Change

Change is all around us. Most of it we can't control. Some we can. I have had a lot of both in my life lately and I'm learning to embrace it. As my life is taking a new direction I decided it was time to take the blog down a new path as well. I will be posting a travel journal of sorts to document our simple journeys and I would love to share it with you. Welcome!

Monday, December 31, 2007

Mixed Media Monday - "Let's Celebrate!"

Ok, I cheated a little--but with good reason. I am celebrating New Year's in a PICU waiting room--but I am celebrating! My one-year old grandson got a gift of life yesterday. Through the selfless act of a caring family in their worst hour, my grandson received a liver transplant! By God's grace, he is doing well. There is no place I would rather be on this New Year's Eve!

So understandably, I do not have an art project to post today.

I will, however, be posting Wednesday for Banner Month. (I prepared ahead--"just in case")
Happy New Year to all of you!!

Friday, December 28, 2007

4 x 4 Friday - "Sequin Waste" (punchinella)


Best Friends Forever
These gals made their way into this week's 4x4 challenge: Sequin waste. I had to do a little digging, but I found some in a stash of ribbons and such.
Start here to see what everybody else did this challenge.
I hope to see you here next week for the beginning of Banner Month!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

January is a Banner Month!!


Wow! I have had great response about the January Banner Month. We are going to have so much fun!
Now to answer the questions about pennant specifics.

The pennant size will be up to you and how you plan to use your completed banner. My template is 6 "x7 1/2" x7 1/2".

It seems specific instructions are preferable to generalities, so our theme for the month will be "Dream". The first week's pennant will feature a "D", the second week an "R" and so on. For those that want more prompts, there will be an additional optional element to incorporate each week. On the last week, we will post the final pennant and the completed banner.

The pennants will be posted each Wednesday in January. After you have posted your pennant and a link to this site on your blog, come here and leave a comment for all the other participants to find you.

After I decided to host this banner challenge, I went in search of illustrations of what I had in mind. Lucky for me, I found some great links and pictures!

This link is one you absolutely must go to!
http://krislhurst.blogspot.com/2007/12/believe-banner.html


Below is great banner done by Cris at welcome to my world of crisp art.

These banners below were featured in the July/August 2006 edition of Somerset Studio.

Below is a celebration banner from Salmagundi Express:
And finally, one last link worth visiting:

http://simplymein.typepad.com/simply_mein/2007/12/holiday-goodies.html

Hopefully these links and pictures have answered your questions and inspired you to create works of greatness!

**The optional prompt for the first week is dragonfly. If you choose, incorporate a dragonfly somewhere on your "D" pennant. I'll post my entry on January 2. See you then!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Mixed Media Monday - "Christmas"






Our Mixed Media Monday theme this week is, of all things, Christmas! Imagine that!


Follow this link to see more Christmas goodies!
AN INVITATION:


I have enjoyed this weekly challenge so much that I have been inspired to host a little fun here at Simple Journeys for the month of January. I hope all of my Mixed Media Monday friends will play along. Let's make pennants, post them here each Wednesday and by the end of January we will have an awesome banner!! Please spread the word to other artists that might participate. There is a smaller icon and code below this one if you want to post it on your site. I'm so excited and can't wait to see you all here in January!

Click here for more information.



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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

Hope to see you all in January!

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Friday, December 21, 2007

4 x 4 Friday - "Santa"

Our 4 x 4 this week features SANTA!
This weekly challenge has been so much fun, I was inspired to host a little fun here at Simple Journeys for the month of January. I hope all of my 4 x 4 friends will play along. Let's make pennants, post them here each Wednesday and by the end of January we will have an awesome banner!! Please spread the word to other artists that might participate. There is a smaller icon and code below this one if you want to post it on your site. I'm so excited and can't wait to see you all here in January!
Click here for more information.

(Take out the "#" before you copy & paste.)
<#img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5146495935347847058" style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center" alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_e0fH3P7vwtY/R2wGyTBmb5I/AAAAAAAAAU4/gL5jqXJ86ic/s200/Banner5.jpg" border="0" />

Thanks for stopping by!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Tour



BooMama is hosting a little holiday get-together that I just had to join--even tho' ya'll all may be tired of touring by now. But I just got home from work! And we haven't really "gone all out" decorating this year....but I put together a little something just to be a part of the festivities!





Nothing says "Welcome" like fresh evergreens!

A Garland o'Greenery


O Christmas Tree! All silver and gold.




One of my Nativity sets.


Just a sample of my snowman collection.
Can you tell I love snowmen?

Our traditional outdoor decor since....forever.
We add a new snowman whenever we add to the family.
So far, that's been one SIL and two grandsons!

Thanks for stopping by!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Mixed Media Monday - "Backgrounds"

Today's Mixed Media Monday theme is "Backgrounds". This layout is practically all background! In fact, I had a hard time coming up with the focal point. I made the background with many random bits of magazine pages which I collaged, then 'antiqued' with off-white acrylic and finally, stamped.
Thanks for stopping by. I plan to visit all of this week's participants and get some new ideas!

Friday, December 14, 2007

4 x 4 Friday - "Blue & Silver"

Christmas Greetings!
In the form of a blue and silver 4x4. The leaves and ribbon really are a beautiful shiny silver that just didn't photo too well.


Thanks for stopping by.


4x4 Friday

Monday, December 10, 2007

Mixed Media Monday - "Words"


My word for Mixed Media Monday is "Sweetheart". Isn't she a little cutie?
I used acrylics, stamps, ink, cutouts, red lace, some brads, ribbon, and a button. I also went for some bright colors this week. Festive?

Friday, December 7, 2007

4 x 4 Friday - "Mona Lisa"


Here she is.....what more can be said about the Mona Lisa, really? Except that it looks like our little lady has some travel plans!

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment!

To see what else Mona Lisa is up to these days, click here.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Mixed Media Monday - "Wings"



Today's Mixed Media Monday theme is "Wings". I love wings and use them a lot. I could have gone through my altered books and found any number of wing-themed pages to post for today, but I made a new one instead--because I like wings and all. If you like wings too, follow this link to see more pretty creations!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

4 x 4 Friday - "Red"


Friday's 4x4 theme for this week is RED. I hope it still counts, since it took me until Saturday to get it posted!
Thanks for stopping by! I want to come see everybody's as soon as I get a chance! I will start here.

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