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Shoreline, CT, United States
I would love for you to join me (a retired senior)in my zany crafting adventures with quilting (waaaaay too much fabric); scrapbooking (will I ever catch up?); redwork; counted cross stitch; crossword puzzles; reading; and cooking.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ART JOURNALING GIFT






              Which is what I am doing these days...waiting for the "seeing eye" little bird....

(FYI: I will be going in for the 2nd eye surgery Dec 5th-- so....
 this is my present to you all....)

                                                              HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse

Sunday, November 13, 2016

REMINISCENCE

 
                                      
MY NEW MIDORI COLLAGE BOOK

                               LOOKING BACK to move forward...

                     SONGS MY MOTHER USED TO SING TO ME --

The quote I used is from a D.H. Lawrence poem called

                         "The Piano"

"Softly, in the dusk,a woman is singing to me;
   Taking me back down the vista of years, til I see
    A child sitting under a piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
    And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.
 Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past."

When I saw this poem it brought back those very things that I did as a child; 
and right there and then, I knew that I had to save this memory . I can 
still hear  my father playing the piano and my mother singing and me under the big black piano...I used to fall asleep listening to them...

I water colored this page and collaged atop of it...

it is still difficult for me to to "SEE" well as my poor brain is distressed with 20/20 vision in one eye and very poor vision in the other, so the doctor tells me...and so...
I'll have to re-glue the ends of those words when I can see better
 (sorry for the blurry photos).

This is not perfect.......just like life itself....
but it reflects my sentiments and the state of my vision 
both literally and figuratively...for now....especially as my Mom's vision really failed at the end....it's been 17 months now that she has gone....

For all of you who have sent good wishes--I have come through my surgery well; and I want to tell you all how grateful I am for your good wishes and prayers...
(the next eye is due to be done December 5th.) 
Thank you all
so much....
See you (better, I hope--no pun intended--after the Holidays)

Hugs all 'round, love you all....
Julierose, La blageuse ( the one-eyed lady for now...)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

BLOG BREAK


          Here are the beginnings of my Christmas greeting cards this year...(sorry for the glare!!)

I have made 6 of them so far ; they will be mounted on cardstock and mailed out in lovely scalloped kraft envelopes....

(For those of you who have asked: Torn pieces of an old French Grammar, stamped with archival black ink for the backgounds; trees from a magazine; and then Heidi Shine gold spray....all affixed with matte medium).  I truly enjoy putting these together each year...

{Last year was the only one that I just wasn't in the mood after Mom passed--but this year I am feeling better }

I have moved Helga to her resting area until after my eye surgery is over;
hung up the front ofConnor's quilt along with the backing fabrics and border pieces
 in my closet ready to be re-started in January;
and will be taking a respite until my eyesight has been taken care of.
I have a lot of glare issues and at this point cannot seem to see much with or without my glasses....ugh!!

I begin my pre-surgery drops on Halloween (my hubster said "Too bad you didn't
 have the surgery that day--you could be a Pirate ---'aaaaargh!!' " --
 he is such a comedian LOL).

 I will go in on Thursday for the op.
At this point I am sick of waiting around....and getting eyestrain headaches...

So, I will be taking a bit of a respite from posting--just a few weeks....
just so you know., guys
..
hugs,
I appreciate all of your encouraging comments and lovely messages throughout this year...

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (impatient-euse!!)




Sunday, October 23, 2016

MIXED MEDIA FUN

Here is my 3rd page using a mix of different types of media....
The black is acrylic paint; then i washed her head and dress with watered down lavender acrylic before  coloring the rest in with  all Prismacolor Premium pencil work;  the sparkle-ey parts are Liquid Pearls....

this is a practice page to try out how i like using a mix of acrylics, and colored pencils on top of acrylic washes.  the acrylic gives the paper more "tooth" i.e. it is rougher and so you don't see the white dotty surface showing through...

