And so begins my creative week. I just finished watching a selection of YouTube videos to help with some of my projects. I love  Vicky Papaioannou and her clips n cuts. Great way to get going with that second cup of coffee.

Two items are front and center today.

  1. On the left is the beginning of my Lifebook lesson on happy painting. I am so very happy with my owl, but she still needs details. Need to tone down the background. And I’m sure there will be more sparkly bits.
  2. On the right is the beginning of The {100} artists a FB challenge group started by Kellee Wynne Conrad to help you practice practice practice.  I will be doing 100 5.5 x 5.5 pieces of Mixed Media art. I’m not sure if there will be any additional parameters, I think it will be reflective of whatever I am working with from my other challenges.
Lifebook Owl

Lifebook Owl & friends

So grab your favorite beverage and hop around the world with Julia’s WOYWW sneak peaks into creative spaces. It is such fun. Thanks for stopping by.


A gracious good morning to you all.

With Newton, my snoopy assistant at the ready, my desk is set to go.

  1. March is for HOPE with Joanne Sharpe’s Artfully Inspired Life. Melissa and Andrew both have St. Patty’s dayish birthdays. Just need to finish lettering.
  2. Two-two-two weeks in one for DLP. Surviving the elements “It’s raining cats and dogs” is now the focal point for doodles and marking for Borderline. Really pleased with how this is turning out.
  3. Box of stuff.  Okay how do I keep things tidy. I have a box, or two, or three,  where I put things at the end of each day. Partially because everything needs a home otherwise Newton is into it, chewing it, or sitting on it. He ended up with a blue glitter tail yesterday. Looks real innocent today, right?
Newton at the ready

Newton at the ready

It's raining cats and dogs

It’s raining cats and dogs close up

For more creative spaces, check out the blog hop at Julia’s Stamping Ground. It is such fun.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a glorious day!

Cincinnati style chili

skyline chili

It is truly a taste sensation available in Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, parts of Indiana and Florida. There’s nothing quite like the real thing,  at our house it is somewhat of a staple. Yummy

“Redolent of warm spices, deeply flavored Cincinnati-style chili, whether prepared two-way (chili over spaghetti), three-way (with cheese), four-way (with onions), or five-way (with a finishing flourish of kidney beans), is an enduring American classic.”  ~ Saveur magazine

Recipe there are many versions, just google it.

Or you can order it online.


Hello my lovely crafters, as you can see I am getting a very late start to my creative week. I have Cincinnati style chili simmering on the stove,  and art supplies sitting on my workdesk.

It has been a wonderful week, including an incredible find. Our local HOA newsletter includes misc for sale items, and last weekend I hit the stampin up jackpot.  I now have a complete line of the classic colored inks, most of which are still in their original wrappers, interesting patterned brayer in mint condition, beautiful cardstock (I have lots of colored paper but as you know paper and cardstock are not the same stuff), and best of all is a 15 drawer mobile storage unit. This means that I now actually have some drawer space in my art space. Hurrah.

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So my desk has a number of WIP items for Lifebook and DLP.  Starting from the left:

  • I have my hearts all in a row, and need to doodle my gratitude marks on it before finishing the fabulous fan in an envelop for Lifebook.
  • I am very happy with my beautiful don’t-know-when-to-stop the layers peacock spread (close up below so you may be able to see the sparkly bits).
  • I am not certain about the Inner/Outer world turquoisy piece at the top. I think I used too much Gesso as you can’t really see what is hiding underneath. I think this will be version 1 and I’ll try this technique again.
  • And to the right there are some doodles on the paper I created while in Oregon a couple of weeks ago. This will be going into some of my Artfully Inspired Lifebook I’m sure.

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Thank you for stopping by, tomorrow morning I will sit down with my second cuppa and stroll through the wonderful world of WOYWW. If you’d like to join me, and sneak a peak at creative spaces around the world, just visit the lovely Julia Dunnit at Stamping Ground. You’ll be glad you did.


WOW even though I have  not been participating since the beginning of the global tour of artful workdesks each Wednesday, this is a very impressive milestone. Congratulations to Julia Dunnit and the crowd at Stamping Ground.

So last week we were in Oregon and I really didn’t have too much time to do art. I did however get a chance to play with Golden High Flow Acrylics without Newton’s paws anywhere around. I experimented with different kinds of paper and had a wonderful time.

Experimenting with High Flow

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So today, this is my desk. I am working on the High 5 layers for the Documented Life Project weekly challenge. I have 4 layers, paint, markers, paper bag (with lovely words) and distress spray. Now what to do for the fifth layer. Still waiting for inspiration. What would you add as the next layer?

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