CONFUSING INFO

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all well and in good spirits. Sarah and I are still kicking around home and trying to make the most of every day. We watched a televised announcement recorded by our Prime Minister concerning moving forward to the next stage of dealing with the invisible enemy last evening. It left us with more questions than answers. We were left very confused and hoping that more clarity will come when a 50-page guidance document is released this afternoon. What strange times we live in. Enough about that for now.

Before I talk about today’s art journaling effort, let me show you my hexagon quilt top. I was hoping to permanently secure the last two sides of border last evening but only got one side done. I flung it over the fence in order to take a couple of photos, here it is …..

Hexagon 1

 

I needed almost two metres of fabric for the borders. So, I was a little limited as to what to use from my stash. It came down to two different fabrics, I wanted a reddish paisley type fabric and Sarah chose this blue print. As She’s pretty good with colours, I went with the blue print. I’m going to try to find something blue for the backing as well.

Now for today’s art journal effort …..

Mans best friend

Once again, I kept it pretty simple. I layered paint and bits of dictionary pages, did some stencilling, added a wee photo of Maisie all sloshed out in her bed, some cut outs, a couple of strips of washii tape and some water colour pencil shading. I see different household items and the contents of the recycle bin through different eyes nowadays.

The weather has taken a turn for the cold recently. As long as it doesn’t snow I’ll be alright. The washing is done and I even attacked a section of my garden loaded with weeds. Now that I’ve done a few useful tasks I can give myself permission to play. I’m not sure what I will be playing with, perhaps finish securing the last border or splodging some paint around my art journal. Maybe I’ll toss a coin.

Well, my lovely friends, 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

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY ON A FRIDAY?????

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a lovely day. It’s an absolutely beautiful day here. What a shame we can’t go out and enjoy it. Let’s hope this is the kind of summer we’re going to experience. Most if not all our bank holidays are usually observed on Monday. Somebody had the bright idea to hold the Early May Bank Holiday on the Friday after the first Monday of the month in order to turn it into a celebration for the 75th anniversary celebration of VE Day. Unfortunately, all the planned big events have had to be cancelled because of social distancing. Just something else to add to the pile of things the invisible enemy has ruined. I for one, planned to make the most of the day no matter what.

I dragged out my cart of art supplies and worked on an art journal two page spread ….. Yes, you read that correctly, my little bucket of art supplies that I started off with has somehow grown into a small cart. It’s amazing what you can gather from all the different nooks and crannies of my home. Things that were never intended as art supplies are being used. Without further ado here’s my art journal effort for today …..

Cherish the little things

I didn’t use anything I haven’t used in previous pages this time. And once again I kept it simple.

Yesterday I posted about a piece of fabric that I splodged some paint around. This one …..

Fabric splodge

Well, Sarah turned that bit of painted fabric into this …..

Zip pouch 1

Zip pouch 2

I politely asked Sarah if she had time to turn the bit of fabric into a zippered pouch. She found the perfect colour zip for it in her stash. It happens to be a zip that I surrendered to her a while back when she was looking for zips. Once again, we did not purchase anything new to make this zippered pouch. Now I wonder if Sarah and I can collaborate again in making something free using up some of our stash.

It’s been a pretty good day in my little corner of the northeast of England. There’s always a nice atmosphere on a sunny bank holiday. The sunshine makes such a difference. It gives me the energy to get on and do a few things. The washing machine was whirring a little while ago. Now it needs loading up again with another load. If I keep this up, I will have a weekend free of household chores.

Well my friends, I guess that’s my report for today. I am thinking about having a couple days rest from blogging but rest assured I will keep being creative and post about it on Sunday/Monday. In the meantime, I hope you all have a super cosy weekend doing things you thoroughly enjoy. Until next time,

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

Lucie x

HAVING ANOTHER GOOD OLE MESS AROUND

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the week so far. It’s been a rather full week doing something and nothing. I seem to keep finding little jobs that need doing and doing them. I’ve even done some baking this week! I’m not a very good baker but I do it anyway.

It’s day 37 of my messing around with art supplies challenge. I’m really enjoying it now. Stepping out of my comfort zone has proven to be quite useful in helping me deal with the lockdown. Here’s my effort for today …..

