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You Are Magic (Collage on Bread Board)

 

Just for something a little different…I used this mini bread board for a collage base, and it turned out pretty well.  Nice, flat surface to work on and the grain in the wood adds an extra bit of visual detail.  I’d been wanting to use the bunny (actually, I think it’s a hare…) on something and I think it’s just right for this project.  I had to add wings of course, and the crown comes from a book of fairy tales in my cutting-up box.  There’s now a princess looking a bit peeved because someone has pinched her head gear…

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I’m giving myself a pat on the back for the straightest, non-wonky letter stamping I have ever done.  A pure fluke, but a happy fluke nonetheless.  I didn’t want to ruin the whole thing by doing bodgy lettering which, sadly, seems to be happening to me a lot lately.  I have lots of un-finished pieces because I am too scared to put the words on…

Hope you are having a non-wonky, non-bodgy, successful and happy weekend.
Thank you for stopping by x

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My Friend

After some time away from crafting, I finally sat down to do some collage-making on the weekend.  And was immediately met with contempt and disdain from the creative Gods.  I couldn’t wrap my brain around starting anything, let alone actually completing a half-way decent piece.  I doodled, I painted, I cut out and fiddled about, but nothing was working.  Is spent ages drawing and painting a little crowned lady, only to be disgusted at my own lack of artistic talent, and threw her in the bin.  Sigh.

Then I went back to basics.  I started with a nicely patterned piece of paper and stuck it down on a fresh board.  I lightly smeared white gesso over the paper, rubbing it off in places and letting some of the pattern show through.  I stamped a heart in one corner – I didn’t even bothered trying to draw or paint one, given my creative ability  had deserted me that day.  I let it all dry and thought about what else I wanted to add.

I felt like doing a “wordy” plaque – something with all text and little else.  So I began stamping…

I have a nice collection of alphabet stamps now – all different sizes and styles.  I buy them wherever I see them – you can never have enough – and it’s good to have different fonts and in both upper and lower cases.  I am hopeless at getting things straight but I am learning to not worry so much about that.

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Aside from the stamping itself, which took forever due to my dropsy fingers (I’m sure I have some teeny little clear stamps embedded in the carpet now…), this project was done and dusted quickly and I am pretty happy with it.

Most importantly, it got my creative mojo a-happening again, which meant I was able to start a few other projects as well, and make myself feel better about my lack of “oomph” earlier in the day.  It’s easy to get discouraged – well, it is for me, anyway!

Thank you for dropping by – hope you’re having a happy, productive day x

 

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Incredibly Precious (and Frustrating)

Sometimes you work on a creative project that comes together like a dream.  It all just WORKS.  You are filled with inspiration and artistic amazingness.  You are in awe of your own raw talent.  Every brush stroke is a masterpiece, each element a triumph.*

Then other days you just screw everything up and make a million mistakes and can barely draw a stick figure, let alone create an artistic rendering of the human form.

Take this little lady, for instance.  I have never sworn so much in all my life.**

Everything went wrong with this piece.  First of all I did the design on the wrong side.  That hole at the top?  Shouldn’t be there.  It should be on the side, so that when you thread ribbon or string or whatever it will hang from, the picture will be on the side facing out, instead of turned on its side.  Duh.

Then, I stuffed up the face several times and had to keep painting over it.  This meant that the paint underneath got lumpier and lumpier and, me being me, didn’t let it dry sufficiently before trying to repaint it so it ended up lifting off and making the lady look like she had some sort of pox.

Then I smudged her features (eyes etc) and had to repaint AGAIN.  Then I tried doing blushed cheeks but made such a mess of it I had to stick a butterfly on her face to disguise what looked to be very bad acne.  Whilst sticking the butterfly on, I tore it slightly in a couple of places, but had to still stick it down because it was the only little butterfly I had and part of it had already adhered.

