Wednesday, June 14, 2017

week 419 WOYWW

I spent several hours yesterday and today trying to post images on Blogger.  It does not happen. they appear in the "insert image box and that is the end.  No trouble with Facebook, Instagram or email.  Blogger is of no help.

will try visiting later today.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

418 WOYWW

Today, inspiration is on vacation so I am reading book 2 of a series by Dorothy May Mercer. it is a series of 5 thrillers.  The police are portrayed not as idiots or misfits but as normal people with family lives, her writing style is a little business like and at times  old fashioned. It is an  escape; not just from the pain of 2017 but my art bust.  Nothing new or vaguely art is in my sight today.  I made cookies this morning, well the dough.  I will go cut the dough log up and freeze the slices to be cooked later as they are part of the planned celebration of Chris's birthday late this month.

 My large Wanderlust is  not what i want it to be, and i do not want to start on anything as we go to the vet soon for nail cutting and Xochitl is no where to be seen,  Ms Kitty has just demolished the stuff I moved to photo my icad offerings.  The current discontent is fueled by my attempt to "conquer" Instagram.  This year i am doing ICAD 2017  and it is posted on Instagram .  Somewhere in my head was an idea that Instagram was the way to go.  Now I can post there but i cannot move around.  My mobile is a little different but today i managed to photo and post instantly without going through Dropbox and my PC.

 no desk view just a peak at what I have been doing on my work spot.

 icads;  top is based on weekly theme Collage


This is day 6


 this is day 5 the theme is Kawaii


This is my Wanderlust book made on a day when i was really revved and in the color mode


time to find Xochitl and freeze the cookie dough.

Have a great week

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

416 8 year anniversary WOYWW

Congrats Julia for such a happy achievement .  It is terrific fun to see what people do , to find there are people who are messy like me and there are neat nicks.  The latter, alas, were always held up as model by everyone from mother, teachers and bosses.  Well maybe one nun who offered the observation that "outta sight was out of mind!!!!"  A philosophy I subscribe to.

Yesterday I was totally confused and thought it was Wednesday!!! wondered all day where this blog was.  I worried too after the awful event in Manchester.  My roots run back to that great city where the people are so kind.  My heart goes out to all of you who are grieving and hurting.

This is written before I read Julie's post or anyone else.  Just know you are all in my heart.

Here is my desk,




My room is like this after furious search for lost journal.

This week worked on a Kate crane class on patchwork.  I saw it more as cray quilting.

I enjoyed doing it so much I made a pocket for my journal using the technique.


well that is it for today.

hugs Monica #41

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WOYWW 415

Today it is dreary, misty, in sharp contrast to the brilliant sunny days of last week and the weekend.  I feel suitably dreary and have another UTI that makes me feel miserable.  

Working on Wanderlust.  The classes have been great fun.  This did not quite work out






 A journal page in May for Documented Life
The yellow is a pocket for my To Do List.  
As a retiree a calendar is truly all that is needed but old habit stick.

 monthly divider, 
I like this and plan more.
 Accordion book for week 18
the green folds dawn,  to the left is the orbit chewing gum box "altered"
This is the helpers best helping position.

Tomorrow, i.e. Wednesday I plan on visiting everyone to get inspired

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

#413 WOYWW

I cannot believe it is May, where did April go.  It feels like time is on a fast track and I am off track.  So here I am ready to launch this week and check out all the great art and craft going on! 

 Trying to keep up with Wanderlust.  It is a fantastic project and very different than most classes.  They sure introduce us to some fabulous artists who give a peek into how they create.  Mine never comes out like it is meant to.  Despite this it is a great learning tool.  In 'Life Documented" an extension of the Documented life project, completed in 2015 and 2016 I have found fun in journaling and calendars with a fun group.  It seems to be run by a few Brits who have such a relaxed and easy way.    Let me show some photos of my weekly twiddling around.

This is an accordion book for a Wanderlust project.  It is not quite what i had in mind.  



here is my desk today Tuesday May 2, here May divider on right and on left a page called confusion.  Something that characterized April.

made a  batch of gelli prints, I always go mad when I make these.


So there you have it the workings of a confused mind over the past 2 weeks.  yes Wednesday was nearly over when I caught up!

Have fun and I plan to drop in on as many as possible.  Not always able to comment on Google+ sites.  A friend fixed(update/ cleared) out my computer at the weekend so I will see if the fix applies to Google+

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week411 of WOYWW

A big thank you to Kelly who noted i was posting this with wrong week  !

Hello everyone, its a bright clear, sunny day here in the Texas hill country.  Xochitl is recovered from her vet visit(ordeal would be her word) to the vet and her treatment for hair balls.  She received a bag of new healthy treats completing her return to health.  Today she is in full lizard capturing mode.  We have rescued one complete with tail.

I am busy working on Wanderlust.   This is is my first attempt using acrylics as they were intended and trying to follow the instructors video.  Since she was teaching a mermaid you can see I kind of missed !


Since everything was out I went on to set up a background for several journal covers.  here they are drying on the window seat.  no-one has ever sat on the window seat, it is uncomfortable.  so it now serves a purpose.


note work space, the silicone mat is there!!!!  yes i am clearing it up but the urge to communicate with the wandering desk watchers was too great to ignore.


So here you have if for this week.  My time to visit is about 1 pm here, after gym and shopping.  this means  in UK it is 7 pm.  

Have fun with WOYWW

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

WOYWW 410

My phone tells me the rain will let up in the afternoon and my weather station says there is a thunderstorm alert and another that there is no alert.  So here we are confused!

