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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Music, Beattles & Tulips these are a few of my favorite things.


This is the guitar I purchased when I started teaching myself to play.  It was not tattooed.  I did that about a year ago while enjoying an afternoon of  60/70's music.  
This post is dedicated to three 
of my favorite things.  
Not to say I have only three (I have hundreds) 
but these three were going though my head 
the other day while playing some Beattle 
songs on the back-porch.   
So I got out my first guitar and took photos 
and while doing that I decided to also 
go through my journal and photograph some pages 
I drew while reminiscing through the lyrics 
to some wonderful Beattle songs.  
I also had to include some tulip shots 
before they fade away.


Love is all we need . . .
(how profound, for four young Brits)

 
 

Picture yourself in a boat on a river
with tangerine trees
and marmalade skies.
Somebody calls you,
you answer quite slowly 
a girl with kaleidoscope eyes.


These white tulips are so lovely ,
don't you agree?


This was so much fun to do . . . looks pretty cool, too.
I totally got lost in this project.


64 is past, for me . . . but yes, 
he still loves me.

 

 I hope that this little post helped to put a song in your heart, and that it will last all day long.  So, go outside, sing a song, smell a flower and take a little time for your art today.  I'm wishing all of my blogging friends a day filled with your favorite things . . . enjoy!

Connie

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62 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this post and thanks for sharing. Love your journal...brings back memories from so long ago.

    Happiness and Peace to all.

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    1. Yep, you got to love the music of the 60 and 70's. Have a wonderful day, and thanks for visiting, Connie :)

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  2. Great post...love your journal pages...full of fun. Brilliant job with the guitar. The flowers are wonderful. :)

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    1. Thank you, I have so much fun with my journal and as for the guitar it was a labor of love. Tulips are such a short lived exquisite flower. Our Lord is an outstanding artist!
      Have a fabulous day, Connie :)

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  3. The Beatles have always been my all time favourite band... never get tired of their music. I love your journal, your colourful art and that gorgeously decorated guitar!!! xo Jen

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    1. Jen, thanks for the warm and friendly visit. You can not beat the Beattles music, it will live on forever. I know that you play guitar, so just in case you're wondering I did this with sharpies, and I do not know why (something to do with the finish on my guitar) but after drawing the tattoos they have the appearance of being put on before the finish. They actually look like they are deep under the finish . . . turned out beautiful beyond my imagination. Thought I'd tell you, in case you decide to do it. I would still suggest a small test somewhere a little out of sight. Have a fantastic day, Connie :)

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  4. So lovely to meet you, thank you so much for coming over to my blog and saying hello! Love what you've created with you guitar and art! :D Julie

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    1. Hi Julie, Thank you for this sweet visit and thank you for following my blog. I'm looking forward to following your blogging journey and sharing ideas. Connie :)

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  5. Hi Connie- thanks for Visiting my my blog. I see you are a talented artist! Your journal pictures are awesome! That's one thing I'm no good at! Your tulips are very pretty- thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hello Liz, I am so happy to see you and thank you for the sweet comments. I so enjoyed your post about the milk candles . . . I'll be keeping my eye out for them. When I was a kid they had the glass bottles in school, too. Those bottles are hard to come by now and there must have been a gazillion made, what with all the children being served milk in school. Like I said, it is great having you visit, do come back again. Looking forward to following your blog and having the pleasure of enjoy your amazing talents. Connie :)

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  6. Dear Connie, thank you for bringing back the memories. Just fab like the fab 4! love your drawings, they get right to the heart of things:) Jane, a Brit from wayback!

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    1. Jane, I can see you now, screaming with your girl friends when the Beattles were on the television. Did you ever see them in concert? Or out and about? There was so much music coming from Britain in the 60's and 70's. I have to say I am also a huge Stones fan. These two groups changed the world for our generation. Yesterday life was such an easy game to play (truly in my life, I'll keep today . . . my life is much better now). But it is one of my very favorite songs. Connie :)

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  7. Love your post,brings back many memories.
    That guitar is pretty cool too !Thanks too for sharing your journal pages,such fun to see.
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks so much, I love it when you come by for a visit. This is the guitar I carry around for camping and traveling (to protect my good one) and it's a lot of fun and is a good conversation piece for making new friends. I kind of love it! Thank you for your lovely comment. Connie :)

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  8. Wow lots of good memories here, thanks for sharing with us, and thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, I will be back too, hugs my new friend, and have a blessed day.

    http://bakinnbitsbarbara.blogspot.com/

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    1. Barbara, I am very delighted that you stopped by. These songs do bring back great memories. I love putting Beattle music in my CD player in the car when I'm on a long trip. It's the music you know all the words to, so you get so caught up in singing along, that before you know it, your long drive is over and you have enjoyed every minute. Have a beautiful day, life is good, Connie :)

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  9. Connie, thanks for stopping by my blog. Traveling around in the RV is a wonderful life. Enjoyed your post.

