Tuesday, April 30, 2013

WOYWW. 204

Well yesterday I thought I had completed the Swatches classes and then today Kelly put up 29 and 30. That means 2 more to go. I finished 5 backgrounds and intended writing them up and embellishing on the trip to Breaux Bridges for the Crawfish Festival. They will be finished and then on return will finish the final two. After completing the backgrounds , my desk was cleared and I sorted all the images. I may have to attack the garbage to find a few good backgrounds! So here is the tidy desk, hay! It' relative. On the front left all the bits traveling with me, my big , too big journal and the baskets with torn out images and one with backgrounds
Made a tag as a thank you for friends. This is it.

Wiped out my camera in error Sunday and lost some great shots
Tomorrow it will be 90 F and 40 in the pm. Enough to screw up the world!

Bedtime and tomorrow it is load the RV, buy groceries and generally prepare for the trip.  Just a short trip but it takes as much work as a long one.

See you next week and I will try to visit everyone as I just love popping into all you crafting worlds.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


hello everyone, welcome to my home.  grab your morning bevvie of choice and check me out!

Today it is like being in the UK, grey and drizzle all day, around 16.1 C (61 F).  So different than yesterday.  It is no wonder we humans are acting up, so is the weather.    

Last week many commented on the view from my windows.  It is spectacular.  I chose the site because of the view so the house is pier and beam construction.  DH enclosed it underneath because it gets cold in winter and this is a concrete house.  that means it holds heat or cold.  Today it is perfect inside.  Julie, the creator of WOYWW is home from her trip to UK and probably fast asleep as it is about 11 pm there. If you wish to find out what this is all about pay her a visit and join in a legal snoop around. 

Our Sunday Visitor,

Our visitor right below the deck  Freddy Fox,  not scared in the least.  tripper slunk into the house after seeing him form the deck.

Here is my desk today.  This is my Swatches journal from a month long class with Kelly Kilmer.  It is mixed media and we use torn up bits of paper to make a page on which to write up a journal.  She supplies a daily layout and prompt( you can do your own thing so don't expect to see it written out as such, it really is just a kick in the pants)!  

here is the page shown

The prompt made me think about the courage shown my victims  runners and many Bostonian's. 
On a lighter note here are two earlier pages of the 19 made so far

In my long ago youth, I bought an outfit similar to the one in the picture, and wore it everywhere.  it was meant to be a thing to wear at home but i loved it.  I think i probably resembled a little gnome.  It resulted in a many free drinks a many interesting conversations and friends, no regrets.  So I called this memories.  it was so much fun to make.

The image got me going for this one, created after a discussion of daylight savings.

this week I finally turned to altering a couple of pairs of shorts and finishing the lime green pair.  Altering is more time consuming than making them.  The alterations required making a slit and I just could not see it clearly in my head, yesterday.  Today I knew how i should have done it but will do that in the red pair.  The easy bit is hemming.

Well that's it i will post this to Julie's list that should make me round 100.  I can never stay up to catch the start of the list and I usually do all with the same last number, then fill in to the bottom and look out for a few I like to follow.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Having a problem with blogger tonight.  SO welcome hope you are enjoying scouting out work desks across the world.  WOYWW is the brainchild of Ms Julie.  So do get to it if you have not already and see what everyone is up to.

Due to my delight in making my Swatches journal for the Kelly Kilmer class my desk remains a jumble of item used, being used, or just maybes.

The action center the journal to the left my water bottle and to the right tools.  Wondrous thins!

The window seat holds baskets of scraps intended for the journal.  They are rummaged through on a daily basis in search of the perfect image.

My office desk not truly the workspace although I sometime finish a journal page here.  I prefer to head for another room to write in the journal.
I think it is time for bed.  See you all in the morning.



Finally got blogger to work and let me write this blog.  So how are you all ready to trot off across the world and check out who is tidy and who is not.  I'm in the "not" division.  If this is your first visit then you must go and see Miss Julie, the grand dame and designer of this weekly visitation.

