Tuesday, 24 March 2015

THE THREE MUSES


EGG ON YOUR FACE

EGG is the theme this week for the Three Muses challenge and that reminded me of the strange incident that happened a week last Tuesday.   One minute 'him in doors' was clearing up the garden in readiness for Spring and the next he was up to his eyes in egg!    Answers on a postcard if you work out how this could have happened!

Credit to Graphicsfuel.com for the egg, to Pngimg.com for the bird and spoon, the hands are courtesy of Bluesse, the backgrounds (blended) are LizWest (flickr), and the tree was Googled.

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

TAKE A WORD


WAITING FOR SPRING

TULIP is our word for inspiration this week at Take a Word.   Here in the UK we have carpets of crocuses and snowdrops and even daffodils but it's still too early for tulips ... so come on Spring its time for you to come out and play.

Credit to CAJoline and GrannyArt for the bottles, flowers and 'Spring', the background is one of my own.

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

DIGITALMANIA


Across at DIGITALMANIA this week our challenge is to take inspiration from the work of David Arms.  Here is my interpretation.

Credits to IconArchive and AllFreeDownloads.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

THE THREE MUSES


We have STRIPES as our theme at the Three Muses this week and somehow this happened!

I am pleased to say that every little bit of the above is from my personal stash or the public domain.

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

TAKE A WORD


HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY

We have GREEN as our word for inspiration at Take a Word this week and that reminded me that it will also be St Patrick's Day very soon as well, so here's wishing you all a happy St Patrick's Day.

Credit to FinecraftedDesigns, Wikimedia Commons and the Public Domain.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

THE THREE MUSES


It's TURQUOISE AND RED at the Three Muses this week.  Here's what happened next!

Credits : NumbBumm and A Lost Gallery whilst the remainder is all from the Public Domain.

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

TAKE A WORD


We are looking forward to SPRING at Take a Word this week and that made me think of Spring flowers and in particular Dandelions.   As soon as Spring starts and all through the Summer they spring up everywhere and like Triffids they advance across our gardens,  public greens and meadows in a never ending search for more.   First juicy yellow flowers and then white Dandelion clocks whose sole aim is to populate more of our earth.  And they seem almost indestructible  ... thank goodness!   Well, at least the bees (if they could talk) might say thank goodness for the sight and taste of a sweet and sustaining Dandelion feast!  :D

Credit  to Gustav Klimt and to the talented contributors of images to Pixabay (public domain).

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DIGITALMANIA


A couple of recent pieces created for the DIGITALMANIA challenge across at Flickr.   This week our challenge was MAIL ART and last week our inspiration came from SOFTLY SURREAL.    Credits are available on my Flickr page.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

THE THREE MUSES


It's the SKY'S THE LIMIT at the Three Muses this week.  Ta Dah!

Credit to NumbBumm, SharingTubes and RubyBlossom whilst the sailor girl, painted by me, was in the Public Domain.

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

TAKE A WORD


ON REFLECTION .. A HAPPY ACCIDENT

We have FEATHERED FRIENDS as our word for inspiration this week at TAKE A WORD.  When I began to think about what direction I would take this I thought about combining text and birds which I tried several times without success.  Not wanting to start again totally I added and blended layers one at a time until the collage began to take shape.  I kept the original text layer (a copy of the Magna Carta to be precise) and softened it, then added a photo of tree branches reflected in a puddle of water I had taken a year or two ago  (I knew that photo was a keeper)  ... and that's when it began to take shape.  One or two more layers and a change or two to the birds and I was happy!!!

Credit : the birds and the text and several of the layers were all free to use, whilst the remainder were from my own stock.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

THE THREE MUSES


VINTAGE is required this week at the THREE MUSES and that made me think about young Tom whose favourite game was always to gallop his way to the winning post. 

Credit to SharingTubes, HiddenVintageStudio and RubyBlossom.

