Tuesday, February 14, 2017

402 WOYWW........A MESS

 life goes no, one does not change as my desk reflects.

 This week was remarkable only in that I had problems with translating ideas from head to paper.  Every Friday i am inspired by Wanderlust and this week I created nothing.  messed around and produced backgrounds or bits for future inspired ideas. Contrary to the popular myth white pages do not cause a blank mind.

Turning my attention to my calendar journals they turned out to be splotchy pages this week.  My fun times(wine pickup parties) and cooking were better.  I am making dinners to freeze for a forthcoming RV trip.  So far made one.  Tonight making lamb chops and Molten lava cakes for 2.

On my desk  This is the mini book that is a valentine card for hubby.


  • This is my journal page for this weeks calendar

  • Here is the other side of my tip in using up all the bits left on my desk

so that is me and just off my desk.  how different from my last post when it was bright and sunny.  Today is cloudy and a cold wind has even the cats inside.  Xochitl just emptied a basket to sleep in and Ms Kitty has the prize, Daddy cat's knee!

Have a wonderful week see you tomorrow when Ms Julie opens WOYWW

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

401 WOYWW Another hot day

Today is Tuesday at 11.08 am it is 74 F now the fog has lifted.  
My desk remains a mess as i am always buried beneath half done pages for journals.  Today I finished a thank you card and a sympathy note.  I need card making classes as I find the precision of card making out of my comfort zone.   No matter what i do I get a blot of ink, a wrong spelling or something on the card.  The thank you card was different as it was for a fun friend.  Roxanne Coble(Bun) made a mini accordion book on the "make it artsy" TV show. Using her idea of and accordion book  in a match book cover, the card was completed  yesterday and finished today.  (currently being harassed by cat wanting treat).

here is is

The top is an Orbit gum box altered for the book and below is the book secured with a clip.

this process is something that calls me.  Check out her video.  

This is me on Sunday at Kuehlman Cellars wine pickup.   Not a Selfie expert!

This is the week before when we went with neighbors to Torr Na Loch winery, the view is absolutely spectacular and they make a fine Tempranillo wine using grapes from the high plains of Texas. 

So this is my catch up week.  

I plan to visit as many blogs as possible tomorrow.

Oh! keep meaning to say that there are several places I cannot comment because you use Google+.  I have signed up with this service but not sure how it works or if it will work as you have to approve. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

399 WOYWW.....

Today is Tuesday and i thought I would set up to look in on everyone tomorrow.  My right hand is painful as the old carpal tunnel surgical site are was stretched on Sunday when I cut out all kinds of bits and piece and made a thank you car.  My friend Deanie gave me a wonderful Cookbook by Jacques Pepin my favorite chef.  No photos of that but here is my desk.


Saturday worked on Wanderlust 2017 with guest artist Wilna Furstenberg.  She used acrylic ink, something I did not have.  My first attempt was in a large 9x12 journal and then  in my tiny hand made journal.  (see below)  Not quite what I expected though the style holds possibilities and the ink has great properties.  It will be a great medium for journaling and Wilna's style will have many uses.  ( Oh yes, a medical visit today in San Antonio meant I could visit Michaels and the 40% coupon on mobile lept into my hands when i saw the inkset). So next month my daily journal will feature inks.......hopefully not a blotches and drops result.

Here is a little from my last daily art journaling,  have some catching up to do.

yes i am falling behind.

reading all your posts has effected me as now back to drinking tea most afternoons.  MY HEB, grocery store, sells PG Tips!

Yesterday my hand hurt so much that I took a nap under the vigilant eyes of Xochitl(the upside down one) and Ms Kitty.  I crawled out and took this photo.  

Today it was bight sunny and 82F  what a crazy winter so far.

That 's it from me see, you all around the workspace.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


OHHHHHHH 3 hours messing with Google.  My primary account is now my secondary account is at last found.

Happy art crafty 2017, good health to you in the coming year.

So how is everyone.  Since my last post my life has be out of control, visitors, parties, shopping, gathering and so on.  So here i am Jan 2 and about to reorganize my studio and make it paper friendly.  As a short person I have to use ladder for upper shelves so have to rethink everything in terms of use frequency.  There is no Documented life this year but a group was formed for all of us who want to continue, Life Documented 2017.  It is a lot less organized and I shall just play along for now as there are so many talented people in the group and I am so inspired by them.  On Friday i start Wanderlust2017.

This is my workspace after making the monthly divider for my Life Document 2017 new art journal.  Not had time to make covers and introduction page as most of it is in the "maybe" idead stage.  The binders are the same as used form 2017 DLP

This is the divider for january and maybe I will keep this way of doing it for each month.

The reverse oside of the divider showing the 2 tags in a pocket.

