November 30

Art Every Day Month 2012 – Last Day

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All I’m going to say is…DONE.

Art Every Day Month – Day 30

The last girl for Art Every Day Month.

 

Daily Inspiration

 

Originality is… a by-product of sincerity.

Marianne Moore

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November 29

School Memories – Even More Stories

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All this month on Thursdays, I’m writing down some of my school memories.  I’m doing this because I’m putting together my first little photo album.  Back on November 1st, I wrote down some journaling prompts, and I’m using them to “free write” some of my memories.  My hope is that this will help me pick the stories I want to include in my album.

What did I wear (school fashion)?

Girls had to wear dresses when I first started school. This was in public school. When we were first allowed to wear pants, we had to go to a “fashion show” to see what was acceptable. If we wore pants, we had to wear a pantsuit, which was pants with a matching jacket or vest. This brings me to one of my favorite memories…When I was in 4th grade, I received a box of fabric for Christmas. To say I was disappointed (and confused) is an understatement. The “present” was that my mom was going to make me some mix-and-match outfits for school. She made me 2 vests, 2 skirts and 2 pairs of pants. This was my first foray into the world of mix-and-match, and as a future fashionista, I was delighted with all the possibilities. One of my ensembles was to wear a shirt, a vest, a pair of pants and a skirt…all at once.  The first time my sister saw me in this particular outfit, she said to me, “Did you forget to stop dressing?” Ouch! Needless to say, I learned the value of editing. The picture above is me wearing a shirt, vest and skirt. I don’t know if this was after my sister gave me her critique, or if it was just a day I hadn’t selected the shirt/vest/skirt/pants combo.

Any interesting school field trips?

The only field trip I recall was our 6th grade field trip to the museums in Chicago.

What were my favorite/least favorite school projects?

My favorite school project was my first full-length story. It was a mystery, and I wrote it in the 4th grade. The last name of my main characters was Snickasneer. Whenever I read students’ writing and it includes overly unusual names, it takes me back to this story of mine. I struggled with Geometry.  We had to keep a notebook for that class,fd and I hated it.

What are some interesting school stories I would like to remember?

A fun story…My girlfriend was a little daredevil. One day she had the idea that we could climb out of our second floor classroom window, lower ourselves to the ledge between the first and second floor, turn around and them leap down to the ground. She demonstrated this and then it was my turn. I couldn’t bring myself to do it, so she ran all the way back into the building and did it again to show me how easy it was. At this point, I had to do it or be labeled a “chicken,” so I crawled out the window and as soon as my feet touched the ledge, our teacher rounded the corner and  hollered at me “to get down from there.” That type of luck has followed me throughout life. I had to just give in a behave myself.

How did school shape me into the person I am today?

Art Every Day Month – Day 29

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. They will vary in their completeness…from “just started” to done.”

Daily Inspiration

First say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.

Epictetus

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November 28

Try This – Frill Flower

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November’s “Try This” posts all feature flowers. This week’s flower was made using Clover’s Flower Frill Templates.

The kit comes with 2 templates  of each size and an instruction sheet.

I started by cutting 15 fabric squares and threading a needle.

Following the instructions, fold the fabric.

Cut the fabric following the template.

Insert the needle and pull the thread through.

Continue constructing petals and stringing them on the thread.

When you have all the petals finished, gather them together.

Remove the needle and tie the two ends of the thread together.

Pull the petals open to create a nice, full flower.

Art Every Day Month – Day 28

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

 

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.

Peter F. Drucker

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November 27

Love this – Chewy.com & Blue Buffalo

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I was contacted by Chewy.com and ask if I would like to do a review of Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats Chicken Jerky. So, I asked the kids, “Hey kids, would we like to do a review of chicken jerky treats?”

Freedom:  YES!

Casper:  YES!

Nikki:  YES!

Me:  Don’t you want to know what’s in the treats, where the meat is  from and where it’s manufactured.

Freedom:  No, we don’t care!

Casper:  We want chicken treats!

Nikki:  TREATS!

Me:  Fortunately for you, I checked and Blue Buffalo Chicken Jerky treats are made from US chicken and manufactured in the US.

Freedom:  Who cares!?!

Casper:  Email them back quickly and say, “yes” before they change their minds.

Nikki:  We want treats!

Blue Buffalo believes in not only treating our pets like family, but feeding them like family too. Blue products are as well known for what they DON’T contain as what they DO!

All of their great tasting, natural and holistic dog and cat food recipes start with real meat as the first ingredient. Their food contains plenty of wholesome whole grains, garden veggies and fruit.

