamps used on this page are from the Dylusions line from Ranger Ink.  I decided to do some collage with the papers before I decided to stamp.  I added a few words as filler because I was thinking about what a good life mate I have and these are words that I feel for him!  I sometimes don't tell him what I am feeling so I was thinking I needed to at the time I was playing with the inks.   Isn't it funny what your brain does for you!!

Guess I will post this so I make the deadline this week!  Hope everyone has a great week.  Looking forward to hearing what the new colors are tomorrow!