Thursday, 20 April 2017

Handmade Joy Exchange 2017

Anne from My Giant Strawberry hosted the Handmade Joy Exchange 2017.  The aim of the exchange was to make something with love and send it in the post and to receive something handmade by another participant in return.  I got out my Indian wood blocks and fabric paint and hand stamped a pre-made bag for Danielle in Ohio.  I also made a zip tassel and included one of my frog bookmarks and small hand stamped card.  I  had previously stamped a similar bag for myself to store my pencils and sketchbook in.  You can see the bag here.

  This is what it looks like from behind!

 
Inside the bag I stamped a little green frog walking down!

The beautiful string of freshwater pearls was my exchange gift from Bella.  She hand knotted between each pearl and added a silver clasp.  She knew I liked multi-coloured pearls as I had commented on one of her blog posts previously.  Thanks to Anne for hosting such a joyful event even if it did mean putting my thinking cap on to know what to make!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Happy Easter

I'm a bit behind with reading and commenting on blogs right now.  The year seems to have notched up a gear and I can hardly believe that it is Easter already!  I've hardly had time to think!  Some good weather has enabled me to spend some time in the garden tidying up and making plans - but I don't have time to put plans into action!

This year I really want to have a half oak barrel with water lilies as a water feature and screen off an area at the back of the garden.  I have many more plans but these ones are do-able (I just need to make them happen!)

Today is overcast and cold.  A time for staying indoors and eating hot cross buns and especially a time for reflection too.

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Masculine Card

I don't often make 'manly' cards but made this one with some down loadable images from a CD-ROM and some die cuts that I already had.  I added some dimension with layers and used glossy accents to make the hat and watch face shiny.

It was therapeutic to make the card as I have had a four day migraine which is now receding.  Immersing oneself in a project is a good way to forget other problems.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

17th Century Tunes - La Bourrée

Since reading fictional stories of the 17th century I have developed a bit of a 17th century obsession.  I am immersing myself in finding out about the physicians and herbalists such as Nicholas Culpeper, astrologers,botanists and artists of the day.  It must have been wonderful to have lived in the Dutch golden age of artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rachel Ruysch but not so wonderful to have lived in England during the plague, the English civil war between royalists and parliamentarians and the Great Fire of London.

I was pleasantly surprised to find some 17th century music on YouTube today.  It was much more jolly and uplifting than I imagined!  I could quite easily have this music on in the background whilst I whip up a still life in oils.  It wouldn't have the expertise and finely honed skills of a Rachel Ruysch but I could alway pretend that it did!

Friday, 24 March 2017

How Did I Celebrate My Birthday?

Today is my Birthday.  After a dull start the sun began to shine through the clouds.  I didn't feel like going anywhere so I got out the lawn mower and gave the grass the first cut of the year.  It felt good to be in the garden again.  Blackbirds are nesting in an old laurel tree, buds are breaking on the apple and plum trees and the air was sweet and new.  Outside in the peace and tranquility of my garden was the best way to spend a birthday afternoon.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

When the Wait is Over

I have been waiting for a few things.  Some things for years, some for months, some for weeks.  In September 2016 I planted some snakes head fritillary bulbs or chequered daffodils as they are also known.  You can read about them on the RHS website here. I have been patiently waiting for months for the bulbs to break the surface of the Earth's crust and have eventually been rewarded for my efforts.

 

I was thrilled to see them in flower today as I was unsure if they would even thrive.  I shall now be eagerly waiting spring each year to watch them come into flower and hopefully spread.



In my year of 'consolidation' (which I blogged about as my word for 2017) many loose ends are being tied up.   'Seeds' planted over the past 18 years have begun to come to fruition and after 18 years as a stay at home Mum, I finally have paid employment again.  The good news is as it is part-time I will still have time to blog and pursue my other interests too.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Shabby Chic Card

I am going through a 'shabby chic' phase.  I have so many beautiful paper embellishments and lace it seems a shame not to use them!  I am making this card for a very special person so I can't show the card in its entirety in case they are reading this!  I still need to add gesso and glitter highlights.  It has been fun to make but taken me best part of a day so far!

This month is my 9th anniversary of blogging.  Time certainly flies when you are having fun - it's true!  Hopefully this year I will reach the mile stone of 1000 posts!   Thank you for those that continue to read and leave comments, especially my long time commenter's - you all know who you are!

Have a lovely weekend!