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WOYWW 291

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Happy New Year. May your desk reflect ypr life and be full of all you joys and pleasures.This is short as I am busy making dinner. Trying to find my spirit. I can make stuff but not pleasing. So today got into it. My desk, my journal ready to fix the cover to make it feel like me, a mess!!!! The phone book to the left is where ai gglue. The baby wipes are for spreading paint and cleaning up paint. Much better than bottoms. It is rainy over cast and like UK. Tomorrow get my nails done and try to halt their current crumbling condition with a shell cover. I have reached the stage in life where I need little notes to remind me what I need to do in the morning when I get up.The walkies is on hold due to weather . Ms Kitty is the champion. Xochitl is still trying for entertainer of the year as she leaps and rolls over . Bit she loves it. Currently occupying garage as it is cold in there. She came in this morni.ng doing that scary cat side walk I think the deer must have bee…

290 WOYWW Happy Christmas 2014

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Happy Holidays and a very merry to one and all. we are home with kittens and with their level of activity no decorations. In fact decorating stopped many many years ago when we went away and I loaned out the tree decorations and they were never returned. Out to dinner with friend tonight and tomorrow and Christmas Dinner with just the 4 ( ms Kitty wants the expensive gooey cat food and Xochitl wants to go outside on her own, no harness.) Christmas day we will have a lovely log fire in the grate and an abundance of food and drink. This year the stores had very few English Christmas goodies so the new tradition will be cup cakes from a local bakery, the topping is real buttercream and they are minatures, the perfect size. Quite a party year so far. Have managed to keep up with 3 journals and even some cards. My problem is a lack of inspiration. So this year will work on The Documented Life Journal project only.
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WOYWW 288 Where was I?

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Here I am and sorry to have missed all the fun.  We had a busy three weeks leaving for Galveston On Tuesday Nov 25 with cats in the RV.  and only returning Dec 1.  loading and unloading the RV is quite a task and with the cats included more stuff.  They were overall well behaved and were not upset.  Like most cats road travel is not something they relish but they are with us and  it is better than neighbor coming in to feed or other alternatives.  Miss Kitty likes to lay on the edge of the passenger window and unlocks the door.  She also hit the window button and almost flew out.


  When we we parked they were on search and destroy, the latter a function of search. (leap on back of leather seat....enter nails, test curtains for strength of cat body) The trip was fabulous and as we had not visited Galveston since the 2008 hurricane, it was a wonderful surprise.  They have rebuilt and turned it from a run down shabby seaside town with high crime to a lovely place to visit.  We feasted on …

It's Wednesday Again tomorrow111 Oh OH oh, #284

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Here I am finally back to feeling human. Annual eye exam this morning resulted in a day of the "Druggies Stare" and wonky vision. DH had a new recliner delivered and I am sure the delivery men thought they had entered nether space. Between the cats going berserk, the covered furniture protected from those pesky claws, the whole house looked weird and, it was watched over by a woman in layers of clothes with BIG staring pupils,( a model for a Torrence stamp!). This week catification continues and little gets done. Also the cooking mania is in full swing. the pastry is improving, the bread rose and the meals are definitely a winter menu. Since last Friday the temperature has plunged from the 80s into the 40s, if we are lucky and to freezing at night. A nasty north wind fills in to keep us in layers of clothes. My winter wardrobe was thinned out last year with plans to get going on a new one in January. 


On my desk, my No Excuses Journal, Decided to go for vignettes and t…

284 WOYWW THE OTHER CRAFT

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This is my desk Tuesday evening.

It is 51 F, (10.55C )and for us that is cold. But my desk was the scene of only a few minutes of action today unless you include the time spent getting rid of Spyware.
here is the real scene of today's action and really quite a craft.


I am using my new Cuisinart (not shown)to cook up all manner of previous ignored goodies, including pastry, a disaster. I have now made it too flaky,mind you it did taste good, and the next batch too tough it tastes awful. Fortunately Chris liked them both. To him a pie is a pie is a pie. It did not take deep analysis to figure out the problem and the remedy ......practice. Anyway, today i went on a cooking orgy. Started with butternut squash soup. kinda boring and (under the cloth) is French bread. Who knows, by the time i link up it my have risen. Also made some chicken stock. So winter I have you covered.

