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The proper way to bulk edit your markup or keywords

April 25th, 2020

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Using the mask template

April 24th, 2020

Using the mask template

Although Pixels do a template, it is hard to get the mask area to fit properly.

So I spent today creating a template that should allow your image to be shown off properly

Please click on the link included on this blog at the bottom, Click for more information button

Right click and Save that template and open in your editor. It is the right pixel size for the masks

Now Add your image to the template in a new layer and lower the opacity to 50%

fit to lay over mine (called Apple Blossoms which is on a mask for sale here on Pixels also)

Heighten the opacity to 100%

Hide my layer so all you can see is your image layer

Merge as visible

Export as a png or save as a flattened jpg

Go to your image page on https://Pixels.com


scroll down to your masks area

add the image

Position properly

Save the page


January 18th, 2020

1099's are sent out to people receiving over $600 in the tax year

They are sent via email from Track1099.com If expecting one please make sure that site is whitelisted in your emails settings

They are normally sent out before the end of January

You can complete your tax returns without having received it. They are accepted. Just put your earnings in Other Earnings

Do check that Paypal are not also sending in a 1099 direct to the taxman

Always check your sizes

December 16th, 2019

Always check your sizes

Just as with dog towels, always make sure to check your sizing before purchasing. Measure your space, measure the print.

You do not want to end up with an image that's too small for your wall.

Large prints look cool to fill an empty gap

I see 12000 comments on my activity

January 5th, 2019

That is just an anomaly on the site that is only showing on your activity.

There is nothing wrong with your account, it is just showing a strange comment section on the top of your own activity and only you see it at that time.

We know about this (it is just a glitch) and everyone sees it at some point but we have no idea why so it is taking quite a while to fix.

Took one dollar - Why

January 5th, 2019

The $1 is a refunded verification charge.

It may take a couple of working days to show back although it was not actually taken. It is to prove your card is valid

Drip Drip Drip

September 29th, 2018

Drip Drip Drip

The finger wiped the top of the mirror and looking at the dust on that finger, the person it belonged to tutted under her breath. She washed her hand under the tap and screwed the water off again, looking in the mirror before leaving the bathroom. She swept a stray grey hair back behind her ear. Then throwing the paper towel she had dried her hands on into the bin, she walked out of the room, turning off the light as she went.

drip drip drip


follow the link for the rest ..........

The Visitor

August 22nd, 2018

Hearing a noise she froze, listening, alert. She must not be found here. The boy startled her anew as his nose pressed against the window suddenly, squeaking against the cold pane.

She needed him to open the window, to climb out over the ledge to her so she could play with him but he just sat on the end of his bed, nose pressed against the glass, squinting out into the night............................Click the link to read more

Dim The Lights

August 21st, 2018

From my book Into the Dark DIM THE LIGHTS ​“I am so tired. Tired of fighting people, governments, my own desires and needs that have no place in our world, or so I am told. ​Tired of explaining myself to you. Trying to make you see who I am, and.........

It was still early

May 2nd, 2018

It was still early

Parking up he turned off his lights and pushed back his seat. He leaned over to his glovebox and pulled out a.....

The Bathtub Was Dirty

April 29th, 2018

The Bathtub Was Dirty

Ethel lay on the floor screaming. The linen that served as a nappy was filthy and her little hands clasped and unclasped the air as her small red face crunched in another wail of unhappiness

Her mother pushed a damp lock of.............................

She Wore Flowers In Her Hair

April 29th, 2018

She Wore Flowers In Her Hair

Tongue stuck out of one side of her mouth, she carefully slit a line in the daisy stem. Eyes scrunched in concentration she slipped one more daisy in through the slit and gently patted it to the end, careful not to mush the petals.

She remembered how Grandma had taught her, on a spring day just ..............

The Problem With Love

April 28th, 2018

The Problem With Love

When she first saw Alan, little did she realise how problematic this might be :)


April 28th, 2018

I’m not sure I’ll get away with this I thought to myself as I went to get the knife. I had been planning this for weeks.

I knew that, if I could just get the parts through customs without any suspicion, then I could get away with it. I knew they didn’t check all baggage.

