Saturday, March 11, 2017

Almost Spring!

Hello Everyone!
Many, many global changes with running
an old version of Blogger, with many
new regulations.
I thought for sure, I'd posted a couple
of posts since the beginning of the New Year,
but for some reason, they seem to be missing.
I'm receiving messages about things like 
cookies, and such, ( and not the sweet eatable kind),
and I'm not aware of any cookies on my blog,
but there might be with any of the links attached.
Not being so technically inclined, although I thought
I was really clever keeping 'old' blogger going :)

Not much new to report, other than some dabbling
in the arts...

Pleased to say that Ms. Marsha
over at Tumble Fish Studio is back 
from semi-retirement!!!

She's released a few new kits since her return,
and I've been so pleased to have a play with them!
( Missed you Ms. Marsha! Welcome back!)

I do so enjoy working with Digital Graphics...

And always enjoy working with 
Tumble Fish Studio Graphics :)


And that led me into more playing around
this time with Itkupilli and Miles Beyond the Moon's
wonderful graphics....

...channeling my inner snarky, moody self with these....

And this past few weeks....
switched up to some
Daily Coffee and Art Time in the Early A.M....

Some Cut and Paste
Post Card Art has been my latest addiction, with the
help from Crowabout StudioB and Tumble Fish 
and others :)

It's also allowing me to get my HUGE Collection
of Washi Tape out! 

I do love Washi Tape......

Can you tell I'm ready for Spring.....

So that's what I've been up too over the past 
couple of months....

In amongst the snow flurries we've been having
out of the ordinary, I'm sitting here channeling Spring :)

So Hope You All 
are getting some Art and Creative Time
in your weekly routine!
I know it's tax season time coming, so make sure
you reward yourselves with some creative 'You' time!!!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sorry for the long absence!

Thought I'd better check in as it's been
so long since I've done a post, and to my
surprise, many more of you have signed
on in my absence!
How Wonderful!

I guess since I have been at this blog for some
years now, there is a lot to dig through and find
some motivation for your mojo!

Nothing major, and/or exciting to post honestly,
I have only had the opportunity for short stints
this past few months of tag making and quick
art time. Here are s a few of my mini projects....

...lots of tag making!

Lots of Bits and Bob's usage of 
Graphics from a myriad of Wonderful
Graphics Companies.

Itkupilli, Tumble Fish, Crowabout and
ArtChix to name a few...

And stamping and inks always a fun way
to be creative.

....self portrait.....grin.....

I love tag making, it's a quick way
to grab some art time without a lot of fuss.

...and of course some digital arts play time too....

...and had a great fun time with Itkupilli's
latest concept of torn photos....

...they were a fun challenge!

Always great fun to have a play with the 
Graphics from
the Designers at Mischief Circus.
( Itkupilli Graphics used above).

And had a bit of playing around with
some small projects...
Mixed Media Bracelets
using ArtChix Graphics.

Ideas from the wonderful workshop
from Desert Dreams Studio a 
few years back!

I need more practice :)

So there you go....
I've been gone, but have kept my toes in the 
creative waters.

And now that we're in the 
Christmas Season
with Year end looming....
Oliver Howard and I would like to send
You All
Best of Wishes 
for the Holiday Season!

Here's to a Fabulous 2017 
For All of Us!
See you next year!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Better Late than Never...

Hey All
Thought I'd better at least 
check in with you all so you'll know I am still around,
and yes, still floundering for the Summer months.
But as the Summer is coming to a close,
I'm pleased to say I've still managed to get a bit
of art time in once in a while, so just a quickie
blog post to catch up.

First off, Better late than never,
I'm referring to the Fabulous Workshop 
I took a couple of years back with 
Mary Jane Chadbourne
Her Wood Doll Workshop was great fun,
and I'd bought three of her great wood doll blanks,
and had completed two of them, but the third
ended up on a back burner as life tends to get in the way.
So pleased to say I finally finished the third wood doll.

Named my Hippie Dippy Doll
'When Pigs Fly'

It's been one of my favourite sayings for years,
and I tend to collect flying pigs so thought
with this last doll I'd go for it :)
Using Mary Jane's Wonderful Wood Doll Blank
and lots of papers and bits and bobs, 
and some great items, including the 
Lazier Cut Out of the Flying Pig

I so enjoyed getting back into playing
with assemblages again, and even went as
far as making bits using my art tags to incorporate.

It really felt good to finally complete the set :)

Such fun!

And as usual, been keeping busy with....
Tons of tag making!

I've been spending the Summer doing some 
clean up and reorganizing the Art Room,
and came across a ton of printed up Graphics
from a myriad of Companies over the years
that I've collected yet not really played with.
So I've been cutting out tons of graphics of
an evening while watching t.v. and now have
a go-to box of graphics, as I've also
made a routine of early morning 
Coffee and Tag Art Making.

