P is for Pleasantries

Since I don't have any serious topic to present, I'll just share some pleasantries - LOL!  I had an extremely stressful week, so I'm kind of brain dead.  It won't get better anytime soon, since in addition to work and my postgraduate studies, I have short trips during each of the following 4 weeks - Yikes!

A Rich Man
Original Ink & Pastel Illustration With Calligraphy
Art Journal Journey - April {Favorite Quote}
Piarom's Mix It Monthly - April {City}
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Julie's Art Journal Everyday
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #173
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #308
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 8 Year 5
Anyway, Kristina Werner used this anonymous quote recently to model brush lettering, and I LOVED IT.  I can relate to the quote both as a father and an educator.  I may not be financially wealthy, but children do make me feel like a rich man.

Happy Birthday, Patty!
Die Cuts, Jute Cording & Hand Lettering
Freshly Made Sketches #183
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Clean & Simple
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #181
This week we celebrated a colleague's birthday, so I decided to make her a quick birthday card.  She loved it, and so did my other colleagues.  The problem is that they all want me to make them one for their upcoming birthdays too - LOL!

School Secretary's Day!
Tim Holtz Die Cuts, Ribboned Paperclip, Flowers & Hand Lettering
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Due Date
I made sugar cookies for my school's secretaries and attached ATC-tags to the gift bags.  They're a diligent group, who greet everyone with a smile, regardless of all the due dates they need to meet.  They love my artwork, but were impressed that I could bake as well, so I confessed they were made from frozen dough - LOL!

Art Studio Green Eyed Girl
iPhone 4S Photograph
Sue's Image-in-ing
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - P is for Pussycat
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Gallery 52 {Like Silk}
In closing, I'll leave you with a shot of my sweet and silky tortoise coated cat lounging in my art studio - LOL!  Thank you for your visit, and be assured that I'll reciprocate if you leave a comment.  Blessings!


Michellem said…
Love those tags - school secretaries are often overlooked - so kind of you to remember them.
Jen Brum said…
Beautiful projects! Very lovely cards! I love that birdcage and sweet little birds! I love your cat! So sweet! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!
Unknown said…
Love the quote very much and your picture to it as well :))

Have a wonderful week
Tinna ✐

I'm sorry you've had a rough week, Arnoldo. I do hope it gets better despite all of the traveling you have going on in between work and such. Thank you for taking time out to share with us your lovely pieces of art this week. Lifting you up. :)
Linda Callahan said…
Lovely creations....and sweet cat!
Michelle said…
Beautiful work! The quote about the rich man really spoke to me. Recently, a much younger coworker was worried about the expenses of raising his young child. I told him to pack a peanut butter sandwich and take the child to the park for the afternoon and the child wouldn't care if they were rich or not. I really hope he took my advice.

Enough babbling! I have enjoyed visiting your blog this evening. Thank you so much for sharing with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Valerie-Jael said…
Wonderful journal page, with a great quote, and everything else - including the cookies - looks great, too. Thanks for joining us again at Art Journal Journey! Valerie
Saskia said…
Great creations! Thanks for sharing!

Smiles, Saskia :)
Jeannette said…
Wow,great creations,love it to much.
Blessing Jeannette
~*~Patty S said…
Greetings from AJJ
What a beautiful page and quote!
Thank you for sharing your artwork.
Take good care.
debby4000 said…
You're right that sentiment speaks volumes. Love you card and ATC too. Hope the next four weeks run smoothly for you.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

sheila 77 said…
You always have such a varied selection of your art. Love the birthday card with the bird, I'm not surprised everybody wants one.
I didn't know you had a cat. She?he? is beautiful and knows it.
PiaRom said…
What a wonderful quote, Arnoldo! And I had to grin about you to be so kind to bake and make some art for the secreries! They are lucky ones to get such nice gifts from you :) Kittiecat looks kinda mischievous ;) ♥ Conny Mix It Monthly
Anonymous said…
Love the quote about the rich man! Hope you can breathe deep in between all your responsibilities over the next few weeks. Those cards you created are great!!
Indrani said…
P for pleasantries! so perfect for 'p'.
Thank you for this wonderful post! :)
Helen said…
I assume this is your WOYWW post as that's where it's linked -- great cards! Helen 7
Julia Dunnit said…
A gift is lovely, and if you're pressed for time, frozen dough is so much better than any excuse about not making time! Dont you find that being under a time pressure releases your creative mind and you end up with a yearning to be at your desk creating with all of these ideas that you simply can't make time for? !!
Julia Dunnit said…
I think that frozen cookie dough is just fine,as I'm sure your recipients did....waaay nicer than any explanations about not having enough time. Good for you.
Gattina said…
Very nice pleasantries !