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

TAKE A WORD


 SEWING SPRING

Marie wants sewing this week at Take a Word and I want Spring ... and then it came to me, whilst I wait for the real thing I can Sew my own Spring.  Hee hee!

Credit to Pillowgirl, Efie, NumbBumm and Rubyblossom whilst the 'wobbly' Big Ben is my own.

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DIGITALMANIA


Created for the Digitalmania challenge where this week we are taking inspiration from quotes, fonts and elements in the style of Alisa Holland.

Credit to Pixel Music.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

THE THREE MUSES


PLENTY MORE IN THE SEA

Strolling along the beach in Side (Turkey) enjoying the cooling effect of the surf on my feet I happened upon this man staring out to sea.   He was watching a small sailing boat.  I was watching him .. and I couldn't resist snapping the moment!  He was none the wiser so I forgave myself.

For the Three Muses challenge.

Credit to ... well me I suppose!  I gave it a bit of treatment in Paint FX on the IPad..   :D

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

TAKE A WORD


HAPPILY EVER AFTER ..... PERHAPS

Marie has chosen STEAMPUNK as our word for inspiration at TAKE A WORD this week and that instantly reminded me of the wedding I attended a week last Friday.  The bride and groom to be had chosen STEAMPUNK WEAR as their dress code and asked guests to dress up accordingly! 

I didn't participate and I'm thinking that's why the 'happy' couple were not so happy when they noticed my lilac floaty frock, black patent shoes and matching handbag.  Ah well!

Credit to FinecraftedDesigns.

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Friday, 13 February 2015

DIGITALMANIA


WORDY

Created for the Digitalmania challenge where this week we're making 'texty' collages.

All images in the public domain.

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

WE'RE BAAAACK

Feeding the geese at Loch Lanark
The loch was completely frozen
Couldn't resist

Home for Lunch
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THE THREE MUSES


THAT'S CLEVER

We have BALLOONS this week at the Three Muses and that made me think about this little fella who has found the perfect use for his party balloons.  Now that's clever!

Credit to SharingTubes, IreneAlexeeva, PngImg and NumbBumm.

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Monday, 9 February 2015

TAKE A WORD


Make me happy .... be my valentine!

Credit to FinecraftedDesigns.

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Saturday, 31 January 2015

ANOTHER VISIT TO SCOTLAND ...


Visiting Scotland with Mr Ann and only (but most favourite) son Matthew, and Mrs Matthew for a week.  Much snow and freezing temperatures forecast ... but hey!!

Will be back around the 9th to partake in more challenges  ... hopefully!

See you soon.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

THE THREE MUSES


CREAM OR LEMON!

We're creating HATs to astonish and amaze this week at the Three Muses and that made me think about extravagant, wondrous, gorgeous and indulgently yummy hats.  In fact, hats good enough to eat.  And that made me think about the post Christmas diet I'm going to start soooooon  ... so it's lemon for me please .....

Credit to CAJoline for the scrumptious hat (and the tea with lemon), Efie provided the girl who is diving right in, whilst Magritte loaned me the lounging lady and Modigliani lent me the sophisticated one.

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

TAKEA WORD


I AM WOMAN is our prompt for the Take a Word challenge this week and that's when Mabel decided she'd like to show you her I AM WOMAN wild side.  Well I don't like to encourage her because, as you all know, once she's out of the box I have one heck of a job trying to get her back in.  Anyway just this once and for your delectation and delight, may I present the one the only Mabel!!

Credit to SharingTubes and of course Mabel.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

THE THREE MUSES


DECISIONS

Taller or smaller .... decisions, decisions!

Credit to Irene Alexeeva for 'Alice' and the bottle, whilst the hands and the watch are courtesy of PngImg.com.  The background is a bit of Irene and a bit of me!  Oh, is that the Cheshire Cat lurking there ... well that's me too!

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

TAKE A WORD


Our word for inspiration this week at Take a Word is CATS!

Credit to Irene Alexeeva.

