Monday, February 27, 2017

T Stands For Walts Klassics


I saw this diner that looks like an old railroad car one day as Sally and I were on the far west side of town.

Granted, I'm not a burger person,

but the idea of visiting this place overtook my curiosity.

I actually didn't realize it was a burger (and what looks like root beer) place until I got out to take photos.

I backed up even further to get the entire train car into the photo and nearly froze my hands off when the wind cut through me like a knife.

It looks like it had been there awhile and the strip mall was built up around it.

Another 50s diner, in a diner car.  I applaud their originality.  And I like that shake/malt machine, too.

This is one end of the car,


and this is the other end.  I absolutely LOVE those lamps.  To me they look Art Deco, but I could be wrong.  They don't look 50s to me, not that I would know what 50s lamps look like.  When I think of the 50s, I think of the Jetsons and the futuristic atomic inspired art.

Their menu is mostly BURGERS and sandwiches.  Sally and I opted for fish and fries dinner, full well knowing everything would probably be deep-fat fried.

Sorry, no lemons for the water.  If we wanted lemons, we would need to buy lemonade.

We were told to place the guest receipt at the end of the table so the server could find us easily.  Since there were only two women working and both had been there when I went to the counter to place the order, I sort of laughed.  Of course, I followed directions, anyway.

While we waited for the deep fryer to spit out our fish and fries (chips if you are in Europe), I took a few photos of the art on the walls.

Some of these may not mean much to those who live in countries other than the U.S.

The waitress was faster than my camera in this photo, but I kept it to show we weren't the only ones waiting for food.

There was lots of memorabilia on the walls, some of which I understood (like the cars and gold record)

and some of which I had no idea what they were.


Even at this bad angle and under glass, I could tell this was President Kennedy and his wife, Jackie.

I could tell the owner

definitely had a "thing" for cars.

By now, our grease laden deep fried fish and fries (chips) had arrived.  It's a good thing I'd shown our water (sans lemon) earlier, or this visit would have been a bust!

Edit:  This post has been scheduled for several weeks.  I apologize I'm still so very sick.  I'll be by to visit when I feel better.   I checked and Mr. Linky seems to be acting right this week.  No problems like we encountered last week.

Now it's time to share your drink related post this week.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken at any time, and don't even have to be taken this year!


Since this is the final Tuesday in February, it's time to dig up your Second on the 2nd.  It can be any post, any genre, anything your heart desires, as long as it's a post you have shared sometime in the past.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with for March's Second on the 2nd.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Oscar Shorts


I don't know how well the Oscars are known or watched in countries other than the U.S., but this year, as last, my friend Sally and I went to see the Oscar shorts.  Ironically, my ticket number was the same as the number of years the Wichita Public Library has offered these films.  Sally's number was 45, so they didn't go numerically.

Don't get me wrong.  This is NOT for the faint of heart.  This is a seven (yes 7) hour marathon of short after short after short.  The movies started at 10:00 am and there was a 35 minute lunch break about 12:30 pm.  Then the afternoon was filled with film after film after film until nearly 5:00 pm. 

Sally predicted the winners, but I didn't.  The ones I chose last year didn't win, so I'm obviously not good at that sort of thing.

Beside the length of the day, the theater was extra hot and stuffy.  Lots of people were coughing and by the time I got home, I felt awful like an 18-wheeler Mack truck ran over me, then drove sandpaper down my throat.  I just hope by the time this post goes live, I will feel better and the winners of these shorts will have been announced.  But for now, I'm headed to bed, scheduling this post, and hope you will understand if you don't hear from me this weekend.  I'm simply out of it.  And yes, I wore my glasses which didn't help much because we sat close enough to the screen I didn't need them.

Again, I apologize for not visiting this weekend, but right now I'm so sick, I can barely sit long enough to write this post.  Don't worry, though.  T will still be held at 4 pm tomorrow my time.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

ARTifacts for February (and the completed cover)


Back in January, I went through over 1000 completed art journal pages, hoping to join Seth Apter's ARTifacts, but didn't have enough pages to share that I would use for my own journal.  It sometimes takes me awhile to get "with the program," so I hope to make up for that this month.  I love making these journals, but I'm not big on writing in them.  So, when Seth offered this collaborative, I decided to join the project.

