Friday, 29 June 2012

Jason in the USA and PPF

It's Friday, and that means it's time for Darcy's Postcard Challenge, week 26,  and Paint Party Friday, where it's week 16 of year 2. Our postcard characters are off to the USA this week.


Since Cissie disappeared in Australia more than three weeks have passed.  Cissie and Thelma are sitting in the kitchen, eating breakfast. Cissie is happy to be home after her outback adventure. Queenie is in the spare-room, still asleep. She needs lots of time to get acclimatized to  London. The *Kids* are in America, having their last, wild fling before they get married.
What happened to Cissie in Australia?
Cissie and Dougie got the address of a nature reserve where Queenie was supposed to be living as a sort of Therapy to cure her of her Crocodile obsession. The therapist thought that if she lived and worked in a place like that, she would get better. And she had been getting better, till one night she had heard strange noises outside her hut. Panic! She could hear something moving around outside, and she heard it saying her name!
Queenie just knows that she never wants to be attacked again, so she grabs her shotgun, opens the window, and fires blindly into the night. Then she hears a branch crashing down, and a scream. Then silence. She calls for help, and when a ranger comes, they investigate. No crocodile. No wild animals, just 2 strangers – a young man and a stout, elderly lady lying unconscious. An ambulance is called and they get taken to hospital. Nobody knows who they are, as their papers and passports are locked in their car. They are both badly concussed, and spend several days in hospital, until they are well enough to explain who they are and what they were doing. Queenie is called to the hospital, looks at Cissie, and says, *She's never my sister! I’ve never seen her before!* Cissie says, *Queenie, you’re my little sister! Don’t you recognise me?* *Nope! My sister is 30 years younger, tall and slim!* Cissie is very sad when she hears this, and says, *But that was a long, long time ago. You’ve changed, too! I’ve come to take you home for Jason’s wedding!*
When Queenie hears that, she looks hard at Cissie, and realises who she is. They are both too overjoyed to speak. (Quite an event by those ladies!)
Cissie still needs a few days to recover, and Queenie gets her things packed for a trip back to England. Cissie rings Thelma, to tell her what has happened, and tells her to book a last-minute journey for Jason and Shannon, to get them out of the way for a couple of weeks, as she is bringing Queenie home. Thelma books them a ticket to Chicago, they are completely delighted, and head for the airport, kissing and cuddling non-stop, and don’t even bother to think about why Thelma has suddenly become so generous….

They arrive safely in Chicago, and just love the town – there is so much to see and do, great places to eat, discos to dance away the night, and a wonderful atmosphere. Their fave eatery is Mitchell’s, where they spend a lot of their time and Thelma’s money.
They take a coach tour to see the sights:

 After seeing Chicago, they decide to hire an old Chevy and drive down the Route 66 through Illinois, and then fly back from St Louis.

They love the little town of Joliet, where they visit the historical museum and learn all about Route 66. Museums are not usually on Jason’s plan, but Shannon insists!
 In Pontiac they visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame and museum, where they have their photo taken for the card they send home. They have heard that Cissie is safely back, but do not yet know what wonderful surprise she has brought with her!
 They see lots of historic gas stations and diners, old stretches of road, and quaint bridges on their route. They want to visit Narda, a friend of Valerie’s, who lives in Percy, but discover that she is on holiday.



(All images courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)


 From there it is just a short drive to St Louis, where they give back the car, do some shopping for souvenirs, and then go to the airport to fly home. Shannon asks Jason, *What did you like best about the tour?* *You!* he says.

Here is the postcard they send home:


I am sure you all want to see Shannon's face, but you have to wait till the wedding....

For Paint Party Friday I have more or less finished the heads I started last week. I cut them out, and glued them to the cardboard from the back of a sketchbook, which I first painted with black gesso. I used a picture of the galaxy taken from a magazine and added some numerals with a CWS stencil.  Then I collaged different bits and bobs to fit with the idea of *dreams*.




So, that was enough for today. Hope you all have a good day, and a great weekend. Take care, and thanks for coming by!

41 comments:

  1. Love the solution to the Cissie mystery! Great images and love the *love* postcard. Your heads look really good, too! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Terrific story and photos Valerie and love your work in progress. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  3. I'm sure glad we don't have a crocodile obsession! Great paintings. Love the content for the dreaming part. Take care Valerie, and have a good day. hugs, Donna

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  4. A wonderful continuation of your story. I like the way you've incorprated the heads into your collage. x

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  5. Love the pair of them making out on the photo. :)) i am so far behind the postcards. Hope I get my muse back to catch up soon.

