R.I.P. Michael Jackson

I was out last night, came home and went to bed without turning on the TV - Then this morning my TV came on as it does every morning to wake me up and I just couldn't believe what I was hearing Michael Jackson had died... Devastating news, the utter sadness that I felt reminded me of my feelings when I learned that Elvis and then Princess Diana had died.
My mind filled with thoughts of all the times that MJ had filled me with delight,wonder, amazement. Here was a special person. His early years when he was with the Jackson 5 and his voice... so special. Then he moved on to his solo career - OFF THE WALL, THRILLER, BAD unforgettable music from an UNFORGETTABLE MAN.
The sad thing is that his life moved into the 3rd stage, where he became Wacko Jacko to many - his court cases, his bizarre behaviour, but to me he was the KING OF POP.
Myself, my children we love his music - I smile as I remember how he was loved by all of his in his time in our life. He was jaw droppingly talented and now like so many others before him his music will sell, his wacko moments will be a footnote to his life. His music will be his legacy. His young family will have to come to terms with his death, that is so sad.
He can be in his own Neverland again, maybe now he can be happy.
One of the happiest moments for me was when I secured tickets to see him in London in February...now I will not have the chance...I seem to be rambling, but it is hard to write when you are crying...
A genius entertainer who delighted millions. He had his flaws, he lived life in a spotlight, built up by the media who then delighted in bringing him down.

Michael Jackson wrote this song, he said it was autobiographical

Childhood Lyrics
Artist(Band):Michael Jackson

Written and Composed by Michael Jackson.
Produced by Michael Jackson.

Have you seen my Childhood?
I'm searching for the world that I come from
'Cause I've been looking around
In the lost and found of my heart...
No one understands me
They view it as such strange eccentricities...
'Cause I keep kidding around
Like a child, but pardon me...

People say I'm not okay
'Cause I love such elementary things...
It's been my fate to compensate,
for the Childhood
I've never known...

Have you seen my Childhood?
I'm searching for that wonder in my youth
Like pirates in adventurous dreams,
Of conquest and kings on the throne...

Before you judge me, try hard to love me,
Look within your heart then ask,
Have you seen my Childhood?

People say I'm strange that way
'Cause I love such elementary things,
It's been my fate to compensate,
for the Childhood (Childhood) I've never known...

Have you seen my Childhood?
I'm searching for that wonder in my youth
Like fantastical stories to share
But the dreams I would dare, watch me fly...

Before you judge me, try hard to love me.
The painful youth I've had

Have you seen my Childhood....



This is the set for the Arthouse Co-Op Mini Canvas Project that I signed up for. The premise of this was that each participant had to submit 5 words and then received 5 words to interpret. Now that they are completed I have to send them to Atlanta, Georgia where they will be used in a display at the airport; some of the canvases will also be chosen to be published in a book about the event. Now let me tell you my words and see if you can see why I created each canvas.


I created this using glass tiles on which I drew O's and X's with Viva Pearl Pen. The background was painted with Copper Metallic Acrylic Dauber Paint


This canvas was painted in aqua colors, stamped eyes on to the bg for interest. Wrote the words AQUA, AGUA and WATER onto paper and inserted into glass bottles and stuck to canvas.


This one has an image of Mary and Child, stuck to a bg colored with distress inks. I then added the words to Hail Mary and overlaid with a transparency of an angel.


This word means things not what they seem so I chose to do a clown with tears "Tears of a Clown"; after all clowns are supposed to be happy. Hand drawn clown, with glitter added and a button for his nose.


I interpreted with a multitude of butterflies, layers of butterflies on a napkin, then vellum and more butterflies.
So they will be going into the post on Wednesday as I am busy tomorrow...
Next project with the Art House Co-Op is a Sketchbook project


As I write this this little fella is watching "Mamma Mia" and dancing around the front room, he is Callum my Great Nephew and he is 4. What a bundle he is! I am looking after him tomorrow, fingers crossed he will be good!

And these images are works in progress for my journal; the plan is to get as many backgrounds prepared in time for my summer holidays. I am busy cutting up images so I can happily stick them onto the pages and Journal my holiday.... I am having FUN with this, I will share the journey with you.
So there you have it, not a lot but a chance for me to chill... be back soon, Thanks for dropping by xxx


My lovely Moleskines

I love moleskines, the way they feel, the way the smell, the quality of the pages - they are just fantastic journals. So I treated myself to A standard size sketchbook, 2 A4 sizes, (one a sketchbook and the other watercolor paper) and a gorgeous A3 size.

So of course I had to have a play in one of them, this spread is done in the A4 Sketchbook. I used Pitt Brush pens in the grey tones... Pam Carricker does a class showing how over on Creative Workshops.
Let the Journalling in this delish book begin.... :)

I had to share this photo of you, it was Hollie's Prom yesterday, who is Hollie, well she is my friend Lorraine's daughter - when I saw her all dressed up I just went WOW! she moved me to tears!!!

Right that is it for today, love ya! Thanks for stopping by xxx



Over on Paper Whimsy there is a napkin tag swap that I am participating in. The idea is to send 12 napkins/serviettes for the swap; to accompany it make a tag using one of the napkins as the background, this is my offering. As I was wondering what to do the song "Summertime" was playing on my i pod so I just went with that as my inspiration.

I can't wait for the summer, my villa is calling my name so loudly but alas I can't go yet, China has to do her induction for year 13 at College for 3 weeks from the 29th June.... argghhhh!!!!

I am off to Wembley tomorrow to watch the England School Boys play France. This is so exciting, one it will be my 1st time at the New Wembley and 2nd Robert Carter one of my sons friends is playing in the team. Weather looks promising so should be a good day.

Going to crack on and see what else I can create... Thanks again for dropping by xxxx





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I just thought I would share these glorious poppies snapped whilst walking my dog and to say if you would like to use them in your art then please feel free to do so - I appreciate you visiting me and so this is a THANK YOU.
I have a couple of pieces I am working on at the moment, looking forward to sharing with you.

This past weekend Stuart, Jazz and China went to Lille in France for a football tournament so I had a bit of fun at home on my own.
Went to the Craft Barn at Lingfield and watched a few demos, nice way to spend a day. Bought some Coppic pens, never used them before so looking forward to playing with them. Lisa with whom I spent a pleasant day came over in the evening with Toni, her daughter, Jazz's girlfriend for a crafting evening. I didn't make much, was clucking around like a mother hen looking after Lisa and Toni.

I think they did a fabulous job seeing as they had never done anything like this before.

I am so excited as China went to Ireland recently to visit my mum and she came back with photos of my mum as a child and my great grandmother and grandmother (who was 88 this week) so now I don't have to envy all those people who have family photos.
I can't wait to use some of the pieces in my art work.

On a personal level I have to go for a mammogram in a couple of weeks, so not looking forward to that, it will be my 1st, I know it makes sense to go for it, and I will but that doesn't mean I have to relish the thought!

England are playing Andorra in a world cup qualifying game now so I shall sign of for this post but don't forget to use the poppies if you wish xxxx