"I am helping Mommy by showing her where the treats are and reminding her it's that time"


Today I have knocked over paint in bottle, spray bottles as well as spraying everything but the surface for which it was intended.  Now I have overturned the third water jar.  Time to pack up.  Over the weekend worked on gessoing binders for Life Documented then painted and decorated them created pages and dividers.  Today I gessoed pages for Wanderlust. I am really tired so having a cuppa.  This drinking of tea is a direct consequence of this site WOYWW.  Once the real warm weather hits cider will take over.  
Binder after gesso and several layers



Binder finished!

This was my workplace this am




this is my window desk


and this is my computer space.  recently bought speakers so I can hear video.  Very good for  $20!


The "flowers" are drips and splashes from the paper covering work surface.  I was using the paper used on doctors  examining tables.


So for today this is it. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

309 WOYWW; A BIG MESS

Hello everyone and welcome to WOYWW on 4/5/17.  last Wednesday passed before i caught up with it.  So today I am prepared for tomorrow!

Following a day of Gelli printing (mono-printing), well just a few hours, my desk is leading a cacophonous wave from desktop to window seat.   The eternal quest to clean it up will follow a short intermission while i write this post.  Hubby is reeling from a cold, it is more of a withdrawal, the cats were spooked by Sunday morning storm and remain in the spooky aura.  I am fumbling around.  Just caught up on Documented Life journal and Wanderlust  2017 and have managed to eradicate myself from the site.  It is like being excommunicated as it doesn't even ask for my password.  My password is in the 999th edition of my "Passwords Tome"!, a very close companion.
I do hope to be able to visit everyone tomorrow and be inspired by the many art and craft  wonders under construction.

My work area today


my window seat....the Gelli Plate gallery the second basket on the left contains my studio assistant, in her most helpful position.



below is an entry in my Wanderlust journal.  I am loving this year long course.  Last Saturday Kasia Avery had a live video class.  It was wild!  Really fun, its now a facebook video.

Gelli printing with nature using leaves.  This time it was nice to have a selection of leaves as everything has leafed out.  


My other journal is in a state of betwixt and between as i await the arrival of the box of binders.  it is a 6 x 8, 3 ring binder. It is a good journal size, so ordered 6.     The Binders are coming by Fed Ex whose greatest accomplishment is to send every package to Mesquite Texas that is north east of here and take longer than US postal service, they never  stop to ring a door bell and just dump parcels.  This weekend I want to  paint all the binders I have that are filled and minus decoration; then organize by year all my journals.

So there we are a brief glance into life of a retiree on a hilltop in central Texas.  Where  today it is 82 F (27.78 C) sunny and bright.  have an arty weekend, and enjoy a glass of wine with good friends.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

woyww 407 March 21

Hello everyone this is my post for this week What's On Your Workspace Wednesday.  An opportunity to visit creative people from around the world 

This morning saw me at the dentist having a cap removed as I had on and off pain in this tooth.  It was always in off mode when I visited the dentist.  Finally I gave an appropriate ouch.  It never showed on his X rays even though he is very state of the art.  he now thinks it is precipitated by my sinus and infections and allergies.  All the little nasties working together.  It is now hurting.  For the moment resorting to the English cure, a cup of tea.

 Today started on an intuitive painting based on week 11 Wanderlust Class with Alena Hennessy.  Really enjoying this year long project and especially Kasia Avery's classes;  there is not much communication between the participants like in Facebook classes, but they keep us very busy.  This Saturday Kasia is doing a live class on Facebook.   

 Finally catching up with all my journaling in Life Documented and My Year 2017.  they are fun.  

This week I leaned to resize pixels so it may show up in these images not as intense but so much easier to post. I have absolutely no need for anything more than 800 x 600 pixels.  If I want to print something then maybe but since that has never happened in years........

This is from Wanderlust on layering



This is my journal art page  "secret garden" for Life Documented


now opening the gate


Since I am cleaning up(this was a necessity as a journal was lost) I stood on ladders for this shot.  As a short person ladders are part of my decor!  The back to School Journal was the lost one.  It was on the shelf where it should but between larger journals.


This shot is from standing on my window seat ( a junk accumulator) over my computer area and showing my new orange chair as Xochitl has remodel both the others.  yes I have been very busy and feel very positive about my clean up and production!



Well everyone, this is my week.  The time change here has left me "time confused".  I am making enchiladas tonight and need to start.
happy visiting.  My plan is to post in morning and visit in the afternoon.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

WOYWW 406

Home from a trip to Florida to visit my dear friend Sandra who I grew up with, in Warrington; definitely another time and place.  There actually is a place in Florida called Warrington!  We drove in the RV with the two cats.  In Florida it was sunny and on the way home began raining in Alabama and all the way home.  
today i am trying to find out where I am with all my journals and such.  I kept a travel journal that is incomplete and I have to work on it for the next few days.

The cats love to sit in front of the screen door when ever we stop.  Xochitl opened the screen door at Markham campground in (Broward County FL) and Ms kitty leaped out.  She returned after  frantic attempts to lure her in, we were camped near a canal, home to alligators.   
Looking in.  I covered the couch with a sheet it sure kept fur down and was a wonderful tent!

Looking out!
                 
    
"Are we home yet"



With Sandra in Ft Lauderdale  
So  now I have a problem with blogger it is stuck.  Will try to visit everyone tomorrow.  great vacation.

 Today's mess.