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  6. nice images, but really does every Postcard home have to be of em smooching . . . lol of course

    Great Card <3

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  7. I enjoy the adventures you have created in your stories, so much fun and your art is just amazing, thankyou for sharing this fun post!

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  8. your stories are so good! Lovely work for PPF too!

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  9. Lol, now you've set us up with another mystery - what does Shannon look like! Super story Valerie and 'dreamy heads' collage. Have a good weekend, hope we get some sunshine. xx

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  10. Just to clarify...Did a branch fall on Cissie and doug or were they up the tree? Cos I am laughing myself silly at the image of Doug shoving Cissie up a gum tree :D XXX

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  11. I really enjoyed reading your story. I wish I could write like that. Love the post card.. And your collage looks great!

    Hope you have a happy weekend.

    Hugs~

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  12. Great story and a fabulous virtual trip down Route 66. Love your paintings.

    Janet xx

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  13. You have a brilliant imagination....

    I enjoyed this weeks episode :)

    I LOVE what you have added to your heads!!!! The little man with the top hat is SOO sweet!

    Have a great weekend

    Karenx

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  14. OMGosh you missed the Dixie Truckers Home (since 1928) with the Best Food ever (outside of Atlanta IL) That is Legend. I sure did follow that route with you from Chicago to St. Louis, oh, the memories. Looking forward to the faces. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  15. So fun to come here each week for an update into the antics of Cissie and gang. Lovely!! Happy PPF

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  16. Aaaaawwww, looks like Jason and his girl had a romantic trip! And Aunt Cissie missed eating burgers and chips (had she only come to the States)!

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  17. Yeah, the States would have been the right place for Cissie! She wouldn't have stopped eating!

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  18. Great story again, and your painted collage is wonderful. Hugs, Barb

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  19. Another fantastic episode, in the saga of Jason and Cissie. Great pictures and post card. Love your art piece and the dream theme.
    Yvonne x

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  20. Oh Val, This is great and I love the photos--so amazing!!! You are SO creative!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  21. The collage is great and the story continues to fascinate me.... and it is very timely as I have just been reading a book about route 66... xx

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  22. I love Fridays because I always know I'm going to get a Cissie/Jason fix! Can't wait for next week's story.....and those heads turned out so COOL- I love all the layers of collage in there!
    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  23. Wow I love the latest entry into the lives of Cissie and Jason. So creative to have Cissie in the hospital with no id! I can't wait to see what Shannon looks like! I love that they were going to visit Narda but she was on holiday too! This story is just so inventive! Love your heads, the tiger looks amazing and I love the script you added too. Great postcard too! Have a lovely weekend.

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  24. You are a great story teller, Valerie!

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  25. Your tales of Cissies adventures are so fun!!! And your post card is very cute... can't wait for the wedding so we can finally meet Shannon :0)

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  26. Wonderful layering in your heads painting/collage!
    Mixed-media is so fun!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  27. Morning Valerie. That Jason is such a smooth talker!!! So much fun. Fabulous PPF project. Have a lovely creative day.
    Regards Florence xx

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  28. ohhh I just love your storyline, so fantastic, can't wait for the wedding.

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  29. My goodness Valerie! That was a tale and a half! I so enjoyed reading it all and can't wait for the next instalment.
    Love your painty artwork too.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  30. Ooh I'm so glad all has ended well for Cissie, and she has found her long lost sister. My sister has hardly changed in 30 years, but I've gone down the Cissie route lol. Your dreams painting is beautiful Valerie, I love your dapper gent. Have a great weekend x

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  31. another nail biting installment !peppered with great photos and the postcard is fab but that girl really has skinny legs, oh well I'm sure Cissie will sort her out.

    Marie

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  32. My goodness you have a wonderful imagination Valerie, love your story:0) Your heads picture has emerged into a very interesting collage, love that little guy on the bottom left of the picture! Enjoy the weekend, xx

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  33. Oh my Thelma and Cissie planning a wedding. Will Jason and Shannon get to have any say at all?
    Well, come to think of it, maybe Jason's input should be limited to showing up on the day.

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  34. Too bad they did not make it to CA! I could have had lunch with them! Love this story! Beautiful painting! Happy Weekend!

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  35. Well, drat! Had I known they were passing through, I'd have had them stop by my home for a spot of tea out on the deck!. We live off of Route 66 one hour east of St. Louis.

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  36. Wonderful, wonderful episode of the story...Route 66 conjures up all sorts of images doesn't it?
    And your PPF is gorgeous...it really does have a dreamlike quality to it.
    Hugs xx

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  37. another great postcard. a really good storyline. always a good read.

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  38. How do you keep the story going so well, fabulous fun. Great postcard, would love to do a motorbike tour down route 66.
    Jen x

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