Onlooker At The River

April 28th, 2018

All the little kiddies were playing around the brook. Lovely day for it with the weather hot and calm after colder days. It would storm soon thought the old timer as he looked up at the grey skies a few miles off. He watched the kids splishing and a splashing from his vantage point on a seat shaped rock in the shade. Seat shaped after years of him sitting here watching, every year….waiting. Another year, another anniversary.

Just A Day From Facebook

April 9th, 2018

Just A Day From Facebook

I am going to start this post with a huge sigh. For the first time it will not be shared to FB unless someone else does it for me. I cannot do it as my account was closed a whole day ago. I hasten to say that I did not delete it due to the security and privacy fiasco. I do not think I was too surprised when all that came out into the open. No, I have removed myself from temptation (as the saying goes). I mean, I was addicted (am addicted). Yes, my name is Isabella and I am an addict.


Tote bag reviewed

June 8th, 2015

Tote bag reviewed

I received my first tote bag this morning. As I'm going to sell them I wanted to check the quality before really advertising them.

The first thing I look for in a bag is the material. I need something quite sturdy and normally go for canvas which this isn't. However it is 100% polyester and, upon inspection, seems very strong. Time will tell on that but on first look and feel, not bad at all. Talking about feel, it is not a soft material really and a little stiffer and coarser than I was expecting but not unlike the canvas I normally go for so definitely something I can live with.

The bag has about 3" of depth (the bottom width) and mine is 18" tall, which is normally plenty for what you would carry in this kind of bag. School books, some groceries, or even a small picnic ( my normal use for this type of bag) will go well in here.

The stitching is complete and finished well and the handles are double stitched and very strong, albeit a little shorter than I had envisaged. Plenty of room there to pop over my shoulder but I'm one of those who likes putting it all the way over my head onto the other side, for safety and ease of carrying. I cannot do that with this bag.

The interior is black.

Now, very importantly, the artwork.

Almost faultless and the only fault is not a fault at all but a fact of printing onto the polyester......the colours. Very, very slightly lighter but hey, that's a minor issue and not a printing error and it looks very cool on both sides of the bag.

All in all I'm Extremely happy with the bag and have no qualms in advertising it to all.

The Gardener

April 4th, 2015

(an unusual tale by me)

Julia sat in the park on the same bench every day. She liked to come here and watch people walking through, or having their outside lunch, to take her mind of her own loneliness. She knew some of them now. The young girl with the rosy face who blushed every time a lad smiled at her. The old man who brought a bag of crumbs for the birds and who would sit talking to them, and any one who passed, until the bag was empty, when he would pull himself back up to painfully hobble home again......................PLEASE CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE

The Gardener A Short Story by Abbie Shores

Poor Mr Darcy

February 27th, 2015

Poor Mr Darcy

Mr Darcy is an 11 month old GSD pup.

When Mr Darcy came into my life, along with his sister, Hannah, he changed it. The two puppies completely took over the home, destroyed the garden with playing ad became firm favourites among all the neighbours, even visiting an elderly couple three days out of every seven to brighten their week.

When just 8 months old, Hannah slashed her main artery whilst running through a shallow stream. She nearly died and was under the vet for over a month. Almost a week after she got the all clear, Mr Darcy also slashed his paw, this time in fields near us. This was not as bad as Hannah's but an infection he caught from the cut would not clear and he had to have two operations.

On Monday we found lumps on his back and he went straight to the vets. I was positive they were just cysts or similar and was not really worried when he had a biopsy on this Wednesday. However, when the results came today it was to tell me he has cancerous growths and needs treatment.

I am not on a high wage. I have just spent out a lot of money on Hannah, then Mr Darcy's paw and now my poor little man needs a lot of treatment to kill this disease.

I am hoping that someone out there can help me, even if it is just 5. ANYTHING that anyone can give to help us fight this will be most appreciated.

He has his first operation on Thursday 5 March 2015 at RT Jones Veterinary Surgery.

You can catch up with him, his sister, and his progress on Facebook by searching for 'Hannah and Darcy'

To help us, please copy and paste this website link http://gofundme.com/mrdarcy

Hannah and Darcy do High Five

January 3rd, 2015

Hannah and Darcy do High Five

This is a very rough vid of training the dogs to high five. I was in the bedroom and just got my bf to catch us as I was training. Do not give treats if they do it incorrectly. It makes them think and do better next time. They are now chasing a squeaky toy


November 21st, 2014


Depression is insipid. He creeps in, until you suddenly notice him hiding behind a curtain, staring out at you with a scythe in his hand.

