Sunday, July 20, 2014

Where have I been....

Well I've been right here digging weeds and restructuring my gardens.
( Pictures soon). Plus watching the devastating wildfire here in 
Washington. I was over in Eastern Wa last week to see my friends
new home in a beautiful area.. So far they are safe. But it was very very
 hot. I used  to ski  and stay in Leavenworth a Bavarian  village just over
the pass and they have had fires near them. Further NE we lost a town
and the fires are still out of control. There are 50 fires
burning in Washington at this time. We have had NO rain until a 
quick drizzle last night here in my area. My heart goes out
 to all those families who lost their homes
 I also have all those wonderful fire fighters in my prayers.
I'll keep you posted.

On another note I started Mary Ann Moss's class
Sketchbookery. She is so entertaining and has me
laughing as I work. I am a little (lot) behind due to
gardening but have a whole year to catch up. So far this 
is what I've done.
This is the inside covers so far of the book I am making.

This is the covers.

Color charts for watercolor
Mixing color combinations 

Now I have to sew in the signatures (pages)
and I'll be ready to start the sketching.
If only the weeds would stop growing!
I hear them at night plotting their next growth spurt.
I do, really I do.

POSTSCRIPT....
When I went to water my vegetable garden it was gone.
Oh the garden was there but the vegetables are now in the tummy
of a very large elk. I hope he enjoyed the green and yellow pepper,
carrots, lettuce. winter squash, and cucumbers. I see he left a 
radish or two. He could have taken a few weeds. Darn that gourmet beast.
Broke the fence too.
Now you know where  have been.LOL 

Monday, July 7, 2014

More Flower Cards





All watercolors and fun to do on these
HOT days. Am loving all this glorious
weather. Went over to Green Lake in
Seattle and spent the afternoon sitting
by the lake painting. There was a 
nice breeze coming off the lake. 
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday
weekend.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Watercolor Cards



 Something bright and cheery!



We finally have a little rain which my garden so needed.
So my zinnias will be bright and colorful. 

Blackberries are everywhere and I don't like to think
about the chore of weeding them out near the house.
But if I don't want the bears to join me for dinner
it has to be done. At least I can snack as I weed.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Some Quick Sketches of Flowers I've Planted


Keeping a new sketchbook of plants around the property.



I really love adding potato vines to my pots. They really are hard working little plants 
that add some sparkle.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Puppies Being Puppies

Max and Cooper
"Just wanna have fun"
Max
Peek a boo

Cooper
Me too

Just a little Saturday night fun.
They both went to the groomer (first time) to get the faces clipped.
We couldn't see their eyes. LOL They did very good and our groomer
deserves a metal.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Few Gift Tags...




 I love making up a batch of gift tags large and small.


These are folded cards.


These have cute little envelopes.


These are tags.
All are done with pen, ink and watercolor.

I finally started planting my gardens and 
pulling weeds. Believe me my body knows
what I've been up to. LOL. The boys wanted 
to help..... 
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I've Been Painting

Some new cards I have been
making.






All watercolor.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The last part of Every Day in May

Here is the last part of my 
Every Day In May.


I have joined this group for the last 4 years, 
making books at the end of each year.
The one for 2011 actually I made a file box and \
slipped the pages in. After that year I made  books
using my rubicoil machine.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Boys at Almost 5 Months

Well we are just about at 5 months
of age with the boys. They decided 
that we could video them just for you.
So here they are...


I tried adding a music background but don't think it worked.
Hang in there gang I'll get the hang of this video taking of 
moving objects one of these days!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The First set of my Every Day in May Challenge

Part one of my Every Day in May for 2014
Part two coming soon.
I have spared you a picture every day! This was fun this year and am looking forward 
to next year. This was my fourth year doing this. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

I Can Hear Them Growing.....

Let's start with Mothers Day.
I was so very sick  and are plans had to be put
on hold but my son wanted me to have these
complete with a chocolate orchid. What a
sweetheart.


  Ok. I broke down after 10 days of this and went
to the Dr. Acute bronchitis,bad cold, yadda yadda yadda...
Now on drugs that make me worthless and sleepy.
I am to remain quiet and sedate.... people who know
me know that might be difficult....
This is the photo coming to front door.


 My bedroom window (upstairs) looking down
onto front garden




My Iris growing through the weeds
(I can hear them growing the weeds that is) 
 My yellow Exbury azalea... yes it is orange but I bought yellow some 20 years ago....


 My sweet hostas rescued from the mouths of those sweet 
deer, now living in pots on our deck ( the hostas not the deer) 
Pink Ballet rhodie by the pond off our deck.

When I moved here 24 years ago I planted over 50 rhododendrons, some 
around the house a lot in the woods. It really paid off beautifully. So nice to 
walk and come upon these beauty's. I love them one and all (even the orange one the
thinks it's yellow)
Well I am off to be sedate and quiet...
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Please make some noise in my honor. :-)



Saturday, May 10, 2014

Starting a New Journal


I'm starting a new journal using a Stillman  & Birn Beta series journal.
So far I really like the paper which is 180lb. cold press. The above painting 
is watercolor and I did use a lot of water with little to no buckling. I really 
like this paper and the journal laid open for this 2 page painting.
Hope you all have a great Mother's Day.
Me... I have a nasty cold and cough. Have not been ill for two years.
Guess it was about time.....sunshine,sunshine where are you, I need
some Vitamin D.   :-)