Ready for the off…

Days 4 and 5 of the Summer project

We’re off again soon, on our way to a Greek island again. (Crete, in fact.)  Knowing that wifi is a bit erratic, well, FREE wifi can be and I’m too cheap to consider paying for it, I thought I’d write a post in advance so that, while we are away, all I have to do is my Challenge tile, pop it in and post it. (Not quite that simple, of course. Being less than skilled with the internet and blogging, I have to get my daughter back in the UK to attach it to the linky thing on the Diva website/blog, as I’ve never worked out how to do that bit from my tablet.)

We’ve been there before and it is so lovely that we are going back. We will be staying in the small village of Piskopiano. I translated this from the Greek as musical fish but apparently that’s not the case. Shame really, it has a whimsical charm. This is what I found out about the place:

traditional house in piskopiano

Piskopiano and its history

Piskopiano seems to have been founded in the Middle Ages, when pirate raids drove people away from the coast to seek the safety of the hills, far from the sea.

The first mention of the village was in 1379, when it was part of the bishopric of Hersonissos (casale Piscopiano de Chersonisso). In 1583 it appears again as a small village of 111 inhabitants.

Later the Turks succeeded the Venetians, and in the first census they held, in 1671, the village had 15 taxable Christian families. This information is drawn from the historian Stergios Spanakis, whom everybody plagiarises but almost nobody acknowledges.

Today Piskopiano belongs to Hersonissos Municipality and has 450 inhabitants. The wave of tourism that spread out from the coast from the 1950s onwards has brought about great changes to all the villages. Old buildings have been restored and turned into hotels, not always in the traditional style, and the inhabitants have abandoned farming for tourism.

Unfortunately, it has proved impossible to discover any other information on the development of the village through the ages. Piskopiano, here for so many centuries, must have its own history. We hope that in future we will find the right sources or meet the right people to tell us more about it.

Sights in Piskopiano

The most important sight in Piskopiano is the village itself. Leave the main street and wander round the narrow streets, looking for the old houses still standing. If you see a sign to the Piskopiano Museum, ignore it because the Museum is no longer there (there is information that it will reopen in 2010).

I wonder if the museum did reopen…

We stayed in the next village last time we were there, a slightly bigger place than Piskopiano called Koutouloufari. It took me all week to be able to pronounce it. It’s up the hill from the seaside resort of Hersonissos, with glorious views out to sea. Now, although we will spend a fair amount of time on the beach and in the sea – or by the pool- we will spend each evening strolling through the three local villages, carefully selecting which taverna to eat in and breathing in the lovely herbal smells that drift through the air.

We also intend to visit Elounda and Spinalonga this time, if we can. The island of Spinalonga was, until not that long ago, a leper colony and its story, well, that of its inhabitants really, is heartrending.

The island was subsequently used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. It is notable for being one of the last active leper colonies in Europe. The last inhabitant, a priest, left the island in 1962. 

Not my own photo but I’m reliably informed this is what it looks like.

There were two entrances to Spinalonga, one being the lepers’ entrance, a tunnel known as “Dante‘s Gate”. This was so named because the patients did not know what was going to happen to them once they arrived. However, once on the island they received food, water, medical attention and social security payments. Previously, such amenities had been unavailable to Crete’s leprosy patients, as they mostly lived in the area’s caves, away from civilization.

There are books about it, both fact and fiction and none of them make for a happy read, as you can imagine, but they do reflect the strength and resilience of the human spirit.  So Spinalonga is on the list. We’ve done Knossos in the past and it is fascinating but annoying too. It’s fascinating for all the reasons you might expect and is an amazing glimpse into the Bronze Age and before. There is evidence to suggest that legends like that of the Minotaur had elements of truth before becoming Greek myths. But the man who excavated the site was a tad individualistic in his methods, restoring what he thought it would probably have looked like rather than always supporting it with real evidence. Nevertheless, it’s truly fascinating and well worth a visit. BUT, if you go, go in the morning. Temperatures soar as the day wears on and there is no shade, none, zero, nothing. And take water with you too, if you want to survive the visit.

