Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Arty meme

The first five people to respond to this post (via the comments section) will get some form of art made by me. I make no guarantees about type or delivery deadline. (You get what you get, when you get it, but I'll do my best work.) The only catch, of course: as with most memes, if you sign up, you have to put this in your own journal as well.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Fast and Dirty Not so chunky book swap

10 players max

4" x 4" pages

Theme - Christmas recipes
Sign up by 24 October with payment of £3 to me for binding, provide your own pages

pages to me by 17 November - NO CHANGES OR EXTENSIONS - if they're not with me by then, sorry but you've forfeit your money and your book

no pages to be more than card thickness within 2" of the binding edge

Contact me or leave a comment...


In the Shadow of Saturn

Explanation: In the shadow of Saturn, unexpected wonders appear. The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn recently drifted in giant planet's shadow for about 12 hours and looked back toward the eclipsed Sun. Cassini saw a view unlike any other. First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. Next, the rings themselves appear dark when silhouetted against Saturn, but quite bright when viewed away from Saturn and slightly scattering sunlight, in the above exaggerated color image. Saturn's rings light up so much that new rings were discovered, although they are hard to see in the above image. Visible in spectacular detail, however, is Saturn's E ring, the ring created by the newly discovered ice-fountains of the moon Enceladus, and the outermost ring visible above. Far in the distance, visible on the image left just above the bright main rings, is the almost ignorable pale blue dot of Earth.

Monday, October 16, 2006


Unquote | Futility Closet: "'Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.' — Ernest Hemingway "

So I'll have to be careful tonight. Happy 40th birthday to me!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Here you go

inaminuteago - the blog

It's the blog I was telling you about!

Cool binding idea

I posted this on the wrong blog to start with - hey ho!

Fun and Easy How to Guide to Binding Your Own Paperback Books At Home…FAST » Achieve IT! - Helping you achieve your goals

This has just been featured on another blog I lurk at - but blogger doesn't seem to want me to provide a link to it so I will do it seperately!

What a great idea

Friday, October 13, 2006

Funny facts

Your foot is the same length as your forearm from elbow to wrist
twice around the wrist is equal to a man's collar size
Anyone know any more like this?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

I've been named and tagged

So I'd better do it, eh?!

Have You Ever:

1) Taken a picture completely naked? Of me? Nope. Of someone else - yep - my babies! More intriguingly, I have a strong mental image of a long past crush from my single days - how the heck did he end up naked and me still fully clothed? yum yum.......

2) Danced in front of a mirror naked? Ewww - not for years - because of the effect of the babies in 1) mainly!

3) Told a lie? I'd be lying if I said no

4) Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back? Many, many times (see 1) and I'm sure I've done the reverse too

5) Been arrested? Not even close to it

6) Seen someone die? Not yet

7) Kissed a picture? Of course

8) Slept in until 5pm? Ah - student years!

9) Had sex at work? No - but been sexually harrassed by my manager at work - may he rot in hell

10) Fallen asleep at work? Yes - head down on the desk in my first job after college - never again

11) Held a snake? Many times - had a boyfriend into reptiles who used to let his python (no sniggering) just roam the house - I once tickled it and it scarily, swiftly tightened around my hand

12) Ran a red light? By accident - yes

13) Been suspended from school? Nah - far too much a goody two shoes - only ever had lines once

14) Pole danced? Nope - it would have to be reinforced! The local pub has a room set up for lessons and they don't even put pole dancing on there

15) Been fired from a job? I suspect if I hadn't have left the job in 10) I would have

16) Sang Karaoke? No way - I couldn't carry a tune if it was in a bucket

17) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? Oh so many, many times. See 1) again

18) Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? The kids do it to me regularly

19) Laughed until you peed? Since the kids - so much more frequently

20) Caught a snowflake on your tongue? I love that - rare and getting rarer here

21) Kissed in the rain? DH proposed on a rainy afternoon in York, 10 weeks after we met (and we lived 200 miles apart so had only seen each other about 6 times)

22) Had sex in the rain? Not outside, but it's kind of nice with the rain on the window

23) Sang in the shower? Occasionally

24) Gave your private parts a nickname? Not a chance

25) Ever gone to work without underwear? No. I do like to wear very nice underwear if I've got a scary presentation or such to do - a hidden confidence!

26) Sat on a rooftop? On the top of the bay window in my childhood home

27) Played chicken? Too much of a scaredy cat

28) Been pushed/thrown into a pool with all your clothes on? No way - I swim like a brick

29) Broken a bone? Not a one - funny I was thinking about that today

30) Flashed someone? Often hubby while he's on the phone

31) Mooned Someone? See 30)

32) Skinny Dipped? See 28), plus Cleethorpes is too damn cold any time of the year - River Humber/North Sea anyone?

