Sunday, September 26, 2010

What a week.......


can't believe I haven't posted since last Monday, the week went by in a haze of coughing and feeling rubbish. AND it was my birthday as well, sigh. Thankfully I started to feel better yesterday and managed to get out for a walk this morning. There were only 8 cygnets down in the park, not sure where the 9th was, I hope nothing has happened to it. There were also 4 little children having a ball rolling down the hill and scrambling back up it. And some pigeons having a group bath in a giant puddle!
I got a lot of stamped images for my birthday (thanks Isobel) and I hope this week to lay them all out on the table and watercolour them. And then to carry on with my challenge and make lots of cards with my bits of paper!
Friday's flowers were these lovely cream ones, I am sure they will find a home on one of the upcoming cards..................ooooh it's nice to feel well again :D

Monday, September 20, 2010

Challenges!

Well, all the winter veg are planted and surviving ok, and being harvested too, so I got my act together this weekend and got some crafting done for a change! I did the layout above for a challenge on CardsnScrapz forum - the colours and elements were set and I wanted to try something different, so I painted the colours onto the cardstock with acrylic paint. Not 100% sure if it works but it was fun!
Then I decided to set myself a challenge to try and clear out some of the paper bits I have accumulated. This little red cardboard suitcase came from Paris in 1982. It's about 12" x 8 x4. We were on an InterRail holiday and it seemed to me to be the very height of Parisian chic! It cost the equivalent of £5, which seemed an AWFUL lot at the time, and used up the very last of my budget. I used it as a handbag for a while, and it has gone through several other phases in its life, but now it is used for storing small bits of paper -
Everything is in a jumble in it, and bits of larger paper get shoved in there when I've done something, and half pads of 6x6 etc - my challenge is to use up this paper on cards etc before buying any more new sheets of paper!
And in the spirit of this, I started off by making this blingy card from torn pieces of handmade paper and purple chocolate wrapper and beads and this weeks flowers! The picture isn't very good, it does look better in real life, and flowers are quite sparkly.
I also had fun with some leaves and acrylic paint, but that's not finished yet so I will save it for another day!
Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Paper!

Still working on the pressie album, but I paused to make a card to say thank you to someone. I used some of my little purple flowers on it, and the card is the back of a Co'redination sheet. I have a pile of things waiting to go now, some layouts and some cards, but I really want to finish off this album first so pressing on with that!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Time for Change

Autumn is a great time for change, and today I spent the morning in the garden, removing the old tomato and pea plants and making space for our winter veg. I decided to bring the green tomatoes inside, still on their stems, as they were getting eaten as fast as they ripened (and before I could pick them!) and the plants were taking up too much space. I have quite a haul, some of them are ripening fine, but I'm sure I will have to make some chutney with the stubborn few.
My gourds are making fruit now, I am hoping they will ripen into the autumn, they look funny, and I quite fancy having a bowl of them on display! We have got some winter salad planted, some cabbage and turnips too, thanks to Quickcrop seedlings (much easier than faffing about with seed trays) and I think next month we will have to buy a protective cover for the bed to see the plants through the winter. The leaves are starting to turn now in the garden as well, and it's going to be a very colourful autumn I think. I cut a few of the dark sunflowers to bring into the house and they look pretty on my windowsill.
Friday's flowers were these blue roses. I have finally got going on my book again, but the flowers are still waiting to be used! There has been a lot churning around my head lately, and I have made some decisions and had some ideas, so I feel a lot clearer now and ready to roll!

Monday, September 6, 2010

To the Waters and the Wild

Its so wet today, a real shock to the system after so much sun and dry weather. I went for a walk this morning and it was really autumnal, the sea had white horses on it, the trees were blowing about and the swans on the pond were sitting huddled up against the rain and wind. The little birds like wagtails were having such a hard time trying to fly, and I saw a swallow struggle past me, going as much backwards as forwards! I bet he thinks it's time for Africa.
The garden really needs it though, and last night we lit the fire, so I'm looking forward to cosy evenings and autumn colours.
I haven't done much crafting this last few days, it was the daughter's birthday yesterday so I made a chocolate and raspberry pavlova and also of course her card, but other than that I'm a bit stuck.
Need some inspiration, it must be gone away with the sun!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Well.

I have no idea where the last 10 days went. I came to post several times and then just couldn't get my head around it, for some reason I have felt really flat the last week and can't pinpoint why. After a few sleepless nights (and I do mean sleepless, wow, they were bad) I feel better today, even though the issues causing the sleepless nights haven't gone away, at least one or two small things have been resolved. Anyhow, I got out for my walk this morning (super early, 7.10am!!) and it was lovely. The cygnets in the park are now very grown up looking, in their brown and cream plumage. It's going to be so amazing when they all turn white, but I suspect we won't see it, as I have a feeling they might leave before that.
My favourite route had to be modified as part of it has been closed by the council. It's an old set of stone steps that I loved to stand at the top of and look at the sea, but it was getting quite uneven and dangerous. I hope they fix it soon and don't leave it until after the winter, as I don't like the detour (even though it's tiny), it takes you round by an ugly power station or something and it's smelly!
I have 2 lots of flowers to show today, due to my laziness over the last while. Last Friday I got that lovely bunch of tiny roses, I have used one already on a small gift for a friend and the others I am going to save and just enjoy looking at them. And today I got some metal daisies, they are pink, although the colour doesn't show very well in the photo.
Not sure what they are going on yet, I am getting bogged down in an album that I'm doing for a pressie and my flowers are stacking up! This is the cover of it, the photos are not of their wedding, but I thought one on the cover would be nice as the book is an album of their honeymoon.The cover is mounting board, painted with 2 layers of contrasting acrylic paint and PVA glue. I used some Crackle Paint on the photo to give it a distressed effect but it doesn't really show in the picture. I varnished over the top as well to stop the flakes of crackle falling off!