Days 6 and 7. You will note that I went for a simpler background this time

There are other glorious sites to visit on the island, but whether we see them this time or not will depend on the heat and how tempted we are by the sea and the joys of snorkelling.

I’ve been keeping up with the tangling for the Summer Project so far, although I had a laugh at my own expense. I had deliberately chosen bijou tiles because they are small and I didn’t want to take on something that would prove to be too much. So why, I ask myself, did I start doing acres of patterning on the pages themselves?  ‘Cos I’m daft, that’s why.

Anyway, I’m trying to get myself under control and frame the tiles with something a bit simpler from now on. Doh!

So the Diva Challenge is next  and this week she asks us to use the tangle Dansk, by Margaret Bremner. It coincides with the need for a floral tile for the Summer Project, so I’ve combined the two. It’s on a bijou tile, so very small. 

So that’s all for now. The case is all but packed, the passports and tickets have been checked and double checked. Wheeeee!

Until I speak to you from across the water, be good world. (Well, as always, good-ish)



It’s not where you start….

Travelling Tangles starter 1. Can’t remember the name of this one

I suddenly have several new projects on the go at the same time. (It’s not a new thing, I do tend to be a bit all or nothing, not to mention obsessive and addicted too.) Fortunately, my addictions tend to be to crafts rather than substances, although I occasionally wonder if cocaine would be cheaper! I do spend rather a lot on pens, paper, card, paints, inks, stamps and stamp pads, dies and embossing folders and I simply cannot, I mean CANNOT walk past a stationery shop. No, not a shop that doesn’t move, a shop with pens and so on. It’s as if I have a sort of bungee chord attached and I just bounce right back on in there.

Not happy with these yet. More work needed. Much more!


So I’ve got my monthly swap on Artist Trading Card swap, which this month is the one where you do a bijou and attach it to a normal tile. Challenging but fun. I need to do five of these to send off round the world – well, mainly USA. These are numbers three and four out of the five I need to do.


Like this
I’ve joined these with a brad so the bijou will swing round


Then I’ve joined Travelling Tangles for the first time. A bit nervous about this one because I’ve seen what people can do and there are some extremely talented members of this group. There is a theme of flowers or floral with this swap, so I have done my five starter tiles with that in mind. I’ve done coloured backgrounds using a stamp pad and dauber, then just one motif type pattern on each one.

Pattern is Huabao by YuRu Chen
This one is called Priyanka by Smita Toke
And this is Heli, by Shazia

Like a fool I didn’t make a note of the patterns used, but they are all on my Pinterest page under How to’s and Step Outs if you feel a desperate urge to find out more! In fact, hang on a minute, I’ll go and look…..   Well, I found all but one of them.



I’ll put them in the mail tomorrow and wait with bated breath to see what people do with them.  And then there’s the Summer journal for Zentangle. I showed you the cover a couple of posts ago and now it has begun. Day 1 was to include just one word, so in spite of world events, or perhaps because of them,  I chose Peace. I’ve had John Lennon in the back of my head recently, singing “Give Peace a Chance” so that was my focus for this little bijou tile. For Day 2 it was one of these fragment/reticula things they keep going on about at Zentangle HQ but, since I can’t afford the Primer and won’t afford all the stuff on the Zentangle Mosaic App, I sort of had to guess this one.  I know the app is free but it’s then view only and every breath after that has to be paid for. I feel slightly ripped off,  so I don’t use it, even though I have it on my tablet.) And for Day 3 we were to use String 153 from And here they all are together on their page, joined with just a few ribbons – didn’t want to get over ambitious!

