Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

The A Year in the Life of an Art Journal May 30th prompt is up! Here it is courtesy of moi:

The Prompt: Faith

The Song: Heaven help me by Gretchen Wilson

Product/Technique: Wings

and here is the video of the song (loooveee this song)


and here is my page:


















This is such a powerful song that really resonates with me. I think sometimes we all feel like this at one time or another in our lives and I did a page that included some of the lyrics and used the title of the song as my page title as well. I realized after that this could have very well have been the Ozzy Osbourne song "Crazy Train" as well because I was inspired by the train on the paper, but I stuck with "Heaven Help" me and just used one of the lyrics of Crazy Train. That's the beauty of art journaling, there is just so much inspiration out there!!

I also FINALLY got a double page layout done of my Goo Goo Dolls dream concert from February done. I can't remember the last time I did a 2 pager but I love how this turned out (click on it to enlarge)!!









I am currently reading "19 Minutes" by Jodi Picault


















and here is the description as per Amazon:

Amazon.com Review
Best known for tackling controversial issues through richly told fictional accounts, Jodi Picoult's 14th novel, Nineteen Minutes, deals with the truth and consequences of a smalltown high-school shooting. Set in Sterling, New Hampshire, Picoult offers reads a glimpse of what would cause a 17-year-old to wake up one day, load his backpack with four guns, and kill nine students and one teacher in the span of nineteen minutes. As with any Picoult novel, the answers are never black and white, and it is her exceptional ability to blur the lines between right and wrong that make this author such a captivating storyteller.
On Peter Houghton's first day of kindergarten, he watched helplessly as an older boy ripped his lunch box out of his hands and threw it out the window. From that day on, his life was a series of humiliations, from having his pants pulled down in the cafeteria, to being called a freak at every turn. But can endless bullying justify murder? As Picoult attempts to answer this question, she shows us all sides of the equation, from the ruthless jock who loses his ability to speak after being shot in the head, to the mother who both blames and pities herself for producing what most would call a monster. Surrounding Peter's story is that of Josie Cormier, a former friend whose acceptance into the popular crowd hangs on a string that makes it impossible for her to reconcile her beliefs with her actions.

At times, Nineteen Minutes can seem tediously stereotypical-- jocks versus nerds, parent versus child, teacher versus student. Part of Picoult's gift is showing us the subtleties of these common dynamics, and the startling effects they often have on the moral landscape. As Peter's mother says at the end of this spellbinding novel, "Everyone would remember Peter for nineteen minutes of his life, but what about the other nine million?" --Gisele Toueg


It's the 2nd book I've read of hers and I'm really enjoying it! Have a good day!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

What's wrong with Blogger???

I can't comment on some people's blogs!! I went to the Blogger blog and see that they are having issues but it seems like some people can comment and alot still can't comment. So...for those of you whose blogs I normally visit (Daniella I can't leave a comment on yours for some reason??) please forgive me while they fix this, and I hope it's soon!!!!

I finished up my ATC cards for the "Blunt Swap" over at ATC's For All and here they are:



















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and this one I made just because I was on a roll!













I can hardly wait to see the cards I get in return, this was such a fun swap!!!

I finished reading "Rogue" by Rachel Vincent on my Sony Reader, which is the 2nd book in this series:














and I enjoyed it. I also bought the next 3 in the series but I'm taking a break from it and now reading "Saving Rachel"


















and this is the description from the Sony site:

What if the best morning of your life suddenly turned into your worst nightmare? Sam Case is about to find out. Saving Rachel is the story of what happens when killers force a man to choose between his wife and his mistress...and the one he rejects must die. But wait--all is not as it appears to be. In fact, nothing is what it appears to be!

Saving Rachel is a scary, funny, roller coaster ride through hell, with twists, and turns that will slap your face and suck you in!


I'm enjoying it so far!!

I made this layout on the DD and I laugh when I see it because of the total sarcasm in it. Just the whole "good morning sunshine" is hilarious because she's anything but sunshine. She's more like a dark, cloudy stormy day. Sigh.

















I can hardly wait until the teen years are gone. I'm hoping that I only have another couple to go and then we can enjoy each other's company!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Long weekend!

It's the 3rd day of my long weekend and today may be the first day it DOESN'T rain! I'm taking the DD shopping for shoes and some clothes (wow! She actually wants to go with me. Oh yeah, because I'm paying!! haha) and I hope that the hubs and I can take the dogs out for a walk on the trail today as well!

