Saturday, September 30, 2006

The one about the Sad Day

She has been so difficult all week! ...and whining. I wish she would take a nap...or sleep in...or something.
This afternoon when she saw her dad and Bobby getting ready for the priesthood session of
conference, she thought it was time to go to church. I found her with her shoes and dress. It was pretty sad. That girl loves her nursery class at church!

Friday, September 29, 2006

The one about Challenge #2

It was my turn for the challenge on the Color Blog. Go see!

The one about my Obsession with Letter Stamps

Lately I have gone nuts over little baskets and containers for my letter stamps. I have way too many letter stamps and not all of them are unmounted. Heeeeee.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The one about Fun on the Color Blog

There is something fun brewing on The Color Blog in the next day or two. Here is a sneak peek photo of something I am working on!

The one about Finding Junk

Last week Savannah's school schedule was a little different and it left me with two mornings all to myself. One of those mornings I went to DI in search of old books with interesting covers. Didn't really find some neat book covers, but I did find some old books that will be fun to alter and play in. One of them was a funny book from the 1960's called, "So You Want To Raise A Boy?" Another neat one was an old book on how to sew. The others I bought for their age and for the interesting end papers. I also found a box of chemistry cards, yellowed sheet music, some mini frames and numbers tiles from a game.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The one about the Ugly Artwork

I hate to waste art time.
Yesterday and today I haven't been feeling creative. So last night when I was able to go up and play, I couldn't get myself inspired. I messed around with this until two in the morning, which is really dumb since I was just wandering. But like I said, I hate to waste art time and I knew I had to do assignments the next few nights. I think I'll let this one sit and come back to it later.
I am laughing over how ugly this is.

The one about Puke

She seems fine now, but this morning Amelia woke up by throwing up in her bed. Fun. After it was all over she was her usual self and excited about having a bath. This time she floated just under the water.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

The one about Vintage Children

This week's art deck challenge was Vintage Children.

I had been working with this image I cut from a 1968 Sears catalog from eBay. I bought the 1968 catalog because I was born that year and I wanted something as old as I am. One of my favorite things to do is see how things have changed over the years.

I used some of my favorite paper for the background: the original line of Foof-a-la papers. Stamps by Purple Onion Designs.

Friday, September 22, 2006

The one about A Photo a Day

I tried this once before and dropped the ball. I have been thinking about this for months and actually started again today. I hope it sticks this time; taking a photo of "whatever" everyday.

It went from summer to winter almost overnight around here. Gloomy and dark and cold and wet. Here is a southern view from our deck this evening as the sun was setting. Ick--snow!!!

Maybe I'll set up a separate blog for this???

The one about the Color Blog

I was excited to finally see the newest Autumn Leaves blog. The Designing With Color Blog is now up and the first challenge has been given: monochromatic.

So many fun little time.

Page below by Leslie Lightfoot.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The one about Rob's Birthday

Happy birthday to my best friend and husband, Rob. Photo taken at one year old, September 1969.

The one about the Creating Keepsakes Reject

CK emailed and asked for a layout for an article. They didn't like it. But I do. I wouldn't change a thing. he he he

Amelia and her firehydrant fascination makes me laugh!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The one about Amelia and the Plumbing

So funny...Amelia and her fascination with plumbing. She calls it bubbles. I dunno...

The stupid garbage disposal had to be replaced a few weeks ago and it started leaking last night. Poor Rob had to mess with it and fix it again. Look who was right there!

Sometimes I find Amelia looking and the pipes under the sinks in the house. LOL

The one about Gypsy Luckybeans

I really don't know how this one came about, but here she is. Meet Gypsy Luckybeans.

Monday, September 18, 2006

The one about Decadence and Excess

Okay, so I have been really liking this art style all year. Grunge combined with Victorian engraved images and swirls, decorative fonts and baroque drawings.

Last month I found a book at B&N on the subject and learned it's name: Maximalism. Then, this month in Somerset Studio, one of my favorite artists, Michelle Ward, has an article on the subject. Turns out, she loves Maximalism, too! I can't wait to get my hands on her new line of stamps that reflect this trend!

The one about 9-11

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The one about Royal Blue

This explains why I have so many non-internet friends (not.) ha ha haaaaaa

You Are Royal Blue

People find you difficult to understand. In fact, you often find it hard to understand yourself.
You think so much that sometimes you get lost in your own thoughts!

Friday, September 15, 2006

The one about Sweetness

Thursday, September 14, 2006

one more

The ace of hearts. The theme is Time. I heard a Cyndi Lauper song yesterday and thought I could use the saying on this card. Actually, I am not sure if I am finished working on this card. I may go back and mess with it some more.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

new art

My stack of ten pages for the Home fatbook. I always do them all by hand instead of making copies of the background. I don't like how the copies look, and besides, it's expensive and I'm cheap! LOL

Janice wanted us to use a "found" canvas for our page so I used paint chip samples. I used a section of the whites/neutrals pamphlet from Home Depot. I love how the paint looks when it dries on the paint chips-- it dries with a nice hard outline.

