Happy Tuesday Friends!

Hope you are having a good week.  I’ve been trying to catch up with things that I have let slide, including Wanderlust 2023, which is not a good start considering it’s a year-long course and I hadn’t even started it yet!  On Saturday I sat down and ploughed through the first six weeks of classes at double speed – wow some of these teachers talk so slowly!  It says a lot that I can still understand everything at double speed!   As I said in my last post, first comes the watching, then comes the doing, so yesterday I got stuck in to making the pages for each of the classes. The first seven weeks this year are all based on PASTELS which I love but in these classes they are showing different ways to use them. I didn’t get all six done but I did get four finished and a fifth started.  So I just have to finish off the fifth one and then start on the sixth, and then by the time this Friday’s class is released I hope I will be ready to start it on time and maybe even keep up this year.

Today’s Art . . .

Today’s art is one of the pages I made over the weekend for Wanderlust.  I’m sharing this one for obvious reasons which will become clear when you see the photo.

This page is my take on the Week Five lesson by Carolyn Dube.  It is another pastels lesson and this one was about colouring vintage photos with pastels.  It came with a free printable of vintage photos but I ended up using some of my own instead.  These are all old Australian black and white photos and as you can see, they are all drinking tea!  I added some Tim Holtz snarky stickers to each.  Here are some close ups…


Currently Reading . . .

book cover of Exiles

I’m currently reading this book by Australian author, Jane Harper.  You might have read her first novel, The Dry, a few years ago.  She has written five books now, and three in The Dry series.  This is the third in the The Dry series about policeman Aaron Falk.  Really very good book, well written and very enjoyable.  I always look forward to her books and can recommend all of them. 

TOTAL for 2023
21 books

FEBRUARY (so far)

14.  Nick Louth – The Body in the Snow – DCI Craig Gillard #4  :star: :star:  :star:  :star:
15.  Nick Louth – The Body under the Bridge – DCI Craig Gillard #5  :star: :star:  :star:  :star:
16.  Nick Louth – The Body on the Island – DCI Craig Gillard #6  :star: :star:  :star:  :star:
17.  Nick Louth – The Bodies at Westgrave Hall – DCI Craig Gillard #7  :star: :star:  :star:  :star:
18.  Nick Louth – The Body on the Moor – DCI Craig Gillard #8  :star: :star:  :star:  :star:
19.  Nick Louth – The Body Beneath the Willows – DCI Craig Gillard #9  :star: :star:  :star:
20.  Nick Louth – The Body in the Stairwell – DCI Craig Gillard #10  :star: :star:  :star:

T Stands for Currently Watching

I’ve been trying to catch up with His Dark Materials since Christmas but I’m finally making a dent in it.  I decided to set up the mini projector so we could watch on a bigger “screen” but isn’t it always the way that someone with a big head sits in front of you and blocks the screen at the cinema?  Miss Lily doesn’t really have a big head but she’s big enough when she sits that close to the screen, worse when she starts pawing at the people and animals she sees there lol.

T Stands for Dreamies and Drona Boxes

I invented a new game for the kitties, it is a simple game, involving these Drona boxes from IKEA and a packet of Dreamies cat treats. They had a lot of fun jumping in and out of the boxes anyway but when the Dreamies were introduced, the enjoyment level increased quite substantially.

Here’s a short 12 second video of them in action!

video by EOTC

T Stands for Beetroot Juice and Juice Pulp Burgers . . .

It’s not just beetroot, there are other things in there too, but the beetroot provides all the colour.

Here’s one thing to do with the juice pulp – make veggie burgers!

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading and Happy T Day!


photocopies of vintage photos, pan pastels, neocolours, fineliner, glue,


Altered Book Lover – T Stands for

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February 15, 2023 11:19 pm

We’re having a break from Wanderlust this year. Well done for catching up, I love the images and the snarky comments. We enjoyed His Dark Materials and managed to keep up . Loved watching your kitties. Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

Peppylady (Dora)
February 15, 2023 10:32 pm

Look like you been busy.
Coffee is on and stay safe

February 15, 2023 2:31 pm

Very nice pages with all the photos. I drink beetroot juice as well. Not sure about the burgers though. LOL Hey as long as you enjoy them. Nice game for the kitties too. Have a lovely day

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
February 14, 2023 11:52 pm

I would have been by sooner, but was out much of the day getting supplies before the snow and freezing temps hit tonight. I hope by now your weather is warmer than mine. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and the wee ones.

I like your snarky colored photos. You showed you used pan pastels in your art. How did you seal them?

Enjoyed seeing the kitties. One was jumping from box to box, but I can’t keep them straight which is which!

I have heard good things about beets. Glad to see you used both in your drink and for veggie burgers. Like you, in my house, nothing goes to waste. Thanks for sharing your clever art, the kitties, and your drink and food with us for T this Tuesday, dear Elle.

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Foxy stamping-Sharon
February 14, 2023 11:48 pm

I like beets, but beet burgers don’t sound good to me! LOL On the other hand, if I could have hit love on the cat video, I would have. Love your Wanderlust art pages. So funny! 🙂 I think I have three books done so far, and two in the process. I don’t know how you read so much. Do you ever sleep? I wrote down some of the authors you mentioned. Happy T Day.

February 14, 2023 7:51 pm

LOVE seeing photos of your black kitties! Always gives me a ping of remembrance of my Jinxy boy.. Love how the pastels colored the photos! Happy T day! Hugs! deb

February 14, 2023 5:39 pm

wow! That sounds like an enormous job, doing six weeks of lessons in one weekend and also do some of the practice work.
Your coloured vintage photos are great. And your choice of TH stickers made me smile.
I enjoyed seeing your cats jumping around. They are really beautiful cats.
I enjoyed The Dry. But I have not read any of the others. But I have read the whole Dark Materials series. Really good.
Happy T-Day and Valentine’s Day,

February 14, 2023 5:15 pm

Lovely to see your kitties in action, love the playground you made for them. The vintage photos with colouring are great, especiaally with the snarky quotes. I still haven’t finished Life Book from Last Year, so much to do and never enough time! Happy T Day, Valerie

February 14, 2023 5:00 pm

Beet juice is truly colorful, and often used as natural food coloring. Your patties take it to new places! I love beets but my husband hates them, so I never cook with them. My loss.

best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Divers and Sundry
February 14, 2023 3:16 pm

Kitty Fun!

I love the tea cup images 🙂 Happy T Tuesday

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