Wednesday, March 27, 2013


I think we have all been there and will go there again. Frustration.

Tuesday morning I sat in line at Starbucks on Staples and SPID for a special treat, a venti caramel macchaito with no foam. I deserved this one. The line was long for 8:30 am and wrapped around 2 sides of the building and almost to the street entrance. We don't have a little guy with headgear on to take our order while we wait in line like they do in Austin so I sat and enjoyed the wait. I wasn't in a hurry since my watercolor class didn't start until 9:00 am. I braided my hair. I played a game of Farkle and slowly moved up in line. When I got to the back of the building a car pulling a little utility trailer pulled in the back parking lot.

First let me say that people who do not know how to pull a trailer should not be allowed to pull into parking lots. Backing up with trailers should be taught in drivers ed. This poor girl thought she was going to be able to turn around by making a large circle and heading back to the exit. WRONG! There wasn't enough room with all the cars in line. So she tried to back up. Let the games begin!

The car moved slowly backward and the trailer started coming toward the cars waiting in line. Then the car pulled forward. Then backward. This time she pulled closer to the empty parking spaces by the dumpster and tried to back up into the line of cars again. Give me break! Finally she pulled up and was between the dumpster and another car. She got out of the car and walked around to see what she could see. She looked at the line of cars still on the far side of the building, then walked  back when she realized there was only 1 way out. The way she came in. She got back in her car and tried backing up again and again. I considered getting out to help her, but decided not to. She was young and flirty and would probably get some young guy to help her out.

I finally made it to the window to pay for my drink. As far as I know she is still in the parking lot. I hope somebody came to her rescue.

Watercolor class was educational as usual. I even have a new pen to play with. It is a water soluable Tombow. So I can draw with it then use a paint brush with water and it turns into a watercolor effect. Fun, fun, fun!

And then my visit to the dentist went well. The shots they gave me at 3pm didn't wear off until 8pm. My nose was cold, my whole upper mouth was numb, I wouldn't even kiss my husband. If this is what botox is like I know I don't want any of that! Only the right side of my mouth is a little sore this morning so that's a good thing.

My frustration for the day is trying to get my Silhouette Cameo to line up and cut something I printed on the computer. Anyone know how to work this machine is welcome to come over and show me a couple of things.

I'm off to wash the outside of my Jeep, get some dog food for Arrow and back home to play in the studio.
Honie and Kassie. The horse is something I found.

Dane at age 3 and Ray Baby around age 10

And Trinity, Erin and Jeremy's daughter

Have a great day and go create something!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Watercolor and the Dentist

This morning I am finally getting back into my watercolor classes. We took a fall break since everyone had personal commitments, vacations, illnesses and who knows what else. So I am off to paint this morning. I think our topic today is Picasso and abstract. This should be a learning event for me since I'm not a big fan of either, however, you never know what you will come away with so bring it on!

This afternoon I will visit my favorite doctor: my dentist. I say that with irony because I HATE to go to the dentist. When I was younger, one of the dentist's had pictures on his waiting room walls that scared me. They were all of Roman surgeries and showed walls of left arms, right arms, left legs, right legs, hands and who knows what else. Then sitting in the chair and hearing the sounds of those dentist tools in my mouth just freaked me out! Up until about 6 years ago I had to have laughing gas just to have my teeth cleaned. But the staff is so great and gentle with me I don't need it any more. I didn't say I don't want it, I just don't have to have it.

This afternoon they will deaden my whole upper mouth to fix 2 little bitty cavities. I dread the needle already. But I will have my pain pill at the ready just in case.

Monday was laundry day, just like the saying goes. I finished season 2 of Rosemary and Thyme on Netflix. I will start season 3 next. I also finished season 2 of The Killing on Saturday. I wish Durham County would add some seasons. I like dark dramas.

I finished the wrapper for my coffee cup. Did I mention that I sold one of these last month. A mini friend was insistent that she purchase one from me. So I drew one and sold it to her. Here is my wrapper.
So I'm off to play with my watercolor friends and try to relax before my dentist appointment.
Have a great day and go create something!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday Junkin'

Today my sister, Honie and I, went junkin'. That is to say shopping the garage sales around town.

Every year there are 2 garage sale events held in Corpus Christi. One is the Jr. Leaguers Garage Sale.  There is a charge to enter this event: $5. We paid and went in. This year it was not so good and we got there about 2 hours after they opened and left with empty hands. oh well. Here I ran into a former co-worker from the Port of CC, Lillian, who is now a city councilman.

