Month: June 2019

The 100 Day Project – 100 Experiments in Art – 75 Days Down

Ah, 100 day Project I do love you! I am also ready to be done. Ha!

Here are just a few of day 50 -75. I went through a decidedly ‘bad’ patch and have not shared those…. It always happens and is simply something to learn from and try not to repeat. But as I say, in such a long period of time, you are going to make things you don’t like.

I have also been wondering, over on Instagram, where all these bright colours are coming from. I reach for oranges, pinks, bright blues and even yellow. I’ve played more with layering acrylics as well as more abstract pieces. The butterflies is a fav. Completely new to me technique I was inspired to try by artist Pam Garrison. I’m obsessed with watching her classes over at the Creative Bug.

When I was away in Portugal I only had watercolours with me so that was a challenge. The one above on the right and both below are from that week. The left one below is a copy of the kitchen tile pattern!

Had to sneak more hearts in.

Tried a bit more collage style as well as a totally bizarre painting of my hand. I traced around it just like we used to when we were kids. I was good fun.

And probably my favourite of all 75 is this poppy.

I have very nearly got the shading right…….. lol.

So there we have it almost done for another year.

Bloom 2019 – Wonderful Wallflowers

Another jug of blooms from a couple of months ago. Self sown white borage and forget-me-nots and pretty wallflowers, home sown and grown.

I always struggle with biennials. They grow away well and look great when planted out but then they fail to produce a good crop in their second year. If I leave then in situ for a third year they do quite well but that isn’t what they should do!  Who knows why I have this problem…….

On a completely different subject you may have noticed that we painted the bricks behind our log burning stove white. No idea why we waited so long to do that because it looks so much better. Brighter and more in keeping with our decor. And shows flowers off quite well too. I love a win, win!

Photo a Day – Week Seven, Eight and Nine

Here are a few more weeks.

The garden started growing again. Love perennials.

Someone was chewing sticks held tight in his cute little paws.

A new angle. Gav has been working so hard in the garden.

Our salad and home made bread in lunch.

A walk to Canal Gardens.

More wood chopping from the fallen tree.

New compost bins. Needless to say he was rather pleased with this construction.

New to us chairs. They are exactly what I’ve been looking for and secondhand so more environmentally freindly! I like the battered look but we may paint them.

Our second year attending a session of World Snooker.

Many of our potted tulips were squirrel food last winter so we only had a handful to enjoy. This ‘Black Hero’ popped up amongst self sown white borage. I liked the dark with the white.

Apple blossom.

Making more bread. Actually I think this turned into hot dog buns for a baseball evening.

Bad habits……. But if we are eating revels then I like to make sure we have an even spread of flavours. Lol!

Blue and green.

Clematis in full bloom with the moon and contrails.

Helped my Sister walk dogs and we meandered through Canal Gardens again. This view…… It’s heaven. Such a great spot.

On my lunch break.

Hooray. UK asparagus back in season.

Arrived at our camp site to a little bit of sunshine.

Blurry but love this photos.

And back home again with more stick chewing.

Phew…… there we go another three weeks.

Sock Darning and the Bigger Picture

What?! I hear you cry. You are darning socks? As in mending something?

Yes. I have started to darn some of my socks. But read on because I decided it wasn’t simply about darning…..

Way back in my memory I remember seeing a little wooden mushroom, just like the one in the photo, at my Grandmas house. It was what they did. They mended things.

We don’t do that anymore do we? Well the majority of the UK does not I can guarantee that! I had accumulated a pile of beloved socks, not very old that all had holes in the soles or heels and I could not bring myself to throw them away. I did three things. I vowed never to buy these socks again as clearly they are not meant to last, I watched a you tube tutorial on darning and I bought the mushroom. It’s a work in progress but I am rather pleased with myself. And if I get another winter out of them then so much the better.

It is a small thing to undertake, but the idea of cherishing our clothes enough to mend them? Well if only we all did that it could be the gateway to realising how damaging consumerism is.

We try to do our bit in this house. We grow our own veg and flowers. We have a hybrid car. We compost. We walk places. We buy veg from an organic box scheme. We recycle. We have a Sodastream! (the most fun thing ever!) to cut down on plastic bottles. We have water bottles. I don’t buy clothes much at all and I do go to charity shops.

