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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Five On Friday

TV
I’m looking forward to watching Season 2 of Orange is the New Black, but I’m afraid that once I begin I won’t be able to stop. I’ve heard the second season is just as good as the first.  Every one of the main characters is so well developed – I care about each of them.  But Crazy Eyes? She's the best. 


Reading
I’m in after-book limbo again. I keep trying those kindle samples -  you know where you download just a bit of the book? But I just can’t seem to find anything that is both entertaining and intelligent. Got any recommendations? I love historical fiction and biographies.


Pets
I have a cat question and I’m posting it here because – well, someone might know the answer. My new, not-so-little ragdoll (six months old) is a sweetheart in every way, but he does something very odd in the early morning hours. In fact, I have to hide under the sheets from him because he is obsessed with ... licking my eyelids. It’s kind of disgusting, I know; definitely annoying. Is there some mommy thing this relates to, like when they do the kneading action?

Speaking of Travel
How do you plan your trips? I like Trip Advisor a LOT -- people (including me) enter all sorts of details and destinations that are so helpful for getting the most fun from your trip.  I also use kayak almost exclusively to find the best airline and even hotel reservations. We once traveled all over Italy without reservations, using the kayak website to book ahead on each leg of the way. Technology is amazing.

And finally…
Curacao…so fun.  Having my husband, kids, grandchildren and friend all together in one place for a week was heaven. We explored caves, visited outdoor green markets, snorkeled, scuba’d and swam all day in a lovely pool off our deck. We took turns cooking delicious meals and going to dinner. We saw green parrots flying freely through the trees and saw a “flamboyance of flamingoes” gathered at the water’s edge.




Ben(center front), Bill, Ally and me. We were wilted by this point - so hot in caves.

Lou and Liam

Willamstaat

Rosie with Liam and Noah


One more thing...someone had asked whether I write in my glue book collages. Here is proof. I did these pages for a friend's journal, with a theme of lyrics. The two-page spread and a coordinating tag:





Have a wonderful week!!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Gluebook Images

I've been making glue books since high school. Often mine had either journaling or poems, along with images and other bits and bobs. Some were lost along the way as I moved from place to place. I wish I still had them. Some have made the moves with me and still contain poems that I wrote or that I saved from magazines.

Anyway, now is now, and I'm still gluing things into books, kind of like collage, I guess.  I thought I'd share some here. I haven't done any journaling on them yet. When I do, I'll post a few.

My friend Pat made this tag.

Those vintage cars were in an Esquire advertisement.




Every now and then I use an actual real-life photo.

I have a thing for doorways




Hope you enjoyed my glue books!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Five on Friday - Memorial Day Edition

What I’m reading…
I finished Rules of Civility, Amor Towles’ first novel and one that I will probably read several times. It's a period piece, set in 1930’s New York City, mostly the East and West Village. I love jazz and that era in particular, and for a little while, reading this book,  I was able to live there. The main character dabbles in the lives of some of the wealthiest Manhattanites; be prepared for martinis and blue, smoky jazz clubs.  Amor Towles created a jazz playlist from the period. Benny Goodman’s Memories of You and I Remember You are iconic. If you want to experience the full effect, here is a link to the Rules of Civility Playlist: https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000697291

The Virgin Blue – part detective story and part historical fiction, the novel alternates between the story of a women in current time and a female relative who lived 400 years earlier. A common thread emerges, linking the two. The author, Tracy Chevalier, also wrote Girl With a Pearl Earring. She is so talented at description that the well-crafted storyline and characters I cared about seemed like a bonus.


What I’m watching…
Most recent Indie film I’ve seen is Belle, a film inspired by a 1770 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray. It was commissioned by the first Earl of Mansfield, William Murray. Both women are his nieces, with Dido the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of  his nephew, a Royal navy officer. The plot surrounds social mores of the time, with Dido raised in an aristocratic household alongside her cousin and with the undercurrent of a legal case on slavery during the same time period. I liked everything about it – the story, the costumes, the characters, and the historical implications. And as I have in the past, it got me thinking about what would have happened if we had lost the Revolutionary War? Would slavery, which was abolished in England long before the U.S., have ended here much sooner? And if that was the case, would we still have had the Civil War? Would our government structure be more like Australia or Canada?


