Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Freebie - zip 12 Pretty As A Peacock

I am so amazed - I got GSO (Gallery Stand Out) at the Just Art Forums for this piece I made for the August Progressive challenge

And now for today's freebie

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday freebie

We have Larkin for 3 days. Yesterday was lunch out at IHOP. When we got home, we made beaded stretchy bracelets. Papa made her favorite dinner: liver and onions over rice. Wouldn't have thought a nine-year-old would like that but she loves it. Today we were supposed to head out to Chesapeake where a friend is showing one of his cars at some event. Larkin and I were to go inside the conference center to a craft show while the guys talked cars. However, she didn't eat all the French toast and bacon Papa made for her so we won't be going. She likes to nibble rather than eat her meals, then wants snacks not long after. We aren't letting her get away with that here. Could be a long day. We are going to have a tea party lunch and she will, at least gobble down the egg salad sandwiches I'll make. Another of her favorites.

Here is todays zip:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4v8bh259kwuavc5/ws_PrettyPeacock_11.zip?dl=0

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Here are some more of my latest art journal challenges. A re-color challenge using a free mini from Synergy Ink's "I Forgive You" kit.
Clean & Simple challenge:
Template challenge using Kakleid's "Hold On":
Pick Your Own pallette challenge. Used quilt by Sally Mower as my inspiration:
Used kit "Notions" by Gracie & Tracy Designs (with a little re-coloring) and photo of grand-daughter, Larkin.

Now, what you are waiting for, zip 10 of Pretty Peacock:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i8ods5t71b9983k/ws_PrettyPeacock_10.zip?dl=0

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tuesday's freebie late

Sorry to be late. Had lunch with the girls yesterday at Bahama Breeze, then made a quick stop on way home. Sat down at PC to post freebie and started feeling light-headed. Thought, I'll just lie down for a few minutes. Which turned into hours . . . . So here is zip 9:

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saturday freebie & some art journaling.

Yesterday I went out and bought the items I'd missed on Larkin's school supply list. Also got her a pair of jeans, cute denim look jeggings, black tights for under the red dress I'd bought and a pair of black leggings too. Had hoped to find a couple long sleeved tops but most of what I saw was tee-shirts and summery blouses. Our 'Lil Princess is skinny and often cold so I'll keep looking for some long sleeves as autumn heads our way. Once home, I labeled her supplies and bagged them all up so I can drop them off when we pick her up on the 15th. I was exhausted!

Resting up today, catching up on some art journal challenges. I'm a member of Vicki Robinson's FB art journal group and Just Art's forum. Most challenges come from Just Art. This month they have posted 14 challenges! Missed out on many last month but will try to do most this month. Here are a couple. The first was to use a quote about art. Choose from quotes listed or one you know of. Since Nobel Prize author, Toni Morrison, died August 7th and her work was one of my specialty areas in grad school, I decided to honor her. This is my first attempt which didn't feel very arty.
Here is my second attempt:

Next challenge was a Finish the sentence + one where the sentence was "Start every day with . . ." and the + 1 was to have a bird on the page.

Then we had to do a page using a provided mask, so I made a Marie Antoinette card for a friend:
That's a page from her last letter in background.

And now to Peacock stuff. You've probably heard the Greek myth about how the peacock got it's "eyes" in its feathers. Hera, the wife of Zeus and the queen of the Ancient Greek god, was unhappy with her philandering husband, so Hera transformed her guardian, Argus, who had a hundred eyes into a peacock to keep an eye on Zeus. The feathers of Argus were a mark of the beauty of heaven and the eyes represented the stars in the sky. This is why for the people of Greece the peacock represents heaven and its all mighty all seeing vision, wisdom, and knowledge.

Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u0jf80kc2o6dmh6/ws_PrettyPeacock_8.zip?dl=0

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thank you & zip 7 Pretty Peacock

I want you to know that I truly appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers and your comments about my offerings. I meant to mention this earlier but was so focused on getting the freebies up (& some complaining, I admit). We had a huge thunderstorm go through last night and lost electricity for a very short while. Others in our area were not as fortunate and had long outages. Health wise, neck & shoulder pain still present but I was not about to call doctor and complain for fear he will want to try me on another anti-inflammatory. My stomach is still troublesome so I don't want to add anything else to the mix. Still taking the stomach meds hospital gave me but only as needed. Tired of this mess!

Today we go back to greens:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8suw9vpzq98ifi9/ws_PrettyPeacock_7.zip?dl=0

Monday, August 5, 2019

Weekend woes and Pretty Peacock

There were supposed to be a number of things to do this past weekend. Tyler (grandson) and Sally (his girlfriend) needed their cars inspected and John was going to have them follow him to new place where our friend, Fred, now works as inspector. The plan was to drop the cars off and then take the kids to breakfast while inspection was going on. I was supposed to go with them but couldn't drag myself out of bed. My husband reported that during breakfast he jokingly asked Sally when the wedding was going to be. To his shock, she replied "In about two years." First we had heard of this. Tyler had just transferred from University of South Carolina to Regent University in Virginia Beach because he's decided to become a minister. Apparently he thinks he can finish his education over next two years and then they will marry.

Here in Virginia it was "tax free" weekend when you could save on school supplies, including school clothes. We buy granddaughter Larkin's school supplies and I was preparing to go do that Sunday. Then we had a heavy downpour. I waited and when it seemed it was ended, I headed out. Still raining but not bad. Walmart has the supply lists for local schools so I didn't look up Larkin's school on line. Talk about a bad decision all the way around! Of course, Walmart was a zoo. And they didn't have the list for her school. I finally found another Virginia Beach elementary school's list. Should be pretty much the same, right? So, with the shopping cart holding me up, I slogged along, picking up supplies and a couple outfits. I was feeling pretty hot and exhausted by the time I went to checkout stations. Do you think they might have added extra staff considering the promotion? Heck no! All the lines were long and slow. By the time I got near the cashier I was sweating profusely and feeling weak. Considered leaving the basket and going home but then it would all be for naught. Hung in there, paid, threw everything in car and just slumped in the seat and watched the rain for a few minutes. Called in a pick up order for pizza and was told 15 minutes. No problem, the place is on my way home. Pizza Hut was filled with a number of people waiting on their orders and more coming in. 15 minutes became more like 40. Once home with some pizza in my tummy (after 8 p.m.) I decided to look up Larkin's school list to see how close I'd come and what I might need to add. Big differences. Wednesday I will return what she can't use and get correct items. Lesson for me - always check the school's website first!

Yesterday I accompanied hubby to his monthly get together lunch with a few retirees. Came home feeling exhausted and crashed for 5 hours. My body is totally out of wack! Have shingles outbreak and yeast infection on top of everything else. Need to get immune system back in order but don't know how. I am one cranky old woman right now. And will have granddaughter the weekend of 16th. She will be expecting a tea party and lots of activities. Soliciting all donations of good health and energy.

I've given you lots of facts about peacocks but the symbolism is (at least to me) more interesting. Today let's talk about peacocks in dreams.
A peacock is a great sign indicating re-growth, birth, new life, and rejuvenation. Seeing peacocks in your dream can also be omens of prestige and success. It is a positive sign for the future that brings luck and happiness.
Dreams of peacocks may either reflect your desire for self-recognition or stand for some positivity in your life. To see a peacock spreading its tail feathers means that you might be invited to a new project. A dream of peacock feathers also implies that you usually strive to achieve what you wish for in actual life.