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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

284 WOYWW THE OTHER CRAFT

This is my desk Tuesday evening.

It is 51 F, (10.55C )and for us that is cold. But my desk was the scene of only a few minutes of action today unless you include the time spent getting rid of Spyware.
here is the real scene of today's action and really quite a craft.



I am using my new Cuisinart (not shown)to cook up all manner of previous ignored goodies, including pastry, a disaster. I have now made it too flaky,mind you it did taste good, and the next batch too tough it tastes awful. Fortunately Chris liked them both. To him a pie is a pie is a pie. It did not take deep analysis to figure out the problem and the remedy ......practice. Anyway, today i went on a cooking orgy. Started with butternut squash soup. kinda boring and (under the cloth) is French bread. Who knows, by the time i link up it my have risen. Also made some chicken stock. So winter I have you covered.

The poppies around the tower are truly one of the greatest memorials ever. in many ways the impact of WW1 was to effect my life, several decades later. A little of these events is recorded in prompt 6 in the page I made for Journal 52

Have a great week. I do have go and play chef. Heated up meat loaf and a fien sauce with zuccini, crusty French bread? Maybe and if fails a good bottle of wine or whine!

 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

WOYWW #283

 

iWhat a fast week. And I have spent more time with cats than crafts. We are going to Galveston for Thanksgiving so I am trying to train cats on a leash. Ms Kitty has gone out twice wearing it. She does not like the harness but at least I can get it on her. We bought Xochitl a special harness call a Kitty Harness and it arrived yesterday. We are in the early stage of sniffing it an chewing on it. It will not be easy as she was wild when I tried the other one on her. She has to have it on in the house and learn to love it(the makers words).

Not much on my desk as the kittens love to help. This is my Draw Your Awesome Year Journal a project with Joanne Sharpe. Joanne has an easy laid back style. So it is fun.

The other desk is what I call straightened only the stuff I do not know how to organize is left . Oh what the heck it is a mess. That bag is decades old it was a Clovis Ruffin piece. Have to look up who she was/is.

The journal was made on Sunday finished Monday. Today was Deane Day, it's when I go to Boerne to me my friend DeNis at her studio. We used to create together now we talk. She makes clothes for herself, mostly jackets and vests that she embroiders with whimiscal figures and beads.

So that's it for tonight. Cats want feeding and so does DH. Today it was over cast and supposed to rIn, so far nothing but a few seconds of drizzle and mist coming across the valley from the west.

 

Have a great week. Written Tuesday for posting Wednesday cst .......it remains 72F (22.22 C)

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WOYWW # 282

Last week was a week were silly things aggravate you and you end up doing nothing.  The kittens are growing and have never been taught that as cats they are meant to sleep 15 hours out of every 24.  Xochitll likes playing with the keyboard and Ms Kitty is busy chewing cables, paint brushes, paper and together they chase each other around the house wrecking all in their way.  Google replied to one of Xochitl's message consisting of a word with 3 lines of "x" that "it was too long for their server (or some technical thing) to handle and could she find a short spelling!!!!"

Now to my desk and the reason we all meet every Wednesday to view desks of crafters around the world through the internet as created by the delightful Ms Julie.  Link up and join us please.  

During the part of the week I had energy, I worked on the prompt 42 for this week from Journal 52, Stencil It.  I started with the face stencil, added lines for hair, color with  distress inks and then other stencils.  It was really a play with stencils idea and to add the background color as a layer. The one shown here is my final effort as I allow myself only about 3 hours to create a journal page.  It is a way to prevent "me, myself and I" procrastinating.


 Journal 52 is free and she is going to continue with it in 2015.  I find it a real creative appetizer.  and a way to incorporate many of the materials my crafting life has acquired in the past 10 years.  this was week before Prompt 41, magic, where I used watercolors to recreate my view when mist drops down on my valley 




This is my desk.



No Excuses journal is open on last week and Draw Your Awesome Year ( DYAY) shows the October design.  Joanne Sharpe the Leader of DYAY created a scene of pumpkins for the month but they really mean nothing to me as it is too hot here in central Texas for leaves to change color or for fields of pumpkins.  So I made wine glasses for the journal spaces as it is the season for wine tastings and dinners.  

So that is what is on my work space for the last Wednesday in October.  Oh I think i forgot to mention the desk assistant, Xochitl who tells me she is protecting it from Ms K.


happy trails........


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WOYWW 281 CATCHING UP

HELLO EVERYONE. I found time to follow u but not to post. Between kittens, yes 2 now, and my adjusted gym program I have been totally wiped out.
I have to do this post kin two installments and get the desk images from iPad. The great big digital geek guru in the sky seems to choose when and what to sync. Obviously this guru is male and a control freak!

I am now here on iPad an cannot ost images to where iwant them. Oh well!
I have managed to keep up with my journal and decided I needed to make the No Excuses more visual. The two other journal are more writing. Two weeks ago at the gym the frivolous instructor quit and since then the program at my gym has picked up and I am tired. Three weeks ago I had added a Yoga class that turns out to be far too advanced for my body. As a result I have been a wreck and add to this a bouts of not sleeping nights resulted in my rapidly becoming a zombie. So this afternoon I head to the gym for a gentle Yoga.

