Thursday, 4 April 2013

Doodle Debut

For the past month or so I've been admiring art journal blogs, and they've whetted my appetite to have a go (typical flutterby tendency!)  I'm a reasonable copier of ideas, whatever the craft, but am certainly not creative as such. 

I bought this book to try my hand

I was amazed at how daunting a blank piece of paper was, and just couldn't bring myself to spoil an A4 sheet.  Brainwave!  Doh!!  Why not start with a smaller piece?  I have a little handbag notebook (slightly smaller than A5) and

inspired by this page

decided to have a go.  In January, at housegroup, we'd been encouraged to ask God for a word for the new year, and 'peace' popped into my mind.

So -

I began lightly pencilling filling the page.  Knowing I could erase stuff, and once the paper was no longer 'perfect', it wasn't so scary and I started to enjoy it.  I then went over, embellishing with my little set of gel pens (Note to self - make sure ink is dry before leaning on it!!)

I'm quite pleased with it, and might even take it out and stick it in a plastic clip-frame as a memento of my first attempt at another new craft.

It's certainly very relaxing and therapeutic, so I reckon I'll be doodling again.  In fact, images of an actual journal are starting to form ...

Bye for now, and have a great day.  If it stays dry, I must get out for some work in the garden.

Chris xx

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

WOYWW Home sweet home

It was good to be able to spend last week with Mum (88) whilst she had, and started to recover from, her first cataract op.  It wasn't the easiest of times, but we are still friends!

We played Scrabble each evening, helped by a glass of sherry.  As you can see, Mum takes it quite seriously!

I managed to get some crafting done - two Easter bunnies for my godson Reuben (16 months) and 3yr old sister, Maisie.

They're made in flannelette to be snuggly to take to bed, and the tails are felt circles, rather than pompoms, in case he was tempted to pull them off and put them in his mouth.

And yet more rabbits (well, it is Easter!)  I made Sam (on the right) as a brother to Frank, who already lived with Mum. Sam has gone to live with Wendy, Mum's home help. He hasn't got a jumper yet, but I've promised him one.

I came home on Saturday, and DH cooked dinner for us on Sunday, when my daughters and son in law came to lunch.

Since then I've been working on the scrapbook for Summer Wine, the group for retired women in our church.  It's been very enjoyable but far more time consuming than I'd expected.  My hoarding instincts have come into their own, on this project, particularly recycled greetings cards and paper stash.

Front Cover

Inside front cover
This sentiment sums up what the group is all about - having fun!
 These are the pages I've managed to do so far.

The group has been meeting for just over 2 years, so I've got plenty more pages to do!  I'm trying to make it more interesting by using pockets, fold outs, embellishments, etc.

I don't know why Blogger is insisting on putting some of this post in a white box, but it's now very late and I'm afraid I'm too tired to fight with it anymore - sorry!

I'll link this over with Mrs D at WOYWW - - when I get up. Why not join everyone over there and find out what they've been up to?

Hugs for now. Night night, All xx

PS - I'm also linking up with another party I've just discovered, and the link is on my sidebar, if you have time for a nosey.