Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Post with No Name

Don't ya love my title?   I do remember a song "Horse with No Name".  It was a cute song and  coe to find out it made it to the states in 1972 and in Europe in 1971 and became a gold record.  Here is the link to the song.  I liked the one with daily motion the best because I guess it had cars and horses in it.                                              Horse with No Name .

Sometimes when we mow, which we did this morning before it gets so blue blazing hot, I think.  I know that is scary at times but it just feels good to be outside on the lawn mower and just enjoying life.  We have chosen to divide the mowing duties into two days when it is so hot.   Good choice I think.  What came to mind you may ask?  I did think about my painting and my artsy things and looking at the clouds and all their beautiful shapes.   Of course the Horse with No Name also.   I guess it was just a summer day to enjoy.  I hope you all are enjoying the moment and just taking in what the day brings.   I have always tried to live in the now and Hubby does tell me that I do live in the now more than any person he knows.   So in my book if Hubby says so it is good for me.

There is a little quote I like and if OK I will share it with you.  Pretty true I think.   Worry does not take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace.    So there you go my "Lawn Mowing" thoughts I guess.

I have been busy and oh did I say busy?  Being Relaxed Relaxed Retired is just pure hard work.  I thought it would be eazy peazy but no WORK it is.    A sweet friend did send me a link on Facebook and said Annette you might like this. Wow did I ever it was a pastel portrait by Cuong Nguyen originally from Vietnam.  He had an e-book and I purchased it.   It is teaching a method called Verdaccio that has been around since the 15th Century.  Now folks that is older than I am .

Here a couple I did with that method, now I warn you there are some boo boo's here on the drawing but I wanted to show you how the skin tones just pop.  I do want to go back and finish one of them and correct some things.  I was to lazy to drag out my soft pastels.  These are both done with pastel pencils.   I did these while watching the baseball game well two baseball games on TV so just a break from doing CQ.






What ya think?  He is an awesome teacher and I can remember being exposed to this method and I was not ready to receive it  and thought how is that going to help the skin?   You know  sometimes when you are learning things they just don't sink in until you are ready for it.  You can hear it and hear it and it just doesn't sink in and when you are ready wham it is like where has this been all my life.   

Well I won't overwhelm you but will be back soon with some Crazy Quilting how is that for a deal?  
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.

XOXO
Annette  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dog Days of Summer with a little Yellow thrown in there

 Hello and Happy already July.   Now this month reminds me of what they, whoever they are, say the Dog Days of summer.   I am not sure where this little saying comes from.  I know it is now and just kind of a bum month.  Kind of a time to relax and play in lots of water sports and just enjoy the Summer.  An in-between month before school warm up activities start cranking up.    Now we are fortunate to have two Fur Babies and unless they are unusual dogs,they lay around a lot of the time.  They are bums most of the time but a perfect and lovable pets. They are always so happy to see you with the wagging tails and happy faces, be you gone 5 minutes or 5 hours.  Now they do keep the dreaded Dragons out of the yard and there isn't a critter around, that has any sense, come into our yard.  I mean even the birds know not to be down on the grass for very long.   The only critter that wins is  Pepie La Pew-aka a skunk.    I remember Jewel, in doggie heaven now, and Libby have gotten skunked twice.  Once we smelled it and thought OMG, lets get the girls in before they get the perfume of Pepie.   We let them in and they settled and then oh my did we ever smell it.  Oh our eyes burned and poor Libby had the cone of shame on  so you know her eyes were really hurting.   .     Well were politely sent them outside and kept the door open and sprayed Febreze and vinegar and anything and everything we could think of.  The carpet,furniture and the walls.    With the help of peroxide and something else we bathed them and finally got it all out of their coats.   Now the tomato juice thing didn't even phase it all.   Not one drop.

Ok back to the dog days of Summer.   Our babies sleep a lot and laze around.  So I guess that is why Summer is refered to the Dog Days of Summer.  



Our pretty Libby sporting a red bandana.   She is thinking I am wise and elderly and sitting here so regal and aren't I pretty?  I don't smile or wag my tail much but I get my point across.  Trust me.  I do rush to the back of the yard and make sure everything is like it should be. 

