Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Great Happy Weekend

Hi everyone! OK things don't look so good this time. Blogger hates me!

I just experienced a greater than ever weekend that I want to share with you. It began with meeting a person that I began following when I first jumped on the AJ wagon like 7 years ago. Samie Harding has been a great inspiration to me and I have always loved her and her work. So this past week she flew out to San Francisco to do some video work for Mati (pronounced Matey like a pirate would say). So my friend Beth who is also a great fan of Samie's and I cooked up a plan so we could meet Samie face to face! We drove to Berkeley and met Samie at Mati's Studio (wow) and spent the afternoon with her in San Francisco at Japantown! It was a big mall with a ton of great shops. I had never been there before but know I will be going back! We went to Kinokuniya's

It was an amazing Japanese book store. OMG! I thought I had died and went to heaven. And we also went to Daiso's of course, since I can't pass up a trip to any Dollar Store! Then we ate at a great Japanese resturant, and since Samie can speak Japanese, that made it even more fun! So lots of fun and lots of shopping and getting to spend a few hours with a friend in person that has always been an online friend forever makes for a great day.The next day Beth and I ran around Modesto going to thrift shops on a book search. As everyone knows, I am a book nerd and so is Beth, so that was great. But the best part, is Beth got to come to my house (finally) and visit my art cave! Lets put it this way, she came with 1 suitcase and left with 1 suitcase and 5 bags and 30 books! Hee! So enough of my jabbering, here come some more photos of the weekend that I will be talking about for a very longtime. Samie and Beth in Maido's. Some great paper I got at Blick's. Oh yea we went to Dick Blick's in Berkeley also:) Look at these great neon pencils I got at Blick's also. This is a whole 'nother blog post in itself. It is a Sensu Stylus Brush for the Ipad and/or Tablet. Samie is teaching an online Digital Art class and I had
 to have this to go with it! Wow! It is amazing!

I have been wanting this book for awhile. Grabbed it when I saw it this time! Had to grab this cool book from the best Goodwill store in Madera when I took Beth home yesterday. And last but not least, my Hubs bought me a new Laser Printer for my 59th (again) Birthday! I see transfers in my future! Whew!

 For a week that began very sad with the Boston Marathon bombings and the Texas Plant explosions, at least for me the week ended on a good note.

Please stay safe! Have a good week ahead!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Just Getting Along

Hi Folks,

It is time for an update from my crazeee life!

On April 1st at 5:30am, I was already up and on the computer when my phone starts ringing and it was the Hubs. Asking me if I would come downtown to the Transit Center and pick up a little friend that rode his bus from the yard. Well at first I thought it was an April Fools joke, but I went ahead and got dressed and drove down there and here is what I found:

Meet Buddy! A nice little cuddly boy maybe 8 months old. Of course this is Cat # 4 in the house. Yikes! I am going to be called the Crazy Cat Lady! He calmed down Sox, the other boy we have. Sox would torment our old cat, Maxie, but since Buddy has moved in, Sox plays with him and leaves Maxie alone. YAY!! Good news. I just realized this pic is creepy looking, but he was stretched out in the box upside down so I took it.

On the art side, I went out today and used my new spray paints and shot through stencils in my big Dyan Reaveley Journal. They turned out swell: except I didn't get this one turned around.

Looks blue but actually black.

 OK, if I take the pic with my iphone and save it to my desktop and turn it, it saves right side up on the desk top but won't stay saved for Blogger! GRRRR

Oh well, this is the last one anyway. It was fun and I want to do more. I have been buying a can of Liquidtex Spray Paint every time I go to Michael's with a coupon. I am up to 11 cans, but 2 of those are from Aaron Brothers, called Montana Spray Paint. Low odor, if you use them inside. I always spray paint outside. Safer!
And speaking of safer, I am in the middle of taking a 30 hour online OSHA class! It is going to kill me! I have been working on it for 1 month. And I think I am only at 17 hours, Ugh!
So that's what I have been up to lately! Have an arty week. Bye!