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More of the new Mixed Media Journal

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Hello again.  I have another page to share with you.  This is the inside flap and first page.  The section on the left with the bird is a flap that opens out to more pages of journal delight.  The page with the fish is my fold open page.  The pages … Read More

New Mixed Media Art Journal

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Hello: I have been away from the blog for a while. I was busy developing a very lovely Art Journal. It took a while to arrange it the way I would want my art journal arranged. The paper has a light texture so you can work with pencil, marker and … Read More

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More of the new Mixed Media Journal

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Hello again.  I have another page to share with you.  This is the inside flap and first page.  The section on the left with the bird is a flap that opens out to more pages of journal delight.  The page with the fish is my fold open page.  The pages are closed and held with magnets.  When you open them up…..

 

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… you are presented with a colouring page and journal space. The base page is heavy cardstock and the work surface is a lightly textured surface, excellent for most media, wet and dry.

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New Mixed Media Art Journal

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Hello: I have been away from the blog for a while. I was busy developing a very lovely Art Journal. It took a while to arrange it the way I would want my art journal arranged. The paper has a light texture so you can work with pencil, marker and even acrylic. There is room for journaling, and lots of room for art journaling. There are lots of pockets and printed paper, allowing you to customize and have lots of fun creating.

The Art journal is 8.5″ X 8.5″ in size. The cover is a little bigger. The binding is accordion style so the book will lie flat while you work.

Inside the journal are lots of pages to colour and lots of space to journal.   There is lots of space for photos.

I gave the journal to Leisanne, from Art Embellishments.  She did a lot of drawing, painting, and doodles on the pages.  I wanted to give you an idea of how you would work in this unique journal.  On this first page, all of the flaps are closed.  Leisanne created a collage of paper, acrylic paint, and ink pen.  The journal lies flat so you work unhindered.

 

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Under the first flap (with the kitty) Leisanne created another collage with paper, acrylic and drawing of chick with umbrella.  The flower was drawn on a separate piece of paper and then glued into the journal.  Another technique familiar to most journal keepers.

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Here we see the kitty page all unfolded.  Leisanne has drawn a beautiful face of a girl with a bird.  In the center she did a doodle on the flap.  This flap opens up and shows more space to work.  Beside the doodle she has drawn flowers and painted them with acrylic paint.  The kitty on the right is once again painted and collaged.  So many ideas and techiques available for you in this art journal.

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Here is another fun part of the Art journal.  There are colouring pages bound within the journal.  This page has been opened to expose a colouring page with a butterfly.  Lot of Art or journaling room on the left, colour on the right. More flaps are at the ready for you to explore and enjoy.

 

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What do you think so far?  Please drop me a note cathysylvester@rogers.com and let me know.

 

Spring is trying so hard to visit!!! I am hopefull.

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Hi everyone. Spring is going to arrive, someday. We still have a little snow around. Our backyard is very wet, you need your Wellies!

We spent Christmas with our daughter and son-in-law in San Jose, California. What a beautiful part of the world. We had a wonderful visit and saw so many sights.

We have had a busy winter. I have been painting, and working on some new beautiful journals. I have developed an Interactive Writing and Art Journal. I am so excited about this journal. I know it will be a wonderful addition to your travel memories, or your writing and art journeys.

We have had many friends visit our pond this spring. One a major enemy, a Heron, and two very big Mallard Ducks. Last year we had a Mrs. Mallard and ten tiny little chicks swimming in the pond.

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However so far our guests have been camera shy. This evening I saw them in the pond and I very quietly went out to take a photo. They caught me, and flew away and this is what I shot.IMG_2585

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I am sure I heard laughing as they flew away. Oh well another day!

Stay tuned for more exciting news about the Writing and Art Journal. I can not wait for the photos.

My Favourite Time of the Year [lots of photos]

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I love the fall.  I love the change in the air as temperatures get easier to live with.  I love the sound of the crickets letting us know to get ready for winter.  There is so much to enjoy and see.  Of course the fall flowers that are looking beautiful in the fading season.

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A walk around our backyard is beautiful. Even though I did not keep it up very well this year.  One score for the weeds.  The pond has been beautiful and one day I had eight water lilies blooming!  That is a record for me.

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All around the yard are pretty flowers enjoying the last summer days.  They love to be photographed and shown off in all of their beauty.

IMG_1786A walk around my nieces’ property is a walk in fairyland.  Sunshine and lots of trees.  They have made tunnels under the pine trees.  The dogs enjoyed the walk as well.

IMG_1671IMG_1685I love all of these things and Buttercup enjoyed her swim. I hope you enjoyed your visit.IMG_1680

 

 

Art Embellishments

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I have found a new favourite site on Easy.  Art Embellishments. Leisanne creates beautiful art slides encased in glass and soldered with non-lead solder.  They are just beautiful.  They have many uses as well. I think they make beautiful pendants.  Go on over and check them out.  I know you will love them.

New in Crimsoncricket.  Lots of new journals coming your way.  Also a new quilt.  A jean rough edge baby quilt.

IMG_1804 IMG_1805This was a fun quilt to make.  But watch out when you wash it!!!! It will shed and shed.

Keep an eye out for the post of the new journals.

 

Another Sad Trip to the Groomer

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We have a beautiful main coon cat named Sam. He is our first long haired cat! sam fluf

He is looking a little grumpy.  We are having troubles with allergies, hair all over the house, and matted fur. Sam loves his back to be brushed, and his tail. But do not touch his tummy or feet. So off to the kitty groomer we went. The first groomer only lasted 5 minutes and gave up. The second groomer lasted about an hour, still gave up, but she gets A for effort. By this time we enlisted the help of our vet. We were prescribed some sedative for Sam. One hour before our appointment we gave him a pill. At the groomer, we gave him another pill. And yet an hour after that we gave him another. Even after three pills, he was still kicking and fighting. The poor guy was having nothing to do with this. I brought him home and phoned the vet. Poor Sam was up until midnight, even though his hind legs were not working, he was still trying and fighting. He was so hungry and so agitated!!! Needless to say, he now is a half shaved main coon!

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Poor Sam.  He is not happy with us.  We are going to wait a week or two before we get the job finished.  We love this guy so much and we were just trying to make him comfortable.  When we got Sam we were told he was a twin to our short haired tabby. !! Really

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Once he is a fully shaved main coon (Burmese mix) he and we will be happy campers.

 

Too Cute for their Feathers

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I have not posted for a long time.  I have been working on putting up my new site and my store.  Almost done.  Go ahead and check things out.  It will change almost every day.  I am excited for you to see my nature photography cards, and my journals.  This is an exciting phase.

I thought I would start posting again with the cutest event of the summer.  One night when I pulled into the driveway after work. I found…..

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I found a mother duck and ten baby ducklings.  How cute.  Then the next day I found:

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Ten baby chicks huddled in a corner.  We have a very large pond in our backyard.  And I did not see the mother, just the chicks.  So I went into the house and I said to Mr. Cricket “They won’t go in the water will they!!!” and of course Mr. Cricket said “no”.  So back out I went and all ten babies were swimming in the pond.  I don’t know what I thought but I guess I thought they were too young to swim.  They are Ducks!!!

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They had a great time.  Jumping from the top pond, down to the lower, jumping over the falls,

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They got in and out of my hoola-hoop protection for the hyacinths.

IMG_1487One of the large koi was giving the little guys a ride on his back and lifting them out of the water.

IMG_1511They were so light and small they could sit on a lily pad.

When the fun was over they left for a nap.

IMG_1495What a wonderful sight.  Just too cute!

 

 

 

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