Monday, April 28, 2008

unfinished journal page

Haven't blogged in a while so though I'd share an unfinished art journal page. I plan to do a bit more with her hair and add some detail to that flower in her hair. Also, the window was an afterthought, so I'll do a bit more to that. I enjoyed painting her hair. Very relaxing.

We've been away at a wedding this weekend (which was lovely) and now I feel completely wrecked. But it was a great weekend, so the pain and general flu-like feelings are worth it. Before the weekend, I started my first ever scrapbook, so I'll have that to share with you soon.

Cheerio for now! And thank you so much for your lovely comments: they keep me smiling.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

my new necklace

I was quite pleased with my new creation. It's the first time I've done something so beady (if that makes sense) and it makes me smile when I wear it. I think I might make another one in a different colour. What do you think?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

accordion photo display card

This week it was Hubby's grandfather's 1 millionth birthday (or near there). He's not one for expensive gifts (which we're grateful for at this time), so I made him a little something instead. I'll show you how I did it...
Step 1: fold card and stick together.

Step 2: choose photographs and coloured paper. I chose some of our wedding pictures. And, as I was making it for Hubby's grandfather, I included a photograph with him in it.

Step 3: attach photograph to paper, then paper to card. 

Step 4: make small hole in the cover where you would like your first photograph to show through. 

Step 5: make the hole a bit bigger. Once you're sure of where you want your window to be, draw your shape in pencil (I drew around a hot chocolate lid) and cut out the shape. Use an eraser to rub out the pencil lines.

Step 6: flip the book-thing over and cut some slits into the back page. Make the slits wide enough to thread your chosen ribbon through. Mine aren't at all even, but you can measure yours! You will be tying your ribbon at the front, so make sure that it doesn't cover your window.

Step 7: thread your co-ordinating ribbon.

Step 8: once the ribbon is sorted, attach the remaining photographs to the other pages like so...

(Isn't Hubby's long hair dreamy?)

Et voila. Something to go on the mantlepiece. What do you think? Change the colour scheme and embellish it a bit and it would look completely different. Quite a versatile little project.  It would have been so much easier if I had one of those fancy cutters for the window at the front. And have you seen those punches especially for making holes to thread ribbon through? They are something. I wouldn't mind having one of those someday...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

wrapping paper

My new wrapping paper storage! I don't actually keep it on a desk, but the room was far too messy to be photographed! I used to have my wrapping papers falling about in bags and this is a huge improvement. (By the way, that isn't an Apple coffee machine, it's just got an Apple sticker on it.)

I've been busy making cards lately. A friend of mine is getting married this winter and has asked me to do the wedding stationary - what an honour! So I've been working on some sample wedding invitations - I've made about 15 so far. I've been given a colour scheme and a style to work with and I am really enjoying myself! I'll share some pictures with you soon, but not before I've shown the bride herself.

I shall post some more pictures tomorrow - or whenever those awful rechargeable batteries are ready to co-operate!

By the way, thank you for you comments on my drawing. Comments make me smile :o)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

it's finished.

I'm not happy with this AT ALL but I've spent so long doing that I had to post it. The shaded bits look too dark, I haven't captured the shape properly and I generally hate this drawing. But I'm glad I finished it. It means I can leave it and begin something else. If I had just left it, it would have always been there, waiting to be finished - niggling away at me. But it's done. And I can rest.
**Edited on 29th April. I actually quite like it now. Perhaps it's all the positive feedback (which I'd miss out on if I didn't have a blog!). In answer to your questions, this was done with a black ballpoint pen. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

right or left brained?

Have a look at the figure in action here. I've had this tab open on my Mac for about a week and I just cannot get my head around it. For me, she keeps switching: one minute she's going clockwise and the next, she's going anti-clockwise. Does this mean that I am both Right AND Left Brained? This moving lady completely baffles me.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

I love pretty things... especially when they're free!

Hubby has a week off work this week, so we've been playing lots of scrabble (hence the lack of blogging) and generally chilling out and having a nice time. It was his birthday on Monday, so we went into the city yesterday so that he could get the trainers he so desperately needed (his current pair have split, causing his feet to get very wet when it rains). We had been meaning to return our toaster for months (as only one side of it worked) and we finally remembered to take it with us. Also, we had a Laura Ashley voucher for Christmas which still had some credit on it, but we kept forgetting to take it with us. This time, we hadn't forgotten anything...

However, when we took the toaster back, we were told that we would have to choose something else, as ours was no longer in stock. We were a bit sad to be honest. All of our kitchen things are very pretty and sort of match, so we regretfully accepted that we would have to get something which wasn't as pretty... but no! There was a pink toaster! Which matched our kettle! Okay, so it was only a two-slice toaster, but that meant that we were able to get something else too. So we got a matching pink kitchen bin! This could not possibly excite you as much as it does us. But I like to share...

Then off we went to Laura Ashley to spend the rest of our voucher. We managed to get a pretty oven glove (above) AND a pretty photo frame, which matches our living room perfectly.

All this, and we didn't even spend any money! Brilliant!