Sunday, 2 September 2018

Sharpie Transformation 2

Buy an ordinary plastic toy from the pound shop (if they're still in business... let's hope)

In this case it was a tiny football goal set with three cones (about 25cms high) and a little soft ball (not needed for this as its not football related).
Separate the cones

And decorate with Sharpies. 

I made these so my husband could place them outside his Arty-Man-Cave and could rotate the last one to indicate what activity was happening within:

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Jabba the Cucumber

Compare and contrast:

Jabba the Hutt

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Jabba the cucumber

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Sharpie Transformations

I'm in love with Sharpies!

I've had some for years but never really known what to do with them, so now I've started experimenting with them.

Experiment 1
A packet of those plastic ice cubes from the pound shop...

then Sharpie them up!

With every cube a different face.

Eventually I took the water out as they were too heavy to stay stacked properly, then used double sided tape to keep them stacked.

Stay tuned for more experiments with a loaded Sharpie!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Missing the veg patch

Sorry for the delay... Spring sprang, the garden went wild and someone had to tame the jungle!

Husband had a huge gorgeous art shed installed on my veg patch two years ago, which i didn't think I'd miss... but I did.

So a friend with strong muscles came over and helped dig these three patches for me to plant

Yes I know they look rather like three graves but I promise you there are no bodies beneath... just veg seeds.

They have been planted since and I'll let you know how they are getting on as they grow!

Friday, 1 June 2018

Bluebells Don't Have to be Blue!

Here are some of the Bluebells we had in our garden this year...

Traditional blue (not totally traditional as these are the Spanish type that are sweeping the country, rather than the smaller native type, but still lovely!),

White (clump forming rather that little black seed-balls going everywhere to take over the world like the Spanish ones)

and pretty in pink.

All gone now and the remaining leaves turning to slippery mush and giving an annoying hiding place to the slugs and snails that are out to ravish my garden!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Catch up Bujo pages

Can't t remember... did I show you these?

That's my month of February in pictures. 

And my petals recording what I crafted in March.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

April Bujo pages

I think I forgot to show you these, so here are some other April Bujo pages before I move through the rest of May and into June!

In fact I think I might have a couple of  March and Feb pages left over.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

May Bujo design

I don't know why but, colour-wise, May just is lilac to me!

This is my calendar before I wrote anything on it

And similarly, my to-do lists, which are now full to overflowing with stuff remaining or done.

Life has taken over recently, I have not given my bullet journal the attention it deserves and, as a result, have lived the the kind of turmoil that comes from not keeping track of what is coming up next. I have forgotten several things so will now attempt to get back on track!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Drawings from the Big White Book: Russian Dolls

For these, I made a cardboard cut out in three different sizes, started with the front row and drew backwards from there, so they look like they are standing behind each other in a crowd.

Then came the fun part of just filling the patterns in.

And yes I know that they wouldn't all fit inside each other like traditional Russian dolls, but think of it more like a convention of dolls from various different sets having a get-together : )

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Drawings from the Big White Book: Reflections in the water

Here's another pen and ink drawing- sunset in the woodland.

I think it would do my head in to actually colour this!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Drawings from the Big White Book: Phoenix

Back to the patterns but this time within a bird shape- possibly a phoenix but I'm open to other names - firebird?

I have worn all my black drawing pens to a dried out frazzle and set out today to find replacements. The only way to get one sort was in a variety pack of three, where I only use one thickness so that would have been a waste of money.

I bought a set in a supermarket that looked great and flowed like a dream but, although the illustration on the packet showed a black line coming out... they were in fact BLUE!!! Horror of horrors!

The search continues...

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Wisley Craft Fair 2018

Having joined the RHS at Wisley, we thought it best to go along to the first event that grabbed our attention- both for the Craft Fair and to see how the gardens had changed in the 4 weeks since we joined... Spring moves fast!

Here is a photo tour of some of the crafty highlights for us...

If you're in the area at the moment and fancy a day out... its still on till Monday!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Drawings from the Big White Book:: Hedgehogs in Hats

The internet is surprisingly full of pictures of hedgehogs in hats, real or photo-shopped on, so I used them to fill a page of drawings of them.

Its like typing in 'bucket of sloths' - sometimes you just get a whole load of cute!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Drawings from the Big White Book: Strange Egg-shaped creatures

I REALLY enjoyed drawing these and rather wished I could actually make them in 3D in fabric or something

They are rather reminiscent of Weebles and a bit Babapapa.

I re-used the 3 different sized egg templates I had made from a cereal packet to draw the pattered eggs I posted near Easter (see below)

I wonder what other characters I could think of, I rather fancy having another go...

Monday, 30 April 2018

Wisley - A Bonsai exhibition

This was an unexpected (and nearly missed) treat on our first visit to Wisley: a little avenue of hedges with pedestals along it on both sides, topped with bonsai trees of may types and vast ages.

There's not much here to give you a sense of scale, but no tree was more than two foot high.

There were plenty more but these are the ones that caught my eye.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Wisley Gardens

Wisley is a garden owned by the Royal Horticultural Society and is found in Surrey

At the moment things are quite bare (we went for the first time at the beginning of April before the month had heated up) but it still has some colour and grandeur.

There are plenty of succulents in the greenhouses (which were lovely and warm on a chilly day) and the Daffodils were out doing their Springtime show.

They look like weird sad eyes!

There are plenty of sculptures and fountains around, so next time we must bring more small change as each fountain requires coins to be thrown into it according to one of our young family members!

We joined as members because we intend to go back in different seasons and enjoy seeing what changes throughout the year.

I'll give you a virtual tour as I visit each time, if you're interested?

Next visit there will be Bonsai and Hot Houses!