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Cedar Lake Winery

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What a great little places nestled away in rural Warren county. I didn't even know it existed until about six months ago and didn't manage to get out to the place until Saturday night. It was simply lovely! we started out with a wine tasting at the bar.....with our little tray of nibbles and a sample of 5-6 of their wines.
The setting was warm and cozy with a big fireplace that some people were sitting by. After the wine tasting we headed to a table and had some appetizers and a glass of wine slushie! It was good fun with friends on a Saturday night. Right now they are only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays but once warmer weather gets here they have more days! Looking forward to sitting on the patio in the spring!

Cards 19-20-21-22

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(stamps, sharpies)
Card 19: I'm trying to use lots of different things to create cards...I mean afterall I am going to need 366 of them this year!  You can see I LOVE sharpies. I bought some other markers from the craft store and they were pricey....but I find in the end the sharpies are the best!!  I also have some Bic markers and they are good but not as good as sharpies!!


(sharpies, other markers)
Card 20:  Some days I need a quick and easy card...this was one of those days...but I also used it to explore some letter techniques....I'm not very good at lettering so I hope to improve that!
(paper doll cutouts, sharpies)
Card 21:  I found a site with a bunch of paperdolls. I forgot to save the link but it is a really neat site and these are printables to make paperdolls for your children. There are dolls from a lot of different countries. I printed these and shrunk them down so they would fit on the 3 x5 card. It's suppose to be a "joke card" but I'm not sure a…

SoulCollage: The Princess Card

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I am the one who loves pretty things.
I am the dreamer of dreams that end happily ever after.
I am the one who dreams of leaving the mundane for the magical.
I am the one who believes in the power of love.
I give you the desire to explore new things, the softness of beauty, and the caress of enchantment.
I give you the wonder of dreams and the goodness of life.
I give you the doorway.
I want you to soar, to recognize your beauty, to pamper yourself and to indulge in the riches of life.
You are a princess. Your riches are inside you.
Your soul, your spirit is more valuable than diamonds or rubies.
The measure of your worth is not in dollars and cents but in the essence of you!
Hold this knowledge and do not let the weary world rob your of your treasure.

A few years back I wanted to make soulcollage cards....I made the Princess Card above and wrote out my thoughts and I started two others but then the project got set aside. It's always been in the back of my mind. I love the whole concept. T…

Index Card a Day: 16-17-18

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(cat collage piece, sharpies)

I'm always on the lookout for neat words, or little pictures that might work on the cards. I found this little cat in an old magazine. It reminded me of our cat Fritz who passed away in December 2011, so I decided to dedicate this card to him.

 (Cut outs, sharpies, staples)
 This day I had an eye doctor's appointment so I used the little reminder post card I received to clip out some pics for the card!   I was out of glue (I've went through FOUR gluesticks already!) so I used staples to attach them!
                                                                 (paint, sharpies)

A few days back when I was painting in my art journal...I painted a few cards so on "busy hectic" days I could have a bit of a jumpstart!  The blue on the card is paint...the rest is markers. I used four shades of pink. I wasn't very inspired so I just colored and defined shapes with the black sharpie. …

Thoughts About The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games is a trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I read all three books about 8 or 9 months ago. The first book was ultimately the best and the third book ultimately the worst. The middle book: Catching Fire just sort of existed. Hard for it to stand on it's own without the prior book and solving nothing on it's own without the third book. I can't say I'm a BIG fan of the books but more about that later.

Why am I blogging about the books now...so many months later? Well our minister likes to pick themes for his series of sermons and the current series is called The Hunger Games. Of course, there's lots of great comparisons there like "bread of life" and right and wrong and getting through tough situations. So his choice of theme made me start thinking about the series again. I'd tried to just forget them. The ending was so dissatifying for me that it sort of soured the whole series. I see now there's going to be a movie (of course). Will I watch…

Index Card a Day 12-13-14-15

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(paint, sharpie, collage pic cut apart)

Day 12 finds me revisisting the high speed chase!!  That's one of the great things about index cards...you can do several of one idea of topic...explore until your interest runs out!

                                            (mishaps, sharpie, gem squares, chalk)

Day 13 I wanted to start using up some mishaps from another project so I focused on my word for 2012: TREASURE....

