This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
I try to use my own photo's as much as possible, sometimes I borrow from the web. If I inadvertently use your picture without giving credit, please do let me know and I will either credit or remove it, I hope you will do the same with mine.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April and nothing happening.......

Well I suppose I could bore everyone with a few of my latest cards but I won't right now. I have not been doing it every day like I was. I have slowed down a bit. Maybe that's good because maybe I will finally get to do some sewing. I have that stack of quilts and ironing to do. When I get stuck on one thing everything else gets left.
I found an old piece of watercolour I had cut off of a painting I did and didn't like. It was originally a picture of a seascape in a storm. Well it didn't work but I liked this piece and wanted to use it somehow. This is what I did and not sure I like it. So it will sit for awhile and I will see if I want to throw it away or keep it.
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Another thing I did was to paint on a few of my stones I picked up at the beach. I have been experimenting on what paints to use.
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I have not had a lot of success so far but these are a bit better. I want them perfect though and sometimes the dots smudge
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These ones I copied from Pinterest, but I want to make refrigerator magnets of the faces, the little ones. I don't know why because I don't use them. Maybe when I do my yard sale I can sell them at a dollar a piece. (Well I did pay for the magnets)
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I will pick up more stones this summer and see what else I can do. Maybe paint some of the faces and leave them on the beach haha.......
So Carrie and Justin bought me some lovely Tulips that I sat in different rooms. They ended up here in the living room and I moved the plant off the coffee table to set them there. I got so used to them there that I was sad when I finally had to let them go............I decided I like real flowers sitting there and so I bought me a plant.
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When it stops blooming it can go outside for the summer and I will replace it with another. I also need to replace some of my African Violets that are getting straggly and in need of repotting. I love those they bloom all year in my dining room window.
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The cats are bored. They want to be out in the garden but we got a winter storm last night and the snow is back. I opened the front door and got glared at by Bessie.
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Ah well, Boots had just got used to sunning herself in a garden chair so she is not happy either and the Poodles miss coming and going as they please
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Bijou looks sadly out the front window hoping for someone to bark at to relieve her boredom.........At least the sun came out.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Day out thrifting with Edna............

Yesterday Edna and I went out for the day. It has been a long time since we have done anything, it has been so cold and icy no one wanted to go out. Next week is her birthday so I took her to lunch. Well she drove but then she always does. Edna will be 80 and it occurred to me that my friends are getting old. There was a time when I would have said ancient but now at almost 72 myself it does not seem old at all. Liz is 80 now and she is certainly not old either. So age is really irrelevant and does not mean anything anymore. Edna is still spritely and gets around and energetic as ever. I suppose the danger at our age is falling or illness that can knock us out.
Anyway..........we have not been to the Thrift shops in awhile so that's what we did.
Edna didn't find much at all but naturally I did. Sigh.................
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I paid 12 dollars for that so not very Thrifty. I have been in need of new cushions but didn't want to pay the price. Well at one of the shops I found some cushions that were exactly what I wanted. In fact matched some I already have. The dogs get on them, did I say dogs gasp? I meant Poodles. They scratch them and pull threads, plus some people use them to put their plates on with inevitable spills. So cushions get washed and lose some of their new looks so need replacing frequently. I refuse to pay the price unless on sale, so this saved me the chore of looking for some.
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I loved the red one and the other one is like two I already have. This one fits right in.
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I put all my English cushions out on the front porch and that will be my theme for this year. It's so cold out there right now. Brrrrr.
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I have not done yet but right now it's too cold. Maybe when the sun gets around that way I may go out later and sweep and organize a bit. At least I got the Christmas trees down.
So one other thing I found on my Chicken/Rooster theme, was a nice little trivet for the Kitchen.
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I have no idea how or why I got on this chicken kick, but it seems I have quite a collection now. I think maybe because they are so colourful.
They have found their way into the living room now too with that cushion. So I suppose it was inevitable that this little chickie found a place on the coffee table where I set her down. As I have no other place right now she can stay with the Rooster as she seems at home there.
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The last thing I found was a picture frame to put one of my cards in. I need a few frames but even in the Thrift shops they were too much money. This one was only one dollar so it came home with me.
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I doubt it will be any good for what I have in mind but I am sure it will be useful at some point for something.
I think this was a very good days thrifting seeing as I found stuff I was actually going to buy and the cushions were new and unused. Cant do better than that. Oh the cushions other than the Rooster were just 6.99 and 4.99 so not bad. Maybe I could have found cheaper in the store but hey, saved myself a trip if nothing else and I doubt I could have beat that price by much.
All for now. Happy thrifting.

Monday, March 12, 2018

More ..............

