Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Documented Life: Challenge 13

Things have been a little more hectic than usual around the Happy Shack this week since I have an arts festival this weekend. If you are in the North Florida/South Georgia area, come see me at the Glynn Arts Arts in the Park on St. Simon's Island!  I'll be selling my jewelry in this show, so I've been spending this week and last at the jewelry bench.  The girls and I have a little catching up to do on our Documented Life project, but I wanted to share Challenge 13 with you today.

week 13-kelly by sarah

This was really fun, because the challenge was to let someone else doing something in your journal!  For mine, my tip in for the week was a piece of a jelly print I created, so Sarah added to one side (above) and Olivia added to the other (below).  I love having little pieces of their art in my book!

week 13-kelly by liv
week 13-liv by kelly
Olivia picked one of the sample pages from a couple new paper packs I picked up and used that as her background on one side.  From there she turned it over to me (above).  After I finished my side of Livvie's page, Sarah completed the back side (below). I love that Sarah added the "my buddy" scrap for her sister. 

week 13-liv by sarah

week 13-sarah by kelly

And lastly, Sarah used the same process as Livvie, using the sample page from one of my paper packs. Above is the page that I finished for her, and below is the page that Livvie finished for her.  We've really been enjoying this process, and I've loved that the girls have been occasionally taking their books to school with them to show their friends and teachers.  You can still get involved by checking out the details here!  
 week 13-sarah by liv

Monday, April 7, 2014

Best Shot Monday: Caught in the Act

Caught in the Act Butts 
I love cows. Can't resist them. (And no, I'm not a vegetarian.) I had a meeting in Tallahassee on Friday, and there's a great cow pasture just east of Tallahassee. Those cows are always very curious. When I was cruising by Thursday evening, the girls and I squealed with delight, "Look at the butts!" So I turned around and went back to photograph the butts.

After I had taken a few shots, this one cow turned around and stared me down (below), just like she was saying, "Why the heck are you taking pictures of our butts? Do you find our butts funny?" It made me think of a stupid joke my husband likes to tell: "Why do you never see a cow with a bobbed tailed? ..... Because the sun would shine up her butt and spoil the milk!" Ba da boom!
 Caught in the Act

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Saying Goodbye to my Sweet Old Girl

I had to say goodbye to my beautiful sweet old blind girl, Savannah, this morning. When I took her in for her checkup yesterday, Dr. Brown ran blood work on her. Dr. Chandler called me back this morning to let me know that her blood work indicated advanced kidney disease and cancer, so it was time. I’m so grateful to Dr. Brown and Dr. Chandler of the Animal Eye Clinic for helping both me and Savannah adjust to her loss of vision over these past two years, and for helping me make the decision I had to make today. I’m also thankful for Dr. Roy of Gateway Animal Hospital, who has been our long-time primary vet, for helping me with such compassion this morning when saying goodbye. We brought her home and buried her in our butterfly garden.

I know those of you without pets may not understand the grief that comes with having to euthanize your pet, but my animal lover friends certainly do. Benny and I came into our relationship with two dogs each, but Savannah was our first pet we had together, our “first child” so to speak and my first cat, and she gave us 17 beautiful years of cuddles and biscuits. She was the last of a litter of kittens that were dumped on the porch of my assistant’s mother, and when Angie brought that beautiful little ball of calico fur into the office, I simply couldn’t resist. When she lost her vision (due to a blood pressure spike that detached her retinas) she became more and more attached to me and followed me everywhere around the house for comfort. She’d wake me up in the morning with a gentle meow saying it was time for breakfast; when I got home in the afternoons, she’d come out at the sound of my voice; when I sat down on the couch to watch TV, she’d find my lap; and as I washed my face and got ready for bed each night, she’d lay right there at my feet. And now I have to find the right words to tell my girls. I will miss you, sweet blind girl. Meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Documented Life: Challenges 11 and 12

Week 11-Kelly

Back with more of our Documented Life project! Challenge 11 was "Put a Bird on It." Part of my goal with the project is to use only things I have on hand. And I have a ton of scraps and stuff on hand! I've had these sticker letters around for a while and you've seen them pop up on other pages as well. The background here is some painted deli paper I used to protect my work space while journaling. I pulled the bird from a pile of collage bits I had (above).

Week 11-Olivia

Olivia already had a pretty piece of scrapbook paper as this week's tip in, so she added to it. The two birds are fabric birds I found on Etsy at least two years ago. Finally getting used! I also found the stickers on Etsy and use them on random mailings (above).