The two tags, one is for tod do lists and other notes on the month.  This is an attempt to put all my lists and notes in one place rather than scattered in notebooks, backs of envelopes,  slips of paper and hence lost.

When i was checking out ideas I Googled Planners and was amazed by the detail young women go into to run a family.  They keep planners for every part of their life.  Cross reference everything add in n words and a lot of "cute". No wonder they are always tired and "busy".

So on this note i will end this and make an effort to put stuff away, figure out which leftover needs to be eaten first  and where I put the sausage rolls and mince pies.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Nine more weeks to 400 WOYWW! 
Well back from Galveston and trying my best to catch up on things.  The next two weeks are busy.  That means i cannot spend all my time in my studio and both Chris and I will be out a lot.  This means my un-routine will be an un-un-routine and I will have to look CAREFULLY at my calendar so I know what day it is and where I should be.

Galveston was fabulous.  we were joined by our friends Kate and Dennis this year. 

the decor in the poolside bar was obviously designed with my colors in mind! Note I did not go swimming but I sampled the goods at the bar and the pool was not full of people who looked like the people in the ads for the San Luis!

They were just finishing planting as we arrived it was a cacophony of color.  The entry hall was all decked out with Christmas figures and nodding deer, also overrun by rug rats!

This is a very small part of the buffet taken after a few glasses of wine and my first 3 courses.   this chef was slicing up duck served with a fruity sauce.  I started with salad moved on to seafood, then onto beef and some veggies.  no photos as this area was always crowded.

This is the dessert buffet. 

This is my desserts a sample of the chocolate goodies

Now isn't that yummy looking.  It tasted incredible, not too sweet and different types of chocolate in all 3 and to the left is a meringue topped lemon curd filling in a chocolate shell....... mmmmmm delish!!!!

we were seated in the garden room where they put the smaller groups.  Jazz was live with piano and bass.  All very pleasant.

we left on friday and returned to out home and cats/  Kate gave us a dozen meyer lemons from her tree and a box of her home made lemon bars.  On Saturday we made the first of two batches of lemon marmalade.  

So now to catch up with my journals.

Have a great time and tomorrow later in the day i will be checking everyone out when I link into Julie and What's On Your Workspace Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


hello all to all of my fellow hobbyists wherever in the world you are posting.

My blog is written on Tuesday as tomorrow we leave to spend Thanksgiving in Galveston, with friends Kate and Dennis, at the San Lois Resort.  Today is overcast so later I will attempt to get a photo of my desk where there are WIP.  The Documented Life Project (DLP) will end this year so I am searching for a new journaling group to work along with in 2017 on a daily basis.  Earlier I joined Wanderlust a group with a monthly challenge and guest artists to add dimension to my  skills and interests beyond journaling.  So far for journaling considering, My Life of Self Expression with Gina Ahrens et al( each has a facebook location all a little with a slightly different style.  It a little confusing as they post to  each others' facebook page and so you get each post at least 4 times.  Several other journal groups were looked at but were too structured.  DLP is very professional, so I am spoilt,  by professional I mean they have a blog site and post to it weekly

My workspace 

Computer desk.  A friend cut out all the kitties for me on a computer.

   I am finding many women on youtube do excellent work but their videos are excessively long and unedited.  Many people make lengthy videos  filled with the "emmhs" and "ahs" and background interruptions and probably lack the skills and equipment for editing.  This means very long videos, happily I am quite adept at fast forward on video!
well it is time to cook supper.  A busy day with dental appointment and taking cats for a nail cut.  They were sweethearts.  The vet's cat has taken a fancy to Chris's knee!

So Happy Thanksgiving, and for all you not in the US have a great week. (Hi Julie,  if you want to join in turkey day just stuff yourselves with turkey,scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, dressing, and pies.  Note: I will be at a buffet)

So excited found how to schedule publishing this post.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


HELP What do you all use to motivate yourselves to clean up your desk?  I have been trying for 2 weeks and I am just NOT motivated.  Nothing is lost, like scissors or special pens that usually spurs on a tidy.  At the weekend I  sorted out and donated unwanted ATCs and swap postcards that were 5 or more years old.  This was a cat induced activity as she wanted the box to sleep in.
 So here is the low down,  My problem comes from all those bloggers, classes, teachers etc who say never throw anything away.    Friends, acquaintances and visitors....NEVER listen to this advice. Unless you have an organizing system for scraps that has categories for color, shape, size, type, etc etc etc.  You will never find that one inch blue scrap of paper with a great floral design when you want it.  Only after you have glued, stitched or both  from a handy large piece will that scraps location be revealed.  AND now you have added to the scraps!
My workspaces this week as of Tuesday 10.03 am CST!

