Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Watercolors Came to Play!

We just completed week four in the Index Card a Day challenge.
You can start any time!

ICAD # 22: School

This is the school in the Enchanted Forest.
The teacher is a cat like looking woman.
ABCs are important, but she also teaches about frogs, lady bugs and monkeys.
Every break comes with cake and ice cream.

Neocolor background, the school is from an excess sheet,
 collage, stamping, markers.

ICAD # 23 for June 23, 2014: Hearts. 
This card could be for the repeating patterns or magenta or both.
 Background of torn book pages. 
The hearts are a stencil where I used modeling paste. 
Let everything dry and then rubbed with Golden Fluid Acrylic Quinacridone Magenta. 
Let that dry and rub with Golden Fluid Acrylic Iridescent Gold.

ICAD # 24 for June 24, 2014: Umbrella.
 A quick little watercolor for the prompt "umbrella".

My Lady
ICAD # 25 for June 25, 2014.
Torn book pages, stamping, collage, various paper scraps,
fluid acrylics.

ICAD # 26 for June 26, 2014
For the Love of Purple!
I enjoyed the little watercolor I did for Tammy's umbrella prompt so much
that I got out the water colors to see if I remembered how to do color drop flowers.
YeeHaw! What fun!
Watercolor, rubber stamping and a "real" stamp.

Study in Red
ICAD # 27 for June 27, 2014
A Study in Red
Ledger paper on a 4x6 index card.
Watercolor, rubber stamping
The hearts were cut from another index card that had been painted with
various shades of red.

ICAD # 28 for June 28, 2014
A Study In Orange
4x6 index card, watercolor, rubber stamp, butterfly.

Four Weeks down in the Index Card a Day Challenge
and the watercolors came to play.
Perhaps they will stay!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Japanese Garden

"Light must come from inside.
You cannot ask the darkness to leave.
You must turn on the light."
~Sogyal Rinpoche

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Twenty-one and counting!

Twenty-one cards are complete and only 40 more to go!

Here is week three of Index Card A Day:

ICAD # 15: Fortune
Mostly collage with some neocolor.

ICAD # 16: Listen
Torn book page, modeling paste, neocolor, printed photograph.

Cats Pajamas
ICAD # 17: Cats Pajamas
Neocolor, washi tape, stickers.

ICAD #18: Bloom
I always put a blank sheet of some type of paper below whatever project I'm working on.
The background for this one is one of those "excess" sheets.
Modeling paste, brush markers, stamped word.

ICAD # 19: Play
Another "excess" sheet, security envelope, markers, micron pen.

At The Window

ICAD # 20: At The Window
Mostly collage with some brush markers.

Purple Tree

ICAD # 21: Purple Tree
This one has a story.
There is nothing unusual about purple trees if you live in a little cottage in an
enchanted forest! 
Neocolor background, "excess" for house, brush markers, collage elements, stamping.

Thus end week three!

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Art Is

Japanese Garden

"Art is the essence of life.
Our words and our actions should be filled with art.
The substance of art is complete awareness."
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, June 16, 2014

Summertime Tea

It's Summertime around here.
Highs in the 90s and lets NOT talk about the humidity.
Anytime is a good time for tea, even the summer.
I start the day with a hot cup of tea and then lots of iced tea during the day.

Grace Tea For One

This is called Chickadee Tea Service for one.
I found it at the Victorian Trading Company.
(Just in time for my birthday!)

Grace Set

The service includes the lidded mug, saucer, and tea strainer.
It's made by Grace.
I'm in love with the little Chickadee.

Grace Tea for One

The little Chickadee looks good on my red, white and blue crochet placemat.

Star Spangled Girl

But it really looks nice with Star Spangled Girl!
All set for the 4th of July.

Wishing YOU well, much joy and a wonderful cup of tea!

A big thank you to our tea party hosts:

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Only 47 More To Go!

Here are the ICADs (Index Card A Day) for week two.

ICAD for Day 8
I'm working on 4x6 Index Cards.
This one is built from scraps in my scrap box and a little stamping.

ICAD # 9 is Miles.
Miles made an appearance last year and I thought he'd
be perfect for Tammy's "yellow" prompt.
Book page, brush markers, water color, micron pen. 

ICAD # 10 is for Tammy's "Galaxy" prompt.
The other ICAD members were doing such fun circles,
I had to join in.
Neocolor background circles are from security envelope, brush markers,

ICAD for Day #11
Neocolor background, stamping with Stazon and brush markers
and using "stuff" from my scrap/stuff box.

ICAD for Day #12
This was fun.
Torn book page, modeling paste, acrylics, fluid acrylics and scraps.

ICAD for Day #13
This little critter is on a 4x6 Index Card like the others, but
I mixed some of the techniques I've been learning from Juliet Crane's
I like him and he loves to tell a story!

ICAD for Day 14.
Using Tammy's Paisley prompt.
Neocolor background 
(I made a bunch of neocolor backgrounds while waiting for an appointment.)
Brush markers, micron pen.

That's it for week two.
Only 47 more ICADs to go!

Be sure to check out all the information on the ICAD Challenge.
You can join anytime.
No pressure!

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

Monday, June 9, 2014

I Love Polka Dots!

I love polka dots so you can imagine my reaction when I opened this birthday box!

Royal Albert's Polka Rose!

Polka Dot

Some of my favorite things found in one teacup!
Polka dots, roses, the lovely aqua color, and a wonderful cup for tea. 

Polka Rose

Now add a sugar cookie in the shape of a cup.

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

A big thank you to our tea party hosts:

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Summertime ICADtime

It's that time when Tammy at Daisy Yellow announces the start of
Index Card A Day.

From the first of June to the last day of July I'll be working on an

Here are the first seven cards.

Lift Up Your Wings

Let Your Dreams Fly

Always Believe


She Lives In All Things

Wise Owl

I Garden

This should keep me out of trouble and busy this summer.
It's already too hot and humid to go outside for any length of time.

If I can ICAD you can ICAD, too! 

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You Can't Have Too Much Citron

It's been busy around here.

- I've had Terminix out terminating the carpenter bees eating the arbor.

- Had more insulation blown into the attic in preparation for summer heat.
Finished just in time as 95 is predicted by the end of the week.

-Baseball season ended for my Rice Owls. 

- And I celebrated a birthday.
I always use my birthday as an excuse to visit my favorite thrift shop in search of another teacup. And I found one. In fact, there were two and I brought them both home. I didn't want to break them up. Seems like they've been together for a long time!

Elite Limoges Tea Cup

They are Limoges Elite teacups.
The decoration is very delicate, the gold almost worn off the handles.

The Bawo and Dotter company of New York established a manufacturing facility in Limoges, France, called Elite Works. That factory began producing porcelain in 1892 with the mark "Elite France" and later "Elite Works France." Some Elite Works collectibles can be dated by the color of the mark. Between 1900 and 1914 the company marked items in red and between 1920 and 1932 the company used green to mark the pieces it manufactured. The cups I found are marked in red. 

  • Limoges

    I love the dainty little daisy decoration.


    My birthday cake was lemon everything.
    I filled my teacup with Tea Forte Chamomile Citron (a gift from my god-kids).
    You can't have too much citron!

    In the background is a photo book of images I've taken at the Houston Zoo.
    Another birthday gift to myself! 

    Wishing You Well and Much Joy!

    A big thank you to our tea party hosts: