Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week411 of WOYWW

A big thank you to Kelly who noted i was posting this with wrong week  !

Hello everyone, its a bright clear, sunny day here in the Texas hill country.  Xochitl is recovered from her vet visit(ordeal would be her word) to the vet and her treatment for hair balls.  She received a bag of new healthy treats completing her return to health.  Today she is in full lizard capturing mode.  We have rescued one complete with tail.

I am busy working on Wanderlust.   This is is my first attempt using acrylics as they were intended and trying to follow the instructors video.  Since she was teaching a mermaid you can see I kind of missed !

Since everything was out I went on to set up a background for several journal covers.  here they are drying on the window seat.  no-one has ever sat on the window seat, it is uncomfortable.  so it now serves a purpose.

note work space, the silicone mat is there!!!!  yes i am clearing it up but the urge to communicate with the wandering desk watchers was too great to ignore.

So here you have if for this week.  My time to visit is about 1 pm here, after gym and shopping.  this means  in UK it is 7 pm.  

Have fun with WOYWW

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


My phone tells me the rain will let up in the afternoon and my weather station says there is a thunderstorm alert and another that there is no alert.  So here we are confused!

"I am helping Mommy by showing her where the treats are and reminding her it's that time"

Today I have knocked over paint in bottle, spray bottles as well as spraying everything but the surface for which it was intended.  Now I have overturned the third water jar.  Time to pack up.  Over the weekend worked on gessoing binders for Life Documented then painted and decorated them created pages and dividers.  Today I gessoed pages for Wanderlust. I am really tired so having a cuppa.  This drinking of tea is a direct consequence of this site WOYWW.  Once the real warm weather hits cider will take over.  
Binder after gesso and several layers

Binder finished!

This was my workplace this am

this is my window desk

and this is my computer space.  recently bought speakers so I can hear video.  Very good for  $20!

The "flowers" are drips and splashes from the paper covering work surface.  I was using the paper used on doctors  examining tables.

So for today this is it. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Hello everyone and welcome to WOYWW on 4/5/17.  last Wednesday passed before i caught up with it.  So today I am prepared for tomorrow!

Following a day of Gelli printing (mono-printing), well just a few hours, my desk is leading a cacophonous wave from desktop to window seat.   The eternal quest to clean it up will follow a short intermission while i write this post.  Hubby is reeling from a cold, it is more of a withdrawal, the cats were spooked by Sunday morning storm and remain in the spooky aura.  I am fumbling around.  Just caught up on Documented Life journal and Wanderlust  2017 and have managed to eradicate myself from the site.  It is like being excommunicated as it doesn't even ask for my password.  My password is in the 999th edition of my "Passwords Tome"!, a very close companion.
I do hope to be able to visit everyone tomorrow and be inspired by the many art and craft  wonders under construction.

My work area today

my window seat....the Gelli Plate gallery the second basket on the left contains my studio assistant, in her most helpful position.

below is an entry in my Wanderlust journal.  I am loving this year long course.  Last Saturday Kasia Avery had a live video class.  It was wild!  Really fun, its now a facebook video.

Gelli printing with nature using leaves.  This time it was nice to have a selection of leaves as everything has leafed out.  

My other journal is in a state of betwixt and between as i await the arrival of the box of binders.  it is a 6 x 8, 3 ring binder. It is a good journal size, so ordered 6.     The Binders are coming by Fed Ex whose greatest accomplishment is to send every package to Mesquite Texas that is north east of here and take longer than US postal service, they never  stop to ring a door bell and just dump parcels.  This weekend I want to  paint all the binders I have that are filled and minus decoration; then organize by year all my journals.

So there we are a brief glance into life of a retiree on a hilltop in central Texas.  Where  today it is 82 F (27.78 C) sunny and bright.  have an arty weekend, and enjoy a glass of wine with good friends.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

woyww 407 March 21

Hello everyone this is my post for this week What's On Your Workspace Wednesday.  An opportunity to visit creative people from around the world 

This morning saw me at the dentist having a cap removed as I had on and off pain in this tooth.  It was always in off mode when I visited the dentist.  Finally I gave an appropriate ouch.  It never showed on his X rays even though he is very state of the art.  he now thinks it is precipitated by my sinus and infections and allergies.  All the little nasties working together.  It is now hurting.  For the moment resorting to the English cure, a cup of tea.

 Today started on an intuitive painting based on week 11 Wanderlust Class with Alena Hennessy.  Really enjoying this year long project and especially Kasia Avery's classes;  there is not much communication between the participants like in Facebook classes, but they keep us very busy.  This Saturday Kasia is doing a live class on Facebook.   

 Finally catching up with all my journaling in Life Documented and My Year 2017.  they are fun.  

This week I leaned to resize pixels so it may show up in these images not as intense but so much easier to post. I have absolutely no need for anything more than 800 x 600 pixels.  If I want to print something then maybe but since that has never happened in years........

This is from Wanderlust on layering

This is my journal art page  "secret garden" for Life Documented

now opening the gate

Since I am cleaning up(this was a necessity as a journal was lost) I stood on ladders for this shot.  As a short person ladders are part of my decor!  The back to School Journal was the lost one.  It was on the shelf where it should but between larger journals.

This shot is from standing on my window seat ( a junk accumulator) over my computer area and showing my new orange chair as Xochitl has remodel both the others.  yes I have been very busy and feel very positive about my clean up and production!

Well everyone, this is my week.  The time change here has left me "time confused".  I am making enchiladas tonight and need to start.
happy visiting.  My plan is to post in morning and visit in the afternoon.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Home from a trip to Florida to visit my dear friend Sandra who I grew up with, in Warrington; definitely another time and place.  There actually is a place in Florida called Warrington!  We drove in the RV with the two cats.  In Florida it was sunny and on the way home began raining in Alabama and all the way home.  
today i am trying to find out where I am with all my journals and such.  I kept a travel journal that is incomplete and I have to work on it for the next few days.

The cats love to sit in front of the screen door when ever we stop.  Xochitl opened the screen door at Markham campground in (Broward County FL) and Ms kitty leaped out.  She returned after  frantic attempts to lure her in, we were camped near a canal, home to alligators.   
Looking in.  I covered the couch with a sheet it sure kept fur down and was a wonderful tent!

Looking out!
"Are we home yet"

With Sandra in Ft Lauderdale  
So  now I have a problem with blogger it is stuck.  Will try to visit everyone tomorrow.  great vacation.

 Today's mess.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

403 W0YWW Oh Wow is Me!!

Since Friday i have worked on and off on this week lesson on Wanderlust 2017 Everything Art.  The teacher this week is Clair Bremner an Australian artist, beautiful dreamy art.  Alas my attempts at this are laughable.  Well at least I laughed.  She  made it all seem so easy.  As if to cast judgement, my mobile is not syncing my photos!!!!  Not only that i cannot console myself with a Cadbury egg.  They were dropped into the freezer so that they would NOT be eaten immediately....at least that is working!

Ah blogger sync to camera success.  The first photo is my desk showing weekly art journal, and  three of the pages in various art pads of a class.   

This is one where i used leftover paint on a page with pink leftover paint from a previous failed  project. I edited these prints but this is not hence legs!

this is an attempt at abstract expression.  Lots of expression not much abstract.

Think it is time to make dinner. Cooking is a place where i have success.  last week I found some very dried plums(prunes) and dried apricot in my baking supplies.  After marinating them in OJ and brandy they revived.  They were we chopped and blended in the food processor and after adding chopped walnuts they were made into giant turnovers.  They turned out very like mince meat and tasted fabulous with vanilla cream and ice cream.  I might try them with raisins, crasins and sultanas some other time.  

Hopefully tomorrow morning I remember to link to Ms Julie's site and get to visit you all before my "Girl's Night Out".  Some of the keys on my PC are not working so I have a lot of spell check to do.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

402 WOYWW........A MESS

 life goes no, one does not change as my desk reflects.

 This week was remarkable only in that I had problems with translating ideas from head to paper.  Every Friday i am inspired by Wanderlust and this week I created nothing.  messed around and produced backgrounds or bits for future inspired ideas. Contrary to the popular myth white pages do not cause a blank mind.

Turning my attention to my calendar journals they turned out to be splotchy pages this week.  My fun times(wine pickup parties) and cooking were better.  I am making dinners to freeze for a forthcoming RV trip.  So far made one.  Tonight making lamb chops and Molten lava cakes for 2.

On my desk  This is the mini book that is a valentine card for hubby.


  • This is my journal page for this weeks calendar

  • Here is the other side of my tip in using up all the bits left on my desk

so that is me and just off my desk.  how different from my last post when it was bright and sunny.  Today is cloudy and a cold wind has even the cats inside.  Xochitl just emptied a basket to sleep in and Ms Kitty has the prize, Daddy cat's knee!