You smile and chat about the inconsequentials while feeling the blade whisper upon your neck.

He travels with you as you go about your day to day life, strumming his fingers on your spine as you bend to kiss the baby, or he whispers in your ear as you wash the plates.

He lies to you in your sleep, telling you stories of doom, and hate, and all the things that can bring your insecurities to the fore.

Depression sits on the beach with You and tells you the sea is beautiful further out.

He pushes you towards the open windows and shows you the view of law breakers and wars and He places a grey veil over your eyes which hides the beauty of the world.

He hides the solutions to your problems in full view. He makes sure you trip over all obstacles, even the tiniest, so the journey seems longer and harder.

Depression is my constant companion and we talk often of the past and future. He travels my life journey with me but I know him now. I shake his hand and clean his blade and tell him things I would not tell others. It lessens his hold. He cannot hide behind a curtain as I made him solid and gave him a name. I have the power.

The Visitor

November 21st, 2014

The Visitor

Hearing a noise she froze, listening, alert. She must not be found here. The boy startled her anew as his nose pressed against the window suddenly, squeaking against the cold pane.

She needed him to open the window, to climb out over the ledge to her so she could play with him but he just sat on the end of his bed, nose pressed against the glass, squinting out into the night. She sighed.

Obviously hearing a noise from beyond the bedroom door he turned his head and listened intently, then a muffled 'Yes Daddy' as he slid off the bed and toddled towards the bedroom door.

She sat in the tree, head slightly on one side as she wondered if he was coming back.

Time passes slowly when you are sitting in the arm of giant branches just waiting for someone or something but after a little while, the boy returned to the room and jumped back under his duvet, sitting cross legged with a sandwich grasped tightly between chubby fingers.

She softly tapped on the window. She was hungry too.

The boy remembered she was there and scooted to the window again and slid back the bolt. She sat eagerly waiting for him to join her.

Tommy closed the window again. It had been a bit of trouble persuading her to come inside but the promise of sandwich had done it. He scrunched back down in his bed, pulling the duvet up and over his head, creating a tent under which lay the tabby cat, licking her paws clean of peanut butter spread. It was much warmer in here.

Ago - A short story by Isabella Shores

July 20th, 2014

Ago - A short story by Isabella Shores

Isabella Shores

Years ago, when I was a young girl, I flew.

I stood on tippy toe and stretched my arms out wide... Thought of a sparrow and felt the feathers grow along my bare arms, my shoulders, my fingers and heard the rustle as the wind whispered through the new plumes.

I stood on tippy toe and listened to a thrush as it watched me from its lofty perch, daring me to join him on his crackly old limb of the tree.

My new feathers glistened, like a baby chick emerging from its egg. I laughed and the sound surprised me, as it was not mine....

A squirrel peaked from behind a leaf, chattering in annoyance at my noise.

I stood on tippy toe and flapped my arms gently, feeling a breeze slightly lift me.

Heart racing with excitement, I stepped forward, and slowly felt my feet leave the earth.

Arms held high to the side gently moving up and down I glided along the ground, scared a little to aim higher.

The squirrel disappeared from view as I passed, still chattering loudly from his seat.

The thrush took off in alarm and I tried to follow, but did not want to fall, so never strayed more than a foot higher than the grass beneath my feet.

Soft pink appeared in the sky with candyfloss clouds gently chasing each other in front of me, not letting me catch them.

A starling hovered for a minute in front of my face and then darted away, afraid of the strange girl in his space.

I traveled along for a good while in this fashion. Close enough to mother earth not to hurt if I fell, but then I realised I was missing it all. I needed to fly higher... To soar above the clouds. To look down and see my planet. To be one with the birds and sky...

I wanted to be free.

Flapping my arms in time to my heart beat I started to rise... The branches of trees tickled my toes as they passed beneath me and I giggled, so happy that I was leaving home. I decided to try and fly to the moon, if I could.

