MESSING AROUND DAY 9

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all in good spirits and keeping safe. As I sit here composing this little blog post, I can see that the sun is finally coming out. It was dreary all morning and now it’s early afternoon and the sun has decided to grace us with her presence. And welcome she is too!!!

I mentioned yesterday that the new normal is starting to feel normal. Everyday of lockdown is getting easier. It’s definitely is in times like these that you learn to appreciate what’s important. Staying connected is top of the list for sure.

This is day 8 of my Messing Around with art supplies challenge. Everyday I have spent a few minutes making a mess and I am actually enjoying doing something different. Most of you will know that my fabric medium is fabric and everything comes with it. However, doing something different can supply you with varied inspiration. So much of what I’ve been messing around with can probably be translated into fabric crafts. So, now with no further ado here’s what I have been doing today …..

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You may recognise these pages as the ones that I prepped yesterday. A little bit of dry brush stencilling, cutting up magazine papers and sticking it down to form a picture seems to have made these pages look a bit better. Now, trust me when I say all of this is simple to do. I will never be creating masterpieces but as long as I’m having fun it doesn’t matter. I hoping to fill my little art journal with techniques that are pleasing to my eye. I think the best part is that I have only used what I have at home. I didn’t spend one copper penny on this messing around business. If I can do it, so can you. Anyone brave enough to join me???

The new normal includes quite a lot of the way life used to be. The old stuff can be quite reassuring. For instance, I just saw the grass cutting machines fly past the door. The grass cutting machine drivers are on a mission to get through the list of public spaces to they need to tidy up before knock off time. The postman still walks past my door 6 days a week, he/she doesn’t have much post for us these days but it is reassuring to see them out and about daily.

It’s been a good day in my little world. I blended some new normal and some old normal tasks and life just seems to be whizzing by now.

Well, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

MESSING AROUND DAY 8

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been enjoying Wednesday hump day. We’re halfway through the work week now. And we’ve made it through the first week in April!!!

Nowadays, one day is much like the next. However, looking out the window at the glorious sunshine, I realise how grateful I am to be in reasonable health at the moment. I appreciate that while we’re in lockdown mode, I have company. My Sarah does her own thing during the day, and we catch up in the evening. It seems we’re settling into our new normal, finally. Our creative juices are flowing again and we’re both experimenting with supplies we never tried before.

So, I’m now on Day 8 of my Messing Around Challenge. For today’s challenge, I played with one of the Brusho pieces I produced yesterday. Both pieces I produced dried overnight. I sat and studied the two pieces and decided to start with the greenish one. I ended up cutting the piece into smaller bits. So, in the end I prepped a few pages ready for gussying up over the next few days. I have no set plan of action for embellishing just yet. I’m hoping something comes to mind. This is what I have set up so far ……

Prepped Art Journal Page 1

Prepped Art Journal Page 2

And this is what the page looked like before I cut it up this afternoon …..

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Doesn’t it look different. Yesterday it looked like a splodged mess. Now that I have cut it up and stuck it down it looks totally different. I am quite pleased with the result so far. I hope to embellish it so that the pages look even better. Watch this space.

So, all in all it’s been a pretty good day at happy stitching manor. The days seem to be speeding up now. The new normal is more normal now.

Well, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

MESSING AROUND DAY 7

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all settled into a new routine. Have you been productive today? Well I’m slowly fitting into the new normal. I did some charity work and then indulged in messy time.

So, it’s Day 7 of my Messing Around with art supplies challenge. I am hoping to stick to for four weeks. Only three weeks to go. Today, I played with some Brusho. Brusho is colour crystals which are very versatile. I only tried one method so far. I started by laying some newspaper to protect the surface. I previously gathered up my supplies including watercolour paper…..

Day 7 Art Supplies

Brusho Tubs

I chose two different colours of Brusho and sprinkled it onto one sheet of watercolour paper…..

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Then I spritzed it with water …..

Day 7 Sprinkle Spritzed

And the next step, I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, but I sprinkled some coarse salt. Apparently, salt can pull some of the colour out giving the work an interesting look …..

Day 7 First sprinkled salted

Here’s the second try with two different colours and spritzed with water …..