  I read where a human can wear a bandana around your neck or wrist or tied to your jeans outside with 3 drops of Lavender oil on it and it keeps the Mosquitoes away.  So I wear this when I work outside.  I called the vet and asked if the Fur Babies could do the same.   Why not?  They only get one drop of Lavender oil though.  I can't wear the mixture of Lavender and sort of a lotion because any kind of perfumed smell does ugly things to hubby. 
  


Our Charlie  has his bandana on but it is hidden.   Probably laying there thinking I have my fancy bandana on and now my human surrounds our pictures of us with a yellow border.  What is this?  Why does she do things like this to us?    Our fancy dog house  aka the air conditioned sun room is good.  We are spoiled so why does she do this to us?  She could be giving us a snack that they call a toothbrush to us.  But noooooooo, a yellow picture.   I know I am only 3 years old and busy as can be but a snack would be really nice.
    


I do share some of yellow flowers with you.  I love yellow and such a cheerful color.  Even the faerie garden's bike has yellow flowers in it. 
 



It is funny July's block of the month is even yellow, well parts of it.  So it just fits in with July's post.  I did some Brazilian roses on the yellow lace and played with Alice's block.  I have more to show of the CQ but will just tease you until the next post.  How's that?   

Well that is pretty much it for the start of July so thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today. 

XOXOXO
Annette  

Friday, June 17, 2016

Crazy Quiltng, Paintings and Hi Ho Silver



Hello and happy Friday and if in the land of Down Under--happy Saturday.  It is funny, well not ha ha ha funny but funny to me that we are all on the same planet and half of us are having Summer and half of us are having Winter.    I have friends and family in the Down Under and they say it is wet and freezing for them, I always think  I am going to keep track of their weather and see if ours is similar for each season.  If they get the cold and wet and then we do or visa versa --we get the cold and wet and then they get it.  Very interesting to me.   Let me tell you from first hand, it is hot here today.  Toasty, warm your bones hot.   We have good old refrigerated air and I am thankful for it in every way, even our fur babies have refrigerated air in their "dog house"   aka Sun Room.    We can't let them roast or combust they are our babies.

Just grab a glass of Ice Tea and read on dear readers.  I got a little windy here today.

Nothing to exciting going on in the dog days of Summer, here but on the way home from lunch today with a friend there was a song playing on the radio.   I am not sure who sung it and what the name of the song was but I thought I have to blog today on the song.  Words in the song were Hi Ho Silver.    It made me immediately think of the Lone Ranger and Tonto a true western that had movies made and I loved them.  Now I do have a note from Annette on this---we saw the current Lone Ranger and Tonto movie and sorry Johnny Depp it was awful.   I remember listening to their episodes on the radio, which I learned the radio episodes started in 1933 (before my time, yes really !!! ) and 2956 episodes were created.   There were other radio shows I listened to but that one was wonderful     The horse's name was Silver.   For some fun facts and just a summer little exploring to do here is a link to the site   HERE .  

                          I just had to share a picture of the two heroes and of course Silver

I have been painting and stitching, I mean isn't that what Relaxed Retired Ladies do?  Well besides planting Begonias in your Faerie Garden.   The Mosquitoes are being very healthy with our rain but I read that Lavender oil, a few drops now, on a bandana help keep the pests away.  So I checked with the vet and am trying that on our fur babies.  I do know that Lavender is soothing and have gone down to one drop on a  red bandana for them to wear.   I don't want them to be Zombies or really lulled down.  






The CQJP 2016 for June, well it is one of the blocks above   I don't know if you remember but I am doing an Alice in Wonderland book.  This is June's block with some silk ribbon Irises and leaves and silk ribbon rose buds and of course every garden has to have a spider.  The bottom square has buttons in the tree, don't we all have button trees or is it just in Alice and Wonderland?   Bullion roses are fun to make and did enjoy them also on this piece.    I have finished July thru December's blocks also, but I will try and hold off to show you them as the months come.  Well I say that but I will try really hard. 



I embellished this for a friend who I am in a Round Robin with, she sews the block and I add of my goodies to it.   She liked birds for I found in my stash two birds with beaks together so I got my scissors and clip clip the birds were separated and I then had one.  It is embellished with threads and I did use lots of silk ribbon on this one.   Hope you like it. 

Sketching while watching the baseball games, GO TEXAS RANGERS.   This artsy lady just begged me to sketch her so I couldn't turn her down.  It is just pencil and some white pastel dabed here and there.  I was going to add color but kept telling my self this a a sketch to keep myself in the groove so in the groove I stayed.  



