Sunday, February 25, 2007

A Rose In My Kitchen Window

A Rose In My Kitchen Window
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
This mini rose bloomed this weekend, I love it's perfect shape and beautiful creme color. It reminds me of Vanilla Ice Cream!

The pink one has not bloomed again yet... but it will soon, it has a few buds on it..........

You can take a look at my other rose photos here: My Roses on Flickr
...and also get a story as to WHY I keep white and pink roses around! :))

Lamp/Tree Sketch in Moleskine

Lamp/Tree Sketch in Moleskine
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
Journaling Reads: Nana and Pop have this crazy plastic coconut tree-- it is a lamp and also a tree-- the coconuts have lights in them. They bought it from a lady in Pennsylvania in 1972-- when they moved inot a house that they believed was haunted! They kept the lamp because Nana LOVED the lamp. Today, Uncle Joey was telling Camden it was a lamp and I ketp saying it was a TREE! (note: to a one year old, it's a tree, he does not understand the concept of a lamp-tree yet... but try to tell that to dear old Uncle Joey!!!!!) :))

Starbucks Sketch in Moleskine

Starbucks Sketch in Moleskine, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Quick sketch of my Starbucks cup while Camden napped on Saturday. I started to color in the green with my gel pen and decided it didn't look like the classic Starbucks Green... so I stopped and will resume when I get my watercolors out! I also did this sketch while Joe's Nana and Pop walked by me and was looking over my shoulder... and I really felt uncomfortable! At 82 and 76 they don't know what Starbucks is nor why I would be drawing my empty cup in my journal................... My Moleskine is getting kinda fat, so I had to hold down the corner so I could get a photo of the whole spread! Can you guess what book is holding down the corner?

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Granddaddy&Grandmamma, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

I created this scrapbook page for my dad. He lost his mom in 2005 and his dad just recently. I wanted to do something special for him and thought this would be just the thing. My Grandmama and Granddaddy were so much in love... and their love was a demonstration to us all that through thick in thin, if you just love each other, things will be OK.

To make a long story short, I created this page for my dad as a gift, and had help from Tina and Amy, and mulled over it for days on end. I wanted it to be perfect -- something for him to hang in his office and something for him to remember his parents by. Well I finished it this morning... and was so excited, I emailed it to to get it printed. I went to wal-mart and walked around choosing a frame, a mat, and some ribbon to make it look really nice inside the frame. When I got up to the photo counter to pick it up, the man behind the counter said "uhh, you can't have this, it is copyrighted material, and you have to have permission. I was like, well, the photo is so old I don't even know where to go to get permissions. He said to go to the county hall in the city it was taken, etc. I was like this is crazy, this was just for a gift for my father! I'm not taking millions of copies and selling them or anything! So we went back and forth, and tearfully, I asked to speak to a manager, who told me the same thing. Well then I said that I've already pre-paid for the prints through the web, and it makes no sense that I cannot have them... Then I called my mom and sobbed and asked what to do (this gift meant A LOT to me and I was ready to give it to my dad!!!!)... she was like I don't know what to do... So, I told her that I was just going to take them and go. So, I walked over to the counter, picked them up and left the store. (I had already paid through the web). The guy came after me, but really, what was he going to do? I successfully got away with MY photo, and that was that. My husband and sister are now referring to me as the criminal. But, really, what has this world come to when we have to go through so much drama to carry on our family history? I am appalled and upset! It's not like I took Camden to Olan Mills and am trying to make tons of photo copies at Wal-Mart! I UNDERSTAND that would be wrong... but I simply cannot understand how re-printing photos that are over 60-years old is a crime!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A Beautiful MESS!

A beautiful MESS!, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Don't these look YUMMY!?!?! My mother-in-law sent me an 8,000 piece scrapbooking set... and these ribbons were part of the set. I was overjoyed with all of the cool colors, textures and coordinating sets, etc. How lovely!!!!!! Just looking at this picture makes me happy!!!!

CMP Feb ATC - Alphabet Soup

CMP Feb ATC - Alphabet Soup, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

My Artist Trading Card for the Creative Mom Podcast ATC exchange.

Threads of Memory...

CMP Ep. 35 Thread Prompt, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

This was my response to the Creative Mom Podcast's Episode 35 Thread prompt... I call mine "Threads of Memory". Journaling reads... "Why do I spend so much time, energy and money on scrapbooking and journaling? Because it is my duty to preserve, record and capture the THREADS OF MEMORY. So someday you can sew them all together." This was created using random materials that I had at my fingertips-- from my scrapbooking stash, my sewing stash, and my card-making stash... :) All glued nicely into my moleskine!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Baby Moleskine Feb 3 and 4

Baby Moleskine Feb 3 and 4, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Baby Moleskine Feb 1 and 2

Baby Moleskine Feb 1 and 2, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

I bought a baby sketchbook and carried it around for a few days trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do with it............. so after mulling over it, I decided I wanted to do a "day in the life" journal for Camden. I've seen lots of cool "themed" journals lately! I scrapbook for him -- and I take notes in my journal, but this journal will sit on my desk and I'll do one page a day. It's small so I'm hoping It's something that I can keep up.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Handpainted Japanese Teacup

done in ink and watercolor pencil... in moleskine.

"A Cup of Comfort"

I took this photo of my morning coffee in my FAVORITE CUP! (Olivia is my FAVORITE!!!!)-- I love this mug because of Olivia... and the fact that it says OLIVIA all around the rim... then has a picture of her on the front ... and a cute picture of her backside on the back......... and my favorite part... when you finish the cup of coffee, Olivia is staring up at you! :))))) Anyway, I took the photo of the cup and softened the edges, added a red background and the writing. Simple, but it's what I thought of when I thought of comfort. :)

Handmade Valentines

Cupcake Valentines Gifts, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Valentines bracelets for Camden's teachers, I made them and wrapped them in small plastic cupcake boxes that we found. They are so cute! :) the one on the right is for Miss Lessie, an older woman who LOVES blue. The one on the left is for Miss Linda, a young college student, who works only on Fridays, but Camden adores her.

Illustration Friday: Sprout

Illustration Friday: Sprout, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

I created this from the Illustration Friday prompt "Sprout".