The poppies around the tower are truly one of the greatest memorials ever. in many ways the impac…

WOYWW #283

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iWhat a fast week. And I have spent more time with cats than crafts. We are going to Galveston for Thanksgiving so I am trying to train cats on a leash. Ms Kitty has gone out twice wearing it. She does not like the harness but at least I can get it on her. We bought Xochitl a special harness call a Kitty Harness and it arrived yesterday. We are in the early stage of sniffing it an chewing on it. It will not be easy as she was wild when I tried the other one on her. She has to have it on in the house and learn to love it(the makers words). Not much on my desk as the kittens love to help. This is my Draw Your Awesome Year Journal a project with Joanne Sharpe. Joanne has an easy laid back style. So it is fun.
The other desk is what I call straightened only the stuff I do not know how to organize is left . Oh what the heck it is a mess. That bag is decades old it was a Clovis Ruffin piece. Have to look up who she was/is.The journal was made on Sunday finished Monday. Tod…

WOYWW # 282

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Last week was a week were silly things aggravate you and you end up doing nothing.  The kittens are growing and have never been taught that as cats they are meant to sleep 15 hours out of every 24.  Xochitll likes playing with the keyboard and Ms Kitty is busy chewing cables, paint brushes, paper and together they chase each other around the house wrecking all in their way.  Google replied to one of Xochitl's message consisting of a word with 3 lines of "x" that "it was too long for their server (or some technical thing) to handle and could she find a short spelling!!!!"

Now to my desk and the reason we all meet every Wednesday to view desks of crafters around the world through the internet as created by the delightful Ms Julie.  Link up and join us please.  

During the part of the week I had energy, I worked on the prompt 42 for this week from Journal 52, Stencil It.  I started with the face stencil, added lines for hair, color with  distress inks and then other…

WOYWW 281 CATCHING UP

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HELLO EVERYONE. I found time to follow u but not to post. Between kittens, yes 2 now, and my adjusted gym program I have been totally wiped out.
I have to do this post kin two installments and get the desk images from iPad. The great big digital geek guru in the sky seems to choose when and what to sync. Obviously this guru is male and a control freak!

I am now here on iPad an cannot ost images to where iwant them. Oh well! I have managed to keep up with my journal and decided I needed to make the No Excuses more visual. The two other journal are more writing. Two weeks ago at the gym the frivolous instructor quit and since then the program at my gym has picked up and I am tired. Three weeks ago I had added a Yoga class that turns out to be far too advanced for my body. As a result I have been a wreck and add to this a bouts of not sleeping nights resulted in my rapidly becoming a zombie. So this afternoon I head to the gym for a gentle Yoga.

Meet Xochtil, the new kitten ad…

WOYWW 279 Not much creativity here

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Unfortunately the time when I like to create seems to occur when cats are most active.  Did I say Cats?  Yes now we have two.  Here is Xochitl (pronounced So Chi).she has many features characteristic of Main Coon cats, large hairy paws, huge swishy tail, lynx ears a white muzzle and the softest fur plus a gentle nature.


Adopted and now sisters, Ms Kitty and Xochtil


and here is my desk

I have to wait for this photo to be cloundbound!

My workdesk shows my  No Excuses Journal and the design started for journal 52.  The prompt for this week's Journal 52 was to use a new technique.  I wanted to try out modeling paste.  It is a little messy to use and requires a few more hours of practice.  it absorbs the color painted under it so it has to be place on uncolored paper. The cat image is watercolor stencil.  I am useless at stencils as stenciling  requires an element of perfection.  Perfection is one of the traits for which I have a deficit. The pencil marks underneath make a good pattern.. T…

WOYWW 278 A LITTLE HAPPINESS MACHINE

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Wow I just realized it was Tuesday,and it's 3.42 and today I have done very little due to Miss Kitty.  We chose her Friday at the shelter and here she is checking out my desk and computer.


 I knew journals had a real function


Am i cute!  The royal command PLAY WITH ME.




So there you have it.  She instinctively knows I am at the desk walks over computer keys and then lays down on it.  Something for which no computer has an answer, not even Google.

Her left eye is partially closed with an upper respiratory infection that we are treating and hope she can conquer it.  She also has a redhead's temper and showed off a fine tantrum in the vets office.  

So now I shall try to add some calendar pages.  
 Hope to see the rest of you woywwers have been productive and less distracted by new assistants.

Oh we are getting her friend on Friday so next week i should have help.