Suddenly the feathers on my arms vanished and I started to fall. Arms now outstretched to try and grab a branch to save myself. My giggles turned to screams and I awoke as I crashed to the floor beside my bed.

After a while I sadly got back into bed and pulled the covers back over my head. Feeling a tickle on my nose I felt around, and looked in wonder at the small white feather I found on my pillow.

I ran downstairs quietly and let myself out of the door, closing it softly behind me.

Reaching the lawn and holding the feather before me, I stood on tippy toes and spread my wings.........

I See You Looking

July 20th, 2014

I See You Looking

I See You Looking
(c) Isabella Shores
All Rights Reserved

I see you looking. Staring across the mall. Will you come over? Will you say hello to me?

People often stare at me. I am very beautiful in my way. Nothing can ever take that away from me. I was considered amazing once and was a model. Okay it was local

but hey. I had my 15 minutes.

Now I am here. Every day the same.

I see you looking. Oh, you pretend you are not. Embarrassed? You do not need to be. It is I who is embarrassed. It is I who have fallen.

My clothes unfashionable were all the rage once. My hair...oh well, I do try and comb it but well, fingers just do not do it really.

The bruise? That is my business not yours.

I see you looking. Do you know I hate you? and I love you? I hate you because you do not come to me. I love you because it s not your fault I am here. I hate

you because you will go home to your wife and kids, your dinner and your TV and I? Where I go is also none of your business. We keep it secret.

Did you know I had a job once? A husband? I drove a car and had a dog and a garden with roses. Do you even care?

When you stop looking you will turn away and forget me as you never have known me. You may remember the image of me. Only.

I was a model once. People looked at me and clapped and toasted me. Now they shoo me.

I see you looking. Through your lens. Taking a shot that you can show people so they feel pity for me and admiration for you.

I see you looking.


I wrote this after reading about Street Photographers and how most do not get permission to photograph people

Two new short tales

November 11th, 2013

1. Dot and Sam http://abbie-shores.com/dot-and-sam/

2. Through the Glass http://abbie-shores.com/through-the-glass/

I would love feedback, there if possible x

Return Policy

October 3rd, 2013

Return Policy

Our return policy is very simple:

If you're not happy with a purchase, for any reason, you can return it to us within 30 days of the order date. As soon as it arrives, we'll issue a full refund for the entire purchase price. Please note - we do not reimburse the outgoing or return shipping charges unless the return is due to a defect in quality.

100% money-back guarantee.

If you've hesitated to purchase artwork online in the past, why not give us a try? You have nothing to lose!

Delivery All canvas prints ship from our production facility in North Carolina within 3 business days of your order.

Framed Prints

October 3rd, 2013

Framed Prints

Fine Art America is one of the largest, most-respected custom framers in the world. We stock over 250 different frames which can be used to create museum-quality masterpieces from any print. All framed prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff within 2 - 3 business days and arrive "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Our wholesale buying power allows us to offer frame prices which are typically 25 - 40% less than retail frame shops.

All of our picture frames are provided by PictureFrames.com.

Greeting Cards

October 3rd, 2013

Greeting Cards

Our greeting cards are 5" x 7" in size and are produced on digital offset printers using 110 lb. paper stock.

Each card is coated with a UV protectant on the outside surface which produces a semi-gloss finish.

The inside of each card has a matte white finish and can be customized with a text message up to 500 characters in length.

Cards can be ordered in a horizontal or vertical configuration.

Cards can be ordered with a white background or black background.

All greeting cards ship within one business day of the order date!

Each card comes with a white envelope for mailing and gift giving.

Metal Prints

October 3rd, 2013

Metal Prints

Metal Prints

Bring your artwork to life with the stylish lines and added depth of a metal print. Your image gets printed directly onto a sheet of 1/16" thick aluminum.

The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4" thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. The wooden frame includes a hanging wire for easy mounting on your wall (see photo on the left).

All metal prints ship within 2 - 3 business days and arrive "ready to hang" with mounting hooks and nails.

Metal prints are extremely durable. They're lightweight. They won't bend, and they're water resistant.

The high gloss of the aluminum sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results.

