R is for… "Remember My Workdesk?"

Greetings!  Time does fly, and before I realized it, my bi-weekly post turned into a tri-weekly post.  My professional schedule continues to be hectic, plus I had additional personal commitments too.  Therefore, I got off schedule.  Please accept my apologies.

Autumn Reflection
Caran d'Ache, Pens, Charcoal, and More
Art Journal Journey - Autumn Colors
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 36 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Julie's Art Journal Everyday
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
I had not had a chance to work on my art journal, so this weekend I took a break to work on a page.  I found this quote by Juan Ramón Jiménez about changes, which I found quite inspirational.  In case you are not familiar with Jiménez, he is the Spanish writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1956 for his lyrical poetry.  One of my favorite books of his is Platero y Yo (Platero and I), which is a charming monologue of a man with his silver colored donkey.

Thanks For Dinner
Tim Holtz Card; Brother's Scan'n Cut 2 Utensils; Art-C Doily; K&Company Butterflies; and Hand Lettering
Freshly Made Sketches #211 - A Sketch by Karren
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Thanks
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #209
Tim Holtz Stamp, Die & mini attacher; Glossy Accents; Brother's Scan'n Cut 2; Recollections Brads; Hand Lettering & More
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - So Glossy
The Male Room: Challenge #22 Hardware in Your Stash
Try It On Tuesday: Lots of Layers
Although I have not had time to work on my art journal, I have made several cards for family and friends, including the two above.  The second one is for Mike, one of my best friends.  We will both be celebrating our birthdays this week over dinner.  Him and his wife are in the process of selling their house in town, so this may be the last time we will be able to do that for a while.  We have shared lots of ups and downs for nearly 16 years, so it will be a bittersweet celebration.

Happy Birthday, Abby!
Smash Folio Page
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 201
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - R is for Remembering
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #336
I do not consider myself a scrapbooker.  However, I have enjoyed preserving special memories through my Smash Folio for a little over a year.  In this page, I tried to capture our trip to Texas A&M University, during which we celebrated my youngest daughter's birthday a couple of weeks ago.  She is a beautiful, smart and good natured young lady whom my wife and I consider to be a true blessing.  Although it rained almost continuously during the 3 days we were there, our spirits were never dampened.

Banded Garden Spider
iPhone 4s Photograph
Our Beautiful World - Space
Sue's Image-in-ing
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Tree Branches
In closing, I leave you with another fascinating creation of God which I found in my garden.  Thank you for your visit, for following my blog, and for taking the time to leave a comment.  Blessings!


Valerie-Jael said…
Hi Arnoldo, good to see you again. Thanks so much for your entries to our challenges at TIOT and Art Journal Journey, both are wonderful, as always. But that spiiiiider is hard to look at! Regards, Valerie
chrissie said…
All terrific artwork with your wonderful sty

Thank for joining us at TIOT

Love Chrissie xx
Suzanne C said…
Beautiful art and thoughtfully designed. Handsome card for your friend and sorry to hear he will be moving away. More opportunity for you to create and share via mail. Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!
AMAZING projects Arnoldo !
Your art is always so brilliant!
Thank you for joining TIOT's and Art Journal Journey!
Always a delight to have you with us!
oxo Susi
What wonderful post! I love your journal page and card. So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx
Cindy Hall said…
hi Arnoldo! Your card for the FMS challenge is amazing. What a beautiful work of art on a card front! Your host should be honored to receive this stunning thank you note. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!
NCSue said…
Very nice!
Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/11/basilica-shrine-of-saint-mary.html
likeschocolate said…
All so lovley! Have a great week!
Create With Joy said…
Hi Arnolod,

I love your beautiful artwork (as always) and your photography - you should share the latter at our Wordless Wednesday Party!

I also wanted to let you know that I'm hosting an ESV Journaling Bible Giveaway now through Friday - would love for you to join us!

(Will also be hosting one for men in the weeks to come...)

