Monday, May 18, 2015

Journaling Rays & Refinishing a Dresser

Art journaling is one of my favorite things in the world to do. I love everything about it…making the journals, painting and playing with every art supply known to man, spreading my thoughts and hopes and dreams across the pages, I love every single thing about it!

The wonderful Kelly Kilmer (if you don’t know her, she is an amazing art journalist/teacher/artist…click on her name to check out her blog) is so open with her journals. She shares all of her journal pages, nothing held back, journaling and all…just lays her heart and soul out there for the world to see.  And it’s not always just the pretty stuff, either…warts and all, I tell ya.

I am striving to be more like Kelly.

With that, here’s a new journal spread:
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Yeah, so there’s that.

In other news, am working on refinishing a dresser I caught for a bargain ($50 delivered!!) at a thrift shop. It looks like pure hell (right now) but it’s solid wood, sturdy and well made. Here’s the before photos:

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I know, butt ugly, isn’t it? And tell me, who in this world puts fake wood Contact Paper on a solid wood dresser top? The first order of business is scraping that crappy stuff off the top…immediately…then I can take off drawer handles and get busy sanding.

I’ll be sure to post some “after” pics when I’m done. It may take me a while so don’t go holding your breath. lol

Oh, be sweet and do me a favor, please…tell me which of these colors/finishes you like better:

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I am leaning toward white just because our bedroom is very dark and that would help to lighten it up some…but that black sure is gorgeous….and that red!?!?

Can you tell I’m just a little wishy-washy?

I have to find all new hardware, too. I can’t stand those ornate pulls that came on it so I need to scope out new ones. But that leads me back to paint since the color will affect the hardware choice, right?

OMG, I overwhelm myself just talking about it!

If you have any words of wisdom or great ideas, throw them at me. Please. I need all the help I can get!

Back soon. Promise.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Just a Little Journaling

I’m trying to spend more time in my art journal these days and will be trying to share more of my pages, too.

I hope you find some inspiration or maybe just a little kick in the pants through my sharing.

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Just a little more of my working things out on the page in front of me.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Monday, April 20, 2015

Just a Quick Share

I hate posting from my phone (I don't type well on here), so this is short and sweet
 
I was just so happy to have worked in my art journal for the first time in ages, I had to share...
 
I hope your journals are seeing lots of action these days.
 
Back soon!
 
Peace & Love,
Barb

Friday, April 3, 2015

Looking for Trading Partner(s)

So, how is y’all’s April going so far? I am so behind on things, and I mean everything, and I find myself amazed that March flew by in such quickness. I looked and I only made one blog post the entire month, even though I had lots of things planned to talk to y’all about.

But no worries…we’re here now, right?

Exactly!

I think I’ll catch up with a bulleted list (I know, I’m taking the easy way out but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? lol)…

  • I spent far more time in March at the VA Clinic taking my sister/mother for doctor’s appointments than I care to remember. She’s not doing very well lately and we’re trying to figure out why.
  • We went on a little trip with the Grandboy and our friends, Antoyne and Donna, to one of our favorite drag races in Gainesville, Florida the weekend of March 14-15th. I won a contest to give the two of them their Baptism-by-Nitro…such an honor and a thoroughly awesome experience. (Can you tell what a blast we’re all having?)bbn platform
  • My little sister and her husband came down for a few days at the end of the month. I didn’t get to see as much of them as I’d like to have thanks to just that overall feeling like crap feeling I deal with so often. Ugh!
  • And the biggest news of late? Savannah (my oldest daughter) has her own place and she & Noah are in the process of moving out! YAY!!! It’s only about 10 minutes away but I am already starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. This weekend I’ll be able to start moving my art stuff back into the space I used to call my studio…you know, the space that she wound up using as her room. I’m not bitter, just ready to have my life and house back.
  • So she would have some furniture for her living room, we gave her our sofa and loveseat…that way we could get some new living room furniture. That doubles the goodness for me. lol

So that’s some of what happened to my March. How was yours?

While I’ve been away from blogging, my mind has been busy at work and one thing that I’ve been wanting to set up is a paper/ephemera trade. I have tons of various papers, gelli prints, clippings and bits of collage, etc. but I think we all get tired of our own stash, don’t we? I just thought that a trade would be a great way to freshen up our stashes.

If it’s something you would be interested in, please leave a comment. If there are enough that want to participate, I’ll be glad to head things up. If there are only a couple of us, we can still do it but just keep it small. I do hope you’ll join me. I think it could be fun.

If this works out then next on my list is to start an art journal exchange or round robin (depending on number of participants.) Be thinking if that is something that you might be interested in joining in on. I know that life is busy for everyone but we can keep things calm and interesting without it being one more thing to be pressured about, I’m sure of it.

There you have it…my thoughts du jour.

I hope you have a great weekend planned.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Saturday, March 7, 2015

An Art Journaling Video & Elton John

Hey there, y’all. How’s everybody doing? Great I hope.

Lots to share with ya so let’s get to it…

I hope the title didn’t give you guys the idea that I had actually gotten off my big old hiney and made a video myself or something. Goodness knows, I have really had my hands full lately so doing a video myself won’t be happening for a bit. But eventually, I swear.

I do want to share this awesome video by Katie Ness where she shares some of her art journaling. I find it amazing, inspiring, and just chock full of goodness so I had to share. Be sure to watch in full screen and don’t be afraid to pause and really take in her journal spreads. Now, please enjoy…

Fabulous, right? I can’t believe I’ve not come across Katie until now but am I ever glad I did. Be sure to check out her website for more of her fantastic works…http://sunflowerteeth.com/…you’ll be glad you did.

In other news…

I know I’ve been a bit (very?) absent lately, there has just been so much going on with my family, not to mention that I’m really battling SAD (seasonal affective disorder) this year. My mother/sister that lives with us is not doing well at all…I am afraid she has early onset Dementia or possibly the beginnings of Alzheimers, not to mention some health issues that are making it very hard to take care of her by myself. We’ll find out more at her doctor’s appointment on the 16th. Wish us luck and good news.

In the category of good news, my youngest daughter, Shelby, is pregnant!!! FullSizeRenderVery much a wished for baby by all! She will be 14 weeks along on Wednesday so we’re not far from finding out the sex of the little one and then I can start making lots and lots of things for her or him. Eeeek!!! Can you tell I’m one excited Nana? lol

<== A picture taken this week of me and my not-so-little girl who will soon be a Mommy herself. I love this kid and I’m so proud of the woman she has become. I know she will be an unbelievably great mother.

With all of the heavy, hard, and messy things going on in my life, Shelby decided to treat me to something awesome off my bucket list…tickets to see ELTON JOHN in concert! WOW!!! There are just no words to tell you guys how superb of a show Sir Elton put on. I love him even more now than I did before the concert…and I’ve always been a huge Elton fan for as long as I can remember.

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I’ve been to many concerts in my life (I love music!) but I can honestly say that seeing Elton was the highlight of my concert going life.

Amazing…just absolutely amazing!

Anyway, I have lots more to tell but I’ll save the rest for later. I hope you are all doing well, making lots of awesome art and crafts, and staying warm.

Much Peace & Love,
Barb

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