Thursday, 24 September 2009


Linda told me I had to put this on my blog! I've seen some wonderful felt brooches around and about and fancied having a go at making one. The felt is a jumper of my daughter's which I rescued from the charity shop bag because a) it was wool, and b) I absolutely LOVE the colour. I put it through the hot wash and it came out shrunk enough to fit a toddler, since when I've been working on pieces of it. I'm not actually going to show you attempt one (too embarrassingly bad) but no.2 above is an improvement. I added a panel of silk taffeta and explored some of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine.

After adding another panel, velvet this time, I took it downstairs and had a go at hand beading and embroidering it. This is the part I'm less pleased with - perhaps I should have had a more definite pattern in my mind for the beading, I just did it randomly and I'm rather afraid you can tell! I don't see it as finished, but am resting it for a while in the hopes that inspiration might strike. What I want to do is how do you do beading "properly" and is there a book I can learn from? Answers on a postcard please ....!!

Monday, 21 September 2009


I don't know why it's taken me 55 years to ask for help, but I may (just) have got the hang of it (but please don't quote me on that)! My mum was such a casual, even neglectful parent, that I got used to the idea early on that I was on my own. For a large part of my life I haven't needed very much help, having learned the hard way to be omnicompetent (or to look as if I am). In the 15 years I've had FM I have gradually needed more and more help, and am only just learning that it's OK to ask ... rather than get annoyed when people can't see without me telling them! Too much inner child there I think!!

I'm really enjoying this project, and it will be good to have a solid reminder of all the things I hope I've learned along the way. I should add that the book is relatively small, about 5 x 7 and will be spiral bound when it's complete.

Friday, 18 September 2009


I made this for an ATC swap - hope my partner likes it! I've used a scrap of very slightly patterned paper for the background, over which I've stamped an image of a document in brown. I'm quite pleased with the effect that's given. The photograph is from my stash, but reminds me of my grandfather - who I never knew because he died the year I was born. The clock is another stamp, the key is a rub-on, and the words from a Tim Holtz distressibles sheet. I added the treble clef because I was thinking about history, and generations past, and the words "a dance to the music of time" came into my head, but as usual I can't remember where it's from.

I have no idea why I love working in brown vintage style like this - I just do. I've been writing all day and this was my way of relaxing ...

Monday, 14 September 2009


Gale at Paper Whimsy is offering some free images of doors, and challenged us to use the image in our own artwork. How could I resist, especially when I have a thing about doors ...?

I altered the door itself, giving it a posh portico and adding a number, and the grumpy little girl on the step is one of my favourite PW images. Then I couldn't resist added over-sized ivy creeping up the wall and touches of grass. It's quirky but fun!

Her name is Polly and she's standing on Granny's doorstep, having run away from home because mummy is cross. She's rather hoping that Granny will have biscuits and a big hug for her ....

Sunday, 13 September 2009


Just look what my lovely friend and collaborator Linda sent me for my birthday! I opened the box to find a sea of turquoise tissue and shredded packaging, into which were nestled all manner of treasures. Artworks, little things like a reel of ribbon, a tiny bird, moo cards, even blank wooden shapes to play with! Opening this gave me SUCH pleasure and I hope she knows how much I love her! Well she does now ...

Friday, 11 September 2009


This is turning out to be a really special project for me, particularly since I'm too busy with other stuff at the moment and not getting enough time just to make art. Doing the journal means I have to take time every day to reflect on my life and produce another page, and without it I think I'd be getting frazzled!

We live in a beautiful old house which is desperately cold in the winter, and my heart sinks a bit as we get into September. We'd hoped to have secondary double glazing in the main rooms by now, but this has had to go on the back burner, so we're in for yet another winter of huddling in thermal vests and thick sweaters. Hey ho, it's still a beautiful house and I feel lucky to live here. Maybe it will be a mild winter??

I was so busy dreading the cold days to come that I forgot to notice the mellow beauty of this time of year ... this is a leaf from a vine which grows outside in a corner of the garden. You can eat the grapes and it amazes us every year. It's colours are so beautiful in Autumn, and of course I love this vivid pink, so this is what my page was about .... not forgetting to notice the beautiful.

Sunday, 6 September 2009


I'm really enjoying the journal project so far, and this is my page from 3rd September. I like it because it's quite simple and subtle, which actually suits what I was trying to say very well. The background is a K & Co paper from the Blue Awning range, which I LOVE. I was prowling around the garden looking for photo opportunities (and there are lots at this time of year) and the grass just looked so inviting and lush, that I took me shoes off. It was lovely ... a little cool but refreshing, and so very soft underfoot. It helped me see that the smallest everyday pleasures are so easily overlooked ....

Tuesday, 1 September 2009


I do love making mini-books so I signed up to take part in Shimelle's new class "Learn Something New Every Day" which runs throughout September. It starts today so I've spent the past few days working on this set of covers for the project. I've used materials from K & Co's Blue Awning range (just love blue and green), with Basic Grey lettering and a few metal bits and pieces.

I was particularly pleased with the oval embellishment, where the central space for a stone was empty. I painted it blue inside then added layers of Glossy Accents, and now it looks like a proper stone!

I'm looking forward to recording lots of learning with this, and hopefully will be sharing some of the pages I make. Another heirloom for my daughters to inherit.....