Fly a Kite

Let’s fly a kite. We’ve had the perfect weather for kite flying for quite a few weeks. I can’t believe how dry it’s been here in my little corner of the northeast of England. April is usually a rather wet month but we had very little rain. So, today’s two-page spread was done using stencils, paper cut outs, pen doodling and water colour pencil shading. Anybody can do what I’ve been doing. And while you’re doing it, you forget about all the terrible stuff happening all over the world. It’s like being cocooned in a safe place. Creativity takes courage especially if you’re planning on showing the world what you’ve done.

I was planning on splodging some paint on a second piece of fabric today. This is how far I got …..

Fabric splodge

It’s quite amazing and liberating doing this kind of art work. It’s nothing like an old masters painting but it was fun. It’s just messing around with what you’ve got and seeing what happens. I was ready to give up after covering the fabric with paint because I thought it looked rubbish. However, I kept going with marking making and this is the result. We will be turning this piece into something. I hope to post the final result soon.

Today is leftover day. Whatever leftovers are in the fridge we reheat and that’s our evening meal. There aren’t many leftovers today and to be honest they don’t really go together but we will persevere and have our leftover feast. Don’t get me wrong, we do have plenty of food in but a pandemic doesn’t give us permission to waste food. The fridge will be ready for the next lot of groceries being collected on Saturday. The Click & Collect system works rather well, it means there is no human contact involved. And discovering the substitutions is quite fun too. This is the new normal.

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

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

Lucie x

MONDAY – NEW WEEK

Hello my lovelies. It’s the start of a new week. And hopefully good things are going to happen to each and every one of you. I’ve found the last couple of weeks rather interesting. It seems new challenges are being met by finding good solutions. I find it very interesting how things we thought we needed are no longer essential.

As I mentioned a day or two ago, I will continue my messing around with art supplies challenge for another week or so. I did not create an art journal page spread today but I did prep seven pages in readiness for creating new two-page spreads. I found it quite satisfying messing around with paint, well in fact I just pushed paint around the pages and dried each page with the hairdryer. And once the pages were dry, I did a bit of stencilling. All the pages look pretty weird at this stage but once I start layering things, adding doodles and text, the pages will look soooo different. I’m looking forward to finish my first spread. Here are my prepped pages for the next seven days …..

Prep a

Prep b

Prep c

Prep d

Prep e

Prep f

Prep g

My style seems to have changed quite a lot lately. I used to work everything so that it was perfectly straight and even. Now my pieces look a little slapdash ….. grungy and sometimes sludgy. I guess that’s me until I find different inspiration that influences my style.

So, my friends, it’s been a pretty good creative day considering it’s Monday. I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you love doing. Until next time,

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

Lucie x

DAY 28 MESSING AROUND CHALLENGE

Hello my lovelies. I hope your day has been as interesting as mine. Life just keeps getting better and better with each passing day of lockdown. The new normal is becoming normal.

Apart from walking with Maisie this morning, Sarah and I have been nowhere again today. However, we have a garden we can hang out in. And we both have our own workspaces where we can mess around with fabric and art supplies etc. And on a sunny day like today, we are more motivated to play with our supplies. Speaking of playing, here’s my art journal effort for today …..

Home

Once again, I kept my design simple. I think I like simple best. The washing line is reminiscent of Monday Washdays. I added a little vintage look washi tape top and bottom of the pages. And the sun cheers everyone up.

I have decided to carry on with my self-imposed messing around with art supplies challenge beyond the initial month that I originally set out. So, I have prepped another 7 days’ worth of pages. My list of ideas hasn’t run out yet. So, I’ll work my way through until the ideas dry up.

It’s been a pretty good day in my little world today. I’ve heard on the news that some businesses are re-opening while respecting social distancing rules. This will keep the economy ticking over. Slowly but surely the new normal is starting to work. I am a true believer that life will never be as it was. Perhaps all this is a wake-up call to a better life.

Well, my lovely friends, I guess that’s my report for today. Thank you for reading my random rambling thoughts. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until next time,

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

Lucie x

DAY 27 MESSING AROUND CHALLENGE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re having a good start to this current work week. We are starting our sixth week in lockdown. The sun is shining brightly reminding us that there are good things to come. Things will get better but life will never be the same as we remember it. For some that might be a good thing.

