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Learn to Fly

Hello everyone!  Hope you’re having a lovely day 🙂  I had a very productive and pro-active weekend, tidying up and getting things sorted out.  I finally finished cleaning up my outdoor area (I have a sort of closed-in patio) so it is actually fit for human habitation and I moved my outdoor setting over so I could now sit and have a cup of tea and look at my plants and not battle spiders, cobwebs and general disorder.

I took a load of stuff to the op-shop (clothes I never wear and shoes I fall down in) and made plans for further de-cluttering and sorting.  It feels good to get some stuff done and not waste my weekend.  I have fallen in to a bit of a rut, not just creatively, but in all aspects of life, and things have gotten on top of me.  So I need to have a plan of action for each day.  That way, I can whittle away at all the big jobs, and they won’t seem so overwhelming.  I also need to stop being lazy 🙂

After tidying up and doing some housework (just a bit – let’s not crazy here!), I got stuck into some craft.  I have been so down in the dumps about my lack of creative ability that I really needed something to spur me on and get me fired up again.  I recently subscribed to Kelly Rae Roberts Unscripted video series and it’s been just the kick in the pants I needed.  She is such an inspiration – not just because her work is beautiful, but because she just goes with the flow and creates from the heart and doesn’t let mistakes and bad days get in her way.  If she makes a boo-boo, she either paints over it or makes it part of the design.  She creates for no one else but herself, and that’s what I need to do – stop thinking about what everyone else thinks.  I’m so glad I subscribed – I really had to think about spending the money, but I can cancel at any time and, if it makes me start creating and making art again, it is totally worth it.

I don’t want to copy Kelly Rae, but at the moment I am just drawing from her art and ideas to get me started again.  Sometimes you need to imitate before you instigate I guess!

So, with all of that in mind, I created this piece.  I am kinda happy with it.  I love the colours and the text and it all came together pretty easily (albeit with a lot of false starts and paint-overs!).  I tried not to overthink it, and just CREATE.  Afterwards, I sat up late, sketching out rough plans and ideas for more collages and pictures.  I feel like I am ready to start making stuff again.  My mojo might be returning at last!  This piece isn’t perfect by any means, but I’m so glad I got it done (and that it didn’t end up in the bin, which happens sometimes!).  I’m learning to fly again 🙂

Thanks for stopping by x

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Perfectly You

You are so perfectly YOU!  You are!  As Dr Seuss once wrote “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you!”  

It’s hard to remember that sometimes – that you are YOU and you’re not supposed to be anyone else, or even try to be.  Because you were put on the Earth to be the best YOU you can be, not to try and be almost as good as someone else.  This is what I try to tell myself.  I fail, regularly, to believe it, but every day is a chance to start again (just like diets – they always begin tomorrow – it’s a known fact!) and just be YOU.

I made this little card with that sentiment in mind.  This little lady doesn’t care tthat she’s a bit rounded in some places, or that she has knobbly knees.  She doesn’t even mind that she doesn’t have arms!  She still thinks she’s a princess and a pretty damn awesome one at that.  She’s got the crown to prove – they don’t give them out to just anyone, you know.

Hope you are feeling good about yourself today – you’re exactly as you’re supposed to be and, if not, you’re heading in the right direction, bit by bit.  I know it.  Trust me, I’m a doctor.  Ok, I’m not really but I’ve watched ER lots of times so I know stuff 🙂

Thank you for dropping by and reading my silliness x

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Crazy Amazing Friend

Finally, after many months of doing not-much-at-all (craft-wise), I made some cards this weekend.  My craft studio is now a total mess, but that’s ok.  I am not going to beat myself up about it because the whole point of having an area dedicated to art is that it can be as messy as I need it to be and not impact on the rest of the house.  I have been very good and haven’t taken my crafty supplies downstairs into the lounge room (my usual habit – watching TV and making things at the same time).  I’ve left the mess upstairs.  And it’s been great.  I sit up there for hours and time passes happily but very quickly.  I have a big cup of tea and avoid the fridge (my other habit – eating too much).

Anyway, despite a nasty headache and some eye problems, I made a few cards I am pleased with.  Was kinda hard to get back into the swing of things but once I got going, it was happy days 🙂  I’ve missed it.

