Jan 262015

This is what I love about Franklin Covey – huge rings and roomy binders to accommodate a vast amount of paper.  I have 3 month’s worth of 1PPD Blooms inserts plus all the other stuff I keep in my Veronica Classic binder.  There is still MORE space to add more if I needed it and even the fastener isn’t bursting to pop open yet 🙂

Franklin Covey Veronica Classic

I don’t need to tell you which one – do I?

Franklin Covey Veronica Classic

Jan 262015

I had another request yesterday to turn a photo into a painting.  Another beautiful Border Collie was the subject…

border collie painting

Jan 242015

I’m a member of several Border Collie groups on Facebook, and one in particular, SkyBob Border Collies, which was started by Gordon McPherson.  We all post photos and share stories about our furry lovelies and it’s a great group.  Gordon is also an excellent photographer, and yesterday, he posted several photos of his pack, Sky, Bobby and Hemp.  They really had that “WOW” factor and I just couldn’t resist tinkering with a few of them to give an illustrated/painted look.

Gordon has recently gone semi pro in the photography world and will take photographs and also offers a printing service.  Check out his Facebook page here.

Here’s what I came up with…

Border Collie - Bobby


Border Collie -  Hemp


Border Collie -  Sky


I posted then in the group and got an amazing reaction – I certainly wasn’t expecting that!!  I had some requests from a few of the members so here’s a peek at what I did – before and after shots.

Border Collie Border Collie

And finally, Sky’s daughter and Hemp’s sister – beautiful Olive (mum and dad are James and Sallie Ashworth)

Border collie - Olive


Jan 222015

A tall, slim cupboard had become redundant, so I laid claim to it!  It just squeezes in the gap between my desk and the window.

Before, I had lots of boxes stacked rather precariously, but now, it’s (for the moment) neat and tidy and everything that I use most is easy to get to.  I’ve also been able to move things off my desk and I can’t believe how much space is on there now.

Stationery Cupboard

Jan 102015

Well, as usual, we’re having some really awful weather so I immersed myself in Plant Factory today.  I’ve been wanting some decent lavender plants for ages.  Now I have some 🙂

lavender plant

Young budding

lavender plant


lavender plant


lavender plant

Single stems