Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Shall We Play A Game?

Do you remember that line from a blockbuster movie from 1983?? Can you name it? I'll give you a hint, it was said by a computer. Have you figured it out yet? I watched the movie War Games that year about three times, I was fascinated by the computers and what could happen if they weren't programmed correctly. Who knows if it had anything to do with reality, it was such fun to watch all the war games going on. Ahhh the eighties, leg warmers, big shoulder pads and the Rubik's cube.

I love games. If I can cajole anyone to play with me I'll get the cards out. How about a game of Gin or Canasta? If you don't like cards, how about Scrabble? I warn you though, I have a pretty good vocabulary. (Now, I can't spell my way out of a paper bag but that's another story.) OOh, if you don't like words, how about a good game of Yahtzee? I LOVE Yahtzee!

I think the reality is that I just love spending time with the people I love. If that's playing games or having coffee or just watching tv together, I'm a happy camper. Strangely I'm not much of a social animal. I don't relish a good party. I'm not a wallflower if I'm at one but I'd rather spend good time with close friends, of which I have a very short but special list.

Because of my love of games, I thought I'd add a page commemorating my favorites to my Moleskine. This completes this week's theme of "BLORANGE" for The Artist's Play Room. Scrabble, Cards, Yahtzee... wanna play?

Scrabble, Gin, Canasta or Yahtzee
I'll be back soon with more stuff this week. I'm starting a new challenge and I'll tell you all about it in the next few days. I also want to give a shout out to all the lovely people who wrote, tweeted, pinned and Facebooked about FEATURING. You guys are so darn helpful and if I were playing a game with any one of you I'd let you win! (Well, at least the first round, hehehe.) You guys ROCK. Thank you!


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Do You Know About FEATURING Magazine?

Hi everybody. I wanted to put up an update about the magazine I write for, FEATURING magazine. Right now we're diligently working on issue 4. The issue coming up to print will be extra exciting because there's a huge article about mail art. That's right, art made by you. Marit (our editor-in-chief) says she'd been inundated by some very cool pieces of mail art on a daily basis and she wants to send out a thank you to all who have sent something in. 

Something cool that I know many of us have been waiting for is the ability to buy a subscription to the magazine. After issue 4 is out in about a month, you will be able to buy a yearly subscription to your favorite art magazine, FEATURING!! Even better, by subscribing you will save 15% off the cover price.

One thing we could really use your help with is getting the word out about our spectacular art magazine. We have great reviews that you can read on our testimonial page but most members of ‘the artsy world’ are still not yet aware of FEATURING’s existence. In the few occasions that we saw someone drop the name of FEATURING on a blog, the comments said: “I’ve never heard of the magazine before.” That's a shame, isn’t it? We believe there are a lot more people that would love the magazine – if only they knew about it!

We, at FEATURING, want to give the magazine the possibility to grow and earn its place in the arts and craft world but that will only be possible when more people know and buy the magazine. Soooo…  we need your help to get the word out!

Are you a fan? 
If so, you can lend us a helping hand by spreading the word and promoting the magazine.
Tell your friends about it. Share your enthusiasm on your blog. If you are a member of a forum, make a comment on the discussion boards and share a link to the FEATURING website. Also, Marit has said that if you take your magazine to an art or craft store and show them how fabulous we are and they order FEATURING for their store, YOU will get a free one year subscription to the magazine. Woohoo!! Total bonus! :o) Just send us an email telling us which businesses in your town you showed FEATURING to and you'll get credit if they order. And just so you know, we at FEATURING truly appreciate your help. We think our fans ROCK!

If you'd like to Tweet, Like, blog or connect to FEATURING, here are our links.

Twitter: @Featuring_Mag


If you're looking for this week's APR just click here. I'll be back soon with a bunch more content and MY submission for this week, I will participate dammit, lol.

Monday, February 25, 2013

It's Good To Have Friends!

I am spoiled, did you know that? Yes, spoiled with good and generous friends. I was reading Serena Lewis' post about her beginning to venture out and do some sketching in public. She posted that she found the coolest all-in-one pencil case-type organizer and that it worked perfectly because it held her moleskine, pens and other sketching supplies perfectly. 

Scuffs Hardhead "Owlly"
pencil case.
The blog post was called "I Love My Owlly" and I must admit I totally drooled over her Owlly too! This all-in-one travel kit is not only perfect for holding everything an urban sketcher would need but it's totally cute too!! See, I had been looking high and low for a good pencil case but to no avail. Even worse, I had just ordered the large Moleskine Cahier notebooks so I could (hopefully starting this Spring if I get my sh*t together, lol.) start venturing out into this big beautiful world and do some impromptu drawing. I've been inspired by the likes of Andrea Joseph, Danny Gregory and Serena herself (I absolutely LOVE her sketchbook entries).

I see myself sitting in a Starbucks with a large mint mocha latte drawing everything that I see. Maybe I could even find some parks around here that I could draw my natural surrounding. I have the duckpond out back and those ducks are just begging to be drawn. (Ok, they're begging for duck food but I'm not judging, lol.) The thing is, just like Serena, I'm a bit trepidatious about trying to draw in public. The great thing though is that I now have the perfect travel set for urban sketchers all because of Serena, just the sweetest person ever!