And even diving into some of my stamp collections,
and I hate to say, some I've never even used yet!
Character Construction Stamps have
been sitting and waiting for me to notice them in 
my collection, so lately Coffee and Tag making
has been spent with them :)

Gorgeous Quality Stamps
that I'd collected a ton of and I'm so sorry
I've waited so long to play with them!

I also dabbled a bit in some
quick crafts, popsicle stick arts.

Found them to be a bit of fun.

And even experimented with a idea I saw
on Facebook of using discarded recycled plastics
to create Shrink Plastics.
Used my hand carved stamp of my Favourite Boy
Oliver Howard to experiment with...
another fun project :)

So as you can see, Summer hasn't been
a total loss of Art Time,
but really looking forward to some 
Fall and Winter serious Play Time
with the Art Room.

Hope you find some inspiration to get into
the Mojo of some Art Time for Yourselves too!!!
Thanks for having a Boo!!


Friday, June 10, 2016

My Summer of Puttering and Arts
June 2016

Well by now, since this year is flying,
already being June for goodness sakes!
I am sure you've figured out that there 
isn't a general
 rhythmic pattern to my posts here on
the blog as there usually is. 
Out of the ordinary over this past 
5 years of blogging, and being organized,
and having a 'purpose' to it all.

Welcome to my year of Floundering!

(Graphic from the Wonderful Designers at Mischief
Itkupilli and Holliwood and TumbleFish Studio)

A few 'life' things going on this year,
so the ebb and flow of arts seem to
be consistently interrupted. But it hasn't
halted thanks to a handful of mediums
still to keep my mojo in practice.
Digital Arts being the first, not particularly
as a preference, but unique on it's own, for me,
quick and easy, turn on the computer and with
a cup of coffee in hand, a 1/2 hour of some
graphic fun when life keeps knocking you on
the head wanting attention...

( Graphics from the Fabulous TumbleFish Studio
at Mischief

And usually a piece of Chocolate Cake!

(more TumbleFish Studio Graphics)

Another plus to playing with Digital Graphics
is it doesn't ruin the piece you're working on
if you drop Chocolate Cake Crumbs....grin.

(Graphics from Itkupilli at Mischief

So I have this year, given myself the permission
to let go of the 'practice' of being organized and
having a purpose to many of the arts and spending
more time this year focusing on a couple of 
individuals in my life.

(Graphics from Itkupilli at Mischief

It's our Oliver Howard's 15th Year coming
up in September, and although he's doing
really well in the health department in general,
I felt this year, he needed more of my attention.
He's been a brilliant companion, fur baby, ok, my son,
sharing me over the years with our other pets who've 
come and gone from our lives, and my arts and all 
the life bug-a-boo's that have taken my attention
at time away from him.
Their time is far too short with us.

And then there's the other individual
the guy I live with, that one that hangs around,
the holder of my moderate esteem, 
a.k.a. the Buddha.

(Graphics from Itkupilli at Mischief Circus)

It is our 28th Year of being married this year,
and unfortunately the 'Buddha' has been having
some health issues, but with my usual tongue in cheek,
( something he's quite used too after all these years),
I've managed to ruin his reputation by nicknaming
him the 'Buddha' thanks to the medications he's
having to put up with during this episode of ill health.
He has a new appreciation for women and water weight
I'll tell you!

(More Wonderful Graphics from Itkupilli)

..and after having the 'Buddha' home for two
months earlier this year, I'm pleased to 
report he's back to work and out from under foot!
(And feeling a bit better too )

Once he was back to work, I grabbed the first
art supplies I could find and off I went on a 
frenzy of colour!

Thank goodness for Dylusions Spray Inks
and Ranger's Tag blanks as I was in need
of letting some mojo loose!

And it got a little carried away....

...spraying here, there, all over the place 
( and even Oliver Howard had a bit of 
colour play too....but he took to his
bed for a nap before I could get a pick.

then of course, once the Mojo was
in a state of euphoria I had to start grabbing
journals and have a play again....

Bits and Bobs of watercoloring, and stamping
and cut and paste works!

And when journaling wasn't enough....
I thought I'd dive into my vintage book collection

so off like the wind I went for a few weeks 
of making my own...

Cutting paper, stamping, inking, 
altering books, and stitching
until my hands could barely move...
what a great feeling of accomplishment!

Made the regular duties and chores a little
more palatable during my Floundering periods

(more Fabulous Itkupilli) I've been eyeing up the carving tools....
hmm....guess this Floundering isn't going well....grin.

So after such a long period of not posting,
me thinks this post might bring you up to date
on all the going's on at Birdnuts Mixed Media
and the continual quest for Mojo time in 
amongst the Bug-a-Boo's of Life :)

So here's wishing You All
a Wonderful Summer months ahead!
Hoping you'll carve out or spray or paint some
colour in your days ahead, and give yourself
permission to Flounder too whenever possible!

And remember, try to have ...

A Happy Thought at least once a day!

(Love these graphics from TumbleFish Studio)

See you soon!