This is the front of the completed journal, with an embellishment that I attribute to Seth.  You can see how I created a similar one (my KEY journal) here.  I decorated it here.  I show how I attached it to the journal cover here.

I realize I missed the January deadline, so I don't want to miss the February deadline.  Although I have designated four pages for each month, this is the only one I will show for January.

I'm not really very good at creating journal pages for myself, so I know this looks wimpy.  I'm hoping I get better over the next few months.  Valentine's Day shares time with Mardi Gras, and the journaling is private, and written on the back of the Fleur de Lis.  I tried several techniques I haven't used before, including gelly pen stenciling,  Other elements include a gifted "M," a button, a feather (in Mardi Gras colors), and Valentine inspired stencils and stickers.

Now for some close ups.  I love my tiny rocking horses I used to embellish the

piece that has a lot of symbolism to me, including the pencil from my city and the feather I found on my porch.

The closure also has a rocking horse sitting on top of a clear button.

Here are all the pages after they were added to machine sewn into the journal.

I'm a tool geek, so this heart was right up my alley.  I admit, I prefer my miter saw to hand saws, though.

My journaling is for my eyes only.


Somehow the color shift is horrible here.

Here is one final look at my Rocking Horse journal I intend to use throughout the year in collaboration with

Seth Apter and his ARTifacts project.  Thank you for joining me today.  I'm very, very grateful to you and your visits.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gifts from my dear friend Valerie


A few days ago Bleubeard and I found this awesome package in my mailbox.  I immediately knew it was from my friend Valerie, because she had warned me something was coming.  I actually worried because days and days passed, and my fears grew greater that it somehow went missing.

Fortunately, that was not the case.   Don't you just love the bread container she put everything in?

She wrapped the goodies in this paper, which included a darling tree.  If you know me, you know I love trees.

What a wonderful haul.

I fell in love with this Asian inspired art that was on the outside of the card Valerie made.

Then there was this incredible tag in which she pulled out all the stops.  Isn't it simply over the top?  Yes, I love it, too.

Then there are the incredible napkins, many of which included at least two of the same design.  How thoughtful. 

As for the tag that is hidden?  You'll just have to wait to see it.

But wait!  That wasn't all.

Look at this handmade book.  So much detail

on both sides.

Isn't it simply delightful?   Even the paper inside is high end.

But the best part was this wonderful personal note left on the inside by Valerie.

I can't thank Valerie enough for this thoughtful gift, as well as the tags and napkins she sent.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Valerie!  I suggest if you are NOT familiar with her art, please stop by her blog, called Bastelmania.

And I want to thank each and everyone for stopping by today.  I am so grateful for your visit, and your support of what I show on my blog.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Christmas photos


I found these photos Monday, and since I'm struggling to find something to share on my blog, I thought I would share these I took right after Christmas.

I was at my friend and neighbor Sally's when I took these photos.  I was waiting for her to get dressed, and did a quick dusting of her kaleidescope with my hand.  I'm more careful at my place.

I was actually inspired by Johanna at Mixed Media Fun, who took photos of a homemade kaleidescope with her camera.

Mine, unfortunately,

didn't fare as well.

Then I was off to WalMart, where I took a photo of these Lindor chocolates.  I think Chris at Pear Shaped Crafting was the one who talked about them, but I can't remember now why I took the photo, other than to respond to someone (CHRIS?) who talked about them at Christmas.

Next, I left Sally behind and went into this high end nursery.  Wish I had taken more shots, but all I was interested in were the trees.

Although I don't show the ones I purchased in any of the photos,

be assured I purchased three new ones on deep discount at this incredible place.  You will have to wait till next Christmas to view them, because they have been put away since shortly after Christmas.

Thanks for joining me for the look back in time, as I share photos I found from Christmas.  And of course, thanks for joining me today.  Your visits mean the world to me.