Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Trying to develop good habits and get things done and NOT play on Pinterest.  And here we are another fast week.  MS Julie the designer and creator of this weekly roundup of nosying our way around the world is probably lying around a beach in Spain, a glass of tempranillo in hand.  have a great time dear lady. 

So here is my desk, that is if DropBox received it from Sammy.   Ah all is working.  That is good as i have spent hours with all this computer stuff only to find Picasa does not resize , only when emailing and they seem to enlarge every photo and oh it is such a bother.  

This is the start of The Summer of Color for this week 4.  A quick background of splotches something I have not had much success with.  No excuses pages Journal pages to the left.

Below is my computer desk where I work on my No Excuses journal.  so far i have kept up on a daily basis but for next year i will rethink how i do it.  It needs to be visual and a practice for drawing.  Something I am not good at so avoid.

So there we have it another week a desk well used,

cats sleeping.  Yesterday they had nails cut at the vets and were perfect angels. Now they think they should have a treat a minute to compensate.

have a great week and enjoy summer. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015


For some reason purple is not a color I am drawn to and whatever I create using it seems to end up with an unhappy or maybe the better word is somber aura to it.  This project was no exception and in fact I had a hard time visualizing anything so I turned to the Gelli plate, nothing but a horrible mess.  back to my practice  journal with a clever background....NOT.  
I blamed my Dylusions paint and my inexperience with using such a fine acrylic.  So I Used my cheap WalMart acrylics and hated it but forced my self to go further.  I used Jane Davenport silhouette stencil.  and this is the result.  As I worked on it i was aware that I was having a problem with my vestibular system, I have Menieres Disease .  So here is the final

Of the five symptoms of the disease vertigo is by far the worst.   Even though I have not had vertigo for over 10 years the fear of it returns is ever present as the other symptoms wreak havoc on hearing and equilibrium; the constant intrusion of  tinnitus is my own off beat band.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WOYWW 316 June 23

It is Tuesday afternoon and that means I must get cracking on my post for tomorrow's link up.  WOYWW is a trot around the world to see what everyone is doing at their craft space.  To join in or participate just checkout MS Julie the amazing woman behind this weekly get together.  People make the most gorgeous things

Here I am in almost the same mess as last week.  After another check of u tube videos on how to use Dylusions acrylic paint, I think I get it.  It is just that i have never used such good paint before.  My focus is as always my journals and the weekly prompts now with the addition of The Summer of Color 5.  love this little goodie of color prompts.  This week is 2 purple and one yellow color, now that's a challenge..  

Yesterday  I spent a lot of time trying to get badges on my new Blogger design.  After much angst, you know, beating of breast, laments and overall angst I made a great discovery.  Using the "live" templates in Blogger excludes the use of badges not written in some special code or other.  You know Google must hire mostly men or boys and they love codes, perfect for the nerd but not the home crafter.  Enough of life's trials!!!! 

Here is my desk, on left DLP and on the right J52

 On the computer desk is No Excuses Journal that I try to enter something visual

every day.  It is not in an actual cover as the plan is to use a 15 month Journal next year that starts in Sept or Oct.  Behind it are found items.  Found meaning filed and forgotten and found.  you recognize that feeling Oh look what I found OH it 's perfect, 3 months later is is filed, again.

So that's the desk and now to work on Summer of Color. 
Have an artsy crafty week and enjoy.

WOYWW 316 June 23

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer of Color 5 week 2

Two of my favorite color combinations pink and orange.  This is an old embroidery design I made up years ago when I was learning raised embroidery.  Alas my hands cannot meet the challenge of embroidery so here it is in paper.  The original plan was to use Dylusions but I have not yet learned to blend them with confidence and so I switched to a box of cheap watercolors and Tombows.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WOYWW 315 june 17

Really late.  Always remember this at around 8.30am even if written day before which this was not.  usually work on online projects like journals from Friday thru tuesday.  Since adding Summer Color 5 as a new project I am way way behind.  This weeks colors are 2 pinks and Orange, favorite combo of mine.  So yesterday i started on this combo and decided to try my new Dyan Revealry acrylics.  Very nice but it will take a while to learn to blend them.  

Here is my desk  

Added to all this is the weather to the south a tropical storm to the north a fast moving powerful storm and the result is wifi havoc.  Being out of a major metropolitan area means we do not have fiber optic cable and despite paying for hi speed we have slow speed.  

The pinky journal is my mixed media Strathmore journal.  I did not use the basics.  I ended up with a very different image as my blending needs work.   I started with Dylusions spray added Dylusions Acrylics and  oh what a mess.  I need a step by step! Today or tomorrow will do a rerun of Kate Crane video on acrylics.  That should help.  

Off to trot around the world stopping in to see everyone's desk.  Wanna play? go here.  Visit the down to earth MS Julie and then check what people do around the world.  
Now Y'all stop by, Ya Hear!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

SUMMER OF COLOR 5 2 Blues one green (SOC5)

Deciding to join Summer of Color was easy but designing a new blog is not. It really started when I tried to add the SOC5 logo.  Weird things happened and that continued once the blog was complete.   There is something wrong with the blog so hope this posts.

Each week for a total of six weeks we get three colors and we have to create using them.  The colors were blue and green, two blues and one green, any hue we like. 
here it is and how i came up with this is a mystery to me.

I used Tombows and used process Blue 452, cobalt blue 535 and light green 195.  I used water brush and blended to get a variations

 then i tried again using Caran D'Arche water color crayons.  Prefer these. The idea for this was the central valley of California that extends hundreds of miles from north to south. That is a chateau in the wine district as the region produces tons of wines like Gallo.  

Ok now i have to see if this works!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Last week was missed by accident rather than by design but as a result of an accident. Tuesday am,  MS Kitty decided to cross my path in an unlucky manner and moment.  I crashed to the floor. About Thursday  I began to feel focused and in the world.  Think it was shock as head did not hit the ground.  My right hip now sports an enormous purple yellow and red bruise.  Happily fading. I made a weak attempt at recording this for posterity in my NE journal!

 MS Kitty has entered the stage "any thing sister can do I can do too".  She proudly ran up the same tree (not quite as high) as Xochitl Friday night and jumped down.  This keeping up behaviour extended into catching lizards.  As if that is n't enough she brings them to us.  We take them outside in hopes of rescuing them.  The kitten stage may well be a complete home entertainment package at times at other it is war.  

In all of this I am keeping up with my journal though not really feeling satisfied  with ideas and style.  Above is J 52 this weeks prompt was wings and since winged creatures are also part of this weeks rescue mission i decided to try to capture the movement of one as we free it.  

 Worktops cleaner and several projects completed.  When summer retreat is over I want to have another clean out.  I feel there is someone somewhere who would benefit from my beads ribbon and yarns.  

 Above is the cleanest surface this desk has had in months;  the same goes for my major workspace.  My problem is the same as always the twiddly little leftovers that it seems a shame to chuck out.  yes I know, the only time you need them or can use them is the day after trash pick up!!  the person who first said" waste not want not" needs to beg our forgiveness though I suspect they have long been dust.

Tomorrow I will try to leave comments when I visit.  I was unable to last week and I think it was due to the rains, storm and general brouhaha going on in the heavens.  La nina  and Le nino were really going at it!!!  We were lucky to not have any damage from the storms.  I am told they were fierce and overhead every night for hours.  You see I really do not hear without my hearing aids.

Se Y'all soon.