Tuesday, 31 May 2016

THE THREE MUSES


Our challenge theme this week at the Three Muses is FOOTWEAR.  What can I say .... it just happened.   Perhaps I need counseling!

Ever last piece of imagery in this piece is free to use and courtesy of the interwebby.

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

TAKE A WORD


Our word for inspiration at Take a Word this week is BOTANICAL and that made me think of the enduring and indestructible Dandelion!  Mmmmmm.

In honour of the dandelion.

Credit to G and T Designs and Irene Alexeeva.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

THE THREE MUSES


Our theme is UMBRELLA at the Three Muses this week.  The weather has been quite dry here in the UK for the past few days but it won't be long before it's GREAT WEATHER FOR DUCKS again, I'm sure.

Credits to NumbBumm and Pingimg.com.

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Monday, 23 May 2016

TAKE A WORD


Our word for inspiration at Take a Word this week is TWO so here's my Tea For Two!

Credit to Bluesse and to PingIm.com.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

THE THREE MUSES


It's TRANSPORT at the Three Muses this week and that reminded me of what I glimpsed from my bedroom window a week last Tuesday.  I know you won't believe me [me doing a gallic shrug or as we call it at our house a garlic shrug] and you don't have to believe me if you don't want.  

Anyway, along comes this bird, quite a big bird, and shiny black.  He,  because I'm sure it was a he, even though he was wearing stripy stockings and high heeled stripy shoes was carrying a white birdcage and on his back (I tell no lies) sat a gentlemen bearing a bunch of red flowers!

I'd have loved to know where he was going .......

Credits HoneyDesigns for the gentleman whilst  the rest is in the Public Domain.


And for those who prefer something less wacky.    A photo I took in Germany a couple of years ago.  There it was, the bike, just propped up on its little 'proppy thing' in an alleyway with the light streaming through creating a wonderful reflection ... and I couldn't resist.   I gave it a little iPhone treatment and here it is.

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

TAKE A WORD


  Just when the caterpillar 
thought her life was over 
she began to fly.

For Take a Word where this week our word for inspiration is FLY!

Credit to Ruby Blossom and the late Susie Que.

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BATHING BEAUTIES


I've been swanning around Italy but back to real life now which has made me very, very late for this week's BATHING BEAUTIES challenge at the Three Muses!  The weather was good but not yet warm enough for a dip in the sea ... or the lake for that matter but no matter as here's a very Zetti beauty who just can't wait to dip her toes in the sea.

Credit to Tumblefish Studio and the Public Domain.

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

AN INTERESTING TRIP


Our challenge for this week at Take a Word is to give an 'Old Master' a MAKEOVER.    Now I know you won't believe me but this really is what I saw from my window the day before yesterday.  And it looks to me as though he's enjoying a very interesting trip!

Credit to Dover, NumbBumm and Pixabay.

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DIGITALMANIA


Inspired by the work of Rafal Oblinski and created for the Digitalmania challenge.

TFL

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

I SPY DINNER


I SPY DINNER

Did you ever see a bird wearing such stylish shoes before?  Well me neither but it seems there's a first time for everything especially when Myrtle has a dinner date.

Credits - everything is in the public domain or my own work.

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Sunday, 24 April 2016


Our word for inspiration at Take A Word this week is SILHOUETTE.  Ta Dah!

Credit to Sharing Tubes.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A STORM IN A TEACUP


CROCKERY is our theme at the Three Muses this week and that reminded me of what I saw from my bedroom window a week last Tuesday.  I should mention it was a stormy night and when I drew the curtains against the winds I saw what looked like a tea cup bobbing erratically in our fish pond, and I'm almost certain I saw a strange figure balancing precariously in that very same cup.  To be honest that's when I began to doubt what I was seeing.  And how would a tea cup find its way into the pond anyway!

Credts - Pixabay.

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Sunday, 17 April 2016

A SPLASH OF COLOUR


Take a Word has requested A SPLASH OF COLOUR for this week's theme.  Here's mine!

Credits to Pixabay.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

SOMETHING ABSTRACT


Bev has called for something ABSTRACT for the Three Muses this week so here is my abstract Down The Rabbit Hole.

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

TAKE A WORD


THE ENTERTAINER

Our theme at Take a Word this week is BLACK AND WHITE which suited me to a tee, because since finding this image on a Flickr Free To Use group last month I've been hitching to create something dramatic and stark!   So having extracted him I gave him a quick paint makeover, added dramatic eyelashes and a subtle shadow and background  ..... and there ya go!

Thanks, Marie, for just the right theme.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

THE THREE MUSES


STEAMPUNK HATS is the theme at the Three Muses this week and that reminded me of my college days and Miss Isabella Pink, my art teacher.  She wore very large spectacles, chains regularly dangled from nose to ear, and she had a preoccupation with timepieces.  I remember she liked hats, sometimes very strange hats.  On occasion even STEAMPUNK HATS .... and her head was always in the clouds.

Thank you for looking and if you want to see more steampunk hats then why not pop along to The Three Muses.

Credits - all images are in the public domain.


Sunday, 3 April 2016

TAKE A WORD


Our theme at Take a Word this week is SEWING and that reminded me that if I could actually sew (which I can't) I wouldn't waste my time sewing on buttons and taking up hems I would probably sew a new car or a private jet or some such.  But if they proved a little difficult to do I would make a collage probably looking something like this!

Credit to Pillowgirl, NumbBumm and the public domain.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

FRIENDS


JUDY AND ANN CHAT OVER COFFEE

As I was in New Zealand and would be passing through Wellington, Judy and I arranged to meet for coffee.  As we recognised each other over the outdoor space at the Ta Papa Museum Judy's pace quickened and she came towards me with arms outstretched ready with a great big hug.  

We had only ever met once before for about an hour and that was six years ago during my last visit, yet when we sat with our coffees it was as though we had been life long friends comfortable in each others' company.

When it was time for the obligatory photographs (oh how we both hate posing for photos) we agreed to be snapped with our backs to the camera as well facing it and would decide later which ones would hit the blogs.

We enjoyed a lovely couple of hours chatting until it was time to say goodbye.  'Till the next time!

Credits to FinecraftedDesigns and Pixabay.

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

BUTTERFLIES


Take a Word has asked for BUTTERFLIES this week and that reminded me of the lovely lilies I received from Daughter No 1 earlier which were so magnificent I spent some considerable time capturing them in photographs.   I loved their almost overpowering perfume and the wondrous texture and milky colour of the petals and knew that there would little that could enhance their beauty ... other than a butterfly perhaps!

 Thank you for the challenge, Marie.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

LET'S DANCE


We're dancing at the Three Muses this week and that reminded me that, because of the 'sleeping sickness', I hadn't prepared anything suitable.  Never mind, I was sure there would be something in my back catalogue ... and so there was!  So dusted down and renamed here is my entry for Let's Dance.

Credit to FinecraftedDesign, IreneAlexeeva and Bluesse.

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Sunday, 20 March 2016

I'M BAAAACK


I'm back .. suffering powerful jetlag, but as it's the beginning of a new week it's also time for a new challenge so here's my piece for Take a Word's Spring Equinox.

Credits to Pixabay.

I will be back later with a few holiday stories and photos - so watch this space.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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