So I’m not unhappy with where it’s started, just hoping I can keep it up for three whole months…

Day 4 was to use purple and feel free to do with it as you will, so I did. The purple background is a bit fortuitous, as I used three shades of Promarker pens, which don’t always like water colour card. Howver, since I knew I was patterning over it, I wasn’t too worried, until the pinkiest of them turned out to be running dry and didn’t cover properly. But, if fact, I like the texture it created.


And today, Sunday, was to Dingbat. Nothing like dinging your batz on a sunny Sunday and I really enjoyed this one.


I haven’t finished designing the page for them to go on so I’ll show you that next time, I hope.

And then, today being Sunday, we had my son and his family round for Sunday lunch, and my elder daughter too. So there were five adults and a three year old and we had sort of tapas = chicken paella, albondigas, patatas bravas, pulled pork (Alright I know that isn’t tapas but it is niiiiiice.) There were olives and nachos and sliced peppers, carrots, tomatoes and we ate until out eyeballs well protruding.  Strangely, we still found room for dessert – sponge and custard, very Yorkshire and, as my Dad would have said, it filled up all those little corners. We then went out onto the back garden and played with sand with Isla until it started to rain.

So now I’m going down to watch the Manchester Arena concert and do a little crochet, while the dishwasher has a nervous breakdown in the kitchen. And, of course, tomorrow is Diva Day with another challenge. I may have bitten off more than I can chew but we’ll see. OK, Laura Harms, bring it on…


No Challenge – is it a public holiday in Canada?


Phew, just a day late, don’t panic! The Diva’s week has been a  busy one so who can blame her? And it’s been her Beads of Courage race week too, which is the subject of the Challenge, of course.  I thought it was worthwhile including a full explanation of this, for anyone who isn’t familiar with it.

Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey.  Each bead represents something different.  A different procedure or appointment, or special circumstance.  For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke instead of getting a sticker when they leave, they are given a glass bead for each thing.  (blue for doctor, black for poke… some other beads are yellow=night in the hospital, pink=respiratory support, magenta=trip to emergent care, teal=tube insertion or removal, rainbow=therapy; physical, speech, occupational, respiratory) and every child’s string is different and unique to their story. 

I got involved with Beads of Courage 5 years ago when my friend Tara and I decided to organize a 5K Colour Fun Run to raise money for the Beads of Courage programming in Saskatchewan.  One night i said to her: “We should do a 5k run together, do you want to run with me?”  and she said: “Why would we raise money for someone else’s cause? We should just make our own run and raise money for a cause that means something to us.” and our run was born that night.  We were very lucky to have some really wonderful people come on board and our 6 person committee has come a long was from that first year when it was just Tara, Maryann and i.  

Our run is 100% volunteer run (unlike other ‘for profit’ runs like Color me Rad or The Color Run” and all the money raised goes to Beads of Courage programming.  Runners start out in white – then they run through 5 colour stations where volunteers throw colour at them to symbolize the beautiful coloured beads that kids on this program accumulate through their medical journey. 

So I’ve combined Day 6 of the Summer project with the Challenge and done a bjou tile with the pattern Myswing, coloured beads and a purple background for the Moebius Syndrome colours. It was a pleasure to do and, if it helps anyone at all, that is goooood. So that’ll do for now and until next time, be good world. (-ish)



Birthdays and Things.

It was our youngest granddaughter’s third birthday last week. I made her a cake, of course, just plain sponge with pink butter icing, nothing too ambitious. In the past I have made all sorts of fancy cakes for my children: cowboy forts and crinoline ladies; Hungry Caterpillars and a pond complete with frogs on lily pads; a campsite with tents with licorice guy ropes, Sleeping Beauty in bed and a bath with someone in it. I can’t remember all of them. Three children make for a lot of birthdays. I did the wedding cakes for two of them as well, and the third one tells me she has me booked for one if she ever marries.