So, to start, here is one of the cards I completed.  After I took this photo I actually added some string to her little sign – so it doesn’t look like it’s just stuck there on her front.  She’s wearing it around her neck instead).  I  like her – she’s a bit wacky.  The arms/hands made me laugh and just look at her jazzy shoes and stockings!   I made her up of all different bits and pieces – vintage paper dolls, gift wrap and even a chopped-up doily.  Anyway, I was happy with her – so nice when that happens!  I’m easily discouraged, so it’s really a relief when I create something I am satisfied with.

I have been invited to participate in a Christmas Craft Market in December so I am now madly getting stock together. I am seriously low on everything and I don’t want to have a table with nothing on it! I don’t have a lot of time and pesky work gets in the way.  I am trying to utilise my evenings better and not waste the hours just watching TV or faffing about.  Now the weather is a bit warmer, I can sit comfortably somewhere other than right on top of the heater, and get stuff done.

Hope your day is happy and creative x

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Amazing You

Hello everyone – it’s Monday again!  How does that happen?  I’m convinced there are at least three Mondays a week now…they seem to be here ALL THE TIME.

I managed to get some cards made on the weekend and I am actually happy with them – you know that never happens to me.  I didn’t sleep in, got up and dressed reasonably early and crafted all day.  Didn’t even stop for lunch – just had a carrot, celery and apple juice to tide me over and stop me from nibbling.   I’m not eating much at the moment anyway – a bit down in the dumps and not even feeling like comfort-eating, which is unusual for me.  But a vegetable juice is filling and at least fairly nutritious.  But I did walk around the house for hours with an orange moustache, without knowing it, so that was attractive.

Anyway, cards… This is one I made without too much fuss or swearing.  I like the colours and composition, and of course I like the egg and bird. No hat on the bird this time.  I’m trying not to be a one-trick pony ha ha.  Ooh…ponies… I could do ponies with hats!

Hope you are having an amazing day.  If you can, on a Monday 🙂

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Bliss

Hi everyone 🙂  I’m back after a week’s holiday from work and life.  I went to the coast with my Mum for a few days and soaked up some sun and ocean air (more on that later).  I had one day left on my holidays – Sunday – and was determined to try and make some cards or SOMETHING.  I feel a bit deprived and useless if I haven’t done something crafty at least once a week.  I’d like it to be every day, and I am trying to do that, but it’s difficult when you have to go to pesky old work, and deal with life and stress and other stuff.

So, this is one of the cards I made.  I struggled with its composition for far longer than I should have done and, in the end, am not wholly satisfied with it.  But it will have to do.  I have made these “eggy” designs before – not sure why they appeal to me, but they do.  I am always searching for bliss, in life and even in creative terms.  I am yet to figure out exactly what it looks like, but I will get there eventually (I hope) or at least endeavour to enjoy the journey towards it.

That sounded way too deep for a Monday afternoon.

Hope you are having a bliss-filled day, or are in the process of striving in its general direction.

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Birdie Post

Howdy folks.  This card was made over the course of several hours – I just couldn’t get it to work (I’m still not sure that it DOES work).  I had trouble matching colours and tones and couldn’t really decide on what style/theme I was going for.  Nevertheless, it is finished now – I am learning to just let go at a certain point and stop fiddling about.

If it has a bird on it, I’m usually pretty happy.  I didn’t even feel the need to put a silly hat on it, like I sometimes do.  But it does have diamantes, because every happy birdie deserves bling, right?

So, one card is better than no cards.  I am trying to be creative every day, even if it doesn’t result in anything concrete or finished.  Tomorrow I may feel more inspired, or less, but I will keep trying to create nonetheless.

Hope your day has been creative and worthwhile xxx

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Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

Another card I made on the weekend.  This was my “don’t be fussy – just get it done” card.  It’s not perfect but I kinda like it, and the colours go well together.  Because I was crafting at Mum’s, I didn’t have all my stash with me, so wasn’t able to edge it (with ink) or add many embellishments.  Which probably made me finish it quicker than I would do normally – because I wasn’t able to be too fussy, due to lack of supplies. You can have too much of a good thing. Which also applies to buttons or ribbon or glitter or whatever.

Anyway, she’s done and life is indeed beautiful.  Especially if you’re some sort of snazzy-sandal-wearing Goddess who was previously standing around minding her own business, but then suddenly grew wings and started flying across a card 🙂

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