Monday, 1 February 2016

TIME FOR A LITTLE ADVENTURE


IT'S TIME FOR A LITTLE ADVENTURE ... a road trip around New Zealand!

Be baaaack mid March for more arty farty stuff.

See you then!

Take care


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

THE THREE MUSES


 IS IT RAINING!

Here's my interpretation on DOORS, the theme at the Three Muses this week.

Credits : the bemused ladies are both from SharingTubes,  and the doors are HolliewoodStudios.  The remainder are in the public domain.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

TAKE A WORD


INTERESTING FRAMES is our theme at Take a Word this week and this is what happened next!

Credit to Pixabay and Gouzinette and Akiloune.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

THE THREE MUSES


This week at the Three Muses we are owning up to some of the things that SCARE US.  Here are a few of mine!

Credits to SharingTubes and the public domain.

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Sunday, 17 January 2016

TAKE A WORD


We have ART as our word for inspiration this week at Take a Word and that made me think of the watercolour art of Stina Persson who we are also currently featuring at Digitalmania.   This is my watercolour and white space interpretation for ART.

Credits to SharingTubes and Pixabay.

Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

THE THREE MUSES


It's VINTAGE COLLAGE at the Three Muses this week and so I thought I would introduce you to my Granddad Leonard.  He was born in 1899 and lost his father three years later.  This photo was taken some where around 1906 or '07 when his mother married for the second time.  It's one of a pair.  In the second picture it's his brother Bill's turn in front of the camera.  Leonard fought in the first world war (the story is he lied about his age and joined up at just 15).  He was shot and invalided out of the army and whilst convalescing he met and married Annie.  They had two children, the first a boy, and then my mum.  When the second world war came he joined up and it was whilst he was stationed in Iceland that Annie, his wife died.  He did get leave but didn't manage get home in time.

I remember him as strict but loving, and I had him until I was 12. 

Credits : everything apart from the photograph is in the public domain.

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

TAKE A WORD


Marie has asked for BEAUTY as our word for inspiration at Take a Word this week, and what is more beautiful than one of those lovely Renaissance ladies.   Here is one I vandalised earlier.

Credit in the main to the public domain.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

THE THREE MUSES


It's HEARTS this week at the Three Muses and that's good because Happiness is Heart Shaped!

Credit to Irene Alexeeva.

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

TAKE A WORD


STORM IN A TEACUP

Marie wanted something BLACK AND WHITE for this week's theme at Take a Word.  So here we go.

Credit to Pixabay, and PngImg for the majority of images.  The 'man' trying to save himself is my own .... I hope he makes it.

Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

THE THREE MUSES


This week at the Three Muses we have TIME as our last theme of the year.  Here's mine though whether she is looking back over the year just gone or forward to the year to come it's hard to say!

Happy New Year.

Credit to SharingTubes. 

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

TAKE A WORD


We have NEW YEAR as our theme at Take a Word this week so here is me wishing all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and may all your dreams come true.

Credits : the interwebby.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

THE THREE MUSES


This week at the Three Muses our challenge is to 'mess up a master' or in other words to ALTER A MASTERPIECE which I was just about to do when I saw her sitting there!  I show my ignorance I know when I say I've no idea who she is or which great master painted her but I'm sure he would be shocked to see her now.  There she sits bare feet dangling, drinking a second bottle of wine (just look at the size of that glass) and worst of all smoking what looks very much like a spliff!!!!  If truth be told I'd say that blond is NOT her natural colour either and those eyelashes ... well what can I say!

Still as soon as I saw her I knew there wouldn't be any need to go to the bother of altering anyone's masterpiece,  I took her photograph instead.

Credits : RubyBlossom supplied the backdrop, NumbBumm the golden frame.  The very wanton woman is courtesy of Dover, whilst the rest I filched from the interwebby.

Merry Christmas and thanks for looking


Sunday, 20 December 2015

TAKE A WORD


Our theme for this week at Take a Word is GREEN AND RED and that made me think of Christmas.  Which made me think of  holly and red berries, Christmas trees and Weslybobs (what do you call them?), Christmas angels and German Nutcrackers ....

Still a few days to go before the festivities begin but I'll take the opportunity anyway to wish all my blog friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Credit, PinkLottie, Pingimg and the interwebby.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

THE THREE MUSES


We're getting creative with RAINBOWS at the Three Muses this week.  With a multi coloured background from Pixabay and this sweet girl from Holliewood Studios I mixed up some layers and blends and a whole host of smoke brushes and this is what happened.  Serendipity!

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

TAKE A WORD


Our theme is WINTER this week at Take a Word.  So here's me wishing all of you a Merry Christmas this Winter 2015.

Credit to IreneAlexeeva, MartaVanEck and for my favourite little Santa of all time thanks go to Nancy at Crowabout Studio B.

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

THE THREE MUSES


THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Here is my Joker in the Pack for this week's Three Muses challenge.

Credit to SharingTubes and the PublicDomain.

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

TAKE A WORD


ALMOST SEPIA

Our word for inspiration this week at Take a Word is SEPIA and this is what I was inspired to create - not completely but almost sepia.

