Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Three Muses - Steampunk

Marie has chosen Steampunk for this week's challenge. It's always fun to play around with steampunkery. Most of what I've used are elements from Maya's Steampunk kit at SBG. The punkman is from Flickr Collage Images.
While Marie's son and wife have been visiting her, my daughter and her children from Oregon have been visiting me. We've both managed time for steampunking, however!! Thanks for the challenge, Marie!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sunday Postcard - India

Sunday Postcard's theme this week is India. I used a couple of elements by Irene Alexeeva, and the rest are from net surfing. Actually, India makes me think of spices, temples, women with mysterious eyes in bright saris, the Taj Mahal and dancing girls. (As an aside, when I worked as a medical transcriptionist, the Indian accent was the very most difficult to understand and transcribe!)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Theme Thursday - Collage

Digital collage is my favorite thing! Background here is by Rubyblossom, stair by Cemerony, lady is from a John Wm. Waterhouse painting, ivy from Christina Renee Designs, floral spray from Lorie Davison (SBG) and faux paintings are googled. Thanks for a great challenge!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Three Muses - Eyes

The minute I saw Ann's theme was "Eyes" this photo came immediately to mind. The eyes of this young Afghan girl, (who appeared on the cover of National Geographic a few years ago) are the most riveting I've ever seen. The dove at the upper right is a symbol of the elusive peace, which, please God, one day this young woman will know. The background and headline are compliments of Google. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mixed Media Monday - Something Old

Diana at Mixed Media Monday is celebrating her birthday, and she's chosen Something Old for her theme. Is 100 B.C. old enough to make you feel young and sassy, Diana?! Here's Cicero....and now don't you feel like a "spring chicken"?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sunday Postcard - Sea Voyage

Sunday Postcard sent us on a Sea Voyage this week. My two voyagers are in sight of land....and some unusual fish (thanks to Kubivet). Overlay is from B. Datema at SBG. This was a fun challenge. Thanks!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Art Creations 6-17

This jolly fellow is this week's image from Art Creations (thank you, ladies!). I've used backgrounds from Rubyblossom and Cemerony, with an overlay by B. Datema of Scrapbookgraphics. This was such fun to work with! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Three Muses - Buttons and Bows

When I was doing last week's challenge of music, the song "Buttons and Bows" kept running through my mind. I finally decided it was speaking to me and decided to use it for this week's challenge. The image is an Art Creations freebie, and the elements are from a couple of designers at Scrapbookgraphics. The color combination of green and deep pink just sort of happened!

Something Completely Different - Cats

Over at Something Completely Different, the challenge this week is to do a 3x5 skinny with the theme of cats. My felines are from Kubivet and Irene Alexeeva, borders are from Astrid McLean, and the composite "cat lady" is basically from Flickr Collage Images. The quote is SO true!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mixed Media Monday - Vintage ad

Rosie is hosting this week's Mixed Media Monday, and she has chosen vintage ads and labels. Mine are from Art-E-Zine, and the frame is Scrapbookgraphics (DFran). Thanks for the challenge, Rosie!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sunday Postcard - Rose

I guess this is a little off-beat, but when I saw the challenge the first thing that came to mind was Dali's "Meditative Rose", and that is the view outside the window. The image is one of John William Waterhouse's. I love his work. The quote is Bronte. And, mea culpa, I forgot to make note where I got the discarded journal on the floor. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Art Creations - 6-11

What an interesting background Art Creations has given us this week! After some playing with images and filters, this came to be. The image is from Old Book Illustrations. Elements from Catherine Designs. Thanks for stopping by, and your comments are much appreciated.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Three Muses - Song

OK, my song is Frank Sinatra's "Dream (When You're Feeling Lonely)". Doesn't every girl dream of remote castles and handsome knights? There are about a dozen layers to this one. The cone bouquet in the corner is called a "tussy-mussy" and was used to hang from the bedstead in Victorian times to emit fragrance in the boudoir. (Mine is from Create Wings Designs). Thanks for stopping by......(and, if you have the time, check the entry below about the glass printer's plate and share with me anything you may know about them.)

Monday, June 7, 2010


HELP! Cleaning out a cupboard today, I came across two vintage glass print plates (wrapped in a newspaper from 1977). They are about 6x6 flat pieces of glass that look somewhat like negatives. I scanned them in. I remember buying this particular one because it reminds me of my father's mother. Do any of you know the era of these glass plates? All the info I've found so far has to do with wooden or metal plates. I may have to call a local antique dealer. If any of you have any information, please let me know!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mixed Media Monday - Floral

Floral tribute is the challenge at MMM this week. I decided to try a mix of color and black and white. The image is a freebie and, drat, I lost my note from where. (If anyone knows, please clue me in!) The garden fairy is from Karen's Whimsy public domain. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sunday Postcard - Art Nouveau

A great challenge from Sunday Postcard. I found this lovely lady on Google (an Alphonse Mucha), and the art nouveau frame at Flickr free images, and added a bit of grunge to the border from Laurel Bavin. Thanks for the challenge!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Theme Thursday - Bright Colors

This was rollicking great fun. Thanks to Theme Thursday for their challenge of using bright colors!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Ann has presented us with the challenge of Time this week. I'm not sure this grouchy little guy is too happy about the flight of time! Background is from Creations 23, the "guy" is from Kelly Puddy, the borders are by Astrid McLean. watch face and hands from Jenn U Designs. He's a conglomerate, for sure, and if he takes flight, don't get in his way! Thanks for stopping by.


One constant of the vast prairies of Illinois and Indiana has been the wind that blows restlessly across the fields of corn and soybeans. The bucolic landscape is changing, in that the little family farms are, sadly, slowly disappearing. On the recent trip to Illinois, I was amazed to see hundreds and hundreds of wind turbines, their gracefully turning blades harvesting the prairie winds and turning them into electrical power. There are arguments pro and con for the wind farms, but it's obvious they are to be a part of our future. They seem not to affect the agriculture about them, and are certainly a boon to the income of armers, who have been struggling to make ends meet. The rural Illinois of my early childhood had no electricity at all, no indoor "facilities", and a crank wall phone! My father caught the daily news every evening, sitting in his rocker beside the console floor-model radio. I wonder what he would think of wind farms.