I finished this painting for a friend and the subject was her beautiful daughter. Elizabeth.  She had a cap on and of course I had to do some artistic doings on this.  I made whimsical and did add just a tad to her hair after taking this photo.  There are lots of layers of paint mainly acrylic and acrylic inks.  Man alive the acrylic inks are fun to work with and can be transparent.  You can drop and drip and let the inks run and just play to your hearts content.   I had no idea where this painting was going and then just kept adding and adding things until Elizabeth told me to stop.     


Well that is it for the second for me.  Thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world. 

XOXOXO
Annette









Friday, June 10, 2016

A quick not to say hello

Hi dear Blog readers,  ok I have been absent and guess I need to reintroduce myself.   Hi I am Annette from Texas and just write on my blog whatever in the world comes to mind.   AND AND all in different paths or as Grandson says I write in Bunny Trails .  Do you remember me faintly?   

It is getting toasty here by next week.   Toasty is good to me and feels great on my bones.
We don't have much humidity so I guess I cannot judge how it feels with the wet stuff in the air.   Well you do have to remember ladies don't sweat, we just glisten.  Let me tell you I don't like to glisten either so in the mornings I am good and get my mowing or anything done like pertains to work.  Later in the day I am an indoor girl.  God created air conditioners for a reason in my book, probably for namby pamby people like me.  Who is in the namby pamby group with me.?   I can see your hands being lifted as I type.

Now I have no excuse at all for being MIA on my blog.  I have a ton of pics to show and not sure where to start, I don't want you to get art blind with looking at so many at one time.  

I have been working on Sue Spargo things,   felted wool and lots of bling, Texas Bling to be exact.  So I will start with the blocks.   How is that?  They are not the colors and some not the placements recommended in the book and certainly not the stitches and bling but here  is May's block.   I did use an Artist's license to put this little thing together. 



I have been painting and will get to those soon for you.   I will go stand in the corner for a while, well with my popcorn and tiny candies by my side and the corner facing the TV, but I will stand in the corner for not keeping in touch.    

I had a give a way and the main winners still have not given me their addresses.   One is Talking horse and the other is a Karen . Please if you would like your prize let me know.  I am not sure how to handle this and I have not ever had someone not give me their address to mail their present to them. 

Ok I am giving it the old try the best I can do.   I guess if not by the end of the year I will just give them to someone else who signed up for the drawing. 

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.   Y'all are the best and later.

 XOXOXO
Annette

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Alice, The Knight and The Lady in Red

Hello and happy Saturday.   Now I know it is like a regular day to us, being as Hubby and I are Relaxed Retired, but we still think WEEKEND relaxing.   I suppose WEEKEND  is just ingrained in us.   Work on weekday and relax on weekends.  It is funny isn't it how we get into habits of different little quirks.   

Now when kids and grandkids were in school we went to ball games on weekends also as well as during the week.   One time, I guess this is dedication or nutty or some label, one of our daughters didn't do track.   BUT she worked at the concession stand, so Hubby and I went to the track meets to "support " her.   Sometimes people would ask us why were we there and our answer would be because our daughter was working in the concession stand.  Funny what we do for our kids isn't it?    One daughter was a runner, a true runner.  She ran like the wind and we loved hearing people from other towns that were sitting next to us say watch this one she can run like the wind.   One track meet we went to the field was so foggy we could only see the start line and the finish line but we got to see her start and finish and of course win.  She didn't let the fog slow her down.   

I am not sure why this little story came to mind but it did today.  I guess the wind blowing and the sun shining made me think of track meets. 

Today I am showing the March CQJP and of course it is Alice and the knight.  I do wish you could see the horse better it is blinged up big time.   The horse has lots of sparkles on it.   I painted the designs on the little birds, made the trees go out of the "ciggie"/ silky  and made some polka dot flowers out of ribbon.   This has been a fun project.  A little secret?  Well I have thru June already done and will finish them soon,  6 more to go, because our Texas Rangers will be starting their baseball season soon.  Baseball is great stitching time and the games are several hours long so stitching I do.  





I have started another series like my Faeries I did a couple of years ago and thought you might like to see it develop.  I am thinking of doing "ciggies"/silky out of these also,  Just a little different and may even put on my Etsy site to sell the "ciggies/silky.   