ABC Wednesday Team

Twiglet said…
Great post and clever you with the cards. I am so busy with blinds that I haven't had much time for arty crafty stuff and I really miss it.
My goodness - fantastic artwork and post!
Thank you for joining us at AJJ Arnoldo!
Trubes said…
Hello Arnoldo,
Considering you were not going to say much you certainly had a lot of interesting things to talk about...I too loved your quotes about the rich man...poignant !
Your cat is lovely, we have a much loved cat called Chloe, she's nearly 14 but still runs a round a lot and plays like a kitten cat...Hope you have a restful weekend and recharge your batteries,
Best wishes,
ABCW team.
Angela said…
Your creations are wonderful and your cat is gorgeous, thank you for sharing, have a good week :)

Angela x
Angel Greetings #26
Patrink said…
You are such a generous soul. Thx 4 sharing
happy woyww
pat #54
Love the tags and the card. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 21
Just popping in to say hello again! Hope you have a lovely week. :)
Leovi said…
Enhorabuena por estas maravillosas creaciones, muy bonitas!
Hope you're not in a QUANDARY what to post next week!

LOVE your journal! LOVE the quote! Gorgeous cards too, and what a cute kitty!
Jo Ann said…
These are wonderful makes, Arnoldo! How thoughtful of you to make all of this even in your hectic sched. So happy you joined us at our Challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday. Leaving you with the the comfort only God's Word can provide in John 6:47-48 which was spoken by Jesus saying, "Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life." Have a great weekend and God bless!

stefanie stark said…
Pleasantries is such a cute word and I saw it for the first time and had to look for it in the dictionary. Your pleasantries are great! I love the ATC-tags and cookie packs you made for your school's secretaries. Oh they would make me so happy too :) best wishes for the forthcoming 4 weeks! Have safe journeys and may your brain recover very soon!
Lisca said…
Lovely cards! You've done it now.... you'll have to make cards for all of them!
It's nice that you made a tag for the secretary. They work so hard and often get forgotten.
Thanks for visiting,
Have a good week,
GlorV1 said…
Hi Arnoldo. Terrific post and beautiful card. Love the quote. Have a wonderful weekend and rest a little.:)
minnemie said…
Beautiful quote. I can see why they all liked the card! I think you're stuck - in an affirming sort of way:-)
Anonymous said…
You are talented to create so much pleasantries during a stressful and hardworking week!!

Hope you get some rest during the weekend.
Giggles said…
You are a rich man, in soul, character, and spirit. Your children, both your own and ones you teach are blessed to have your love and influence in their life!! Your intention is always good and that is known whether you make cookies from scratch or not... You have a good heart and make beautiful art... You my dear man....are a RICH man beyond measure!

Hugs Giggles
Great pieces. Even though you are feeling brain dead and have been busy, you still managed to be a little creative. Hope that takes off some of the stress!
bellefrogworks said…
Arnoldo - how I love to visit here! Wonderful art - but more important a heart after God's own heart. Blessings my friend
Linda Kunsman said…
you always bring a lovely selection of projects to your readers Arnoldo. Your pastel piece is just beautiful-and the calligraphy is so impressive! I can see why everyone would want a handmade card by you. Kitty looks purrrfectly happy. Wishing you a fabulous week ahead!
Create With Joy said…
I love your updates and your creations this week Arnoldo - esp the peek at your very happy cat!

Congratulations - you are one of our Featured Guests at this week's Inspire Me Monday party!

Stop by to see which project got featured! :-)
Cathy Kennedy said…
Arnoldo, Congrats for being in the spotlight at Inspire Me Monday. I always enjoy my visits to your place. You seem like such a sweet, sensitive, & talented man. I mean, you're an artist and cookie baker? No wonder you had the secretaries giddy. Your b-day card to your colleague is beautiful and elegant. No wonder everyone else is wanting their own. I think a parent, male or female, feels wealthy when greeted by small ones. I remember when ours were young and the joy that filled my heart when they come running with tiny wide open arms to wrap around my neck. Gosh, I miss those days! Have artastic day!
Such a fabulous and creative card, Arnoldo. It's always a blessing to have you share with us, and I thank you so very much.
Word Art Wednesday
Lisabella Russo said…
What beautiful artworks! I especially love the birthday one and the kitty is adorable!