Monthly Archives: May 2012

The booboo

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Remember how excited I got about using my newly acquired coloured inks? Glad I only used a small piece of paper to experiment because it turns out that I’m rubbish with them. I won’t scare you by posting the disasterous attempt but, I would like to say that I’m not giving up. A second attempt is definitely in the offing.

In the meanwhile, I have been busy with my paints:

“Grayson Street” By Claire Shotter

“Kettle Street” By Claire Shotter. For auction @  http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180884061149?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

 

I’m short. Don’t know if I’ve mentioned that before. Being short is hazardous and, by way of proof, here’s a photo of the injury I sustained reaching up to get the sugar down from the top shelf of the cupboard with a long handled soup ladel. It’s a bad booboo right? Worthy of stitches at the E.R. to be sure… and a splint and, may be, even a plaster cast. At the very least, it should be wrapped in a big bandage and my arm put in a sling. I mean, it almost bled.

My bravery obviously knows no bounds though because, instead, I simply said a naughty word and ran it under the tap.

 

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One Lovely Blog award

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A thank you to http://jarofsalt.com/ for passing the One Lovely Blog award on to me. The rules of acceptance seem to be as follows:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link.

2. Name 7 random things about yourself.

3. Pass the recognition to 15 blogs you enjoy and let them know.

 

7 random things:

1. Only brush my hair once or twice a week.

2. Hate to travel.

3. Adore dogs.

4. Poetry makes me squirm.

5. Rarely wear a skirt.

6. Have to eat 2 squares of chocolate every single morning when I first get up.

7. Walk about 14 miles a week.

 

I’d like to pass this award on to:

1. http://wildsherkin.wordpress.com/

2. www.aDetailedHouse.com

3. http://intotheorchard.com/

4. http://winloseordraw.wordpress.com/

5. http://chocolatesandraspberries.com/

6. http://bstonehouse.com/

7. http://pencilsandpaint.wordpress.com/

8. http://salmonbrookstudio.com/

9. http://waysideartist.wordpress.com/

10. http://sadieanddasie.wordpress.com/

11. http://pierrmorgan.wordpress.com/

12. http://hoteldog.wordpress.com/

13. http://thebigforestuk.wordpress.com/

14. http://ocaclibrary.wordpress.com/

15. http://kidsart2canvas.wordpress.com/

 

Kreativ Blogger

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Thank you so much to Angela Doo @ http://mydailycreativity.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger award. Her posts are sparkly and smiley and, happily, daily.

Apparently, the rules in order to claim the award are as follows:

1. Thank the blogger who gave you the award and provide a link.

2. List 7 things about yourself that your readers might find interesting

3. Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and let them know.

 

7 things about me:

1. I avoid newspapers, newscasts and any programme dedicated to current affairs because I’m a firm believer in burying my head in the sand.

2. Always wanted to be a novelist and have 50+ manuscripts cluttering up valuable storage space in the house.

3. Love to crochet.

4. My favourite book of all time is Clive Cussler’s “Raise The Titanic”. I have four copies in English and one in French. Borrowed my first copy from The Seaman’s Mission and “accidently” forgot to ever give it back.

5. Am banned from our local library for a very similar reason.

6. Have a serious thing for crisps and, as I type this, there are 19 full packets to the right of my laptop and 12 empty packets to the left.

7. Am a huge fan of “Frasier”. Niles rocks!

I’m very happy to pass this award on to :

1. http://liamrainsford.com/

2. http://stneishus.wordpress.com/

3. http://doodlemum.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/finding-treasure/

4. http://illustrations365.wordpress.com/

5. http://isabelleohara.wordpress.com/

6. http://craftyartiste.com/

7. http://aken4.wordpress.com/

 

 

Kreativ Blogger Award

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Chuffed to bits to receive this Kreativ Blogger award from http://craftyartiste.com/ . A big thank you from me to her.

Now I’ve only just discovered that in order to claim the award I have to do the following:

1. Thank the blogger who gave you the award and provide a link.

2. List 7 things about yourself that your readers might find interesting

3. Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and let them know!

 

I’m not sure these are 7 “interesting” things but here goes:

1. I get my daughter and husband to snap photos of adorable looking elderly people with their camera phones while we’re out so that I can put them in my paintings when I get home.

2. I am addicted to Spider Solitaire but am terrified of spiders.

3. I studied Cantonese and Mandarin for thirteen months between patients while working nights at a care home.

4. Was too shy to order a meal in a cafe or restaurant myself until I was 24 years old.

5. Can’t abide soap operas, weepy movies and most Disney films.

6. Used to be really good at playing darts.

7. Most of the time I paint with a Cockatiel on my left shoulder.

 

I’m very happy to pass this award on to :

1. http://jarofsalt.com/

2. http://artgluttony.wordpress.com/

3. http://nonoymanga.wordpress.com/

4. http://mydailycreativity.wordpress.com/

5. http://trueouroboros.wordpress.com/

6. http://barbaraelka.com/

7. http://benshotter.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a wally

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Being new to the blog community and a little bit challenged when it comes to common sense, I have only just realised what it is I have to do when an award has been passed to me by another blogger. It’s almost bedtime now but, tomorrow, I shall properly accept the awards and, more importantly, pass them along to other bloggers.

As it doesn’t seem right to post without putting a photo on, I leave you with this one of my gorgeous grandson, Dylan.

Lighthouse Harbour

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This is my last nautical themed painting for a while because, on Thursday, I was given lots of art goodies (thank you Jim) and I’m itching to try something new with them. For example, there are 12 bottles of coloured inks. I have absolutely no clue how to use them but shall have great fun experimenting.

“Lighthouse Harbour” By Claire Shotter. Up for auction @ http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180880155061?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Scruffy is the new smart.

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Let me tell you about my new pink boots. Firstly, I ought to explain why they’re such a big deal. It’s because I’m a scruff. No two ways about it. I prefer to wear the kind of clothes that most people shove in the bottom of their wardrobe to be used only for decorating or D.I.Y. All of my clothes, even my coats, come from charity shops because I like a bargain. For the same price I’d pay in a normal shop for one jumper, I can buy 6 or 7 in a charity shop. Needless to say, I’m not a slave to fashion. The same applies to jeans and trousers. The pair I have on in the photo were £1.99 from Age UK. See; a bargain. However, I don’t like walking in someone else’s shoes, so to speak, and always buy new ones. If they cost more than £15.00, I grumble but I buy. If they cost more than £20.00, I look shocked and horrified and put them back on the shelf. My new pink boots cost £55.00. Yes, £55.00. I feel as if I should keep them in a glass trophy case when I’m not wearing them. My own bank account didn’t suffer the loss I’m happy to say. My husband’s did. He saw me gazing longingly at them in a shoe shop and insisted I had them. I put up a fight of course. It was a bit of a half hearted one though because I really, really wanted them. Thank you John. So here they are, my new pink Timberland £55.00 boots. Even the laces are groovy.

 

Yep; still feeling all nautical. Looks like it’s in for the week. Teedlee Pom Pom.

“At The Beach” By Claire Shotter. Up for auction @ http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180876710242?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649