Blessings to you dear friend! :-)

Jane said…
Totally distracted by that spider! Loving your arrows and cog on The Male Room card and so right for a fella, but then you're bound to know what suits. Thanks for playing along. Oh and by the way that smashbook page is gorgeous and you are a scrapbooker!
Eek that spider...but very cool though! LOVE the cards, especially that old car image!
So many wonderful things to show us out in blog land. Your sketch is fantastic. That quote really caught my eye!
Melissa Bove said…
Stunning work, as always Arnoldo!! Always a treat to see what you've created!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Virginia L. said…
GREAT job on preserving the fond memories! Love your artistic take, Arnoldo! Your daughter is so sweet-looking. A true blessing indeed!
Unknown said…
Welcome back firstly ofcourse, nice to see you again!

Apologies accepted ofcourse, although theire not necessasy if i may say so.
For everything is a time and a place... one can't do more that possible ;-)

Be and stay blessed !!
Have a nice abc-day/ - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ <abc-w-team)
Indrani said…
Happy birthday greetings to you and your friend in advance! Enjoy!
Love your creations and the spider is a bit scary. :)
Robyn said…
Hi neighbor- interesting sketches. I'd love to see more of your desk.
robyn 36
Trubes said…
Wonder art work yet again Arnoldo,
and I have read the translated
version of the tale about the man and his donkey!
Have a grand week end,

Best wishes,
ABCW team.
Maria's Space said…
You have inspired me to pull that Smashbook out of my closet. It was purchased over 4 years ago and never ever opened. It will be no where near as lovely as yours. I don't even know how to start. If you decide to come see mine I am going to add the link so it doesn't get lost in the bloggyness of my day. http://www.mariasspace.com/2015/11/abc-oh-rats-unlikely-pet-friends.html
Bella Cirovic said…
Awesome! Thank you for submitting a photo Arnoldo!
Unknown said…
The faux stitching on that lovely doily with the silverware and butterflies said, " nostalgia and happy times to me". Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 209th AG challenge! Blessings, Carole
Yes, this is a busy time. Spending my 11/11 on work projects, plus visiting y'all.

Diana Taylor said…
Fantastic work - I love the journal page and the quote is beautiful, is that a self portrait or is it Jimenez - it's perfectly drawn anyway! I love the card with the little doily - the background faces are intriguing. Although the spider made me shudder(I was conditioned from a very young age!) I am learning to love them! It's a long, hard journey but I think this one is stunning, and I know if would be easier to get over my fear if they all looked this beautiful! Hope you have a great week and thanks for the visit to my blog - I appreciate it.
Diana #17
Absolutely fabulous art as always, Arnoldo. I especially love the card with the spoon and fork die cuts. That's so cool and original. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with us. Have a blessed week, and please join us again soon.
Word Art Wednesday
Angie said…
I will confess that I found your spider to be stunning. I love orb weavers of all kinds, sadly I didn't have many in my gardens this year. I'm not all together sure why either?? Your journal looks so creative and your cards are wonderful.
Angie #57
Kirsty Vittetoe said…
Gorgeous art work and thanks for sharing with us at Our Beautiful World!
Deborah Frings said…
First - I really enjoyed your post! Love the art journal and quote. The birthday card for Mike is just super - love the use of brads and the cog behind the car. Thanks so much for playing along with our Hardware challenge at The Male Room this week!

PS Wonderful photo of the spider!
VonnyK said…
I love your artwork and the cards. Happy birthday to you and your friend. Such a shame he is moving away. Your photo memories page is wonderful, you have such a lovely family.
Have a great week,
Von #63
Hi Arnoldo! any excuse my friend! I don't know how you manage what you do. I can't imagine having tried to blog when I was teaching. By the time I got home, fed round, did the homework and got ready for the following day I was ready for bed so I think you do really well.
Have a great woyww and happy crafty week, Angela x 21
RosA said…
That's a great quote! I think I will make a note of it :)
And it looks good on that page too. Your daughter's page is lovely too! Everyone looks so happy.
I bought the Spectrum Noir Brights set, so there are no neutral colours amongst them :) (I am using them to "colour in" my own designs.)
Thanks for visiting earlier too.
RosA # 27
Leslie: said…
Good to see you back and Happy Birthday! Love the card for your lovely daughter and the photo of one of God's special creatures. (It would have freaked my daughter out, though. LOL)

