Saturday, June 15, 2019

Breathe and Fly

I won't lie.....
2019 has been by far the worst year of my life!
On March 9, 2019 I lost my LOVE
....the peas to my carrots,
the ying to my yang
...the one who found something in me I could not find
....my BABY LOVE!

one of my favorite pictures of us...

He fought a tough fight for 5 years.....the Dr threw everything she had at him and hurt him bad! But he got back up time and time again. We knew eventually the Mantle Cell would win. I called it our version of the Whack~A~Mole game. He would get better then we would just wait for IT to rear it's ugly head....his gremlin.

He was the strongest, most stubborn man I have ever known. Every day...he got up and went to work, regardless of how he felt ....in sweltering heat and frigid cold. He worked EVERY DAY, right up to the end. He taught me to "put on my big girl panties" wipe away my tears and MOVE ONWARD.

the finished piece

As we embarked on this journey, our "New Normal" we made a pact! He would get better and I'd do the rest. And that I did! As time went on, I began to watch him die before my eyes. I stopped traveling to stay close to home, going with him to ALL of his appointments, because we just NEVER KNEW when the mole would rear his UGLY head! ......and because NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE! I wanted us to be able to make the most out of the GOOD days and lay low, as needed, on the BAD!

my motto

Before he passed, I made him 3 PROMISES......
1. He wouldn't die alone.
2. I wouldn't fight with his son.
3. I'd be OK
Little did I know how HARD it would be to keep my WORD!

I stayed by his side during his hardest battle, the one we both knew he COULDN'T win! I was there as he took his last breath, holding his cold hand and giving his cold lips one last kiss....5:34 am ......and then I was ALONE!

Little did I know when I made the second promise that the son who had been my "friend" would turn on me, saying "IT'S ALL MINE"!

....i promised i'd be OK!

This has been a TOUGH one to walk out! Trying to keep my heart from becoming hard and HATING Gary for allowing THIS to happen. ....he had PROMISED me! It was hard enough GRIEVING the lose of the man I LOVE, but to also hunt for an apartment, get a car.....pack and leave the place I had worked SO HARD to make our home. At times, life has felt ALMOST unliveable. The weight of each day....just CRUSHING! People would say, you're so STRONG. My response....NAH, i just keep waking up every morning, so i HAVE NO CHOICE!

i had to break through the walls i was starting to build....

Bringing me to today. THANKS for the prayers, WORDS of encouragement and HUGZ from many a folk! I am HAPPY TO REPORT, I have purchased a car AND found an apartment! Now to begin the process of moving FORWARD. Hence, my current creation.

I REALLY struggled and struggled with it, tearing it apart many a time. Letting it sit for days on end, pondering my next move. Each time getting a little bit closer to what I had envisioned. Sometimes not even really knowing what I wanted but with the help of friends, verbalizing what I couldn't see in my head, I found my path. The finishing touch being a part of the bracelet I wore for 5 years....No One FIGHTS Alone! It somehow ended up on top of my piece and I KNEW it was meant to be. This piece is VERY symbolic of what I have gone through in these last three months ....I knew it was meant to be even through the struggle! And I LOVE IT!

....i have wings!

NOW it's my time! Time to try and figure out where I'd like the next chapter of my life to take me. .....while just TRYING to keep in some type of forward movement, even if it may ONLY be the smallest of steps. JUST WAITING for the day when the thick cloud of grief will lift and I will once again be "Happy go Lucky Lynne" as Gary would call me....

.....i want to FLY. 

Gary J. Hale

I shall miss you every day for the rest of my life!
....the part of me, that's YOU, will NEVER DIE! 


TODAY is my 56th birthday....
and as I sit here and reflect on my life
and how hard this journey has been...
I'd do it ALL OVER AGAIN!



Products Used
A Vintage Girl

Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint
Eggplant
Marine
Buff
Medieval
Penny

The Crafter's WorkshopWhite Gesso
Grecian Gold Modeling Paste

Saturday, January 26, 2019

....gave her WINGS!

Hi Peeps! 
I am honored to bring this post to you!
My friend, Candy Rosenberg, posted she was releasing
 FABULOUS products at Creativation 2019.
I was SOO HAPPY for her!
Then she messaged ME asking
if I could create something using her products.

my answer....OF COURSE I could!!