The sale other is the Morning Side Addition Neighborhood Garage Sale. There are about 10 blocks in this neighborhood and the residents are encouraged to hold a garage sale at their home. Some just have a table with a few items and others had garages full of items. We did make a few purchases but nothing to write about. I did see several friends who were selling things. Carol and Don (my miniature club buds), Mike and Gina and their 3 boys (I took classical guitar lessons from Mike), Steve, a former neighbor who moved to this neighborhood. I also ran into Joe ( I worked with him at Driscoll) and his son at a garage sale.

People I did not see were Chuck's World, the mayor, old school chums, my dentist, or any fighter jet pilots.

And that was my excitement for the day. I dropped Honie off at her home then drove to my home to let my little Arrow in for a while. Arrow is 15 years old and still kicking. A little slower but still kicking just the same.

The rest of my day was spent watching an episode of "The Killing" on Netflix, working on a couple of designs in my studio, reading my email and even took a little nap for about 30 minutes.

I hope to start a new section on my miniatures to share with you. This blog thing is new to me so bear with me as I learn my way around.

Todays pictures are happy faces of friends and family.

Let me know if you see any typos in my blog so I can correct it.
Create something

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thursday Already!

Lately it seems like the weeks are just flying by. Guess that's what happens when you are having fun.

Discovered this site and am having fun making 3-D tangles. I've printed out a couple of the shapes and will be drawing different tangles in each one. Then cut, fold and glue it together. Next time I need an idea of what tangle to draw, I'll just roll the Icosahedron.

I was finally able to clean my cabinet yesterday. Of course things got in the way slightly. I forgot I was going to help my husband launch the boat so he could work on the trailer. That took about an hour. Then I remembered I had to pick up the dog's medicine from the vet. Of course they wanted to charge me double and getting that straightened out took about 20 minutes. On the way home I stopped by the drug store and made a couple of small purchases. Back at home there was lunch to fix. Finally in my studio I started cleaning the extra work table when my son stopped by so I fixed him lunch. After visiting with Dane I returned to the studio.

Aw, the quietness was deafening so the radio was turned on. Now to work.

I emptied all the shelves, sorted paper, cards, software, books and miscellaneous items. The top shelf was sightly warped and the brackets holding it up are plastic. Needless to say, they stretched out of shape thus not being able to hold up the shelf. So a trip to Lowe's was in order. Ray Baby decides he hasn't eaten anything and wants a hamburger fix. Montana Mike's took about an hour then finally to Lowe's to get new clips. By the time we returned home it was 6:00-ish. I fixed the shelf, restocked the cabinet and decided it was time to chill.

I took my little journal and just drew last night. Haven't quite finished so I thought you might like to see some previously art work of mine.

 Enjoy and go create something today!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Windy Wednesday

My hubby is on vacation this week and can't go fishing because the wind is blowing so hard. This is nothing unusual for March. Not sure what is on his agenda, however I have an agenda today It should prove productive.

Today I am going to clean off the extra work table and recover it with the contents of my overhead paper storage cabinet. I have the usual paper products, copy paper, photo paper, construction paper, books, software and who knows what else is residing up there. I might even throw, no, donate some of it to Goodwill this week. Once all this is finished I will have a clean and orderly cabinet and a clean work table to start a watercolor project on.

Speaking of watercolors, last night I gathered watercolor pencils, a water brush and my small 3.5" x 5.5" journal and worked on some flowers. I painted them yellow outlined in a darker shade, added some green to the leaves and put in a light pink background.

I like playing with my watercolors and zen-tangle inspired art.

I started on the next page, it is peeking from behind, and will post that when finished.

I'm off to read my email and then pick up medicine for my little dog, Arrow. Once all that is behind me I shall tackle the paper cabinet.


I will do that today.

Til next time, Create something today!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I need organization in my life

Yup! I have some many things going on and so many things that I want to do and here I sit in front of the computer screen telling you all about it.

Blasted Pinterest anyway! I love that site! I am so addicted to it. I am not alone though. I meet all sorts of people who share my addiction and we all love it!

So from Pinterest I have begun zen-tangle inspired art, purchased a digital die cutting machine, made all sorts of jams, jellies and canned items, scoured garage sales for glass bowls and plates to make whimsical flowers for my garden, bird feeders, decorated rooms in my house with re-purposed items and so much more.

Now I am creating little journal books, swapping ACT cards, participating in a mystery muse exchange and taking painting classes on line. Where does it end? It doesn't!

I just need to work out a schedule for each of these crafts. Did I mention I also build miniatures dollhouse scenes? That one has been going on for about 26 years.

And in between all these little sessions I will work in housework, grocery shopping and the occasional trip to the local craft shops, which can cause me to discover another new project.

So I'm off to start cleaning my studio so I can work on that schedule. I hope to have it done this week as my watercolor class starts next Tuesday morning.

Have a great life and create something!