Day 7 Second Sprinkle Spritzed

My first thought as I was removing my latex free protective gloves was that both bits of effort look like they’re part of a murder scene!!! I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with these creations. They’re not deserving of being hung in pride of place on the fridge, I’m going to have to practice a whole lot before I am able to create anything great with Brusho. They may take several hours to dry thoroughly. I’m obviously going to have to cut them up to fit them into my art journal. Rest assured that I haven’t given up on the Brusho. I will try different ways of using it over the next few weeks. I’m fired up now. I hope you’re all trying different things. My preferred medium is fabric. So, this paper art is well out of my comfort zone even though I have had a good introduction to many different kinds of art supplies.

So, life goes on at happy stitching manor. We get up every morning and do the things that need doing. We get out to stretch our legs while walking our Maisie girl dog. We play with fabric. We do charity work that we used to do as a group. We cook interesting meals using the ingredients we have in the house. The new normal still feels pretty strange though.

With being in a lockdown situation there may very well be increases in domestic violence. I would also say that family law legal practices will most likely be very busy in months to come after prolonged periods of being cooped up with abusive spouses. Remember abuse doesn’t only mean violence; emotional abuse now falls in the same category as domestic violence here in the UK. So, for anyone suffering at the hands of their abuser, please get help. Click here to be taken to the Woman’s Aid website who can offer advice and help if you’re feeling unsafe during this lockdown. And remember to dial 999 for the Police. Keep yourself and your children safe.

Well it’s been another interesting day in paradise. I love messing around with different things. I think my next endeavour will be playing in the garden. It definitely needs a good tidy. And with the improving weather, there’s never been a better time to get out in the garden.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing what you love doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

MESSING AROUND DAY 6

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all well and in reasonable spirits. I’m discovering the best way to get thru this lockdown is keeping busy. So, this morning I did some of my charity work. It made me feel better and now I’m going to try to add tasks to my To-Do List everyday for the next. We’re told that the best thing to do is stick to some kind of realistic routine. So, let’s aim for that shall we. I wanted to go thru cupboards and get rid of whatever is surplus to requirement however, the tips are closed. So, there’s no use sifting thru stuff to decide whether we need it or not because we can’t get rid of it. That’s a job for another time, I guess.

After spending some time in my sewing room doing volunteer charity work, I went on to do a little messing around with some art supplies. Today’s effort is another little piece using cut up Mollie Makes magazine pages, water colour pencils and a little fine liner for a wee bit simple doodling. It was fun. My little house might even translate nicely into a fabric project. So, watch for that sometime soon.

Messing Around Day 6

Tomorrow’s project might include a Brusho. I’m not sure how my journal book will take it so I think I’ll try it out on a piece of water colour paper and then sew it into my art journal using my sewing machine and some interesting thread perhaps. I may be getting a little too brave venturing into sewing coloured water colour paper into my journal but who knows, I may get a really good result. Anything it worth a try.

So, my friends, that’s my report for today. All is well in the sunshine at happy stitching manor. You can feel the warmth in the sun now. It’s very welcome indeed. So, whatever you may be doing, I hope you have a super cosy evening doing it. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

MESSING AROUND DAY 5

Hello my lovelies. For the benefit of those who have no idea what day this is and what they should be doing today; it’s Sunday April 5, 2020. It’s also Palm Sunday.

Life is so different these days. I can remember my name, which is a very good thing but I can’t work out what day it is most of the time. It doesn’t matter what I should be doing because nothing is on a time schedule currently.

I have made no sewing progress worth showing you. However, I am managing to keep up with my Messing Around Art Challenge. I didn’t post yesterday but here is my little bit of Messing Around for Day 4 ….

Messing Around Day 4

As you can see, I went back to Day 3’s effort and added some Lucie flowers and turned it into a two-page spread. I also prepped a couple more pages for today and tomorrow’s Messing Around art.

For today and tomorrow the art is produced by cutting up little bits of Mollie Makes magazine pages and making a simple picture. There’s also little doodling. You’ll notice I keep it quite naïve. Have a little peep at my sailboat …..

Messing Around Day 5

Once again, I can go back in and add something I might decide needs to be added to these pages. You know, for all its simplicity, I am enjoying my little bit of cutting out and pasting, my little bit of shading with water colour pencils and naïve doodling. My simple art journal pages, when I look back on them, will remind of how I felt during this hopefully once in a lifetime lockdown. With all that’s going on all around us, I’m beginning to realise that expressing ourselves in whatever manner we choose is important during this crisis. As I post photos of my simple artwork, I feel like I’m telling you all my secrets. All the things I don’t want to share. However, I am hoping that this may inspire you to express yourself in whatever way you can during this difficult period. So, have a go. Give yourself permission to play at doing something you’ve never done before. You know all those supplies that you bought thinking you’d try out a new hobby? Well it’s time to pull those supplies out and use them. Remember that your first attempts may not be perfect but the more you do the better it gets. This is the perfect time to learn something new.