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do....
You see while wandering through Walmart one day,
with my bestie, Peggalish, I came across
a pair of wooden wings on a stand.
I HAD TO HAVE IT.
I picked it up and noticed it was all whobbly and it even fell apart.
.....but I HAD TO HAVE IT!
SO, I think I paid a whole $1.75
and brought it home.

As a result, I pulled the wooden wings out
removed the Christmas decoration from the front
and proceeded to pull out a few of my FAVORITE PRODUCTS! 

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink


Tattered Angels
Light Gold, Metallic White High Impact Paint

ArtFoamiesBotanical

Gel Press12 x 12 plate

Perfect PaintsHalo & Bright Gold

The Crafter's WorkshopWhite Gesso

Ranger Ink
Multi Medium ~ Matte
Vintage Photo ~ Distress Oxide


Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

So, I let the mono printing begin!!
FYI....I used a piece of Tissuestock as my paint palette
which I would in turn use as part of the wings.

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

Just after I had finished mono printing with the various paints,
I stamped with White Gesso all over the sheets
adding texture and continuity to the papers.

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

I even stamped on a piece of thin fabric.
LOVE IT!!

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

After everything was dry,
I diecut the wings making sure to cut pieces for the left and right sides.
(papers facing up and then papers facing down)

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

I painted Multi Medium ~ Matte to the backsides of the fabric leaves.
When dry, I proceeded to man handles all of the wing pieces.

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

But they weren't standing apart enough,
consequently, I pulled out my Distress Oxide ~ Vintage Photo.
I then rubbed it onto my craft mat. Just after, I spritzed it with a bit of water
and applied it to the edges of the wings with my finger.

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

Just after they were all distressed and dry, I let the wing building begin!

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

I almost forgot, I also "aged" the wooden wings.
I just LOVED how it was coming together. 

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

Now, for the piece de la resistance
Wicked Wings ~ Small

I dabbed on various colors to give the wings an aged metal look!


Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

I then pulled out a bowl of bits and baubles....

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

and found the PERFECT addition
to the Wicked Wings ~ Small
a vintage earring and a gear from the
Steampunk Gear Set.

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

I finished off the stand by "aging" the wood 
using Archival Inks.

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

My finished project....
and "gave her Wings"!

Wicked Wings, A Vintage Girl, Canvas Corp, ArtFoamies, Tattered Angels, Ranger Ink

PS....see the bricks on the stand base??
my last finishing touch......
They are from 
Bricks.

THANK YOU for stopping by
to check out this beauty. 

THANK YOU Candy for giving me the opportunity
to play with your AMAZING products. 
Be watching....
there are more creations to come!

PS can't wait to send Candy her "WINGS!"

Friday, December 14, 2018

2018 Christmas Card

Howdy Peeps!!
Thanks for stopping by to check out my
2018 Christmas Card.


I just ordered and received a 12 x 12 Gel Press plate!
....and I wanted to play with it!
I pulled out a few 

Perfect Paints Shimmering Matte Acrylics
Red Wagon
Moss Green
Bright Gold
Canvas Corp 
Ivory and Kraft Cardstock
Black E Flute

Golden Orange

ArtFoamies
Circle Background Positive and Negative

Multi Medium Matte

I enjoyed a time of exploring my Gel Plate, paints and a stamp.
(sorry no photos)

My thoughts were to create a Christmas Ornament
but can I just say.....that's not working out so well.
A lot of hard work and it's not nearly as nice as I pictured in my head.


Now, I had cut my 3 pieces of monoprinted cardstock into 1 x 12 strips
so I decided to weave them together.
I then adhered the woven paper to a piece of
Kraft Cardstock with Multi Medium and let it dry overnight.


Using the Tattered Pinecone die, I diecut a piece of Black E Flute!
I colored my branch with a bit of Partridge in a Pear Tree Glimmer Mist.
I then tied a little golden bow and adhered it to the branch.


I cut up the piece of woven paper into 3 x 5.5 pieces.


I inked the woven paper and card with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.


I then put my card together with Multi Medium!
Here is my finished card!


