Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ready

I don't think I've shown you this before. It's my art journal entry from last year. I was ready and things went wrong. And although I thought I was ready then I'm not now so I guess the universe had other plans for me. Still figuring out what that plan is though.

I think this was one of the things I wanted to include in my workshop that was supposed to happen last year and then it didn't.

I have a different concept now but I'm not gonna talk about it because it didn't go so well the last time I did. :)

Do you feel like you’re lost sometimes? Lost in your life and have no idea where you’re going?

I mean, I never was the kind of person that needed a plan or a goal but I always seemed to enjoy the journey. Right now, the journey is not happening either. It’s like I’m just standing there being lost. It’s a weird feeling.

And I have an ongoing struggle inside me never knowing when to persevere and when to quit. I have a tendency to quit because I believe if it’s supposed to be it will happen no matter what.

But now I don’t know if it’s not supposed to be or I’m not persistent enough. When is it ok to quit?

Linking to The Butterfly Effect.
Ping Yahoo


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saludos from Cuba


Dear Mrs. Tiggy,

We left Europe a couple of weeks ago and we’re anchored in Cuba now. I love it here! Great weather, amazing food and dancing every night. :)

Xoxo Mr Black.

P.S. That is Celia Cruz on the postcard. A famous Cuban salsa singer.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

A Whole Lotta Stuff

First off . . . The lovely Nicola from Pointy Pix gave me this award. Thank you so much! :) You need to check out her blog cause she has some serious talent. Really amazing art work.
And the rules are:
  1. Thank the award giver and link back to them - Thank you very much Pointy Pix!:)
  2. Nominate/award 15 other recently discovered blogs, let the nominees know and they then need to pay it forward; and
  3. Finally, share 7 interesting things that people may not already know about you.
I don't know how recently I discovered these blogs but here they are anyway. :)
  1. Diana from My Art Journal
  2. Lisa from The Wright Stuff
  3. Amy
  4. Gina from Daydream Believer
  5. Andrea from FallingLadies
  6. Kirstin from Listening to the squeak inside
  7. Stacy from
  8. Conny from Piaroms Art
  9. Donna from Donna did it!
  10. Jenny from A Simpler Life
  11. Valerie from Bastelmania
  12. Cameron from Paint Myself Pretty
  13. BlackPumpkin from Timeless Rituals
  14. Rachelle from Art Eye Candy
  15. Nicola from Nicola Toms Designs
There are so many more blogs that I LOVE and it was really hard narrowing it down to just 15. So please don't be offended if you're not among them. I love you all!:)

I already wrote about 7 things a couple of years ago so go check out that cause there really isn't much to add. :) And they might not be all that interesting either. :) I did stop playing FarmVille on FB though. :))

Second . . . I had a giveaway and here is the winner. :)
Congratulations Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald!

Please contact me via e-mail in my profile with your snail address. :) Thank you to everyone who entered and for all the birthday wishes, too.:)

Third . . . For all of you who haven't heard the news yet, Google is going to disconnect the Google Friend Connect option for all non-Blogger sites on 1. March 2012.

What that means is that we will lose blog followers that are following through something other than Blogger and we will no longer follow them either.

What I don't know is how this is going to effect Google Reader. I read blogs that I'm subscribed to through Google Reader and most of them are linked through Google Friend Connect. Does that mean that when this subscriber option will be disconnected for non-Bloggers, the blogs will also be gone from the Google Reader? If somebody knows, please tell me.:)

All that said, I put up Bloglovin on my sidebar for all the non-Blogger followers that want to keep following my blog. Bloglovin is very much similar to Google Reader.

I know there is Linky Followers available but what I don't like is that you have to manually update your "Last posted date". Meaning that your blog posts don't update automaticaly. So, unless you do it manually your followers won't know you have a new blog post up.

And although Linky Followers has a similar "Blog Reader" it would be a lot of work to manually link all the blogs from my Google Reader. And I don't really like the way it is set up. With Google Reader and Bloglovin you get to read the whole post right there. With Blog Reader you only get a title and then you have to click your way to the blog.

