Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WOYWW #299

it is wednesday and the day to go around the world checking out what folks have on their craft space. I am writing Tuesday as we are on CT and no way can I usually post on Wednesday. Who knows, if we are frozen in tomorrow i may be at home all day. What a miserable week of cold weather, below freezing weather. Very un Texas Hill Country weather. I know it is hell on the east coast but they expect it and have all kind of special clothes etc.

The slope of the driveway makes it impossible to get out if it rains and freezes and this was what happened Monday and today Tuesday. Today, by noon it was 2 degrees above freezing and the driveways thawed. I headed to the store. So now I have to cook dinner and make some food for the cats who are not eating. MS Kitty, a little butterball, has refused to eat the expensive cat food bought for her and searches around the kitchen like she will find something. Xochitl is picking at her food. Both are active so here I go making venison and chicken liver in the food processor. Their lack of appetite has not stopped them from climbing up a wall hanging, jumping up to high windows and in Ms Kitty's case eating the butter after getting the lid off the butter dish! XOchitl is emptying the fruit bowl and plays with all the fruit. Favorite was grapes. Good thing we do not have carpets. Yesterday she played with a very large onion.



Yesterday I worked all day in my studio finishing the journal prompts for the week. Then loaded the fabulous video I bought from Peony's and Parakeets. The artist is Finnish and her name is Paivi Eerola.  I really like her style.  Turns out to be a lot more difficult than I imagined Her work in watercolor and colored pencils really speaks to me.I have both these products and do not know how to use them as she does.  



Below are pages for my documented life journal



Here is Journal 52, the aroma therapy prompted made me think of wine tastings and the BS that is spoken about the smells and flavors. It was taken from a real wine tasting!
Time to go and make cat food, and dinner for us, think its leftovers!
See you all when I visit your blogs.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WOYWW 297

this blog is written on my PC and then photos will be added from my iPad when I open the blog in Blogsy.  iPad is out of juice and getting recharged. she behaved very badly after her upgrade and is not sharing her photos with dropbox.  She said it is the whimpy iCloud acting imperious.  








GONE another week.  Thanks for the comments last week they were really a lift to the spirit.  Thursday my hearing improved and through Saturday.  Then Sunday and Monday it was bad again,  Happily it is OK today.  Such is to be expected, amazed I have made it so far.  Just imagine Beethoven had this disease!  So far there have been no great musical breakthroughs, no concertos or Sonatas lurking in the Tinnitus.  BUT I have finished my DLP pages for this week and Journal 52.  What fun this weeks prompts were.  



This weeks prompt at Journal 52 was "windows".  A few weeks ago a crazy mockingbird began to attack the bathroom window driving the cats wild as they jumped from one to the other.  Eventually settled where they could see it in the tree.


The theme for this month is layers at the Documented Life Project the Challenge for this week : when not too Stop ; and the prompt, "Don't Stop 'til you get Enough, (Ooh)".  After many layer here is mine.


My studio remains in uproar and will stay this way over the next two weeks as so much fun is in store, tomorrow doctor in San Antonio and a little light shopping, Thursday is Deanie Day at her studio, now days mainly show and tell. On Saturday Chris and I will cook a fab Valentines dinner for two.  Steaks on the grill, cauliflower puree and asparagus with a salad of avocado and mango topped with a spicy coconut dressing and to elevate the cheer level a great wine from the Smith Sawyer cellars.  To round out this splendid evening of yummyness are mini cupcakes and petit fours from a local bakery, Rails, that only uses the best of ingredients and all butter.  



Have to say today the temperature has dropped to 78F from a high of 81 on Sunday. So a little bit of Sunshine makes me fell all perky.  



the north facing deck, time for a little sherry?


Oh I do love getting on my space ship and traveling to all your blogs.   See you soon.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WOYWW296

I missed last week as early in the morning hubby had to be at the Ambulatory Care Center for his tri annual colonoscopy. (it was fine).I had not slept well and getting there at 6am in the dark was a true trial. 2 hours later I took him home.  The latest anesthetic made him forget so every 5 minutes he asked the same question.   I do not do well when I am tired so it was an early night and the next day the start of my week of horror.  For 35 + years I have had Meniere's Disease and although we controlled the vertigo symptoms about 15 years ago the other symptoms rear their ugly heads to menace my life.  Over the last three months my hearing has deteriorated and Tinnitus has taken residence drowning about most audible conversation and making life miserable.  Tinnitus invites his miserable little friend over (Ear Fullness and  Loss of balance)to participate in his takeover so that at times I feel wiped out.  The Doc, with one of those long titles is really great and honest.  A week of prednisone had yielded negative results so she inserted a tube in my ear added some ear drops finally persuaded me to a diuretic, very low dose and off I trotted home.  The ear drops are a pain to insert as you have to lie 20 minutes with head down ear up! the diuretic causes constipation and that brings along it's nasty friend.  So prunes and fiber with gallons of water solved that.  So as you can see wednesday was not a good day to write on a blog.  Oh a perhaps the worst of all the cats are on a fixed feeding schedule as MS Kitty is overweight and they are in protest and destruct mode.....watch too much TV and they have seen how to protest!!!

