POSITIVE STEPS FORWARD

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a great day. It’s been a bit productive around here today. We’re starting to experience positive steps forward. Now that the tips are open again, I have been sorting and tidying. I expect to make my first trip to the tip this weekend. I’m going to fill the car full of rubbish and recycling and make the trip worth it. My utility room, which housed plenty of surplus to requirement stuff since lockdown began is now looking much tidier.

Today, I will show you my 44th art journal effort. Today’s theme is under the sea …..

Fish

It started off like this …..

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I didn’t do too much more to it apart from adding the fish which were cut out of a dictionary page, a bit of pen doodling and water colour shading.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to splodge some paint of fabric with the idea that I would add a bit of fabric appliqué and some simple quilting. Well here’s how it looks after a little bit of stitching …..

Stitched

Stitched 2

Stitched 3

You will note that I kept this piece very basic. Even the stitching is very basic. All in all, I am pleased with the piece. My goal is to turn it into a wall hanging of some kind. The edges need finishing first. Normally I would add binding but I want the piece to look rustic. So, I’ll have a little think before I do anything else to it.

After finishing joining all my hexagons together and adding a border, I switched to a hand quilting project. It’s been going quite well. I have so far marked and moved my quilting hoop three times over two evenings making great progress. Here’s a little peek …..

Hand quilting

It’s been a while since I’ve done any hand quilting. Once you get going and if you’re in the mood it goes well. This quilt is for Christmas. I hope to get it finished in time for Christmas this year.

The sun has been shining on a off all day here. The temperature seems to be climbing again. Although I must admit that we still need to dress for cool temperature today.

Well, my friends, that’s my news for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something interesting. Remember to stay safe, safe alert and be well. Until next time,

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

Lucie x

DAY 42

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all safe today. We all seem to be going into the next phase of something. I’m not sure if we’re going to be safe or not but we have to move forward somehow.

So, today is day 42 of my self-imposed messing around with art supplies challenge. I’ve still got a few ideas on my list. I must admit that I seem to add one or two ideas every day! This challenge is eventually run out of steam but for now it’s keeping me focused on something other than the invisible enemy. Here is how my today’s effort started off a few days ago …..

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This is what it looks like now …..

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To this art journal page, I added a bit more paint, some water colour pencil stems, leaves and shading and some pen doodling. Bish bash bosh, voila! Actually, that makes it sound like it only took five minutes but it actually takes a bit longer than five minutes. Not to mention clearing up the mess after I’m done. Mind you, the time it takes is time that I’m focused on something good. Therapeutic.

I am very happy to tell you that I finished securing the last border to my hexagon quilt. I will be thinking about the backing fabric. I think the shops will open again some time in the next six weeks. So, I think I’ll set the hexie quilt top aside until I can get out to choose backing fabric. It will be a pleasure to see fabric up close and in person. In the meantime, I have some hand quilting to do. So, it’s onto the next big thing for me. I shall post photos of that progress soon.

Hand quilting

Well, my lovely friends, that’s my news 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

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

DAY 29 MESSING AROUND CHALLENGE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a fabulous day. It’s been another very interesting day. I seem to be getting my spark back as I accept the new normal. Everyday is getting better and better. The more I immerse myself in the new normal the better I feel. For anyone who has accepted the new normal, give it a go and see what happens.

It’s Wednesday, the hump of the week. Most days I don’t know what day it is or what I’m suppose to be doing. I found that just going with the flow has helped me to build some kind of routine in these strange times. The To-Do Lists have gone out the window and I do what needs doing on any given day. It’s quite liberating really.

So, it’s day 29 of my self-imposed messing around with art supplies challenge. I am amazed that I’m still going with it! This is my effort for today …..

#NHS

Once again, I have kept it quite simple. It’s a simple case of layering, that’s all. Looking at my two-page spread now, it looks like a work palette that needs to be discarded. It was quite fun to work on as I just let go and created it step by step.

I am slowly but surely making progress on my hexagon quilt. I have almost finished joining up the panel which will square off one side of the quilt top. That will leave one more side to deal with and I can add a plain border to square it up ready for quilting. I feel a nice sense of accomplishment already and it isn’t even finished yet.

Hexie progress

Well, my friends, I guess that’s my report for today. It’s been a good one. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that gives you a sense of accomplishment. 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

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 …..

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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