Thursday, 8 December 2016

Open Up

Wanderlust 2016 Book had another prompt for us last week and it was: "What opened you up in 2016". I had to think long and hard about it as it was such an eventful year, in both a good and a bad sense. Going to New York and the arrival of Flora were definite highlights, while losing Rueben and all the political turmoil both here and abroad had a deep effect on me as far as opening up was concerned.

I choose though to concentrate on the good. I didn't want you all to read my words about it all so I wrote and kept on writing on top of the previous writing there on the right hand page until the writing became more of a pattern than readable words. On the left hand page I added the following quotation: "And one day her heart just opened up and she knew exactly everything she was searching for had always been inside". (Jane Lee Logan)
I started the spread by glueing on pages from Cassell's Technical Educator, a vintage book dating back to the 1890s. It has wonderful technical drawings and I made sure you can still see them peeking through.
 Techniques used: collage, rubber stamping, stencilling.
Materials used: collage (with vintage pages, magazine image and postage stamps). rubber stamps (with a barcode stamp of unknown provenance, and with stamps designed by Everything Art for PaperArtsy set. EEA04). I also used the TCW2024 Rubber Bands Frags stencil by The Crafters' Workshop. Rub-ons from 7Gypsies were added too. I also used mainly Golden Fluid Acrylics on these pages with the addition of pink pearlescent acrylic ink.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Flora is coming out of her shell

Slowly but surely Flora is starting to emerge from a frightened and panic stricken shell. The traumatized little girl that arrived just over a fortnight ago has started to look around, explore our garden and chase some birds. She is beginning to get to grips with wearing a harness even though going for a walk in the big world outside our gate is going to take a lot of patience and loving care. But within the garden she is exploring every nook and cranny. She also knows that in that pink bag are her little treats handed out every time she comes or does her business (she has had no accidents in the house since the first day she arrived!)
I can't put into words how proud I am of her. She is not a pup but an adult dog who has endured who knows what terrors and pain. Despite that she has started to trust us and is enjoying her many hugs and cuddles. She also loves being groomed with a very soft brush. Thanks to her Arden Grange dog food and the occasional sardine in oil, her coat is getting ever softer (she also smells of my Opium perfume because of those hugs) and her scratching is lessening by the day.
I'm telling you now, that you will see lots of her here and I'm not going to apologize for that. I want to document her long journey to normal dog dom. I am longing for the day we do our first dog walk along the railway line but I'm prepared to spend as long as it takes getting her there. At the moment her fear of the outside world is too great and after a few tentative steps, helped by many biscuits, she lets me know she's had enough.
What a joy it is, though, to see those eyes getting brighter every day.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

MiniMini 18

The same cactus I showed a few days ago is coming in handy again today to show the scale of my latest minimini quilt. No. 18 already and like all the other ones this one is sized 6" (approx. 15 cm) square. I started these originally as part of a challenge set by the Make Modern Magazine but liked them so much that I have kept going and am aiming to make 100 in total. They will then be put together into one large piece.
Like all the other ones this one is machine quilted, raw edge appliquéd with hand stitching and beaded with size 11 seed beads in matching colour.

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Working Borders

On my way to the village to post some Christmas parcels I encountered lots of sheep, three dogs and their shepherds. It was a frosty morning and the scene put me in the right mind for Christmas for some reason. I know that despite it's idyllic look being a sheep farmer in the Scottish Borders is very hard work but on a splendid day like this it must also be a pleasure.
 You can see the village of West Linton in the distance.
One man and his dog (although there is another dog in the picture too! As well as another man).

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Something Creative

The Colour Me Positive challenge has been taken over by someone else as LuLu Art was sold to a new owner. This was one of the things I intended to stop doing in 2017 to make room for other activities and my heart sort of sank when our challenge this week was revealed as: New Beginnings. As you may remember we had the same prompt on The Documented Life Project not too long ago. However I had recently filled a 5 x 8" (13 x 21 cm) Moleskine Sketchbook Notebook using it as a repository of left over paints and sprays, stamps and stencils, simply because it seemed too wasteful not to. Now that all the pages have backgrounds I decided to go one step further and make a spread on those pages. This is the first one, somewhere in the middle of the sketchbook.
I can't tell you exactly what I did on the backgrounds as I simply kept adding things as and when the opportunity arose, and I have long forgotten the details.
 I do know that the little flowers came from a stencil designed by Tamara Laporte for Artist Cellar.
I also managed to find a quotation I hadn't used before, referring to new beginnings. It reads: "My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life". (Miles Davis)

I haven't decided yet whether or not to finish Colour Me Positive this year. I guess it depends on the prompts in the remaining weeks till the end of this year.


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