This week  i am trying to make my journaling more fun.  The photo is of my big desk and today I through down paint to produce something like under paper. Under paper is what you put down to avoid covering all around with paint.  I use Silicone mats, thanks to Tim Holtz!, so no under paper  So I started with Gelli plate then decided that was too controlled and what you see is the result of throwing almost dried up, cheap acrylics on brown wrapping paper and spreading with a rubber gloved hand.  I should have used two gloves as the left hand and sleeve were multicolored.  rush to hair stylist for renovation, forgot to feed cats, home and remembered it is Tuesday i need to do WOYWW.  

yes it is rainy, cold and feels like UK


Then on to finish my Documented Life Project journal, ideas and now the start.

Have a great week and create lots of wonderful things. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WOYWW 294 LETS ESCAPE THE WORLD

Today the sun is shining and the view outta my window is gorgeous.  Yesterday, front bridge with 4 teeth had to come out as root canals have signs of decay. The sound of hammering in your head is terrifying. Last week ear doc put me on prednisone as my hearing is deteriorating rapidly.  So I feel like I am in an ancient world were the harbingers of destruction  are closing in and the apocalypse is nigh!  Wow I like that bit of drama. 

 Everyday I sit and stare at an art journal and every day it gets easier to feel inspired.  My discovery of Gesso, thanks to The Documented Journal Project, DJP, has made working much easier as I can wipe out an unsatisfactory idea as a new idea spawns. So between spawn and fizzle new ideas replace the old with a splash of gesso and a quick brush.  This enables me to remember the great idea that spawned after the first idea fizzled.    

So Here is THE Desk

The the theme for the month of January in DLP is ways to cope with a blank page,  and this week the challenge was the color wheel and the prompt is from Georgia O'Keefe.  SO as not to be too literal and draw a color wheel I made up a flower.  The background was bright Dylusions sprays that i toned down with gesso.  It needs some finishing off. My daily visual journaling is on the left.

 This is Journal 52 I showed last week the other side of the Black and the prompt was Just Be.  I had a flash of an old crooner singing Gotta Be Me.  Well, I played with this one.  I captured me to the left of the black in the red glass table taking snapshot!!!!!

This weeks prompt for Journal 52 is "Opening Conversations".  "Do you come here often" is unfinished. 


So that's it from me.  I will get round to everyone in the afternoon and check out workspace thanks to our resident genius MS Julie  for enabling us. 

Thanks for all the super comments,
you all sure light up my day.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Another fast week for WOYWW 293

If i spend less time on Pinterest FB and Bloglovin I might have more time to write on my blog and then not feel panicked every Tuesday afternoon around 2.01pm.  Now this is not the fault of MS Julie, the sweet young thing who came up with the idea of this mosey around the desks of like minded persons near and far.  So if you want to know about it and join in head to Stamping-ground

 I am having a really fun time with The Document Life Project(DLP) My original intention was to use it as a way to practice my none existent drawing skills but my love of collage and mix media always wins the dilemma.  One reason when I wrote down my goals for the year they turned out to be the same as those of last year.  Carried away by prompts and Pinterest!!! 

 The tidy desk is gone replace by the true me.  With my new job, Mistress of the Litter Boxes a real lady in waiting(they wait until you clean it)I have days when that is enough cleaning etc.  Truth is I love a studio mess.  

Here is THE WORK SPACE, first looking at it with my back to the window and second view of when I look from the computer.



You can see my entry for DLP here .


My other journal project is Journal 52, I am one of 9,000 signed up for this free prompt and FB group.   this week's prompt was "Just Be".  For some reason my brain seems to check into the brain file box marked "songs" for any and every prompt, then I suffer from replay of a matched up song until an outlet is found.  Using it as a jump off for a journal page is this years solution to the Blank Page Fear and worse still song head Disease.  it beats a thousand push ups!  the song that Brain matched up was "I gotta Be Me" from a dead crooner and Mr Google's helping hand. I dew a silouette then filled it with cut outs that were about things I do, glued them down cut the silhouette out and mounted it on black(yes it is black) paper an attached it over the page I had doodled around on.  


