Liz Andra Shaw

Journey into the Creative Mind of a Writing Reader

Gelli of the Week #29

February 10th, 2016
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Here is another pull from my 8″ x 10″ Gelli Arts gelli plate and a Stencil Girl stencil.

These are all stored at Flickr at a size where you can print them out and use them for backgrounds in your art journal or cut up for collage pieces. Unfortunately, I did not save a copy of this one at a high resolution, but it should make a big difference if you’re using it as a background.

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Gelli of the Week #28

February 3rd, 2016
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Here is another pull from my 8″ x 10″ Gelli Arts gelli plate using a Stencil Girl stencil.

These are all stored at Flickr at a size where you can print them out and use them for backgrounds in your art journal or cut up for collage pieces. Unfortunately, I did not save a copy of this one at a high resolution, but it should make a big difference if you’re using it as a background.

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Gelli of the Week #27

January 27th, 2016
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Here is another pull from my 8″ x 10″ Gelli Arts gelli plate.

These are all stored at Flickr at a size where you can print them out and use them for backgrounds in your art journal or cut up for collage pieces. Unfortunately, I did not save a copy of this one at a high resolution, but it should make a big difference if you’re using it as a background.

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Gelli of the Week #26

January 20th, 2016
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Here I’ve applied the paint to my 8″ x 10″ Gelli Arts gelli plate, then lifted it with the home made 4″ circular gelatin plate and stamped it on paper. I really love these!

These are all stored at Flickr at a size where you can print them out and use them for backgrounds in your art journal or cut up for collage pieces. Unfortunately, I did not save a copy of this one at a high resolution, but it should make a big difference if you’re using it as a background.

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This is Real Life #46

January 18th, 2016
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Weekly Recipes

I’m working on a crockpot chicken recipe today. If it turns out to be delicious, I will share it here.

My Instagram Post of the Week

Reading

Books Completed in 2016: 2
I finished The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit. So much fun! Makes me want to have a kid so that we can read it together, draw some illustrations, and laugh together. Alas, Chinle does not appreciate dragon stories.

I had very little opportunity to read Anna’s Book by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell), but I was fascinated by what I did read. This is a very complex family history wrapped around the discovery of a mystery in old journals. Can’t wait to see where it goes.

I had one good lunch break to sit and read Another Country by James Baldwin. I finished the first chapter (don’t laugh – it’s over 60 pages). I think I’m past the confusing story set up and into the actual story now. Can’t wait to see where it goes.

The Song of the Week

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Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Another new kid came into work! We are slowly building the numbers up.
  • Gave a speech at Maverick on the reason behind the gnome. When it’s posted on YouTube, I’ll include it on the blog.
  • Finished another Toastmasters Leadership Institute. They took one of my suggestions and included a social media session. Happy to hear that they are now allowing virtual club members as well as virtual clubs.
  • Had the great privilege of taking a client to the art museum. She had never been to a museum, which is my favorite kind of kid to take. They’ve never been bored by docents or teachers, so it’s all a wide open new experience that I can shape for them. She came back from the museum so excited that she told everyone she wants to go to museums every day. Mission accomplished!

Round and About

Bradley Hart – I had the privilege of seeing this artist’s work at the Mesa Art Center this week. All I can say is WOW! Absolutely stunning.

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity 1/10/16.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1603 The End of the World.

Inspiration for the Week

This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. -Alan W. Watts

One Little Word 2016 – PLAY

Not a lot of play this week due to a rampaging cold. I did have a lot of fun giving a speech at Maverick this week, using the gnome and the teddy bear as props. I also had fun with the gnome at Toastmasters Leadership Institute. It’s amazing how many people will just tolerate the presence of something unexplained without asking about it.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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yourpod: fresh morning by miyakokomura
Dui. Please...
Week 52 out of 52.
Canyonlands National Park Utah
... and the living is easy
en cours.. sur panneau de bois 18x24
all I loved, I loved alone...
Coalcliff
22/101
House by the river

I hope you enjoyed this! Leave a comment and tell me how your life was this week.

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Gelli of the Week #25

January 13th, 2016
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Here is another pull from my 8″ x 10″ Gelli Arts gelli plate with some overlays from my homemade 4″ circular gelatin plate.

These are all stored at Flickr at a size where you can print them out and use them for backgrounds in your art journal or cut up for collage pieces. Unfortunately, I did not save a copy of this one at a high resolution, but it should make a big difference if you’re using it as a background.
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This is Real Life #45

January 10th, 2016
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Weekly Recipes

Today I made Honey Mustard Chicken. Yum! Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup stone ground mustard
  • 3 tsp. herbs of your choice. I used Trader Joe’s Herbs d’ Provence.
  • 2 tsp. lemon pepper

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Place your chicken on a baking sheet.

Mix honey, mustard, and herbs. Brush mixture over your chicken.

Cover chicken with foil. Bake for 1 to 2 hours in oven.

Remove foil and bake another 30 minutes to crisp up the skin.

Enjoy!

