The Dictionary definition for twaddle/twaddling is:
trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious talk or writing.
verb (used without object), twad·dled, twad·dling.
2. to talk in a trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious manner; prate.
verb (used with object), twad·dled, twad·dling.
3. to utter as twaddle.

Art Therapy is Heart Therapy ~ TwinkleToes2day (aka mo)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Faces 19 to 24

Here are the next six faces done as part of the 29 Faces September 2014 challenge.

Only five more to do. The month has gone by so quickly.

Many thanks to each of you that visits, leaves some love and a comment. I appreciate all of your kindnesses. 

Until next time............
.........thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

T Stands for..........

.............. brown water. Yuck!! We have brown water. And we will have brown water for the next ten days! The local water board are doing 'essential maintenance' in our area, (starting last night - Monday), and they have warned us - at least they warned us - that it will result in our having brown water until the work is completed. Well, it's not strictly Brown water, but that awful peaty, sandy colour and it tastes awful too.

Sooo, I got all my washing (laundry) up-to-date and have stockpiled bottled water. And in order to save some pennies I also filled available jugs, reusable water bottles and flasks etc whilst the water was still clear. I will still be able to do the washing - just not my whites, and we can still shower - no bathing in 'brown' water, but the kettle won't be on near as much as usual and the cafe's in town will have more than my usual custom.  But as contradictory as it may sound, I am actually not making a big 'thing' of it; as a long time supporter of Water-Aid I am very grateful that we have clean water 99% of the time. The only reason I'm mentioning it here, is so that I can wish my fellow T-ers over on Elizabeth's blog, a Happy T Day.

Until next time................
.............thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Craft Barn Q & L Challenge #19

The words this fortnight over on the Craft Barn's challenge  are Better & Patience.

I chose the word Better and am quite pleased with my finished page. It is just some stamping and colouring with watercolour pencils.

The quote is by the wonderful Maya Angelou ~ 
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

A very good philosophy to live by I feel. 

Until next time..........
.......thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Faces 13 to 18

Here are my next lot of Faces, drawn as part of the 29 Faces September 2014 challenge.

I am acutely aware that I have a very long way to go before achieving any kind of uniformity and consistancy; however, I am still enjoying this challenge very much and can see an improvement in my work.

As with some of the previous faces I've shown I have used a mix of micron pen, graphite pencil, colouring pencils and watercolour pencils.

I have decided to link to Paint Party Friday for the first time.

Many thanks to everyone who visits for your kind and generous comments, loving support and encouragement.

Until next time..............
.........thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Tag for a Dance

A'Rubber Dance' to be exact ;) Rubber Dance Art Stamps are holding their first Monthly Colour Challenge. And the owner of Rubber Dance Art Stamps, Bibi, is generously giving away some of her beautiful stamps as the prize! Woohooo! Thanks Bibi :D

But to be in with a chance of winning such an awesome prize, then we have to create something - anything - but we must use the set palette, which this month is the classic Autumnal colours, warm golds, oranges and reds. Yum!

I have a number of Bibi's deep etched, red rubber stamps and would love to increase my stash, (who wouldn't?)!  So without further twaddle, here is my first entry to the challenge.

A tag.

And a close-up.

I used two different stencils and dabbed red and yellow paints through them for the background. Then I used a leaf stencil and an orange paint, over which I rubbed red oil pastel and antique gold rubbing wax, (such a shame the glimmer doesn't show up here). 

I stamped #CE1-2E Bohemian Woman, and embossed her using a gold glitter powder to make her twinkle. (like me, hehe)

Fianlly I added a quote and coloured my ribbon using the same paints as on the tag. If you click on this Rubber Dance link then you will be able to read all about the rules for the challenge and see some amazing examples by Bibi's design team. I hope to see you there, and good luck if you decide to take part.
Closing date for entries:
Midnight September 30th, Central European Time (= GMT+1 or EST + 6)

I'm also linking this tag to Tag Tuesday's ' Stencils'.

Until next time.....
.........thanks for popping by to say ' Hi' (( hugs)) :0) x

T Stands For Trying.............

............trying to paint, that is.

I am having a blast, trying my hand at drawing and/or painting these days.

You may have seen some of the faces I've been drawing for the 29 Faces in September 2014, in my blog posts here and here.

My current obsession with trying to draw was sparked last year by my very lovely, very talented friend, Tracey Fletcher King. Thank you Tracey ((hugs)) :o))

This particular painting was done with my luscious Koh-I-Noor paints, so that I could enjoy T on Tuesday with our host Elizabeth, and all the other 'T'ers'. I hope you can join us and I hope you like my painting.

Until next time.........
.............thanks for stopping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rubber Dance Giveaway

My blogland friend, Bibi, from Rubber Dance, is having a Fall/Autumn giveaway challenge on her blog, where you will find many beautiful examples by both Bibi, her design team and guest designers, of items like cards, tags, wreaths, using the Rubber Dance stamps. Why not check out the wide variety of deep etched, red rubber stamps for yourself, here.  And check out the Colour Challenge Info here. You've got to be in it, to win it :D

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead, whatever you are doing.

Until next time...........
.........thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Saturday, September 13, 2014

By Wee Man

Happy Mail

Granny did a balloon swap with Boo and Boo sent a balloon to granny. It is yellow, orange and green.

Boo sent me some nice things as well. She sent me a word search puzzle in the shape of a car.

She sent a suncatcher train that I coloured in.

