All posts filed under: Taking Stock

Taking Stock June 2017

  A stock take at the end of June, inspired by the wonderful blog that is Meet Me At Mikes. Making : A sketchbook with pages of watercolor paper for a class I am starting in July, Cooking : Egg fried rice for dinner. Drinking : A hot cup of Typhoo tea! Reading: ‘Project Calm’ magazine. Wanting: All the paints in all the colours! Looking: At the bird feeder out the window. Playing: The radio. Deciding: What to do for my ‘100 day project’ tomorrow – 100 Days of Creative Ideas. Wishing: I had chosen an art based ‘100 day project’.  Less than 20 days to go, I am not giving up now! Enjoying: Digging around in the woods with my kid! Waiting: For tomorrow to call my Mum and Dad who arrived home from their holidays. Liking: Cool evenings. Wondering: If I can fill an sketchbook which would be good enough for the Brooklyn Art Library‘s sketchbook collection. Loving: Making sketchbooks using old book covers. Pondering: Should I buy wine? Considering: Buying wine? Buying: …

Taking Stock March 2017

It is a few months since I did a ‘Taking Stock’ post, so here is the first one for 2017. Inspired by Pip Lincolne of Meet Me at Mikes fame, let’s see where we are and what we are making. I will include a blank list for you to copy at the end, so you can have a stock take too! Making : Prints from old 127 film negatives. Cooking : Roast cauliflower curry for dinner. Drinking : Frothy coffee. Reading: One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood. Wanting: These boots so badly! Looking: For ideas to join in with The 100 Day Project which starts in April. Playing: Around with colours in my art journals is the best therapy ever! Deciding: Which song lyrics or poem to use for today’s sketch for my oracle deck which I am working on along with @otmoraclecards over on Instagram. Wishing: The weather would make up it’s mind, we have had almost every season in the space of a couple of weeks! Enjoying: The unseasonably warm weather if …

Taking Stock December 2016

The final stock take of the year, as always, inspired by the wonderful Pip at Meet Me at Mikes.  Making : Journals with gorgeous paper. Cooking : Pizza. Drinking : Egg nog frothy coffee. Reading: I am about to start ‘The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles‘ by Katherine Pancol Wanting: To stop running about getting Christmas stuff ready.  Nearly done! Looking: Through the ‘Flow Book for Paper Lovers‘. Playing: Christmas songs, I like the ‘This is Christmas’ album by Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler the best. Deciding: Whether to order dinner or make it! Wishing: I didn’t have to go food shopping for Christmas, I don’t have to get much, but I wish it would just arrive in my fridge! Enjoying: Planning Christmas and what we will make and eat. Waiting: For school to finish tomorrow.  It seems so late that the kids finish school on the 22nd December. Liking: Christmas/holiday art journaling, with Get Messy Art Journal and Creative Bug. Wondering: Whether I can squeeze in some ‘art’ time today, I am sure I …

Taking stock June 2016

I am taking stock while in Cape Cod on holiday, so let’s see what is going on. Making : Art journal pages. Cooking : Butternut squash curry and puppodums for dinner. Drinking : White wine. Reading: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman Wanting: The sun to come out for our last day at Cape Cod. Looking: At the salt marsh and the sea beyond it. Playing: Mancala which we picked up from a thrift shop for 50 cents. Deciding: Whether to take home the giant tub of rainbow sprinkles home? We have rated some but there are lots left… Wishing: There was a magical way to travel effortlessly without the packing and flying and messing about in airports! Enjoying: The sea breeze. Waiting: For the rice to cook. Liking: Cape Cod, we have had a lovely two weeks here. Wondering: How gosh-darn hot it is in St Louis. Loving: How cool it is here. Pondering: The rest of the summer and how we shall fill it. Considering: Another glass …

Taking Stock March 2016

Time for a litle stock take on this sunny blustery day.  If you want to have a stock take too, there is a blank list at the end.  I try and go through the list without too much thinking about each word.  If you do these regularly, they are fun and interesting to look back on. Taking Stock is the brainchild of the lovely Pip at Meet Me At Mikes blog. Making : Lots of art, I draw, sketch, paint or journal every day. Cooking : Spaghetti and tomato sauce for dinner. Drinking : Cups of tea. Reading: Bella Grace magazine. Wanting: Flowers, I can’t get enough of flowers at the minute! Looking: At the trees blooming all around, especially my neighbor’s pink magnolia tree. Playing: Swing Ball in the back garden. Deciding: Which sketchbook to use?  Grey pages or tan? Both are so effective with pencil crayons. Wishing: I had an airy studio full of light and art supplies. Enjoying: The sunshine and wind combination in the air today. Waiting: For my photos to …

Taking Stock January 2016

Today is chilly but sunny and full of blue sky.  I have been busy painting and drawing and printing some postcards which I am excited to write and send out!  The picture above is one of them. I am going to put the kettle on for a cup of tea while I take stock for the first time this year.  Let’s see how it is going so far.  Fancy a stock take?  I have a blank list at the bottom of the post, so you can fill it in with your own stock taking. Making : Chips (fries) and egg for lunch with sriracha sauce all over. Cooking : Banana bread for breakfast. Drinking : Yorkshire Gold tea. Reading: ‘Drawing Blood’ by Molly Crabapple. Wanting: To organize my time more efficiently. Looking: At the birds bickering over the feeders! Playing: Radio 2 over the interweb. Deciding: How to get my hair cut tomorrow, just a little trim I think. Wishing: For snow. Enjoying: All the art I am making. Waiting: For the kids to come …

Taking Stock November 2015

Taking stock is a fun exercise in quick answers (or mulled over answers, I don’t judge) to see what is going on right now in my little section of the universe. Tomorrow is my birthday, so this will be a final taking stock of my 45th year. Making : Christmas cards which are also colouring sheets. Cooking : Flapjack (the English kind with oats and golden syrup) and Christmas cake. Drinking : Tea and lots of it. Reading: The new Margaret Atwood book, ‘The Heart Goes Last’. Wanting: New sketchbooks, I may have an addiction… Looking: At the sky and wondering what it is planning. Playing: ‘Sketchbook challenge’ and just managing to catch up with the prompts. Deciding: How to mail my colouring sheet cards, they are quite big. Wishing: The headache I have had all week would go away. Enjoying: Having the kids off school for Thanksgiving. Waiting: For my birthday! Liking: Chocolate chip brioche pretzels from the Smitten Kitchen book which I am going to make for our breakfast tomorrow. Wondering: If it …