It seems to have been a very busy week or two or three. It is the time for the semi annual medical and since everyone specializes it feels like doctors take over life. it really is not that bad. The time eater is the world of online.
Two weeks ago the swap bug hit and I joined two swaps and decided to make a set of birthday cards. The latter proved to be a gluey mess. After this battle I switched to the Day of the Dead swap. Research is one of my favorite activities for a swap and the internet is brimming with wonderful photos and information of this Hispanic festival. it is far more complex and interesting than Halloween. My friend Kay mailed me photos of their collection of dancing skeletons and Mexican folk art. This was a paper-bag swap. Amazing how you can turn three paper-bags into an album. I will post it all later when it is mailed out. Next it was to work on the chunky book swap. Since this swap has 11 participants it required a more organized approach. The theme is music and my image collect yielded some excellent ideas. Unfortunately I have once again forgotten how to use Paint Shop Pro so had to work in print master. But it is working out quite well.
This is my work table. I am one of those people who requires everything to be on the work surface and the thought of putting anything away fills me with horror.
Despite this frenzy of cutting stamping, painting, sewing, gluing, redoing, a calamity with a bottle of glue, water sprays and a Pearl X'd cat all is on time and almost complete. Also found time for lots for cooking as the weather has cooled off and squeezed out about 3/4inch of rain.
This is a summer pudding made with stale bread, and cooked plums with a splash of Cassis. It has to be weighed down for a few hours. It was very good. Always forget to photo food as we are always ready to eat and have had a glass or two of wine.