Last weekend, Steve & I took a couple of days away to celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of “us” as a couple. We met way back in 1972 when we were teenagers - 15 & 16. Since that meeting we have always been friends . . .Read More
Yes! Steve was approved to come home today. He needs to use a walker for stability, but he is already walking around, just 2 and 1/2 days after . . .Read More
A bit of a detour . . . and hooray, I am back to my blog again. We were away . . .Read More
Small pages make it easy to do. For this spread I glued a piece of paper I had been using to try things on . . .Read More
I did some traveling at the end of September 2015, so I've been away from posting and took some time off. I traveled to Boston and saw both of my sons and their wives, a treat. I find traveling a bit hard, especially when going alone -but Steve opted to stay home & take care of the pets . . . it's hard to get him out of Florida these days! First stop was to spend a few days with my youngest son Dallas and his wife Liz . . .Read More
I do love sending out for our mail art exchanges, don't get me wrong. That mail art comes from my heart too! But this is a post about all the personal mail art I sent -just for fun . . . and there was a lot, so I created a little video!Read More
This photo was taken on Christmas Day by my dear friend Cheryl : )
And below, a video I created from all of the photos I took that day!
H a p p y N e w Y e a r !Read More
I had to send a couple of things to my son and daughter-in-law in Boston . . . So I used the opportunity for one of my favorite pastimes: MAIL ART!Read More
Well, I have finally completed emptying my very large 4-drawer metal file cabinet and tossing a lot of stuff out. Then reorganizing all the folders and placing the contents into file boxes for our upcoming move, phew! We will close on a new home at the end of next week and are anticipating moving sometime in early November. I will keep you posted on when we move and I know you will understand if I am not posting here on the blog as much. I do have a personal trade or two that I hope to accomplish soon -- I still need to be creative, even if I am moving!
We now have an empty file cabinet . . .
Another interesting thing about packing and sorting was that I came across a few old newspaper clippings, old emails, old poems (mine & my boys), school reports and drawings. I even found an old invitation we made for my oldest son Decklin's 9th birthday (he is now 31 years old!). These things now have their own special accordion file folder - click for details.
That was really fun and made it all worth it for me.
I hope you all are well and happy and making the most of what you've got! sending love, lenna
The most valuable of the arts is the art of living.
A tribute to my father, Dale Andrews ~ born October 10, 1933, died October 1, 2011 . . .Read More
The new house we found is moving along nicely as far as the contract, so it looks like we should close by the middle of October. There is some painting in the kitchen to be done before we more in, plus I have my Nia White Belt Training October 13-19, so we don't think we will move until early November. I guess it depends on how the packing goes! So far, I have only just begun. It wil be worth it! Our new home is located on a short canal right off the Braden River.
This space below is in the front of the house; a more formal "living room" and separate dining room. The dining table you see there was left behind and we wiill not use it . . . I have a lovely dining room table given to me by my parents. I will put this long table in the front "living room area" along with some of the furniture from my studio that would look alright there. Then I will use the smaller "dining room" area for my messy studio work table, messy storage things etc. In fact, the large table in the front room could double as a teaching spot or an extra work area, when covered! It is amazing I'll get to spill my studio over into 2 rooms....
This is the view from the kitchen (we will paint the cabinets white) into the family room, complete with a wood burning fireplace which we will use in December & January!! The "dining room" space is in front of the kitchen, facing the street and the "living room" space is in front of the family room. The large screened lanai is behind the family room. There are 3 bedrooms as well, so plenty of room for guests.
October 1st is coming up soon. This is the 1st anniversary of my father's passing and also the 1st wedding anniversary of my son Dallas and his wife Liz. My family experienced both death and a life commitment - all on the same day. I could not be at their wedding understandably, but I am so happy to have made a celebratory animoto photo-video for Dallas and Liz for their first wedding anniversary. If you cannot see the video below, follow this link. And wonderful news, my older son Decklin & his partner Tina will be getting married next year on October 5th, 2013!
"If I had my life to live over, I'd do it all the same."
~ Joan McIntosh
I brought the Creative Breakout DVD with me and watched it once again for inspiration. Thanks to my instructor Bill Buchman for all he taught me. I am so glad I got a couple of his DVDs! below is a warm up exercise using his Zen Reed Pens. Just plain fun!
Carving stamps is not entirely new for me. I found out the other day when I located a small notebook that I carved my first stamp in 1995. Wow, do the math and you'll discover that was 17 years ago! (see the bottom of this post for more on that). But I was correct in thinking that a "refresher course" with someone I admire, whose carved stamps I have seen and loved, was a great idea, and a great deal at only $30!
Lesson 2 was about creating two simple interlocking stamps; stamps that you can overlap or rather, overstamp so they compliment each other. I have never done this type of carving before. We started with simple stripes, but I would like to try a more complicated design in the near future.
It may be hard to tell, but these blocks of speedy carve are the same striped design, filled in with black on opposing stripes. I used my linoleum cutting tool to remove all the black on both stamps, creating 2 opposite printing blocks.
|my first carved stamp, 8-11-95|
|dallas and decklin's first carved stamps|
|Remember, I told you they were carving Calvin & Hobbes!|
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. ~ Ella Fitzgerald