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

THE THREE MUSES


A TRIBUTE TO MAGRITTE for my challenge at the THREE MUSES.

Credits : NumbBumm and DigitalWhisper, whilst the remainder are free to use pngs and my own stash. 

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

TAKE A WORD


GOSSIPS

Our word for inspiration this week is COUPLES which reminded me of my last visit to London where, in Covent Garden,  I noticed this pair attracting attention by sitting completely motionless ..... at a guess I'd say they were gossiping. 

Credits : all my own work.

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

THE THREE MUSES


It's BUTTERFLIES this week at the Three Muses and that reminded me of the very strange butterfly I found on my rose bush one day last Summer!

Credit to the ladies at Digital Whisper and to Marta Van Eck.

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

TAKE A WORD


A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME

Marie has chosen ZETTI as our theme for the first TAW challenge of 2015 and this is my interpretation.

The girl's face was black and white and poor quality so I gave it a coat or two of paint in Photoshop,  borrowed Mona Lisa's hands (she was on her travels for the holidays and didn't need them that day).  The outfit is a colour wheel duplicated, layered, blended and morphed.  The background is several of my own photos blended together and the zetti birds are ArtRaged and from my own stash.  the postage stamp frame is courtesy of Honey Designs.

Wishing you all a happy 2015.

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

TAKE A WORD


HAPPY NEW YEAR

Wishing all my bloggy friends a HAPPY and HEALTHY 2015 and hoping it's everything you are wishing for!

Credit to BethRimmer and CAJoline.


THE THREE MUSES


PHOTO PLAY

Following a very harrowing few days for these two very special girls, a trip to the seaside was the order of the day.  We visited the sites, enjoyed a fish and chip lunch, ate ice cream, dawdled along the prom and then, just before we set off for home, they wanted to dip their toes in the sea.  And why not! As I watched them enjoying the experience I saw in my mind's eye the beautiful memory that moment would always be.  But it never would have evoked the same magic had it not been transformed itself!

Thank you for looking.

Update ..

Following his cardiac surgery Matthew is home and doing very well.  Thank you, my bloggy friends, for your good wishes and kind words.  :D

Thank You ...

A special thank you to Marie and Bev who can always be depended upon to pick up the batten.  :D


        Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2015.



Monday, 15 December 2014

A RARE VISIT FROM MABEL


Hi folks, just a quick note to let you know you probably won't hear much from me over the next week or so because our son Matthew is to undergo major cardiac surgery tomorrow.

However, whilst I'm away Mabel has insisted on stepping into the breach and has answered Marie's  call for a theme of WINTER at Take a Word this week!  She even favoured me with a sprinkling of the white stuff.

 

Take care!


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

THE THREE MUSES


If you look through a Gothic window there's no telling what you'll see. Something vintage perhaps.

Created for the Three Muses challenge where this week we're  taking inspiration from a Vintage Gothic Arch theme.

Credit to KerstenFrank and OnsidianDawn.

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

WINTER SUNSHINE

I'm not a fan of November.   It's misty, murky, damp and miserable and I have to keep reminding myself that December will be along shortly promising bright, crisp, cold days full of light.  So when December arrived last week it was time to be out and about.  We chose a trip to the east coast.  Scarborough or Whitby - either would be a treat.  But Whitby won in the end.
As we came in over the top of the Yorkshire moors we spied Whitby below and we knew we were in for a lovely day.
The sun was shining, so the day was bright and full of light, and the sea was calm enough to capture almost perfect reflections.  I had two cameras with me and I made full use of both until the batteries gave up.
The Abbey on top of the cliff ... it gets nearer to the edge every time we visit.
Then there was a little bit of drama.  As we were peering over the sea wall the lifeboat was launched .. off to rescue a small boat in difficulties.   It was almost out of frame before I could capture it on camera.  The little boat was brought safely back to harbour.
Then it was time to make our way home across the Yorkshire moors where someone, a few years ago, thought it would be amusing to 'trim up' one of the pine trees by the side of the road in full Christmas style.  It WAS amusing and on this trip we counted seven fully laden 'Christmas' trees all ready for the  festive season.



