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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Good morning!

      I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!  I love the feel of fall that is now in our air.  It is so crisp and cool.  We even had to turn our heat on night before last.  That first time on for the season is horrible - smells!  But fortunately it doesn't last long. 
       Every Inchie Monday's word was bear.  There were lots of choices for famous bears or just the more natural ones, but I chose to do Boo-Boo that was Yogi's sidekick.  He is sort of special to me.  When I was about 5, my Dad called from the hospital to tell me that Mom had had her baby - a little brother for me!  He told me that now I would have a little "Boo-Boo" bear to play with me.  Yogi was one of my favorite cartoons so I was super excited.  That became my nickname for my brother - even to this day, I will still call him Boo.
      Joey is into 3D challenges this go round.  She has challenged us to fill a 3D box with the tangle betweed.  I love that tangle.  It is one of my favorite "go to" tangles.
       I also worked on a couple of coloring pages this week.  The bright purple one looks like it has some unfinished areas - it doesn't.  I can't get my scanner to pick up neon pens.  Weird.  Does anyone know if  this can be accomplished?  I got a new set of gel pens from Color It this past week and so I have used them every chance I get.  The metallic add a nice glitter - which is almost impossible for you to see.  Trust me, those fish sparkle!

     One last item - I had a lot of wonderful suggestions on ways to write my initials when I asked a bit ago.  I just could not make CSC look pretty the way some artists do their initials.  Well, due to some inspiration - it hit me!  Here is my new "chop".  It is not supposed to be eyes and a nose which it DOES resemble, but instead think dragonfly or butterfly (not Mr. Magoo).  I like it.  It is easy to put on art work and it has all three letters (one backwards).  What do you think??
      I may have one small change to add, but Ray is already at the scanner / computer so not right now. 
      Guess I had better go for now.  It is lunch and I am ready!  Take care and thank you so much for leaving me some sunshine!  Hugs!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Oh Say Can You See . . .

     No, this isn't a political post about the National Anthem, it is MY new anthem.  I had no idea what a difference this surgery would make (and yes, I know you all told me).  The surgery itself was a touch uncomfortable at times, but not at all what I would call painful.  Unfortunately my A-fib started being rather annoying and I thought they would never be able to start.  I honestly did not feel as nervous as I thought so I was surprised that my heart rate got so wonky.  I went for my first post op visit yesterday and I now have 20/25 without glasses in both eyes.  Certainly better than the 20/400 I had in my right eye.  It is a wonder I could see at all.  Well, if I had not had a pretty good left eye, I guess I would not have seen at all.  I am indeed very blessed in so many ways. 
     The inchie word this week is deer.  There is Bambi and Rudolph.  I just drew a little fellow that wasn't famous.
     The Joey 9 week challenge is finished!!  Yahoo!  I am very pleased with this piece and can't wait to see what she poses for us next!
      Diva's challenge was to use the tangle striping.  I don't really use this one very often, much less in a monotangle.  But here goes -


       I worked a bit on my INKtober challenges this week.


       And here are a few other things I finished up.  




      I found I could draw pretty much the next day after surgery.  The day of surgery I came home and slept a ton!  I still stop frequently and rest my eyes, but I don't know how necessary that is.  The only down side to this has been those EYE drops!  My word, what is in them????  They set my eye on fire.  Three times a day!  He did say I could start cutting back to 2 times for a week and then one.  I am surprised you didn't hear me squealing where you live!  Guess I will close up now and do something else - but what???  Thanks for dropping by and leaving me some sunshine!  Hugs!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy Tuesday!!

     Every Inchie Monday's word was chameleon.  I love those lizards!  Many years ago I owned a Jacksonian chameleon.  He was so precious.  When you held him he would wrap his fingers around your finger.  Mine had 3 horns so he looked a lot like a Triceratops!  I wish I had had him now in this age of information overload.  There are things I would have done for his care that I simply did not know to do. 
     One more week for the Joey Inspirational challenge!  I really am enjoying this.  I may have to try it again on my own.  I love getting the "new" challenge and then seeing how to connect in all the previous tiles. 
     Diva's challenge was to use the tangle Tint.  I really am not too keen on how this turned out.  But at least I finished it - that was a challenge!
     October is INKtober!  I decided to play along and do these in my calendar journal.  Here are days 1 - 6.  I know I am well ahead, but I decided to be ahead since I am not sure what my plans are for the end of this week.  I used the prompts from Wholehearted Zen Creations, but there are lists of prompts all over different sites. 

     Here are just a couple of more things that kept me occupied this week -

     Okay friends, tomorrow is the DAY!  I have my surgery at 9:30 on my cataract.  Please stop and say a prayer for me.  I honestly will be glad to just have it over.  I am still anxious, yes, but I am also excited.  I hope there is a huge difference.  I also hope for a healthy eye under this cataract - they could not get any data the cataract was so thick.  Yuck.  I am not sure when I will be able to get back to creating.  Surely that doesn't take too long??  Anyone know??
    Have a wonderful rest of the week and thanks for dropping by!  Hugs!