The DLP this week had us use gesso then the prompt "The beginning is Always Today".  The Brain went berserk in the music files with this one.  Then when I was BEGINNING my morning chore as Mistress of the Litter Box a picture popped into my mind that I saw on Sunday during a feeble attempt of organize My Pictures.  I have yet to finish it but however I mess this up it stays.  There are about 4 layers of gesso and I used up a ton of baby wipes.  


Since Ms Kitty is adding pounds and Xochitl is hiding them within that silken fur it is a appropriate they formed the basis for models!.  Do not know who the artist was or I would buy up more as it was a card and the whole is super.   The blank page has a few less layers of paint and gesso and I think I want to make it into a daily visual of my life not every day just enough.  

Better get on with it.

This is the two BIG  kittens after a mocking bird gone crazy sighting.  

have a great week, will visit late Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WOYWW 292

Wishing everyone a happy healthy and successful 2015. Also hoping all those resolutions lead to a fuller life and the effort to resolute is wort while. This year my big thing is the Documented Life Project that this year is a journal not a planner. I say this as it appears that many who did it last year find it hard to make a change from planner to journal. My reason for doing this project is that it is less structured and more arty. After paining the cover and completing the first challenge i find myself back in sentence 2, as the first page is a prompt " to be your own goal keeper". When i completed this and looked at ajournal from last year i found that my goals were just the same as last year and just as awkwardly stated as las year. So goals or resolutions do not seem to be working! Thus 2015 starts on a what the....moment. Phots for this arein Drobox so I will add when i get on PC and find them.
My desktop should have been a goal BECAUSE.......... Surely that is a GREAT REVEAL
ABOVE my painting cutting mad desk, Cleaned off and ready to go.
BELOW my computer desk, drawing( that's laughable),and writing desk. Hard to maintain now as both cats think they are computer nerds.

Well now I need to go in search of Dropbox and find my photos of work before i forget.  Wow I am impressed I found them
  
Stage 1 after gesso, acrylics then a quick spray of Dylusions then more gesso more sprays more gesso more acrylics a few stamps and so on...

Finally quick and finished front, back will be finished later as over a year of use it will get messed up.
here below is the finished front cover.



 now for the first week of the years.

"fresh Start" is on a tag.  Under the tag are my goals.  And left page really represents what i plan to do in the journal. This year I want it to be an art journal with drawings, sketches or stamping expressing the prompt for that week not words telling what it is..  See how long that idea lasts remains to be seen!!!!! 

Enjoy your visits to all the desks it is so much fun and there are so many talented people popping in.  Not sure what I am talking about head over to Ms Julie for a laugh and a giggle and enjoy.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WOYWW 291

Happy New Year. May your desk reflect ypr life and be full of all you joys and pleasures.

This is short as I am busy making dinner. Trying to find my spirit. I can make stuff but not pleasing. So today got into it.

My desk, my journal ready to fix the cover to make it feel like me, a mess!!!! The phone book to the left is where ai gglue. The baby wipes are for spreading paint and cleaning up paint. Much better than bottoms. It is rainy over cast and like UK.

Tomorrow get my nails done and try to halt their current crumbling condition with a shell cover. I have reached the stage in life where I need little notes to remind me what I need to do in the morning when I get up.

The walkies is on hold due to weather . Ms Kitty is the champion. Xochitl is still trying for entertainer of the year as she leaps and rolls over . Bit she loves it. Currently occupying garage as it is cold in there. She came in this morni.ng doing that scary cat side walk I think the deer must have been outside the window!

Well dinner calls . Really will try to visit tomorrow.

 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

290 WOYWW Happy Christmas 2014

Happy Holidays and a very merry to one and all. we are home with kittens and with their level of activity no decorations. In fact decorating stopped many many years ago when we went away and I loaned out the tree decorations and they were never returned. Out to dinner with friend tonight and tomorrow and Christmas Dinner with just the 4 ( ms Kitty wants the expensive gooey cat food and Xochitl wants to go outside on her own, no harness.) Christmas day we will have a lovely log fire in the grate and an abundance of food and drink. This year the stores had very few English Christmas goodies so the new tradition will be cup cakes from a local bakery, the topping is real buttercream and they are minatures, the perfect size. Quite a party year so far. Have managed to keep up with 3 journals and even some cards. My problem is a lack of inspiration. So this year will work on The Documented Life Journal project only.
I have now subscribed to The Nott Cleaning Up Diesk Society, as a life time member!
This ia actually the tidiest it has been all year as I lost a credit card and had to go through this workspace. Turns out it was in purse! That is my No Excuses Journal lots of finishing up to do on the stuff that require imagination and vision.

