Friday, August 26, 2011

Time To....

...Take long Walks
...Enjoy time with Hubby
...Buzz around the Countryside
...Did I mention SLEEP
...Recharge the old batteries...

See you all in 2 weeks - I'll drop by my favorite blogs - but until then I'm off for a good ole snooze at the cottage. Cheers. Jewels

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Summer's Day... a Summer Camp Song! That is the theme I have chosen for Lenna's latest swap. We make three postcards that will actually get mailed to the lucky recipient (hopefully in one piece!) and get three in return. Growing up I was a Girl Guide and spent many happy days camping - singing was an integral part, whether around a campfire late at night or hiking on a trail during the day. We all had our favorites and that's what I tapped into for my postcards.
Canoe Song - My paddle's keen and bright...this is a round and has a wonderful chorus of "Dip, dip and swing". Starting with cardstock, I used stamping for the background and an old postcard image. I did some "aging" overall and added an old postage stamp. This one has a kind of "outdoor" feel to it don't you think?

Auntie Monica - I have an Auntie, an Auntie Monica and when she goes shopping they all say Ohh la la. This song has lots of action in replicating feathers, hats, skirts etc swinging as Auntie goes out on the town. I love this image from old sheet music. The background is scrapbook paper painted, stamped  and inked. All the letters came from an old Needlework magazine. The strip of advert's were sitting in one of my scrap boxes and look just right.
Down by the Bay - Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow, back to my home, I dare not go, for if I do my mother would say  - always followed by a funny rhyme. I remember thinking singing "Have you ever seen a turtle in a Playtex girdle" was rather risque (LOL) at the time. Things sure were different back then. I wanted this postcard to be as fun as the song so lots of bright colours. Text came from different magazines. AND that is original art work - yep I painted those melons!

If you are interested go and see what others have been submitting to Lenna. The deadline is not until mid September so it will be awhile before I get my postcards - meanwhile, these originals are winding their way down to Florida where Lenna lives. Enjoy, Jewels

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


My second Cowgirl Mail Art arrived from Leslie...
Another winner! Leslie said a lot of her images came from a book she bought at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas (who knew!). Arn't they great. She created a wonderful collage postcard - thanks L!
On to next month's theme - Poetry in Motion (okay, for those of you wondering, it's part of the lyrics from the "She Blinded Me With Science" song - now I'm dating myself)...out in the garden today this fella reminded me of our theme...
I have been really lucky this year with my Butterfly Bush - it has to be over 6 feet tall now.
And it has been attracting bees, hummingbird moths, and lovely, lovely butterflies....sigh, hopefully we can have a little longer summer so I can enjoy them all. Cheers, Jewels

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cowgirl Boots and Miss G

This month's Mail Art (Cowgirls) arrived from Beth...
 She went digital this time and her envelope is awesome - both the front
And the back - way cool. AND she included some neat ephemera for me to use - thanks B!
Meanwhile, a little report on Miss Gwendoline - who had to have surgery this week to check out the back of one of her legs (plus she was overdue for dental cleaning). The good news is the Vet did not need to do a biopsy (yeah). Its just a really large fatty deposit..
The bad news is Miss G has stitches on her butt that she is not allowed to "lick" (but of course immediately started to when she got home). One recommendation was to put some "pants" on her. Now really, last time I checked neither Hubby or I are her size (what is it triple 0?) so I improvised much to her disgust (we won't get into details on what I used but needless to say they will be out in the trash once this over, LOL). We ended up having to rent a special collar (but not the cone, thank goodness) which seems to be helping. I expect she will be just fine - and her breath is now minty fresh as well... Cheers, Jewels

Monday, August 8, 2011

Creative Swaps

One of my gal pals is Lenna - whose creativity AND generosity never ceases to amaze me. She has introduced me to so many new things and has been a wonderful mentor even during moments of artistic crisis (who can forget Dang, Fudge and Recovery - an inside joke dealing with the gluing of altered book pages).

I had never done swaps before outside of a close group of friends here in town until Lenna got me fired up and going. So far there have been Vintage Note Cards...

And Little Books...
We've also done a personal swap using the same image...
And of course Mail Art! The latest swap I have joined is Post Cards - another first for me (though you can read about my trial run in my last post). And of course in her most magnanimous way she is doing a Give Away for her Creative Swap blog - I'm torn as the more I tell folks the worse my chances are for winning (boo hoo). Anyway, pop on over and see all the creative work that folks submit for swaps. You may just want to join up! Cheers, Jewels

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Giddy Up!

Well for once I was first out the gate with monthly Mail Art. Our theme for August is Cowgirls (or Cowboy Girls depending how you Google).

I loved the image of this young lady (Leslie thinks she is getting ready to beat the tar out of someone, LOL) and the Dale Evans quote. I used scrapbooking paper, star punch, and lots of inking for the different effects.

On the back I scanned an old postcard I had - liked the font. Had a lot of fun at the post office - a friendly postie was very impressed - and very helpful. Next month is Poetry in Motion (can you guess what song that comes from?) - there are so many poems I can think of but pretty sure I've settled on the one I will use. Enjoy. Jewels

Monday, August 1, 2011

I Love Butterflies

Mary's Monthly Collage Challenge is on for August!
This months 3 images include the young lady, the red label and a page of french text - you need to use all three in whatever you create. This came together quickly for me as a sweet ATC. I used some of the french text for the background behind the top of a napkin that has nice butterfly graphics. Join the challenge - you have until August 8th! Enjoy, Jewels