WOYWW - Already?

Happy Wednesday lovely people. What happened to last week - surely I only just posted that desk?

Well, here's the shedio - I was out most of yesterday so this was just left to dry. I hope to add some more layers today. It's going to be another elephant silhouette painting - someone saw my sisters and expressed an interest in one for themselves. How lovely is that? Gobsmacked was I,  to say the least.
And what exciting place was I yesterday? Maths class. Flaming, flipping *grinds teeth, bites nails* maths class. It will be nothing short of a miracle if I pass that exam. I will be asking for lots of positive vibes and crossed fingers for my exams in June, thank you very much.

Well, that's me, internet allowing I will hopefully be around more of you than the pitiful few I managed last week. Spoke to soon didn't I? About the internet being nice? Yeah, right.

If you'd like to see many, many more creative places and spaces, have a good nosey at what people are up to... follow me over to Julias place at Stamping Ground. There will be a lovely long list to link up and peruse at your leisuuuure.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday...

S'cuse me while I dust away some cobwebs. The internet seems to be playing nice-ish the last few days. Still cuts out but not nearly so often. So what better way to sneak back into Blogland than to join in with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?

Today I'm stood at the shedio door taking this picture. It's so hot here today - we seem to have skipped Spring and gone straight into Summer over the last couple of days. 

I think I have three WiP's in progress going on. I should be starting a forth...er... last week. Shush!

So the book I've been gluing in mood board pictures and the brief to a commission, I'm hoping to document it as I go to add to my portfolio for uni.

The canvas is waiting to have some papers collaged on before I start throwing paint and the little tin of cards is eventually one day going to be finished into an inspiration deck for a friend. I've gotten as far as gelli printing them!
Whoopidooings: What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday? 15/04/2015
Oh and the big cardboard box under the desk? That? Oh, you know - that's JUST A TURQUOISE RASKOG TROLLEY!!!! OH YEAH! *Ahem* I just have to be strong now as it isn't being assembled till my eldest goes to uni - then we are having a shift around and moving our bedroom into her room as it's big enough for me to get a desk up there too so I'll have some indoor space that will be away from the kids. Yippee! No room till then though. But I know it's there. I know. Just be patient Baby.

Right, I'm off to link up with Julia at Stamping Ground - why not follow me over for creative spaces galore to rummage through. You know you want to.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Dragon's Dream Tag It On Challenge - Pink & Hearts

Hi all. I'm hoping to slip in under the wire with this one. I've enjoyed seeing Helens Tag challenges on her blog for some time and she keeps telling me how good they are to try out new techniques. So, while internet is being a meanie, I decided to (finally) listen to her.

This is for the Dragons Team Challenge #185. The challenge is to use a tag, at least one real stamp and the theme is Pink and Hearts. Ooer. Pink? Hearts? And I have to be the worst stamper... possibly in the World.
Whoopidooings: Watercolour & Stamp Tag
I started with a watercolour postcard and used Winsor Newton Cadmium Red and Alizarin Crimson watercolours with loads of water so they are more pinky than red. I  ran the postcard under a tap to get it nice and wet before adding the paint and only used a teeny tiny amount as they are SO full of colour.

Liberally chucked rock salt over the top and left to dry overnight.
Whoopidooings: Watercolour and salt technique
 This is next morning - salt brushed off and tag shapes dodgily cut.
Whoopidooings: Watercolour tags
The stamp used is one of my favourites by Stampotique: Peggy  by Daniel Torrente & Jill Penny. I've run out of white paint pen, *Gasp* I know - it kills me to write that. I'm lost without one. So have used Tippex and white gel pen instead, along with a red Liquitex paint pen to give her some fiendish colour. I then decided she needed a tiny bit more mischievousness... so doodled the blood puddle and drips. Ah, that feels more like me. Then just finished off with some StazOn ink to the edges and a pink ribbon.
Whoopidooings: Watercolour & Stamp Tag
How impressed are you with that beautiful stamping - isn't it wonderful? *Ahem* What? No I did not have to go over the whole image in fineliner pen at all! Nope. Didn't. No, Sirree. 

I hope this fits the challenge brief - I think I am going to use the other tag for one of my 100 faces. Helen - you might be on to something!

Thanks for stopping by today :)

WOYWW - What A Difference No Internet Makes...

Good morning everyone. I'm typing fast as the internet is still being a pig. We don't have it more often than we have it at the moment. But blimey, you don't half get a lot done without it!

I've spring cleaned my shedio and my little corner of the living room. Tidy shelves and desk in the house and tidy shedio.

In the tidy up I found a box that's been hoarded for years - and recovered it with pretty papers, also hoarded. Need to just finish it off and then I'll show you. I've been drawing, painting, catching up on my reading... have really enjoyed not having the net if I am honest. I don't seem to be capable of just sitting down for a 5 minute surf, it sucks me in for hours. When we get it sorted I am going to try and regiment myself more, especially with going to school in the Summer - it has definitely been eye opening with regards how long I do spend online, how much I could be getting done.

