Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Halloween! WOYWW #272

Woke up this morning with the distinct feeling that I was forgetting something important!!! Hmmm...I wonder what that could be?  Oh right!  It is Wednesday and time for me to get my backside out of bed and get on the computer and write up my WOYWW post.  What is WOYWW?  Follow the link and Julia will tell you the deets but the gist of it is...It is a group of snoopy peoples that like to get together once a week and hop around the world snooping through one another's desks and projects.  Want to join in the fun?  Only place I know where you don't go to jail for stalking and snooping in other peoples lives and desks! 

My one of my desks in all its messed up glory...
This is kind of a tease photo cause I have covered up part of the project I am working on because it isn't done enough to share!  Hang on I will share photos of the orange tree shortly!!!  :-)  I decided it was all September and kids are going back to classes that it must be time for me to start working on my fall and Halloween projects.  I have even been spending time researching such on Pinterest!!! What an awesome time sink!!

Okay what is that orange thingey?
A box I started on last year then set aside to be finished at a later day and I forgot all about it.  Currently it is a coaster box but I am trying to decide if I would like to turn the coasters into a small picture book of Halloween pictures from bygone years!

Up closer!

Closer still!

A better side view!
The box is just a chipboard box I bought covered with Graphic 45 SteamPunk Spells papers.  I die cut the Harlequin edging, bats, and fence with Tim Holtz dies and Coordination distress cardstock.  All the ephemera and metal bits came out of my stash.  Tinsel is TH ideology.

These are the 4"x4" beer mats that are covered with various bits of paper. As I was digging through stuff to find stuff for the project in the works I found this key.  I think it could work as a way of getting a book out of the box!
It is easy getting them out when they are coasters but a little tight in a solid chunk.

One last picture I wanted to share!  My DH took me out to supper last week for beer, brats, and blues at the local German Biergarten, Royal Bavaria, an authentic beer garden owned by a couple from Germany!  Who would have thunk it!  In Oklahoma no less!
Isn't he handsome in that cowboy hat holding that stein of beer.  No one would believe I married him for his brain and not his good looks.  Interested in seeing some good photography?  Chuck has a blog too...his is a professional blog...but it is loaded with all sorts of awesome photography!  Check it out!

Okay enough for me.  I have to get off here and get dressed.  I have an appointment I need to get to at 2:30 and it is getting late!  Hope everyone has a great week and I will try and get by to visit you later in the week!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WOYWW #271 and More Pennsic War Pictures

Woot! it is Wednesday and I am home from the wars...Pennsic War that is. What a fun place and I had a most awesome time! Heather and Michael met at Pennsic War 33 in 2004 and were married 2 years later. They have been after me since 2006 to go to war with them but I wasn't really into a lot medieval but WOW have things changed! I am anxiously awaiting next years war! I have a few more pictures to share but will do that later in the post first... Welcome to my What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW)! Each week on Wednesday we get together to show off the state of our desks and projects we are up to. If you are interested in joining it (trust me it is a lot of fun!) go check out Stamping Ground and Julia has a button you click to read the details of WOYWW! Okay first off a picture of my desk! 

My desk this week.  I started the project in the center on Monday night at the Monday Night Arting at Heathers house but I am not sure where I am going with it.  I think this is just the background in reds and blacks and I will turn it into a steampunk something!  New Stampin' Up! catalog on the left...omg I will be broke the rest of the year!  lots of stuff to look at!
I started knitting again at Pennsic and finished 2 washcloths and started a third on the way home.  I used to knit all the time but somehow got out of the habit as life and work interfered with fun time.  I am starting to get used to being retired and having time to do all sorts of things I used to love doing long ago!
I posted some pictures last week on the blog about the war and was surprised at the number of folks that knew or were interested in medieval reenactment.  I always thought that it was like the medieval fair they have at the university here each year but it is nothing like it.  For 2 weeks each year folks from all over the world get together and immerse themselves in education, reenactment of various war/battle techniques, and relax and enjoy a fun time camping.  There were hundreds of classes offered this year on history, armor, cooking, weaving, knitting, garment making, working with wool for spinning and wet felting etc.  I took a class on book binding, listened in on a mustard making class, a wet felting class and got handouts for making cheese, tying sari's, and Roman dress.  Amazing what was offered.  Next year I am planning on taking at least 2 classes a day...planning you understand doesn't mean I will succeed but there is so much to learn!!