Friday, September 29, 2017

My "Corel" Week

     If you see my facebook page at all you know I am playing with a new toy this week.  I got a Wacom drawing tablet and Corel Painter Essentials.  I am very much a newbie, but I am having fun - which was my intention to begin with.  Thought I would share this week's endeavors -








     I am still playing with tools and how to do different things (that is pretty obvious), but I am getting more comfortable with where things are.  I am also getting used to using a drawing pen.  Just thought you might like to see what I am doing.
     By the way, please think of me on this coming Wednesday - that is surgery day!  I am both excited and anxious.  I really can't wait to actually SEE better.  But of course there is the "fear factor".  I doubt I will have another post til later next week - by then I can tell you how I survived!  Take care and have a great weekend!  Hugs!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Moving forward . . .

     Thanks to all of the encouragement I got and tales of how simple it would be, I went to the eye doctor yesterday.  Four hours!!!  I was exhausted.  First we had the regular eye exam and then they did the pre surgery stuff.  Surgery is scheduled for October 4th.  While I am still nervous, I am not quite as terrified as I had been.  Probably won't sleep the night of but then that is just me.  I am still reeling from the cost.  My insurance will not cover a penny of this due to my unmet deductible.  So it is all out of my pocket.  That is enough to make me sick, but then I look on the bright side and think for once  in my life I will have the ability to cover it, even if it will leave a rather large hole.  I am still blessed.  I am also very ready in some ways to just get this done.  That being said as I sit here nose nearly touching my laptop screen and still seeing a blur. 
     Every Inchie Monday's word was boa.  Unlike a lot of people, I don't fear or mind snakes.  I don't want to see one unaware, but if I know it is there it doesn't bother me.  My brother used to have several different kinds, due to a friendship with a herpetologist.  He had a boa, Maggie, that was nearly 5 feet long!  She was the only one I ever felt comfortable holding.  Her personality was so gentle.  She even came for a visit to my classroom.  The others - much, much smaller - I would never hold. 

     One more snake tale.  Once we were on the playground at school, several classes.  The kids came screaming that there was a snake!  Teachers ran and got kids onto the mulch area and were yelling and carrying on.  The snake was slowly making his way to the mulch.  A child went inside to find the janitor (who by the way was scared to death of snakes).  So I grabbed a long stick and went over to the snake and gently kept pushing it away to change its direction.  No biggie really, but the kids thought I was very brave and a hero!  So funny.  One child even told me I looked just like Steve Irwin!  (We will never tell them that if it had been a mouse, I probably would have run inside and left them to fend for themselves!!)
     Two more weeks to see the end of the Joey project!  I am really loving this.  It is so much fun! Hey, I will be able to actually see it soon!  Lol!

      Diva's challenge was to use "Crazy Nzeppel".  I love this tangle and I found I like this variation even better!

      A couple of things from my sketch book. 

      I am now in the process of learning how to use a Wacom tablet and Corel Painter Essentials.  I am loving it but need to get a lot better.  I love learning new things.
     Before I forget - I would love to have a "chop" for my initials.  Any of you creative souls have any ideas?? I don't have interesting initials like some (or at least I don't think so).  My initials are CSC.  Any ideas would be appreciated.
    Guess it is time to head off to something else!  Thanks for dropping by!  Hugs!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday

    I usually try to post on Tuesdays, but yesterday I was busy.  In the morning I went to my first retired educators meeting.  While not necessarily thrilling, it was interesting.  I enjoyed seeing some old friends I had lost touch with and it was a chance to get out.  The highlight of my day was the afternoon.  I went back to the school where I taught and spent the afternoon visiting.  Oh that was delightful!  I got to hug and and be hugged (attacked is really a better word) by my kids from last year.  They are all so precious to me.  Then I wandered the hall way and visited with lots of old friends.  There are so many new faces it was hard to keep up with who they were.  I thought perhaps after all my anxiety about leaving that returning to visit would kick all of that back up.  Not so.  Today is a wonderful Wednesday and here I sit chilling and talking to you and making plans to draw later.  My day, how I want it.  Yes, it is a wonderful Wednesday!!
     Every Inchie's word is trout this week.  My brother suggested just doing a bottle of tartar sauce since that is how he would like to see some trout.  I went with the more "alive" version. 
     Space number six for the Joey's Inspiration Challenge!  I can't wait to see this one finished. 

