Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thursday Art Date: Antique


Hello Friends, ๐Ÿ˜Š

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Antique. Bugs Bunny kindly posed for me and even asked one of his sheep buddy's to sit in on the photo shoot. Mr. Sheep used to work on the set of The Flintstones. (If you're familiar with The Flintstones cartoon show, you might get my humour!) The spinning wheel was invented in the 1000's AD; it's definitely an antique yet still used today - in fact I know some Bloggers who use them, one of whom is Yarrow over at The Woodwife Blog.


The radio was invented in the late 1890's. Frankenstein's Monster and his Bride love to spend a romantic evening at home, listening to music on the radio and dancing The Tango. The Tango originated in Buenos Aires in the latter half of the 1800's. The Monsters themselves are antiques...Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818.


Speaking of radio, I love radio broadcasts! I wish I could have been around to listen to them live, but You Tube does the job now. The first radio broadcast, a Christmas Concert, hit the airwaves on Christmas Eve in 1906. 

Alex and I listen to Old Time Radio shows from the 1930's through the 1950's every night during dinner. Our favourites are the comedians: Jack Benny, Bob Hope and George Burns, who all worked for NBC during those decades. Comedy was so much better in those days - in my opinion! And so was radio...when you listen to a radio comedy or even a thriller like Suspense!, your imagination activates. Television is wonderful, I love movies...but radio is really a one of a kind listening experience. 


Critters: My "little" girl Charlie. She's a very smart husky, she knows her left from her right. Alex taught all the dogs to give either the left paw or the right paw. It comes in handy on walks when their leashes get caught up under their legs!


Some foodie highlights this week were cauliflower and green onion quiche, baked Mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce, sugar pie, baked rigatoni and smoked Cheddar fondue. To answer a question I've gotten often...we do eat healthy too! ๐Ÿ˜€ I just highlight the cheesy-comfort foods here on my blog. I don't find it interesting to photograph my broiled fish fillet with steamed asparagus!


On days when I'm feeling overwhelmed or tired, Alex takes over in the kitchen. He makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches, using Old Cheddar and Parmesan petals. When he called me for dinner, I was welcomed with this lovely meal! He made fries and ice cream sodas too! Real diner food!

Today I'm linking up with some lovely bloggers, please visit them for some very fun and interesting posts!


Friday November 20th: Paint Party Friday
Saturday November 21st: Eileen's Saturday's Critters
Monday November 23rd: Angie's Mosaic Mondays

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link gadget below to see more Antique artwork! 

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Rain the Super Girl!! (I had fun at the insertface.com site!)

November 26th: Next Thursday's theme is You As A Superhero. If you find this a challenge, just use "Superheroes" as the theme. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! ๐ŸŽจ

Thursday Art Date With Rain. Click on the link for a description of the art date as well as a list of upcoming themes. 

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! Please revisit to make sure you don't miss those who join in a little late! Also, if anyone adds a link that has nothing to do with the art date theme, it will be removed! The link gadget expires Friday at midnight (EST).

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Thursday Art Date: Points and Dots

Hello Friends, ๐Ÿ˜Š

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Points and Dots. Isn't Bugs Bunny a stinker? I asked him what he thought of my art date theme and all he could do was point and laugh...sigh, no respect!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I tried my hand at "pointillism"...and I have to say, I was not a fan! Maybe I just don't have the patience to paint individual dots ...anyway, my watercolour leaf was my attempt; and I made a version in black and white in photo software to gussy it up.


My ink and graphite Lucille Ball. She had a signature polka dot dress that she often wore on her tv show. She was so funny!


My favourite critter: Jack. We adopted Jack from a shelter over 5 years ago. We estimate his age at about 14 now. He's such a character and fits nicely with my theme this week because he's a pointer/hound mix. And he has a pointy head!


My charcoal tribute to Jack. ๐Ÿ’•


Mr. Big Mouth.


Isn't this fun? I did a few 3D Trick Art tutorials! Vamos Art You Tube Channel is where I found the tutorials. Maybe I'll make the 3D art a theme for one of next year's art dates! What do you think?


And I thought getting my ears pierced hurt, this trick art is a little painful... ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Today I'm linking up with some lovely bloggers, please visit them for some very fun and interesting posts!

Friday November 13th: Paint Party Friday
Saturday November 14th:
Eileen's Saturday's Critters
Monday November 16th: Angie's Mosaic Mondays

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link gadget below to see more Points and Dots artwork! 