abcw team
I like your cards, especially the thank you card. Happy B-day!buterfliecrafter#8
I think your card for your friend Mike is amazing, brilliantly uses hardware for our challenge. Thank you for joining in with our theme challenge at The Male Room, I am sure he will really appreciate it and keep it as a reminder of your friendship. The photo of the spider in your garden is fab too!
Scrapthology said…
The journal page of your daughter is beautiful and I've loved looking through your blog there's loads of beautiful work.
Christine said…
Lovely work for the challenges Arnoldo, and a beautiful photo!
Looking at how much you have achieved and how varied they are, i can say you are quite productive :) I am sure your beloved ones will love the cards. Happy PPF :)
Your art journal page is absolutely gorgeous as is the card that you made! And I absolutely LOVE that photo that you posted at the end. It is very cool and so beautiful!!!!!
Linda Kunsman said…
SO good to hear from you Arnoldo! I adore your cards. Your journal page is wonderful-and thanks for introducing me to Jimenez. Your smash journal page is really super-and a happy birthday to your lovely daughter! Love that spider-they really are fascinating to watch aren't they? Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead. Happy PPF!
Gloria j Zucaro said…
For not having done much, you accomplished a lot! LOL! I enjoy seeing your drawings as in the first piece, and the cards are truly wonderful keepsakes.
Ariel said…
Happy to see you back Arnoldo-:) Lovely cards and the birthday layout looks beautiful
Have a great weekend
Giggles said…
Welcome back Arnoldo... your cards are lovely, your spider is not... lol Happy Birthday I do hope it's a special one, I'm sure your friend will love his beautiful card! Hope things become less hectic for you in the near future!

Hugs Giggles
Ros Crawford said…
Wonderful photography!! Thanks so much for sharing at OBW!!
DVArtist said…
As always a beautiful and inspiring post. I love your art and the photo of the spider. Awesome!
sheila 77 said…
So much here to admire, Arnoldo.
I love that you make cards for friends and family and I'm sure they are much appreciated. I do like the card for Mike and the brilliant way you have presented it with the rusty bits. It's sad when an old friend moves away.
Yes, the spider is fantastic, with such an appropriate name. Insects and moths can be so beautiful with amazing colours and designs.
Natalie said…
Wonderful art! You always express it so well, what a blessing from God. Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday this week.
Twiglet said…
So late getting round desks this week! Thanks for visiting mine. Your artwork is wonderful and the spider photo great but always gives me a jolt as I am not really a spider fan!!!
mandysea said…
Spider photo is just stunning!! (In it's own space) Gorgeous Cards... sorry to hear you will be missing you friends when they move. Love your art journal too!
Ileana said…
Beautiful and creative cards! You are a highly gifted artist. Happy Birthday!!
Jennifer Rose said…
lots of wonderful work :D

great spider photo :)
It's been so good catching up with you and the others. Your journal page looks wonderful. I can understand hectic schedules and pray for spots of reprieve here and there for you and your family. Wishing you a blessed week! :)
stefanie stark said…
I like it so much to read your notes. You always find wonderful words to describe all these little events that happens day by day. I wish you a wonderful evening with the friend who currently sells his house and I love your cards!
Beth Niquette said…
I liked seeing your journal. I love the cards you made--they are wonderful. Your insights are inspiring.
Nancy Briges said…
Love the man's face and the lovely cards! Even though you are not a scrapbooker, you did do a wonderful job of telling the story of your family in your smashbook. That spider is beautiful in it's own way too. We had one outside my window where I wash dishes and I named her Charlotte.
Lizzie said…
All beautiful things in this post - a lovely young lady, great cards and journalling and then the most gorgeous spider! Thank you for sharing!