There are six people in my family. I found a vintage photo of a family of six and a nest of six eggs.
This weeks theme in the Art Deck Weekly challenge is Architecture.

book winners

Christi Snow
(whose favorite colors are aqua, teal, and aubergine)

Michele Stevenson
(whose favorite colors are red, chocolate brown, and turquoise)

I have emailed them both.
Thanks for playing---it was fun!!!

Monday, September 11, 2006

God Bless America

Peace to everyone whose lives were forever changed on September 11, 2001. These are two of my pictures from that time. I was overwhelmed by the explosion of patriotism that I feared was no longer alive.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Holy Cow

...this guy is good! I love his messy backgrounds, his penwork, and the painted shapes. I love line against paint, messy against neat.
I found a post on his blog that shows his process of creating. (see may 21, 2006 post)
Alex Noriega!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Designing With Color

This is the fifth DW book published that I have been a part of. I love this job.

I have to say that Ashley Calder rocks this book.

I got a bunch of these today and no one to give them to. I think I will draw two winners from anyone who emails me and tells me their top three favorite colors.

email me by 9/12/06 midnight MST


MaVinci's is having a birthday sale so I finally ordered the Mardi Gras alphabet I have been eyeballing for a long time! All stamps on her site are 50% off.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Brad's Drink

ha ha haha! another fun peek into the life of Marilyn Healey and her love of Diet Pepsi.

One of our family's favorite TV programs is Modern Marvels. I am such a nerd, but I love to watch it!
Tonight Rob and I watched the Cola Wars episode. We learned that the original name of Pepsi was Brad's Drink.

"Brad's drink", created
in the summer of 1893, was
later renamed Pepsi Cola in 1898 after the pepsin and
cola nuts used in the

Reminds me of The Flaming Homer on The Simpsons. LOL

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


First day of preschool for Slappy.

Amelia wouldn't look at the camera much, or smile, or stand for me on the porch this morning. Bangs are her own DIY that I tried to fix. I still have more fixing to do! She was excited to go and found a ball to play with first thing when we got to the playroom at preschool.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

nature hike

Labor Day we drove up to the top of Lake Mountain to hike along the ridge. Rob wanted to look for the iron nodules (which we did find--they are pretty are cool) he had read about online. I am really not into hiking so I decided to try and have fun anyway. I took pictures of things along the way and collected flowers and twigs to press or use in my art. It is amazing how a dry desert can have lots of different flowers each month of spring, summer, and fall. You just have to look close to see them.
I was really liking the juniper berries!

Zoe Bella

My sweet little niece, Zoe Bella! We went to her blessing on Sunday. I wanted to get some shots of Zoe in her dress, but I missed the opportunity. So I just took some easy ones of her being held after church at Holly's house. (I am getting so lazy in my photography lately)

When I saw Zoe on Sunday, I though she looked familiar. I didn't think she looked like anyone in her family. My mom said the same thing. Neither of us could figure out who she reminded us of. Then it hit me; Savannah. Here is Savannah (alongside Zoe) on her blessing day December 2000. It's the eyes and the forehead.

Monday, September 04, 2006


This is an entry into an art journal for one of the collaborative projects I am in.

This book is Rhonna Farrer's and she choose an old book called "Collage and Contruction" by Harvey Weiss. I find it interesting to look through it since it is the late 1960's/early 1970's equivalent to today's collage and assemblage books. It's fun to see how things have changed and what has stayed the same with materials used in this artform.

I choose to work on a full-page photo of an old collage of a doll and changed it with the face from a cabinet card, paint, and other things.
The facing page was just text and I did wash of walnut ink followed by more paint and a cutout of a model from a Vogue magazine ad.
I had fun with the contrast between to two woman and the limited color palette. This artform gives me such a high!

Sunday, September 03, 2006


ELAINE: I love shrimp! (Waves her knife around as she's talking) I'm a shrimp eater. You put shrimp infront of me, (Waves her knife along with her hand gestures) and I will eat it until my stomach pops!

The Andrea Doria ---1996

Another Seinfeld moment. One of several that jump into my brain throughout my day, every day.

I love cherries. You put cherries in front of me, and I will eat them until my stomach pops! I am still finding them at the store this late into the year, so I keep buying them. I look forward to them every summer (along with corn on the cob).

The taste reminds me of summer at my grandma's house.

Of course grocery store cherries aren't as good as the ones that grew on my grandma's huge tree. I used to climb up into that tree, eat cherries, and spit cherry pits down onto whomever was underneath.

hey!! The bowl the cherries are in was my grandma's before she passed away.

Friday, September 01, 2006

mmmmm...Diet Pepsi

I love to see how things have changed over time. One hundred years of Pepsi logs and slogans

It's the taste, man! I crave the taste, not the caffeine. Really! I haven't had any Diet Pepsi for a week and I haven't had any headaches or what-not from withdrawals. I guess I am lucky!
I am bleaching my teeth every night for an hour while I work so I have temporarily switched to Fresca. I have to stay away from other foods that have vivid colors until two days after I am finished bleaching. I miss my Diet Pepsi!

...although I did cheat and have one, but I drank it through a straw and I think I was okay.