Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Monday, November 11, 2019

Lazy blogger...

Yeah. Blogging has lost some of its appeal when I'm limited in how much I can put in this little box. At least you don't have to worry about me getting too long winded! But I will post some artwork and try to say a few words.
I've been doing a lot of staying indoors, watching movies and reading over this three day weekend.
I see that Jordan and Brooke were in the Washington DC area over the weekend and visited with brother Trev and family. What a bunch of jet setters! I never know where they'll show up next!
This was the first time Trev and Rhonda had met Brooke. We all live so far apart. Glad they finally got together!

We have a deli gal breakfast tomorrow and Hazel has dental surgery on Wednesday. Those are the big events for this week. Praying for an uneventful surgery for her and a safe trip for the whole family. It's a couple of hours drive there. Adam is going, too. I'll pick Audrey up after school and stay with her until they get back. They won't know what time her appointment is until the evening before.

Other than that, here are a couple of 5x7 canvases I just finished. The unicorn is kind of a mess, but just seems to get worse when I try to "fix" it.  Running out of space, so I'll say adieux for now. Besides...I'm getting hungry!! Shalom, family and friends!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Pictures galore...

Micah's had her camera out again and she took some great photos! You'll also see some bright acrylic flowers made for a swap. They were inspired by the art of Renie Britenbucher. (Stolen, actually.) And then there's a very seasonal picture of Josh and the kids carving pumpkins.
Happy Autumn, everyone!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Grandparents' Day #2

On Wednesday I visited Audrey's third grade class. She read a chapter of her current reading book and we made a little book together. Her cousin, Cali, is in her class. She's the blonde girl in some of the pictures. (Not sure who the cute little boy is.) I had to leave early, but Grammy Lisa was there to take lots of pictures. She's Cali's grandma too, so she was busy keeping up. She took videos of gym class, but I'm not sure if she joined in the action.
I'm posting some random ATCs for my records. Some are just backgrounds, which we are swapping so that others can use them to make finished cards with. Others are finished postage stamp theme cards. Oh, I also added some inchies (See the tiny baby maple leaf?) and a picture of Thatcher who's learning to use the furniture to stand up. Watch out!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Grandparents' Day #1

On Tuesday I visited Hazel's first grade class. That's me in the red buffalo check flannel shirt. The lady taking the photos is Hazel's other Grammy Lisa. They both love making funny faces. She's the "fun" grandma. (Younger, too!) Hazel read to us and made some art for us. We got to participate in gym class, which involved a parachute and some crawling around on the floor. Needless to say, there were some sore muscles the next day.
I'll post those pictures below with a few autumn trees. The leaves are really raining down today. The trees will soon be bare.
Love y'all! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Mount Omei book from my last post...

just out of curiosity I Googled Mount Omei to see if this book was valuable. This is what I found.

Sorry, but I don't know how to highlight with this iPad to make a nicer link.
Anyway, I don't know if mine is a first edition of this translation but I can't imagine that they would have made more than one! It isn't signed. Any thoughts?

I'll just post this and see if the link works.

Friday, October 11, 2019


There must be a name for my problem. Oh yeah. Gluttony. As usual I brought home a ton of books from the library sale. In my defense, I also culled a good number of books from my shelves so I had room for the new ones. I'll show pics below.
Meanwhile, I'm sitting in my recliner watching a sporadic snowfall with a cup of coffee at my elbow. We've all been trading colds back and forth, but nothing too serious. We had a very busy day yesterday. The book sale for me and eye doctor appointments for three of the grands. Also parent-teacher conferences. So I did several short stints of babysitting. Today should be more relaxed.
Since I probably can't add captions to the photos below here is a brief explanation of what's coming up.
First is a 5x7 canvas I made for a swap.
Then, a photo of moi, just for the record, and because my brother was thinking I had short hair, lol.
Next is my younger step-son, Trevor. He's 48. He and his wife and kids live in the Baltimore area. He's a fun loving guy, as you can see. He's a senior contracts negotiator for Lockheed Martin. I can't imagine how much brain power that takes, but I know he's good at his job. He's also a retired Marine, a wonderful husband and dad and a Godly man. He's facing the challenges of Parkinson's disease with great courage. I'm so proud to be his mom.
And now for the books!
I found a gorgeous handmade book written in Japanese with a translation in English. I have no idea where this would have come from, but it's such a piece of art, I couldn't resist it!
Next photo you'll see a red songbook.
The photo after that shows the inside of it. Sort of unique.
I found a huge stack of Grace Livingstone Hill novels. I'll redonate these as I read them.
I found a couple of Max Lucado and Elizabeth Elliot books. The one with the shiny cover you can't read is called Marrying Mozart.
Then another little group including some Miss Marple.
The last two photos are books for collage materials. Someone donated a few boxes of very old books in German, Norwegian and French. I'll share these with art friends on my ATC site.
AND Hazel finally got her cast off!
Finally, and hopefully, here are the pictures! (And they're probably all out of order so have fun figuring out what's what!)
Shalom in advance!