Because sometimes you need to put a hat on a bird…

Because sometimes you need to put a hat on a bird…

Happy Sunday!  I have been crafting all day, making a lovely mess and trying not to get too discouraged with the less-than-inspiring work I am producing.  There’s that awesome self-esteem of mine again!  Actually, I am trying to just be content with the fact I made anything today and holding on to that as a small victory (my creative oomph has been rather oomph-less lately).  I am having a small market stall at a local vintage and craft market next month (eek – time is flying by!) and I want to have lots of different things on it to attract different people.  I’ll have jewellery and cards plus some sewn/embroidered items my Mum is providing.  Her stuff always adds a touch of class and professionalism to my amateurish offerings
*slaps wrist for bad self-esteem again*

I have been making cards for the last couple of weeks because I haven’t got a lot in stock at the moment, having sold them all (or used them myself) before Christmas.  I’ve been trying to use up what papers I have, using colours and designs I might not usually go for.  It’s hard – you can easily get stuck in a rut where colour and design are concerned.  I am also a bit obsessed with my speckled eggs, wings and hats.  I always want to put a hat on a bird.  It just seems right to me.  Maybe it makes it more quirky and less serious?  I don’t know.  But sometimes you just need to put a hat on a bird.  Or wings on an egg.  Etc etc.  A bit of whimsy goes a long way I say.  Or it just really annoys people and they walk away poo-poohing your creations.  That’s ok too.

Anyway – here is what I have made today :

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1. A simple, more masculine card with rusty colours and not much fussiness…

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2. Bird with hat.  Need I say more?

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3. Another slightly more masculine card.

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4. Crowns and wings on eggs.  Why not?

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5. Bird and hat and diamantes and braid. Pink and girly and just a bit silly.

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6. I wasn’t at all pleased with this card but I think it’s ok now.  I guess it’s not horrible

So, a few cards made but lots to go.  My house is a complete shambles at the moment – stuff everywhere.  But I do not have time to feel guilty about it just now.  Today I just enjoyed being quiet and busy (but a nice kind of busy) alone with my own thoughts, some music and plenty of tea.  Life has been stressful and complicated just lately and I needed a recharge day, away from everyone and everything.  Back to work tomorrow but I will be wishing for the end of the week to come quickly so I can have another crafty day to myself.

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend, whatever you are up to 🙂

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Fly

Fly

Well, a beautiful sunny day today but so, so cold.  Even hubby (who walks around with nothing on his feet and no jumper on) thought it was chilly and didn’t mind me putting the heater on early.  We both stayed in today which was lovely – nowhere to be and no schedule to follow.  Hubby played video games and read and I crafted for most of the day, in between playing with the neighbour’s cat who comes to say hello and sunbake on our tiny little bit of porch. He’s such a fatty and it has taken us ages to get him to come to us but now he’s a smoochy little furry friend 🙂

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Good Morning!

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You really need to do something about these weeds…they get stuck in my fur!

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Hmmmm, sunshine or shady grass….?

Hubby and I are obsessed about making friends with neighbourhood cats.  With no pets of our own at the moment, we are quite needy and try our best to encourage them to hang out with us.  It’s quite sad.

I made some decent cards today and got started on some new scrabble tile rings.  The cards were all on a bird/butterfly theme.  I think “Fly” is quite an evocative word and I use it a lot.  I think it can mean so many things – escape, roam, freedom, soar, travel, experience…anyway, I like anything with wings (as you should know by now) and so here are my offerings for today:

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Wasn’t quite happy with this one so ended up adding a crown to the egg to make it look more complete.  Everything looks better with a crown!

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I had trouble taking photos because it was so sunny outside but a weird sort of light.  I ended up taking most of the photos on top of the old broken, wooden chair outside.

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I also made this “birdy” card – moving away from the blues and browns (but they’re my favourite colours to work with!).  Pinks and green are a close second but I still took ages to finish this one.  Again, I added a crown just to give it a bit of a flourish!  Those little diamantes I used in previous posts got a workout again today.  They’re just the right size and not too glitzy.

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I totally killed my edging brush ( I use a “deer foot” paintbrush) – it is now just a stump and most of the bristles have dropped out.  So to edge and distress most of these cards and embellishments, I had to improvise and make my own little edgy-spongey thing.  It worked well though!  Until it too started disintegrating…

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Well, I must “fly” myself now.  It’s time for dinner and I am making carrot and basil soup with yummy cheesy pull-apart scones to accompany it. If I remember to take photos I will post the recipe tomorrow.  Hope you are all having a lovely weekend and enjoying whatever weather you have.  May all your dreams and plans “fly” in the right direction! 🙂

PS I must just say a big Thank you to everyone who sent me kind words of support and gave me a boost last week when I was a bit down in the dumps.  Your kindness is appreciated.  I have to reply to all the comments and “follows” and I will try and get on to that tonight or tomorrow.  Thank you so much xxx