..now it is time to think about Christmas. With dire warnings of freezing weather for later in the week I decided to pop up to London and have a look at the Christmas windows. I had heard that Harrods had gone to town this year. The windows represent the carriages of a very luxurious train.
Not camp at all. One end of the store had a woodland scene. With Golden Owls...well it is Harrods.
and these for my friend who would have wanted to take them home
I found Selfridges, though in a worthy cause a little disappointing so we will move on down to John Lewis which I found highly entertaining. Blogger having a bit of a fit so I will add later.
Craft Barn Alphabet challenge time again. Not much time and a letter with a huge number of words but can't fall so close to the finishing line .... my first thought was Serendipity, because it is such a lovely word to say and that's mainly how I work But my old dictionary had a different definition to the normal usage of " happy accident" that we have now. It said "the liking for old books and ornaments. Mmmm! I thought about it for a few days but nothing was happening so I delved into the dictionary again and it opened at the snow page, very seasonal. Out of all the snow words I chose this because the definition made me laugh. "Snowstorm: a storm with falling snow." Right. So here we have Snowstorm.
and with tag
The little houses are Memory Box die cuts and the snowflakes are a mixture of die cuts and punched. The paint is Fresco Ice Blue and Baltic Blue with some acrylic white added.
I have also finished the cover for the book where I am keeping all the letters but I am keeping that secret for now. Thought occurred, I wonder what I would have chosen for S if it were July instead of November?
I have to thank Paper Printables for ending my long search for an easy way to print on tissue paper with my inkjet printer. I have tried so many other ways fighting with adhesive tape etc.and always in terror of jaming my printer.This one is relatively quick and easy and so far 100% successful. Yeah!
is the latest letter in the Craft Barn Alphabet challenge. I chose Quartette, my dictionary tells me it is anything in fours so at first I was thinking of dividing the page and filling it with the seasons, suits of cards, that sort of thing but then there was the musical connection. I looked in my Dover Desk Gallery of clip art, I was now thinking silhouettes.(this blog is called altering thoug
hts!), at first I was looking for musicians and then I found this and given the season I thought it perfect.
I cut a mask with the intention of stencilling the image, I liked this one but as you can see I had trouble with working out which way round the stencil should go and when I tried it the "right" way round I couldn't re-create the textures.
After ten rejects I decided to use the mask itself which by then was nicely coated in paint.
is the letter as the Craft Barn Challenge nears the end. I was surprised to find relatively few words beginning with N. I chose Needlewoman. Like the letter L below I have chosen this for more personal reasons. There are quite a few seamstresses and a milliner in my family tree and I have enjoyed many hours stitching with friends or on my own. I looked for images of needlewomen and chose the one by Velazques as I thought it gave a sense of the way woman have plied a needle stretching back through time. I painted two pieces of paper and used one for the background and one to cut out the stamped images. None of my die cut alphabets seemed to fit so I sewed the name.
Just to prove my point I am having fun with crazy patchwork at the moment. I turned the piece here into a cushion. I wanted to do some more and decised to make a throw for the settee, I wanted it to look aged so I made up the block and then sprayed it with brown Seta colour. This should keep me busy for a little while.
The letter L this time on the Craft Barn Alphabet Challenge but with a twist. A window had to be included. I had a look at Lattice but kept coming back to Landscape. The landscape I wanted to use was a photograph of Wastwater in the Lake District which I took in May.. I also wanted to suggest the whitewashed houses you see in the Lakeland, so this is a sort of inside out view of the Lake.
the windows were packing inside a child's game. I did think of putting lattice in them but it obscured the photograph. The wall is painted with PaperArtsy Grunge paste and Fresco Nougat and here it is with tag.