TAKE A WORD


We have ANGEL as our word for inspiration at TAKE A WORD this week and  that reminded me of the girl I saw a week last Tuesday looking for all the world a little bit worse for wear and I thought  .. is that a fallen angel?  Perhaps it was or perhaps she was only taking a breather before catching up with her friends at the next cocktail bar!  Who knows.

Credit to SharingTubes, Starscoldnight (DA) and RubyBlossom.

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

THE THREE MUSES


WHIRLS and SWIRLS are required this week at the Three Muses so I looked for a girl in a swirly whirly hat.  Ta Dah!

Credit to SharingTubes.

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

TAKE A WORD


WHEN IS A DOOR NOT A DOOR  .. WHEN IT'S AJAR!

I think that's the first riddle I ever remember being asked as a child - and I didn't 'get' it.   A jar is a jar is a jar .. surely!  The subtleties of imagery were still to develop in my childish brain. 

Anyway it obviously hung around in my subconscious because here it is now - sort of!  :D

Created for the TAKE A WORD challenge where this week our word for inspiration is DOOR.

Credit to HolliewoodStudio.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

THE THREE MUSES


STARING AT THE MOON

We have SILHOUETTE as our theme at the Three Muses this week ... and that reminded me of what I saw from my bedroom window one night last week.  When I came to my senses I realised we were all three staring at the Moon!

Credit to SharingTubes, KerstenFrank and Tamari.

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

TAKE A WORD


We are taking ORGANICS as our word for inspiration this week at TAKE A WORD and that reminded me of the strange scene I saw the other week when we were in the Scottish Highlands.  There, sitting on a mushroom, was a girl.  There was a bicycle near by so I'm thinking she was taking a well earned rest before she carried on further up the mountain.

Credit to Sharing Tubes.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS - GLENCOE

 As promised here's a flavour of our recent holiday in the Scottish Highlands.  Following an eight hour drive we arrived at our destination of Glencoe.  The directions from the cottage owner were a little out so we found ourselves piling out of the car at a lovely little house with a notice pinned to its gate asking us to close the gate to keep the deer out of the garden.  Metal gates ... the directions said wooden gates!!!

A second scrutinizing of the directions and we saw we should be 200 yards further along and on the other side of the road.  Yes, there were the wooden gates and as soon as the herd of highland cattle were through their own wooden gate the way was clear to find our way to our own home from home.

You'll see the house in a moment but first just feast your eyes on the views we were luckily enough to have from that cottage perched high on a hill overlooking the mountain range known as Bidean nam Bian : with its nine peeks and three corries.   It's the same view in a range of weather conditions.  Oh wow!





We unpacked, lit the open fire, ate dinner and drank the bottle of complimentary wine kindly left by the owner and looked forward to the following day when we would start our little adventure.

Next morning a five minute walk brought us to the beautiful, quaint and picturesque village of Glencoe and from  there we set off on the first of many walks.

Along woodland paths, over little streams and out into the majesty of wonderful Scottish pine forests and mountains.  Oh joy!  My camera was white hot!  :D

A different walk on a different day took us to a small lake with a mirror still surface.   It was created by a Canadian man for his Canadian wife to remind her of home.   We spent hours there taking in the views and making heavy use of our cameras.  The photo below of the lake shows the Pap of Glencoe mirrored in its depths.  Beautiful.

Though our trip to Loch Ness was less successful .... it rained and rained and rained.  Ah well!




The Pap of Glencoe


Loch Leven flows out to the sea

The banks of Loch Leven
An Torr with water cascading from its summit
A derelict house with trees growing through its roof.  We daydreamed as we walked about rebuilding it and living there. 
Mmmmm I thought these were poisonous!
Tree mosses cover the branches of many trees in this very wet part of the UK

A dark and moody Loch Ness!