Wednesday, 21 December 2016


Hello friends.

We are all ready at Orange Esmeralda's house for the best Christmas and New Year.

The tree is looking good

and the teddies are all wearing their best Christmas outfits.
These two are visitors, they wanted to stay for Christmas.

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I'm making art for an exhibition in April 2017.

Here are some try-out ideas, made from painted papers and threads.
The bright colours shine through the dark and will join in with Valerie's theme of "Light and Darkness" at "Art Journal Journey".


Finally, many thanks to you, my dear blogging friends, who visit Orange Esmeralda's blog and who leave such thoughtful and encouraging comments.

However you celebrate at this time of year I wish you Peace and Love.

Love is all.


Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely post, thanks for linking to us at AJJ, your work is bright and beautiful, just what we need now.
Happy Christmas to you, Mr Orange and the teddies, hugs, Valerie

limmelon said...

Super little creative ideas. I expect the Twins will cause trouble, but super broaches. Love the tree, Happy Christmas, Love it, Awesome!!

Suman Pandit said...

Hi my visits to your blog always look all set with the tree all ready and the teddies in their traditional finery !! Looking at your art makes me feel calm and peaceful esp the last picture. Happy Christmas to all of you, hugs , Suman

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh -- all looks so festive at Orange Esmeralda's home!
I love the Twin Teddies - hope they aren't too excited just now and make stress !
Love your colourful unique papershape pieces! So special!
All the best for the Holidays Sheila!
Thank you for all your support for Art Journal Journey and thank you for your blogfriendship!
to you and
Merry Christmas to all at
Orange Esmeralda's home!


Annie said...

Merry Christmas to the Orange Esmeralda household! The tree is perfect and all the teddies must be thrilled. Douglas must be in 7th heaven with Christmas time playmates. Very pretty wall quilts there with the tree. Your idea pieces for the exhibition are tremendously creative. I have scrolled up and down and down and up and back and forth again and again making sure I haven't missed any details. There is such clever thinking in each one of these pieces. I think I must be trying to memorize them. What a great, creative mind you have. That last piece is such a peaceful view. It needs to be spread out to the world to spread every day peace and love.

Rike said...

I love your watercolor image with the two plants - it says so much! I love the outfits of your visitor-teddies and your christmas tree with the gifts laying in a half-circle and the two pictures on the wall!
Your "try-out-ideas" are so gorgeous, so clear in form and color, so special in design! I have never seen before such cool ideas!
♥♥♥ Rike

The Happy Whisk said...

Happy Christmas. Love the tree.

My name is Erika. said...

Peace and love to you also Sheila. Enjoy the holiday weekend ahead. And I hope those visiting bears don't expect you to entertain them all weekend either. Hugs-Erika

Tammie Lee said...

Well it is inspiring that you are ready for the holidays. I suppose i am nearing that. But there is stuff to be done each day leading up.

Your art is a joy to see, creative, fun and original, which is great for a show!
The last piece does feel like peace and love to me, perfect for your words.

Wishing you peace and love also.

Little Artbee said...

Oh what a cheerfully decorated Christmas tree and the two patchwork images on the wall look so nice too.
Your paper and thread artworks look really very good, great design. The teddies are so cute in their Christmas outfit.
Have a very happy and merry Christmas with your family and friends.
Dear Greetings

Meggymay said...

Your home looks very festive and I hope you and your Family have a Happy Christmas.
The art work looks fantastic.
Yvonne xx

Anonymous said...

Wonderful tryouts and so good to hear you have teddies visiting for the holidays. Enjoy your Christmas and happy making. xox

Giggles said...

What a warm and wonderful post!! Your tree and teddies are adorable..and I LOVE the prints behind your tree!! The teddies tartan is our daughter and I have had so many clothes and pajamas in that exact tartan. Must be our Scottish heritage. Your new art is fabulous exciting to prepare for an exhibit for 2017!! Sending Peace and love your way too wishing you everything wonderful for the New Year along with good health!

Hugs Giggles

johanna said...

i looked at the beautiful tree - and spied two wall art pieces: patchwort by you? awesome Outfits for the bears. they are in the mood really!
the artwork for the Exhibition is so original... i love them all - but the blue one with the woven red strips is my favorite. but actually they are so impressive together as a set.
the last - watercolor - Piece is so calm... yes, let us reduce it all to love and peace!
wishing you a cozy, peaceful Christmas from the bottom of my heart. may 2017 bring less Trouble as 2016 did, the News were sometimes hard to take.
xox, johanna

Let's Art Journal said...

