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Bourbon Crafting, Wine, and Some Fishy Art

Hello friends!  I am back from our vacation and have some fun stuff to share.

First, I have some fun drinks to share with the T-day Gang over at Elizabeth's blog.

While in Louisville, Kentucky, I did the Bourbon Craft Experience at Barrels and Billets next door to the Louisville Slugger Factory (hubby went the Baseball Museum instead).

The experience involves tasting their bourbons and then mixing the different types to find the best mixture for you.  
I tried a bunch of mixtures and did not like any of them, BUT I learned a lot and had fun. Definely worth the money.  I also tried a new to me wine bought on our trip - 1000 Stories.  I bought it because of the buffalo and the bourbon barrel aging, and I loved it! I will try and find it somewhere around here if I can (it is a California red so I have a chance). 
I also have some art to share.  I have been working on the fun fish theme at **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY*, but haven't had time to post and of my pages.  I finished this one over the weekend and I am also posting it to Art Piaskownica's Mermaid theme as well (notice the little mermaid tail at the very bottom).  

I did the next two at a crafting retreat earlier this month. The first one was all handdrawn and watercolored other than a text stamp done lightly in the background. 

This last one was done using some sea paper, a DRS fish, and some sea creatures fussy cut from the underwater paper.  I added in some cofee I was drinking, a bit of watercolor, stamped words, and bit of sparkle from some Ranger Stickles 

Happy T-day and hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks so much for visiting - I treasure all your visits!



  1. I'm amused by the whale swimming in the air above the water level. Cute image.

    best...mae at

  2. Some really fun ocean themed art today. I especially love the last piece.
    Happy Tea Day,

  3. Well how can one not do a bourbon tasting while in Kentucky:) Sounds like a fun trip.
    Love your fish journal pages! Happy T day!

  4. I love your beautiful, fishy art! Glad you had a good tme on your vacation, and mixing Bourbon is an unusual hobby! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  5. Interesting deinks, indeed. Your fish journaling pages are great, love the first one most; really lovely!
    Happy summer time xx

  6. What amazing art, Nancy. I especially like the last one. It is so different. It also fits so well with Mia's theme at Art Journal Journey. Thanks for sharing these.

    I am not sure I've ever tasted bourbon, but I was impressed with the tasting test. I suspect I would have preferred the Louisville Slugger Museum. I never took the tour, but I will never forget that HUGE bat propped against the building. I'm sure I have a photo somewhere, too. No Barrels and Billets, though. I suspect before they came up with that store.

    Thanks for sharing your amazing art and your bourbon and wine with us for T this Tuesday, dear Nancy.

  7. It sounds like you had a super vacation Nancy, the bourbon tasting sounds especially fun. Great artwork as well, I bet you had a brilliant time at the crafting retreat.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  8. Nancy... nice to see what you were up to on your vacation! i would so be removing that label from the wine bottle to use in my The best way i've found is by putting very hot water from the tap in the bottle ...letting it sit a minute or two a taadaa.. peels off easily! Or most of the time I love your art.. AJJ is turning out so many amazing fish pictures this month and yours are just beautiful.. I really love the one with the whale.. The colors are lovely.. Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  9. Sounds like a good time on vacation. I love the bottle of wine you bought. The fish are is just awesome. I have been enjoying this theme. I would love to see your fish and face on Friday Face Off. They are perfect for the link up. Have a lovely day.

  10. What a wonderful place to visit, I would love to try all those different types of bourbon too 😉. I'm glad you had a lovely vacation and your fish pages are fabulous, it looks like you had fun creating them. Take care and wishing you a very Happy T Day 😁. Hugs Jo x

  11. These are lovely art journal pages. I once had a 1000 Stories wine, it was a Zinfandel and I found it at Trader Joe's. Pretty good stuff.

  12. lol, love your fishart. And it is fun to see the mermaid. I too have it. First time I have seen someone else having the same thing as I. And I really love this one. :)

  13. Your fishy art is great Nancy. I especially like the mermaid quote. So fun that you had fun tasting the bourbon! :) Happy T Day!

  14. Fantastic art pages and a super post to read. Thank you for linking up with Mia's theme at Art Journal Journey.

  15. First of all I love the sign above the Bourbon Experience.
    Your pages are gorgeous and each so different in their make up.
    The first one really attracted me with the colours - the fishy scale representation of that background is lush! I do like the addition of the glass beads and the little girl with her story at the base of the page.
    The second one made me smile as I imagine if we could see her other eyeball it would be in the centre of that eye too (cross-eyed). That was great thinking with the quote and the picture - love it, such good fun.
    The third is a lovely example of watercolouring. I love how you created the uneven edge on the right, gives the whole age character and I imagine it is even better in real life because of the Stickles and the coffee.
    Such a treat this morning to see all three pages. Glad you had a good vacation too.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  16. Super prace! Dziękuję za udział w wyzwaniu Art-Piaskownicy :)

  17. sorry I haven't been around recently, off visiting family and friends :)
    Love your art journaling pages and that wonderful underwater scene ♥


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