Monday, April 20, 2015

Best Shot Monday: Fenced Out

Fenched Out 
Our next door neighbor has a few rose bushes, and it never fails, one rose, almost always just one, always manages to weave its way through the fence to peek over at us.  This little gal said hello to me as I was walking out to get the mail last week, so I rushed back in to grab my camera, fearful she might disappear just as quickly as she appeared.  Seems like life is that way at times, too, doesn't it? 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap

Liberate 2
For the first time this year, I participated in Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. What was a little bit different about this postcard swap was that instead of making individual, hand-crafted postcards, the goal of this was to help you learn how to have your art professionally printed onto a postcard.  I just so happened to have recently had one of my photographs printed on postcards to pop into packages when I get an order, so this gave me a good excuse to get more images created onto postcards!  Above are the postcards I sent!  Clockwise from top left are my 1947 Chevy Firetruck, Peeking, Dandelion Wishes1966 Mustang Pony, and Smile.

Liberate 1

Above are the beautiful postcards I received from all over the world! Clockwise from top left are postcards from Anton in Portland, Oregon; Imelda from Portland, Oregon; Kat (the organizer) from Portland, Oregon; Judith from Portland, Oregon; Debra from Grant, Florida; and Sharon, all the way from New Zealand.  This was a fun easy swap that I really enjoyed.  It's always nice to find something other than bills and junk mail in your mail box!  You can click here for a blog hop of other participants and click here for a wrap up of this year's swap. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday Best Shot Monday! Meet Roxy!

You know how Monday's go, right? Sometimes you don't get everything done that you'd like to get done, so here I am again this week with my Best Shot Monday on a Tuesday. This could be a new theme. :-) Meet Roxy. This shot certainly isn't one of the best shots I've ever taken. Some dogs just don't like to look at the camera. "You'll steal my soul!!!" they seem to be saying.  But sweet Roxy deserved a feature anyway.  I have an extra large soft spot for seniors in the shelter as they are so often overlooked by potential adopters.

Roxy came in to the shelter on February 26 as a stray. One of our outstanding animal control officers was out on another call when he noticed Roxy sitting in the road. He brought her in and her owner was identified, but unfortunately, her owner never came in to claim her. She was on a medical hold for a while and had some surgery to remove a mass from the base of her ear, but she's now as healthy as a 14-year-old gal can be!

She is super sweet, came with me easily out of her kennel and gingerly walked around on the rocks of the enclosure. I don't think she's very fond of those rocks, but she does seem to be fond of other dogs! She wagged her tail in greeting to the dog outside in the enclosure next to us, and one of our amazing animal behaviorists reported today that she even did well making friends with a small grumpy dog! I know that if you give her a chance, she'll win you over, too. 

Roxy needs to spend her senior days in a loving home, not in a shelter kennel.  She's available for adoption at Animal Care and Protective Services, 2020 Forest Street, in Jacksonville. The shelter is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and this weekend is our next Mega Adoption Event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. But wouldn't it be great if we could find Roxy a home one day this week, before Mega?  How about you?  Do you have a soft spot in your heart and in your home for this sweet senior girl?  Her ID number is A907885, and she's waiting to meet you.  Follow ACPS on Facebook here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Best Shot Monday: Easter Traditions

Tire Swing group

Yes, once again, I'm doing my best shot Monday post on a Tuesday. :-) I've been battling the mother of all miserable colds and wanted to do nothing but lay around the house yesterday. I'm feeling a little more human today!  Battling through the sneezes, we spent Easter down at the lake in Keystone Heights with Benny's extended family. What a great tradition this is! That's the redheads with their cousin Lily on the ever popular tire swing, above. To me, this shot just captures pure joy; it's my favorite of the day.

S and O Bonnets

The Easter egg hunt has been a long standing tradition, including the "prize" egg and the pot of cash that comes along with it. Hundreds of eggs are hidden in the woods on the property, some more easy to find than others for the youngest kids. The only catch is that if you find the prize egg, you must endure a raw egg being broken on your head before you get the pot! This Easter's prize went to two-year-old Jackson, and he didn't even flinch when that egg was broken on his head! That's the spirit!

Sarah swing

A new tradition we started the past couple years is the Easter bonnet competition. We decorate our own hats and compete against each other for the best bonnet. Since it's done by silent ballot, it's all about getting people to vote for you.  As you can see from Sarah's hat (above on the right), she glued candy all over her hat and had planned to walk around to everyone with her basket of candy asking for votes. Alas, her shyness got the best of her and she chickened out.  Oh well, we still love our hats .... and now we have a quickly dwindling basket of Starburst and Tootsie Rolls...

Livvie Swing

As we prepare for our move to Tallahassee, we're making plans to spend more time down at the lake with the cousins.  Benny has so many great memories there and wants to create more of them for our girls.  He's even layed the groundwork for us to be able to take the camper down there and hook her right up! We've been spending Easter down there as a family since the girls were born, so they've become quite fond of that tire swing! 