It looks like you are going to have the best of times over Christmas, your tree looks so festive and your visiting teddies all decked out in their new tartan outfits are very cute, I'm sure they will enjoy there stay with you :-). How exciting that you are exhibiting your art in April next year, I hope you are going to use some of your beautiful paintings too :-). I wish you peace and love too, may your Christmas celebrations be filled with happiness! J :-) x

sirkkis said...

A beautiful post, Sheila.
I wish you and your lovelies a very merry Christmas and the happy New Year 2017xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I picked the wrong time to be offline, and nearly missed your beautiful tree, bear guests, and art. Being one who loves paper and stitch together, I was was mesmerized by all of these. Add to that, the fact it's hand painted paper, and my heart went pitter patter. I'm so glad you are sharing these sneak peeks with us along the way.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and beautiful New Year. In my opinion, all we have is hope that 2017 will be a great year. Of course, I count my blessings that I have found you and your lovely friendship through this great be world of blogging.

Claudia ClaSpi-Art said...

Wonderful images, I like the contrast of colors on the dark background.
And so cute teddies, quite charming.
A nice Christmas celebration to you, your family and all your teddies, also the visitors.

Gibby Frogett said...

Lovely happy post as always Sheila - I love seeing what you are creating.
No:2 was my favourite - it made me think music and guitars.
Glad you are all ready for Christmas - the Teddies look ready for some fun too or maybe
wanting a little tipple of something :)
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and I hope the current bad weather passes quickly and doesn't affect you.... Gill xx

Margik said...

What such cuteeeeeeeeeeeee teddies, Sheila! A wonderful post, as always!
Wishing you a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2017!
Mar :)

Evergreen Mo said...

Looks as if you are all organised for the festive season. I like your art work for the exhibition so colourful and great shapes. Look forward to seeing the finished work. Have a good Christmas Day.

~*~Patty S said...

Oh how I've missed you while I was unplugged dear Sheila ♥
Very nice to see your beautiful tree and festive teddies too.
How exciting about the April exhibit!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas with lots of fa la laaas oxo

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Very inspiring post Sheila, hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Love and hugs

Beo said...

Better late than never….
Your very sweet Christmas tree looks very similar to
his brother last year, doesn't he?
Nevertheless I think it is a natural tree. (??)

Your paper art is great!! I love its simplicity and expression!
My favourites are the last one and the one before that.
Best greatings to your wonderful flowers
named peace and love!

2amscrapper said...

What a lovely choice for the art journal theme! Helene

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Just read your comment about my new computer. It was ironic, because Scott and I were talking tonight, and, although he says PS is a memory hog, I've got so much memory, I will never use it all or overpower it, he thinks it will run very slow once he puts it on my computer, but now that he thinks he knows how to do it, he agrees it's what I am used to, so I might as well use it. He thinks Gimp and Pixlr are equally good, use far less memory, and are free. I reminded him that my first computer didn't even have a hard drive, but two disks. The guy who built it for me thought I was nuts because I wanted the A drive to be 3 1/2 floppy (720K) and the B drive to be the 5 14 floppy (64 K). Back then, I carried one floppy that had the boot drive and operating system, along with a word processing program, data base, and Lotus (spreadsheet), all of which used less than 64 K. Today, a single photo I take uses nearly 1 M. Times have truly changed, haven't they? So glad you enjoyed the post. I wasn't sure anyone would really care.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

HMMM! That should have read 5 1/4, not 5 14. Reread what I wrote and immediately knew I had to let you know I made a typo error, not a stupid comment.

Lisa said...

It's hard to believe Christmas came and went so fast. Your blog and decorations are beautiful.

stefanie stark said...

Not only the tree but also the two patchwork wall hangings look beautiful and the teddies are cutely dressed for the holidays! I also love your colorful collage artwort and I'm looking forward to seeing your art in 2017! A Happy New Year to you and your family and I wish you peace and love too!

kat said...

Oh I love your cacti flower pieces, they stand out so bright and those sweet little flowers wishing us peace, they are so touching. You know I love your teddy friends, they really do look ready for a party, Happy New Year to you and all your dear ones, much love
Kat xx

Jackie said...

Those teddies look so wonderful all dressed up and ready for Christmas. I hope they enjoyed the celebrations.
I love you picture of the little seedlings breaking through the snow, quite a contrast to those other fabulous flowers.
An exhibition - how exciting. I look forward to hearing more about it. Jx