Canvas Prints

October 3rd, 2013

Canvas Prints

Purchasing Options

Print Only


available in widths up to 40"
available in two canvas materials: Bulldog Premium Glossy and Chromata Matte
includes a 2.5" white border to allow for future stretching or matting
shipped rolled in a tube

Gallery Wrap


available in widths up to 40"
available in two canvas materials: Bulldog Premium Glossy and Chromata Matte
stretched on 1.5" thick wooden stretcher bars
side surfaces: black, white, or mirrored image
mirrored image option: the outer 1.75" of the image is mirrored and wrapped around the stretcher bars
looks beautiful as a standalone piece or in one of our 100+ frames
professionally packaged and shipped
ready to hang upon delivery

Museum Wrap


available in widths up to 40"
available in two canvas materials: Bulldog Premium Glossy and Chromata Matte
stretched on 0.625" thick wooden stretcher bars
side surfaces: white only
more frame options due to the thinner stretcher bars
looks beautiful as a standalone piece or in one of our 100+ frames
professionally packaged and shipped
ready to hang upon delivery

Acrylic Prints

October 3rd, 2013

Acrylic Prints

The high gloss of the acrylic sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results. The image is the art - it doesn't get any cleaner than that!

All acrylic prints arrive "ready to hang" and there are two different ways to mount your acrylic print.

Option #1 (Mounting Posts) - Attach your print to your wall with four aluminum mounting posts. The mounting posts act as stand-offs and keep your print separated from the wall by 1".

Option #2 (Hanging Wire) - With this option, your acrylic print is attached to a 1/4" thick black board which has a wooden frame and hanging wire attached to the back. Due to the thickness of the black board and mounting frame, your print is separated from the wall by 1.50"

Fine Art Prints

October 3rd, 2013

Fine Art Prints

FineArtAmerica's print-on-demand service allows you to buy and sell fine art prints using any of our nine museum-quality papers and canvases!

Prints may be purchased individually or combined with thousands of mat and frame combinations.

All of our premium papers and canvases are acid-free and, with proper care, will last for generations.

Unframed prints are shipped in sturdy 1/4" cardboard tubes and include a 1" white border to allow for future matting and framing. Prints may also be shipped in flat packaging upon request.

Our expert staff of print masters has over 40 years of giclee printing experience and produces all prints on state-of-the-art Epson printers. Simply put, the quality of our prints (and their prices) can not be beat!


Premium Archival Matte Paper

Long-lasting and versatile, this heavyweight matte finish paper is engineered for high contrast and crisp reproduction of high resolution images. Premium Archival Matte is a neutral white paper ideal for black-and-white photography and a variety of fine art applications. It is acid-free for archival longevity.

Premium Glossy Photo Paper

For luxuriant depth and vivid color, reproduce your photographs on this ultra-gloss finish. The neutral tone, high D-Max, and ink saturation make photo papers an outstanding choice for giclee reproductions.

Premium Semi-Matte Photo Paper

Artists and photographers alike love this paper for its understated semi-matte finish, optimized for maximum presentation quality with minimum glare. The neutral tone, high D-Max, and high ink saturation make photo papers an outstanding choice for giclee reproductions.

Premium Luster Photo Paper

This happy medium is preferred by portrait photographers for its cheerful sheen. The luster finish also has a delicate sparkle that makes images of water scintillate. The neutral tone, high D-Max, and high ink saturation make photo papers an outstanding choice for giclee reproductions.

Cool Tone Picture Rag

Popular among photographers for its exceptional black-and-white imagery, Cool Tone Picture Rag also holds incredibly vivid and true colors. Cool Tone Picture Rag is an acid-free paper made from 100% cotton rag.

Somerset Velvet

This radiant white paper offers vivid color reproduction and deep, rich blacks for amazing contrast. With a texture that gently softens the overall effect, it adds an extra hint of warmth to reproductions of oils and pastels and a softer edge to photography. Somerset Velvet is a 100% cotton rag paper, making it perfect for conservation quality projects.

Watercolor Paper

The textured finish and satisfying weight of this fine art watercolor paper provides an authentic look and feel for reproductions of watercolor art or, use it to add an interesting natural texture to photography and digital media. Collectors who like to handle the print out of frame will appreciate this paper's rigidity and surface feel. Watercolor Paper is a neutral-toned, acid-free paper made from 100% cotton rag


Glossy Canvas

With a glossy finish formula specially designed for pigmented inks, this canvas lovingly recreates the texture and reflectivity of oils on canvas. It also lends a fine art feel to photographs. Glossy Canvas has a slightly warm tone and is made from an acid-free poly/cotton blend.