But we took Isla out on her birthday for a picnic in Clumber Park and it was a lovely day, just the three of us. We went on an “adventure” into the woods and had our lunch under the greenwood tree – totally Robin Hood in the very forest where he roamed. (If he existed at all, of course.) I don’t normally show photos of my family on here but this just sums the day up for me. A very happy day.

Just getting started. Crown image stamped and embossed in gold. Background daubed using ink pads.

And I’m doing a couple of ZIA’s for friends at the moment. First, another rainbow one for Milly Johnson, this time for the lady herself, not for the giveaway. I’m enjoying this one more for some reason. Probably because I am using all old favourite patterns and only a limited range. I think one of my weaknesses is the desire to use lots and lots of patterns and lots and lots of new to me patterns too. The second one is a secret so I’m not telling you until after it has been given – you never know, she may read my blog.

Quite a bit of patterning done, plus some colour depth added. Not there yet.

And then today we took Isla out for the day again. We picked her up at 10.15 and returned her home over six hours later. I don’t know who was most exhausted by then but we had another great day. We took her to Whisby Nature Reserve, entirely by accident, as we were aiming for Whisby Animal Park but I mis-typed it into  Google maps , not knowing there were two places nearby with similar names. It turned out to be the happiest of accidents and we had a great day, with an indoor play area, a huuuuuuge outdoor sandpit, a wet play area and lovely walks around the lakes, full of wild birds and local fauna. We will go there again.

So I’m typing this with one eye closed because it’s now 8.31 at night and I’m just about ready for bed. Sad isn’t it? And I need to do the Diva Challenge too.

 Weekly Challenge #318: “Diptych”
So, this week’s challenge is to create a Diptych.

A diptych is two panels joined with a hinge – and the panels are mirrored – and i use the term ‘mirrored’ loosely.

So for you piece i took a tile and i folded it corner to corner.  I drew two triangle borders, one on each side, and then i tangled them.  I found it easier to draw something on one side and then repeat it on the other side. 

Ready for the diptych. Folded diagonally but coloured using the “mirror” vertical but the patterns across the fold.

I decided to use craft card as a substitute for a tan tile, since I can’t bring myself to pay for the real thing from the mother ship, there being so many opportunities to get it wrong.  I drew hearts as my string, as they are fairly easy to mirror. Then I went off to find some pattern inspiration while the ink dried. (I used Promarker alcohol markers for the colour. so far, so good.)

This is the finished product, two pictures because I can’t quite get the light right. I had fun with this.

Patterns used, Joki, Balldox, a bit of Abundies, Flux, Paradox and Drift.
I may have gone a little OTT with the chalk.

And now it’s time for bed. Have a good week, world and be good- ish.

Into the Blue

A thank you card I left with the tip for the maid who did our room each day.

So we’re off again, to a Mediterranean island where the sun always shines. Well, almost always. We have in fact, on a past visit,  walked barefoot on the beach the day after snow, with the mountains behind us still white capped. Surreal but glorious.  However, that was four years ago and much earlier in the year; we are expecting temperatures in the mid 20s this week.  For those of you for whom this is the norm, lucky you. It’s mid May and we are leaving behind us temperatures in single figures.

Got a new cozzie (swimsuit) and I’ve packed the Factor 50. Going to pop down to town this afternoon and pick up a couple of inflatable toys to play in the pool. No, not THAT sort of inflatable toy and no, the loved one and I have not yet descended into second childhood, not quite – we are on holiday with our son, his wife AND our youngest granddaughter!!!! She’s almost three and a delight. We have taken her out for picnics a couple of times in the last few weeks and it has been wonderful fun. Exhausting, but fun nonetheless.

I’m taking crochet, drawing equipment, my Kindle and tablet with me, working on the assumption that kiddy play will not take up my entire week. And if it does? Well, it will be because I wanted it to, so that’ll be fine. I therefore suspect that I will not be participating in the Diva Challenge No 316, or, at least, not punctually. I will almost certainly do the Challenge but not post it on time.

