Thursday, April 27, 2017

Let''s head back to Bali and a Blogger rant


I have been offline for nearly 24 hours, thanks to my (NOT) "very reliable" internet service provider, AT&T.  Granted they are cheaper than some, but keep raising their rates and performing poorly.  When it rains, I seem to have this problem, even though they promised they had fixed it the last time I was offline for about six days.

After I got back online, I wanted to leave a few comments and create this post.  But Blogger told me I had to sign in, something I have not done in several months.  It took me forever to remember my new password I had created four months ago.  Once I did, Blogger told me I had to add at least ONE more app, like a tablet or cell phone before I could get onto Blogger.

If you've been around my blog for any length of time at all, you know I don't have a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop, or any number of things they wanted me to include.   I'm so old school, I still use a VCR.  To me, it indicated another way Google can interfere with my life and my privacy.  Since I finally had phone service, I called my friend Scott, and he somehow knew how to get around the problem.  Seriously, if I didn't have him to help, this blog would have gone silent as of yesterday.  I hope this doesn't happen to you, but if it has, please let everyone know in comments.  Now I'm off my soapbox.

A month or so ago, we went to Bali.  Since it seems to be gloomy everywhere I visited before the meltdown, I thought this lovely spot in Indonesia would be a great place to set down our magic carpet on our magical mystery tour.  Not sure what I'm talking about?  I'm joining Hazel of Hazels' Creative Moments who's this month's host at Art Journal Journey.

Bali is many things, including these rice fields in Ubud.

I stumbled on this image at Trip Advisor.  It is a picture of Tanah Lot Temple.

The Tegalalang Rice Terrace always looks lush and beautiful after heavy rain.

Although I can't be sure, these look like marigolds to me.  I have no idea what their significance to Bali is, other than it made a lovely photo.

I swear, after looking at over 100 photos, all the temples started looking the same to me.   All I could find was "unique temple in middle of lake."  It appears to have been taken in Ubud and was on the Trip Advisor web site.

And so you don't get confused, all these images were of Bali, an island of Indonesia.


The three images were cut from three travel brochures and adhered to a used file folder (the back of my first Bali layout I made last month).  I sewed the images together, then sewed them all around the outside of the file folder so it wouldn't interfere with the reverse side.  "Bali" was computer generated.

Thanks for understanding why I haven't been around to visit sooner.  And thanks for joining me at Art Journal Journey.  I really, really appreciate your visit.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Santorini on our magic carpet


I'm joining Hazel of Hazels' Creative Moments again because she is this month's host at Art Journal Journey.  Hazel wants us to join her on a magical mystery tour.  It can be anywhere, past, present, or imagined.

But first, I want to share the wonderful gifts I received from art friends for my birthday.    Ironically, I'm sharing these in the reverse order they were received.

These came from my friend Patty.   It's hard to see, but those die cuts at the bottom are actually maps of the United States.  I can use them when I start on my North America  portion of 7 Continents.  Patty told me the bees were ones she printed out from her laser printer.  They are fabulous.  The bird is a cake topper (very appropriate) and the stamps

are older and tell us Earth Day is every day!

The card is beautiful, and Patty told me she left it blank so I could pass it on to someone else, or keep it for myself.


Linda gave me a fabulous tag that honors tea and coffee.  I really LOVE it, too.  And that marbled paper will be used very soon, I am sure.

Such attention to detail, this tag is lovely from its background to pretty flowers.

Next came Krisha's gift.  Or perhaps I should say gifts.  Look at all those incredible die cuts.  Those will be put to great use very soon, too.  She also included a birthday napkin and two sheets of colored tissue.

And look at this beautiful card she made.  I can only imagine how long it took her to color the flowers and sentiment.  It's fabulous.

Last, but not least, is the package that came from my friend Chris in the UK.  She stamped and fussy cut a few images for me, which I was truly grateful for.  She also knows I love stencils, and sent me these, which appear to be about ATC size.  Then there are the bunny napkins, some stamped and colored images, two tiny doilies, and washi tape.  LOTS of washi tape.


Love the tiny tapes.  They are SO cute.  Then there are the various words I can use for my 7 Continents AB.

Did I mention washi tape?  Between Chris and Cindy, who sent an equal number at Christmas, I now have more washi tape than I know what to do with it.

And then there's the lovely card showing it was for my BEARTHday.  Clever.

Finally, a table full of thoughtful gifts


from two views.

 But now let's jump on that magic carpet and head back to Santorini.