Have a wonderful week see you tomorrow when Ms Julie opens WOYWW

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

401 WOYWW Another hot day

Today is Tuesday at 11.08 am it is 74 F now the fog has lifted.  
My desk remains a mess as i am always buried beneath half done pages for journals.  Today I finished a thank you card and a sympathy note.  I need card making classes as I find the precision of card making out of my comfort zone.   No matter what i do I get a blot of ink, a wrong spelling or something on the card.  The thank you card was different as it was for a fun friend.  Roxanne Coble(Bun) made a mini accordion book on the "make it artsy" TV show. Using her idea of and accordion book  in a match book cover, the card was completed  yesterday and finished today.  (currently being harassed by cat wanting treat).

here is is

The top is an Orbit gum box altered for the book and below is the book secured with a clip.

this process is something that calls me.  Check out her video.  

This is me on Sunday at Kuehlman Cellars wine pickup.   Not a Selfie expert!

This is the week before when we went with neighbors to Torr Na Loch winery, the view is absolutely spectacular and they make a fine Tempranillo wine using grapes from the high plains of Texas. 

So this is my catch up week.  

I plan to visit as many blogs as possible tomorrow.

Oh! keep meaning to say that there are several places I cannot comment because you use Google+.  I have signed up with this service but not sure how it works or if it will work as you have to approve. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

399 WOYWW.....

Today is Tuesday and i thought I would set up to look in on everyone tomorrow.  My right hand is painful as the old carpal tunnel surgical site are was stretched on Sunday when I cut out all kinds of bits and piece and made a thank you car.  My friend Deanie gave me a wonderful Cookbook by Jacques Pepin my favorite chef.  No photos of that but here is my desk.


Saturday worked on Wanderlust 2017 with guest artist Wilna Furstenberg.  She used acrylic ink, something I did not have.  My first attempt was in a large 9x12 journal and then  in my tiny hand made journal.  (see below)  Not quite what I expected though the style holds possibilities and the ink has great properties.  It will be a great medium for journaling and Wilna's style will have many uses.  ( Oh yes, a medical visit today in San Antonio meant I could visit Michaels and the 40% coupon on mobile lept into my hands when i saw the inkset). So next month my daily journal will feature inks.......hopefully not a blotches and drops result.

Here is a little from my last daily art journaling,  have some catching up to do.

yes i am falling behind.

reading all your posts has effected me as now back to drinking tea most afternoons.  MY HEB, grocery store, sells PG Tips!

Yesterday my hand hurt so much that I took a nap under the vigilant eyes of Xochitl(the upside down one) and Ms Kitty.  I crawled out and took this photo.  

Today it was bight sunny and 82F  what a crazy winter so far.

That 's it from me see, you all around the workspace.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


OHHHHHHH 3 hours messing with Google.  My primary account is now my secondary account is at last found.

Happy art crafty 2017, good health to you in the coming year.

So how is everyone.  Since my last post my life has be out of control, visitors, parties, shopping, gathering and so on.  So here i am Jan 2 and about to reorganize my studio and make it paper friendly.  As a short person I have to use ladder for upper shelves so have to rethink everything in terms of use frequency.  There is no Documented life this year but a group was formed for all of us who want to continue, Life Documented 2017.  It is a lot less organized and I shall just play along for now as there are so many talented people in the group and I am so inspired by them.  On Friday i start Wanderlust2017.

This is my workspace after making the monthly divider for my Life Document 2017 new art journal.  Not had time to make covers and introduction page as most of it is in the "maybe" idead stage.  The binders are the same as used form 2017 DLP

This is the divider for january and maybe I will keep this way of doing it for each month.

The reverse oside of the divider showing the 2 tags in a pocket.

The two tags, one is for tod do lists and other notes on the month.  This is an attempt to put all my lists and notes in one place rather than scattered in notebooks, backs of envelopes,  slips of paper and hence lost.

When i was checking out ideas I Googled Planners and was amazed by the detail young women go into to run a family.  They keep planners for every part of their life.  Cross reference everything add in n words and a lot of "cute". No wonder they are always tired and "busy".

So on this note i will end this and make an effort to put stuff away, figure out which leftover needs to be eaten first  and where I put the sausage rolls and mince pies.