Now a few pictures of people and things....
My daughter Heather and her husband Michael
Nathan playing in the to the youngest kiddo in camp at 3 years of age! I was worried that I would be one of the oldest campers but there were a lot my age or older.  My next photo is of Weezie who just celebrated her 56th wedding anniversary at Pennsic.  (Sorry no picture of her husband.) 
The Ladies of the Lanai...a belly dancing troupe that camps with the McGuire's Marauders each year.  This year was the first time for the 2nd and last (from the l)  The troupe is actually 8-10 women from New Jersey.  I thoroughly enjoyed camping with these ladies!
Ki-lin kept us all on the straight and narrow and was most generous in sharing her provisions and information.  A fountain of knowledge about a plethora of subjects but then she is a librarian/info tech person in mundane life.
John  McGuire, Jenn, and Devon sharing the hammock in the great tent!  This hammock was never empty and was enjoyed by all!  John is the dressmaker and outfitter of all that drop by for a fitting or with a need!  I don't know how many outfits he made or finished during the 2 weeks.
 The Kingdom of Ansteorra, the kingdom we are part of, hosts a Chili supper each war for all who show up for a bowl.  Now the whole war had about 10,400 people in attendance and about 750 showed up to partake.  The chili is a huge affair and besides meat chili a pot of bean chili for vegetarians is produces.  There is a wide assortment of condiments, peppers, cheese, tomatoes, onions, Frito chips etc to doctor it up! 
Heather cooking hamburger!  a total of 160+/- pounds of beef was cooked
Michael cooking hamburger! Isabella the head cook is bent over the chest in the background!  Isabella was kept busy for two days making and serving up chili!
The flag of the Stellar Kingdom of Ansteorra
The great tent where supper was served!  Talk about lines of people just 30 minutes later...oh my!!

These three photos are of the camp that was across the road from our tent on the backside of our encampment.  I loved the artistic work put into their walls and fences.  It was awesome!  The little blackbird with a tabard that had a blackbird on it was just one of the details that set it apart in my mind!
Their device tree telling who all was in the camp!
another camp displayed their devices with a way to track people!

A fun thing was the maze artist that drew period mazes for people to wander through.  Lots of fun for kids or adults alike!
A few last picture's...breaking camp and a view of the arch in St. Louis MO on the way home!

I had such a great time hanging around camp and visiting with these people Heather and Michael signed me up as a registered member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
A last picture I in my purple chiton!!!  Love this outfit! Yards of fabric! 
Well that's it for my WOYWW 271!  I have already gone over limit for what Dame Julia says is a good sized post.  Hope you enjoyed seeing my pictures! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I missed posting last week due to being on vacation with Heather and her husband Michael in Pennsylvania!  We are at Pennsic Wars a medieval reinactment outside Slippery Rock, PA. It is beautiful here and the weather has been fairly cool at night and warm during the day.  I don't have a desk to share this week but thought I would share some pictures from around camp!
Heather and Michael's tent that I am sharing with them is 18x18 feet!   Loads of room inside for all sorts of things.   
Heather and Michael setting up the tent!

Heather sitting on the bed stringing her loom to make me a belt!
My new belt!
My new orange dress heather made me! I have such an awesome daughter making me such fun garb! 
 Storms on the horizon! 
Off to war!
I will post more picture when I get home!  
I hope everyone has a great week and I will try and visit a few desks later this week!  Go check out Julia's blog Stamping Ground ( to see desks from around the world!  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WOYWW #266

UPDATE:This post was created on my iPad and it is a mess. I promise to learn how to use it better or never post this way again!

WOW what a week!  Weather has been really weird and cool for Oklahoma in July.  Normally it is in the upper 90's (30's) but the weather turned off cool running in the mid 70's(upper20's).  My pool is cooled off a bit but the weather turned off hot again Monday so it won' to take it long to heat up again. 
The garden is still going strong but we have picked the last of the corn and had our first cantaloupe yesterday!   I have been fairly busy all week but have taken some time to do my art!   

This week I am going to show you a picture of my creative little spot in my daughter Heather huge crafty area!   One of these days I will have to take some picture and show you her space!   Anyway here is a picture of me working at her house this week.  
I am working on the week 30 project from LifeBook 2014 called Sacred Inner Eye which is an awesome affirmation painting!   The whole painting is curling and I don't know how to make it stop.  Maybe after it dries a few days I can weigh it down.  Any suggestions?
Here are some close ups!  

