Saturday 29 May 2010


It's been forever since I have found time to sit and do anything creative. Today I had a free day and oh what joy when I saw the weather! Cold and wet means I can sit here and fiddle about to my heart's content without feeling guilty cos I'm not tidying the garden!!

It's also been forever since I have made anything for a challenge and this one finishes tomorrow!!

The challenge set by the 'Tag You're It' team was 'A Whiter Shade of Pale'. I have been cursing them ever since I read the blog 'cos the darn song keeps whizzing about in my head! (Which now has well aged me cos I just checked and it was 1967 when it was released!!!!)

So here's my effort complete with a quote from Procul Harums classic song.
'She said, 'There is no reason and the truth is plain to see.
But I wandered through my playing cards and would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virginswho were leaving for the coast
and although my eyes were open they might have just as well've been closed'

The beautiful face image is printed onto fabric paper and edged with white organza fabric and the quote is printed onto vellum and attached with white eyelets onto the 'paisley' embossed paper background. Some fibres, pearls and a sparkly flower to finish and unfortunately my photography today is not the best so please if you want a better look enlarge the pic!

Tuesday 25 May 2010

Flying back home

The trouble with holidays is they go over too quickly don't they? Still it was good while it lasted!Have been working through the mountain of washing since we arrived home (I think I also brought at least a dozen other peoples washing home with me... where on earth does it all come from ????)
As well as being absent from the blog I have (I'm ashamed to admit) also been absent from my Flickr groups. Another member of the Art N Soul group (Sherry) has been keeping things going in my absence and I'm grateful for her help! She set a challenge to make a hanging bird using a template. The template is one I've used before in a 'bird journal jam' swap with 5 other people and Sherry must have been pyschic cos I'd started to make another bird for my own journal!! Guilt got the better of me though so instead of adding it to the already bulging pages of my own journal I finished it and have submitted it for my Art N Soul group swap. I have only shown one side of the finished piece here - the reverse can be found on my Flickr photostream here.
As with all things that I'm doing recently, this was done in a bit of a hurry so I hope whoever gets it likes it!

Wednesday 5 May 2010

An (unfinished) Feather In My Cap?

I have been tongue lashed by Maureen - LOL - who last night announced 'I've looked and there's nothing there' - meaning of course that I have been very lax at posting recently. I am desperately trying to get things organised here at home for the impending holiday and have had to bring forward and fit in a lot of matches which were supposed to be played whilst I was away - so there's the explanation for my absence!

I have decided to post this as it is - it's very much a work in progress as the outer frame is not quite finished - it will be left now until I come back from my holiday (if the volcanic ash cloud allows us to go that is.......)

The outer ornate frame is made from chipboard and I painted it with gesso then blue and white acrylic paint. The rectangular frame that edges the shadow box is tissue paper stuck on chipboard, painted and heated then rubbed over with bronze metallic powder.

Inside the box I put this lovely lady head figure - I bought it a while ago and have been waiting to use it. I gave her a blue hat complete with pink rose and feather and put some blue organza fabric and another feather on the bottom of the box.
The fabric and flower collage in the top corner doesn't show very well in the pic unfortunately - it was made with a triangle shape of crochet cotton (cut from a doily type thing that my gran used to stop her ornaments scratching her furniture), prima flowers (suitably coloured with promarkers) some vintage buttons and gold seed beads.

'Lots to Do' has a theme this week of 'Faces' (my lovely porcelain face figure!) and Tuesday Taggers is 'recycle' (my cut up doily thingy!).

Oooooo and I almost forgot..... I have been awarded my second ever Ginger Gem award from the team at Gingersnap Creations for my 'Caged Bird' canvas (scroll down a bit - it's here on this page!). How fabulous is that? So maybe I DID get a feather in my cap after all!!!!!