     Here are just a few more things I worked on this past week - a coloring page and a couple of pages in my tangle sketchbook.
     I plan to work a bit this afternoon on my future coloring book.  It seems from all I have read that I now need to take all my drawings into a computer program, probably Inkscape, and "clean them up".  I have no idea what I am doing.  I hope it becomes obvious when I actually start, if not I am totally lost, lol!  I will let you know how it goes. 
     Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Joy in the Morning

      Many years ago I read a book by the title of Joy in the Morning.  I don't remember much about it now except the title.  Of course that title has lots of meanings beyond this book.  For me this morning it means the wind, and most of the rain, have gone.  We have no limbs down and we never lost power.  Considering the slightest wind can scare me, I feel very blessed it never got very harsh last night.  My heart goes out to all of those who dealt with so much more - losses and relocations.  My prayers have been with them (and perhaps you if you were in the storms or fires).  But to me this morning looking out at the wet, there is a bit of joy in this morning.
      A starfish for Every Inchie Monday!  My favorite color and a few glittery gel pen dots and he is happy to wave at you!
      Diva's challenge was to use squares.  Since I lean toward grid based tangles this wasn't difficult!  I think I must like their order and control.  Mmmmmm . . . what does that say about me?  Not too sure.

      Joey's challenge is so much fun!!  The hard part for me is waiting for the next tangle assignment.  I want to keep going and finish this piece! I try to make sure the current piece links well to the surrounding tiles - not always easy.  Four more weeks and I can see this product in completion.
      The last piece is one I take no credit for at all.  In fact it is totally a copy of one brilliant piece done by Lynn Shelton Mead over at A Tangler's Mind.  She gives step by step directions for her awesome piece and explains her thinking for connecting the 3 tangles.  I was mesmerized so I had to try it.  But understand, if you want to see a much better example check out her site!
      Now on to something else!  Have a wonderful week and I hope you and all your loved ones and belongings are safe - God bless!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hermit Crabs and other Challenges!

     
      I love hermit crabs.  They are one of my favorite animals.  I have always been fascinated by their behavior.  Okay, now I don't want to start any heated discussions, but I know that it is advised (strongly) against keeping them as pets - cruel, bad for the environment, etc.  I get that.  Honestly.  Over the years I have had many, many of these adorable pets.  At one time I had a huge 20 gallon tank set up with sand, water, and climbing items.  I fed them crab food plus fruits and veggies.  I took them out once a week and misted them to prevent their drying out.   All of that is said in my defense of being a good crab owner.  One of my crabs was as big as a man's fist!  He was quite a thing to watch lumbering about.  Just taking the time to draw one made me think how nice it would be to have some more - you need more than one because they are quite social!  Also did you know that late at night they make these delightful "chittering" sounds?  Yep.  I do think ANY animal kept wrong is cruel.  But I did my research and hopefully gave them a good home for the years I kept them.  Anyway, here is my inchie.
      Loving this 9 tile Joey challenge!!  I am trying to pull a little from the tiles they connect to each week.  It is a challenge for me not to add even a little on the next week's tile. 
      A zendala for the FB journal challenge.  I love coloring or drawing mandalas.  They are so peaceful to do.
      And last a page from my newest coloring book.  I tried to stay with the warm color palette.  This one was nice because I did not have to worry about realism!  Just color!
       And now, off to . . . I am not sure what!  Whatever I want I guess.  I bought a vegetable spiralizer this week and I need to figure out how it works.  My plan is to spiralize (is that not a word?) zucchini to use as a replacement for pasta - an effort to help with the carbs.  We shall see.  My brother is looking at me somewhat skeptically.  He could be right1
      Thanks for dropping by!  By the way, if you left me a message about a swap, I need more info to contact you!  Hope you read this!  See you all!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thank you, really.

     Several years ago when I jokingly said I had a blog and I liked to write on it, I had no idea what it would come to mean to me.  The artistic support is wonderful.  I feel like I am part of such a talented community and sometimes that is overwhelming.  But beyond the creative support is the friendship and caring I have been a part of.  Thank you for all the comments about my cataract.  I am in the process of figuring out which doctor to see and honestly can say I do not feel as anxious.  Every one I talked to and read comments from said this is no big deal and guess what??  I am finally starting to believe it!!   I will keep you updated!
    I have a lot of art work to post this week.  I let it sort of stack up and then go "blog-crazy".  So sit back and relax, here we go!
    Love my inchies!  This week's word is jellyfish and just so happens a new tangle appeared called zenjellies.  I used the tangle and embellished it with some color.
      Joey's nine tile challenge is so much fun!  I am having a hard time waiting each week for the new tangle.  Can't wait to see it finished.  You know I have it pretty bad if my first thought Monday morning was "guess what, it is time for Joey's challenge"!!  (Well, it certainly beats my Monday morning pre-retirement thoughts, lol!)

     Here is a page from a sketchbook challenge over at FB.  Zendalas are so much fun to do!
     Diva's challenge was about Petrosky stones.  I had never hear of them, and if you want to hear more about them and see some really nice photos of real petrosky stones go here.
     And last but not least the summer challenge over at FB has ended.   Here are my last two pages.
      Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are having a lovely week.   I also hope everyone and all your loved ones are safe from the storm in Texas.  Take care.  Hugs.