Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!

Short and sweet post today, no one likes the long ones!  I’m keeping up with ICAD and with Junk Journal July and there are only five days to go on each – what will I do in August with all this free time? Maybe a website redesign?  As for the junk journal pages, I won’t post them here but you want to see the Junk Journal pages click here or check out the sidebar on the right for some of the more recent pages.

I discovered our local council has been planting wildflowers instead of the usual cultivated flowers.  This is so encouraging to see as they are beloved by all the wild things, bees, butterflies etc. If my whole garden looked like this I would be very happy. I’ve t tried a few times to do this but something seems to want to eat them all and it never ends up looking like this – a big field of wildflowers.

I was standing in a field of clover.  I looked for an four-leaf ones but saw none.  I do know someone who is constantly finding them and I don’t know how she does it!

No kitty photos this week.  Mr G was very naughty and is in the doghouse.

today’s art . . .

Today’s art, is today’s ICAD.  If you missed the first seven days you can see that post here,
Days 8-14 here,
Days 15-21 here,
Days 22-28 here,
Days 29-35 here,
Days 36-42 are here
and Days 43-49 are here.
Day 56 forest

The prompt for today is FOREST so I went with a Norwegian Forest Cat in the forest so double points to me!  The problem was that when it came to draw the cat I couldn’t remember what they looked like though in my head I could definitely pick one out of a line up.  Isn’t that funny?  You think you know what something looks like but really you don’t.  I remember the same thing last year when I tried to draw a rabbit and it kept coming out looking like a fox, so in the end I had to go look at a photo of one to remind myself what a rabbit looked like lol.  So I had a little bit of trouble with this guy as I forgot that they have white paws, and then I had to paint over with white acrylic but the tombows kept bleeding through and it probably would have been easier to start over but I had already done the forest and liked it and it was “finished”. *sigh*  So here he is, he is a “he”, just look at that face lol.  Mr Haughty Norwegian Forest cat in the forest.  Ten points to Gryffindor!

icad CATch-up  . . .

Days 50-56 are in the slider below, it will flip through them automatically or you can scroll through them using the arrows.


t stands for  . . .

pukkaQuite outrageously priced Pukka tea in the supermarket last week.  Until recently it was £2.75 a packet and now £3.30 !!!  It’s always been a bit more expensive than other teas.  I don’t need any tea since I have a cupboard full – just as well!

Here the napkins I sent out to Elizabeth on July 1st.  I sent an assortment from my stash, no idea what will end up where so let me know when you get one. I thought mine were going to be last for sure but some are still en route – the postal service is so overwhelmed now.  I also sent out two of my Harris Tweed ATCs from my 100 Day Project for the swap, and some little bits and pieces for our host.  I just heard today that the Royal Mail is probably going to go on strike, so who knows if anyone will get any mail here for a while.  Can’t do without the postie!

This might amuse some of you.  Our local buses are adding Scottish words and phrases (with translations in English lol) on the back of the buses.  Here’s one I snapped while I was sat in traffic.

So next time you’re in Scotland and someone says that to you, you’ll know what to do!  lol.  Stagecoach is the bus company which always makes me think of the Old West, but maybe here’s it’s more like the wild west!

Oh and I also got some free art supplies to review recently – from left to right:  24 set Pebeo acrylic paints, 24 set no-name alcohol inks, 24 set no name gouache set.  I say “no-name” because they are Chinese “brands” I have never heard of.  I’m really looking forward to trying them and the gouache.  I already started using the Pebeo paint, I like their products and have a few paints already, so that was a no-brainer.  I was just thinking how expensive these alcohol inks would be if they were the Tim Holtz Ranger inks – 24 x £4.50 = £108!!! but since they aren’t TH Ranger products they retail at a much lower price, under £20. I have a small set of gouache too, only about 6 colours, so this 24 set will be a big difference. Considering my buying freeze on art supplies, they will all come in very handy.

This is a student grade acrylic, small tubes, works just fine for my needs.

I really like the stay-wet palette it comes with too.  This box is actually very big and weighs over a kilo! I’ll be OK for gouache for a while!

