Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!
Hope you are having a great day that turns into a great week! It’s been beautiful weather here plus we had a long weekend for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, so we’ve had a four day break to enjoy it. I have a lot of things to get to in this post so let’s just get started. Feel free to skip to the end if it’s all too much. 🙂
today’s art . . .
is my June DT inspiration projects for More Than Words June challenges. It’s an exciting month as they are celebrating 150th challenges, which I will talk about in a minute but first here’s the art…
The theme of this month’s Main Challenge is ENCHANTING and BOTANICALS so I added a lot of botanical washi stickers to my page and this enchanting creature lol.
Then for this month’s Mini Challenge, I made a tag. The Mini Challenge is for cards, tags, postcards and ATCs and the word this month is DAYDREAM. Both challenges come with a bonus to add a “150” to your projects, which I managed to do on both of them. The big 150 in the journal page came from some old Tim Holtz tissue paper and the 150 on the tag is a stamp.
So that would normally be the total of my MTW projects for the month but since we are celebrating a special challenge, I volunteered to design some prizes, and so I also have more “art” to share today. I made some mini art journals as part of the prize package…
And I also made some souvenir ATCs…
And while I was testing out some inks and finishing up on Friday, I managed to spill a whole bottle of blue acrylic ink EVERYWHERE – on the desk, on a pad of watercolour paper, on my newly covered Harris Tweed chair, on the carpet, on my PJs, on my feet and of course, on my hands! I don’t even know how I managed to knock it over but I then had to spend a good 40 mins cleaning it up after hopping to the bathroom so I could clean my feet and not get even more of it on the carpet! This is not the colour that I spilled btw because there is none of that left, it’s all on the floor LOL.
I’ve also been making some dot cards but since they take forever to dry, I had to start them a couple of weeks ago, and they are still not dry, but then they are also quite generous dots. I used my Mijello Mission Gold watercolours, most of them are pure (single) pigment colours as you can see from the dots on the right, where I have written the pigments under each colour name. Mijello tends to name their colours a little differently to some other brands, for example what they call Cerulean Blue uses the pigment that is normally called Phthalo Blue. I also painted out some swatches to show the colours. These will also form part of the prize packages. I might have some extras to giveaway on the blog too. I’ll know more once they are all dry and less sticky.
more free art classes . . .
Get Messy Open Weekend: After the end of Messy May, I got an email about a Get Messy Open Weekend happening next weekend (June 11-12). A “free ticket” to Get Messy for the weekend sounds interesting as I can’t justify a monthly membership to anything this year, so free sounds very good.
Art Is Magic Creative Retreat Weekend Taster Sessions: I received an email about this one too. It also sounds good but there are 28 free lessons over the weekend so it will be difficult to watch them all lol. You can sign up here. Teachers include: Karine Bosse, Fonda Clark Haight, Louise Gale, Hali Karla, Holly McLaughlin, Whitney Freya, April Miller McMurtry, Catt Geller, Emma Petitt, Galia Alena, Jenny Grant, Kristy Kensinger, Cyndy Ross, Tina Walker, Robin Sturis, Eulalia Mejia, Kate Thompson, Mary Beth Shaw, Rakefet Hadar, Natalie Eslick, Toni Burt, Stephanie Lee, Effy Wild, Kiala Givehand, Melanie Rivers, Lucy Brydon, Leslie Wood, Ildiko Karsay
Kaleidoscope Taster Sessions: Registration starts on 13th June, and Taster sessions start on 27th June. If it’s the same as previously, the sessions can be watched in the Facebook group or the Willowing site. Sign up to the newsletter to be kept informed.
I’m sure I had another free class to share but it’s gone totally out of my head right now. If I remember, I’ll add it next week.
kitties . . .
Think of these as the “before” photos, you’ll see why in a second. From top to bottom, Miss Lily (who is doing a lot better now), Mr G and Miss P.
The kitties got a new scratching pad thingy this week, and they were all very impressed as was I. As you can see it’s a fancy wedge shaped version with two pieces that can fit together or use separately and one of them has a built in ball toy. The other thing it came with was a very suspicious looking substance in a bag which looked like catnip but who knows really since it had no labels on it. But it must have been the most potent catnip ever as they all went bananas and here’s a look at the “after” photos…
icad . . .
Oh yes, ICAD, no I hadn’t forgotten but I have no time in this already long post to cover ICAD as well. Last year was all about pigments and colour swatching. This year it might just be cat related and I am trying to follow the prompts but I have no time for an update as I haven’t finished Day 7 yet! Normal service will be resumed shortly, long weekends always throw me off.
garden update . . .
A very small cornflower has opened up it’s pretty face today
A very large salmon pink poppy did the same
And a very large red poppy likewise
The chives are flowering – can you spot the bumblebee on the tallest one?
Oops another cat photo snuck into the garden photos lol. Miss P is enjoying some tasty catmint, which has also started flowering. She’s practically inhaling that leaf haha.
So last Friday I hurt my back by sitting in a chair for too long and then I couldn’t bend or straighten and had to go lie on the floor. I covered myself in Tiger Balm and went to bed then stupidly, decided on Saturday that I would be able to use the grass strimmer if I just tried not to twist or bend or move too much. After that I was totally incapacitated for the rest of the day and couldn’t even get upstairs. This is not a new problem btw, it happens on occasion when I am not careful and it can last for hours or weeks – one year it lasted for 9 weeks over winter and I had to eat Christmas dinner standing up as it was just too painful to sit down (after travelling to someone else’s house lying horizontal in the back seat). I mention this because I read in last week’s post, that Kathy has some back problems too, and I found something that actually helped me this time. A few weeks ago I got offered a back brace for free and while I had no back pain at the time, I knew it would happen again so I got it just in case, and I opted for a Large hoping it would give me more adjustable options, and then I forgot all about it till Sunday morning when I woke up for Day 2 of the immobility problem and remembered this new thing. I dug it out of the box and decided to try it on. I used to have something similar that was given to me by a chiropractor but it no longer fit comfortably. This one is a bigger size and has metal supports, but what I didn’t realise until I put it on, was that it is also self heating!!!! OMG!!! I wore it all day on Sunday and I had no pain, just this amazing burning heat on my back, and when I took it off at night, my back was so much better and I could get upstairs a lot easier – I always dread that it’s going to go on for weeks but it’s practically gone now. So here is a link to the one that I got but I don’t know how much it costs because it is showing as currently unavailable but this is a game changer for me. I thought I was going to be out of action for at least a week or more, not being able to sit down = no computer time, and instead, I am almost back to normal.
t stands for . . .
Still using the new mug and loving it. This was breakfast – homemade granola – nuked in the microwave for speed and a cup of Caramel Cream tea. The granola looks like this…
I could go on about the evils of microwaves but at this point it’s probably not going to make a difference whether the food is nuked or not after years of microwave usage. I make it with coconut oil and maple syrup and then whatever nuts, seeds and dried fruit I have. I don’t like the shop bought granola as it always has things in it that I don’t like/don’t eat like those horrible banana chips – ugh. If you bake it in the oven it can take 45-60mins but if you “bake” it in the microwave it takes about 6 mins. 🙂 When I bake it in the microwave I only add the coconut oil, maple syrup, oats, nuts and seeds, otherwise things like shredded coconut and dried fruit can burn – but only in the microwave. If you bake it in the oven, you can put everything in at once.
Happy T Day! It’s just gone midnight here so I may as well post this as it is officially Tuesday!
As always, thanks for reading, and have a great week!
as mentioned above
Altered Book Lover – T Stands for
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