Week 11-Sarah

Sarah also used two of the fabric birds I had and drew a tree for them to live in. We talked a lot about backgrounds this week and the importance of taking our time and not rushing through something just to get the "assignment" done. Lots of lessons there, both in journaling and even more so in life (above).

Week 12-Kelly

Challenge 12 was "Cut Up a Magazine." Magazines are definitely not in short supply around here, so we had plenty to leaf through and cut. I started with a bowl of strawberries as the base, which you can hardly see anymore. Then I added the pink flower, then the cat, and then the green flowers, cut with a punch. I topped it off with a little rhinestone collar for the cat and a white Sharpie paint pen for highlights (above).

Week 12-Olivia

Olivia went with her favorite theme: animals! She started by coloring the background and then added a collage of dogs (above).

Week 12-Sarah

Sarah went with a Despicable Me theme. We love Despicable Me! Great movies if you haven't seen them. She started out by coloring the background and then added her collage (above). We'll be back next Wednesday with Challenges 13 and 14. See more posts from The Documented Life project here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Best Shot Monday: Flowering Plum

Flowering Plum 8 x 12
Happy Monday!  I didn't take many pictures during my Artful Journey trip this year, which is unusual for me. We had a quite a bit of rain while we were there, so it was difficult to get out and about with my camera safely. This was one lovely shot I captured, though, if I remember correctly on the first day. The grounds at the Presentation Center are spotted with flowering plum trees. At least I think that's what this is.  Please correct me if you know better! This was taken with a 35mm prime lens, aperture mode, f 2.8. 

I  spent the last five days at the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities National Programming Conference with my students.  There are educational sessions in the mornings, and then after lunch, it's back to back showcases until late into the evening. It's great having the opportunity to see so much talent, but, let me tell ya, it's exhausting!  Over the course of the conference, we watched at least 60-70 singers/musicians, spoken word artists, novelty acts like magicians and jugglers, and speakers on various subjects.  My two favorite for the conference were Emily Hearn and The Mulligan Brothers. One of greatest benefits of being a campus entertainment programmer is that you get free CDs.  :-)  Go check them out!  Hoping to get them to campus! 

Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Documented Life: Challenges 9 and 10

The girlies and I got caught up on our Documented Life project this weekend, so here's two more week's worth of challenges!
 Week 9-Kelly 
Challenge 9 was to collage something you recycled. I used a paper towel I had been wiping my hands on. You see my favorite colors in it! (above)

Week 9-Olivia 
Olivia used a box piece from her favorite Pop Tarts (above) and collaged a flower on the back (below).
 Week 9-Olivia

Week 9-Sarah 
 Sarah pulled some things out of a magazine flyer we got in the mail that day (above). 

Week 10-Kelly 
Challenge 10 was "What Makes Me Me?" I'm a beach loving, shell collecting, mess making Mama who loves her family, loves to explore, is addicted to her morning McDonald's large sweet tea/half cut, and is always late (above).  I tried Terri Kahr's background tutorial on the dates pages. Still working on getting the feel for that!
 Week 10-Livvie 
Olivia's is pretty easy to read! Elmo is her lovey, her favorite pillow. And I love that she put foster mama on there and drew a couple kittens and a dog (above).
 Week 10-Sarah 
Sarah included her lovey too, Bunny. She also included Girl Scouts and Greek and Roman Mythology because she is immersed in the Rick Riordan books right now. She's finished the whole Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and is on book three of the Heroes of Olympus series. She has been powering through those 500+ page books about every 10 days! 

I post Challenges 11 and 12 next week. Thanks for stopping in to visit!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Best Shot Monday: Meet Miller

Meet Miller. This isn't the best shot I've ever taken, but it was a very difficult one. As I've mentioned before, so many of these shelter dogs just amaze me. I don't know what Miller's story is, but the sadness in his eyes is clearly evident. He's a Pit mix, with big ole bulldog shoulders and a bit of a bow leg up front. He walks as if his shoulders hurt.  But oh my, how he loves.

The reason the shot was difficult to take was because every time I tried to squat down to photograph him, he just gently crawled in my lap and lay his head there. He just wanted to be loved. For this photo, I'm actually on my butt, leaning as far back as I possibly can up against the fence.  I had to clone my knee out of the bottom right corner as it was clearly in the photo almost up to Miller's snout. I'll worry about this boy until he's safely in his forever home getting the love he so dearly needs and deserves. 

In Jacksonville and want to meet Miller?  Visit Animal Care and Protective Services at 2020 Forest Street in Riverside.  They are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.  Miller's ID number is A817990, and he'll love you like no other.  Give a shelter dog a chance. Adopt today.