Hoping to have time to make up a few more of this beauty!!

THANK YOU for stopping by
to check out my creative play time!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Playing with Gelli Arts

Hi ArtFoamies and Gelli Arts Fans!!


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog 
to check out my creation using products from 
both of these AH~MAZING manufacturers.


Now, I have a bit of a disclaimer. Somehow my DT box got lost in its travels, so I had to punt! I'm sooo HAPPY I owned a
 
8" Round Gelli Printing Plate to work with.

As my paint color selection was WIDE OPEN, I decided to create something for my dining room. Which was SOOOO EXCITING! You see I am living in a house with bare walls. YES bare walls. We just moved into our home in October. 


Next, was to chose the ArtFoamies I wanted to play with!
I grabbed a few, trying to have each one very DIFFERENT from the other.
Leaf Geo

Lastly, what would I print on....

so I went on hunt and chose
a couple of Vintage Music Sheets
pages from a vintage McCalls magazine

a piece of white canvas
even a vintage paper bag

(I only ended up using the fabric,
can't wait to see what I do with the papers)

Then, I let the creative process begin!!
Now, I do have to say I am VERY NEW at the whole monoprinting process. So, this collaboration was a GREAT way
for me to try different things. 




Here are a few photos of my final creation,
which now hangs in my dining area.




Make sure to POP over to Manufacturer's blogs

ArtFoamies  
Gelli Arts

There will be some FABULOUS Goodies up for grab!


Deadline is Sunday, December 9th, 11:59PM EST.
Winners will be determined by random drawing from all eligible entries received.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter in any way.
No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited.
©2018 by Gelli Arts®, LLC Philadelphia, PA. All rights reserved.

I hope I've inspired you to try something new....
and just enjoy the learning process. 

Other Products Used
Canvas Corp Brands
White Canvas

UmWowStudio
Large Ivy

DecoArt
Americana Paint

THANK YOU for stopping by my blog!! 
....be creative!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

...just a few BagTags!

Hello my Friends!!
Wanted to share some of my latest creations.

As I am still in the process of unpacking my studio.
WHAT A TASK this has been.

But in my unpacking I came across some unfinished tags....

SOOO...you know what that means!
BAGTAGS made with 'Tovers.
Can I just say.....I had atleast 3 boxes of 'Tovers.
(is that normal???)















Thanks BUNCHES for stoppin' by
to check out my BagTags!!
I hope I've inspired you to....
Be Creative!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

I took a play day escape......



Hello Peeps.....
Thanks bunches for takin' the time to stop by!
I have to say....
....the last six months have been.....


So....today I decided to make my soul happy.....
The sun was shining and just to nice to waste.
I headed to one of my FAVORITE antique stores
Chris Curran Antiques in Bethlehem, NH.
It's my favorite because you have to look 
in EVERY nook and cranny
As I say....it's all about the HUNT!


......then I stumbled onto this box of Fabric Dye.
I remarked about the bottles and was told the story behind the bottles. They came from a "Shoe Fix It" shop. Mom and Pop type place.  You know....from BACK IN THE DAY....when you actually repaired the shoes you owned because it may be the ONLY pair you own! While listening to the story, I began looking through the wide array of colors and decided to pick a few.
After all, it was Fabric Dye....right down my alley. RIGHT!??!?

BONUS: The shopkeeper was nice enough to make sure all the bottles opened.


I was beginning to get a bit excited, you see, I had already stumbled upon a LARGE spool of thread...


So I knew what I needed to do.
Buy my goodies and head home to play!


So, I pulled off a few arms length of thread
and spritzed it with water.
Then, I sucked up a bit of the dye into a pipette
and dropped the color onto the thread.


LOOK at the yummie colors.


I had to take it a step further
and use a bit of the dyed thread on one of my ATC'S that I had laying around.
I used a bit of the orange, all bunched up, behind the flower


....and the green thread, to make a LOOPY Bow!


 They were the PERFECT accents for my Art Card!!

I wanted to leave you with one last find....


...and the radio was playing!

I hope you enjoyed my day of play day escape...

Once again.....THANK you for stopping by.
HOPE you have a CREATIVE DAY!