Showing posts from July, 2013


We are en route to California and a wine tasting. Tonight we are in Williams AZ, nice cool evening after a hot LONG day. Tomorrow we cross the Mohave Desert and on to Bakersfield where I hope to meet Krisha.Here is my desk tonight it has been my knee. Tomorrow I start my August Calendar my first stab at the Calendar Challenge. My stash book is full of boring entries. Now happily I picked up some junk, tourist stuff to tear and paste. My goal for today was to baed. Guess what. I forgot the thread. Ideas swarm in my head. It is so long since i beaded I forget the name of the thread. WalMart has it in the fishing department. In the meantime I read the White Queen by Phillippa Gregory. Love historical dramas with strong women. The White Queen made some dumb choices with horrendous results. Most of us do not have those ups and downs. I also discovered that writing on the road on an iPad is a death defying task. One bump and strange words appear. So the on the road record i…


We are on the road to California and tastings of the noble vine. It is the summer road as we go first to Mayhill a village on the eastern slopes of Cloudcroft, a peak in New Mexico. It is high enough to drop the temperature and have snow in winter. Now we are crossing the arid flat lands heading to Pecos, Carlsbad and artesian. Pecos is famous for Judge Roy Bean and sundry rascals of the wild Wild West. Now on to Artesia NM and we see the clouds hovering over cloudcroft. This year NM is very green. They grow nuts here. Pecans, pistachios and almonds. We arrived Mayhill at 4.30 in81. Degrees here at 6,000 ft. The RV park silvery pretty. Most people spend the summer here and are from Dallas. They sit around in groups from dusk to dawn as if waiting for the last train. Temperature dropped last night to58 we had to put electric blanket on. Must make sure to wear bed socks. Boobs are not the only things that drop with age so do high arches and hence the need for bed socks. No …


Quite a week where nothing seemed to go to plan. Here we are at the day we peak around crafters desk's to see what they are doing. Just head over to Julia and see how it all works. This week I continued to try working on cards and feel I can make a few for things like thank you, notes and other things not birthday cards as I like to buy funnies. Here is my desk. I decided to do the Kate Crane calendar challenge, splashing this out quickly, it is not very good but, and a big but it is, it will stimulate me to action. I will resume her DVD on return from our trip to California. There is much stress associated with this journey as Tripper has to go into cat boarding. Boarding sounds like some kind of early 20 th. century ominous living arrangement. It is in Junction TX and today visited it just for reassurance. My friend Kay heard about it from her parents. It is clean and seems kindly and caring. Important as Tripper now gets daily transdermal medication. The great new…

WOYWW 215. Card making is not for me

This is week 2 of the card making class with Jennifer MdGuire. The hardest part is thinking how to use the idea with the stuff you have, hunting it down and substituting what you find. It is too precise for me and I am not used to all the cleaning up so that I do not have ink every where as well as powder from embellishing, although I do like this. So here is my desk

The three standing I like as I managed to get hold of me, give me a quick shake or two and say forget copying them think it through. The flat colored one to the right is an absolute "fismal dailure" . My dads way of not using the word failure so it would also not make you feel bad. I thought it would be a breeze. But all is not lost, ideas abound. I do like the bird one but the embellishments, 2 buttons make it look like he is dumping!!! I signed up for this class as Maile Belles is a guest designer and love her simple style.
Apparently I have a genetic trait that exclude simple and classy.

This is the card I…

WOYWW 214 you meet great people here

hello everyone.  great day and Julie posted early  so now to travel around the world visiting desk andgetting inspiration .  Don't get it ? well visit Julie and see what it is all about.

In my visits to global desks strung here and there I visited the desk of Kate Crane and on one visit went and check some short video about her DVD's Immediately wanted the DVD and plunged in buying both sets. They arrived in record time so i set to work watching them and working on pages using her techniques. So this is what's on my desk, backgrounds for journals.
I loved how she introduced the color circle and made it work for her.  in fact I was so smitten I attempted to wok along with her as it is in real time.It was not very successful as I had paint everywhere and as I am not used to acrylics I mean everywhere.

I stuck to her color palette a little just to reference my self for learning.  What fun and so much information.  What I do like is that after many other courses here there and ev…

for card class

An attempt to make a simple card and to see if i can post on the class site.  I sure could not get the widget thing on my blog so here goes

This is Day 2
it requires a lot more work

Day 1  i used paint chips

WOYWW 213 A Late Start

Had everything ready to start writing this on Tuesday and wham! too tired.  Just read Julie's post and decided to get cracking!!!  

My computer desk, a tag to try out Rock Candy Crackle Paint as per TH on the Ranger site.  

It was over 100 F on Friday and Saturday.  My DH played golf, teeing off at 2.30 and 1.30 respectively,for 5 hours each day, He only managed 3 hours on Sunday when is was cooler and humid!.  very stubborn so here is the page in my journal. he has now recovered and off there today and it is a lot cooler  Mad Dogs and Englishmen.

I want to make a series of cards in general themes so that I have them on hand.  This was the first try.

The desk looking west, with journasl scattered around,  the big one in the background is Doings, then the Dylusions journal that I will use when I get Kate's DVD and my swatches journal.

 Another close up view looking towards my computer desk also covered in "stuff"

i made this spread yesterday called "the view from a sho…