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    1. Hello Joyce Ann, I am looking so forward to doing a little traveling. Going down the open highway with my Hubby and our little dog, just rolling along, stopping at a new destination to spend a night or two, sounds so romantic, carefree, and just plain wonderful to me. I'm looking forward to enjoying your travels through blogging. By the way, your little dog looks so much like my Butchy, they could be siblings. I got him two years ago, less than a month after I retired, and he has become so much a part of our little family. Have a great day, happy trails, and God bless your journey. Connie :) Do come visit again.

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  10. Hi Connie,

    I love how you doodled on the guitar. I'm a Beatles fan just like you. That is one super looking Beatles journal. Your flowers are beautiful.

    Dee

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    1. Thank you, Dee. Doing the guitar was a very pleasurably project. It's my out and about instrument. The older, cheaper one that I don't worry about when traveling. There is a freedom to that. It also is a great ice breaker for meeting new people. I guess you could say it's my win-win guitar. It's always a pleasure to have you drop by. Oh and by the way, if I haven't mentioned it, I love your "don't feed the bears" sign. Very cool. Have an amazing day, Connie :)

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  11. Loved it...and it did put the music in my heart...Love the drawings

    Have a great week!

    Hugs
    Tonya

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    1. I am always happy when I have a small part in putting a song in someone's heart. Music is such an amazing thing. I cannot imagine a world without it. Keep singing, Connie :)

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  12. PS Can I beg beg beg you to think about getting rid of the verify it took me 4 tries to read those stupid blurry letters with these poor ole eyes of mine!

    Hugs
    Tonya

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    1. You know what, I have the same problem. Are they really a spam protection? And what would happen if they were removed? And, for that matter, how would I go about removing them? I didn't put them there, they must me a built-in default. Let me know if you have any of these answers. Keep smiling, Connie :)

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  13. Connie, thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog! I will definitely check your husband's out also and become a follower! I LOVE the pictures of the tulips. I really missed them this Spring even though we moved away from RI almost 10 years ago to the Arizona desert. That is certainly one of the things I miss most about the change of seasons, the first flowers in the Spring!.
    i look forward to visiting you often!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. I love Arizona, but I guess you would really miss the seasons, that is except for the snow and ice of winter. I get cold around the first of December and do not warm back up until now (late April). My dear husband is fond of all seasons and his favorite time of the year is the Christmas holiday season and to him you must have snow for Christmas. I'm looking very forward to becoming blogging friends, thank you for following, I truly appreciate it. Have a great day, wish I could pick you a bouquet from my yard. Connie :)

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  14. Fabulous guitar & art journal pages. I love the Beatles too (ever since I was a little girl). I tried to learn guitar then too, but didn't have the patience, so I admire your stick-to-it-iveness. Happy Wednesday!

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    1. Mel, thank you for the sweet visit, and the lovely comments. I know, there are so many things we wish we could do, or that if we had a 50 hour day we might do. I purchased a keyboard this January, but I don't know if I'll ever really give it my all and do the practice that it takes. I've got so many things that I enjoy doing now, and not enough time for all of them. We have to choose what brings us the most joy. Your blog is so incredible . . . but you know that. There is no way you get over 4,000 followers without being pretty darn fabulous. Keep making art . . . there are 4,000 of us that Love Your Blob. Connie :)

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  15. I love your journal and guitar Connie. I wish I could draw like that and do a travel journal.
    Your tulips are beautiful too!
    Penny x

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    1. Sweetie, you are doing an awesome travel journal with your photographs. They are magnificent! I am enjoying traveling through India with you, and look forward to each and every post. Thank you for sharing. Connie :)

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  16. Love the art...especially on the guitar! Fascinating!

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    1. Thank you Lisa . . . and so nice of you to drop by.

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  17. Love all of your wonderful illustrations, Connie...the guitar looks so great! Thanks so much for stopping by my Bachman's House post!

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    1. Hi Linda, I just got back from your blog . . . what a yard sale. I have never seen such stunning finds, all in one spot. You hit the jack-pot girl! Thanks for visiting and thanks for the nice comments, glad you like my guitar. Connie :)

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  18. Oh, Connie I love your guitar AND your journal!! Your drawings are amazing!! So 60's! I'm from the Bay Area and there was nothing like San Francisco in the 60's!! The Beatles???? What can you say??

    chris

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    1. Haight Ashbury in the Sixties is American history. It was the place to be if you were a hippy. I'm afraid I was so far from that movement . . . other than the music. I loved the fashion and the music and still do . . . well the music anyway. The Beattles were number one, and might even still hold that record in sells ( I don't know ), but they were by far not the only greats of the era . . . The Stones, The Mamas and The Papas, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and on and on and on. Writing this makes me want to get off the web and go put some music on. LOL This post has been fun, because it's bought a lot of hippy chicks out from hiding. Have a groovy day and always stay young, Connie :)

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  19. I love your pages! Esp the drawings of The Beatles (so cute). And the guitar is awesome (I love that you taught yourself to play). I also wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog!! I'm so glad you did.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. It was a lot of fun. Your blogging friend, Connie :)

