Thursday, October 31, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Share the Link Love: Online Places That Make Me Smile

School kid's art work; My photo editing hijinks.  
Let's have some fun by listing
places that are fun to visit online.
We're using our creative powers for good by joining the mission of
in spreading some link love.
Let's get started, shall we?
1. PicMonkey/ Free Photo Editing, is my daily go to place
for adding text and sparkles to my digital images. 
 The world needs more sparkles!
You can also make photo collages there.  So easy and so creative!
Here's a mommy blogger with an acute case of the cutes.
Always good for some laughs.
is a crafter, designer, comedic writer
who never fails to amuse me
and enlighten me. i.e.:
Liberace Guacamole recipe and Confetti Business Cards.
Who is Crafty Chica? 
 In her own words she is an artsy, thrifty, quirky and ultra clever female.
Crafty Chica is addicted to extreme color, sparkly accents,
and spreads the love through all things handmade.
5.  How About Orange?
Designer, fabric designer and creative person
Jessica runs a show and tell blog that is heaven
to anyone who loves design concepts and what else?
Oh right, the color orange.

~Cheryl Gee used a student's self portrait above and edited it in PicMonkey with Halloween tricks and treats.  


Friday, October 25, 2013

Ogee: Daily Paper Prompts

My "Ogee by Cgee" colored pencil drawing
for Daily Paper Prompts of Daisy Yellow Art Blog

~Cheryl Gee would like you to know that an ogee is a curve shaped somewhat like a letter S, consisting of two arc that curve in opposite senses, so that the ends are tangential. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Saturday Sculpture: Wordless Wednesday

~Cheryl Gee and her amazing creative son compared their camera photos of this sculpture on Saturday. Hers with an iPhone 5 was fine; his with a Samsung Galaxy was much better: zoom in ability, more pixels, you get the picture! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Share the Link Love: Fave Five Posts That Almost Weren't

My "Bubble Vase" Cut Magazine Paper Collage

I'm treasure hunting through this blog today
because I'm on a mission
with Daisy Yellow and Crafty Pod
to share some link love. 

Today's theme is
 'posts that I almost didn't post."  
1.  Boldly Brilliant
In August 2012, I decided the blogosphere looked like a friendly place to play.
 So I registered this website and for my first blog post I showed you my school district's creative, artsy Roy Lichtenstein pop art inspired theme of the year.

2. Index Card a Day #1-#5 (2012)
Last summer I didn't have a summer school job,
so I decided to do something that I knew would make me even happier:
I took some time to learn about art and to make art.
 I'm going out on a limb here with this blog post by actually showing it to you!
In May, 2013, a monster tornado leveled the town
where I was married several years ago
and where my amazingly creative son was born. 
 I was devastated at the news of the massive destruction. 
 It brought back so many memories of my life then.
Was our house still standing?
It was so painful to recall our happy early married years because the marriage didn't last. 
Did the house?
This summer I called the City of Moore
and was so relieved to learn
our house still stands today.
It survived.  So did I. So did my amazingly creative son.

4. 100th Blog Post
Blogging is a labor of love.
It's pointless sometimes and soulful, enriching at all times.
I wonder if anyone cares, and then suddenly I'll get a comment
from the nicest followers ever and I'm on my pursuit of creativity once again. 
Thank you to all my followers.  You're the best!
I love being part of the artistic online community.
 Here's to my 200th post, coming before the year ends.

5. I'm the Winner!
Sometimes it is just plain hard
to keep up with all my creative online acquaintances,
but one lucky-for-me day
I replied online to Girl Unwinding and won her big giveaway. 
Later I featured Dawn as a
special guest artist here
Making time for online friends is very important!

~Cheryl Gee is a school librarian and mixed media artist who let her inner artistic child come out to play in 2012 and is ever so glad she did.
~This share the link love creativity is shared at Daisy Yellow.  

Blue And Cool: The Moments #4

Blue is
harmonious, confident,
oceanic, icy,
political, prestigious,
fashionable, royal and
Imperfections of camera photo: blurry and poor light quality
This photo was taken purely for library lesson inspiration
a few years before I started blogging and posting photos of
varying degrees of perfection and imperfection.
~Cheryl Gee is on the pursuit of creativity and found some at the public library when she saw a display of books with blue artwork on the covers.  The moment she saw this blue book display her inner artistic child smiled.
My "Blue Mind Map"
My "Blue Art Materials" Index Card Art
~Cheryl Gee's favorite color is green.  There's no cooler color than green.  Sorry, blue. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Don't Mess With Texas Women: The Moment #3

"My other bumper sticker is funny."
~Overheard Somewhere Sometime
Imperfections of camera photo:
distorted angles on the edges of the bumper sticker; weird diagonal shadow;
rusty car chassis

I spotted this bumper sticker
at the community center at
 the moment
I was going in to request a refund for the
Zumba class that didn't work out:
 too small classroom,
questionable qualifications of the instructor,
etc. etc. etc.

