Thursday, 24 October 2013

A little visitor!

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!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Ornamental gourds!

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!

And some smaller ones!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Car Boot Sunday!

Today I went to the car boot sale, I found some cool things!

This humongous doily (:-)) is the biggest one I have ever seen! 15ft x 12ft I am guessing it is a bed spread (or someone had a really big table! Lol)

This cute egg house!

Lots of necklaces, bracelets to take apart, flowers, bottles and the tray.

Some bells,

A round wooden box and

Some lace! 
Not bad for 11/2 hours of exercise!
Thanks for popping by!

Friday, 18 October 2013


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!

Here is just a few of them!
Thanks for looking!

A Folder

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).

A close up of the bulldog clip charm.
Thanks for taking a look!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Secret Garden Canvas

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!

Another close up

Here is the finished canvas! 
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