There’s a Facebook group called “Zentangle, Tangled and Journaled too”, which I read and occasionally join in. Since it involves journals and I have the self discipline of a newt, I don’t keep up with it very often but they have come up with a Summer project which I plan to take part in.

Each person who chooses to participate will select what little size they want to work on (bijou, atc, standard tile, 3Z tile, teeny tiny journal page, etc.) Whatever is chosen, the idea is to remain consistent with that choice every day from June 1 to August 31 and to make a cohesive collection. Working small is the suggestion, since the idea that started this was to build a habit, and if there is a lot to do, it makes it harder to keep up.

The pages inside are the same colour as the cover and I will stick the bijou tiles in, one or two to a page.

So I’ve done the cover of my brand new journal, cut out a couple of dozen bijou tiles ready to start and now I’m waiting in excited anticipation for the thing to begin. I’ll keep you posted.

The other Facebook group of which I am a member is Zentangle Artist Trading Card Swap, which I take part in once a month. This month, well, June actually, the Challenge is to produce;

… a Bijou tile and  a 3 ½” tile. Then you will attach the Bijou tile onto the larger tile by making two ½ inch slits for opposite corners to hold the Bijou tile on the tile. The Bijou tile may be placed anywhere on the tile.


I will probably be producing about half a dozen of these and, as you can see above,  I have already started the first one. I’ve used Margaret Bremner’s Rope – not sure if it’s intended to be a pattern or a string but I’m trying to make it spread from the Bijou to the bigger tile.

the patterns are Jasmin and Slonkel, both new to me and i like them. Slonkel was a bit of a mindbender but it’s part of the fun.

And this is the second one, which I am also using for the diva Challenge 316, as it is stripes. I also think it might be better with the stripes vertical rather than horizontal but it’s too late now. I like the patterns, both new to me – Jasmin and Slonkel. I’ve not properly “got” slonkel yet but i like it a lot. Jasmin is easier and I can see both patterns being very useful when I get to grips with them.

I’ve also tried a few Dingbatz, which is a fun way to use just a little patterning to great effect. I suspect people will be getting birthday cards that have been dingbatted this year. Here are my first attempts, along with the thank you card at the top of the post.

Different stamp and colour for a change.
Stamp for the lettering and the rest is freehand.


Well we’re back and it was great. Deepened the tan – I now look like an overfilled satchel. Had a load of fun on the beach and in the sea with Isla and wore my new cozzie, somewhat to the distress of any onlookers, I fear, but that’s just tough.

And, having done all the washing and actually had nice enough weather to hang it all out to dry, it’s Diva Day and a new Challenge.

So my idea is to use an image as your string – and here i’ve used a model from a fashion magazine.  I sometimes find that shiny magazine paper doesn’t really play well with Microns.  So i thought i’d just photo copy the image (my home printer has a copy function) and then cut it out and glue it onto a zentangle tile.  And that’s what i’ve done here.

You could also cut out the image and glue it onto a tile, as Vonnie suggested last night… or you can go through your stash of fashion mags, or craft mags, or use an interesting photo in a grocery flier..

I wasn’t very keen on this and put it on the back burner in the hope that a stroke of genius would occur. Hmmm. But then real life broke into my safe little world with the bomb attack at the Manchester Arena, less than 50 miles away. Like so many others, I felt angry and vengeful and bitter and vicious and I had to remind myself that there are people suffering out there and my feelings and small mindedness really don’t count for anything in the scheme of things. So I gave myself a little talking to about forgiveness and love v hate and remembered that, as a child of the sixties, for me love is supposed to be the answer.

The original photo, saved for my daughter in law, who is crazy about VW camper vans.

And I then stomped off upstairs to hide myself in some Zentangle, needing the Zen rather than the tangling, which is not my norm. Looking for images to use as a string, I started clearing out stuff that I had saved to the hard drive for who knows what reason. And there I found a picture of a VW camper van and it all came together. Peace, love and understanding, at least for half an hour or so. So my Diva Challenge this week was a brief escape from the nastiness that sometimes turns to horror and for a little while, I felt better.