Yes, there is a fourth! :) ... Here's some art eye candy from the Life Book class that I'm linking to Paint Party Friday.
If you read all this, you deserve a muffin. :)  Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

All My Children, eeee, I mean Pets :)

My fur Babies! :)
A brilliant idea to use watercolors on ordinary paper. Gives you texture in wrinkly kind of way. :)
The Big Cat is Charlie Da Gangster. That’s his typical pose. Staring at something only he sees. :) Yes, he is white with blue eyes and deaf.

In front of him is the Small Dog Kika in her typical pose as well. Her leg lifted when you’re approaching. It’s either to roll herself over on the back to get a belly rub or to randomly scratch herself. It’s somewhat of her nervous tick I guess. It got much better since I got her but at the beginning she was scratching herself nonstop. And it wasn’t the fleas or allergies. It’s just how she copes in stressful situations.

Next is my second favorite Little Lolita. :) We call her Lola. She’s little shy around strangers and unfamiliar noises. She’s also very vocal and can say “mama”. :)

On top of the kitty pile is Gizmo and below him his sister Ajda. They came out of the same mama. Can you believe it? :) That’s their typical pose as well. They are the most spoiled and most dependant on humans. They seek people’s company all the time.

Behind them is the Black Alpha Cat, my all time favorite Roadie. She’s not afraid of anything except the vacuum cleaner. :) But they all run and hide when vacuum cleaner comes out of the storage. She and Murphy next to her on the right are the oldest of the bunch. 11 years in April.

Murphy is the silver tabby and she really does have an M on her forehead. :) She likes Karma, the Big Dog and likes to rub against her.

All of my cats except the Small Cat Bolha are bigger than my Small Dog Kika. Bolha is weird. She prefers dogs over cats and humans. She loves Karma and you’ll probably find her somewhere around her or on top of her. :)

And then there’s Karma, my Big Dog. She’s not really that big but she’s the biggest of the bunch.

On the wall is a “painting” of my beloved Kana who died 2 years ago. She’s my favorite, too. :)

Linking to The Butterfly Effect. And you still have a chance to win my original ATC. To enter my giveaway go here. :)


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Helô from Wales


Dear Mr. Black,

Oh my Goodness you won't believe it but I am in Wales right now. I really wish we could meet up somewhere for dinner or just a quick cup of tea. Thank you for the Belgium pralines. They were delicious.:)

We're here in Wales for their annual Eisteddfod festival. You should see the tents, Mr. Black. They are PINK! I don't even care that I don't understand a word they are saying, everything is so magical here. We have the same festival in Australia, too, so it makes me think of home.

We're staying here for the entire eight days and I have no idea where our next stop will be. Take care, Mr. Black.  

xoxo Mrs. Tiggy. 
 Linking to Postcard Challenge2012

P.S. On the postcard is the flag of Wales and the Welsh Dragon.

And thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. :) You still have a chance to win my original ATC. To enter my giveaway go here. :)


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Friday, February 17, 2012

300th, a Birthday and a Giveaway

Today is my birthday!! Man, I'm getting old! :) And it is also my 300th blog post. How cool is that?!

So, to celebrate both earth shattering events. :) I'm having a little giveaway! :) You'll have a chance to win this ATC of mine.
Green eyed Angel - watercolor pencils and india ink pens
ATC is short for Artist Trading Card that is basically a little piece of art. The size is 2,5"x3,5". You can frame them and put them on a wall as a painting or you can collect them in ATC albums.

And since I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday let me know in the comments, if you want to enter the giveaway or not. :) You get a second entry if you like my FB fan page and a third entry if you blog/fb/twitt about this giveaway. Just don't forget to tell me so I can count you in. :)

I'll draw the winner next Friday 24. February.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Doodling


I found this video on Lena's blog and wanted to try it for some time now. It's perfect that Amy chose the theme "Doodles" for this week at The Butterfly Effect.
Then I remembered watching Milliande's videos some time ago and checked them out again. I came up with this.
This was really fun! You should try it. :) Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!!


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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hallo from Belgium

Dear Mrs. Tiggy,

I cannot believe we were so close to each other and not know it. We're anchored here in Belgium for the weekend and I'm so confused about their language. It's like they can't decide if they want to speak Dutch or French. I find it hilarious to even order a cup of tea around here. :)

I did manage to go sightseeing. Do you know that peeing boy that is so famous? Well, he's really little. And hidden in a corner of some building. If it wasn't for the other tourists I don't think I would find it.