It’s been a quiet weekend. Sarah and I have been citizens by staying home away from any place where people might congregate. It’s ok for now but I do know one thing ….. once this crisis is over, I will never take a handshake, a hug or friendly human contact for granted ever.

So, that’s my report for the weekend. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

MESSING AROUND DAY 3

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all well and in reasonable spirits. I have finally worked out that it’s Friday and we’ve been in official lockdown for 12 days so far, I think.

Last evening at 8pm thousands, maybe millions of people went out onto their doorstep, front/back garden or any suitable place outdoors where they clapped, banged on pots, used anything that made a noise to show their appreciation for the #NHS. Sarah and I went out onto our doorstep and made a noise in solidarity. Quite few of our neighbours were out there as well. I live in a small port town. The port is only small. The thing that impressed me the most about making a noise outside was that over our hand clapping I could hear the small ships in port hooting. It was an eery sound that brought it all home to me. It’s not only the #NHS that’s responsible for nursing people affected by the virus back to health …. It’s everyone’s responsibility to stay home and make that virus disappear. Never has the message the government has displaying everywhere been more important … STAY HOME    PROTECT OUR NHS   SAVE LIVES. Staying home is the most difficult thing we can be asked to do; but let’s stay home and be well. Please.

So, this is day 3 of messing around. For today this is my effort and please don’t laugh …..

Challenge Mess around Day 3

It’s a very simple art journal page which I can go back into and add anything my little heart desires later. Here are a few art supplies I used in the making of said page …..

Art Supplies Day 3

So, you see anything goes. You can use the most basic art supplies you have to make a little art. I find using word prompts might help. And besides it adds a little message or shows how you’re feeling. Art journals are a great way of expressing yourself. I have a little idea for tomorrow’s page but I need to work out how to get it onto a small page. I’m looking forward to seeing my idea turned into an art journal page. I may have to gather up a few more bits from around the house for tomorrow’s effort.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies,

Lucie x

MAKING PROGRESS, MOVING FORWARD

Hello my lovelies. It’s red letter weekend in my quiet little world. I got such good news yesterday which I am still revelling in. My Sarah, my lovely clever and very creative daughter, received her grades for her dissertation. She got a first. This mean she’s almost assured to graduate with honours. What more can this super happy stitching lady ask for. I’m soooo proud.

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I have a little progress report for you today. You might remember I started planning a runner for the hearth in my living room yesterday. I chose five different fabrics from my stash and started cutting it up. Originally, I was planning on piecing my runner from simple strips. However, once I got into my sewing room and when I was reaching for a rotary ruler to start cutting, I noticed a Dresden Plate ruler which I have never used before. So, I changed my plan of action. I cut a few Dresden shapes from each fabric and laid them out to work out which fabric to place where.

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When I was happy with the placement I started to join the shapes together in groups of five shapes …..

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I just kept progressing until I had the whole runner pieced. I even got it layered up and ready for quilting ….

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It doesn’t look like much at the moment but I’m quite sure when it’s all quilted and sitting on my hearth it will look fab. If this works out well, I may even make another that’s spring themed and possible another summer themed. The sky is the limit.
I hope to bring you some more progress about the machine quilting using rulers sometime in the next few days. I plan on keeping the quilting design simple in order to get used to the feel of holding a ruler against the sewing machine foot while free motion stitching. I think it may be a case of patting your head while rubbing your tummy all at the same time. Possibly some straight lines might do the trick. We’ll just have to see when the time comes.
It’s quite interesting working on a new technique. It seems to be coming to fruition a lot quicker than I thought it would. I must admit that the runner I pieced was rather simple and the fabric came from a bag of fabric which I discovered while I was sorting and tidying in preparation for painting my sewing room. I wish all projects came together that easy.
Well that’s my little report for today. I hope you’re all planning seasonal projects that come together as easily as mine has.
Please pop in again soon.
Until next time,
Let’s all keep stitching
Lucie x