WOYWW 277 HERE WE ARE AGAIN.

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It is 4 weeks since my last post and I am happy to be back. My desk has recovered from a mild case of "tidy up" and is now comfortable and happily "creatively chaotic". 
In January i signed up for Strathmore series of free classes and in September the artist was Gay Kreiger on Watercolor Sketching and Journaling.  Its free and the 4 classes were introductory.  They were excellent.  Now I want to practice the classes and improve my journaling. 

 here is my work desk by the window as I stand wobbling on the window seat so that I can get the light behind me!.




This is my work table complete with piles.  pies of art paper, piles of instructions and piles of I do not know what to do with this stuff, a common category.


This is a practice page in my No Excuses Journal.  Gina has weekly sprouts and I sprouted apples, an oak leaf and an acorn.  All part of the practice.  


I have a lot of practice ahead on Gay's class as I have a real problem with perspective and plein air!

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WOYWW 273 on the road again......

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It is day 2 of our journey to Chigao last night we stated at a roadside RV Park just across the texas state line, Mandeville Ar. A roadside Rv Park a field away from the Flying J. The ac ran all night burying the noise of traffic and trains. It was close to qoo F when we arrived so we went for a swim leaving the AC to cool the nest dowm. Today we are in West Memphis across the river from the Memphis of blues, Elvis and barBQ. This is an exotic park as it is right on the Mississippi River and I look out of the w.indow ans see the barges sliding down the river again the AC drowns any noise. Ot is sultry and I keep recalling bits of music about ole man river ans scenes from Show boat and expecting to see Proud Mary " rollin', rollin' rolling down the river"! My journals accommpany me but suffer from the bumpy roads, although far smoother than California. The park has benches along the bank of the river, perfect to sit and draw except it is 92F and so humid the …

WOYWW 272

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Need to do a happy dance to the rain goddess she visited us today>

It is becoming obvious that i only write my blog for our Wednesday gathering. that is because life online seems to be taking over.  Last week was a hectic week of "Life Intrudes";  meaning there were so many things that had to be done beyond my work area/studio that I felt  overwhelmed.  It was of no help that i had friends over for wine and cheese Saturday and that meant shopping and of course i over did the food.  As a result this week is leftovers.  The cheese was the instigator of this happening as it was cheese from Penny royal the dairy in Boonville CA we visited.  I suddenly had a horrible thought that since this was artisan cheese it would not keep.  It was a good decision.  Then I added other finger food to avoid anyone dying of hunger.  Went crazy over fruit, breads crackers and simply fabulous dried french sausages and jams and relishes and.....I even made chocolate mousse.  As a result I spent S…

WOYWW 271

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Just home briefly as we recover from our California trip and prepare for the next. we never had connections for me to post. It was a great trip. Writing and drawing on the road results it lots of shaky lines as the roads all seem to need resurfacing.
This is me preparing for the Navarro Winery barrel tasting. Lovely day and then off to the Pennyroyal Farmstead where they make artisan cheese. Wonderful cheese from sheep and goats. All 136 of them have names. My desk was my knee and here is
I managed to keep up my Journals but not Journal 52. It was quite fun. Writing is awful due to road .So tomorrow wednesday I hope to visit everyone. I visited while travling though the signal always went when I tried to post. Timing is everything and in the Arizon wilds and the desert of the sout west the signal comes and goes always when it is desired.Have a great week.Posted with Blogsy

WOYWW 268

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Today finds me totally unfocused and lacking  a sense of purpose.  Just one of those days but annoying as we have to start organizing our trip as we leave Sunday.  At least my hair appointment is booked.
This week i started a little class at the Derwent Academy online;  just simple drawing of principles and things I know little about.  No that is not a croissant at the top, it is a shell!


have to show this desk as it is almost tidy.  If anyone wants to send me some OC or anal traits I need them.  I just end up shuffling bits and bobs around the table.  My new water bottle is always there.  I just sorted out my business card index and trew out my past!


Desk below I have doodled around adding to my No Excuses journal and practicing Whimsical Lettering.  On the left is this weeks Prompt for Journal 52.  Really like this project as it is an opportunity to use whatever medium speaks to me.  

Playing around with the settings on the Samsung smart phone.  It is a topic that intrigues me as some t…

Checking photos

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For journal 52 Posted with Blogsy