Saturday, January 20, 2018

December Artifacts: a review


Seth Apter, the host of ARTifacts, asked us to
send 2 images from your ARTifacts project for a final online exhibition on my blog. 

It could be an image you have already used or a new one. You can take a new photo of several pages and/or submit a pic of the outside of your journal (if applicable) if you like. Anything goes.
As  you can see, for my first photo, I created a mosaic of my 11 pages I shared, along with several photos of my journal cover, both empty and filled.  For those of you not familiar with it, the rocking horse cover was sun printed using fluid acrylics and some of my flat rocking horses.   The spine decoration was one inspired by Seth from a tutorial he created at Make it Artsy.

For my second page, I included this one I made for my September ARTifacts.  I believe it is my favorite because I used some of my rust colored paper and found objects on the left side, and my handmade shimmering mists, a real leaf, and colored pencils on the right side.  All items were sewn into these pages and all pages were sewn.  No glue was used in this book.

I want to thank Seth again for hosting this fun collaborative.  It was a really different way for me to create a monthly calendar.  I also want to thank each of you who joined me in this monthly journey.  I am truly grateful beyond words.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Smiles 255


By now, many of you know I have a ton of photos from the History Museum I visited for Smithsonian Day.  If you want to see a link to this wonderful museum, here it is now.  It's now time to share a few of these photos each Friday, along with some funny stories, quotes, verse, or jokes I found when I was cleaning my office.  By now you know I'm here for Annie's Friday Smiles.

I'll begin with the funnies.

To keep your wife happy, first let her think she is having her way, then let her have it.

A psychiatrist is a doctor who asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks you for nothing.
       ~Joey Adams

A woman will doubt everything you say except compliments to herself.

When you see a man opening a car door for his wife, you know one of two things: either the car is new or his wife is.

Little boy to mother: "Why does grandfather read the Bible all the time?  Is he preparing for his finals?"

Then there was the time a judge was asked to contribute $10.00 to a lawyer's funeral.  "Here's $100.00," he said.  "Bury 10 of them."

These are photos I took the first time I visited the History Museum.








It has really changed since I was here last.  I hope you enjoy the new much better photos taken with my much better camera.

This is how you are greeted when you step off the elevator on the third floor.



This shows how Wichita went from a cow town (stock yards have finally been sold to other types of investors) to the small aircraft capital of the world. 

I live a mere eight blocks from the Little Arkansas, and about the same distance from the Big Arkansas.  That could be why my neighborhood is so safe.  It's hard to get in unless you know where you're going.


Please enjoy these photos and peruse them at your own pace.































Here you see Wichita and the Little Arkansas River as it appeared in 1873.  My house would be in the lower right of the painting if it was built today.  I believe the bridge you see is the one that has now been replaced by the "new" bridge I took a photo of yesterday.



I was really impressed with this stagecoach even though everything was behind glass.





When the railroad came in, the stagecoach became obsolete.










This seems like a good time to stop.  We have now made it through one side of this newly completed room.  More of this same room that takes up half the third floor next time.

Thanks for joining me today in this History Museum.  And please visit Annie and her lovely smiles today.  Feel free to join in with your smile, too.  A smile to start the weekend is always a good thing.