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Nine more weeks to 400 WOYWW!  Well back from Galveston and trying my best to catch up on things.  The next two weeks are busy.  That means i cannot spend all my time in my studio and both Chris and I will be out a lot.  This means my un-routine will be an un-un-routine and I will have to look CAREFULLY at my calendar so I know what day it is and where I should be.
Galveston was fabulous.  we were joined by our friends Kate and Dennis this year. 
the decor in the poolside bar was obviously designed with my colors in mind! Note I did not go swimming but I sampled the goods at the bar and the pool was not full of people who looked like the people in the ads for the San Luis!

They were just finishing planting as we arrived it was a cacophony of color.  The entry hall was all decked out with Christmas figures and nodding deer, also overrun by rug rats!

This is a very small part of the buffet taken after a few glasses of wine and my first 3 courses.   this chef was slicing up duck served …


hello all to all of my fellow hobbyists wherever in the world you are posting.

My blog is written on Tuesday as tomorrow we leave to spend Thanksgiving in Galveston, with friends Kate and Dennis, at the San Lois Resort.  Today is overcast so later I will attempt to get a photo of my desk where there are WIP.  The Documented Life Project (DLP) will end this year so I am searching for a new journaling group to work along with in 2017 on a daily basis.  Earlier I joined Wanderlust a group with a monthly challenge and guest artists to add dimension to my  skills and interests beyond journaling.  So far for journaling considering, My Life of Self Expression with Gina Ahrens et al( each has a facebook location all a little with a slightly different style.  It a little confusing as they post to  each others' facebook page and so you get each post at least 4 times.  Several other journal groups were looked at but were too structured.  DLP is very professional, so I am spoilt,  by professi…


HELP What do you all use to motivate yourselves to clean up your desk?  I have been trying for 2 weeks and I am just NOT motivated.  Nothing is lost, like scissors or special pens that usually spurs on a tidy.  At the weekend I  sorted out and donated unwanted ATCs and swap postcards that were 5 or more years old.  This was a cat induced activity as she wanted the box to sleep in.
 So here is the low down,  My problem comes from all those bloggers, classes, teachers etc who say never throw anything away.    Friends, acquaintances and visitors....NEVER listen to this advice. Unless you have an organizing system for scraps that has categories for color, shape, size, type, etc etc etc.  You will never find that one inch blue scrap of paper with a great floral design when you want it.  Only after you have glued, stitched or both  from a handy large piece will that scraps location be revealed.  AND now you have added to the scraps!
My workspaces this week as of Tuesday 10.03 am CST!

With t…


Just look at my desk !

Backgrounds for 2 journals, paints and supplies in use.  Then below is the other journal I work on, DLJ 2017 now in binder 5,or September,  October ready for weekly inserts.

Shown below;  every week has a prompt for Pocket Art Cards (ATCs) not in pockets, the week shown here prompt was" hide something under your ART".  I was hiding the surface of the card which was a NASCAR trading card of Jimmy Johns.

I am posting images from mobile camera and they were not edited, on some you will need to bend neck to the right!

Below is another non edited page showing weekly calendar in accordion fold style pull out  each week i try different styles for this feature.  DLJ is a fun weekly activity that i really enjoy.  It is a closed group on Facebook and not sure if they plan to do it another year.

So this is what i spend my week making.  Other activity is cooking.  here take an oatmeal  chocolate chip, coconut ,almond cookie  emmmm good!
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The weeks are flying and I am slowing D.....O.... W......N!  After Labor Day's clean out of my closet i turned to organizing my meal plans so I can spend less time grocery shopping and more time in my Studio.  Today, Tuesday, I gave the last of my homemade and Art to wear clothes to a friend for her to give to a friend who creates and recycles from castoffs.  So feeling good about that and happy about my closet.  My not so recent purchases and sorted then castoffs, no fits and why did I buy this went to the thrift at the animal orphanage.  
Spent lots of time over past month working on spreads for the class Lyrical by Bun.  So very different than the usual journal or background class and for me a challenge.  Now playing catchup with other journals and contemplating joining Wanderlust 2017.   So back to WOYWW 380 and what's on my mess desk.

