place cards 4 birthday party

My mom asked me to make place cards for the 75th birthday party she is throwing for herself on Thursday! A little patterned paper on top of watercolor paper, a little bit of watercolour crayons, a little silver glitter pen and a few silver stars scattered in for good measure. Thank goodness i had these things in my art bag . . . HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my momma!! may i look and feel as young as she when i am 75 years young : ) lenna young andrews - December 8th, 2009 -p.s. My son Decklin arrives today with Tina!!

a walk in Bradenton 12/6/09

Isn't this wild?

I am fascinated by my new surroundings. Taking a walk around here is simply amazing. It seems i can't stop taking photos!! Click on the photo above for more recent pictures that I have added or go to my flickr set - Florida: new life-slideshow.

yours happily, lenna young andrews - december 7th, 2009.

thank you Peggy!

What a lovely surprise to receive a "you've got style" blog award from Peggy Gatto! Wow! Peggy is a truly creative artist i have done many exchanges and swaps with -please check out her blog via the link above.
I am not sure if Sharon may have already received this award or not, but i would love to pass this on to Sharon Borsavage - Livewire Jewelry. Sharon makes jewelry and mixed media art with a definite style that i LOVE. i think you will agree, she sure has style!
with love, lenna young andrews - december 6th, 2009.

Christy's Altered Book

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Here is a cropped portion of one of the pages I did in Christy Laudig's Altered Book for our RR exchange. This is the first art I have done since . . . the middle of November, I think? wow, three weeks with no art is a long time for me!
To see the pages I did, plus Christy's Sign in page and Cover, click on the image above. This is a transparency from ARTchix Studio - in fact, one of my favorites, which i layered on top of confetti vellum. The delicious words are from ARTchix as well. Or follow this link to my altered book set to see the pages in this book and more - enjoy!
lenna young andrews - December 5th, 2009.

new walks

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Wow! we are recovering from our move out of our old house and our drive down here -from CT to Florida. You will find me unpacking the few things we brought with us into our temporary rental and getting ready for my oldest son Decklin and his partner Tina to visit us next week for 4 days!!! We are all very excited. To counter-act all the stress and all the sitting we just went through -and to get the dogs and us active again, we are walking and walking! Taking a walk is quite a different experience here in Florida compared to Connecticut . . . . yowza!! There are tall palm trees, bougainvillea, herons, hibiscus and tons of different foliage . . . . i know i will enjoy walking here. It's been raining today, but that gave me time to upload my most recent photos . . . you can click on this link to see the entire set if you like!
with love, lenna young andrews - December 5th, 2009


While i still have not totally comprehended that we have moved down to Florida . . . we have!
Having the whole idea of coming here first be a dream, then something to work for, and finally something we are doing, makes it seem this way. We have a furnished place to rent for two months while we look for a longer-term place . . . and i must admit, it is quite cute! what do you think??

our cottage has a really nice, tropical backyard . . .

-and below, here is Steven, Asia and I today at my parents house. They have tons of wonderful fruit trees on their property and the weather is delightful. So I am sending you some Florida sunshine! lenna young andrews, December 2nd, 2009

we are here - here we are!

Around 3pm Tuesday afternoon, we rolled into Bradenton, FL and drove straight to my parent's home, phew! Today's drive of about 6 hours was a piece of cake compared to our last 2 days. We are all tired but happy, hanging out with mom & dad tonight. We met the property manager for our cottage earlier and will head there real soon, but i wanted to share these photos first....
-Here we are at my parents!!!
Steven & my mom . . .
my dad spies the trailer full of his handmade boats . . .
steven tells my dad traveling stories . . . really??!! ; )
with love from lenna young andrews - December 1, 2009


This is a very familiar site to us now . . . the GPS! Steven just got it for the car specifically for this trip, although he has used them in boats for years. They're cool devices, sometimes a bit quirky. It takes a little getting used to, but it's not that hard to figure out. We do make jokes about all the "recalculating" the voice commands have to do because we want to take a different route (less mountainous) that would work better for towing a trailer-full of boats! We started making up stories of how the woman's voice giving us directions was going to get mad at us and say things like, "Do you people have any idea where you're going?!" Hmmm, can you tell we have been spending many many hours in the car with this GPS? ;^ ) Today was better because we did not get stuck in traffic for 2 hours. Driving 9 hours was an improvement over 12! And we arrived to our motel at 7pm instead of 9pm, which was much more favorable. Time to unwind after a day like this . . . . pups have their own platform beds . . .

we stopped a lot for gas, to walk the dogs, stretch our legs . . .

of course we argued over little things spending all that time together -but we still smiled . . . . don't you like my mom's sunglasses? ; ^ ) I'm bringing them down to her!!!!

