Thursday, May 28, 2009


Yes, I have been missing my on-line friends. Seriously. There are so many things to see and do on this cruise but rationing my on-line time to Get in the Car, email checks, and the occasional FB has been it. At least jumping back into FB for a bit let me know that a friend had her heart transplant and is doing well now. Any healing thoughts and prayers will be appreciated by me and Gloria.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


This blog has gone to sleep for a month. You can find me over at
Get in the Car to read about our latest adventure on the high seas.

Sleep, lovely sleep

My friend Wilda's lovely guest room.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Flashback Friday

While this says 1955, it was obviously taken at Christmas 1954. Remember having to wait till the roll was finished to have the pictures printed?? I really wanted this outfit with the turquoise felt skirt which was one of my occasional store-boughts. Mostly my mother and grandmother made my clothes which didn't always thrill me. In the end, I really didn't like the poodle set as it made me realize I was still so flat chested at 10 while a lot of my classmates were starting to get figures. Of course, they were just as self-conscious but from the other side.

Noting the bruise on my right leg, I suspect this was also near the end of my interest in riding a bike! I had a few good shin bangers and even more leg burns as I occasionally fell off and skidded on gravel.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My Creative Space

My Creative Space
Cleaned up the worktable pre trip. I love seeing the wood again!

My Creative Space
One bit remaining from punching a bunch of items to send on to little 'artiste' grandchick. That's the stuff in the bag. As I was piling it in, I saw some that had edges missing and spread them out on this lavender paper from a greeting card. I am going to leave that unless I get a burst of ..Oh THIS is how I could finish it. Maybe I will glue it but maybe I won't.

I am amazing myself when I see how much purple and lavender I am using recently. Just say you heard it here - Maureen was in her 'purple period' in 2009.

Kirsty has the list of players over here. So go check it out - there are loads of players to inspire you.

Wordless Wednesday

Jamie Oliver's Fish Pie

Steamed then Sauted

Fish Pie Dinner

Jamie Oliver's Fish Pie Video (ok, almost wordless)

Monday, May 11, 2009

I had a play day

I decided I wanted to play with pictures yesterday and after tagging a zillion photos (I still have over 2k without any tag...) I got into PLAY mode with some free elements from Designer Digitals that come in their Challenges. I had a lot of fun and seem to be getting comfortable with PE6.

After very nice phone calls from my two sons, we decided to make it an easy dinner and ate at the new Whole Foods. Dick is good at many, many things but cooking for me is not one of them. Our dinner was quick, fun and delicious. Dick did point out that my dinner was about 24cents more than his, but I have a tomato salad saved for today! Lots and LOTS of choices for two at under $9. each. I think this may be a weekly place to eat and I look forward to their classes, something I'm sorry the nearby Sur La Table isn't doing. Oh abundance of riches, still.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bits and Pieces

  • Want moss on your bricks? Apartment Therapy had this to say Mix up a batch of 12 oz. beer, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and a couple of clumps of moss. Paint this mixture thickly on any damp shady surface you'd like to be moss covered and the moss will slowly grow and spread.
  • Did you know that if you steam raw eggs for 10 minutes, they will always peel easy-peasy, no matter how fresh they are?
  • Should you soak that pan in hot or soak in cold water? Cooking teacher Virginia Olson reminded us that you can make glue with flour and water if you cook it. Flour? starch? on that pan, then soak it in cold water!
  • Daylight saving or UK summer time may do a number on your body but you'll always remember which way to turn those clocks with Spring Forward, Fall Behind.
  • You can cook sliced onions in a slow cooker for a goodly supply of sweet, browned onions. (plan on long slow cooking) Freeze them in batches and you have a treasure on hand. Use your food processor for the slicing and it's a quick trip from bowl to pot. Just prep all the onions first and then one at a time, plunk them into the machine to process, and quick into the crock pot with a little oil. Minimizes the eye burning that way.
  • Want to hang towels on the line but they are too stiff that way? Pop them into the dryer for 5 minutes, and they fluff up enough to dry with a nice feel. Remember not to use fabric softener which cuts down on absorbency! Ah that line smell when you dry!
  • You can make your own facial salt and sugar scrub. Tiny House has a simple recipe.
  • My son watched me give him some eyerolling when he told me this, but as he said..Laugh if you want but you'll never forget it. Righty tighty, lefty loosey. Next time you aren't sure about which way to turn the screw or knob or'll come back to you.
  • One last tip you may never need but then again You Never Know. Should you find yourself in an area of mosquitos with no repellent, but with a box of matches, you can strike a couple of matches, blow them out and swallow the cooled match heads. It's the sulfur that works as the repellent. Better to swallow them before you go out in that area. He told me this worked down on Parris Island so ...
  • 10th tip? I'm waiting to hear yours!

Gone so long...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Flashback Friday

When I was in high school I was an exchange student to Quebec City Canada. July 1960. I stayed with Danielle Dion and her family. Merci Danielle.

Stamping with Bleach

To answer the main question, I used straight bleach, but a cheap brand. I am also thinking that bleach, when exposed to air, has a pretty short life. You chemistry folk can provide the details. This just means there's no point in soaking a thick pad as it will lose its 'zing' after x amount of time. Bleach, even Clorox, is cheap enough to keep resaturating if you plan to do a massive stamping.

There are many posts and videos about this on the web about this technique, but this is the video I watched.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My Creative Space

Working a lot yesterday on the Bleached ATC swap. This was totally new to me and I did find a good video on the technique - basically making stamp pad with paper towels fairly saturated with bleach. "Ink" the stamp with the bleach and eh viola! You can see the mixed results and the various reactions of papers to the bleach. I like that kind of thing where you don't know what the end result will be.

I also hope to finally get to take a stamping class in June or July since I don't always get a good result with just ordinary stamping. It makes me think of yoga and how good it is to have an expert help you make adjustments to what you/I think is accurate positioning. {and yes, I now see that I misspelled technique on the photopabe about this method. Maybe one day I'll go back and change the psd file. Maybe.}

Kirsty has the list of more players over here. Lots of creative spaces and what goes on there.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


I saw a photo or art prompt today tho for the life of me I can't recall where. But anyhow, a photo from the trip to England came right to mind. It was fun to do but boy I am still getting stuck in a couple of techniques. Recoloring an element or changing a .png to an .abr. I know I have been able to do this before but there was a lot of mindfreeze today.

Tomorrow the ATCs get done!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I have a good view of our greeeeen backyard from my studio but reading Mary Ann reminded me of this. Shimmering Los Angeles with a little Jim Morrison playing in the background...

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