Wednesday, 27 July 2016


At last I have got my mojo back and a bit more time and energy for making art again!

I am very happy to hear that our hostess for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday, Julia, is now back in the driving seat after her major surgery, and I join with the others in wishing her well for her continued recovery, and to say a huge thank you to Jan for hosting us unruly deskers during her absence!

Here is my desk for today.

WOYWW 373 27-7-16

If it looks a bit staged, that’s because it is!! I had just cleared up after Tuesday evening’s marathon with my Cougar cutting machine, and there wasn’t really anything on the desk, so I thought I’d put some of it back. You can see the plastic ready-meals bowls holding the various parts of the project I am working on. I can’t say a lot about it yet, because it’s for someone who sometimes visits my blog.

The left-hand bowl contains some papier mache boxes which I am altering. I will be doing a blog post about this in due course. Not much work done on them yet apart from covering them with some random tissue paper collage.

The next bowl along contains the flowers I made recently with my new Infusions paints, which you can see are still out on the right-hand side of the photo. I am in the process of using some of these flowers – some will go on one of the boxes, and some more are on the small mixed media piece that I am working on, seen front left on the desk. This has some tissue paper collage on it and it’s being worked on in conjunction with the altered boxes. Again, I shall be blogging about this in due course, as well.

The two bowls on the right contain the fruits of my labours yesterday – cut pieces from white card, and gold mirror card.

On the right of the desk you can see some empty face cream pots. I have decided to use these to decant a small quantity of different gel mediums into. I have found that constantly opening the original pots, the stuff tends to dry out – it’s so expensive and I hate wasting it! Decanting it in small quantities which get used up more quickly should prevent this problem.

Health Update

Just over a week ago I developed a frozen shoulder, and spent most of that weekend in agony. I have written about this on my blog, so I won’t go into details here, but suffice it to say that with the benefit of the cortisone injection into the joint, and the stronger prescription meds I have been on all week, things are now very much improved and I’ve got a lot of movement back, and the pain is considerably reduced. I have a physio appointment booked for this coming Friday but the way things are going, I’m not sure I’m going to need it! However, the meds may just be masking the problem so perhaps it will be good to go, if for no other reason than to learn some exercises to keep it moving and to prevent a recurrence. I have been very fortunate because I’ve heard horror stories of people suffering for two or three years, for whom treatment has been of little benefit.

While being fairly incapacitated after the initial acutely painful period was over, but wanting to do something creative, I have been working on my “Gothic Series” – a collection of designs in Inkscape for cut-outs and stencils. I shall be blogging about this once I’ve got something to show for my efforts.


My hubby’s efforts in our lovely garden have really paid off, and it’s looking so pretty now. Here are some photos.

09 Looking Back Along the Bank

11 Budleia

12 Lavender Above the Bank

10 Sweet Peas - Second Flowering

The sweet peas are a bit of a surprise – I had neglected my dead-heading duties and they were covered with little pods, which I finally got round to pulling off, but I thought I had left it too long and they would have finished flowering. In spite of being plagued with some leaf-tunnelling bug which has turned a lot of the leaves yellow, they have burst into a second flowering! We are delighted. They’ve been a huge success.

Finally, a picture of Phoebe in her latest favourite sleeping place: the compost heap!

Phoebe in the Compost Heap 2 26-7-16

It gets lovely and warm up there, but the trouble is, she comes in smelling of compost and grass mowings! She always has been a bit of a grubby little tyke.

Have a great week, everybody, and happy WOYWW.


  1. Glad your shoulder is much improved Shoshi. Gosh it's no picnic getting older in general, but when you have a complicated and challenging Health Condition things must seem pretty challenging to say the least. Looking forward to seeing your next project.Being Creative certainly takes your mind off things.Your garden looks very pretty.Very cheery and Summery.Is that a purple Budlea I see?
    Judy xx

  2. Your have some lovely looking things on your desk, Shoshi. I'm very intrigued at what you are creating.
    Your garden is beautiful. I always enjoy having a peek at everyone's flowers. Your sweetpeas are definitely better that mine, They've only juts started flowering.
    Have a good week.
    Hugs Lisax #22

  3. I love the idea of using bowls to keep parts of a project in. I usually have it all out on the desk which ends up with me knocking something over!! Take care Zo xx 27

  4. Happy WOYWW. Lovely to hear that your shoulder is less painful/restricted than before, and you are back to crafting. Certainly sounds like I will need to visit your blog regularly to keep up with all the posts! Your garden looks amazing and I don't blame Phoebe making her bed in the compost - looks like a cosy spot. I will go and read back through some of your older posts now. Ali x #26

