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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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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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

More cards.............

This is fun, I am really enjoying making cards. Unfortunately I will have to touch some up as they are just not exactly what I envision. Still, I am just starting. Do I really want to send these out to people? That I am not at all sure of.
Out of all I have done, I only really like a couple of them. I do like this one. It may need a little more sparkle.

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This fairy is way too stiff. I like the idea of it but somehow I need to soften her up. I will keep trying.
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It's a hard thing to judge what is "realistic" and what is just a sketch. I am not happy with that one anyway. The next may need a touch of sparkle. I saw this somewhere and need to make it mine. I think it would be useful.
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I actually do like this one. Not sure what it will be yet but I like the concept
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This one started as a Christmas card with just the mail box. It just was not enough. So I did add the kids playing and the girl with the letter to mail.
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I still like this idea and have added some sparkle to it. Its a fun one to draw. Not sure if anyone would like it though. Guess they will keep it if they do or throw it away. Either way.
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My friend Debbie has started to get into drawing and painting. Debbie is a stroke survivor and is progressing a bit at a time. She is my ex son in law's 2nd wife. He divorced her and is now with #3. Well she was still in their home until it sold and now is in town in an apartment. It's closer to where I live so I try to get over to see her when I can. I am going to take some paints over for her. She wanted to try to draw an owl so I made this one for her. She can then see that she can do this quite easy, at least to begin with.
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I sort of like this idea but it's not really mine. Annsdoodles did something simular. However I have done it before in the past so is it my idea? or will it be seen as copy? Hmmmmmm. Hard to tell but in any case it needs tweaking. I am not selling them so at this point I don't think it matters.
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For now I am just playing around but it would be nice to try to sell some some day.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Making Cards..................

I found this site a long time ago but now have become hooked. Annsdoodles. She, well, she doodles. It is a lot more than that though. She has such an imagination and such talent. I have bought several of her cards. I really want to study her techniques. She has been very helpful in giving me tips on products. I will show some of my efforts. Not to be compared to hers.
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I am making generic cards at the moment. The one above may be Birthday? I like the next one better. I will put some sparkle on the bees wings I think.
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Both of those are based on ideas by Annsdoodles. I must come up with original ideas but meanwhile I need practice.
This one is more original although as it came from my sketchbook, it may be someone else's idea. I did not copy it though so in a way it is original.
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The next two are Valentines, sort of. I made one for Reina to send later
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If all goes well, maybe I can make Christmas cards for next year.
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This next one I just sent to my cousin Robin in England. Robin is dying, he may have a week or two at most. I made this to send him love. I hope that he gets it in time.
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Then there is this little girl, this one is unfinished. I am not sure where I want to go with it yet.
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This is the last one for now
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That's it for now. I have lots of improving to do. They don't look so good when I go back and look at them again. Certainly not compared to Ann's. Ah well, it is fun fun for now. I still have that pile of quilts sitting there that needs attention soon.
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I think these may be finished now.
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Yeahhhhhh Thrifty........................

Today was the day for Poodle hair cuts and so I took a few minutes to visit my favourite Thrift shop that is right near the Poodle Parlour. Naturally I found stuff. I usually do. I don't go as often as I used to. They put their prices up for one thing and for another I just do not need any more "stuff" I must get rid of things this year. So why am I buying more? I don't know, because I can't help it?...........Maybe at least I can get rid of a bunch of stuff this year when I have my sale.
Meanwhile, check these out
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I love that little dish and it fits right in.
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Teapots, well, I can't leave a nice teapot behind. I do not actually use teapots. You would think being English I would would'nt you.
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I found a spot for that too. This little set will be a bit more difficult though. It is a child size tea set.
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I found a butter dish too. I have one but when it is being washed it is nice to have a back up. I love glass and so this was a must have.
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The last thing is a bowl, I can always use those and this is one of the "button" glass designs. Always pretty and useful. This is the back.

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and the front
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At Christmas I use things like this to put my cheeseballs in to give as gifts. Pretty glass plates and so on that I don't need back and can be useful to the receiver.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Some new sketches and stuff..............

Some new things for me, I collected a load of beach stones last summer and some were very flat and smooth. I thought I would try to paint a few and when I get good maybe some jewelry.
Like that will happen haha.
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I am partial to the bee, but his yellow is not quite good enough yet. I have bought so many products this winter and yet, never quite the one I need haha.
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On the back it says Bee happy.
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Meanwhile from my sketch book ideas I have made a few cards. Not quite perfected that yet.
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Then from my sketch book I have been using some of my new products. The glitter and silver and gold. On the Unicorn white puffy paint
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Some still need working out and some have yet to have colour added
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These are ideas I am working on.
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Here are a few sketchbook pages.
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I have to think that the things I am drawing now is a far cry from the first few books that I did.
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I am colouring with various things from watercolour to pencils. Still figuring out what works best.
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Just a few things anyway...........so that's it for now. I have asked Ann from Annsdoodles for ideas for products and she has been very helpful. I admire her work so much and would love to get some of the same results. Ah well keep on trying.
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