Sorry i have been missing so much just seems that Tuesday and Wednesday i have so much to do do. But what eludes me. Now off to make tirimisu for the Eve and for tonight mince pies.
This too had a going over as i lost some acrylic stamps! Journal 52 is on the left. Will do this again next year. Some of the art work on the site is incredible. This is Art Journaling Calendar on the right that I will not be doing in 2015. My spread was mixed media very nice but not enough "me" in it.
Off to make mince pies for tonight and tirimisue for the Eve! Hugs to everyone and my your life if 2015 be filled with true happiness, the bump less bumpy and the joys overwhelming.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WOYWW 288 Where was I?

Here I am and sorry to have missed all the fun.  We had a busy three weeks leaving for Galveston On Tuesday Nov 25 with cats in the RV.  and only returning Dec 1.  loading and unloading the RV is quite a task and with the cats included more stuff.  They were overall well behaved and were not upset.  Like most cats road travel is not something they relish but they are with us and  it is better than neighbor coming in to feed or other alternatives.  Miss Kitty likes to lay on the edge of the passenger window and unlocks the door.  She also hit the window button and almost flew out.


  When we we parked they were on search and destroy, the latter a function of search. (leap on back of leather seat....enter nails, test curtains for strength of cat body) The trip was fabulous and as we had not visited Galveston since the 2008 hurricane, it was a wonderful surprise.  They have rebuilt and turned it from a run down shabby seaside town with high crime to a lovely place to visit.  We feasted on Thanksgiving Day at the San Louis where the buffet table was quite incredible.  The weather perfect and around 84 in the daytime.
Our beach walk Selfie  (quick note bought orange hat, lost it, found it lost again,gone forever)

So what is on my desk.  since we returned i have worked on updating my  4 journals for December.   This is time consuming since Draw Your Awesome Year (DYAY) was quite detailed. Art Journaling was also time consuming, as coming up with a layout consisted of many failures.  Journal 52 was relatively quick. Over the year I had decided to make quick spreads in this journal as it is weekly. I will also do this in 2013 as it produces so many ideas and is fun.   Keeping up No Excuses Art Journaling (NEAJ) is easy except for the start of the month where it requires following some prompts and ideas from Gina's book.  This months remains unfinished.   Once I get started on a project the ideas flow and often new and better ideas emerge.  If I spent less time distracted by FB and Pinterest I might accomplish a lot more.  My 2015 Journal project is The Documented Life and will try to incorporate it with NEAJ.

Here is my Desk.
upper left is NEAJ, on the right Journal 52, this weeks prompt was doodling;  lower left is one page of  Art journal.  I painted background then collaged it. Two page spread on the left is DYAY.  I have many parts of this complex Journal I want to complete so I am not going to do the 2015  but will complete the various sections.  

That's it folks.  I will post this when I canb to Julies page.  i am writing it on Tuesday as we are taking the cats to the vet for nail cutting, Miss kitty is also to get her nose cleaned.  So we expect to spend the evening being ravaged by them and taking a strong drink or two.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's Wednesday Again tomorrow111 Oh OH oh, #284

Here I am finally back to feeling human. Annual eye exam this morning resulted in a day of the "Druggies Stare" and wonky vision. DH had a new recliner delivered and I am sure the delivery men thought they had entered nether space. Between the cats going berserk, the covered furniture protected from those pesky claws, the whole house looked weird and, it was watched over by a woman in layers of clothes with BIG staring pupils,( a model for a Torrence stamp!). This week catification continues and little gets done. Also the cooking mania is in full swing. the pastry is improving, the bread rose and the meals are definitely a winter menu. Since last Friday the temperature has plunged from the 80s into the 40s, if we are lucky and to freezing at night. A nasty north wind fills in to keep us in layers of clothes. My winter wardrobe was thinned out last year with plans to get going on a new one in January. 


On my desk, my No Excuses Journal, Decided to go for vignettes and try to improve them. Here is journal 52. The prompt on the left was Thinking of You. I could not think of anyone I wanted to say this to or who needed support so i just played around. On the right the prompt was "made with napkins". No ideas jumped in my head.  I wanted to use the cat napkin my neighbor brought back from Paris. a couple of years ago and i kept taking out, loosing and then worried I would loose it.  SO I used it.

An on line English friend Joann at the Fiddlenips Blog said on FB that she was going to do The Documented Life Project 2015. I decided to check it out as I had always thought it some evangelical site and knew that could not be correct if Joanne was interested in it. Liking what i saw for 2015 i signed up and felt I would combine it with a current Journal project. They will use the Dylusions Journal with tip ins.

I must apologize to all you great people who comment on my posts for not responding to questions. I do not have a reply button. I will search to try and correct that as it must be in settings.

If you are wondering what WOYWW is all about click the blue. it is really fun going all over to see what the creative folks do all around the the globe. 


That's it see you all soon.