With these few remarks I will return to desks and workspaces to attempt..... clean up.  If, last weekend with hubby away, had I resisted the lure of Acorn TV and the wonderful BBC series like brief Encounters and Lilies this task would be complete.
So have fun visiting everyone this week.  memo to self  post this wednesday.

Tried to post at 1am but you were mot to be seen.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Just look at my desk !

Backgrounds for 2 journals, paints and supplies in use.  Then below is the other journal I work on, DLJ 2017 now in binder 5,or September,  October ready for weekly inserts.

Shown below;  every week has a prompt for Pocket Art Cards (ATCs) not in pockets, the week shown here prompt was" hide something under your ART".  I was hiding the surface of the card which was a NASCAR trading card of Jimmy Johns.

I am posting images from mobile camera and they were not edited, on some you will need to bend neck to the right!

Below is another non edited page showing weekly calendar in accordion fold style pull out  each week i try different styles for this feature.  DLJ is a fun weekly activity that i really enjoy.  It is a closed group on Facebook and not sure if they plan to do it another year.

So this is what i spend my week making.  Other activity is cooking.  here take an oatmeal  chocolate chip, coconut ,almond cookie  emmmm good!

Please enjoy visiting all the many participants in this week's What's on Your Workspace Wednesday that Julie puts together every week for people around the globe.  She is in UK so there is a time zone difference.

happy arting...........................................

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


The weeks are flying and I am slowing D.....O.... W......N! 
After Labor Day's clean out of my closet i turned to organizing my meal plans so I can spend less time grocery shopping and more time in my Studio.  Today, Tuesday, I gave the last of my homemade and Art to wear clothes to a friend for her to give to a friend who creates and recycles from castoffs.  So feeling good about that and happy about my closet.  My not so recent purchases and sorted then castoffs, no fits and why did I buy this went to the thrift at the animal orphanage.  
Spent lots of time over past month working on spreads for the class Lyrical by Bun.  So very different than the usual journal or background class and for me a challenge.  Now playing catchup with other journals and contemplating joining Wanderlust 2017.  
So back to WOYWW 380 and what's on my mess desk.

Just paints used for DLJ and a spread for Lyrical.  My Dylusions paints have almost all dried up.  Fabulous colors and finish but just never worked.  Ranger did replace but they remain a problem so it is back to Walmart 

 I was abandoned by my helper

Ms Kitty said she receives better strokes here.

Celebrating?????? well just another fabulous day in Kerrville where the skies are a perfect blue and the temp in the evening stays at a comfortable 80F.  

So have fun creating   ( another for Lyrical)

eating and drinking 

So tomorrow wednesday once I post it is off to visit your desks, which I do visit even when I do not post.  Love seeing the range of creativity and your lives.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Hello everyone, following when possible but forgetting day until too late. If you are new to WOYWW check here

It is a long time since I posted here.  A busy summer that included a trip to Chicago, (it was unbelievably hot like 95, add heat from all the roads and concrete.  Awful).  A class with Roxanne incredible, possible the best teacher in years and catching up.  

Every time we make a trip I do a travel Journal and never manage to work on it on the road.  This time I made the effort, time and space to play and i just nibbled at working in them.   Today travel Journal finished DLP uptodate and class work complete.  it is a different sort of travel book as the trip was to attend a party.  My longtime friend John Jones died on memorial day after a prolonged illness.  He requested that his wife throw a party rather than a funeral.  135 came and party we did.  The wine flowed, the Tapas were yummy (it was held at Spanish restaurant) and we mingled and remembered happy times. The Celebration including a ceremony by the marines.  3 very fit young men in marine full dress, one played taps, it was so beautiful that there was not a dry eye; that was the only expression of sadness.  Everyone participated with stories of his generosity of spirit and fun times shared.  it was sensational. 

We stayed on for 4 more days and arriving  home August1. 
 here is my workspace.

On the left you see the Smash book I used for Chicago; to the right my DLJ and above that the journal with my completed spread for the Roxanne class. I don't feel like tidying up today.  I want to try to do 3 more spreads in the manner of the class.  Here is a close up of this spread where you selected a favorite lyric and painted a layed image to represent what you felt.  have a long way to go to get the fell for the technique.

the cats came with it and have decided that they do not like being above the birds! This is MS Kitty and Xochitl  On the Road.

We walked to navy Pier from the condo and this is  view from a bridge over the river.

The heat finally broke with great crashes and flashes.
view from 28th floor

So I do have to clear up some to find some lost items and all the cut bits floating around. 

After a July of high 90sF (32.22C) and up to 104F, 40C,  the weather broke here on Saturday.  Daytime rain and temp is in mid 70s about 23.89C ; the prediction is that we will be back in the mid 90s come Friday.
have a great wednesday visiting creative people around the globe and find some great new ideas.