Continuing to work on my Swatches journal for the Kelly Kilmer class. Constantly rummaging around for scraps to use in the journal hence the state of my desk.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

WOYWW 201 Oh what a blissful mess

This week is proving a trying week in that I cannot keep up with what day of the week it is.  Last week was fun as Kelly Kilmer released her Swatches class early. 1 to 4 were posted on the previous post.  I like to work on several pages at a time then return to journal and  embellish.  AND so my desk is once more blissfully happy over flowing at the return to normal.   A blissful mess, it means the creative juices are flowing and the fun has started! It is so much fun to jump in surround myself with all the bits of this that and the other needed for each page.  Hours of plundering folders and packets of paper images torn from magazine, hours to rummage through possible backgrounds and then come the auditions!

This is page 4  where the paper used was  too dull for the previous page as background.  my journaling was  about a proposed visit to the local vineyards but Chris and I had not pinned it down so we went our own ways. The day also started a little overcast. 

 Next is incomplete but the images spoke to me and fit in the template.  it is not quite finished and the battery on the camera  began to tell me it was dying so it is not a very good photo.

I found a stencil from many years ago about coffee and stamped the beans on the bottom and the top.  Worlds apart but something in common, a love of coffee

And finally this one page 6 was a lot of auditioning, also a victim of dying battery.

this is far from finished and the left side image although  trimmed down was all about opulence.  The right image involved lots of cutting down, a real step for me.

Trying to use Washi tape.  I keep buying it and then wonder why.

Well better return to the other creative task, making dinner.  This is my latest cooking reincarnation where i am trying to simplify and innovate.  Tonight is not going to plunge into that mode as it is leftovers, to be precise, pork ribs and a potato salad.  The latter was a new recipe for me and something I normally never make.  The ribs were cooked in the oven with my own dry rub and homemade bar-b-que sauce, not outside on the grill.  Very good.

SO have fun visiting everyone on WOYWW, great idea from that ever entertaining Julie.  


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Swatches a journal workshop

Here are my journal(s) for the Kelly Kilmer.  here are the first 4 pages

These books are made using scraps from magazines and templates from Kelly who encourages a lot of individual interpretations of her instructions.  I have used as focal, this time, on line images collected over many years.  

This is page two where we were to experiment with transparent papers.  it did not work so I ripped it out. The green is actually transparent from a long ago swap and the lower one says "it's the good girls who keep diaries the bad girls never have time"  attributed to may west.

This is actually page 4 as Blogger likes to mess with downloading.  it is about lettering size and layering.  Chris and I had discussed visiting the wineries today and we both never followed through.   I remembered that when I started to make this page.
below is page 3.  It started out very different with a very neutral background that did not work out.  it was torn out and this one created in pastel pink as Kelly encouraged working in a least favorite color and adding  colors of different shades.   It was a good learning experience as the neutral offered a great potential in another setting and so it was used in page 4.

Kelly had a slide show of her original small Swatches books and I thought I should make a small book like that and just repeat a little more casually the template and prompt as i had made a small book.
Since i collect phrases and words from all kinds of magazines it seemed a good time to use them and have fun, this was a real fast page. This book is called My Little Book.  
Kelly uses lots of Washi tape.  i think she must have had it the day they first imported it from Japan.  Up to this year I resisted it and remain a little unsure as to how and when to use it'

Ah we better head to the kitchen or dinner will be breakfast!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

WOYWW# 200


My workspace today? I am making the shorts cut out 7 months ago. They need a little handwork. I expected them to be finished Friday but friends were here from out of town so I spent most of my time in the kitchen and really not doing much else. Today doctors appointments meant no crafting.

Sop celebrate 200!

mucho thanks Julie. For this crazy idea.

Have a new scheme where I check backwards and read all the late ones and leave comments when possible then go to all the ones with the same last number a I get!