Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Here in central Texas it is a gorgeous spring day and what joyful spring activities are happening here. Well not much. Finishing the mini vacation laundry and putting all the stuff away. I wrote in the three journal during the tripand now catching up on the weekly assignments for Journal52 as well as monthly for No Excuses. I am pisses at Amazon that my book my Joanne Sharpe has not arr ed. What eve executive selected USPS for delivery needs to be shot at dawn. The packaged reach Kerrville yesterday morning and was NOT delivered today. Ok bithcy bitch over.

here is my desk, that is Journal52 on the top and for this week I will make a collage.

Below is my computer desk now used for water coloring etc. note I seccumbed to a cup of tea. That is my Callendar challenge journal atop a magazine and other journals. In the upper right is a bok of Kleenex , prisma pencilseye drops and Pitt Pens.

Meet Warren (on the left) and Jimmy Buffet, the lady at Paradise House in Rockport named them the Bali Buffets. We thought them a perfect addition to our bedroom and they settled in immediately, falling in love with the blue bath room

This head is from Paradise House as well, by way of Indonesia. He is made from a tree root. We have a couple of others on the deck. Chris has to come up with a way to hang them so that th gale force winds do not turn them into flying figures. The yellow glow is due to the color of my kitchen and the bright sunlight peekining into the south facing high windows.

I wrote this early and will post when the earth moves and wakes my Brit friends up, or maybe it is the moon visiting Ms Dunnit, she is the creative force and general nut case behind WOYWW. It reLly is amazing to visit blogs around the world and see that every country has messy and neat and all shades in between when they craft.

So i am off to refresh my tea and start on my collage. Well shuffle torn bits of paper in hopes of a lightening bolt of creativiy will strike.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Well Julia is this a landmark or is that at 300. Here we go another week of checking workspaces around the world and another week of non cleanup for some of us. I prefer to do something other than clean up and the latter looses out when Time is at a premium. If you want to check out what all the woyww is about head here

My desk after a day at Deanie's studio i just dumped and caught up on calendars.
Working on these projects for 2014;
art calendar challenge.....Kate Crane.....A group on her FB site

Draw Your Awesome Life........... Joanne Sharpe. Monthly prompts now paid class is over  on FB and year long follow up.(sign up on her blog).  I just bought her book, the Art of Whimsical Lettering, when it arrives i will participate in the online FB site.

No Excuses Art Journaling. .....Gina Rossi Armfield, monthly, weekly, daily assignments. Buy book and follow on FB. I bought this book for free postage when I bought Joanne's book. This arrived and I was carried away . Another senior symptom. I love it and decided to catch up on march!

This is a weekly assignment.  not drawn prior to this.

Journal 52........Chellie Stein.........Weekly prompts. Bluebeard and Elizabeth got me interested in this one.  this prompt is draw your character. 

Working on journals is a ploy to get me to do something and learn to draw enough to please me, based on a theory buzzing in my little grey cells that practice makes perfect. My definition of perfect is not quite perfect! The variety of projects allows me to do this and to participate using my acrylics and Gelli plate , some collage and learn to draw and watercolor etc.
I am posting this fro m ipad but will correct later on PC. Any errors may be caught then!!!,

Now on PC and think I got everything.  getting good at using Blogsy on iPad.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Today I am late writing this post well today I am early as it is 5.30am.  usually write the post on tuesday and yesterday was to tired after a trip to San Antonio.  Trip started in cool fog and when I returned it was bright sunny and 86F.  Regrettably in the night was high wind, no not from me!  It was blowing all night.  No rain but very high wind.  I kept waking up to see the bird feeders swaying.  

