Monday, June 30, 2008

patient endurance

Art journal page for today.

I've got a few things on the go at the moment. It's quite amusing really: today I had my art journal on my computer desk with paint and pencils, I had my sewing machine out on my art desk with socks and thread all over the place, a painted item drying at the back of my art desk (which you'll see later this week), some crocheting at the side of my art desk, and I had papers all over the floor. I even did some sticking in the hall because I had run out of space! I kept alternating between activities. Quite fun really. What a day full of variety I have had!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

my love/hate relationship with butterflies

I did something a bit different yesterday. What do you think? I really like it. It makes me smile :o)

The idea wasn't mine at ALL, so I can't take the credit. I saw much larger 'versions' of this a couple of years ago and I've seen a few people in the blogging world have a go at it, so I thought I would too! I really like it.

Want to know something weird about me (perhaps it could be to make up for never taking part in memes)? I love butterflies (no, that's not the weird thing) - I have clothes with butterflies on, I have jewellery with butterflies, I have bags covered in butterflies, we even had a butterfly theme at our wedding. I think they are beautiful. And so very jolly. But REAL butterflies? No. Don't ever take me to a butterfly house. They are just too fury. They make my skin crawl. I can't stand moths either; butterflies are basically just pretty moths. So that was it. That was the weird thing: I love butterfly things but hate butterflies. I know, I know: I'm a big oddball!

By the way, thank you all for your lovely lovely comments: they keep me going. I'm going to make more sock creatures and I shall put them up for sale! How exciting!

edited: I got my inspiration for this piece here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

another world premier...

This is the first sock monkey I have ever made. Ever. I started it yesterday evening and finished it today. I haven't forgotten about the ears. I haven't decided yet if he needs ears. What do you think?

I had played with the idea of making a sock monkey for a while (I had even saved some pairs of new socks for this very purpose) but I didn't. So the other week when my friend Matthew forced a bag of sock monkey making things (that's not easy to say!) into my arms, it was the push I needed.

I really enjoyed making this happy chappy. I'll definitely get the sewing machine out for the next one because this took WAY too long. It reminded me of when I was about 9 years old and I went through a phase of making beanbag frogs (with a LOT of help from my mum, of course!). I made them in various colours and sizes. I wonder what happened to them. 

To those of you who have tagged me to do a meme recently: sorry! I just keep forgetting and then when I do them, it just ends up being quite a dull blog post. So don't take it to heart, it's nothing personal. I don't know what it is about them but I just clam up and end up just putting one-word answers (which would be very boring, would it not?). 

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I love lovely comments.

Ok so this picture is a bit small, but you can view the comment here. I always love to get nice comments (who doesn't?). But I think that, as I rarely leave the house, they mean more to me than they might to someone else. So you can imagine how happy I was when I read this...

Yes, there were tears! I'm so soppy. It got me thinking. Maybe I should have a shop. But, what would I sell? What do you think, friends?

Friday, June 20, 2008

I'm melting

I've been a rubbish blogger lately. I went away for a week at the beginning of the month and I am still paying for it now. I've been spending most days in bed and the days I haven't been in bed, I have been sitting and staring at the wall like a mannequin. I'm completely exhausted and also I am wondering if I really was trampled on by a horse last night. Is it possible for one to sleep through that sort of thing? Very achey indeed. But I've been wanting to do SOMETHING creative for a while. So, I got out my unused birthday toy (a mini quilting iron) and began melting! I melted beeswax onto an older painting I did (pics at the end of this post) which gave it the finishing touch I had wanted. Also, I did an art journal page using melted crayons. Very fun indeed. Have you ever melted crayons before? 

I LOVE the smooth finish of the crayon once it had solidified (which doesn't take long). So tactile. So stroke-able. Yes, that's right: strokeable. 

Next weekend, Donna Downey will be doing some classes here in the UK. I was planning to go. It was looking as though we would have the money and I could have met (and been taught by) one of my scrapbooking/crafting gurus. Alas no. The money we thought we would have, we do not have. Not even slightly. How many times does DONNA DOWNEY come and do classes in the UK?? (It's a rhetorical question, but you may not know the answer, which is NOT OFTEN!). Oh Donna. One day... Maybe I'll convince Mr Pippa to take me to her event in South Carolina next year :o)

Anyway! I will post again soon. I will. Promise.

Friday, June 13, 2008

adding the finishing touches

I've added the finishing touches to one of my wedding scrapbook pages. I was very excited to use my Heidi Swapp chipboard letters and I think they look lovely.

I have one problem with these adhesive chipboard letters: they don't stick. Quite a big problem really. Adhesive letters that don't adhere! They're not even tacky. In fact, I don't even think that they were sticky in a previous life. I thought that it might have just been these letters but, after checking a different packet of Heidi Swapp adhesive chipboard letters, I found exactly the same problem! What's going on, Heidi?
Also, even if they were sticky, the adhesive backing tears right off...

...see? Not cool. But once I got over having to cut up my double sided sticky tape into little pieces and stick the letters down myself, I was quite pleased with the end result. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

using up your scraps

Well, I am back from my little break. It turned out to be a very exhausting break: lots of travelling and meeting up with people. So, since being back, I have been mainly sleeping. The weather is so gorgeous at the moment that I'd quite like to fall asleep on a blanket in the park. Something you must understand about us Britons is that when the weather is nice (which isn't that often), we simply MUST make the most of it.

Before I went away, I made some paper flowers. I have so many scrap bits of paper. I HATE having to throw things away, so I was very pleased to be able to make these. So very easy and so very cheap! Brilliant!

Get your scrap bits of paper. Choose three circular objects to draw around: I used a button and two different sized rolls of tape.

Draw around the circles and cut them out. (Or, if you're really fancy, use different sized circular punches.)

Arrange your circles into 'flowers' like these and then fasten. I used brads on some of them and eyelets (any excuse to use my lovely Crop-A-Dile) on others. Hey presto! Your flowers are done!

On some of the flowers, I distressed them with a nail file...

With the distressed look, I think it worked best on the papers with a white core (see below). 

I used some of these flowers on a scrapbook page. I really like them.