THEN, I attempted to glue the text on.  Positioned it perfectly.  Then realised I’d put the words on in the wrong order.  The original wording was “incredibly dear”, and I had glued “dear incredibly”.   So, after having to scrape off what I could of the words, I had to find replacements, which took FOREVER.  Eventually, I got the new phrase stuck on, in the right order and without too much fuss.

So, this little lady was a right madam and I was very glad to finish her.  But I kinda liked her, in the end.  So she was high-maintenance – who isn’t, sometimes?  I’m really annoyed about the hole at the top being in the wrong place but can’t do much about it now!  Each project is a learning process and that includes all the mistakes.  I’m also learning (the hard way) to be more patient and not be in such a rush to get things finished, because that’s when I do silly things that end up costing me lots of time.

Hope you experience success in all your endeavours today – thanks for dropping by 🙂

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* Granted, this doesn’t happen very often.  Not to me, anyway.

** Probably not true.  I am a bit of a potty mouth.

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Wood ‘n’ Bling

On the weekend, disgusted with the majority of my card-making efforts, I decided to give it all away and make some jewellery instead.  Because it is easy.  And requires no brain power or ability to match paper with ribbons and buttons and whatnot. Sure, you have to match beads, but somehow that seems less taxing on my small and somewhat stressed-at-the-moment grey matter.

I had some nice beads made from what I can only assume are polished seeds.  Or, they are wood, at the very least.  I rescued them from some necklaces I bought in the op-shop.  LOVE a good upcycling/recycling.  And these beads are quite unique.

I paired them with some scrapbooking supplies (wooden butterflies and flowers) and some other bits and bobs.  The final pair feature a lovely,blue, glass bead and some vintagey-looking metal flowers.  I don’t love making jewellery, the way I enjoy card-making or other papercraft, but crafting is crafting, and finishing a few pairs of earrings is as good a way to spend an afternoon as any.   They made me feel like I had accomplished something for the day, other than just bad cards.

Hope you are having a productive day, whatever you’re doing 🙂

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Houses for Birdies

Houses for Birdies

Just a quick post to show you the bird houses my brother has been making.  He’s been using old wooden pallets – great idea for recycling!  He has added bits of fallen branches and painted the houses in rustic colours or left them plain and unpainted.  They’re more decorative than functional, but maybe some little birdies will be looking for just such a house to hide in or raise some babies.

I love these, and my brother 🙂

PS  I have been fiddling about with my blog’s theme/appearance as you may have noticed if you’re a regular reader… I haven’t settled on one that I really like yet, so please bear with me while I chop and change, and hopefully I will get it right soon! x

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Quick Bling & Kidney Beans

Quick Bling & Kidney Beans

A quick post before I head off to work today.  I am going in late as I had my 6 month renal appointment this morning.  All went well.  I had a different doctor today (he was very nice and answered all my questions) but I was sorry I didn’t get to see my usual specialist.  How dare he have time off!  I hope he hasn’t retired…that’s not allowed!  Anyway, my kidney is hanging in there (with kidney number 2 just having a permanent nap, as far as anyone can tell) and I am doing fine.  Always glad to get the all-clear.  Stupidly, I am more worried about the fact I have put on a couple of kilos since my last visit 6 months ago.  I know it’s dumb and I know it’s my own fault.  Piggy McPiggerton hasn’t been watching her diet at all…gotta step up and try harder to be healthy and not comfort eat.  It’s so hard though…

Did a tiny bit of crafting last night as I couldn’t relax and needed to keep my hands busy (as opposed to picking up food with them).  Made some rings (please excuse my old lady hands in the photos) and a few pairs of earrings.  The rings were made from a broken bracelet I found in an op-shop yesterday.  A good buy as it will make about 8 rings or maybe a couple of pendants.  The earrings are also made from some recycled beads – I’m into those little cube beads at the moment, they’re cute.  Plus I love anything with wings, as you know, so they’ve got the added bling of silver wing findings.

Hope your Monday is Happy! 🙂

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