Monday, 17 January 2022
Sunday, 9 January 2022
I would like to make more of these - they are really enjoyable to make and they are my creations, even if they are inspired by others. I also have some lino and also some softer cutting material, so I could cut that up and make some more...
Saturday, 1 January 2022
Jasminium Nudiflorum flowering in a photo I took this morning
Happy New Year! Let us all hope that 2022 is a kinder year than the last two. As I usually do, I have aims during the year which I look back on at New Year.
Read interesting books: This has certainly continued and I have read lots of old favourites as well as some new ones. Some which I particularly enjoyed were: Wintering by Katherine May, One Moment by Linda Green, The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly, and The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H G Parry. I also revisited my favourite Miss Marple stories and Jane Austen novels (of course!)
Get rid of (or donate) things I no longer want or need: I have talked about this for a long time without really addressing it. Having watched several TV programmes about sorting your life out, I have finally realised that this won't happen magically and that I need to get stuck in and make those decisions myself. I made a start before Christmas by donating some of my books but this needs to continue. Once the books are done, there are many, many more possessions which need to be assessed. However, I feel encouraged that I have finally made a proper start.
Take more notice of nature: Being at home more has made me appreciate my little garden so much. I am grateful for this space outside and I need to rearrange some pots of hydrangeas which have outgrown their space. I may have one more rose in mind ('Emily Bronte') but no more large things. I am planning to grow verbena bonariensis in pots and some cerinthe. I need to do some re-potting and dividing, so have lots to keep me busy. Oh, and the compost bin wants turning too. However, amongst all this, I plan to look more, to sit and appreciate more.
I need to remember to be present in the moment and crafting and gardening do help with that. Also, I need to be grateful for what I have. Good things to remember in the coming year.
Friday, 24 December 2021
To end on a positive, I again quote from Desiderata (a 1927 prose poem by Max Ehrmann):
"...And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful, Strive to be happy."
To all my readers and commenters who celebrate, may you have a happy festive season.
Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Wanderlust 2021, the mixed media art journal course, has come to an end. I have really enjoyed it and have learnt a lot. It has been a challenge, but one that I have thrown myself into and done the best I could. I now have a lovely full journal to look back on. I have signed up to Wanderlust 2022, so my journey will continue.
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
I have recently decided to have a go at making a junk journal with pockets, tabs, tucks etc. and interesting things to look at. I am not sure whether I shall use it to journal in, but it will be a nice project that I can work on as and when I feel I want to. I have been working on a few pages and here they are.
Inside is Alice in a couple of different illustrations.
They are a mix of scrapbook paper, book pages, scraps, gel plate prints, images from books and the internet, digi kits, and any other bits and pieces I want to put in. I am really enjoying the relaxing collaging and this will be an ongoing project, which I may share more from occasionally.
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Colour swatching is one of my favourites things to do when I have got new paints/inks/crayons. Previously, I put these into my techniques book but have recently decided to make a swatch book separately from anything else. The pages of colour are just so satisfying to look at and make a very helpful directory so that I can see what I have and choose what I need to use for a project. So far, I have done gouache paints, sparkle inks, inktense pencils (my new favourite watercolour pencils), Woodys and Neo Colours.
Thursday, 25 November 2021
Tuesday, 16 November 2021
I have also bought some double orange 'Sunlover' tulips, which I haven't grown before, for a couple of pots at the front and they need to be planted too - hopefully this week!