We are in Port Wentworth, GA tonight. Tomorrow is the last leg of our trip and with any luck, we should be at my parent's house in Bradenton, FL late tomorrow afternoon.
amazing. it still has not hit me that we have moved, or are moving . . . . we will stay in a rented furnished cottage for 2 months, near my parents and look for another more permanent place to live after that time is up. Get our stuff -ooh how i grew to hate that "stuff" this past week especially (movers came 2 days ago) -out of storage and into a new place. We are really considering renting now instead of buying, but we'll see what happens when we look. Time to rest up now for the last leg. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Like my friend Sharon Borsavage said to me, maybe i should get this journey into a journal or altered book?! love, lenna young andrews - November 30, 2009.

on the road

yes, we are on our way!
we drove 12 hours the first day because of Thanksgiving traffic around Harrisburg, PA; this held us up for about 2 hours going about 10mph -arg. But we made it about 500 miles to Staunton, Virginia with 2 dogs, a stuffed car and 6 boats in tow. We got a lot of stares at all of my dad's lovely handmade boats during our travels. Obviously, we have wireless internet at our dog-friendly motel! We are about to head off for another 500 miles, another 10 or 12 hours to outside of Savannah, GA. The last day of driving will hopefully be the easiest with 400 miles . . .
Steven took the photo below this morning across the street but wants to send it around saying it is where we stayed the night in Virginia!!!

love : ) lenna young andrews - november 30, 2009

thankful, yes.

This was earlier this afternoon . . .
now the pile is even bigger and i am taking a break!

We are working away, it seems up to the last minute to get the packing job done. The moving truck comes Saturday. It is really hard to imagine all you have collected until you need to pack it and move it. I gave myself some time off from packing this afternoon to make a little video photo montage . . .

This is sure to be my last post for a while. The modem and computers are shut down on Saturday and we start our drive to Florida on Sunday. I do have a couple of exchange projects i need to do for Colour Groupies and ABRR, but they will have to wait. No time for that before we go!

i am thankful and blessed. love to you, lenna young andrews, november 26, 2009

moving towards Florida

It was last week i think when i wrote about moving . . . . we have sold our home and are heading towards Bradenton, Florida where my mom and Dad live in about a week or so... Nov. 29th.
Amazing! Still hard to believe. We have concentrated our efforts recently on selling and giving away anything we don't need so we do not have to move it, and I have been working on packing up my studio. This is probably the largest area to pack in the entire house I must say, sheesh! Today I can proclaim that the job is done and my studio is looking rather sad . . .

I have added my sewing machine to my bag and box of traveling art supplies-my portable studio- along with a small box of loved CDs . . . i will be sure to stash these items in the car before the moving van arrives! thank you for the reminders; I am sure i will need help remembering things by the time moving day comes . . . phew!
Steven in the meantime, has been perfecting the 'Dale Andrews (my dad) Boat Trailer' . . . adding cross supports, padding, and now tying down all the boats my dad made, plus squeezing in 2 of his own kayaks. Steve will test the rig out on Sunday when he trailers it down to his brother's house in Mystic and they'll use a professional boat shrink wrap system on the boats to help cut down on the wind drag. wow!!!

Yes, my father made ALL of those wooden boats . . . and Steven wants to get them safely to him. When we get settled in Bradenton, Steven plans to get my dad to show him some of the tricks of his craftsmanship. And tomorrow I'll start boxing up the contents of our home which I know will be a lot easier than my studio!

I will be back again before we leave on our adventure . . . lenna young andrews, November 19, 2009.

blue moos ARTchix Studio Swap!

Helga Strauss offers some wonderful opportunities for collaborative Swaps over at ARTchix - read all about the Blue Moos mini card swap here.
I made 6 mini cards (1"x 3") for the swap and 2 extra just for fun. This was a little 'mental health break' for me while i was packing up my entire studio!!!!!!!!!! yikES! We are leaving our home, which recently sold, and driving to our new home: Florida, in less than 2 weeks. Click on the image below for a bit more detail. For these mini cards I used a color copy onto FABRIC of the Snowflake Kisses collage sheet from ARTchix Studio. I love how the images reprinted onto fabric; it gave them a nice, soft hand. I used my xyron machine to attach the images to watercolor cards. Then I used a silver glitter marker to add a border and small dots of silver glitter to the mini cards. I used a fine tip permanent black pen to write the word blue . . . and add a few cross-stitches. Then i popped them in the mail, just in time for the November 16th deadline!!!!!!! Again, i am grateful to Helga for all the inspiration she provides me! lenna young andrews, november 16th, 2009