It’s day 27 of my self-imposed messing around with art supplies. Yes I said Day 27 …. I can’t believe it either because that means there are only a few days left of April !!!!! Time sure does fly. Are you ready for today’s messing around effort? Well, without further ado here it is …..

Keys

Today’s art journal page spread is very simple. I ripped a page out of a dictionary, trimmed it down and pasted it down. I added some simple stencilling, I did a bit of stamping and cut the subjects out and pasted them in place. I shaded everything using my water colour pencils. Bish bash bosh, that’s my art journal page for today. You see how easy it is. Anybody can do it. And you can use any format you wish.

I promised you a photo showing any progress I made on my hexagon quilt last week. I have been working on this project for a couple of years. I dragged it out again last week because I felt I needed to do some sewing, even if it was just something simple. At the moment I am busy filling in the shaped edges to even them out a little more before adding a plain border.

Hexagons 1

It’s starting to look like this now …..

Hexagons 2

I have no idea what I will use for the plain border. I will dig around my stash to see if I have anything big enough that tones in well with the hexagons. Once that’s done, I’ll have to decide on a backing and how to quilt it. All this will take a while but it will get done by Christmas.

So, it’s another lovely day in my little corner of the northeast of England. We haven’t had much rain this past month, this unusual for April. I watched our Prime Minister make a speech on TV this morning. Yes, Boris Johnson is back at the helm after contracting and recovering from the invisible enemy. He seems to be in no rush to ease lockdown and with good reason too.

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

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

Lucie x

DAY 22 MESSING AROUND

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all safe and well today. Here in my little corner of the northeast of England, the sun has been shining brightly for a few days. It’s also starting to warm up a bit. I’ll take this weather compare to dreary wet days any time!

Yesterday, I mention that I hadn’t been doing so good on the sewing front. Well last night I joined quite a few hexagons together. I’m at a point where I am filling in the edges of my hexagon quilt. I hope to take photos and show you the progress sometime in the net few days. It was a treat working on some simple quilt making stuff last night. I’m not giving up on my self-imposed challenge though. Today’s effort is another using cut out paper which I found stored in my loft a few days ago. The paper has a Japanese flavour to it. Here is today’s art journal page …..

Japanese

Using the paper which was stored in the loft reminded me that I have another little bin in my room with scraps of wallpaper that I might be able to cut out and use as subjects for art journaling. I see things much differently now. The recycling holds a great wealth of stuff that I can use as tools for stamping, masking and as surface protection. Whoop whoop.

You may remember that I planted a few pansies a couple of days ago. Well I was outside watering the pansies this morning. They seem to be growing great guns. The sun is doing them good.

There’s not a lot to report nowadays. I’m not going anywhere, not meeting up with anyone and to be honest everyday still feels like Groundhog Day the movie. After five weeks of lockdown, I am starting to feel a bit more motivated. I feel safe in my home, I’m eating and sleeping well now. I’m finding inspiration in paces I never thought I would.

So, my friends, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you’re all finding your way through the fog that the invisible enemy has created. For this evening, I hope you 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

DAY 17 MESSING AROUND WITH ART SUPPLIES

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying the last day of the work week. All the days seem to blend together at the moment. And it’s a struggle to work out what day it is at the best of times nowadays.

Today is day 17 of my self-imposed messing around with art supplies. I have had quite a lot of fun trying out different supplies and techniques and there’s a lot more supplies in our stash to try out yet. So, I may just be able to see the challenge through.

So, without further ado here is today’s effort …..

Day 17

You will notice that I used up the rest of the scrap of paper I cut the partridges from yesterday. A little simple bit of weaving adds a little something to the funky background. I keep all my art journal pages simple and achievable. In time, if I decide to take up this type of craft regularly, I may attempt more complicated techniques for which I will most certainly need to actually purchase a few more supplies. It’s not like I need an excuse though.

Art Journal

Finally, the sun has come out to play. This morning was dark and dreary. Sarah and I stepped out this morning to collect our Click & Collect food order. It was rather exciting to actually head out in the car. The car spends a lot of time in the driveway nowadays. Collecting our food at the supermarket was absolute pandemonium but we got plenty of food to keep us going now for a while. Even Maisie’s food bucket is stocked up again.

