Tuesday, 28 December 2010
It's been a little while since I made jewellery and I'd forgotten how much polishing it takes to get silver looking good. I actually have a friction burn on one of my fingers after working on this double pendant. The smaller one has children's fingerprints on it, and the larger one is patterned. I'm really pleased how this one has turned out and hope the recipient likes it too!
Thursday, 23 December 2010
I'm doing this in an A5 greyboard sketchbook from paperchase and it feels good to have put it to use. Pages are ready to go not just for the first two weeks, but the first six. I figure by giving myself a head start I stand a fighting chance of doing this.
My next crafty task is indeed to look back over the Document: 2010 prompts (I have them all downloaded) and maybe make a Document: 2011 album.
So what crafty challenges are you planning to take part in next year then?
Monday, 20 December 2010
You can’t deny it is rather beautiful and worth getting the camera out for. We’ve had weeks of snow and ice, our footpaths and untreated roads still have inches of ice on them. Poor Rosie almost cried with the cold on her face going to school this morning. It comes to something when you get up and hope it’s only –4 Celsius as you’ve got used to that and it’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s certainly not the sort of weather than has you leaping out of bed. Jamie can’t wait for the school holidays to start so he doesn’t have to (1) get up and (2) go out. Oh boy – does he have a shock coming to him.
Monday, 13 December 2010
This month I’m a guest, in this case a guest designer for A Trip Down memory Lane. It was a real privilege to be asked, especially as ATDML was the first store I ever did any scrappy shopping with. I loved the papers that I was sent to work with and simply put - I ran out of time to use them what with out trip away and all the chaos that comes with coming home again. I’ll be sure to share more layouts with you when I get five minutes to scrap.
The December gallery is now live, so head on over and take a look. There are, as always, some fabulous creations there, and I’d really like to say Thanks to Mel & Jill for inviting me to join their talented team of designers this month.
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Thursday, 9 December 2010
So this very quick and probably dull post, is to apologise for the lack of blogging taking place. I have crafted for my crop, I have tons of photo from New York along with tales of parades and sparkly rings (twas a very special 40th) and I have created layouts for an upcoming guest DT spot, I will share these things with you soon. That is as soon as I have sorted myself out and feel properly back in the grove! Until then thanks for stopping by. Normal service will resume in January! Promise.
Friday, 12 November 2010
Yes, more scrapping. Think it may have something to do with a pile of “school” photo’s that have been sitting waiting to be scanned in, and that fact that once again my little craft space seems to be shrinking so I must use up my mountain.
This layout is one I created for a class I held at my local crop. Thankfully all the ladies that took part seemed to love it – big phew!
And after all that scrapping, I’ve managed to do a little art journaling as well. How could I not?
One background ready to work on, all done with acrylic paints.
And a finished pages, stamped and doodled in my mini journal.
That’s probably going to be it from me now until December as Chris & I are off to New York soon for our annual “just us” break that happens to coincide with my 40th, and that means packing up my journaling travel kit to take with me. I think that is going to be harder than packing clothes!
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Rosie is asserting her independence this week in a way that, at times, has been painful. Painful to me that is. She started out the week making her own sandwiches, or is that butterwich? The aftermath was, shall we say, interesting and took some cleaning up.
I decided to take some photo’s of her to mark this new found independence. This is the only one that is out of focus, but a perfect moment catching that cheeky little face full of pride showing of her yummy “butterwich”. This is definitely my good bad photo of 2010. So, what’s yours?
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
I think I'm still in shock. Last night I had a sudden urge to scrapbook, and here's the evidence.
I've used the October Scrapagogo kit, with no inking or distressing, not a doodle in sight. Totally unheard of for me! I have never scrapped straight from a single kit but I think I used a good chunk of it on this layout. So, finally, with all the art journalling I've been doing, I've made a dent in the ever growing stash mountain. Hurrah.
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Sunday, 31 October 2010
This little lady may well be headed for my mini art journal, but the (cute) couple below are in an altered book I'm working on for the art, heart and healing course over on Willowing.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
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Tuesday, 26 October 2010
I've drawn and hand coloured the little girl and whats more I happen to rather like her.
Monday, 25 October 2010
Biggest regret here is adding the necklace but tis done now. At least she doesn't have a moustache! By miracle of all miracles I even managed to fit the stamped journaling around the hairline without suddenly having to stop or changed what I had planned to say.
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
This one is made from a photograph taken by the sender and has travelled 4645 miles from Texas. I won't share every single post card I received - that could be more than a bit dull to you, but forgive me if I share the occasional one.
Part of the class is drawing a representation of yourself on the page. I have never been much cop at faces, feet yes, faces, no, bodies yes, faces no. So I had a little play in my mini AJ first and here is the result....
Not bad, but by no means great, but more importantly I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. I'm almost done on the double page spread in my bigger journal, although (don't laugh too loud) I have wonky eyes and a moustache on that one....hmmmmm. maybe my inner self is trying to tell me something I hadn't realised...I'm wonky or have a facial hair problem. I've certainly never noticed the latter, and I'm sure Chris would have offered me his shaver if that had been the case, so it must be the former.
So after this expect to see more of "me" on my pages. I love it because it's yet a different style.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
I seem to be in the land that migraines forgot but cluster headaches relish at the moment. With both kids out of the house today I have pretty much slept most of it, but I did have a lucid hour to eat and relax whilst trying to come back to the land of the living before this afternoons school run hit. While relaxing I decided to have a play in my mini art journal.