Mama and Girls

Friday, March 27, 2015

Making A Move...

Tallahassee graffiti 
This beautiful bit of Tallahassee graffiti is just one block up College Avenue from my office. It was painted by the FSU department of Art Education, and I love it! I'm enjoying having an office smack dab downtown and so close to my alma mater. So far in my journey of transitioning to my new job in Tallahassee, I've been living in a little apartment while I look for a house for the family. And guess what? We found that house! It's a great house with a super laid back owner in the school district we wanted for the girls. It's actually bigger than our home in Jacksonville, but alas, there is no river in the backyard. We'll have to paint mural on the back fence!

Benny and the girls are on their way over to Tallahassee as I write this, so we'll do the Springtime Tallahassee Arts Jubilee tomorrow and then move my things here in the apartment over to the house on Sunday.  That'll give me a couple months to get a feel for the house and neighborhood before the family moves over this summer.  As Sarah says, we're all still "nervousited," but I'm looking forward to this time of working half the week in Tallahassee and half the week from home in Jacksonville to be over.  As much as I'll miss living in Jacksonville, I'm ready for us all to be back in the same place all week!  A very dear friend of mind will be living in our home once we fully make the move this summer.  She travels quite a bit so that'll give us the opportunity to come back home and enjoy our happy little shack on the river once a month or so.    

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Best Shot Monday: Meet Honey

Okay, so it's Tuesday, but who's counting? You need to meet Honey. Honey is a special girl. She's a spayed female, tan and white American Staffordshire Terrier mix with a cute little wiggle butt walk. She loves being next to you and could use a few more pounds on her bones. She even has her own "featured pet" room in the lobby...and she's been at the shelter since December 17, 2014.

So why has such a great dog been at the shelter this long?  That's what I want to know, too. That cute little wiggle butt walk comes from an old injury that's left one of her back legs deformed, but it certainly does not slow her down. I suspect that may be the main reason she hasn't been adopted.  But she's a playgroup rock star and a volunteer favorite.  She's incredibly sweet and friendly, both with people and with other dogs.  And seriously, doesn't she have the sweetest face?  The shelter staff think she is about three years old, and she'd really love to spend her fourth birthday in a loving home.  How about yours?  Her ID number is A902653, and she's at 2020 Forest Street, Jacksonville, at Animal Care and Protective Services.

If you can't adopt but still want to help, considering fostering until our next Mega Adoption event April 17-19.  You can find a foster application here. Print it out and bring it to the shelter, and after a quick approval process, you can be fostering! 

Monday, March 9, 2015

2015 Documented Life Project: Weeks 5-8

Still chugging along on the 2015 Documented Life Project! Here are Weeks 5-8!

Week 5's challenge was "under papers" (below). I love to use my under papers, so this was an easy one for me. I picked a piece and then just started adding to it. The leaves, white circles, pink circles and purple circles were all additions. I outlined them with the Stabilo All pencil and a water brush. Finally getting the hang of that!

Week 5-3 Kelly 72

Week 5-2 Kelly 72

Week 5-1 Kelly-72

Week 6's challenge was "when not to stop" (below). I really had fun with this spread. I just started pulling pieces and parts of whatever was around me on my work bench and collaged them in. That beautiful face is from a page from an old Papaya Arts day planner. I added to it with some pen work, butterfly stickers and other collaged papers. I kept every piece of that planner because it was full of such beautiful artwork! The door in the bottom right is my front door; that's the same photo I used for our very first challenge in 2014 Documented Life Project. I added torn receipts, stickers, 3-D butterflies, all sorts of stuff. I topped it off with some Wild Honey Distress Ink blended in with Liquetex Matte Varnish (a technique I learned from Orly at An Artful Journey).

Week 6-2 Kelly 72

Week 6-3 Kelly 72

Week 6-1 Kelly 72

Week 7's challenge was "cover up the good stuff" (below). I'm not what all I covered up here, but I just kept layering and layering. I started by squishing around some hot pink and orange paint and inks and then added some stenciling, stamping, die cuts, and pen work. I even included some spray painting in there, done in the wee hours of the night in the garage. That should keep the marsh rats away!

Week 7-3 Kelly 72

Week 7-2 Kelly 72

Week 7-1 Kelly 72

Lastly, week 8's challenge was "repeating elements" (below). I started with a barely used piece of under paper and spread some white gesso on it. Then I added repeating circle elements of various sizes in different color paints and doodles.

Week 8-3 Kelly 72

Week 8-2 Kelly 72

Week 8-1 Kelly 72

My new job has kept me crazy busy, so I while I'm trying to keep up with this project, I don't have much extra time to photograph and share my work! I just returned from the state basketball tournaments, will head to the state Brain Bowl tournament on Thursday, and then that will be followed by the Student Government Legislative Rally, the state Tennis tournament, the state Softball tournament and the state Baseball tournament, all between now and the first week in May. Whew!

Catch up with the 2015 Documented Life Project and all that the Art to the 5th girls have to offer on their blog here!