Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
1. I'm a one trial learner when it comes to driving some place. Find a way to go and that's it. Sunday, I had a meeting at the Nu Cafe in the city. Happily toodling my way when I run into a lot of traffic. I forgot that an art festival called StART on the Street was happening. The police had blocked off the major road I needed to turn down. Panic, panic, panic. I did find my way with the help of Mag,( short for Magellan), the GPS. Whew!
2. The decorative, pillow slip covers I found online to match the new duvet arrived. The duvet is navy with white interlocking rings. the slip covers are navy with white interlocking squares. Sort of matches.
3. Matching valences for the windows arrived a day or so later.
4. Red had DVR'd the Outlander wedding. She was going to play it while Skyping, but the picture was over exposed so I couldn't see much. Oh well, it was a good try, and we still had a nice virtual tea together.
5. Working on a couple of new lessons for class.
How was your week?
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I attended a parochial elementary school. Most of my school memories are from being in church rather than the classroom. We were always going to Mass, holy days of obligation, patron saint feast days, first Fridays, Stations of the Cross, helping Sister with the altar linens and decorating the altar with flowers...
In those olden days, women and girls were required to have their heads covered. Either you wore some sort of a hat or a lace mantilla. If you forgot your hat, Sister would give you a clean, facial tissue held in place with a bobby pin to wear to Mass. Oh the humiliation of sitting in church with piece of Kleenex on your head.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
In 1945, Claire Beauchamp Randall is on her second honeymoon in Scotland. Claire's husband, Frank, is involved in a genealogy search about a relative, Black Jack Randall, a British army captain in Scotland around the time of the Uprising.
Bored, Claire goes to a standing stone ring called Craigh Na Dun to collect herbs and wildflowers. A storm breaks suddenly, Claire braces her hand on one of the stones while the world turns upside down. When she comes to, Claire finds herself back in time in the year 1743 where she meets Jamie Fraser, a young highlander.
The book series is riveting (there are 9 books so far) and the Starz dramatization doesn't disappoint. I also found out you can watch online at Starz
Friday, September 19, 2014
1. I found the best way to trace my family's heritage is through food. I taught the Eldest to make gravy (what the rest of the world calls pasta sauce) and eggplant Parmigiana following Ma's recipe.
2. I received a cool envelope from Finnbadger.
3. The house down the road had harvest decorations up. The scarecrow couple made me smile as I toodled by.
4. Weekly Skype with A and Red.
5. New nibs, white ink, and a couple of new brushes arrived sooner than I expected. Love new toys!
How was your week?
Thursday, September 18, 2014
When I was a kid, I hated wearing the frilly hats. Hated the elastic band under the chin that choked you or the pinchy, vice grip things inside that pressed into your brain to hold the hat on your head.
Are you a hat fancier?
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Sharpie pen, acrylic, watercolor pencil
Friday, September 12, 2014
|Just love the Modigliani style|
1. Himself doesn't like the morning news programs. He's been watching The Doctor before he leaves for work. No complaints from me.
2. This semester, Himself has a later start time for classes on Monday morning. I get to sleep in until 7 AM instead of waking up at half past stupid early in the morning.
3. Had virtual tea with Red. She gave me a virtual tour of her new house in New Mexico.
4. Had a virtual art date with A. This might become a weekly meeting.
5. The Eldest has taken an interest in cooking has been cooking dinner.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Several years ago I found Zippy in the Cracker Barrel store. In a fit of nostalgia, I bought him. He's not quite the same. Himself's Zippy had an
While browsing through an antique store, we found an 8 mm movie reel starring a (live) chimpanzee named Zippy. Apparently, Zippy was discovered by Buffalo Bob Smith, creator and host of the 1950's television show, Howdy Doody. Zippy also appeared on a lot of variety shows of the time like The Ed Sullivan Show. Soon there was a stuff doll dressed in overalls with a tee shirt with Zip across the front, and later other dolls, members of Zip's family.
Himself's Zippy didn't have a personalized shirt. In doing some research, we found another chimpanzee. Apparently, some other company tried to cash in on Zip's popularity and created another chimpanzee named Mr. Bim. No matter that Zippy was a look-alike. He'll always be Zippy to us.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Sharpie pen, watercolor pencils, rhinestones.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Sharpie pen, watercolor pencils
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
"Damnit," I said.
"Damnit," the toddler crowed happily.
The baby's mother gave me the evil eye.
"Could have been worse," I told her.
Then I woke up.
The book I'm using for 29 Faces had a vellum page with dash line concentric circles. I thought this was the perfect page to illustrate the baby from the dream. Sharpie pen, watercolor pencils
Friday, September 5, 2014
1. I saw two young deer nibbling my neighbor, Prissy's, shrubberies.
2. The wall around an outlet in the living room was hot. A call to the fire department brought out volunteer force quickly. They punched a couple of small holes in the living room. The Chief couldn't find anything wrong with the wiring. The power was turned off and we were told to check with an electrician and the heating guy because heat seemed to be coming from the vents even though the furnace wasn't running.
3. Hazy, hot, humid weather returned. My kind of weather.
4. The electrician came to check the wiring. Everything was in good order. He said it was a flow check valve with the heat as he had seen the problem before. He didn't charge us.
5. The heating guy said the electrician was correct. He said there was probably rust or sediment from the well that clogged the check valve. He thought several raps with his large "Persuader" would release the blockage, otherwise, the check valves would have to be replaced. So far, the "persuasion" seems to be working.
How was your week?
Dee face, Sharpie pen, watercolor pencil
Thursday, September 4, 2014
|Me age 6, 1961|
Did you get the polio vaccine at school?
Sharpie pen, watercolor pencil
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Lambie had given me a box of papers and sketchbooks. In the pile was a 5 in. x 7 in. Design book from Hallmark. It's the perfect size and has just the right number of pages to keep all the faces in one place.
Sharpie pen, watercolor pencil on vellum
Monday, September 1, 2014
Can't make it to the Open House? No worries. Visit the Worcester Art Museum Education page. You can download the class brochure and register for a class.
I'll be teaching two 5 week sessions of A Taste of Calligraphy. Take one, or both and continue your study.
Session I Wednesdays, 17. September 2014 - October 15, 2014, 6 PM - 9 PM
Session II Wednesdays, 22. October 2014 - 19. November 2014, 6 PM - 9 PM