All posts filed under: Taking Stock

Taking Stock January 2018

First stock take of the year.  Inspired by the lovely Pip at Meet me at Mikes blog, if you want to take your own stock, there is a blank list of starting words at the end of this post. These posts are a fun way to see what is going on and they are great to look back on and see what you were up to at the time. Here goes – Making :  Mandalas in my sketchbook. Cooking : Chicken tikka masala for dinner. Drinking : Nothing, but now I want a cup of tea. Reading: Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin and Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. Wanting: A cup of tea, hold on while I put the kettle on….. Looking: At my kids doing homework as I write this. Playing: With my new/old typewriter now it has a shiny new ribbon. Deciding: What to wear for work. Wishing: My clothes ironed themselves! Enjoying: My part time job at the local library. Waiting: For the dishwasher to finish. Liking: …

Taking Stock September 2017

Time for a stock take!  I have attached a blank list at the end for you, respond to each word in as many or few words as you like. Thanks to Meet Me At Mikes blog for starting ‘Taking Stock’. Here’s my latest! Making : Sketchbooks and more sketchbooks! Cooking : Waffles, egg and bacon for lunch. Drinking : Coffee with home made pumpkin spice syrup even though it is a thousand degrees outside. Reading: The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall Wanting: To read my massive magazine pile. Looking: At a cloudy sky. Playing: BBC Radio 2 – Steve Wright in the Afternoon. Deciding: What to make for Friday’s dinner. I am still not the best at working all day and getting dinner organized and made! Wishing: I could get the shopping list just right for good dinners and snacks! Enjoying: The month long class on Creative Bug hosted by Faith Hale – Daily Book Art Challenge. Waiting: For the kettle to boil to make a cup of tea. Liking: The home made rice krispie …

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 …