Friday, 12 August 2011

Where was my Mind !!

I told you recently that my journals were a reflection of how Iam feeling on any given day, If thats the case what
do you think was going through my mind when I did this ???
These journals could so easily be a bit gloomy cause sometimes thats in my nature, but I was determined
to try and fill them with positive images and not negativity, ha..... not sure I was entirley successful here, I did the underpainting which as you can see was a bit manic....I realised this and then tried to re-invent it to something more positive.

I am sometimes tempted to pull out pages that I don't think work......but really what would be the point of that
this is how I was feeling on that day......anyway perhaps thats what it looks like OVER THE RAINBOW !!!!!
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Now this page is a lot hand (lots of messy play whoooooo) and plenty of
advice about how I would like them to conduct themselves, this process has been very theraputic
for me too because encouraging others to be more positive and be the best that they can be
also makes you think about the choices you are making.

Monday, 8 August 2011


These journals are for my 3 children, something they can look back on when I'm not here any more,
(morbid I know)
Each journal is different and each page is a reflection of how I am feeling at the time, but I mostly want them to be full of positive pictures and words. The two large journals In the picture are for my daughters and the two smaller ones at the back were my experiment in book making, not entirely successful but I'm not unhappy with them. (I cant cut straight to save my life).
When I was working on one of these journals recently my son stood in the doorway watching me. "Do you think I'm weird" I said to him.... he thought for a moment and said "Yes...but in a good way"....that will do for me I hope he'll always have that memory of
watching me make these journals and how much I enjoyed them.
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This is the first page of my daughters journal, I will constantly go back to each page adding extra bits and pieces until I am happy with it. I love this creative process everywhere I look I am seeing bits of inspiration.I love words and I am always cutting out magazines and I'm sorry sometimes books EEEK........ only very old books that are no good anymore honest !!

Can you see the Kookaburra. I thought my daughter would smile when she saw this as she was born in Australia. She has a toy Kookie that she has always taken to bed and I must say he is in pretty bad shape now, she is 27 after all !!! I think he only comes out now in times of desperation when she needs a good cuddle. I must try and get her to take a photo of him so you can see I offered to make a new body and WASH him but nooooooooooo chance she likes him just the way he is.
I Love this Angel/Fairy I haven't quite decided what she is yet, this is still a work in progress.
Another work in progress, this page is more about me I love music, I love flowers, and colour and of course my cat, can you see him there at the bottom of the page? I say these are works in progress because I don't always have the things to hand that I want to include on the page, as I find them they will be added.

Well that's my introduction to journalling and I will be back very soon with some more pictures (I charged the battery in my camera) YEHHHHHHHHHH. See you soon.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Here I am

What a lazy monkey I am, I forget to take pictures, I forget I have a blog, I remember I have a blog, then have no pictures,
urghhhhhh..... I have been busy the past few months and I have started some art journals (I will get round to posting some pictures)
I am really enjoying these although my spare room looks like an explosion in a bead factory, I have to apologise if anyone stays in case they find beads/glue/sequins/ribbons in their bed....although I could think of worse things to sleep with.........
The lovely picture above is me with some of the choir rehearsing for a concert, this is our local shopping centre, its looks we are in a tropical rainforest doesnt it. The choir is finished for the summer holidays now and I'm already having withdrawals.
I will try harder and visit your blogs and update my own,I thankyou for your patience if you do pop in to visit.
See you soon xx
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Monday, 18 April 2011

Party Time

We had a great time this weekend with a party organised by my daughter for her boyfriends birthday. It was fancy dress and everyone looked great people really made an effort I loved watching them all have such a great time these kids certainly know how to let their hair down. My daughter is very good at maintaining friendships she's a wonderful friend and manages to find time for everyone and that certainly showed on the night over 100 people turned up. I'm quite often a bit uncomfortable around so many people especially people I don't know but this was a really relaxed fun noisy evening and we had a great time.

Its hard to tell from this picture what I was but if you look closely you can just see my wings and my halo....which was black cause this Angel isn't always as good as she should be !!!!

My other half and son as the pirate and Wheres Wally.

My daughter as an Egyptian.

My other daughter and boyfriend and of course my grandson who was an Easter chick.

Happy times........................................

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Cookie Monster

2 posts in two days...good grief it must be Spring.......................

Who stole that cake.....come on own up..........grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. These cookie monsters were great fun to make I have to make some for a party next week and thought I had better have a trial run..... well you have to dont you !! just before I was due to take a picture one went missing they were obviously just too good to resist.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

GOOD MORNING........... I was looking back on some old posts yesterday and it wasn't 5 minutes since I was talking about my birthday and we are I am errrrr.... mmmmm well you'll just have to look back and see, so what have I got planned for my birthday today. Nothing...zilch...nada..... Its a work day and nothing changes its a bit of a non event but next year I have decided that from now on I am going to have a days holiday on my birthday and do something special. Hopefully I will be seeing my children later and of course my grandson so I will look forward to that. At choir last night they all sang happy birthday to me and I got to pick a favourite song and I really enjoyed that, which song....oh yes it was "Electricity" from Billy Elliott my favourite favourite song and it sounded wonderful...I love the choir it makes me very happy. See this stitchery.....I must have done this two years ago, how lazy I am not to do anything with it but I think I should dont you ? My work room is just not working for me at the moment I seem to have STUFF everywhere so its being decorated and sorted out and then maybe I might be able to be more creative. I need a bigger house....anyone got one spare ???

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Lazy Lazy Lazy thats me.....I am still here, I am still crafting I just keep forgetting to take any pictures at least not of my crafts...this little boy is taking a LOT of my attention he's 10 weeks old now and doing well as you can see. When the camera is out its snapping away at him....well could you resist ?
I have started to paint again...what you didnt know I painted too...oh yes
I flit from one thing to another never quite mastering anything. I promise I will get round to posting some of my pictures, although for every one thats
half good there are another 10 that are not lol.... no I'm not just saying that Its a trait I wish I could overcome if only I had more patience
I moan about it constanty but never do anything about it sometimes you have to accept thats just the way you are.

Friday, 14 January 2011

The special place

When you are stressed do you have a special place in your mind where you can retreat to ? I want to share with you my special place, if I'm upset or I cant sleep or I'm stressed I start at the gate and work my way through this beautiful place. I usually don't get very far it works it magic on me almost immediately.
Of all the places I have ever been in my life I wish I could re-visit this one GULP !! oh how silly I am get a grip girl.... This was my dad's garden and this is how I remember it 45 years ago sadly it no longer exists only in my memories and this grainy photograph.When other men were growing vegetables my dad was growing flowers and it was a beautiful place I have so many strong memories of that garden.I am so thankful that I inherited my love of gardening from my dad and when my own garden is looking good I have a few moments knowing that my dad would be proud of my efforts.
The Robin always pops in when I'm gardening and we joke that its my dad telling me what I'm doing wrong.

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