Matte Canvas

The texture and weight of this canvas brings fine art reproductions one step closer to the originals, while the matte finish gives them a softness that invites attention. Matte Canvas has a bright white tone and is made from an acid-free poly/cotton blend.

Custom Frames

October 3rd, 2013

Custom Frames

Our interactive framing interface allows you to preview your prints in any of the thousands of frame and mats that we carry. You're sure to find one that suits your taste and enhances the beauty of your print.

All of our frames are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and come with a 30 day money-back guarantee. If you are unhappy with the quality of your print, frame, or mat for any reason, simply mail it back to FineArtAmerica within 30 days of delivery, and you'll receive a full refund of your purchase price. Please note - Fine Art America does not reimburse the outgoing or return shipping charge unless the return is due to a defect in quality.

FineArtAmerica.com is partnered with one of the largest custom framing manufacturers in the United States, and as a result of this relationship, we are able to pass along wholesale frame prices which are typically 25 - 50% less than local retail stores. Simply put, the quality of our frames (and their prices) can not be beat!

How to photograph your artwork

July 31st, 2013

Here are some tips for you that we give people photographing their work. However, even if you scan, some will help

First off, all artwork should be photographed following these simple steps:

1. Use at least a 10-12 MP camera, with a manual focus lens not an auto focus. The higher the MP the camera, the larger the file we have to print from. If you want to offer large prints, you need to use a high MP camera.

2. Mount the camera to a tripod. If you don't have a tripod, use a stack of books, a table, anything. You just have to have the camera sitting on something, not hand held.

3. Shoot outdoors in natural light. Make sure you white balance your camera too, or the colors won't be right.

4. Preview the image to make sure there are no blurry areas, flash problems, etc.

5. Export at the highest possible file size while staying under our less than 25 MB limit.

To preview an image in photo editing software simply use the zoom icon to zoom in on the image until it's viewed at 100% print size. What you will find is that viewing it at 100% you will be able to see if there are any problem areas.

Look all around the image at 100%, the edges included. If the image has no problems, blurry areas, uncropped edges, or areas where there is flash reflecting off the image, then you're on your way to a great image.

Second, you have to determine how large you want your image printed to. Go to the image menu, and click "Resize Image". DO NOT RESIZE THE IMAGE TO BLOW IT UP LARGER IN THIS MENU. That will only result in a blurry, pixelated, problematic image.

We need 100 pixels/inch in order to have a nice image for printing. That makes the math easy as well. Your image menu can be viewed as a pixels/inch ratio, and you can see how many inches wide by tall your image is. You can shrink down the inches in this menu if the image is blurry. THis is shrinking the image to make it a little smaller. You can shrink the image down and it will help the quality of the image, just never blow it up in this menu.

If your image is 1400 pixels by 1000 pixels then the image can be printed up to 14x10. etc.etc.

That's all you need to preview your image. Doing that will help inform you how large your image can be printed to, and whether it's print ready when zooming in at 100% to see it's quality of focus and to see if there are any problem areas.

Save as aRGB or sRGB and under 25mb

Abbie Shores

New blog post - Mine

July 14th, 2013

New blog post - Mine

See my new piece of writing on my personal blog

My new Youtube video

June 15th, 2013

My new Youtube video

Collection of outstanding paintings by the oil painter Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores, Founder of 1stAngel Arts Magazine

Winner of the small original

June 2nd, 2013

Winner of the small original

The Facebook contest on http://facebook.com/unclipped was a great success!

Krissee Beckner won the painting which will be sent off shortly

Shawna and Matthias are receiving prints of the work as runner ups

Really enjoyed myself and felt like Santa

Free Original Oil Painting

May 17th, 2013

Free Original Oil Painting

I am giving away a new painting on Facebook soon.