The book I'm using is a small moleskine sketchbook which measures 14 x 9 cm. Its got 80 pages in it apparently, at least half of which have now got paint on them. This is the first page that is now ready to journal on.
I think this could well be one of my favourite pages yet and I thoroughly loved working on a small scale.
Friday, 8 October 2010
Anyhow…. finally to share with you the second page I have completed this week. This is a sad little page recording how much I hate Sundays now as it’s the day Chris has to pack his bag and get ready for a week away. Just one of those pages where I had to get it off my chest before it burst (do you feel sorry for me yet? sniffle)
Yes, I know my writing ran out of painted lines, but I needed to write and lack of lines wasn’t going to change that. Plus, I don’t care and that is one of the many reasons i have taken to art journaling – it just doesn’t matter.
I also know I’m not the only person who’s beloved works away, and I’m lucky that he’ll be home for two weeks over Christmas, he was home for most of August, and it was great to have all that time as a family. It was like Sunday morning every day. Maybe I’ve been spoilt this summer and that’s why it makes it harder now.
Ho-hum, life goes on. I feel the need for a good cuppa now.
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Thursday, 7 October 2010
Fingers crossed I'll get chance to scan the second page tomorrow and find the time to pop back and share it with you.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
That's all from me for now. Thanks for stopping by. I'll do another LSNED round up at the end of the week.
Friday, 3 September 2010
I'm keeping up! OK - so it's only day two but that's good given my track record with these things.
Yesterdays lesson then. "There is no adult space in this house". I was merrily minding my own business, happy in the knowledge that the TV was switched off (for a change), and I could hear no bickering. The joyous sound of my two playing happily together was ringing through the house. I then realised the sound wasn't coming from it's usual place, i.e. their bedrooms.
Our bedroom door was closed. O-Oh.
I opened it to find Rosie rolling round on the bed, Jamie sitting in a moses basket (one that's usually home to Rosie's soft toys and in her bedroom) and our carpet transformed into a toy factory.
My question is this... Did you ever dare go in your parents bedroom? I know I didn't, and Chris didn't. It was a sacred place, an adult only space. You didn't play in it. If you were lucky you may have sneaked in the occasional bounce on their bed, but generally it was off limits. Even now as adults it seems wrong to go in your parents bedrooms. So how did this happen? The kids have taken over and we need to reclaim our space. I don't think it's going to be a tear free affair. Wish us luck!!
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Yesterdays lesson - Nothing makes me smile like the sight of the delivery van driver pulling up outside. Nothing makes me frown quite like opening the door to the Royal Mail "you were out" card. Not sure if it's strictly a lesson on this page, but I'm planning to write a note about the day's lesson to pop inside the envelope. Maybe today will sound more like a lesson... think I still have my art journal head on! Onwards and upwards!
From making a very simple book I've ended up making very inky, messy collage style pages for my LSNED book. Last night I sat and started to created pages ready to go up to the 4th September, aided this morning by some new 7Gypsies stamps and my trusty Tim Holtz tissue tape.
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
"A big, compendious, comfortable, informative and utterly engaging book, "Kitchen" brings us feel-good food for cooks and eaters, whether Express-style and exotic-easy during the week, or leisurely and luxuriating (in the spirit of How to be a Domestic Goddess and Feast) at weekends or for occasions. Divided into two parts - Kitchen Quandaries and Kitchen Comforts - Nigella gives us the wherewithal to tackle any situation and satisfy all nourishment needs. But real cooking is often about leftovers, too, so here one recipe can lead to another...from ham hocks to pea soup and pasties, from chicken to Chinatown salad. This isn't just about being thrifty but about demonstrating how recipes come about, and giving new inspiration for last-minute meals and souped-up store cupboard suppers. As well as offering the reader a mouthwatering array of new recipes, both comforting and exciting - from clams with chorizo to Guinness gingerbread, from Asian braised beef to flourless chocolate lime cake, from Pasta alla Genovese to Venetian carrot cake - Nigella rounds up her kitchen kit must-haves (telling us, too, what equipment we don't need) and highlights individual ingredients - both basic essentials and modern-day life-savers. But above all, she reminds the reader how much pleasure there is to be had in real food, and in reclaiming the traditional rhythms of the kitchen, as she cooks to the beat of the heart of the home, creating simple recipes to make life less complicated."
I will confess part of me wasn't going to join in because i couldn't be bothered to make or prepare a book for it but this took me a grand 15 minutes to put together. I know I've copied, or should that be lifted, the idea for the book from Shimelle but I sure she wouldn't mind at all, and it's an idea I think I'll use again after all I do have at least 169 envelopes left! All that remains to be seen is if I can get past day six this year. Wish me luck!!
Friday, 27 August 2010
Monday, 23 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
This is the first page in the "general" journal, all ready to go with my winged girl. I think this journal may be used for rants and out pourings so, in the main I'll only be sharing the "before" and not the afters with you. The scan isn't great but I love the wings made from patterned paper. I knocked them back with gesso and went over the pattern with a sakura glitter pen. Maybe I do have a girlie side after all.
Sunday, 8 August 2010
I do have some LO's to share...still trying to find them. Odd that, but I'll be back with photo's as soon as I do.
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