Wednesday, 24 May 2017


A general view of my desk this week.

WOYWW 416 24-5-17 Gen View

Far left, on my cutting machine: my ongoing Infusions mini-album project, and beside it, the gorgeous little pincushion Lunch Lady Jan made for me one year. In front of the cutting machine, the spares and rejects from the Infusions project. Some spare flowers on top of my black gesso, and the little purple thing beside that is the wrist band I had to wear for the two-day conference I went on last week – I thought it was paper till I tried to rip it, and then realised it must be Tyvek so it’s up on my desk waiting to be melted experimentally! Working along the back of the desk, some toilet roll centres painted with black gesso (spares from the Infusions project) and two glass bowls with coffee and tea in them which were used for the card in the centre of the desk. The usual detritus of inky/painty kitchen roll, scissors, glue, heat gun, paintbrushes, my signature dirty paint water etc. etc.

Here’s a detail shot of the desk.

WOYWW 416 Desk

Today is our 31st wedding anniversary and I made my hubby and this the card I made for my hubby last night. You can read all about it and see the photos on my previous post below this.

26 Completed Card

In case you didn’t see it last week (I only just snuck into WOYWW last week before I turned into a pumpkin), this is the card I made for his birthday last week.

17 Finished Card

Last week was incredibly busy and I really overdid things, but everything I did was tremendous fun (apart from the blood test and the scan) so it was worth all the payback I got – I had 2 very bad ME days as a result, crashed out on the recliner on Saturday and again on Monday, when I couldn’t do anything except watch TV and Youtube, but the latter inspired me to make my hubby’s anniversary card! I am much better now, and trying to catch up. My apologies for taking so long to reply to all your lovely comments last week – I am still working on these! – and for not visiting many desks.

I attended a two-day Christian conference on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, all day and evening, and then on Thursday we went to the County Show – I haven’t had a chance to edit my photos of that day yet, but once I do, I shall do my usual annual post about one of my most enjoyable days out each year! We had great fun and I did some nice shopping too, and we had a lovely Chinese takeaway with family afterwards – a great day! I was very busy the following day, which was my hubby’s birthday, so we treated Thursday as his birthday celebration instead. Last Sunday I sang a solo in church and am due to do another one this coming Sunday. All last week I had a cold which really didn’t help things much, but at least it didn’t stop me singing!!


At last things are progressing on the kitchen front. I have got the carpenter coming to see me this evening to decide what to do about the walk-in pantry. Our neighbour Gary has finished fitting the ventilator and blocking up the old one, and plastered everything over. I was amused that two people reading my blog said they wanted to use the photos of the work as a basis for art work – here are some more!! Fun patterns and textures in the plaster work.

10 Top Ventilator Plaster Detail

12 Top Ventilator Plaster Drying

13 Small Pits Plastered Detail

Here is the new ventilator.

11 Bottom Ventilator Detail

Hopefully the carpenter won’t be too booked up for weeks ahead, and will be able to make a start soon. I can’t wait to get back into my kitchen.


Phoebe in Fruit Basket 10 Mar 04

Very sad news. Yesterday my hubby took her to the vet for the last time, and brought back her little body and buried it in the garden. She had had bowel cancer for a while, and we’d been keeping her going as best as possible, knowing that the time would come eventually. She had been eating fairly well lately but continuing to lose weight and it seemed that she was unable to absorb the nutrients from her food. She started to be sick again on and off, and then for the last couple of days she was clearly fading, just flopping around and seeming very subdued. She was very clingy and needing lots of love. She spent her last day on the concrete path outside the back door with Beatrice, lying in the warm sun, what she enjoyed doing the most.

We are going to miss this sweet kitty so much. Like all of them, she had her own unique little foibles and ways, and endearing habits. She lived with us for nearly 14 years and we gave her a very good life with a happy home, good food, lots of love, and good care through all her health problems which included epilepsy over the past couple of years.

Here is my favourite picture of her with her sister Chloe, who was killed on the road outside our old house.

Phoebe and Chloe Vignette 2-7-04


  1. Hello Shoshi! You have a lovely assortment of things on your desk! I love the card you made for your husband for your anniversary - 31 years, congratulations. So sorry about Phoebe, very sad. And I'm still loving the abstract art in your walk in pantry... !! LOL

  2. Hi Shoshi, oh I am so sorry about Phoebe. So distressing when the decision has to be made, I know. Good to see the pantry coming together, you'll soon be back in your kitchen. Have a lovely week, Love & Hugs, Shaz #7 XxX

  3. oh how terribly sad! I know how much you loved her....
    Happy anniversary, and to coincide with WOYWW too! - the card you made your hubby is beautiful. Helen #2

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss, dear Shoshi. I've loved and lost a number of beloved pet friends - family members, some of them, really. At least she knew she was loved while you had her with you. And now you'll have every sweet memory that she's given you. Blessings.
    A peaceful happy 8th to you
    Rose of Rose's Art Garden #50
    (P.S. ONLY if you have enough time, you might like to see what i've done using that renovation photo you allowed me to use. It's here -
    I'll be posting more color ways of the same digitally shifted design if time permits.)

