The Elephant in the Room

elephant

I got this elephant from the charity shop where I work as a volunteer (maybe I haven’t said before, but I have been there a month or so now just to keep me busy) and it was a simple white ceramic elephant. I jazzed it up with acrylic paint to make it a little bit funky. (The customers of the shop are so funny – I could write an entire blog about it in itself, but *privacy issues* y’know…..)

I also used the elephant as a way to get my creative “mojo” back on track since I lost it for a while. Its been a busy wee month here, although still no jobs are happening. (I kind of get fed up after a while when nobody even bothers to reply)

Hope all is well out there in blogland. 🙂 Now I have some focus, perhaps posting here will become a bit more frequent!

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Quick update

Hello all!heron 1arranJust a quick update really, to say hi. I finished my course and passed everything so feeling good about that. The following week I had an actual job interview which I failed abysmally so lessons learned from that! More job hunting, more family drama and now I have a tooth infection which had swollen my face! So only now has the adrenalin stopped, and I can feel myself starting to relax a bit (albeit with a fat face, haha!)

chocolate and violet cakeI visited the youngest in Edinburgh, where we sat in a café window with coffee and cake, watching the world go by.

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Sailed on the water to an island (not on this boat mind you – this is just a photo I took) and wandered around beaches with mountains in the background…

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and generally tried to avoid random strange guys like this……

magic statue guyThis is an actual person! I would love to know how he does this 🙂

So yeah, the last couple of weeks have been interesting to say the least, but right back at it now with job applications I guess. I haven’t been creating much, which I feel bad about, but hopefully things will get back on schedule this week!

 

Just a little random post

butterfly forget me nots

So today I decided to venture out in the sunshine (Its lasting a rather long time don’t you think?) and I wandered up to the old church grounds where I like to sit in peace and quiet. I noticed some lovely forget-me-nots next to me, so crouched down to get a decent shot. I used some weird defocusing app on my phone camera and ended up with floating flowers *ahem* It was only the background I meant to fuzz out, but these flowers look rather surreal……like butterflies.

daisy defocus

Kindof like this idea…..I do like daisies, but they smell a bit off.

I printed these pic off and stuck them in my new notebook. I had an idea to keep some sort of scrapbooky, notes, ideas, kind of thing…..like a journal but more doodling and artful. I used to do it as a kid and have been toying with the idea again. Of course now, its a whole expensive industry of its own, but I’m doing it “old school” for nostalgia sake, with sticky tape and messy writing. I’ll show it when its done. Just something to keep me occupied, since I only have a couple of weeks left of college.

Last day of placement tomorrow – I’m bringing in some nice biscuits as a thank you (and part apology since I keep eating theirs at break time!)

My temporary work commute

Blossom church

So, with this college course…..I have to complete a small work placement. Its just for experience, to put what we have learned, into practice. I ended up being placed in a small doctors surgery in the middle of the countryside……basically because I was the only person who wanted it. Everyone else in the class wanted “city slicker” hospitals because there was more chance of being taken on as an employee. Fair enough, but from what I have seen there are many different vacancies all over the place. I’m quite laid back and utterly uncompetitive…I’ll get a job somewhere, heh!

Anyway, my point is…..as my classmates were cramming into trains, buses, traffic jams, etc on a baking hot day…..I was meandering along country roads filled with cherry blossom, listening to birdsong, feeling the warm sun on my face and taking photos en route.

river trees

Such a beautiful river that I had to cross.

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By way of this bridge. Look at how unbusy it is, heh!

Bluebell path

This little path is filled with bluebells. I had to cut through this to get to the place I’ll be working for the next couple of weeks.

Church

A lovely old church – just down the road from the one at the top of this post. The place I work is just up the road and round the corner. The day went by quite well, and I spent lunchtime sitting by the river watching a heron, feeling so appreciative and grateful that I’m not trapped in a hot sticky office!

Tomorrow is going to be raining apparently, haha! Doubt I’ll be as cheery then 😀

 

 

Two more collages

I’ll stop in a minute, but you know I get enthusiastic about things once I start!

party rocketParty Rocket”

When it became clear that Rebecca had left her shoes on the last rocket of the evening, the trio struggled to come up with excuses for their parents. Being grounded at the start of the holidays was not a welcoming prospect.

David the AnthunterDavid the Anthunter”

David knew his teacher would think him so clever for using a disguise to help with the assigned Nature Project at school. Already he imagined the rapturous applause at morning assembly, but what he looked forward to most was bringing his new pet to Show and Tell on Friday……

 

Paper Collage

Hello – Happy Bank Holiday Monday if you have one. If you don’t, and have to go to work, well I hope you have a lovely day anyway! 🙂

I made a couple of paper collages with a stack of old National Geographic magazines that I found in a charity shop over the weekend. Such lovely images and quality paper!