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I remember my grandfather having a lovely antique secretary's desk. I always wanted one and am on the lookout for a used one if I can find it! I did this quick sketch with ink and graphite.


November 19th: Next Thursday's theme is Antique. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! ๐ŸŽจ

Thursday Art Date With Rain. Click on the link for a description of the art date as well as a list of upcoming themes. 

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! Please revisit to make sure you don't miss those who join in a little late! Also, if anyone adds a link that has nothing to do with the art date theme, it will be removed! The link gadget expires Friday at midnight (EST).

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Thursday Art Date: Looking Down


Hello Friends, ๐Ÿ˜Š

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Looking Down. Tweety Bird is looking down at Sylvester the cat...who thinks he will finally outsmart the little bird! Not a chance!!


I was listening to David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and got inspired to do this watercolour of North America. I guess this is kind of what an astronaut would see looking down from space! Here is David Bowie singing...I love this song:



John Wayne looking down from a mesa in the movie The Searchers, done with ink and graphite.


Marilyn Monroe, looking down (charcoals). Sad lady. ๐Ÿ˜ข

My Critters: Dana and Oscar looking down at me from their loft - yes, they have their own loft, we call it the Cat Loft!

This is what I call my "Tradesman Lunch". I usually make this type of lunch for any tradesperson who comes over to do a day or two of work - must feed them! 

Lunch was chicken salad sandwiches, CLT's on toast, Pinwheel Sandwiches (made with my Homemade Cheez Whiz), dips, chips, pretzels, olives and cheese slices.

Hatch Door Renovation:





Alex and I hired a nice man named Doug, a retired carpenter, to build us a hatch door and staircase that will link the main house to the basement. The only way to access the basement before was to walk around the house to the basement door in the backyard. Our washer and dryer are in the basement, and there was NO WAY I was shlepping through snow to do laundry! The last few months it was tolerable, but we decided to do this just in time for winter. Alex helped Doug and they did a fantastic job! All that's left to do is to build a pulley system to help lift the hatch door, stain the stairs and handrail, and get some carpeting to cover the hatch door to help with insulation. We are SO pleased with this project. Next task is the chimney!

Today I'm linking up with some lovely bloggers, please visit them for some very fun and interesting posts!

Friday November 6th: Paint Party Friday
Saturday November 7th: Eileen's Saturday's Critters
Monday November 9th: Angie's Mosaic Mondays

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link gadget below to see more Looking Down artwork! 

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My points and dots watercolour of Jack (2019)

November 12th: Next Thursday's theme is Points and Dots. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! ๐ŸŽจ

Thursday Art Date With Rain. Click on the link for a description of the art date as well as a list of upcoming themes. 

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! Please revisit to make sure you don't miss those who join in a little late! Also, if anyone adds a link that has nothing to do with the art date theme, it will be removed! The link gadget expires Friday at midnight (EST).

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

๐Ÿ‘ป Tricks and Treats ๐Ÿ‘ป


Zombie Rain - having fun with photo software

Happy Halloween and a Blessed Samhain my friends!!! I know that a lot of folks aren't bothering with the fun this year, but we are doing the same thing we always do, having fun at home and enjoying food and drinks! This year I decided to do 5 days of Halloween food, here are the goodies. I haven't had time to include recipes as of yet, but I will be updating my Recipe Page over the next few weeks! Thanks for visiting!! Note: 3 of these dishes were only possible because I totally splurged on this skull pan!

My Pumpkins: Michael Myers (Halloween Movies) and Jack Torrance (The Shining)
Halloween Pancakes

Grape Scream Sodas

Boo-scottis

Eerie-Enchiladas with Enchilada Sauce

Bloody Mary's

Chocolate Ghoul Cakes

Boo-Ritos

Boo-ritos Innards (Mexican Dip, Cheddar, Tomatoes, Lettuce)

Zombie Cocktails

Happy Jack Cookies

Monstrous Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Mummified Camembert

Mummified Camembert Innards (with raspberry jam in puff pastry)

Pizz-AAAAH! Skulls

Pizz-AAAAH! Skulls Innards (Mozz, Cheddar, Goat cheese, Parm, Pizza Sauce)

Jack O' Lantern Cocktails (Brandy, Grand Marnier, Ginger Ale)

Haunted Ghost Shakes (Bourbon, Kahlua Milk Shakes)

Spider Web Cheesecake (Ganache Topping)

Spider Web Cheesecake - my piece de resistance!