                                                  (ink, stamps of dragonfly & fern, sharpie)

Day 14 was another departure from the January idea card. That's ok the idea card is really more for...I'm stuck....what am I going to do today situations. I decided to try and use some stamps because I have hundreds of them. So I chose the dragonfly (my totem animal) and created this little card. It's a quick and simple one....but some days you just don't have a lot of art time!

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Little Leather Journal

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You might remember I mentioned picking up this little leather art journal. It's so adorable. It is 3 1/3 inches by 5 inches so not really big at all. I love it so much I am having anxiety because I want to buy a few more and I'm afraid they will sell out of them before I get back to Hobby Lobby. (ok, I'm a little CrAzY).

I love it so much I was having a hard time starting it because I didn't want to mar the perfect little thing! I was also unsure of how the pages would stand up to watercolor or markers because they are kind of thin.  Plus I wanted to pick something special to use it for and that thought just hadn't popped into my mind yet. I decided to try watercolor on the first page because it is slightly thicker. Then after painting it, it just sort of popped into my head....Soul Musings!

I've blogged Soul Musings and I'm actually writing a book called Soul Musings but I've never explored them in an art journal. Soul Musings are little spiritual though…

Creating with Paint

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I promised a post NOT about index cards...but this one is still art related so I owe you another one!  This is the art journal page I created using the two little sponge brushes I got for Christmas (they were in a set of different kinds of brushes,),,and so I thought....hmmmm....Let's try them out.

I dropped some paint on the page and used both sizes of the sponge brushes. As soon as the page started coming together..I knew what I would do with it....I call this page  "The Microsope of Life"  It was fun using the black sharpie to create bugs, germs, worms and other crazy little critters. Then I thought of how there is so much of life "unseen"...many times unsavory parts of life...hidden beneath the surface of seemingly ordinary days and people. The thoughts don't really go with the bright and lovely colors but at the same time...that is the way it is...bright faces, smiles, lives that seem perfect....often hide much more.

Index Card a Day 7-8-9-10-11 The Creative Journey

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(watercolor paint, black sharpie) As you can see I have ventured off my January List again...into a rainbow colored world!  I thought I was using sharpies way to much....so I decided to use some watercolor....and then my mind went blank so I just doodled a little house and tada!  Again I have to remind myself that this isn't about great art...it's about "messing around with materials and having fun!"

                                                             (sharpies and other markers)
Back to the list for card 8....and it's My Lucky Number....8. I tried to use the lines of the card to help make straight lines....it worked ok...but I am line challenged and I need to remind myself to keep a VERY steady hand!

                                                              (tea bag packet, sharpies)
Again...I ignored the list. I wanted to try something "different". I had intended to collage but found myself without collage materials when the muse struck...…

Index Card a Day: Days 3, 4, 5, and 6

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(index card, black sharpie)

For Day Three I didn't need the list either....I wanted to try a little cityscape. I had noticed these several times on different blog. This is my first try at one....it isn't near as cute as some I've looked at but it's ok for a first one. I imagine I will be doddling lots more of these so I hope to imporve my technique!

                                                             (index card, black sharpie)

Day Four I used my focus list...and the Five Senses of Winter popped out at me. So I created the card using just black ink and a tiny smudge of brown sharpie!

                                                             (index card, black sharpie)

Snow Family is the theme for Day Five!!  Reminds me of being in elementary school and drawing little things like this. To me the index cards aren't about GREAT art...I'm really not all that talented in that area. the cards are a…

Index Card a Day (1 and 2)

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So 2012 is here! So I started the Index Card a Day...an art challenge,,,,,create a little art everyday...on an index card...small, simple, doable...we aren't talking museum materpieces here...just a bit of fun and exploring with different kinds of art...

(Index card 3x5, sharpies)
I have a little list of topics I jotted down in case I needed inspiration. No rules about having to follow the prompts, there just there if I need an idea because I am drawing a blank. One is called New Beginnings....and so I created the above card on January 1st, 2012....a NEW year ahead...what will it bring!

(Index card 3x5, watercolor crayons, sharpies) Day Two....I didn't need the list because I knew I wanted to create a card called High Speed Chase. When we went out on the first of January, we were right in the middle of a high speed chase, after dark with lights flashing, with one car going about 100 miles and hour and 12-15 police cars chasing....it was a little scary when they started zipping…