As always, thanks for reading, and have a great week!

as mentioned above


Altered Book Lover – T Stands for


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July 27, 2022 3:46 pm

Oh those wildflowers are sooo pretty! How wonderful that the council does that. It is so good for the pollinators. Apparently insects are in decline and we do need pollinators in particular.
Your napkins are beautiful. I didn’t have any napkins so I had to buy them on the internet and I only bought one pack. (all the same).
Yes, Pukka tea is very expensive. There are 20 teabags in a box so that is 16,5 pence a bag. At Christmas I bought their ‘advent calendar’ with 24 single teabags for more than 12 euros. Those bags were more than 50 pence each! (Not doing that again)
Happy T-Day,
Stay cool,

July 26, 2022 8:11 pm

A lovely idea to plant wildflowers. I’m hoping to do that in an area of the yard. The lawn at my niece’s wedding was loaded with clover. I looked and looked, but didn’t find a four-leaf. Wonderful ICADs. My favorite is the cuddle kitties. Calli and Quill sometimes cuddle like that, too. Have fun with the art supplies review. Happy T Day

Carola Bartz
July 26, 2022 7:59 pm

Your local council is doing very well in planting this wildflower meadow – I love it. It looks so pretty and yes, it is very beneficial as well. Your cat ICADs are fabulous – how do you come up with all these wonderful cat ideas? The napkins are very pretty – it will be nice to see all the other ones as well. When I was in Ireland a few years ago they have all the public announcements in English and Irish (Gaelic?). We tried to pronounce the Irish words, but failed hopelessly.

Jo - Let's Art Journal
July 26, 2022 7:55 pm

Wow, what beautiful wild flowers! The bus really made me smile, such fun ?. Loving your ICADs and those napkins look amazing, I wonder which will turn up in my bundle. I hope you like the ones I’m swapping too, there is also a little suprise to celebrate T Day’s 9th Anniversary. Happy T Day wishes! Hugs Jo x

July 26, 2022 7:44 pm

I do not have the patience to find a four leaf clover… and i’m not proud of that but its true.. We were in Muir Woods in CA and there were clovers everywhere and i tried i really tried but no.. That field of wildflowers is just gorgeous! i wish i could grow them like that too.. Your kitty ICADS are lovely as always.. Nice visiting with you Elle! Happy T day! Hugs! deb

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
July 26, 2022 4:38 pm

Darling wildflowers your council planted. They are often perennials, too.

I absolutely adore your ICADs. SO clever. I enjoyed the snowflakes, but most of all, the wanderlust cat. My cat Dog (yes, that was his name) went everywhere with me. We took trips across the US and he loved to travel on his leash. He even walked on his leash. His sandbox sat behind the passenger seat and his food and water behind the driver seat. We were companions to the end. It took me nearly two years before I would even think of having another cat. Now Bleubeard is thrilled I gave in and accepted him.

Of course, your together cats are marvelous. Your current cats and mine feel the same about each other, which would not sit well on an index card (grin).

You have some beautiful napkins. Not to worry. We’ll have a reveal as soon as Chris’s get here.

Gosh, that tea is expensive. I’m glad I don’t need any, either.

I’d love to know how I can get some of those incredible art supplies you were gifted with. You are very, very lucky to receive them. Even at that low price (20 Lbs) for inks, I could never afford those. That is more than 1/3 my annual craft budget.

Thanks for sharing your lovely ICADs, your napkins, and the tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Elle.

Linda K
July 26, 2022 3:51 pm

Gorgeous wildflowers!! If only I could throw seeds and have them come up like this!
Your napkins are beautiful. I sure hope you don’t have to deal with a postal strike…
Love the idea of the buses using Scottish terms – great way to learn a bit of another language- I’m all for it.
You have done such a great job keeping with the cat theme for your ICADs yet making each card unique. And yay for being given the new art materials to play with and review. Looks like they’ll be such fun!
Happy T Day wishes!

Erika N
July 26, 2022 12:59 pm

Happy T day Elle. I love the wildflowers your council planted. My gardens are at that stage now. All the plants are big and wispy and blooming. Some people wouldn’t like them but I do. And you are very creative coming up with kitty ideas for your ICADS. I’d love to know how the freebies work too. I agree, those TH products are expensive. And I also like Pebeo products. Thanks for sharing your napkins too. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. hugs-Erika

July 26, 2022 12:10 pm

my mother, my sister, and my daughter were/are all unbelievable finders of 4-leaf clovers. Not me. And they really can’t say why. Other than that there are some places where clover patches have more of the 4-leaf variety.

best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Iris Flavia
July 26, 2022 11:32 am

Oh, yes, a couple of years ago our city also had wildflowers all over sooooo pretty!
As your cats!
Yupp, we have that tea here, too, so well done, the covers.
Fun bus-concept indeed.
Once a Scottish biker came to my Bro´s shop, Bro asked me for help – I had a hard time, LOL.
Cool art supplies – I have too many already…

Have a happy T-Day! xx

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