Riding the exercise bike to retreat!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Our Very First King Salmon

It's been a long slow 4 weeks of fishing with nothing to show for it and only one take down which we lost at the boat! (ARGH!!!!!) So, today, it's a fresh week, the high tide is about mid-morning so we decided to get out before the crack 'o dawn and see if the bite changed. Did it ever! Our first run up "silver alley" and bammo--fish on! We were both hearts pounding the whole time, managed to get the net hung up twice before getting it under the fish and finally into the boat. Wow! did that feel good!

And check out that sunrise over the trees! That was about 10 minutes after we landed the fish!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Fall Equinox

Back to playing with collage techniques. The theme for this month's lottery over at PAO is Fall, so I thought I'd make a fall themed collage. I started with scrap paper in fall colors and then added paint around the seams. A little gesso to soften things up and then more paint with stencils. Got my chalk inks out and added texture stamps, then a die cut clock and birds nest and a nice fall quote. Then I stamped the birds leaving for the winter with archival ink. I made some pinecones with the TH pinecone die (LOVE IT) and added them along with some fall leaves. A little more paint and ink around the new glued on items. Finally, added some Distress Stain dots with picket fence.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Quarter Century Paul!

Wishing my son Paul a very happy 25th Birthday today!!! Hope you have a wonderful day, Paul! And just for you a little walk down memory lane..............

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Collage Play

I've been checking out some collage videos on pinterest the last few days and thought I'd try my hand at making one. It really was fun to get out all different mediums and just play. I used paper scraps, gesso, paint, stencils, stamps, diecuts, inks, gelatos and sandpaper. And this was my first use of the homemade gesso recipe I found on pinterest as well. Worked great and was a whole lot cheaper than the real stuff!