If you close your eyes and listen very carefully, you can hear Sgt Pepper playing. You can, honest…

And that’s it for this week, world. Forget my usual injunction to be good-ish, be safe, just be safe.

Turning Problem Solving into an Art Form

Well to start with, I’ve solved the problem of how many steps in a day I do – I’ve turned off the step counter and, you know what,  I feel better already.

And then there’s the satchel/bag. Made as a raffle prize but, since I made it up as I went along, there were times when I couldn’t work out the next bit.  It’s like doing a puzzle, working out how to get the shape you want, quite satisfying. So that was problem solving too, in a way. Anyway, it’s done now and, by the time you read this, it’ll have been given away.

And then there’s the other prize, which has given me nightmares for weeks. Why did I say I’d do a drawing for her? The book is called “The Queen of Wishful Thinking”, a rom-com with a slightly darker side and there is a theme of rainbows throughout, which I have tried to encompass here. (And the crown for the Queen bit…)

Before framing.


But this must be at least the fourth attempt and, even now, I wonder if whoever wins it will immediately take the picture out and re-use the frame. (Not that I will ever know, of course.)

And then there is the latest round of swap tiles to complete…

The theme here is floral and Spring and I know I tend to be a bit literal minded sometimes. That certainly appears to be the case with these,

Before and after colouring. As you can see, the colour ran in a couple of places but I think I can solve that with a little work. (Another problem almost solved.)

I don’t actually like the colours on this one and the deeper blue and pink are Gelly Roll glitter but you can’t tell from this photo. Both are drawn using String 032 as a base, although it has almost disappeared in the first one. We could also use Strings 034 or 138 but I didn’t like 034 much. The ones I posted last week used 138 and I stuck more closely to the string with them. Just a couple more to do before I post them off to the USA. I would recommend the various swap groups that are out there, it really is fun to get pieces through the mail from all over the world. Although, sometimes the commitment to draw at least five ZIA with specific limitations each month can be something of a Challenge.

I need a holiday!


As a follow up to the raffle prize angst, the book launch was last night and a jolly good time was had by all. When I went up to talk to Milly and get my books signed, she said how much she liked the picture and I offered to do one for her. She leaped at it, so maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. I shall do similar but different, as, even if I really wanted to, I couldn’t reproduce exactly the same thing. But I made the mistakes on the first one, so, with luck, the next one will be better. Won’t it? For instance, I think I shall place the Mak Rah May more centrally and let the strands make the rainbow shape. And I might put the red in the middle and the violet on the outer edge for the rainbow background. We’ll see.

I also watched a tutorial or two on Youtube. I lose hours of my life doing that but it can be soooo satisfying. The one I’ve taken to was called Yula, demonstrated by Melinda Barlow. It took a bit of thought  but I think I may well use it again. 

And now it’s Diva Day and the Challenge is to use Molygon. This is not a pattern I am at ease with, mainly because I don’t ever seem to make imaginative use of it. I’ve mixed it with a couple of others that I like to see but not to do.  (Joki and Danza) The problem here is whether or not they actually go together  harmoniously and, in the end, I think they are OK. I coloured them with Brusho inks – I’d highly recommend them – and water colour pencils.

So that’s all for now. Off to Majorca quite soon on holiday with son, daughter in law and granddaughter. Prepare for granny tales on my return.


But, until then, world, be good-ish.


A Touch of the Simon and Garfunkels

I may add a little shade to this to tone it down a bit. Can anyone remember the name of the pattern in purple? I love it but can’t remember what it’s called. Doh!

Gee but it’s great to be back home…

is what started the S&G link because, although we go away a lot and enjoy our visits to foreign fields, it is good to be home, sleeping in my own bed and snuggling back into normal life.

