Wednesday, 26 November 2014

WOYWW 286

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First of all, I am sorry I haven’t been visiting many desks. I have been working flat out in my ARTHaven, when time and energy permitted, desperately trying to complete the recycled mini-album. My sister has contacted us and said she and her daughter are coming over in December, and it occurred to me that I could give our niece the album then, if I can only complete it in time! I’ve been making good progress.

Here is my desk this week.

WOYWW 286

You can see the current page I am working on, which is about tigers. Keep an eye on my blog over the next few days and you will see these, and some other pages I’ve completed. Laid on the book are a white pastel pencil (very useful for marking out elements on a black page, and easily rubbed off afterwards) and a pan pastel applicator. The book itself is resting on a new scratch paper I’ve started making, cleaning off my brushes from all the orange painting I’ve been doing over the past day or two! I shall probably turn this scratch paper into a masterboard if it looks useable. Even at this stage, it does show just how much paint can be wasted in the water pot and down the sink.

On the left you can see my entire stock of pan pastels (not many, but I should be able to achieve a good range of colours by mixing). At the back, lots of gel mediums and acrylic paints, my usual trademark dirty water jar (no, it’s not the same water as last week – it’s actually been changed quite a few times this week!), my brushes, distress inks, two bubble wrap printing blocks, the corner of my iMac and my heat gun. Perched on top of the distress inks is a pink circle punch. All the usual stuff on the shelf above.

Despite the pressure to get this project completed, I am really enjoying doing it. I am hoping to have time before it goes to do a video of it and also a blog post of all the completed pages, but we shall see!!

As for the rest of the week, I’ve been reasonably well. Although I was told that my latest blood test was “normal,” I spoke to the surgery subsequently and was told that it was at the bottom end of normal, and my GP wants me to continue with the iron, but reducing the dose from three times to twice a day, which I am happy to do. Over the past couple of days my balance has been a bit more off than usual and I’ve felt more wobbly on my feet but these things come and go with the M.E. and it’s probably because I’ve been pushing myself a bit too much!

Various bits and pieces have been arriving all week from Ebay, for soap making. The teacher supplies everything we need for each class, which is great, but it means we can’t do anything at home. I need to get some soaps made for Christmas presents.

I’ve been working on the final stages of my knitting, which I’d hoped to have completed by this week. The second sleeve is now finished and I’m picking up stitches around the neck, and then I’ve only got to sew up the side seams and it will be completed! I hope to be able to show you next week.

Have a great week, everybody, and happy WOYWW.

15 comments:

  1. I saw a prograame on tv (QI with Stephen Fry),that thyme has more ioron than broccoli or any of the other nomeally thought of veg high in iron. Forgot- but something like a teaspoon or so has 600 time the daily requirement of iron.
    Glad you've been well, and the album looks good!.

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  2. Hi Shohsi, good luck with finishing off your mini album, it's looking fabulous. I might just have to try making scratch pages as yes you don't realized how much you waste and the ones I've seen others make look super. Take care - hugs RobynO#34

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  3. Love your Mini Album, I've just started making them myself!! Thanks for sharing,
    Happy WOYWW Ginny #43

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  4. It's always so nice to be able to reduce meds and to get news that makes us happier! Good for you. Can't wait to see the pages up close -- that tiger looks like a painting that I did that hangs on the wall in the other half of my craft space. Your project looks awesome! Thanks for letting us visit. Have a wonderful, hopefully less hectic week. Nann #49

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  5. Hi Shoshi, no post from me this week, I've been too wiped out. The only thing thats been getting me out of bed is being hungry! Love the journal page, and the selection of Pan Pastels. I keep asking myself if I can justify buying some, I will convince myself eventually, lol. Hugs, Shaz xxx

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  6. Your album is almost finished, I can see! I'll look out for your blog post and video - I'd like to see all the pages! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #41

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  7. Good morning my dear Shoshi!! You sound so like me, always trying to finish a project to some deadline - I don't know how that happens. Somehow things always seem to take longer than you think they should (and of course my magpie mind has me darting off all over the place. Do take care of yourself, don't like to think of you wobbling about!! Soap making? Is there no end to your talents! I've been thinking about the pan pastels, haven't made my mind up. They were all the rage a few months ago but I saw someone using them to distress the other day and it looked a sight easier than DI's with which I have mixed success. Have a great day, hope you get lots done. Hugs, Cindy x

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  8. It's looking beautiful - I'm intrigued by the Tiger pages - you've drawn one in the past I recall - such a striking animal. I also had a peek at your previous post and loved the car pages. At this rate you'll very soon be finished! Glad you've been feeling well this week, long may it continue - Diana x

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  9. Your mini album looks great! I hope you get it done for when your sister comes but don't overdo it!
    That scratch paper is a good idea, it will become a masterboard with very little extra effort.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Have a great week,
    Lisca#24

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  10. Hope you continue well; I do love your journal pages! Helen 6

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  11. Glad you are enjoying making the book despite having to work to a deadline for it.

    Hope you have a productive week
    KraftyKaren #63

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  12. Your album is lovely and hope you get it finished. I'm trying to get a scarf finished as well as a lot of items for the craft fair- I've taken on too much I think - but will hopefully get there. I am on lookout for classes in soap making and candle making for next year - inspired by you. Happy WOYWW Anne x #32

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  13. Glad you're a bit better, but look after yourself and don't overdo things, Christmas or not! (I'm trying to learn that, too LOL) Sounds like lots of lovely stuff going on there. Have a good week, Chris # 8

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  14. Now I don't want to rain on your parade, but please don't be overdoing things...the album (which is fantastic) and soap making, knitting....all with a particular deadline. be careful!

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  15. Hi Shoshi, thanks for the visit, not done very well this week as our connection was down on the WOYWW day but have managed to visit everyone who has visited me. Your dad was a real card! I was reading the post about him carving the turkey.
    You must miss him lots.
    Have a great week and big hugs, Angela x

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