What happened is that when I saw her Owlly I went hunting the brand down only to find it was not available in Canada or the US. Eek!! Serena is in Australia and the Owlly is an exclusively Aussie product, not for sale outside her lovely country. I left a bereft comment on Serena's blog, a tongue-in-cheek harangue that it just wasn't fair for her to show off her lovely new travel kit when the rest of us suffer without a totally cute Owlly. (I can be known for my sarcastic lip.) 

Scuffs Hardhead "Piper" Pencil Case
Now, I did NOT mean to make her feel guilty or force her to go buy me an Owlly of my very own but that's what she did!!! She actually said she'd gone to buy several (I'm guessing for other friends) and did I want her to send me one? I'll admit this stunned me for a while and I had to give it a minute of serious thought. (Out came the guilt, had my sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek comment made her feel guilty?) Then I got over myself and realized that NO I wasn't all powerful OZ, making people bend to my will, Serena was just über generous and wanted to be nice. I love that about her. 

The Owlly arrived yesterday even though both Serena and I expected it to take at least another month to arrive. YIPPEE, the Canadian mail system actually worked for once, lol. My Owlly is actually bright pink and called Piper, lol. Isn't it just the cutest? It fits everything I'll need and even some stuff I didn't think I'd be able to fit in any travel case. It just fits the large Moleskine cahier nicely and then the center part holds my pencil and micron pens and a smudger. In the back pocket I was so lucky that all of the colored Pentel R.S.V.P ballpoint pens fit perfectly along side my Graphitint Derwent pencil crayons. It couldn't be more perfect. The ballpoints shouldn't bleed through the cahier paper and the Graphitints will allow me to add just a hint of color. I'm so thrilled about how it all came together, it must have been kismet.

Thank you Serena for contributing to my first forays into sketching in public. Now that everything is in one place, I won't lose anything and I'm betting the journey will be successful and you know how success builds on itself! I'm so happy to be your friend. You Rock!


If you're looking for this week's APR just click here. I'll be back soon y'all, there's just so much to say! Hehehe.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Liebster Award

I have to say thank you to a couple of sweet friends who both gave me the Liebster Award last week. Both Vonny of Vonny K Art and Cynthia of Cottage Remnant graced me with this lovely award. I don't usually go for awards as I think we all deserve them, we that blog but the Liebster seems a little different, more community minded. The reason for the award and it's origins are explained here:

It's time to Pay It Forward but I'm gonna cheat just a little, it says that the blogger has to have less than 300 followers but it didn't say in which follower widget, did it? Hehehe. SO, my five picks are:

3. Minn Murphy
4. Robin Mead
5. Andrea Joseph

I know that you will all love these women's art, writing and sense of humor. Go and explore their blog, discover why they're on my own reading list. Thank you again to the lovely women who thought that my own blog was worthy of this award. I'm truly humbled. I do have some awesome friends. :o)

Oh, and I just wanted to say...


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Artist's Play Room #46

I'm sad. I didn't get my bookmarks finished. :o( I hate it when I disappoint myself and don't get even the basics done. Yes I have excuses but those are only excuses, I should have at least finished a bookmark! I had large and wonderful plans for this last week's theme. I love books, they make me happy. I had planned to do a book and coffee cup painting and also get several bookmarks done. (I thought if I made some bookmarks I could use them later as parts of our mail art swap that I'm planning for late Spring. But alas, I ran out of time. I know I shouldn't flog myself with guilt but it sure points out that I have to get my derrière in gear because I hate the feeling of disappointing myself. On a happy note, many of you did some terrific book & bookmark art. Even just bookmarks can be such fun, no pressure, just get creative on a little piece of paper, lol. Here's the terrific submissions you all sent in..
English SpiritTraceyVonny
GloriaMoMaryLisaAdd caption
If you haven't read the rules & guidelines, please go here. If you've landed here after this challenge has been completed but would like to participate in a current or future Artist's Play Room Challenge, just either click on the APR button in the sidebar or click here and you'll be taken to the latest APR Challenge!

Are you having trouble using the Mr. Linky to add your submissions to APR? Well here's some help! Just click on HELP and you'll be taken to my Linky Help Page. Cool, huh? I've got your back!

One of my good friends Tracey Fletcher King wrote the funniest blog post about her favorite colour combination. Tracey's favourite colors are blue and orange, she calls her combo BLORANGE and I thought we could take a page from Tracey's play book and do a colour challenge. SO, do some art using blorange, the combo of blue and orange. If you want to add other colours, great, just use these two mainly. K? Here are some inspirational examples...

Tracey Fletcher KingJCDwayne Brown
Abbie BlackwellSharon ShubertSeon-Jeong Kim
I'll endeavor to do something blorange this week, lol. I also want to give a heads up, I'll be sending out a mass email to everyone who's participated in APR lately asking you guys if you're willing to write a post on your own blog about FEATURING magazine. We at FEATURING are hoping to increase our readership, get the word out there that we exist. I'm hoping that by having everyone I know post about the art magazine, all your own followers will learn about it. Everyone who reads us has great things to say it's just that so many people DON'T know that FEATURING exists.

I'll be sending out the mass email in the next few days with info about FEATURING to help you write a cogent and easy little blog post (if you want to, lol). If you don't get an email by this Wednesday I must have missed you and if you'd like to help please email me, I'd appreciate all the help I can get! Talk to you all soon, hope your weekend is spectacular!


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