We are once again flying on that magic carpet to Santorini, specifically Oia again.

These blue domes sit atop a church in Oia.  Famous for their blue domes, many visitors take photos of these three domes together.

This is St. Nicholas with its curved roofs and stone arches.  There are three arches.  The middle one has the door and the two outside ones have windows.  The blue gate is gorgeous against the white walls.

I added the herbs because this is an ideal region for them to grow, mostly in pots, I would suspect, although they don't mind growing in rough or rocky soil, as I learned in the herb workshop I took.  They also like the sun and heat from this region.

My substrate was a piece of cardboard, and the various craft acrylics were applied with a faux credit card.  Now that my recycling days are over, I have to admit that I probably could have included this as recycled, because it was a piece of cardboard, but I used acrylic paint I paid for, and I'm not sure I really recycled anything other than the cardboard and the images.

Thanks for joining me today.  Your comments mean everything to me.  I am grateful you stayed with me through this recycle time, as well as viewing my wonderful birthday gifts.  Now let's jump on our magic carpet and head to Art Journal Journey where Susi and Hazel are waiting for us.

Monday, April 24, 2017

T STands For Dr. E's FREE Breakfast


Last Saturday, after we left the March For Science,

we came here.  I learned earlier that morning my birthday breakfast (which is served all day) was free with a valid ID.  I forgot to take a photo of the real restaurant we went to, but found this image on the internet.

By this time, it was well after 2 pm and I was so hungry, I could have eaten the menu.

My free breakfast was a Grand Slam.

Why is it the eggs look SO good in the photos?

I asked Sally to show her other tee, the one she wore to the march.  I took at least five photos, then asked her to smile.

Finally, a good photo of her.

Sally ordered a milkshake, but I stuck with water, since I didn't want to pay for coffee, because I had some in my big mug in the car.

The meal finally arrived, and it was all I could do to wait long enough to take a photo of this free meal before diving in.

I took photos of each gift individually, but have not had time to get them off my camera.

From far left: tag and paper from Linda, behind Linda's gift is Patty's, next to the candles is Krisha's gift, card, and die cuts.  Everything else,including all the washi tape came from Chris.

Now it's your turn.  The rules are extremely simple.  Your drink related post may be anything from a photo of a glass, cup, or mug, to an actual drink.  You may choose to share a sketch or a digital, hybrid, or traditional page in your scrapbook, art journal, or altered book.  Maybe you'd prefer to share a tag, or wow us with your photography.  You might choose a postcard or decorated card.  You might even draw an image on a used tea bag.  Or perhaps you prefer to review a place you visited, a movie, or book.  It makes no difference as long as it's drink related.  And don't forget that the more unique and outside the box it is, the better we like it.  Please tie it back here, and please link only to your T post, not your entire blog.  When you link, Bleubeard, the T gang, and I will be by to visit.   Bleubeard would also like to remind you that your photos may be taken any time, even months or years ago, if you choose.



Since this is the final Tuesday in April, it's time to be thinking about your Second on the 2nd post.  The rules are even more simple.  All you have to do is bring back a post from the past.  Any post, any genre, anything, as long as you have shown it previously on your blog.

Earth Day's March For Science in Wichita, KS


My friend Sally and I attended the March for Science on Earth Day.

Sally is on the right wearing the hat and dark glasses.   She wanted to get there early because she was afraid we wouldn't find decent parking. 

We arrived shortly after 10 am, nearly an hour before the event was supposed to begin.  

We were both surprised by how many people were already there.

Of course that number paled in comparison to how many eventually showed up.

Now I'm going to allow the photos (and signs) do the talking.























It was finally time for the various speakers

to make their way to the podium.

Six speakers in all spoke for nearly an hour.


Of course, by that time I was bored with the speeches

and took photos of the beautiful old Court House.

I love symmetry.

If I'd been further back, I would have gotten it all.

I actually did better with the close-up.


Then it was time for the actual march.





They just kept coming and coming.

Even animals got into the act,

patiently waiting their turn to get into line.



By now, Sally was bored and ready to leave.

We followed the procession in the car for awhile,

but that also bored her.  Thankfully, police were there to block off streets.

Although we didn't march (but I knew we wouldn't be marching because Sally can barely walk from her car to a restaurant), we participated and I got to wear the Earth Day Science tee.  BTW, the one I wore was the only one like it I saw.  So glad Sally bought it before she bought the Wichita one.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure we took on Saturday.