  5. Oh, no! I was just showing my son the photo of Phoebe and then read that shes gone... how sad. BUT, as you wrote, she did have a really loving and beautiful life. Will you get another cat, do you think? I always say I never will when I lose a beloved pet... but always end up with another - not as a replacement, but because I love having the little critters around. It's always nice to have another heartbeat in the house, I say.

    Bubbles #36

  6. So sorry to hear about Phoebe. Cats make such great members of the family. They each have different personalities. I know that she had a great life and you helped make it that way.

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. A great milestone. My husband and I are only a few years behind you. Your card looks wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing photos of your trip to the County show.

    Hope the check up goes well!

    Happy WOYWW anniversary
    Sharon K #37

  7. (( HUGS )) I am so very sorry to read about Phoebe and both of those cards have such awesome textures :) ~Stacy #42

  8. Hi Shoshi. Of all the days to choose my friends came round and we've been out most of the day so I am trying to catch-up with the visits before bed. So sorry to hear about Phoebe, gorgeous photo. Many thanks for the visit to mine. Happy woyww anniversary, Angela x17x

  9. Happy 8th Anniversary!I'm so sorry to hear about Phoebe; I'm sure she had a fabulous life with you. And I love the two cards...especially the idea of using the strips on the birthday card! Great idea. Have a great week.
    -K #39/40

  10. I was saddened to read about Phoebe. She was a real beauty and I can see why you like that picture of her and her sister Chloe. They made a great pair, I suspect. So very sorry for your loss.

    That pincushion LLJ made is gorgeous. I have never seen infusions, so I will be glad when they reach the midwest of the US. I LOVE the anniversary card you made for your husband. it is fabulous, and has so much texture and a genuine masculine feel.

    Sorry I'm late in visiting. I had a commitment today, so had to be away from the computer. Happy 8th Anniversary from # 1.

  11. Oh Shoshi, I'm so sorry to hear about Phoebe, what a beautiful cat she was - sending heartfelt hugs, and hoping Beatrice will settle down soon and accept she's gone, I know how distressing that can be having had similar with our dogs over the years and recently with our Guinea Pigs.
    Your cards are beautiful and I do love the teabag one - you have got me hooked on teabags! and I love your stamps too, I have a lot of Inkylicious stamps, I love their designs. The background wall on the second one is lovely - what a gorgeous delicate watercolour effect you achieved - very beautiful. Lucky hubby and congratulations on your anniversary.
    Great to see your kitchen coming on, and although I laughed I can see how those plaster shapes and textures would be a great basis for art work!
    Happy WOYWW Anniversary and sorry I'm so late getting round - it's a bit of struggle fitting everything in this week!
    Diana x

  12. What beautiful cards you've made! Love the anniversary one.
    Sad about Phoebe but that's a lovely picture of the sisters.
    Do take things a bit easier this week, I have a head cold so just keeping cool in the shade ..... and visiting friends (WWW wise). Our Plasterer is in our bathroom at the moment, started half an hour ago so I now have much music and banging!!!
    have a good week and take care
    Christine #22

  13. Hi Shoshi. Only a day late to wish you a happy 8th WOYWW anniversary!! My goodness - and folk reckon I'm busy! Last week took the biscuit. Glad you really enjoyed it all, despite the two bad days following. Sorry to read about Phoebe.
    They are lovely cards - I particularly like the one with the wall.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #5

  14. I'm so sorry to hear about Phoebe, such a beautiful cat, and now she can be with Chloe over the "rainbow bridge" as they say. My heart goes out to you. Happy Anniversary to you and hubby! I love the card you made, and the stamp you used. I have a stamp I use every year on my anniversary card to my hubby, it says "amour" in old-english letters, and "I love you" in script running through the middle. Truly Canadian - just like him (we have English and French as our official languages!)! I'm glad you are taking care of yourself when you are feeling exhausted, keep up the good work! Thanks for your earlier visit, Happy 8th WOYWW anniversary! Lindart #51

  15. Thanks for your visit. So sad to hear the news about Phoebe. Hope you're feeling a little less exhausted and that the solo goes well on Sunday. You're certainly cracking on with the kitchen now. Your anniversary card is fabulous. Sarah #27

  16. What a lovely photo to remember both kitties by! I'd like to believe they're together now, doing all their favourite things - or maybe they will be born again - and be little kittens again to make another family happy. And Chloe, having learnt from her previous life, will be more careful crossing the road. I'll go now, dry my tears and give a cuddle to Oreo. xx


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