One of my collaging efforts from the weekend, this pretty little kitty in her fabulous blue dress. I must admit I have been hammering that brick stencil quite a lot lately – it just gets me out of a fix when I can’t decide on a suitable background. It always works and always looks good. I should have positioned “Maddie” a little better, because she looks like she’s floating in mid-air. But then, in that lovely dress, who wouldn’t be? I also love her ruby t-bar shoes. She’s so caught up in how fetching she looks, she isn’t even bothered by that wee mousey by her feet. I added the little heart brooch to give the outfit some more colour and detail – can’t have a girl looking unaccessorised! 🙂
This weekend was a busy one, with everything from car crashes to crafting. My cousin and I were in a minor bingle – no one was hurt, just lots of damage to the cars. But even a minor bingle can cause major dramas and really shake you up. We were both a bit stiff and achey afterwards, possibly more from the stress of it rather than any injury or physical issue. But we consider ourselves lucky that it wasn’t a worse accident and that we didn’t have any of the kids in the car at the time.
It seemed to be a weekend of dealing with dramas, so Sunday afternoon and a few hours free for crafting was a welcome distraction. I actually got lots done in a really short space of time. I am still struggling with the crappy weather and its effects on glue-drying time. I keep getting lots of wrinkled paper and creases where I don’t want creases! But this is mostly due to my impatience and lack of care taken, so I can’t really blame the weather (though I will continue to do so).
The first piece I finished was this framed collage. Very simple but I liked how it turned out and I might do some more framed pieces. For some reason “Thoroughly Modern Millie” kept popping into my head when I looked at this little mousey-girl, even though her style of dress is not of the right era. She’s definitely a “Millie” though, and ready to take on the world, as a single girl (rather than the original Millie had planned).
Hope your weekend was drama-free and full of creativity and fun.
Hello everyone. I have been very slack about posting lately and I apologise. No real excuse – just life getting in the way. Plus I am trying not to use my computer too much at home, just to give my eyeballs a break from screen-time. Which means I have about eight thousand emails waiting for me right now. There’s probably bills in there. Oh well. I will get to them soon enough, possibly when they turn my power off or cut my water supply.
I have been crafting when I can. The weekends go by so quickly and the evenings after work just don’t seem to be the right time for me to get my art on. I am tired and squinty and headachey. And lazy, to be honest. So I try and utilise my weekends, which isn’t always easy when you have other commitments to take care of. I don’t include housework in that. I think we all know that is very much at the bottom of my “to do” list!
I haven’t made any cards for AGES. Last weekend I decided to make a few, just to get me over my crappy-collage-why-is-nothing-working-phase. Working on cards means no base-coating or varnishing or anything that takes too much prep. And working to a nice small scale always feels right to me – I’m not very good at larger projects. Even most of my collages are less than 8″ x 8″. Cards are a prefect size.
These are the three I made one afternoon and I am reasonably happy with them. Especially the octopus (even if cutting out all those legs was a bit migraine-inducing!).
More of an exercise in “just getting on with it” than an attempt at perfection, I just wanted to makes some quick little pieces that would help me get back into a crafting groove. Sometimes you need to change things up a little.
A post-Easter bunny for you today, with a quote from Beatrix Potter. This collage came together so quickly, with a minimum of fuss. I panicked a bit, towards the end, thinking I was going to get all the words on. But I managed to just fit them all in (I really need to get better at mapping these things out before I start them…). I love the vintage bunny, and it was a change to work with the pink tones too.
This collage was inspired by some of the changes and decisions I am having to make this year. Trying to work out what works best for me, how to manage that pesky work/life balance, and making decisions about the future. All things I would rather procrastinate about with my usual head-in-the-sand attitude.
I’m not good at making decisions. I have trouble deciding what colour underwear to put on, let alone making decisions about employment or whether or not to buy a house. While I have been a brave girl (sort of) and managed to buy my first home, I still struggle with the career side of things. What am I supposed to be doing? Am I doing what makes me happy? Is it more important to be fulfilled and content in your work, or should paying your bills come first? So tricky.
All I know is that I am calm and settled when I am crafting. That is one part of the life equation I don’t want to give up. No one else has to judge it or even see it. It’s doesn’t have deadlines, most of the time, and no one will get fired if it isn’t done right. It gives me a sense of achievement, and if I don’t like what I’ve made, I can just paint over it and no one else needs to know.
How do you balance your creative side and your needing-to-work side? Or are you lucky enough to combine the two and make a living from your art? I’d love to hear how you make things work for you.
Hello everyone. Another collage today (this is an 8 x 8″ canvas), with no hat-wearing birds in sight! Instead we have some playful ruminant-people hybrids doing their thing. I’m not sure what the fellow in the middle is doing – he seems to have stopped, mid-dance, to inspect an m&m he’s picked up (I’m hoping it’s not a goat dropping…). Maybe it’s an olive or a nut or something. I didn’t give it a lot of thought, clearly. The little antelope girl is carrying a stick but appears to have lost whatever is supposed to be attached to it. I hope she wasn’t planning on running away with all her worldly possessions bundled together in a hanky or something. Because, if that’s the case, she has dropped them somewhere. But she has a stick and that is probably important. Maybe it’s a magical wand or a conductor’s baton.
The fiddler on the left seems to know what he’s doing, so at least someone is on the ball. At the end of the day, they’re all a bit weird, and that’s ok. They belong because they don’t belong. It’s important to find your tribe, don’t you think? 🙂
I don’t know about all of you, but I have lots of buttons. LOTS. OF. BUTTONS. Jars and jars of them. Despite this, I can never find the one I need for a particular project. I think every crafter knows this dilemma. You need a pink one, but it needs to be a rosy pink, not a baby pink. You need a green one, but all you have is yellow-green when you really need a forest green. Or you need big buttons when you only have teeny ones. Or visa versa. It’s a conundrum and wastes lots of time.
So why would I decide to make lots of cards featuring this nemesis of quick crafts? Because I am a crazy person and I enjoy having a floor that is covered in buttons (which mine now is). Because my hands can be dicky (thanks again, Meningitis), I often drop things, so for every button I successfully pick up and glue down, there’s at least three that have escaped and are rolling about under tables and in between couch cushions.
I have been scouring Pinterest and other internet sites featuring all things craft-tastic, and have been very inspired by the clever designs people have come up with, using buttons as the main element. And then I basically copied them. Because I am, as I said before, very short on time and energy right now. I’m also not selling these cards so I don’t feel so bad about purloining a few ideas.
Buttons are an easy way to add interest, colour and dimension to cards and can be just the right finishing touch. Most of these ones below were made simply by drawing on lines with a pen, gluing on a button and then doodling some little details like bows and the tops of the baubles. A stamped sentiment completes the look. If I was feeling extra energetic I punched out some circles of pretty Christmas paper to stick down before the buttons to make them more colourful and chunky.
So now, after mammoth card-making sessions, I now have to get stuck into mammoth card-writing sessions. There’s only so many ways you can say “Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year…” but I try to mix it up a bit. By 11pm last night I was getting my words all doolally and not making a lot of sense. Plus I had a blister on my finger and a cramp in my hand. AND my pen ran out! Gah! But, I am lucky I have so many people in my life to give cards to – so I am not complaining at all. I know a lot of people don’t give cards any more, but I still like to. It’s a way of telling people they are cared about and wished good luck and health and happiness. I know quite a few people who are on their own, not just at Christmas but all the time, so a little card is the least I can do to show them they are not alone, and are being thought of fondly.
Hope you are having a crafty, creative day today and are surrounded
by people that make you smile x