Meet Xochtil, the new kitten added Oct 1

"Yes, we are friends"

She came from the shelter. One day one of the new mother cats went crazy clawing at the door. So eventually they let her out and she returned shortly with a tiny kitten that was added to her brood. We named her Xpchitl, aztec for flower/art, pronounced so chee (Chris calls her sushi). She has all the characteristics of a Maine Coon cat, little lynx ears, fuzzy feet, an enormous fuffy tail and the little white mask. She is very long and two months older than Ms kitty. She has a very sweet nature and tiney meow. She is very loving and never sleeps. Together they charge through the house in a never ending round of kitten play. She went beserk when we tried a collar on her. Ms Kitty did not mind and we will try a harness as she longs to go outside and they move faster than us!

Well that's it for this week tomorrow I can visit.

On Facebook people always want to show their desks, i tll them to look up Ms Julie and WOYWW the place to locate like and unlike deskers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WOYWW 278 A LITTLE HAPPINESS MACHINE

Wow I just realized it was Tuesday,and it's 3.42 and today I have done very little due to Miss Kitty.  We chose her Friday at the shelter and here she is checking out my desk and computer.


 I knew journals had a real function


Am i cute!
 The royal command PLAY WITH ME.




So there you have it.  She instinctively knows I am at the desk walks over computer keys and then lays down on it.  Something for which no computer has an answer, not even Google.

Her left eye is partially closed with an upper respiratory infection that we are treating and hope she can conquer it.  She also has a redhead's temper and showed off a fine tantrum in the vets office.  

So now I shall try to add some calendar pages.  
 Hope to see the rest of you woywwers have been productive and less distracted by new assistants.

Oh we are getting her friend on Friday so next week i should have help.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WOYWW 277 HERE WE ARE AGAIN.

It is 4 weeks since my last post and I am happy to be back. My desk has recovered from a mild case of "tidy up" and is now comfortable and happily "creatively chaotic". 
In January i signed up for Strathmore series of free classes and in September the artist was Gay Kreiger on Watercolor Sketching and Journaling.  Its free and the 4 classes were introductory.  They were excellent.  Now I want to practice the classes and improve my journaling. 

 here is my work desk by the window as I stand wobbling on the window seat so that I can get the light behind me!.




This is my work table complete with piles.  pies of art paper, piles of instructions and piles of I do not know what to do with this stuff, a common category.


This is a practice page in my No Excuses Journal.  Gina has weekly sprouts and I sprouted apples, an oak leaf and an acorn.  All part of the practice.  


I have a lot of practice ahead on Gay's class as I have a real problem with perspective and plein air!

Now I wonder when julie will have her faithful robot post her bog so that I can look up.  Julie is the Mother Goddess of WOYWW   SO FOR A FUN TIME FINDING OUT THAT YOU ARE NOT SO CRAZY JOIN IN.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WOYWW 273 on the road again......

It is day 2 of our journey to Chigao last night we stated at a roadside RV Park just across the texas state line, Mandeville Ar. A roadside Rv Park a field away from the Flying J. The ac ran all night burying the noise of traffic and trains. It was close to qoo F when we arrived so we went for a swim leaving the AC to cool the nest dowm. Today we are in West Memphis across the river from the Memphis of blues, Elvis and barBQ. This is an exotic park as it is right on the Mississippi River and I look out of the w.indow ans see the barges sliding down the river again the AC drowns any noise. Ot is sultry and I keep recalling bits of music about ole man river ans scenes from Show boat and expecting to see Proud Mary " rollin', rollin' rolling down the river"!

My journals accommpany me but suffer from the bumpy roads, although far smoother than California. The park has benches along the bank of the river, perfect to sit and draw except it is 92F and so humid the sweat makes the need for a water brush redundant.

Tomorrow when I link this to Miss Julia i will read all the sites and where possible comment. not too easy as the signal comes and goes. May be hard as it is supposed to be stormy in Illinois and the iCloud's weeping.

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WOYWW 272

Need to do a happy dance to the rain goddess she visited us today>

It is becoming obvious that i only write my blog for our Wednesday gathering. that is because life online seems to be taking over.  Last week was a hectic week of "Life Intrudes";  meaning there were so many things that had to be done beyond my work area/studio that I felt  overwhelmed.  It was of no help that i had friends over for wine and cheese Saturday and that meant shopping and of course i over did the food.  As a result this week is leftovers.  The cheese was the instigator of this happening as it was cheese from Penny royal the dairy in Boonville CA we visited.  I suddenly had a horrible thought that since this was artisan cheese it would not keep.  It was a good decision.  Then I added other finger food to avoid anyone dying of hunger.  Went crazy over fruit, breads crackers and simply fabulous dried french sausages and jams and relishes and.....I even made chocolate mousse.  As a result I spent Sunday and through today, Tuesday, catching up on my journals.  That done I now have cleanup of my mess.  This brings me to this post I have to reveal my mess because today is "What's On Your Workspace Wednesday".  This is like a weekly visit to a strip club where rather than our bodies(aren't you lucky)we lay bare are work areas.  Here is mine today;that is provided drop box and the other floating menace icloud have synced them to my PC.    

It worked a modern miracle.  Not quite a simple as in the olden days when a laying of hands had the blind seeing and the legless walking, this required a fiddling round with files. The "Where did they go?" daily mystery. 



This is my "art desk" ideal for drawing, painting as the light is perfect, not so for photos.  The trees out of the  window are Ashe Junipers, a junk tree, but for me I am just happy to have anything that grows on the limestone. 
The three images to the right are for journal 52.


This is the work space in the middle of the room, a sort earthly "dropbox".  tomorrow I will have to clean up as essential tools are missing.  I also want to visit as many desks as possible to see some of the great works being created around the world and to check out all those gorgeous British cats.