Made some journal pages just because


















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and we watched a couple movies this weekend as well. We watched "Little Fockers"


















and here is the trailer, it was hilarious!!!!!!

we also saw "No strings attached"


















and I really liked it. Of course Ashton is pretty darn easy on the eyes no? Here's the trailer:

I forgot to mention that I started Zumba a couple weeks ago and it's so fun! What is Zumba you ask? Check it out here:

Of course I am not that graceful and I have a more spastic approach but I'm hoping I'll get better. Plus I would love to be able to wear that kick ass outfit!! haha How about you, do you Zumba?

Oh, yesterday I went dumpster diving for coupons, it was so awesome!! John and I took our paper recycling to the dumpsters and I spotted a whole newspaper bundle all bundled together. I had to get out and rifle through it and low and behold it held a coupon insert in it! So we went through them and grabbed like 15 inserts!! haha! It was so awesome!

Monday, May 16, 2011

What a way to start the week!!

I was able to watch John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls perform with Daryl Hall (Remember Hall & Oates?) at "Live from Daryl's house". Check it out here. John looks as handsome as ever and sounds amazing!! Sigh. What a way to start the week!! Also, if you check at the top where it says "show archive" you can also see Train & Rob Thomas!! I love Rob Thomas too!!

The new prompt is up over at the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal and here it is:

THE PROMPT: Look at Me NOW!
THE SONG: FUCK YOU by Cee Lo Green
PRODUCT/TECHNIQUE: Birds/Feathers

I wasn't feeling the whole "fuck you" thing so I took some lyrics from the song and did a page on how I still love the hubs. That's whats great about the prompts though, you can take it where you want to take it!
















Do you remember how I was reading "The Road"? Well I finished it and it was so amazing. It was a book that has haunted me and probably will for some time. It was disturbing but it was also a testamant to the human spirit and the will to survive. It was one of the best books I have ever read. The funny thing was I wanted to watch the movie but not until I had finished the book. So I checked on TV and low and behold it was on on Sunday and we watched it. It was good but I would recommend reading the book first to get all the details and then watching the movie. Here is the trailer:




Just watching it brings back all of the emotions again.

I made this layout for a challenge over at Scrapbook Star using the new Echo Park papers and stickers which I loved!!
















and I made this art journal page just because:















Last month I joined Goodreads which is a site that helps you keep track of the books you have been reading, books you want to read, books other people are reading as well as gives reviews for books. It's a great place to connect with other readers and it's kind of like Facebook where you can be "friends" with your friends and see what they are reading and get ideas for books you may want to read. Let me know if any of my peeps are on this!



Speaking of books I'm reading "Stray" on my reader right now:












and here is the review as per Amazon.com:

From Publishers Weekly
Vincent's debut, an urban werecat fantasy, is a good story that suffers from about 200 pages of bloat. Faythe Sanders is a Texas grad student with a secret: she's a shape-shifting werecat. After she's attacked by a Stray—a werecat without ties to any pride—Faythe's father, the Pride Alpha, orders her to return to the family compound. As it turns out, two other werecat tabbies have gone missing, indicating an organized effort by the formerly go-it-alone Strays. The author's world building is intriguing but overly narrow, reducing the range of jungle feline behavior to a keen territorial instinct. Secondary characters abound, including Faythe's intended, formerly human werecat Marc; five years earlier, she escaped the pride on what was supposed to be the eve of their wedding. Unfortunately, they both have frustrating character tics that are only exacerbated by the novel's length: Faythe is more often too-stubborn-to-live than kick-ass, and all the tears Marc wells up over Faythe don't forgive his insufferable jealousy. A polished tale may hide within this one, but Vincent needs to rein herself in a bit if she wants to build a readership.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.



Yes it is a looonnngggg book but I'm enjoying it so far. It is a series of I think 5 books. Has anyone read them?

Friday, May 13, 2011

TGIF!!

Tonight is the online crop over at Scrapbook Star so if you are looking to join a fun online community and take part in some challenges, win some prizes, come and join us!! I love it because it's Canadian too!!

My challenge tonight is to stamp your title and I loved working with these new Echo Park papers and stickers:

















How fun is that gramophone??? I also put my trusty Zutter Distress-it-all to good use and distressed the hell out of this! haha Love it!!

