Art Journal Challenge Week 47 Thanksgiving

It seemed like a no brainer to have Week 47 be a Thanksgiving prompt.

We had a great Thanksgiving! Tuesday at my mom’s house and Thursday at my sister-in-law. That was so much nicer than the double dinner that had gone on for years.

Give Thanks

I figured out how to use the photo printing tray on my printer. I wish I had taken more pictures!

Project Love Restoring Christmas Ornaments


I got a great gift a few years ago. My mother gave me the clothespin Christmas ornaments that she crafted in the seventies.

Clothes Pin Ornaments

I loved these ornaments! I would play with them, on the tree, under the tree. I would make up stories of their adventures. I only saw them this one month a year, they turned into special playmates for me.

You Can tell it was the Seventies

There are three females. A nurse, a hula girl, and Mrs Claus.

The doctor is male and the nurse is female. Of course!


Mrs and Santa Claus


Many arms were missing off the Christmas group. Some of the little extras that the people carried were long gone too. I remember the three Wise Men bearing presents.  Today? Only one has survived with his gift.


Ornaments in need of restoration

I decided it was time for Project Love. I would give Mrs Claus and the Clown arms back again-indeed ARMS for everyone!

I crafted my arms out of cardboard, instead of the original  pressed board that came in the kit.

New Arms for Ornaments

I decided  to update the group diversity. I added a female doctor, a Rastafarian, and a biker girl.


In crafting the new people, it only seemed fair to give everyone a refresh. Give the golfer his club back.

Make the lumberjack an axe to handle.

This has turned into a full blown crafting affair.

Biker girl is getting a custom made bike. I found these rubber seals in a plastic bag in the basement. I have no idea what they go to. They’ve been refurbished as big fat tires for the bike. The spokes are embroidery floss tacked on with Mod Podge. They are currently drying. I have no idea if these will work.

This was going to be a repair and reveal post, but I am enjoying the restoration so much I want to take “before” and “after” pictures of everybody, and reveal the new members of Project Love. That will be my next post!

Hiking on Black Friday

I have never been a Black Friday shopping person. For the remainder of my Christmas shopping, it will be done on a week day early morning when people are not shopping yet.


I joined some friends up in the northern Ohio area for a “Burn your Buns” run. My friend and I walked. It was lovely outside, just a bit cold.


I stopped at a local bike shop to get some new front brake cables-not on sale, simply because I need to replace the brakes. The bike shop is located in a big mall area, and holy COW! I’ve never really been “out” on a Black Friday, I’m usually working.

Mall parking lots FULL. Strip mall parking lots FULL. Box store lots FULL. I guess I’m not reporting any original news here, just how astounded I was, that so many people went out to buy STUFF in search of an alleged sale.

I did buy stuff too! Stuff to make my bicycle safe, so I can go places and buy memories!

Happy Thanksgiving!

A short Thanksgiving post to keep NaBloPoMo 22 people, I’m going to make it!!

If you are looking for free images, check out the New York City Library Digital Collections. This is where the postcard above originated.  You can click on “public domain” and come up with hundreds of images that you can use for free. My early Christmas gift to you! Happy Turkey!

My Ohio Bucket List

Ohio Bucket List

You can have micro adventures all around you! I’m thinking of destinations inside the Buckeye State that I haven’t yet ventured to yet. I created my Ohio Bucket List.

Serpent Mound 

Serpent Mound is on the National Historic Landmark list. It is an effigy mound-representing a snake with a curled tail. This was built by the Adena culture 800 BC-1000 AD.

The Bridges of Ashtabula County

There are 19 covered bridges in this northern county of Ohio. This could be an nice road trip weekend. I’ll try to have a better memory of Ashtabula county besides my dog bite.

Ashtabula Harbor Light House

While I’m up north, why not visit a lighthouse?   This light house was erected in 1836. While other lighthouses were automated, the Harbor Light remained manned until 1973. The lighthouse was restored in the 2000s and today is available for public tours.

Bob Evan’s Farm

Down on the farm! Bob Evans started in Ohio, and the farm is still in southern Ohio, not very far from me. The Farm and Homestead are now a museum. The Sausage Shop turned into the very first Bob Evan’s restaurant.

Mansfield Reformatory

No, I’ve never seen the movie. I did read the book. You know I’m referring to “Shawshank Redemption” which was filmed  at the Mansfield Reformatory. It would be interesting to take a tour through the former prison.

Ride the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad

This is a no brainer. I can carry my bike onto the train, ride it a few miles up, and then hop off and ride back. I just need to get a day scheduled and DO IT!

National Museum of the Great Lakes

I did not know there was a museum about the history of the Great Lakes. Located in Toledo, there is a museum and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker ship to check out.

The Annie Oakley Museum

Okay, it’s the Garst Museum in Greenville Ohio, but it’s Annie Oakley I am interested in. Phoebe Moses was born in Darke County Ohio.

Dysart Woods

Dysart Wood, an Ohio University land laboratory, is in the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau in Belmont County. There is a tract of 50 acres of old-growth white oak-beech-tulip trees. The oldest trees are 400 years old and 4 feet in diameter.

This reminds me of Conrad Richter’s novel “The Trees”. This novel was set in Ohio, around 1795, where Ohio was wild undiscovered country. There were two more books in this trilogy, “The Fields” and “The Town”.   There was a TV mini-series called “The Awakening Land” in 1978, starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Hal Holbrook based on this trilogy.

What features and attractions are available to you in your state? It’s just a short Google/Pinterest search away!



My 2019 Challenge: 219 Workouts in 2019

I like to have a yearly challenge. I believe it started with Project 50.  2018 is the Art Journal Challenge, create a mixed media page weekly with a prompt. I decided I need to get back to some physical activity.

219 Challenge

There are tons of challenges out there, push ups, pull ups, plank daily. What to choose??

I came across the blog “Fit is a Feminist Issue” earlier in the year, and they were about halfway through their 218 workouts in 2018. That immediately perked my interest! Of course, I decided to save the challenge for 2019.  Never fear, I have been working out all along!

219 in 2019 gives me accountability. I am going to create some calendars so I can number and cross off work outs. I will be working out 2/3 of the year.

What counts as a work out?

Physical activity outside the normal realm of moving

Walking the dogs-not a work out. We do this all the time

House cleaning-unless it’s painting, or scrubbing floors that works one into a sweat-nope

Workouts I plan to do:




Weight training


What challenge will you conquer in 2019?