Tuesday, May 19, 2015


So far this week is wasted catching up with chores.  This means cleaning up the Salon du Monica is at a standstill.  I managed to keep Saturday and Sunday afternoons for projects.  so they are caught up.  Today I was reading Pavi's blog (Peony and Parakeet) and decided I really have to make cleaning out this studio a priority for the rest of the year.  

That way I do not have to stop my journals just get rid of more stuff and find a home for the stuff on the window seat etc.  For me it is finding a home for scraps of this that and the other; 

 A sickness that is aided and abetted by everyone who teaches mixed media on the internet, makes videos or gives prompts!!!!.  Yes, you know them.  The sort that encourage you to keep bits you cut off and under paper!!!  Of course it is useful, the day after you throw it away.  And to Kelly Kilmer, the great teacher of collage and journaling who cuts out interesting pictures from magazines and stores them and encourages you to start a collection of images from magazines!!!!! She lives in an apartment and has to be the world's greatest organizer. 

 My collection since I started her class around 2010, is in concertina folders and bits are sprinkled around as in inspiration.     In fact the Japanese author Marie Kondo, who Pavi ( she was tidy already) read says  "Marie Kondo, the developer of Konmari method, says that we shouldn't keep things that have stopped sparking joy. She also says that very few items actually pass that test. "  Both these woman live in countries where space is a premium.  Here in Texas we just spread out.  Seriously, I do have to agree with these women and as a start have this year managed to not rush out and buy suggested supplies for my journals.

 From now on I am starving my "inner hoarder" and like the phoenix rising will allow a new Miss Tidy to emerge.  By morning this idea will be forgotten.

To check why we are exposing our mess check Ms Julie the creator of WOYWW

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


I cannot post on iPad as iCloud seems to be raining down torrents somewhere or is ignoring me.  Tried to post on Blogsy for 2 hours yesterday.   Just not working today.  Continuing to work on my journals and keep loosing stamps.  I have looked everywhere and they are no to be found.  just used mobile to take desk again and here we are

Have to repeat a swap from 4 years ago.  Going back is not in my radar and I felt like I was doing a school exercise.  The one on the right is the original.  Not only have I had to spend hours searching for the photo and the original I then found that since the original was made out of silk and lace.  Silk and lace were given away a few years ago and the textile texture fluid long dried up. So recreated .  
 My kittens are now grande! Miss kitty is 10.5 lbs.  Xochitl is lighter and shedding daily, fighting brushing and has become a tree climber.  Just races up and down.  Ms Kitty found a falling tree and proudly demonstrated she can run up a tree too.  Alas she gets winded.  I think the virus she had as a baby is triggered by something outside.
So will try and prepare for the big 6 year anniversary.  Well done Ms Julia.