The Back Story

Monday, July 9, 2018

Giving New Life to an Old Guitar

My dear friends and neighbors
will sometimes give me things
they think I may like to paint. 

This old broken down
guitar is an example of one 
of those things. 

It's been sitting in the corner
of my art room for  a couple
of years waiting to be brought
back to life. 

I had a design percolating 
in my mind, now it was a matter
of putting it all together. 

The same friend that gave me the guitar, 
also gave me the cool wooden heart she'd
designed and had her husband cut out for her. 

I designed a pattern for wings and the "Love"
sign, and my husband cut them out for me
on the scroll saw. 

I strung beads where the tuning keys
would've been.

I used my wood carving tools to 
give the "Love" sign a little dimension. 

I also decided to change the plain heart 
into a flaming heart. 

My husband made
sure every piece was secured
properly with a combination of 
liquid nails and nails or screws. 

Here's another view from the front. 

I'm pleased with the way it 
turned out. 

It was so much fun to create. 

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! 

Thank you for stopping by. 


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Camping Dreams Become Reality

Camping is something I've
always loved to do. 

Being out in nature, wandering 
around and exploring new places,
is so much fun for me. 

Rocks, insects, creatures, and plant life
are all things I patiently observe and study
when we camp and hike. 

I decided to paint myself a camper.

Of course, it had to be pink with
lots of flowers. 

I added a little kitty that I'd drawn with
prismacolor pencils and adhered
it to the piece with matte medium. 

I showed it to my husband when I finished
and asked him if he'd travel with
me in my pink camper. 

He said as long as I was with him, 
that was all that mattered. 

Apparently I wasn't the only one 
with the camping bug. 

My husband was itching to go
back to one of our favorite spots
in the Chiricahua National Forest
in Southeastern Arizona. 

I thought I'd share a picture or two
of one of our "go to" camping spots. 

We've been to this one several
times over the past 20 years or so. 

I'm sure you can see why. 

Of course we had to do 
some hiking while we were there. 

The following are a couple
pictures from the trails
around our site.

In 2007 they had a bad forest
fire that really changed the landscape
for many years to come. 

It was still beautiful though. 

We stopped for lunch on our way
home in Safford Arizona and I spotted
this artsy camper in the parking lot
of the restaurant we visited. 

Whenever I see things like this, it makes
me smile. No matter if it's a little cooky,
or masterfully done, it's a slice of Americana. 

Thank you for coming along
with me on my little camping adventure. 

I hope you have a wonderful 
rest of the week!