Tuesday, 6 March 2012

WOYWW - What's On My Work Bed ?

Hi bit of a crazy week this week - back in England for various meetings & three nights away from home in Wales. Have you ever slept in a round bed ? Well last nights hotel room near Sheffield was in a sort of turret and so the room was almost round - and they had positioned a round bed in the centre of the room - it was a bit bizarre but comfy enough!
Trouble is I have to have pitch black to sleep & this room only had slatted blinds - no curtains - & a huge light outside just above the window - so it lit the room all night & I just can't get off if its light !
But the hotel had lovely grounds - gave me my first glimpse of spring blossom & a lovely sunrise over frosty winter trees this morning - so much was forgiven !
So I have taken this week's photo the night before so to speak - no work desk -just my bed - this time a new hotel in Burton on Trent ! I have my faithful net-book - nicknamed Baby-net ! valiantly trying to download my Life Book videos - says 18 hours to go but am hoping it won't be that bad !
I have been reading a fabulous book called Artist's Journal Workshop by Cathy Johnson an American author & artist.
I have been craving doing some "real" painting & sketching in my journal & looking longingly at other talented peoples work !
I love all the mixed media type art & enjoy getting inky & paint-y & I have read rather too many Art Journalling type book on these sorts of techniques - it's a weakness !
I used to worry about doing more reading than doing but if I enjoying the reading so much too - I think what the heck & so I have forgiven myself this vice !
But I do so admire naturalistic sketching & painting - Cathy's book is a joy - do get it if you have any aspirations in this direction ! She is straight forward & down to earth, has really useful but engaging exercises to get you going - and so many lovely journal sketches & paintings to inspire. I saw it on Amazon & wasn't sure - but its a delight & I heartily recommend it !
I also found a book called Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner & it is really a hold you by the hand, step by step book to get you going - I'm looking forward to trying some of the exercises at the weekend.
I have brought my Book of Days on the trip so I can keep up with my daily entries & my art bag hoping I would get to do something - but after so little sleep last night I sadly don't feel inspired to do anything creative tonight!
Anyway I hope you have a less "dashing about" week than me & wish you happy crafting !


  1. I think you might be the first woyww who has slept on a round bed. Lovely pics and I will have to checkout the book.

  2. Hi Ali,
    I thought I'd pop across to visit you and to thank you for putting me right on the WOYWW posting. What a numpty?

    I have to have complete darkness to sleep too. Not sure what I'd have made of the circular bed either.

    It's great to hear all about home especially being 12,000 miles away. I do love Melbourne but home still tugs now and again ;D

  3. A round bed I would image I would fall out!! looks comfy though!! the book sounds very good must have a look, Have a good week, Hugs May x x x

  4. A fab post and lovely photos, I especially love the sunrise through the winter trees, its beautiful :)

    Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen xx

  5. not sure i could cope with a round bed,happy crafting,x

  6. Hmm, I sleep right on the edge of the bed. I wonder how that would work with a round bed?Q

    hee hee

    Happy WOYWW

  7. Wow that bed is fab, though I reckon I'd fall out! Looks pretty though. Take care, enjoy this WOYWW, it's now Thursday afternoon & I'm still doing the snooping bit, all but in shifts! Zo xx 60

  8. Thanks for your comments on my inks... I spray from the top not the side and use the left over spray on the mat to mop up on tags.. that way I don't waste any at all.
    You can see one of my creations on my rainbowladyscraftyblog@blogspot.com

  9. Fab bed ... I need darkness too. Will check out the book as well thanks for that xx

  10. I guess you really don't get out of the wrong side of the bed then. LOL I feel I need a get away no matter where I would sleep!