Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sharing? Really??!

Luna does not EVER share her bed!!

Today she shared her bed with Lucki!!

I wonder what she wants??????

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

I hate to see them suffer so!

My children - Pipo and Leonor - with their significant others. Can you tell how heart broken they were while I was gone????

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Hurricane Isaac

Thank God Hurricane Isaac did no real damage in Key Largo (especially since I am in New York!).

But you HAVE to love the signs!!

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Kristina made me cry today!!!

My father never got to meet Maddie or Savannah. Kristina was pregnant with Maddie when my father passed away. My father in law died before meeting Savannah.

She was saying how this morning she woke up thinking anout them. She believes in her heart of hearts that they play with the girlswhen noone sees. She sent me this picture.

It made me cry.

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De Coporis Humanis

What a great class with Ingrid today!!! Very different than what I usually do but it was so much fun to do!

It took EIGHT hours to just do the BINDER!!! Front and back cover and both inside covers.

The theme is sort of odd I guess... The human body .... but its something that really wraps you up!

Thank you ingrid for another fantastic class!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Dinner at Carmine's

We went to eat at an Italian restaurant tonight in Manhattan called Carmine's.

The company was obviously wonderful but the food????? That was just amazing!

Spicy linguini with shrimp, calamari and crab! Just looking at this picture makes my mouth water!!

Meatballs (again spicy) made with veal, pork and meat. And I dont even LIKE meatballs but these will knock your socks off!

Something called brocolli rob... Didnt like it - very bitter.

Fresh made canolli (is that how you spell it?) with pistachios. So damned good !!
Yep - gotta love this town! Yesterday thai food... Today Italian... Gotta admit I dont miss the Cuban food!
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Through The Rabbit Hole

Took a class with Ingrid Dijkers today in Manhattan. We were fortunate enough to have her teach at Keys 4 Art last year and I really love Ingrid. She is a fabulous artist and a fantastic person.

When she taught at our retreat we asked her to teach her Over the Edge class and everyone loved it but I had always wanted to learn the technique for her Through the Rabbit Hole journal. I was not disappointed.

This is only the first steps of the journal and most of the work is still to be done but I love it!!

These pictures were taken with my phone so you really cant define how great this journal is but each different colored circle is a different page - thus the concept of Through the Rabbit Hole.

I will post more pictures as I work on it so you can see the progress.

Tomorrow we have another class with a totally different journal!

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Location:Kappock St,Bronx,United States

Subways are madness!

Went on a tour with Pat, Eileen and Teri (the New York trifecta) yesterday! It was great! What an amazing city! As I told them, its wonderful and overwhelming at the same time. So many sound, so many people so mich going on, so much to see! So much of EVERYTHING!
I toolk tons of puctures and will blog about it all later. Right now I am sitting on a subway with Eileen and Pat on the way to Eileen's. Can write. Book about the subway alone!!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

She is walking!!

I am in New York in Eileens beautiful apartment! We have spent all day looking theough her art journals! She has beautiful art everywhere! Pure heaven today!

Then to make a perfect day even better Kristina sent me a video of Savannah walking! And she is not 10 months old yet!

Talk about hilarious!!! I have no idea what Savannah was looking for under that rug but it did not work out so welll!!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

They are growing up too fast!

These girls are just growing up so fast.  Kaitlynn started "real kindergarten" yesterday.  She did kindergarten in private school but she is only five and Kristina decided she should do "real" kindergarten in public school.  I can't believe it.  I HATE the idea of this little girl being in a big public school!!  Doesn't she look excited though?? She LOVES it! Says her teacher is "awesome", the school is "awesome", her new friends are "awesome".... well you get the picture!

Her first cafeteria breakfast!!!

Doesn't she look too little to be there????  Or is it just me?
Savannah started her first day in day care.

Ms. Maddeline started Little College last Monday.  It's been a whole week and she has not been kicked out of school so I guess she is doing well!

These girls are my world.


Tomorrow I am going to New York!!!  I have only been there for 2 days previously and am so excited about going!  The best part is that I am going to be staying with my pal Eileen and will be hanging out with Teri and Pat!!!  Just doesn't get any better than that!!  GIRL TIME!!!  Woo HOOOOOOOO!!

We will be taking two classes with Ingrid Dijkers.  I love Ingrid.  She taught at our Keys for Art Retreat last year and she was just wonderful.  She is creative and DIFFERENT which is why I enjoy her work so much.

But let's face it.... I am excited about Ingrid but so much more excited about hanging out with my friends!!  I was telling them that this is the first time in my life I take a trip by myself for pleasure.  I travel frequently but with my family; when I do travel alone its for work.

My father never let me sleep outside my home so no slumber parties for me growing up!  I was married at 17 had children by 19 and WHOOOOOFFFFF!  I'm 51!!!!

As I told the girls today, I feel like a kid going on my first slumber party!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012


My BELIEVE page is done. I played around with the face and I am happier with it now!

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Lindy's Stamp Gang

The other day I was all excited about receiving the sprays from Lindys Stamp Gang but I had not used them until today.

They are all they are hyped up to be. The colors are gorgeous and no matter jow many you spray on your paper they do not muddy.

I have two evolution journals I am working on (a RR group) and decided I would use it on this one journal.

