Tuesday, August 08, 2017

In my head.....

....that's where I write my posts and then a week later I realise that I haven't actually posted them. This is long but there is good stuff at the end.

I have been making another junk journal, this time I decided to keep it monochrome. It is a fatty.
The cover is dupione silk. A few of favourite pages.

Last week I actually managed a trip to London, it has been so long.  Happily I chose the best weather day in the last fortnight so my wander along the south bank of the Thames was very pleasant. Southwark Cathedral
and a pub decked out for summer.
I was admiring this London brick when I was nearly run over by an electric car.

 Amazing never heard a thing just sensed it behind me, fortunately the street was very narrow and he was crawling along. A thought for the future of road awareness.

Main reason for my visit was the Giacometti exhibition at the Tate Modern. I loved it, I particularly liked the first room which was full of sculpted heads from all stages of his life, amazing variation of styles.   Unfortunately there was no photography allowed (they never have a postacrd of the one you want) and the signage, as at most exhibtions these days was dreadful
I liked this explanation of his thin figures, ".I wanted to hold on to a certain height and they became narrow - the more I wanted to make them broader, the narrower they got."
I took the obligitary shot from the fouth floor balcony
and then I crossed the bridge and wandered up to my usual stamping ground around Seven Dials.
I love it when I learn something new to me and yesterday I came across this video by Nik the Booksmith on how to make faux rust.    

This is my first attempt.
Love it!
and here is another video from Nik, Hobby Craft take note this is what a craft store should look like.

and this is a charity/thrift shop.
Mary Portas take note. 
Finally, snapped this whilst watching the London athletics on tv.
We live somewhere just over the horizon.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


.....must be the summer but I didn't plan for my book to be rose themed but it decided that's what it wanted to be.
I wanted something that felt good in the hand so I made the cover out of pelmet vilene covered in fabric.  It worked, nice soft feel.
The best thing was I have had all the elements for years, so very satisfying to use them.  Thanks have to go to the girls for suggesting I combined two ribbons when I was dithering over which to use.
These are some of my favourite pages. The paper used here from a find in a charity shop.

 He wonders if they will fall.
 Parchment needs a seal.

 Three three treatments of a scrap of material, part of original scrap,  a digital collage and tag .
 and just a few more

It is an idea that has been done many time, You Tube has hours of videos but I had a great time making it.  As has been said many times it is the doing where the satisfaction lies.

Main event of today is hoping to see Chris Froome carry the yellow jersey all the way to the Champs Elysses. I have loved my annual virtual visit to France, so many good memories.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The most exciting thing......

...that happened this week is that I managed to secure the very last place on a workshop with Seth Apter.  It is not until October but at the rate this year is going I won't have to wait long.  Seth and I found each other many years ago through a similarity of blog names and a shared love of rust.  I have, with pleasure, watched his career grow and blossom but have not been able to get to any of his previous workshops.  This one is at Birds in the Barn near Colchester in Essex.

In my play time this week I have been juggling Le Tour de France, Wimbledon and working on a junk journal. I haven't taken any pictures yet but it is nearly finished.

A couple of outing this week.  One to Hall Place in Bexley for a pleasant stroll round the gardens.  I though this was a very pretty bedding scheme

 One of the features of the gardens is the Queen's Beasts, topiary representations of the heraldic animals.

 The other outing was another visit to Faversham, the more I visit the better I like it.  We had gone to visit some of the Open Houses.  We started with a visit to the market  and bought locally grown strawberries and raspberries and then a nose round couple of antique shops.  No pictures inside the houses, of course, I even forgot to take the exteriors (we were battling an  annoying drizzle by that time) This is a photograph I borrowed from  Faversham.org/

The houses were full of surprises, from the outside you imagine them to be quite small inside but we saw large bedrooms, comfortable living rooms and in one house even a grand piano.   Most of the houses we saw were built in the 1500's and they must be a real labour of (expensive) love to maintain but it made us wonder if the housing that is being thrown up all around us today with stand the same test of time.
My only picture from the day

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Days are full.....

