Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tinkerbell's Broken Tail

Did you know a dog can break its tail?? I didn't. But last weekend, after Tinkerbell had a fall while trying to jump from a chair to the couch, we noticed her tail was hanging down at an odd angle. A trip to the vet, x-rays, and several hundred dollars later, and we now have this bandaged appendage!

The vertebra she broke looks about the size of a pencil lead on the x-ray, but you could clearly see she had snapped it right in half. Fortunately, she acts like she's always had this bandage on her backside!

Misty's Forest Floor Book

I found a card with this wonderful wood nymph and her creatures to use for Misty's Forest Floor True Colors round robin book. And the degrading paper with mesh was in a grab bag I bought from Loose Ends. Perfect for this theme!

The spread on the right is by another player, but it shows how the color theme was interpreted by someone else, yet still works with mine!

Painted Buttons

A while back, I bought a lot of really cool painted buttons on eBay. Unfortunately, when they arrived they wreaked of cigarette smoke, so I cleverly soaked them in soap and baking soda. When I rinsed them, though, most of the paint went down the drain.

I've had them all taped to foamcore for months, waiting to be repainted, and I finally got to it last Sunday while DH was away all day at a tennis clinic. After spending half the day painting with acrylic paints and a brush, I discovered paint pens were the magic ticket for this kind of job. They took half the time and put on much smoother, brighter, and controllable color. Live and learn.

Here are the results. I'm going to let the kids use these for their niche books, if they want to.

Here's the whole lot. Yes, I am nuts. But this is my therapy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

May Postcards

May's colors are salmon and turquoise. At first that made me think of fish in a pond, but then I ran across this photo of an old door that was so perfect I just had to use it. I turned it into a window, and created a magical scene when the window is opened.

Also, I just noticed that my last post was my 100th post on this blog! I've really enjoyed keeping a record of my art and decorating and family adventures here. Even though I don't get a lot of comments, I know several people enjoy reading my posts and seeing my photos, which feels great. But it's just satisfying to the type-A, hyper-organized part of me to have all this information collected in one place.

I have to admit, when I first heard about this new thing called a "blog," I didn't get it at all. I guess I'm what you'd call a "convert"!!