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Beth
Alpharetta, Georgia
Interests: Mixed media art, scrapbooking, fiber arts, yoga, zumba, reading, cats,my kids.
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Yes, I made art in 2015. No, I haven't made any in 2016 - yet. (Wait, I tell a lie. I went to a Paint and Pour in my new town and painted a picture of a bunny!) I am officially 5 months behind on Life Book 2016. Over the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at My Art Life
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I can't believe that I didn't blog at all last year. Actually, I can believe it because 2015 was a year of big changes. Also, it appears that blogging may be on the wane a bit, what with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all the other social media outlets out there. I have heard that many people are no longer reading blogs. I think our attention spans are getting shorter. So what happened to me in 2015? I built a new house in a neighboring state! I didn't physically build it myself, of course, but I had to make all the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at It's Always Something
This has been a year of precious little blogging, but I have accomplished many other things. Sometimes I wonder if this blog is worth it, but I shall carry on in 2015. I still have a lot to say. Happy New Year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at It's Always Something
I have been showing pages from Life Book 2013 and 2014 (Life Book is the brainchild of the lovely Tamara LaPorte) and am proud to say that both books are complete and have been bound! I have also signed up for Life Book 2015, and I can't wait to start.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at My Art Life
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I spent several days last week doing oh-so-fun yard work (which I distinguish from gardening!) I kept smelling something really sweet as I moved around the yard. I thought that the smell was probably coming from someone's clothes dryer, since those dryer sheet fragrances can be quite strong. But when I started pruning the ivy by my patio, I realized that my Tea Olive was covered in delicate white blossoms and they were the source of the sweet smells! The Tea Olive was a gift from my dad, an offspring of the plant in his garden. Working in my yard... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at It's Always Something
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I have finished my junque journal and now I'm doing my happy dance! Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's online class was fantastic! There were videos of each step in the book making process, and Julie provided lots of helpful tips along the way. Making a junque journal is a great way to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at My Art Life
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September has brought on the urge to decorate for fall. I haven't made any wreaths in a long time, so I dug into my supply hoard and was able to make two burlap wreaths. I have seen some very elaborate and beautiful burlap wreaths, but I decided to keep mine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at My Art Life
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Walking on the greenway on a hot, sticky late summer afternoon. Man it's humid! Thank goodness for all the trees. Listening to birds and other critters as I walk along. A couple of cyclists pass me - on your left! - but otherwise I have the path to myself. I know there are deer out here and I scan the woods on either side, but they know how to camouflage themselves and I see nothing. Goldenrod is in bloom and some other flowering plants that I can't name. I stop to take a couple of pics. They're probably weeds, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at It's Always Something
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It's been a while since I posted, but I'm still making tracks with Lifebook, keeping current with 2014 and slowly catching up on 2013. I have 6, or more like 5 1/2, lessons to complete on 2013 and then I can bind my book. I am still learning so much... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at My Art Life
It's the first day of September. Football has begun, acorns are falling on my roof, and I am reflecting on life in this 21st century. If you listen to news broadcasts, read the paper, or follow social media, it seems that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Even positive news can be transformed into bad - witness all the negative reactions to the ALS ice bucket challenge. I must admit to sometimes falling into that black hole of despair for the present and the future and bemoaning the loss of the good old days. That's when I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at It's Always Something
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Sometimes I despair of my art-making skills, especially as I work through LifeBook 2014 with Tam LaPorte. But this week's lesson with Kate Thompson on drawing faces has been a game changer. I'm not saying that I'm going to be besieged with folks asking me to draw their portraits, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at My Art Life
Am I the only one who is tired of having their musical memories raped and pillaged by the advertising industry? Advertisers have either become lazy or gone in for cost cutting by using popular music in their ads rather than hiring jingle writers. I cringe every time I hear yet another one of my favorite songs being used to shill some product or service. Sometimes the songs have absolutely nothing to do with the product being sold. And it's not just oldies! Some songs go directly to commercial, like Pharell Williams' "Happy!" On the flip side, there are some songs... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at It's Always Something
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In my quest to be able to draw more realistic faces, I signed up for Tamara LaPorte's Fabulous Faces class. I've finished my Week 1 graphite drawing and I'm pretty pleased with the results. This is going to require a lot of practice, practice, practice! But I have made progress!... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at My Art Life