I finished reading "High on Arrival" on my Sony Reader












and here is the lowdown as per Amazon.ca:

“A raw glimpse” (Entertainment Weekly) into her lifelong battle with personal demons and near-fatal addictions—and reveals the shattering truth behind her complex, secretive, and damaging history with her father, the legendary John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.
Not long before her fiftieth birthday, Mackenzie Phillips made headlines with her arrest for drug possession at Los Angeles International Airport; the actor-musician-mother had been on her way to a reunion of One Day at a Time, the hugely popular ’70s sitcom on which she once starred as the lovable rebel Julie Cooper.

Born into rock-and-roll royalty, flying in Learjets to the Virgin Islands at five, making pot brownies with Donovan at eleven, Mackenzie grew up in an all-access kingdom of hippie freedom and heroin cool. As a rising Hollywood star herself, she joined the nonstop party in the hedonistic pleasure dome of her father’s making, and a rapt TV audience watched as Julie Cooper wasted away before their eyes. By the time Mackenzie discovered how deep and dark her father’s trip was going, it was too late.

As an adult, she has paid dearly for a lifetime of excess, working tirelessly to reconcile her wonderful, terrible past and the pull of her magnetic father. By sharing her journey toward redemption and peace, the star who turned up High on Arrival has finally come back down to earth—to stay.


It was something else I tell you. It's amazing that she isn't dead. It was a very interesting read!!

Now I'm reading "The Road" on my reader













and here is the lowdown on this one as per Amazon.ca:

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Violence, in McCarthy's postapocalyptic tour de force, has been visited worldwide in the form of a "long shear of light and then a series of low concussions" that leaves cities and forests burned, birds and fish dead and the earth shrouded in gray clouds of ash. In this landscape, an unnamed man and his young son journey down a road to get to the sea. (The man's wife, who gave birth to the boy after calamity struck, has killed herself.) They carry blankets and scavenged food in a shopping cart, and the man is armed with a revolver loaded with his last two bullets. Beyond the ever-present possibility of starvation lies the threat of roving bands of cannibalistic thugs. The man assures the boy that the two of them are "good guys," but from the way his father treats other stray survivors the boy sees that his father has turned into an amoral survivalist, tenuously attached to the morality of the past by his fierce love for his son. McCarthy establishes himself here as the closest thing in American literature to an Old Testament prophet, trolling the blackest registers of human emotion to create a haunting and grim novel about civilization's slow death after the power goes out. 250,000 announced first printing; BOMC main selection.(Oct.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


I'm almost halfway through it and it's got me sucked in. I'm always a sucker for biographies and books about what the world might be like if there were an apocolypse, or some tragedy. I'm dying to see the movie now but don't want to until I finish the book. How about you, have you read the book or seen the movie?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

It's a beautiful day today!

I'm just waiting for the grandkids to come and visit for the day, can hardly wait!!

I just finished reading this book on my Sony Reader:


















Here is the summary from the web:

From Booklist
Belief in the power of words led Damien Underwood to a career in journalism and a job on his hometown newspaper, the Marlo Sentinel, where he uses words to persuade in op-ed pieces. But when an anonymous person records private conversations in people’s homes and posts them on a new Web site, Listentoyourself, words turn even loved ones against each other and threaten to tear the town apart. Suspicion about the originator of the Web site centers first on Underwood’s best friend, police officer Frank Merret, then on Underwood himself, before he finally discovers the source. The meanness of teenage girls, particularly against each other, also leads to violence and near tragedy, but the more relentless message is that “life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Gutteridge is fine at telling a story and portraying characters, including Underwood’s well-drawn teenage daughter and son, but her primary point about the power of words, with its religious undercurrent, would be more persuasive if it were less incessant. --Michele Leber


For a freebie it was ok. It's Christian fiction which isn't normally something I would read but hey, it was free!

Now I'm reading















and here is a brief summary of the book:

Visitors flock to see the Beast House with its blood-soaked corridors and creaky doors. Armed with video camcorders, these poor souls enter the forbidden house, never to return. The deeper they go into the house, the darker their nightmares become. Don't even think about going into the cellar.

Sounds good right? I just started it and it's pretty creepy so far!

Finally scrapped my February vacay pics!! yay!!

















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Yesterday John and I went out and he took me for lunch at the Red Lobster, it was sooo good!!! We spent the day driving around, doing some errands and a little shopping. Hit up the Walmart Super Centre and got my beloved mangos (can't buy the Artifulo ones here where I live so we have to drive 40 mins away, can you believe it??) and had a good day. I also bought this little butterfly punch, isn't it cute??














Last night I downloaded 8 free Kobo books onto my reader, that's soooo awesome!! I love FREE!! Have a great day!!

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