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  20. Lovely post, thank you cheered my morning up no end! xxx

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    1. Fran, I'm so glad that I helped to cheer up your morning . . . not sure what I did, but delighted to help. You have an awesome weekend, and keep smiling. Your blogging friend, Connie :)

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  21. Hi Connie,
    what a lovely blog you have... and I loved this post! I grew up with my Dad playing the Beatles so they are on my list of loves too. I'm also loving your tulip photo's, they remind me of a school trip to Amrsterdam that I once took as a child, we saw field after field full of them. Such beautiful flowers.
    Thank you for inviting me over... i'll be back again soon.
    Rachelle x

    www.arteyecandy.com

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    1. Rachelle, thank you for the sweet comments. Our daughter grew-up listening to the Beattles, too, and they are her favorite band. Just goes to show what good taste us older folks have, LOL. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas back and forth through blogging. Have a great weekend, Connie :)

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  22. Hi connie, thanks for passing by my blog, really enjoyed your photos, I would love to learn the guitar but I just fail every time......really enjoyed reading your journal pages really gorgeous!

    Kaz x

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    1. I'm honored to have you visit. It is always a happy day when I can make a new friend. Don't give up on the guitar. It just might not be the time in life that you have the time to practice. I was planing to learn when I was around 28, but the thought of cutting my fingernails off so short really bothered me . . . just wasn't the right time. Now I need to play everyday, or my day seems empty. Life is full of adventures, we each have our own and in due season. So glad you stopped by, Connie :)

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  23. Hi Connie! Thanks for the sweet words on my blog and the following! Groovy post! Love all these things too! Your doodling art journal is so awesome! Will be following! :) xoxo Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, so good to see you, and welcome! I love making new friends and I am happy that you like my blog. Your collage work is awesome, you should be designing rock album covers. Great job! Looking forward to following and sharing with you through blogging. Have a great weekend, Connie :)

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  24. Loving your blog Connie, I'm glad I found you too! I love your photos and your guitar looks ace, I'm a massive fan of Garth Brooks... Your journal pages are wonderful, what an inspiration you are!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sam x

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    1. Hi, Sam Garth Brooks is pretty super. I'm so glad to have among my lovely group of followers. have a great day, Connie :)

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  25. Good Saturday (Sunny-Yeah)Morning;
    I love your doodles, I love the freedom in them...awesome...I really like your guitar art, courage.

    blessings,
    Cindy♥

    p.s....I love you "repurposed" back porch finds....a girl after my own heart!
    I'm your newest follower.

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    1. I'm so happy that you came over for a visit and that you like my art. I love watercolors, but have never really gotten into in. Your watercolors are sublime. have a great day. Connie :)

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  26. This is absolutely wonderful! You are such a creative artist....and I love seeing your work.

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    1. That is so sweet, thank you. Connie :)

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  27. Hi Connie,

    Thanks for finding my blog and following. I'm doing the same here. Seems we must be pretty close in age for the things you like are of my generation. Great guitar and I can see you are having fun art journaling....then the tulips, well what's to say...a marvelous Creator. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. Going to explore here some more.
    Blessings,
    Coleen
    an American in Ukraine

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    1. Hi Coleen, I,m so happy to see that you've paid me a visit and also delighted for you that you are finally getting spring weather. It looks pretty cold in your area. I love the photo of you with your little dogs out is the snow, they are darling. Looking forward to developing a blogging friendship. Connie :)

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  28. Connie, your journal pages are absolutely STUNNING. I love them.

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    1. Hi there Taluula, I am so very happy to see you. I totally love your blog and I'm looking forward to following all your gorgeous collage and journaling pieces. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  29. Oh my, Connie! I love the sketches filling that book and the personalized guitar!

    "Will you still need me? Will you still feed me... when I'm 64 ♪♫

    So glad that we found each other. I am not yet 64, but I can see it in the .... um, distance - hahaha!

    Bises,
    Genie

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    1. Genie, I am so intrigued with your photographs of Paris. The photo on your banner taken in sweet light is breathtaking. I also truly love the shot of the older gentleman going down the street on his scooter. I am looking so forward to meandering through Pair with you. I am a huge fan already and plan to spend a lot of time gazing upon your superb work. Thank you for visiting, and thank you for following. Connie :)

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  30. Great photos and your journal pages are fabulous. I shall be back to look at some more.

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    1. Jackie, thank you for this lovely visit . . . I adore getting company and making new friends. Connie :)

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  31. Connie -- what a joyful post this was. Love the colour saturated photos and the colourful and whimsical journaling and guitar "tattooing". Once again you have inspired me and I'm heading over to my blog now to share some pages from my sketchbook, although mine are mostly pencil sketches so not as beautifully colourful as yours.
    -- Fern : )

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    1. Hi Fern, I just got back from your blog. I love the sketch of the Spring Ferns, great detail. I also like the crab-apple drawing. You're a very talented lady. I am honored to have you as a blogging friend and looking forward to a growing friendship as the years roll along. Connie :)

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