Monday, May 4, 2015

WALKING AROUND BROOKLYN, AN ALTERED SHIRT & A MINI JOURNAL PREVIEW

May day slipped right by me.   How about you?  Did you ever give out May Day Baskets?   I used to give them when I was younger - elementary school - anonymously to friends, teachers and family.

I'd make the 'baskets' out of construction paper, cone shaped with a ribbon for the handle.   I'd fill the baskets with candy, baked goods or flowers.   Then I would hang them on the doorknob, ring the bell, and run away.  Ah, sweet memories!

I did manage to alter one of the shirts.   Turned out that the shirt was much larger than I thought.   Or, I really have lost more weight which would be nice.  So, I gathered the sleeves a bit.  

With the addition of a nice scarf and necklace, this will be a great outfit to wear to a bit more dressy affair...
What do you think?

Are you familiar with the blog Daisy Yellow?  If not, you may want to check it out.   There are a lot of free tutorials, prompts and challenges.   I have been enjoying her "Draw Your Words" lessons and ideas.   I've even been incorporating them in my art journaling.  And,  I like the results very much.

Another free lesson series from Strathmore began today.   The title is Expressive Acrylic Painting. As I said, the lessons are free and you go at your own speed.

This past weekend, I walked around Brooklyn including the Promenade Park which is above the BQE (that's the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway).   The pictures were taken with my phone.   Next time, I will have to bring my camera.  

Lower Manhattan...


Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and sailboats...

Governor's Island...

The Brooklyn Bridge...

The Staten Island Ferry...

I had a wonderful brunch at The Ugly Ducking Cafe, 166 Smith Street, Brooklyn.   If you're in the area, check it out, you will not be disappointed.  The very tall windowed wall on the sidewalk opens up completely bringing in fresh air.   And the chefs really know what they are doing.

I finished the mini journal this weekend.   I'll share one picture but later this week, I'll share the pages. I love creating small journals for others to use.   I think I will make several for presents for my friends...


So, do you have any plans for May?   As a matter of fact, can you believe that it is already May?  I can't. I do have ideas for May which I will share with you later.   One project that I want to begin is to increase my Pinterest site and use several boards.

There's a new monthly thought posted as well as this week's journal prompt.   I always think of spring as a time to simplify.  What about you?

Thanks for visiting...
Talk to you tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ART JOURNAL, FABRIC LANDSCAPE and GREEN!!!

Good evening, folks!   Hope your day was great.   It was actually warm here...the first day that my sweatshirt may have been too warm if I was outside in the sun!   The kitties took advantage of the sunny, warm day and did what they do best...
SLEEP!!!

I did finish the Art Journal Booklet.   Remember, this is for someone else to fill in with prompts on each page.   Here is the finished book...








I am enjoying my journey of creativity with Art Journal Books.   Each one gets a bit better than the previous as I try new techniques and resources.  

I am also working on the fabric landscape.   I thought I would share some pictures of the way I outlined the features on the houses...




I didn't sew around the outside edges because I will be doing that when I attach the houses to the background fabric.  Some of these windows are very small...half inch by quarter inch.   As I said, small!

I could swear that there were no leaves on the tree outside my window yesterday.   Look at it today...

I must have missed something somewhere but it sure is nice to see some green.   It's about the only green I will see from my windows.   As I have said before, not much to look at, but walk out the door and it's all beautiful.   Also, being in this area means I barely hear the traffic from the Belt Parkway which is always busy.

Tomorrow, the Bronx for lunch.   And if I can get out the door early enough, I may track down the one remaining mystery bookstore in Manhattan...

Thanks for stopping by...
Talk to you tomorrow...



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

THRIFT STORES, JOURNAL BOOK UPDATE and CAMERA PROBLEMS

I didn't make it to the bookstores today.   I decided to first check out the two thrift stores in Brooklyn - Salvation Army and Goodwill.   I got off the subway at the Barclay Center which I have to say is really large and impressive.

But even with addresses and directions it took a lot longer to find both places...altogether I walked a bit over five miles (and climbed five flights!)   By the time I finished at the second place, it was well after three so I headed home instead of to Manhattan.

Both places were clean, well organized and quite large.   The prices were a bit more than I am used to paying but all in all not bad.   I got two brand new wrinkle free men's shirts for about $5 a piece...


which I will be remaking into medium length sleeves and a gathered bottom...much like the shirts I have altered in the past.

I also picked up two pairs of pants, one brand new, and one pair of dress pants that did not appear to have been used much both for less than $5 a piece.   I thought it was a pretty good deal for less than $20.

I'd show you photos of the pants but my camera and the new photo app on my Mac do not like each other.   Hopefully, Canon will be coming up with a software fix to handle this problem because I enjoy using my Canon.   Or, I will have to go back to using iPhoto, if possible.   Have to wait and see.

My journal booklet is coming along.   I am not completing the pages, but putting prompts on each page for someone else (or me) to work on.   Here are the pages I have finished thus far...
Prompt - Questions

Prompt - Secrets with a special place to hide the secrets.

Prompt - New Beginnings


Prompt - Things to consider with a flip up page.

Prompt - Write yourself a letter

Prompt - Where do you want to fly away to.

Prompt - Write a poem or compose a song - two page spread.

I have several more pages partially finished as well as the cover so maybe I can finish up tomorrow as the rest of the week looks like it is rather full.   If not, I'll share what I finish tomorrow.

Update on my plant wall - not great.   I have lost seven more plants.   Not sure what I am doing wrong but I do think that the days have been so cloudy since I planted it that they are not getting enough sunlight.   I have ordered some seeds and I will try those out next.   What's interesting is the plants that shouldn't be doing good, like the tomatoes and eggplants are doing great as are the peppermint and similar herbs.

Well if the seeds don't do well, then I think I will give up on the wall and try pots instead.   Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Talk to you tomorrow...