The eye...I am really happy with it!   It is really sparkling!  
The positive affirmations!  I life LifeBook 2014 because it is a lot more then just a drawing class and I am learning more about myself while doing my art!   
Thought I would leave you with a couple garden pictures!   Enjoy!
Last of the sunflowers!

Okay that's it for me!  Go check out Stamping Ground and Julia will tell you how you can show off your desk and the works you are doing!   Have a great week and stay cool! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SOC 4 week 6

  I seem to be having troubles with my blog posts that I have scheduled.  This one got lost somewhere so I am having to rewrite it... Thanks Kristin for letting me know!

My Summer of Color 4 week 6 project was a lot of fun to do.  Kristin gave us the color challenge this week of Raspberry, Tangerine, and pop of yellow.  Go check out Twinkle Twinkle Like a Star for deets.
Hmmm...says I once again not some of my favorite colors and all that kept going through my brain was Raspberry beret and raspberry I painted raspberry lemonade whilst the music of Prince's Raspberry Beret played in my brain...(took me days to get it out and I think I just let it back in...)
Raspberry Lemonade
Not a super good picture but it is the best I can do right now!  It is a little more orangey then I wanted but I am really happy at how well it has turned out.  I love the way the textured leaves pop out at you and I pop dotted a lemon drawing on the top of the picture to give it some more depth!  Unfortunately you can't see the shimmery effect the Silks from Luminarte gives the picture! 

I have had so much fun with the weekly challenges that I think I am going to have to find some challenge blog to keep stimulating me like this has.  Any good ideas? 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WOYWW and SOC 4 Week 5

WOW I totally missed out on WOYWW last week!  Don't ask me how or why cause I really don't have an answer to that question just that it was Tuesday and I was thinking about doing my post and went outside to take some pictures of my garden and got totally sidetracked and when I next realized it was July 4th and so much going on I told myself I was just too late last week to post!!!  So on to this week...I am going to work hard at staying focused and getting this published before I forget again.  Go to Stamping Ground and Julia will fill you in on the deet's about posting your desk each week...

My desks this week....
Main desk...sans cat...Don't know what happened cause Stormy Kitty never misses a photo shoot!
staging desk...I am working on Summer of Color week 5
Finished Summer of Color 4 week 5 project!
The prompt this week was to use these colors:
Red, blue and light blue
I was going to paint something but decided I was really liking paper arts this week so I made a journal page using some of the stash I have.  I made the tags to stuff in the pocket that I can use to journal on or hey even just leave blank.  I may take this idea and made a couple scrapbook pages for the grand daughters to scrap their 4th of July photos!

Paper and card from Close to My Heart, punch from Martha, the stencils etc are from the stash and not in packaging so I have no idea who their makers are!!!

Okay the rest of the post is very picture intensive but everyone has been asking about the garden...
Last week I didn't get the pictures of the garden taken before we harvested the cabbage but I got pictures after the fact...there were a total of 8 cabbages but we have already eaten 2 of the smaller ones. Coleslaw and fried cabbage are staples here in the south!

Lots of tomatoes and green beans last week also! 
A mammoth Sunflower!!!  The head is about the size of a large dinner plate and the leaves could be used as umbrellas!
 We harvested a lot of corn yesterday.  I ended up with 7 bags of 4 ears to put in the freezer for winter nomming and there is probably more then that left to be picked! 
Had Chuck to stop the harvesting long enough to get a picture...

The corn harvest... to give you some idea of the size of the ears I stuck my finger in there...

Under the corn plants you can see a lot of vine...that is our two watermelon plants and a free start cantaloupe that I have no idea where it came from.  Good serendipity though cause it has 2 melons on the vine!
The giant sunflower from last week.  I think this plant got at least 14 feet tall before it drooped over.  There are at least a couple pounds of sunflower kernel's to be had here!

Decided to try growing different varieties of tomatoes this year.    The green ones on the left grow huge!   The birds seem to love to peck on these purple ones and they are a heritage tomato so they are subject to wilt and other issues we have in this heat!

Thought I would try some small yellow tomatoes and small red tomatoes that look like Roma's but much sweeter and juicier!

Yesterdays Harvest!!!
 thought I would leave you with this shot of the yard.  We are spending a lot of time around the pool right now.  The water temp is about 88f/32c but the outside heat is over 95f/36c most days...Ugh!  Summer in Oklahoma.