My Instagram Post of the Week

The Roaming Gnome Day 4 With entourage waiting to go to Star Wars. #365project

A photo posted by Liz Shaw (@toastmasterliz) on

Reading

Books Completed in 2016: 1
I’m enjoying The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit. I would really love to write something like this for kids.

I got a few pages read in Anna’s Book by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) and enjoying it.

On my lunch breaks at work I’m trying to read Another Country by James Baldwin. This is going slow, probably because my bosses sit and talk to me while I’m on my lunch break. PEOPLE! Woman trying to read here!

The Song of the Week

Watching



Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I saw Star Wars with my folks and then went out for Indian food after. Good movie, good food, great Christmas gift!
  • Brought a new kid into the residence this week. Really nice kid. Hoping this will be the start of turning us around.
  • Good meeting of Maverick Toastmasters this week. We had a good crowd despite a downpour.

Round and About

5 Ways Men & Women Communicate Differently

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 1/3/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1596 The Universe.

Inspiration for the Week

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.
                    -Roald Dahl

One Little Word 2016 – PLAY

I’ve been having a lot of fun with my Roaming Gnome project. I’d like to free up more time for play in other ways though. Thinking about it…..

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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In The Lap Of The Gods
Full Color
Canyonlands National Park Utah
young photographer

New Wallpapers

Mating Call from National Geographic

I hope you enjoyed this! Leave a comment and tell me how your life was this week.

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Gelli of the Week #24

January 6th, 2016
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Here is another pull from my 8″ x 10″ Gelli Arts gelli plate.

These are all stored at Flickr at a size where you can print them out and use them for backgrounds in your art journal or cut up for collage pieces. Unfortunately, I did not save a copy of this one at a high resolution, but it should make a big difference if you’re using it as a background.
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This is Real Life #44

January 3rd, 2016
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Weekly Recipes

I made an awesome chili last weekend. I don’t use a recipe for this. I changed up my usual recipe this time and dumped in some going-out-of-date condiments, such as stone ground mustard and barbecue sauce. Gave it a nice zing! I might add these things from now on.

I also found the Tortilla Factory Ivory Teff Gluten-Free Tortillas at my local grocery store. I’ve had to travel a bit to pick them up at Sprouts, so I frequently run out. To find them at a regular grocery story was fabulous. I am celebrating by having lots of wraps. I want to try making a pizza from them next, because…

I tried the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix, and it was edible. That’s the only nice thing I can say about it. Too dry, cracks open, not ready for prime time. Not recommended!

My Instagram Post of the Week

The Roaming Gnome Day 2 Really Chinle? Really? #365project

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Reading

Books Completed in 2016: 1
I finished Sand by Hugh Howey. The first section was great, the second a bit slow. Then he turned up the heat. I couldn’t put it down Friday night. I literally fell asleep reading it and woke up cuddled around my Kindle. On Saturday, excruciatingly close to the end, I came to believe there was no way this could be a stand alone book. No way for him to tie everything up. And then he did! Howey does it again.

I need something lighter now, so I’m going to start reading again in The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbitt. They are delightful children’s stories and the book is free at Gutenberg. Go treat yourself!

I finally got started reading Anna’s Book by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) and I think it’s going to be good.

On my lunch breaks at work I’m reading Another Country by James Baldwin. This is going slow, probably because I haven’t been at work much lately. Whooo hooooo, two 5-day weekends in a row!

The Song of the Week


And then just for fun:

Watching


Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Another 5 day weekend – yay!
  • I moved a lot of furniture around and it’s opened up some space for me.
  • Brought a new kid into the residence at work. Numbers are low so this is good!

Round and About

Gun violence in America, in 17 maps and charts

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 1/3/16.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: After Narcissistic Abuse.

Inspiration for the Week

It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. -GK Chesterton

2016 One Little Word

I decided to go with one easy word this year – PLAY. As part of that, I’m doing a 365 Project called The Roaming Gnome. My sarcastic gnome is going to travel with me to provide commentary on the silliness or every day life. Or to show off my art. Or whatever I decide! Because I’m playing!

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

Click through on these to learn more about the artists.
Kabukicho @ Night, Tokyo, Japan
The Search for Meaning by José Ramos #awesome #amazing #cool #colors #golden #magic #mystic #dream #dreamer #lit #life #live #love #light #idyll #imagine #infinity #inspired #inspiration #harmony #serenity #follow #photoftheday #wow #ty #sun #fire #sunray
52/52 - when the world is puddle-wonderful - e.e. cummings
New year resolution
Rocky Mountain National Park
Wet (January 1, 2016)
GhosLike
Pocahontas

New Wallpapers

A Monolithic Gathering from National Geographic

I hope you enjoyed this! Leave a comment and tell me how your life was this week.

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Gelli of the Week #23

December 30th, 2015
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Here is another pull from my 8″ x 10″ Gelli Arts gelli plate.

These are all stored at Flickr at a size where you can print them out and use them for backgrounds in your art journal or cut up for collage pieces. Unfortunately, I did not save a copy of this one at a high resolution, but it should make a big difference if you’re using it as a background.

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Liz Andra Shaw

Journey into the Creative Mind of a Writing Reader