And speaking of Maisie … she’s desperately in need of a haircut but her regular grooming place is shut due to circumstances beyond our control. However, my neighbour has a dog groomer who comes to his house and by using the garage as a work space is able to keep to social distancing rules and so Maisie will be clipped, short back and sides style, tomorrow. She looks like a hairy beast at the moment. I am positive she will feel like a new girly dog when her fur has been trimmed and coifed.

So, my friends, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love doing. I am planning on having a little break from posting tomorrow but you shall be able to read my ramblings on Sunday. Until next time,

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

Lucie x

DAY 16 MESSING AROUND WITH ART SUPPLIES

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all safe, well and in good spirits. Isn’t it amazing that we’re all working towards one goal, the same goal? We all have something in common at the moment.

So, today is day 16 of my messing around with art supplies self-imposed challenge. And I had a pretty good play this morning. Here’s my effort for today …..

Partridge

The birds happen to be cut outs of Lush gift wrap paper which one of Sarah’s Christmas present was wrapped in. I found the scraps of paper under a little pile of stuff. The paper was so colourful and cheerful that I thought I’d give it a go. The birds are partridges, a partridge in a pear tree. Fa-la-la-la-la. I have purchased absolutely nothing for this art journal. It’s amazing what you come across and with a little effort can turn it into something.

Along with finishing this art journal two-page spread, I prepped a few more in readiness for the next few days …..

Prepped a

Prepped b

Prepped c

You’ll notice that I’m not overly precious about what colour I splodge, splash and generally scrape over my art journal pages. I reckon if I layer up and embellish using co-ordinating or contrasting bits it will all come together eventually. Slowly but surely, I am learning to just let go and let it happen. After all it’s only an art journal. I must admit that I look at everything through new eyes now. I’m always on the lookout to repurpose bits and pieces in my journal. I will soon try to add scraps of fabric.

I’m halfway through my challenge already. I wonder if I’ll decide to carry on after April 30th? I might even try this type of thing using fabric. I could turn it into a wall hanging or door banner or even frame it up.

It’s very likely that our lockdown will be extended for another few weeks. It seems to be having the desired effect but we mustn’t ease off too soon as we might undo all the good that we’ve done. I guess I could manage for another three/four weeks if necessary. I might have to launch another challenge to keep my mind focused though.

I received two six packs of pansies yesterday. My neighbour managed to bulk purchase some spring bedding plants and had too many and offered the extras to me. Well you can’t imagine how pleased I am to be able to plant a few bedding plants. We had a frost recently so I’m going to wait a few more days before I plant them out just in case another frost hits over the next few days.

So, my friends, I guess that’s my report for today. It’s been a pretty good day. And it’s not over yet. I’ll be doing some simple cooking. Comfort food is much appreciated  in my household at the moment . 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 CHALLENGE DAY 14

Hello my lovelies. I hope you enjoying some spring time sunshine. It’s lovely here this afternoon. After waking up to frost this morning I had no hope of having a beautiful sunny day.

Oh yes, folks it’s day 14 of my Messing Around Challenge. I’m sticking to my plan. Well actually there is no plan, just a little bit of hope that I will meet the challenge which I set myself with some sort of success. I started this challenge because I couldn’t concentrate on anything for very long. I thought playing around with art supplies might help me focus on something. So far so good. So, without further ado here’s todays effort …..

Day 14

Somehow, I feel that these pages aren’t quite finished yet. Today’s effort needs a little more adorning. I can come back to it when I find something to add to it.

When I headed out to take a photo of today’s art journal pages, I discovered some progress in the garden …..

Clematis

This clematis is draped over a rickety old rose arch type structure. It grows like mad every year except that I lopped quite a lot of it off last year because it was well overgrown and casting quite a lot of shade onto my little back garden. It seems that this clematis is well determined to grow even though I slowed down it’s progress. I really look forward to seeing these blooms fully open and gracing my rose arch offering hope of good things to come.

The next thing I discovered if this Japanese Acer. It seems that before Easter the branches were in bud only. Now today after a little sunshine the leaves are open and bursting with colour …..

Acer

It makes the garden jolly colourful. And colourful is what we need right not with being tethered to our home and garden. And let’s hope the sunshine keeps coming.

 

Life in lockdown is getting more bearable with each passing day. The government has warned us not to expect any easing of lockdown measures anytime soon. I’m no expert but I expect that we’ll be staying home to stay safe for another month or so at the very least.

Well 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