Here is the sketch of the first one, I used a magazine lady for the model.   Magazines are full of the ladies and some have not giant smiles and just perfect for what I do.   I loved this one but she didn't stay looking like this long.    





Here she is after sort of finishing the face and I thought what and where is she going?  I try to let my art speak to me, yes it does speak to me  and I try to listen at this stage in my art.   When I was younger I didn't  listen to my "muse" and was never happy with my art.  I think one thing is I painted for judges and what I thought I should paint and for what a gallery wanted.  Now it is for Annette and I enjoy the easiness of it.



The circle appeared and so did the tree and then I thought well now what?    I added some gold leaf, some butterflies that flew over from England, thank you Juanita, and I even added an earring to her headpiece. 
 




If you know me by now I like pretties and swirly lines and I had to add more of the lines.  I also added some pretty red fabric on her dress.  A plain red painted dress was not what she needed.  So she is finished and I do believe she will make a perfect ciggies/silky .  



There you go and thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today. 


XOXO


Annette

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Birthday Card in the making

Well hello, here it is February 29th.   Yep a leap year in 2016.   So in celebration of this every four year even I will post one more entry.   No giggling now about the extra post.   I don't know if they celebrate Leap Year but today we will celebrate it.   You do wonder about the birthdays on the 29th of February, do the people just celebrate on the 28th or just really really not ever age on these odd years.  I have always thought of that.    Our beautiful granddaughter's birthday is the 28th so she squeaked by on the month, getting to celebrate every year.

I wanted to make a different birthday card for her and I did make a 12 x 12 card of sorts.  Some of you when I put the teaser up of what I was going to do wanted me to show them how I made it.   So I thought ok I will show how the card is made and in my different way tell you how I did it.    Now I don't represent any company or am not a designer for anyone except myself, but I do use Golden and Daler Rowney products.     So lets go see what I did .

 First I gathered goodies I thought I might use.  I am a blessed lady let me tell you because a lot of these pretties were given to me.   Even to the point of the computer part on the right.   We were getting  my computer out of the hospital and they had a stack of these what evers.   You know me I asked what are these?   I cannot remember what they said but they game me several.  I had more treasures to add to my collection.   All right I am straying but back to the story here, I gathered some pretty goodies and I am not ever sure what I will use so I always gather to much.   Even to the point of scraps of paper and pieced of good ole plastic parts of snow flakes ( they are awesome by the way ). 


 
 
 
I set the goodies aside and then gathered my 12 x 12 canvas and used some Golden molding paste ( Grandson gave me a giant jar of the wonderful stuff ) and applied it with a stencil.  I did use a bubbly looking stencil, Granddaughter does live in Hawaii you know and there are "TINY BUBBLES" there.  Sorry just reminds me of the song  "TINY BUBBLES" .   


 
 
 
 
I chose a photograph of Granddaughter that someone has taken of her that I always loved.  The photograph help set the scene.   I started adding goodies to the canvas, layers and layers of the goodies went on the canvas.  I glued it down with Golden Gel Medium.  That stuff I do believe will stick an elephant down.  No really it has stick ability like crazy.   After everything dried I gave the whole kit and caboodle  a good healthy coat of Gesso.       



 
 
Guess I could have left it like that and it would have looked like a blizzard or something but nope kept on going.  I glued fish, and octopus, sea glass, the computer whatever at the bottom and just stuff.  Good stuff and was ready for the fun step.  Not that it all wasn't fun but adding the color is just like icing on the cake---yum.
 
 
I used some Golden paints watered down and then the Daler Rowney  Acrylic artist ink.   I didn't have any thin liquid anything to go on here so I just put some of the Artist ink in a little spray bottle and tadaa I had spray ink.  I just try to use what I have, but I still have a lot of things.   I am going to have to live to be 200 years old I do believe to use all of it.   LOL can you see me in my art room just creeping around with paint all over me saying I have to use all of this  "stuff" .   
 
 
After all was dried I then went back in and added a few diamonds and some pearls to glam it up some more.   It is an awesome photo isn't it?  I have always like it and thought she might like one of herself.   Orange and blue are opposites so it worked perfect.  I always try to use opposite or complementary colors. The colors just work better and sing to you when they are opposites or complementary.     
 
 
 
 
Here you go the Princess's birthday card.  
 
Thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.  
 
