Happy New Year!

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Hello, Happy New Year! Its 2020 and for some reason, I get more excited about New Year than I do about Christmas.

So….do we still do goals? Hmm, lemme see. Not sure about doing a 2019 review that’s for sure. Not much to say on that to be honest – yeah I finally got a job, but its retail hell-on-earth, so I guess my first goal for this year would be to extract myself from that, and get myself into another type of job.snail-drive.png

 

Another goal, would be time management, ha!pattern-girl.png

The thing with me is working 12 hours every other day needs a day or two of recovery time, and by then, its back to work. So……until I acquire another job, I’m going to have to re-jig my schedule to fit in some creativity.

(Can you tell I have had some time off? This post is peppered with sketches, haha!)

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So yes, first things first, time management and find a new job. Do you have any goals to aim for this year? Lemme know – we can hold each other accountable, hehe! 🙂

 

Ugh, Radio Silence again

Ok so I’m hopeless at blogging, heh! So caught up in work. My days start early and finish late, and are filled with a myriad of people buying a myriad of odd things. (In one shop we had a sale….buy two, get one free. A woman bought three packs of socks, saying she would only use two packs, but another free pack was better as a spare. I suggested she use it as a “stocking filler for Christmas……” She didn’t get it, ah well)

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Took this shot as I walked to the train station one foggy morning.

Been playing with incredibox  which is a music maker in which you have funny little guys make music and singing lyrics by picking different clothes. Weird, but then all weird things amuse me! (One of the lyric lines is “When an elephant bats it back, c’mon yeah, ya gotta get up”)

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Marvelling at the recent frost affecting nature – this spiders web is amazing!

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I may also be buying a 5ft tall stuffed plushie monkey.  It weighs a ton, is as tall as I am and will take up a train seat all of its own. Should I actually buy this monstrous thing, (it was stuck in the basement of a shop I work in….it needs rehomed!) I will have to literally carry it down one of Glasgow’s busiest city streets, amongst Christmas shoppers, because I don’t drive y’see. Now that’ll be a feat worthy of documenting, heh!

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone would think I liked to draw!

 

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Hello (again). So after my last post, I was thrown into more work between two shops and 12 hour days once more. Charity retail is not for the faint hearted, I can tell you! Creative time was limited, my mood worsened (I know, I know, introvert problems, what can I say) and finally…..finally, I have a few days spare.

So I decided, once and for all to get my act together. I collected every pen and pencil I own, and sorted them out, cleared my desk, tore up some scrap paper and cobbled the pages together with cable ties (because the less *perfect* a sketchbook looks, the more inclined I am to play in it. I do have the most lovely embossed leather sketchbook, which I received 3 years ago for Christmas. Needless to say 3 years on, I still haven’t touched it)

My aim is to create/draw/paint/doodle/note take, every day. Just a short time, say 30 mins max. Not creating a work of art (pressure), not for Instagram or Pinterest (because….pressure – although I’ll share some things on here because I like you 🙂 ) I’ll stick random things of the day and just play. Gosh I miss it.

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So this is my little set up. Drawing stuff within grabbing distance, paper ready to be scribbled upon, and coffee. Always the coffee. Out of shot is a little portable CD player (old school, yep) so I can immerse myself in music should the mood arise. Also, no interruptions! Happy Days! Hope you are all well. x

Random bits and bobs

 

balloon streetI took this photo last night as I nipped out to the shop to get some milk. I thought it was fun, all these balloons just lying around in the street. Heavens knows where they came from!

Anyway, I’m trying to think of some ideas for the charity event that is happening soon in October. More about that later (I have no news, just that all staff need to contribute something to raise money – eek!) Obviously I would like do something creative, but not sure yet what to do. Some ideas I have on my list just now are:

Watercolour doodles:

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I did this one way back  using watercolour splatting and drawing around it.

Keyrings:

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These keyrings are made from corrugated cardboard, or paper beads that I rolled up and painted.

Bubble Photos:

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Bubble photos are great fun, and not too “out there” haha!

I love doing other things, as most of you well know, but some of my stuff is a little bit odd, shall we say……I need to keep it mainstream really. Not that bubble photos are mainstream, but you know what I mean. I also thought about painting stuff and upcycling, so if I find any more items to do that with, I shall give it a go.

Happy Friday! 🙂

 

The Elephant in the Room

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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!

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.

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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

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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.

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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 😀

 

 

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.

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I always enjoy branches against a sky.

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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.

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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* 🙂

What a difference a year makes

cherry blossomI was scrolling through my photos on the laptop (procrastinating from accounts homework, heh! Numbers are not my friend) and I came across this photo from last year, taken the same day as today…give or take a day or two. I see this, and then look outside at the bleak skies, the chilly air, the bare trees that frankly, look quite dead. Its been a horrible year weather wise and I really hope it changes for the better very soon, or me and Mother Nature and going to be having WORDS, oh yes.

Anyway, musing upon the nostalgic same-time-last-year mood, I noticed how my blog posts changed and fell away for the most part as I embarked upon the college adventure. I was far more productive and energised last year, and now with studies, my creativity is more like a sleeping cat curled up on the rug, raising its head every so often to see if there is anything interesting going on! Nope, ok then, back to snoozing.

So! To nudge the “creative cat” into some high jinks, I have set myself some challenges for the upcoming Easter Break (off college for two whole weeks, I cannot wait!) To be fair, I have been collecting some arty things for “during the break” so its not like I’m starting from scratch, but…..I am on a mission to post every other day during the first two weeks in April. If I can get into a routine with that, then it should be easy enough to continue, yes? I’m making up a working list of projects as you read this, so there will be some diy’s, some illustrations, photography, textile projects, and – if I’m brave enough – maybe a video or two. I’m trying to treat this like an art retreat, if that makes sense. (Since clearly a holiday on a hot sunny island is out of the question!) I do still have some work to do for college (because we aren’t getting away from it THAT easily!), and a work placement to organise, but those things – during the holiday at least – will be firmly set in second place.

I’m just holding myself accountable, which is why I’m writing it out here. Its important to take a break from the necessities of life and just play for a while. Its all about balance. 🙂