What I’m looking forward to:
Two weeks from now we’ll be in Curacao.  For the first time in over 10 years, it will be a true family vacation for me, with both my children, the grandchildren, two grandpas and an honorary auntie  hanging out together in a big house on the water.  We are looking forward to sun, fun, snorkeling, scuba diving, and lazy nights playing cards and listening to music while watching babies crawl…


What I’m "art-ing" about:
Recently a friend suggested I submit samples of my art journals to a book being published by North Light on the topic. I’ve never submitted any of my art anywhere – just no interest – but she was persistent so I did – and one of my journal pages was selected for publishing in the upcoming book, Art Journal Kickstarters.  I think I have shown the page on this blog once before; not sure, but anyway, here it is.



And Finally…

Seven years ago we buried my dad, with a military funeral, a Marine Corps honor guard, taps and a 7-gun salute.  It was beautiful, a fitting tribute to a man who devoted much of his life to both the military and his family. I miss him every day.  On this Memorial Day weekend, I am grateful to every Veteran who answered the call of duty, and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  You are not forgotten.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Five on Friday-April 25

It's been a while, and thanks for sticking with me. Life just gets busy sometimes and it's hard to keep all the balls in the air.

And although I haven't been blogging, I have been reading. Just finished Life after Life - an unusual plot involving being reborn several times to change the ending of a life story.  The setting is pre and post WWII, and while I didn't love the book at first, it did grow on me. Now I'm reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  It's good - but so far very similar to her previous offerings.

The weather in NYC is finally warming up, and with it, our visits to Central Park have begun. Our new mayor wants to do away with the hanson carriage rides in the park. Have you ever ridden in one? Would you miss them when/if they're gone?

My Hawaiian ladies altered book group is finally nearing the finish line for each of us working in the books.  The last two pages were themed "Got Humor" and "Diamonds and Rust," which we are supposed to interpret any way that strikes us.

Based on lyrics from the Joan Baez song, "Diamonds and Rust"

The Three Stooges

The page above is a pop-up, where the faces of Larry, Moe and Curly pop up, and then a hand smacks each of them.  Can't have Three Stooges humor without some smacks!



Confession: I love Throwback Thursday on Facebook. I love seeing those old photos, whether they are pictures of people I went to school with, friends I've met since then, or even people I've never met. I feel like seeing their old photos lets me get to know them just a little better, and it just makes me so happy.


Are you watching this final half-season of MadMen? There is a big part of me that is really hoping the series ends well.  However, I've gotten so attached to the characters that I know--for an absolute fact -- that when it's over I'll be wondering how the characters changed in the 70's and 80's.  Ridiculous, I know. I also miss book characters after the book ends.  Now you know how Silly Sentimental I am...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter 2014

So much to catch up on that I don't even know if I will try.  But I'll start here.

How was your Easter? Mine was lovely. We went to an Easter Parade at the Jersey Shore (Seaside) and my daughter and her family won best dressed family. They looked pretty darned cute, I have to say. Sadly, I didn't get a shot of their mom and dad with them, but here are the babies:

Liam with Grandpa Lou


Liam, Noah and Wyatt

I'll be writing more about art and reading and movies soon.  But for today, my boys. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Altered Book Pages

I have been working on several ongoing collaborative projects, including two different altered book groups. The topic for the first pages is "Alchemy," the idea of changes in substance or matter. I decided to go with a medieval view of the alchemist and created a mini tunnel book as a tip in.  I used lots of layers of stencils, paints, cray pas, printed images, ink and pencil on this spread. I love the way the light shines through when you open out the pages.






This spread, below, is about myths and secrets, and I chose to do the Loch Ness Monster. I gelli printed book pages and then acrylic painted a stylized, painterly sea creature. Beneath the waves lurks  some theories about Nessie.  I was so caught up in looking for myths and legends for this challenge that I had a hard time choosing which one to do.  JFK, Bermuda Triangle, Alien Abductions, Jimmy Hoffa -- I mean, I could have just had a stack of garbage with a body hidden under it for that one!