The painting is not yet completed so it is not only unique but, never before seen, even by the artist :)

It will fit on a desktop or mantelpiece as it comes with an easel to stand it on

The only thing people know is the subject


How to become the person who has this sent to them, free of charge, as a present, will be shown on that Facebook page soon :)

Like the page now to be involved

How to add a Facebook Tab Image

February 9th, 2013

My new Computer

February 6th, 2013

My new Computer

I had to spend my bill money on a new computer which I bought it today and it will arrive on Friday

The hard drive on this one will not keep an OS, not even linux now, so I am running off a disc only, which is not ideal

Unfortunately, as I work on the computer, not buying the new one was not an option and this one has done well at 7 years old.

So, I have a new Toshiba laptop which will mean I am more able to travel and still work. It's purple :)

I will be back up to full strength soon!!

Strawberry Drink

January 25th, 2013

Strawberry Drink

I am always talking about my fruit drinks I make so I thought, just for fun, I would show how I make one. This is not a real recipe video, it was made for friends for a bit of fun :)


Pasta Delight - But not for me

August 28th, 2012

Pasta Delight - But not for me

Today I decided to make a lovely load of spaghetti for a meal tonight and a spare lot for later in the week.

If you do not know how to make it, it is exceptionally easy. Put a couple of handfuls of flour (plain white or wholemeal) on a clean surface. Make a well and break in an egg. (we always have duck eggs but hens are good too)

Mix well, adding a little more flour id needed. Just dont go made on it as you dont want it all dried out.

Roll it and roll it and roll it, slice it and hang it to dry or cheat, as I do, and use the pasta maker lol Well I say cheat but, have you every USED one of these things? Unbelievable what you have to go through and, dont even TALK to me about cleaning the damn thing!

Boot Fair and My Hat

August 27th, 2012

What a lovely day :) It rained LOADS but I still had a wonderful day.

We got up at silly o clock due to our favourite village having a boot fair today. It takes us a while to cycle there as it is a few miles away and the fair was starting first thing in the morning.

The weather well, it actually was warm, dry and windy when we set out but, this IS England so we packed up wet weather stuff also.

WIP Stage 9 Untitled oil painting

August 4th, 2012

WIP Stage 9 Untitled oil painting

WIP Stage 9

Filled out the hull and mapping out masts and rigging

Oil on canvas 32 x 48


Winner Announcement of my personal Untitled Painting Facebook page COntest

July 18th, 2012

Winner Announcement of my personal Untitled Painting Facebook page COntest

This week was really exciting for me as I held a contest on my Facebook page to title my new painting.

The painting was done from my heart and is of an American merchant ship called a Snow.

I painted with abandon after an over 2 month block and am very happy with the result which, I think, is one of my best works to date.


I asked people on my FB page to name this work and I have finally chosen a winner!!!!

Actually it would have been two but the lady who has won, actually chose both names.

Both names?

Yep! Both names :)

The names were

ocean voyage and cloud chaser

I liked a little of each and I have put them together to make


So, thank you

Rose Santuci-Sofranko

Now all I need to do is to find a bottle of champagne to cast her off on her maiden voyage... the ship, not Rose :)

Art Prints

Catamaran Feature

February 7th, 2012

Sell Art Online

I was thrilled today to find out that this work was featured in the Impressionists Of The 21st Century group here at FAA :)

Very proud!!

Anyone out there into dreams?

December 7th, 2011


Please take a look at my blog and answer there is you have any ideas :)

1 - 365 Teddys Eyes

November 3rd, 2011

Art Prints

I am doing a challenge. 1 photos a day for 365 days. Here is day 1 :)

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In The Rain

July 6th, 2011

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rain is loud on an empty bin
water mingles with tears as it drips off the leaves
shivering under the hedge she lies, tshirt drenched and salty faced
please let me live, please let me live
cars whoosh past, puddle spraying her bed
hidden from all but the insects
and neighbourhood cats
fear surrounds and envelops as the last drunk stumbles past
singing his song of lost love and broken promises
he stops and pisses against her home, beer smell overtaking the sweat and fear
burps and farts follow him up the street
darkness wraps her in its loving embrace
safe now and at peace
remembering family and friends lost
wondering what to eat and how, tomorrow
but tomorrow is another day
for now
she sleeps
in the rain


May 13th, 2011


My new blog post has a lovely cupcake recipe. See you there.



June 3rd, 2010

I found this today and am using it to test videos on my FAA blog

A very useful video :)