However, both the loved one and I got weighed this morning and it wasn’t good for either of us. Forget “He ain’t heavy…”,  he is and so am I. Bugger, time to start being sensible again. So, when you add this to the fact that my new phone has a step counter on it, which threatens to hold a celebration if I go over 2000 steps, you can see that there is something of a fitness issue at Castle Maggibee. (Some days it never gets above two, since it lives on my bedside table and, if I’m not going out, there it stays.)

Still, I’ve done 6000 steps today and it asked for time off to recover from the shock…

It looks less like a bowler – derby across the pond – when it’s on but I was no way going to model it.

I’m up to the eyes in yarn at present, making hats is the latest craze, cloche hats, very 1920s. And a bag to go with one of them. I’ve used extremely bright rainbow yarn, as they are to be given as prizes in the Milly Johnson launch on Friday and one of the themes of the new book is the rainbow.




Clearly unfinished. It’ll be a small satchel when complete.

I’m also doing a ZIA but, although I’ve started several, I’m not happy with any of them, so, unless I get a flurry of inspiration in the next day or two, the hats will have to do. I made the bag up as I went along, so it’s less than perfect but will look better with a handle and a button fastener.

The first hat I did is much more subtle in its use of colour but the style of the bright one works better.



It looks better than this really, honest it does.

And then it was suddenly Diva Day and it’s UMT time, with the pattern being Scallamps.

Weekly Challenge #314: “UMT: Scallamps – by Sarah Uram CZT”

For those of you who are new, the first Monday of every month is a Use My Tangle Challenge, where the challenge of the week is to use a tangle created by one of you!  If you have a tangle you’d like to submit you can add it here and be sure that it follows the guidelines for submission.
This month’s UMT is Scallamps by Sarah Uram and you can see the step outs here 

Not too difficult and quite a nice finish. As it happens, the swap I am doing at the moment uses String 034, (You can see one of them at the top of the page.) so I adapted it for both the Challenge and the swap. It’s a Spring/floral theme but I wasn’t too keen on this one, added a bit of background colour and liked it better but it still needs something.

Not happy with this yet but…
Better with a coloured background?


(Probably starting over!)





Waiting for shading and colour.

And this is another swap tile in progress, awaiting shading and colour and using String 032. I’m enjoying this one, so it’s going better. So, to waste no more time, I’m off the finish this, do a couple more and maybe a rainbow one for Milly – all before teatime!

Until we meet again, my dearios, be good-ish.


Another Quickie!

We’re off in pastures sunny again, so both the wifi and I are a little unreliable at present.  But I am sitting under a parasol, on a sunny terrace, overlooking the sea. I have sent the loved one and our friend off for a walk -but really so I can sit and draw without feeling rude and/or guilty.

Not a lot to show you, as we have been very sociable this week.  The alcohol quotient has risen significantly – the buggers keep coming round and offering it and it would be rude not to. Someone, possibly the loved one, suggested it wouldn’t happen if we didn’t go in the bars in the first place  but I don’t feel inclined to put it to the test.

Anyway, you have to keep hydrated in these temperatures…

I like the Diva Challenge this week and I see a lot of other people do too. I haven’t looked at any yet, saving it as a treat.  So we’re celebrating Amanda Day -see the Diva blog for more detail- and I started by drawing a freehand circle for my Earth. A bit wobbly but I blame the pen, as no alcohol has passed my lips so far today. No, really.

Said pen is not my usual Micron, but a gel pen and it doesn’t respond to the surface of the paper, but glides too easily over it, which I don’t like much.  But it is what it is . Lesson learned, Maggibee will stick to her usual pens in future.  I used patterns beginning with A for Amanda ; Abeko, African Artist and A-Dalfa. I like all three and must try to remember them when next I am seeking inspiration.

So, for now, here is my less than perfect response to the Challenge, folowed by a fond farewll. Until next time, world, be good-ish.