Sunday, 22 February 2015

New job!

I started my new part time job this week - 18 hours a week - so the crafting and creating has taken a back seat this past week.

I'm working in a library - everything is very new, and there's lots to learn. And it's a lot more active than I'd realised!  On my feet pretty much all the time - very different to sitting at a desk all day, as has been the case for the whole of my working life! I'm really tired this evening - I expect I'll adjust to it in time (she says, hopefully...)

The main thing though is that it's a fascinating and interesting job. I work with and meet some lovely people, and the time just whizzes by.  I'll only be in now for half a day over the next 4 days, so lots of time for relaxing and crafting.  Hoping to finish off the storage boxes I've been decorating and do some more work on my canvass, so will be back soon with photos :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Canvas transformation - work in progress

The plain white canvas is no more!

It had already been covered with a coat of Gesso, which meant I could start to work straightaway using my paints. 

I'd gone looking on Pinterest for some ideas, and saw some canvases with beautiful abstract backgrounds which gave me some ideas on what I wanted to achieve. As this canvas  will eventually go in my kitchen, I decided to use colours and stencil designs which would match in with the decor. 

I watered down some acrylic paints-I mixed together peach, cream and silver. Once this had dried, I stencilled onto the canvas with some gold, silver and grey inks. It's now drying out, hopefully I'll get some opportunity to do some more work on this tomorrow. I don't want to go overboard with embellishments, and keep it fairly simple. I'd think a butterfly will find it's way on there.... Love getting inky :-)

I'm glad my new part time job is mainly afternoon work - I seem to do all my crafting in the wee small hours!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Spring is here :)

It's lovely seeing the first signs of spring, with the snowdrops appearing in the gardens.
My little bit of indoors-spring has given me a lot of pleasure. I bought a pot of  baby narcissus a couple of weeks ago for 50p in the supermarket: the compost was bone dry, and I wasn't sure they were going to make it, but 2 weeks on, they've been blooming, and I enjoy looking at them every day.

The flowers in the vase are artificial of course - too soon for flowers like that to be blooming in England, but they have cheered me up on the dark winter days :)

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Plan B ......and a canvas

I'd started work on the IKEA boxes, painting them and stamping and colouring a flower design. I was pretty pleased with how things were going! The next morning, I realised I just didn't like what I had created and so decided to go for Plan B!

When I was in my local crafts store I came across some beautiful scrapbooking papers and decided I would actually cover the drawer fronts with the paper and varnish them. 2 down and 10 more to go :-) I've used Glue and Seal to adhere the paper, and painted a layer on top to protect it. I'll  also be varnishing the carcass of the box to give it a nicer finish. I'm pleased!

Next, I have a white canvass that I want to decorate to make a wall hanging.  I've already decided that these letters which spell out 'Home' will form the focus of the design, and have lots of ideas for other embellishments. 

I'm stuck at this point wondering how to colour the canvas as I don't want to leave it white. This is new to me, and I'm really unsure about which paints to use etc Time to explore some designs on Pinterest and hopefully get some links to blogs where I can read up about it all. By the way, the letters are just a very plain brown Papier mache- i've used some Frantage embossing powder which contains lovely sparkly bits to decorate them.

The clearing and tidying up has taken a back seat at the moment-my mind is buzzing with all the things I want to create, and also I start a new part-time job in five days time so want to make the most of this time to simply indulge myself! I'm told that dust keeps very well, and is very good insulation. I'll buy that :-)

Sorry about the shadows-very hard taking good photos when it's night light

Monday, 9 February 2015


Had a lot of fun creating this. It started off as a plain manilla tag, and I did some background stamping and mixing of watercolour paints. I've also used frantage powders and cut outs. I keep a sample box to remind me of the different techniques I have learned - I'm going through it today, and it has inspired me to get some creating done again. 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Craft room tidy up

Well, the mass tidy up in my craft room continues! 
I seemed to have no end of little boxes storing various crafty bits and pieces, so when I went to IKEA last week I treated myself to 2 plain wooden storage boxes. I got a bit diverted from the tidying up, because I decided to decorate the boxes to match in with my room.
I painted the drawer fronts with some acrylic paint, and then I decided to do some stamping. I did rather splodge one of the stamps on one drawer fronts which is why there is a space-I have cleaned it off, giving it another coat of paint, and I'm now letting it dry before I stamp it again! I plan to add a little more second generation stamping to give the illusion of a background. Finally I will seal it with a coats of varnish to protect it. Much more fun than tidying up!!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sorting things out...

Still don't seem to have found much time for crafting, although I'm doing a lot of 'playing' with new techniques I've been learning from classes, youtube, and watching demos.

Truth is, I'm also still trying to get my craft room sorted out - in the hell of last year following the water leak and subsequent building repairs, all sorts of stuff got dumped in there and it's been a slow process getting things back to rights.  )Also, I was offered some part time temp work which took up half the week - not that I'm complaining, it was some very useful extra cash.

As fate would have it, and as I was drowning in boxes of 'stuff' littering my work desk, I came across this little beauty on eBay - and got it for £5!  It's actually made of solid oak, and sits perfectly on my desk, and all the things I use a lot (especially Ranger inks!) are easily accessible.  It's fired me on to get the room sorted once and for all, then I can really start to play - umm, I mean, create!