Just paints used for DLJ and a spread for Lyrical.  My Dylusions paints have almost all dried up.  Fabulous colors and finish but just never wo…


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It is a long time since I posted here.  A busy summer that included a trip to Chicago, (it was unbelievably hot like 95, add heat from all the roads and concrete.  Awful).  A class with Roxanne incredible, possible the best teacher in years and catching up.  
Every time we make a trip I do a travel Journal and never manage to work on it on the road.  This time I made the effort, time and space to play and i just nibbled at working in them.   Today travel Journal finished DLP uptodate and class work complete.  it is a different sort of travel book as the trip was to attend a party.  My longtime friend John Jones died on memorial day after a prolonged illness.  He requested that his wife throw a party rather than a funeral.  135 came and party we did.  The wine flowed, the Tapas were yummy (it was held at Spanish restaurant) and we mingled and remembered happy times. The Celebrati…

369 WOYWW Nothing!

Today I have piddled around, lack all inspiration and find myself wanting to watch videos.  (heard my muse is vacationing on another planet).  Yesterday, Monday, Youtube app was installed on my iPad and it worked.   Then the search was on for video of how to do all kinds of Collage, Mixed media and several other things that appear on a side bar. Before you know it you have been there 3 hours and that includes lots of fast forward when people talk too much or show too many steps.  Alas it is inspiring watching with lackluster action!
 Hubby is fasting as he is completing an 8 hour endoscopic test counting down.  Two hours before I drive him back to the clinic where they remove it. 
Saw Julie's post and was thrilled to hear how well her recovery is going.  She is so strong and a perfect role model for "coping" with humor how ever rough the scenario.   Now if you are new to my blog then here is the reason for this post "WO"WOYWW"
Here is my work area the site of…


Whenever I start on a WOYwW blog it amazes me that a week has passed.  it feels like no time at all since sitting writing the previous week.  happily,  the past 3 days the sun is shining and the sky a wonderful shade of blue.  Cool mornings and hot afternoons.  Welcome summer and June.  Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary 42 years.  It was while making pages for DLJ that it really struck home despite plans for  tomorrow evening when we are out to dinner with friends. Suddenly felt the urge to produce a card for hubby. This is just a flat card, no back!

This week, concentrated really hard  on not messing around with uTube and Pinterest. Sort of pleased with results.
My Glue Book. First made an altered book; spending all weekend tearing out and then gluing pages 2 to 3 pages together, there are no shortcuts.  On line found a blog by a very OCD English women and with some good pointers for glueing and organizing the how.   Her book was very well done.  When reading her blog later found she…


Need to be quick writing this as we have a Flood Alert.  Actually we should be above the water as we are at 2,00ft!  We have had so much rain this past month and especially last week that all the rivers in Central Texas are flooding.  Forecast is for more rain and storms.  This is a La Nina years and she is making up for the dominance of El Nino for the last 4 or 5 remember "Hell hath no fury Like a woman scorned"?  She's really pissed!  

Thursday was a real flasher with a hail stone the size of a cricket ball coming through the bathroom skylight
Damage to the den outer layer of skylight

Damage to the kitchen outer layer of skylight. They are now taped up and new skylights on order.  
After it was over Xochitl came in to guard the bathroom from Bonkers, the red Cardinal who attacks the wall windows!
Worked on pages in journals over the weekend.  After buying a copy of Stampington's Art Journaling I had to look up two of the artists. and view their work  Carly Swenson


Another week another wednesday.  That means a day to look at what other hobbyists around the globe are up to via WOYWW.   Starting early today(tuesday).  What a week. Last night MS Kitty suddenly went ballistic, biting her tail and legs, racing around as if she had been attacked by an unseen force.   I wonder if Game of Thrones scared her.  We watched it last night. The situation became more scary when Xochitl ran after her causing mayhem and so we had to put X in my studio while I calmned Ms Kitty.  
As you see Ms Kitty is recovered and ready for a nap.

I finished my Documented life journal for week 21.  The prompt was to List 10 songs that set our feet tappin'.  Since i like so many and never remember names of songs or singers i went to dear Mr.Google who was able to provide decades of dance tunes, Tapping my feet remains an ability not lost whereas today's dancing is more a breathless shuffle. below is a page showing the list pinned to a background collage of USA postage stamp…

363 WOYWW a gloomy day in the texas Hill Country

it is like UK, overcast and steady gentle rain.  It is cool for here 72F (22.22C).  It has been like this since saturday and forecast stretches it into next week.  The cats are very upset and keep going in and out.  they come in very wet and so are wrapped in a towel and in struggling to get free emerging dry and receiving a treat!Last week we had hail that was not as ferocious as the rest of the country but loud enough to wake me, it was 2.00 am and without my hearing aids, storms usually never bother me.  This sure was  a bad guy.  It flashed and boomed for 30 minutes.We did not lose power as they did on the south side of town. 

My workspace after 3 days of journaling in Journal 52 and the Documented Life. What a lovely mess.  

The gloomy view
 Open on the window sill is a blank journal where I was using up excess paint.  and on the desk you see my Fauxbonichi journal.  Sort of falling off with writing that.  The idea of recording my life is becoming a bit of a drag.  There are legions…