The stamp is by DYLUSIONS and one of my favorites.

The layout is two pages, one shorter than the other.

Left side.

Right side.

Both pages side by side.

Now..... What to do.. What to do?

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Its worth it

I picked up my 3 grand daughters for the weekend. I love them so much and I miss them when I dont see them.
Its always much more difficult than I expect! I am waaaayyyyy too old to handle three little girls!!
But then my daughter texts me this picture of her and her husbamd out on the town enjoying a dinner alone and she looks so happy that its totally worth it!!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Inka Gold by Viva

The mail carrier brought me 10 gorgeous colors of Inka Gold today! I am not quite sure why I ordered them, but assume it was after seeing a video or something! Now I have to figure out what its for!! LOL!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I didnt want to add too much more to this so this is what I finished the top with - a brass flower.

And in the one side that was empty I just added a TH token, the brass TH pin and a brass chain.

There u go Vic!!! Will be in the mail to you by the end of the week!


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Keys 4 Art 2013!!

Keys 4 Art 2013 is scheduled!!! Marc 10-16, 2013!!
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As you know, I signed up for another chunky atc swap on the Wendy Vecchi online group. My partner is Vic and after asking her, I find out her favorite colors are aqua/teal and purple. She told me she would love something steampunk so I set out to make her something she would like. I started with a gessoed piece of wood and painted it in the two colors she wanted with the Lumier paints which look so gorgeous on wood. I also put some of the Ranger clear distress crackle paint on some of the atc.

This is one of my many "favorite" art parts but I think it's perfect for steampunk.

I have three sides done so far. The front has the art part with some stones, gears and steampunk images in the background.

The back side has the ruler-shelf I love so much. It has some wonderful chains, a charlotte head, a brass rose, a brass sign that says "kiss" and a mini bottle with some beautiful teal colored micro beads.

One of the sides has a faucet painted with the ranger patina paints, a really pretty brass chain is hanging on the faucet and I have hung some cute charms on it.

The top of the chunk is almost done. I put some really cool gears on the top and some micro-beads. It still needs "something" but I'm not quite sure what.

So now I have this one side left.

So what do you think?????

Friday, August 10, 2012

Another Chunky ATC!

I started working on another chunky ATC yesterday. This one is for Vic in the Wendy Vecchi group.
Her favorite colors are teal and purple (mine too!). She loves steampunk (me too!).
So much to choose from!!!
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Yesterdays mail!!

So many goodies came in the mail yesterday!

I had bought a couple of sprays from Lindys Stamp Gang a long time ago and really loved them. They came back to my attention recently in some videos I saw.

I bought a few sets of the Flat Fabio sprays which are really gorgeous! With names like Catibben Cruise, Beauty School Dropout and Hawaiian Island how can you resist?!

The Magical Powders are stunning! Cant wait to use them.

I got stamps and Graphic 45 paper pads.... Is this a great country or WHAT?!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New stamps!

I have wanted these stamps for awhile but I could only find them in Australia and the shipping was twice the cost of the stamps!

I finally remembered to look for them again and bought them from a very nice lady at Love Rubberstamps out of Iowa.

And they are HERE ! They are by Jane Davenport and the possibilities are ENDLESS!

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Gloria's Chunky ATC

I am part of a wonderful online group called KINDRED SOULS. The cigar box I did recently was for a swap in that group.
Now another first for me.... A chunky ATC. I had never done one before and always thought they were really cute. After a few false starts I actually did one I love and think Gloria, my partner, will too.
Okay, so you start with a piece of wood (a 2x4 cut into 2 1/2 inch pieces).The chunky atc has the same measurements as an atc but obviously with more dimension.

Gloria had told me she loves vintage. I had not done vintage in so long it actually was a fun idea. I first covered the block in gesso. I cover it in tissue paper and pieces of cheese cloth to create texture because I had originally thought of painting it.

After sleeping on it for a day I changed my mind and decided to use some beautiful prima paper I had.
I always buy entire sets so I had the flowers that go along with this paper and added those too.

I added a knob and charms to one side of the block.

And added flowers cascading from the top to the other side of the block.

I put it away for the night and started to think about image(s) I wanted to add. No clue. I wanted something vintage looking but wanted it to be something "different" than just an image glued on to the block. Enter Wendy and her wonderful Art Parts! Love these things! I used one of my favorite vintage images and put it on the front of the block.

I had added some gold micro beads to block - a little on both sides. After doing it though I thought it looked flat. So I added some of the teal micro-beads and got the look I wanted.

I added some teal micro beads to the side and, finally did the back using one of the ideology clocks (since the paper had a clock on it), and a pen nib. When I added the piece of ruler I realized it made a great shelf so I added the two little bottles. I put teal micro beads in one and gold micro-beads in the other and really like the way it looks.

Finally, I added two little butterflies to the flowers.

So Gloria I hope you like it!!! It was made with lots of love.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Artist Cellar

I love this online store!! Lisa is wonderful and the service is just amazing.

I LOVE their stencils! The box of goodies in the previous post cane from them today along with these stencils.

I bought their new stencils, The Old World Map Series

and Lisa sent me this great stencil too!!!

Isnt it great???

If you have not been to the Artist Cellar drop by! You will be glad you did!

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