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Feline Pretty

Hello hello!  A quickie post today…

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! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by x

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Millie and the Modern World

Hello everyone and welcome to another week.

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.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Quietest and Most Constant (Collage)

Another day, another collage!  I actually made this one a few weeks ago but forgot to post it.  I really like the sentiment – books are constant friends and, for me, a house without books is just not a home.  Of course, being a librarian, I am surrounded by books all the time, so it is hard to imagine a life without them.  My house would probably be a lot less crowded though…but that’s another story!

The bird-lady in my collage has a lovely dress (from a Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone book of prayers) and her head is from a vintage book of bird illustrations.  She’s a Eurasian Hoopoe.  And she’s pretty fabulous with her freaky-deaky feathers.  You can read more about Hoopoes HERE.  They’re quite delightful.

The quote is from Charles William Eliot

Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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With Brave Wings Collage

Another tiny butterfly collage (about 4 x 4″).  I seem to be using a lot more pinks these days.  This may well be because I am running low on patterned papers and I am just trying to use what I have, rather than buying any more.  Or maybe I just like pink more than I used to…  Anyway, I like the colour combos used here.  I DO NOT like the big paintbrush hair that is stuck on with gel medium (look closely near the right antennae) but, happily, it has almost seamlessly morphed into the flourish of script nearby.  So, hopefully no one will notice.  Except that I just told you.  Look away, look away!

Not sure that my own wings are very brave these days.  Tentative, maybe.  Anxious, definitely.  But brave?  I’m still working on that one.

Thanks for stopping by.  May your wings be brave and your antennae free from pesky paintbrush hairs! 🙂

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Faithful Friend (Collage)

A bit brighter (and definitely pinker!) than my usual style, this one.  But it is good for one’s brain to try new things and break out of comfort zones (I know this because I am reading about and researching neurobics right now for work – I might do a post on that another time).  Besides, pink is a nice cheerful colour and who doesn’t need an extra dash of cheer these days?

I was particularly fond of this birdie because he or she was gripping a branch, which meant no cutting-out of tiny little toes and claws.  Bonus!  Last night I was cutting out tiny shoe-laces on another piece and nearly sent myself blind.  Why do I do this to myself?  And I am RUBBISH at using a craft knife (I have mentioned this before) – I am forever accidentally hacking pieces off that should very much stay attached.  So annoying!  Scissors are my friend (my faithful friend?), and I will use them in preference to anything else.  I just have better control with them

Hope you are having a cheerful and bright day today – thanks for dropping by 🙂

 

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Earn Your Stripes (Collage)

Wasn’t too sure about this one.  Possibly because I was working on it at midnight and was half asleep.  It’s only a little collage – another 4 x 4 ” box canvas – but had lots of bits and pieces plus the lettering, which went a bit off course and smudged in places (a bit like me at midnight – wonky and smudgy!).  I was watching Wife Swap for some unknown reason and there was a crazy religious lady who kept screaming “She’s not a Christian – aaaghghghghgghg!!!” in a voice that suggested she was, in fact, in dire need of an exorcist herself.  This may have caused me to craft a bit haphazardly.  Who knows?  I was just determined to get it done and worry it about it in the morning.  This is my new plan – just get it done and stop procrastinating!!!

And, if all else fails, stick a flower or a hat or some wings on it!

Hope you are all well and that life is being kind.

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Changeling (Collage)

Another day, another collage… I am just continuing with the cuttin’ and pastin’ at the moment, as that’s what I am in the mood to do.  I have learnt to not fight these moods and just go with it.  I finished this piece in record time, even though it was a larger canvas (8 x8″) and a much larger image than I am used to working with.  I was a bit nervous drawing those antennae in…a steady hand was required and a steady hand I do not possess.  However – deep breath held – I managed to do them (in permanent marker no less – scary!)) and I am kinda pleased with the way they look.  Silly how something as tiny as a symmetrical, even and non-wonky pair of antennae can make you happy 🙂

I struggled for ages (as per usual) to find the right word for this fellow but then I came across “changeling” and it seemed to fit.  Not exactly a faerie baby swapped at birth for a human bub, but still…the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly is magical in itself. Besides, one of my favourite books is “The Stolen Child” by Keith Donohue, and that’s about changelings and, well, that has nothing to do with this picture whatsoever, but I am going to reference here it anyway, so there!

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Back to work tomorrow, where I become a different kind of changeling.  One who has to swap their magical, delightful, pyjama-wearing, tea-drinking world of art-making for their less than thrilling “proper” job.  Sigh… But one must pay for art supplies (and tea), so jobs are a necessity.  And a blessing, if you take into account the tough economic times we are in.  I do try to remember that, but it’s hard some days when I would rather be up to my eyeballs in art materials than over due library books.

This week I am trying to make some changes though.  I’ve started a meditation course (literally just started it last night – I will sitting cross-legged on the floor omming before you know it!), I’m determined to try and get up earlier (or at least on time), and I am going to work very hard on reducing my stress.  After a series of medical tests showed there was no physical reason why I should be having some of the health issues I’m experiencing, I have to accept that I allow stress to effect my life too much.  I have to take charge and be responsible for my own well-being.  Which is tricky.  But I’m going to try.  And keep trying.  And trying even when I don’t feel like it.  Which, I fear, will be most of the time.  Because change is hard, and even something unpleasant like being stressed-out all the time can be a hard habit to break.  It will mean I have to start  worrying less about everyone (difficult) and learning to say NO sometimes (nearly impossible) and being less critical of myself (completely impossible).  But I gotta try.

I don’t think I will become a butterfly overnight, but maybe I can slowly-but-surely break out of my cosy anxiety/stress/worry cocoon and give those crumpled-up wings a bit of an airing.  And who knows?  Once I’m out, maybe my antennae will be less wonky than I imagine them to be 🙂

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