Here is a little closer view of how the Liquid Pearls sparkles up her headressing.....(It you look closely at the actual brown hair, you can see some of the white dots as i did not use a wash over this part...

I used many light layers of colored pencil to get these effects....this has taken me about a week and one-half off and on....

I am not that happy with Mr. Owl--i think he needs more colors feathered in--
so i may work on him a bit more...

So, this was my Slow Sunday work...
hugs, Julierose (La Blageuse-coloring-euse) 
(Picture from "Enchanted Forest" coloring book)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

RED RHYTHM PROGRESS


The top and the batting are now all "quilted-as-you-go"; 
I quilted only the neutral squares and left the red strips unquilted for now...
thinking that, when I finish the backing I will attach it by working across the reds...

It turned out a lot more graphic than I had envisioned, but I am liking it for
Connor...

Tomorrow we will be going to Fiona's FIFTH birthday party; how time does fly...

Thom made his Beef Barley soup today to bring along (yum!!);  
and Lin will be making her own chicken soup, roasting a turkey AND a ham for sandwiches...sounds delicious.  This will be the "family" party....

AND, of course,  the "piece de resistance" the CAKE. ;)))) 

Looking forward to doing some leaf peeping on our way up North, too....

hugs, from chilly CT,
Julierose, La Blageuse (excited-euse)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WHERE'S WALDO--WATERCOLOR STYLE

This afternoon.....

I picked out and water colored  all the Death cap mushrooms..using my own mixture of Cadmium Red and Payne's Gray to get this color...I tried out a color for the leaping bunnies--a bit too yellow-ey--so will try a new mix tomorrow..

I am reading about mixing colors to get the shades I want...this is all using a very small Koi Field Sketch set--the paints are not that good quality--but okay for learning and seeing if I like this and so far I do..I find it fascinating...

 {This drawing is from the coloring book  "Imagimorphia" by Kerby  Rosanes.}

It's kind of like finding Waldos......a very complicated drawing... with little mushrooms and leaves and plants hidden over and under those cute bunnies...such fun....and I love doing this...)

On  Connor's quilt scene..I got both long strips pin basted and ready 
for quilting...


There are two sections one with two rows (shown here) and the other with three rows...I will begin quilting on all the squares and not the strips....we'll see how that looks...

Hugs to all
Julierose, La Blageuse (water coloring-euse)


Friday, October 7, 2016

FRIDAY FROLICKING

                                   My Muse has okayed my new "relaxation" project.....;)))

I treated myself to a set of 72 Prismacolor pencils and have begun working in my trial coloring book...

Here is what I have accomplished so far--working on blending and shading before attempting
a more complicated book of drawings...(This one  is by Selina Fenech--"Enchanted --Magical Forest")--such a nice assemblage of drawings -- very mythical--
this one is entitled "Blodeuwedd"-- which I had to look up--it means literally "Flower Face"  and it comes from an old Welsh myth..
.
As a child I always loved to color and shade and outline....I never had any art classes when I was in school--jut not in the curriculum then; so I am doing a lot of YouTube video and UStream watching and gleaning what I can about how to learn about colors....
I LOVE color and want to know enough to begin to do some real watercoloring work.

These drawings are complicated--trying to figure out where the leaves end and the central Flower she sits on begin...

Above I have chosen 4 greens (dk,, med, light + olive), one Siena Brown and one purple-ey maroon.

I thought these leaves kind of resembled Coleuses...so--being "the boss" of my coloring book (LOL)
I am forging ahead with that idea in mind....
                                                                       SUCH FUN!!!! ;))))
On the quilt front...

I have finished all of Connor's blocks--they are pinned on my wall and I will start to sew rows together this weekend...

Tonight we will be meeting with two other couples for our yearly foray out to dinner where they specialize in a yearly October Fest menu..SO, no cooking tonight....
Hugs
Julierose La Blageuse (Prosit-euse)