33) Shaved your head? No, but did have it number 4 on the clippers all over

34) Slept Naked? Used to - now HAVE to have my bum covered or I don't sleep well at all. DH thinks I'm afraid of the mythical bottom inspectors

35) Blacked out from drinking? Oh indeed, see 8)

36) Played a prank on someone? Yep - best one was on the student neighbour who reckoned he was in the SAS (I suspect TA really). We got into his acommodation and took all of his lightbulbs out and put them in his fridge. Upshot - he is in the dark, eventually finds the bulbs, puts one in, but when he switches it on the temperature extremes causes it to blow.

37) Had a gym membership? Yes, infrequently

38) Felt like killing someone? Used to have PMT really bad - once had an argument with the BF before DH and 'came to' as we were stood at the top of the stairs - me with hands on his chest - poised to push him down

39) Cried over someone you were in love with? Oh so many, many times

40) Had Mexican jumping beans as pets? Older flashy cousin had them

41) Been in a band? See 16) - been friendly with a band though (not that way)

42) Shot a gun? Yes - I shot the clay pigeon the very first time I used a rifle and then couldn't shoot any more for laughing

43) Shot a bow and arrow? Yes, very badly. Freakily, the organiser of our local archery club once apropos of nothing informed me that as well as being a cabinet maker, he has a specialist business making BDSM furniture

44) Played strip poker? No - don't know how to play poker

45) Donated blood? Once but it made me have a full on, Exorcist style fit in the donation hall, so never again

46) Ever jump out of an airplane? No - not my thing

47) Been to more than 10 countries?? Not yet

Well that's a lot of stuff you now know about me.

OK, I tag Maz and Jill

Come again?

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Blogger and Blogspot was down between 5:30 and 7:30 PST this morning due to a network malfunction. We apologize for the inconvenience and the fact that this blog was not updated earlier but since this blog is also server by Blogger updating it was of little use."

I love that last clause - I think I can hear the shrug!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Magnetic Cow Magnets

Magnetic Cow Magnets: "What are Cow Magnets?
Cow magnets are popular with dairy farmers and veterinarians to help prevent Hardware Disease in their cattle. While grazing, cows eat everything from grass and dirt to nails, staples and bits of bailing wire (referred to as tramp iron). Tramp iron tends to lodge in the honeycombed walls of the recticulum, threatening the surrounding vital organs and causing irritation and inflammation, known as Hardware Disease. The cow loses her appetite and decreases her milk output (dairy cows), or her ability to gain weight (feeder stock). Cow magnets help prevent this disease by attracting stray metal from the folds and crevices of the rumen and recticulum. One magnet works for the life of the cow!"

Please someone, tell me if this is true? And where do you put the magnet? Oh - just read that - it stays in the poor cow's stomach....

ATC display

I saw on a friend's blog that she was looking for ways to display ATCs. Here's one thing that I do - how do you show off your treasures?

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Mad flurry

I've had a mad flurry of posts cos I uploaded a few pics to Flickr. Plus I wanted to get all the PC stuff done so I can do what needs to be done today - lots of tidying. It's our 10th wedding anniversary today so DH has taken the day off and we are having our best man and bridesmaid over for the weekend. Lots of talking and eating will ensue, but I have to empty my studio to turn it back into a formal dining room before that can happen.

See, just as you thought I was sliding off into personal stuff, there is an art reason for it!

I've been catching up on so many projects recently - spurred on by a return to full time, out of the house, blissfully with adults rather than children type employment at the end of the month. Hence the grand announcement -


Sadly one person didn't follow through with their pages, but at last everyone else has. Thank you to all participants for having the patience to wait for people who had severe real life problems get in their artistic way. The books are well, well worth the wait and I have bound every page in a different order, just for the fun of it. I haven't put covers on - I tried two types and they just detracted from the wonder of them, so they are a little bit naked but I'd rather you all get them rather than me hang on to them for another week figuring out what else I could do. They should go out Monday at the very latest - depending on how the tidying goes I suppose!

Nature AB - birds

Nature AB - birds
Originally uploaded by lalheg.
Last pic!

I had an urge to be playful with Twinkling H20s and some waste kitchen towel cut into a rough bird shape. I shouldn't have been surprised at the towel splitting into two, but I was, particularly as the 'markings' on the birds aren't quite the same

Quotes AB - travel

Quotes AB - travel
Originally uploaded by lalheg.
My entry into Claire's AB. There's a lot more shimmer to this than the photo shows.

Nature AB - cottage

Nature AB - cottage
Originally uploaded by lalheg.
I did this spread rather a long time ago, but never photo-ed it. I love its freshness and I must revisit this technique cos it yields some lovely results. I think I love the green crayon splatters even more

angels and demons - full

angels and demons - full
Originally uploaded by lalheg.
My entry into Claire's angels and demons AJ. A bit more yellow based IRL. closer pics on my flickr if you really want to read my words!

Body Image journal - my page

Body Image journal - my page
Originally uploaded by lalheg.
My entry into my first circulating art journal - Body Image - a topic that continues to intrigue, irritate and inspire in equal measure. I made this stamp myself from a photo I took and I adore it.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006