Anyway - enough waffle... proudly and for your rummaging delight... a clean and tidy shedio...
Tadaaaa...
Whoopidooings: What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW
Craig even climbed up and cleaned the perspex bit on the roof - so much more natural light!
 Whoopidooings: What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW
This next one is just to give an idea of the size and why I am jealous of those of you with big gardens. This is my tiny shedio - I'm taking this from our back door. With the shed door open like that it's the width of our garden. My dream is to have one of those big cabins, nicely heated and lined. But I do love my little shedio and it's just two or 3 steps away from our door. It does me, until one of the kids stops being so selfish and gives up one of their bedrooms anyway. Honestly - you'd think sleeping in a shed would be an adventure. But noooo. Kids these days, no imagination. 
Whoopidooings: What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW
Took this picture before I tidied up ;)
I'm off now to link up with Queen of the Desks Julia - why not follow me over for more creative workspaces galore. 

Thanks for stopping by today - internet allowing I will get round as many of you as possible :)

The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection - Book Review

I haven't done a book review for a while - so thought I'd rectify that. This is one with a difference - it's an audio book.
Whoopidooings: Book Review: The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection read by Basil Rathbone & Vincent Price

Blurb (from Amazon.co.uk)
Universally acclaimed as the maestro of horror and the morbid, Edgar Allan Poe’s dark gift has for more than a century and a half set the standard for the genre. Now, Caedmon Audio presents a classic collection of Poe’s most terrifying tales performed by two of the most brilliant interpreters of his work, Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone. Between them, they perform 20 of Poe’s chilling stories and poems, creating an unforgettably intense listening experience.

Review:
I'm not going to review the stories and poems themselves - I think you either love Poe, or you don't. You can find much, if not all, of his work online if you dig a bit. I love him. This is a review of the audio books.

I'd had the books on my wishlist for ages, purely for the fact that Vincent Price was reading them. Could there be a better pairing? So I was over the moon to find my lovely Dad had got me them for Christmas. 

Firstly the niggles. Of which there are a couple. The 5 CD's come in  a flip open cardboard sleeve inside a cardboard box. (Not a niggle.) 
Whoopidooings: Book Review: The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection read by Basil Rathbone & Vincent Price
There is no track listing on the back of the box nor a slip of paper inside the box. All the track listings are printed on the CD's themselves. Not a problem in itself if the stories and poems were announced as they are read. They are not. Each one just starts and then the next starts straight away after. The more famous ones you can guess of course, but the lesser known ones, we had to check as we took the CD out of the player. Would just be nice, if they aren't going to provide separate track listing, to have the readers announce the next story or poem.

Next was the sound. It played very, very quietly. At first I thought it might be my car CD player - we had to crank it up to full volume to hear but I have since tested all the CD's at home and it's the same. I have to have the volume set to the max. So, driving along the motorway, volume as high as it will go to hear the hushed tones of Mr Rathbone, who has the tendency to start shouting when the drama gets going... and the shouting gets very loud, I almost peed myself on several occasions driving along the M20! Leaning forward to catch those hushed tones and then BOOM in your face volume. Also, as each CD ends and you take it out to put the next one in, the car radio cuts in at full volume. Not ideal.  Not so bad at home - adds to the drama through earphones, just have your hand ready on the volume.

Other than that, I absolutely love this set of CD's. dare I say it, considering I had wanted them because of Vincent Price, I would have been happy had Basil Rathbone read the lot. He brought such drama, tension and humour to the text and really brought it to life for me. That man really gets into a role! I enjoyed the Vincent Price readings too but after 3 CD's of being lulled, wooed and terrified by Mr Rathbone - I kind of missed him for the remaining CD's. I recently read a homage to Poe post where the lovely Gina had written a poem in his style and even that, as I was reading it, I heard the voice of Basil Rathbone in my head. Craig and I recently drove to Hastings without the kids and we spent nearly the entire hour and a half/2 hour journey in silence, save for the occasional snigger at the fate of some poor tortured soul. Absolutely engrossed, the pair of us.

So - even with the niggles, I recommend this set 100% 5 stars out of 5. It brought Poe to life for me. I'm including a track listing for you so you can make your own mind up. (And lets face it - it's easy enough to print that off and pop it in your box.)

CD 1: (Basil Rathbone)
  1. To -
  2. Alone
  3. The City In The Sea
  4. The Fall Of The House Of Usher
  5. The Haunted Palace
  6. The Pit And The Pendulum
CD 2: (Basil Rathbone)
  1. The Masque of the Red Death
  2. The Tell Tale Heart
  3. The Black Cat
CD 3: (Basil Rathbone)
  1. The Raven
  2. The Facts of the Case of M.Valdemar
  3. The Cask Of Amontillado
  4. The Bells
  5. Annabel Lee
  6. Eldorado
CD 4: (Vincent Price)
  1. Ligeia (Although the CD says it's To- It's not. It's Ligeia)
  2. The City In The Sea
  3. Alone
CD 5: (Vincent Price)
  1. Berenice
  2. The Gold Bug
Thanks for stopping by today :)

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