It is hanging in my bedroom. 

Boo sent me a magazine with interesting stuff in it.

Did you know that humans blink about 17,000 times a day and Pumpkins come in different colours? As well as orange, they can be red, green, yellow, blue, tan or white. Here is a picture we found on the internet.

I hope you found it interesting too.

Thank you for my things Boo.

If you click on Boo's name you can see the ICAD I sent to her.

Love from Wee Man :-D

Friday, September 12, 2014

29 Faces - Seven to Twelve

I am still going strong in the 29 Faces September 2014 challenge, hosted on AyalaArt and I am still having lots of fun practising. Here are faces 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.

I truly appreciate your coming by to have a look. I have used a mix of graphite pencils, coloured pencils, micron pens, watercolour pencils and oil pastels. 

Until next time....................
................thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

T Stands for Treasure

I'm getting in just under the wire here for T Stands for Tuesday, hosted by the lovely Elizabeth. Well, 'under the wire' is a little exageration, as it isn't quite midnight, but it is nearly 8pm, so I think I will be last in.

I told Elizabeth that I probably wouldn't be able to join in this week, but then I remembered, that whilst hunting for some books for me in the loft (attic), at the weekend, my dear hubs 'found' a tea set that we thought 'lost' - (it's a large loft) - so I am delighted to share it with you here today.

I have had this tea set since 1973. It is a Royal Stuart, Spencer Stevenson, Harlequin tea set, made in England, circa 1951. It was my grandmother's. I remember dusting it lovingly as a child and saying how much I liked it. I never dreamt it would be bequeathed to me.  It was never used, has never been used and is still in perfect condition.
I love this tea set.
Happy T day everyone! :D

Until next time....................
.................thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' **hugs** :o) x

Monday, September 08, 2014

Spotted Photo Theme & Q & L Challenge 18

This is a long post, but mostly with pictures, so I hope you will stay and have a look-see ;o)

First up, the theme this month for Hanna's Spotted Photo theme is colour, so I thought I would take part. Thank you to Tammy Garcia for the heads up and link to this fun idea.

The idea is to trawl through your photographs and post pictures relevant to the current month's theme. It really is quite literal. Check these cuties; last month the theme was Animal Love.

My favourite colour is green, so I was surprised at how few things I had photographs of, that are green. There are lots of trees and grass in my photographs but almost none that I could pick out and say, yes, that's a 'green' picture, but seeing as how I felt determined to use green, I did some photo editing and came up with these >>>

A path in a local park

A Christmas decoration I sent to son #1 in Sweden

A tag

Scene from a viewing tower in the local forest

Nessie on a t-shirt

Cable guide on the funicular rail on the Cairngorm mountain

A charity store find - love this plate.

You can find the themes for next few months on Hanna's blog. I hope you can join in too.

The Craft Barn Q & L Challenge #18 and also, Art Journal Journey

The words for this fortnight's challenge are Childhood and Easier. I found a nice quote then got out my small sketchbook and my watercolour pencils. I realise the grass colours don't blend very well, but I had fun creating the page anyway.

'Happiness is spending time with Childhood friends' ~ there was no attribution for the quote, but I think it's lovely - and very true :-D
I am linking also to Art Journal Journey with huge thanks to Valerie for nudge.

Until next time...................
...................thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Sunday, September 07, 2014

29 Faces - One to Six

After seeing lots of amazing faces over the past year or so, all linking in to Ayala's challenges of 29 Faces, I decided I would have a go. Now, I'm no artist, per se, but I have gained enough confidence over the past couple of years to 'have a go' and I'm having loads of fun and of course it's all about the fun, and practise, practise, practise. The current challenge started on September 1st and although I have been posting my pictures on facebook, I haven't time to blog every day, so I thought I would do the ocassional group post.
So without further ado, here are my first six faces ~

I have used a mix of pencil, black micron pen, Derwent Graphik line maker and Derwent watercolour pencils. If you want to see some really artistic face work then follow this link here and you won't be disappointed. 

Until next time..................
............thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

T Stands for Music Maestro Please

Well actually, T stands for Tea on Tuesday, with Elizabeth and Bleubeard from the Altered Book Lover blog. I hope you pop over to check it out and perhaps join us for a cup/glass/jug of your favourite beverage.

This past Saturday I took one of my sons out for some shopping and lunch. He doesn't get out very often as he has ME and we don't have our own transport. However, this weekend my good friend was out of town and left her car with me for us to use. Yippeee, *happy skippy dancing* was abound! (by yours truly only I hasten to add) hehe

Anyhoo, back to Saturday; we ended up in a garden centre that is renowned in these here parts for it's fabulous restaurant. Not overpriced or highfalutin, (it is only a garden centre), but still, with freshly made food using locally sourced produce at reasonable prices. We chose to end our day there for lunch.
Well it was mid-afternoon but who's clock watching?! After all, my stomach only thought my throat had been cut! Haha

It's a very large centre.
Yes, there is a beautiful piano in the restaurant.
The view from where we sat was cute and expansive.

The coffee was just right and the blueberry scone, deliciously moist.

And look who turned up while we ate.

I've never sat in a garden centre cafe/restaurant that had Live music before. And he was quite good too; well I recognised all the Elton John tunes he played anyway, hehe. 

A last few images - I promise - related to my last Tea post, and my ManaTea. Jinxxxygirl asked how it works, so I took some pics. 

Happy T Day everyone.

Until next time..................
............thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

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