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There's a good reason why we celebrate Mother's Day (other than to boost the economy by buying cards, flowers, candy, and other assorted items.) Moms need at least one day a year to feel appreciated and to remind themselves of why they became moms in the first place. Motherhood is the gift that keeps on giving, from the initial 24/7 nature of the job, which no human on earth is ever prepared for; to the realization that you will worry about these people for the rest of your life. You will also be unhesitatingly willing to lay down your life... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at It's Always Something
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I haven't posted in a long time, but I have been keeping up with Life Book 2014. I have also become obsessed with sketching faces and learning to make more realistic drawings. I'll share some of them later, but here are a few of my favorites so far from this... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at My Art Life
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I realized today that I don't spend enough time out of doors simply enjoying nature. I was sitting on my driveway in the shade this afternoon and marveling at the blue, blue sky, the warmth of the sun, and the beauty of the flowers and the birds. My cat, BC, was sitting next to me, all covered with dirt and the brown crap that comes off of the trees at this time of year. The southern humidity hasn't set in yet, which makes this season so enjoyable. I had been repotting some plants and my gardening gloves had that earthy... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at It's Always Something
The Atlanta area got hit by a winter storm on Tuesday afternoon. Let the finger pointing begin. The governor of Georgia and mayor of Atlanta , the school superintendents, the Georgia DOT, and the weather prognosticators were lambasted. They, in turn, blamed each other. The media and members of the general public chimed in. People from other places tweeted about Atlanta. It all reminded me of a bunch of kids in the school yard - did not! did too! did not! A similar situation occurred in 1982 and it later became known as Snow Jam. There were far fewer cars... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at It's Always Something
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Once again I am participating in Tamara LaPorte's year long Life Book art journaling class. Of course, I am still finishing pages from last year too, but I have vowed to keep up this year! We've had our first lesson and I have two pages to show. We had a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at My Art Life
Blogging took a back seat to life last year. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times - like most years, I guess. 2014 will be interesting, if nothing else. We have the Winter Olympics in Sochi for one. There will be much more, of course, and I hope most of the news will be good news in 2014. My word for the year is "Do." I spent too much of last year thinking about what I should be doing than actually doing it. Is that vague enough? To be blunt, I wasted a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at It's Always Something
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After a year full of challenges I am finally beginning to catch up on my Lifebook 2013 art journaling. Here are a few of my latest pages. Mindy Lacefield's "Bunny Party" lesson. Another MIndy Lacefield page. One of Tam's lessons, using photo transfers. A lesson from Danita, using a magazine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2013 at My Art Life
My parents house, built in 1962, is being sold. I have tried numerous times to write about my feelings on the subject, but everything I've written is either cliched or mawkish and maudlin! So instead, I created a very short stop motion video on the subject. The song excerpt in the video is from "Our House" by Madness. Our house is literally "in the middle of our street," our mom was , "house-proud and a mess is not allowed," and finally "our house, that was where we used to sleep, our house, was our castle and our keep." Our House Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2013 at It's Always Something
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So far I am keeping my resolution to create every day. It's easier to create a new good habit than to break an old bad one, right? This year I am participating in Tamara LaPorte's "LifeBook 2013" in which we create an art journal with new inspirations and techniques presented... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at My Art Life
I was at the gas station when the proverbial straw broke the camel's back. My local station has played music at the pump for several years, with an occasional commercial thrown in. "Come on in and buy one of our giant soft drinks, they're only 99 cents!" But now a video screen has been added to each pump with ads and celebrity news and who knows what else? And YOU CAN"T TURN IT OFF! The waiting room in my doctor's office has a big screen TV AND piped in music. You can only see the tellers at my bank's drive-thru... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at It's Always Something
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The Knit Wits had their annual sale at the YMCA in December. We did very well in raising money for the Y's youth programs. Many lovely items were produced by a group of talented ladies! Mittens, and hats, and scarves - oh my! Time to start knitting for next year's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at My Art Life
Ten years ago today I lost my husband (and best friend), David, to the cancer that he had fought for a year. For a long time I thought that I would never feel happy or joyful again. I have had the blues and countless pity parties over the past years. But happiness eventually began to peek through every now and then. Last year my mantra was "let go." On January 1, 2012 I had no idea just how much I was going to have to let go of, whether I wanted to or not. I had to learn to let... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at It's Always Something