Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Let's Shellabrate

I made 2 cards with just a minor change of the sentiment and shells - a birthday card for my 9 year old niece, who is redecorating her room with a beach theme.  The anniversary card for my son and daughter in law, who love the beach. 
Shopping our Stash - Birthday Theme
CAS(E) this Sketch - loosely based on this sketch:

  • Stamps: assorted companies for shells: The Stamps of Life (shell & sentiment), Carolyn Holt Designs, LIzzie Ann Designs
  • Other: real shells from LI beach, alcohol inks, Yupo paper, embossing powder, watercolor (shells)

Thursday, March 19, 2020

at Home - Get well Soon

By now you've heard of, and been impacted by the Coronavirus.  I live in Suffolk County NY - one of the areas that have been hit somewhat hard.  Like many of you, we have voluntarily (or involuntarily) limiting our outside exposures.  
So I created this art journal page to reflect today's life.  I don't think too much explanation is needed as to my meaning.  Stamping and creating and journaling are helping me to stay sane.  I can't say I'm always smiling.  But I try.
Here are some close ups so you can read my journaling. 
And if you'd like to read more of my thoughts, check out yesterday's blog post - here is a snapshot:

This is going into the following challenges:

Stamplorations March Stencil Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- Stencil Fun

Products used:
Stencils: Tim Holtz (sun rays & cobblestone), TCW (bricks), Hero Arts ? (clouds)
Stamps: Paper Smooches (virus), Dylusions (house: I inked the 4 corners, then extended the house), Inky Antics (stamping girl), Technique Tuesday (HOME)
Dies:  Lawn Fawn (virus), ??  Get well soon sentiment
Other products used:  acrylic painted background

Thanks for looking.  
Until next time.  Stay well!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


No card or journal page . . . yet.  I am working on a journal page.   This edition of my blog is just about the last week and life.
The Vessel -- NYC 3-11-20
We went to Manhattan last Wednesday via LIRR to see a matinee performance of Come From Away (great musical, by the way).  Then continued to walk around NYC and saw the Vessel.  You can actually get tickets (free or $10) to walk or take elevator up and down this structure.  Really cool.  Hopefully the world will return to normal and people will get to enjoy this.  

Closures due to Covid 19 were not a thing in this area . . . Yet!  It was starting to become "a thing" but social distancing was  barely being suggested.  And groups were not yet limited.  I was nervous sitting in the theater -- we wiped down our seats, and the seats around us.  Didn't touch handrails.  And everyone in the bathrooms were thoroughly washing their hands.  

Then the world as I knew it began to change.  All NYC plays were suspended starting on Thursday 3-12-20.   We got to see one of the last plays for this time.  

Thursday 3-12-20- We needed to go to Costco to pick up my new eyeglasses. And figured we'd pick up a few things.  Wrong
I'm sure you've had your experiences with this.

Today, Wednesday 3-18-2020 

These are weird times.  I just read this post by Cat Luvs Paper.  She starts by sharing her thoughts on the world we are living in at this time.

  • coronavirus pandemic
  • social distancing
  • shelter in place (this is also a type of drill in schools in the US)
  • restaurants, bars, gyms, and now stores closed - 
  • news consumed with COVID19
Just like Cat, I love to stay home.  Usually.  My husband and I retired in June from teaching careers.  So home, with a relaxed schedule, is what we are slowly getting used to.

But to be told (or suggested) that I can't / shouldn't go out can be anxiety-provoking - at least for me.  
Not there is any place we could really go anyway -- movies are closed.  Some stores and malls are closed 
Do I really need more craft supplies ?!?  🤪🤪    Did you see that Hero Arts is temporarily closed? 😞See their note HERE.

Our local grocery store has hours for seniors (6 -7:30 AM ).  Nice.  But, ummm, I'm retired.  I've gotten used to sleeping until 7 am!!  :).  😃.  Oh well, we'll adapt to this too I'm sure.  

I wonder what groceries will be available.  The stories we hear - one friend's son works in the deli department of a local grocery store - He says there are few cold cuts (deli meat and cheese) available.  Little regular meat, eggs, milk, bread, etc.  I tried to do an online order, but none was available through March 30 - they didn't offer anything after that.

Soon we'll be low on supplies and will have to venture out for ourselves and see.  Plus we shop for my hubby's almost 90 year old mother.  

10 AM - just came back from my walk with my very good friend and neighbor, Virginia and her hubby Bob.   

 Here's our new walking distance:

Luckily we live in a nice residential area with little traffic, so we can stay away from each other, and still talk up a storm.  Virginia and I can see each other every day, and still have lots to talk about!!

I'll leave you for now.  It's a bright sunny, getting warmer day.  My garden could use a bit of a refresher from the winter.  I also need to uncover my carnivorous plants and see how they made out through the winter.  

I'll leave with you this little cartoon.  Hopefully it makes you smile.  Be safe.  Stay healthy.  Thanks for taking a look.