Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Tree House Collages and WOYWW

  On my desk this week are these two little collages that I've just finished - they are based on my fascination with tree houses and my current love affair with lime green!
If anyone's interested I did a little trio of tree house pieces last spring, and you can find them here.

I'm joining up with Julia over at WOYWW this week.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

My Outdoor Studio and WOYWW

While some health issues have been causing big changes in my life lately, I've been turning to the things I feel familiar with - more than ever my garden has been a huge source of comfort and inspiration to me and in some ways is an extended part of my studio.
 My garden is full of memories and full of plans for the future.
 It's where I feel closest to my mum - she would have been such a strong and loving support to me through this rather trying time and she is deeply missed.
When my mum was living with Alzheimers the garden was our favourite place to be - I turned her little herb garden into a sensory garden where we could enjoy the flavours, smells and textures of the plants.  Wild strawberries were scattered throughout and Pineapple Broom gave off a beautiful fruity scent.  Chocolate Cosmos really did smell deliciously of real chocolate (that was one of our favourites!) and we'd crush and smell the leaves of Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender.  Heliotrope had a smell very much like cherry pie (which is also it's nickname) and Stachys Lanata had the softest, furriest leaves to stroke.

Some of the plants have disappeared during bouts of neglect due to many different reasons throughout the years, but there is still an abundance of  favourite plants that have survived through both the good and bad times - Thalictrum with it's especially beautiful fern like foliage, Geums and Rock Roses, and blue Geraniums. I've been gently working on the garden when I can so that it continues to be a place of inspiration, comfort, peace and tranquility, and where new memories will be made. 

Here are some older photos of the herb garden - the house and lower lawn are behind the bench, hidden by the hedge so I'm working on opening it all up so I can see this part of the garden from the house.   

  I'm joining up with Julia over at WOYWW and I apologise for the length of this post - I seem to have rambled on for an unusually long time today!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Jigsaw Pieces and WOYWW

While having a sort out in my studio I came across these jigsaw pieces that I had painted and printed last year but not got round to using.
They were part of an idea for my 'midnight garden' project which is why I've added them to the black sketchbook page - not sure where I'm taking this but I will work on it later in the summer - I have Spring projects to complete first!

I received a lovely ATC from Kim this week and wanted to share it with you - I love the little card it came with too - thank you Kim.

I'm linking up with Julia over at WOYWW this week.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

ATC Swap and WOYWW

 Last week's WOYWW 9th Anniversary swap was great fun, and I made a handful of ATC's, only to worry I'd made too many, then only to discover I hadn't really made enough!
These are the two designs I made this year using a little touch of copper foil on one and silver foil on the other.  The envelopes were stamped to match and I remembered to do that before I put away all the inks and stamps!

It has been such a treat getting beautiful mail through the post, and these are all the wonderful ATC's I received in return - aren't they fabulous.
From top to bottom they are from Jan, Shaz, Sarah, Ali, Angela and Zsuzsa.

And as well as the beautiful ATC's here are goodies that came with some of them - thank you so much for your kindness and generosity ladies - beautiful embellishments and dream catcher tag from Zsuzsa, a gorgeous piggy card from Ali and some lovely ephemera and die-cuts from Angela.  

I'm linking up with Julia over at WOYWW this week to see what goodies other people have on their desks!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Moss, Teabags, Embroidery and WOYWW

I'm enjoying my current obsession with moss and have been playing about with the bright green velvet - I'm just about to start 
embroidering on these little doodles.

I have also made some ATC's and have 6 spare, so if anyone would like to swap please let me know.

I am linking up with Julia over at WOYWW for our 9th Anniversay so do pop over if you'd like to see what other people have on their desks too.
And a BIG thank you to Julia who does an amazing job running it and creating such a lovely, friendly and supportive community - it's an absolute pleasure to be part of it all.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Mossy Doodles and Old Postcards

I've been doodling and using up little bits of old velvet.
Little mossy seed heads on old postcards - inspired by my lawn that's about 80% moss with a few weeds and bits of grass thrown in!

I'm linking up with Julia over at What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Nests in Spoons and WOYWW

I have been missing in action for a while I'm afraid, spending the last few weeks getting to grips with some health issues and the resulting change of lifestyle.
  I am happy to say all now seems under control, and with life getting back on an even keel I'm feeling a little more like doing some crafting - so in honour of Spring I have been making some little nests, and using up some of my vintage cutlery stash too.

 I'm joining in with Julia over at What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday this week.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Crochet Flowers and WOYWW

 I have several crochet projects on the go at the moment as I'm trying to use up some of my yarn mountain - I simply can't squish another ball into any of my yarn bags!
One of the projects is an autumn coloured scarf made up of these little flowers all of which I'm going to stitch together at the petal tips.  I'm completely out of kilter with the seasons here but it might actually be autumn by the time I finish it! 

I'm linking up with Julia over at What's On Your Desk Wednesday this week.