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A Little Silly Fun…

I needed a gift for a “white elephant gift exchange.”  I’m not quite sure where this terminology came from as it has nothing to do with elephants! 😉

To me, it means to re-gift something I received and don’t need or perhaps, give something “creative.”

I decided on a little silly fun this year and created this one-of-a-kind gift!

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A “Caroler” in a former life that I purchased at a thrift store years ago, I made him into a quirky guy that loves the lake!

It was super fun to create a poem to go with him… I will get to that later in this post.

This silly guy actually moves – his head slowly turns in circles and his right arm moves up and down when he is plugged in to an outlet.  A little weird, I must say!

I started by giving him an old cup for a hat and taped a bird on top.  The bird house came next.  On the back, I added this “key” message (from a candy wrapper):

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He needed a beach towel, so I cut-up an old wash cloth and sewed the outside edges. I used a paper napkin to represent “happy hour” where friends gather to share an appetizer and a drink as you can see in my first photo.

Below, I created a fishing pole from an old paint brush and beads – including a bead for a fish:

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He needed a little summer outfit so I sewed some fabric to give him some pizzazz and cover up that ugly green outfit he was wearing – who says men can’t wear skirts!! Hahaha!

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I finished him, by adding a Christmas ornament of a chair, a rubber stamp image of an image in the woods and writing a message on the base:

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Below is one of the stanzas I wrote for my poem to the song, “Over The River And Through The Woods.”

 

Over the river and through the woods

We look forward to each year…

The memories we make

At this beautiful lake

Are the treasures we hold dear.

I look forward to seeing who receives my creative surprise… I encourage you to “think outside the box” when you give a gift!

Cheers! 🙂

Autumn’s Display

My hubby and I closed our lake place this weekend as it is getting colder.  Autumn brings cooler temperatures in the Pacific Northwest where we call home.  Soon the snow will be falling…

Autumn’s Display of wild rose hips always dazzle me in the fall.  Especially on a sunny, blue-sky day:

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It is always sad to see the lake season end as we will miss our lake friends. We will also miss the lake and this stunning view:

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Yet, I look forward to more time in my art studio in Autumn.

The crisp, cool air of October is Apple Harvest time too!

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This week my art these will be focusing on APPLES… I hope you stop by for a bite or two…

On Monday, I will share my process for creating this art piece.  (I also discovered some ways to “fix” mistakes that may be of interest to you!)

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Do you have 4 seasons where you live?  What is your favorite time of year?

Cheers! 🙂

Some Strange Fish

When I was a child, I’d often wondered what strange fish were swimming in the dark blue lake water below me…

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A person’s imagination can go wild!! Lol! 😉

Starting from the top of the page to the bottom – what names of fish do you come up?  I hope you share them with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Relaxing

I took this photo at the lake recently:

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Then had fun changing it with a free app called, “Layout,” on my iPad:

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Doesn’t it look cool?!

Here is another one with a different photo:

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Wishing you a day to relax doing what you enjoy!

Cheers! 🙂

Lake Time

My hubby and I opened up our lake place (trailer) over the weekend.  We weren’t sure of the weather but decided to chance it and left home in rainy weather but arrived at the lake in sunshine!

The weather turned out to be wonderfully warm and the sky was the brilliant blue of summer… although the mountains were still covered with snow!

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We took our first boat ride of the season… Lake time for us is May through September.    I have been going to Priest Lake, Idaho since I was a baby so it always feels like coming home when I arrive!

Here are some more photos for you to enjoy with a haiku:

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Snow on rocky peaks,

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Sunshine sparkles on waves blue-green…

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Ah, fresh mountain air!

Cheers!

Carousel Of Lights

Carousel of lights,

Forgetting winter’s cold bite,

Brings our eyes delight!

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My hubby and I were at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho yesterday.  I took these photos outside at the marina.  The resort puts on a Christmas light show every year.

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I enjoyed looking at the mountains too and how peaceful the lake is in winter.  We did see one boat on the lake in 12 degrees!  Brrr!  Too cold for us!

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Wishing you a day to relax and enjoy the beauty around you… wherever you live!

Peace Friends!  🙂

Air Cool And Crisp

We closed up our lake place yesterday.  My feelings are bittersweet.  I will miss the mountains, the lake, our friends and our weekend “get aways!”  Yet I’m looking forward to being home, snuggling with my cat while reading a good book and creating more art!  🙂

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Brilliant blue sky,

Air cool and crisp…

Clouds form –

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Pinecones fall,

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Leaves change…

And Autumn begins!

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday Friends!  🙂

A Fall Doodle

I recently started this doodle in my sketchbook:

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I am reminded of attending our local fair by this doodle.  When I was in high school, I would take a spin or two on some of the rides.  Now I think it would make me dizzy…lol!

The air is starting to turn crisp here in the Pacific Northwest.  And the leaves are just starting to change colors:

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It is one of my favorite times of year.  How about you?  What is your favorite season?

Wishing you a Fabulous Friday!  And perhaps a weekend to enjoy the beauty around you!

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Cheers Friends!  🙂

Blue And Greens

Blue and green colors remind me of summer.  I recently took these photos at the lake:

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I created this pattern in my art journal during my lake vacation.  Yesterday, I wrote this haiku:

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It says:  Floating on the waves, Cool water supports me, I’m weightless and free.  I’d like to remember this feeling of freedom.

I created the pattern with a black pen first and then added the watercolors.  I found it very meditative to paint.

I start feeling a bit “blue” this time of year knowing that summer will be ending soon!  Yet, I do look forward to cooler days as the “greens” start to fade into the golden colors of Fall.

Wishing you a Fabulous Friday, friends – EnJOY the colors of your day!  🙂

A Lazy Afternoon

It was a lazy afternoon at the lake.  Harold was floating on an inner tube.  (You do remember Harold, don’t you?)

Harold was trying to squeeze in a few more minutes daydreaming before summer ended:

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Soon school would be starting for his children and he would no longer have idle time.

It was such a relaxing day that a Lackadaisical Duck happened to paddle by:

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A rare sighting to see such a slow-moving duck!  And yawning too!  (I wasn’t aware that ducks yawned…lol!)

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!  Wishing you a lackadaisical day, friends!  🙂

P.S.  I have decided to change Weird Bird Wednesday to Whimsical Wednesday.  You may still see a weird bird or two but I wanted to have more options!  Cheers!