Well welcome to another What's on Your  Workspace  Wednesday. Number 249.  Check out Mistress of madness Miss Julia and find what it is all about.  her is my work space

I am working on No Excuse Art journaling .  I bought the book to get free mail from Amazon.  The Art of whimsical Lettering book by Joanne Sharpe will not arrive until end of March so I started on this journal.  In San Antonio, I found Staples and changed out the 5.5x8.5 online journal purchase for the larger.  When I arrived home I immediately set out to work on it.  What you see is the start of the month of March; those splotches of color are how I see March, green = sprouting, red for the returning of the humming birds,( we saw the first one last night but it was not a Ruby Redthroat), and blue for the Texas Bluebonnets, it will be 2 weeks before they show up here.  The pink is for all the flowering trees that yesterday yelled spring from the top of their lungs.  Behind this Journal is my Kate Crane Calendar Challenge.  I redid March and to the upper left Joanne Sharpe's Awesome Year.  This is my year to go crazy for calendars. It is an attempt to improve my skills.  

I cannot get the photos to sync over from mobile.  so that is it.  Don't you hate the control all these devices have on us!

have a great week.  need more coffee!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A love letter 1917

The Great War of 1914 to 1918 was called the "War To End All Wars". Rather a naive concept. More than a war between nations, it was a war between what was and what was to be. The old world was dying and the new world was yet to be born. People of all classes, cultures and nations saw it as a great cleansing fire that would lead to a better world. This post is about a Christmas letter sent to Gladys Jones in 1917 from her sweetheart, who was in the trenches.

This little journal page was for a group called Journal52 and the prompt for the week was love letters.

His name was Gerald and he returned from the war a year later.During the war he met many Canadians.  Impressed by their stories of a new  and promising land, he decided he wanted to start a new life in Canada. He promised to retrn and marry Gladys as soon as he had a job. Months later news reached Gladys through his family that he had committed suicide. Gerald was an artist, a tender kind hearted man. All wounds and pain are not visible.

Gladys married Bert Smith in 1925. They adopted me in 1945. I am forever indebted to this man i never knew. Who knows what my life might have been life without this kind and loving couple.

Bert Smith 1925, engagement photo

the letter. 
it is hard to read, we are not used to this kind of script!

this is the reverse side of the letter.  it would have had to go through censors to make sure there were no references to location or secret codes or to insure  enemy would not know where they were.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Missed last week due to family matters. I really missed everyone . I visited lots of pages and could not comment due to some wi fi problem. I am convinced my wifi is inhabited by a gremlin or possibly one of the Living Dead from Game of Thrones. Thanks to Julia for bringing up Google+ issues. Sorry I cannot comment on Google+.   Google+ keeps trying to hi jack my blog.  Driving me nuts when I try to post then edit on PC.  Writing this on iPad,  Drats spell check not working. They must have got in iPad. 

 So if you are new to this rambling discourse it is the brain child, yes Julia i am laughing, of the Divine Ms Julia, she of many names, and join in.

This week starting early and hope to post this evening as it is Tuesday afternoon here in Texas Hill Country. It remains cold. Hard to believe on Sunday it was 86F, 30C for you Brits, on Monday we slowly plunged into arctic maddness. I half expected to see polar bears basking on my deck and we even had thunder but just enough rain to sprinkle scattered blobs of hail hereand there. Today it is slowly warming and by Friday we get back to 80. So the weather men predict.

Here is my desk.

I am working on two calendars, Kate Cranes( top)calendar challenge, Joanne Sharpes' Draw Your Awesome Life, the leaves on my photo above and Journal52.  Prompt for this week was swatches so I created a cityscape with paint chips . I started this project 9 days into it so I am catching up. I really like this class.  Can't believe it is free Chelle Stein is an interesting person and she puts a lot of work into this project.  Here is a link to an interview with her on The Journal Junkie Journal

week 1 is up up and away, a start to the year.  Mixed collage on Black cardstock.

week 2 is done with water soluble crayons and Pentel colored pencils.  Also just had to try my new parallel pen.  i discovered the ink is not waterproof!

Week 3 is what I will be when I grow up.  I was influenced by an article about girls applying to St. Andrews!!!

Week  8. Simple poem using clipped phrases, gelli plate background and edged with Washi tape.

really enjoy this class and i seem to need a kick in the pants to do anything. I ordered Joanne' s book The Art of Whimsicle Lettering and she is having a class to go along with the book. I really need a live class on this subject with an old style teacher who raps your knuckles if you don't practice.

Have to make dinner so off to play with chili. Have. Wonderful week. Hope cooking goes better than iPad!