Don't mess with Texas women Zumba.

~Cheryl Gee takes photos with her iPhone camera often--some of them are perfect and some of them aren't.  The imperfect ones show up at Daisy Yellow's The Moments every day in October. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Keep Calm & Read On: The Moments #2

"Thank you for saying I said that.
 I should have got that patented.
I could at least have got
that quote on a t-shirt."
~Santana Moss, Washington Redskins
Football Player
Imperfections of camera photo: unnatural pose and
 uninspired background for
kid with an creative t-shirt.
~Cheryl Gee is keeping calm, reading on, and posting the moments portrayed in her imperfect camera photographs during the month of October.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

On a Problem-Solving Roll: The Moments #1

Post Your Imperfect Camera Photo Each Day in October
I'm Joining Up Late, But Imperfect Photos I've Got!

"Never try to solve all the problems at once —

make them line up for you one-by-one.

— Richard Sloma
 Tall Man, Tall Ladder
It was summer: my brief time away from teaching.
Summer was a time of Index Cards a Day, regular blog posting,
and lining up problems just for the thrill of checking  them off my list. 
I was on a roll!
One memorable problem I crossed off my list
was the cleaning of my
 extremely high windows
at my residence.
Clean Really High Windows!

The windows were dusty and a constant source of displeasure.
I like things beautiful, people!
One online search for a window cleaner in town yielded a good result.
 It wasn't that expensive and a really tall man with an ultra high ladder
tackled the job one morning.
The windows are spic and span now!
These photos aren't at all creative or memorable,
but I snapped them with my iPhone camera to
mark the moment that problem was solved.

Lesson learned: call in your professionals and never underestimate the power of Bing
It feels so good to solve a problem!
Home Sweet Home
Where I Have Really High Windows
~Cheryl Gee will be posting imperfect photos here in October.  Thank you Tammy, Daisy Yellow Art Blog, for the opportunity. You're so creative!


Fun With Soft Drink Cartons: Wordless Wednesday

Sunkist, Dr. Pepper, 7Up, Snapple

~Cheryl Gee is on the pursuit of creativity and found some at a grocery store on a cloudy afternoon in Richardson, Texas. She notices that cardboard soft drink cartons have become the LEGO blocks of the retail universe. She wants you to know this pumpkin carton sculpture is enormous.  Naturally ~ everything is bigger in Texas.

~Spook up your photos at Picmonkey, the free online photo editor I use for a touch or two of creativity.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Storybeader: Special Guest Artist

Please allow me to introduce you to my blog follower Deb, The Storybeader.
 Deb is an accomplished blogger, art journaler, jewelry artisan, haiku writer, bookmaker,
art newsletter author, Etsy shop owner and museum curator.

Deb and Marcie via The Storybeader

When I asked Deb to explain how she juggles all her responsibilities and keep her creativity, she responded: 
"First of all, I love my job as a museum curator.  I believe if you're not happy with what you do, then life becomes a chore.  I find art journaling a good way to express my feelings while doing art, and highly recommend it.  I first got started after visiting an "Art Journaling Ning" -  Here's my page there.   My artwork and art journaling are one and the same.  I use my journal as my canvas; then do other bookish things like making journals for sale on Etsy.

I began on Etsy as a jeweler and haiku writer.  That's why I started to blog - to get my work out to a wider audience.  I'm also very active with a team on Etsy called the Blogging Business Artisans. We've been together for 2 years, and many of us were members of another blogging team before that.  We have some requirements, such as blogging and joining in 6 challenges every year.  And we're always interested in new members.   Another way I keep up with creating new artwork is by joining artist's prompts on various websites.  My weekly AlphabeThursday posts are a case in point!   

I love to blog and also have a monthly newsletter. If I don't feel like writing three posts in one week, I resign myself to just one.  Since my job is 40+ hours / week, I usually write my blog posts on the weekend, and edit them during the week at night." 

