January 31, 2011

A New Face...a New Twitter

I am taking stock at the moment.
I have gone into information overload.
There was a moment or two when I was 
ready to press the button...delete blog, delete Facebook, delete Twitter.

My fingers flew every which way over that keyboard but in the end...I couldn't.
My blogs have become like my children....they need me or rather I need them :)
I decided Facebook needed a new face...a new purpose.
Mention Twitter and you get the immediate eye roll...I just didn't get it.
Until now...I think.

Let's talk Facebook.....

I have been on Facebook a year or two, a few friends, a few pages and
more recently a few blogging friends. My frustration grew when I could no longer
find friends and the information I wanted thru all the clutter. Do I really want to know the latest
egg count from someone playing Farmville? Not really. As much as I enjoy those
friends...I think Facebook has taken the whole 'sharing' concept too far.

Enter the little 'x' that sits to the right side of a Facebook comment...it lets you hide it all.
Click...click...click and voila...gone.
No one has been deleted...they are just resting, for a while :)

I want to read. I want to know what is going on around me 
and I want to go to one place to do it.
This is where pages come in and I now have just the ones I need
to make my Facebook experience a more pleasant one. Some of
my favs...The New York Times, BBC News, Nigella Lawson, Visit London,
Financial Times, Harrods, Elle Decor, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, 
The National Trust, Royal Academy of Arts, 
Ticketmaster UK and The British Monarchy...just for fun.

 I have also noticed Facebook widgets on other blogs and thought it might be fun. 
Kerry @ A Tranquil Townhouse gave me the heads up
on how to do it and I now have a page devoted to my many blog posts.

Blogging has been simplified.
I find them, they find me...we read, we comment. Life is easy.
Now I need more...so if you have put your blog on Facebook or are
contemplating it and would like to know more...comment here
and we will find a way together.

Let's talk Twitter....

How many of you have signed up and that is about it?
How many have looked at it and that is about it?
How many of you are actively using Twitter?
How many of you do not want to go there?

I am taking baby steps here. I started yesterday.
There is still lots to learn, but it is actually kind of fun. 
Why am I surprised?

I have found the most wonderful information 
about the things I love to do.
I think I could begin to like this concept.

My Twitter profile....
Surrey, UK
A woman enjoying expat life in England 
with a camera, four kids, one man, one dog and five blogs. 
My sanctuary starts @ Collage of Life :)

Let's Talk blogs...

What can I say? I have five.
I have thought about deleting one or two or three
but just can not bring myself to do it.

They all fill a need for me and for those few who
stop in and comment...I would miss them :)

If you are thinking of another...I say go for it!

It's all go around here!!

How about you?
Can I help answer any questions?
A big thank you if you made it this far!!!
Jeanne xxx
One last thing...this is for the questions that you may have. 
Maybe we can help each other :)

1. From Janet @ Janet's Journal
Does anyone know of a hosting/editing/collage making site?
(I would like to know too :) 

Suggestions from Laura @ Happy Homemaker
Collage site: Scrapblog & Polyvore
Photo editing: Picasa & Picnik
Photo albums/scrapbooks:

Thanks Laura!
Suggestions from Jane @ Life on Planet Baby
1. I upload my photos to Flickr and then edit them in PicnikI save the edited versions back to Flickr.
2. I use BigHugeLabs to do my collages, mosaics and all sorts of fun. You'll have a ball playing with it.
3. I also collect photos I like by using We ♥ it, Pinterest and Vi.sualize.us. I posted about them at 
http://www.lifeonplanetbaby.com/p/blogging-tips.html if you're interested.
Thank you Jane!

January 29, 2011

Feeling Good with Michael Buble and Nina Simone

I woke up this morning with one thought on my mind,
" new dawn....new day....new life....feeling good "
Not a bad way to start the day :)

Hope you have a fabulous weekend...
just feeling good!

Michael Buble- Feeling Good

Nina Simone-Feeling Good

Thanks you all for your comments yesterday.
As you can see....I am feeling good, feeling fine :)

Before you go.... which one do you prefer
 Michael or Nina's version of the song?

When your done you may feel like me,
I am ready for a karaoke night!
I just need that microphone stand first.

Video: You Tube

January 27, 2011

On my desk......

Dear Friends...

Grey skies sit over Surrey and I am enjoying the peace and quiet of home.
I felt an enormous sense of relief today. I have spent the last week waiting on 
 a chest x-ray as a result of this silly flu that has been lingering weeks on end.
I am sure you can imagine what a weeks worth of google searches resulted in :)
I was so relieved to hear that my lungs are clear...a huge weight was lifted.