 
XOXO
Annette
 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

No CQ but could be an awesome one

Hello and February?    Some parts of the US  they are having one heck of a snow storm and I hope all are warm and toasty.   I will not say what our weather is here the last few days, y'all might throw rotten eggs at your computer screen.  So  just be safe and hope you enjoy this post from me.   Hugs.

A challenge, you know sometimes we have a challenge for ourselves.  Some of them, hummmmm not sure about and you say what am I doing why is this so challenging to me?   You know the ones I am talking about.   Even like when I was making the "slip covers" for our comfy chairs, during the process I thought NOOOO why am I doing this.   Did I bite off more than I could chew?   Well I kept on plodding along, although wishing I had an air powered staple gun, and finished them.   They were suppose to be slip covers and kind of are but ended up stapled to the frame so they were semi reupholstered.   Now that was a challenge to me and I would do it again.   Oh I could go on and tell of some challenges I won't do again but nope going to stay positive.  Right?

On Facebook, I know some are on there with me, there was a challenge to work on one painting for 30 days.  I thought ok, I have not ever ever ever spent that long on a painting.   EVER!!!!   It should be fun and see what my muse comes up with .   Will she leave me hanging and make me finish this on my own?   Will she say you started it Annette so go for it?    Nope she hung in there with me.    I am not going to post all 30 day but will post a few of the days and then of course the day 30.   Of course with some of Annette comments   : )


Day 1, now this was just pure fun splashing and splashing colors, my favorite colors by the way.  One thing I learned though is that I did to much for the first day.   Now if I do another 30 day challenge I will hold the horses at the beginning.   Remember I was not use to working so long on one painting. 

 
 
Day 2,  can you tell the brush and the paint and my muse were having a blast?  I was putting swirls and pretties all over this.   Now I did remember to take a large file photograph just incase I fell in love with a day and then could print it off and play with it that way.  At least sensible Annette was thinking in there somewhere. 

 


Day  4,  the eyes emerged.   When they did I thought wow I love these.  I did take them after our granddaughter's eyes.   Finished?  Right?   It was only day 4 people.  Day 4 and only 26 more days to work on this painting, I could have signed it and been quite happy.    


 
 
 
Day 7, oh the days are flying by ( right, this is only day 7  ) and I am struggling here.   I am trying to make her and the painting last.  Should I just paint over the eyes?  Should I just zero in on one eye and have feathers as eyelashes?   I have done that before, but no just keep on trucking Annette  your muse will help you.  Well all I had to say is she better get herself out here because I was sinking.  AND only after day 7

 
 
 
Day 9, oh the agony, then I added texture aka tissue paper to the painting here and there and some darks and doings.   

 
 
 
Day 19, whew, the days are flying by now.  The hair and someone chose to do a whole face and added greenery.   I, not my muse , decided to add sort of faerie wings to her.  I love the airiness of them and one sweet friend reminded her of a beautiful bird.   She has a head piece now and looks a little poofy, well she is from Texas and we are known for big hair aren't we?   




Day 27, now remember I told you I would not post all the pic.  Sure don't want you going to sleep here and drop your coffee or whatever in your lap.  The headpiece grew as did the foliage and the hair.   Now I am looking her face rounded out and she needs a little sculpting there.  Maybe she got tired of taking so long in getting painted and ate to much chocolate?   They are now saying it is good for you now, well today anyway.    I am also wishing now that I had not painted her on the back of a 16x20 display print.   Remember I use to be a professional photographer and have some display prints to paint on left.  Most area ancient photos, like the kids in them are probably grandparents by now. 


 
 
DAY 30  I AM DOING A HAPY DANCE AND DOING CARTWHEELS.   Oh I don't know how to do cartwheels, but you get the picture.  
 

She is FINISHED.    Of course I had to add glitter and some gold leaf and a little faerie appeared, her face shape changes, highlights were added everywhere, I darkened the bottom so she didn't look like her head was floating.  I do wish some of the other background was showing but we all know it is still back there underneath it all.   It is fun how changing the shape of her face made her look so different, same eyes though.   I am pleased at how this challenge came out and after I lick my wounds might just do another one.  


 
 
I do have another step by step of a project coming after Sunday,  it is a gift and the person has to receive it first. 
 
So there you go, my 30 day challenge.   I hope you enjoyed the journey with me and thank you for  stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.
 
XOOX
Annette