Unlike many other products on the market, you can literally see the vitamins in each serving. There’s also no artificial preservative, corn, wheat or soy. Blue treats are no exception.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats Chicken Jerky is an all natural and grain-free treat. The ingredient list is as simple as chicken, dried cane molasses and salt. This yummy treat has a minimum of 50% crude protein.

Chewy.com is happy to offer the full line of Blue Buffalo including dog food, dog treats, cat food and cat treats delivered directly to your doorstep.

The treats arrived (quickly) and here’s the conclusion…

Freedom:  YUM!

Casper:  YUM! YUM!

Nikki:  YUM! YUM! YUM!

and maybe the best review…

Husband:  These look good, can I have one?

Art Every Day Month – Day 27

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.

Walt Whitman

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November 26

In My Studio – November 26

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Here’s what’s been happening in my studio…

My focus the entire month of November is the Art Every Day Month challenge.

I’ve committed to starting a “girl” painting every day of the month.

This was the week of the “barely there” girls.

I’m blaming Thanksgiving.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

One week to go.

I didn’t have all my background canvases prepared when I started this challenge on November 1st, so I’ve been working on those. This is the only canvas I prepared this week with any detail. The remaining canvases, I’ll paint simply and add detail later.

Since I’m so busy with my girl paintings, I want to keep November’s “Try This” posts simple and fun.  I love making flowers, so all this month, I’ll do a different flower every week.  Last week’s flower was a simple fleece flower.

I had a card club on Sunday and we made a card and a gift tag.

Art Every Day Month – Day 26

Here is today’s girl…

Daily Inspiration

One should always be a little improbable.

Oscar Wilde

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November 25

2012 Card & Cookie Exchange

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Today was my card club’s Card & Cookie Exchange.  This is my second year participating.  The rules were the same as last year

1.  Bring one handmade card for each person.

2.  Bring one dozen homemade cookies for each person, plus some to share.

The cookie table was lovely.  Last year, my cookies didn’t turn out as well as I would have wished.  This year’s were better.  I made Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  The only thing I would have done differently…I made three batches all at once.  Oatmeal cookie dough is pretty stiff, so when it came time to add the cranberries and white chocolate bits, it was hard to incorporate them evenly.  If I did it again, I would make one batch at a time.  I don’t know these things because I only bake if I have to.

I love receiving the cards.  It’s so fun to see what everyone came up with.

We also made a card and a gift tag.

These are the lovely ladies I hang out with.

Me with my nieces

It was a great way to kick-off the Christmas season.

Art Every Day Month – Day 25

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.

W. T. Ellis

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November 24

Simple Holiday Preparations

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With Thanksgiving over, it’s time to think about Christmas.  Fortunately, I don’t have too much “crazy” to contend with, but I thought a little list of “things to do” was in order.  Here’s my list of holiday preparations:

1.  Christmas Cards

  • Purchase cards
  • Order holiday picture prints
  • Sign & address
  • Stamps & mail

2.  Holiday Decorations

  • Sort through Christmas decorations
  • Just a few simple decoration

3.  Gifts

  • List of gifts to purchase
  • Shopping
  • Wrapping
  • Giving

4.  Events

  • List of events and anything I need to do/purchase prior to the event
I’m hoping to keep it simple.

Art Every Day Month – Day 24

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.

Eckhart Tolle

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November 23

Short A Few Backgrounds For AEDM

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My challenge for November is to paint one girl painting every day.  I’m doing this for Art Every Day Month.  I wanted to have all my backgrounds done and ready to go on November 1st, but I was a few short, and as of tomorrow, I’m out of backgrounds.  I managed to paint one today.

I’m hopeful I’ll get the last six done this weekend.

Art Every Day Month – Day 23

Here’s today’s girl…just barely there.

Daily Inspiration

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.

Raymond Hull

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November 22

What I Meant To Do

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I meant to take pictures of our Thanksgiving celebration and all the things I’m thankful for, but I got talking and laughing and eating and then the day was over. All that’s left is the clean-up…

and I’m grateful for all the things I have that lead to the need to clean-up like this.  Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Art Every Day Month

Not surprisingly, I didn’t get much done on my girl painting for the day.  I’m participating in the Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.

W. J. Cameron

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November 21

Try This – Fleece Petals Flower

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I love making flowers from fleece.  They’re soft, but the fleece gives them plenty of body.  Here’s cute and easy fleece flower.

Cut a strip of fleece.  Mine is 2″ x 16″.

Using a circle template, trace the petals.  In the spirit of the season, I used a can of turkey gravy.

Cut off the excess.

Along the straight edge, sew a running stitch using large stitches.

Gather and stitch the ends together.

I added a circle of felt to the back and a button to the center.

Art Every Day Month – Day 21

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

Soren Kierkegaard

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