But I have a surprise for you. There is so much chocolate here in Belgium and I did remember that their pralines are your favorite so I bought you a box. Hope you like them.:)

xoxo Mr. Black.
Linking to Postcard Challenge2012

P.S. I try and choose really famous things to represent the country on my postcard but it's really stupid of me not to explain them since they might not be as familiar to others as they are to me. So, on this postcard you can see a "photo" of Mr. Black standing in front of the famous Atomium monument in Brussels. :)


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Friday, February 10, 2012

100 things to draw when you're bored

If you're bored and out of ideas, here is a list of 100 things to draw when you're bored. :)  It was a swap on ATC's for All forum and I made these four. Can you guess which numbers I drew? :)

Not related to art . . . We babysat the neighbours kids yesterday. Four year old girl and two year old boy. They were really well behaved but . . . They poop! And it stinks! I had a pleasure to wipe the 2 yold's tush and I almost threw up. Seriously I gagged about 5 times. I really had to control myself. :)) Can you tell I don't have kids? Do they always stink this bad when they're young? :))

Linking to Paint Party Friday


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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My favorite things

We're having some fun over at The Butterfly Effect with "My favorite things". If you want to play along and have a chance to win this above painting of mine, you go ahead and copy/paste these questions, answer some or all of them, make something artsy to go along and link your post on The Butterfly Effect blog.  

  1. What is your favorite flower to bring to your enemy’s grave? Honestly I would bring a Sunflower to anyone and everyone on any occasion. That is if I could find one in a flower shop. For some reason they are rarely available. Not that I have a dead enemy. :)
  2. What is your favorite bird to dress up as if you were in a parade? Peacock
  3. What is your favorite pet quality you’d like to own? Cat's curiosity, dog's eagerness and bird's ability to fly
  4. Which one of your favorite celebrities would you marry if you could? Jennifer Aniston and Oprah. I would probably cheat on them with Brad though. :)
  5. What is your favorite food to order when your in-laws are paying for the meal? I wish I could say a lobster but I don’t particularly like sea food so probably pasta of some sort. An expensive pasta! :)
  6. What is your favorite drink to accidentally spill on a person you like? Pina Colada. The kind that doesn't taste of alcohol but hits you when you get up to go to the bathroom. :)
  7. What is your favorite destination to vacation and/or live if you won a million dollars? Kenya and Australia
  8. What is your favorite color to wear to your best friend’s wedding? Purple
  9. What is your favorite book or/and book character you’d take with you on a lonely island? Pride and Prejudice and probably Jacob to keep me warm at night. :)
  10. What is your favorite song to sing in the shower? I don’t need a shower to sing. :) And lately I’ve been singing “Come together” by Yes Sir Boss and Joss Stone
Thanks for stopping by! You always make my day. :)


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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bonjour from France

 Dear Mr. Black,
I love Pandas! I’m so jealous you got to visit Panda’s sanctuary. Maybe one day I will too. :)

As you can tell by the postcard, I’m writing to you from the beautiful France. Our stay here wasn’t planned either. We were just supposed to be passing by but one of our wagons broke down and we had to stay here over the weekend for it to be fixed.

Of course we had a blast taking little field trips each day and we even went to Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. Frankly, I don’t see what the whole hype is about. It’s behind glass with gazillions tourists trying to take a picture.

And don’t get me started on the Eiffel tower. It was the one thing I wanted to do but couldn’t get on it because the first time it was too windy and the second time there were too many people on it. I was really upset about that.

Xoxo Mrs. Tiggy
Linking to Postcard Challenge2012

P.S. That's Marie Antoinette and Eiffel tower in the background. :)


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Friday, February 3, 2012

It's all about STEve

You know those Smash Books that are being sold in shops that are basically bunch of scrapbook paper and other junk bound together? Well, I made my own. Two of them actually. :)
Amy inspired me after watching her free live video workshop the other day. It's really so freaking easy it's ridiculous. :) I have so much scrapbook paper laying around that I don't use anymore and this is a great way to use it up. I chose the ugliest papers of the bunch so I won't have trouble painting over it and bound them together.

I actually have the binding machine at home but if you don't, just go to your local copy shop and they'll do it for you.
And this is the first painting in it. Of course inspired by Amy and her FREE workshop called STEve's ARTFIRe. :)
Now I'm off to check out Friday's Party People. :)


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