Monday, 20 November 2017

Sloth Wrap!

I confess I see faces everywhere! Not some kind of paranoia but a tendency to just see inanimate things as having faces.

Here is the start of my husband's lunch...

... it may appear at first glance to be a wholemeal wrap with a slice of ham and three olives, but it is without doubt the face of a sloth.

or you can view it the other way up.
Talking of sloths... look out in future posts for little sewn felt ones to hang in your Christmas tree.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Bujo: A September Summary page

Here is my September Summary page.

I saw the idea online to do a summary page where you add a sentence as and when, with an illustrated first letter of each sentence. At the end of the month, you have a page full of interesting happenings. If you decide to focus on the positives and leave out the bad stuff, you end up with a positive outlook to reflect on (which is better for the soul than letting the rubbish replay in your head- that happens without any encouragement or effort... positive takes effort!).

And as I like a bit of drawing, here's the pictorial summary of my month! If you've followed posts on my blog, you may recognise some of the things on here
(The upside-down car was an MOT failure not a terrible accident.)

Sunday, 12 November 2017

September Bujo continued

At the rate I'm blogging, rather than actually crafting, I shall soon run out of things to show you. So if it all goes quiet for a while, you'll know why.

Doing a little self- improvement course looking at how life is going and what is forming it: choice, habit or inertia? The answer can be all three.

Been listening to a teaching CD with a couple of friends while colouring in Autumn colouring sheets and making notes in the gaps.

A lovely chance to play with sparkly gel pens and reflect at the same time, then stick it in the bujo rather than lose it around the house.

One of the suggestions is to make a non-judgemental list of the things you actually do in a day (including non things like vegging in front of the tv) and see if there is one thing you do by habit that you could swap for something you would really like to put in its place on purpose, until it has become the better habit.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

September Bujo

This was my first official page of keeping a Bujo.

The theme was orange (not a fave colour of mine but definitely my husband's) because it seemed in keeping with the season.

And the second was this:

As you know, I love crafting, so keeping a craft list of things I made during the month was a good way of both remembering them and making sure I did enough of them to keep me sane: low craft = high stress levels!

The odd (and useful) thing about Bujo lists is that, once I write them in something permanent, rather than a scrap piece of paper, they feel official and  I feel more obliged to do them. So be careful what you write... or you might have to stick to it!

More anon  : )

Friday, 10 November 2017

Starting a Bullet Journal

My daughter talked me into this at the start of September and now I'm quite enjoying it.

This was the first page I did and, when finished, showed it to my husband but neither of us noticed that I had written 2016 instead of 17. So had to stick a piece of card over it!!! Not a good start but I suppose it got me over the first hurdle of it having to be perfect!

I looked up some ideas online and decided mine would contains lists (as I live and breathe lists anyway but lose them a lot), some arty doodling, a summary of the month and some thoughts about better things to come. 

Anything personal won't be online but general stuff and ideas might.

Actually, you've already see one of the pages cos I did the round up picture for Inktober in the Bujo (yesterday's post).

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Inktober - the Whole picture

Can you find everything on the list in the picture?

Image result for inktober 2017 list

And that is the end of Inktober for me!
You can check out other people's stuff on Inktober Instagram, including husband Paul Kercal (the proper artist).

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Inktober 30 31

Here is the cover for mu Inktober scribblings and then there are the last two in the series.

Just a cheap little notebook with blank pages (so I don't feel the weight of artistic expectation hanging heavy on me)...

We spend a long time at the beach searching for the perfect pebble: found!

And mask.

Next time, the composite picture I made using all the words from the Inktober challenge in one picture... a kind of hunt the word picture quiz.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Inktober 28 and 29

Two more after this then the finale picture, where I drew one combined 'hunt the words' picture as a farewell to Inktober for another year.

The pillars will feature in the finale picture but many of the other pictures will be different... and mice related!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Inktober 25 26 27

The home straight: ship, squeak, climb

I have a wooden model ship that looks rather like this- unlikely shape for successful sailing but the stuff of dreams and imagination nonetheless!

Monarch of Cheese (did you notice the crown?).

The word looks really odd when you read it the wrong way.

Only 4 more to go...

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Inktober 22 23 24

We are on the home straight now and heading for a gallop! Today's three are trail, juicy and blind.

I decided to do trail in both senses of the word: the family are following a trail and the little one with the HUGE rucksack is trailing behind : )

And I typed blind into a search engine to get some ideas beyond the obvious and came up with a advertisers' paradise of window blinds!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Inktober 19 20 21

Here we are again, happily Inktobering. Today its cloud, deep and furious: sounds like a character study in an English lesson!

I got a bit lazy with colour at this end of Inktober and now feel strongly that the sea should be a deep turquoise blue. I apologise unreservedly : (

Friday, 3 November 2017

Inktober 16 17 18

Another crop of Inky-tobers

If you can see odd shadowy marks on the paper, it is only because the paper is not quite thick enough so the next day's image shows through.

These two mousy ones started an idea off in my head and, along with the daily Inktober pics, I started a single picture with all the list elements in it. So that will be coming up on a blog at the end of the single daily ones, as a kind of quiz page.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Inktober 13 14 15

Here are the next three: teeming, fierce, mysterious

Just a pile of dots, I admit, but that's only because there were so many of them teeming that it was impossible to draw them all!

This a new mum surrounded by advice and criticism but fierce in her loyalty to and desire to do the best for her new baby.

Is it a bird? Is it plane? Don't know... its mysterious!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Inktober 10 11 12

And there's more...

Next time, guess what? ... 13 14 15 of course!