Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I wanted to send in 4 cards but had only 3 of the backgrounds I used, so I made another set of 3 more today on a different background. Now I have one each to save for my reference.
So these started with a lighter background and I used some map scraps, old gelli paper scraps, postage stamp, other ephimera from an antiques catalog, a hand-carved rubber stamp and pens.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Here is one of them closer up to see the color blends:
As with all these swaps, part of the fun is in making them and then part of it is in receiving post cards from others! It is amazing to see the variety from the same prompt.
Mandarin Orange Monday
Paint Party Friday
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
My friend Leslie has been doing this for a while (and has sent me things now and then) and also introduced me to the MMSA site (Make Me Some Art) a year or more ago, but I only did that sporadically. I also now and then made some post cards or ATCs for SwapBot then stopped when I had no extra time to play. Now I have time and I plan to let that be more of my art fun -- things I can fit into little snippets of time here and there and which are so much fun to do.
So yesterday I finally sent Leslie one of the two bird postcards we made together months ago. I forgot to scan the one I sent but it was very similar to this one which I kept:
Then today I continued to work on a few cards I had gelli-printed and stamped a long while ago but had never done anything else with. I added some doodles and paint pens and got them ready to send out. The top two are near ready to go, the bottom 2 need more work:
They made me think of the art pages I did last year in Roben-Marie Smith's style so I added more doodles in that vein. Nothing too serious, just something light hearted to send as a mail art postcard.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Today is the first day of school for my teacher friends here. I think it is finally sinking in: I have retired! I no longer have that stress hanging over me and I can finally relax into the next chapter of my life. Up until now it has still felt like "summer vacation" so it wasn't as definite. But now, the vacation time is over and I don't have to go back to school. I am smiling.
So I went out into my garden to see what I could find and aside from the dying flowers and old veggies from the summer there was a bit of life...
A couple of our new lavender plants are in full bloom and smell great! The others are still with buds but no open flowers, a little slower to get started. I want to fill the garden with scent now that I have time to work in it! Time to research good fall plantings and what I can do now for great spring flowers.
This year I will remember to plant the sweet peas in the late Fall so we actually have them in the Spring...
It's already on my calendar!
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
For my birthday last weekend Andy took me to the Big Springs Gardens for a lovely hike and delicious lunch.
I find it very difficult to believe I am 62. The sixties always seemed SO OLD to me... Now that I am there, they don't feel anything like I imagined. Not that I can really put into words what I thought I would feel like.
And I think when I was working I FELT older than I do now. Nothing like retiring to bring on some energy!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
So I took a bunch of ripe apricots...
spread it out on the mats (which look just like my silicon baking and crafts mats) that are for fruit leathers...
and put them in to dry.
They should take around 4 hours so I will know later this evening if it worked. Seemed it was not as smooth as it should have been AND it was very hard to spread out evenly so that might affect how it dries. We shall see.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Tasty beef jerky (not spicy enough for Andy but I like it just fine!):
Today we moved the dehydrator outside because it really does heat up the kitchen/house and it is already hot enough (today is day 1 of 5 days promised to be over 100 degrees!). So it is outside the kitchen door and now I am drying more apricots, another apple and trying an orange.
The trick to not having the fruit brown up is to soak them for 10 minutes or so in a solution made with water and citric acid. Andy got a package of citric acid from the Coop for me a few months ago when I told him I wanted to look out for it. I am eager to get more peaches and nectarines now at the Farmer's Market so I can dry those too! And then in the fall, pears! I think dried pears are my all-time favorites!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
And Sundays are always good for the Farmer's Market:
Today we found a stall with carnivorous plants! Beautiful ones too -- Pitcher Plants, Venus Flytraps, and more! Pricey but pretty!
And there was the usual wonderful flowers, fruit and veggies... we didn't need much today but it is always fun walking though the market and taking in all the scents (basil was strong in the air today). And there were amazing sunflowers!
Yesterday I bought myself an early birthday present of a very nice dehydrator and am looking forward to making my own beef jerkey as well as a lot of dried fruits and vegetables. It is supposed to arrive on Thursday so I imagine next weekend might be a busy one for drying things!
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Here is what I have learned about myself when I travel: I can post photos to Facebook or I can blog. Apparently I am not good about doing both.
So here are a few more Nova Scotia photos while I figure out what I want to do about the way too many social media options available now.
I will be home in 9 days. More on this wonderful trip then!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
I have learned a couple of things from today's hike... I like to hike alone, I am still in horrid shape for hiking uphill and in the sun, and that I am starting to get over my fear of heights but it still stops me in the end. Just things I pondered today in this beautiful place.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
If not, then later...
It is beautiful here, lovely winding roads through forests and along beaches... just my recipe for a relaxing start of my retirement!