I am still making cards and probably will for some time. I will keep posting pictures on the blog for a record of what I am doing. I sent one out today for Raylene's birthday.
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It was not at first supposed to be a birthday card but I liked it and I thought she might like it. It's Raylene's 16th birthday, but she is not really 16 mentally yet. Raylene is the child with the brain damage from her Mothers boyfriend. She had the shaken baby syndrome. The guy went to jail for that and is now free, Raylene still suffers. She is doing well all considered, and it's hard to believe she is 16 now, they had not thought she would survive. Anyhow, a card is on the way to her. This is a detail.
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I love the glitter.
If I am going to send cards to friends then I think I want to make more in the sewing theme. So I did these two. I will have to come up with more designs. So far I prefer the wreath to any others, but here are the latest two.
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I am not fond of either of those but there is a base idea I can work with maybe.
I have done a couple of Mushroom cards that I really like, they are based on those by Annsdoodles. They are different but her idea.
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I also like doing Hummingbirds and there are two versions I have been playing with on that theme. To this one I added more bubbles and liked that, but I still prefer borders on the pictures.
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This is the 2nd one
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Again, with borders maybe they would be a lot better. I now have quite a pile of cards done. I won't be using most of them but they will be a record of ideas and experiments and its fun. I also enjoy doing sun. I thought I might work on this idea and do seasons........
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I like that idea and will work with that.
At least out of the whole load there are a couple of ideas that I like and will work with. I will work on a line of the ones I can actually like and enjoy doing. I may try to get rid of the extras in my yard sale in the Spring. No skin off my nose and will give me an idea if people like them.
So thats all for now. Sharing with Make it Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Still working on Cards...................

I just can't stop. I have actually made a few that I like. Cards that is. I sent one to a friend for her birthday. So far, the ones I have sent out got no response so I am not sure if people just think I am cheap sending home made, or if they actually liked them. Time will tell I suppose. I think I will keep going as long as I am enjoying doing it, build up a base so that if I do decide to sell I will have more than a couple to put on an Etsy site.
The process is changing somewhat. I am coming up with a couple of themes that work for me. One is sewing, I can send those to friends who enjoy what I do, quilting. I also have done some wreaths that I like and they can be framed or sent as a card because they are blank inside. So what do I have that's new.................first this one, the initial drawing and then two versions of the card.
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I wish you could see the glitter on the wings
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2nd version, and one that I am going to make several of. They will all be a little different because they are hand drawn.
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I like the colours and the theme with the roses. I may be able to spin a few versions from this idea.
This is one of the sewing theme cards
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I did get the idea somewhere but I did it from memory and so it is not really a "copy" of anything.
This one speaks for itself. An ice cream cone with a lot of glitter
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It needed something though so........maybe a border? Looking at it on here, I am going to add some shading on the cherries in the corner.
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So what about this one? Does it need a border? I keep looking at it but have not come up with anything yet
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Sewing themes
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I like both of those, so now I have 3 variations on that theme that I can make better as I go on.
Balloons are a safe theme for a birthday card
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So how many ideas can I come up with? Stars are one thing I like so here is a card of stars
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This one is too amature but I like the idea so will try this again maybe.
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Then this idea comes from Annsdoodles as I have mentioned before. I love her work she has such imagination. I am developing mine, so from watching her, I can get my own ideas. I claim this idea as my own because I did something similar many years ago
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So there we have it, coming up with new ideas. I have been going to my sketch books. There were some very simple figures that I sort of liked and this was one. She needs some blush on her cheeks.
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Then the Unicorn, I wish you could see the glitter. I put glitter on as many cards as I can
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Well that's it for today, I will try to do some more originals ideas on the sewing/quilting theme. I like that one.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Card Update and progress.................

I am making progress. I have and am enjoying making cards. It was a long time coming. Over the years I bought stamps and things to do stamping but there is something about that.......I am not sure I enjoy it, to me it seems like faking. I like to draw, so stopped. Always intended to get back to it. I spent enough money on supplies heaven knows. Still, they will always be there and maybe some day I will get back to it. I collected lots of paper products, cards and envelopes and extras. Meanwhile I am now drawing my own pictures and I may find the stamps useful to do the inside with things like "Happy Birthday"
So I did another Butterfly it does not show well, the colours are vivid and the enhancements do not stand out.
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I added the extras using the texture paints and glitter. This next one I showed before but was not happy with it. I added a border.
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I saw a photo of an Elephant on Pinterest. This is my version of it.
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This is my picture of Esther The Wonder Pig wearing her sunglasses........or at least some piggy.
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I am getting some of my ideas from pictures I have done in my sketch books. I do see things on Pinterest that inspire me to do something. I don't copy but do my own version of the subject.
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The cottage I will do in different seasons, it will look nice with snow.
I am not really sure what I can use this one for, not really the right subject matter for a card.
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I really don't know what I will do with this one, a quick sketch to work on.
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A few more I completed this evening.
I did this one again, actually it's different. I moved the bee and the flowers are different. Ah well, it's hard to keep coming up with ideas.
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It all starts with a sketch.
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Well that's it for now. I have quite a collection now. When I get to the end of this project I will see what progress was made and wonder if I will come up with some to sell. I doubt it but at least I won't need to buy any cards for awhile.
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