Credit to SharingTubes, Kubivet and the PublicDomain.

Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

THE THREE MUSES


It's my turn to host at the Three Muses this week and I chose MARRAKESH to assault our senses.

This makes me  think of the evening Souks of North Africa where the colours are eye popping, the sound of  haggling is a constant and the smell of spices is breath taking.

Credits : mostly Pixabay and the public domain.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

TAKE A WORD


Our word for inspiration this week at TAKE A WORD is CONTAINER and that reminded me of the lovely gift of flowers I received from 'daughter number 1' last week.  She knows I love Lilies. 

Of course, I had to place them in my favourite container for that purpose .. to show them off at their best.  A few days later and their perfume was intoxicating.

Making flowers into pieces of art is essential I think.  That way they live for so much longer.

Thank you for looking.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

THE THREE MUSES


THE QUEEN OF SHEBA

Bev has chosen FLYING as our theme at the Three Muses this week and that reminded me of what I saw from my window a week last Tuesday.   It was a full moon and I was just about to draw the curtains when I noticed something quite strange in the night sky.  Was it the Queen of Sheba ... I'll leave to make up your own mind!

Credits to Pixabay, SharingTubes and the public domain.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

TAKE A WORD


Silhouette is our word for inspiration this week at Take a Word and this is what came to mind.  Ta Dah.

Credit to Flordeneu, Evelyn Flich and the public domain.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

THE THREE MUSES


TRANSPORTATION is our theme for this week at the Three Muses and I thought perhaps buses. 

After all electric buses are clean and quiet and transport a large number of people quickly and easily.   Perfect. 

As I pondered this I came upon some very smart ladies waiting for the number 99 bus.  We chatted for a while and it is wasn't until later I realised that the majority of those ladies were actually riding skateboards.  Mmmm perhaps I'll think about skateboards.  Perfect.

Credits to Pixabay, JoesSistah and the Public Domain.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

TAKE A WORD


BEST CHINA is the  theme at Take a Word this week.   Not sure it's my best china but it's what I used at this crazy birthday party!

Credits to Bluesse, Granny Art, HolliewoodStudios, CAJoline and the public domain.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

THE THREE MUSES


I think everyone is just a little bit quirky whether they own up to it or not.  At least I hope that's true as otherwise it would be just me!!

I was once asked (as an 'ice breaker' during an information session at work) to tell the rest of the group one thing that only I knew about me.  As I watched many of my colleagues begin to panic about what they could tell I knew exactly what piece of information I would divulge to the rest of the group.

And this is what I told them :

I always put my left sock on first as it's the world's best cure for toothache.

Reason : 
During a childhood conversation with a friend she told me she always put her left sock on first to ward off toothache.  Not wanting to chance toothache I have dressed my left foot first ever since!

Credits to Irene Alexeeva.

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

TAKE A WORD


FLY LIKE THE WIND

Marie's Take a Word challenge this week is WINGS and this is what came to mind!

Credits : everything free to use from Pixabay.

Thank you for looking.

DIGITALMANIA


Created for the DIGITALMANIA challenge where this week we're taking inspiration from the ART DECO period.

Credits : all in the public domain and altered by me.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

THE THREE MUSES


WASH DAY

This week at the Three Muses Bev has chosen WINDMILLS as our theme for inspiration and that made me think about how we are often nostalgic for the windmills of old but not so happy about the modern windmills or turbines.  Me, I like them.  I like their beauty and grace ... and I find them quite handy for drying my washing on wash day!!!

Thanks, Bev.

Credits to Pixabay, NummBum and the public domain.

Thank you for looking.


Sunday, 1 November 2015

TAKE A WORD


CHILD CATCHER

This week at Take a Word Marie has asked for balloons and that reminded me of what happened a week last Tuesday.  There I was minding my own business taking a walk in the park when I came across a little man with rather a large nose which I hear he uses to stiff out children ... and perhaps he does because he was holding on to a whole host of those  'little people' who are so fond of lollipops!

Credits to behindinfinity for 'alice', whilst the remainder is either in the public domain or my own.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

DIGITALMANIA


Across at Digitalmania on Flickr we've been taking inspiration from the style of CARME MAGEN.

Here is what I was inspired to create in the artist's style.

Credits can be found on my Flickr stream.

Thank you for looking.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

ITCHY FEET


I'm gadding off to Wales for the week.  Be back soon ... with photos perhaps!



Tuesday, 20 October 2015

THE THREE MUSES


 TIME FOR REFLECTION

MAGGIE TAYLOR, whose work is softly surreal, is one of my favourite contemporary artists and here is my interpretation of her style for the theme at the Three Muses this week.

If you'd like to see her wonderful work you'll find her here Maggie Taylor

Credit to FinecraftedDesigns, SharingTubes, Bluesse and PlayingWithBrushes.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

TAKE A WORD


Our theme at Take a Word this week is ORANGE and BLACK.  Ta Dah!

Credit to Pixabay for the mysterious lady much altered by me.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

THE THREE MUSES


Bev has asked for CASTLES this week at the Three Muses, so here is one made of sand .... floating away on its own little island.  Makes me think of that song Sand Castles in the Air!  Hee hee.

