Monday, 31 March 2014

Stitching, Mini Haul and Mother’s Day

We have workmen in again and it really disrupts daily living making studio time very precious.

I promised last week that I would give you a peek at the progress on my stitching - I think that it is looking really good.

I also promised a peek at the Easter cards I have been working on – it will just be a peek – I don’t want to give it all away before I send the cards.

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We decided that we need to get more acquainted with the local area, so we jumped in the car and went exploring a little earlier in the week.  Happily, we came across a new crafting shop.  It’s called Crafts and I think that it is a chain similar to Hobbycraft, but the store was smaller.  It doesn’t have a huge amount of items that I needed, but it is good to know that there is a local shop which stocks the basics should I run out.

I got a few items and one that I am very pleased with is the new heat gun.  The heat gun that I had tended to blow items such as embossing powders around rather than heat and melt them.  I had also noticed that when I worked in my journal with wet media items the paper buckled, I suspect that is because the nozzle on the old heat gun is too large and I am not able to concentrate the heat where needed. I’m looking forward to trying it out soon.

Finally, it was Mother’s Day on Sunday and I received a great present.

I had put one of these corner chompers on my wish list.  It is a great piece to add to my kit and as I said to my daughter ‘flowers are very pretty, but a corner chomper is for life’!

What items would you put on your wish list?

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Spring really is here now, the clocks have gone forward, the evenings are drawing out and there are lovely displays of daffodils with their heads bobbing about in the breeze.  I hope that you have been able to enjoy the signs of Spring where you are.

Thank you for stopping by

Jacquie xox

Monday, 24 March 2014

New Stuff!

We had a house guest last week and I was not able to grab some time to post at all.  

About ten days ago I went to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London with a good friend.  We first visited this annual show about four years ago and made a pact to make it a regular event in our calendars.  We have such fun, treat ourselves to a lovely lunch and of course there are lots of lovely goodies to look at and buy.

Different stalls appeals to each of us as we both have different likes in crafting.  We usually do a walk through and browse all the stalls together during the morning; this usually leads to lots of laughter as my friend has a terrible sense of direction and left to her, we would probably visit the same stall several times.  Following lunch, we split up and return to the stalls that have tempted us to spend our money.   These are the goodies that I bought.

I really enjoy using stencils in my work whether it be on a card, ATC or in my journal.  I have been using them with Ranger Distress Paints, Stains and Sprays.  I have also used stencils with texture paste.  I use Daler-Rowney Texture Paste and have not used any other as I am working my way through the tub before buying another brand to try – does anyone have any recommendations for me to try next time?

I was really excited to see the Ferro by Viva Decor as I had seen it used in a YouTube video and had like the look of the finish.  The stall holder had a sample of the finish and I just loved the feel of it.  It seems a little expensive to me at £5.99 for a 90ml jar, but I think a little will go a long way.

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I have been out with my camera in the garden this week and would like to share just a couple of the photos that I am really happy with.  Photoshop continues to baffle me and I must really knuckle down and get to grips with it.

I have been working on my stitching this week and next week I'll show you how it is progressing, along with a peek at some Easter cards that I have been working on.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have had a good start to your week.

Jacquie xox


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Three from my week

I thought that I would share some things that have been going on in the studio during the week.

I made a trip to The Range to see if I could get an extra two colourful boxes to match those that I have already. Unfortunately, there were none left, but I can never pass by crafting materials without seeing if there is anything new to catch my eye.  My 12 x 12 papers and cardstock have been on a shelf, but I have not been very happy with that as some of the cardstock has faded.  I found some great boxes - they will be perfect and I can store them on a shelf in my desk out of the light.


Whilst stocking up my trolley with the boxes, I spotted some storage jars. They look like traditional cookie jars but are much smaller and cute too. Anything that is cute deserves a space in the studio, so I picked up six.  I still haven't made a decision on what to put in them yet!


  I got the doodling bug yesterday and ended up with this.  

I gave the paper a wash of watercolour first and used coordinating colours to go with it.  I was a little surprised that the paper buckled so much as I was using my Strathmore Mixed Media journal; it is for wet and dry media, perhaps I over wet it.  

Amongst blogs and artists I follow on various media, I subscribe to Cloth Paper Scissors Newsletter and really enjoy reading through all the inspiring articles from mixed media artists.  The newsletter that arrived in my inbox on 5th March was entitled Drive-by Art Journaling; I was intrigued, and on opening it came across an article called ‘How to Make Time for Art’ by Cate Prato (Online Editor Cloth Paper Scissors today).  In it she describes having limited time for being creative and how she has set up a creative area in the house that she passes on a regular basis during the day.  She has limited her supplies in order to keep the area contained, she finds that if she has a few ‘free’ minutes, she’s happy just to add another layer, colour, spray, rubber stamp here and there etc.  There is no set time to finish the page and she may work for five minutes or twenty minutes depending on how her day is progressing.  In this way her creative force is being satisfied.  Moving house has meant that my time has been invested in emptying boxes and finding homes for all our things.  I had thought that getting the studio sorted out as a priority would mean that I would be able to spend time in here, but we seem to have so many boxes to unpack.  I am considering using the idea of setting up my journal on my desk with limited supplies and spending a few minutes here and there during the day between boxes, cleaning, sorting, digging over the garden etc to put some colour down and see how it turns out.  I’ll let you know how it goes. 

I hope you are having a good week and as always, thanks for stopping by

Jacquie xox   


Monday, 3 March 2014

It's looking good

It's been lots of hard work, but the studio is looking great and I am beginning to feel that it is going to be a lovely space to work in.  I had to abandon the idea of the cube storage all together, it overpowered the Expedit storage. 

Another trip to Ikea saw me picking up my Alex drawers and some white cubes to go in the spaces.  As you can see from a couple of the pictures, I have a few paint swatches on the wall and think I know which one I'm going with, but the paint job will need to wait for a while - other things in the house need to be done first.  Today I have ordered my blind for the window.  

Colin has been very busy drilling holes for artwork and pictures etc to go on the walls.

I love the storage boxes I got from The Range with all the lovely colours on, they just lend themselves to my work space.

So my plans for this week are to get creating in my new studio and I will be posting up some of my work next week.

Thanks for stopping by  xox