  5. Hi Shoshi, so sorry to hear about your shoulder. I can vouch for the help physio gives, as mine healed completely, and I got full movement back after i broke it, thanks to physio. Laughed at Phoebe! The compost heap would be lovely and warm, wouldn't it? But I can imagine her shedding grass clippings everywhere when she comes in!Have a lovely week, and much love to you both. Shaz xxx

  6. I am so glad you are doing better. That is the best news. Your hubby's garden!!!! Oh my! It is stunning. Phoebe is so sweet. I love her new bed. I can't wait to see the Gothic Series and the new project. Thank you for the inspiration about decanting the acrylic mediums to face cream jars. I hate throwing away my face cream jars. They are so pretty. Now, I have a use for them. I kept wondering what I could put in them.

    1. Thank you, Aiyana! So glad you enjoyed it all.

      Shoshi x

  7. I have a similarly staged photo this week - it's better than being honest and showing an empty desk, isn't it? Some lovely bits and pieces there! What a beautiful garden! I think the weather has been facilitating the growth with hot and wet periods alternating this summer. Your vegetation looks so lush! Phoebe's a cutie! She rather reminds me of a wild cat in that shot - lovely markings! Glad to hear your shoulder is getting better! My back is perfectly OK now but I have to be very careful not to do it in again! High price to pay for one bad move! Hope you're taking full advantage of your mojo's return! Enjoy your week!

  8. So glad you are feeling a lot better with your shoulder, let's hope it continues to improve, although the physio might offer some advice in case it starts playing up again. It's great to see you getting creative and I'm glad you had a good session on your Cougar machine - I'm looking forward to seeing what you're making in secret!
    Your garden is looking so lovely and colourful - I thought we had lost our Budlea in high winds last February, but it's back again almost the size of yours, and covered in flowers - I'm amazed and thrilled, and the butterflies love it.
    Hope you have lovely and creative week,
    Diana x

  9. I'm glad to hear that although you are still having some medical issues like the one with your shoulder, medications and treatments are working well. I'm also thrilled to hear your mojo is back and have the energy to work on your artwork. Your husbands garden is a breathtaking haven. I could spend hours taking photographs and sketching there. Beautiful Phoebe seems to enjoy it too, even though she's not chosen what I would consider the best spot. LOL! Have a blessed and very peaceful week, my friend!

  10. good on you for finding your mojo back, did you seen mine anywhere because it has gone for a while now :-( Happy WOYWW Vicky #15

  11. Beautiful flowers. Sorry about the shoulder thing. Hope you heal fast and get back to normal. Hugz Peg R #8

  12. Nice clean desk Shoshi! LOLOL I MUST, MUST try those infusions. Seems like everyone who has been using them, has had some fantastic projects!
    Glad to hear that your shoulder is improving! Many prayers for continued recovery and SWIFT recovery, for sure! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE your garden! You have quite the thumb! :) Just gorgeous! And little Ms. Phoebe looks like she is in her element! LOLOL Too cute! Blessings for the rest of your week! :) Felicia #37

  13. Glad your shoulder is improving, it does sound so painful. Look forward to seeing what comes of the bowls of bits and pieces; lol!! Love the garden - it looks so colourful. Helen #1

  14. It's nice to come visit with you and today your desk has delighted me. Those Fall colors have really caught my eye and made me long for Fall! Here in East Tennessee we are in the grip of a great dry spell with white hot days. We do finally have pop up thunder showers in the forecast for the next few days. Your little fur baby is so cut lying there in the compost heap. Your garden is glorious and your husband has done a great job. Hoping your shoulder continues to improve! Glenda #23

  15. Glad you got some help for your shoulder... please go to the appointment, it's bound to help you reduce the meds. Absolutely LOVE your garden! Your hubby must have a green thumb! Hope you have a great week!
    Carol N #30

  16. Those Sweet Peas are amazing! I have about six or seven flower heads on my perennials and was very chuffed about them - now i see what to aspire to!! lol
    The garden is really lovely, well done to your DH.
    Look forward to seeing you finished creations.
    Take care

    aka Bishopsmate #43

  17. Sorry to hear about your shoulder but thank goodness it's better now. Sounds like you've been pretty busy since. Take care and happy woyww, Angela 14

  18. OMG - I love your garden, I want to sit there & read!

    1. Thank you! I am glad you like it. It's all down to my hubby's hard work.

  19. Such a beautiful garden! Sorry to hear about your shoulder and hope that it continues to heal. Your gold card is wonderful!! I use little disposable pots to put some of larger tub mediums into and to mix into (like if I'm using modeling paste with a certain color but may want to bring it back in later too). Glad I'm not the only one who does this. Blessings, LisaDV #35


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