I filled the air with music, carried on with my consumption of green tea,
sat at my desk and took a deep sigh...carefully. 
(the cough still lingers.)

I thought of a post and wasn't sure where to start.
I looked around and realised
it was right in front of me, my desk,
and on it sits....

My collection of cards waiting for a recipient...

 My lovely New Zealand paua shell heart from friends Lisa and Susan 
and a sweet little blue star from my long time friend Kathy. 
We met the first day of college in 1979 and I remember it like it was yesterday.

On my desk...a writing pad covered with some of my favourite pictures...
Thatcher Island Twin Lights along Cape Ann...
A little cottage by the sea in Rockport...
and a row of Adirondack chairs in an open field in New Hampshire.

A reminder to sign up for a photography class 

A few recent book purchases...

and a little inspiration from my daughter Claire

Something I hold near and dear from my blogging world...
beautiful words about Collage of Life
from Christina at River Rose.

Those scribbles that I never seem able to throw away...from
posts written long ago...


My colourful little Chinese friend to remind 
me that everything has a way of working out.

and last but not least just because I love this painting...

'The Room with a View' 
by Duncan Grant 1919
Painting of Vanessa Bell 
at home in Charleston, Sussex
more here

How about you, what sort of keepsakes do you keep on your desk?


January 25, 2011

My Irish Dubarry and Tika

Ok..woman gone wild again. 
What can I say? It is an age thing!
I have been blogging for one year now, 
about the same time that I have been living in England.
Shortly after I arrived, I spotted these Dubarry boots and fell in love. 

I have pined away for these little beauties 
and have driven Mr. H crazy in the process.
I have looked, touched, tried them on in both Ireland and England
and blogged about them five times (including this one) on two blogs. 
How many hints can one drop?

Finally, at Christmas....
a little note was tucked into my Christmas stocking :)
"Merry Christmas to you and your Dubarry's"
Today they arrived and I am such a happy camper.

I confess, I was not the only one who was happy to see these boots.
Tika took one look and went into major dog alert.

How many ways can a dog say.....
please take me for a walk ?

Laying next to the boots is one hint and 
giving me the 'that's ok, I don't mind' look is another.

Then again, there is the lip curling 'please' 
with those big sad eyes looking up at you.

Last but not least, there is the all out..
' I will love you and cherish you for the rest of my life' look.

How could I resist that one? 

Happy Tika!

Happy Jeanne!

Top image via Barbour
Second image via Dubarry
all others via me


On another note....
because I always like to leave with just one more..

I am loving the music of Adele, an up and coming British artist.
You can check out her latest song here...this is the sort of 
song you want to crank up in the car...when you are alone ;)

January 23, 2011

Dear J. Peterman

Dear J. Peterman

Your 2011 Anti-Recession Manual traveled across the sea and 
arrived in my post box today. What a welcome sight it was. I recently re-connected with your brand...having thought that you were long gone. What a delight to discover that you 
have been going from strength to strength all these years.  I love that you are still "travelling the world to find uncommonly good stuff." Your creative energy is unsurpassed. This morning, over a cup of coffee and your catalog, I travelled the world.

My contemplations are thus....

 Indian Print Duster (No 2797) 
in diaphanous, silk georgette.

Crushed Velvet Blazer in Moss Green (No.2821)
From Florence you say?

Most Dangerous Short Leather Jacket (No 2805)
I am sure Virginia Hall would have been most impressed.

Adventurous Shirt Dress (No. 1829)
First sighting: Paris.

Tie-Front Blouse (No. 1851)
1950's Kate meets Lana

Ottoman Silk Pleat Front Pants (No. 2487)
Drape, pleats, lined, invisible zipper, 
darts for shape... all music to my ears.

If I  could pack these bags and oh, 
how I would love too....

The Chesterfield Suitcase Collection (No.1926)
English...First Class

With bags in hand, I would pop on....

 Miss Blue Hat (No. 1010)
from Ecuador

Italian Bucket Bag (No.2829)

But, before I go....

I had to take a look at your 
one-of-a-kind collection.  
These caught my eye....

Antique Dressmakers Mannequin, 
Ca. 1920.(No.C722)
Only because it has been a secret desire of mine...

Kilim-Patterned Armchair (No. 3144)
because we  think along the same lines...
read here

Lastly, I would love to sit in this chair 
with your reading suggestion,
A Day with Picasso (No.1211)

On that note, I sign off, 
thanking you for one of the best morning
coffee's I have had in some time!

See you in my travels!

images~ J. Peterman

Note to friends: Just me having fun :)
I love this company, it makes we want to see the world!

If you enjoy watching Out of Africa 
over and over again, as I do, read here.