There were a few things I came across in my email inbox (which was chocker…) that I didn’t want to delete because of my almost paranoid fear of losing a valuable resource. Add to that that this particular blog I am using doesn’t support the categories I used to use, and life becomes a little more complex!

Anyhow, the one way I can think of to “keep” and share these brilliant posts and/or sites, is to put them here in a new post. So here goes!

1. I am getting busier now that I have returned to part-time work – I was retrained on a different department so that I can rest the foot till it’s mended – i.e., sitting and not standing is now the order of the day (look out love-handles…!), so I use a FREE downloadable calendar on my PC desktop, so when my computer’s switched on, anyone in my house can see where I am/should be/will be on any given day that current month. Let’s face it, sometimes I forget to write on the kitchen calendar!! I get my pretty calendar from Billie’s Craft Room. Thanks, mate! 😉

2. I subscribe to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s blog because she’s great, honest, inspirational, funny and has fab guests. I really like Joanne Sharp’s style, and here is a great post  where she shares her Top Ten Tips for Artful Lettering… brilliant!

3. For those of you who enjoy haikus – I joined Haiku my Heart Fridays, hosted  by the amazing Rebecca of “Recuerda mi Corazon” recently and love it! – Quinn MacDonald has the most amazing post here, about photography, but for each one she has written a haiku… inspiring!

AND, if you’re a keen or “improving” art journaller, like me, Quinn’s running a workshop based on her latest book “Raw Art Journalling”. It’s a great opportunity to take part in a FREE workshop to get your journalling juices flowing and the only conditions are: You have to have the book to participate – ‘cos that’s what we’re working from AND join the (super-friendly) Yahoo Group. Simples! For more info, click HERE!

4. I like a lot of the mini-classes offered here on Leslie’s Art Journalling Group, although I haven’t managed to commit to any yet, because my head’s in the wrong space for that at present. I like her devil-may-care honesty and really loved the Cult of Stuff… If you gather unused “must-have” art supplies, this may be for you!! 😉

5. Although I enjoy drawing and watercolours, acrylics and gels, etc. I still have an enormous, unfulfilled passion for the texture of textiles, the feel of velvets and cottons, painted and /or quilted, embellished or plain. I like the great variety of products and (naturally!), techniques that Jamie Malden and the gang at Colouricious show us. The taster videos and printing blocks are yummy, and would that I had more time and money to go take a workshop with them at the Abbey!

6. For the digital art lovers amongst us, there are some very good places to visit and play in, though my personal favourite is Digital Whispers. I am an infrequent visitor, but always feel welcome when I pop in and I still receive the newsletter so I stay in touch with the peeps. The amazing Rian (Freubel) is a member, for instance, and you know how wonderfully creative and sharing she is!

It would be rude to leave you with no artwork at all, so here’s a little “pretty” from a week or so ago, that I painted in the garden. None of those flowers are in my garden – they all came from my head! 😉

The page was supposedly a “wet on wet” practice piece, once I’d remembered what to do! And then when the lines started to appear later, it went from landscape to portrait (orientation), and I found flowers “appearing”, followed quickly by grasses and leaves… Headspace is a wonderful planet!