Egg Head Doll

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Hello! I decided to make something different today, rather than paint. I was in the mood for getting messy with fabric but didn’t know what to make – I thought a doll would be safe enough. This doll was made with a styrofoam egg shape, turned upside down and painted. (I think I’m all so very clever for thinking they look like heads!) Pipe cleaners (or chenille sticks, as they are now called) for the body and limbs, wool/thread wrapped all over and some hand dyed fabric for the skirt. I used mohair wool for the hair, and a piece of silky material for the headscarf. As yet she has no face…..I am scared to do a face because I haven’t practised enough on dolls and I don’t want to ruin her! I think she looks fine without one really…..ha!

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I love that you can bend the pipe cleaners in any way, so that she can take on different positions. I’m looking at her face now thinking I should have done a second coat of paint. Ah well, the next one – its all about the experimentation. 🙂

Quick photo

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abbey in the evening

I took this photo last night when out with the dog. Again its the local Abbey (12 century dontchya know!) and what struck me was the single cherry tree – which is now very old, blooming as much as it can. I think the surrounding trees are struggling to flower this year….I have noticed that less and less blooms are appearing as each year passes. In fact, the council are now starting to chop a few trees down, which is very very sad, but if they are diseased or something, maybe its for the best. Down below the Abbey is the river which cuts through the town. It hosts so much wildlife, like herons, swans, ducks, otters, kingfishers, etc. This was taken in the evening so its getting dark and not much can be seen, but I thought this was a nice shot anyway. I’m trying to record the Abbey as it is, before it becomes a visitor centre with a glass frontage (ugh!).

Framing with or without….

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Framed Decalco Painting

I put this decal painting of mine in a frame, just to see what it looks like. Then I took out the glass, and I much prefer the way it looks when there is no glass in the way. Its not conventional to have an un-glassed artwork in a frame, especially when its an original…..but y’know…I like it. And I’m not a conventional person, but….I was wondering if it lacks professionalism not have glass over it? I just think the colours “pop” more when its open like this. What do you think? Do you prefer to look at a painting with glass or no glass (naturally I couldn’t take a decent photo of it with glass on it, due to said reflection issues……)

River and Reeds (painting)

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River and Reeds

Hello everyone! I hope you are all well. Gosh its turned SO cold today – we had snow and wind and allsorts….I thought it was supposed to be Spring! Anyway, I did this little decalcomania painting of a little stream running through some reeds out into the open river. I was thinking of my local river and how high it is with all the recent rain, and the treacherous waterfall that pounds over the rocks – I really must take a photo in the next couple of days, because it has swamped all the little islands that the ducks live on, and now they are all paddling furiously around trying to find food and dry land! (Having re-read that I realise how terribly British it is to complain about the weather. My last post was on that subject too –  I do apologise *ahem*)

Hrrrm, Spring has sprung?

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Daffodil Abbey

So I was out walking the dog this morning, and felt that, despite the gloomy skies, Spring was stepping her little dainty toes in and around the local area. I haven’t seen much in the way of snowdrops or crocuses this year, but daffodils, oh they are in abundance! One thing I will say about round here, nobody picks the flowers. People tend to leave them alone, which is quite nice to see. I took this shot at the local Abbey and fiddled around with filters to highlight the daffs. The building is beautiful on a nice sunny day, but being gloomy as it was this morning, well….not looking its best.

Wherever you are, I do hope you are having a lovely weekend! 🙂

Street art

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Look at this! Isn’t it fabulous? This is on the side of a building close to where I live, and its been done by two guys called Mark Worst and Ross Dinnett. Its huge and bright, and you can see it for miles (almost). I took this shot on my way back from the shops this evening thats why its a little bit bluegrey. Darkness falls quickly here in Scotland, ha!

Anyway, how are you? I hope you are all well. Not to spam or anything, but I have started a youtube channel. There are only two videos up at the moment but I want to do more. I’m having a problem with lighting and shadows, which is annoying but its all a work in progress I suppose. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Do you have plans for the weekend? I’m hoping to get out in the woods a little bit and take some photos of Spring flowers. I can feel the air getting lighter and things are beginning to blossom. I do like Spring. Of course *rolls eyes* it depends on the weather. Sometimes we have to dress for all 4 seasons on any given day!

Off to have some pizza now (gluten free, of course) Bye for now! P.S WordPress seems to have gone all wonky with stuff on the side? Is that some new formatting they are trying out or is it just me?

 

Fun with a gun (Glue gun, that is!)

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So my hot glue gun that I ordered finally arrived, and so I had to try it out. I embarked on a ridiculous project involving sticking buttons onto a boring lampshade. This project is all over the internet and I wanted something quick and easy to practice with.

Lemme tell ya – its called a HOT glue gun for a reason. And reason clearly left me alone as I began sticking those darned buttons all over the shade – the glue seeps up between the tiny holes and burns…oh boy does it burn! So I was kind of stick-press-ouch!, stick, press, ouch! a fair amount of the time, until I got myself a thimble to protect my finger.

So anyway, it got finished and looks nice enough for a craft room. (Please excuse the bad paint job between the ceiling and wall in the background there….cutting in has never been my strong point and I haven’t painted the ceiling yet…..)

Lurgy struck

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Hi, Hi…..I’m still here. I was struck down with the dreaded lurgy – well hubby got it first, then it was my turn. So I haven’t been online much at all. but we are feeling better, and…..yes, ready to get back at it creatively speaking. Thats the thing about this time of year – especially in Scotland with the weather switching randomly from day to day (even hour to hour in some cases – this morning for example, I left the house and wandered to town bathed in sunshine, listening to all the little birds and it was all very springlike and tra-la-la…..then on arriving at the first shop, the heavens opened and I was soaked. Lovely stuff. Not.

So I haven’t done very much creating at all, but I’m cranking up the muse to get something going as we head into late afternoon.

Hope you are all very well and happy. I missed you all.

I don’t even have a picture to head up this post…tut tut, very disappointing.

Recycled Brown Paper Notebook

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Hello, Happy Monday to you all 🙂 Today I made myself a little notebook, just because……

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I don’t need another notebook, but I couldn’t bear to see the huge amount of brown packing paper that was scrunched up ready to go out to the bin. I mean, it was a huge pile…..so I tore it up into strips (easy as it was already perforated), and ironed it. Yes I do iron sometimes….haha!

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After I ironed it, I folded it up into signatures

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Then sewed along the edges to make the pages secure….one single page wasn’t thick enough, so I doubled them up.

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After that I put a few signatures together and sewed up the middle so that it would fold over nicely

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I glued some tissue paper onto the cover to make it….pretty, and placed contact paper over that so it would lie flat. It kind of detracts from the whole recycling thing, using contact paper, but I want to take this out in public and I’m sure nobody wants bits of tissue paper floating around their head, haha!

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So there we are – a hand made little book 31 pages thick, and measuring 7 x 7 inches.

P.S My writing is atrocious, I know.