Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday wonders: burgers and fries

Just so you know, these photos do NOT entice me to go out and buy another hamburger, but I know my friend Ro will be going crazy over them.

And finally, the ultimate


I want to thank each of you for visiting today and inspiring my Wednesday wonders posts.  Although the photos come from Pexels, my ideas come from visiting your blogs, and this week I have Ro to thank.

Monday, October 16, 2017

T Stands For Going Over To The Dark Side

I'd like to begin by saying I've been lulled into this post after visiting my friend Ro (In the Know With Ro) who recently wrote about her love of hamburgers.  To be honest with you, I never cared for hamburger meat even when I was a meat eater.  But now, it's almost a sin.

So what drew me to Bionic Burger the other day still confounds me.  I was simply amazed I wanted a hamburger.  But, like an addict who can't say no to that next "fix," I couldn't shake my desire for a greasy three patty Bionic Burger.  I had the good sense to drink water with it, at least.

As soon as I got it, I had to take a few photos.   There was no way I was going to be able to pick it up, but at least I could show the three,

yes, count them, three greasy (see the grease under my fingernail in the photo above?) patties that make up 1/2 pound of hamburger.

Just the way I like it, too: mustard, pickle, and grilled onions.  Eat your heart out, Ro.

I still have no idea why I became obsessed with a hamburger, except possibly the idea of having grilled onions, but I have to admit, although it may look hard to eat, it was really, really delicious.  Don't worry, though.  I haven't given up my vegetarian ways.  I just won't be having another one of these for --------- let's see --------------------- probably in my lifetime.

After I ate, I took a few photos of just a few of the signs in the establishment.  I'll save them for next time, though, because right now, I'm not here and won't be around for most of this day.  So now it's up to you.

It's time to share your drink related post this week.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, teabags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink. Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time.

Update on Rit dyed fabric experiment

Thankfully, no fabric or container was harmed in the making of this post!  The lighting in my dining room, however, left something to be desired.  Do you have no idea what that first sentence was in reference to?  Here's the link showing  how I nearly burned down my basement dyeing fabric last week.

Yes, this has been ironed.  If you were to run your hands over the fabric, you would see it is perfectly flat.  This is a mop-up piece.  The amount of dye color left on the black plastic was mopped up using this piece.

This is the reverse.  Not sure which side I like better.  Merging all the colors together turned this piece to a purple/gray.

Here are a couple of close-up shots.
This is the piece I actually created.  Even though I used NO BLACK this time, I was shocked at how dark the piece turned out.  This is actually the back side.

This is the front side.   I tore the fabric so I could make quiltlets to send friends for Christmas.  I had planned to tear the fabric from the short side so each quiltlet would fit in a 6 inch by 11 inch mailing envelope.  However, the fabric is so dark, I'm not sure I can work with it as a background.  It might work as a foreground, but right now, I'm not sure how to deal with it.

Again, horrible lighting in my dining room, but you can see I used red, green, wine, tan, and blue in this piece that turned to mud after I scrunched it together.

Close-ups of the back side.

A dismal failure in my opinion.  I'll keep working on this problem, but right now I have other projects that take precedence.

Thanks for your visit today.  I appreciate it, even though I see no use for these two dyed fabrics in the near future.  Maybe you see something I don't.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Two challenges and a new altered book

It suddenly occurred to me there were two challenges I wanted to enter (no prizes or accolades, just a show of support) before the deadline on Tuesday.

The first is a tag I created for the current host Wilma and Tag Tuesday's challenge All Creatures Great and Small.  I especially wanted to do this so I could say good-bye to my dear friend Chrissie who is leaving the team.

Can you believe I actually stamped on this tag I created from leftover card stock I used on my Halloween card.  I thought the background was perfect, so cut the piece in the form of a tag.  I added the hole protector after I stamped the two Stampin' Up (dated 2000) images I bought several years ago at a thrift store. 

Although I am not fond of my hand writing (or printing), at least you can make out the words "We are family."

And because I couldn't figure a way to make Moo-Mania & More's latest Automobile challenge fit any other challenge, 

here is the very first entry I made in my latest altered book.  I call it "Challenges," and the first entry is called

Boys and their Toys.   Note the texture I tried to get when I added the acrylic craft paint.

The image of the little boy in his toy truck was in my stash.

I added the date because I wanted to know when I started this new altered book.

Materials include my new Challenges altered book, acrylic paint, a printed image, and a Sharpie.

Thanks for joining me today at Tag Tuesday and Moo-Mania & More.  Hope to see you both places, but I also want to thank you for your visit this Sunday.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Vietnam, Part 3

This is the second person who I spoke with about Vietnam.  Remember, I asked for date of birth, where stationed, what year entered the service, and whether enlisted or drafted. 

Please also remember: the stories I created are in my words based entirely on what I was told.  Please also note, all names are fictitious.

Because this affects how I feel and how these veterans feel in their souls, I'm adding it to Elke's theme, Landscapes of the Soul at Art Journal Journey. 
This is the story of "Jesse."  Jesse told me he really didn't want to talk about the war, but has learned to deal with it over time.  He was quite honest and up front with me.  He told me he shut down for years, and lived on the streets for awhile.  He eventually got a job as a dishwasher, then worked in a laundry. He finally got a job as a machinist.  He retired from his machinist's job in 2013.  He has never been married, but has lived with various women.

Not only was Jesse returning to a country that hated the war and its returning service men and women, he returned to a racially divided nation, too.   He may have been an angry black man when he went to Vietnam, he came back a disillusioned and weary black man.  Although he wasn't in the thick of battle, I still believe he suffered from post-traumatic stress.

Jesse felt part of the country he saw was beautiful, while other parts he saw had been destroyed by the bombings, especially Napalm and Agent Orange.  Jesse admitted he had unloaded palette after palette of 55 gallon barrels of Agent Orange while he was there.

Since I obviously didn't have any pot lying around (grin), I decided to decorate my page with a poker hand and poker chips.  I found these round two-color discs in my stash, and used them to signify the chips.

I used the insert that was meant for the name on the tag to cover the words "Special Forces" with my handwritten "Army."

Materials include the back of the previous spread (Barry), but this time I used the credit card technique to create the background.  The text was computer generated and outlined using two pigment inks.  The picture from the Mekong Delta came from a travel magazine.  For embellishments, I used five playing cards, three two-color discs, and a faux dog tag.

Thank you for joining me today, as I link to Elke's theme, Landscapes of the Soul at Art Journal Journey.  And thanks for your visit as I explore how the men who survived Vietnam remember that war.  As you have read, "Jesse's" is a very different story from "Barry's."