Back from Florida & some new art!

-at The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota
We have returned from our trip to Florida, and as I mentioned on my Creative Swaps Blog, it is at least as HOT here in Connecticut as it was in Florida! Not to mention we have no air conditioning at the moment-yikes! We never needed it when we moved here last September and it definitely needs servicing because the air that is coming out just isn't cool enough! We have someone coming to look at it tomorrow . . . . Anyway, we had a really nice week off together; visiting my parents, helping them with a few things, taking my dad to his therapy, helping my mom take her TWO very big dogs to the Vets . . . One day Steven paddled around in one of my dad's hand built cedar strip canoes. The canoe my dad has in Florida is a Wee Lassie 2, a little bigger than his single-man Wee Lassie my dad built for Steven in 2006. Steven, being a boat loving guy, also got the small sailboat, a micro cruiser -15ft, that my parents purchased last year, all cleaned up and ready for sale. My dad even came out and helped Steven do this, and was a lot of help, Steven says. It's a beautiful little boat and the photo of it below will show you what Florida was like while we were there.

It was beautiful! Hot and sunny, but there was A/C and a lovely pool to swim in, which we did, every day! I was so glad to see my dad. What leaps he has made since I visited him in the hospital and rehab/nursing center last March. He is moving around by himself with a cane instead of using a wheelchair or a walker. He gets tired quickly, but he is going to therapy a few times a week to get stronger. Again, thanks to everyone who has kept my dad in their thoughts & prayers.

Steven snapped this photo of me & my dad while we were there!

I also created a few ATCs while I was
there that I will share with you. I like to bring along a small case with a few supplies; papers, card stock already cut to size, a few collage images, glue & scissors. I pack this in my checked luggage these days. It helps me to have a creative outlet when I'm away from home. First, I made an ATC for a friend. It's very simple, just some ripped mulberry paper, an ARTchix Studio collage image and a few rub-ons (7-Gypsies) I found at Alpha Stamps. Click on the ATC in order to see it better!

Steven and I were fascinated by the Banyan Trees . . . . this was taken when we were at the Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.

While I was there I created the ATCs shown below for an Alpha Stamps Fairy Tale Swap hosted by Miz Bella on the Alpha Stamps Yahoo Group. I really enjoyed making these and took my time with them because I was on vacation. I employed the white pen my friend and artist, Carla Kurt gave me and LOVED the effects! The ATCs all showcase Alpha Stamp images from the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale collage collection. The fabric leaves are from Alpha Stamps as well -I love them! On every ATC I placed a small fabric scrap, a gift from one of my swap participants -Janice Perkin from the UK. I added a bit of foreign -maybe German?- text on top of each piece of silky fabric. There were a few watercolor crayons and a water brush in my case, so I added some colour to each ATC. We only need to make 6 for the swap -- I made a couple of extras!

We had a really good visit!!