Edith and the moon bird

Edith & The MoonBird”

Edith decided to take control of the situation and release the bird her husband gave her all those years ago. Teetering up the side of the moon in her brand new high heels, she wondered how she was ever going to explain it all to the neighbours. The Post Office was already agog with gossip about her husband disappearing. Edith also wondered if Mrs Henley would like it up here…….

The meerkat Kids

“The Meerkat Kids”

The boys seemed be enjoying the scenery so much, that Bethany decided that now probably wouldn’t be a good time to mention that it was nearly teatime, and she hadn’t eaten since yesterday.

Hello from your “very bad at blogging” friend!

Hi, hi…..I’m just sneaking in here very apologetic. I know I said wayyyyyyy back at Easter that I would update and stuff, but I didn’t. I’m here now though. Back at college, but gosh the end is in sight, oh yes. Thank goodness! 7th June is the final day, and I still have to squeeze in a work placement plus a handful of exams – eeeek!

I wanted to share some sunshine with you. Its been sorely missed of late, so I walked slowly back from college today, enjoying the warmth (no jacket was worn – the first time ever this year!) I looked at the trees as they struggle to hurry up with the blooming phase.

tree sky

I always enjoy branches against a sky.

mother nature art

I went to the beach the other day – again in the magical sunshine (I actually paddled in the water…..!) and I came across this. Mother Natures Art……I had no hand in this composition. I think its beautiful.

smiley doll

On the creative front, I made yet another terrible doll. I call this the Eternally Happy Doll, haha! I was trying some new attachment idea for the limbs so they swing separately from the body (just in case you thought I hadn’t sewn the arms on very well!) I painted the clothes, and the hair and the face. Tried to make it look like a 3D drawing sketch, if that makes sense.

wee face pillowThis is a weird little pillow cushion wall hanging I made. Just thread and sharpie marker on a stuffed piece of fabric. I was playing with pin cushions ideas, but as this ended up about 8 inches high, it became a wall hanging, heh!

stripey mirrorFinally we have the Zebra Mirror. Its a work in progress since I need to straighten up the black edges and do another layer before I varnish it all yet, but considering the wood was dark and scratched from its previous home, I had to rescue it from the charity shop and make it different.

So that’s it really. Studies——-> blast of creativity————> studies. That’s my life right now. Not that I’m complaining…….much *ahem* 🙂

One more

needlefelted monster

So I finished the rest of the fluffy wool and made this little guy. 10 inches or thereabouts. Needle felted wool onto cotton. Going to move onto something else tomorrow because I think I have done enough jabbing for now, heh! Times-a-ticking, and there are so many other projects I want to get underway. See, this is why I can never develop a “style” as such, because I am always exploring and experimenting. Which is good, right? Art always changes and reforms into more art……but sometimes I feel like it would be nice to have a recognised *thing* going on. Then the serious moment passes and I’m all about the fun again 😀

 

Moon wisps

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Just a quick additional post before I go to bed. I was at the window wondering what all the hullabaloo was outside (it was drunken people, noisier than usual as its a holiday Monday, and that means an extra nights fun – if you are that way inclined) anyway, I noticed the moon so grabbed my camera to take a couple of shots.

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I love the way the clouds are all wispy and soft over the moon. This was taken through the glass window….far too cold to open it, heh!

Is it strange that I would rather look at the moon than go for a drink? Hmmm

 

 

That look though…..

doll1This is what happens when you decide to try something adventurous in doll making. You get *that* look. I swear, if this little sweetie could talk, ha! Its the hair….I did bad things to the hair.

Lemme explain…..so I was trying to make a doll, and couldn’t decide what to do for the hair. I looked on YouTube, and tried some of the wool/yarn hair tutorials, and nothing looked right on her. Then I discovered quite by accident, that if you actually took a brush to the wool (yarn), it went all fluffy and wispy. Nice. So next thing I know, I’m sitting in a pool of red wispy fluff, looking like some tragic accident has happened, and I couldn’t find a way of attaching the fluff to the head. Infuriating.

Off on a tangent slightly, but related to this post……during my research, I discovered that people use a special needle to jab into these wispy bits of fluff and they make all sorts of pretty things. I haven’t tried needle felting in my life, so I laid the doll aside and went to buy a “special” needle, thinking, well I may as well try to make something with all this red fluff. A nice heart or something.

red needlefelted thingYeah…..not quite what I had in mind.

So! I used my special barbed needle (yes it has barbs on it, and yes if you poke yourself it hurts a lot!) and I basically jabbed the red fluff onto the dolls head. And it stays on! I doubt this is what they mean by needle felting, and I daresay I have possibly ruined my needle by jabbing into cloth, but….hey I may have discovered a new thing!

doll2That face though…..honestly, she looks a little bit like Amy Winehouse don’t you think? Poor thing getting jabbed in the head, no wonder she looks a bit fed up!