We are not perfect and I know all our holidays have an impact. But as I keep seeing on instagram ‘We don’t need a few people do it perfectly, we need millions doing it imperfectly’.

And with that in mind I’m going to download the Refill app that tells you where you can refill your water bottle for free when you’re out and about. And then take Buddy for a walk.

And when I get back I might just darn another sock!

Layout Share – MLK

Oh my goodness like I said last time there are more……..

MLK

Here’s the story –

Gav and I were excited to see this memorial to Martin Luther King. It had been many years in the making. Those three came along of course. I loved that Hannah took photos even though she didn’t know who he was. I’m sure she will one day. It was good to see it and it was a lovey tribute to him. And funny story….. 3 US girls offered H $10 to take their photo and she took it! Bless her and bless MLK.

I have been making this page for a long time. I go through phases like that where I start lots of layouts but don’t finish them off. But I’m glad it’s done and in the album now.

I need to get a move on with these layouts other wise we will be back from another US adventure and I won’t have documented this one!

Bloom 2019 – Early Spring

I don’t know where the time has gone these last few months. I mentioned the other day that I have been working more so that’s probably the answer! Anyway I’ve found lots of photos that I should have been sharing and hopefully I’ll catch up with some in the next couple of weeks.

Here is the first flower arrangement  of the year. All self sown beauties. Cerinthie, lunaria, myosotis and cowslips (primula veris).

I popped them in this lovely flowery jug a friend bought me last year and they looked so pretty……way back in April!

Photo a Day – Week Five and Six

Sharing another couple of weeks today. I’m so behind in posting these but that’s just the way it goes I guess. I’ve been working more hours over the last few months and it had impacted on my dedication to the blog! But I’m still here and still want to share and pondering how I can keep up regular posting going forwards.

Anyway, here are some great Tulips about to burst into colour. I was drawn to the purple tinge that seemed to pick up on the Hellebores behind.

And apple blossom about to bloom too. And a blue sky!

Walking in the park.

Beautifully lit Daffodil Thalia. One of my fav’s.

Gav had been working on getting this part of the garden all neat and tidy and I potted up some plants to display on that old wrought iron table we have had for years. Adore this new area.

Wraps for lunch with our salad.

His favourite napping spot in the morning when the sun beats down. Plus real life with a bag of rubbish abandoned!

And week six…

Taking advantage of the fallen cherry blossom this week on our walks.

Amazing butterfly. That iridescent glitter like sprinkles on his wings was just wonderful to see.

Our salad wall going strong. We have had a great year with this system so far.

As I said……

And more salad ready to be planted up. Love the textures of different leaves and the light. Always the light.

It’s all flowers or foliage! Euphorbia griffithii with a covering of raindrops.

And we had breakfast out with friends before going to a local flower show. Hummus and halloumi? Oh yes please!

Not sure we will ever catch up but there we have another two weeks.

The 100 Day Project – 100 Experiments in Art – 50 Days Down

Back again with a few more of my pieces from this years challenge. We have passed the halfway point and I want to share some of days 25 – 50. I hope to have carried on challenging myself…… Let’s take a look and see.

In these four along I have used different techniques and genres. Abstract, line work, still life and watercolour wet into wet.

I don’t know that I am honing in on my arty style but I am doing lots of different things.

Below are my two favourites from this batch. Both began life as a pen doodle. The left one was then covered with acrylic paint and I did more doodling on top. It is a technique I got from a Creative Bug class and I absolutely adore it. It is certainly going on a wall here. So quirky and weird and I would never have made anything like this without inspiration for the class.

The right one is coloured in using Copic markers. Again I like this very much and am amazed they began life with a scribbled doodle.

Another fav below. Inspired by Irena Orlov’s art. I will be trying this again it is just great fun.

I think I have expanded my arty horizons and discovered a couple of techniques that I will be trying again and again.

As I type we are on day 68. I am finding it hard to believe it’s almost over. But also sort of pleased as these last couple of weeks have been a challenge (especially when I was away for a week and only had limited supplies…..). I’ll be back to share more soon. But now I better go and make todays little treasure!