........Le Tour de France and Wimbledon, well that takes half the day at least. I love watching the Tour for the scenery, sometimes places we have visited, more often stunning views of places from the helicopters which you would never see in a car ride.  My brother introduced me to watching the Tour and we used to discuss on the phone, I miss him.
Weather back to normal British summer, every day is different, Saturday was a can't-make- up it's mind day and we took a little trip down the Darent Valley forgetting it was the lavender season.

Can you smell it?
Another sight was a flash of red as we were driving and I had to go back to catch the most glorious field of poppies I have ever seen.

I really needed a ladder to do it justice.
 Apart from TV my other occupation has been to play with tea bags and paper. Just look, it was such fun.  I bought the cheapest fruit teas that I could find and made up three bowls.
This was liquorice which I thought would give me light brown but in fact it remained a very pale yellow. The other two I used were blackberry & blueberry and masala chai.
I arrange the papers and for once had patience and left them overnight. Whoo!

  One has an embellishment of a leaf I walked in from the garden.

It was interesting how the different types of paper absorbed the dye.
I actually have dozens more but won't bore you, I used the last of the dyes to make book pages. the Blackberry made a lovely grey. You can see them behind these little journaling cards I have been making.
Did I say that after initial reservations I am now deeply in love with Tim Holtz's Oxide Inks.
Sun shining, what to do first?  Oh, housework. OK then.

Monday, June 26, 2017

It was hot.....

...................I am a chilly mortal and love warmth but our little heatwave last week knocked me out.  I did nothing  a little bit of gardening very early in the morning collapsing onto the sofa and reading for the rest of the day. Now thank goodness we are back to normal British summer and can move again.  Yesterday we went to the lovely town of Faversham for the Open Gardens.  We only managed about a third of them but the talking point was the variety and the fact that quite ordinary houses hide amazing spaces. The first one had a wonderful wildflower meadow

 Then there was this tiny little garden  (with a very cosy looking garden room ) crammed full of interest

Another slightly larger garden but still smaller than mine with a lovely summer house which also had a heater for the chillier days.

These three were my favourites, others we saw were too manicured for my tastes. One set of gardens were very interesting and very productive but I didn't get any snaps because they were a bit congested not only with plants but people.  The Gardens belonging to the quite modern houses were small but in addition they had small pieces of land belonging to the local school which they are allowed to use as they see fit as long as  it is tended. the land is on  the other side of a small stream, wish is crossed by a series of small bridges. There was an abundance of vegetable and fruit trees and one even had a chicken house. Hopefully I can go back next year and do better.
Our last visit was the Physic Garden behind an Elizabethan building which originally a grammar school. The garden is being restored and enhanced.  A wonderful tangle of everything.

On the production front very little has happened, I am blaming the weather for what is a massive production slump.

Not producing but I loved these intructions by Mary Corbet of how to open Mill Hill Beads. When we had cats I used to blame them for me getting beads everywhere but I am just as bad without them.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

At times like these........

...... it is difficult to stay up beat and at the moment I am failing miserably.  The sad events of the last two weeks in Manchester and London and afew private issues are sending me into hiobernation mode and the weather isn't helping. 
Bank holiday weekend we had strong winds and heavy rain which brought down the tree at the end of the garden and the rose it supportd .  My fault to a cetain extent as I have been talking about thinning the rose for some time now.  Well we thinned it on Monday alright,   You may remember a couple of weeks ago it looked like this.
Then this happened

 and now it looks like this. 
All I can say is thank goodness for the artificial lawn because in the wet we would have trashed any real grass.
I now have to think of something to fill the gap, it faces north and I would like some winter interest so an ideas would be welcome.This is the gap I need to fill, as you can see we have left the stumps  of the tree and the rose to give them a chance of regenerating.

I am still playing with paper and have nearly finished another junk journal, in the meantime I made a small field notes sized notebook
. Some tuck spots but mainly pages for writing and drawing.
 I wish I could claim to have painted the thrush but alas it was just a scrap I found.

 can we just get the election over so that we can switch on tv, computer or ipad without being bombarded with this opinion and that harangue?
Can we all try just to get along, life is so short.

Off to cut, fold and paste.