{:-Deb, the storybeader

~Cheryl Gee thanks Deb, The Storybeader, for sharing her story of creativity.  You go, Deb!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Caine's Arcade: This Kid's Creative

One gem plucked recently from my sharing/network with other librarians is the movie

 "Caine's Arcade",

about one very creative kid.
From Caine's website:
"9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store, and asked people to play. The entire summer went by, and Caine had yet to have a single customer, until one day, a filmmaker named Nirvan Mullick stopped to buy a door handle for his car, and became Caine’s first customer. What happened next was magic… watch the movie that launched a movement to foster imagination and creativity in kids everywhere!"
Caine via Caines Arcade
~Cheryl Gee vows to wow her students with Caine's Arcade movie  this week, and find some empty boxes for when they ask.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fave Five Friday: Creative Links That Taught Me Something

Modern Snail Mail
Cristina Vanko doodled text responses with a caligraphy pen for a month then photographed them. Her family and friends were amazed.

Local to The Stylish Studio and very creative tour! 
 It's a time when artists open their creative spaces
for their friends, fans and collectors to come and see their art work and art spaces. 
 Last year I went, I saw, I overheard.

The 21st annual White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour is a free self-paced tour that gives visitors a peek into the lives and artistic processes of more than
45 artists in the East Dallas area. 
 I'm going for my first time Saturday and Sunday! 
 It's cool to see where artists work their magic.
Organized Desktop Image via

I came upon this art gallery/shopping site this week
when I was researching "lines" in art.
 I wanted to correctly describe the lines
in the Waikiki building facade posted for Wordless Wednesday.  
I happened upon some awesome abstract line art here. 
~Cheryl Gee has way more than five favorite links to share, but are more on the way next week about what I almost didn't post.   
~These creative links posted above, that taught me something, were linked at Daisy Yellow's Share the Link Love. Tammy of Daisy Yellow is on a mission to share blog links, and I participate.  I believe that blogs matter.  I believe blogs make a difference.  If you too believe, hey--join the mission!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Walking Around Waikiki: Wordless Wednesday

Iconic Polynesian Organic Lines
I see mountains and tropic flowers on this building fa├žade.
~Cheryl Gee is on the pursuit of creativity and found some on Oahu, Hawaii, on a metal grid fronting a building when she was walking around Waikiki. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Elegance Is an Attitude: Glue It Tuesday

Playing with glue, scissors,  shapes and colors in an old hardback book
Other collages, other colors, same hardback book:
"Blue Sky Scenario"
"Red Piece"

"This Weekend"
"Kamehameha Butterfly"
~Cheryl Gee picked up a Real Simple magazine with a black cat on a pumpkin on the cover.  The cat inspired the collage of black and white shapes collaged onto the pages of an old hardback book.   
~This early Halloween creativity is shared at Artsyville's Glue It Tuesday 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Candle Timer: Is Creative

I image my candle timer is scented warm sugar and vanilla.

For creative ways to visually start and stop a meeting, project, or group activity
try the fun timers at The Online Stopwatch:
Egg timer, Clock count down, Bomb count down,
Snail racing timer, Swimming timer,
Running timer, Dynamite timer, C4 timer, Rocket timer,
Candle timer and Bar timer.
~Cheryl Gee is a mixed media artist and school librarian who loves to burn either real candles or really cool online candles.  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Stitching Paper: Daily Paper Prompt

"Thread Scribbled Flower"
My adventures in stitching paper with needle and thread or a sewing machine
for Daily Paper Prompts here:
"Sew Senseless"
~scraps of paper and fabric sewn to an index card~
~on my then-new Sony Vaio keyboard~
"Stitches and Drips"
~colored glitter glue on index card with angular sewing~
"Stencil Pattern Butterfly"
~I traced around a butterfly stencil on the back of this index card covered with decorative paper then
hand stitched it with embroidery floss in a straight stitch~
"Perfect Opportunity"
~a mixed media collage based on a Hawaiian calendar paper scrap, stitched to an index card~
"Faux Stitched Topiary"
~a stencil pattern traced in 'pen stitch' with an ultra-fine permanent marker~
~Cheryl Gee learned to embroider on dish cloths in childhood from her creative grandmother.  Stitching on paper is much more difficult. For one thing, paper doesn't fall softly in your lap like cloth does and paper doesn't have patterns printed on that say "Thursday I shop" or "Friday I cook".  I'd sew one that read "Saturday I create".  

Fish Philosophy Spoken Here: Wordless Wednesday

~Cheryl Gee is a librarian and mixed media artist who was chosen as her school's "Staff Star" for spreading positivity and creativity at work!  She gets to display this stuffed cloth clown fish for two weeks and park her car in a special parking place!  The Fish Philosophy explained here and here.