I painted an MDF tray black, put paper on the inside bottom from Graphic 45, made a fabric pumpkin and decorated it with anything Halloweeny I had, added crocs from M&S and waited for the kids to arrive!
A close up of my pumpkin, I made this from a circle of cotton fabric which I sprayed orange after, added a plaster twig (made from my own mold), a leaf and a skull stick pin!
I was feeding the fish this morning and I heard a beautiful song coming from the bottom of my garden, it was so loud, I could hear it above all other noises and just had to investigate because I knew who it was! As I reached my secret garden I looked up and saw our little Robin at the top of the tree! It sang for a good 5 minutes unfortunately I didn't have my iPad with me or I would have videoed his beautiful song. I wasn't going to disturb him by going back to fetch it then so I waited until the song ended then went and got bird food and iPad, then waited until he came back, which he did within seconds of my return!
It is just ashame that you can't get a close up on an iPad but never mind!
Some ornamental gourds from the allotment! I am going to dry them and decorate them hopefully! This was the first time we had tried to grow these so it was a lovely suprise to see so many and lots of different ones too!
This what I do to relax in front of the TV or while watching Ustream!
The backgrounds are made with Aqua tone and a water brush, the birds are from a car boot brought book which I fussy cut out. I like to add pen doodles, words and dots too!
Most of my crafting things are upstairs in my studio but I have my pencils, crayons, watercolours, aqua tones, pens and a selection of books/paper by the side of my sofa so they are always at hand for when I can't get upstairs!
Yesterday I made some card using some unloved paper (you know the ones we all have and think why did I get that?) I randomly ripped it up and glued it to a piece of card. (Silly me forgot to take a photo) When dryed I stamped using black archival ink some birds, foliage and swirls again randomly over the paper.
I used the full sheet to make the folder. I scored a 1inch channel to make the spine. The ribbon is attached by making a slit either side of the spine and threading some seam binding through.
The inside has 2 pockets (which extend so I can get lots in).
This the end veiw it shows how the pockets extend to hold lots.
I used a bulldog clip to which I added all sorts of things to, (a domino, which says 'Fill each day with Art', a metal butterfly, a pearl, a metal bead, a glass bead and an MDF block covered in washi tape with a molded bird on it).
This is how the Secret Garden canvas started out, a few scraps of lace, die cuts and book paper adhered to the canvas with Matt Medium. The darker die cuts I painted gesso over to tone them down.
Then I put some texture paste through a couple of stencils for added texture.
Added lots of leaves, (fabric and clay) flowers (fabric, paper), moulds, berries, pine cones, acrylic pieces with a hot glue gun. Then sprayed brown ink in and around the flowers and leaves. I also randomly dabbed gesso over some of the leaves and berries for a more even colour tone.
I hope this close up shows how textured the canvas is!
I made a Dar teddy! Have a look at Dar's teddy on her blog Artedar's Attic.
My teddy is made from recycled linen which I stamped with Tim Holtz stamps with black archival ink. I hand sewed all the pieces and stuffed with toy stuffing, added a bow and some button eyes (one is only loosely on) and a lace patch. It was easy to make, the hardest thing for me was sewing the arms, legs and patch on so that they looked like they had been pulled off and sewed back after being loved for so many years! A lovely little project to make!
I have opened a little shop over on Etsy! There is only a few things in there at the moment ( took me a whirl to get my head around it all!) but I will be adding more very soon! If you want to take a look click on the pictures on the left hand side of my blog and hopefully you will be transported there!
Everything that I sell is a 'found' treasure so I won't have great quantities of anything so buy while I have them!
Everything will come wrapped in usable wrappings either tissue, clothing pattern tissue, a doily or book paper and as far as possible recycled packaging.
Hope you like what is on there so far! Keep looking I have lots to add (more chandelier lustres, doilies, tart tins, flowers, foil tape, brown parcel tape, plasterboard tape, to name but a few)!
If there is anything you are particularly interested in please let me know!
I found this on Pintrest and fell in love with it! I have a thing about the moon, it reminds me of my Mum. Unfortunately I can't find it again, I was so excited about trying to paint it that I didn't pin it so I thank whoever did this beautiful piece of art and hope you won't mind my trying to paint it for myself. I don't paint often but this inspired me to get out my Aqua tones and Prisma pencils and have a go!
I just did a quick sketch on some paper and then started with the Aqua tones just to put down a base, adding more intense colour where needed.
This is what it looked like when I had added some Prisma colour pencils over the top. It is no where near as beautiful as the original but I was pleased how it came out. I left the background blank as I knew I wanted to put it on a canvas.
And here it is finished. The canvas has been painted with black gesso, sprayed with various colours (which do not show on the photo but look pretty in real life).
If I can find the original on Pintrest at a later date I will add it to this post!
I got this frame one rainy Saturday at local car boot for £1 about a year ago. I thought one day I will do something with it and until yesterday it hung in our bedroom over a mirror that was too small for it! Then I had a great idea and set about painting it cream to go with my living room!
And this is how it turned out! With the addition of a wire heart notice board (also from a car boot for £1), I now have somewhere to put some family photos! I love it!
It was easy to attach the wire heart to the frame using homemade wire hook/eyes and a few screws! They were made for each other, (although the wire heart was only brought 2 weeks ago) they fitted together as if they were meant to be!
Well it was a bowl of tea actually! I used some scraps of linen, lace and ribbon in the tea and look what happened!
I was amazed at the different shades I got! One tea bag (I used Yorkshire tea) All the pieces went in together for the same amount of time then I washed them and then used fabric softener.
I wasn't expecting the lace (from a wedding dress) to go quite so 'orangey' and it was quite colourfast!
Well they are on the washing line, goodness knows what the neighbours think of my washing lately, there has been spray coloured doilies from beige to black, tea dyed rags, doilies and the odd baby dress! They must think I am pretty weird! Lol
It is 5 years ago today I plucked up the courage to start this blog! So to celebrate I am having a little give a way of a few of my 'found' treasures!
There is a doily, 3 tiny doilies, vintage lace on a dolly peg, 2 glass dangles, a hand made flower, 3 fabric flowers, a little paintedbaking tin, buttons, pearls, beads, bottle caps, game pieces, old book papers, hand made paper and some stars and a couple of wings! Everything are 'found' treasures from car boots, charity shops or antique shops!
To enter just leave me a comment!
Give a way ends Friday 6pm GMT and the winner will be chosen at random and I will announce on twitter as soon as possible after 6pm GMT Friday!
It is my blogs Birthday tomorrow, it will be 5 years old, so I thought to celebrate I would have a little give away! So come back tomorrow and see what I will be sending to one lucky person! Thanks for looking!