Silly old video of Laurel & Hardy; some of the expressions on Stan Laurel's face are precious--Ben Turpin, an old silent film comedian, plays the Justice of the Peace in this scene; his crossed eyes were a real condition, a result of an accident he had when he was a young man, and they became his trademark. I don't know how he could see that way, but I read that he was always afraid they'd become uncrossed, thus depriving him of his career. Interesting--I thought he did that on purpose when he acted and often wondered how he could keep his eyes crossed for so long when he was acting!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I was going to submit this for the Layers of Color Challenge, but just couldn't get it posted, so I'll have to try for the new challenge sometime this week. I wanted to put a photo on here of what I did, anyway, because it was fun to work on and it's finished, so . . . it's been very hard to do any artwork lately because I have to do a lot of it on my lap-- there' just nowhere right now where I can spread out all of my art supplies. We still haven't sold our house in Boise and have been looking for apartments--we will probably move soon so that we can have our own place again. I was so fortunate to have some time recently being in my house again and it was lovely to have all that space and all my things surrounding me and my songbirds and hummingbirds eating at the feeders in the backyard again. I miss that, but my husband's job is here now, and so are 5 of our grandchildren, so this is where I am at this point in time. I'm applying for teaching jobs and should have something soon after being too lazy and depressed to work the past few months--I keep thinking of that little Mary Engelbreit saying, "Bloom Where You're Planted" and I have to live my life that way--if I could only just get my brain to catch up with where my body is residing!
I'm late for this week's TMTA challenge, but we currently have to run up to a local coffee shop to access the Internet because ours is out right now at my stepdaugher's house. Anyway, the theme this week is "watches" and I had a stamp that fit the bill, so here is my little ATC. The image is from Lisa's Altered Art.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Try clicking on this for a much closer look; I did start working on this last Wednesday, honest! The last Wednesday Stamper challenge was to make something using the theme of "keyholes" using at least one stamp. I took a 4x6 canvas panel and painted it with gesso, and when that was dry, painted it again with acrylic paint. I then glued a piece of scrapbook paper to the panel with Crafter's Pick Decoupage Gel and a brayer. I stamped cardstock with an old keyhole stamp from Wordsworth and glued it to the background with a glue stick (and brayer--I brayer everything I glue); next, I fashioned some butterfly wings for the image of the little girls (they are from Lisa's Altered Art), and embellished those with Stickles Platinum. I attached those with glue stick, and then used the glue stick to adhere the image to the background. Next, I stamped the key (Uptown Designs)on a piece of cardstock and embossed it with silver embossing powder, using a heat gun. I cut that out, and then glued it to the background. I added a few paper flowers, some paper ribbon, and little words that I'd printed on my computer. I used some Colorbox Cat's Eye ink pads to spiff up the edges of the canvas panel. Last, I punched holes in the top of the canvas panel with my Crocodile hole puncher and added some ribbon. So, there you have it. Wednesday on Friday!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here are some gorgeous flowers (sorry the photos aren't the greatest) that my DH (Dear Heart, Darling Husband, you name it, that's him!) brought home for me last night after he went grocery shopping. How sweet is that? Until I get some art done and up on here, this little post will have to do. I can't believe it's Thursday--I haven't been able to post this week because I've just been so busy . . . I started working (finally!) on a little art piece for Wednesday Stamper last night but will have to finish it later because I'm off to north Lake Tahoe to spend the day with my mother, who is visiting my sister there. I'd like to thank all the lovely ladies who have left such kind comments on my blog lately on my pitifully scant posts--I appreciate this more than you'll ever know!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I was pleasantly surprised to receive a note from Nancy Maxwell James of VINTAGE PAPERS several days ago--she gave me this award last week while I was on my trip! I thought that was so nice. Please check out her blog if you haven't already; her artwork is simply amazing! I love visiting her webpage because it is always a treat to see what she's created. It's so hard to choose only 5 people to pass this along to, as all the blogs I'm fond of visiting are fun and wonderful and the artists are all so talented, but here are some great gals I'd love to give this to (and these are the rules, by the way)--
1. Only 5 people are allowed to receive this award.
2. Four dedicated followers of your blog.
3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.
So, I thank you, wonderful ladies, for your inspiration and courage:
Nita of RED TIN HEART
Cathy of TADPOLES & TEACUPS
Dawn of THE FEATHERED NEST
Nene of LOVE CONQUERS ALL
Sandy of STEMPELCHAOTIN
Friday, August 15, 2008
Here she is! We got back into town on Wednesday evening; it only took us about 8 1/2hours of driving time vs. the 10 total hours it took going over to Boise the previous Wednesday. My daughter and 3 of my grandchildren and I had a great time (once we got to my house in Eagle!) and I was so sad to have to leave. These are the first photos of little Lily in the hospital; I was so blessed to be part of this wondrous event, and I know my son appreciated having me there . . . he looked so cute in the scrubs he was dressed in when he came out to tell us that Lily was here and that the cesarean went well. I can't believe my youngest is so grown up now--it just seems like yesterday that he was a baby himself! Little Lily's mommy was a real trooper, and she's such a sweetheart . . . they went home only 2 days after the surgery! All three of them are doing fine; I miss them so much already!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
So sorry I haven't been able to post much these past several days. I am back in Idaho after being home for only a week--my youngest son's first child was just born 3 days ago--his girlfriend had to have a cesarean because the baby was in the breech position; we thought she would be born later than this, but everything worked out, and mommy and baby are doing great. They named her Lily--so cute! I'm totally in love with her already! She is a sweetheart, and I'm so glad I was able to make it here for the special event. She, and they, mean so very much to me. I love them like crazy! I will post some photos when I get home to California. Talk to you all soon!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Here's a skit from the Jack Benny Show with Jack and Groucho Marx doing a take off on Groucho's show, "You Bet Your Life"--I was only 2 years old when this was filmed, but my parents always watched Jack Benny, along with many other comedy shows of the era. These were very famous comedians back then--a bit of history for you. . . Enjoy!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Wow--I just found out that Patti of Treasure Barn gave me this award--what a nice surprise! I am continually astounded at all the wonderful, kind, inspiring and talented artists I have met through blogging. What a wonderful community of caring people who are always willing to help out with suggestions, instructions, encouragement and just plain fun, too. Thank you, Patti--I am honored that you thought of me. And, as I believe I am to pass this along to 7 people I find inspiring, here are some lovely, very talented ladies with wonderful blogs I would love for you to visit!
Lydia of Beauty Will Surely Save the World
Deb of Vintage Moon Studio
Carol Anne of Carol Anne's Boutique
Myrna of More Than Heirlooms
Heather of Creative Solace
Glenda of Many Fond Memories
Sharon of My Vintage Studio