Credit to SharingTubes and Pixabay.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

TAKE A WORD


BEWITCHED is our theme at Take a Word this week and that reminded me of a night not so long ago (it might have been a week last Tuesday ... or may be not) when the moon was large on the horizon and I was watching it and dreaming dreams when a bird (or perhaps a witch) sailed past on a twig (or was it a broomstick).  As I stared I happened to look down from my window and there I saw a whole host of black cats and a lady looking slightly green which left me wondering whether it might be the witching hour!

Credit to SharingTubes, Kubivet and Pixabay.

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

THE THREE MUSES


WISH YOU WERE HERE

I've chosen POSTAGE STAMP PEOPLE for the theme across at the Three Muses this week and so it will be no surprised to hear I was inspired to choose that theme after having bumped into Dame Edna on a sunny beach recently.   I was taking a stroll when I came upon her ... purple hair and sparkly spectacles gave her away immediately.  I was about to bid her good morning, but as you can see she didn't seem that pleased to see me.  Shame that, since I was just about to mention her newly toned figure.  Ah well!

Credits in the main to Pixabay, though I did find Dame Edna on the interwebby (labelled for reuse).

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

TAKE A WORD


It's MAIL at Take a Word this week and that reminded me of the letter I received a week last Tuesday.  As it popped through my letterbox I'm sure I saw that lady smile and wink at me.  Don't believe me ... well here goes!

Credit to Pixabay.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

THE THREE MUSES


Our theme this week at the Three Muses is MUSIC and as I'm quite obsessed at the moment with manipulating text I chose a Plato quote to illustrate the theme.

Credit to SharingTubes and Bluesse with a little help from me.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

TAKE A WORD


SUPER MOON

The theme at Take a Word this week is MOON which is just in time to celebrate the red super moon and total lunar eclipse scheduled to take place in the early hours of Monday 28 September.

So when at 3.10 am I take a peek from my window this is probably what I will see!

Credit to Jinxmim (DA) for the moon in profile, the clouds (as always) are NummBum and the sleeping lady is Itkupilli.  The full red moon is in the public domain.

Thank you for looking.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

DIGITALMANIA


An exercise in blending layers for the Digitalmania challenge this week across at Flickr. 

Credit : Gene was in the public domain and the remainder is a selection of my own 'weather' photos layered and blended to set the scene for Gene's rendition of Singing in the Rain. 

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

THE THREE MUSES


APPLES

This week Bev has called for APPLES as her theme at the Three Muse.   Here is my interpretation.

Credit to SharingTubes for the apples and vase, whilst the background is one of my own.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

TAKE A WORD


It's MAKING MEMORIES this week at Take a Word and that reminded me of this lovely poem I've wanted to use for a while now.  So here we are!

 ..... Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.
Be Still they say.
Watch and listen.
You are the result of the love of thousands.

Linda Hogan.

Credit to Itkupilli for the children whilst the background was a free to use wallpaper.

Thank for looking.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

THE THREE MUSES

SHADES OF WHITE

It's my turn to host at the Three Muses this week and I've chosen SHADES OF WHITE as my theme.

Credits to HolliewoodStudio for the background, whilst the text is my own.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

TAKE A WORD


SHADES OF BLUE is our theme at Take a Word this week.  Ta Dah!

Credits - with a great deal of help from Mucha!

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

THE THREE MUSES


MAIL MAN

It's AUTUMN LEAVES this week at the Three Muses .. where did summer go! 

Credits to Tammara and Graphics Fairy for the postage marks whilst the postage stamp, leaves and background images were created by me. 

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

TAKE A WORD


Our theme at Take a Word this week is SCHOOL DAYS.  Did you ever have to wear the Dunce's Cap?

Credit to Bluesse, SharingTubes and the Public Domain.

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DIGITALMANIA


Created for the Digitalmania challenge where this week we are taking inspiration from the work of LYNNE K PERRELLA.  This one was inspired by her Illustrations.

Credit to SharingTubes and the PublicDomain.

Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

THE THREE MUSES


Bev, who is hosting at the Three Muses this week, is asking us to create art using a QUOTE of our choice.   This is what I chose.

Credit to Itkupilli for the elements.  The font is 'That's It'.

Thank you for looking.



Sunday, 30 August 2015

TAKE A WORD


UP, UP AND AWAY

Marie has asked for ALTERED VINTAGE at Take a Word this week and that instantly reminded me of the girl I saw pass my window one morning recently.  It was quite a breezy day so I didn't think much about it when I saw her fly by ..... until I realised she seemed to be from an earlier time.

Credit : The Magna Carta and other scripts and other bits and pieces were all free to use from the public domain.

Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

THE THREE MUSES


INVISIBLE ME

My challenge at the Three Muses this week is for my blog friends to choose and illustrate a SUPER POWER for themselves.  At the same time I feel it is appropriate for me to confess that I have a real live super power which is an ability to become invisible at will.  Come on ..... how else would I be able to observe the strange sights and situations from my window that I tell you about each week!

Credit to FoxeySquirrel and Itkupilli.

Thank you for looking.